“MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL” AND THE MATERNAL INSTINCT
LOS ANGELES (AP) – You would not think that someone known as the Mistress of Evil would have a strong maternal instinct, but that’s what Angelina Jolie says about Maleficent.
Jolie says being maternal is Maleficent’s strongest quality. The problem, she says, is that Maleficent is also impatient, ferocious and over-protective.
Jolie says in some ways, she can relate to Maleficent, because they both have insecurities about whether they’re doing the best they can for their children.
Jolie reprises her role as Maleficent in the new movie, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil.” This time, the story focuses on Maleficent’s clashes with the mother of Aurora’s fiance.
The film is in theaters now.
‘THE PRESIDENT IS MISSING’ PILOT TO BE FILMED IN MARYLAND
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – The pilot episode for a potential new Showtime series will be filmed in Maryland.
Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that the pilot for “The President is Missing” is expected to begin in the state early next year.
The pilot is based on the 2018 novel by the same title. The novel was a collaboration between author James Patterson and former president Bill Clinton.
Hogan says it’s hoped the pilot will turn into another successful series filmed in the state.
KIM KARDASHIAN URGES CLEMENCY FOR OKLAHOMA DEATH ROW INMATE
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Kim Kardashian West has joined a chorus of voices calling for clemency for a black man on Oklahoma’s death row who says a racist juror tainted the outcome of his trial.
Julius Jones was convicted of murder in the 1999 slaying of 45-year-old Paul Howell.
Kardashian West tweeted Wednesday urging Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and the state Pardon and Parole Board to consider Jones’ clemency petition, which was filed Tuesday.
Jones’ lawyers have requested that his death sentence be commuted to time served.
Jones appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a juror told Jones’ lawyers in 2017 that another juror used a racist term to describe Jones in his 2002 trial, saying authorities should “shoot him behind the jail.”
The court rejected that appeal.
‘SPIRITED AWAY,’ OTHER STUDIO GHIBLI FILMS HEAD TO HBO MAX
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The vast catalog of storied Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli is heading to the new HBO Max streaming service. Films such as “Princess Mononoke,” “My Neighbor Totoro” and Oscar-winner “Spirited Away” will be among the titles available to stream when HBO Max launches next year. The deal – the first time the studio’s library will be available on a streaming platform – was announced Thursday for unspecified terms. Studio Ghibli has a passionate fan base of its richly animated epic films from directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Spirited Away,” about an abandoned village that’s a getaway for spirits and demons, won the best animated Oscar in 2002.