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Expect to see more of Angelina Jolie and less of Ellen DeGeneres in the coming months.

Disney announced Wednesday that Jolie’s Maleficent, in which the Oscar winner plays Sleeping Beauty’s arch nemesis, has been pushed ahead of its initial release date. The flick is due in theaters May 30, 2014 to avoid clashing with Transformers 4 and Fast & Furious 7 at the box office.

Though this may be good news for live action fans, Pixar diehards will have to wait yet another year for their movies to hit the silver screen. Both The Good Dinosaur and Finding Nemo‘s follow-up, dubbed Finding Dory, have been delayed until November 25, 2015 and June 17, 2016 respectively.

Previously, DeGeneres’ big Pixar comeback was slated for fall 2015, but the animation studio shift the project in favor of The Good Dinosaur, which centers around the pre-historic adventures of an Apatosaurus and a human boy.

“So kids, let that be a lesson to you – Anything is possible if you’re patient and you beg hard enough on national television,” the comedienne said of her sequel when it was announced in April.

It looks like DeGeneres is going to have to be a little bit more patient now.

The crowd at Disney’s annual D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. were in for quite the treat on Saturday, as Angelina Jolie made a surprise visit, all in the name of Maleficent.

The 38-year-old actress’s appearance included a quick chat with the crowd as well as new footage from the film.

“Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite,” Jolie said at the event. “I was terrified of her, but I was so drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her, know what she was like and who she was . . . she had this elegance and grace, and yet she was so cruel, just wonderfully and deliciously cruel.” [via Entertainment Weekly]

The Oscar-winning actress also revealed how her daughter Vivienne scored a small role in the live-action film.

“She was the only 4-year-old who wouldn’t scream,” Jolie said, after explaining how other children visiting the set would always “scream and run off” upon seeing her in costume as the villain.

Little Vivienne plays a young Princess Aurora while Elle Fanning portrays the teenage version.

Maleficent is slated for a July 2014 release.

For much more on Angelina Jolie and Maleficent, head over to EW.

[Lead photo courtesy of Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage]






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Now that Disney has acquired the Star Wars franchise and announced a brand new trilogy in the works, there’s been all sorts of speculation about who will be selected to helm the next generation of the sci-fi epic!

But in the meantime, the House of Mouse has been busy securing their writers for ALL THREE movies…and for one of the three chosen, this won’t be his first time scripting the world in a galaxy far, far away!

And the other two aren’t too shabby, either!

According to reports, Michael Arndt — who won an Academy Award for writing Little Miss Sunshine, as well being responsible for Toy Story 3 and the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire — has been tapped to pen Episode XII.

Sources close to production have revealed he’s already come up with a 30-40 page OUTLINE of the story he wants to tell!

Holy SHIZ! The ball is ROLLING!

Meanwhile, Lawrence Kasdan, responsible for previous entries The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, has been selected along with Simon Kinberg, known for Sherlock Holmes and Mr. & Mrs. Smith, to take on Episodes XIII and IX!

AH-mazing!

They’ve clearly found quite the combination of emerging new talent and someone with experience telling this type of story, and we couldn’t be more excited to see the direction this new Star Wars will take!

What do U think?? Are U pleased with the new writing team??

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