Angelina Jolie is wickedly enchanting as “Maleficent”

Being a fan of Disney and Angelina Jolie, I was predisposed to like this big-budget summer venture titled Maleficent.  A reimagining of the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent is told from the point of view of the title character by a mysterious narrator.  A pleasant, but predictable third-act twist continues Disney’s notable feminist fairytale trend (recall last year’s hit Frozen?), leaving audiences with fond…

ENTERTAINMENT news: Dracula, other TV, and Statement RE: 2011 B. james Awards

Let’s begin with casting news:  NBC’s upcoming series Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (in the title role), has added Katie McGrath (of Merlin) and Nonso Anozie (of Game of Thrones) to the cast.  McGrath will play “Lucy Westenra,” friend of Mina (Jessica DeGouw) – Dracula’s love interest, whom he believes to be a reincarnation of his dead…