We just watched a show reel of Disney's live-action fairy-tale successes that leaned heavily on MALEFICENT. Sequel talk incoming? #D23Expo— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) July 15, 2017
-- Disney loves Maleficent but there were no D23Expo updates on Maleficent 2. Not yet. The stars that made an appearance had footage to show from their films: A Wrinkle In Time, Mary Poppins, Avengers Infinity War, The Last Jedi. It would have been odd to have her appear merely to give an update. She will appear when she has something to show from Maleficent 2, closer to its release. Maybe for the next D23Expo in 2019.
-- While Maleficent 2 has a wider window within which to start production, Bride does not. It has to start and finish by the first half of 2018 if it is to meet its Valentine's Day 2019 release date. An announcement for Bride should therefore come ahead of Maleficent 2.
- The writers below were obviously a tad presumptuous about her appearance at D23Expo.
When Angelina Jolie takes the stage Sat at #D23Expo for Maleficent 2, Hall D23 needs to start chanting “Hack the Planet!"— Jeremy Conrad @ D23 (@ManaByte) July 13, 2017
Maleficent 2 was already confirmed back in February, so an official announcement at the D23 Expo, the official annual Disney fan convention event taking place this weekend, is pretty much a guarantee. It's unlikely that has much to do with Jolie's fun visit, though.
A source tells ET, "The birthday celebrations for Vivienne and Knox went great."
"Angelina isn't thinking about the breakup drama anymore, she is over all of that. She's focusing on putting this all behind her and getting back to work," the source continued, adding, "Angelina is not dating anybody at the moment. She's enjoying spending time with her children."
The 2nd to last sentence in response to: Angelina Jolie Having Baby With “Secret Lover”? and similar tabloid gems.
-- Shiloh may be the outwardly sportier one but Vivenne's fearlessness and exuberance make her a natural as a future action heroine.
-- I wrote earlier that while everyone is scrutinizing her rings -- the gold band (seen below in Disneyland), the solo diamond etc. -- the diamond pendant that took the place of the "mommy" pendant may be more interesting. First, because she would have to value it more to replace the "mommy" pendant with it, and second because she has worn it ever since, around town and even in Africa. The "mommy" pendant was likely a Mother's Day gift while the diamond pendant could have been a birthday gift. I don't recall her wearing any other pendant or necklace constantly like this before. The only other jewelry that she similarly wore at almost every outing was her engagement ring. So this is obviously very special to her -- second only to her engagement ring.
One possibility, recall:
"Angelina came to me six years ago to create a pendant for Brad as a present," he reveals. "She's very clever and had this idea that it would be like an ancient tablet, and she researched it looking at old Chinese and Egyptian scripts . . . [it] has a love letter from him to her inscribed on it.
Procop said: ‘I can’t tell you what it says, and you would need a microscope to read it.’
‘The technology is quite new,’ he adds. ‘The hidden message is lasered on.’
This time, it may be his gift with possibly something inscribed for her. There would haven been further advances in laser technology in the years since Brad's pendant was made so even though the diamond is smaller, with a more delicate and feminine setting, they could probably do more and be more creative.
Whatever it is, and whatever it may represent, she evidently treasures it.
The rings may have their own meaning, but she hasn't worn any of them as long and as consistently as she has worn this.
As noted previously, she has worn different bands on her left ring finger (some are shown below). The one on her right ring finger above appears to be as wide but perhaps not as thick as their original rope-design bands. I can't tell if there is any design on this one.
-- On their previous trip to Disneyland with the child actors from FTKMF, the older boys were not with them. The visit coincided with Brad's swing through Tokyo and Mumbai for War Machine and I noted that it was unusual that there were no Tokyo airport arrival or departure photos.
-- The family likely flew back together on a private plane from Nice on June 28. The last leg of their trip retraces their steps from last September and should be the final test and proof that the children have fully recovered.
-- Together with Angelina's readiness to get back to work, it appears they are well and truly done with the process. They may then just be waiting for Dr. Karz's final report and their preference as to the timing. Their spokeswoman released news of their Aug 23, 2014 wedding in Miraval to the AP on Aug. 28 when they were already in a more inaccessible area of Malta, and we've since learned that they were legally married in L.A. on Aug 14. They may similarly prefer to be out of town.
-- When FTKMF was first announced, the official press release stated:
The film will be made available to members of the world’s leading Internet TV network in late 2016 and will be submitted to major international festivals.No specific date has yet been given on when it will be released beyond the earlier word that it will be in September. War Machine's May 26 release date was announced March 1 -- almost 3 months ahead. If she still intends to show FTKMF at major festivals, Venice and TIFF are possible but NYFF may be too late. Venice may be the most receptive to a foreign-language film about a genocide.
-- She may be waiting for the case to clear before allowing any film announcements. She is firmly in control and the tight secrecy, including never being seen together in public, is likely largely her idea.