Recap: The Best of Disney's D23 Expo

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Live Action Films – 'Maleficent' Surprise

By DAVID WEINER

August 12, 2013

D23 Expo fans got the first-ever look at the trailer for Maleficent, and the film's star Angelina Jolie made a surprise appearance, taking the stage to share her affinity with the title character from the 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty. "Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite," she told the crowd after a standing ovation. "I was terrified of her, but I was also drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her. She had this elegance and grace, yet she was wonderfully, deliciously cruel." Jolie's daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt was seen in the footage, and the film's director Robert Stromberg told ET that she wasn't afraid of her mom's scary look – in fact she kept on trying to rip them off her head!

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