NEWS: Jolie Is Maleficent Matt Zarley For President, GLAAD Honors Chaz, And More!

It’s official: Angelia Jolie will play Maleficent, the wicked sorceress in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. The film will start filming in June and is expected to have a March 2014 release.  “It’s a really great script. I’m having a lot of fun. I’ve already got my horns fitted. My kids are very happy,” says Jolie. (We still want Sharon Needles in the role!) [Entertainment Weekly]

Belgian designer Raf Simons, 44, has been named the new artistic director at Christian Dior, replacing John Galliano, whose exit from the venerated couture house was preceded by a drunken, racist rant last year. “One of the greatest current talents, [Simons] will inspire and propel into the 21st century the style carried on by Dior maison since its creation in 1946,” a spokesperson for the company said in a release.  [Chicago Sun-Times]


Trans personality Chaz Bono will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the GLAAD Media Awards on April 21 in  Los Angeles. “While I don’t feel like a role model,” says Bono. “I hope that by sharing my story… I can help open hearts and minds on what it’s like to be a transgender person and the issues our community faces.” [GLAAD]

It’s being billed as the first animated lesbian feature in history (not including Little Mermaid, of course): Strange Frame will debut at the Sci-Fi London film festival on May 3. The film, by GB Hajim and Shelly Doty, is about a sax player and her tumultuous relationship with a genetically-engineered pop diva. Ain’t it always the way?


Is America ready for a gay President? Singer Matt Zarley plays a closeted POTUS in his video for his new song, “Trust Me.” Is it coincidence Rick Santorum dropped out of the race right as this tableau about a sweater-vest-wearing closet-case candidate surfaces? Don’t be so naive. []

Photos: Raf Simons, Walt Disney Co, Strange Frame

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  • jason

    Angelina Jolie? Yawn, dry-retch, yawn.

  • Charlie in Charge

    @jason: Oh hon, sorry you didn’t get the part. There’s no shame in coming in second.

  • Spike

    GLAAD Media Awards + Chaz Bono Award Receipient = Cher Attends GLADD Media Awards

  • mike

    two hot women playing the villains in the most popular fairy tales, first Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman, now Angelina Jolie, can’t wait…

  • Red Meat

    @mike: I love what Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have invoked in Disney.

  • 13Zeroither

    Maleficent is a great disney villain. If you think about it, she’s the only disney villain who is pure darkness, not silly just serious, powerful, just evil. You know how Ursula is referred to as The Sea Witch, Maleficent is called The Mistress of All Evil. She was a real evil bitch in the videogame series Kingdom Hearts where she pretty much was ruling & sent the whole universe into the crapper for 9 years, until Sora, Donald & Goofy came along….. And now she’s back for revenge.
    @Red Meat What do you mean that Tim Burton & Johnny Depp have invoked something in Disney?

  • amo

    It would be nice if Queerty had mentioned Jolie’s orientation/outness in passing like they often do for gay celebs they’re writing about.

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