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Elle Fanning to Foil Angelina Jolie's Maleficent?

Angelina Jolie/Photo © Stephane Kossmann/Getty
Angelina Jolie/Photo © Stephane Kossmann/Getty

Who will be the perfect foil to Angelina Jolie in "Maleficent"? If gossip is to be believed, Elle Fanning (seen in 2011's "Super 8") has got this one locked down. I was about to inquire out loud about her older sister Dakota -- haven't seen her in a while! -- only to learn that she'll be in five different movies released in 2012. Apparently the last year on the Mayan calendar belongs to the Fannings, and the rest of us are just taking up space until the great Quetzalcoatl arrives.

Ruth Franklin at The New Republic wonders: Was Mary Shelley's Frankenstein actually all about childbirth? It turns out that Shelley was pregnant during much of the time she spent writing Frankenstein, and by that time in her life she had already suffered the death of a prematurely born baby girl. And in her letters she described her unborn as "the animal," which is a term she also used in the book to describe the mad doctor's creation. Now there's an adaptation/biopic angle I'd like to see explored!

The New York Times has mainly kind things to say about Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in HBO's "Game Change," adapted from the book of the same title by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. USA Today is quick to remind us that as far as the GOP (including Palin herself)  is concerned, the film is a pack of lies, but meanwhile a campaign strategist named Steve Schmidt (played by Woody Harrelson in the film) vouches for its veracity and claims that watching himself as a character in a movie was like an "out-of-body experience."