News Bites: First 'Jersey Boys' Trailer; 'Maleficent' Sneak Peek and More

Jersey Boys Trailer: The first trailer for Clint Eastwood's big-screen version of smash-hit stage musical Jersey Boys has dropped and, frankly, it sparkles. It's inspired by the true story of pop group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, who enjoyed many chart-topping hits in the 1960s; the movie opens on June 20. [Movie Clips]


Boyhood: Richard Linklater filmed his latest project, Boyhood, just a few days at a time, over a period of years, exploring the effects of divorce and coming of age upon a boy as he grows up. Ethan Hawke and young Ellar Coltrane are featured in two new photos from the critically acclaimed movie, which will be released in theaters on July 11. [The Playlist]



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The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara: Steven Spielberg plans to produce a religious drama titled The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, with an eye toward directing it as well. Tony Kushner, who previously worked with Spielberg on Lincoln and Munich, will write the screenplay, based on a novel by David Kertzner. It's inspired by the real-life account of a young Italian-Jewish boy in the 19th century who was taken away from his parents and raised as a Catholic, eventually becoming a priest. [Variety]



Maleficent: Starting today, visitors to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida will get a special exclusive sneak peek at the upcoming fantasy-adventure Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie. The park will run an extended look at the upcoming movie throughout each day. Or, those not visiting Florida before release can watch a new featurette below. Maleficent hits theaters on May 30. [Disney Parks Blog]

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