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Redmayne To Play "Wizard of Oz" Author

6 August 2015 7:22 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything," "Jupiter Ascending") will portray "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" author L. Frank Baum in a new biopic of the prolific children’s fantasy writer at New Line Cinema reports The Tracking Board.

Josh Golden penned the script for "Road to Oz" which centers on Baum's early life and the development of his hit 1900 novel - a book partly inspired by his sickly niece Dorothy. Baum led a colorful life including marrying feminist and suffragist Maud Gage Baum, along with working as a newspaper editor, store owner, poultry breeder and some forays on the stage.

Golden's screenplay has made numerous honors lists for spec scripts and was instrumental in his nomination for a prestigious Nicholl Fellowship from AMPAS. What tone the project will go for, or who will helm it, is unknown at this point. It follows in the wake of several Oscar-bait style »

- Garth Franklin

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Effie Gray In St. Louis

26 March 2015 3:41 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

In her original screenplay Effie Gray, Emma Thompson takes a bold look at the real life story of the Effie Gray-John Ruskin marriage, while courageously exposing what was truly hiding behind the veil of their public life. Set in a time when neither divorce, nor gay marriage were an option, Effie Gray is the story of a young woman coming of age, finding her own voice in a world where women were expected to be seen but not heard. Effie Gray explores the roots of sexual intolerance, which continue to have a stronghold today, while shedding light on the marital politics of the Victorian Era.

Directed by Richard Laxton, the film stars Emma Thompson, Dakota Fanning, Julie Walters, Tom Sturridge, David Suchet, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, Robbie Coltrane, James Fox, Riccardo Scamarico, and Derek Jacobi.

Effie Gray opens in St. Louis at AMC Creve Coeur 12, Friday, April 3rd. »

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gets a Release Date as Emma Thompson Joins the Cast!

16 March 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast adds two more to the cast. And they are biggies!

News: 7 Reasons Why Emma Watson Is Perfect as Belle in 'Beauty and the Beast'

On Monday, Disney announced that Emma Thompson will join the cast as Mrs. Potts, most famously voiced by Angela Lansbury in the Oscar-nominated, animated version. The actress is no stranger to the world of Disney, as she played Mary Poppins author and creator P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks.

Also adding Oscar pedigree to the cast is Kevin Kline, who will star as Belle’s father, Maurice.

The two stars join a growing cast, including Emma Watson as Belle, Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as the beast, with Luke Evans and Josh Gad playing Gaston and his sidekick Lefou, respectively.

News: Dan Stevens Joins 'Beauty and the Beast' -- But Who's Playing Gaston?

In addition to the casting news, Disney also confirmed »

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