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1.) Three young actresses are vying for the lead in Disney's new live-action version of Cinderella from director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go). Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones) is the most recognizable of the bunch, and her star should only continue to rise with her upcoming role in the adaptation of Stephanie Meyer's The Host. Ronan also recently scored a role in Wes Anderson's next film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, so her biggest hurdle in landing the part might be her busy schedule. Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) are also in the mix, while you might recall Wilde as one of the many young actresses testing for the Transformers 4 lead as Mark Wahlberg's daughter. Whoever gets the job will star opposite Cate Blanchett, who entered negotiations to play the evil stepmother last week. Variety's Jeff Sneider 2.) Seth MacFarlane recently visited UCLA »

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