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Hadley Freeman's memoir masquerading as a survival guide is fresh, witty and packs a serious punch
Anyone who professes to hate the Daily Mail while being addicted to its "sidebar of shame" (the celebrity-packed right-hand feed on its website) will feel very at home with this book. The Nora Ephron opening quote, "Be the heroine of your life not the victim", sums up the style and the theme.
Like Ephron's non-fiction books, it's a series of anecdotes dressed up as a survival guide: "Sex tips for smart ladies; Every dating guide you'll ever need; But do you like him?" It's packed with cultural references: Nancy Mitford, The Devil Wears Prada, Nina Simone, Miss Piggy, The Princess Bride. New York-born Freeman manages to get away with a lot: she can be both scathing and serious about being "awesome" in a way no British writer could.
Obviously this book is aimed firmly at fans of Caitlin Moran, »
- Viv Groskop
Anant Singh, Yuen Wo Ping, Harvey Weinstein, Rooney Mara, (unknown), Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Michael B. Jordan, Naomie Harris and Ryan Coogler at the Majestic Hotel This evening I attended the Weinstein Co.'s Cannes presentation in which they revealed information, footage and trailers from all of their upcoming 2013 releases, both domestically and abroad. For the most part what was shown has already been seen such as trailers for The Butler, August: Osage County, The Grandmaster and Fruitvale Station plus a clip from Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, all of which I have included below in this recap of events, which did also feature some new footage from a selection of films. Weinstein himself seemed most proud of the upcoming, Shane Salerno-directed portrait of J.D. Salinger, which is aptly titled Salinger and 2013 Cannes jury member Nicole Kidman was on hand to offer a few words on Grace of Monaco, »
- Brad Brevet
Blunt will appear opposite Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland), Meryl Streep (It’s Complicated), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Christine Baranski (How the Grinch Stole Christmas), James Cordon (The History Boys), and Jake Gyllenhaal (Jarhead) in the big screen version of the original Steven Sondheim musical.
Into the Woods centres on a witch who conspires to teach various characters of popular children’s stories – including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel - an important lesson.
Blunt will next be seen opposite Tom Cruise in All You Need is Kill.
The post Emily Blunt Joins Disney’s Musical Into the Woods appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Jamie Neish
The musical, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, tells the story of a baker (Corden) and his wife who are both desperate to have a child. However, to lift their curse they must go on an epic adventure, with them meeting many different fairytale characters along the way. With elements taken from Jack And The Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rapunzel, Pine and Gyllenhaal are expected to play pompous princes. While Depp is to play the ‘Wolf’, Streep will feature as the Witch (her The Devil Wears Prada role – but uglier?).
This isn’t the first time fairy stories have been meshed together to create something more magical (think Shrek). With Streep, Corden and Depp leading the cast, any add-ons (including Chris and Jake) will just boost an already great cast. »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden, who plays Robb Stark on the HBO drama, is set to play the Prince in Disney's live-action adaptation of Cinderella. The movie is being directed by Kenneth Branagh (Thor) from a script written by Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada). Madden will join Downton Abbey actress Lily James who is playing the title character, and Cate Blanchett who has perfectly been cast as the villainous stepmother.
It's hard to imagine any of these Game of Thrones actors in a light and fluffy Disney movie, but Madden is a solid actor, who will do a fine job as the Prince in it. I'm curious to see what this movie is going to end up looking like visually. Branagh full heartedly embraced (some say overused) the Dutch angle heavily used in comics when making Thor. It will be interesting to see what »
- Joey Paur
Actor who portrays Robb Stark in hit TV series will play opposite Lily James in Disney's live-action version of the classic folk tale
Disney's big budget, live-action take on Cinderella appears to be following in the footsteps of Tim Burton's $1bn Alice in Wonderland fantasy as director Kenneth Branagh puts together a mostly British cast. With Downton Abbey's Lily James already cast in the title role, the Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Game of Thrones' Richard Madden will play her prince.
Madden, who plays Robb Stark in the highly-rated HBO fantasy series, will take the role which, as tradition demanded, was named Prince Charming in the 1950 Disney animated version of the tale. Cate Blanchett has been cast as the wicked stepmother.
- Ben Child
Update: Prince Charming is already sitting on a throne, at least a "Game of Thrones." Richard Madden, who stars on the HBO series, will play the persistent prince determined to find the mysterious girl he falls for at the ball.
April 30, 2013 - Emma Watson is not playing Cinderella in Disney's live action rags to riches movie. Instead, Lily James will be playing the role of the downtrodden Ella. She's currently on the BBC show "Downton Abbey" and also played Korrina in Wrath of the Titans.
March 1, 2013 - Emma Watson is in early talks to play the ultimate rags-to-riches character Cinderella in Disney's live-action version. Disney is seeing if the shoe fits with the Harry Potter actress after things didn't work out with lesser known actresses Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Welles), Alicia Vikander (Anna Kanenina) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers). Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
• He might be King of the North to some, but Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden (he plays Robb Stark on the HBO series) is about to reach a whole new demographic when he takes on the role of Prince Charming in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella. Downton Abbey’s Lily James will play the title role in the Kenneth Branagh-directed film, with Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. With a script from Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), we’re starting to get excited to see what Branagh does with the film, and to finally see »
- Lindsey Bahr
Richard Madden: Game of Thrones’ King of the North to play Prince Charming in Cinderella Richard Madden, Game of Thrones‘ King of the North Robb Stark, has been cast as Prince Charming in Disney’s live-action retelling of the Cinderella fairy-tale. A few days ago, Lily James (Wrath of the Titans, Downton Abbey) was announced as the actress to try on Cinderella’s tiny glass slippers. The other major Cinderella cast member announced so far is Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator), who’ll play the evil Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother — perhaps with shades of Queen Elizabeth I? Cinderella follows in the (sizable) footsteps of other fairy-tales that have reached the world’s screens in recent years: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010), starring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1.02 billion worldwide. Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror »
- Zac Gille
The Devil wears Prada -- and so did Kim Kardashian for a meeting and meal with Anna Wintour herself. With rapper/designer beau Kanye West at her side, the pregnant reality star, 32, was photographed going into the Vogue Editor-in-Chief's NYC home the evening of Sunday, May 5, for an intimate dinner. (A source confirms to Us Weekly that the couple dined with the fashion and magazine icon.) See more photos of Kimye in NYC. Before heading out, the expectant brunette shared her latest pregnancy look [...] »
Since his award-winning debut feature “In the Company of Men” in 1997, Neil Labute has developed a diverse career that spans writing and directing for both the stage and screen. Depicting unsettling and often cruel relationships between men and women, his work can be difficult to stomach, but there is no denying his unique voice. Over the years, Labute has experimented with directing other people’s work, venturing into the horror (“The Wicker Man”), thriller (“Lakeview Terrace”) and comedy (“Nurse Betty,” “Death at a Funeral”) genres, to varying degrees of critical success. At the same time, he is a prolific playwright, with “The Mercy Seat,” “Fat Pig,” “reasons to be pretty,” and “The Shape of Things,” among others, making theatrical waves. Labute’s latest film, “Some Velvet Morning,” had its world premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Starring (only) Stanley Tucci (“The Hunger Games,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) and Alice Eve (“She's Out Of Your League, »
- Kristin McCracken
Actor who plays Lady Rose MacClare in the hit TV series to take lead in the Kenneth Branagh-directed live-action version of the fairytale
The film is the latest in a series of live action Disney fantasies which began in 2010 with the enormous box office success of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and continued earlier this year with Sam Raimi's Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel to 1939's The Wizard of Oz. Branagh finds his way into the director's chair following his impressive stewardship of superhero movie Thor in 2011 for Disney-owned Marvel Studios.
- Ben Child
Disney has announced that Downton Abbey actress Lily James has been cast as Cinderella in Disney's upcoming live-action re-imagining of the classic fairytale. The film is being directed by Kenneth Branagh and James will join Cate Blanchett who was previously cast in the role of the evil manipulative stepmother.
Emma Watson was considered for the role at one point, but she ended up not taking it. I think James seems like the perfect young actress for the role. The script for the film was written by Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada).
There's some solid talent attached to this project, and it will be interesting to see how it turns out. The studio is also developing a live action version of Beauty and the Beast, which is being written by Trance scribe Joe Ahearne.
Do you think James is a good choice to play Cinderella? »
- Joey Paur
A Downton Abbey star is joining Cate Blanchett in Disney’s live-action version of Cinderella. Lily James, who plays Lady Rose MacClare in the PBS smash hit, will play the fairy tale princess in the 2014 upgrade, which will be directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh. Blanchett is set to play the evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine, while Richard Madden is rumored to be playing Prince Charming in the film. The Cinderella screenplay will be credited to Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, We Bought a Zoo) and Chris Weitz (About a Boy). That’s reason enough to get excited, but pairing Branagh with Blanchett and a powerful newcomer like James makes this a must-see for families. James’ credits outside of Downton Abbey include...
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Though she came in last in our readers' poll for who should play Disney's new Cinderella, emerging ingénue Lily James has come out on top to snatch the coveted role. Walt Disney Studios has proudly announced their newly appointed princess in a press release, promising more casting notices will follow soon. James appeared in the fantasy adventure Wrath of the Titans, but is likely best recognized as Lady Rose MacClare, the jaunty jazz baby of Downton Abbey 's third season. With the widely acclaimed and wildly popular series prepping for its fourth season.one in which Lady Rose seems primed to play a major role.and Cinderella, 2014 is looking like it could be a defining time in James' career. With a screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and Chris Weitz (About a Boy), Cinderella should offer an intriguing and spirited new take on the classic tale. »
The “Downton Abbey” actress will star in the Mouse’s upcoming live-action version of the classic fairy tale that Kenneth Branagh will direct, based on a script by Chris Weitz and a pitch by Aline Brosh McKenna (“The Devil Wears Prada”). Cate Blanchett co-stars as the evil stepmother.
Emma Watson had been considered for the role, but a deal could not be worked out.
“Cinderella” is the latest fairy tale Disney is getting into the megaplex after Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” Sam Raimi’s “Oz: The Great and Powerful” and Angelina Jolie vehicle “Maleficent,” based on “Sleeping Beauty’s” villainess. Studio also is developing a live action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” with “Trance”-scribe Joe Ahearne writing the script.
Studio hopes »
- Marc Graser
Actress Lily James ("Downton Abbey") has been cast as Cinderella in Disney's upcoming live-action interpretation of the beloved classic tale. The film is being directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh and stars Cate Blanchett as the iconic evil stepmother. Additional announcements regarding Cinderella are expected in the coming weeks. Aline Brosh McKenna ( 27 Dresses , The Devil Wears Prada ) and Chris Weitz wrote the film. While most people know the story from Disney's 1950 animated classic, there are variations going back as far as the 1st century BC. (Photo Credit: Simon Burchell/WENN.com) »
It was announced earlier this year that Wallis would star in Sony's remake of the beloved 1982 Broadway adaptation, taking the lead role as originally played by Aileen Quinn.
Production on Annie is expected to begin in autumn, with a 2014 release date planned.
Watch Quvenzhane Wallis speaking to Digital Spy about Beasts of the Southern Wild below: »
Update: Emma Watson is not playing Cinderella in Disney's live action rags to riches movie. Instead, Lily James will be playing the role of the downtrodden Ella. She's currently on the BBC show "Downton Abbey" and also played Korrina in Wrath of the Titans.
March 1, 2013 - Emma Watson is in early talks to play the ultimate rags-to-riches character Cinderella in Disney's live-action version. Disney is seeing if the shoe fits with the Harry Potter actress after things didn't work out with lesser known actresses Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Welles), Alicia Vikander (Anna Kanenina) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers). Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) will play the evil stepmother.
Disney is not allowing its live-action Cindrella to turn into a pumpkin, although all the players have changed since it started working on the project. Kenneth Branagh (Thor) replaced Mark Romanek as director. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
We’re a full month away, but do you know what are you doing this Memorial Day? If two studios have their way, you’ll be spending a big chunk of it in a movie theater where a pair of highly anticipated sequels will be facing off. On May 24, the Warner Bros. comedy The Hangover Part III and the Universal action-adventure Fast & Furious 6 will premiere with hopes of drawing on their similarly young, male core demographic—while not stomping on each other’s toes in the process. “It’s as close to a coin-flip weekend as you’ll ever see in the summer season, »
- Grady Smith
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