Disney’s very busy 2015 will begin with one of their most iconic properties. A live-action version of Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is scheduled for release March 13, 2015 and principal photography just began in England. To commemorate the occasion, Disney has released the first official still from the film, of the soon-to-be-princess herself played by Downton Abbey‘s Lily James. Check it out below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Even casual Disney fans have likely noticed that the studio’s various animated features often contain subtle nods at each other. Rapunzel from Tangled has Disney fairy tale books in her collection, Nani from Lilo & Stitch has a Mulan poster, et cetera. But what if these aren’t mere sight gags from playful animators. What if, instead, they’re hard evidence that all of these movies take place in the same universe?
In an homage of sorts to Jon Negroni’s The Pixar Theory, Josh Butler posits that 30 of Disney’s animated features share a world. His thesis requires some suspension of disbelief — for one thing, it involves a lot of magic and time travel — but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Hit the jump to see how Butler’s theory shakes out.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
Kenneth Branagh directed Thor, not Captain America: The First Avenger, but it seems he liked what he saw in one of Steve Rogers’ pals. Hayley Atwell, best known for playing Peggy Carter in the Marvel flick, has boarded the cast of Branagh’s Cinderella.
The Brit actress joins a promising cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), and Lily James (Downton Abbey). Hit the jump to find out exactly how Atwell fits in.
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At Saturday’s live-action film presentation at D23 Expo, Walt Disney Pictures revealed the official logos for a handful of their upcoming films: Maleficent, Muppets Most Wanted, Into The Woods, Cinderella, Tomorrowland AND MORE. Check them out now after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
As the star of several Lars Von Trier films, including the upcoming Nymphomaniac, Stellan Skarsgard is no stranger to edgy adult material. But one of his next roles will see him going in a much more family-friendly direction.
The Swedish actor is in talks to join the starry cast of Disney’s Cinderella, a live-action reimaging of the classic fairy tale. Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Lily James, and Richard Madden are also set to star, with Kenneth Branagh directing. Hit the jump to find out whom Skarsgard is playing.
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Over the past few weeks, movie studios have been hungrily gobbling up prime release dates through the end of the decade. Studios like Sony and Disney have given release dates as far ahead as 2018 to big-time sequels and films with no titles. It’s getting a bit ridiculous.
One of the most exciting studios planting those flags is Marvel Studios. We know their Phase Two will end on May 1, 2015 with The Avengers 2 and Phase Three will start on November 6, 2015 with Ant-Man. Last week, they revealed two new movies will be out May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017. Now, they’ve added another film to 2016. The new one will arrive on July 6, 2016, to be exact.
Marvel’s parent company, Disney, also dated one of its biggest upcoming films. Kenneth Branagh‘s Cinderella will now be released March 13, 2015. Read More »
Briefly: Kenneth Branagh‘s live-action Disney film, Cinderella, has just found its Fairy Godmother. Helena Bonham Carter will play the iconic role helping the title character (Lily James) fall in love with the prince (Richard Madden) in spite of the Wicked Stepmother (Cate Blanchett).
The film has yet to be given a release date, but late 2014, early 2015 seems likely. It was written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) and Chris Weitz (Twilight: New Moon). Bonham Carter will next appear in another Disney movie, The Lone Ranger.
The King of the North will now be a Disney Prince. Richard Madden, who plays Rob Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones, has been cast in Kenneth Branagh‘s live-action remake of Cinderella as the Prince. He was rumored to be up for the role in April and now officially joins a cast that includes Lily James (Downton Abbey) as Cinderella and Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. Read More »
Briefly: Disney’s live-action retelling of Cinderella has been coming together over the past couple months, with Kenneth Branagh stepping in to direct after Mark Romanek moved on, and Cate Blanchett cast as the wicked stepmother who makes Cinderella’s life a minor hell.
Now, after a report that indicated Disney and Branagh were looking at Bella Heathcote, Lily James, and Margot Robbie as possible fits for the glass slipper, Downton Abbey actress Lily James has won the role. There’s relatively little info beyond that — Disney’s press release announcing the casting is a terse two sentences — but we’ll likely hear more soon. Richard Madden (Robb Stark on Game of Thrones) was floated as one possible choice to play the Prince, and with James cast the producers can figure out who’ll best play opposite her as the romantic lead.
Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) wrote an early version of the script, and the current version was written by Chris Weitz (Twilight: New Moon).