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It didn’t take long for Disney to follow-up their live action Cinderella teaser the other day with the full trailer. There’s a lot of acting talent involved in this latest incarnation that includes Lily James as Ella, Cate Blanchett as the evil Step Mother, Richard Madden as the Prince, and Helena Bonham Carter as her Fairy God Mother. How do you think this will do at the box office? (more…)

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The latest word out of the Dreamworks Animation panel at SDCC 2013 has three new stars joining the How to Train Your Dragon 2 cast and we’ve also got our first look an exclusive poster by Drew Struzan (Don’t know who he is?). If you’re lucky enough to be walking around at SDCC, you can track down Struzan at his signing later today and snag a signed poster for your wall.

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Who’s joined the cast you ask? Well let’s start off with Game of ThronesKit Harrington. Now Jon Snow might know nothing, but Harrington’s HTTYD2 character, Eret, the cocky dragon trapper with a London accent sure does.

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Then there’s Djimon Honsou :

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Honsou will be playing an as yet unnamed, or just unannounced, character who is training the captured dragons and turning those dragons into an army.

Cate Blanchett is up next, she will be voicing Valka, described as: “a stealthy vigilante type set on rescuing as many of the dragons as possible.”

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Early word out of the panel is that the footage shown was fantastic. The first movie was a real money-making success for Dreamworks and so far all the buzz about the follow-up is very positive. When we get our hands on the footage shown at the panel, we’ll bring it to you here.

Via: Bleeding Cool

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Surprisingly absolutely no one, Disney has confirmed via a press release that frontrunner Richard Madden will play the prince in their live-action adaptation of Cinderella. He’s joining Lily James as the titular princess, Cate Blanchet as the evil step-mother, and Kenneth Branagh as director. Looking at this talented line-up, I’m quite pleased.

And considering what Madden still has left to endure as Robb Stark in this season of Game of Thrones, getting to be the prince of a peaceful, Disney kingdom will be a well earned vacation. I can’t imagine his choosing to marry Cinderella will cause nearly as many problems as his decision to marry the Lady Talisa, amirite?

Has this casting made you any more excited for Cinderella?

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The final piece has been found for Disney‘s live-action Cinderella, their princess. A role rumored have once gone to Emma Watson has been snagged by Downton Abbey‘s Lily James. The news came in this very short press release from Disney which simply stated,

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.

I’m going to guess one of those other expected announcements is who will play Prince Charming. Current frontrunner is Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden, a decision of which I highly approve. Kenneth Branagh is directing, and Cate Blanchet has been attached as the evil step-mother for ages.

James plays the fiesty and free-spirited niece of Lord Grantham on Downton, so having her scrub floors and be bullied by her step-sisters will be a change of pace. One I’m happy to see her tackle. Do you think James is the right choice to fill that glass slipper?

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Fairy tales are going no where anytime soon. It’s superheroes and fairy tale on the horizon folks, and one name is dominating both genres: Disney. Sure, you could say it’s because they aiming to own every franchise ever, but they also know how to get the ball rolling on projects stuck in pre-production hell. Mark Romanek was originally tasked to direct this live-action adaptation of Cinderella, but when he walked away things halted. Cate Blanchet has also been tied to this flick as the wicked stepmother and hallelujah things have begun moving again because I’d hate to think we’d be denied seeing her at her worst. And by worst I mean best, because, guys, she’s gonna kill it as the wicked stepmother. You saw her go all crazy evil Galadrial, she’ll be amazing.

And coming to the rescue is actual fuckin’ knight! How cool is that? That is assuming these negotiations don’t fall through, and how I hope they do not. Kenneth Branagh, sorry, Sir Kenneth Branagh is in talks to takeover as director, reports Vulture. Filming would begin in the fall and we could potentially see Cinderella in theatres come 2014. Still no word on who’d play the title role, but if Branagh agrees I’m sure they could snag some young ingenue in no time. There’s already a script from Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) but Vulture also mentions Chris Weitz (Twilight: New Moon) is working on another draft.

Does this not sound like match made in Hollywood heaven? I mean, Shakespeare and Thor are kind of like fairy tales, right?

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You would imagine that by now the most recent issue of Empire featuring a bevy of Hobbit goodness would have been picked clean. Well, it has, but you may not have seen all it had to offer. The diligent folks at CBM have found more images scanned in from the magazine for us to check out. Featured here is the best look yet the Goblin King – grotesque lookin’ guy, isn’t he? – and new shots of Radagast (Sylvestor McCoy), Galadriel (Cate Blanchet), and more.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey release not soon enough, on December 14th.

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It’s black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep. The great eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, ash, and dust. The very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly, driving into New York City at rush hour on Friday…Is that how Boromir said it???? (more…)