• Helena Bonham Carter is in final negotiations to reprise her role as the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass, Disney’s follow-up to 2010’s box office sensation Alice in Wonderland. Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska are also returning as the Mad Hatter and Alice in the James Bobin-directed sequel set for a May 27, 2016 release. [Variety]
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• Two-time Oscar winner Jessica Lange will join Mark Wahlberg and Brie Larson in Paramount’s remake of The Gambler. The American Horror Story star will play the wealthy mother of Wahlberg’s character, who is struggling with debt. The 64-year-old actress can be seen next in the thriller In Secret, with Oscar Isaac and Elizabeth Olsen (out Feb. 21). [Deadline]
Well, that’s one way to get to the ball on time.
Principal photography on Disney’s upcoming live-action Cinderella has just begun in London — and as this first-look photo proves, this might not be your grandma’s version of the classic fairy tale. The film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, stars Downton Abbey‘s Lily James as the titular heroine, Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother, Helena Bonham Carter as her quirky fairy godmother, and Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden as her Prince Charming.
The story largely follows Disney’s 1950 cartoon adaptation, with a few twists — in this version, for instance, Cinderella and the Prince meet before that fateful ball, though he fibs and tells her that he’s a palace employee. (Shades of Aladdin — and Ever After?)
Branagh praised his cast in a statement released today, especially its young romantic leads: “With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella,” he said. “She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace. Her Prince is being played by Richard Madden, a young actor with incredible power and charisma. He is funny, smart and sexy and a great match for Cinderella.”
Set your clocks for midnight… plus one and a half years: The film hits theaters March 13, 2015.
Based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations tells the story of a girl who has learned not to love and the boy who can’t help but love her. Throw in the complications that come along with royalty and a bit of mystery, and you have the first trailer for the film. Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine, Jason Flemyng, Ralph Fiennes, and Holliday Grainger, Great Expectations follows a young orphan “from unexpected privilege to unexpected love.”
Watch the trailer below:
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There aren’t exactly a lack of Cinderella adaptations. From the musical versions to Disney’s animated take, even the live-action Drew Barrymore re-telling, everyone has their favorite.
Disney wants to add one more to the slate, and called on Thor director Kenneth Branagh to bring the impoverished, unlucky heroine to the screen once more. Fans attending Disney’s D23 Expo on Saturday got a chance to see a pre-taped segment with Branagh, who teased audiences with his plans for the film and the story and how he plans to honor the beloved animated classic.
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• Helena Bonham Carter will play the part of the fairy godmother in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation of Cinderella. According to reports, this is a slight re-imagining of the classic character and will find Bonham Carter in disguise as a beggar at first. In the oh-too-predictable version of the world, Bonham Carter would have been the wicked stepmother, and Cate Blanchett would have been the fairy godmother. Whether it’s Branagh, Disney, or the actresses (especially Bonham Carter) looking to branch out a little, we’re pleasantly surprised by the news. The project is set to begin its shoot this fall in London.
In addition to musical performances by Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones, and Barbra Streisand — and a closing musical number from Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth — Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced the names of the actors involved in the show’s live Broadway tribute, which will spotlight Chicago, Dreamgirls, and Les Misérables.
The actors involved have all starred in big-screen adaptations of the three featured musicals, including Jennifer Hudson from Dreamgirls; Catherine Zeta-Jones from Chicago; and Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter from this year’s Les Misérables.
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Harry Potter fans, break out your wands and invisible cloaks.
An inside source confirms to EW that a Potter “mini movie” — following the franchise’s eighth film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 — is being filmed at the Harry Potter studios in Hertfordshire, England with cast members including Helena Bonham Carter (as evil death eater Bellatrix Lestrange).
The mini movie will appear exclusively at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter themed area at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure in Florida, as well as Potter-themed areas under construction at Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Hollywood. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando opened to the fan-frenzied public in 2010.
Universal Orlando spokesman Tom Schroder declined to comment when reached by EW.
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To quote Les Miserables, “I dreamed a dream” that the ambitious movie adaptation of the stage musical would show in IMAX theaters, and it’s happening!
Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that the Tom Hooper-directed film, starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, and Helena Bonham Carter, among others, will be digitally remastered to begin a limited domestic IMAX run in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Montreal the same day as its nationwide domestic release on Dec. 25. The movie will roll out in IMAX theaters internationally starting Jan. 10, 2013.
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There have been many adaptations of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations — from Alfonso Cuaron’s 1998 modern-day vision with Gwyneth Paltrow and Ethan Hawke, to the more recent PBS miniseries with Gillian Anderson. But the last big-screen version that kept the classic tale firmly rooted in the 1860s hit theaters back in 1946 — and won two Academy Awards.
So must be about time for a new rendition. A trailer for the upcoming Mike Newell-helmed adaptation shows Helena Bonham Carter looking so very Helena Bonham Carter-y in period dress as the wealthy, wicked spinster Miss Havisham. The film, which will be shown at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall, also stars Ralph Fiennes, War Horse‘s Jeremy Irvine as Pip, and Hagrid himself Robbie Coltrane.
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