Casting News – Emma Watson will not Star in Disney’s “Cinderella”

Last month, there were rumors circulating that Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson was going to star as the title role in Disney’s live-action version of Cinderella. However, Variety’s Marc Graser recently tweeted, “Emma Watson has decided NOT to star in Disney’s CINDERELLA.”  He did not give any information behind Watson’s decision to back-out of the project, but in another tweet he stated, “Details to come.”

This version of the classic tale will be directed by Kenneth Branagh and actress Cate Blanchett is signed on to portray the evil stepmother. According to an article on Collider, the studio may go back to considering actresses Saoirse Ronan, Gabriella Wilde, and Alicia Vikander for the coveted role.

Who do you think should be cast as Cinderella? Do you think Watson made the right decision? Is Branagh the right director for this project? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Source: Collider

Casting News – Emma Watson in Talks to Star in Disney’s “Cinderella”

Disney has been releasing and developing several films over the past few years that are inspired by the animated classics the studio thrives on. This was kicked off with Tim Burton’s live-action version of Alice in Wonderland and has led to both Sam Rami’s Oz the Great and Powerful and Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie.

Another film that Disney currently has in the works is a Kenneth Branagh-directed, live-action version of Cinderella. Recently, casting rumors have started to surround Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson. Watson is in talks to star as the iconic princess. Actress Cate Blanchett is also attached to portray the evil stepmother.

What do you think of this potential casting choice? Do you think Watson would fit the role of Cinderella? Would you be interested in seeing this film?

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Source: Collider

Trailer and Photos – “Oz the Great and Powerful”

The first official trailer has been released for Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful. This reinterpretation is directed by Sam Raimi and includes a cast with actors such as James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, and Zach Braff.

Here is a link to the trailer:

Entertainment Weekly has also gone through and “dissected” the trailer and released some photos:,,20399642_20611436,00.html

When Oscar Diggs (Franco), a small-time circus magician is hurled away from Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s in the right place and he will be able to gain fame and fortune, that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Kunis), Evanora (Weisz) and Glinda (Williams). These three witches are not convinced he is the great wizard that everyone has been expecting. Oscar is reluctantly drawn into the problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants and he must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity–and even a bit of wizardry–Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. Look for this film to hit theaters March 8, 2013.

What do you think of this trailer? What do you think of this unique take on the classic Wizard of Oz story?

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“Entertainment Weekly” – Comic-Con Star Portraits: Day One

Entertainment Weekly has been following Comic-Con and has a lot of really interesting posts about what is going on at the San Diego Comic-Con. They recently posted a gallery with some stunning and fun photos of stars that are at Comic-Con for panels and promotional events.

What do you think of these photos? Are you following what is happening at Comic-Con?

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First Look – “Oz the Great and Powerful”

Well, the clash of the Snow White films is over and it is now on to the clash of Wizard of Oz films. There are three films in the works that are going to be using the story. There is an animated version starring the voice of Lea Michele, a CG/stop-motion version from the Corpse Bride co-director Mike Johnson (which is still in very early development stages), and Disney’s live action prequel, Oz the Great and Powerful.

Disney has released a teaser poster for Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful. Disney does not own the rights to the 1939 film so audiences will not be seeing the classic ruby slippers when Oz the Great and Powerful hits theaters. However, in the poster there is plenty of classic Oz imagery that you will be able to recognize.

The cast includes Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, and James Franco as Oz – or Oscar. In this version of the story Oz is known as Oscar at the beginning of his journey and then he finds himself whisked away from a Kansas circus to that magical land of Oz. Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful is set to hit theaters March 8, 2013.

What do you think of this poster? Are you looking forward to seeing the new versions of this classic story?