Variety – CinemaCon: Disney Skirts Around ‘Star Wars,’ Spotlights Marvel, Pixar

While Disney chose not to reveal any new details or footage from Lucas Films’ upcoming “Star Wars,” the studio shined the spotlight on its other franchises during its CinemaCon presentation Wednesday, including Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” as well as Pixar’s 2015 release “Inside Out.”

In addition to the “Inside Out” sneak peek, Horn and Dave Hollis, exec VP of worldwide distribution for Disney, showed roughly five minutes from another 2015 release, the live-action version of “Cinderella,” which stars Cate Blanchett, Lily James and Helena Bonham Carter.

Pixar’s “Inside Out,” which has been slotted for release next summer, drew enthusiastic responses from the crowd, screening an extended clip from the film, which is set in the mind of a young girl whose emotions — Joy, Fear, Sadness and Anger — are the main characters.

Disney chairman Alan Horn referenced the fact that Pixar will not have a release in 2014.

“There’s no film this year because these guys took it back,” Horn said, “but John Lasseter has a saying that quality is the best business plan.”

As for any “Star Wars” news, all Horn said was that the film will be set “30 years after Episode 6″ and will feature a trio of young leads, “but we are not quite ready to share anything else yet.”

Horn expressed the need for making more modestly-budgeted films at Disney, saying, “It’s very important to us that we make them.”

Following the studio’s formal presentation, Horn presented “Million Dollar Arm” star Jon Hamm with the confab’s excellence in acting award. “I am intensely proud of this film and not just because I have to be,” Hamm said of the inspirational sports pic set in India.

Horn said “Million Dollar Arm,” which bows Stateside on May 16, has been getting stellar early responses from test screenings — better even than the first “Harry Potter,” which the exec shepherded at Warner Bros. The Mouse screened “Million Dollar Arm” in its entirety directly following the presentation.

IO9 - Cate Blanchett Blew Our Minds As Cinderella’s Evil Stepmother

Disney’s live action Cinderella movie is so wonderfully beholden to the animated source material, it will make your heart swell. And we’ve seen a large chunk of it, including the Evil Stepmother, Cate Blanchett — who makes her grand entrance with A CAT ON A LEASH.

Today at CinemaCon, Disney gave a large presentation of their upcoming films, and the huge standout hit was Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella. Honestly I had almost forgotten all about this film — well, no more. Move over Maleficent (which had absolutely nothing to show.) Cinderella and her tiny clothes-wearing mice are here to wear the Disney Crown. Here’s everything I saw.

The footage opened as all good fairy tales should, a woman’s voice says “Once Upon A Time there was a Child named Ella.”

A beautiful family sits in a simply golden pastoral setting having the worlds most adorable picnic. It’s clearly baby Cinderella, with her father and her blonde mother. Everything is wonderful, they are all so happy and blonde and loving being outdoors… but not for loooong! Cut into the family’s gorgeous manor, and OH NO, the mother faints in their fabulous library. The father catches her, and genuine looks of concern are exchanged all around. Cut to the same pastoral field and little Cinderella and father are embracing, all in black. Looks like the Mother died.

Fast forward, a much older Cinderella played by Lily James (best remembered as the “I do what I want” cousin from Downton Abbey) stands in the hallway to welcome her new Stepmother.

Evil Stepmother Cate Blanchett enters, wearing a stunning dress black with gold embroidered details, a black veil wrapped tightly across her face, and topped off with a massive, black victorian hat. But more importantly, she is escorting in her pet cat who is being led in on a leash. SHE HAS A CAT ON A LEASH!!!!!!


It is, amazing. We can only assume that this charcoal tabby, who totally flicks his paw like he’s rubbing his litter in Cinderella’s face, is named Lucifer (like in the the animated movie). How I even managed to watch a thing after the “cat on a leash” reveal, I will never know — but I’m still freaking out about it. And the footage only got better.

The next few scenes were just a flurry of dresses. So many jewel-toned dresses. Gorgeous fabulous very Disney dresses. Not necessarily true to the times, but it’s a fairy tale, deal with it. At one point Blanchett walks in with a massive cheetah print ensemble that is just fantastic and fabulous and goes well with her “I’m watching you” sneer she always seems to be wearing.

The two evil Stepsisters are also revealed and oh my god it’s Daisy from Downton Abbey (Sophie McShera) and she looks completely different. Totally different. McShera plays Drizella. Her hair is curly and coifed. Holliday Grainger is the other stepsister Anastasia. They have matching updos and her hair is dyed red. Which is also canon from the Disney movie. They are both wearing a lot of jewel tone mustard and pink, which is also just like the animated movie.

A man approaches and lets everyone know that Cinderella’s father has dead. Things change for Cindy, and now she’s the servant girl. Cut to a close up of those old-timey servant bells ringing off the hook. It’s the sisters, and Drizella cackles, “Cinderella, that’s what we’ll call you.” Her eyes bulge and her face skews up into a hideous cackle. Goodbye, Daisy from Downton Abbey. Wonderful.

Many close-ups of Cinderella’s dirty face with stained with tears. Cinderella flees into the woods on a stunning spotted grey horse. She’s one with nature — ride Cindy, ride! All of a sudden, a dashing young man on another horse approaches, *SPIT TAKE* it’s Robb Stark (Richard Madden), and he tells her she shouldn’t be in the forest alone. Cindy laughs and tells him she’s not alone, she’s with him.

Someone announces there’s going to be a Royal Ball! The stepsister primp and preen and mug for the mirror. So many saturated colors and jewel tone dresses are thrown about. The Evil Stepmother looks on, excited for her girls.

They are all ready and Cinderella descends the stairs in a dress they didn’t see coming, “It was my Mother’s dress!” And, of course, the Evil Stepmother rips it to pieces. A PAIR OF CG MICE WITH VESTS LOOK ON FROM THE STAIRS. The mice have clothing, and it works, because this movie is literally a complete literal translation of the animated classic with additional Robb Stark scenes. How could there not be mice!

Cinderella will NOT go to the ball. She’s crying on the balcony watching her dreams die when suddenly a haggard old woman appears in their house. Which is weird because that would mean that she broke into their house and that is illegal. But wait it’s actually Helena Bonham Carter in old lady face and she says, “I’m your Fairy Godmother of course.” And then bippity bop pity boo, she turns into a gorgeous, blonde Helena Bonham Carter (note she never actually utters that classic turn of phrase, but we assume it’s coming). She looks stunning and almost exactly like Glina from Oz but without the down and gigantic sleeves.

Full disclosure: I was not on board with HBC being cast as the fairy godmother, but I was wrong. She is sensational. She has this little angelic charm and together they root through the green house looking for a sizable vegetable that she can transform into a carriage. Her eyes are questionably gigantic, like someone did something in post, but none of the FX are set on this movie so those might just be her eyes.

The classic carriage is transformed from a pumpkin (obviously) and it turns into a golden ornate wonder. It’s really something spectacular and we assume Disney will be trotting out this show piece every chance they get. Cinderella gets her classic blue dress, but in an interesting tween-directed decision, she wears her hair down, curly and absolutely covered in glitter. Her head has been dunked in glitter, so much glitter.

And now the ball. Wow. Music that was obviously inspired by the Princess Bride theme song is blasting, fireworks are being shot off and everyone just looks gorgeous. Enter Princes Charming in a full cream prince suit, which almost makes me turn into a howling, cartoon wolf. He asks her to dance! They are nervous, he forgets the word dance. They giggle, and somehow I’m holding the person’s hand next to me and we are just sighing.

We all know where this is going — nothing I’ve reported on here is new for Cinderella, but that’s the point! The absolute dedication to the source material hits right in the Disney sweet spot. It is clear that director Kenneth Branagh is a fan of the fairy tale, and a fan of what Disney created. Sure there are plenty of new scenes that were hinted at (Prince Charming is seen briefly fencing with Game of Thrones’ Nonso Anozie). Plus it’s gorgeous and some how they may just make mice with vests work. Fingers crossed for this one: It looks really, really good.

Cinderella is set for a March 13th, 2015 release date.

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New event of “Escape From Planet Earth” – VIP Screening with Lily James costar on Cinderella, Freddie Fox costar on Posh, Alicia Vikander costar on Tulip Fever and more!

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And looks like we get to know who is Holly’s pair on Posh! <3


Empire Online gives us a first look at Posh which is due to premiere on September 19th.

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THEWRAP released today:

Justin Chadwick is directing the Weinstein Company’s adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s beloved romance novel

Hot off a well-reviewed turn as a femme fatale in A&E’s miniseries “Bonnie and Clyde,” British actress Holliday Grainger is in negotiations to star alongside Christoph Waltz in the Weinstein Company’s period drama “Tulip Fever,” TheWrap has learned.

Justin Chadwick (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”) is directing the adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s beloved romance novel. Alison Owen of British banner Ruby Films (“Saving Mr. Banks”) is producing the long-gestating film with Harvey Weinstein, as “Tulip Fever” has been a passion project for Owen.

Also read: ‘The Borgias’ Star Holliday Grainger Joins Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ (Exclusive)

Set in 17th century Amsterdam, the story follows a married woman (Grainger) who begins a passionate affair with an artist hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together.

Waltz, who signed on earlier this month, has called the script “brilliant” and expects “Tulip Fever” to be his next project, though his role remains unknown. Pre-production is scheduled to begin in April.

“Tulip Fever” has been a talent magnet for years, as Keira Knightley and Jude Law had been eyed to star in a previous incarnation of the project, which has interested directors such as Tom Hooper, John Madden and Peter Chelson over the years. Alicia Vikander had also been circling Chadwick’s adaptation though it appears that TWC has moved on.

Grainger is no stranger to well-known love stories, having previously appeared in Cary Fukunaga’s “Jane Eyre,” Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina” and Mike Newell’s “Great Expectations,” in which she played the female lead.

The 25 year-old British actress, who played Jeremy Irons’ daughter Lucrezia Borgia on Showtime’s “The Borgias,” will soon be seen in Disney’s “Cinderella” and Lone Scherfig’s indie thriller “Posh.” She’s repped by WME, LBI Entertainment and Troika.