‘Cinderella’ director Kenneth Branagh explains why he directed the movie and also mentions his “Romeo and Juliet” play with Lily and Richard Madden. ‘Cinderella’ will be released on Blu-ray/DVD, Digital HD/SD and on Disney Movies Anywhere on September 15.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – With the making of Cinderella, director Kenneth Branagh combined his background in resuscitating period classics (Hamlet, Henry V) with his experience shooting big-scale productions (Thor), creating a sleek, live-action reboot that smacks of modern fare while holding true to the fairy tale’s traditional roots.
“All of my interests and skill sets came together for Cinderella,” says Branagh. Furthermore, directing Disney’s live action remake allowed the Irish filmmaker to make strides towards his ultimate goal. “I often feel that the evolution of an artist is to try to get simpler and simpler, as least that is what I aspire to,” he says.
So, is Branagh calling Cinderella — which was made for an estimated $95 million — a simple film? Kind of, but that’s exactly why he signed up for the job. “Some people are dismissive of the fairy tale as a genre, but I’ve never felt that because the stories that end up having an influence over your entire creative life often happen when you’re very small,” explains Branagh. “Those first tales, whether told to you by a parent, or a storybook or at a theater, really make an enormous impression, yet at the surface, they’re very simple. I feel my trajectory was leading me towards stories, although deceptively simple, [that] carry with them an emotional charge vastly greater than its surface appearance.”
Read on for more from Branagh and for an exclusive deleted scene from the new Disney Movies Anywhere app cut – featuring a dark take on the obstacles facing Ella and her Prince Charming.Continue Reading
BRANAGH THEATHRE LIVE – The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live promises an exceptional series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre over the course of a year.
In this Faze exclusive clip from ‘Cinderella’, Lily learns how to ride a horse in preparation for her role.
We added a new picture featuring Lily and co-star James Norton in mineseries ‘War and Peace’ and two other stills have been replaced with high quality ones (thanks to Ana)!
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Another promotional image/poster for War and Peace have been added to our gallery. Can’t wait to see Lily is this mini series! (Thanks to Just James Norton for the tip)
First promotional posters for BBC’s War and Peace have surfaced the net, thanks to Revista Popland. They look pretty good, hopefully better and HQ versions will be released soon as well :)
MOVIEHOLE – “War and Peace” will aur on Lifetime, A&E and HISTORY in January 2016, it was announced today.
Simulcasting in the US on the three networks in January 2016, ”War and Peace” features an all-star cast including SAG Award(R) and Film Independent Spirit Award winner Paul Dano (”12 Years a Slave”, ”Little Miss Sunshine”), Lily James (”Cinderella”, ”Downton Abbey”), James Norton (”Happy Valley”), Golden Globe(R) winner Gillian Anderson (”The X Files”, ”Hannibal”), Oscar(R), Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Jim Broadbent (”Moulin Rouge!”, ”Iris”) and others.
Set against the backdrop of Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia, War and Peace is a story of passion, romance, scandal and deceit surrounding the rising and falling fortunes of five aristocratic families – the Bezukhovs, Bolkonskys, Drubetskoys, Kuragins and Rostovs – in the waning days of imperial Russia.
Produced by BBC Cymru Wales Drama, in partnership with The Weinstein Company, BBC Worldwide/Lookout Point and Lifetime, ”War and Peace” was written by Emmy and BAFTA winner Andrew Davies (”House of Cards”, ”Mr. Selfridge”, ”Pride and Prejudice”) and directed by BAFTA nominee Tom Harper (”Peaky Blinders”, ”The Scouting Book for Boys”, ”Woman in Black: Angel of Death”). Principal photography took place in Russia, Lithuania and Latvia.
”War and Peace” is Executive Produced by BBC Wales Head of Drama Faith Penhale (”A Poet In New York”, ”Doctor Who, Sherlock”) and Bethan Jones (”Sherlock”, ”The Passing Bells”, ”Atlantis”) for BBC Cymru Wales, Andrew Davies, with Harvey Weinstein (”Marco Polo”, ”The Imitation Game”, ”Silver Linings Playbook”) and Robert Walak (”Woman In Gold”, ”Shame”, ”Calvary” ) for The Weinstein Company, and Simon Vaughan (”Parade’s End”, ”Ripper Street”) for Lookout Point. The Producer is Julia Stannard (”The Great Train Robbery”, ”United”, ”The Awakening”).
Lily James, Christopher Plummer and Jai Courtney are all heading to Belgium next month to film The Kaiser’s Last Kiss.
Principal photography starts in September on the WWII spy thriller, which is adapted by Simon Burke from the novel by Alan Judd.
Set in the Netherlands just after the Nazi invasion of 1940, it centres on a house in Doorn of former monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Plummer). Living there in exile since 1917 he now has to deal once more with the German army who have occupied Holland.
James (Cinderella) plays a young Jewish woman in the Dutch resistance who works undercover with British forces to plant an agent within the Kaiser’s household. Courtney (Suicide Squad) takes the role of a German officer, whose love affair with the young woman threatens to ignite that plan with lethal consequences.
Film House Germany’s Egoli Tossell Film is producing alongside Ostar Enterprises, with renowned theatre director David Leveaux making his feature directorial debut.
Judy Tossell and Hollywood super-agent Lou Pitt (whose clients include Plummer) are the producers, with Bill Haber and Phil Geier on board to executive produce.