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BELFAST TELEGRAPH – Lily James believes there is nothing braver than dealing with growing up.

The Downton Abbey star appears in Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, where she takes on the fairytale title role.

One of the biggest themes is courage, prompting Lily to reflect on times she’s had to combat nerves in her own life.

“I think every day you have to be brave, dealing with growing up,” she reasoned to Time Out London.

“I’d say loss is probably the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with.”

Of course romance is also a huge theme for Cinderella and her prince, with Lily confirming she’s a believer in true love.

The 25-year-old also addressed criticism from feminists, arguing that her character is actually a very strong woman.

“Yes! She’s definitely gutsy,” she smiled. “Right at the end, when the prince comes to rescue her, rather than going downstairs and falling into his arms, she’s like, ‘Right, I’m this girl. I’m not a princess. This is who I am.’ It’s all on her terms. It’s hopelessly romantic, but she’s empowered. Whether she’s a feminist or not depends on what your idea of a feminist is.”

And strong women play a huge part in Lily’s life, with the star crediting Downton co-stars Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael with giving her support and advice.

“[They] have been wonderful at helping me deal with all the pitfalls,” she gushed. “They’ve got such wit and intelligence.”

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BBC – The star of the new big budget Cinderella movie has been talking to Newsround about what’s it’s like to play a fairytale princess.

Lily James plays the lead role in Disney’s latest version of the story and says it was a dream come true.

Cinderella first hit the big screen in the 1950s, as an animation, and now it’s back in the cinema with real-life stars and costumes – and a seven-minute (sort of) sequel to Frozen too.

In total, 1.7 million crystals were used to make the costumes and recreate the magical fairy tale world.
But what exactly goes into creating a wardrobe worthy of a blockbuster?

Jenny went behind the scenes of the Cinderella premiere to find out.

Magazine scans

Lily is HighEnd Teen Magazine’s cover girl for April. I will add the scans as soon as they become available.

Movies Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The first ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ still has been released, featuring Lily as the iconic Elizabeth Bennet. I also added a higher version of the promotional picture here. As said in the previous post, the film will hit theaters next year. Enjoy!

Movies Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

COMING SOON – Screen Gems has officially set a release date for director Burr Steers’ adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The Jane Austen reimagining will hit the big screen on February 19, 2016! The studio has also set a September 16, 2016 release for director Jon Cassar’s thriller When the Bow Breaks. New Line Cinema, meanwhile, has shifted the upcoming Vacation reboot/sequel from an October release to this July 31st.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, starring Lily James (Cinderella, “Downton Abbey”) as Elizabeth, Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, The Rewrite) as Jane, Ellie Bamber (A Mother’s Son, The Falling) as Lydia, Millie Brady (“Mr. Selfridge”) as Mary and Suki Waterhouse (Love, Rosie, The Divergent Series: Insurgent), offers an “expanded” version of the Austen classic. The book tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also stars Sam Riley (Maleficent, On the Road) as Mr. Darcy, Jack Huston (“Boardwalk Empire,” Kill Your Darlings) as Wickham and Matt Smith (“Doctor Who,” Lost River) as Mr. Collins.

When the Bow Breaks, meanwhile, stars Morris Chestnut (The Best Man, The Call) and Regina Hall (About Last Night, Think Like a Man) as John and Laura Taylor, a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate – but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna’s deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late.

Vacation, finally, stars Ed Helms (“The Office,” The Hangover) and Christina Applegate (Anchorman, The Book of Life). Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favorite family fun park,” Walley World. The film is will also include appearances from the original’s Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.

Both Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and When the Bow Breaks are the first major releases to claim their respective dates. Vacation, meanwhile, will go up against Southpaw, The Gift, The End of the Tour and Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.

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RADIO TIMES – Cinderella’s grand entrance at the Prince’s ball is one of the crowning moments in the much-loved fairytale – and in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Disney remake. But when the day finally came to film it, leading lady Lily James “wasn’t really sure what was going on.”

“I was really sick,” she told RadioTimes.com. “Actors rarely do it but I had to take two days off.”

“There was this section of the film where it rains and I get wet and so I spent days on end just being hosed down. It was winter and I just got really sick,” she explains.

So rather than it being a career highlight, the ball was “all a bit hazy… I wasn’t really sure what was going on.”

It wasn’t all bad, though. Her illness “added to this delirium” and the magic of the moment, she says.

“Sometimes you get a little bit spacey when you’ve had too much Night Nurse,” laughed director Kenneth Branagh when we asked him about James’ delirious performance later on. “But it was perfect timing. It was a good thing for her, coming in and knocking on that door. She hadn’t known what we had been doing for two days with a thousand people in there. It was lovely.”

And there was no way his leading lady was going to miss out, ill or not.

“Lily got flu at the beginning of that sequence so she was late to the ball. It wasn’t until the evening of the second day that I said ‘Look Lily, we can still keep going but we really are waiting for you now so tomorrow by the end of the day I’m going to have to do a big wide shot and have the double come in in the dress. She said, ‘Stop right there. I’ll be in first thing’.”

“She came in, nose-streaming, but nobody else was getting into that dress!” he said.