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Exclusive: Joe Wright "Waiting On" Saoirse Ronan & James McAvoy To Confirm For 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 6, 2011 9:26 AM
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'Hanna' Director Says Benedict Cumberbatch & Kelly Macdonald Have Joined The CastWhile director Joe Wright has his teenage-assassin flick "Hanna" ready to kick some ass in theaters this weekend, he's already got his eye on his next project, an adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's classic "Anna Karenina." There has been plenty of movement in recent weeks on the project. He’s already got longtime collaborator Keira Knightley on board, and Aaron Johnson and Jude Law are also vying for roles. In addition, Saoirse Ronan was also rumored and we had been hearing about the possibility of James McAvoy as well. And it looks like they weren't just idle whispers.

Kelly Macdonald Replaces Reese Witherspoon As Lead Of Pixar's 'Brave,' First Concept Art Revealed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 28, 2011 2:11 AM
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Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane Also In Voice CastConsidering the run the studio have been on recently ("Ratatouille," "Wall-E" and "Up" all in quick succession), it's a little sad that we're facing such a gap of original material from Pixar -- "Toy Story 3" came last year, and, much worse, "Cars 2" this year. But we're now heading toward the light at the end of the tunnel: 2012 will see "Brave," formerly known as "The Bear & The Bow," and shows the company once more moving into new territory -- with its first fairy tale, and its first female lead (the delay in the arrival of the latter being something that they've faced criticism for recently).

Kelly Macdonald Presumably Final Addition To Cast Of 'Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2010 2:42 AM
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Well, she had a good run, but you can't run from the Warner Bros secret police forever. Since the passing of the 2000 Act of Parliament stating that every British-born member of Equity, the UK actor's union, had, by law, to appear in at least one Harry Potter film whether they wanted to or not, the rebels and stragglers put up a good fight. Some moved to the States to avoid the draft, others took a heavily disguised role to keep their identity secret (Chiwetel Ejiofor's performance as Ginny Weasley will never truly get the credit it deserves).

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