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Ella Enchanted

By Hannah Soo Park

We've got our eye on another fairytale remake, with today's news that Cate Blanchett may be lending her signature ice-cold gaze to the part of Cinderella's evil stepmother in Disney's upcoming untitled project. According to The Wrap, the "Hobbit" star is the first in talks to join Mark Romanek's live-action rendition on the classic tale.

Before you roll your eyes at the thought of yet another take on happily ever after, consider the plot, which follows a doomed politically arranged marriage plot involving a prince and, of course, Cinderella. With Blanchett and Romanek on board, we're thinking this one won't involve pumpkin carriages and talking mice.

With that said, this won't be the first twist added to the preexisting cookie-cutter storyline—from the Muppets to gender role reversals, we break down some of the most unexpected and wacky twists we've seen in Cinderella's movie past.


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George Clooney has assembled an impressive cast for his fifth directorial effort, "The Monuments Men."

Like the previous films he's directed, Clooney will star in the upcoming World War II drama. But Deadline is reporting that the movie will also star Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Jean Dujardin, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Bonneville and Bob Balaban. We guess when you're George Clooney you really do have the pick of the litter for your projects.


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The latest poster for the fifth season of "Breaking Bad" reads "All hail the king," but it doesn't specify. King of what? King of meth production? King of all of Westeros? We like to assume both.

Also, find out what "Lost" would have been like with Batman, and Bill Murray saves a rainy baseball game in today's Dailies!


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Peter JacksonFans of "The Hobbit" have waited with baited breath to see if the long-anticipated, seemingly troubled-from-the-get-go production would get off the ground, particularly after director Guillermo del Toro dropped out of the project last May.

Since then, Peter Jackson has stepped in, but Wednesday night the film had another setback as the Oscar-winning director underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer, according to a statement from production.

Filming was expected to start sometime next month, but will be delayed as Jackson, who was admitted to New Zealand's Wellington Hospital after experiencing acute stomach pains, heals from the surgery. According to Entertainment Weekly, a New Line Cinema rep confirmed that the director "is resting comfortably and doctors expect a full recovery."

The statement from production also assured that Jackson's "surgery is not expected to impact on his directing commitment to 'The Hobbit' beyond a slight delay to the start of filming."

Just how "slight" the delay ends up being remains to be seen. The two parts of Jackson's "Hobbit" will feature many actors reprising their roles from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, including Sir Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood (not to mention that rumored $1 million, two-minute cameo by Orlando Bloom.)

Parts 1 and 2 of "The Hobbit" are slated for December 2012 and December 2013 releases, respectively.

Do you think "The Hobbit" will continue to face setbacks throughout filming or will it be smooth sailing after Jackson's recovery?

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Last month we questioned whether Saoirse Ronan was too young to play the lead role in the sexually-charged romance "Effie," but the new trailer for "Hanna" might have changed our opinion about whether it's appropriate for the 16-year-old actress to tackle more adult roles.

In "Hanna," Ronan plays one of the most dangerous assassins in the world -- a 14-year-old named Hanna -- with a cool ease that we've come to expect from the actress. Also, we think she legitimately put the fear of God in Cate Blanchett from some of those kills. Read More...

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Cate BlanchettWe're closer and closer to a return trip to Middle-Earth every day, and it actually appears that "The Hobbit" is moving forward without a hitch — so far, at least. Adding further fuel to the idea that Peter Jackson's two-part prequel to "The Lord of the Rings" is actually happening is the fact that New Line and Warner Bros. just revealed that a February 2011 production start date has been set... and seven new actors have joined the film's cast!

Well, we should clarify: six new actors and one "Lord of the Rings" veteran. In a press release, New Line and Warner Bros. announced that in addition to new arrivals Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy and Mikael Persbrandt, Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett is set to reprise her role as Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien. Read More...

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James Franco"Greenberg" was fairly well received when it was released on the indie circuit this year, and Ben Stiller's darkly comic performance was considered one of his best. So it doesn't come as too big of a surprise that Stiller is reteaming with "Greenberg" writer-director Noah Baumbach and his co-star Greta Gerwig for Baumbach's next film, "While We're Young."

Vulture has the news that Stiller and James Franco have already signed on to the flick, with offers out to Gerwig and Cate Blanchett. Apparently, Blanchett's role was originally intended for Baumbach's wife, Jennifer Jason Leigh... but since she filed for divorce last week it's probably a safe bet that she's out of the picture. Read More...

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It's been fairly common knowledge for awhile now that Sir Ian McKellen would be returning to the role of Gandalf in director Guillermo del Toro's two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel, "The Hobbit." He was brilliant in the role across all three "Lord of the Rings" movies, and neither fans nor filmmakers can see anyone realistically bringing the slightly irreverent wizard to life again in the coming "Rings" prequels.

The question remains, however, of who else will be returning. "The Hobbit" is set roughly 60 years before the "Rings" trilogy, but Tolkien's Middle-earth is filled with long-lived species. Humans get their natural lifespan, but dwarves and hobbits last far longer. As for elves... well, they're basically immortal. So there's been a lot of speculation concerning which characters might return in "The Hobbit." Now we know the plan, straight from the mouth of producer (and "Rings" trilogy director) Peter Jackson. Read More...

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Yesterday, I saw a lot of people calling for Jamie Foxx's Oscar to be revoked following the announcement that he and Martin Lawrence are confirmed for "Sheneneh and Wanda," a comedy in which the duo will play female bank robbers. Both roles are based on earlier cross-dressed characters from the actors' TV days (Lawrence's Sheneneh is from "Martin" and Foxx's Wanda is from "In Living Color"). Foxx, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2004 for "Ray" (he was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor that same year for "Collateral), returning to this drag shtick seems like a huge step backward to a lot of people.

"Seems" is the key word here, though, because it doesn't have to be a regression. Plenty of Oscar-caliber actors have cross-dressed before and since being nominated and/or winning an Academy Award, and plenty of performers have won for dressing like the opposite sex. I've selected a few standouts of the bunch below. Click the image at the top of the post to be whisked off to our Cross-Dressing Oscar Winners flipbook gallery. Read More...

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"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" remains one of the technologically impressive films of the past few years, and no one was more amazed than the film's co-star Cate Blanchett. "Benjamin Button" marked the first time the award-winning actress had worked in such a digitally-intensive setting, and she delighted in seeing what it had to offer.

Watch Blanchett talk about just that in the DVD bonus feature below. You can pick up "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" now in stores.

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