Monday, December 3, 2012

SAOIRSE RONAN, GABRIELLA WILDE, ALICIA VIKANDER IN THE RUN FOR "CINDARELLA"! "WALKING DEAD"S CHANDLER RIGGS IN STEPHEN KING'S "MERCY"! GORGEOUS "WU DANG" EPIC TRAILER!

Well, my little munchkins, a few days ago your trusted HOLLYWOOD SPY informed you about Disney wanting Cate Blanchett in the role of wicked
 stepmother in their movie adaptation of CINDERELLA, and now I have the first names for the title role: three young actresses in the run for the role of the hardworking beauty are Saoirse Ronan (I'm not sure why she gets almost all young female roles these days as if other actresses don't exist, I like her but she's no Cinderella for me), Gabriella Wilde (she already wore period costumes in THE THREE MUSKETEERS) and Alicia Vikander (I've mentioned her recently as the lead in Danmark's Oscar contender THE ROYAL AFFAIR and she is also seen in ANNA KARENINA and will be seen next year in epic fantasy THE SEVENTH
SON next to Kit Harrington and Julianne Moore). These three ladies will do tests for the role in the upcoming days. Mark Romanek is directing this big budgeted cinematic visual spectacle in the vein of ALICE IN WONDERLAND.

HOLLYWOOD SPY HEADLINES
He sure did turn from an irritating brat to a little hero in THE WALKING DEAD as Rick's son Karl, but little Chandler Riggs is moving onto the big screen too: according to "Heat Vision" he will
  take the lead role in MERCY. A movie adaptation of Stephen King's short story GRAMMA, the film will revolve around two brothers (Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney from SUPER 8) who go with their mother (Frances O'Connor) to take care of their grandmother. The boys soon discover that their grandma is actually an evil witch who uses black magic. In other fantasy news today, STAR TREK's J.J. Abrams will produce GOD PARTICLE, a sf flick with a small budget which will centre on a team of American astronauts aboard a space station who are left stranded when the Earth vanishes into thin air, after a mishap with a Hadron particle accelerator. While they try to determine a course of action, they discover a European spacecraft on their radar.

WU DANG EPIC TRAILER
Check out the trailer for Chinese martial arts period adventure WU DANG set in Shanghai, early Republican China, 1920s. Professor Tang Yunlong (Vincent Zhao), a widowed adventurer, returns to China from the US for the first time since he left during the Qing dynasty. He is sponsoring martial arts games at a Daoist monastery in the Wudang Mountains in which his teenage daughter, Tang Ning (Josie Xu), is to compete. En route to Shanghai's railway station, Yunlong stops to advise a friend from the Manchu nobility on
 the purchase of a 2,000-year-old sword, reputed to have magical properties, that has long gone missing. The seller is an overseas Chinese arts trafficker, Paul Chen (Shaun Tam), who is asking US$300,000. Yunlong spots that the sword is a fake and narrowly escapes alive when Chen tries to kill him. However, Yunlong manages to keep a coded Wudang treasure map he found in the sword's box. Among those assembling for the games is Tian Xin (Mini Yang), a member of the clan who once owned the sword, who has been entrusted by her grandfather to recover it and has a copy of the same treasure map. Tian Xin and Tang Ning both win their initial heats in the games,
  though Yunlong tells his daughter to take things more seriously. Searching separately in the mountains one night, Yunlong and Tian Xin find a cave with some swords but are attacked by their guardian, monk Bai Long (Dennis To). Yunlong and Tian Xin agree to join forces, with her keeping the sword and him keeping the rest of the treasure. Meanwhile, Tian Ning has got to know a young monk, Shui Heyi (Louis Fan), who is being trained by the chief abbot, Xie (Henry Fong), in "sleeping kung-fu". Yunlong and Tian Xin try to decipher the secrets of the treasure map, but then Chen turns up looking for revenge!
CALLING ALL SPY'S ANGELS!
And if you have some time for reading this festive season, I have a perfect book for you:a collection of short stories MAKE BELIEVE which also includes a short story from our beloved friend and HOLLYWOOD SPY's personal Australian angel Lynda Young titled BIRTHRIGHT. The book is out December 3rd and you can buy it if you click the link!

39 comments:

  1. such beautiful ladies... young ladies... and that walking dead kid, he is going to have awful dreams when he gets older. if you ever want a zombie version of yourself, you need to ask... though i think you are only a cartoon... as i can find..

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    1. Yep, I'm a cartoon, a very limited edition, a rare find.... collector's item :)
      Yep, the things that the kid goes through in TWD is the only aspect I hate in the show :(

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    2. would you like me too turn your cartoon into a monster... email the bigger file... and instant zombie.

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    3. no, no, I will have to refuse, I'm an elven creature, not a monster :)

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    4. your hissing can't do me no harm, I'm wearing mithril cloak

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  2. I love Stephen King, but I've yet to read 'Gramma' -- it's pretty bad when you can't even trust Gramma, lol!

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    1. grammas are always suspicious creatures :))

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  3. Yay for Lynda and her story being published in the anthology!!

    And you weren't kidding, they are making every fairy tale into a film these days. Cindarella too?

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    1. yay indeed :) Hope she's celebrating in Australia!
      Yep, Goldielocks is the only one remaining and when they adapt that one as well I wonder if Angelina will play mama bear :)

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    2. They will be casting Angelina into the role of the witch when they make Hansel and Gretel. She eats small children you know. That's why she and Brad have to keep buying so many.

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  4. I've been sleeping and just woke up darling, hence my late arrival.

    I would go with Alicia for the role of Cinders but that's based mainly on the dark hair and her looks. I'll have to see more on this movie before I decide whether or not I'm going to like it.

    You know I'll want to see Wu Dang. The temple shots are gorgeous. I would love to visit China for the food and for the architecture but I fear that the treatment of the people, especially the rural poor, would be hard to see.

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    1. glad to hear you can sleep nicely, darling. Is hubby back or do you still have the whole bed for yourself? :)

      I hope they cast some fourth girl, none of these three screams Cinderella to me.

      Yep, it's not easy being a Chinese :( It's one of the very few countries in which my site is banned :)

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  5. I really wish they would quit making these cliched fairytales into film. Ever After was THE best Cinderella story as far as I'm concerned. Being a woman, I really would rather there wasn't a prince in these stories at all unless he's just a platonic friend. They teach girls that they need a man to complete them and we don't. ;)

    Congrats to Lynda! that is wonderful news.

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    1. I agree with you Melissa but I wouldn't mind completing Richard Armitage or Tom Hiddlestone :)

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    2. I'm with Annzie, Melsy :) I certainly do need a man to make me feel complete :)

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    3. LOL Anne, they are gorgeous. I wouldn't kick them out of my life.;)

      Oh Dezz, you are a complete, wonderful, amazing person all on your own. A masterpiece. No one could make you complete, they could love you and enhance, but never complete. You do that yourself, my friend, just by being your brilliant self.

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    4. pffft... it that's true, than how come I'm still a spinster? :)

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  6. The Wu Dang posters are awesome. And of course so is Lynda's book!

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    1. glad you like the posters and yay for our Lyndylove :)

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  7. I'm not a big Saoirse Ronan fan - I'll be rooting for one of the other two. And congratulations to Lynda!!!

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  8. I've never heard of Alicia Vikander before, but damn if she isn't cute.

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    1. she's from Danmark or something, didn't do much work in USA

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  9. Chandler Riggs has really grown in his role in TWD. I won't say to much so I don't spoil it for you, Dezzy. I can't wait for you to see this season, it's fantastic. They've done a great job combining zombies and character development.

    Congrats to Lynda!!!

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    1. I'm finishing the third season tonight, Elsie :) with the big midseason finale. I liked the previous season when they were on a farm better because it was more psychological.

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    2. You'll have to let me know what you think, Dezz!! =)))

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    3. screamed when Michonne poked Governor's eye out :)

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  10. I think Alicia Vikander would make an excellent Cinderella. She's very pretty.

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    1. I've chosen a really nice pic of her :)

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  11. Yay! All best to Lynda with the anthology! And I have to say. I think little Alicia Vikander makes a lovely Cinderella!

    Love Asian shows. Thanks for the heads up about this one! ((hugs)) to you, Dezzy~ <3

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    1. yay for our Lyndy!
      That is an Asian film, not show :)

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  12. Yay for Lynda! I love Alicia Vikander's hair in the photo.

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  13. Thank you sooo very much, Dezzy, for posting about Make Believe. You are wonderful!!!!!
    Huge hugs!!

    Lyn
    (I only just got back and have been slowly wading through my emails and everything else that needs attention eek!)

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    1. your book was present all around the blogsphere yesterday, too bad you've missed it, Lyndy.

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    2. Nope, didn't miss it. I was relying on American time rather than Aussie time, hehehe ;)

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    3. you were in USA signing a deal for the US release? :)

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