Helena Bonham Carter

Lily James in "Cinderella"

Blame Tim Burton: ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Dumbo,’ and How Disney Caught Remake Fever

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The most interesting moment in Kenneth Branagh’s new Disney-owned remake of Cinderella occurs around the halfway mark, when Helena Bonham Carter shows up as the title character’s fairy godmother. Being Helena Bonham Carter, she has to first appear under pounds of hideous makeup, but once I realized who it was, I perked up — because she and the director have a history. They co-starred in his 1994 Frankenstein and reportedly had an affair that broke up Branagh’s marriage to Emma Thompson, and then they were together for like five years, and OMG this is the first time he’s directed her since. How interesting, I thought. Was it awkward on set? Did he cast her, or was she part of the package before he was? Did Ken’s current wife worry? The point is, I had a lot of time to think about the potentially charged atmosphere on set during this stretch of Cinderella. I had a lot of free thinking time during the movie in general, if we’re being honest, because it’s such a rote recitation of a story we’ve heard a thousand times that it’s hard to imagine why on earth they’re telling it to us again.
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Parks and Recreation

Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘The Magicians’ Finds Its Leads, ‘Parks and Rec’ Final Season to Premiere in January

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The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: AMC officially orders pilot for PreacherParks and Recreation gets a January premiere date, and Doll & Em will have a second season.
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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

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Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, we’ve got Michelle Williams, Colin Firth, Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Olsen, John Cusack, Annette Bening, Grace Kelly, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Silverman, and Geoffrey Rush, plus Oscar winners, two terrific documentaries, a cult TV fave, and fine films from Martin Scorsese and Alfred Hitchcock. Check them all out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now.
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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. If you haven’t seen it yet, this video of The SimpsonsMontgomery Burns endorsing Mitt Romney — because his dog Shamus prefers “Meat” Romney over “Broccoli” Obama — is pretty hilarious. [via LAT]

2. Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender playing Thomas Wolfe and his legendary editor Max Perkins in a film adaption… Read More