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Cruella de Vil on the big screen


The scary villainess from 101 Dalmatians is set to have her own movie.

The villainess from 101 Dalmatians will be at the centre of a new Disney live-action feature, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On the heels of Maleficent, arriving in theatres in 2014, Disney is once again resurrecting one of its wicked characters for a new film. This time, the studios are bringing back Cruella de Vil, the fur-loving, puppy-hating character from Dodie Smith's 1956 novel The Hundred And One Dalmatians.

The ruthless character first appeared on screen in Disney's 1961 animated adaptation of the book, complete with white and black hair and aggressively pointy features. In 1996, Glenn Close brought the character to the screen again in Disney's live-action adaptation. The actress is now one of the producers behind the forthcoming film featuring Cruella de Vil.

The film will be based on a screenplay by Aline Brosh McKenna, the screenwriter behind the adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada as well as Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, arriving in theatres in 2015.

A live-action adaptation of Dodie Smith's novel The Hundred And One Dalmations was released in 1996. — Reuters

Taylor Swift will act in <i>The Giver</i>


The singer will be joining multiple award-winning actress Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges in the film adaptation.

Taylor Swift has joined the cast of The Weinstein Company and Walden Media's adaptation of The Giver, the two companies announced last weekend.

The singer, who has only a few acting credits to her name, joins Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes in the film that kicks off production in Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct 7.

Swift is best known for her music, but previously appeared in hit romantic comedy Valentine's Day, and voiced a main character in 2012 animated hit Dr Seuss' The Lorax. Swift last appeared on the small screen last spring in the season finale of Fox comedy The New Girl.

Phil Noyce (Salt) will direct the dystopian future film from a screenplay by Michael Mitnick (The Current War). Bridges, who plays the titular character responsible for storing and passing on an entire society's memories from the past, will produce with Nikki Silver and Neil Konigsberg.

Ralph Winter, Scooter Braun and Alison Owen executive producing. The Giver focuses on a young boy (Thwaites) who lives in a seemingly ideal world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

The book, by author Lois Lowry, was the winner of multiple awards, including the 1994 Newbury Medal. It has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 29 languages. It is Harper Collins number one selling children's eBook, outselling all other top teen novels including the Harry Potter series. — Reuters

Paul McCartney will get a cartoon film


The singer-songwriter's children's novel is set to make a big screen debut.

RGH Entertainment and Unique Features will make an animated movie out of Paul McCartney's children's novel High In The Clouds, the two companies said.

Tony Bancroft will direct the movie from a script by Josh Klausner, who adapted the book McCartney wrote with Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh.

It chronicles a squirrel's quest to find Animalia, an animal sanctuary. "Paul McCartney is a masterful storyteller whose lyrics and music have captured our imaginations for over half a century," executive producer David Corbett said in a statement.

"I am thrilled to be a part of his latest creative effort and look forward to working with our talented teams in Los Angeles, Amman and Manila to create a film worthy of the McCartney legacy."

Corbett is executive producing with RGH CEO Randa Ayoubi while Unique's Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye are producing. The film will be made in 3D for a 2015 release. — Reuters

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