‘The Wind Rises’ Full English-Speaking Cast Announced

'The Wind Rises' Teaser PosterAn A-list roster of voice talent has been assembled for the English-language version of Studio Ghibli’s The Wind Rises, which opens in select North American theaters on February 21, 2014, expanding wide on February 28, 2014. The film marks director Hayao Miyazaki’s final feature, as the legendary animation veteran announced his retirement in September 2013.

In The Wind Rises, Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, he becomes one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers, experiencing key historical events in an epic tale of love, perseverance and the challenges of living and making choices in a turbulent world. The voice cast of the English-language version follows.

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‘Into the Woods’ First Look Image of Meryl Streep as the Witch (High-Res)

Meryl Streep in 'Into the Woods' ©2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Photo by: Peter MountainWalt Disney Studios has just provided us with this high-res still of Meryl Streep as the Witch from its upcoming film, Into the Woods.

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel — all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

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‘Into the Woods’ in Production, Will Feature New Song by Stephen Sondheim

Disney’s Into the Woods kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical Chicago and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, helms the film, which is based on the Tony®-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics — including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. Into the Woods is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, ‘Wicked’ producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. Shooting in studio and on location throughout England, the film is slated for a December 25, 2014, holiday release.

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‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ Clips: ‘Balcony’ and ‘Delicate’

Disney’s Touchstone Pictures has recently released two new clips from its upcoming release Gnomeo & Juliet, starring James McAvoy and Emily Blunt in the lead roles.

Directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?

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‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ New Hi-Res Stills, ‘What’s In A Gnome?’ Featurette and Television Spot

Juliet ©Miramax Film NY, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

In addition to the new clip titled ‘Kick Some Grass‘ that we shared with you earlier today, we have received ten additional hi-res stills from Disney’s Touchstone Pictures’ Gnomeo & Juliet. The new stills have been added to the beginning of our gallery below in no particular order.

In addition, Touchstone Pictures has released the following featurette titled ‘What’s In A Gnome?’ which features a montage of new clips from the film as well as an introduction by director Kelly Asbury and appearances by James McAvoy (Gnomeo), Emily Blunt (Juliet), Ashley Jensen (Nanette), Ozzy Osbourne (Fawn) and glimpses of behind-the-scenes footage of Michael Caine and Hulk Hogan.

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Products for Miramax’s ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ Hit Amazon.com’s Virtual Shelves

It’s indoor vs. outdoor gnomes in this take on the Shakespeare classic from Elton John’s Rocket Pictures and Miramax. With an anticipated release date some time in 2011, no time has been wasted in announcing several book adaptations for the CG film starring the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.

Now available for pre-order (but not shipping any time soon) are the Junior Novelization, the Gnomeo and Juliet Pictureback Book and Gnomeo and Juliet Reusable Sticker Book, all listing a shipping date of January 11, 2011.

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