Anne Hathaway to star in adaptation of French Children Don’t Throw Food

Anne Hathaway is attached to star in the movie adaptation of Pamela Druckerman’s book French Children Don’t Throw Food. The Oscar-winning actress will lead the adaptation of the 2012 bestselling autobiography, which was also published under the title B…

Anne Hathaway is attached to star in the movie adaptation of Pamela Druckerman’s book French Children Don’t Throw Food.

The Oscar-winning actress will lead the adaptation of the 2012 bestselling autobiography, which was also published under the title Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The book follows Druckerman, an American journalist, as she moves to Paris for her husband’s job and raises a family there. The story focuses on her trying to figure out how to balance motherhood and a career, whilst also observing her French neighbours to uncover the secrets behind how they parent astonishingly well-behaved children.

However, Druckerman soon learns that everyone, no matter how perfect they might appear, has their own problems.

The most recent draft of the script was written by Jamie Minoprio and Jonathan Stern, who worked on I Want Candy and St Trinian’s together.

The project is in development at StudioCanal, which will finance the movie, while Blueprint Pictures will produce.

Hathaway, 37, recently starred alongside Mark Ruffalo in Todd Haynes’s legal thriller Dark Waters and can be seen in The Last Thing He Wanted, Dee Rees’s adaptation of the Joan Didion book, on Netflix. She has completed filming her role of the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’s remake of Roald Dahl children’s classic, The Witches, which is expected to be released in October.

In addition, it was recently announced she would appear in the Sesame Street movie and lead crime drama The Lifeboat.

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Robert Zemeckis in talks to direct Pinocchio remake

Robert Zemeckis is in talks to direct Disney’s live-action remake of Pinocchio. Skyfall director Sam Mendes was originally tapped to helm the live-action remake of the 1940 animated classic but he exited the project in 2017 and was replaced by Paddingt…

Robert Zemeckis is in talks to direct Disney’s live-action remake of Pinocchio.

Skyfall director Sam Mendes was originally tapped to helm the live-action remake of the 1940 animated classic but he exited the project in 2017 and was replaced by Paddington’s Paul King, who subsequently stepped down from the role for unknown reasons at the start of this year.

However, according to Variety, Forrest Gump director Zemeckis is now in early talks to direct Pinocchio, which tells the tale of a living puppet who, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Zemeckis, who was also behind Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future films, has reportedly been eyeing the project since the summer but didn’t want to commit until he had made more progress with his movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, which stars Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer.

The 67-year-old began to set his sights on his next project when that went into the post-production phase.

According to editors at Variety, the director will now be looking to find an actor to play Geppetto, Pinocchio’s carpenter creator. Zemeckis’s frequent collaborator Tom Hanks had been circling the role but eventually passed.

Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz are producing through their company Depth of Field from a script penned by Weitz. The most recent draft of the screenplay had been written by Weitz, King, and Paddington 2 screenwriter Simon Farnaby. Paddington producer David Heyman is no longer involved with the film.

The live-action movie is not the only Pinocchio project in the works – Guillermo del Toro has teamed up with Netflix bosses to create a stop-motion animation based on Carlo Collodi’s classic tale.

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Anjelica Huston was confused by Russian accept tips for John Wick 3

Actress Anjelica Huston struggled to perfect her Russian accent for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum because her scene extras would confuse her with their pronunciations. The Witches star, who was born in California but raised in Ireland, had no idea…

Actress Anjelica Huston struggled to perfect her Russian accent for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum because her scene extras would confuse her with their pronunciations.

The Witches star, who was born in California but raised in Ireland, had no idea she was going to have to adopt a new twang for her role as the director of a school for assassins until after she had signed on, so she had to rush through her training with a dialect coach.

“I’ve never done Russian before,” she confessed on U.S. morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan. “They (producers) literally made my deal on Friday, and on Monday, I was Russian!”

However, Huston’s job was made all the more complicated after a number of her movie castmates, who were native Russian speakers, tried to correct her on even the most basic of phrases just before cameras started rolling.

“There was a certain dialect (I had to perfect), but there were also a lot of extras in my scenes, and most of them Russian, so although I had a great dialect coach, before I’d go on, they’d all go, ‘Dasvidaniya (goodbye).'”

Huston repeated their pronunciation of the farewell, only for the extras to insist she was doing it all wrong.

“I was completely confused!” she laughed.

Despite the accent trouble, the 67 year old had a lot of fun filming the Keanu Reeves hitman thriller, because she was already a fan of the first two installments, 2014’s John Wick and its 2017 sequel, John Wick: Chapter 2.

“I love these movies!” she smiled.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which also stars Halle Berry, hits theatres next week (begs13May19).

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Octavia Spencer to join Anne Hathaway in The Witches remake

Octavia Spencer is in talks to join Anne Hathaway in the latest movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel The Witches. In January (19), it was reported that The Princess Diaries actress had been cast as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’ new film v…

Octavia Spencer is in talks to join Anne Hathaway in the latest movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel The Witches.

In January (19), it was reported that The Princess Diaries actress had been cast as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’ new film version of Dahl’s 1983 children’s tale about a seven-year-old boy who stumbles upon a coven of child-hating witches.

Now Hathaway looks set to be joined by The Shape of Water actress Spencer, who will play the boy’s grandmother.

Variety also reports that newcomer Jahzir Bruno will play the lead child while Holmes & Watson’s Codie-Lei Eastick will play another boy who has a run-in with the coven.

The book was previously adapted for the screen by director Nicolas Roeg in 1990 with Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, but this remake is thought to be more loyal to the original source material.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Shape of Water moviemaker Guillermo del Toro had long been attached to helm the project but he will now produce alongside fellow Oscar winner Alfonso Cuaron. Del Toro wrote an early draft of the script but a new version is being penned by Zemeckis, who has taken over directing duties, and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris.

The Back to the Future and Forrest Gump filmmaker and his ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke will also produce the movie, which is scheduled to hit cinemas in October 2020.

Spencer, who is currently on the awards circuit as a producer of Green Book, has many projects in the pipeline. She can currently be seen in the comedy Instant Family and will be venturing into horror with Blumhouse Productions’ summer movie Ma. The Help actress will also be teaming up with her co-star from that film, Jessica Chastain, on a holiday comedy, as well as Bryce Dallas Howard on comedy Fairy Tale Ending.

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Robert Zemeckis to direct adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Robert Zemeckis is set to direct a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.The celebrated American filmmaker rose to fame in the 1980s for directing Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future film trilogy, and later won …

Robert Zemeckis is set to direct a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

The celebrated American filmmaker rose to fame in the 1980s for directing Romancing the Stone, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Back to the Future film trilogy, and later won the Academy Award for Best Director for 1994’s Forrest Gump.

While Zemeckis has focused on dramas such as 2012’s Flight and 2016 war film Allied in recent years, he is now looking to return to the family-friendly genre with a fresh iteration of The Witches, based on the children’s dark fantasy novel first published in 1983.

While The Shape of Water helmer Guillermo del Toro had been attached to the Warner Bros.’ project, The Hollywood Reporter states that Zemeckis is now taking charge. He will also pen the script and produce with his ImageMovers partner Jack Rapke, while del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron are on board as executive producers.

Dahl’s book is set partly in Norway and partly in the United Kingdom and features the experiences of a young British boy and his Norwegian grandmother in a world where child-hating evil witches secretly exist. In 1990, the tale was adapted for the big screen by Nicolas Roeg, with the film set in America and starring Anjelica Huston and Rowan Atkinson as key characters.

The Witches isn’t the only Dahl adaption Warner Bros. studio bosses are preparing for, as a remake of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is also in the works. Paddington director Paul King and writer Simon Rich are both attached to the project, though further details are being kept under wraps.

Zemeckis’s latest film, Welcome to Marwen, is currently in post-production. The feature is based on Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary Marwencol and stars Steve Carell, Diane Kruger and Janelle Monae.

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Guillermo del Toro contemplating new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches

Guillermo del Toro is considering taking on Roald Dahl’s The Witches as his next project.The 1983 novel, about a secret society of child-hating evil witches, was given the Hollywood treatment in 1990, with Anjelica Huston appearing as the Grand High Wi…

Guillermo del Toro is considering taking on Roald Dahl’s The Witches as his next project.

The 1983 novel, about a secret society of child-hating evil witches, was given the Hollywood treatment in 1990, with Anjelica Huston appearing as the Grand High Witch, and Brenda Blethyn and Rowan Atkinson co-starring.

Talking to Mail Online, Guillermo said he was “eating, drinking and thinking philosophically” about four potential new projects, including The Witches. He also still wants to make Pinocchio in stop motion, a feature he has been trying to get off the ground for years.

“I have given myself until September to decide, then I will pick one of the four and prepare to make it,” he revealed.

And his lead The Shape of Water actress Sally Hawkins may well feature in his as yet undecided next project.

Hawkins took on the role of mute janitor Elisa Esposito in the movie, which bagged Guillermo his first Oscar. The film won a further three Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures and Best Achievement in Production Design.

“Every time we meet up or speak on the phone or send an email the word ‘when’ is included. As in: ‘When are we to work together again?!'” he said of the English actress.

The Mexican filmmaker also has two TV projects he created currently in pre-production, Wizards and 3 Below, as well as crime drama Nightmare Alley and a new Michael Mann documentary.

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