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This week: Pixar churns out another animated blockbuster with "Brave," featuring the voices of Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Waters, Robbie Coltrane, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and many more.
Disney and Pixar's latest creation, "Brave,"takes place in the beautiful, mystical Scottish Highlands. So who better to lend her voice to the rambunctious teenage princess Merida than Kelly Macdonald, just about the hottest Scottish actress today?
While she may have already had the accent down, acting for an animated movie was completely foreign to Macdonald. In an interview with Film.com, the "Boardwalk Empire" actress talked about the difficulties she faced while making "Brave."
"I definitely sort of found that everything has to be more, you can’t get away with subtlety," Macdonald says in the interview. "I use my face a lot to tell stories or emote, and to not be able to do that, it’s like learning a whole new process. It was difficult."
Macdonald also spills on her surprising lack of preparation for the role, the timeless quality of "Brave" and what her mother thinks of the movie. Head over to Film.com to read the full interview. Scottish accent not included.
Keira Knightley's pretty much the go-to girl for successful classic book-to-film adaptations anymore and for good reason: She's just so darn good at portraying the idyllic doe-eyed heroines of old.
The intense trailer for "Anna Karinina" is now upon us, and it proves that Knightley and director Joe Wright really are an adaptation dream team. The two — who previously paired up for "Atonement" and "Pride and Prejudice" — have concocted the movie telling of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece in a way that is both a faithful and subtly transformative at the same time. Get More »
It's clear at this point that Pixar's track record is the best in the business, so why fight the fact that you want to see "Brave" so bad?
Yeah, it's about a princess, but did we mention that Princess Merida (Kelly Macdonald) of the Scottish kingdom of DunBroch is an arrow-shooting, bear-battling badass of the highest caliber? She ain't bad lookin' neither, especially if you dig redheads. Let this latest animated masterpiece cast a spell on you with these four clips.
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It's been a while since New York's most famous firefighter Steve Buscemi directed a full-length flick, but his next project sounds like a doozy.
A few years ago, Buscemi took part in a staged reading of writer-director Oren Moverman's script for an adaptation of the William S. Burroughs short novel "Queer." According to Moverman, whose next movie "Rampart" stars Woody Harrelson as a troubled cop, Buscemi will direct "Queer," and Guy Pearce, Ben Foster and Kelly Macdonald are attached to star. (Foster and Harrelson costar in Moverman's fantastic directorial debut, "The Messenger.") Get More »
"Brave" heroine Princess Merida might be royalty, but she's no shrinking violet. And now we have the photographic evidence to prove it.
Pixar has released its first official still from the film, which will be released next summer, and it features the fiery Scottish redhead aiming her bow and arrow right at the camera. Duck and cover! Merida's interest in archery is discouraged, of course, and after a rebellious tussle with the 'rents, some unknown horribleness descends upon her daddy's kingdom.
We're hoping that means it's up to her to save the day and not some dorky prince dude with a butt chin. Get More »
Pixar should feel pretty comfortable doing what they'd like from atop their movie studio throne -- over 15 years they've pocketed 26 Academy Awards and critic raves across the board -- but even they like a challenge. For their next project, the animation masterminds have taken a page from Papa Disney's playbook, tackling their very first fairy tale, "Brave."
Entertainment Weekly has a first look at production art for Pixar's 13th film, which is set in the Scottish Highlands and tells the tale of a princess, Merida, who defies her parents' sacred rituals and sends the kingdom into a shambles. Get More »
Oh Kelly Macdonald, you're so pretty.
The adorable Scottish lass first caught our eye in "Trainspotting," then with memorable supporting parts in bigger films like "Gosford Park" and "No Country For Old Men." We really, truly fell in love with her, though, in her Emmy-winning turn in the 2005 BBC TV movie "The Girl in the Café."
With her sweet, mousy voice she brilliantly juggled didactic monologues about world poverty with zingy lines such as, "If you don't let me sleep on the couch, I'll ring hotel security and accuse you of a sex crime." Sigh.
Now Vanity Fair reports Macdonald will be reuniting with "Café" director David Yates and co-star Bill Nighy (a.k.a. Rufus Scrimgeour) in part 2 of series finale "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." Get More »