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Disney’s Live-Action Battle: Brandy’s 1997 ‘Cinderella’ vs. Lily James’ 2015 ‘Cinderella’

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The newest Disney movie coming to the big screen is ‘Cinderella’ as a live-action remake of the famous Disney animated film of the same name. The new ‘Cinderella’ stars Lily James (Wrath of the Titans, Downtown Abbey) as the title character, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as Prince Charming, Cate Blanchett (Lord of the Rings, Benjamin Button) as the deliciously evil stepmother Lady Tremain, and finally Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter, almost any Tim Burton film) as the newly re-designed Fairy Godmother.

This newest re-telling of the Cinderella story brings a new live-action, modern re-telling. Now lets take a trip down memory lane and realize that this is not the first time Disney has done a modern re-telling of a live-action Cinderella. In 1997, there was the updated Rodgers and Hammerstein ‘Cinderella’ made as a direct to TV movie for the ‘Wonderful World of Disney’ series. This version starred Brandy Norwood (Moesha) as Cinderella, Paolo Montalban (Mortal Kombat) as the Prince, Bernadette Peters (Broadway Goddess!) as the evil Stepmother, and Whitney Houston (no explanation needed) as the Fairy Godmother. Each of these films is quite different.

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Smithsonian teams up with Stan Lee to offer free online course

Our nation’s largest and most important cultural museum is teaming up with one of the world’s greatest pop-culture creators for a free online course. Comic book icon Stan Lee and the Smithsonian are teaming together as part of the new EdX nonprofit online learning initiative.… Read More »Smithsonian teams up with Stan Lee to offer free online course