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Casting Scoop: Cinderella


Good afternoon, everyone! I sure am appreciating all your fun comments on the music post from this morning. If you have anything to add, please "click" over there. The purpose of this post is simply to give a brief update on the Cinderella news we've been chatting about - a Cinderella has been found! So... The Hollywood Reporter and various other sources are confirming that actress Lily James has been "fitted with a glass slipper" for Disney's upcoming live-action version of Cinderella.

Here's what Hollywood Reporter is saying:

Disney has found someone to wear the magic slipper.

Lily James (Downton Abbey) will star as Cinderella in Disney’s upcoming live-action interpretation of the classic tale.

Kenneth Branagh will direct, with Cate Blanchett playing the evil stepmother.

James played Lady Rose McClare on season three of Downtown Abbey. She will reprise her role for season four. James' previous film work includes playing Korrina in Warner Bros.' Wrath of the Titans.

I know some fans aren't fond of Lily's character on 'Downton' so this may affect opinions on this casting. I think it's wonderful! Now, who will be cast opposite of Lily as Prince Charming...

Tell, me, what do you all think?
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What's Playing on my iPod


Ever since I can remember, music has been a form of communication that I have loved. It’s a form of worship that speaks to me more than even the best of sermons. It’s a way I can act crazy without anyone questioning me if I’ve lost my mind. It’s something that always puts a smile on my face.
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Roses Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd


About the Book:
Author: Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Howard books
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Ladies in Waiting” (book three)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Young Adult, Teen, Series, Historical
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5



For years, over her entire educational studies, Elin Von Snakenborg has prepared for her trip with the Swedish Princess Cecilia to the English shores to visit Queen Elizabeth. The woman, the Swedish monarchy once thought may marry their king. As one of Cecilia’s ladies-in-waiting, Elin never expected to be swept into the Queen’s court. Her knowledge of essential oils and herbs interests Elizabeth and Elin immediately captures the fancy of the kindhearted, older and widowed Lord Northampton, a man who owes his life to Elizabeth having been imprisoned once by the Queen’s elder sister, Mary. Choosing to remain in England transforms Elin into becoming a true Englishwoman as she prepares for a wedding as Helena and finding her place in Elizabeth’s court but where does her heart truly lie...
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Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade


 
About the Book:
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Porter Family - Book 1
Genre: Christian Fiction; Romance, Comedy
Rating: 5 out of 5
 
                                   
Meg Cole is now the richest woman in Texas. Her oil magnate father died unexpectedly and long before she wanted the reigns of the family business, Meg is back in the small town of Holley and taking over her father’s title and empire – a man she really did not know. Despite a successful company, Meg is making cuts. She has no desire to indulge in her father’s hobbies and sees no reason to continue to pay for staff or offshoot companies she will have no use for – one of which is a horse farm that is far from paying for its own expenses and yet her father, William Cole loved horses. The farm manager, Bo Porter has poured his life into this farm and he isn’t about to let the intriguing Meg Cole take it away. She’s his boss – the woman who may, in six months be shutting down his and his employee’s livelihood and yet, he cannot help but like Meg. Something about her inspires a side of himself he didn’t know existed.
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Remember Sunday (2013)


Remember SundayLove stories that challenge what is normal are the most precious. Instead of being caught up in – or all about, the “chase,” sometimes they should slow down and compel us into realizing sometimes love is a choice. Quality like that rarely comes along.  

Brilliant beyond his years, Gus (Zachary Levi) was just on the verge of a major cosmology breakthrough after hours – years even, of research. A part of  NASA programs with prestigious college educations, his work and life in LA was his dream. Then one fateful day, everything came crashing down. He had a rupture in his brain, causing an aneurysm that prevents him from remembering anything in his short-term memory – every day is brand new to him unless it was locked in his memory prior to the aneurysm. His sister, Lucy moved him back to New Orleans to give him back what was once familiar and along with his best friend, Jerry, Gus has learned to cope. Then he meets Molly (Alexis Bledel).  
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Duchess by Susan May Warren


About the Book:
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Summerside Press
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Daughters of Fortune” (book 3)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Historical, Romance, Series
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

 
Wanting her name in lights is all Roxy Price ever wanted, which is what led her back to the man who broke her young, impressionable heart to make this happen. To do this, she leaves behind everything – her family, her child… and her name, Rosie Worth, adopting an entirely new look and becoming the blonde bombshell Dash’s studio wants her to conform to. Slowly, Rosie loses herself in the pursuit of topping the box office, and then tragedy strikes leading her to meet again with the one man from her past whom her mother, Jinx once hoped Rosie would marry. Now, fighting against the Great Depression and larger studios, Rosie takes up the challenge of saving the company Dash started but at what cost will her fame come? 
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Memorable Fictional Couples


Last week during one of the crazy "book conversations" (this is said with affection) we bookish friends have, Ganise (fun times, girls!) came up with a list of her favorite fictional couples and asked us what ours were. Her question got me thinking: who are some of my favorite leading couples in fiction? Surprisingly, it was an easier thing to zero in on which were most memorable. Some are from teen or YA fiction and therefore aren't "mature," granted but between Jenny B. Jones and Krista McGee, I beg to differ. Other's will take you into a sweeping fairy-tale land and some are from the contemporary world. Without further ado, here are some of the favorite pairings - whether it be their sizzling chemistry or more simply how they interacted on the page, the list is below the cut!
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The Devil Wears Prada (2006)


The Devil Wears Prada

Considered to be the always-adorable British actress Emily Blunt’s national “break-out” role and Anne Hathaway’s – one of Hollywood’s most in-demand stars, first “adult” role, this little gem of a movie is quite possibly one of the best comedies I’ve ever seen. Seriously. 
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Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman



About the Book:
Author: Julie Lessman
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “The Heart of San Francisco” (book one)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Historical, Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5
Cassidy McClare is a Texas girl through-and-through. And she is done with men. Fool her once, shame on you, fool her twice… well, she isn’t about to let that happen after her heart was stomped on by the charming Mark Chancellor. Now to heal her broken heart, she is leaving behind the home she holds dear to stay the summer with her aunt Cait and cousins, Blake, Ally, Meg and Maddie. Only trouble is, escaping her past may not be so easy when she comes face-to-face with Jamie McKenna. He may have a different face but he is exactly the same as Mark and Cassie refuses to be drawn into his charm – or his gorgeous eyes. What Cassie doesn’t know is Jamie is looking for a wealthy bride to win and what Jamie doesn’t know is that the spunky Texas heiress isn’t what she seems.
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Casting Scoop: The Selection


Here we are again with some new casting news. Last summer I read the enchanting dystopian fairy-tale, The Selection. Written by Kiera Cass, the novel was part 'Hunger Games,' part ABC's The Bachelor and yet, had a much better way of connecting with the reader. It told of a frightening prospect yet did so in a compelling way. Kiera Cass has also stated that she drew inspiration from the Biblical story of Esther which I did not think of while reading yet can see shades of when thinking back. Now, the CW is trying to bring the book to the small screen.
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Catching Fire Trailer


Hey, everyone! First off, I just wanted to thank you all for your kind, inspiring and wonderful comments on the prior post - I read and appreciate every one and am going to be replying soon. ♥

But... today I wanted to share the first trailer for Catching Fire. Thanks to the lovely Sierra, I caught that it was finally out. Hooray! I know most of you have likely seen it but, what are your thoughts!? I think it looks more epic than the first.

Take a look:
...and what's the verdict?
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Contemporary Communication


 
Many of the conversations I’ve had with family members in some way falls back to communication – or lack of, in modern culture. Like every nuance in our lives, there are common words of wisdom imparted on us, lasting from generations past; one being the common phrase, “actions speak louder than words.” In reality, life wouldn’t function properly without words – without communication. One of the most informative ways we get to know people is though communication. That I don’t think we can argue. Unlike the nostalgic eras of letter-writing and proper conversation, communication is something often lost in the muddle of other pursuits. Although it’s one of the “Five Languages of Love,” in a generation in which we “text speak,” the English language is not only continuing to be butchered, there is also a lack of face-to-face conversation.
 
Could it be, this one social grace that we are perhaps, losing?
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The Ruby in the Smoke (2006)



Masterpiece is better known as a stage for proper costume dramas like Downton Abbey or Jane Austen miniseries. Way back when, novels by Phillip Pullman were adapted in what producers probably hoped could become more of a mainstay on our television screens. Instead all that was ever shot was a follow-up sequel. For a mystery, Ruby in the Smoke is more smoke and mirrors than clever.
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The Shadow in the North (2007)



Following the modest success of The Ruby in the Smoke, this sequel suffers from uncanny themes that give us the appearance of mystical tricks and peculiar magician tricks. But if you keep that in mind, without believing any of its preposterous idea, you can enjoy this Victorian thriller by British author Philip Pullman.
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Cover Candy: Eighth Edition


Morning, all you book-loving friends. So again, I have complied enough "new" book pretties to share yet another edition of "cover love." Found some gorgeous ones and some that only rank "so-so." Either way, there are some great, intriguing storylines. The greatest trend in Christian fiction that I've noticed is how "edgy" many of the upcoming releases sound.
 
You all may have seen most of these on the book "network" so many of us chat about - either on Twitter, Goodreads or our blogs, but if you spot some new ones, share what you think. Or share any other thoughts you may have.
 
I look forward to reading any impressions that you wish to leave.
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Take a Chance on Me by Susan May Warren


About the Book:
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: 2013
Series: A Christiansen Family Novel - Book 1
Genre: Christian Fiction; Contemporary
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

 
 

Tragedy has been chasing Darek Christiansen from the moment he agreed to do the “right thing” by marrying the girl from his small hometown of Deep Haven. Instead of becoming a good husband and father, Darek was too busy travelling the country as one of the Hotshots, an elite firefighting team, leaving behind what should have been his greatest treasures. Now after a brief, tumultuous marriage, Darek’s wife Felicity died five years ago in a tragic accident and now the lovely Ivy Madison breezes into town. As the eldest in a large family, Darek’s past has become a subject no one dares to discuss. Following an awkward first impression, Darek slowly begins to open up to the assistant county attorney little realizing that the woman he is falling for and his own pasts are more intertwined than either understand.
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Casting Rumors: Cinderella


Update: The film database is reporting Bella and Richard in the cast list. They are still listed as "rumored" but... that is more than was previously in the listing. 
Hey, hey, fellow fairy tale fans! So... here again we have some news on casting for the upcoming live adaptation of Cinderella. From a couple of weeks ago, we already discussed and agreed that Cate Blanchett is going to own the role of the stepmother but we've yet to meet our new Cinderella or the prince. Now, we have a new set of faces.

Here is what's being reported as the new "short list" for Cinderella - none of whom are the same list as from last time! Go figure - plus a rumor for Prince Charming. Try not to swoon. Or do. *wink* I certainly did not.
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Link Love


                          
Just because it's so much fun, here's another set of favorite links.
It's full of things I'm lovin' and things I cannot wait to see and enjoy.
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Pitch Perfect (2012)


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Until a friend mentioned seeing this flick, I never felt that final “nudge” to rent this movie even though it sounded like it may have the possibility of being cute – the sort of comedic antics that comes at the cost of some awkward, unpleasant crude humor. My suspicions were right. 
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Femnista: Tell a Tale


Good morning! Today is an exciting day. Another issue of Femnista is out for you all to page through!

This issue proved to be unique - for both you, the readers and the writers. Our editor challenged us to write fan fiction. Or a one-shot; a scene from one of our favorite books, movies, shows. For me, it was both nerve-wrecking yet exciting and I am thrilled Charity picked this as a topic - perhaps we'll do it again sometime.
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