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Christina Hendricks joins ‘Poppy Hill’

GKids has tapped the English-language voice cast for Japanese animated title “Up on Poppy Hill” including Gillian Anderson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Aubrey Plaza and Anton Yelchin.

Other voice cast include Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jeff Dunham, Isabelle Fuhrman, Emily Osment, Charles Saxton and Alex Wolff.

GKids announced the acquisition in June at France’s Annecy Animation Film Festival, disclosing plans to for a qualifying Oscar run and a March release. Hayao Miyazaki (“Castle in the Sky,” “Spirited Away”) wrote the screenplay and his son, Goro Miyazaki, directed.

“Poppy Hills” is set in 1963 Yokohama and centers on a pair of high school students who are battling the demolition of a historic building as they deal with their own families’ past secrets. “Poppy Hill” was the highest-grossing Japanese film of 2011 at $56 million.

GKids titles “A Cat in Paris” and “Chico and Rita” received Oscar nominations this year.

Gary Rydstrom directed the English-language version from a script adaptation by Karey Kirkpatrick. Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy exec produced.

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Christina Hendricks in running to play Anna Nicole Smith

TV bosses at America’s Lifetime network are bringing the model/actress’ story to the small screen in a biopic and a number of famous faces are in contention for the lead role.

Mad Men star Hendricks and McCarthy are said to be the frontrunners to play Smith, who died at the age of 39 in 2007 after a drug overdose.

A source tells Britain’s Sunday Express newspaper, “They are neck and neck. The producers love them both and it could come down to a final audition to determine who will get one of the most sought-after parts in Hollywood right now. Both women really wowed the producers, who were especially bowled over by how strikingly similar Christina with a blonde wig looked to Anna Nicole.”

The Artist actor James Cromwell is rumoured to be signing up to play Smith’s wealthy older husband, Texan billionaire J. Howard Marshall, who died at the age of 90 just 14 months after their marriage.

Smith’s life story was previously told in an opera which ran at London’s famous Royal Opera House last year (11).

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Christina Hendricks Among Creative Arts Emmys Presenters

The 2012 Creative Arts Emmys will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Nokia Theatre, and the TV Academy announced today a slew of presenters.

Christina Hendricks and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), Jennifer Morrison, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis (Once Upon A Time), Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky (Web Therapy),   Chris O’Donnell and Shane Brennan (NCIS: Los Angeles), Martha Plimpton and Greg Garcia (Raising Hope), Silas Weir Mitchell and Jim Kouf (Grimm), Morena Baccarin and Howard Gordon (Homeland), Frances Conroy and Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) and Padma Lakshmi, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz (Top Chef) will all be in attendance.

A week after the event tapes, an abbreviated presentation will air Sept. 22 at 8 p.m., the night before the Emmys, on Reelz Channel.

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Christina Hendricks To Star In Ryan Gosling’s Directorial Debut, “How to Catch A Monster”

According to a press release, Ryan Gosling will write and direct “How to Catch A Monster,” which is being described as a “modern-day fairytale.” Christina Hendricks, who co-starred with Gosling in “Drive,” will play the film’s lead, a single mother “swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.” (OK, then.)

“I am very appreciative to Marc Platt, Adam Siegel and Bold Films for being so supportive and I look forward to making this film with all of them,” the beloved actor-slash-internet meme said in a statement announcing “How to Catch A Monster.” Of Hendricks, the star had nothing but praise for her during the production of “Drive.”

“There’s no one really like her. She’s very meticulous about every detail,” he said last year.

This isn’t the first time Gosling has toyed with stepping behind the camera. He was set to direct “The Idolmaker” last year, but had to pull out of his commitment due to scheduling conflicts.

How To Catch A Monster” is set to start filming in the spring of 2013.

For more on the film, head over to Indiewire.

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Christina Hendricks: “Ginger and Rosa” announced at New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival announced its full slate of films on Thursday, a line up of 32 titles that largely serves as a catch-all compendium of standouts from other international festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Toronto.

Along with the previously announced opening night film (Ang Lee’s Life of Pi), centerpiece gala (David Chase’s Not Fade Away), and closing night film (Robert Zemeckis’ Flight) — all world premieres — the highlights of the festival include: Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Ginger and Rosa, starring Elle Fanning as a girl growing up in 1962 London with unhappy-if-gorgeous parents (Christina Hendricks and Allesandro Nivola); Passion, Brian De Palma’s heightened noir about an ad exec (Rachel McAdams) and her assistant (Noomi Rapace); and Amour, the winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

The festival runs from Sept. 28 through Oct. 14 at Lincoln Center.

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