Sunday, February 20, 2005

Charlotte's Web (update)

I talked about this much earlier as a "hot flash", but this updates that original news:

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Moviehole tells us the site has learned which actors are joining Dakota Fanning for the live-action cast in Paramount's feature adaptation of E.B. White's Charlotte's Web, which is filming in Melbourne for a June 23, 2006 release date.

Siobhan Fallon Hogan, who played Stanley's mother in the recent "Holes", has been enlisted to play Mrs Zuckerman, the 'butter milk bathing' farm-wife. As has Kevin Anderson ("Sleeping with the Enemy"), Gary Basaraba who played officer Ray Hechler in "Boomtown", Essie Davis("The Matrix Revolutions"}, and young actor Nate Mooney ("Elizabethtown").

Julia Roberts will lend her vocals in the lead role of Charlotte A. Cavatica, a spider and heroine of the book who goes out of her way to save Wilbur the pig's life by weaving miraculous words into her webs.

Also providing voices are Oprah Winfrey as Gussy the barn's maternal yet irreverent goose; John Cleese as Samuel the sheep; Steve Buscemi as the barn's sardonic Rat Templeton. Cedric The Entertainer will play opposite Oprah as the other Goose - Golly. Reba McEntire and Kathy Bates will voice the barn's ironic cows; Betsy and Bitsy and Thomas Haden Church will voice Brooks, one of two dimwitted crows opposite Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000) as Elwyn the other crow.

I didn't read the book as a kid, nor did I read it to my kids, so I have no idea what it's about. I'm sure millions of people do know about it though this post is for you.


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