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|Fairy tales and frothy princess gowns might be the perfect draw for kids jordan 11 gym red mens for sale , but with Walt Disney Co.'s retelling of Cinderella, the grown-ups might find themselves doing the fantasizing.
British director Kenneth Branagh has taken the fairy tale that Disney's 1950 animated film made famous and turned it into a live-action spectacle. Stars include Lily James as Cinderella, Richard Madden as her Prince Charming and Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the glamorous, wicked stepmother.
Opening Friday, the film could top the US and Canadian box office in its opening weekend with $64 million, according to Boxoffice. But Disney will also spin revenue from adult-focused merchandise, including high heels inspired by the glass slipper.
Branagh said he wanted to bring Cinderella into the 21st century with woman power.
"She's not a victim; she's not passive," he told Reuters. "She's a strong woman, but her generosity of spirit is an inspiring thing."
At a recent screening, Cinderella's sojourn elicited sighs and tears from the predominantly female audience, something that Branagh said reflects demand for more movies that appeal to women.
"The female audience across all ages for movies, they drive moviegoing," Branagh explained. "Why shouldn't they see stuff that somehow reflects them?"
The film closely follows the classic tale of the orphaned girl bullied by her stepmother and stepsisters.
Her fairy godmother transforms her into a princess to attend the royal ball, where she dances with Prince Charming and runs away at the stroke of midnight, leaving the famous glass slipper behind that leads the Prince to her.
"It's the story of the underdog, that you root for the girl who has nothing but deserves so much more because she's so good and kind," James said.
Disney drew top names in retail, design and make-up for its movie merchandising afterglow.
Saks Fifth Avenue spun high-end designer renditions of the glass slipper, with Jerome C. Rousseau's midnight-blue stiletto starting at $795 to Jimmy Choo's crystal-studded heel at $4,595.
MAC Cosmetics developed a limited-edition "Cinderella" collection of fairy dust-inspired eyeshadows, blushes and lipsticks priced between $17 and $44. It sold out online within hours of release.
"There's something about how Disney brings characters to life," said MAC Global Brand President Karen Buglisi-Weiler, "and how they resonate with so many people of all ages."
KIGALI, April 12 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-one years after the genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda, citizens of the tiny East African country are divided over how to preserve the victims' remains.
Some believe that the remains must be kept as they are, in an ongoing memorial to the 1994 tragedy.
In addition, the Rwandan government and many victims' families also feel that burying the bones would wipe out some of the proof that genocide took place in the country.
This is because, there are fears that such burials would help the cause of those who seek to promote genocide denial while minimizing the impact of the massacres.
"To make these bones disappear would simply mean killing off the memory of the Tutsi genocide," says Julienne Uwacu, the minister of Sports and Culture who is also charge of preserving the memorial sites.
Adds Jean Damascene Bizimana, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), "The Nazi genocide of the Jews was immortalized by abundant works of literature, cinema and various other art forms. We, on the other hand, don't have much except the victims' remains."
These words are echoed by Steven Mudingu, a Rwandan who fled to Uganda before returning from exile in 1996.
"For those who did not experience the genocide, we have to say that these sites are the only thing which allows us to be somewhat less abstract about it, to have a more or less concrete idea of what it was," Mudingu says.
Still, others claim that burying the bones would be a step towards helping the country overcome the genocide.
"These sites will always be there to remind us, our children and our grandchildren that 'You vile Hutus, this is what you did to the Tutsis'," says Francis Mutemberezi, who was charged with genocide, and released on bail in 2004.
For the sake of national reconciliation, Mutemberezi thinks the bones should be buried in order to "put the genocide behind us."
More than 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were murdered by Hutu militants in 1994. The killing spree began after a plane carrying Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and his Burundian counterpart, Cyprien Ntaryamira, was shot down over the Rwandan capital, Kigali, by suspected Hutu extremists.
The remains of genocide victims are scattered in many sites and genocide memorials across the tiny East African nation. Certain massacres occurred in churches, which continue to display the decomposed bodies. In other instances, skulls, tibias – even whole skeletons – are laid out in rows, in buildings where killings occurred.
In the Catholic church of Ntarama some 40 kilometers east of Kigali, bodies are arranged between benches – still clothed in the garments they wore at the time of the massacre.
A large hole dug in one of the walls of the building tells the story of how the killers were able to get in. Plates with traces of food suggest that the murders took place in the middle of a meal.
The Catholic church, has been the scene of a massacre. One of the skeletons in its basement bears signs of sexual assault: three large pieces of wood stick out from the pelvis, between the two tucked-in thighbones.
"The girl tried to resist a group of rapists. After having overpowered her and probably raped her, they stuck these pieces of wood in her vagina for all eternity," explains a guide at the site.
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