Matilda’s Oona Laurence Tapped to Lead Pete’s Dragon Remake

first_img Pete’s Dragon follows a young orphan who, alongside a dragon named Elliott, his only friend and guardian, visit the small fishing town of Passamaquoddy. The original film premiered in 1977 and featured Sean Marshall, Jim Dale, Shelley Winters, Helen Reddy and Mickey Rooney. The song “Candle on the Water” from the film was nominated for an Oscar. Honorary Tony Award winner Oona Laurence has lined up the latest in a string of film projects: the Disney remake of their 1977 film Pete’s Dragon. According to Variety, the former Matilda star will play Natalie, a newly created character who did not appear in the original film. Oakes Fegley will take on the role of Pete. The film will combine live action with CGI effects (because this is the 21st century and a conventionally animated dragon is so 1977). No release date or additional cast has been announced. Not even yet a teenager, Laurence has made quite the transition from stage to screen. In addition to Pete’s Dragon, she is set to appear in the upcoming indie drama Lamb, as well as Southpaw, I Smile Back and The Grief of Others. She made her Broadway debut in Matilda at the age of 10.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

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Judges block ‘state guardian’ for every child law (Scotland)

first_imgDaily Mail 29 July 2016Family First Comment: Good decision! This was the same crazy suggestion that ex-Children’s Commissioner Cindy Kiro made about 10 years ago regarding all NZ children. Judges have blocked Nicola Sturgeon’s controversial law to appoint a named person for every child in Scotland, blasting the scheme as ‘totalitarian’.The flagship policy, introduced by the SNP administration at Holyrood, set out to appoint a single point of contact, such as a teacher or health visitor, to look out for the welfare of children under 18.Scottish courts had dismissed attempts by Christian campaigners to block the legislation but today five Supreme Court justices heard an appeal and ruled the measures were ‘incompatible’ with European human rights laws because of the requirement to share private family data.The court ruled that the current drafting of the legislation risked breaching important regulations protecting privacy and confidentiality and could result in disproportionate interference with the right to a family and private life.It is a humiliating blow for the SNP Government in Edinburgh but defiant Scottish ministers insist they will not scrap the scheme despite today’s ruling by the Supreme Court in London – the UK’s highest court.READ MORE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3712649/Judges-block-Nicola-Sturgeon-s-totalitarian-law-appoint-named-person-child-Scotland.html    Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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