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Kelly Macdonald Replacing Reese Witherspoon in Pixar's "Brave"



    "BRAVE" HIGHLAND OF THE �BRAVE� -- The rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland serve as the backdrop for �Brave,� a new tale that joins the land�s ancient lore�stories of epic battles and mystical legends passed down for generations. Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, �Brave� is the grand adventure of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer who confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts to discover the true meaning of courage. The film also features the voices of Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Julie Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane. �Brave,� full of heart, memorable characters and Pixar�s signature humor, takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D� in select theaters. �Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

    Not only is Pixar hopping on the girl power movement in Hollywood, they've gone and cast a nationality appropriate star in the lead.

    Kelly Macdonald, who has been earning raves beginning with her work in "Trainspotting" right up to her current role on "Boardwalk Empire," has replaced Reese Witherspoon as the voice of Princess Merida in "Brave," confirmed Entertainment Weekly, which also has the first concept art from the film.

    Pixar Unveils 17th--and Final?--Clip From "Cars 2"

    [NATL] "Cars 2"
    Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy are the voices of Lightning McQueen and Mater, who are joined in their latest mission, an international caper, by the likes of Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer. "Cars 2" opens June 24. (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

    Set in the Scottish Highlands, "Brave" is a fairy tale about a princess who endangers the rule of her parents, the king and queen (Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson), and must go on a quest to set things right. We're guessing she'll be successful.

    "Brave" is due to hit theaters June 22, 2012.

    The New "Toy Story 3" Trailer Drops

    [NATL] The New "Toy Story 3" Trailer Drops
    "TS3" appears to offer more of the same: toilet humor, sexual innuendo, nods to classic films, a Ken-meets-Barbie love story, a nefarious cabal of villainous toys... see for yourself. (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)