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Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review Hairspray, Chuck & Larry, and Premonition in this episode of FilmCrunch.
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Sofia CoppolaSofia Coppola will direct a live-action version of The Little Mermaid.

The filmmaker has reportedly set her sights on Hans Christian Andersen's tragic fairy tale as her next project after 2013's The Bling Ring, and is in negotiations to bring the classic children's story to life on the big screen, Deadline.com is reporting.

Fans shouldn't expect a repeat of Disney's bubblegum 1989 cartoon version about aquatic princess Ariel and talking crab Sebastian, however. Coppola is thought to be planning a version in keeping with the original 1837 story, which sees the broken-hearted Little Mermaid commit suicide after the Prince marries another woman.

The new Universal Pictures/Working Title production is said to be based on a script by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), which was originally drafted by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) and Abi Morgan (Shame).

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Dakota Johnson and Jamie DornanJamie Dornan changed the way he walks while filming Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Northern Irish actor decided to improve his strut after a dancing instructor on the set informed he looked awkward and was "quite bouncy," and applies his new heel-to-toe technique every day.

"So basically, I've always had a complex with the way I walk. I've not always been told I've got a bad walk, but someone's always commented on my walk. It's always been a bit like, 'alright. That's how you walk?'" the 31-year-old former model said.

The actor, who welcomed his first child, a baby girl, with wife Amelia Warner in December, made the discovering while taking dancing classes before shooting a scene for the film, during which his character Christian Grey twirls Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson, around the dance floor:

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The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie has become unstoppable!

Despite the releases of newcomers 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii, the animated family film based on a children's toy remained at the top of the box office this weekend with $31.1 million. 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii debuted with respectable earnings of $12.2 million and $10.3 million, respectively. The RoboCop remake fell one spot from its debut at number three last week with $9.8 million while The Monuments of Men also fell one spot as well to number five with $7.9 million.

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Bette Midler+ Seth Green - whom you may recall from Robot Chicken, Family Guy, and Austin Powers - gives Larry King a compelling explanation as to why Ben Affleck is a poor choice as Batman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film.

+ Bette Midler is set to appear at this Oscars this year - additionally, she'll be singing for the first time!

+ Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is in talks with Warner Bros. and Barry Sonnenfeld to adapt the short-lived (and much-loved!) ABC series into a musical for Broadway, which would star Pushing Daisies alum Kristin Chenoweth. Fuller says that he is also contemplating a film adaptation.

+ Michael Patrick King, who wrote for the Sex and the City series and directed both film adaptations, says that there's one more story to tell for Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha - greatly hinting at the possibility of a third film.

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The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie got more love from movie-goers than any of the new romance films this Valentine's Day weekend.

Pulling in $48.8 million at the box office, the animated film based on the popular toys beat out four newcomers this weekend, including the remake of About Last Night, which placed second with $27 million. The highly-anticipated RoboCop movie debuted at number three with $21.5 million while The Monuments of Men fell two spots from last week to number four with $15 million. The other romantic remake, Endless Love, debuted in fifth place with  $13.3 million.

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U2U2 are set to perform at the Oscars next month.

The Irish rockers will take to the stage to perform their track "Ordinary Love," which is nominated for best Original Song, at the ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on March 2. Confirming the news on Wednesday, the event's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said it will be the first time the band perform the song, which was written especially for the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom soundtrack, live.

Members Bono, Larry Mullen, Adam Clayton and The Edge, who are currently in the studio working on their new album, face stiff competition in the Original Song category from Pharrell Williams for his hit "Happy" from Despicable Me 2, "Let It Go" from Frozen, and "The Moon Song" by Karen O, who is the vocalist for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, from the movie Her.

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The Lego Movie

Legos aren't just extremely marketable toys for children - they're a marketable movie franchise for adults, too.

The LEGO Movie topped the box office this weekend, earning $69 million while another newcomer, The Monuments of Men, debuted with $22 million, landing it a second place title. Despite holding the number one spot for three consecutive weeks, Ride Along took a dive down to number three with $9.5 million. Frozen fell two spots to number four with $6.8 million while Lone Survivor stayed put at number five with $5.5 million.

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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan on the set of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'Dakota Johnson has "no shame."

The 24-year-old actress is to portray Anasasia Steele opposite Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of E. L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and she insists he has no concerns about shooting any of the raunchy scenes: "I don't have any problem doing anything. The secret is I have no shame."

And Dakota insists she was more interested in the "emotional" aspects of the story than any of the sexy scenes. When asked what intrigued her about the books, she told the new issue of America's Elle magazine, "Reading the book, I found myself more interested in the ways they were breaking each other down emotionally than the sex scenes. I think there's a part of a woman that wants to be the thing that breaks a man down."

The actress is the daughter of actor Don Johnson and his ex-wife Melanie Griffith and she claimed she used to get "picked on" for having famous parents by people who didn't even know her: "I think people, especially the press, like to pick on children of famous people and I think that's f***ing awful. Things get made up. It's so, so sad. And there's absolutely nothing you can do about it as a 16 year old. You're like....Why? What did I do?"


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Rita OraRita Ora's part in 50 Shades of Grey will be "shocking."

The "R.I.P." singer has her first big-screen speaking part as lead character Christian Grey's sister, Mia, in the hotly anticipated erotic thriller, and promises audiences they will be surprised by the content of the movie. "It's gonna be the biggest and most amazing shock ever," she told MTV.

Rita has previously had acting roles in 2004 independent film Spivs and a small part in Fast and Furious 6, but this is the first time she is to appear in a major production with a full role, and admits she was nervous: "I was nervous because it was the first time I ever did a movie with words. But it was so nice. The director, Sam Taylor Johnson, she was incredible, so it was all love."

Rita beat Rihanna to claim the part in Fast and Furious 6 which could be one of the reasons the "Bottom's Up" singer reportedly snubbed her at various Grammy Awards parties over the weekend but spoke to her boyfriend, Calvin Harris. "Rihanna deliberately kept her distance. She talked with Calvin at length but didn't acknowledge Rita. It was awkward because they have the same management team and move in exactly the same circles. Rihanna's never been much of a fan of Rita because her style is so similar and they compete over songs," a source said.


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Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in 'Ride Along'
 

Although Ride Along seemed like it was going to face stiff competition this weekend, the Kevin Hart and Ice Cube buddy cop comedy not only came out on top but also set a new record for the biggest January opening (a title held previously by Cloverfield, which had made $40.1 million in 2008.

Ride Along's record-breaking opening for the weekend was $41.6 million, dropping last week's top box office earner, Lone Survivor, down to number two with $22 million. The animated film Nut Job debuted third with $19.4 while the other newcomer, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, came in fourth place with $15.5 million. Last week's number two earner, Frozen, fell three spots to number five with $11.8 million.

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