Emma Watson is in talks to star in Beauty and the Beast.
The Harry Potter actress - who played Hermione Granger in the fantasy series - is reportedly in the final stages of negotiations to appear in Guillermo Del Toro's remake of classic fairytale, Variety reports.
Emma is being talked about for the role of Belle, who gets trapped in the palace of a former prince who has been turned into a monster by a curse. The script for the project - which is expected to be released in 2014 - is set to be penned by Bridget Jones' Diary screenplay co-writer Andrew Davies, with Denise DiNovi in line to direct.
The 21-year-old beauty was recently linked to Your Voice in My Head - which tells the story of a young woman who tries to kill herself before being saved by a psychiatrist who is dying - which would see her team up again with Harry Potter director David Yates.
Warner Bros is reportedly interested in getting Emma involved in the motion picture, while Tom Hanks and George Clooney have been talked about to play the role of the medical professional.
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Vampire films are still proving to be winning box office material, as Underworld Awakening raked in $25.3 million this past weekend, bumping Kate Beckinsale's other film, Contraband, from its number 1 spot.
Not too far behind was the Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard WWII film, Red Tails, which debuted at number 2 for $18.7 million. Last week's top film, Contraband, was bumped down to number 3 with $12 million while Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close jumped from 36th last week to the number 4 spot -- thanks to the addition of more than 2,000 screens. Lastly, the 3D version of Beauty and the Beast, which came in second last week, secured the number 5 spot with $8.8 million.
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Here are some of the DVD and Blu-ray options available this week:
- Beauty and the Beast (Two-Disc Diamond Edition): DVD
- Diary of a Mad Black Woman: Blu-ray
- The Disappearance of Alice Creed: DVD, Blu-ray
- Eat Pray Love: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Expendables: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Family that Preys: Blu-ray
- The Hunting Party: Blu-ray
- I'm Still Here: DVD, Blu-ray
- Metropolis: Blu-ray
- Strictly Ballroom (Special Edition): DVD
- Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion: Blu-ray
- Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail: Blu-ray
- Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married: Blu-ray
- The Winning Season: DVD
Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.
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Wanna know how impressed we were with Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray? Well, there are still plenty of folks out there who doubt that there is any real discernible difference between a Blu-ray disc and a DVD as far as looks are concerned, but we'd bet if you sat them down in front of this classic, they'd be sold immediately.
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Here are some of the DVD and Blu-ray options available this Tuesday:
- Beauty and the Beast (Diamond Edition): DVD/Blu-ray Combo
- The Exorcist (Extended Director’s Cut): DVD, Blu-ray
- Grindhouse (Special Edition): Blu-ray
- The Human Centipede: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Karate Kid: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Last of the Mohicans (Director’s Definitive Cut): Blu-ray
- Mad Max: DVD/Blu-ray Combo
- The Maltese Falcon: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Mission: DVD, Blu-ray
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010): DVD, Blu-ray
- Robocop (Trilogy): Blu-ray
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-A sing-along version of Beauty and the Beast will be coming to theaters at the end of the month. The animated film will be available in limited release on September 29 and October 2.
-Speaking of old Disney films, Zhang Ziyi will star in a live-action version of Mulan. The English-language project will be directed by Speed‘s Jan de Bont and produced by an independent studio.
-Blockbuster has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The video chain – which has nearly approximately $1 billion in debt – will be preparing to close another 800 stores.
-Ed Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs, starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, has been chosen to open AFI Fest 2010 in November. Black Swan will close the festival.
As hard as it is to believe, it’s already been 17 years since Beauty and the Beast first premiered. And though it’s still nice to still along with Gaston and Lumiere via the DVD, we will soon have a new way to experience the movie all over again.
Come 2010, Disney will rerelease the Oscar-nominated film - it was the first full-length animated movie to be up for Best Picture - as a new 3-D theatrical feature. This update is just one of several reissues the studio has in store. Plans for a revamped Toy Story and Toy Story 2 have already been in the works.
In addition to this weekend’s release of Bolt, upcoming 3-D titles for Disney include the Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Movie, Toy Story 3, Up, G-Force, Alice in Wonderland and Rapunzel.
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This fall, Disney will be releasing its first Platinum Collection title on Blu-ray. Now we’re being told of five other films that will eventually get the same treatment.
- Pinocchio - available Spring 2009
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - available 2009
- Fantasia - available 2010
- Fantasia 2000 - available 2010
- Beauty and the Beast - available Fall 2010
The animated classics - with all their extra bells and whistles - will be available for a limited time only. (As if Disney would have it any other way.)
Sleeping Beauty hits the shelves on October 7.
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If you were busy watching the Boston Celtic dominate the Los Angeles Lakers last night, you probably missed CBS’ latest AFI special. For this year’s countdown, a jury of “over 1,500 leaders from the creative community” helped select the American Film Institute‘s Top 10 Films in 10 different genres.
You can find the titles announced in yesterday’s 3-hour special after the jump.
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