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Guillermo Del Toro Drops Out Of Directing ‘Beauty & The Beast’ With Emma Watson

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 12, 2014 7:15 PM
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Guillermo del Toro, Emma Watson
“The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” star Emma Watson is probably feeling a lot like she looks in the above photo: annoyed with a touch of exasperated, “c’mon, really?” Because her director-to-be, Guillermo del Toro, has dropped out of helming “Beauty & The Beast.” Did the recent announcement of Disney’s live-action reimagining of the project kill it, you ask? Nope, Warner Bros. is still going ahead with the project, they’ll just have to do it with a new director.

First Look: Ethan Hawke And Emma Watson In Alejandro Amenábar's Crime Thriller 'Regression'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 10, 2014 1:02 PM
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Ethan Hawke,Emma Watsonm, Regression
It’s perhaps easy to have forgotten filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar, but he’s done some terrific work. He won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film for “The Sea Inside” (which helped turn Javier Bardem into a bigger international star) and he also helmed one of the best recent horror/ghost movies, “The Others,” which also featured one of Nicole Kidman’s finest performances.

Emma Watson & Miles Teller Look At 'La La Land'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2014 5:35 PM
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Emma Watson Miles Teller
When Damien Chazelle emerged in 2009 with the lo-fi musical "Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench," he made it clear that music was going to be crucial to his narratives. This year's "Whiplash," chronicling the trials of a talented drummer, is set against the backdrop of the jazz world, and it has been a smash success. Premiering at Sundance to great acclaim, and continuing the buzz at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight, it has been Chazelle's breakout movie. So perhaps it's no surprise he's sticking with the general themes of young people, grand ambitions and bringing along Miles Teller once again.

Review: 'Belle' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Tom Wilkinson Is A Lovely Film for Jane Austen Fans

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • May 9, 2014 3:02 PM
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Belle
Adaptations of Jane Austen’s work and other Georgian-era-set films arrive via indie theaters and PBS almost as though they’re on a schedule. Fans of witty stories of class-defying romance get their fix of empire-waist dresses, demure courtships and misunderstandings every year or so, but there’s often little to differentiate one from another (not that we complain when a new adaptation appears). Based on a true story, director Amma Asante’s “Belle” has every element that costume drama fans love, but it elevates a standard love story by adding larger historical implications and giving us a new perspective on the era.

Review: Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 27, 2014 11:09 AM
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Noah, Russell Crowe
Only a few pages long and with the barest of details, the Genesis tale of Noah’s Ark is one the original peaks of brevity. A succinct story of an apocalypse and its aftermath, one can easily see why the themes of death and rebirth attracted Darren Aronofsky to a film adaptation. But “Noah” is no mere second attempt at “The Fountain." It is instead a grounded journey outwards on ideas of regret, mercy, and revenge, and at 139 minutes the film makes every attempt, coherent or not, to thoroughly address each one.

Watch: First Clip & New Featurette For 'Noah,' Darren Aronofsky Talks Controversy And Final Cut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2014 1:05 PM
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Noah
Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" is riding a rough sea to the box office, with Paramount trying to court and not offend religious audiences, all while Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have banned the film, with Egypt taking that move under consideration (per THR). But despite the grabby headline that makes, Paramount knew those countries—generally more sensitive to religious films—might pose a problem, and the director himself is not worried about any talk about "controversy" surrounding his picture.

New Images, Motion Poster, TV Spot & More For Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2014 9:05 AM
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Noah
As Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" prepares to ride the multiplex seas in a few short weeks, Paramount is still figuring out how to market the movie, in particular to religious groups. They want the all important Christian audiences to spend their money on the Biblical tale, but they also don't want to offend them with Aronofsky's take that doesn't stick to the scrubbed clean Sunday School version. And all of this has to led to rather curious amendment to the trailers for the the upcoming movie.

Emma Watson Joins Alejandro Amenábar's Thriller 'Regression' With Ethan Hawke

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 3:29 PM
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Emma Watson hasn't rushed into making any really big moves post-"Harry Potter," instead seemingly careful in considering each choice. Indeed, she's mostly decided to go in for supporting roles or for very tiny turns in stuff varying from "My Week With Marilyn" or even "The Bling Ring," to a great performance in "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" and a memorable cameo in "This Is The End." This spring she'll have a bigger part in the water-ready "Noah," and it seems Watson is sticking with auteurs for the moment.

J.K. Rowling Says Hermione Should've Ended Up With Harry Potter, Not Ron Weasley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2014 9:24 AM
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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Even though the saga is over, and J.K. Rowling has long determined that the adventures of Harry Potter is over, she can't perhaps help but tinker and wonder. After all, she is writing a movie series based on the Hogwarts textbook, "Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them," and now she's openly speculating as to whether or not she was true enough to her "Harry Potter" characters.

New Images From Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Float To The Surface

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 10:20 AM
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The waters will rise, and God will unleash his furious vengeance next spring....at least at a multiplex near you. Darren Aronofsky is bringing "Noah" to the big screen and numerous (slightly varying) international trailers have surfaced in the past few weeks. And today, a few more images have washed ashore for the Biblical epic.

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