Emma Watson Tapped for Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Bling Ring’

Over the past decade, Sofia Coppola has demonstrated a knack for working with talented young actresses. Whether it’s Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation, Kirsten Dunst in The Virgin Suicides, or Elle Fanning in Somewhere, Coppola not only knows how to pick them, but what to do with them once she has them. Now the latest star to join the club is Emma Watson, who’s signed up for one of the leads in Coppola’s ensemble picture The Bling Ring. More details after the jump.

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It’s a tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme. Guillermo Del Toro is attached to another project. This time he’s upgraded from producer to director of a new version of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast for Warner Bros., which will be written by Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones’ Diary). Read more after the jump.

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David Yates, the man who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, has been courted to make some big movies for Warner Bros in the wake of Potter’s finale, most notably the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, and also the Alan Turing biopic Imitation Game.

While Yates was briefly attached to make The Stand, he pulled away from that film and instead has settled on something smaller: an adaptation of Emma Forrest‘s memoir Your Voice in My Head. And now it looks like Yates will have Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson along for the ride in the lead role. Read More »

If you’re the kind of person who got all emotional during all those Harry Potter cast interviews about shooting the final scene, or if you referred to the last movie, without irony,  as “the end of an era,” then When Harry Left Hogwarts is for you. The documentary, by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Morgan Matthews (The Fallen), chronicles the making of David YatesHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2, and will make you get teary-eyed all over again as cast members talk about what it’s been like to be part of the franchise for the past ten years. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Beauty and the Beast is one of the most-adapted stories out there, and as such already has two screen incarnations that are standouts in their respective realms: the Jean Cocteau version from 1946 and Disney’s 1991 animated version.

We might soon add one more new version to the pile, and indeed to the mountain of projects being developed by Guillermo del Toro. The writer/director/producer is working on a new Beauty and the Beast, and has Emma Watson set to star. (Not as the Beast, one would expect.) Read More »

What happens when a studio dedicates a decade to adapting one of the most popular novel series in the world, and does so with an eye for quality? In the case of Harry Potter, the result is a massive payoff. Warner Bros. upset its own record for the biggest domestic opening weekend box office take, set by The Dark Knight in 2008, as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 opened to a $168.5 million domestic haul and earned nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. Read the numbers below. Read More »

“It all ends.” So says the latest round of advertising for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which hits theaters July 15. The phrase obviously has several interpretations: the end of the Potter story, the final Potter movie, etc. But the one thing that “It all ends” apparently doesn’t mean is the end of the posters Warner Brothers is putting out to publicize the film. Four more have just come online and, I’ll admit it, like most of the other posters released, these are very attractive. But, really, did we need four more? Is this movie not going to make $400 million domestic and well over $1 billion internationally? I think it can do that in its sleep without a shred of advertising.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has begun screening so we’ll surely start to hear reviews soon but, until then, check out these new posters which – with the film being released in just over a week – could be the final ones, after the jump. Read More »

Here’s the very final trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the last movie in Warner Bros. long-running Harry Potter series. You can see the trailer in front of Green Lantern this weekend, but we’ve got it online now for your enjoyment. Check it out after the break, but for those who haven’t read the books, be aware that some spoilers may be in store. Read More »

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