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Speaking to BAFTA (via The Guardian), Rickman said when he first read the script for the Bruce Willis film, he thought: "What the hell is this? I'm not doing an action movie."
He added: "I didn't know anything about La. I didn't know anything about the film business… I'd never made a film before, but I was extremely cheap."
Rickman also said that he admired the "progressive" nature of the film's script.
He explained: "Every single black character in that film is positive and highly intelligent. So, 28 years ago, that's quite revolutionary, and quietly so."
During the same BAFTA talk he revealed the young actors in the Harry Potter film series Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were often replaced by "very small adult actors" during filming. »
In this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Check out the big smiles on the first photo of the cast from upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast," featuring Josh Gad (LeFou), Dan Stevens (the Beast), Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). Plus, more stories including: "Chuck" star Zachary Levi will turn host Syfy's "Geeks Who Drink," a new game show based in the world of pub trivia. Rihanna drops a new music video for "American Oxygen." NBC's "Emerald City" apparently will live again. For the first time. Matthew Vaughn jumps on board to direct "Flash Gordon." Baz Luhrmann excitedly tapped an unknown to play the female lead in "The Get Down," his new Netflix original premiering in 2016. Slayer reveals a new song, their first new music since their 2009 effort. And more! What was on your radar this week? »
- Katie Hasty
You might’ve used the expression “The Real McCoy” and not actually known where it came from. Colloquially it refers to something being authentic, or the real deal. In fact, if someone were to name their movie after it, you might presume it was just a romantic comedy.
Well, now super-mega-star Chris Pratt is set to star in a movie about where that expression originated. The Real McCoy is a bootlegging drama about the life of Bill McCoy, a famous rum-runner during Prohibition who, as an American sea captain, shipped and sold illegal liquor across the coast until his capture in 1923. According to urban legend, McCoy touted that his liquor was never “cut”, or watered down, thus the expression “The Real McCoy”. But McCoy is also credited with having essentially created the six pack in order to better carry and ship bottles of rum and whiskey.
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- Brian Welk
How closely have you watched Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone?
Well, after hearing what Alan Rickman had to say about the film during his recent BAFTA talk, you may want to go and rewatch some key scenes.
The actor - who played Professor Severus Snape in all eight Harry Potter films - revealed that Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were often replaced by "very small adult actors" during filming.
He said: "In the first film, if anybody ever wants to look, of course you've got the problem of kids who can only work a certain number of hours.
"Sometimes there were 300 children on set, and at certain points they all had to go off and do some schoolwork."
While the trio obviously filmed their own side of conversations with the movie's older cast members, they were replaced by little adults "with a wig on their heads" when Rickman, »
After landing the role of Hermione in the "Harry Potter" films back in 2001, Emma Watson has spent more than half her life in the Hollywood spotlight and she doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon. The bright and beautiful Brit was just 10 years old when she got the big break, and this week she celebrated her 25th birthday on April 15th. Emma has not only impressed audiences with roles in films like the "The Bling Ring" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," she's also grown up to be an academic, activist, and terrific role model. Cheers to this inspiring young actress! Let's take a look back at her life so far in pictures for this week's #Tbt.
- Alana Altmann
Regardless of how you feel about Disney turning a good portion of their animated classics into live-action films, there's no denying that director Bill Condon as amassed an impressive cast for his take on Beauty And The Beast. Just last week we reported that the man who brought Magneto and Gandalf to life, Ian McKellen, joined the cast consisting of Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, and Josh Gad. Despite being nearly 2 years away from a theatrical »
- Sean Wist
McKellen said that the first get-together was a "nerve-wracking occasion" and admitted that he would "have to work hard to equal what has already been achieved".
"There were clusters of white roses on the tables and a mic for each actor so we could be heard above the music from the electronic keyboard and percussion and the glorious voices of a 30-strong choir," he said.
"They were impressive enough, until the studio lights dimmed and the chorus sprang up and danced »
It's officially happening! Josh Gad took to Instagram to share the first cast photo from Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast." "Can't wait for you to be our guest," he cleverly captioned the cute candid. The selfie shows Gad (Lefou) mugging for the camera with costars Dan Stevens (The Beast), Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen and the recently-cast Gugu Mbatha-Raw were noticeably absent from the pic above, but they'll be playing The Beast's enchanted household items Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth and Plumette. Watson, who is celebrating her 25th birthday today, recently talked to Total Film about landing the coveted role of Belle. "I've never had to [sing] for a film before, and I think people will be interested to see me do something very different like that," the "Harry Potter" alum admitted. "It gives me a different challenge, really. That's terrifying in and of itself! »
- tooFab Staff
Emma Watson's first taste of fame came with the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001. Fourteen years later, the actress is barely recognisable as the cute kid who won our hearts as Hermione Granger. We've watched Emma grow into a dignified, well-spoken, smart young woman who uses her fame for more than just freebies. From appearances on the red carpet to appearances at the United Nations, we just can't keep our eyes off this woman. To celebrate her 25th birthday, we're taking a look back at Emma's life in the spotlight, her celebrity friends, and her most memorable moments in the public eye. Here's to 25 more years of fame, fashion, and being generally fabulous! »
Yesterday, we got our first look at the cast of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. Josh Gad, who plays Le Fou, shared a selfie that included himself alongside co-stars Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). Missing from the photo was Ian McKellen, who stars as the Beast's butler turned alarm clock Cogsworth. To make up for that, he has reported back from the set with an in-depth account of the first table read.
Beauty and the Beast will begin shooting in London very soon under the direction of Bill Condon, best known for musicals Chicago and Dreamgirls. Also participating in the cast read were Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette), though they were not pictured. The only primary character from the animated version that hasn't been cast yet is Lumiere, voiced by Jerry Orbach in the 1991 movie.
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Crazy Stupid Love brought together one of contemporary cinema’s most attractive pairings in the shape of Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Their electric chemistry outshone the sometimes-wavering material and left audiences feeling all warm and fuzzy at their cutesy story arc. As the duo are now circling a new project, that would fling them back together, will we see more of their romantic rapport onscreen?
By the sounds of it, that’s a resounding yes. According to Deadline, Stone and Gosling are the latest thespian couple in the crosshairs for Damien Chazelle’s romantic musical La La Land, which is described as “an old fashioned musical set in contemporary Los Angeles and centers on a love story between a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress.” Originally, the Whiplash helmer had his drummer boy Miles Teller set to co-star alongside Emma Watson, but the pair dropped out due to various commitments elsewhere. »
- Gem Seddon
La La Land: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, who previously showed great chemistry in Crazy, Stupid, Love and Gangster Squad, are now in talks to join the musical La La Land. The modern day-set but old fashioned song-and-dance style movie is writer-director Damien Chazelle's follow-up to Whiplash. The two actors would replace departed leads Miles Teller and Emma Watson. [Deadline] Untitled Shanghai Swat Project: Stuntmen-turned-directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, who made their mark last year with John Wick (pictured above), have signed on to a period-set action movie based on the true story of the first Swat team. The currently untilted movie will focus on real-life British soldier William E. Fairbairn, who is said to have been a major influence on the...
- Christopher Campbell
Who needs reporters dropping their repetitive lists of the however many factoids they garnered from visiting the set of a movie when you can get the actors themselves to write a truly eloquent piece about the making of said film from the inside.
That came with Ian McKellen today who offered a very well-penned breakdown of the live script read through for Disney's live-action take on their animated classic "Beauty and the Beast". Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad and Kevin Kline were on hand for the read through and Gad tweeted a photo of much of the gang together:
Can't wait for you to be our guest.
A photo posted by Josh Gad (@joshgad) on Apr 14, 2015 at 11:37am Pdt
The read-through itself seemed to go all out with a full choir, dancing and decoration. Check out McKellen's well-penned report below
"Beauty and the Beast" starts! pic. »
- Garth Franklin
Happy birthday, Emma Watson! In honor of her 25th birthday this week, here are 10 reasons we’re celebrating the life of Emma Watson, actress and women’s rights leader. 10. Let’s begin with a look at her big break at age 10, when she was cast as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. Watch her screen test with Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint: 9. In 2007, Watson could be seen in another sort of screen test, in character, within the movie...
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Emma Watson was recently cast as Belle in the live reimagining of Beauty and the Beast, and Wednesday is her 25th birthday. We're here to tell you what you should really already know: Emma is amazing. It's been more than a decade since we first laid eyes on her in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Since then, though, she's become so much more than just Hermione Granger. We've watched her grow into a beautiful woman who is bursting with talent, glowing with laughter, and totally an Ivy League graduate. She might have ejected herself from the wizarding world, but there's only one word that perfectly captures Emma: magic. Keep reading to see all the reasons she's actually real-life magic. Source: Getty / Frazer Harrison / BAFTA La »
The actor posted a partial cast selfie to Instagram earlier today (on what also happens to be star Emma Watson’s 25th birthday) and the movie already looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!
The only cast members missing are Emma Thompson who stars as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw who is playing Plumette, and Audra McDonald as the wardrobe Madame de la Grande Bouche. Rumours have been swirling that Oscar winner Jean Dujardin has been eyed for the role of Lumiere and we have to admit, that would pretty much be perfect casting. It was just confirmed »
- Rachel West
No quarter-life crisis here! Emma Watson turns 25 today, which is of note since the actress' appearance get-ups increasingly wow us. Some of our favorites style moments for the star include her fashion show looks, like the structured monochrome Dior frock and Valentino crop top and skirt combo (featuring a high-low lace hem) that she wore to the designers' runway presentations in 2014, respectively. Meanwhile, the crimson Christian Dior Couture gown-and-pants ensemble that she sported to the 2014 Golden Globes still has us talking (especially in light of that sexy back view). The star has also got the crisp button-down and skirt look down, as she proved when she donned a silvery Ralph Lauren maxi to »
La La Land - a romantic musical set in contemporary Los Angeles - is expected to begin shooting in the autumn, according to Deadline.
The project would reunite Gosling and Stone, who previously worked together on 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love and 2013's Gangster Squad.
La La Land will centre around aspiring and lonely actress Mia (Stone) and cocky, charismatic jazz pianist Sebastian (Gosling), who fall for each other.
However, the pair soon discover the challenge of making their relationship work in the cut-throat climate of the entertainment industry.
Last summer, we heard Whiplash star Miles Teller was looking to reteam with director Damien Chazelle for a Los Angeles set musical La La Land. At the time, Harry Potter franchise star Emma Watson was also in talks for the female lead, but they've both fallen away. Deadline is now reporting that Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad co-stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are circling the film about an aspiring actress named Mia, who's lonely desperate to fit in, and a cocky yet charismatic jazz pianist named Sebastian, who fall in love in Los Angeles. It's a straight-up, contemporary, romantic musical. More below! La La Land is also written by Chazelle, and it certainly sounds different than his Best Picture nominated directorial debut Whiplash. This also sounds like an interesting change of pace for both Gosling and Stone, who we haven't seen sing on the big screen at all yet. »
- Ethan Anderton
The Beauty and the Beast cast is already having a ball together. On Tuesday, Josh Gad shared a star-studded Instagram of the group, showing himself, Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, and Luke Evans huddling close together for a selfie. "Can't wait for you to be our guest," Josh wrote, paying homage to "Be Our Guest" from the Disney classic's soundtrack. The picture was reportedly taken during rehearsals, and the live-action movie isn't slated for release until March 2017, so this might be just one of many fun snaps the costars treat us to in the next couple of years. The movie has already garnered several big headlines this year. On Friday, we learned another familiar face will join the group, as the one and only Ian McKellen is set to play Cogsworth. Following Emma's casting news in January and the cast's congratulatory tweets to each other, Emma opened up about »
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