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Although Anderson has only been hired to pen a draft for the script, there’s a possibility that he could direct the movie as well. The director has written few movies without also helming the projects.
Downey is onboard to play Geppetto in the tale about a wooden puppet who wants to become a human boy. He’s been developing the project for some time, but recently revived interest, given Disney’s surge of live-action retellings of animated classics and fairy tales.
Disney has already struck box office gold with “Alice in Wonderland,” whose sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is slated for 2016; “Maleficent”; and “Cinderella. »
- Justin Kroll
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Anderson will pen a draft with eye toward directing the film. An auteur like Anderson overseeing a remake of the classic cartoon seems like an odd pairing, though THR says it "shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. Downey was poised to star in Anderson's 'Inherent Vice' until his 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' obligations got in the way and Joaquin Phoenix stepped in to play the lead."
Downey has been working on this "Pinocchio" project for years, but it's gained steam now that live-action takes on classic children's tales have achieve such success (see: "Maleficent" and "Cinderella"). Now, the studios are engaged in an arms race to turn over their libraries. Disney is filming "Beauty and the Beast" with Emma Watson. »
- Kelly Woo
So you think you're the biggest fan of Emma Watson Hermione Granger in Harry Potter? Get in line behind a handful of celebrities. There's something for everyone to love about this brunette bombshell, whether you are in awe of her gorgeous transformation over the years, believe she's real-life magic, or are totally here for her unapologetic feminist perspective. And that merely begins to explain why we'd all go nuts if we met her. Read on for totally normal examples of Emma's power, brought to you by celebrities who came face to face with her beauty. »
Gwyneth Paltrow gave Taylor Swift a sweet shout-out on social media after she and her son, Moses, attended the star's concert in London over the weekend. Gwyneth posted a picture of the cute trio on Instagram, writing, "#taylorswift thanks for giving me and my little man our best date night ever. #hydepark." In the photo, Taylor has her arms around Gwyneth and nine-year-old Moses, who's flashing a big grin for the camera. Gwyneth wasn't the only star at Taylor's London show, as she was joined on stage by some of her famous BFFs. Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, Martha Hunt, and Serena Williams turned the stage into a runway when Taylor performed "Style." Meanwhile, Taylor also linked up with Emma Watson backstage, both stars looking more than a little excited to be hanging out. The good times kept coming for Taylor, too; in a picture posted early Monday morning, »
Taylor Swift and Emma Watson met . . . and there's photographic proof. The ladies linked up backstage at Taylor's 1989 concert in London on Saturday. When the singer wasn't stunning with Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, and more famous pals in the spotlight, she was busy chatting up Emma in an intimate setting. Fortunately, British singer Lauren Aquilina shared a picture of their moment on Twitter, writing, "spent tonight surrounded by badass girls and couldn't be happier about it." The ladies were also joined by models Martha Hunt and Karlie Kloss and singer Sydney Sierota. While both Emma and Taylor appear elated to be hanging out together - just look at Emma nailing Taylor's signature surprise face - it remains to be seen if the British actress will join Taylor's inner circle. »
It was only a matter of time! Taylor Swift is known for her star-studded posse of Millennial gal pals, and on Saturday, June 27, she added Harry Potter alum and feminist activist Emma Watson to the gang. In a cute group shot, posted by British singer Lauren Aquilina, the "Blank Space" singer, 25, posed with her arm around the He For She advocate, 25. "Spent tonight surrounded by badass girls and couldn't be happier about it," Aquilina captioned the photo with models Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss, Watson, Swift, [...] »
In this week's edition of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Some stars of the "Star Trek" have reportedly signed off on returning for a fourth film. But which ones? Plus, more news on: Jon Stewart's last month in office (er, TV), Adele nabs another big-name producer, Univision dumps Trump for nasty comments, Emma Watson and Tom Hanks combine for This new flick, Ezra Miller may join the Harry Potter world, rapper Rick Ross arrested on some serious offenses, "Transparent" gets some promising news, NBC re-ups this new Duchovny show, CW outlines its fall premieres, and more. What was on your radar this week? How are you feeling about "Miss Universe" now? »
- Katie Hasty
No word as of yet as to whether “Cursed Child” will be an unpublished chapter from Harry’s Hogwarts days or a post-graduation sequel, but Rowling has 100% confirmed that it will not be a prequel.
The production, which will boast music by Imogen Heap and a script from Jack Thorn, will focus on an “untold part of Harry’s story.” Though Rowling does call “Cursed Child” a “play,” Imogen Heap’s presence may mean that the production could be a musical or at least contain musical elements (though it's unfortunately somewhat unlikely).
But just imagine: a tap dance number about Herbology! This needs to happen.
- Sasha James
Raise a glass of butterbeer in celebration: Harry Potter is coming to the stage! J.K. Rowling announced on Friday that a new stage play called “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will debut in London in 2016. “It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself,” Rowling wrote on Twitter. “I don’t want to say too much more, because I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. However, I can say that it is not a prequel!” Also Read: Emma Watson to Star Opposite. »
- Joe Otterson
As 2015 reaches its midpoint, Universal Pictures is the biggest winner at the box office by a dino-sized margin. With billion-dollar blockbusters “Furious 7” and “Jurassic World” smashing expectations, the studio has performed a spectacular turnaround under Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Jeff Shell and Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley. It has gone from next-to-last among the majors last year to the market-share leader among studios this year and its nearly $3.7 billion worldwide haul is the biggest in the company’s 103-year history — with six months to go. Also Read: Emma Watson to Star Opposite Tom Hanks in James Ponsoldt's 'The Circle'. »
- Todd Cunningham
Variety is reporting that former Harry Potter star Emma Watson has signed on to appear alongside Tom Hanks in The Circle, director James Ponsoldt’s (The Spectacular Now) upcoming adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel.
The site reports that Watson “will portray an employee hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users’ personal emails, social media, banking and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.”
Shooting on The Circle is set to get underway in California this September.
- Gary Collinson
Hanks will produce the flick, based on the novel by Dave Eggers, as well as play a yet-to-be-determined role. Watson will play the lead, described as "a recent college graduate who scores a job at a powerful Internet monopoly, called the Circle, which boasts a gorgeous campus and incredible amenities for its employees," per Vanity Fair. The site writes:
After ascending the ranks fairly quickly, she discovers herself to be in the center of a corporation linking "users' personal e-mails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency." A press release for the project explains that the film will explore "the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted, and monetized and used for surveillance, »
- Katie Roberts
Emma Watson has signed on to join Tom Hanks in "The Circle," a big screen adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel. The plan is to begin filming this September in California. Eggers' novel focuses on a young woman (Watson) who is hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. The novel turns into a contemporary thriller about the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted and monetized and used for surveillance, rendering privacy obsolete. The film is written and will be directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now). "Emma Watson is one of my favorite actors," said Ponsoldt. "And her incredible talent, sensitivity, and deep intelligence will bring an electric energy to 'The Circle. »
The actress will play a young woman who starts a new job at an internet monopoly that unites everyone's personal data to create one online identity.
According to The Wrap, Watson's character meets a "mysterious older man" at the organisation, played by Hanks.
As she learns more about the company she works for, it becomes clear that privacy is no longer an option, with personal data now used for profit and surveillance.
Watson takes the role originally intended for Alicia Vikander, who dropped out after agreeing to star in the next Jason Bourne movie.
"Emma Watson is one of my favourite actors, and her incredible talent, sensitivity and deep intelligence will bring »
Now that she’s almost done having her fun playing a Disney Princess in the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” — which we cannot freaking wait for, by the way — Emma Watson is ready to take her increasingly illustrious acting career in yet another new, more serious direction. Because this girl just refuses to be typecast no matter how much we loved Hermione. According to The Wrap, Watson’s stepping even farther away from her wanding days at Hogwarts by joining “The Circle,” a sci-fi thriller about the perils of e-processed personal identity. Which is pretty fitting, actually, considering how publicly appalled she was about some of her . »
Playtone and Likely Story announced today that Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast, Noah, The Bling Ring) will star alongside Tom Hanks in James Ponsoldt's upcoming feature adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel The Circle. Shooting on The Circle will start September 2015 in California. The actress replaces Alicia Vikander, who was set to star before eventually passing, after scheduling conflicts arose with Bourne 5.
Eggers' novel focuses on a young woman (Watson) who is hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called The Circle, which links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. The novel turns into a contemporary thriller about the perils of life in a digital age where personal data is collected, sifted and monetized and used for surveillance, rendering privacy obsolete. Here's what director James Ponsoldt »
Ponsoldt ("The Spectacular Now") adapted the script for the story of a young woman (Watson) who is hired for a big job in an Internet company called the Circle. Said company links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system.
The result is one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. Things aren't rosy though as the story explores the perils of the digital age where personal data is collected, sifted and monetized and privacy is rendered obsolete.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
Though Alicia Vikander was originally set to co-star with Tom Hanks in The Circle, she’s since dropped out thanks to a busy schedule. Hanks needn’t worry, though, as Emma Watson, who had been rumoured, is officially taking her place. The script, adapted from Dave Eggers' novel by James Ponsoldt, who is also in the director’s chair, follows a young woman (Watson) hired to work for the titular internet megacorp, partly run by the charismatic tycoon played by Hanks. The idea behind the company is uniting users' email, social media, banking and online shopping in its universal operating system as one identity, with this leading to a new age of transparency and civility.But of course, it’s not that simple – and the story becomes a thriller that exploits the dangers of a digital life where all personal data is collected and pervasive surveillance means that privacy »
It was about a month ago that reports came out that said Ex Machina star Alicia Vikander had signed on to star with Tom Hanks in the upcoming thriller The Circle. As it turns out, she's been pulled away from the movie thanks to the allure of Paul Greengrass' Bourne 5 starring Matt Damon - but the good news is that the project has found an excellent replacement in Emma Watson. Playtone and Likely Story announced today via press release that Emma Watson has officially signed on to star in The Circle, which is an adaption of the book of the same name by Dave Eggers and is set to be directed by James Ponsoldt (Smashed, The Spectacular Now). In the story, Watson will be playing a young woman who signs on for a position at the film's titular company - described as an internet monopoly. What makes The Circle »
As Deadline first revealed exclusively more than a month ago, Emma Watson has now been set to star in James Ponsoldt’s adaptation of Dave Eggers’ book The Circle. Watson, in the role Alicia Vikander was recently attached to, stars opposite Tom Hanks as a young woman who is hired for a big job in an Internet monopoly called the Circle, which links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online… »
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