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Cinderella, Disney's latest live-action version of one of its own classic animated movies, arrives in theaters this weekend, and already reviews for it have been glowing, leading many to believe the Magic Kingdom has another big hit on their hands. And since one big hit begets another, Disney is planning to make a live-action Dumbo. And who do you hire to direct a whimsical, family-friendly story about a big-eared elephant who just wants to fly? The man who made Sweeney Todd: The Demon...
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Bill Condon’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is sticking to the structure of the Disney animated movie, right down to the same characters and same songs. Emma Watson was the first to be cast, taking the role of Belle. It’s actually the second time somebody gave her this role – Guillermo Del Toro was working on a non-musical, non-Disney version and Emma was his pick too.
There’s been a rumour circulating around Hollywood’s tracking boards and private forums that Ryan Gosling has been asked to play The Beast. I know that this started because an agency source referred to Gosling as being a preferred choice for the role, but I don’t know that it ever went any further. I’m certainly not holding my breath – some Hemsworth or another seems much more likely.
As for Mrs. Potts, the housemaid turned teapot, Condon seems »
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Although it comes as no great shock, Fifty Shades of Grey has officially been granted an 18 certificate for "strong sex and nudity".
It's something of a rarity these days to even see a film get an 18, with studios keen to get their films in front of the widest possible audiences. The highest classification is usually reserved for movies containing extreme sex or violence, but it doesn't necessarily have to mean it's box office poison.
Given the right story circumstances, an 18 can hit the target and find financial success. You only need to glance back to late last year to see the column inches/pixels generated by David Fincher's explosive Gone Girl.
Digital Spy takes a look at the 20 highest-grossing 18 certificate movies in the UK below (note: figures are not adjusted for inflation):
Release date: January 17, 2014
Total UK box office takings: £22,699,724
2. Gone Girl
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