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Emma Watson is Disney's next princess

11 hours ago

Today, a perfect thing happened in Hollywood.

Emma Watson, best known as Harry Potter’s bookish best friend Hermione Granger, announced on her Facebook page that she will be Disney’s next princess.

Post by Emma Watson.

The Brown University graduate will be bringing her enviable combination of brains and beauty to Bill Condon’s live-action version of Beauty and the Beast as -- arguably the best Disney princess of the 90s -- Belle. No word on who will play the Beast to her “Beauty.”

Watson has spent the last year as a Un Women Goodwill Ambassador promoting education for girls and gender equality under the campaign HeForShe.

This was my #heforshe speech. http://t.co/b2qzm7h0mS

Emma Watson (@EmWatson) September 22, 2014

Condon directed The Fifth EstateDreamgirls, and the two final Twilight Saga installments, Breaking Dawn - Part One and Breaking Dawn - Part Two. Condon is »

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American Sniper holds top spot at weekend box office

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American Sniper hit the mark with moviegoers again.

The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy Seal marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday. American Sniper is up for six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Cooper. The total haul for the Warner Bros. film now stands at $200.1 million.

"We've never quite seen anything like this at this time of year," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at box-office tracker Rentrak. "American Sniper is helping to propel the box office, which is already 9.3 percent ahead of the same time last year."

The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, already broke box-office records when it expanded to wide release last weekend, easily surpassing Avatar to become the biggest January opening for a movie and immediately becoming the top grosser among best-picture Oscar nominees. »

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SAG Awards win sends Birdman Oscar hopes soaring

14 hours ago

Oscar hopes for Birdman got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds, possibly sending the comedy soaring over the perceived Academy Awards front-runner Boyhood.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's elegantly crafted backstage romp won best ensemble Sunday night at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild, a day after it also won the top honor at the Producer Guild Awards. Both guilds are seen as highly predictive of which film will triumph at the Oscars, which will be held Feb. 22.

Richard Linklater's Boyhood, the acclaimed indie made with the unprecedented real-life time-elapse of 12 years, has long held as the awards seasons favorite. But Birdman fills the role of a classic Oscar winner, likeShakespeare in Love, as a celebration of showbiz. Its fortunes look especially bright considering the last seven Producers Guild Awards winners have also won best picture at the Academy Awards.

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The Great Digital Film Festival presents the Detective Movie Quiz

14 hours ago

The Great Digital Film Festival kicks off this week, bringing you some fan favourites and cult classics in the fantasy and sci-fi genres.

We welcome in February with seven days of programing including a Guillermo del Toro double bill, the X-Menfranchise, and we end things off with some sci-fi action in Blade Runner.  Before Rick Deckard deals with those pesky replicants in Ridley’s Scott’s classic vision of the future, we’re getting a blast from the past with not one, but two films that are each celebrating 25 years since they first hit the big screen.

It was 25 years ago when an up-and-coming Irish actor named Liam Neeson set out of a quest for vengeance as a scientist left for dead in Sam Raimi’s Darkman. Months before Darkman waged a war of revenge while longing for Frances McDormand, another kind of hero blasted his way onto the box office charts. »

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SAG Awards: Debbie Reynolds honoured for lifetime achievement

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Debbie Reynolds accepted the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award from her daughter Sunday night, and promptly embarrassed Carrie Fisher with a story.

The 82-year-old entertainer recalled having "a big, ugly bun" in her best-known movie, Singin' in the Rain.

"I warned my daughter Carrie, be careful of any weird hairdo," Reynolds said she advised Fisher before playing Princess Leia in George LucasStar Wars.

"Luckily, George gave her two buns."

Reynolds initially told the audience at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles that her favourite movie was Singin' in the Rain, her first major co-starring role in 1952 with Gene Kelly.

But later she also called The Unsinkable Molly Brown her favourite. She received her only Oscar nomination for the 1964 film.

"I got to sing a song called 'I Ain't Down Yet,'" she said. "Well, I ain't."

The acerbic Fisher lovingly and bitingly celebrated her mother before turning over the mic. »

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