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Maps to the Stars movie review: kill it with fire

23 February 2015 4:18 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Quite hilarious in a deeply disturbing way that you won’t want to look straight on at, lest it forever ruin you as a lover of movies. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly like Cronenberg’s work, love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Oh, did you have dreams of going to Hollywood, becoming a star, and living happily ever after? Maps to the Stars will put paid to them. This is one of Canadian horror auteur David Cronenberg’s (Cosmopolis, Eastern Promises) least trippy films: it’s hardly surreal at all. Which makes it all too plausible as it looks askew at the living nightmares that are the lives of the Weiss family of Los Angeles, all of whom are deeply entrenched in the industry. Except the one thing they think is horrific — and it’s pretty bad »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Movie Review: The Duff

19 February 2015 9:01 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

It behooves me to say, before we begin, that I am nowhere near the target audience for The Duff. There is very little to make one feel old like watching high school students’ lives in upheaval when forced to give up their smartphones, when cell phones without all the bells and whistles were the big thing when I was at that age. And yet, despite this glimpse into the grim passage of time and culture, I guess there is irony in that almost everything in The Duff is familiar. Between dorky kids making good and the villainess whose job it is to make sure everyone stays in their place or the Mom who tries too hard to be hip and with it, crass humor, and a bevy of teenage misunderstandings, almost every teen cliché gets wrapped up in a neat little package. And yet, despite its familiarity, The Duff coasts by on a genuine charm, »

- Seth Paul

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'Fifty Shades' Is One of Fandango's Best Pre-Sellers Ever

11 February 2015 2:13 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fifty Shades of Grey doesn't open until Thursday night, but it is pacing to become one of Fandango's top five advance ticket-sellers in the company's 15-year history, joining the elite domain of the Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Twilight franchise movies, which currently dominate the list. Take a look at Fandango's top five pre-sellers, at the same point in their sales cycles, two days before release date.

1. The Twilight Saga: New Moon(2009)2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)3. The Hunger Games (2012)4. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)5. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)

Here's what Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger had to say about the news in a statement.

"The worldwide phenomenon that is Fifty Shades of Grey is resulting in more buzz for an adult-skewing film than I've seen in many years. It's enticing fans who are looking for an exciting girls' night out, as well as »

- MovieWeb

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Mr. Holmes’

8 February 2015 7:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After hitting a couple of commercial highs (“Dreamgirls,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) and one major artistic low (“The Fifth Estate”) in the major-studio trade, Bill Condon makes a welcome return to more intimate, character-based fare in “Mr. Holmes,” an elegiac portrait of the once-great detective as a senescent old man — arthritic of body and foggy of mind, yet unwilling to go gently into that good night. A graceful film that seems happy to proceed at roughly the pace of the honey that drips from its central character’s apiary, this faithful adaptation of Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel “A Slight Trick of the Mind” may disappoint audiences seeking a ripping good Sherlock Holmes mystery, but should delight genre buffs fond of such earlier revisionist Holmes yarns as “The Seven-Per-Cent Solution” and “Young Sherlock Holmes,” and even attract some younger viewers curious to see the old guy from “Lord of the »

- Scott Foundas

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Berlin: Bill Condon on Why 'The Fifth Estate' Failed and Moving On With 'Mr. Holmes'

7 February 2015 9:56 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The last time writer/director Bill Condon ("Kinsey," "Dreamgirls," "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn") premiered a new work at a film festival, things didn't go so well. In 2013, he opened the Toronto International Film Festival with "The Fifth Estate," a cyber-thriller that starred Benedict Cumberbatch as Wikileaks hacker Julian Assange. Cumberbatch's performance was a hit with critics, but the film was not; when it was eventually released into theaters, it bombed at the box office. Now Condon is back at the Berlin International Film Festival unveiling his latest, "Mr. Holmes," out of competition. The drama reunites him with his "Gods and Monsters" star Ian McKellen for a story about an old and long-retired Sherlock Holmes who's coping with the loss of his once-incredible mind. Frequent Condon collaborator Laura Linney co-stars as Holmes' housekeeper. Indiewire sat down with Condon in Berlin to discuss the film »

- Nigel M Smith

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First UK Poster for Bill Condon's 'Mr. Holmes' Starring Ian McKellen

6 February 2015 5:20 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The Man Behind The Myth. It's another story about Sherlock Holmes starring Ian McKellen as the iconic detective. I can't wait to see this. Premiering at the Berlin Film Festival, which just kicked off, is the new film from Bill Condon (director of Dreamgirls, The Fifth Estate, Breaking Dawn) starring the legendary Ian McKellen as an "aged, retired" Sherlock Holmes. The festival description says that Holmes undertakes "one final big journey, experiences a botanical miracle and resolves to tell a compassionate lie." It's a simple but sleek and effective poster, plus another good reminder that the movie is finally premiering at Berlinale. Here's the new poster tweeted by Sir Ian McKellen with the note: "Sorry to be a tease, but I hope you like it." Synopsis from IMDb for Mr. Holmes: An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes looks back on his life, and grapples with an unsolved case involving a beautiful woman. »

- Alex Billington

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First Clip From Ian McKellen's Mr. Holmes

5 February 2015 2:16 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Ian McKellen is taking on yet another famous literary character with Mr. Holmes, stepping into the shoes of an aging Sherlock Holmes as he confronts the case that made him retire from detective work. The first clip for the Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Kinsey, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2) directed movie has arrived, giving us a good taste of what McKellen's tragic take on the famous detective has in store for us. No concrete release date has been given as of yet, but Mr. Holmes is expected to come our way this Summer. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Beauty and the Beast: 10 actors who could be the Beast to Emma Watson’s Belle

30 January 2015 3:03 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Emma Watson, best known as Harry Potter’s bookish best friend Hermione Granger, announced that she will be Disney’s next princess – Belle! 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.

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been an announcement about who will play the Beast to Emma’s “Beauty.”

Who will be the Beast? We went through all the working heartthrobs of Hollywood, and picked our top candidates for the role.

Chris Pine

Can he sing? Yes. Chris starred in the adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods. Age: 34 (10 years older than Emma) Known For: Star Trek, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit We asked you on Facebook and Twitter who you’d like to be Disney’s next prince. Chris Pine was the popular choice. Two other Chrises – Hemsworth and Evans – were very close behind in the votes. »

- Sasha James

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Emma Watson Cast as Belle in 'Beauty and The Beast': 7 Reasons She's Perfect!

26 January 2015 4:44 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Emma Watson will be wearing an iconic yellow dress soon!

The actress has been cast as the role of Belle in the Disney live-action version of Beauty and The Beast. Production will begin later this year on the Bill Condon-directed film — yes, the same director as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. And Emma's reaction to the news is predictably adorable and awesome:

Post by Emma Watson.

"I'm finally able to tell you... that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast!" she wrote on her Facebook. "It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There'. My six year old self is on the ceiling - heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can't wait for you to see it. Emma xx"

And she should be excited because she is absolutely perfect »

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Emma Watson Will Be Belle in a Live-Action 'Beauty and the Beast' for Disney

26 January 2015 2:45 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Hermione Granger and Emma Watson go hand in hand, and they'll be associated together for generations to come, but now the former Harry Potter starlet is set to embody another iconic character. The Wrap has revealed Watson has been cast in a new, live-action rendition of Beauty and the Beast for Disney. Naturally, she'll be playing the beauty side of the title. And apparently it's always been a dream role of Watson, as she took to Facebook to share her excitement with fans: Bill Condon of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn fame will be directing the new musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. The most recent pass on the script was written by Stephen Chobsky, who wrote and directed The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Emma Watson. This is actually...

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- Peter Hall

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Emma Watson is Still Going to Play Belle in a Live-Action Beauty and the Beast

26 January 2015 10:31 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It’s a casting decision as old as time. Emma Watson signed on to play Belle in a live-action “Beauty and the Beast” movie back in 2011. That project was set up at Warner Bros. with Guillermo del Toro attached to direct. Now she’s officially signed on to play Belle in a different live-action “Beauty and the Beast” movie, according to The Wrap. This one is from Disney, part of their plan to remake every one of their animated features with actors in the flesh (and sometimes enhanced by CGI) and being helmed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — parts 1 and 2, which concludes a kind of update on the “Beauty and the Beast” narrative). Reportedly the production got del Toro’s blessing to snag his leading lady since the Warner Bros. movie is all but dead now. Watson will now get to reunite, to an extent, with The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer-director Stephen Chbosky »

- Christopher Campbell

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Emma Watson is Disney's next princess

26 January 2015 10:24 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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 »

- Sasha James

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Emma Watson Cast as Belle in Disney’s Live Action Beauty and the Beast

26 January 2015 9:13 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

It would seem that Disney is now in the business of turning every one of their animated classics into live action films. We’ve already seen spots for “Cinderella” and there’s been development news about “The Jungle Book,” but there’s another live action film on the way and it’s a tale as old as time. That’s right; “Beauty and the Beast” is getting the live action treatment and Emma Watson has been tapped to star. Disney made the casting announcement today, states The Hollywood Reporter. The studio also announced that Bill Condon, who directed both parts of “Twilight: Breaking Dawn,” is set to direct. Along with Disney’s big announcement, Watson also  [ Read More ]

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Emma Watson Cast as Belle in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

26 January 2015 8:54 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emma Watson will star Disney’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” as the lead character Belle.

Disney made the announcement Monday, saying that production will begin later this year. No release date has been set.

The film will be directed by Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”), who was announced as director in June. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films are producing.

The “Harry Potter” actress also made the announcement on her Facebook page:

“I’m finally able to tell you… that I will be playing Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I’ll get to dance to ‘Be Our Guest’ and sing ‘Something There.’ My six year old self is on the ceiling – heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can’t wait for you to see it. »

- Dave McNary

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Emma Watson Will Star as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

26 January 2015 8:52 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Harry Potter alum and international sweetheart Emma Watson has been cast as Belle in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast feature. The movie will be directed by Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Parts 1 and 2) and doesn't yet have a release date. We can expect this to be in the same vein as Disney's latest live-action fairy-tale interpretations like 2014's Maleficent and this year's Cinderella. Listen, we're not saying we predicted this, but we kind of predicted this. Read Emma Watson's announcement below! Post by Emma Watson. »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Emma Watson Cast as Belle in Disney's Live-Action Beauty and the Beast: "Time to Start Some Singing Lessons!"

26 January 2015 8:30 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Emma Watson has already played a wizard, and now, she's becoming a princess! The Harry Potter actress, 24, broke the news via Facebook Monday. "I'm finally able to tell you...that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast! It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There'. My six year old self is on the ceiling—heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons," she wrote. "I can't wait for you to see it." Walt Disney Pictures first announced plans to make the movie in June 2014. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn's Bill Condon will »

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Emma Watson to Star in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (Exclusive)

26 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Director Bill Condon has cast the “Harry Potter” actress as Belle in the live-action adaptation

Harry Potter” alum Emma Watson has closed a deal to star in Disney’s live-action musical “Beauty and the Beast,” TheWrap has learned.

Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing under their Mandeville Films banner.

Also Read: Emma Watson Speaks Out for Feminism and Against Man-Hating at Un (Video)

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- Jeff Sneider

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Disney Confirms Emma Watson's Casting in Live Action 'Beauty and the Beast'

26 January 2015 7:29 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

At one point, it was going to be Guillermo del Toro directing a live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast over at Warner Bros. with Emma Watson set to star as Belle. Well, at the same time Disney was developing a of their own and now that del Toro is no longer involved at WB, Disney is the only one left in the game and they've got Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, Dreamgirls) directing and Watson now confirmed for the lead role in their feature. It's an interesting turn of events considering Watson had been loosely attached to the WB version since 2011, but it seems she's the right actor for the part no matter where it's being made or who is directing as production on Disney's feature is expected to begin later this year. Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the screenplay with a career that so »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Mockingjay’ Tops ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ To Become 2014’s Highest-Grossing Film

22 January 2015 10:37 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

It’s official: Katniss just kicked Guardians Of The Galaxy‘s butt. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hit $333.18M yesterday, seizing the title of highest-grossing film of 2014 away from the Marvel/Disney comic book film which has amassed $333.17M at the domestic box office. Further bolstering Mockingjay‘s title is that its bread wasn’t propped up by 3D or IMAX ticket pricing, the latter of which was the case with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($424.7M). (However, sources say that Mockingjay – Part 1 did play about 350 non-imax-brand large-format venues where it grossed $10M).

This is all deja vu. In January 2014, Katniss overtook another Marvel superhero title, Iron Man 3, as 2013’s highest-grossing film. In its seventh week, Hunger Games: Catching Fire clicked past Iron Man 3‘s $409M before finaling its cume at $424.7M. But the records don’t stop there: This is the first time in »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog, Bill Condon Films to Play at Berlin Film Festival

14 January 2015 2:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Dieter Kosslick, the chief of the Berlin Film Festival, has added to his Competition Section lineup, which will include films by Jafar Panahi, Werner Herzog and Bill Condon.

Among the additions are Panahi’s “Taxi,” Condon’s “Mr. Holmes,” starring Ian McKellen and Laura Linney, and Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Damian Lewis and Robert Pattinson.

Panahi’s credits include 1995’s “The White Balloon,” which won the Golden Camera for best debut at Cannes, 2000’s “The Circle,” which won the Golden Lion at Venice, and 2006’s “Offside,” which won the Silver Bear at Berlin.

Panahi was arrested in his native Iran in 2009, and subsequently banned from making films for 20 years. Despite this, he has produced two films since, “This Is Not a Film” and “Closed Curtain,” which played at Berlin in 2013, and won the Silver Bear for screenplay.

As a writer, Condon won »

- Leo Barraclough

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