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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
However you feel about Disney plumbing its past fairy tales for big screen redos, there’s no denying that the studio’s casting choices for Bill Condon’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast have been spot-on. With Emma Watson in the role of Belle, and Dan Stevens and Luke Evans vying for her affections as the Beast and Gaston (respectively), the film looks increasingly like a must-see for acting aficionados. Now, the production has attracted another A-lister, with news that X-Men‘s Ian McKellen is taking on the role of Cogsworth.
In the original Disney flick, Cogsworth was the loyal butler to the Prince who was magically transformed into a clock by the same spell that turned his master into a savage beast.
- Isaac Feldberg
Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), the film will star Harry Potter alum Emma Watson as Belle, The Guest‘s Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Frozen‘s Josh Gad as Le Fou, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Maurice.
Now if they could just add Sir Patrick Stewart as Lumiere…
- James Garcia
Best Shirtless Performance is a relatively new category at the MTV Movie Awards. It has been handed out only twice before, awarded to Taylor Lautner ("Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2") in 2013 and Zac Efron ("That Awkward Moment") in 2014. Efron is back this year, nominated this time for doffing his clothes in the hit comedy "Neighbors," and he's the overwhelming favorite to repeat. -Break- Last year, we predictors weren't so convinced. We actually ranked Efron fourth with 20/1 odds, behind Jennifer Aniston ("Were the Millers"), Chris Hemsworth ("Thor: The Dark World"), and our presumed frontrunner Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"). We had thought, perhaps, that the "Hunger Games" juggernaut would crush any support for "That Awkward Moment," but the power of Efron's fandom took us by surprise. MTV Movie Awards predictions: 'Hunger Games' & 'G »
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
Most franchises don't make it to movie 7 without losing some of the audience and its precious box office take, but the exact opposite is true when it comes to the Fast and Furious franchise, which continues to gain fans and grow with each new release. Yesterday saw the opening debut of Furious 7, which exceeded expectations, setting a new benchmark for the action-packed saga. The film pulled in an estimated $67.3 million on Friday (which includes Thursday previews).
Furious 7 serves as an emotional farewell for franchise mainstay Paul Walker, who passed away unexpectedly in the midst of shooting this sequel. The film pulled in $15.8 million when it screened in select theaters across the country on Thursday night, beating the previous April record holder for Thursday screenings, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That Marvel release took in an estimated $10.2 million when it opened at this time last year. Furious 7 expanded into over 4,000 theaters on Friday, »
The James Wan–piloted Furious 7 destroyed its box-office competition on Thursday and Friday, pulling in a gargantuan $67.3 million gross, including $15.8 million in Thursday night showings. (That's 54 percent ahead of its predecessor's three-day gross and 26 percent of its predecessor's four-day gross.) It's also the ninth-biggest Friday opening ever, trailing only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($91 million), The Avengers ($80 million), The Dark Knight Rises ($75.7 million), Twilight: New Moon ($72.6 million), Twilight: Breaking Dawn I ($71.6 million), Breaking Dawn II ($71.1 million), Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($70.9 million), and Iron Man 3 ($68.8 million). Interestingly, Furious 7 is the only one of the aforementioned films not based on a book (or comic, as it were). Even more interestingly, Furious 7 is also the only of the aforementioned films whose opening-day gross is not the result of a massive midnight/Thursday opening.As Forbes's Scott Mendelson »
- Greg Cwik
Universal’s “Furious 7″ is speeding toward a record-setting opening weekend of nearly $140 million at 4,004 U.S. locations, according to revised Friday estimates.
“Furious 7″ blasted off with $58 million to $60 million on Friday — including $15.8 million in 3,069 Thursday-night showings that started at 7 p.m. in the U.S.
Recent estimates had placed the Friday-Sunday number at $115 million, which were revised upward early Friday to as much as $125 million. But Friday’s afternoon numbers — based on West Coast matinees and East Coast early evening screenings — indicated that the Easter weekend would finish between $135 million and $138 million.
The film, starring Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, will easily set a record for an April opening weekend should the estimates hold. The current April record holder, Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” opened with $95 million on the same weekend last year.
All signals now suggest that the “Furious 7″ opening »
- Dave McNary
"Furious 7" put the pedal to the metal on Thursday night taking in $15.8 million from early screenings. The last movie in the franchise, "Fast & Furious 6," earned just $6.5 million from early screenings. Yes, to reiterate the obvious, Universal Pictures has a major blockbuster on its hands. Industry estimates now have "Furious 7" earning somewhere between $130-150 million over the three-day weekend. Before this installment, "Furious 6" was the top opener in the series taking in $97.3 million and top earner making $238.6 million domestically and $788 million globally in 2013. Those franchise records will easily fall over the next few weeks. Historically, "Furious 7" also has a chance to enter the top 10 list of the biggest openings of all-time. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Pt. 2" currently holds the 10th spot with $141 million. Look for box office updates all weekend long on HitFix. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The ITV Leaders' Debate brought in big numbers for the channel, according to overnight figures for Thursday (April 2).
The seven-way debate brought in 6.71m (30.0%) for ITV between 8pm and 10pm, with a further 273,000 (1.4%) tuning in on ITV+1.
Over on Channel 5, Caught on Camera thrilled 599k (2.7%) at 8pm (44k/0.2%). Later, Glasgow's Killing Streets »
“I’m excited to return to my ‘Heroes’ roots,” said Oka, who was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role. “Hiro Nakamura was such an inspirational role to play, and I’m hoping the fans will enjoy seeing him back on TV.”
Jack Coleman also returns to play the suspicious — if well-meaning — Jack Bennett (also known as the man with the horn-rimmed glasses). New cast members include Zachary Levi (“Chuck”), Ryan Guzman (“The Boy Next Door”), Robbie Kay (“Once Upon a Time”), Danika Yarosh (“Shameless”), Judith Shekoni (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”), Kiki Sukezane (“Death Yankee 3”), Henry Zebrowski (“A to Z”) and Gatlin Green (“Criminal Minds”). Creator Tim Kring is exec »
- Whitney Friedlander
Update: Shortly after our original post launched two new cast members were drafted onto the show. The Boy Next Door star Ryan Guzman is now onboard with Deadline suggesting that he “may be playing a former military guy”. That is, if earlier character profiles circulating the industry are still in play. If that’s the case then the next new arrival Finding Cody‘s Gatlin Green may be playing an “attractive popular girl. ” Scintillating description.
The rebooted TV series you never knew you wanted – Heroes Reborn – is pushing forward. NBC’s reboot is assembling another swarthy crew of normal folks harboring superhero abilities that so far includes Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay and Jack Coleman.
Based on what series creator and now-executive producer Tim Kring has stated, the show won’t be a continuation of the story explored in the original show. instead, the ties will be severed from »
- Gem Seddon
"Insurgent," the second installment in Veronica Roth's "Divergent" trilogy, is a true middle book, and the adaptation is no exception. There's less background exposition and more plot twists and character development -- not to mention a cliffhanger ending. The movie follows Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) as they try to escape the clenches of Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) and her Dauntless henchmen. On the run, Tris and Four realize they must form alliances -- with the neutral Amity, the Dauntless unwilling to follow Jeanine, and the Factionless led by the mysterious Evelyn (Naomi Watts), someone from Four's past. (In case you can't remember anything from the first movie, here are seven things to know before you see "Insurgent.")
"Insurgent" is rated PG-13 "for intense violence and action throughout, some sensuality, thematic elements and brief language." If you have an elementary-school-aged kid who read the books early, »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Someone's trading in fangs for other supernatural gifts! E! News has exclusively learned that Twilight star Judith Shekoni has joined the cast of Heroes Reborn. Shekoni has landed a series regular role in the rebooted event series, although details of who she'll be playing are being kept under wraps at this time...just like every other new character joining the show. The British actress is best known for her role in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 as Zafrina, the leader of the Amazonian vampires. She also recently guest starred on an episode of Backstrom. Shekoni's isn't the only new face fans will see when the Heroes reboot airs. She joins the previously cast Zachary Levi »
I'm one of those "glass half-full "critics when it comes to Taylor Lautner. Film after film I hope he'll pull a Sally Field, who went from The Flying Nun and Gidget to Sybil and Norma Rae. Would Abduction or Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 reveal the young man's inner Laurence Olivier? No, sadly. The lumbering hunk remains just a lumbering hunk in those two. Prize-winning pecs and abs plus a cute smile were what the glamor boy's fans had to settle for.
"Well, maybe Tracers will be his Wuthering Heights," I was murmuring as I scooted onto the subway last night, heading for a midtown screening room. I should have known better. I should have checked out the director's CV before hoping for the best.
- Brandon Judell
It looks like Frozen has opened up Josh Gad to the wide world of Disney comedy sidekicks, with the actor known the world over as the voice of Olaf signing on to play LeFou, the buffonish yes-man to Luke Evan's preening villain Gaston, in the upcoming live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Really, there's no better man from the role. Coming from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon, the movie is shaping up nicely, with Emma Watson on board as Belle, and Dan Stevens playing opposite her as the Beast. The latest in Disney's current trend of live action remakes of their classic cartoons, taking it's place amongst the likes of Malificent and Cinderella (released in the U.S. today and coming our way on March 27th) and the upcoming The Jungle Book and recently announced Dumbo, there is no release date set for Beauty and the Beast, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Disney releases its live-action version of Beauty and the Beast in »
Disney’s live-action Beauty And The Beast remake has found its comedy relief in the shape of Frozen‘s Josh Gad. The announcement now places the actor as the only American set to appear alongside the trio of Brits locked in for starring roles. Harry Potter alum Emma Watson nabbed the part of Belle in January; Dracula Untold‘s Luke Evans is reportedly in line to play the villainous Gaston; and Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens is engaged to play the titular Beast.
Per THR, who broke the news, Disney is aiming to forgo a strict remake of the source material and instead sculpt a revamped version more in line with the 1991 animated caper. Proof of this originates in the »
- Gem Seddon
After conquering the world this year with a whopping $550 million worldwide to date, it is no surprise that Universal Pictures and Focus Features are fast-tracking plans to bring the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels to the screen. But while fans can’t wait to see the return of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, the films stars aren’t quite locked in just yet.
Unsurprisingly after the success of the first film, stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are reportedly seeking a bumper pay increase to star in the sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Both were reportedly paid $250,000 each for the first film, but The Hollywood Reporter suggests they are looking to boost their contacts with seven-figure fees.
The pair are contracted to appear in both sequels regardless, but the financial success of the first film, and the undoubted box-office bonanza still in store, has led to the duo looking for better deals, »
- Scott J. Davis
American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg will be reunited later this year in another project: Woody Allen's next as yet untitled feature. Bruce Willis is the third cast member whose name has been publicly announced. The source for this information is an "exclusive" report via Deadline.com's Mike Fleming Jr. So far, as Fleming explains in his brief piece, Woody Allen and "his people" haven't confirmed the casting. In other words, things could change in the not-too-distant future. See also: Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt Movie Project, also featuring Laura Dern and Michelle Williams. Unsurprisingly, no plot details about the upcoming Woody Allen project have been forthcoming. In fact, one wonders if Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Bruce Willis – in case they have indeed joined the fold – know what the movie is going to be about. Allen's latest collaborators – Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson – will be producing the film. »
- Zac Gille
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