Will the Beautiful Emma Watson Star as Beauty in Guillermo del Toro's Adaptation? 


So Guillermo del Toro wants to adapt the traditional tale "Beauty and the Beast" and wants Hermione aka Emma Watson to star. Now, Variety is reporting that Andrew Davies, scriptwriter of "Bridget Jones' Diary," has been tapped to write the screenplay for Warner Bros.

And Watson is in final negotiations to star! Del Toro wants to keep the period setting of the tale and he will write the treatment which will be the bases of Davies' script. The director is finishing "Pacific Rim" right now, so "Beauty and the Beast" will be next on his list.

Del Toro is a great storyteller, so I have no doubt that this "Beauty and the Beast" adaptation will be full of pathos, and drama, and perhaps, a little bit of horror. But the big question, who should be Beast?

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Prince Charles is a Werewolf? Check Out Tim Burton's Intro to "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" 
Tim Burton channels Alfred Hitchcock in this witty, black-and-white, and snow-filled introduction to the festivities surrounding "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Last Friday night, Fox hosted an event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum in Springfield, Illinois (you guys should go there, it's pretty cool! And you can make a wish while touching Lincoln's nose!)

According to our friends at Deadline, Burton gave the museum a first look at "Vampire Hunter's" trailer, footage, and behind-the-scenes moments before the film opens June 22nd. Attending were actor Benjamin Walker aka Lincoln, director Timur Bekmambetov, author and co-screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith, and producer Jim Lemley. Here's Burton's intro where he called Prince Charles a werewolf!



And you can watch the new trailer of "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" right here.


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Bradley Cooper to Join Oscar Presenters 


Bradley Cooper is the latest actor to be announced as one of the Oscar presenters by telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer. Cooper will be joining the following fellow Oscar presenters:

Halle Berry
Rose Byrne
Tom Cruise
Penelope Cruz
Cameron Diaz
Tom Hanks
Angelina Jolie
Ellie Kemper
Jennifer Lopez
Melissa McCarthy
Wendi McLendon-Covery
Maya Rudolph
Emma Stone
Kristen Wiig

Cooper's upcoming films are "The Words," "The Place Beyond the Pines," and "The Silver Linings Playbook."

The Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 26 live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood!

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"Waiting to Exhale" Sequel to Move Forward Even Without Whitney Houston 


Fox has announced that the studio will move forward with the sequel to "Waiting to Exhale" even without Whitney Houston. How heartless and untimely right?

But according to Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000 Pictures, talking to Vulture, that the studio is moving forward with the sequel to the hit 1995 ensemble drama because "It's almost in her honor that we think to soldier on." Really? Why not just make "The Bodyguard" sequel then!

So while we're all remembering the life of Whitney Houston, Fox wants a new way to capitalize. The original film based on Terry McMillan's novel starred Houston as a TV producer who was in love with a married man. Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Gregory Hines co-starred and Forest Whitaker directed the movie.

Whitaker will return to direct but it's still unclear whether the studio will ask the other cast members to reprise their roles. "Getting to Happy," McMillan's follow-up to "Waiting to Exhale," was released on September 7, 2010. Fox is courting a bunch of writers to adapt the sequel.

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We Told You So -- "Maleficent" Will Be Angelina Jolie's Next Film! 


Back in May of 2009, we broke the story that Angelina Jolie was being courted by Disney to star as the wicked witch "Maleficent" in the planned retelling of "Sleeping Beauty" tale. (See EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie to Star as Disney's Greatest Villain Maleficent!)

Back then, my super-reliable source revealed to me that Brad Bird was attached to write and direct the project. Well, so many incarnations of the story later (Tim Burton was supposed to direct, then David O. Russell), now, the project is getting traction with the hiring of Robert Stromberg. Coming from the production designer ranks (he helped shape the look of "Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland", are you impress yet?), "Maleficent" will be Stromberg's first full-feature film, so be cautious. He may rock it, for all we know!

But Jolie seems to be excited. Talking at a press conference at the Berlin International Film Festival, the actress said "I haven't acted in two years, and I haven't done anything else since this [Land of Blood and Honey]. The next thing I am looking at is a Disney movie." So yay! (SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter)

The actress seemed to be making this "Maleficent" decision at the urging of her kids who even called her "mom-elicent."

I said it before and I'll say it again -- Jolie, in a "Wicked" kind of storytelling, is perfect for the role of "Maleficent." The wicked witch may just be as under-appreciated and misunderstood as Elphaba.

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