Emma Watson, most famous for playing Hermione in the Harry Potter films, will play another book-loving heroine: She announced on Facebook that she will star as Belle in Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

Watson wrote on Facebook, “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.”

The adaptation is set to be directed by Dreamgirls‘s Bill Condon. Condon told EW in October that the film will indeed be a musical featuring the 1991 animated film’s original Alan Menken and Howard Ashman songs, as well as new music from composer Menken. “Technology, we hope, has finally caught up to that treatment of the story, so I think we’re all kind of excited to bring that brilliant, amazing score and beautiful story into three dimensions,” Condon said.

According to a statement from Disney, production is expected to begin later in 2015.

Disney next live-action take on a classic tale, Cinderella, is due out in March. A Jon Favreau-directed Jungle Book is also in the works.  

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Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible 5 has shifted to a summer release.

The latest instalment of the spy movie franchise had been scheduled to open at Christmas, but will be moved up for a July 31 release in the US.

Paramount has also shifted the animated/live-action hybrid movie Monster Trucks to Mission: Impossible 5's prior Christmas Day slot.

Mission: Impossible 5 will reunite Cruise with his Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie.

McQuarrie also wrote the Cruise movies Valkyrie and Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow.

Cruise will star opposite franchise veterans Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, while Alec Baldwin has been cast as the head of the CIA.

Filming took place over the last six months in Austria, Morocco, Monaco and the UK.

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Daniel Brühl will play Baron Zemo in Captain America: Civil War.

A casting call posted on Movie Casting Call has revealed that the Rush star will appear in the second Marvel Studios sequel as the classic villain.

Captain America's enemy Baron Heinrich Zemo was a Nazi scientist who survived World War II.

His son - the better-known Baron Helmut Zemo - is a longstanding villain associated with the Masters of Evil and the Thunderbolts.

The casting call also confirms that the Superhuman Registration Act will be the cause of the rivalry between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) in the Anthony and Joe Russo-directed film.

Brühl was first announced for the film in November, but his role was not previously revealed.

Mark Millar - the writer of the original Civil War comic - has said that he "couldn't be more relaxed" about the adaptation.

Brühl was recently seen in A Most Wanted Man.

Captain America: Civil War will be released on April 29, 2016 in the UK and May 6 in the US.

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Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter has announced that the attraction will soon be expanding to include the Hogwarts Express and a recreation of Platform 9 ¾.

The new, permanent section of the exhibition will open on March 19, as the attraction celebrates its third anniversary, and will offer visitors a look at how some of the films' most iconic scenes were created.

The real Hogwarts Express used in filming, a British steam train named 'Olton Hall', will be returned to the production's home and put on display on a realistic set of tracks and with steam billowing.

Visitors to the attraction can walk along the train's carriage and sit in the interior set which was used during filming on the Hogwarts Express. There will also be a selection of prop luggage on display, with visitors able to guess which characters the cases belong to.

Guests can also pose with the famous luggage trolley as it disappears into the platform wall and visit a new train-themed souvenir shop, which will stock items inspired by the Hogwarts Express.

The 20,000-square foot expansion will be built by many of the crew members who worked on the film series, including BAFTA winning Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson, who will rig the train with special effects steam.

Sarah Roots, vice president of Warner Bros Studio Tour London, said: "We can't wait to open our first expansion, Platform 9 ¾, just before the Studio Tour's third anniversary in March.

"The Hogwarts Express had a starring role in the films, so we're excited that it will be taking centre stage in the new area. It's the piece that visitors have most requested to see and we're expecting a fantastic response."

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Blink-182 band members Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus have spoken about their frustration with Tom DeLonge.

The pair announced that the guitarist had left the group for a second time yesterday (January 26), before DeLonge himself denied that he had quit the band.

Barker and Hoppus claimed that DeLonge's manager emailed them to explain how the 39-year-old "didn't want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely".

However, DeLonge later wrote on Instagram: "To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in...

"Apparently those releases were 'sanctioned' from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ..... #Awkward #BabyBackRibs."

Discussing the situation with Rolling Stone, Hoppus said: "To be honest, I wasn't that surprised because his attitude leading up to that had been not excited and not interested.

"It's been years of pushing back and I have to tell you, it feels humiliating to be in a band where you have to be apologising for one person all the time. That's how it's felt for a long time.

"When Tom finally said, 'I'm not going to go into the studio or play this show', it was kind of a gigantic relief because at least he finally said it."

The bassist continued: "But to then say, 'I didn't quit the band' - it's just not true. It's disingenuous. I just wish Tom does whatever makes him happy and stops holding Blink-182 back from what we all agree that we're going to do - play shows, record music, continue this legacy and have a good time doing it."

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 The X-Files gets revival update: 'Fox still hopeful'

Fox co-chairman Gary Newman has said that he is "hopeful" of reviving The X-Files, in spite of the 'challenges' that it will entail.

The network stoked rumours of a possible return for the David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson-starring series at the TCA press tour this month.

Newman and fellow Fox co-chairman Dana Walden told reporters that talks remain ongoing about bringing a new version of The X-Files to screens.

Speaking to TV Insider, Walden made it clear that Fox "wouldn't" commission a new version of The X-Files without involvement from creator Chris Carter.

"I am more hopeful than optimistic right now," Newman added. "I am hopeful it will come together. But it will be challenging to make that happen."

Anderson recently said that a new X-Files series or movie is "always a possibility", despite her commitment to NBC's Hannibal and the BBC's The Fall.

Duchovny, who has also expressed willingness to return to The X-Files, will next appear in the NBC limited run series Aquarius as a police sergeant hunting down Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony).

The X-Files originally aired on Fox from 1993 to 2002, and spunoff into two feature films.

Carter has most recently worked on a sci-fi series for Amazon, which was cancelled before ever airing.


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Adam Sandler's first Netflix movie will feature an ensemble cast including Taylor Lautner, Dan Aykroyd, Terry Crews and Nick Nolte.

Ridiculous 6 - a parody of classic Western The Magnificent Seven - is the first of a multi-film agreement between Sandler's Happy Madison production company and Netflix.

The comedian has assembled an all-star ensemble cast for Ridiculous 6, including Whitney Cummings, Luke Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo and Nick Swardson.

Former Saturday Night Live stars Rob Schneider, Chris Parnell, Jon Lovitz and Will Forte will also appear in the comedy film.

Cameos will include Blake Shelton as Old West sheriff Wyatt Earp and Vanilla Ice as Mark Twain, reports TheWrap.

Ridiculous 6 has cast Sandler as an orphan who has grown up on a Native American reservation, with Lautner, Schneider, Wilson and Crews as his half-brothers.

Forte and Trejo will serve as leaders of a rival Wild West gang.

Sandler has frequently worked with Buscemi, Schneider, Crews and Swardson over the course of his career.

He inked a deal for four upcoming Netflix movies at the end of 2014.

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The 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards aired on Sunday (January 25) on TNT and TBS, honouring the top casts in film and television.

Digital Spy presents a list of all of the winners below:

Motion Picture Nominees

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
JK Simmons, Whiplash

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood - WINNER!
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Naomi Watts, St Vincent

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Fury
Get on Up
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Unbroken
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Television Nominees

Outstanding Performance by a Male actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Adrien Brody, Houdini
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow
Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Claire Danes, Homeland
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
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NBC has ordered a new drama pilot from Arrow producer Greg Berlanti.

Blindspot is a crime conspiracy thriller, focusing on an amnesiac woman found naked in Times Square with her body covered in fresh tattoos, reports Variety.

The FBI get involved in her case when it is discovered the woman has the name of an agent inked onto her back.

The bureau then work on finding out the truth about the person's identity, using the tattoos on her body as a means of finding clues.

Blindspot is being produced by Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Productions, and executive produced by Berlanti and Martin Gero.

Gero, known for his work on The LA Complex and Stargate: Atlantis, is writing the pilot.


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Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker James Gunn has spoken about the forthcoming sci-fi sequel.

The film's writer-director spoke to fans during a Facebook Q&A about the future of some of the film's characters.

When asked whether villain Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) would return to the franchise, he replied: "Who knows. But not in 2, no."

Discussing Groot, Gunn confirmed that he would be back for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but hinted that he could take a different form, saying: "Well, who says baby Groot is Groot and not Groot's son?"

Speaking about Lylla, an otter who is the love interest of Rocket Raccoon in the comics, he said: "You'll have to wait and see on Lylla. But I will say I think a raccoon being sexually attracted to an otter is similar to a human being sexually attracted to a possum.

He added: "I think it's very important that Rocket is the only thing like him, which is the source of his sadness and loneliness… An otter girlfriend could get really cartoony really."

Gunn previously revealed that Nova will not feature in the forthcoming sequel.

Director Matthew Vaughn recently said that Guardians of the Galaxy deserved to receive more nominations in the awards season than it earned.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is scheduled for release in 2017.

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