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Guillermo del Toro is attached to direct a new take on "Beauty and the Beast," with Emma Watson set to star. It’s a long-rumored collaboration that I've been looking forward to greatly, as del Toro is one of the most visual directors of our time and will also likely be able to coax a very un-Hermione performance out of Watson.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news, adding that Andrew Davies will write the script. But the idea of Watson as Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" got us wondering what other "Harry Potter" stars would fit well in a movie inspired by a fairytale. Surprisingly, there are quite a few. Hollywood, feel free to pilfer our ideas.


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Beauty and the Beast

For those of us who grew up during the "Little Mermaid," "Aladdin" and "Beauty and the Beast" era of Disney films, the re-releasing of these childhood classics hits on some very nostalgic nerves. At least for this writer, anyway. I have very specific childhood memories tied to all of those animated classics and am looking forward to seeing "Beauty and the Beast 3D" during its limited release (which began today).

Anyway, in thinking about the magic involved in this film - the first animated movie ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar- I can't help but wonder about the talented voice actors who brought the characters to life. Where are they now? Click through to see what the actors who brought Belle, Beast and Mrs. Potts to life are up to now.


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The Lion KingIt seems that the old saying "everything old is new again" holds true at the box office as well. After a successful run for "The Lion King," which hit theaters in 3-D last month for a limited run, Disney will release several more classic flicks to theaters.

The Associated Press reports that after the re-release of the beloved 1994 film has grossed about $80 million at the box office there are plans to release four more.

What will hit your local Cineplex? "Beauty and the Beast" arrives in January 2012 and "Finding Nemo" in September of that year. "Monsters Inc." will hit in January 2013 with "The Little Mermaid" following close behind in September 2013.


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Emma WatsonLooks like Emma Watson is taking her "Beauty" to the big screen with Guillermo Del Toro.

Coming Soon reports that the "Potter" star and "Pacific Rim" director are uniting for a new big screen spin on "Beauty and the Beast," with Watson playing the titular beauty. Discussions are still in their early stages, but we're psyched to see what these two powerhouses create together.

Check out the rest of today's movie news after the jump.


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Last night, the Chicago Blackhawks beat out the Philadelphia Flyers to win their first Stanley Cup in 49 years. This weekend, the United States goes up against England in the opening round of the World Cup. Clearly, 'tis the season to worship cups, particularly cups of the sporting variety.

But crucial cups aren't relegated to the athletic arena. From sentient tea cups to would-be vomit receptacles, there are plenty of cups within the halls of cinema worthy of praise and celebration. After the jump, check out some of our favorite cups in movie-making history! Read More...

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You may recall the news from last summer's Comic-Con that Disney planned to re-release "Beauty and the Beast" enhanced in digital 3-D on February 12, 2010. Obviously, the Oscar-nominated classic did not make it to theaters last Friday. Instead it is reportedly due out sometime next year for the film's 20th anniversary.

But when exactly? And will there be more films retro-fitted, as was done recently with "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2?" Over the weekend, MTV had a chance to talk with Disney Animation and Pixar head John Lasseter about the upcoming project and the very good chance of someday re-releasing Disney's other films in 3-D. Read More...

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The world-famous San Diego Comic-Con began in 1970 under the less-catchy name Golden State Comic Book Convention. Just 300 people showed. 29 years later, it's an explosion of merch, fanboys and fangrrls in or out of costume, video game goodies, movie marketing and boatloads of journalists.

Even before last year's "Twilight" mayhem, Comic-Con was a big attraction for major movie studios looking for a captive audience. People eager to see teaser trailers and watch panels featuring their favorite directors and actors. Superhero flicks or not, it's all about the geek culture.

Even though the hardcore comics fans groan about their hallowed halls being invaded by stampeding game geeks and RPattz fans, it's really win-win for everyone. As movies, comic books and video games become increasingly intertwined, it's only natural that the wider film-loving would be as interested in Neil Gaiman as they are in Guillermo del Toro. So even if you're not on the hunt for a mint condition "Swamp Thing" signed by Alan Moore, there's still plenty for you movie fans to see and do. Read More...

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Beauty and the BeastBuried in the depths of Disney's massive San Diego Comic-Con press release today is the news that "Beauty and the Beast," a highlight of the studio's late-20th century renaissance, will be enhanced with 3D digital effects for a February 12, 2010 theatrical re-release. The timeless story continues to be revisited even today, with the upcoming "Beastly" offering a contemporized reimagining of the unlikely love story. Disney's "Beast" is notably the only animated work to ever receive a Best Picture Academy Award nomination.

The press release states that "Beauty and the Beast" will be featured as part of Disney's animation panel, which will feature special guests Hayao Miyazaki and John Lasseter. The duo will join animation vets Lee Unkrich, Kirk Wise, Ron Clements and John Musker in a presentation of upcoming Disney Animation releases, including the soon-to-be-3Dified "Toy Story"/"Toy Story 2," "Toy Story 3," "The Princess & the Frog" and Miyazaki's "Ponyo." The panel will be moderated by none other than Patton Oswalt. Read More...

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