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  • Emma Watson: 10 Reasons Why Her Career Is Flourishing After Harry Potter

    Hermione actress has become a major star since ditching Hogwarts robes.

    Hollywood history is littered with young actors – think Culkin, Barrymore or Lohan - who couldn’t adjust to grown up stardom. Then there’s the likes of ‘Star Wars’ lead Mark Hamill, or ‘Lord of the Rings’ star Elijah Wood, who never escaped the shadow of the iconic role that made them famous.
     
    Emma Watson is a rare actor who had both hurdles to jump thanks to playing Hermione Granger eight times in the ‘Harry Potter’ series - and yet four years after the franchise finished she’s emerged as not only a credible actor in her right, but a seemingly normal human being as well. How has she done it?

    [JK Rowling makes shocking Harry Potter romance confession]
     
    1. She’s picky with her projects
    Watson has appeared in just five films since the final ‘Deathly Hallows’ in 2011 - ‘My Week with Marilyn’, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’, ‘The Bling Ring’, a cameo in ‘This is the End’, and ‘Noah’. This in-demand actress doesn’t star in any old film for a bit of extra cash, she picks projects that work

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  • Emma Stone Is Stunning As Ever At Amazing Spider-Man 2 World Premiere

    The rest of the cast scrub up nicely too on Leicester Square red carpet.

    Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield and the other stars of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ walked the red carpet at London’s Leicester Square for the world premiere.

    [Garfield: I'd love Spider-Man to join The Avengers]

    Series star Andrew Garfield arrived via a Spider-Man-branded red bus for the event, hand-in-hand with children from Kids' City - a charity for youngsters in deprived areas of London.  He looked adorable we think you’ll agree.

    (Credit: Press Association)

    Speaking during the event, exclusively live-streamed by Yahoo, Garfield said his character Peter Parker “was a kid in there. [The film] shows that you can be completely imperfect, stumble through school, through relationships and still be a hero.”

    He added that new villain Electro – played by Jamie Foxx, is about “the tragedy of bullies”.

    Emma Stone, reprising her role as Spider-Man’s love interest Gwen Stacy in the film, was characteristically stunning in a full-length yellow gown. The star and Garfield have been romantically linked in real life.

    (Credit: Wenn)


    (Credit: Wenn)Amazingly Stone

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  • How Noah’s Ark Film Set Was Shut Down By A Massive Real Life Flood

    But cast reveal that ironic on-set storm was actually a tragedy for the crew.

    While ‘Noah’ was filming in America’s East Coast, a real-life flood of biblical proportions shut down filming for four days, according to the cast in our exclusive interview. Watch it above.

    “The irony wasn’t lost on anyone,” admitted Logan Lerman, who plays Noah’s son Ham in the film. “[But] it wasn’t funny - it was actually quite a sombre time,” he said.

    Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast on October 2012, shutting down production at the film’s Oyster Bay set for four days. It was quickly followed by a snowstorm.

    [Why Emma Watson is turning down film roles]

    “It shut us down for a week and it was emotionally more affecting than anything physically,” said director Darren Aronofsky. “A lot of our crew were from Jersey and Long Beach and different places in Long Island that got hit really hard. My producing partner actually lost his home.”
     
    Star Jennifer Connolly herself had to abandon her New York house. “People were evacuated form their homes, I was evacuated from my home and their was mass

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  • Russell Crowe: Jor-El not in Batman vs. Superman (Exclusive)

    Actor confirms that he won't reprise Man of Steel role.

    Sad news for those of us who rather enjoyed Russell Crowe’s turn as Jor-El in ‘Man of Steel’ – he won’t be back for ‘Batman vs. Superman’.
     
    The actor told Yahoo Movies while he was promoting ‘Noah’, “I don’t think they’re going to use me again. I think they’re jumping onto a different stream.”

    [Could Batman vs. Superman tie into the Dark Knight trilogy?]

    Referring to the first cinematic meeting between Superman and Batman in the upcoming film, he said: “You know, they’re going with the different superhero worlds colliding [this time].”

    We’re not sure how this precludes a holographic Jor-El in the film, but Crowe seems adamant that he’s done with the sereis for now, though we hope the rumoured prequels could still materialise.

    ‘Batman vs. Superman’ will see Henry Cavill return as Jor-El’s son Clark, while Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman. Earlier this year Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons were cast as Lex Luthor and Alfred Pennyworth, respectively, while Gal Gadot has also joined the

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  • Amazing video shows Frozen theme tune 'Let It Go' sung in 25 languages

    Singers from around the world belt out Idina Menzal's Oscar-winning song.

    Idina Menzel’s rousing ‘Frozen’ theme tune ‘Let it Go’ has captured the hearts of the audiences around the world, not to mention those of Oscar voters, who named it ‘Best Song’ at this year’s Academy Awards.

    [Frozen breaks new record]

    But us English-speaking viewers might forget that it’s not actually Menzel’s dulcet tones that can be heard in most countries.


    In this fascinating video (above), we see can see the 25 different singers who bought ‘let It Go’ to life in different territories, from Willemijn Verkaik in Germany to Annika Herlitz in Sweden.

    ‘Frozen’ recently overtook ‘Toy Story’ to become the highest-grossing animation film ever with box office takings of $1,072,402,000 (£644,743,000).

    It also won the 2014 Best Animated Feature Oscar.

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  • Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie first trailer (exclusive)

    First footage from sitcom spin-off.


    The epic first trailer for ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie’ has landed, exclusively on Yahoo Movies UK.

    Watch it above (warning: includes mild course language).

    It’s the film debut for Brendan O’Carroll’s hugely popular BAFTA-winning sitcom and it looks as though the transfer to the big-screen hasn’t dampened the comedy’s singular charms.

    [First details of Mrs Brown's Boys movie revealed]

    Boasting the trademark coarse humour, wordplay, and slapstick that made the Irish comedy one of the most popular shows on British and Irish television, the first trailer gives us a good taste of what to expect from ‘D’Movie’.

    We’ve also got the first poster and an official still for the film below.

    (Credit: Universal)


    (Credit: Universal)

    Last year O'Carroll told Yahoo Movies that the film would stay true to the spirit of the TV series.

    He said: "I didn't want to go down the line of ‘Mrs Brown goes to Marbella’ or ‘Mrs Brown goes to Cannes’. The usual idea behind a movie of a TV series is to take them out of the context.

    "I want to take on the challenge

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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie first trailer

    Megan Fox stars in first footage from the live-action reboot.

    The first trailer for the live-action ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ movie has finally arrived.

    Watch it above.

    The heroes in a half-shell have been updated for the 21st century by producer Michael Bay (‘Transformers’) and director Jason Liebesman.

    [Watch: Full Transformers 4 trailer]

    This brand new version of the classic comic strip/cartoon series stars Megan Fox as yellow-suited reporter April O’Neill, and William Fichtner as masked baddie Shredder.

    (Credit: Paramount)

    The official plot synopsis synopsis is below, though it’s not clear if walking brain Krang is involved.

    “The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s

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  • Kate Winslet: Kids keep me grounded

    Labor Day star admits acting is 'weird'.

    Kate Winslet has been at the top of her game since she made her big screen debut in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures  aged just 18. Now starring in Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day’, the Oscar-winner tells Yahoo that her longevity is down to hard work, a healthy balance, and acknowledging that the film business is just “weird”.
     
    “I had to stay in London the night of the premiere,” she remembers. “So as we were driving the children to school I said, ‘Mummy’s staying in London tonight and then tomorrow morning your friends might see something in the newspaper.’ My daughter turned around and went: ‘That is really weird. Isn’t it random?’ It is! I do feel that, rather more than staying on top, I’ve been able to stay balanced.”
     
    But Winslet admitted it isn’t easy for everyone to acknowledge the crazy. “Look at this whole Miley Cyrus… whatever it is that she’s up to,” she says. “You just think, ‘Who’s helping these people?’ So I’ve been really blessed, because I’ve been dealt equal measures of

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  • Josh Brolin hints at why he turned down Batman

    Star and Zack Snyder ‘disagreed’ about Batman vs. Superman role.

    Josh Brolin has hinted that disagreements over the character was the reason he turned down the Batman role in Zack Snyder’s ‘Batman vs. Superman’ project
     
    “Me and Zack had a conversation about it,” he told Yahoo while promoting ‘Labor Day’. “And there were several reasons why we said it wasn’t the best idea on both sides. I had mine and Zack had his.”
     
    But he’s felt surprisingly protective of Ben Affleck’s casting, going as far as to say he was angry with fans’ negative reaction to the news. “People were so disrespectful,” he said. “How can you blame an actor for acting? I understand you’re a fan, but people forget that actors are human. When you’re sitting in front of a computer it’s easy to go, ‘Well, I wish he would die. Send.’ But somebody’s going to read that. Their kids are going to read it and the wife is going to read it. We’re so computer-oriented that we forget.”
     
    [26 actors who nearly played James Bond]

    Brolin says that when he watched the trailer for ‘Runner Runner’ he was

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  • Josh Brolin: Why acting is humiliating

    Labor Day star is never comfortable on a film set.

    Josh Brolin says his job is akin to being “embarrassed for a living”, describing acting as a “profession of humiliation.” The No Country for Old Men star, who met with Zack Snyder about playing Batman, a role later offered to Ben Affleck, tells Yahoo that he is always uncomfortable as an actor, and has finally figured out that that’s OK.
     
    “I’m comfortable with being uncomfortable,” he laughs. “But everything about acting is humiliating.”

    [Josh Brolin reveals drugs past]

    Brolin next stars in Jason Reitman’s ‘Labor Day', in which he plays an escaped convict who hides out in the house of an agoraphobic woman (Kate Winslet) and her young son (Gattlin Griffith). Over the course of the film he falls for Winslet’s Adele. He says kissing her on screen was fine, because the pair got on and he was attracted to her, but admits this isn’t always the case. “I’ve been in situations where the person doesn’t really like you and then you’re kissing them and being romantic. The crew knows you guys don’t

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