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About having common points with Hermione (2007): "Everyone's taking the piss at me because I did really well at my exams. It's been a bit of an ongoing joke the past couple of weeks, but I think it's a compliment. I'd like to think that she's a role model, definitely. I think she rocks. I don't think there's anyone on screen who can compete with her really, female action hero wise."

Paris Press Conference and Photocall

The press tour for Beauty and the Beast continued in Paris with a press conference with Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Alexis Loizon, Alan Menken and Bill Condon. This was followed by a photocall with Emma, Dan, Luke and Josh.

 

New Clip of ‘Belle’ from Beauty and the Beast

Disney has released a new clip of Emma Watson singing “Belle” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Don’t watch if you don’t want to be SPOILED. In theaters March 17!

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Beauty and the Beast Press Tour Starts in Paris

The press tour for Beauty and the Beast has begun with a first ever public screening in Paris. The film was presented by Emma Watson with director Bill Condon and co-stars Dan Stevens, Luke Evans and Josh Gad.

You can follow along on the press tour on a new Instagram Emma created, the_press_tour.

 

 

Emma Covers EW and New BATB Stills

Emma Watson covers a special double issue of Entertainment Weekly. In the cover story Emma talks about how she wanted to update the backstory of Belle, her character in her upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The issue is on sale now. Images from the photoshoot, and some new stills from the film have been released by EW and can be seen below.

Beauty and the Beast opens March 17.

 

New Beauty and the Beast Featurette and Interviews

In a new featurette from Disney, director Bill Condon and cast members Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sir Ian McKellan and Luke Evans talk about how they brought Beauty and the Beast to life.

 

Entertainment Weekly interviewed Emma for their program Beyond Beautiful. In the clips below, Emma talks about Belle’s backstory and whether she has Stockholm syndrome, how Hermione changed things for women, and she answers some questions from kids. The complete interview can be seen on People Entertainment.

 

 

 

 

And finally, and on-set interview with Emma talking about why she loves Belle and the story of Beauty and the Beast.

Emma Receives Woman of the Year at Elle Style Awards

Emma Watson was awarded “Woman of the Year” in recognition of her campaigning for gender equality at the ELLE Style Awards on Monday.

Emma spoke of the current political turmoil in the US, and the recent Women’s March on Washington she took part in. “That has been the upside of the downsides of late which is difficult times, but also this emerging, very cohesive group of women that are being very vocal and showing real solidarity. The fact that we managed to organise one of the most peaceful, largest protests in history, says so much about what we can achieve and about us as a group. It feels very exciting.”

New Trailer for The Circle

A new trailer for James Ponsoldt’s The Circle has been released. “Based on the international best-seller by Dave Eggers, The Circle is a thrilling modern morality tale starring Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, and John Boyega. As she rises through the ranks of the world’s largest tech and social media company, The Circle, Mae (Watson) is encouraged by company founder Eamon Bailey (Hanks) to live her life with complete transparency. But no one is really safe when everyone is watching.”

Ponsoldt talks about the the focus of the film, and working with Emma in Entertainment Weekly, “I think the central issues are about privacy and surveillance and not just the gadgets in the movie. At the end of the day, as a filmgoer you have to find yourself engaged with the hopes and dreams and fears and anxieties of the main character and then, and only then, will you go to crazy places with them. If you don’t connect with them, if you don’t care about them, it’s all a moot point. We were really, really lucky to get Emma Watson, who’s just a brilliant human being and she’s kind of a hero to a lot of people and justifiably so. She stands for a lot. She’s a deep thinker, she’s a challenging thinker, and she’s a really great partner in the film.” and in a Reddit Q&A session “Working with Emma and Tom (Hanks) was a dream come true. They’re both smart, passionate, and incredibly generous. I’m also just a big fan of both of them (I think I’ve seen every film they’ve each made!).”

The Circle will be in theaters on April 28th, 2017.

 

 

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Emma is Elle UK Woman of the Year

Emma Watson is Elle UK’s 2017 Woman of the Year and will cover the March issue of the magazine. Emma talks about being cast as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, activism and her book club.

Belle, the perfect role. ‘For me, Beauty was the perfect, most joyful thing to do… There was something connected about Hermione and Belle, and it was good to be reminded that I am an actress; this is what I do. The film is pure escapism.’

Why she took a year off from acting to concentrate on activism. ‘It wasn’t about me necessarily proving anything… I was just thinking that I have this year to myself, so let’s see what we can do to ‘move the needle’ and make a difference.’

How does she handle critics? ‘It really toughened me up…There is a level of criticism that comes with being an actress and a public figure, which I expect, but once you take a stance on something like feminism, that’s a completely different ball game.’

She set up her book club, Our Shared Shelf, to focus on feminist issues. Will she write her own book? ‘I need to see and do a bit more first… I’m no expert, and when people push me into a corner of “here’s Emma Watson to lecture you on feminism”, it’s uncomfortable because I am aware I have a long way to go. I am not sure I deserve all the respect I get yet, but I’m working on it.’

Emma will be awarded Woman of the Year at the Elle Style Awards, 13 February, and the March issue of Elle is on sale the 14th.

Beauty and the Beast On Set

Disney’s Movie Surfers visits Emma Watson on the set of Beauty and the Beast in this brief clip. We get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the film sets and Emma talks about the pressure to do a good job.

 

Emma has also done a little promo spot for AMC Theaters.

Beauty and the Beast Final US Trailer

The final US trailer for Beauty and the Beast premiered on ABC this evening. Full of spoilers so if you don’t know the story, and don’t want to know, don’t watch. The film opens March 17th.

Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.