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Guillermo del Toro to direct Emma Watson in “Beauty and the Beast”


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This confirmation has been a long time in coming. It was first announced that Guillermo del Toro was considering a “Beauty and the Beast” project starring Emma Watson back in July, but details were scare on the film in the seven months in between. Now, finally, both of them are officially on board and the movie is going forward.

Variety is reporting that del Toro will direct the flick with Watson cast as its titular Beauty. “The Three Musketeers” scribe Andrew Davies will write the script, and the movie is being set up at Warner Bros. So we’re thinking big tentpole movie versus introverted indie.

Details are still scarce on “Beauty and the Beast.” Apparently del Toro will provide a treatment of the movie that Davies will work from, so at least the project is guaranteed to have del Toro’s stamp on the script. And “Beauty and the Beast” will be a period piece, so don’t expect a rehash of 2011’s failed “Beastly.” Now the main question is who will play the titular beast. Somehow we think del Toro favorite Ron Perlman is a bit too old for Watson right now.

Del Toro is currently filming “Pacific Rim,” so it seems likely that this will be his next film. The “Hellboy” helmer is also in the process of developing a Haunted Mansion movie at Disney and has been announced as director of “Jekyll and Hyde” and “Frankenstein” projects for Universal, but there hasn’t been much forward momentum on those films recently. Watson currently has a free schedule now that “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” has wrapped, but that could change soon as she is in discussions to star in “Harry Potter” director David Yates’s newest film, “Your Voice in My Head.”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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