Ariana Grande and John Legend Sing Powerful Duet in New ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Trailer

In the new trailer for Emma Watson’s Barbie’s Beauty and the Beast, the reigning true queen and king of America, Ariana Grande and John Legend, respectively, remind us that there’s still good in the world as they sing a rendition of the title song made famous by Angela Lansbury in 1991.

While Lansbury sang the song all on her own, Grande and Legend have joined forces to make a power duet that pierces a rare beam of light through the dark smog that is our current political and cultural climate.

Let’s not forget that Emma Watson gets tearful and curtsys in the classic yellow Belle dress while we’re here. And a CGI Beast shows his softer side fighting off a pack of wolves and subsequently resting in a bed and smiling faintly.

Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17 – watch the new trailer below.

Check Out a New Poster and Stills From Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Bling Ring’

Sofia Coppola’s films tend to cover a wide range of narrative subjects—from fantastical depressive teens to lavish 18th-century royalty—but there’s always something about them that feel distinctly her. It’s a soft-lit, dreamy quality that’s more heavy-hearted than twee—always atmospheric, always beautiful. And with her upcoming fashion heist movie, The Bling Ring, we get a taste of the same Sofia aesthetic, but elevated in a more glitzy, flashy world than we’re used to.

The film follows a clique of indulgent high schoolers who rob celebrity home from Paris Hilton to Lindsay Lohan. Based on the 2010 Vanity Fair article "The Suspect Wore Louboutins" Coppola’s fashion heist film stars Emma Watson and Leslie Mann alongside newcomers, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Pfister, Georgia Rock and Carlos Miranda.

And with a new series of stills from The Bling Ring, you get a look at Leslie Mann with her celebrity dream board, Gavin Rossdale as a sleazy club owner, the young girls chillin in said club, and Sofia on set. 

Take a look below, see the poster,  and watch the trailer again HERE.

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Emma Watson Is Really, Really Not Playing Anastasia Steele

I didn’t believe for one second that Emma Watson would be the female lead in 50 Shades Of Grey and I was right.

Last week Anonymous allegedly broke into the German movie studio Constantin and obtained documents identifying Watson had been cast as Anastaisa Steele, the virgin-turned-submissive-sex-goddess in E.L. James’ erotic novels.

I didn’t even watch any of the Harry Potter movies and that makes me feel icky inside.

I was disappointed, because most recent Anastaisa casting rumor had been one that actually made more sense: Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys on Game Of Thrones. (And soon Broadway’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s.) 

But there ayope for her yet? Emma Watson took to Twitter today to respond No Fucking Way in only the most politest, British-est way she could:

 

So that settles that. 

Christian Grey rumors are similarly all over the place: Ian Somerholder, Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer, Justin Bieber (NO). My vote is for Somerholder and Anna Kendrick.

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Watch the First Teaser for Sofia Coppola’s New Film ‘The Bling Ring’

Earlier this week, I got the chance to see Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring and although I won’t reveal much, I will say that in this we see a fresh side to Coppola as a fimmaker. Although still very true to her auteuristic style, this one feels less atmospheric than The Virgin Suicides or Lost in Translation and more of the moment, telling the story of a clique of indulgent high schoolers who rob celebrity home from Paris Hilton to Lindsay Lohan. Based on the 2010 Vanity Fair article “The Suspect Wore Louboutins” Coppola’s fashion heist film stars Emma Watson and Leslie Mann alongside newcomers, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Pfister, Georgia Rock and Carlos Miranda.

And now, thanks to A24, we have a first teaser for the glossy film set to Sleigh Bells “Crown on the Ground.” The Bling Ring sneaks into theaters June 24th, so take a look at new preview and get excited.

Stephen Chbosky Brings His Iconic ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ to the Big Screen

In 1999, Stephen Chbosky published his first and only novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. In a little more than a decade, the book has become a modern classic among teenagers and adults alike. The epistolary novel follows Charlie, a sullen, naïve high school freshman, as he navigates the emotionally tricky waters of adolescence. But Charlie doesn’t suffer from Holden Caulfield angst, even if Perks is frequently compared to the Salinger classic.

Rather, Charlie falls in with the beautiful and enigmatic Sam, a senior on whom Charlie immediately forms a crush, and her gay stepbrother, Patrick. The duo then introduces Charlie to The Smiths, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and a motley crew of supposed burnouts and punks, giving him his first real understanding of friendship and compassion based on cultural appreciation rather than convenient proximity.

Thirteen years later, Perks hits the big screen, and who better to take the helm than Chbosky himself? “I always knew I wanted to do a movie and make the movie myself,” he explains. “I needed enough distance from it so that I could see the book much more objectively. I’d be very unhappy if it wasn’t as good as the book.” Luckily, it is, and is perhaps even better. Set in the early ’90s (though never explicitly so), the film has an agelessness to it that harkens back to the ’80s films of John Hughes, a writer-director most moviegoers born after 1970 automatically associate with cinematic adolescence.

And like the best John Hughes films, Perks treats its characters appropriately. They are not annoyingly wise beyond their years, nor are they looked down upon. “I set out to respect what young people go through right at eye level,” Chbosky says. The subtle period setting was also deliberate. “I wanted the movie to feel as absolutely timeless as possible. One of my favorite movies is Dead Poets Society. It takes place in 1959, but it could have taken place last year.”

What is most surprising, however, is the treatment of Sam and Patrick, who under the control of any other auteur could have turned into stock Manic Pixie Dream Girl / Manic Pixie Dream Gay characters whose only role in the film is to guide young Charlie (played by Logan Lerman) into emotional maturity via their own quirks and precociousness. With Emma Watson and Ezra Miller in those roles, however, Sam and Patrick offer up more than the pretty looks of the actors portraying them. Watson’s Sam is glorious and tragic, already full of regret at eighteen and striving to overcome the mistakes of her very recent past. In Patrick, Miller delivers a surprising confidence and a recognizable vulnerability, a combination not seen in most gay male characters, much less those still in high school.

As for Chbosky’s agenda? Contrary to what most conservative parents and teachers will have you believe, it’s not to portray teenagers as drug-using, beer-slinging sex maniacs. In response to the novel’s frequent banning from school curriculums and libraries—and the film’s PG-13 rating—Chbosky says, “It was always marketed as an adult book. It still is. I think that anyone that sees the film would be hard-pressed to think it’s some exploitative, cynical Trojan horse trying to encourage drug use or a homosexual lifestyle or anything that certain groups would object to.” Instead, Chbosky hopes Perks will bring together audiences of all generations and facilitate a dialogue between them after the credits roll. “I hope kids will see it and feel respected,” he says. “In the same breath, I hope their parents will feel nostalgic and feel respectful of what they’ve been through.” Chbosky pauses, and with a glimmer of optimism, says, “Maybe then they’ll talk to each other a bit more.”

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Relive Your Teen Angst With ‘The Perks of Being A Wallflower’ Trailer

Did you hear that sound, readers? That sound was Tumblr exploding, thanks to the trailer that launched a thousand “squeeeeeeeeeee!”s. The film adaptation of The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky’s modern young adult classic that is either the Catcher In The Rye of the digital generation or a string of annoyingly-overquoted high school poetic Facebook profile soundbites, depending on who you ask, has been the subject of buzz for a while. And now there’s a trailer, which premiered, aptly, during the MTV Movie Awards.

The trailer exhibits some key scenes fans of the novel will recognize, and pretty faithfully at that, which makes sense, since Chbosky wrote the screenplay and serves as director (fun fact: he also wrote the film adaptation of Rent, which, much like Wallflower, is another work a lot of people tend to really, really love in their formative years—and a few quite a bit later). But sadly, none of the music referenced heavily in it appears—nothing from The Smiths, no “Landslide.”

Mr. Mudd, the studio that brought you Juno and Ghost World, is behind the adaptation, which stars Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & The Olympians) as Charlie, the earnest young narrator. The great and terrifying Ezra Miller, who starred as the disturbed-teen title character in We Need to Talk About Kevin, plays Charlie’s best pal, Patrick, and Emma Watson trades in her Gryffindor robes for Rocky Horror fishnets as his other best friend/love interest, Sam. Paul Rudd (as Charlie’s English teacher), Nina Dobrev, Kate Walsh and Dylan McDermott round out the cast. The trailer shows several pivotal scenes, including a schoolyard brawl, the Christmas party, one of the many Rocky Horror Picture Show reenactments and that iconic moment, in the tunnel, when Sam/Emma stands up on the truck flatbed with her dress billowing in the wind and everyone has a lot of feelings. We also get two of the book’s key profile-quote soundbites: “We accept the love we think we deserve” and “In that moment, I swear we were infinite.” Commence GIF-creating in 5… 4… 3… 2…

Watch the trailer below, and then listen to one of the theme songs appearing throughout the novel—“Asleep” by The Smiths.

 

Morning Links: President Obama is Linsane, Emma Watson Joins Sofia Coppola’s ‘Bling Ring’

● "I knew about Jeremy before you did," says our apparently Linsane president, Barack Obama. [Grantland]

● Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, gave Justin a Fisker Karma — a plug-in hybrid luxury sports sedan — this morning on the Ellen show for his 18th birthday. "I always yell at you, ‘Don’t get anything flashy!’ You know, we’re not about that. Be humble, be humble," Braun said. "And I kind of broke my own rule." [People]

● Like many mothers before her, Beyoncé breastfed Blue Ivy in the middle of a restaurant where all the fellow diners might see. Even famous babies have got to eat! [Us]

● Emma Watson has signed on to star in Sofia Coppola’s upcoming Bling Ring. [Variety]

● Cee Lo Green is writing a memoir that he promises will include "the supernatural, the surreal, and extraordinary." [THR]

● Rihanna dropped $24,000 to fly her hairdresser from L.A. to London to rescue her cool coif after she ruined it in the sauna. [NYP]

Morning Links: Paris Hilton Caught With Suspicious Powder, Justin Bieber’s Most Influential Hair

● Paris Hilton swears that suspicious white powder in her SUV is foundation meant to go on her nose, not up it. [TMZ]

● Still barely a teenager, Elle Fanning tells Teen Vogue that she should "much rather look like a two-year-old than a 21-year-old." [Us]

● Justin Bieber and Emma Watson’s respective coifs have not surprisingly been deemed most influential of 2011. [E!]

● Part of Taylor Swift’s new year’s resolution is to "make departures in little ways" and to "make collaborations in different directions that aren’t exactly expected." T.I., T-Pain, we see you! [Huff Post]

● Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill and Lily Aldridge are expecting their first child together. [E!]

● For what it’s worth, Ron Paul’s got Kelly Clarkson’s vote, and maybe Michelle Branch’s, too. [Vice]

● American Airlines lost Rachel Zoe’s luggage, the “Tom Ford for Gucci vintage leather jacket and Missoni caftans" included. We die for her! [Page Six]

Morning Links: Anderson Cooper Gets Dirty, Michelle Obama on ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

● Anderson Cooper tried to make a game for his followers, posting a picture of himself shirtless and covered in mud to twitter and asking followers to guess where he was based on hints like “Not a spa. I don’t like spas.” The dirt will wash off, but the muddy memories are forever. [NYDN] ● Emma Watson ran into the gay porn star who plays her in, uh, Whorrey Potter and the Sorcerer’s Balls, which totally “made her night.” [HuffPost] ● Jay-Z and Kanye’s endgame rap-collaboration Watch The Throne gets a final release date – it’ll be available digitally August 1st and in stores August 5th. [Complex]

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition welcomes their best guest yet, Michelle Obama. FLOTUS will help build, of course, green houses and play areas at a North Carolina center for homeless female military vets. What can’t this woman do? [TMZ] ● DMX was finally released from prison yesterday after serving an extra few days for a failed drug test. [Yahoo] ● Looking like Harry Potter is less sexy than you might think: “As far as I know, no one has ever desired to see my wang as a direct result of my looking like Harry Potter,” writes a New York Observer reporter who happens to look a lot like the beloved wizard. [NYO]