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Emma Watson to Play Belle in "Beauty and the Beast"


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Harry Potter star Emma Watson is going to be Belle.

The 24-year-old actress posted the message on Facebook Monday, writing, "I'm finally able to tell you...that I will be playing Belle in Disney's new live-action Beauty and the Beast!"

She continued, "It was such a big part of my growing up, it almost feels surreal that I'll get to dance to 'Be Our Guest' and sing 'Something There'. My six year old self is on the ceiling -- heart bursting. Time to start some singing lessons. I can't wait for you to see it. Emma xx."

The movie is set to start filming later this year, but has no release date from the studio.

The animated version of Beauty and the Beast, released in 1991, grossed more than $145 million in the U.S.

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Keira Knightley Breaks Silence on Her Pregnancy


Randy Holmes / ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- For weeks, reports have stated that Keira Knightley is expecting her first child with husband James Righton. However, the SAG Award nominee hadn't said anything about them until Sunday night, when it came up during a discussion about her stilettos.

"I can kinda go, 'Well, I’m pregnant so my shoes have to come off,’ and nobody is allowed to say anything!" the Imitation Game star told E! News, according to People magazine. "So that's quite nice."

Knightley, 29, wore a Erdem gown to the awards show, concealing her growing bump.

The fashion choice was a necessity, she said.

"[My] waist has disappeared!" she said. "[But] for a very good reason."

This is the actress' first child. She married Righton, a rocker, in 2013.

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Sofia Vergara Shares Details from Upcoming Wedding to Joe Manganiello


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- The news broke in December that the hottest couple quite literally in Hollywood -- Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello -- were engaged. But Vergara finally confirmed the news Sunday night on the SAG Awards red carpet, and even dished on their upcoming nuptials.

Have they picked a date yet? The Modern Family actress told Access Hollywood on the red carpet, "We're trying to figure it out because…he's shooting and promoting Magic Mike this summer and I'm promoting my movie with Reese Witherspoon and so we're kinda busy, but we're trying to do it maybe [in the] fall."

Magic Mike XXL will strut into theaters July 1, while Vergara's film with Witherspoon -- Don't Mess With Texas -- hits theaters May 8.

"Summer is going to be too crazy," Vergara added.

Still, they do know they'll have a large guestlist. "It's big. We started, like, 'It's only 20.' Yeah right! It's like now there's like pages and pages," she said.

Vergara also gushed about the new sparkler on her left hand. "It's all about the bling-bling, so he knew what I needed," she said with a smile.

Still, the actress would've said yes if Manganiello opted for a smaller diamond. "I opened it up and I checked it to see," Vergara quipped. "He's so handsome that it would have been okay, you know? I would have said, 'Okay, yeah.'"

Manganiello popped the question on Christmas Day while on vacation in Hawaii. The two began dating last May, after Vergara ended her two-year engagement to businessman Nick Loeb.

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Patrick Dempsey Still Wearing Wedding Ring Days After Wife Files for Divorce


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jillian Fink, the estranged wife of Patrick Dempsey, filed for divorce from the Grey's Anatomy star last week after 15 years of marriage. But the actor may be holding on for hope as he's still wearing his wedding band.

Fink, a makeup artist, filed for divorce Friday while Dempsey was in Daytona Beach, Florida for a 24-hour racing event at Daytona International Speedway. By Sunday, Dempsey was still sporting his silver wedding band, according to photos obtained by E! News.

News that his wife filed for divorce may have been hard for Dempsey as he was a no show for an autograph signing, in which he participates every year, according to E! He also was late to the racing event.

In a statement to People magazine, the couple said it's with "careful consideration and mutual respect" that they've decided to end their marriage of 15 years. They added, "Our primary concern remains the well-being of our children, and we ask with profound gratitude that you respect our family's privacy at this very sensitive time."

The couple has three kids: 12-year-old daughter Tallulah Fyfe and seven-year-old twin boys Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen. 

This was the second marriage for Dempsey. He was previously married to the actress Rocky Parker from 1987 to 1994.

Dempsey currently stars in Grey's Anatomy, which returns to ABC Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern.

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Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams Getting Divorced


Mark Sullivan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Mandy Moore and her husband of nearly six years, musician Ryan Adams, have split.

Their reps confirmed to E! News in a statement that the couple has "mutually decided to end their marriage."

"Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams have mutually decided to end their marriage of almost six years," reps for the couple said. "It is a respectful, amicable parting of ways and both Mandy and Ryan are asking for media to respect their privacy at this time."

The Tangled actress, 30, and Adams, 40, announced their engagement in February of 2009 and married a month later. They worked together a bit, most recently, with Moore providing vocals on Adams' recent, self-titled album.

They do not have any children.

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Bradley Cooper Takes “The Elephant Man” Across the Pond


ABC News(LONDON) — Despite nabbing an Oscar nomination for his role in American Sniper, Bradley Cooper continues to focus on his stage career.  He currently stars on Broadway as Joseph Merrick in The Elephant Man and he will continue the role when the production heads to London.

People reports the play will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from May 19 until Aug. 8.

"Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London," Cooper said in a statement. "I'm honored that [co-stars] Alessandro [Nivola], Patricia [Clarkson], the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story."

Cooper says he feels drawn to the role.  "There's something about the physical manifestation of the movie star, who by nature has to be looked at, playing this part. I get that," he added.

Heading across the pond is also good for Cooper's personal life. His girlfriend, model Suki Waterhouse is a native of London. The pair began dating in March 2013 after Cooper ended his on-again, off-again relationship with Zoe Saldana.

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"Full House" Stars Reunite for Birthday Bash


ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — There was a big Full House reunion over the weekend, but unfortunately it wasn't televised.

Several of the cast members came together to celebrate the birthday of Full House creator Jeff Franklin. Lori Loughlin, who played Rebecca on the beloved sitcom, shared a photo on Instagram of herself with her onscreen husband, John Stamos.

In another photo she's posing with Bob Saget and Candace Cameron Bure, a.k.a. Danny Tanner and his oldest daughter, DJ Tanner. A third photo features Loughlin with Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin, who played DJ's sister Stephanie.

Cameron Bure captioned an Instagram photo she posted of herself with Saget and Loughlin, "It was a Full House at Jeff Franklin's birthday party last night. Love my 2nd family."

Looks like the Olsen twins weren't there to join the party.

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Actor Joseph Fiennes Attending Sundance Film Festival with Fingers Crossed


Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(PARK CITY, Utah) — The main purpose of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, is to showcase and hopefully sell independent films.  Actor Joseph Fiennes is a veteran of the festival and is attending this year in the hope that a movie he stars in, The Games Maker, gets picked up by a distributor, which is key to getting it into theaters.

“Well, I hope, I pray that it does get distribution because it would be such a shame if it didn't get viewed,” Fiennes tells ABC News Radio.

Fiennes says it will be hard to take if the film doesn't get distribution because a lot goes into making a movie.

The story centers on a young boy with a love of board games who finds himself in the competitive world of game invention.

Still, Fiennes is pleased he’s attending one of the biggest film festivals in the world. “To be at Sundance is a blessing, so, I couldn't be happier,” says Fiennes.

The Sundance Film Festival runs from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1.

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Why “Into the Woods” Star Anna Kendrick Will Never Make an Album, Despite Success of "Cups"


Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — In 2013, actress and singer Anna Kendrick scored a top 10 with "Cups (When I'm Gone)," from the movie Pitch Perfect. The song is still played all the time on the radio, and someone even auditioned with it on American Idol this month.  But while she continues to sing onscreen -- currently in Into the Woods, next month in the movie musical The Last Five Years and later this year in Pitch Perfect 2 -- Anna swears she'll never capitalize on her "Cups" success by making an album.

Why? She finds the prospect "terrifying."

"To be honest, I have been offered that opportunity in a couple different ways and it's just not for me," she tells ABC News Radio. "I just wanna get my brain around navigating the movie industry. The music industry is so terrifying to me, I just could not do it. It's not for me."

Anna says instead of using her voice to hit the pop charts, she prefers to use it to convince people that they don't actually hate musicals, despite what they may think.  So far, she says, it seems to be working.

"I feel like...I'm hearing this phrase more than any other lately: 'I'm not really a fan of musicals but I loved this,'" she tells ABC News Radio. "And whether they're talking about Into the Woods [or] Pitch Perfect, I'm just so happy to see it.  Because to me, it doesn't actually mean, 'I don't like musicals but I loved this.'  It means, 'I haven't really been exposed to musicals and I think I might have an appetite for them.'"

In particular, Anna says she seems to be able to persuade men that musicals aren't so bad and she's thrilled about that.

"I'm telling you, I'm so happy that the capacity to enjoy musicals is actually everywhere," she laughs. "And that, y'know, the guy who says, 'I don't like musicals' -- I'm like, 'You just haven't seen the right one yet!' And that's really exciting to me."

Looks like we'll just have to be content with watching Anna and the Barden Bellas sing "When I'm Gone" in Pitch Perfect 2, which hits theaters May 15.

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“Birdman,” Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore Winners at SAG Awards


Kevin Winter/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Birdman spread its wings at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

Birdman
, which entered the ceremony with a leading four nominations, earned the award for ensemble movie cast. It stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone.

Keaton failed to win the prize for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role. Instead, The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne was honored for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the drama.

Julianne Moore accepted the award for lead female actor for playing a woman with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice.

Whiplash star J.K. Simmons and Boyhood's Patricia Arquette received the supporting male actor and female actor awards, respectively.

Moore, Simmons and Arquette are all considered front-runners for next month's Oscars ceremony. Keaton is looked upon as a strong contender for the Academy's best actor category, though Redmayne's win on Sunday night could signal a tight race.

On the TV side, the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black collected a pair of awards, including for comedy ensemble. One of the show's stars, Uzo Aduba, was handed the trophy for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series.

PBS' Downton Abbey earned the title of best drama ensemble.

The two-hour ceremony, which aired on TNT and TBS, featured Star Wars star Carrie Fisher presenting her mother, Singin' in the Rain actress Debbie Reynolds, with the 51st SAG Life Achievement Award.

On the SAG Awards red carpet, Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara showed off her engagement ring and confirmed that she is set to wed Joe Manganiello. She told Entertainment Tonight, "I'm so happy," adding, "I'm excited about the future."

See a complete list of winners here.

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"American Sniper" Retains Top Spot at Box Office


Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- For the second week in a row, American Sniper dominated the box office.

The film, starring Bradley Cooper, is about Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and one of the deadliest snipers in U.S. military history. Kyle was killed at a Texas gun range in 2013, allegedly by a former Marine he was trying to help.

Jennifer Lopez' The Boy Next Door finished the weekend in a distant second place, while Johnny Depp's Mortdecai flopped, finishing ninth.

Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:

1. American Sniper: $64.365 million
2. The Boy Next Door: $15.001 million
3. Paddington: $12.391 million
4. The Wedding Ringer: $11.6 million
5. Taken 3: $7.6 million
6. The Imitation Game: $7.136 million
7. Strange Magic: $5.534 million
8. Selma: $5.5 million
9. Mortdecai: $4.125 million
10. Into the Woods: $3.886 million

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"American Sniper": How Bradley Cooper Always Stayed in Character On Set


Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Bradley Cooper recently earned an Oscar nod for his portrayal of Chris Kyle and for good reason.

Not only did Cooper pack on 40 pounds for the role, he also got Kyle's accent down.

In fact, Ben Reed, who played Kyle's father in the film, said Cooper, 40, as far as he knows, always kept the Texas accent going when he was on set.

Reed, 49, and Cooper got to interact during Kyle's wedding scene and Reed said he got to talk with Cooper quite a bit for that.

"He always kept the accent going," Reed told ABC News. "I like to do that too, because it's tough going in and out of an accent. You just want to stay with it the whole time and just keep talking as your character. Then when the clock goes off and the alarm goes off and you are done with work, get out of it."

He continued, "I wasn't around after work was over, but I want to say that he stayed in character with that accent the entire time he was shooting the movie."

Reed also said Cooper was a producer on the film and "was always around, always on the set, making sure everything was smooth."

Clint Eastwood directed the film and Reed said the culture on set was something he's not used to.

"It was so calm and so quiet," he said. "A lot of sets I'm on they are just loud and there's banging. It was like everything was almost in a whisper. I don't know if that's because Clint's been working with these guys for 25 years but as an actor, there's no distractions. You can stay in character and really work on your craft. I appreciated that."

Reed's been in touch with executive producer Rob Lawrence, who works with director Clint Eastwood directly, and said "they are over the top appreciative of how the movie has been accepted."

As for controversies like the fake baby, Reed laughed that off.

"Why is that a controversy?" he said. "The one baby was sick. The one baby didn't show up, Clint said, 'Grab the doll, let's do this.' He's not gonna wait a half a day to get another baby in. Why is that even a topic."

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Taylor Swift Ends the 'Mystery,' Shows Bellybutton in Instagram Photo


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) --  Pop superstar Taylor Swift put an end to one mystery this weekend, posting an Instagram picture of herself wearing a swimsuit that revealed her belly button.

Taken in Hawaii, Swift posed with the members of the band Haim.

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The "1989" singer had previously told Lucky Magazine she planned on keeping her belly button covered for the time being.

"I don't like showing my belly button. When you start showing your belly button then you're really committing to the midriff thing. I only partially commit to the midriff thing -- you're only seeing lower rib cage," she told the magazine. "I don't want people to know if I have one or not ... I want that to be a mystery."

No word on how the Haim sisters finally conviced Swift that she could really fully commit to "the midriff thing."

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"American Sniper" Actor Ben Reed Reveals Reaction He Gets From US Soldiers


Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- American Sniper is not only a record-breaking film, it's also a movie that started a dialogue about the war in Iraq and the American military in general -- one that Ben Reed is "glad to be a part of."

The veteran actor plays Wayne Kyle in the film, Chris Kyle's father.

Despite any controversy that the movie may have generated, Reed, 49, said he's only gotten positive reactions, especially from vets. Meanwhile, the film set box office records for the highest grossing opening ever in January.

"A lot of soldiers have come up to me just said they loved the movie and loved how Chris Kyle was portrayed," Reed told ABC News. "They loved how we showed families and soldiers dealing with PTSD. Coming back home and trying to deal with fitting back into society. It's tough on the soldiers. They've just been very appreciate of the message American Sniper is presenting."

He continued, "It is a true story of a true American hero. I think it just hits home with a lot of people."

Reed also said the reactions he's gotten from Sienna Miller's performance as Taya, Kyle's wife, has been nothing short of inspiring.

"A lot of women come up to me and loved the way she portrayed Taya, just dealing with all the stuff at home, it just really touches a lot of people's hearts," the actor said.

In fact, Reed's been in touch with executive producer Rob Lawrence, who works with director Clint Eastwood directly, and said "they are over the top appreciative of how the movie has been accepted."

Reed is just enjoying the success of the film and not worrying about any critics of the movie or the story.

"There was no feeling on the set that this was going to be a controversy," Reed said. "We are telling a story about a young man who was a great American and a great patriot. He was a great soldier, had real life situations with his family. People that have come out and been negative. ... I think they are going to regret expressing themselves in the way they did, because you have a lot of Americans aware of this film and a lot of Americans who know Chris Kyle's story and the way he lived and the way he died ... this is a real man's life."

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Jennifer Lopez Talks of Time 'My Life Was Falling Apart'


ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- The time surrounding Jennifer Lopez's movie Gigli in 2003 might have been the worst in her life, she said.

The singer and actress was dating co-star Ben Affleck, which eventually ended, and the movie was one of the biggest flops of all time.

Lopez said she is happy now and starring in a new movie, The Boy Next Door, but took time to reflect on her life a decade ago while talking with HuffPost Live.

"I think the worst, lowest point was the whole Gigli era," she said. "[It] was very tough."

She added, "It was a very badly reviewed film. I was in a high-profile relationship at the time that fell apart in a really bad way, and so the kind of mix of those two things -- the tabloid press had just come into existence at the time, so I was like a poster child for that moment."

In fact, she said, the stories that were in the magazines every week were "about how my life was falling apart. It was a tough time."

But now, Lopez, 45, said she couldn't be happier personally and professionally.

"I've never felt more control as an artist," she said. "[I] feel like I'm so much better than I was when I started and [I'm] able to express that as an artist."

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