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'Beauty and the Beast' may get live-action update. What other fairy tales should come to life?

It’s a tale as old as time: A revisionist fairy tale blows up at the box office (this time, it’s Oz the Great and Powerful, which made over $80 million this past weekend), and suddenly all the studios want in on creating the next big live-action “fairy tale.” (In this case, “fairy tale” means any popular children’s story).

Disney is looking to develop Beauty and the Beast into a live-action film, possibly to be written by Joe Ahearne (Trance), according to a Deadline report. The studio’s 1991 animated movie is a beloved classic, and was the first animated movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. There was also a successful Broadway musical version that ran for years. A modern-day high school take, Beastly, recently happened as well, but the less said about that the better.

This isn’t the only belle trying to get to the box-office ball. There have been rumors for quite some time that Guillermo Del Toro is working on a revisionist take with Emma Watson to star as Belle. (She is also rumored to be in the running to play Cinderella, opposite Cate Blanchett’s wicked stepmother in a live-action update of that classic fairy tale). This is in addition to a ton of other fairy tales currently in development or production, including Angelina Jolie’s Sleeping Beauty update Maleficent, which is slated for a July 2014 release.

Besides Belle, Cinderella and Aurora, check out some of our other hopes for fairy tales looking for an updated live-action spin. To be honest, there simply aren’t that many classic tales left. READ FULL STORY

Colbert tackles 3 equally vital stories: Chavez's death, Jon Stewart's hiatus & James Franco's Francosity -- VIDEO

A glooming peace this morning with it brings… at least for members of the Colbert Nation. Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela and “friend of” The Colbert Report, is dead. Stephen Colbert acknowledged the news last night before moving on to an issue that’s just as pressing: Jon Stewart’s upcoming hiatus from The Daily Show. And naturally, these two story nuggets led to a punchline accented by a pretty awesome photo:

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Mila Kunis gets a lesson in U.K. pub culture in awkward-yet-charming BBC interview

As entertainment reporters, we’ve done our fair share of junkets, and certainly know how Chris Stark feels in his interview with Mila Kunis for BBC Radio 1, below. Talking to a celebrity for the first time can be intimidating, but Kunis puts the nerve-rattled Stark at ease and lets him talk about what he knows best — his lads, football (that’s soccer to you), steak-and-ale pies, and a concoction called the lad bomb (Jaegermeister + Red Bull and vodka) — that we hope never catches on in the States.

When Kunis gets going on the questions Stark is supposed to be asking about her upcoming film Oz The Great and Powerful, she handily rattles off the answers to the questions everyone asks, making Stark, who contributes to BBC Radio 1′s Scott Mills Show, look genius and any other junket interview look, well, boring.

Check it out below:
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Popwatch Planner: 'Oz the Great and Powerful,' 'Switched at Birth,' and more

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How many times have you heard “I can’t believe it’s March” this week? Well, one more time, “I can’t believe it’s March!” The Oscars are over, the college basketball brackets aren’t even out yet, and it’s going to be a while before May sweeps begin. In the meantime, Justin Timberlake is hosting Saturday Night Live again, Rachel Zoe returns, and our cover stars from Oz The Great and Powerful are hitting the big screen. Here is our list of to watch this week to beat March Madness (Look, we don’t really watch sports). Have a great week!
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This week's cover: 'Oz the Great and Powerful' hits the yellow brick road

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Close your eyes and begin listing all of the various characters, dialogue, imagery, creatures, props, sets, and songs you can from The Wizard of Oz. Chances are, it’ll take you about as long to finish as it took Dorothy and her companions to traipse their way to the Emerald City. That’s because the 1939 film is a part of our collective cultural memory, a work of American mythology so fundamental that it permeates our everyday lives. (Don’t believe me? Grab a box of Munchkins from Dunkin Donuts, visit the ruby slippers in the Smithsonian, or watch any one of these movies.)

So how do you go about making a movie that tells the story of what happened before Dorothy’s house flew over the rainbow and landed lickety-splat on the Wicked Witch of the East? Basically, how do you make a prequel to everyone’s childhood? “Very carefully,” says Sam Raimi. The director of the Spider-Man and Evil Dead trilogies was at first extremely hesitant to take on Oz the Great and Powerful—the huge and expensive family film out March 8 that Disney hopes will hit the same sweet spot as 2010′s Alice in Wonderland—for a very simple reason: “The original is my favorite film of all time,” he says. ” I didn’t want it sullied. I didn’t want to be involved in a production that might trade off the goodwill of that film, so I didn’t even want to read the script at first. Luckily I did. And then I realized that it wasn’t at all what I thought.”
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James Franco arrives to 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' by hot air balloon -- VIDEO

Much like the Wizard of Oz himself, James Franco really has no idea how to control a hot air balloon.

Franco made a grand entrance to Jimmy Kimmel Live, floating in by hot air balloon. Well, really the balloon was already tied down and they just lowered it a couple of feet so Franco could step out of it. The balloon, of course, was emblazoned with the title of Franco’s new movie, Oz The Great and Powerful, and its release date (March 8). 

Here’s hoping that Franco’s hilarious grandmother, who he introduced on the show, makes it in the film. According to Franco, when she visited the set she was dressed as “one of the townspeople in Glinda’s kingdom.”

His grandmother joked, “All of my jealous friends were sure I was a munchkin.”

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Start your engines: James Franco will act as Grand Marshal for the Daytona 500

Promoting a movie isn’t just about late-night talk shows and the occasional photo shoot anymore. At least not if your name is James Franco.

Disney has announced that James Franco will act as the Grand Marshal for the 55th annual Daytona 500, NASCAR’s season-opening race and its Super Bowl, from a fan-interest point of view. How this ties in to Franco promoting his Disney film, Oz The Great and Powerful, we are not sure — perhaps he’ll hold court in a hot-air balloon? — but you can watch Franco’s rendition of “Drivers, start your engines,” when the race airs Feb. 24.

As well as uttering those four famous words, Franco will also participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps that take place just before the race begins.

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