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Disney's Maleficent enjoyed remarkable box office numbers on its opening weekend, and gave star Angelina Jolie the biggest opening of her career.

With that lucrative confirmation that kids and adults alike will turn out in droves to see a live action fairy tale, the House of Mouse is now gambling on a remake of the 1991 animated smash Beauty and the Beast.

The studio - which will also release Star Wars Episode VII in 2015 - announced detailed plans for the live-action B & B yesterday, and they've already got a director and screenwriter in place.

Bill Condon - best known for his work on Dreamgirls and both parts one and two of the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - will helm the film, and it's set to be written by Disney veteran Evan Spiliotopoulos.

Of course, the big question on the lips of every Belle-Prince Adam 'shipper is who will play the title roles?

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Yesterday, photos from the set of Star Wars Episode VII leaked online, and director JJ Abrams is understandably not pleased...but at least he's maintained his sense of humor.

The director responded to the leak via his production company's Twitter page yesterday with a hand-written note that includes an in-joke for Star Wars obsessives:

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  • JJ Abrams Note

"I wish people would stop leaking photos from Episode VII," reads the note. "And making ridiculous claims that the Millenium Falcon is in the movie."

The message sits atop a game board that fans might recognize from the famous R2D2 vs. Chewbacca intergalactic chess match in episode IV. That scene gave us the oft-quoted line, "Let the wookie win!"

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Star Wars Episode VII is still more than a year away, but we're already receiving updates about the "stand-alone" films that will follow, but will not serve as official sequels to the forthcoming movie.

Still with us? To clarify: JJ Abrams will direct Star Wars episodes VII, VIII, and IX, but Disney and Lucasfilms also plan to release a series of films that take place in a galaxy far, far away but are not related to the new trilogy.

Josh Trank

At least one of those films will be directed by a young up-and-comer named Josh Trank, previously best known for the 2012 film Chronicle.

Though he just turned 30, Trank is already highly in demand in Hollywood and he's also slated to adapt the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

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Shailene Woodley's Jennifer Lawrence comments may be getting the most headlines these days, but it's a different kind of drama that could soon make Shailene a box office legend.

Movie ticket sales site Fandango says that Woodley's upcoming film The Fault In Our Stars has posted bigger pre-release sales numbers than any romantic drama in the site's 14-year history.

The highly-anticipated movie has officially beat the 2011 release "The Vow" which went on to gross a whopping $41 million dollars in its opening weekend.

Fault's pre-sale numbers are just about unprecedented for a summer release that's not an action movie or a sequel.

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After months of rumors, we finally have confirmation that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o has been cast in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Lucasfilm made the announcement today along with news that Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie will also appear in the film.

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While most of the cast of Star Wars Episode VII was revealed in April, rumors that Nyong'o and Zac Efron had been secretly offered roles continued to circulate.

While there is still no studio confirmation or denial of Efron's part in the movie, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy spoke with the press today about the two newest additions to the cast of 2015's most highly-anticipated film.

"I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII," said Kennedy. "It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble take shape."

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Angelina Jolie has starred in a number of popular movies over the years, but none enjoyed a more successful first weekend than her newly released retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale.

While reviews for Maleficent were mixed at best, the movie pulled in $70 million domestically and over $100 mill overseas to give Angelina her biggest opening to date. 

Analysts credit the film's female-based marketing campaign, and early reports indicate that Maleficent's audience was over 60% women.

The movie marked the big screen debut of Angelina's daughter Vivienne, who played a younger version of Elle Fanning's Aurora. Now that she's proven to be box office gold, will little Viv start popping up in all of Angie's films?

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Spoiler Alert: The much-discussed series finale of Breaking Bad showed chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin Walter White finally succumbing to the many forces that were trying to kill him and dying alone in a high-end meth lab.

Or did it?

Bryan Cranston as Walter White

In a recent interview with CNN, actor Bryan Cranston discussed the possibility that the man known to many only as "Heisenberg" may have lived to cook another day, having somehow survived a seemingly fatal bullet wound (and lung cancer). 

"Hey you never saw bags zip up or anything," said Cranston in a response to a question about whether or not Walt survived the finale.

Asked point-blank, "Is he dead?" Cranston replied, simply, "I don't know."

Then came the part that's really got fans tweaking: on the possibility of a movie featuring the talented Mr. White, Cranston said coyly, "Never say never."

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The first Sin City film gave us Jessica Alba as the world's first stripper to wear pants on stage.

But while Alba only takes it off for Entertainment Weekly, Eva Green, her co-star in the Sin City sequel is already being told by the MPAA to put some darn clothes on and the movie hasn't even been released yet!

Eva Green: Sin City Poster

The MPAA is reportedly preventing Dimension Films from shipping the above poster of Green to movie theaters for display in their lobbies.

The reason? Well, in a word, boobs. In many words: "Nudity - curve of under breast, and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown."

Yes, that's the MPAA's official explanation. They're the ones holding meetings about dark nipple circles and we're made to seem like pervs for wanting to see that poster in theaters?! What a world!

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Rumors about Star Wars: Episode VII will likely continue to circulate up until the film's December 2015 release date.

But while the cast of Episode VII has been announced, little else has been officially confirmed, leaving fans to scour the Internet for hints of what the movie might have in store.

Well, if you're one of those fans, prepare yourself for what may be the closest thing you'll see to actual Episode VII footage between now and when the first trailers are released:

If you've been keeping up with the Star Wars rumor mill, you know Daisy Ridley was probably cast as Han Solo and Princess Leia's daughter in Episode VII. (We knew for certain she'll appear in the film, but her role has yet to be verified.)

The video above is supposedly footage of Ridley receiving some serious lightsaber training on set.

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Angelna Jolie's role in the forthcoming Disney film Maleficent is one of the most highly-anticipated of the actress' career.

Jolie spoke with Movie Fanatic recently and discussed the painstaking preparation she underwent for the title part, as well as the difficult decision to have her 5-year-old daughter Vivienne act in the film.

"I practiced a lot with my children with my voice," says Jolie. "When I got them laughing, I figured I was on to something. Well, they laughed, they cried."

"I think that was part of the thing with this role is you realize there's no halfway," the actress adds. "If you're gonna do it, you're gonna have to just fully get into it and enjoy it."

As for the decision to have little Vivienne play a younger version of Elle Fanning in the film, Angelina says she still has mixed feelings about the prospect of her daughter becoming an actress:

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