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The Hunger Games, Bridesmaids Lead MTV Movie Awards Nods

The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games and Bridesmaids lead the nominations at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.

The action film and the comedy motion picture both have eight nods apiece, which will see them go up against each other for Best Cast and Movie of the Year alongside Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, The Help and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1.

Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games - the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' book trilogy - will see her take on Bridesmaids star Kristin Wiig for Best Female Performance, as well as Emma Stone (Crazy Stupid Love), Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2) and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

Rooney is also up for Breakthrough Performance and Best On-Screen Transformation for her portrayal of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in the English language version of the Swedish thriller alongside Daniel Craig.

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Emma Watson to Star in Beauty and the Beast?

Emma WatsonEmma Watson is in talks to star in Beauty and the Beast.

The Harry Potter actress - who played Hermione Granger in the fantasy series - is reportedly in the final stages of negotiations to appear in Guillermo Del Toro's remake of classic fairytale, Variety reports.

Emma is being talked about for the role of Belle, who gets trapped in the palace of a former prince who has been turned into a monster by a curse. The script for the project - which is expected to be released in 2014 - is set to be penned by Bridget Jones' Diary screenplay co-writer Andrew Davies, with Denise DiNovi in line to direct.

The 21-year-old beauty was recently linked to Your Voice in My Head - which tells the story of a young woman who tries to kill herself before being saved by a psychiatrist who is dying - which would see her team up again with Harry Potter director David Yates.

Warner Bros is reportedly interested in getting Emma involved in the motion picture, while Tom Hanks and George Clooney have been talked about to play the role of the medical professional.


Snape Named Best Loved Harry Potter Character

Alan Rickman as Severus SnapeSeverus Snape has topped a poll to find the best loved Harry Potter character.

The wizard - played by Alan Rickman - received over 500 more votes than Harry's best pal Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), who finished in second place and the titular character who placed third in the poll on Empire magazine's website.

"Snape is a truly great character, multi-layered and surprisingly complicated under that straggly black haircut. He's especially good in the film because of the way that Alan Rickman infuses him with malice and menace. He seems capable of anything - and indeed he is, in the end, but in a way you never expected. While Harry, Ron and Hermione may seem more heroic, Snape is definitely JK Rowling's most important and complex character," commented Empire's Deputy Online Editor, Helen O'Hara.

Harry's close pal Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and his godfather Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) complete the top five.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 2 is out in theaters now!


Emma Watson Prefers Darker Harry Potter Films

Emma Watson as Hermione GrangerHarry Potter star Emma Watson became more interested in the films as the franchise got "darker." The 21-year-old actress - who has played leading lady Hermione Granger in the movie series for the last 10 years - began to enjoy the films when it became more of a challenge for her to act in them.

"I mean obviously I went from being a child to being an adult. As the material got darker, it got more challenging. When that started happening, I started taking more of an interest."

The British star - who has returned to education and turned to a career in fashion alongside her film work as she has grown older - also admits she will miss her character in the movie more than she will miss anything else.

"I'm just going to miss being her, living in her world."


VIDEO: Watch the Beginning of Deathly Hallows, Part 2

UPDATE: Warner Bros. has pulled the footage.

Watch the video above to the see the opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, which won’t be in theaters until July 15. The clip shows a discussion between title character Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ollivander the wand maker (John Hurt). Hermoine and Ron (Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) can be seen in the background.

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VIDEO: Filming the Final Scene for Harry Potter

Seven books, eight movies, ten years -- and it all came down to this. In the video above, you’ll see the last scene ever filmed for the epic Harry Potter film franchise, a bittersweet ending to a tale that’s still in the making on the big screen.

Fittingly, the last scene featured title star Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and his co-stars Emma Watson (Hermione) and Rupert Grint (Ron). The scene was part of their escape from The Ministry of Magic, which we already saw in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I.

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Box Office Breakdown: Dawn Treader Sails Past Depp, Jolie

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader sailed to a first place finish this weekend despite a lackluster start. The latest C.S. Lewis adaptation – which was produced for an estimated $145 million – earned only $24 million in domestic sales. That figure is $31 million less than Prince Caspian’s debut and approximately $41 million below The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’s premiere.

Landing into second place was The Tourist, which rang in a disappointing $16.5 million. Although the film boasted two big A-list stars (Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie), the thriller turned in Depp’s smallest open for a wide release since 1999’s The Astronaut’s Wife.

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Box Office Breakdown: Tangled Climbs Above Potter

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You can’t keep a good woman with long locks down.

Despite initially debuting in second place, Tangled reached new heights this week. The Disney feature climbed out of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow’s shadow to take the box office crown.

Tangled is now the second film this year to move up the ladder to the #1 spot. Another animated featured, How to Train Your Dragon, was the first.

The chart’s only new wide release, The Warrior’s Way, will likely fall out of the Top Ten by Week 2. The actioner starring Jang Dong-gun, Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush started its run in ninth place.

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Box Office Breakdown: Deathly Hallows Avoids Getting Tangled

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Tangled's tresses weren't quite long enough to get past the Deathly Hallows last weekend.

Despite a $48.8 million debut ($68.7 million since Wednesday), Disney's latest animated feature found itself in a tight race. The film starring Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi landed firmly into second place -- approximately $300,000 shy of two-time winner Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Burlesque, featuring Christina Aguilera and Cher, rang up $11.9 million in ticket sales and a fourth-place finish. Although that figure isn't exactly something to brag about, it does represent Cher's biggest opening to date.

Promises of nudity couldn't get Love and Other Drugs into the Top 5. The Anne Hathaway/Jake Gyllenhaal movie earned less than $10 million and a sixth place debut. Meanwhile, Faster -- starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton -- grossed $8.5 million for seventh place.

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Box Office Breakdown: Harry Potter Breaks Franchise Record

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set a new record for the franchise this weekend – without the help of any 3-D prices.

The penultimate film in the series took in a magical $125 million, beating the previous mark set by 2005’s Goblet of Fire (which debuted to $102.7 million). The movie, which more than doubled what the other Top 10 entries did combined, also found itself ranked sixth on the all-time openers list.

In comparison, Paul Haggis’ did about 5% of what Harry Potter accomplished. That’s the smallest open for Russell Crowe since 2006’s A Good Year.

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