Based on a true story, this Chilean drama has a chilling edge to it that's difficult to shake. Strikingly well played by an international cast, the film's dark themes get under the skin. German director-cowriter Florian Gallenberger has a skilful eye that draws the audience in, focussing on characters to provide a strong emotional kick. That said, the film feels eerily stuck in the past, never quite finding present-day relevance that would make it even more powerful.
It's 1973 in Chile, as the political unrest grows surrounding Pinochet's brutal coup d'etat. Flight attendant Lena (Emma Watson) has just arrived for a four-day holiday with her journalist boyfriend Daniel (Daniel Bruhl) when street protests spin out of control. Detained by the new government, Daniel is cruelly tortured. Lena sets out to find him, following his trail to Colonia Dignidad, a religious cult out in the countryside where rebel activists are hidden from sight and forced to work. Posing as a true believer, Lena enters the compound and is quickly terrified by the ruthless, charismatic leader Paul (Michael Nyqvist) and his heartless housemaster Gisela (Richenda Carey).
Gallenberger begins building the underlying tension even in the opening scenes, which feature the happy romantic reunion between Lena and Daniel. Angry demonstrations and military action surround them, ramping up the tension. And then as the story shifts to Colonia, the film takes on nightmarish echoes of Nazi Germany, with chanted greetings ("God bless" sounds rather a lot like "Heil Hitler"), torture chambers and claustrophobic bunkers. Through all of this, Watson and Bruhl deliver remarkably grounded performances as real people caught up in unimaginable horrors. Underneath the intensity, both actors are likeable and tenacious, and together they have very strong chemistry. Meanwhile, the always superb Nyqvist (star of the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy) brings a genuinely unsettling nastiness to his all-powerful father figure.
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The actor did not enjoy the romantic moment, due to his brother-sister relationship with Watson.
It might have been a moment that melted the hearts of Harry Potter fans, but actor Rupert Grint doesn't have fond memories of his on-screen kiss with Emma Watson. Grint’s character Ron Weasley finally got together with Hermione Granger in the final instalment of the franchise, but for the two actors it was all just very awkward.
Rupert Grint does not remember his kiss with Emma Watson fondly.
Speaking to People during the 'Celebration of Harry Potter' event in Orlando over the weekend, Grint opened up on the famous scene. "I never look back at that scene," Grint said. "I've known Emma since she was literally 9 years old and we had this very brother-sister relationship.”
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Because this girl is literally Hermione.
Emma Watson is expanding on her work for feminist campaign He For She by curating a book club called 'Our Shared Shelf', no doubt featuring books expressing some of the thoughts that she has been trying to put across in her work. But just what can we expect to see from this self-confessed bookworm?
Emma Watson is starting a feminist book club
She was struggling to think of a name for the club, admitting to her Twitter followers that she wanted something more 'inspiring' than 'Feminist Book Club' or 'Emma Watson Book Club'. Some of the best suggestions included 'fEMMAnist book club', 'Read For She' and 'Watson Your Bookshelf', but she eventually made up her mind. 'I've decided to go with 'Our Shared Shelf'. @emilyfabb - I absolutely loved this. Thank you', she revealed. Here are just a few female based novels we wouldn't be surprised to see on her this proverbial Shelf:
Continue reading: 7 Feminist Books For Emma Watson's 'Our Shared Shelf' Book Club
Emma Watson interviews Malala Yousafzai at the premiere of 'He Named Me Malala'.
Two of the world's favourite young feminists got together for a discussion about equality and education yesterday, and both Emma Watson and Malala Yousafzai had a lot of inspiring things to say about their work at the premiere for Davis Guggenheim's stunning documentary 'He Named Me Malala'.
Malala Yousafzai praises Emma Watson for her HeForShe speech
Both the 'Noah' star and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate looked equally as star-struck and enamoured by each other as the former interviewed the latter following the movie's premiere at the Into Film Festival, and Malala wasted no time in praising Watson for her work with as the UN global ambassador for the HeForShe campaign which aims to get men on board with feminism.
Some people have unusual ideas about body art.
You nearly had us there, James Franco! This actor has sent rumours flying around after unveiling a tattoo of Emma Watson's FACE on his NECK. Needless to say, it wasn't actually real; merely a startlingly elaborate Photoshop job from artist Cheyenne Randall. Though it did get us thinking about all the real tats celebs have gotten over the years.
'Burnt' co-stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller are among those showing support for Lawrence's essay.
Miller and Cooper, who were interviewed on the red carpet at the premiere of their new movie Burnt on Wednesday (October 14th), both weighed in on the article that Lawrence published via Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny the previous day.
33 year old Miller revealed that she once turned down a play because she was offered less than half the pay of her male co-star – in a two-person production. She told E! News that she reluctantly did “what we have to start doing, unfortunately, at the expense of our creative dreams… …I walked away from a play I wanted to do because I was offered less than half of what the other man was offered and it was just the two of us.”
The day that filming wrapped for the Disney re-make was also the 15th anniversary of a momentous moment in Watson's career...
While filming her final scenes for the forthcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast back in August, Emma Watson says she was struck by a profound moment of realisation about her career – it was exactly 15 years to the day that she landed her role in the first Harry Potter movie!
Filming wrapped for the hotly-anticipated remake back on August 21st this year, but amid the cast celebrations the date had extra significance for 25 year old Watson, as she realised that she had been cast as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone all those years before.
Emma Watson has finished filming 'Beauty and the Beast'
The 'Harry Potter' actress has opened up to Vogue about her 'horrendous' break-up last year.
Emma Watson has revealed she took a week-long silence following the end of her year-long relationship with Oxford rugby star Matt Janney last year. Speaking to Vogue for the magazine's September issue, the actress described the split as ‘horrendous’ but added that overall her relationship experiences have been positive.
Emma Watson has opened up about her split with Matt Janney.
“I felt really uncomfortable, even before my relationship ended,” Watson told the mag. “I went on a silent retreat, because I really wanted to figure out how to be at home with myself.” The retreat the actress went on was a private getaway situated in Canada’s Rocky Mountains where residents take a silent vow for one week.
Continue reading: Emma Watson Reveals She Spent A Week In Silence After Break-Up
Actress Emma Watson graces the cover of Vogue’s upcoming September issue, with the fashion magazine hailing the 25 year old as as ‘the voice of a generation’. Inside the issue the Harry Potter star speaks about her work as a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women and the 'HeForShe' campaign which she launched last year.
Disney has ordered a live-action version of ‘Aladdin’, a prequel focussing on the beloved Genie character.
Yes, there’s yet another Disney live-action movie in the works. This time it’s not an original animated film which is getting a make-over but a prequel to Aladdin, based around the Genie character. The news was confirmed by Disney on Wednesday (15th July).
Robin Williams voiced the Genie in the 1992 Aladdin animated film.
The former ‘Harry Potter’ actress was recognised for her work with the ‘He For She’ campaign.
Actress Emma Watson has been named 2015’s Campaigner of the Year at the Observer Ethical Awards. The 25 year old Harry Potter star was appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador last July and in September she launched the HeForShe gender equality campaign.
Emma Watson was named Campaigner of the Year at this year’s Observer Ethical Awards.
Watson was unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony, but she did take to Twitter to share her joy over receiving the honour. "Thank you @ObserverEthical for awarding me Campaigner of the Year! Honoured," she tweeted. "I want to share this w every @HeForShe out there #ethical awards.”
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Damien Chazelle's romantic musical 'La La Land' will star Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, Lionsgate confirms.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are teaming up again
La La Land is described as an old-fashioned musical set in contemporary Los Angeles and centres on a love story between a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress. Whiplash star Miles Teller was originally thought to be appearing in the film alongside Harry Potter's Emma Watson, but the casting of Gosling and Stone will come as welcome news to anyone who loved watching their sizzling on-screen chemistry in Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Continue reading: Ryan Gosling And Emma Stone Are Going To 'La La Land'
The live action remake is headed to cinemas in 2017.
Thanks Josh Gad for making our day! Yes the Frozen actor has just put a mid-week smile on many a face as he’s shared the first cast picture from the upcoming live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The real life Olaf shared the image on Instagram, captioning the snap, “Can't wait for you to be our guest.”
Watson will star as Belle in the live action remake.
Posing with Gad in the pic is Emma Watson who will of course be playing Belle, former ‘Downton Abbey’ star Dan Stevens who’ll star as the Beast, Luke Evans who is his love rival Gaston and Kevin Kline who plays Belle’s father Maurice. Gad will star as Gaston’s sidekick Le Fou in the remake, which is due to begin filming later next month.
'Beauty and the Beast', 'The Jungle Book', 'Dumbo' and 'Mulan' are already getting the live-action treatment, so which animation is up next?
Great... Another Disney classic is being changed into a live-action movie. Barely a week goes by in which we're not reporting yet another animation is being revamped. We're already hearing reports that production of Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, is underway and others that Dumbo, Winnie The Pooh, The Jungle Book and Mulan are all being made into live-action films. It may not be original but, if we look at $758 million Maleficent raked in and Cinderella's recent success, it is hugely profitable.
Lily James in Disney's latest live-action revamp of Cinderella.
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The pair will join the existing cast Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Josh Gad in the live action re-make, set for March 17th, 2017.
More Disney casting news! The forthcoming live action re-make of the classic Beauty and the Beast will feature Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, it was announced on Monday.
A statement released to People by Disney confirmed the addition of yet more high profile names to an already star-studded cast, for what is shaping up to be the most anticipated Disney release in years.
Emma Thompson will become an anthropomorphised teapot in the 'Beauty and the Beast' remake
Josh Gad will join Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans in the live-action adaptation of 'Beauty and the Beast'.
Josh Gad has become the latest actor to join the cast of the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. 34-year-old Gad has been cast as Le Fou, the villain Gaston's minion. Gad is best known for voicing Olaf in Disney's Frozen and for his roles in such films as The Internship and Jobs. Emma Watson (Harry Potter) has been cast as Belle, Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as the Beast and Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) as Gaston. Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) are also rumoured to be in talks with the film's producers.
Josh Gad is set to play Le Fou in the upcoming live-action film of Beauty and the Beast.
This is how Emma Watson marked Women's Day.
As a feminist, activist and UN collaborator, Emma Watson was sure to do something special to commemorate Women's Day - like, say, a live Q&A on Facebook on the topic of ladies, equality and feminism. The session addressed some pretty crucial topics, like violence, wage discrimination and stringent gender roles ingrained into society.
Emma Watson believes men and women should stand together for equality.
Much like the He for She campaign, launched by Watson and the UN last year, her Q&A session also highlighted the need for a unified movement of women and men to combat gender discrimination. Rigid gender roles are also imposed on men, Watson explained, and addressing them is an important step toward creating a world in which women are equal.
The 24-year-old actress recently addressed the immediate backlash she received from internet trolls after her speech about gender equality in September.
When Emma Watson addressed gender equality in her first major speech as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for women last September, she almost immediately received an online backlash from disgruntled internet trolls.
Emma Watson taking part in a live Facebook Q&A on Sunday (March 8th)
While promoting her HeForShe equality campaign on International Women's Day in London during a live Facebook Q&A on Sunday (March 8th), the British actress opened up about hackers threatening to publish nude pictures of her on the web.
The 'Harry Potter' star will take part in a "live conversation next Sunday (March 8th), where fans can ask her any questions about gender equality in real time.
After delivering two very passionate speech on gender equality in the last several months, Emma Watson, who was appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for women in July 2014, has come up with another brilliant idea to promote her HeForShe campaign.
Watson will take part in a "live conversation" on International Women's Day
During International Women's Day, which is this Sunday (March 8th), the British actress will be taking part in a Q&A session where fans will be able to ask her questions about anything to do with gender equality in real time.
Continue reading: Emma Watson Conducting Live Facebook Q&A On International Women's Day
The actress took to the Oscars to convince reporters to ask female celebrities more interesting questions.
Reese Witherspoon took to the 2015 Oscars to promote a new feminist campaign #AskHerMore, a movement created to encourage reporters to put more career centric questions to female celebrities on the red carpet, rather than just asking about their designer gowns.
Reese Witherspoon brings #AskHerMore campaign to the Oscars
We think we have a new favourite celebrity feminist. If it wasn't enough for Witherspoon to take on such an inspiring feminine role in her latest movie 'Wild'; a film based on the memoirs of Cheryl Strayed, a first time hiker who walked 1,100 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in a journey of self-discovery; she is now encouraging other actresses and celebrities to want more from their public appearances. The star took to Instagram with a list of questions she hoped to hear as she appeared on the red carpet at the Oscars, including 'What's the biggest risk you've taken that you feel has paid off?' and 'What accomplishment are you most proud of?'.
The news this week: the thing that some people thought happened, did not actually happen.
So it seems like the world loves to ship famous Brits with each other - to the point that Emma Watson was recently forced to publicly dispel rumours that she was seeing Prince Harry. Well, at least that's what her tweet seems to be about.
Not dating Prince Harry. Not even a little bit.
Being Emma Watson, she addressed her fans in the classiest way possible. "WORLD Remember that little talk we had about not believing everything written in the media?!" she tweeted.
The idea of Emma Watson dating Prince Harry is more than the internet can handle right now.
If you haven't already heard, Emma Watson is rumoured to be dating Prince Harry. Yes lets take a moment to process this, Hermione Granger’s rumoured real life boyfriend is fourth in line to the British throne. The claim was first made by Australian magazine Woman’s Day last week and was then was quickly spread all over the internet, before anyone bothered to wonder if the story actually sounded believable or not.
Emma Watson is rumoured to be dating Prince Harry
According to the magazine, Harry asked the actress out via email after she split with previous boyfriend Matthew Janney in December of last year. The actress was then said to have met with the prince along with a group of 12 friends and they’re now reported to have been meeting up in secret ever since.
The British actress unveiled the next phase of her HeForShe campaign while speaking at the World Economic Forum.
Emma Watson, who was newly appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for women in July 2014, made her second major speech on Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and targeted gender inequality while helping unveil the next phase of her HeForShe campaign.
Watson made another passionate speech on gender equality
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The British actresses were two of the six honorees at the annual Britannia Awards on Thursday night.
Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench were among the British movie stars to be honoured at the Britannia Awards. The annual ceremony was hosted by BAFTA at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles on Thursday evening.
Dame Judi was given the Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, a gong named after the legendary James Bond movie producer. Presented with her award by Dustin Hoffman, she said: "I'm rather overwhelmed by [the award], because I didn't ever expect to have a film career at all.”
Continue reading: Emma Watson And Dame Judi Dench Win Britannia Awards
The Emma Watson threats turned out to be a hoax.
EmmaYouAreNext.com, the website purportedly set up to countdown to Saturday's apparent leaking of nude pictures of Emma Watson was actually a viral marketing stunt to shut down the website 4chan. The website threatened to release explicit photos of the Harry Potter star in response to the well-received speech she gave to the United Nations on September 20, 2014.
Emma Watson delivered a rousing speech to the United Nations last week
However, it has emerged to be the work of Rantic Marketing, with the URL now redirecting to the marketing firm's website where users are greeted with an open letter to President Barack Obama, calling on him to shut down the 4chan site where the wave of explicit photographs of hundreds of celebrities were posted earlier this month.
Continue reading: Nude Emma Watson Leak Was Hoax To Try Shut Down 4Chan
The British actress has been targeted by the unknown hackers for her recent speech to the United Nations on gender equality.
Emma Watson is being threatened by internet hackers as the next high-profile celebrity who will have nude photos of herself leaked online, which is believed to be a response to the British actress' recent United Nations speech on gender inequality.
Hackers threaten to post nude photos of Watson online
A website has suddenly emerged, likely made by the 4chan users responsibly for the leak of other nude photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, which displays a countdown to when the alleged racy images of Watson will be published online.
The British actress delivered a very powerful speech on being a feminist, as well as ways to counter gender inequality at the U.N. headquarters this past weekend.
Emma Watson, who was newly appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for women in July, delivered her first major speech at the United Nations headquarters on Saturday (Sept 20th) and targeted gender inequality while helping the launch of her HeForShe campaign.
Watson spoke about gender inequality in her first major U.N. speech
The event, which was also attended by Oscar-winning actor Forrest Whitaker and '24' star Kiefer Sutherland, aimed to "mobilize men against gender inequalities." CNN's Wolf Blitzer served as the host.
Daniel Radcliffe won't be teaming up with Emma Watson, either.
Daniel Radcliffe says playing Harry Potter in new movies is "not on the cards" though has spoken about how the boy wizard has influenced his own character. Radcliffe, who is currently starring in the indie romantic-comedy What If, says he and Harry share fiercely loyal sensibilities.
Daniel Radclife [L] and Zoe Kazan [R] in 'What If'
Appearing at Comic-Con, Radcliffe was asked whether there was a chance he could reprise his role as Potter, given JK Rowling's new projects in the world of Hogwarts. It was a straight and direct 'no' from the 27-year-old though he spoke in-depth about how the character was embedded in himself.
Continue reading: 'What If'?: Daniel Radcliffe Rules Out More Harry Potter
J.K. Rowling's latest addition to Harry Potter website 'Pottermore' has once again sparked interest in the possibility of another film. Unfortunately, another Harry Potter movie is unlikely and here are five reasons why!
J.K. Rowling's short story prompted wide spread speculation about the possibility of a new film.
Continue reading: 5 Reasons Why A New Harry Potter Film Is Unlikely
Harry and the gang are all grown-up, but where have they been since Deathly Hallows?
Seven years on from the final Harry Potter book, Jk Rowling has treated fans to a brand new short story about everyone’s favourite wizard on her website, Pottermore. The 1,500 piece takes the form of a Daily Prophet gossip column, penned by cutting journalist Rita Skeeter. In tabloid style, Skeeter gives an update on what’s happened to Harry, Hermione, Ron and a few others as the Quidditch World Cup finals take place. So what did we learn about Harry and the gang after reading Rowling’s latest writings?
JK Rowling has given fans an update on Harry Potter
1. Harry is still a pretty big deal
Continue reading: 12 Things We Learnt From JK Rowling’s New Harry Potter Story
Alex Watson, Emma Watson and Harry Potter - Alex Watson and Emma Watson New York City, USA - The premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1' at Alice Tully Hall - Arrivals Monday 15th November 2010
Emma Watson Wednesday 5th December 2007 Chanel Private Dinner at Nobu Berkeley - Departures London, England
Date of birth
15th April, 1990
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