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Family Focus: Emma Watson Turns Down 'Cinderella,' Disney Re-imagines 'Beauty and the Beast,' Spielberg Talks 'Tintin'

A couple weeks ago, Variety reported that Emma Watson was in early talks to star in Disney's live-action Cinderella movie. Variety's Marc Graser is now reporting that Watson has turned down the offer for the film which begins production this fall in London.

Cate Blanchett remains the only confirmed cast member (playing Cinderella's evil stepmother) for the film, which underwent re-writes by The Twilight Saga: New Moon director Chris Weitz. The film is being directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Watson will still be busy though. She can be seen in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, Seth Rogen's This is the End and Darren Aronofsky's upcoming epic, Noah.

Watson joins Amanda Seyfried as actresses who have turned down the lead role.

Who would you like to see take on the Cinderella role?

Speaking of Disney live-action films, the studio is moving forward with a re-imagining of Beauty and the Beast. Deadline reports that the studio has hired Trance screenwriter Joe Ahearne to work on the project title, The Beast.

This project has no relation to Guillermo del Toro's long-gestating Beauty and the Beast-themed project which has Emma Watson attached to headline.

Steven Spielberg spoke with The Times of India about Lincoln, being turned down twice by James Bond movie producer Albert Broccoli and his thoughts about Bollywood and Indian actors. But buried toward the bottom of the interview was a quick update about the next Tintin movie.

Up until now, we knew that Peter Jackson would be directing and Spielberg would be attached as a producer, but there was no word on when Jackson would begin filming, especially given the two Hobbit movies he still has to finish post-production on.

Spielberg says that the script is completed and "we're going to start performance capture probably at the end of this year."

As far as when the film will hit theaters, Spielberg said, "Don't hold me to it, but we're hoping the film will come out around Christmas-time in 2015. We know which books we're making, we can't share that now but we're combining two books which were always intended to be combined by Herge."

Spielberg also said The Blue Lotus would probably be the third Tintin film.

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