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What with all the speeches at the United Nations and Davos about feminism, you might have thought Emma Watson was not that interested in acting anymore. You would be wrong. Walt Disney Studios confirms that the "Harry Potter" star will star as Belle in its upcoming live-action adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast," directed by "Dreamgirls" director Bill Condon. And honestly, given her public persona, if she was going to play any Disney princess this is the right one, given Belle's book smarts and independence. So, just so everyone's clear: Emma Watson, still a burgeoning feminist icon, but also a Disney princess.

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Hey, I wonder if they're planning to address any of the glaring plot holes in this version?

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