Friday, January 20, 2017

'Beauty and the Beast' deluxe edition soundtrack available for pre-order

The deluxe and standard editions of the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack are now available for pre-order. No track listing is currently available at this time, but we do know the soundtrack will include "How Does a Moment Last Forever" from Celine Dion and a new recording of "Beauty and the Beast" with John Legend and Ariana Grande.

The album is available for pre-order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Disney Music Emporium, which offers a free lithograph with purchase. Check out all the pre-order links below.
Pre-order Links
Amazon(Deluxe Edition)
Amazon (Standard Edition)
Barnes & Noble (Deluxe Edition)
Disney Music Emporium (Deluxe Edition with lithograph)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Celine Dion to perform "How Does a Moment Last Forever" on the 'Beauty and the Beast' soundtrack

Beauty and the Beast fans rejoice! Celine Dion, who performed the animated film's title song with Peabo Bryson in 1991, will also be part of the soundtrack for the live-action film.


Dion announced today that she will perform "How Does a Moment Last Forever" on the film's soundtrack and over the end credits. The song, which is one of three new songs written by lyricist Tim Rice and composer Alan Menken, was previously titled "Our Song Lives On." Menken discussed the song last fall with Entertainment Weekly and revealed both Maurice and Belle sing the song at various points in the film.
“It ends up being a song called ‘Our Song Lives On,’ and it’s done in a number of forms,” says Menken of the former track. “The first time it’s sung, it’s Belle’s father singing as he’s completing a music box, and basically it’s [about], ‘How does a moment live forever? How do you hang on to precious moments?’ Then, it’s reprised by Belle, and then it’s the song that’s actually over the end credits at the end of the movie. Disney hasn’t announced it yet, but there’s going to be some wonderful singer on the end credits song."
Menken performed a version of the song during his one-man concert last September.
Disney also revealed the cover for the Beauty and the Beast deluxe edition soundtrack. The album is currently available for pre-order and set for release on March 10, 2017.
Five-time Grammy-winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion will perform an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” for Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” The song will also be included on the film’s soundtrack.

Written by eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (“The Lion King,” “Evita”), “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Portions of the song are performed throughout the film and interpolated into the underscore before Dion’s full-length version debuts in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.

Celine Dion says, “Being a part of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was such a magical experience in my life, and I’m truly honored to be a part of this film again.”

President of Music for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production, Mitchell Leib, approached the artist on behalf of the project with the idea of recording one of the three new songs written for the film. “Celine was the unanimous choice of the filmmakers and studio to perform this song,” says Leib, “And everyone involved with the film is thrilled she agreed to be part of this new live-action adaptation.”

Dion originally performed the duet “Beauty and the Beast” – featuring Menken’s haunting melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman’s unforgettable lyrics – with Peabo Bryson for the animated film. The song became an instant classic and went on to receive an Academy Award, Golden Globe and three Grammy Awards.

Menken also provides the film score along with new recordings of the classic songs from the animated film written by himself and Ashman. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017.

Source: WDW Info, Celine Dion

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New 'Beauty and the Beast' character poster

Yahoo! Movies debuted a new character triptych poster with new images of Belle, Lumeire, Plumette & more! Check out all the latest Beauty and the Beast posters here.

Emma Watson: "In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring."

The latest issue of Total Film magazine features an exclusive look at Beauty and the Beast and an interview with the film's stars and director Bill Condon. During the interview, Emma Watson discusses why she turned down the role of Cinderella in the 2014 live-action film and Belle's "empowering defiance."
I didn't know they were going to make Beauty and the Beast at the time I turned down Cinderella, but when they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did. 
She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And that's the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice. There's this kind of outsider quality that Belle had, and the fact she had this really empowering defiance of what was expected of her. In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring. She manages to keep her integrity and have a completely independent point of view. She's not easily swayed by other people's perspective—not swayed by fear-mongering or scapegoating. 

The latest issue of Total Film is on newsstands now and you can view the full article here from Emma Watson Updates.


Source: Total Film, Emma Watson Updates, E! News

WATCH: John Legend discusses recording "Beauty and the Beast"

One constant question among fans was who would be singing the cover of "Beauty and the Beast", and it was revealed last week John Legend and Ariana Grande will be the next duo to record the beloved tune.



Access Hollywood spoke with John Legend at this year's Television Critics Association Winter Tour about the "huge honor" of being part of the film and the pair's take on a Disney classic.



UPDATE: Legend also spoke with Collider about his collaboration with Grande on "Beauty and the Beast"
What’s the appeal for you in taking on the duet for Beauty and the Beast, and how do you feel you and Ariana Grande compliment each other?

LEGEND: It’s such an iconic song and, as a singer, it’s a great challenge to try to remake a song that people already love quite a bit. Ariana’s a wonderful singer. I felt like we’d make a good team to try to tackle it. So when Disney reached out to me, I agreed to do it.

Was it special to you, when you were growing up?


LEGEND: I love that song, and I thought the film was great, back then. I was a little older, by then. What was that, 20 years ago? So, I was a teenager. I wasn’t that young. That song was obviously a really important song, and the film was really important. So, as an artist, it’s a bit of a challenge to take on something like that, where people already love the original, and try to make your own version that honors the original, but is new, as well.

Source: Access Hollywood, Collider

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

'Beauty and the Beast' Interview Round-Up #1



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January 15th - January 21st

Emma Watson On Her Connection To Belle And The Unconventional Love Story Of Beauty and the Beast
“I loved how she had this relationship with Beast where they were just toe to toe and that to me just seemed like such a dynamic and interesting kind of relationship that I’d never seen before in a fairy tale,” Watson said of Belle and the Beast’s story.

“It was so funny and so romantic but in a way that for me didn't feel contrived in the same way that I think other fairy tales are, in the sense that Beast and Belle really dislike each other in the beginning." 
Read more from Contact Music here.

Emma Watson: "In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring."
"She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded. And that's the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice. There's this kind of outsider quality that Belle had, and the fact she had this really empowering defiance of what was expected of her. In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring. She manages to keep her integrity and have a completely independent point of view. She's not easily swayed by other people's perspective—not swayed by fear-mongering or scapegoating."
Read more from Total Film here.

Dan Stevens: "We've Brought Something Fresh The Story Of Beauty And The Beast"
“One of the great things about the animated film is the blend of romance and classic fairytale telling as well as a bit of humour and fun and that’s something we’ve really tried to maintain in this, the romantic side as well as the silliness,” Stevens explained.

“I hope that we will do justice to the love that people have for the animated film and people feel like we’ve taken it on, moved it on a bit, brought something fresh to it, brought I few new songs to it.”

“Something that Bill (Condon, director) and I were really keen to bring out was the sense of this petulant, spoiled child and the sense of sort of entitlement that led to his downfall,” Stevens said.

“It was interesting to introduce that element and see that through and thread it though the Beast’s story and see him cursed not just for having refused a rose, but for all his other traits that he could be damned for,” he added.
Read more from Contact Music here.

Dan Stevens on the Physical Challenges of Playing the Beast
"Physically, the Beast is the most challenging role I've taken on," Stevens told IGN at the 2017 winter TV Critics Association press tour, where he was promoting Legion. "The condition I had to have my body in to puppeteer that suit on stilts was like nothing else I've ever experienced, seriously. The kind of engagement -- and actually a lot of dance involved in that role, albeit on stilts; it was a very, very intense dance training process -- has gotten me more physically engaged with all of my performances in everything else since."
Read more from IGN here.


"We Like Each Other": How Luke Evans Found a New Friend in Josh Gad
'I've not done much comedy in my career, not for the want of trying, and this was my chance to do it', he explained. 'I hadn't thought so much about how the interaction would work with Le Fou and then I met Josh and then I realised that whatever I had in mind that was going to be funny was only going to be emphasised and made better by having the likes of Josh in the scene with me.'
Read more from Contact Music here.

Monday, January 16, 2017

'Beauty and the Beast' merchandise now available from the Disney Store

The Disney Store debuted their live-action Beauty and the Beast collection online and in stores today. The collection includes dolls, costumes & accessories, limited edition pins, and a replica tea set. Check out all the items below along with links to the Disney Store site.


 


LE 1000

LE 2000

Sunday, January 15, 2017

'Beauty and the Beast' shirts now available from Macy's & Hot Topic

Macy's and Hot Topic have a few Beauty and the Beast live-action shirts available. At this time, the shirts are only available in girl's and women's sizes. Check out the designs below with links to purchase.

Available from Macy's

Available from Macy's

Available from Macy's

Available from Hot Topic

Two new international 'Beauty and the Beast' posters

Disney began rolling out their international Beauty and the Beast posters on the heels of the third domestic poster released last Sunday ahead of the Golden Globes.

Check out all five Beauty and the Beast posters here.



Source: IMP Awards

Friday, January 13, 2017

WATCH: "Emma Watson on Playing Belle" spot with new footage from 'Beauty and the Beast'

The latest Beauty and the Beast spot features Emma Watson discussing her role as Belle and new footage from the upcoming film.








Source: La Belle y la Bestia