Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New interviews with Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Luke Evans

Gugu Mbatha-Raw: "I hope that it will be magical and romanic and everything that you remember from the original..."


Luke Evans: "I use antlers in all of my decorating!"


Luke Evans: "I'm especially good at expectorating!"


Luke Evans: "I've seen like three cuts of it now..."


Luke Evans: "I had a lot of fun shooting Beauty and the Beast."


Source: Hey U Guys, Chris Van Vliet, @LukeEvans_News, Today

Monday, September 19, 2016

'Beauty and the Beast' returns to the Lincoln Center for 25th anniversary

On September 29, 1991, just a few months before Beauty and the Beast's November theatrical release, a work-in-progress version of the film was screened at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall during the New York Film Festival. The film, which featured storyboard art and pencil tests, as well as completed animation, received a ten minute standing ovation during the event. Alice Tully Hall once again celebrated Disney's animated classic with a special 25th anniversary screening complete with an appearance from the original cast. Those in attendance were also treated to a performance of "Beauty and the Beast" from Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts) and composer Alan Menken. Check out interviews, photos & more from the screening below.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Join in for a 'Beauty and the Beast' 25th anniversary tweet-along

It all started with "once upon a time..." and twenty five years later Beauty and the Beast continues to enchant audiences with its tale of magic spells and a prince in disguise! Disney has been celebrating with anniversary screenings and a Blu-ray release of the film and now its our turn to be part of the excitement.

Beauty and the Beast Movie News will host a tweet-along later this month to commemorate the animated classic's 25th anniversary. The event will begin at 9pm EST /6pm EST on Friday, September 23rd. To join in, simply begin watching the film at one of the above times (or the equivalent time in your area) and follow along @batbmovienews or #BATBTweetAlong on Twitter. We will be sharing trivia, behind the scenes videos, and more throughout the night. 

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

WATCH: 'Beauty and the Beast' 25th anniversary Q&A with Paige O'Hara

It's hard to believe Beauty and the Beast is celebrating its 25th anniversary, but it is wonderful to see Paige O'Hara, the original voice of Belle, still talk about the film and character with so much enthusiasm. O'Hara recently sat down with Yahoo! Movies for a live chat to discuss the landmark animated film. During the chat, O'Hara discusses her audition process for the iconic role, recording with Robby Benson (Beast), her favorite song, and when she knew the film was going to be a "classic."

When asked about the live-action Beauty and the Beast and Emma Watson as Belle (jump to 14:30), O'Hara had nothing but high praise ("She is perfect casting!"), adding that producer Don Hahn has spoken highly about the film to her.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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Monday, September 5, 2016

D23 celebrates 'Beauty and the Beast' Fanniversary

The 25th anniversary release of Beauty and the Beast is upon us and it is time to celebrate the animated film's milestone! Disney's D23 is releasing new content throughout the month of September for the Fanniversary event, including new videos, activities, and more.
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Alan Menken: “The cast is just a dream cast, it’s ridiculous."

With the 25th anniversary release of Beauty and the Beast on the horizon, not only are we learning more about the animated classic, but fans are also finally getting a more in depth look at the live-action film. Composer Alan Menken, who will also score the live-action film, recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the film's "dream cast."

Emma Watson as Belle:
“She’s really good! I can’t picture anyone else, honestly. She’s Belle for me now entirely."
Dan Stevens as Beast:
“Of course, he spends a lot of the movie with a lot of fur covering him but he’s great.”
 Luke Evans as Gaston:
“Fantastic – what a revelation.”
Menken also discussed working on Beauty and the Beast for a third time following the 1991 animated film and 1994 Broadway production and collaborating with director Bill Condon this time around.
“It’s exciting. For me because I’m writing the new songs and scoring the new movie, it’s a lot of work,” he laughed. “It’s interesting and it’s challenging to come back to the same source material three times. And in this case I’m really taking my lead – I am bearer of the flame to a degree, but I want to be as good a team member with Bill Condon as I can be. So I’m really taking my lead from him as a director, and he’s doing a great job.”
Entertainment Weekly recently debuted an exclusive clip from the special feature "Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration," which is included on the 25th anniversary Digital HD and Blu-ray release. Menken is joined by fellow composers Stephen Schwartz, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, and Lin-Manuel Miranda to discuss the lasting impact of the music of Beauty and the Beast.
“So many musicals have tried to chase that formula — the sidekicks, the bad guys,” Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda says. “But Beauty and the Beast did it at its pinnacle. It’s the best it’s ever been done.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Friday, September 2, 2016

Ian McKellen shares seating chart from the 'Beauty and the Beast' table read

By now you have watched, re-watched, and examined the new Beauty and the Beast live action sneak peek enough to teach a semester-long course on the less than minute long video. The clip was amazing for a number of reasons, but at the top of the list was getting to see just a glimpse of the table read that took place last April in London.


Our first look at the cast was actually a photo shared by Josh Gad (Le Fou) from that fateful April day and the actor also spoke about the event with IGN last August (see the full interview here).
It was unlike anything I've ever been a part of before because it was just so epic. You almost felt like all it was missing was an audience of 7,000 because it was just full on. Usually a table read is a very intimate affair; you're all sitting there with your scripts and engaging by virtue of hearing it out loud, that's where it ends. This, we were seeing full performances done, we were seeing full pre-visualization of some of these incredibly complex scenes. It was unlike anything I've ever been a part of and probably will ever be a part of. It was just full on.
However, no one has come close to igniting fans' excitement quite like Ian McKellen (Cogsworth). In a post shared on Facebook (and now his own website), McKellen described the atmosphere of the room where the cast, director, crew, producers, and executives gathered to once more begin telling a tale as old as time.
Today Beauty and her Beast (Emma Watson and Dan Stevens) read with their supporting cast: and a happy reunion it was for me, next to Mr Holmes' "Lady in Grey" (Hattie Morahan) along from Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) and Kevin Kline, who I haven't seen since we received our Tony Awards together in 1981. The cast were seated 'round four long trestle tables placed in a square. In the middle on their own little stage there was a large clock and a feather duster and a candelabra, who all remained static throughout the morning. Elsewhere, everything and everyone was alive and even kicking, high-kicking too. Bill Condon had decided to put on a show and I've never seen or heard anything like it.
With the release of the clip from the table read, McKellen revisited his words from last April and also shared a seating chart from the table read. Most of the cast in attendance are easy to identify in the clip, but the chart reveals a number of other members of the film's creative team. On one side of the table you can find composer Alan Menken and lyricist Tim Rice alongside costume designer Jacqueline Durran and many others. And just on the edge of the frame, you can make out director Bill Condon.


La Bella y le Bestia de Disney also put together a great piece identifying the cast and their enchanted counterparts.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

WATCH: Five new special features clips from the 'Beauty and the Beast' 25th anniversary release

With the 25th anniversary release of Beauty and the Beast upon us, Disney has released five sneak peeks at the new special features included with the Digital HD and Blu-ray releases. Beauty and the Beast will be available September 6th on Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere and September 20th on Blu-ray & DVD. Find out more about the special features and store exclusive editions here.

Beauty and the Beast Live-Action Sneak Peek
Director Bill Condon: "I was so excited to hear that Disney was thinking about doing a live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. When something is so perfect, why get near it? The answer is technology has caught up to the ideas that were introduced in that movie."

Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration
Perhaps no film of its era had a larger impact on animated movies than Beauty did. That film — along with its 1989 predecessor The Little ­Mermaid — resurrected Disney animation, introduced the “princess movie” to a new generation, and revived the musical as an art form. In fact, if it hadn’t been for Beauty, there might never have been a Frozen or a Hamilton. “So many musicals have tried to chase that formula — the sidekicks, the bad guys,” Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda says. “But Beauty and the Beast did it at its pinnacle. It’s the best it’s ever been done.”


Always Belle
Paige O'Hara: "Other than my voice, I think that I brought a sense of humor, certainly physically. The quirky, funny faces and stuff I would make.

#1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & Beauty and the Beast
And while Nielsen’s image of Belle bandaging the Beast didn’t directly inspire the similar moment in the 1991 movie, Hahn says that both the painting and the sequence in the film speak to what’s so powerful about this particular turning point: “It’s the image of two people at opposite sides of the spectrum finally coming to the singular moment where their lives are going to be changed by each other, and they didn’t see it coming.”

Hahn promises the sequence will be just as memorable in Bill Condon’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and will hit theaters on March 17, 2017. “I didn’t talk to Bill about Nielsen’s piece, but the moment in the film is exquisite. Bill crafted something that’s wonderfully caring, romantic and beautiful at the same time,” said Hahn. “It’s the kind of moment that filmmakers dream of, and it inspired Kay Nielsen, us, and now Bill.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly, Yahoo! Movies, Disney Movies Anywhere, Broadway World

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

'Beauty and the Beast' Producer Don Hahn: "Bill crafted something that’s wonderfully caring, romantic and beautiful at the same time"

Disney is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Beauty and the Beast by bringing the animated classic out of the vault once more for a Signature Collection release. The new Blu-ray/ Digital HD release boasts new bonus features, including "#1074: Walt, Fairy Tales and Beauty and the Beast," a new documentary that traces the tales' history with the studio back to the days of Walt Disney himself.

Yahoo! Movies debuted a clip from the new featurette with producer Don Hahn, animator Glen Keane, and more discussing a painting by Kay Nielsen that influenced a turning point in the story of Belle and Beast. Hahn also spoke about how the scene plays out in the live-action film directed by Bill Condon.
Hahn promises the sequence will be just as memorable in Bill Condon’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and will hit theaters on March 17, 2017. “I didn’t talk to Bill about Nielsen’s piece, but the moment in the film is exquisite. Bill crafted something that’s wonderfully caring, romantic and beautiful at the same time,” said Hahn. “It’s the kind of moment that filmmakers dream of, and it inspired Kay Nielsen, us, and now Bill.”


Beauty and the Beast will be available September 6th on Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere and September 20th on Blu-ray & DVD. Click here for more information on the release.

Source: Yahoo! Movies