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Beauty and the Beast is a tale as old as time. But the story of how the film was made? That legend is best told by the people who worked behind the scenes on the modern Disney classic. In honor of its release on Blu-ray, digital and DVD (and in celebration of its 25th anniversary), E! News spoke exclusively with producer Don Hahn, composer Alan Menken and a trio of voice cast members: Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts), Paige O'Hara (Belle) and Richard White (Gaston). The 1991 movie musical had been stuck in development for decades, as the late Walt Disney and his team of animators couldn't find a way to make the story to work. "Walt tried to develop it but couldn't figure out the second act. It was really about an »
Disney's Beauty and the Beast 25th anniversary Blu-ray/DVD is officially out everywhere movies are sold today, and a recent celebration from the Film Society of Lincoln Center had the original stars reuniting. It affords us an opportunity to watch the one and only Angela Lansbury sing the title song once again. Lansbury may or may not be taking on a role on HBO's Game of Thrones next season, but she has no plans to retire anytime soon, and this performance from the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York proves she has no reason to. A little about the special event that took place this past Sunday: It was here, in September 1991, that a work-in-progress version of “Beauty and the Beast” was first screened at the New York Film Festival -- and received a standing ovation. This “tale as old as time” went on to break ground »
- Jill Pantozzi
While Disney is gearing up for its release of the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” next year, it’s also celebrating the original animated film’s 25th anniversary. On Sunday, September 18, during a special screening of the Disney classic at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City, actress Angela Lansbury revived her Mrs. Potts character and surprised audiences by singing “Beauty and the Beast.”
The 90-year-old award-winning actress took the stage, accompanied by the film’s composer Alan Mencken on piano, to perform the heartwarming melody.
Calling the film “one of the great movies that she was involved with,” Lansbury told the press, “The thing about this particular story is that the characters are so real, and the voices are played by great actors — I don’t count myself necessarily among them.” As for singing the song in front of audiences, she stated, “Believe me »
- Liz Calvario
Angela Lansbury proved once again she’s a force to be reckoned with.
Lansbury appeared at the 25th anniversary screening of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City on Sunday, along with the film’s other stars Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle), Robby Benson (voice of the Beast) and Richard White (voice of Gaston). Following the screening, the 90-year-old virtuoso surprised the audience with a live performance of the song “Beauty and the Beast.”
— Playbill (@playbill) September 18, 2016
Lansbury, who voiced Mrs. Potts in the film, was joined by the film’s composer Alan Menken at the piano. Menken also performed a medley of other Disney classics, including selections from “Hercules,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “The Little Mermaid” and more. »
- Arya Roshanian
Sadly we don’t get to see the new live-action take on Beauty and the Beast until March 17, 2017. But it just so happens that this year marks the 25th anniversary of the animated adaptation of the classic tale, and in honor of that milestone, Disney just released a special edition Blu-ray with a special […]
- Ethan Anderton
Disney's animated classic Beauty and the Beast celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, and last night, the studio brought this timeless classic to Alice Tully Hall in New York City for an anniversary screening. Fans were in for quite the surprise when Angela Lansbury, who voiced Mrs. Potts in the movie, took to the stage, alongside Alan Menken to sing the iconic theme song. As you can see in the video below, Angela Lansbury can still belt out a tune at 90 years old.
The video, which comes courtesy of ABC News, shows the iconic actress even delivering a line from the film towards the end of her song, which was met with laughter and applause from the New York crowd. For fans who weren't able to attend this screening, Disney will release the 25th Anniversary edition of Beauty and the Beast on Blu-ray September 20.
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Simon Brew Sep 20, 2016
At 90 years old, Angela Lansbury can still knock out one hell of a tune...
Well, this is just wonderful. Why can't the word have more people of the ilk of Angela Lansbury in it? To promote the 25th anniversary edition of Disney's superb Beauty And The Beast, the studio held a special event at the Lincoln Center in New York. In the Us, a 25th anniversary Blu-ray arrives next week, and as part of the celebration, Lansbury - at 90 years young - took to the stage and did this...
Angela Lansbury is 90 years old. Let that remarkable fact sink in as you watch this lovely performance she gave last night at a 25th anniversary screening of Beauty And The Beast. Lansbury sang the title number, naturally, with composer Alan Menken accompanying her on piano. It’s as achingly beautiful as it sounds on the recording made all those years ago. ABC News has video.
Beauty And The Beast was released in November of 1991, but first debuted as a work-in-progress at the New York Film Festival in September of that year. According to E!, the event at Alice Tully Hall Sunday also featured a discussion with Lansbury and other cast members including Paige O’Hara (Belle) and Robby Benson (The Beast) and a medley of Disney tunes from Menken.
- Esther Zuckerman
Angela Lansbury gave fans the treat of a lifetime Sunday. The 90-year-old actress appeared at the Beauty and the Beast 25th anniversary screening at New York City's Alice Tully Hall, where she and the rest of the voice cast, including Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson and Richard White, answered questions and opened up about working on the iconic Disney film. But it was after the screening that Lansbury surprised the audience by singing the movie's titular song live. Legendary composer Alan Menken joined Lansbury, who voiced the teapot Mrs. Potts, on the piano. As soon as she began to sing there wasn't a dry eye in the audience, proving it remains a tale as hold as time. "Beauty and the Beast" won »
Well, the dust has settled on the 2016 Emmy Awards. We laughed, we cried, some of us ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Matt Damon was there. But in between all the wacky hijinks, there was some history being made. Let's take a look at what longstanding records got overturned last night, and just how much it's going to take to overturn them again. Julia Louis-Dreyfus takes Veep into the history booksLouis-Dreyfus picked up her sixth lead actress in a comedy Emmy award Sunday, and her fifth in a row. That's a new record for the category: Previously, she'd shared it »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Beauty and the Beast celebrated its 25th anniversary with a special screening in NYC on Sunday night, and the result was pretty magical. Not only did the original cast reunite at Lincoln Center for the special occasion, but Angela Lansbury, who voiced the role of Mrs. Potts, surprised everyone with a special performance of the title song. As the movie's composer, Alan Menken, played the piano, the 90-year-old actress hit all the right notes as she sang on stage, even ending the tune with her character's signature send-off. "Run along again to the cupboard, Chip," she said to the audience. "Night, love." Watch the full video above, then see what the original Belle had to say about Emma Watson's upcoming portrayal of the princess in the live-action adaptation. »
- Kelsie Gibson
In a moment sure to tear up some viewers, Angela Lansbury (possibly better known to some as Mrs. Potts) performed a live version of “Beauty and the Beast” at the film’s 25th anniversary screening. Related: A Sneak Peek At Emma Watson’s Belle In Live Action ‘Beauty And The Beast’ The popular Disney movie returned to […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
It's a tale as old as time. And at the 25th anniversary screening of Disney's Beauty and the Beast in New York on Sunday, Angela Lansbury surprised audiences with a tune as old as song. The 90-year-old actress - who voiced the role of Mrs. Potts in the 1991 animated film - appeared on stage at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and sang the title song live for the first time in almost two decades. Accompanied by the movie's composer Alan Menken, Lansbury was pitch perfect in the song - even ending with a rendition of Potts' signature sendoff to her animated son, »
- Dave Quinn, @NineDaves
Awards season trivia is a seemingly never-ending well of facts and figures that, practically speaking, rarely amount to more than an extra point or two at your local bar’s trivia night. Still, with TV’s biggest night of the year on the horizon, here is a list of 15 Emmy-related fun facts to impress your watch party, or at least hold you over until Sunday.
1. Netflix and Chill
Since becoming eligible to appear on the Emmy ballot in 2013, Netflix has gathered a total of 117 nominations overall. This year, Netflix reigns as the third-most nominated network — behind HBO (94) and FX (56) — with 54 nominations for 2016.
2. Glorious Cloris
Cloris Leachman reigns supreme with the most Emmy wins by a single actor, male or female, with a whopping eight victories. The TV legend has trophies from her appearances on “Malcolm in the Middle” and “Touched by an Angel,” among others.
3. Never Nominees
Popularity among audiences doesn’t necessarily guarantee Emmy success — stars »
- Arya Roshanian
Last Year’s Winner: Viola Davis, “How To Get Away With Murder” Was It an Upset? No. Still Eligible? Yes. Hot Streak: In this ever-changing and ultra-competitive category, the longest active streak belongs to Claire Danes. Despite “Homeland” missing out on a Drama Series nod in Season 3, its star has been nominated five years running (after winning for her first two). Fun Fact: Angela Lansbury has the most nominations in this category with 12, but she never won an Emmy.
Read More: After Years of Small Roles, Viola Davis Believes She’s Finally Getting Her Due
And the streak continues! Claire Danes continues to captivate the TV Academy, landing her fifth nomination in five seasons of “Homeland.” Considering she’s already won twice, odds may not be in her favorite for another trophy in 2016, but her most nuanced performance to date certainly merits the opportunity.
So who could actually walk away with Emmy? »
- Ben Travers
Everybody loves a group hug. Next to the freeze-frame of Angela Lansbury grinning after she’s solved another “Murder, She Wrote” case, it’s pretty much the most satisfying ending anyone can hope for. “Lion” ends in a group hug — two, if you count the real-life embrace that follows the reenacted one just before the credits — and that’s fantastic news for the cash-strapped Weinstein Co., which needs a feel-good crowd-pleaser like nobody’s business. After “Lion” makes its millions, someone else can make a movie about how Google Earth saved the struggling indie distributor. And it can end with a shot of Harvey Weinstein, Saroo Brierley (the “Lion” himself), and director Garth Davis giving one another a big group hug at the Oscars.
But let’s get serious: The story of how 5-year-old Saroo was tragically separated from his family, wound up adopted by an Aussie couple on a completely different continent, »
- Peter Debruge
Angela Lansbury, contrary to rumors, will not be making an appearance in the seventh season of Game Of Thrones. Angela Lansbury In ‘Got’ Lansbury, who is best known for being the star of the popular and long-running TV show Murder, She Wrote, refuted the speculation about her having a cameo in Game of Thrones on […]
- Chelsea Regan
Looks like Jessica Fletcher won't be solving the many murders of Westeros. Entertainment Weekly reports Angela Lansbury will not appear in season seven of Game of Thrones despite recent reports.Rumors of the Murder, She Wrote star guesting on the HBO series reportedly began on a German website noted for its habit of exaggerating the truth. Lansbury's representatives later confirmed to EW that the actress will not be appearing on the fantasy drama.Read More… »
It didn’t take the crime-solving skills of Jessica Fletcher to unlock at least one mystery from the upcoming season of “Game of Thrones”, with reps for actress Angela Lansbury pouring cold water on the rumour that she’ll be appearing in the upcoming season of the HBO hit. The rumour caught fire over the Labour Day […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Update: Entertainment Weekly has heard back from Angela Lansbury’s representatives, and the actress will not be appearing in season seven of Game of Thrones. Our original report of the rumor follows below. Game of Thrones fans were none too pleased to learn that the next (and penultimate) season would return later than usual and run shorter than […]
- Angie Han
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