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Joe Stephenson (Chicken) is directing the feature about the life of revered English actor Ian McKellen, whose career has spanned nearly 50 years and has seen him Oscar nominated for roles in Gods And Monsters and The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring.
The film, which is based around an exclusive 14-hour interview with McKellen, will also feature archive material of the actor’s early work, and never-before-seen photography from McKellen’s private collection.
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Hot Toys has revealed its upcoming 1/6th scale Belle figure which is based on the likeness of Emma Watson in Disney’s smash hit live-action adaptation of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast. The collectible comes with a range of accessories which includes enchanted objects Lumière, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip, and Plumette; take a look at the official promotional images here..
Expertly crafted based on Emma Watson’s appearance in the movie, the beautifully realized Belle figure features a newly developed head sculpt, meticulously tailored and intricately multi-layered costume based on her elegant ball gown with various accessories, as well as a specially designed marble-patterned figure stand. Additionally, the figure comes with a bonus crew of castle’s enchanted household objects, namely Lumière (the candelabra), Cogsworth (the clock), Mrs. Potts and Chip (the teapot and teacup), and Plumette (the feather duster).
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- Amie Cranswick
Disney's Beauty and the Beast is already one of the year's biggest hits, becoming the first $1 billion movie at the global box office. As of now, we haven't heard anything about a potential sequel, but given its enormous success, it wouldn't be surprising if a sequel eventually happens. When that day does come, it seems Dan Stevens will be ready to return as the Beast, according to comments the actor made over the weekend.
Variety caught up with Dan Stevens at the Tribecc Film Festival, where the actor debuted his new sex comedy entitled Permission. The actor was asked if he would consider returning as The Beast, and the actor replied that he's open to whatever offers may come his way regarding a return to this magical world. Here's what the actor had to say during the Tribecca Film Festival below.
"That's not a question for me. I'm not sure what turn that would take. »
I was in Los Angeles, glamorous film country: the massive security gate, the entry phone answered by a servant, the rising driveway, the manicured hedges, the view over the valley. It was like being in a movie.
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- Tim Pigott-Smith
In the very near future, one of the greatest film franchises to ever toe the line between the science fiction and horror genres will make its much anticipated return when Alien: Covenant graces cinemas. And as is the case with any series that has had the good fortune of being able to span several decades, speculation is already running rampant at to what future installments may entail. Actually, it feels pretty natural to do so here when you consider that this is apparently the latest of four films bridging the gap between Prometheus and Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic, Alien.
As with any enduring property, there’s usual one or two faces people associate with such a thing and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t think of Sigourney Weaver whenever Alien comes up in a conversation? Apparently, the folks at Empire Magazine do as well and had the most interesting »
- Eric Joseph
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has continued its magical run at the box office by becoming the first movie of 2017 to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide.
The film – which is now the highest-grossing live-action musical of all-time – reached the milestone on Wednesday, taking 29 days to hit the ten-figure mark and push its global haul to $1.002 billion. Although it will face stiff competition at the box office this weekend from The Fate of the Furious, it still has a Japanese release to come, so expect its global haul to continue to rise.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, »
- Gary Collinson
Bill Condon recently brought an iconic creature to life on the big screen in the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie, and with that film passing the $1 billion milestone at the global box office, the filmmaker could be entering the world of Universal Monsters for his next project.
No official deal has been made, but Deadline reveals that both sides are "excited" about teaming up for the film, which would join the upcoming The Mummy (hitting theaters June 9th), the in-the-works Creature from the Black Lagoon, and other projects (including one on Van Helsing) that are part of the revamped Universal Monsters shared cinematic world.
- Derek Anderson
We knew Beauty and the Beast would be making some serious bank at the box office. It’s a film adapted from a beloved animated Disney film — the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture, no less. It’s shaped the childhoods of many a generation. In addition, it had an amazing cast that consisted of Emma Watson (who has been a very big voice in modern feminism), Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad, among many others.
In short, between all the talent on board, the source material, and the money Disney put into this bad boy, there was no way it was going to come up short when it comes to the box office numbers. No way. Still, the film has exceeded many expectations, and according to Variety, after taking in $9.7 million on Tuesday, it has officially crossed the $1 billion milestone. »
- Joseph Medina
Fantastic Beasts has found its Dumbledore!
The film will take fans back to the world of Hogwarts, where Dumbledore, a contemporary of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) is serving as the school's Transfiguration professor.
Law is the third actor to take on the role of Dumbledore. Richard Harris played the Hogwarts Headmaster and Harry Potter's (Daniel Radcliffe) mentor in the first two Harry Potter films, before Michael Gambon took over after his death.
J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut with the first Fantastic Beasts film, has also written the screenplay for the second movie, which is set to explore an "increasingly dark time for the wizarding world, where [link=nm »
Disney’s smash hit “Beauty and the Beast” is on the verge of crossing the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office, becoming the 29th movie to hit the milestone.
The company reported that “Beauty and the Beast” had grossed $9.7 million on Tuesday to lift its worldwide total to $993.2 million with $435.9 million domestically and $557.3 million internationally. A similar take on Wednesday would lift the movie over the $1 billion mark.
China is the top foreign market with $85.3 million, followed by the U.K. with $75.3 million, Brazil with $36.7 million, and South Korea with $34.3 million. Japan is the lone market left to open with an April 21 launch.
Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was the most recent film to hit $1 billion worldwide. Fox’s “Logan” is 2017’s second largest worldwide grosser at $597 million, followed by Warner Bros.-Legendary’s “Kong: Skull Island” at $535 million. »
- Dave McNary
Albus Dumbledore is one of the most iconic characters in J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Richard Harris made the role famous in the first two “Harry Potter” pics. Michael Gambon later took over the part after Harris’ death in 2002.
The two-time Academy Award nominee will portray Dumbledore long before the wizard became the headmaster at Hogwarts and Potter’s mentor. Set decades before the original “Harry Potter” films and books, Dumbledore is still serving as the wizarding school’s transfiguration professor in “Fantastic Beasts 2.”
The studio had been considering every major British actor in the »
- Justin Kroll
Stage and screen actor best known for his role in the TV series The Jewel in the Crown
The only unexpected thing about the wonderful actor Tim Pigott-Smith, who has died aged 70, was that he never played Iago or, indeed, Richard III. Having marked out a special line in sadistic villainy as Ronald Merrick in his career-defining, Bafta award-winning performance in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Granada TV’s adaptation for ITV of Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet novels, he built a portfolio of characters both good and bad who were invariably presented with layers of technical accomplishment and emotional complexity.
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- Michael Coveney
Disney and Lego have released the third episode in the digital series As Told by Lego, this time focussing on the blockbuster Beauty and the Beast. The stop motion animation includes iconic scenes from the tale as old as time, including includes Belle and the Beast’s first meal together and the ballroom dance scene; watch it below…
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Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the »
- Amie Cranswick
This article originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.
Taylor Swift is officially historic. Well, at least her Beverly Hills mansion is.
On Tuesday evening, the five-member Beverly Hills City Council approved Swift’s request to designate her home in Los Angeles as a historic city landmark. It was a swift and unanimous vote.
Swift bought the 11,000-square-foot, four-bedroom estate from the heirs of Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn — co-founder of Goldwyn Pictures, which later became MGM — in 2015 for $25 million, according to property records. The house, originally built in 1934, sits just behind the Beverly Hills Hotel.
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- People Staff
Oh My Disney has released a new nostalgia-inducing video which compares the blockbuster live-action smash hit Beauty and the Beast with scenes from the 1991 animated version, showing how director Bill Condon paid homage to elements of the 25-year-old classic. Check it out here…
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
- Amie Cranswick
Troye Sivan is grateful for the opportunity to "shine a light" on those who have worked tirelessly in the Lgbtq community.
Et's Denny Directo caught up with the "Youth" singer at the GLAAD Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, where he was presented with the Stephen F. Kolzack Award for using his platform to promote equality and acceptance -- and used his acceptance speech to pay tribute to those whose work often goes unrecognized.
"This award is so much larger than me," Sivan said in his acceptance speech, before thanking Lgbtq activists like Peter Staley, Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Bayard Rustin and Gilbert Baker. "This moment is about visibility and about representation. What and who we see in the media defines our perception of the world around us, and so to see ourselves in this picture of what is ‘normal’ and what is »
Yes, you read it right, it’s not just Sir Ian McKellen and a football club currently punching above its weight in the Premier League that the Lancashire town is famous for, because you can now add a rather dubious honour to that list. Shia Labeouf’s latest vehicle, war thriller Man Down, premiered in just one UK theatre – Reel Cinema, Burnley – with a single ticket making up the sum total of the box office revenue.
This means that the movie has now grossed a whopping £7 in Britain, which in today’s market equates to a whole $8.70 – gulp.
It is thought that the main reason for this catastrophic performance is that the film was released simultaneously on demand and digitally. However, the fact that it is going to DVD and Blu-ray as early as next month could provide a big clue. There’s no such thing as bad publicity, but »
- Dan Green
In the land of what could have been, Ian McKellen is the star of many more franchises. The actor best known for portraying Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies and Magneto in the X-Men series was wanted for a role in Mission: Impossible II, for instance. We learned of that two years ago and have ben imagining the alternate history ever since. Now comes news on how he could have been in Harry Potter but had a personal reason to...
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Simon Brew Apr 5, 2017
Sir Ian McKellen has given us no shortage of big screen wizardry in the form of Gandalf, across The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings movies. But he also nearly found himself heading up Hogwart’s, when he was offered the role of Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films.
McKellen was approached following the death of Richard Harris, who played the character in the first two Harry Potter productions. As per an interview on BBC’s Hardtalk, McKellen did consider taking over from Richard Harris. But what swung the decision was the remarks that the late actor had made about him and some of his fellow actors. Harris, just prior to his death, remarked that they were “technically brilliant, but passionless”. He grouped McKellen, Kenneth Branagh and Derek Jacobi as the target of his words. »
In the land of what could have been, Ian McKellen is the star of many more franchises. The actor best known for portraying Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies and Magneto in the X-Men series, was wanted for a role in Mission: Impossible II, for instance. We learned of that two years ago and have ben imagining the alternate history ever since. Now comes news on how he could have been in Harry Potter but had a personal reason to turn it down. When Richard Harris died in 2002, after playing Professor Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts, in two Harry Potter movies, a replacement was needed for the rest of the adaptations. On the BBC talk show HARDtalk, McKellen says he was asked to join the...
- Christopher Campbell
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