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Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
Following last year's news that Loretha Jones exited the President of Original Programming position at Bet Networks, which was later followed by the appointment of Stephen Hill as President of Programming, Bet has now announced the hiring of Fox Searchlight veteran, Zola Mashariki, to the network's Executive Vice President and Head of Original Programming position, which will see her in charge of both scripted and unscripted programming, reporting to President of Programming Stephen Hill, who reports to Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of Bet Networks. With Hill based in New York, Mashariki will stay in La. Mashariki, who has had a long career at Fox Searchlight, leading the production team there, began her tenure at Fox Searchlight in May 2000 as a production intern, was upped to Creative Executive in January 2001, and to Director in November 2003. Amongst the lengthy list of titles she has worked on are Bill Condon's "Kinsey, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Ewan McGregor will be starring in 'Beauty and the Beast' opposite Sir Ian McKellen, Emma Watson and Emma Thompson. The 44-year-old actor has been announced as the latest casting for Disney's live-action film, and will be playing Lumiere, the butler-turned-candlestick, according to Empire Online. Emma Watson will be starring as Belle, while Emma Thompson will be playing Mrs.Potts, the talking teapot and Sir Ian will play Lumiere's sidekick, the mantelpiece clock Cogsworth. The cast will also include Luke Evans as Gaston, Dan Steven as the Beast and Kevin Kline as Belle's father Maurice. Stanley Tucci has also come on board to take on a brand new character, a singing grand piano called Cadenza. The film is set to be directed by Bill Condon, who previously worked with Sir Ian in 'Gods and Monsters' and the upcoming 'Mr Holmes', where he plays an older version of Sherlock Holmes. »
With the majority of leading parts already filled, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Disney had all but finished casting duties on its upcoming live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Yesterday brought news that Ewan McGregor was in negotiations to play Lumiere, meaning that the Scottish actor would join an ensemble cast that consists of Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, and Luke Evans, not to mention Dan Stevens and Emma Watson as the titular, besotted duo.
However, Variety brings word that there is still space for The Hunger Games star Stanley Tucci, who has reportedly signed on a new character known as Cadenza, the grand piano in Bill Condon’s modern rendition. Aside from that not, not much was disclosed about the nature of this novel addition, though Variety’s report claims Cadenza is a neurotic maestro — not unlike Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman, then.
Speaking of which, the actor »
- Michael Briers
Hardly an exhilarating MPAA ratings bulletin today as it does include Joe Dante's Burying the Ex starring Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene and Alexandra Daddario and Jon Watts' Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon and Shea Whigham, but I'm having a hard time getting too excited for either of those. We also have Strangerland starring Nicole Kidman, Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving, which played the Sundance Film Festival and received some high marks and was picked up by Alchemy for release later this year. There is good word buzzing about Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence and the response to Bill Condon's Mr. Holmes, featuring Ian McKellen as an aging Sherlock Holmes, seems to be pleasant enough, but there isn't much here to get the blood moving. The complete bulletin is listed below. Burying the Ex Rated R For sexual content, partial nudity, »
- Brad Brevet
Beauty And The Beast seemed to have found the last major cast member with yesterday's news that Ewan McGregor was joining the film as the candelabra Lumiere. But, one more big name is joining Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Emma Thompson, Kevin Kline, Dan Stevens, and Ian McKellen in Bill Condon's live action adaptation of the animated classic: Stanley Tucci. The Hollywood Reporter says Tucci will play an all new character written for the live action film. An »
- Alex Maidy
Disney still isn’t done adding notable actors to Beauty and the Beast. Stanley Tucci has just come aboard the live-action remake, which is being directed by Bill Condon. And if you’re scratching your head wondering whom he could possibly be playing, well, there’s a good reason for your confusion. Get details on the Beauty and the […]
- Angie Han
According to Variety, the actor has signed up to play the new role of Cadenza, a neurotic grand piano.
Beauty and the Beast will debut on March 17, 2017. »
Tucci will be playing Cadenza the grand piano, a new character to the realm who is described as a neurotic maestro.
Production will begin later this year. The studio has set a March 17, 2017, release for the pic.
The studio’s 1991 animated feature version of “Beauty and the Beast” grossed more than $375 million worldwide, spawned a Broadway play and became one of the few animated pics to receive a best picture Oscar nomination.
Disney has several reboots of classic tales on the horizon, including retellings of “The Jungle Book »
- Justin Kroll
Ladies and gentleman, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we proudly present your Lumiere! It was announced today that Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to join the already epic cast of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast as none other than the head candlestick, Lumiere.
Rumours had been swirling online that a certain Oscar-winning French actor was the obvious candidate for the role, but today it was announced that McGregor is in line to join Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and Luke Evans as part of the Beast’s castle-folk alongside Emma Thompson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Audra McDonald. Josh Gad is also on board the project as Gaston’s right-hand man Le Fou, and Kevin Kline who will play Belle’s father, “crazy, old” Maurice in director Bill Condon’s film, due in theatres in 2017.
The internet exploded with feelings at the news of his impending casting. »
- Rachel West
Ewan McGregor is the latest in a long line of A-list talent set to join Disney’s star-studded Beauty And The Beast adaptation. The live-action riff on the studio’s 1991 animated smash kicked off production last week, so it stands to reason that the final casting announcements would begin to surface.
Per THR, McGregor is now in the last stages of sealing a deal to play Lumiere. It’s not described as a leading role – as they’ve all been secured – but it is a major supporting turn. Those of you desperate for more of McGregor’s sonorous delights, as witnessed in Moulin Rouge, should still find plenty to be happy about here. Lumiere is in the Prince’s employ as his head maitre d’, who is struck by the curse which befalls the Prince’s abode and transformed into a candelabra. He is set to perform as part of »
- Gem Seddon
Just when you thought the cast for Disney’s new, live-action Beauty And the Beast had reached peak cool, along come the two new additions. Ewan McGregor has scored the plum human-turned-singing object role as candlestick Lumiere, while Stanley Tucci is on board to play a character new for this film, warbling grand piano Cadenza. It's time to play the music, it's time to light the lights...Bill Condon is behind the camera for the film, which takes the 1991 animated version as its main inspiration. Emma Watson is Belle, the beauty who wins the heart of The Beast (Dan Stevens), a prince who is living under an evil spell. Also part of the cast are Luke Evans as Gaston, the cruel, jealous suitor who also hopes to win Belle’s heart, his bumbling servant Le Fou, played by Josh Gad and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice.And among »
Bill Condon‘s Beauty and the Beast has found its Lumière. Ewan McGregor is in talks to play the amorous candlestick, who used to be a regular old human servant before the Beast mouthed off to some witch who cursed his entire household. More on the Beauty and the Beast Ewan McGregor casting after the jump. Variety […]
- Angie Han
Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to join the cast of Disney's live-action adaptation of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast. THR reports that McGregor will play Lumiere, the vivacious and charming maître d' who is transformed into a candelabra when the prince's castle is cursed. McGregor is another fine addition to the already excellent cast of Emma Watson as Belle, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maurice, Dan Stevens as Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) is directing from a script written by Evan Spiliotopoulos and rewritten by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower). [caption id="attachment_447527" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Disney[/caption] Lumiere performs the show-stopping number "Be Our Guest", and with Alan Menkin and Tim Rice composing new songs for the film, McGregor's talents should be put to good use. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Disney's live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has finally rounded out its primary cast. Lumiere, the candlestick who gets to perform the musical's fan favorite number "Be Our Guest", will be played by Ewan McGregor, marking his return to movie musicals after 2001's Best Picture nominee Moulin Rouge! (I'm still surprised that movie was nominated for Best Picture). That film may not be the greatest, though quite a bit of fun, but Ewan McGregor showed he knows how to act and sing. Obviously, Christian in that movie is a very different character than Lumiere, which is a comic character part. I think of McGregor as the leading man type, but this could be an interesting part for him, and I'm quite interested to see if he pulls it off. He joins the previously announced star studded cast that features Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, »
- Mike Shutt
With Disney's live-action version of Cinderella such a success, we're even more excited for the next retelling - a live-action Beauty and the Beast. Disney perfectly cast Emma Watson as Belle already and has been adding to the cast steadily, in addition to giving us a release date and more new info about the movie. Get the scoop on the latest additions, along with the rest of the cast of the film, which will be directed by Bill Condon. Also, find out what we're still wondering about the movie! »
Production will begin later this year. The studio has set a March 17, 2017 release for the pic.
The studio’s 1991 animated feature version of “Beauty and the Beast” grossed more than $375 million worldwide, spawned a Broadway play and became one of the few animated pics to receive a best picture Oscar nomination. In that version, Lumiere was the charming and energetic butler/candlestick who is most famous for singing the tune “Be Our Guest.”
Disney has several reboots of classic tales on the horizon, including »
- Justin Kroll
A major supporting role, the suave maitre'd is turned into a candelabra by the curse that falls on the prince's castle. He also gets several songs including arguably the film's most famous number - "Be Our Guest".
He isn't the only new addition. Variety reports that Stanley Tucci has closed a deal to join the cast. Tucci will be playing Cadenza the grand piano, a new character to the realm who is described as a neurotic maestro.
Bill Condon is directing the film which begins production next month Shepperton Studios in London. McGregor and Tucci join an all-star lineup that includes Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Audra McDonald as Garderobe.
- Garth Franklin
Another anthropomorphic cast-member has been added to Bill Condon's live action take on Disney's animated classic Beauty And The Beast. Joining Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts will be Ewan McGregor as Lumiere the candlestick. He joins a roster of talent that already includes Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, and Audra McDonald. Lumiere was one of the standout characters in the 1991 animated film. He was voiced by Broadway »
- Alex Maidy
According to the trade, McGregor's involvement is all but a done deal. He's the last major actor to be cast, and will play Lumiere, the smooth-talking servant who's turned into a candelabra, and memorably belts out the classic tune, "Be Our Guest."
McGregor's most memorable on-screen singing came in Baz Luhrmann's 2001 musical "Moulin Rouge." The actor joins a long list of impressive talent set to star in "Beauty," including Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald, and Kevin Kline.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]
Photo credit: Getty Images for Variety »
- Katie Roberts
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