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A Dog’s Purpose sequel in development thanks to China success

18 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

While its domestic box office was likely harmed by the allegations of animal abuse, grossing just $64 million in North America, Lasse Hallstrom’s A Dog’s Purpose has proven to be a huge hit in China, so much so that Amblin is now developing a sequel which will “keep Chinese audiences in mind”.

According to the Wall Street Journal (via SlashFilm), A Dog’s Purpose grossed $88 million in China, accounting for a large chunk of its $193 million worldwide haul. Amblin had initially been reluctant to release the movie in that market, where American dramas don’t usually make much of an impact, although Chinese retailer and minority investor Alibaba came up with a successful marketing campaign targeting middle-class pet owners.

See Also: Read our review of A Dog’s Purpose here

A Dog’s Purpose is based on the 2010 novel by W. Bruce Cameron and follows a dog as he »

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Rumor: The Batman Is Inspired By The Arkham Games

25 June 2017 4:18 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

4chan is at it again.

With Wonder Woman reigning supreme at the box office – for the record, Patty Jenkins’ DC origin movie has racked up $652 million worldwide, and is now the third highest-grossing domestic film of 2017 behind Beauty and the Beast and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – the DC Extended Universe has been thrust under the microscope once again, and 4chan has relayed the latest helping of DC-related speculation for us to dissect.

Coming to us by way of Reddit, before we get into things, it’s important to stress that 4chan’s report ought to be filed firmly in the rumor cabinet for now – remember, Warner Bros. plans to keep a lid on its release plans for the likes of The Batman, The Flash, and Gotham City Sirens until Justice League swoops into theatres in November. Nevertheless, the rumor mill continues to operate at full tilt, »

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Is Drake Bell Teasing A Role As Robin In The Dceu?

24 June 2017 3:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Are we about to see Robin, the Boy Wonder, appear in the Dceu? Unless actor Drake Bell’s just trolling his fans – which, in all honesty, he probably is – then yes, it seems so.

Earlier today, a cryptic Tweet was sent out by the Ultimate Spider-Man star that’s put everyone into a bit of a frenzy. It’s since been taken down – which has only intensified the speculation – but one user managed to grab a screenshot of it. Though Bell didn’t explicitly say he was playing the character, the Tweet carried the caption “the Boy Wonder?” and was followed by a photo of Robin’s signature logo – the one often associated with the Tim Drake version.

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Chadwick Boseman Dishes on 'Exciting' First 'Black Panther' Trailer & Playing Thurgood Marshall in New Biopic

22 June 2017 8:46 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

When the trailer for Chadwick Boseman's upcoming Marvel epic Black Panther dropped earlier this month, it racked up millions of views in the first 24 hours and set the internet on fire with fans freaking out about how great the movie looks.

According to Boseman, he felt that same level of awe and excitement while watching the action-packed preview, despite being the star.

Watch: 'Black Panther' Teaser Trailer Unleashes an Epic Chadwick Boseman

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Coming Distractions: Chadwick Boseman goes to court in first Marshall trailer

22 June 2017 5:25 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

You wouldn’t expect a biopic about a future member of the United States Supreme Court to emphasize how badass that person is, but then again you don’t get the guy playing the Black Panther to star as a future Supreme Court Justice if you don’t want him to be at least a little badass. This trailer for Marshall, which stars Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, opens with a fight scene in a bar, includes a moment where he jokes with Josh Gad about carrying a bunch of guns, and still makes room for a bunch of clips from dramatic lawyer speeches about doing the right thing and fighting for justice, so it’s definitely going for specific mood.

Marshall also stars Sterling K. Brown, Kate Hudson, and Dan Stevens, and it was directed by Reginald Hudlin. It will be in theaters in October. »

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Chadwick Boseman Is Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in ‘Marshall’

22 June 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Thurgood Marshall was “just a man with a mission.” So says the just-released trailer for Open Road Films’ “Marshall,” before he became the country’s first African-American supreme court justice and before he won Brown v. Board of Education, desegregating schools. Chadwick Boseman will step into Marshall’s sizable shoes in the film, which is slated for an awards-ready Oct. 13 release. Starring alongside him will be Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, and Kate Hudson, with direction in the hands of Reginald Hudlin of “Django Unchained.”  Watch the fervent trailer here: And check out Backstage’s film audition listings! »

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Marshall Trailer: Chadwick Boseman Is Thurgood Marshall

22 June 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Open Road Films has released the first trailer and eight new photos for the upcoming biopic Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman. While superhero fans will get to see this talented actor portray T'challa in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War next year, this year they'll get to see him play a real-life hero, attorney Thurgood Marshall. Before making history as the first African-American justice to sit on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall took on one of his most important cases ever in the early 1940s.

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days, a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.

The supporting cast includes Dan Stevens as Lorin Willis, who prosecuted the case against Joseph Spell, James Cromwell as the judge presiding over the case, Keesha Sharp as Thurgood Marshall's wife, Buster, Rozonda Thomas as prominent African-American author Zora Neale Hurston and Jussie Smolett as author, poet and activist Langston Hughes. Open Road Films has set Marshall for release on October 13, which puts it up against Paramount Pictures' mother!, Universal Pictures' Happy Death Day and Stx Entertainment's The Foreigner. It will also debut between Blade Runner 2049 and My Little Pony on October 6, and an October 20 weekend with six wide releases, Warner Bros.' Geostorm, Sony's Granite Mountain Hotshots, PureFlix's Same Kind of Different As Me, Universal's The Snowman, Lionsgate's Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween and The Weinstein Compan's War With Grandpa.

Reginald Hudlin directs Marshall, his first feature directorial effort since 2002's Serving Sara, although he has been keeping busy in other areas, producing Django Unchained and The Boondocks, while becoming a prolific TV director, helming episodes of New Girl, Modern Family, The Middle and more. It was also announced earlier this month that Reginald Hudlin will direct a Shadowman movie for Valiant Comics. The screenplay for Marshall is a unique collaboration between renowned trial lawyer, Michael Koskoff, and his son, screenwriter Jacob Koskoff (Macbeth). Marshall is being produced with the full support of the Thurgood Marshall and Samuel Friedman estates, including their children, John W. Marshall and Lauren Friedman.

Reginald Hudlin also produces alongside Paula Wagner and Jonathan Sanger, with Peter Luo and Belton Lee serving as executive producers. While he has gained a huge fan base for playing T'challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman is also becoming quite adept at portraying historical figures. Marshall marks the third biopic for the talented actor, following his breakout performance in 42, as Jackie Robinson, the first big league baseball player to break the color barrier, and his 2014 biopic Get on Up, where he played the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Take a look at the new trailer and photos for Marshall below.

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Marshall Trailer Transforms Social Justice into a Modern Thriller

22 June 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

A biographical movie about the early days of a U.S. Supreme Court Justice? Ho-hum, not for me. Or so I thought until I watched this galvanizing trailer for Marshall. Chadwick Boseman, who will soon be known primarily as Black Panther, plays the titular character, surrounded by the likes of Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens and James Cromwell. Here's the official synopsis: Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days - a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a...

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Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall in First Trailer for 'Marshall'

22 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"If you want freedom, you're going to have to fight for it." Open Road Films has released the first official trailer for a film titled Marshall, telling the fascinating and inspiring story of the first African American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Chadwick Boseman, who also plays Black Panther, stars as Thurgood Marshall in this compelling drama about Marshall when he was a "young rabble-rousing" attorney for the NAACP during the 1940s and 1950s. The full cast in the film includes Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, and James Cromwell. This looks like a rousing, inspiring story of a determined, intelligent man fighting against racism and society to stand for justice above all. Might be good. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Reginald Hudlin's Marshall, direct from YouTube: Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, »

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From superhero on the streets to superhero in the courtroom, Chadwick Boseman stars in new trailer for Marshall

22 June 2017 5:15 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Chadwick Boseman may have only recently thrilled audiences in the debut trailer for The Black Panther but now we get to witness the star in the making in a completely different role in the new trailer for Marshall.

The story focuses on Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court justice in his early years as a young lawyer tasked with defending a black chauffeur in a highly publicised sexual assault case. Paired with young Jewish lawyer Friedman in a segregationist court, he’s forced to fight prejudice as he and Friedman work their case — which helped set the stage for the future Civil Rights Movement.

In a recent statement director, Reginald Hudlin wanted to state this was far from a biopic and hits all the right notes for a thriller “It’s a thriller, not a biopic, about an early case of one of the greatest lawyers in American history. In a time when we need heroes who fight for justice, Marshall is an inspirational movie that brings people together. And it’s a lot more fun than anyone expects.”

The project is directed by Oscar nominee Reginald Hudlin, the film stars Chadwick Boseman as the legendary attorney and Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall.  Josh Gad takes on the role as lawyer Sam Friedman. Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown and Keesha Sharp complete the cast.

Marshall Official Synopsis

As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick A. Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case.

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First trailer: Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman

22 June 2017 4:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman tackles the early days of the first African-American justice in Us Supreme Court history...

He's played Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up, and now Chadwick Boseman is tackling another notable figure in history: Thurgood Marshall, the man who went on to become the first African-American Supreme Court Justice of the United States.

The movie in question is called Marshall and the first trailer for it has arrived. The film chronicles pivotal events in the early life of Marshall when he was a lawyer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in America. Here's the official synopsis: 

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days – a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.

Marshall is directed by Reginald Hudlin, who has helmed films like Boomerang and The Great White Hype but was also, among other things, president of entertainment at Bet for three years. Hudlin also wrote Marvel's Black Panther comic book series from 2005 to 2008, a run that included the wedding of Black Panther and Storm, and of course Boseman is now playing the Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with his solo feature coming out in February.

Marshall is out October 13 in Us cinemas, although a UK release has yet to be confirmed. Watch the trailer below:

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First trailer for Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad and Dan Stevens

22 June 2017 3:05 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first trailer has debuted for the upcoming biographical drama Marshall. Directed by Reginald Hudlin, the film stars Chadwick Boseman as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice Marshall Thurgood and tells the story of one of the most challenging cases in the lawyer’s early career and features a cast that also includes Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, and James Cromwell; watch it below after the official synopsis…

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days – a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.

Marshall is set for release on October 13th. »

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Watch The Thrilling Trailer For Marshall Starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad And Kate Hudson

21 June 2017 10:42 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Witness the rise of the man who changed America. Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) is Thurgood Marshall.

Also starring Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown and James Cromwell, watch the exciting trailer now.

Such an dynamic trailer – with a fall season release date, expect to see awards buzz for such a powerful film. Acting, directing, writing, producing categories, including the technical categories for cinematography, costumes, hair and makeup, and production design, with score and song to round out the possible nominations.

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days – a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law: the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.

The film has a top notch production team.

Directed by Reginald Hudlin, Marshall is produced by Paula Wagner, Jonathan Sanger ( The Elephant Man, Vanilla Sky, Flight Of The Navigator), and Reginald Hudlin. It is written by Jake Koskoff and Michael Koskoff.

Hudlin co-produced the 88th Academy Awards ceremony in 2016 and was one of the producers of Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Picture for the film.

Paula Wagner launched Cruise/Wagner Productions (C/W) with her former CAA client Tom Cruise. C/W went on to produce such critically acclaimed films as The Others, The Last Samurai, Vanilla Sky, Without Limits, Shattered Glass, Narc, Elizabethtown, and Ask the Dust, as well as Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds (which Wagner executive produced). C/W was responsible for the original Mission: Impossible film trilogy (Mission: Impossible 2 and Mission: Impossible III).

Open Road Films will release Marshall on October 13, 2017. Mark it on your calendar now.

Check out the film at it’s official site: http://www.marshallmovie.com/

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Chadwick Boseman Fights for Freedom in First Trailer for ‘Marshall’

21 June 2017 7:48 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While Chadwick Boseman will be most seen as a superhero on the big screen, he’s no stranger to playing real-life icons. After Jackie Robinson and James Brown, he’s portrayed Thurgood Marshall for a new historical drama this fall, aptly titled Marshall, and now the first trailer has arrived.

Directed by Reginald Hudlin (The Ladies Man, House Party) in his first film in 15 years, the story tells the early days of the man who would go on to sit on the Supreme Court, as he got experience with criminal law. Set for a mid-October release, this one seems primed to debut at Tiff, so check back for our take in a few months.

Also starring Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, Sterling K. Brown, and James Cromwell, check out the trailer below.

Long before he sat on the United States Supreme Court or claimed victory in Brown v. Board of Education, Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) was a young rabble-rousing attorney for the NAACP. The new motion picture, Marshall, is the true story of his greatest challenge in those early days – a fight he fought alongside attorney Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young lawyer with no experience in criminal law:  the case of black chauffeur Joseph Spell (Sterling K. Brown), accused by his white employer, Eleanor Strubing (Kate Hudson), of sexual assault and attempted murder.

Marshall opens on October 13, 2017. »

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‘Marshall’ Trailer: Chadwick Boseman Brings the First African-American Supreme Court Justice to the Big Screen

21 June 2017 6:24 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Before Chadwick Boseman becomes a Hollywood superstar with the release of Marvel’s “Black Panther” in February 2018, he’ll bring the historic rise of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to the big screen in the awards season biopic “Marshall.” The drama is directed by Reginald Hudlin, marking his first feature in 15 years, and focuses on Marshall long before he would go on to become the first African-American to take the role of Supreme Court Justice.

Read More: ‘Black Panther’ Teaser Trailer: Ryan Coogler Goes From Indie Darling to Spectacular Blockbuster Filmmaker

Marshall” is set in 1941 and follows the young lawyer as he defends a black chauffeur (Emmy-winner Sterling K.Brown) against sexual assault and murder charges. Marshall was partnered with Sam Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who had never tried a case before. Kate Hudson co-stars.

Distributor Open Road Films has already locked in an October 13 release date for the drama, which means it’s likely “Marshall” pops up on the fall film festival circuit. Open Road took both “Spotlight” and “Bleed For This” to Telluride in year’s past, with the former going on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

Watch the first official trailer below.

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‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Is Getting A Sequel Because Of China

21 June 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A Dog’s Purpose may have found its calling: in China. The heartwarming tale of a dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who gets reincarnated multiple times before he finds its way back to his owner (Dennis Quaid) may have had middling success in the States, but it was all the rage at the Chinese box offices, […]

The post ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Is Getting A Sequel Because Of China appeared first on /Film. »

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Rejoice! ‘A Dog’s Purpose 2’ is happening

20 June 2017 11:57 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

One of the most underrated movies of the year so far is arguably A Dog’s Purpose. We fell in love with this little movie when it was released over here a couple of months back, and now it looks like its getting a sequel.

The Wall Street Journal are reporting that a sequel is in the works, largely thanks to Chinese audiences who took $88 million of the film’s $192 million global haul. The word on the street is that a Chinese director is now being potentially sought, but we can’t rule out a return for accomplished filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom, who directed the fist movie.

The first film is broken down into several chunks, each one narrated by Josh Gad telling the story from the point of view of a different dog.

Amblin Entertainment is reportedly developing the project keeping a Chinese audience in mind, which obviously makes lots of sense.

A Dog’s Purpose was based on an original novel by W. Bruce Cameron, who also wrote the screenplay. No word on whether he will return for A Dog’s Purpose 2 either, but we’ll keep you updated.

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A Dog's Purpose 2 Is Happening Thanks to Strong Chinese Box Office

20 June 2017 3:29 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Controversy or no controversy, Amblin's A Dog's Purpose managed to be a pretty sneaky hit at the box office. Despite some rather bad PR before the movie's domestic release, the movie went on to be a major hit for the studio worldwide. As such, Amblin is now moving ahead with A Dog's Purpose 2, made with foreign markets, specifically China, in mind.

As initially reported by The Wall Street Journal, via a piece that examined why A Dog's Purpose succeeded in China and The Lego Batman Movie didn't, a sequel is happening and it has a lot to do with the fact that the Chinese box office was so strong. Surprisingly, especially considering how much of an American movie A Dog's Purpose is, the movie earned $88 million in China, which is quite a bit more than the $64 million it made domestically. So, we are getting a sequel.

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Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez, The Muppets And More Share Their Favourite Things ‘Aboot’ Canada

20 June 2017 1:28 PM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

As Canada’s 150th birthday fast approaches, a number of Hollywood celebrities are sending birthday greetings through their roles as We Day ambassadors. Among the celebrities honouring our home and native land are Bryan Cranston, Josh Gad, Tyrese Gibson, Selena GomezAlicia Keys, DJ Khaled, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet and Muppets Miss Piggy and Gonzo, Miss Piggy, […] »

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Beauty And The Beast Blu-Ray Review

16 June 2017 9:20 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Disney‘s live-action Beauty and the Beast is a movie that was a safe bet under just about any circumstances, but it actually delivered, and for many it did so well beyond expectations. Not only did it provide the story everyone wanted to relive, but it added some backstory and further character development that brought the story to new levels of depth.

Best of all, it transformed some of the characters, while letting them still live within the same frame. Maurice (Kevin Kline), for example, isn’t the simple, silly kook of the animated version, but a legitimate character with a story that explains his attitude and actions.

It becomes, as I said in my original review (see full review here), something like an attempt to tell the real original, 1740 story (except that it’s very different), thus becoming the temporal anomaly film that was toned down to become a children’s version.

While there were millions of fans eagerly anticipating the release, there were just as many skeptics who thought this was just a way for Disney to grab some cash and keep the characters relevant to make sure sales at their parks would get a bump. It may not have been a move that had any way to hurt Disney’s bottom line in a wide variety of ways, but there’s no denying that this was everything you could have hoped for – except for that “Be Our Guest” Willy Wonka nightmare.

The film managed to restore and/or reinvigorate people’s belief that Disney and “Magic” were synonymous, and its stars delivered in ways that even the most hopeful probably couldn’t have expected. Emma Watson was amazing, and perhaps growing up in a magical world didn’t hurt her chances, and Luke Evans and Josh Gad managed to make the roles their own. Gad, in fact, was in the Kline camp of turning a character that was utterly “cartoony” into something with flesh and blood.

Overall, the film is easily in the running when award season rolls around, and not just for being a likely contender among the year’s best, but possibly for breaking nomination records.

The Blu-Ray Release

As you might expect, the Blu-Ray is loaded with hours and hours of treats aimed at fans of all ages. The full list is really too much to cover. Below we will have a sampling of some images and videos from the bonus features, but be sure to head over to the image tab above to get even more previews of the bonus features available.

Before you even get to the bonus features of the film, you’ve got some options just in watching the film. You’ve got the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical version of the film with sing-along.

The bonuses have everything from the standard special features spectrum, and then some. You get a lot of behind-the-scenes efforts, featurettes with the filmmakers and cast, a table read, an in-depth look at the sets and costumes, and the technologial surprises that went into creating the film. Plus, 10+ minutes of deleted scenes and music videos.

Bonus Features

Enchanted Table Read – Fans don’t get enough access to table reads, and they are the sort of thing that are real treats for fans. There’s something that is its own kind of magic to see actors going through the process of figuring out how to do things, and though it doesn’t exactly offer much visually, usually, it’s a way to experience the process that releases shouldn’t ignore. Of course, this time it’s a more magical time, complete with singing, set pieces, live music, and more.

A Beauty of a Tale – This is a solid bonus that details the creative process involved in making the transition from animated to live-action film. This might have been something of a throw away, but you get a fair amount of insight into the theory behind the effort, including ideas on the extent to which the two should match up. We all wanted to see that ‘transition’ scene at the end, which instantly calls the animated version directly to mind, but how much of that sort of thing do we really want?

The Women Behind Beauty and the BeastEmma Watson hosts something of a chat with several of the women involved in many of the aspects of production. This one could have managed a little bit more meat, but these are wonderful little bites that deliver just a little bit more insight into the world of film production.

Making a Moment with Celine Dion – Well, if you’re a fan of Celine Dion, this one might be somewhat interesting. She shares her thoughts on what it’s like to sing “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” but she is one of the film’s weak points generally, and even among fans, listening to her talk about anything is not exactly something you hear anyone begging for.

From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences –

Belle – The cast and crew talk about shooting the scene, and interestingly, not just why it’s memorable, but the effort to specifically make it a focal point. Be Our Guest – Go behind-the-scenes, sort of, to learn what went into this extraordinarily complex, largely virtual, scene Gaston – Get in on rehearsals and filming of this scene. This behind-the-scenes look is one of the best parts of this particular feature. Beauty and the Beast – On the set with the filming of this scene, and it’s a wildly fun piece. If you’ve never been on the set of a film, now you get a glimpse of what that’s really like. But, with a lot more dancing.

Deleted Scenes – Director Bill Condon presents the scenes that ended up on the cutting-room floor, and gives some intoduction, including a short discussion on the decisions involved. They should all be in the film.

Gaston Courts Belle — Pleased with himself after settling a disturbance with the townspeople, a triumphant Gaston attempts to woo Belle. Bread and Jam for Agathe — On her morning market rounds, Belle stops by to see Agathe, the village beggar woman.

Storming the Ice Gates — The angry mob of villagers, led by Gaston, overwhelms the castle’s defenses. Lumière Torches LeFou — As the fight rages around them, LeFou scuffles with Plumette … until he experiences a sudden, extremely heated interruption. Monsieur Toilette — LeFou escapes from the brawl into a small room, where he’s startled by a castle resident. Cogsworth Rescues Lumière — When Clothilde the fishmonger threatens Lumière, Cogsworth leaps into the fray. Treacle the Lasses — Three village lasses chase Chip and Froufrou – Madame Garderobe’s dog-turned-footstool – into the kitchen, where a surprise awaits. LeFou and Monsieur Toilette Reunite — After the spell is broken and the castle residents are returned to human form, LeFou and his new acquaintance meet again.

Finally, the Blu-Ray includes all sorts of ways to experience the soundtrack, above and beyond the ‘Sing-A-Long’ version of the film.

Extended Song: “Days in the Sun” – Learn more about Beast’s childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song, introduced by director Bill Condon.

Beauty and the Beast” Music Video – Award-winning artists Ariana Grande and John Legend perform a moving version of this iconic song.

Making the Music Video – Go on set to capture the magic as it happens in Ariana Grande and John Legend’s “Beauty and the Beast” music video.

Disney Song Selection – Jump directly to all your favorite songs and sing along with the movie.“Belle”

Beauty and the Beast – Filming at Shepperton Bonus Clip

Beauty and the Beast – The Dancing Bonus Clip

Beauty and the Beast – The Dress Bonus Clip

Beauty and the Beast Trailer

Emma Watson Bts courtesy Disney

Beauty and the Beast set art courtesy Disney

Beauty and the Beast concept costume art courtesy Disney

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