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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.
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 Beast – Emma 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.
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.
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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- Marc Eastman
The Ink Factory makes three hires.
Higgs, most recently creative director at digital channel Nowness will join as head of story worlds and marketing.
She will work alongside Emma Broughton, head of development. According to the company, Higgs will lead on strategy for building film and TV projects into immersive narratives across different platforms.
Based in London, she will also be tasked with growing the company’s in-house digital team and overseeing audience development and marketing functions.
Meanwhile, Sophie Johnston and Arielle Gottlieb both join Broughton’s team as script executives.
Gottlieb previously script-edited Hooten And The Lady for Red Planet Pictures, and was a story producer at Nutopia, script consultant for Euston Films, head of development at MakeFilm, and acquisitions assistant at Fine Line Features.
Johnston began work as a script editor on The Bill before joining Kudos where she »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Screen Junkies are at it again with their highly successful and popular Honest Trailer series, this time for Disney’s live-action remake of the beloved animated classic Beauty and the Beast. The parody trailer mocks everything from the existence of the film to the awkward CGI creations and more. Check it out here…
Despite some of these fair gripes, Beauty and the Beast did go on to make over $500 billion at the domestic box office and $1.248 billion worldwide.
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. »
- Robert Kojder
Annapurna, the production company run by Megan Ellison which was behind “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Spring Breakers,” and “20th Century Women,” is steadily expanding its new distribution wing. The company has set awards-friendly fall dates for “Death Wish” and “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.” The first, from the reigning king of horror Eli Roth will be released on November 22, with Angela Robinson’s biopic of Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston coming out October 27.
A crime thriller about a widower vigilante, “Death Wish” stars Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio and Elisabeth Shue in a re-make of the 1974 film starring Charles Bronson. An executive producer on Jordan Peeele’s “Get Out,” Roth steps out of his considerably lucrative horror comfort zone with the action drama. “Death Wish” is produced by MGM, Annapurna’s international distribution partner.
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- Jude Dry
“Professor Marston & The Wonder Women”
Another story about Diana, Princess of Themyscira is coming our way. Deadline reports that Annapurna’s “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” will be released October 27. The film is based on the real-life story of “Wonder Woman” creator Dr. William Moulton Marston and the women who inspired the iconic superheroine: his wife, Elizabeth, and lover, Olive Byrne.
Written and directed by Angela Robinson (“The L Word,” “True Blood”), “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” focuses on the original publication of the “Wonder Woman” comics — which psychologist Marston (Luke Evans, “Beauty and the Beast”) published under the pseudonym Charles Moulton — and the polyamorous relationship between himself, his wife (Rebecca Hall, “Christine”), and Byrne (Bella Heathcote, “Man in the High Castle”). Connie Britton (“Nashville”) also stars.
The announcement of “Professor Marston’s” release date follows the overwhelming success of Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” at the box office and among critics. The Gal Gadot-starrer has grossed $263,676,720 worldwide to date. Also, because of the film, Jenkins now holds the record for highest domestic opening for a female director.
Release Date Set for Angela Robinson’s “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Annapurna Pictures, which is launching Aug. 4 with Kathryn Bigelow’s historical drama “Detroit,” is already partnered with MGM on its international releases. “Hostel” director Eli Roth helmed the “Death Wish” remake and former MGM co-chairman Roger Birnbaum is producing.
Paramount released the original “Death Wish,” starring Charles Bronson, in 1974 with Michael Winner directing and Dino De Laurentiis producing. The original was based on the Brian Garfield novel about vigilante Paul Kersey, who goes after criminals when his wife is murdered and his daughter is left catatonic after being sexually assaulted during a home invasion.
Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Signs Distribution Deals for Japan, France, Italy
The $3 million film was a major success, grossing $22 million at the box office in 1974. Bronson starred in four “Death Wish” sequels, concluding »
- Dave McNary
For anyone heading to the movies to watch the reboot of The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe, don't expect to see the same kind of enjoyably preposterous action-adventure Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz blessed us with in the 1999 original. Instead, the film seems more interested in setting up Universal Pictures's brand new franchise of monster movies called the "Dark Universe." An obvious answer to the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe (and Warner Bros.'s "MonsterVerse," to a lesser extent) the Dark Universe aims to make classic movie monsters the new superheroes. Here's what we know about the Dark Universe so far. The Movies While speaking to Fandom, Mummy director and producer Alex Kurtzman revealed the movie lineup the studio already has in the works. "We know we're going to do Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Phantom of the Opera, Hunchback of Notre Dame, »
- Quinn Keaney
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical A Cure for Wellness (Gore Verbinski-directed thriller; Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth; rated R) Beauty and the Beast (romantic fantasy; Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson; rated PG) A United Kingdom (drama; David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike; rated PG-13) Land of Mine (historical drama; Roland Moller, Mikkel Boe Folsgaard; rated R) Finding Kim (Lgbtq documentary; Dan Savage, Carmen Carerra; not rated) A Good American (documentary...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
The next great cinematic universe that Hollywood has cooked up is getting ready to set sail this weekend when The Mummy hits theaters. Building your franchise on Tom Cruise's back isn't a bad idea, but Universal has some awful lofty plans for this interconnected monster universe, which they have officially titled Dark Universe. Now, The Mummy director Alex Kurtzman has given us a window into those larger plans, which apparently includes The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera.
Alex Kurtzman, who, in addition to directing The Mummy is producing the larger Dark Universe movies, recently spoke with Fandom in order to promote the release of the movie this weekend. While talking about some of the future plans for Dark Universe, he revealed that the Hunchback and the Phantom, two characters that had not been previously announced for this monster universe, are in the cards. Here's »
As The Mummy wakes up to hit theaters, its director adds a few more monsters to the world. Plus some casting choices and possible confirmation on who he would like to see make their way to the Dark Universe.
This Friday The Mummy hits theaters and we can officially kick off what might be called The Dark Universe. The Mummy will see Tom Cruise take on Sofia Boutella in a film directed by Alex Kurtzman. It is a second reboot of the classic Universal monster film of the same name. Kurtzman recently spoke with Fandom about the universe on a whole and gave us a little bit more of an incite what other classic monsters we can expect.
Most of which we knew were coming, »
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Disney's Beauty And The Beast, the live-action adaptation of the studio's animated classic, was a massive hit at movie theaters, and now the movie starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor and Dan Stevens is available on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand. Co-producer Steve Gaub reveals some of the behind the scenes details of the Disney movie and hints at possible follow-up to the highly successful film.
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Over the weekend, audiences attending the female-led Wonder Woman were treated to a very short teaser for an upcoming film that tells a superhero origin story unlike any other. The DC Super Hero’s first-ever standalone film, from director Patty Jenkins, had an opening weekend total of $223 million worldwide.
Annapurna Pictures has released this “more to come” teaser.
We’re hooked! Also known as “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women”, Professor M features Luke Evans (Dr. William Moulton Marston), Rebecca Hall (Elizabeth Marston), Bella Heathcote (Olive Byrne), Connie Britton and Oliver Platt and is directed by Angela Robinson (“True Blood,” “The L Word”.
The films details the unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941. Marston was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist and inventor in her own right, »
- Michelle Hannett
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, brought the story and characters audiences know and love to spectacular life and broke box-office records. Now the stunning, cinematic event arrives home today on Digital HD, Blu-ray, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.
We Are Movie Geeks has some great bonus material to share with you today from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The clips below give you a glimpse into the design of Belle’s famous golden gown, the dance sequences from the movie, filming at Sherpperton, and some concept images from the design of some of the famous classic characters and the castle.
Filming at Shepperton
Fans who bring home “Beauty and the Beast” can celebrate the release with three ways to watch the movie – the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical experience with a sing-along version. »
- Tom Stockman
Following hot on the heels of the release of Wonder Woman, Annapurna Pictures has released the first poster and brief teaser trailer for Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, an upcoming biopic of Professor William Moulton Marston, creator of the iconic DC superheroine.
“Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” is the story behind the creator of Wonder Woman and his unusual relationships that inspired the iconic super heroine. In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, this is the true story of 1940s Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston, the inventor of the lie detector and creator of the iconic Wonder Woman, who defends his feminist superhero against charges of ‘sexual perversity’ while at the same time maintaining a secret that could have destroyed him. Unknown to others, Marston’s inspiration for Wonder Woman was his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women in the field of psychology who defied convention, »
- Gary Collinson
"I wonder if you are the one with the secret identity?" Annapurna Pictures has revealed the first brief teaser trailer for the film called Professor M for short, or Professor Marston & the Wonder Women. This teaser was secretly debuted before Wonder Woman in theaters this weekend, and it's the perfect launch, because it's about the man and two women behind the actual comic book character of Wonder Woman. She first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in October of 1941, then on the cover in 1942. Luke Evans plays Dr. William Marston, who was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife, Elizabeth, and a former student of his, Olive Byrne. The film focuses on how Marston dealt with the controversy surrounding Wonder Woman's creation. Rebecca Hall stars as Elizabeth Marston, and Bella Heathcote as Olive. This teaser doesn't show much, and doesn't even have a title card, showing only a URL for the film. »
- Alex Billington
Given the buzz surrounding Wonder Woman, it’s only appropriate that a smaller project would want to capitalize on renewed interest in Diana Prince. So Annapurna has released a brief and mostly obscure look at Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, the movie about Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston, played here by Luke Evans. While there isn’t really much footage, the teaser features William being interrogated by the voice of Connie Britton as psychologist Josette Frank. It doesn’t really even touch on the polyamorous relationship between Marston and the two women of the title—his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston (Rebecca Hall) and Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote). They get a bit more attention in the accompanying website, which shows all of them drawn as comic book characters. Elizabeth holds a lasso-like rope around Olive’s wrist, an allusion to bondage, a topic that will certainly come up ...
- Esther Zuckerman
“Wonder Women” is currently basking in the glory of its $100.5 million debut weekend, proving it shouldn’t have taken 75 years for the superhero to make her first standalone trip to the big screen. While critics and audiences continue to embrace Patty Jenkins’ superhero movie, Annapurna Pictures are getting ready to introduce the real origin story of Wonder Woman in the upcoming drama “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women.”
Read More: ‘Wonder Woman’: What Does One Great Female Superhero Mean For the Future of the Genre?
From director Angela Robinson, “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” tells the true story of Dr. William Moulton Marston, whose relationships with his wife Elizabeth and domestic partner Olive Byrne led to the creation of the iconic superhero in 1941. Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcoate are playing the three lead characters, while Frank L. Ridley, Connie Britton and Oliver Platt will take on supporting roles. »
- Zack Sharf
DC Films fans around the world will be getting the big screen movie about Diana Prince they’ve always wanted with “Wonder Woman,” however, if you’re looking for an origin story that goes all the way back to the comic book’s roots, a new movie with far less CGI is on the way.
“Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” tells the true story of the titular Harvard psychologist who invented the lie detector, engaged in a polyamorous relationship long before anyone knew what that meant, and created the iconic Wonder Woman character — which he based on the relationships with the women in his life.
Continue reading A Superhero Is Born In First Teaser For Annapurna’s ‘Professor Marston & The Wonder Women’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Over the weekend, the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic returned to Jersey City, New Jersey. And while the event is always packed full of horse enthusiasts and ladies looking for an excuse to break out their collection of fascinators, this year, there was also a robust, star-studded contingent of guests in attendance, from Nicole Kidman to Alicia Keys. The fashion world represented, too, with appearances by a number top models, such as Kendall Jenner and Candice Huffine, who both relished the opportunity to live out their own personal Pretty Woman fantasies.
Kendall attended the event wearing a Dolce & Gabbana mini dress featuring an all-over green, »
- Emily Kirkpatrick
Beauty and the Beast is heading to Blu-ray and DVD next week, and a few of the deleted scenes from the bonus content have found their way online. The billion-dollar movie was released in March and is now a worldwide smash. Beauty and the Beast is also the 10th highest grossing movie of all freaking time, which is kind of a big deal and is more than likely the reason that we will see every animated thing Disney has ever done rebooted into a live-action scenario.
Disney is promoting the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray edition by teasing out two previously unseen deleted scenes, one of which adds an interesting character. The two clips come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. The first deleted scene is an exciting one where Belle offers some bread to the village beggar (also the enchantress who turns people into different things). The scene could be just more »
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