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This week, Variety reported on a study that was released confirming what many already know about the film industry, or at the very least anecdotally: Women are having an increasingly hard time breaking in.
The study showed that there’s a large gender gap between independently financed and directed projects by women when compared to projects within the studio system. The Sundance Institute and Women in Film looked at movies in competition at Sundance between 2002 and 2014 compared to the top 1300 grossing films between the same time period. Men appeared at Sundance at a ratio of 3 to 1 more often than women, but an even more staggering 23 to 1 when looking at studio films.
Further, half of the industry executives surveyed believed that films directed by women did not appeal as broadly as films directed by men. A quarter of those surveyed added that they shared a “perceived lack of ambition” in women directors, »
- Brian Welk
Are you ready for an explosion of '90s nostalgia? Musicians Todrick Hall and Shoshana Bean covered classic songs from The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin - with an R&B spin. Their voices are magical together, and the songs are seamlessly blended together. We're even digging the '90s-updated clothes! Check out the video above to hear "A Whole New World," "Part of Your World," and "Tale as Old as Time," and if you want more, watch Hall in his Disney version of the "Cell Block Tango." »
Gilligan has developed the concept for a reinvention of the classic fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk for Disney, and could be in line to direct the project.
The studio is working on new adaptations of The Jungle Book, Pinocchio, »
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. »
Disney used its presentation at CinemaCon 2015 this week to unveil an inforgraphic of their upcoming release slate over the next few years - and it's a monster. Combining Marvel titles, Star Wars titles, Pixar titles, its live-action adaptations of its classic fairy tales, and a few of its own original projects based on Disney properties, there's no question that the studio will be responsible for many of the biggest movies coming out over the next few years. Here's the full list.
Avengers: Age of Ultron – 5/1/15
Tomorrowland – 5/22/15
Inside Out – 6/19/15
Ant-Man – 7/17/15
Bridge of Spies – 10/16/15
The Good Dinosaur – 11/25/15
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 12/18/15
The Finest Hours – 1/29/16
Zootopia – 3/4/16
The Jungle Book – 4/15/16
Captain America: Civil War – 5/6/16
Alice Through the Looking Glass – 5/27/16
Finding Dory – 6/17/16
The Bfg – 7/1/16
Pete's Dragon – 8/12/16
Doctor Strange – 11/4/16
Moana – 11/23/16
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One – 12/16/16
Beauty and the Beast – 3/17/17
Ghost in the Shell – 4/14/17
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – 5/5/17
Star Wars: Episode VIII – 5/26/17
Toy Story 4 – 6/16/17
- Garth Franklin
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
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
Add one more to the live-action Beauty and the Beast cast: Following the news that Ewan McGregor is playing a singing candlestick, Variety reports that Stanley Tucci will play a singing grand piano. The character, dubbed Cadenza, is new to Belle's world this time round and is being described as a "neurotic maestro." So think Squidward, but with only three legs. The movie, which already had a fairly star-studded cast, is slated for a March 17, 2017, release. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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. »
With production on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast beginning soon, the film is nearly finished rounding out its cast. Earlier today, we learned that former Obi-Wan Kenobi Ewan McGregor will star as the French candelabra Lumiere. Now Stanley Tucci has joined the film’s cast, but there’s one thing that makes his character unique from everyone else, he didn’t appear in the 1991 animated movie or the Broadway musical adaptation. Variety reports that Tucci will play Cadenza the grand piano, who is described as a “neurotic maestro.” Following Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, and Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast is next on Disney’s slate of live-action adaptations of their classic animated films, which includes The Jungle Book, Dumbo, Winnie The Pooh, and Mulan. Beauty and the Beast follows the the gorgeous and intelligent Belle and the titular Beast, a prince »
Ewan McGregor is the latest to join what’s shaping up to be quite the lovely cast for Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast.” The Scottish actor will play Lumiere, The Hollywood Reporter posted Tuesday. The charming McGregor seems well-suited for the suave, free-spirited candelabra, and we bet he’ll have way too much fun working with Ian McKellen, who’s playing Lumiere’s buddy Cogsworth. Now just imagine — the star of “Moulin Rouge!” belting out “Be Our Guest.” We’ll give you a moment to dwell on that wonderful thought. It’s not totally clear which songs will be in this film, but word is that it will feature a score by Alan Menken, who won two Oscars for Disney’s 1991 animated “Beauty and the Beast,” plus new recordings of the 1991 movie’s songs and new songs by Menken and Tim Rice. Also announced today: Stanley Tucci will be in the film, »
- Emily Rome
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
McGregor will play the Beast's (Dan Stevens) charming maitre'd Lumière, according to TheWrap.
The ensemble cast of characters populating the world of Beauty and the Beast includes Josh Gad as Gaston's dopey sidekick Lefou, Emma Thompson as friendly cook Mrs Potts, and Sir Ian McKellen as the butler Cogsworth.
Beauty and the Beast will debut on March 17, 2017. »
Ewan McGregor will portray the singing candlestick in the remake
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- Christopher Campbell
Some of our most troublesome moments as children took place when one of our favorite characters died in Disney movies. Mufasa slipping to his untimely death? Tragic. But did you ever notice that Disney employs the "falling method" in more than one movie. No? Well, now you can't unsee how many times characters fall to their demises in these classic films. Typically, however, it's just the villains, which no one minds! The mashup created by Frank Ireland super-cuts all of the ways Disney managed to kill a villain without showing the gory aftermath or even the hero doling out the final blow. Films included are Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, The Fox and the Hound, Beauty and the Beast and many, many »
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 »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mortdecai's Ewan McGregor is set to sign on to play Lumière, the anthropomorphic candlestick previously voiced by Jerry Orbach, in Disney's upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. He joins Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts. It's unclear how much of McGregor, and the other actors who are portraying housewares, will appear in the film, but given his character's unique physiology, this is the one role where McGregor is unlikely to show his penis. »
- Nate Jones
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