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On the heels of casting rumors, the former "Downton Abbey" actor Tweeted a cryptic message on Wednesday that read, "Beast Mode."
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Based on the Academy Award-winning 1991 animated movie of the same name, as well as the hit Broadway production that followed it, Disney's Beauty And The Beast is scheduled to begin production later this year. Disney's Beauty And The Beast takes place in a quaint French village during the late 18th century where Belle, a bright and beautiful young woman, finds escape from her ordinary life by reading books. Meanwhile, off in a castle in the distance, a cruel young prince is cast under the spell of an enchantress who turns him into a tormented beast, while transforming his servants into animated household objects. In order to remove the curse, the Beast must discover a true love who will return his affection before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. When Belle’s inventor »
- Pietro Filipponi
Following yesterday's pitch perfect announcement that Luke Evans had signed up to play Gaston in Disney's live-action version of their groundbreaking animated fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast," The Hollywood Reporter has made word that Dan Stevens, formerly of "Downton Abbey" and "The Guest" (one of our very favorite films from last year) has signed on to play the titular Beast. Stevens confirmed this news via the greatest tweet ever.
- Dan Stevens (@thatdanstevens) March 5, 2015 Stevens will play opposite Emma Watson, who will essay Belle in the Bill Condon-directed feature (set to begin filming sometime later this year), and perfectly embodies the kind of charm and ferocity required of the character. Recently we spoke to Glen Keane, the Disney animator responsible for bringing The Beast to life, and he told us who he thought should play the character in the live action remake: Tom Hardy. »
- Drew Taylor
Little Shop of Horrors, 1986.
Directed by Frank Oz.
A little shop becomes exceptionally successful after flower shop assistant Seymour finds an alien plant. But the cost of fame, fortune and love may be a little too high…
In an era whereby Avenue Q and Book of Mormon dominate the musicals on the West End, we mustn’t forget the imaginative and darkly joyous cult favourite Little Shop of Horrors. In fact, Little Shop of Horrors boasts the master duo of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman penning the lyric and music respectively. These are the force that pulled Disney from the dumps and to the heights of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast only a few years later. Little Shop of Horrors is a feast to devour, and you’d be foolish not to give it a taste. »
- Simon Columb
Dan Stevens is perhaps best known for playing Downton Abbey's lovable (but not exactly sexy) leading man Matthew Crawley but has changed quite a bit ever since he left the show in 2012. Since then, Dan has been focusing on his Hollywood film career and just landed the coveted role of the Beast in Disney's new, live-action take on Beauty and the Beast. This will likely introduce us to a whole new side of Dan, and in real life he's also had a very noticeable transformation since his Downton days - shedding his softer, more posh look to become a scruffy, messy-haired hottie. Keep reading to see how Dan has changed over the years, and if you miss seeing him in period costumes, be sure to check out these other hot guys in historical garb! »
Just hours after we reported actor Luke Evans is playing Gaston in Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast remake, the production has found its Beast, as Dan Stevens enters talks with the studio to take on the role. Emma Watson signed on in January to play Belle, in what is currently an all-British cast, for now. In the original Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont fairy tale, Belle took her father's place as a prisoner in the hideous beast's castle, only to learn that he is actually a prince, as they both fall in love.
The Hollywood Reporter also reveals that Disney has not yet confirmed that Beauty and the Beast will be a musical, like the 1991 animated adaptation which was nominated for Best Picture. However, when Emma Watson was cast in January, she implied the project was a musical in a Facebook post, where she made the following statement.
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- Christopher Campbell
Qui aime les films français ?
If you do and you live in St. Louis, you’re in luck! The Seventh Annual Robert Classic French Film Festival — co-presented by Cinema St. Louis and the Webster University Film Series begins March 13th. The Classic French Film Festival celebrates St. Louis’ Gallic heritage and France’s cinematic legacy. The featured films span the decades from the 1930s through the early 1990s, offering a comprehensive overview of French cinema. The fest is annually highlighted by significant restorations.
This year features recent restorations of eight works, including an extended director’s cut of Patrice Chéreau’s historical epic Queen Margot a New York-set film noir (Two Men In Manhattan) by crime-film maestro Jean-Pierre Melville, who also co-stars; a short feature (“A Day in the Country”) by Jean Renoir, on a double bill with the 2006 restoration of his masterpiece, The Rules Of The Game, and the »
- Tom Stockman
Following in your famous father’s footsteps while pursuing your own showbiz dreams can prove to be a daunting career path. Just imagine if Dad were as beloved as Robby Benson, a teen heartthrob in the ‘70s in such films as the basketball drama “One on One” and the skating romance “Ice Castles.” He would move on to more mature roles in the ‘80s such as “Harry & Son” opposite Paul Newman and leave an enduring mark on animation history as the voice of the Beast in 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast.” And then there is Mom, Karla DeVito, no slouch, either. The actress/singer, once dubbed “The Sweetheart of Rock and Roll” by David Letterman, sang backup for Meat Loaf on his Bat Out of Hell tour and starred on Broadway in “The Pirates of Penzance.“ It makes sense, then, that their progeny and quadruple threat Zephyr Benson, who turns »
- Susan Wloszczyna
ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” returns from its midseason break on March 1, kicking off the second half of its fourth season with an arc centered around the Queens of Darkness — Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten), Cruella de Vil (Victoria Smurfit) and Ursula (Merrin Dungey) — as they join forces with Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) in pursuit of their own, villainous happy endings.
Variety was among a number of outlets who spoke with “Ouat” exec producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz about the show’s return, including the ominous teaser that debuted during the Oscars telecast and seemed to imply that our hero, Emma (Jennifer Morrison), might somehow be tempted towards to the dark side…
Variety also caught up with Kristin Bauer van Straten to discuss Maleficent’s return and whether the three wicked women will be able to work together. Read on for the trio’s teases about the “Once’s” Sunday premiere, »
- Laura Prudom
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for People since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach."This game is about who you are. Your character is your strategy." -Rafe Judkins, Survivor: GuatemalaSurvivor is back for another season of terrible liars, over-attached creeps, self-aggrandizing loudmouths - and a couple of smart gamers. The big twist this season is that contestants are divided into three tribes: White Collar, Blue Collar, and No Collar. White Collars make the rules; Blue Collars follow the rules; and No Collars break the rules and give uncomfortably long hugs. »
- Stephen Fishbach, @stephenfishbach
RelatedPilot Season ’15: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
Per our sister site Deadline…
* Foster, who also recently wrapped an arc on Once Upon a Time, will play an entitled rich kid named Wick in the ABC drama Boom, which documents how the largest oil discovery in U.S. history triggers an economic explosion in North Dakota.
* Farber will star in the NBC comedy Take It From Us, in which a present-day »
As we get older, certain knowledge vacates our brains like cereal pouring out of a box. I can’t remember any formulas from geometry class and I’m not 100-percent certain of my own state bird, but, dammit, I know my Disney characters. We all do. But do we really? We know every word from “Part of Your World” and “Hakuna Matata,” but do we know the performers behind the doe-eyed animated stars? Now, you can say you do. We all know the big stars, like that Mandy Moore was Rapunzel in Tangled or that Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell star in Frozen, but that’s just the tip of the Disney iceberg. Let’s take a peek behind the cartoon curtain and check out the real performers who brought our favorite Disney characters to life.
Ariel, The Little Mermaid
While her appearance is modeled after none other than Alyssa Milano, »
- Courtney Enlow
Compared to the work of Cronenberg, Linklater and Lovecraft, horror drama Spring is out this year. Here's a new trailer...
About an American man who heads to Italy and falls in love with an elusive woman in a small coastal town, Spring starts as a breezy romance before descending into murky body horror territory.
A hit at film festivals last year, Spring is the work of co-directors Justin Benson (who also writes) and Aaron Moorhead (who made the acclaimed indie sci-fi film, Resolution). It stars the Evil Dead remake's Lou Taylor Pucci as the 20-something backpacker, while Germany's Nadia Hilker plays Louise, a girl with far more going on in her private life than at first appears.
Spring is out in Us cinema on the 20th March, and »
Today, VH1 and What’s Trending launch a new digital series featuring host Shira Lazar titled Huge on the Tube. Keeping with VH1’s tradition of providing behind the scenes access to artists and celebrities, Huge on the Tube focuses on the newest kind of pop culture stars: YouTube celebrities. This series gets the scoop behind the making of the biggest viral video sensations including Jenna Marbles, Todrick Hall, Michelle Phan, Grace Helbig, and Mamrie Hart, among others.
Each three-to-four minute episode features a different YouTube star as they talk to Shira about their viral videos, the steps they took to do so and the commitments they made to get them to online video celebrity status. This 12-episode series will roll out daily with the first episode featuring choreographer and entertainer Todrick Hall.
- Lauren Santiago
The Originals’ Royal Wedding has finally arrived, but the Mikaelson siblings have understandably mixed feelings about Hayley’s impending marriage to Jackson in tonight’s episode (The CW, 8/7c).
PhotosThe Originals: Browse Hayley’s Wedding Album!
“We know that Elijah thinks this wedding is what’s best for Hayley and her people, but it’s also clear he still has feelings for her,” executive producer Michael Narducci tells TVLine. “As he begins to wonder whether she’s acting of her own will, he may want to talk to her about that — and if he were to speak with Hayley, »
“Fifty Shades of Grey” sizzled at the weekend box office, setting new records for the highest-grossing Presidents Day holiday opener of all time and ranking among the biggest R-rated debuts in history.
The erotic drama performed like a comicbook movie, albeit one with much naughtier costumes, picking up $81.7 million from 3,646 locations over the three-day period. That easily trumped the holiday’s previous record-holder, the 2010 debut of the romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day,” which kicked off with $56.3 million.
“It had that whole sex thing going for it, it was edgy, and it started a conversation,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior box office analyst at Rentrak. “It went beyond being a girls’ night out movie and became a date night movie.”
“Fifty Shades of Grey” will do more than $90 million over the four-day holiday, in addition to triggering a massive increase in heart palpitations across the moviegoing public. Among the many high-water marks the saucy tale has hit, »
- Brent Lang
Oscar nominee “Big Hero 6” is on track this weekend to become the No. 3 all-time domestic earner for Walt Disney Animation Studios, passing the $218.9 million of “Beauty and the Beast” (after “Frozen” and “The Lion King”). One factor in the film’s success is the new approach at Disney Animation, says president Andrew Millstein, “which is about elevating storytelling and putting filmmakers at the center of the process.”
It sounds like a no-brainer for a film company to focus on filmmakers. But in the past, Disney Animation was often administrative-driven, with layers of notes from executives that dictated content and bogged down the creatives.
“Big Hero 6″ provides a one-two punch for the studio after last year’s “Frozen.” “Big Hero 6″ boasts flashy work in the San Fransokyo setting and the action sequences, but the center of the film is the relationship between inflatable robot Baymax and tech prodigy Hiro. »
- Tim Gray
A romantic Disney fan has given his girlfriend a unique Valentine's present by having her painted as famous Disney Princesses.
Brian Flynn teamed up with illustrator Dylan Bonner to create the pictures.
Flynn said: "I want our relationship to be as epic and timeless as the animations we grew up on, so I decided to have us painted into some famous Disney scenes and surprise her for Valentines Day."
He added: "It's been a secret for 3 months, and I can't wait to show her!"
The paintings are from a variety of Disney films including Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.
Artist Bonner was excited to be part of the project.
"I feel very lucky to have done these, especially after reading her say that girls like her didn't always get to identify with a Disney princess," she said. "I seriously love that I got to change that! »
Wow, we have some surprising news for CW fans! Beauty and the Beast has made a strong enough come back as they have been renewed for a 4th season already. Yes, this is early as their much shorter third season won’t premier until May 21st. Last summer it was announced to be renewed for a third, shorter mid-season replacement after staying hushed on its future up to then. Now we know that it will be returning for a fourth season that will likely return as a mid season show next year. As for what the third season will be about, here is what CW said.
Cat and Vincent are able to focus on their love, finally free from Muirfield, manhunts and beasts. However, that love will be tested as new and more dangerous threats await. When they learn that innocent victims are being used to test the boundaries of the impossible, »
- Sarah Peel
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