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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
Yesterday, we got our first look at the cast of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast remake. Josh Gad, who plays Le Fou, shared a selfie that included himself alongside co-stars Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). Missing from the photo was Ian McKellen, who stars as the Beast's butler turned alarm clock Cogsworth. To make up for that, he has reported back from the set with an in-depth account of the first table read.
Beauty and the Beast will begin shooting in London very soon under the direction of Bill Condon, best known for musicals Chicago and Dreamgirls. Also participating in the cast read were Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette), though they were not pictured. The only primary character from the animated version that hasn't been cast yet is Lumiere, voiced by Jerry Orbach in the 1991 movie.
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The actor posted a partial cast selfie to Instagram earlier today (on what also happens to be star Emma Watson’s 25th birthday) and the movie already looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun!
The only cast members missing are Emma Thompson who stars as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw who is playing Plumette, and Audra McDonald as the wardrobe Madame de la Grande Bouche. Rumours have been swirling that Oscar winner Jean Dujardin has been eyed for the role of Lumiere and we have to admit, that would pretty much be perfect casting. It was just confirmed »
- Rachel West
Disney's live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is quickly putting its cast together, with production slated to begin next month at Shepperton Studios in London. Earlier today, star Josh Gad, (Le Fou) shared a photo on his Instagram page, where he is pictured alongside co-stars Emma Watson (Belle), Luke Evans (Gaston), Dan Stevens (Beast) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). While it isn't exactly know where this photo was taken, Josh Gad added the caption, "Can't wait for you to be our guest," which is obviously a nod to the famous "Be Our Guest" song from the original 1991 animated version of Beauty and the Beast.
Other cast members who aren't pictured include Emma Thompson (Mrs. Potts), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette). It isn't known how many roles have yet to be filled, but one of the primary characters from the animated version that hasn't been cast is Lumiere, »
Can we get Jennifer Hudson on our next long car ride?! The soulful singer joined "The Late Late Show" host, James Corden, on his recurring segment, "Carpool Karaoke", Monday night -- and the two sang along to some of the star's best hits! The 33-year-old hopped into CBS host's SUV and, after some bickering, the two began to jam out to the Oscar winner's latest single "Trouble" with Iggy Azalea. The host even impressed Jennifer with his rapping skills! "I absolutely love this tune, it's such a good song. It really is," he gushed, before breaking into the Aussie Mc's verse. Corden wasn't alone in song, the "Dreamgirls" star showed of her killer singing voice as she belted the lyrics with him. Corden then decided to make a pit stop and insisted on going through the drive-thru of Astro Burger. To make things even more interesting, Jennifer sang his order through the speaker, »
- tooFab Staff
Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Dan Stevens (The Guest) will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, with Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) as Gaston, Josh Gad (Frozen) as Lefou, Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) as Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline (Last Vegas) as Belle’s father Maurice, Audra McDonald (Private Practice) as Garderobe and most recently Ian McKellen (X-Men: Days of Future Past) joined the line-up as Cogsworth.
- Scott J. Davis
Casting is in full swing for Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation, with Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle – no relation) today becoming the latest addition to the all-star cast that’s led by Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans. The actress, who scored Oscar buzz for her role in last year’s Beyond the Lights, will take on the supporting part of Plumette the feather duster.
Mbatha-Raw joins a cast that already boasts Watson as Belle, Stevens as the Beast, Evans as Gaston, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth the clock, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts the teapot, Josh Gad as LeFou, Kevin Kline as Maurice and Audra MacDonald as Garderobe. Interestingly, her character has undergone a name change in this take – previous adaptations have featured flirty feather dusters with the names Babette and Fifi.
- Isaac Feldberg
Ian McKellen (X-Men, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit) has joined the cast of Disney's upcoming live-action "Beauty and the Beast" movie. He's set to play the clock Cogsworth. The rest of the cast includes Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. Josh Gad has been rumored to play Le Fou, but Disney has yet to confirm the casting. "Beauty and the Beast" will be directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) and is set to begin filming in May. It's set to hit theaters on March 17th, 2017. »
Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), the film will star Harry Potter alum Emma Watson as Belle, The Guest‘s Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Frozen‘s Josh Gad as Le Fou, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Maurice.
Now if they could just add Sir Patrick Stewart as Lumiere…
- James Garcia
The Producers Guild of America has added horror specialist Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions team for a panel discussion at its seventh annual Produced By conference on May 30-31 at the Paramount lot.
Blumhouse has produced the “Paranormal Activity,” “Purge,” “Insidious” and “Sinister” franchises. The panel will include Jessica Rhoades, head of television; Jeanette Brill, head of production; and Phillip Dawe, head of post-production.
The PGA also announced that the “The Art and Craft of Pitching for Film” panel will include Stephanie Allain (“Dear White People”), Marshall Herskovitz (“The Last Samurai”) and Laurence Mark (“Dreamgirls”). “The Art and Craft of Pitching for Television” includes producers Kenya Barris (“Black-ish”), Howard Gordon (“Homeland”), and Sarah Timberman (“Masters of Sex”).
- Dave McNary
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
McDonald starred in television’s Private Practice but is best known for her roles in musicals Porgy and Bess, Lady Day in Emerson’s Bar and Grill, A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime and Carousel (all of which won her Tonys). She joins a cast that includes The Perks of Being a Wallflower actress Emma Watson as the lovely Belle, Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens as the Beast, Dracula Untold‘s Luke Evans as self-centered villain Gaston and The Comedians‘ Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gaston’s sidekick.
McDonald’s casting indicates that, as previously rumored, this Beauty and the Beast, to be directed by Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate, Dreamgirls), will include song-and-dance numbers. As Garderobe, a lady-in-waiting transformed into »
- Isaac Feldberg
While word of this got out a few weeks ago, it’s now been confirmed via Deadline that producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan will not be returning to produce the Oscars next year. The duo has produced the last three ceremonies in a row, beginning with the disappointing Seth MacFarlane-hosted show in 2013, which was followed by the forgettable but inoffensive Ellen Degeneres-hosted ceremony. I can’t say I’m sad to see Meron and Zadan go. Their obsession with music filled each telecast with performances that had nothing to do with any of the nominees (remember the Dreamgirls tribute?) and made for bloated runtimes, and their hosts didn’t really have a whole lot to do. But Meron and Zadon did bring a couple of new traditions to the Oscars that I hope continue: unveiling every single nomination on TV was a nice way to highlight categories that often get overlooked, »
- Adam Chitwood
Could the Queen B be teaming up with the current king of the box office? Deadline reported Tuesday that Bradley Cooper is in talks to make his directorial debut with a remake of the classic showbiz drama and romance A Star is Born, and that Beyonce will be approached to star alongside Cooper in the film.
Nothing is confirmed yet, but Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. hopes he can jump into the project, along with producing and taking a stab at the script by Will Fetters (The Lucky One, Remember Me) once he is finished starring in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man.
The bigger complication however may not be securing Cooper, but Beyonce. Clint Eastwood has long been attached to this project, but he recently revealed in an interview with THR’s Stephen Galloway that Beyonce is obviously very busy being a super-megastar, and that Warner Bros. »
- Brian Welk
Ok, I’m sorry. You probably didn’t come here expecting a Kanye West reference — @KimKierkegaardashian’s genius Twitter feed is more my style — in an Idol recap. But my brain just went from the frying pan into the active volcano after Season 14’s Top 10 performance telecast (a confusing label, given that there were 11 singers on stage all night, with one awaiting the bad news that he or she was the »
Sorry, but I'm still annoyed that we sent Sarina-Joi Crowe packing. It's not that she didn't, at least on some level, deserve to go. She gave a bad performance at the beginning of a long episode, which is an easy path to being forgotten and being eliminated. Still, "American Idol" lost a singer with almost limitless upside and we kept at least four or five people who almost certainly will never have anywhere near Sarina-Joi's potential. Oh well. After dedicating Wednesday night to two ridiculously high-rated hours of "Empire," Fox is turning Thursday over for a sure-to-be-lower-rated two hours of "American Idol" with a Movie Night theme. This is always one of the show's fuzziest and least justifiable themes and tonight we're using the theme as a hook so that Jennifer Lopez can perform the song she has in an upcoming movie. Click through and follow along! 8:00 p.m. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Against all odds, there will be no Phil Collins ballad — or any soundtrack cuts from The Bodyguard, Frozen, Titanic and Armageddon — when the American Idol Top 10 (plus one contestant on the brink of elimination) tackle “Songs from the Movies tonight (8/7c on Fox).
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That’s good news for Idoloonies who’ve vowed to crawl into their dryers and turn to lint at the sound of one more hopeful belting the umpteenth rendition of “I Have Nothing.”
More important than what the Top 10 won’t tackle, »
It's somewhat amazing to realize that the release calendar for March 2017 is now complete with four different tent poles. The next (and potentially final) "Wolverine" is slated for March 3,* Legendary Pictures will bring forth their version of the King of the Apes in "Kong: Skull Island" on March 10, "Divergent" will end its cinematic run with "The Divergent Series: Allegiant - Part 2" on March 24 and, surprise, Walt Disney Pictures' live action "Beauty and the Beast" will now open on March 17. Can you guess which one will garner the most attention? *A Hugh Jackman movie opening less than two weeks after the Oscars? It didn't work for "Chappie," but, boy that would be an incredibly convenient time for him to host again, wouldn't it? On Monday, Walt Disney Studios confirmed "Beauty's" release date and the impressive cast which had leaked to the press over the past few months. Emma Watson will play Belle, »
- Gregory Ellwood
With Cinderella opening to sizeable business in the Us over the weekend, Disney's continued plan to bring classic animated stories to live action won't be slowing down. We've got a new Jungle Book film coming soon, whilst Tim Burton has been linked with directing Dumbo. And then there's the live action take on 1991's Beauty And The Beast, which will be going before the cameras shortly.
The cast for the film has fallen into place over the last week.
Emma Watson will be playing Belle, whilst Downton Abbey and The Guest star Dan Stevens is to be Beast. Luke Evans will be taking on the role of villainous Gaston, whilst Josh Gad is his sidekick LeFou. Belle's father, Maurice? That role has gone to Kevin Kline, and »
“The streets ain’t made for everybody… that’s why they made sidewalks.” – Cookie Lyon TV Picks: Snoop Sings, Terrence Talks and The Empire ‘Peaches and Cream” Clip! From Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong comes “Empire”, the hottest TV series to come along in many years, it is a sexy and powerful new drama about the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne. It’s kind of like Game of Thrones, Dynasty and Jackie Brown all had a baby.Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”) and Musical Artists Snoop […] »
- April Neale
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