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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Sets Pre-Summer Record for a Tuesday

11 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s smash hit “Beauty and the Beast” is showing no signs of slowing down, setting a pre-summer record gross for a film playing on a Tuesday.

The live-action remake earned $17.9 million. That’s far above the previous North American record holder, “Furious 7,” at $13.3 million and last year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” at $12.1 million. The number also topped the first Tuesdays of three other Disney blockbusters: “The Avengers,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and “Captain America: Civil War. ”

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Disney also noted that “Beauty and the Beast” has crossed $200 million at the domestic box office in five days, tying with four other titles in reaching that milestone in the same time — “Captain America: Civil War,” “The Dark Knight,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. »

- Dave McNary

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Glen Powell, Michiel Huisman, ‘Downton Abbey’ Actors Join ‘The Guernsey’

21 March 2017 12:35 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Mike Newell just added a number of new actors to his film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which is underway in the UK. Glen Powell (Hidden Figures), Michiel Huisman (The Age of Adeline, Game of Thrones), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, Downton Abbey), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Tom Courtenay (45 Years) and Penelope Wilton (The Bfg, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) have joined Lily James in the film. James stars as journalist… »

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Topping $400 Million at Worldwide Box Office

21 March 2017 10:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” is crossing the $400 million mark in worldwide box office grosses Tuesday after less than a week of release.

The studio reported that the tentpole took in $35.3 million on Monday to lift the worldwide total to $392.4 million — $188.2 million domestically and another $202.2 million internationally. The U.S. take for Monday was $13.4 million, the second-biggest March Monday behind only the $15 million for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” a year ago.

Monday’s overseas results were led by China with nearly $5 million and almost $4 million in Mexico due to the Benito Juarez birthday holiday. China is the top foreign grosser with $49.5 million, followed by the U.K. with $26.6 million, Mexico with $15.6 million, South Korea with $12.8 million, and Brazil with $12.6 million.

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The foreign release represents about 65% of the international market. France will open on »

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Thandie Newton Says ‘Slim Pickings for People of Color’ Keep Her Away From UK Productions

21 March 2017 9:04 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

British actress Thandie Newton says she can’t find sufficient acting work in the U.K. because there are “slim pickings for people of color.” “I love being here, but I can’t work, because I can’t do ‘Downton Abbey,’ can’t be in ‘Victoria,’ can’t be in ‘Call the Midwife’ — well, I could, but I don’t want to play someone who’s being racially abused,” she said in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine. “I’m not interested in that, don’t want to do it … there just seems to be a desire for stuff about the royal family, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Thandie Newton Says There Aren’t Enough Roles For People of Color In The UK

20 March 2017 4:11 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Thandie Newton is addressing the lack of roles for people of color in the UK. The London-born actress, who stars in HBO's Westworld, said that due to British television focusing on period dramas, she can't work in her native country. "I love being [in the UK], but I can't work, because I can't do Downton Abbey, can't be in Victoria, can't be in Call the Midwife," Newton, who lives in Los Angeles, told Sunday Times Magazine. "Well, I could, but I don't want to play… »

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Thandie Newton Says There Aren’t Enough Roles For People of Color In The UK

20 March 2017 4:11 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Thandie Newton is addressing the lack of roles for people of color in the UK. The London-born actress, who stars in HBO's Westworld, said that due to British television focusing on period dramas, she can't work in her native country. "I love being [in the UK], but I can't work, because I can't do Downton Abbey, can't be in Victoria, can't be in Call the Midwife," Newton, who lives in Los Angeles, told Sunday Times Magazine. "Well, I could, but I don't want to play… »

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Thandie Newton: Period Dramas Have Made It Harder for Black Actors to Find Work in England

20 March 2017 1:49 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Over the past few years, the popularity of British period dramas has soared, with productions such as “Downton Abbey” and Netflix’s “The Crown.” However, actress Thandie Newton considers this a problem for black actors, as these shows are making it harder for them to find acting jobs in England.

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“I love being [in the U.K.], but I can’t work, because I can’t do ‘Downton Abbey,’ can’t be in ‘Victoria,’ can’t be in ‘Call the Midwife,'” the “Westworld” star said in a recent interview with UK’s Sunday Times Magazine.

She added, “Well, I could, but I don’t want to play someone who’s being racially abused. I’m not interested in that, don’t want to do it.”

Newton, who stars in the BBC drama “Line of Duty” continued, “There just seems to be »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Thandie Newton: costume dramas limit roles for black actors in UK

20 March 2017 1:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

“I don’t want to play someone who’s being racially abused.”

Thandie Newton said she can’t get roles in Britain because there are so few parts for black actors in historical dramas like Downton Abbey or Call The Midwife.

The Westworld star told The Sunday Times: “I love being here, but I can’t work, because I can’t do Downton Abbey, can’t be in Victoria, can’t be in Call The Midwife - well, I could, but I don’t want to play someone who’s being racially abused.”

“I’m not interested in that, don’t want to do it… there just seems to be a desire for stuff about the Royal Family, stuff from the past, which is understandable, but it just makes it slim pickings for people of colour.”

Newton, set to star in Line Of Duty on BBC One and the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars spin-off, is not the »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Smashes Records With Towering $170 Million Debut

19 March 2017 8:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This is what makes Disney such a powerhouse.

Beauty and the Beast,” the studio’s latest live action update of a cartoon classic, waltzed its way to a towering $170 million debut this weekend, setting a new record for a March opening and solidifying the Mouse House’s status as the dominant player in the film business. No other company can match the streak that Disney is currently enjoying, thanks to a series of multi-billion acquisitions that put the likes of Pixar, Marvel, and LucasFilm in its Magic Kingdom.

Beauty and the Beast” represents another part of Disney’s branded strategy. It’s the latest fairy tale adaptation to hit screens. Others in the lucrative group include “Alice in Wonderland,” which picked up $1 billion worldwide, “Cinderella” with its $543.5 million global haul, and last year’s “The Jungle Book,” which racked up a mighty $966.6 million after finishing its run. Remakes of “Dumbo »

- Brent Lang

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From Downton Dreamboat to Shirtless and Ripped: Beauty and the Beast Star Dan Stevens’ Amazing Body Makeovers

18 March 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Just call him a chameleon.

Dan Stevens shot to fame in the properly British Downton Abbey, but he’s had a variety of roles since. The actor has made his way through dark thrillers to finally end up as a Disney prince in the live adaptation of Beauty and the Beast — and it isn’t a coincidence that he disappears into his roles.

“I guess I kind of pride myself in not being that recognizable in various things, especially with this one — although you can see quite a lot of my face come through the Beast,” Stevens, 34, tells People. “But »

- Ale Russian

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Spice Girls Alum Mel C Joins Cast of School of Rock for Surprise ‘Wannabe’ Performance

17 March 2017 3:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Most of the young cast of the U.K.’s School of Rock — The Musical weren’t alive when the Spice Girls released their smash hit, “Wannabe,” in 1996. But that didn’t stop them from jamming out to the hit when former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm a.k.a. Mel C joined them on stage Thursday night at the West End’s New London Theatre for a surprise curtain-call performance.

The visit came just weeks after her former bandmate Mel B unexpectedly burst into a snippet from the hit song during her final performance as Roxie Hart in Broadway’s Chicago. »

- Dave Quinn

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Soaring to Epic $155 Million Opening at Box Office

17 March 2017 2:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Beauty and the Beast” is already having a magical weekend at the nation’s multiplexes with an estimated opening of $155 million-plus already in sight, estimates showed early Friday.

Disney indicated that it expects the live-action musical to finish in a range between $140 million to $155 million while a rival estimate placed the number in the $167 million-plus range.

Beauty and the Beast” had already banked nearly $40 million at noon Pdt with pre-sales and a stellar $16.3 million from Thursday night previews. The first-day total could approach $60 million.

The new numbers blow away earlier forecasts from Disney, which had indicated earlier in the week that “Beauty and the Beast” would open to more than $120 million domestically this weekend at 4,210 locations. The film — the only new film opening wide — should add between $80 million and $110 million in international box office as Disney is launching in about 70% of markets.

Disney reported that “Beauty” took in $11.5 million internationally on Thursday, »

- Dave McNary

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Dan Stevens Scared His Kids with His Beauty and the Beast Fangs

17 March 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For actor Dan Stevens, who is almost unrecognizable as the Beast in Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, one of the unexpected benefits in taking on the role was the fact that he could “freak out” his kids with some of the accessories he acquired to play the part — specifically, a set of fangs he had made.

“I used the fangs in the pre-production exploration to find the voice, to find the shape of the mouth,” Stevens, 34, tells People. “I did get to take those home and play with those and yeah, freaked my kids out a bit. »

- Kara Warner

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Box Office: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Roars to $16.3 Million on Thursday

17 March 2017 8:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s live-action musical “Beauty and the Beast” has opened with a magical $16.3 million at Thursday night preview screenings in North America.

The preview gross was the biggest of the year and the biggest ever for a Disney live-action title, coming in above “Iron Man 3” and “Furious 7.” Premium formats, including 3D and Imax, generated 41% of the preview take.

Beauty and the Beast” is expected to open to more than $120 million domestically this weekend at 4,210 locations. The film — the only new film opening wide — should add between $80 million and $110 million in international box office as Disney is launching in about 70% of markets.

The most optimistic forecasts have “Beauty” finishing with the best March opening ever, eclipsing last year’s $166 million launch for “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and 2012’s opening of “The Hunger Games” at $152.5 million.

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- Dave McNary

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A 40-Lb. Muscle Suit, Waltzing on Stilts: How Dan Stevens Transformed into Beauty’s Beast

17 March 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you pay close attention to Dan Stevens‘ Beast in Beauty and the Beast, you might be able to see some of the hard work the actor put into the performance — like waltzing on stilts and wearing a 40-lb. “muscle suit.”

“Ultimately we went for a fusion of technologies,” the former Downton Abbey star tells People of what it took to make him appear and act like the huge, hirsute character. “ traditional motion capture and puppeteering of a big muscle suit on stilts. I was inside this 40–lb. thing covered in gray lycra and marker dots.”

Stevens wore the bodysuit »

- Kara Warner

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'Beauty and the Beast' Review: Live-Action Disney Classic Still Tale as Old as Time

17 March 2017 5:38 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The tale of a scary-looking dude who holds a girl hostage until she submits to him is usually the stuff of police reports. Or, of course, a Disney musical. Such is the case with Beauty and the Beast, director Bill Condon's live–action version of the 1991 classic and the first animated feature to win an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Condon (Dreamgirls) knows how to lift heavy machinery without showing the sweat. And Emma Watson is just the Disney princess-in-distress to warm the heart of a hairy ape, or bison, »

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The Sense Of An Ending – Review

17 March 2017 4:52 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Jim Broadbent as Tony Webster, in The Sense Of An Ending. Photo by Robert Viglasky ©. Courtesy of CBS Films

Memory is a funny thing. One can feel so certain of one’s own memories that it is jarring when others’ recollection of events does not match.

The tricks of memory are at the heart of the unforgettable The Sense Of An Ending, director Ritesh Batra’s screen adaptation of Julian Barnes’ short novel. In this American/British film, Jim Broadbent stars as Tony Webster, a curmudgeonly older man who lives alone, opening his tiny camera repair shop daily and seeming to live a joyless existence. His shop only sells and repairs old Leica cameras, and he seems to regard the occasional customer more as an interruption than the reason for this business. His dull routine is interrupted by the arrival of a letter, informing him he as been left something in a will. »

- Cate Marquis

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Sells Out More Than 1,000 U.S. Shows

16 March 2017 5:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Disney’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” has sold out more than 1,000 shows prior to its opening, according to online ticketing service Fandango.

The service, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, said that “Beauty and the Beast” represents more than 90% of its ticket sales for this weekend. It’s the fastest-selling family film in Fandango history.

“It’s rare to see a family film opening like a superhero movie but this ‘Beauty’ is a beast in ticket sales, defying expectations and then some,” said the company’s managing editor, Erik Davis.

Sales are being driven by nostalgia for the original Disney animated classic, released in 1991, and the recent popularity of live-action fairy tales is translating into massive ticket sales.

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Oh by the Way, Here's What Dan Stevens Looks Like Shirtless

16 March 2017 4:30 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Dan Stevens is one sexy beast, and we're not just saying that because he's literally playing the beast in Beauty and the Beast. The British actor needs no CGI to be drop-dead gorgeous, and though it doesn't happen a lot, we particularly appreciate the times he's gone shirtless. Dan has stripped down a number of times for movies and TV, most notably in 2014's thriller The Guest, and the results, well, let's just say they'd make any Downton Abbey fan clutch her pearls. Please enjoy this brief but glorious gallery of Dan Stevens with his shirt off. Related:6 Things You Need to Know About Beauty and the Beast's Dan Stevens »

- Shannon Vestal Robson

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Star Dan Stevens Plays Beast to James Corden’s Belle in Crosswalk Musical — Watch

16 March 2017 1:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ready for yet another remake of “Beauty and the Beast”? No? Too late!

On Wednesday’s “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” the host and his intrepid group of pavement players tackled the “tale as old as time” in the crosswalk at Beverly Boulevard and Genesee Avenue (in front of CBS Television City). Joining the troupe this time were the film’s stars including Dan Stevens (aka the Beast, aka “Downton Abbey’s” Matthew, aka “Legion’s” David Haller), Josh Gad (who plays LeFou) and Luke Evans (who plays Gaston).

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Corden tested the three actors to see if they were sufficiently tough or beastly enough to take the rigors of crosswalk performance and the cars that they might have to dodge. Once the roles were rehearsed, Corden opened the musical in drag as Belle… »

- Hanh Nguyen

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