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Alan Menken Offers Details On New “Beauty and The Beast’ Songs
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Beauty and the Beast

Last week, we got our first look the Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Based on the beloved animated Disney classic of the same name, director Bill Condon will be adding some new narrative twists in order for the film to feel more contemporary. But as exciting as that sounds, a lot of us are interested in the recordings of the original songs and the addition of several new songs written by Alan Menken and Sir Tim Rice.

Now Menken is talking about three new songs and how they will fit into the film’s narrative. Check out what he had to say below.

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Geek Peek: New ‘Beauty and The Beast’ Images Dance Into Your Nostalgic Heart
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A lot of Disney’s live-action reimaginings of their animated classics contemporize tales as old as time. That will be no different when they release their live-action adaptation of the animated favorite Beauty and the Beast.

Directed by Bill Condon, the film centers on Belle (Emma Watson) a bright and young bookworm who is the guest/prisoner of a cursed beast (Dan Stevens). We pretty much know how the story will play out, however, there will be a few new twists to help distinguish the two features apart from each other. A bunch of new images from the movie have been released, and you can check them out below.

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Blu-ray Review: Beauty and The Beast 25th Anniversary Edition
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Beauty and the Beast
25th Anniversary Edition
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Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise
Music by Alan Menken
Cast: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Angela Lansbury, Bradley Michael Pierce, Rex Everhart, Jesse Corti, Hal Smith, Jo Anne Worley
Distributor: Walt Disney Studios
Release Date: September 20, 2016

Disney’s 1991 animated feature Beauty and the Beast, which is based on the classic French fairy tale of the same name, sees an intelligent young woman named Belle who’s grown tired of her predictable small-town life. She wants to read and learn, and yearns for adventure, which makes her an oddity amongst her fellow villagers, who think a beautiful girl like her should just settle down and have a family. But she’s not interested in that. She repeatedly rejects the proposals from the town’s hunk Gaston, a vain and musclebound airhead who swears he won’t relent until Belle agrees to marry him.

Belle eventually ends up at the castle of a prince who’s been magically transformed into a beast. In an effort to save her father, the young girl abandons her dreams of adventure and agrees to remain indefinitely at the Beast’s home, which is staffed by enchanted inanimate objects. (These were his servants who were also cursed.) Unbeknownst to Belle, there’s something that can reverse the spell placed on the Beast, but if it doesn’t happen in time, the irritable prince will remain forever in his monstrous form. In the meantime, Belle’s persistent suitor Gaston will do anything to have her, even if it means harming those she cares about.

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Disney’s ‘Beauty and The Beast’ Getting A 25th Anniversary Edition
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The tale as old as time will be told once again when the treasured Disney animated classic Beauty and the Beast gets a 25th anniversary edition this September as part of The Walt Disney Signature Collection.

The anniversary edition will include four versions of the 1991 animated musical, with the Blu-ray Edition containing three of them: The original theatrical film; an extended version with the “Human Again” song sequence; and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along version. The Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere releases will include the original work-in-progress version of the film.

All editions will contain all-new bonus features, including a sneak peek at Disney’s upcoming live-action re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, which comes to theaters in 2017. The Digital versions will also have over five hours’ worth of classic bonus features from the movie’s previous home entertainment releases. See the full list of bonus features, Blu-ray cover art, and trailer here below.

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‘Beauty and The Beast’ Teaser Poster Hands You A Rose
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Remakes can be frustrating, especially now that there are so many of them. But Disney seems to have the formula to get them right with their live-action remakes of their classic animated films. Cinderella and The Jungle Book are some of the more recent films that show that if you put the right creative team behind the lens, you can have blockbuster hit. So they got Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Chicago) to direct Beauty and the Beast. Then there was the cast. As we have seen from these Disney remakes, they usually tout a rather talented cast. So they got Emma Watson and Dan Stevens to star as the live-action versions of their animated Beauty and the Beast characters. Not to mention they also cast Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou. And let’s not forget Ewan McGregor as Lumiere and Ian McKellen as Cogsworth. They even brought back Alan Menken who will do new recordings of the original songs and have new songs as well.

A recent teaser trailer just gave us a small taste of what’s to come. Sure there was a lack of music, but all the decor and cinematography proves that the studio is putting 110% effort into making something really spectacular. So now we are getting another look at the marketing campaign. The first teaser poster for Beauty and the Beast has just been released. Check it out here below.

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‘Beauty and The Beast’ Trailer: Timeless Animation Classic Goes Live-Action
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Tale as old as time. True as it can be. We all know the lyrics to that Academy Award-winning titular song. We all know the animated story. Now, Disney has released the first trailer for Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson as strong and independent bookworm Belle and Dan Stevens as the ferocious Beast. The film isn’t due out in theaters until 2017, and we’ve seen a very quick snippet of the action through D23 and some social media, but now Disney has released their first teaser trailer for the live-action adaptation.

Check it out below.

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Disney In Depth: Disney 1990s Animated Films Showdown
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Following the showdown of live-action Disney films from the 2000s, we harken back to a separate decade with a different set of movies.

These are films we all return to again and again because of their impact on The Walt Disney Company. Here are some my favorite characters, scenes, and elements in a Disney 1990s Animated Films Showdown.

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Ewan McGregor Cast As Lumiere In ‘Beauty and The Beast’; Stanley Tucci Joins Too
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Lumiere in Disney's Beauty and the Beast

The excellent cast for Disney’s upcoming live action remake of their 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast just keeps on getting better and better.

The latest actors to be cast are Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci, rounding out a cast that already includes Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Kevin Kline, Ian McKellen, and Audra McDonald. McGregor is set to play Lumiere, the maître d’ who is transformed into a talking candelbra. Tucci will play a new character, a grand piano named Cadenza who is described as a “neurotic maestro.”

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‘Beauty and The Beast’ Adds Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline
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Following Cinderella‘s huge box office success over the weekend, Disney is making a few new announcements for their live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. The Bill Condon-directed film will be adding Emma Thompson and Kevin Kline to the cast.

The two actors will be joining Emma Watson (Harry Potter) as Belle; Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as Beast; Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Dracula Untold) as the brutish Gaston; and Josh Gad (who voices the snowman Olaf in Disney’s animated hit Frozen) as Lefou, Gaston’s sidekick.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’: Release Date Set For Live-Action Film
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Beauty And The Beast

Disney has set a 2017 theatrical release date for their live-action version of Beauty and the Beast.

The studio had slotted Beauty and the Beast to hit theaters on March 17, 2017, according to Variety, who reported the news today. The film is the first one set for that day so far, with Lionsgate’s The Allegiant Series, Part 2 opening a week later.

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