#FIRSTLOOK: “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” SERIES
Disney+ announced today an 8-episode Prequel Series to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is on its way Spring 2022.
Set in the iconic kingdom of “Beauty and the Beast” years before the Beast and Belle’s epic romance, the series will follow Gaston and LeFou as they set off with LeFou’s step-sister, Tilly, after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light, sending the unlikely trio off on an unexpected journey filled with romance, comedy, and adventure. While the mysteries of the past are uncovered and the dangers of the present grow, old friends and new enemies reveal that this familiar kingdom harbors many secrets.
“Beauty and the Beast” will star Luke Evans (“The Alienist”) and Josh Gad (“Frozen 2”), reprising their roles as Gaston and LeFou (Louie), and introduce Briana Middleton (“The Tender Bar”) as Louie’s stepsister, Tilly.
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#GIVEAWAY: ENTER TO WIN DISNEY’S “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” ON BLU-RAY!
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment x Mr. Will want to give Readers across Canada a chance to witness the beauty… again! Following the Box Office record-breaking success of Disney‘s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST comes its Digital HD and Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand release! We are giving away copies of the tale as old as time on Blu-ray!
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, brought the story and characters audiences know and love to spectacular life and broke box-office records. Now the stunning, cinematic event arrives home on June 6 on Digital HD and Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand.
Fans who bring home “Beauty and the Beast” can celebrate the release with three ways to watch the movie – the original theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a musical experience with a sing-along version. The release invites viewers to get up close and personal with the filmmakers and cast to see how this beloved animated film was transformed into a new live-action classic, from the first enchanted table read to a fascinating look at how the film was brought to life utilizing lavish sets, elaborately designed costumes and props, and state-of the-art technology. A feature on the amazing women behind the enchanted tale hosted by Emma Watson; and over 10 minutes of deleted scenes along with musical extras, including the “Beauty and the Beast” music video starring Ariana Grande and John Legend, Céline Dion’s heartfelt take on the new song “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” and jump directly to all you favorite unforgettable songs.
Bonus features include:
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD
⦁ Enchanted Table Read – Join the cast for the movie’s elaborately staged table read, complete with singing and dancing to live music, set pieces and more.
⦁ A Beauty of a Tale – Explore the process of transforming a beloved animated film into a new live-action classic.
⦁ The Women Behind “Beauty and the Beast” – Emma Watson introduces several of the talented women in all aspects of production who helped bring this enchanted tale to life.
⦁ Making a Moment with Céline Dion – Céline shares what it’s like to sing “How Does a Moment Last Forever” – and be a part of the legacy of “Beauty and the Beast.”
⦁ From Song to Screen: Making the Musical Sequences – See what goes into making some of the best-known moments from “Beauty and the Beast.”
⦁ “Belle” — Filmmakers and cast reveal how it felt to shoot this memorable scene.
⦁ “Be Our Guest” — Discover all that went into creating this epic, primarily virtual performance.
⦁ “Gaston” — Join the cast for rehearsals and filming of this rousing, high-energy number.
⦁ “Beauty and the Beast” — You’re invited on set for the filming of this beloved, classic scene.
⦁ Deleted Scenes
⦁ Introduction by Director Bill Condon — Director Bill Condon presents a collection of scenes that, for one reason or another, ended up on the cutting-room floor.
⦁ Gaston Courts Belle — Pleased with himself after settling a disturbance with the townspeople, a triumphant Gaston attempts to woo Belle.
⦁ Bread and Jam for Agathe — On her morning market rounds, Belle stops by to see Agathe, the village beggar woman.
⦁ Storming the Ice Gates — The angry mob of villagers, led by Gaston, overwhelms the castle’s defenses.
⦁ Lumière Torches LeFou — As the fight rages around them, LeFou scuffles with Plumette … until he experiences a sudden, extremely heated interruption.
⦁ Monsieur Toilette –– LeFou escapes from the brawl into a small room, where he’s startled by a castle resident.
⦁ Cogsworth Rescues Lumière — When Clothilde the fishmonger threatens Lumière, Cogsworth leaps into the fray.
⦁ Treacle the Lasses — Three village lasses chase Chip and Froufrou – Madame Garderobe’s dog-turned-footstool – into the kitchen, where a surprise awaits.
⦁ LeFou and Monsieur Toilette Reunite — After the spell is broken and the castle residents are returned to human form, LeFou and his new acquaintance meet again.
⦁ Extended Song: “Days in the Sun” – Learn more about Beast’s childhood in an alternate version of this beautiful song, introduced by director Bill Condon.
⦁ “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video – Award-winning artists Ariana Grande and John Legend perform a moving version of this iconic song.
⦁ Making the Music Video – Go on set to capture the magic as it happens in Ariana Grande and John Legend’s “Beauty and the Beast” music video.
⦁ Disney Song Selection – Jump directly to all your favorite songs and sing along with the movie.
⦁ “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Music Box)
⦁ “Belle” (Reprise)
⦁ “Be Our Guest”
⦁ “Days in the Sun”
⦁ “Something There”
⦁ “How Does a Moment Last Forever” (Montmartre)
⦁ “Beauty and the Beast”
⦁ “The Mob Sing”
⦁ “Beauty and the Beast” (Finale)
⦁ “Beauty and the Beast” Music Video
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Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release Disney‘s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST in Digital HD and Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand Tuesday, June 6, 2017.
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#BOXOFFICE: “F8” HOLDS ON A THIRD WEEK
Despite a tepid weekend at the Box Office, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS still is going strong to hold on a third week at number one with $18.5 million for Universal Pictures, from 4,077 theatres. In its domestic run it has grossed $191.8 million.
In second is HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER with $11.3 million from 1,118 theatres for Lionsgate Films. It gets 51% on the Tomatometer.
Debuting in third is THE CIRCLE starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, which despite some major star power could only muster $9.1 million from 3,163 theatres. It gets 17% on the Tomatometer and a D+ CinemaScore for Elevation Pictures/STX Entertainment.
BAAHUBALI: THE CONCLUSION debuts in fourth with $8.6 million from 405 theatres only.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is in seventh in its seventh week out for Disney, with $6.3 million, bringing its domestic tally to an outstanding $480 million.
Disney’s BORN IN CHINA rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.3 million from 1,508 theatres, a two-week tally of $8.7 million.
#REVIEW: “F8” ON CRUISE CONTROL IN SECOND WEEK
Not many changes this week at the Box Office despite several new releases to come our way. Hot off the news of a possible spin-off for the Franchise starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS makes it a second week at the top of the Box Office for Universal Pictures with $37 million from 4,329 theatres. Over two weeks domestically it has made $161.9 million.
THE BOSS BABY is in second again this weekend with $11.9 million from 3,697 theatres. a total of $136 million for 20th Century Fox with $136 million over four weeks.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is in third with $10 million for Disney, bringing its six week total to $471 million.
THE PROMISE debuts in fourth for eOne Films/Open Road Films with $4.7 million from 2,251 theatres. The TIFF ’16 selection starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac gets a 46% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore.
Disneynature‘s MADE IN CHINA debuts in fifth with $4.6 million from 1,508 theatres. The Panda Documentary gets an 86% on the Tomatometer and an A- CinemaScore.
UNFORGETTABLE which sees the return of long-absent Katherine Heigl, debuts in ninth with $4.4 million from 2,417 theatres for Warner Bros. Critics gave it a 26% on the Tomatometer and a C CinemaScore from Audiences.
THE LOST OF CITY Z rounds-out the Top Ten with a $2.1 million for Bleecker Street Films/Elevation Pictures expanding to 610 theatres in its second week out. Critics very much loved the Film starring heavyweights Robert Pattinson and Charlie Hunnam with an 88% on the Tomatometer.
#BOXOFFICE: “F8” FURIOUS IN $100-MILLION OPENING
True to the form of its predecessors, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS has a spectacular opening at number one this weekend at the Box Office! Taking-in $100 million from 4,310 theatres, this eight installment in the series gets a passable 64% on the Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes and an A CinemaScore from Audiences. To place it into context, this Film ranks second in its Franchise, right behind 2015’s FURIOUS 7 which opened with $147 million.
In second after two weeks on-top is THE BOSS BABY with $17 million, bringing its three week tally to $117 million in North America for 20th Century Fox.
Just crossing the $1 billion-mark worldwide this week, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST places third in its fifth week out for Disney with $16.2 million. Thus far domestically it has grossed $457 million.
SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE places fourth with $11 million in its second week out for Sony Pictures, a two week take of $29 million.
GIFTED is in sixth with $3 million from 1,146 theatres for Fox Searchlight. It earns $4.3 million over two weeks.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND rounds-out the Top Ten with $2.6 million for Warner Bros. in its sixth week, a total of $161 million in its domestic run.
#BOXOFFICE: “BABY” IS BOSS AGAIN TAKING #1 A SECOND WEEK
Audiences simply can’t get enough of this baby! THE BOSS BABY for a second straight week takes the top of the Box Office even with stiff competition coming from new releases. The Animated Feature from 20th Century Fox earns $25.1 million, accounting for $89 million over two weeks domestically.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST again is second this weekend with $25.1 million, bringing its four week run to $432 million in North America for Disney.
SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE debuts with $14.1 million for Sony Pictures from 3,610 theatres. This third installment in the Franchise is unable to surpass 2011’s THE SMURFS which opened with $35 million. It gets an A CinemaScore and 39% on the Tomatometer.
Remake GOING IN STYLE opens in fourth with $12.2 million for Warner Bros., from 3,061 theatres. It gets a B CinemaScore and 44% on the Tomatometer from Critics.
THE CASE FOR CHRIST debuts in eight with $4.5 million for Pureflix. It gets an 83% on the Tomatometer.
Former champ GET OUT rounds-out the Top Ten with $4.1 million for Universal Pictures. Thus far over seven weeks it has made $162 million.
#FIRSTLOOK: “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” SING-ALONG OPENS FRIDAY, APRIL 7, 2017!
Hot off its record-smashing success, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST now will be available as a sing-along in theatres across Canada! Warm up those voices! Do those scales! Are you ready to sing along to classics like “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast”, plus new additions “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Evermore”?
Here’s just a taste:
Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along will be available in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Halifax, Regina, Saskatoon, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Barrie, Kingston and Peterborough beginning Friday, April 7, 2017. Check your local listings!
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#BOXOFFICE: “THE BOSS BABY” TAKES THE TOP OF THE BOX OFFICE LIKE A BAWSE
THE BOSS BABY surpasses all expectations this weekend to overtake the #1 position at the Box Office this weekend across North America. It earns $51.6 million in its debut for 20th Century Fox from 3,773 theatres. Despite only a 48% from Critics on the Tomatometer, it gets an A- CinemaScore from Audiences.
In second after two weeks on-top is BEAUTY AND THE BEAST with $48.6 million from 4,210 theatres for Disney. It is just shy of the $400-million-mark domestically and should surpass that by Monday/Tuesday.
GHOST IN THE SHELL debuts in third with $20.3 million from 3,440 theatres for Paramount Pictures. Critics gave the anime/manga adaptation a 42% on the Tomatometer and it gets a B CinemaScore.
POWER RANGERS in its second week out garners $13.6 million from 3,693 theatres for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films. It has made $64 million over two weeks.
GET OUT still is performing well in seventh with $6 million now in its sixth week out. It has made a healthy $157 million thus far for Universal Pictures.
THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE rounds-out the Top Ten with $3.2 million from 541 theatres only for Focus Features/Elevation Pictures. Critics gave it a 73% on the Tomatometer.
#BOXOFFICE: “BEAST” STILL BEAUTIFUL IN SECOND WEEK AT#1
No huge surprises here. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST continues to perform beautifully with $91.2 million from 4,210 theatres in its second week out for Disney! In two weeks it has made already a staggering $319 million domestically.
By no means shameful, POWER RANGERS is second best with a superb $41.6 million opening in North America for Lionsgate Films/eOne Films, from 3,693 theatres. Expect a long-term Franchise. Critics gave it 46% on the Tomatometer but Audiences gave it an A CinemaScore. It was made for $100 million.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND is in third with $14 million in its third week for Warner Bros., a total $133 million over three weeks.
LIFE opens in fourth for Sony Pictures with $12.2 million from 3,146 theatres. Critics gave it a lukewarm 66% on the Tomatometer. Audiences gave it a C+ CinemaScore. It was made for $58 million.
LOGAN in its fourth week earns $10 million, surpassing the $200-million-mark over four weeks for 20th Century Fox.
CHIPS, adapted from the popular ’70s comedy series, debuts in seventh with $7.3 million from 2,464 theatres for Warner Bros. Critics gave it 20% on the Tomatometer, with a B- CinemaScore. It was made for $25 million.
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE rounds out the Top Ten with $1.7 million in its seventh week out for Warner Bros. also.
#BOXOFFICE: “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST” MONSTROUS IN RECORD-SETTING DEBUT
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST lives up to expectations, debuting at the Box Office this weekend for Disney with a stellar $173.5 million from 4,210 theatres, toppling previous March record-holder BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE’s opening last year of $166 million. Simultaneously it becomes the highest-opening for a Film ever pre-summer. While Critics were lukewarm about the live action adaptation starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens with a 71% on the Tomatometer, audiences resoundingly were positive in their feedback giving it an A CinemaScore. If there were ever any doubt about Watson‘s bankability as a star, this is her highest opening ever, just ahead of 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and its $169.1 million opening.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND slips to second with $25.7 million from 3,846 theatres in its second week out for Warner Bros., earning a total $107 million already domestically.
LOGAN in its third weekend out for 20th Century Fox still is going strong with $17 million, tallying-in a total $184 million already in North America.
GET OUT continues to be the little engine that could, motoring home with a solid $12.8 million now in its third week out for Universal Pictures. It has made $132 million thus far.
THE BELKO EXPERIMENT debuts in seventh with $3.4 million from 1,336 theatres for High Top Releasing. It has not yet been released in Canada. The office-Horror starring Tony Goldwyn gets a 49% on the Tomatometer from Critics
BEFORE I FALL rounds-out the Top Ten with $958k in its third week out, totaling $11.2 million thus far.