Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Opens March 17, 2017

As they did with Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz, Walt Disney Motion Pictures is taking BEAUTY AND THE BEAST their classic animated fairy tale and re-making it as a live-action film.  Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, and Luke Evans as the villainous Gaston.  Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is scheduled for a March 17, 2017 release.  Continue reading for all the news, images, and trailers for Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and we’ll continue to update as more information becomes available.

Update April 4, 2017

A “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Sing-Along” version opens on Friday, April 7th, and features on-screen lyrics to the songs “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast” written by eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and two-time Oscar-winning lyricist Howard Ashman. In addition, Menken’s new songs “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Evermore” written with veteran lyricist and three time Oscar winner Tim Rice.

Update March 17, 2017

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Can it live up to the nostalgia of the original? Click here for Richard Woloski’s review of this live-action version, in theaters March 17th.

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Update March 15, 2017

Sarah and Richard Woloski attended the BEAUTY AND THE BEAST press junket, and director Bill Condon & composer Alan Menken share their genius regarding the new songs in the live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, out March 17th.  Click here for all the details.

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Update February 27, 2017

A clip of one of my favorite numbers from Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.  He’s especially good at expectorating… “My, what a guy, that Gaston!”

Update February 22, 2017

Set of printable activity sheets for Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – coloring pages and more.

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Update January 31, 2017

Final trailer released for Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST featuring Ariana Grande and John Legend’s duet of the iconic song Beauty and the Beast.

Update January 27, 2017

Beautiful character posters and triptych released for Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST which include: Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast and as the Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as LeFou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

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Update January 20, 2017

Celine Dion to perform original song “How Does a Moment Last Forever” for Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

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Five-time Grammy winning and best-selling recording artist Celine Dion will perform an all-new original song, “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” for Disney’s live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The song will also be included on the film’s soundtrack.

Written by eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin”) and veteran lyricist and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice (“The Lion King,” “Evita”), “How Does A Moment Last Forever” is an emotional ballad about holding onto life’s precious moments. Portions of the song are performed throughout the film and interpolated into the underscore before Dion’s full-length version debuts in the film’s custom main-on-end title design.

Says Dion, “Being a part of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was such a magical experience in my life, and I’m truly honored to be a part of this film again.”

President of Music for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Production, Mitchell Leib, approached the artist on behalf of the project with the idea of recording one of the three new songs written for the film. “Celine was the unanimous choice of the filmmakers and studio to perform this song,” says Leib, “And everyone involved with the film is thrilled she agreed to be part of this new live-action adaptation.”

Dion originally performed the duet “Beauty and the Beast” – featuring Menken’s haunting melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman’s unforgettable lyrics – with Peabo Bryson for the animated film. The song became an instant classic and went on to receive an Academy Award, Golden Globe and three Grammy Awards.

Menken also provides the film score along with new recordings of the classic songs from the animated film written by himself and Ashman. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. The pre-order is available now at http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.

Update January 9, 2017

Final poster released for Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and the first look at Emma Watson singing “Belle” from the film.

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Update November 14, 2016

Goosebump inducing trailer released for Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Update November 11, 2016

Latest poster for Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

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Update November 5, 2016

First-look images of Disney’s live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST featuring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.

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Emma Watson as Belle in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, photo by Laurie Sparham © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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The Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson), photo by Laurie Sparham © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

The film, which brings the story and characters audiences know and love to life in a stunning, cinematic event, is directed by Bill Condon and features an extraordinary ensemble cast which also includes Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

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(L-R) Kevin Kline is Maurice, Belle’s father and Emma Watson stars as Belle, photo by Laurie Sparham © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Gaston (Luke Evans) a handsome but arrogant brute, holds court in the village tavern in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, photo by Laurie Sparham © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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(L-R) Josh Gad as Le Fou and Luke Evans stars as Gaston in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, photo by Laurie Sparham © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Belle (Emma Watson) in the ballroom of the Beast’s castle, photo by Laurie Sparham © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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The mantel clock Cogsworth, the teapot Mrs. Potts, Lumiere the candelabra and the feather duster Plumette live in an enchanted castle in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, photo by Laurie Sparham © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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The Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson) in the castle library in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, photo by Laurie Sparham © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Director/co-screenwriter Bill Condon on set with Belle (Emma Watson) in Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic, photo by Laurie Sparham © 2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Update July 10, 2016

Teaser poster released for Disney’s live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

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Update May 23, 2016

In the first teaser trailer for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Disney offers invitation to #BeOurGuest.  I love that they use the music from the animated film.  Take a look below.

Original post from August 19, 2015 follows below…

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President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production Sean Bailey at the D23 EXPO (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

From Walt Disney Studios Press Release

At the D23 Expo, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production Sean Bailey presented BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, including a musical greeting from stars Emma Watson, Josh Gad and Luke Evans — sent from the London set where they are currently filming. The live-action musical, a retelling of the studio’s animated classic, stars Watson, Dan Stevens, Evans, Gad, Kevin Kline, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald and newcomer Nathan Mack. The film is directed by Bill Condon. Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated classic, provides the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Tim Rice, as well as several new songs. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

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