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31 Things Only Diehard Beauty and the Beast Fans Know

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Image Source: Everett Collection Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most timeless classics, but there's a lot about the animated film that you might not have realized. For instance, do you know exactly what kind of animal the Beast was based on? Or his real name? The reboot is absolutely gorgeous and has a few interesting updates, but for now, let's revisit all of the interesting tidbits that make the 1991 film so great. Jackie Chan dubbed the voice of the Beast for Chinese-speaking countries. He provided vocals for both the Beast's speaking and singing parts! Chip originally had only one line. The producers liked 9-year-old actor Bradley Pierce's voice so much that they asked to expand the role. He also wasn't supposed to be a teacup. Early drawings of the character saw him as a music box who could only communicate by his chiming musical notes. Belle's
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Disney's Beauty and the Beast Trailer Is an Exact Remake of Animated Original

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast Trailer Is an Exact Remake of Animated Original
Earlier in the year, Disney released a short teaser trailer for their latest live-action fairy tale based on an animated classic. And that Beauty and the Beast sneak peek was a perfect replica of the teaser that arrived way back in 1990. Yesterday, Disney finally revealed the full-length trailer for Beauty and the Beast, which contains the first actual footage from the movie. And guess what? It's another shot-for-shot remake of the full-length trailer for the classic film.

Neat? Or is Disney straight up plagiarizing itself? MoviePilot is the one who put the two trailers side-by-side. And the result is astonishing. It's almost like watching someone turned in their sister's old homework traced to look like their own. At the same time, it's pretty cool for nostalgia hounds. But is this new movie going to be an exact replica of what came before it? We do know that the movie has some new music.
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Beauty and the Beast's Animated Belle, Paige O'Hara Says Emma Watson's Casting Is 'Genius'

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Beauty and the Beast's Animated Belle, Paige O'Hara Says Emma Watson's Casting Is 'Genius'
For 25 years, actress and singer Paige O'Hara has been the definitive Belle of Beauty and the Beast, but she's more than happy to make room for Emma Watson to take up the role for the upcoming live-action film. "I thought it was genius casting!" says O'Hara, who's celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original 1991 animated classic, newly released on Blu-Ray Sept. 20. "I don't think you could pick anyone more right for Belle that's out there that's the right age. She's beautiful, she's got the intelligence, she's extremely smart. I think she's going to be wonderful. I really do!" O'Hara, who
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Beauty and the Beast's Animated Belle, Paige O'Hara Says Emma Watson's Casting Is 'Genius'

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Beauty and the Beast's Animated Belle, Paige O'Hara Says Emma Watson's Casting Is 'Genius'
For 25 years, actress and singer Paige O'Hara has been the definitive Belle of Beauty and the Beast, but she's more than happy to make room for Emma Watson to take up the role for the upcoming live-action film. "I thought it was genius casting!" says O'Hara, who's celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original 1991 animated classic, newly released on Blu-Ray Sept. 20. "I don't think you could pick anyone more right for Belle that's out there that's the right age. She's beautiful, she's got the intelligence, she's extremely smart. I think she's going to be wonderful. I really do!" O'Hara, who
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Angela Lansbury Sings ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Special Screening for Film’s 25th Anniversary

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Angela Lansbury Sings ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Special Screening for Film’s 25th Anniversary
While Disney is gearing up for its release of the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” next year, it’s also celebrating the original animated film’s 25th anniversary. On Sunday, September 18, during a special screening of the Disney classic at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City, actress Angela Lansbury revived her Mrs. Potts character and surprised audiences by singing “Beauty and the Beast.”

The 90-year-old award-winning actress took the stage, accompanied by the film’s composer Alan Mencken on piano, to perform the heartwarming melody.

Calling the film “one of the great movies that she was involved with,” Lansbury told the press, “The thing about this particular story is that the characters are so real, and the voices are played by great actors — I don’t count myself necessarily among them.” As for singing the song in front of audiences, she stated, “Believe me
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Angela Lansbury Performs ‘Beauty And The Beast’ for Film’s 25th Anniversary

Angela Lansbury Performs ‘Beauty And The Beast’ for Film’s 25th Anniversary
Angela Lansbury proved once again she’s a force to be reckoned with.

Lansbury appeared at the 25th anniversary screening of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City on Sunday, along with the film’s other stars Paige O’Hara (voice of Belle), Robby Benson (voice of the Beast) and Richard White (voice of Gaston). Following the screening, the 90-year-old virtuoso surprised the audience with a live performance of the song “Beauty and the Beast.”

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Lansbury, who voiced Mrs. Potts in the film, was joined by the film’s composer Alan Menken at the piano. Menken also performed a medley of other Disney classics, including selections from “Hercules,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “The Little Mermaid” and more.
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Newswire: Angela Lansbury is ever just as sure singing “Beauty And The Beast” live

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Angela Lansbury is 90 years old. Let that remarkable fact sink in as you watch this lovely performance she gave last night at a 25th anniversary screening of Beauty And The Beast. Lansbury sang the title number, naturally, with composer Alan Menken accompanying her on piano. It’s as achingly beautiful as it sounds on the recording made all those years ago. ABC News has video.

Beauty And The Beast was released in November of 1991, but first debuted as a work-in-progress at the New York Film Festival in September of that year. According to E!, the event at Alice Tully Hall Sunday also featured a discussion with Lansbury and other cast members including Paige O’Hara (Belle) and Robby Benson (The Beast) and a medley of Disney tunes from Menken.
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Angela Lansbury Sings "Beauty and the Beast" Live at Film's 25th Anniversary Screening

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Angela Lansbury Sings
Angela Lansbury gave fans the treat of a lifetime Sunday. The 90-year-old actress appeared at the Beauty and the Beast 25th anniversary screening at New York City's Alice Tully Hall, where she and the rest of the voice cast, including Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson and Richard White, answered questions and opened up about working on the iconic Disney film. But it was after the screening that Lansbury surprised the audience by singing the movie's titular song live. Legendary composer Alan Menken joined Lansbury, who voiced the teapot Mrs. Potts, on the piano. As soon as she began to sing there wasn't a dry eye in the audience, proving it remains a tale as hold as time. "Beauty and the Beast" won...
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Watch: Angela Lansbury Sings 'Beauty and the Beast' Live at Film's 25th Anniversary Screening

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Watch: Angela Lansbury Sings 'Beauty and the Beast' Live at Film's 25th Anniversary Screening
It's a tale as old as time. And at the 25th anniversary screening of Disney's Beauty and the Beast in New York on Sunday, Angela Lansbury surprised audiences with a tune as old as song. The 90-year-old actress - who voiced the role of Mrs. Potts in the 1991 animated film - appeared on stage at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and sang the title song live for the first time in almost two decades. Accompanied by the movie's composer Alan Menken, Lansbury was pitch perfect in the song - even ending with a rendition of Potts' signature sendoff to her animated son,
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The Disney Renaissance’s Little Woman: Katharine Hepburn’s Imprint on Belle

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Few questions feel as stale as the following: Is the Disney Princess feminist? It's become profoundly boring to scavenge for an answer, so common is this refrain that arises each holiday season since Peggy Orenstein’s barnstorm of an essay. It will no doubt be a talking point upon the release of Moana later this year. The "Disney Princess" has congealed into a homogenous, lumpen unit of capitalist excess, so much that each character’s particular idiosyncrasies often become obscured in such discussions.Belle, the heroine of Kirk Wise and Gary Trousdale’s Beauty and the Beast (1991), is a headstrong bibliophile with a peripatetic mind; she spends the beginning of the film longing to be elsewhere. “There must be more than this provincial life,” she screams in the film’s opening number, which economically introduces us to the townspeople who fawn over her. Belle, voiced by Paige O’Hara, occupies
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Disney re-releasing Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas this October

Disney’s epic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast continues with the re-release Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas this October, just in time for the 25th anniversary of the original animated classic.

The Enchanted Christmas tells a tale set within the story of the original feature, about Belle spreading Christmas cheer within the confines of Beast’s castle during her time there. The film’s all-star voice cast features Robby Benson as Beast and Paige O’Hara as Belle, along with the castle’s enchanted staff including Jerry Orbach as Lumiere, David Ogden Stiers as Cogsworth, Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts, Haley Joel Osment as Chip, Bernadette Peters as Angelique and Tim Curry as a grumpy pipe organ who threatens to ruin the holiday festivities.

Special features for the Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere release include:

Behind-the-scenes Featurette – Step behind the scenes and witness how filmmakers created
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'Dukes of Hazzard' Star James Best Passes Away at 88

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'Dukes of Hazzard' Star James Best Passes Away at 88
James Best, who played the memorable Sherrif Roscoe P. Coltrane on the hit TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, passed away yesterday at the age of 88 from complications of pneumonia. The actor played Roscoe P. Coltrane, the longtime rival to the Duke brothers, on all seven seasons of The Dukes of Hazzard, which ran from 1979 to 1985.

The actor was raised in Indiana and ended up moving to New York after serving in World War II. He found work as a fashion model which lead to him being discoverd by a casting agent. He became a contract player for Universal Pictures. He appeared in a number of films throughout the 1950s such as Winchester '73 alongside James Stewart and The Cimarron Kid with Audie Murphy. He ended up working in both TV and film throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, appearing in notable episodes of The Twilight Zone, Wagon Train and Have Gun - Will Travel,
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Film Review: ‘Straight Outta Tompkins’

Film Review: ‘Straight Outta Tompkins’
The personal doesn’t feel especially persuasive in “Straight Outta Tompkins,” 22-year-old writer-director-star Zephyr Benson’s semi-autobiographical drama about the relentless downward spiral of a teenage junkie/dealer adrift on the Lower East Side. Imagining what might have happened if his own youthful experiences using and selling drugs had taken a much darker, more extreme turn, Benson displays more energy and assurance behind the camera than he does in front of it; even still, his tonal command of his own narrative is wobbly at best, employing cynical humor and climactic eruptions of violence to jazz up what is ultimately an overly earnest and predictable cautionary tale. Although not without promise, the film (which opened March 6 in limited release) likely proved more cathartic for its maker than it will be for those who seek it out.

A scene in which young Gene (Benson) tries to fill out a life-goals questionnaire provides
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Zephyr Benson on Scorsese-Inspired 'Straight Outta Tompkins': "I Probably Have Taken Every Drug That Exists"

Zephyr Benson on Scorsese-Inspired 'Straight Outta Tompkins':
Following in your famous father’s footsteps while pursuing your own showbiz dreams can prove to be a daunting career path. Just imagine if Dad were as beloved as Robby Benson, a teen heartthrob in the ‘70s in such films as the basketball drama “One on One” and the skating romance “Ice Castles.” He would move on to more mature roles in the ‘80s such as “Harry & Son” opposite Paul Newman and leave an enduring mark on animation history as the voice of the Beast in 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast.” And then there is Mom, Karla DeVito, no slouch, either. The actress/singer, once dubbed “The Sweetheart of Rock and Roll” by David Letterman, sang backup for Meat Loaf on his Bat Out of Hell tour and starred on Broadway in “The Pirates of Penzance.“ It makes sense, then, that their progeny and quadruple threat Zephyr Benson, who turns
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Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’S Curse – The Blu Review

Universal Studio’s original 1996 fantasy Dragonheart starred Dennis Quaid as a reformed dragon slayer, and Sean Connery as the voice of the CGI dragon who befriends him. Draco the Dragon was supposedly the last of his kind, and even though he died at the end of the first movie, Universal managed to revive him for a 2000 Dtv sequel Dragonheart: A New Beginning replacing Connery’s voice with that of Robby Benson (who had voiced the Beast for Disney). I’m not sure why it took 15 years for a third installment, but Drago (as he’s called this time) is back in the third installment, Dragonheart: The Sorcerer’S Curse, which is actually a prequel to the original. Ben Kingsley is onboard for this one as the voice of Drago.

Dragonheart: The Sorcerer’S Curse tells the story of Gareth (Julian Morris), a young man training to be a knight.
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Disney's Live Action 'Beauty and the Beast' Lands Director Bill Condon

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Disney's Live Action 'Beauty and the Beast' Lands Director Bill Condon
Following this weekend's box office success of Disney's Maleficent, the studio is moving forward with a live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast, which has Bill Condon attached to direct.

Evan Spiliotopoulos (Ouija, Hercules) is writing the screenplay, although no specific story details were given at this time. The original Beauty and the Beast was one of the few animated movies to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, grossing over $375 million worldwide and spawning a hit Broadway play and other adaptations such as The CW series Beauty & the Beast and a French Beauty & the Beast adaptation starring Vincent Cassel and L&#233a Seydoux. The characters will also be featured in the upcoming Disney Channel TV movie Descendants.

While it isn't known if there will be any musical elements, Bill Condon wrote the screenplay for the hit musicals Chicago and wrote and directed Dreamgirls.

Mandeville Films is
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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 30-21

As we continue on, I need to once again clarify that if this list was “Joshua Gaul’s 50 Favorite Movie Musicals,” it’d be a quite a different list. But, if my tastes determined what is definitive, I’d be asking you all to consider Aladdin as a brilliant piece of filmmaking and wax nostalgic about my love for Batteries Not Included and Flight of the Navigator (not for the musicals list, of course). Much to my dismay, my tastes are not universal. I’d like to think my research methods are.

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30. Annie (1982)

Directed by John Huston

Signature Song: “Tomorrow” (http://youtu.be/Yop62wQH498)

Originally a 1924 comic strip, the beloved stage musical about a red-haired orphan girl was brought to the big screen in 1982 and directed by John Huston (yes, that John Huston – director of The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen, not to
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Fan-made EarthBound documentary announced

Fan-made EarthBound documentary announced
A fan-made documentary on EarthBound has been announced by brothers Jeff and Robbie Benson.

The movie - titled EarthBound, USA - was initially intended for a later reveal, but it was unintentionally outed by EarthBound series director Shigesato Itoi.

"Just finished an interview with some American Mother 2 fans who came to see me," Itoi told Twitter followers (via IGN).

"Some of them were in elementary school when they played it but are now married with children, and still have a love for the game to this day. I've had all sorts of projects in my time, but this game is definitely in a league of its own."

EarthBound USA will debut in 2015, "unless Mother 3 is released" in the West.

Originally released in 1994 in Japan, EarthBound finally made its European debut in 2013.

Watch a trailer for EarthBound on the Wii U Virtual Console below:
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Exclusive clip: See what Robby Benson's up to now on 'Oprah: Watn'

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Exclusive clip: See what Robby Benson's up to now on 'Oprah: Watn'
Some teen heart throbs don't age well, and then there's Robby Benson. In this exclusive clip from this Friday's season finale of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" (Feb. 21 at 9:00 p.m. Et on Own), check in with Benson, who seems to be doing just fine since leaving the spotlight and has become an undeniable silver fox. See? Not every child star becomes a complete mess or stars in a bad reality TV series! But we knew Benson was going to be fine after his '70s heyday, since in 1992 his voice performance as the Beast in Disney’s “Beauty and the...
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28 Days of Disney Animation: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ A True Classic

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We all have our favorite Disney film, but for those who belong to a certain generation, the films released during the Disney Renaissance era (1989-1999) hold a special place. This era saw the company produce some of their most commercially and critically successful films in Disney’s history, by injecting its own unique brand of magic into well-known fairy tales and stories.

A key feature from this era is 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. Based on the French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, the film sees Belle (voiced by Paige O’Hara), a young woman who becomes imprisoned in an attempt to save her father by the monstrous Beast (Robby Benson), a selfish young prince transformed into a monster by a curse until he can learn how to love.

Beauty and the Beast wasn’t the company’s first attempt to bring the fairy tale to the big screen.
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