Saturday, December 31, 2016

'Beauty and the Beast' 2016 Round-Up

We have made it to the end of 2016 (thank goodness!) and as we countdown the final hours of this year, it's time to look back at the best Beauty and the Beast movie news from the past twelve months. Below you will find the top 16 news stories, photos, and interviews, as well as a few odds & ends from the year.

Be sure to follow Beauty and the Beast Movie News on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter for all the latest.

Beauty and the Beast is set for release on March 17, 2017 (just 75 days away!)

Top 16 News Stories
1. Beauty and the Beast 25th Anniversary Round-Up Part One & Part Two

2. Luke Evans and Hugh Jackman sing 'Gaston' on The Jonathan Ross Show

3. One year ago...production begins on Beauty and the Beast

4. WATCH: First trailer for Beauty and the Beast

5. Beauty and the Beast trailer reaches 91.8 million views in 24 hours/ Second Beauty and the Beast trailer is one for the record books

6. New teaser poster for Beauty and the Beast

7. First look at Luke Evans and Josh Gad in Beauty and the Beast & more behind the scenes photos

8. New images of Belle, Beast, Gaston & more

9. Unused Howard Ashman lyrics to be featured in live-action Beauty and the Beast

10. Second Beauty and the Beast teaser poster is a tale as old as time 

11. WATCH: New Beauty and the Beast trailer

12. Josh Gad takes over Walt Disney Studios' feed for a day of #Instagad

13. LISTEN: "Our Song Lives On" performed by composer Alan Menken

14. First look at the Beauty and the Beast castle staff in human form

15. Beauty and the Beast costumes on display at theaters in NY & LA

16. LISTEN: Official audio clip of Emma Watson singing "Something There"

Top 16 Photos

A photo posted by Josh Gad (@joshgad) on

A photo posted by Josh Gad (@joshgad) on

A photo posted by Dan Stevens (@thatdanstevens) on

A photo posted by Josh Gad (@joshgad) on

A photo posted by Jack Morrissey (@therealjackmorrissey) on

A photo posted by Ewan McGregor (@mcgregor_ewan) on

. I'm trying to get your attention, and to get you to read these words. Another look at "Teaser Poster #2" isn't going to get you to read these words now, is it? 1. On MONDAY - THAT'S TWO DAYS FROM NOW - over at our official Facebook page, which is DisneyBeautyandtheBeast, you may, if you like, WATCH LIVE as Academy Award-winning screenwriter-director Bill Condon awkwardly moves through his very first Facebook Live experience in life. Also appearing from Bill's new live-action movie musical interpretation of the tale as old as time (yes some folks have still *somehow* never heard about this) will be @EmmaWatson, who is playing Belle; @ThatDanStevens - "Cousin Matthew" Crawley from DOWNTON ABBEY, who is playing the Beast; @TheRealLukeEvans , who played Bard the Bowman in THE HOBBIT Trilogy, who is playing the Disney villain for our time, Gaston; and Josh Gad, who you may know from, amongst other things, FROZEN and THE BOOK OF MORMON on Broadway, who is playing the syncophant of all time, Le Fou. They'll all be live on Facebook on Monday. Why Monday? Why. Monday. You can ask the writer/director and his cast aaaallllllll the questions you would like in the comments under the post over at that official Facebook page - right now or over this weekend or even Monday morning if you post them before they start and someone will read through them and that person will not be me thank Jeebus and a few of them will be answered on that page in the FACEBOOK LIVE event on MONDAY. As for the above image... 1. We use antlers in all of our dec-o-rate-ing. 2. No fantastic beasts were harmed in the creation of this piece. 3. This is a gift from Academy Award-winning makeup artist @DaveElseyFX and his equally talented partner in crime and life, @LouElsey. They did all the makeup on Bill's three revivals of why here is our official page @SideShowBroadway, then turned @IanMcKellen into Mr. Holmes, and more recently - even though it already feels like seven years ago - designed the Beast for Bill. . #BeautyandtheBeast #BeOurGuest #BillCondon #EmmaWatson #DanStevens #LukeEvans #JoshGad #taleasoldastime
A photo posted by Jack Morrissey (@therealjackmorrissey) on

Top 16 Interviews
1. Ewan McGregor: "I think he's really the right guy to make that film."

2. Dan Stevens: "I couldn’t possibly out-Gaston Luke Evans"
Well, thank you. I couldn’t possibly out-Gaston Luke Evans, but yeah, it’s exciting, really exciting. They’re amazing over there and the work that’s going into this movie is quite extraordinary. I’d like to think that it’s modern-day magic, the stuff that’s going into creating this Beast.
3. Dan Stevens: "There's some extraordinary digital wizardry going on behind that."
Well, it's a hybrid. I was puppeteering a suit on stilts and the facial capture is done separately using this technology called Nova, which is real pioneering stuff. We're still doing bits and pieces here and there, and just watching that emerge is really exciting. It feels like magic.
4. Ewan McGregor: "Recording the big 'Be Our Guest' song was just fantastically fun"
And then, I’ve enjoyed working with Bill on the post-production side of it, as well. And recording the big “Be Our Guest” song was just fantastically fun, and nothing something I’ve done in quite awhile.
5. Luke Evans: "When I got the job I was over the moon."
It’s taken eight years in my film career to finally get the job where I was able to sing and enjoy every minute of it. It was an amazing job. Everybody involved was happy to come to work. The set was huge and the cast was wonderful. I had a great time with Emma (Watson), Dan (Stevens), Josh (Gad) and Kevin (Kline). Having Bill Condon directing it simply made it a dream package.
6. Josh Gad: "It's just stunning, and I'm so excited and proud to be a part of it."
"What I think the creative team has brilliantly done under the guidance of Bill Condon is it's taken all of these moments that we recollect from our childhoods over the year of watching the film, etcetera, and it's given it new life, new wrinkles, new dimensions that are going to blow people away."
7. Gugu Mbatha-Raw: "It's got all the magic and the romance of the original"

8. WATCH: Emma Thompson talks Mrs. Potts & sings Beauty and the Beast

9. WATCH: Beauty and the Beast 25th anniversary Q&A with Paige O'Hara

10. Josh Gad: "Dan's performance is just incredible..."

11. Luke Evans: "At certain points, the loyalty to the original 25-year-old animation is staggering"
It was really fun to play this character, because it's such a great arc, such a great like arc. He starts as a kind of lovable rogue - says all these self-absorbed egocentric phrases and has his crazy sidekick. And then once he starts to realize he's not going to get his own way, the facade starts to crack, and there's a monster appears, and he ends up being quite the villain.
12. Composer Alan Menken shares new details about additional Beauty and the Beast songs
“‘For Evermore’ is this moment where the Beast now loves Belle, and he realizes that she misses her father, and he acknowledges she’s no longer a prisoner, and when she sees her father’s in trouble, he says, ‘Go to him, go.’ And he voluntarily lets her go,” Menken continues. “He’s basically singing about how he now knows what love is, as he watches her leave, and he’s climbing up the turret of the castle as she recedes into the distance, just watching her go further and further away.”
13. Trailer Launch Interviews with Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad & Bill Condon

14. WATCH: Facebook Live Chat with director Bill Condon & the stars of Beauty and the Beast

15. Director Bill Condon reveals new details about the film's setting, castle staff & more
From the very beginning, I worked with Sarah Greenwood, the designer, and we decided to set in the time and place it was written, in the South of France in the 1740s. It wasn't in some mystical kingdom far away. It wasn't in a fairy-tale kingdom or anything like that.

Once we had that reality, once we knew that, it informed everything, especially in the design of the household staff objects. We started to look at clocks and candlesticks from the period and imagined faces in them. And we started to imagine how they could be anthropomorphized. The penny would drop on one of them and it was like, “Oh wow, that could work there.” Then suddenly the whole thing would come to life.
16. Director Bill Condon: "Watson and Stevens dancing to 'Beauty and the Beast.' That really puts you on a high.”
“I hope you feel like when Belle is crying over The Beast and says that she loves him, that you really feel that you’re convinced that these two people are the only ones for each other, that they belong together. That’s why we expanded the backstory and all so that you have something that lets you really believe in that love and feel it and feel that kind of sadness of it.”
2016 Odds & Ends
1. La Bella y la Bestia de Disney's edits (seriously, you should be following them for their awesome edits, BATB news & more!)
A photo posted by La Bella y la Bestia de Disney (@bellabestiason) on

🌹🌹🌹 Mientras esperamos a que Disney lance imágenes oficiales de los actores en la película de acción real os dejo este montaje exclusivo, espero que os guste :D Ojalá tengamos suerte y en el evento del 25º aniversario del Clásico el 22 de julio en la Comic Con de San Diego se publique algo definitivamente. Os recuerdo que en la nueva edición de la película animada que sale el 6 de septiembre en Estados Unidos se incluirá un nuevo adelanto del filme de 2017.🌹🌹🌹 #LaBellaylaBestia #Disney #BeautyandtheBeast #beautyandthebeast2017 #BillCondon #beautyandthebeastliveaction #disneyedit #batbedit #EmmaWatson #DanStevens #EwanMcgregor #EmmaThompson #LukeEvans #JoshGad #AudraMcdonald #GuguMbathaRaw #IanMckellen #StanleyTucci #KevinKline #HattieMorahan #labellaylabestia2017 #AlanMenken #HowardAshman #zoerainey #harrietjones #henrygarrett #labellaelabestia #dieschöneunddasbiest #abelaeafera #alexisloizon
A photo posted by La Bella y la Bestia de Disney (@bellabestiason) on

Podéis ver algunos objetos en el centro de sala, así como arte conceptual de los objetos en el fondo. De izquierda a derecha: Sir Ian Mckellen (Din Don), Hattie Morahan (la hechicera Agathe), Kevin Kline (Maurice), Dan Stevens ( Bestia), Emma Watson (Bella) Luke Evans (Gastón) y Emma Thompson (Señora Potts). También estaban presentes el compositor Alan Menken y el letrista Tim Rice 🌹 #LaBellaylaBestia #Disney #BeautyandtheBeast #beautyandthebeast2017 #BillCondon #beautyandthebeastliveaction #BATB #disneyedit #batbedit #EmmaWatson #DanStevens #EwanMcgregor #EmmaThompson #LukeEvans #JoshGad #AudraMcdonald #GuguMbathaRaw #IanMckellen #StanleyTucci #KevinKline #HattieMorahan #labellaylabestia2017 #AlanMenken #HowardAshman #labellaelabestia #dieschöneunddasbiest #abelaeafera #alexisloizon #beautyandthebeast25anniversary
A photo posted by La Bella y la Bestia de Disney (@bellabestiason) on

2. Beauty and the Beast 1991/2017 trailer comparisons

3. Beauty and the Beast As Told By Emoji

4. Beauty and the Beast (2017) Fan Art

A photo posted by C. Wojo (@cyndi_draws) on

A photo posted by @cherlise_tan on

A photo posted by Youtube:MeganECarrigan (@megancarrigan_fineart) on

5. Beauty and the Beast Paper Dolls
Visit Paper Dolls by Cory on Facebook to print out your own paper dolls!

6. Beauty and the Beast ads in Times Squares & on the Sunset Strip

A photo posted by hellhorns and lunathehusky (@hellhorns) on

A photo posted by hellhorns and lunathehusky (@hellhorns) on

7. Live-action Beauty and the Beast figures for Disney Infinity
*This is just concept art. Disney no longer produces this game.*

8. Upcoming Beauty and the Beast book releases
Many of the books that tie into the upcoming live-action film will be released near the end of January, including an updated edition of Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast. Click here to see the books available for pre-order and check out some of the cover images below.

9. First look at Beauty and the Beast merchandise
Merchandise for the live-action film has been popping up in stores a few weeks early and some fans were lucky enough to snap a few photos of the new toys. Check out all the latest photos here.

10. Lin-Manuel Miranda & Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sing "Gaston"

Thank you so much for visiting the blog this year! See you in 2017!

No comments:

Post a Comment