First Look At Lumiere And Cogsworth From ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Arrives

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live-action remake has inspired incredible anticipation amongst fans since the trailer and poster were released. One thing missing from the trailer was a better look at some of our favorite classic characters. Now the wait is over, the first look at Lumiere And Cogsworth has arrived online.

The images were shared from a Twitter user.

Along with a better look at the famous candlestick and clock, another image surfaced which shows the back of Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as Le Fou.

The trailer broke the record for most views within a 24 hour period for a teaser, which was originally held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This teaser was watched 91.8 million times in the first 24 hours, passing the 88 million views that the second teaser for The Force Awakens. 

Beauty and The Beast will be directed by Bill Condon, the film stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Kevin Kline as Maurice, and Audra McDonald as Garderobe.

Beauty and The Beast will arrive in theaters on March 17, 2017.

Are you looking forward to this live-action remake? Comment below and let’s chat all things Beauty and the Beast! 

Kenobi: A Star Wars Story’ Is the Fan Trailer You’ve Been Looking For

What was Obi-Wan Kenobi doing for those 20 years between ‘Revenge of the Sith’ and ‘A New Hope’?

One of the few things fans agree are a positive to come out of the divisive Star Wars prequels is Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi. 

Now, a filmmaker named Rich Williamson has put together a fan trailer imagining a film showing Kenobi’s life after 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. The Jedi master is living in exile on Tatooine, tortured by the role he played in the downfall of the Republic and watching over a young Luke Skywalker.

The Star Wars universe is poised to debut its first standalone film with Rogue One: A Star Wars Storyslated for December. A young Han Solo film is also on the slate, and fans have been clamoring for a Kenobi spinoff.

“I’d love if Star Wars started doing different genres, especially with the ‘Star Wars Story’ films,” Williamson wrote in the comments section of his trailer. “One film might be a heist movie, one a horror, this one more of a meditative Western. Shake it up.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda Joining ‘Little Mermaid’ as Producer and Songwriter

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken have come on to pen the songs for Disney’s live-action reboot of “The Little Mermaid.”

Miranda will also produce the film along with Marc Platt.

The 1989 version followed a mermaid princess who struck a bargain with a sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land. Menken wrote the music for the animated tale, including memorable hits like “Under the Sea,” “Part of Your World,” and “Kiss the Girl.”

The reboot is one of a handful of “The Little Mermaid” pics on the market. Working Title also working on their own with Chloe Grace Moretz starring.

Following the huge success of Miranda’s “Hamilton,” which has smashed Broadway records and swept the Tonys, Disney has been very active in finding ways to get in business with the multi-hyphenate. He recently penned all the songs to the Disney animated pic “Moana” starring Dwayne Johnson and is also set to co-star opposite Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns.”

He is repped by WME.

As for Disney, this film marks another pic in their slate of live-action reboots of classic Disney animated classics joining the recently released “Jungle Book”, “Beauty and the Beast” which bows next year and the “101 Dalmatians” origin pic “Cruella” starring Emma Stone as the classic villain.

Angela Lansbury, Paige O’Hara to Reunite at ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Anniversary Screening in NYC

Original voice castmembers Robby Benson and Richard White also will appear in person for an extended introduction.

New York City is bringing back Beauty and the Beast.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Disney will screen the animated classic in honor of its 25th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Alice Tully Hall.

The screening will take place at Alice Tully Hall, the same venue where the 1991 feature was shown two months before its theatrical release, as part of the 29th New York Film Festival. Presented as a work-in-progress title, with a third of the film consisting of storyboard art and black-and-white animation tests, the screening was met with a standing ovation. It then became the first animated film to earn an Academy Award nomination for best picture and won Oscars for best score and original song.

Original voice castmembers Paige O’Hara (Belle), Angela Lansbury (Mrs. Potts),  Robby Benson (Beast) and Richard White (Gaston) will appear in person for an extended introduction.

The film screens ahead of the 54th New York Film Festival, as well as the release of Disney’s live-action reboot starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Kevin Kline, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

R2-D2 Actor Kenny Baker Dies at 83

British actor Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 in the first six Star Wars films has died at the age of 83, after a long illness according to a report in The Guardian, which quoted a statement from Baker’s niece. The niece, Abigail Shield, told The Guardian of her uncle’s death, “It was expected, but it’s sad nonetheless. He had a very long and fulfilled life. He brought lots of happiness to people and we’ll be celebrating the fact that he was well loved throughout the world. We’re all very proud of what he achieved in his lifetime.”

“When he was a child, he was told that he probably wouldn’t survive through puberty, being a little person in those times, they didn’t have a very good life expectancy,” Shield said of the actor, who grew to 3 feet, 8 inches tall. “He did extremely well in his life. He was very ill for the last few years so we had been expecting it. He had been looked after by one of his nephews, who found him on Saturday morning.”

Shield explained that Baker met his wife Eileen after an appearance on the Michael Parkinson TV show. She wrote in, saying she was also a little person and wanted to meet him. “They got married soon after,” Shield said, adding that Eileen died of epilepsy about 20 years ago.

Shield added: “He had problems with his lungs and was often in a wheelchair. He was very poorly for a long time. He was asked to go out to LA for the newStar Wars premiere but he was told he was too ill to travel. Luckily he did manage to meet George Lucas again when he came to Manchester.”

Baker was also able to attend the London premiere of the latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.

Baker first played R2-D2 in the first Star Wars film in 1977. He went on to reprise the role of the droid in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi as well as the three Star Wars prequels George Lucas directed from 1999 to 2005. In addition to the Star Wars films, Baker also appeared in The Goonies and Flash Gordon.

BREAKING: Main Street Electrical Parade leaves Walt Disney World on October 9, heads to Disneyland for limited time

The Main Street Electrical ParadeMagic Kingdom Park’s long-running nighttime parade, will officially end its historic run at Walt Disney World Resort on October 9 and then head to Disneyland Resort for a limited-time encore engagement. We wanted you to be among the first to know while there’s still time to plan a trip to Walt Disney World Resort to enjoy the magic and nostalgia of the parade one last time.

Main Street Electrical Parade is a nighttime procession filled with glowing, spinning floats that honor favorite Disney characters. Animated Disney films that are represented include “Alice In Wonderland,” “Cinderella” and more. During the parade, Tinker Bell lights the way with a wave of her wand and orchestrates half a million shimmering lights synchronized to a memorable soundtrack.

If you’re planning to visit the Walt Disney World Resort for our fall experiences and see the parade one last time at Magic Kingdom Park before it ends its run, please keep in mind that Main Street Electrical Parade is not offered on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights. Check for the latest parade dates and times here on or in the My Disney Experience app.

Main Street Electrical Parade is a fan favorite in the Walt Disney World Resort, and I’m very curious to see what they will replace it with. Disneyland’s “Paint The Night” parade is leaving California, so I wonder if Magic Kingdom will be getting that incredible parade. Here’s hoping!

‘Star Wars’ TV Series Still a Possibility, Per ABC Boss: ‘We are In Conversations’

Among the news to come out of the semi-annual Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour, this was simultaneously the least surprising and most exciting: ABC is in conversations with Lucasfilm about a live-action Star Wars show.

New entertainment president of the Disney-owned television channel Channing Dungey said, “Ohh, as a fan, I would absolutely love to say ‘yes’” to EW on Thursday.

“The conversations with Lucas, we have had conversations with them and will continue to have conversations with them. I think it would be wonderful if we could find a way to extend that brand into our programming.”

“It’s all a little bit hush-hush. That company exists under a big shroud of secrecy. If you feel Marvel’s secretive, [Lucasfilm] takes it to a whole other level … [Talks] are ongoing. We don’t have an official timeline yet.”

Live-action Star Wars has long been the realm of the films, with TV the domain of animated stories likeStar Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. As fans may or may not know, a live-action show, titledStar Wars: Underworld, was in development for a longtime prior to Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm. That project, set between the original trilogy and the prequels and focused on the criminal underbelly of Coruscant, was developed extensively under Lucas and his team (over 50 scripts were written). It was scrapped after the Disney sale. EW has more on that saga here.

Mouse over video for audaudiohe move would echo the strategy with Disney’s other major cinematic universe/childhood toy bin, which expanded to the network with middling results like Agents of S.H.I.E.LD and Agent Carter. It would be a tricky move; Marvel TV’s Netflix dramas have received more success than the network shows, of which only the struggling S.H.I.E.L.D.remains (Carter was cancelled and the spinoff Most Wanted didn’t even make it past the pilot after nearly two years of development).

The problem for Marvel is the same for Star Wars: ABC has budget and content restrictions that many cable and streaming options do not. Shared universes have differing theories on cross-medium content. DC has separated their films and TV while Marvel preaches “it’s all connected.” But the latter has a huge wall between their film and television divisions too, so they’re not exactly successful on that front either. Can ABC and their partners believably tell epic sci-fi stories on a weekly basis? Opinions of whether S.H.I.E.L.D. tells good comic/superhero stories will vary, but the low ratings don’t lie.

Right now, this is just dollar signs in an executive’s eyes, too early for any ideas or concepts. I could see a Star Wars show dropping as soon as 2018, but probably later.

 “Krampus” officially coming to Halloween Horror Nights Orlando.

Universal Studios Orlando has officially announced that Krampus will be stealing your children and causing havoc at Halloween Horror Nights 2016!

The movie itself (by Trick-r-Treat mastermind Mike Dougherty) was a wonderful and fresh change of pace for the horror genre, offering chilling scares, practical effects, and of course, an insanely-frightening Krampus. For those who don’t really know, Krampus is basically the anti-Santa — if your children have been naughty, he steals them and you will never see them again. Imagine all the messed up imagery that can go with something like that when Michael Aiello and his team tear into the property this Halloween season.

Here’s the official movie trailer:


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