Tag: Beauty and the Beast

Beyoncé Just Dropped a Single From ‘The Lion King’ Remake!

‘Be Prepared’ didn’t make the cut in Jon Favreau’s live action rendition, but we can get a taste of the new soundtrack with what the Queen Bey just dropped.

 

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In case you’re living under a rock, Disney is remaking all their animation classics. Beauty and the Beast hit theaters in 2017 (as well as 1991) and Lady and the Tramp will be available in live action form on their newest streaming service, Disney Plus, but The Lion King will come out in eight days on July 18th.

Stirring up the soup bowl of hype is Beyoncé!

Not only will she grace our ears by being the voice of Nala, but she’s also producing and curating the album for the film. Are you wondering how that will turn out? Well, wait no longer!

 

 

The song is titled ‘Spirit’ and “is said to be featured during a pivotal scene in the film involving Queen Bey’s character, Nala,” Deadline reports.

 

 

You can listen to the song below:

 

Are you excited for this movie? It’ll be the second live-action Disney remake that Jon Favreau (the first was The Jungle Book).

 

 

Right now it seems that Disney isn’t stopped with their live action remakes. The Mulan teaser trailer dropped only three days ago….

 

 

….and Maleficent 2: Mistress of Evil‘s second trailer dropped two days ago…

 

 

…and the cast for Little Mermaid has been growing.

 

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So the train is going, but are you along for the ride?

 

 

 

 

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Stephen Chbosky Announces ‘Imaginary Friend’ Release Date!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower author Stephen Chbosky has officially named the release date for his second novel, Imaginary Friend.

 

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In 1995, Stephen Chbosky’s debut film, The Four Corners of Nowhere, was released. An independent film, it debuted at  Sundance Film Festival, and became one of the first films shown on the Sundance Channel. He worked on several projects in varying roles afterwards, including producing The Poughkeepsie Tapes, although many of the films he wrote fell through.

But in 1999 came his debut novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

 

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An epistolary novel, meaning the story is told through letters, the book follows Charlie, an introverted teenager, as he goes through his freshman year of high school in a Pittsburgh suburb.

An immediate success, the novel became MTV Books’ best-selling title in 2000, selling 100,000 copies in print as of 2000.

The New York Times has since noted the novel, since publication, has been “passed from adolescent to adolescent like a hot potato”. In 2012 the novel was ranked number 16 on NPR’s list of the “100 Best-Ever Teen Novels”.

There’s also been considerable controversy around the book regarding the novel’s themes of homosexuality, and descriptions of masturbation drug use as well as conversations about suicide, appearing on American Library Association’s 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 lists of the 10 most frequently challenged books.

Since the novel’s release, Chbosky wrote and directed an adaptation of his novel and experienced a kick off in his career, writing Disney’s remake Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, alongside Evan Spiliotopoulos and the comedy drama Wonder.

 

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In February, Book Seller wrote that Chbosky had a second book coming out, Imaginary Friend, which had been described as “a wildly ambitious, sweeping work of literary horror” that “focuses on Kate Reese, a single mother fleeing an abusive relationship by starting over in a new town, with her young son Christopher [whose] world begins to unravel after Christopher vanishes into the Mission Street Woods – where 50 years earlier an eerily similar disappearance occurred”. The twist is that her son “emerges six days later, unharmed but not unchanged, he brings with him a secret: a voice only he can hear and a warning of tragedy to come”.

Now, Chbosky announced on Twitter that the book is coming out October 1st in an astonishing video tweet. It looks like a picture before it transforms into the book cover.

It’s a work of art, and you should check it out below!

 

 

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Disney Villains Series in Development!

As Disney prepares to launch its new streaming service, Disney+, news about the various projects being developed for the service continue to come out. Now, a new show has been announced based on some classic Disney characters.

Disney and ABC will be developing Book Of Enchantment, a television show based on a series of novels by Serena Valentino. It focuses primarily on Disney villains like Maleficent and Ursula and how their stories interconnect in an epic fantasy world. Since the project has just been announced, there is no word yet on casting or filming dates.

 

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There are currently five books in the series. The first three focus on Ursula from The Little Mermaid, The Beast from Beauty and The Beast, and The Evil Queen from Snow White. Book four focuses on Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty and book five on Mother Gothel from Tangled.

Disney+ is expected to launch later this year. Previously announced shows for the service include Marvel series based on Loki and Scarlet Witch, a television version of High School Musical and the newest season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Several movies are also being made for the service, including another Muppets reboot as well as an updated version of Don Quixote.

 

 

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5 of Your Favorite Bookworm Characters from Literature!

August 9th is Book Lovers Day! As a book-obsessed kid, I often found myself latching on to bookworms within the books themselves. It’s awesome to read a book and find your own passions reflected in a character. Here are a few amazing book lovers we find in our pages (and screens)!

 

 

 


 

 

Hermione Granger

(Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)

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[…] She was dashing back, an enormous old book in her arms.

“I never thought to look in here!” she whispered excitedly. “I got this out of the library weeks ago for a bit of light reading.”

Light?” said Ron, but Hermione told him to be quiet.

 

 


 

 

Matilda Wormwood

(Matilda by Roald Dahl)

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“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.” 

 

 


 

 

Tyrion Lannister

(A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin)

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“I have a realistic grasp of my own strengths and weaknesses. My mind is my weapon. My brother has his sword, King Robert has his warhammer, and I have my mind… and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. That’s why I read so much, Jon Snow.” 

 

 


 

 

Liesel Meminger

(The Book Thief by Markus Zusak)

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“She said it out loud, the words distributed into a room that was full of cold air and books. Books everywhere! Each wall was armed with overcrowded yet immaculate shelving. It was barely possible to see paintwork. There were all different styles and sizes of lettering on the spines of the black, the red, the gray, the every-colored books. It was one of the most beautiful things Liesel Meminger had ever seen.

With wonder, she smiled.

That such a room existed!” 

 

 


 

 

Klaus Baudelaire

(A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket)

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“Klaus sighed, and opened a book, and as at so many other times when the middle Baudelaire child did not want to think about his circumstances, he began to read.” 

 

 


 

Belle

(Beauty and the Beast)

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“Look there she goes, that girl is so peculiar
I wonder if she’s feeling well
With a dreamy, far-off look
And her nose stuck in a book
What a puzzle to the rest of us is Belle…”

 

 

 

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Zooey Deschanel as Belle

Zooey Deschanel Will Lead All Star Cast Bringing ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to Life this Summer

If you live in Los Angeles and love Beauty and the Beast, then you’re in luck. Zooey Deschanel and Taye Diggs will be appearing in a live action performance of the musical – kind of. 

 

On Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles will be screening the original animated movie, while a full orchestra and an all-star cast perform the songs, live, in front of your very eyes. Deschanel will be starring as Belle, with Taye Diggs capturing Gaston’s masculine essence. 

 

The cast doesn’t stop there – Kelsey Grammar will act as Lumiere, Rebel Wilson as LeFou, Jane Krakowski as Mrs. Potts, and Anthony Evans as the Beast. 

 

This isn’t the first of these kind of performances, The Little Mermaid took to the stage and screen two years ago. Richard Kraft, the producer of that show, will be returning to put on this summer’s production. 

 

 

“The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl was an amazing and unforgettable event,” said legendary Disney composer Alan Menken. “Now Beauty and the Beast at the Bowl is coming, with an extraordinary cast and a world class orchestra. I am beyond excited to be a part of what will be another fantastic evening.”

 

The evening promises “breathtaking living scenery” projected onto the iconic Hollywood Bowl location to completely immerse the audience into the Beauty and the Beast experience. 

 

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 16th at 10 AM PST.

 

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