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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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You Know You’re a Single Book Nerd When…

Supposedly winter is when people are most anxious to find a significant other. And yet here we are. Maybe we turn to a nice paperback for comfort. You can relate. You know you’re a single book nerd when…

 

1. You go to bookstores to meet attractive people rather than to buy books.

 

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2. You show off the book you’re reading every chance you get in hopes somebody notices.

 

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3. You compare your singleness to the rich romantic life of the character in this freaking book.

 

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4. You assume every attractive person you see reading a book is single and definitely into you.

 

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5. You’ve become increasingly aversed to showing your affection and would rather just return to your book.

 

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6. Smiling at another person makes you feel vulnerable, so you just smile into your book instead.

 

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7. You’re so afraid of rejection that you read a book, which can never reject you.

 

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8. You’re suddenly really into Jane Austen.

 

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9. You start memorizing love poems.

 

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10. You don’t feel guilty about being sad because only your book sees you when you’re sad.

 

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11. You feel romantic feelings for the person who wrote the book you’re reading.

 

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12. You get butterflies when you see a nice book cover just like when you see a nice person.

 

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Not Bootylicious Enough for Beyoncé

Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon has revealed that Beyoncé, legend, icon, star, and goddess divine, turned down an offer to co-star in the live-action remake. Condon previously cast Beyoncé as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination and solidified her place as America’s Sweetheart, not just Houston’s. 

 

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In an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment, Condon expressed his interest in getting Queen B in the cast for the Disney classic, because “seeing if Beyoncé is available” should be the first item on the to do list of any musical director. 

 

“Isn’t that weird? God, it seems crazy!” Condon said regarding the quite small amount of musicals Beyoncé has appeared in. “I even tried to get her into Beauty and the Beast, but it wasn’t a big enough part. She would have been a good feather duster.”

 

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First of all, if you’re going to offer Beyoncé a role in your movie you should probably know the name of the character you’re asking her to play.

 

But that’s half the problem, the character goes by a variety of names depending on who’s producing the show: Babette in the musical, Fifi in Belle’s Magical World, and Plumette in Condon’s live-action remake. The token French maid character, who in Condon’s 2017 remake has been re-designed as a swan (props), is apparently so unimportant that her name is irrelevant. Which isn’t to say that you shouldn’t have big names in small roles, but I do think you shouldn’t have big names in small roles just because they can sing and dance and look good in a skirt.

 

I know the character is predominantly CGI, but come on, I’m trying to make a point here. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, known for her role in the Emmy award winning episode “San Junipero” of Black Mirror, eventually took the part and did a fantastic job. 

 

Condon is excited for the future of big-screen musical entertainment, and the role Beyoncé will play with that. “You look at something like Lemonade: that is brilliant. That is a brilliant new direction for movie musicals.” I vote we start with a full length feature film written by, about and starring Beyoncé, and then go from there. Cool? Cool. 

 

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