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ABC’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Special Casts H.E.R. as Belle

The Beauty and the Beast 30th anniversary special at ABC has found its Belle. Grammy winner H.E.R. will play the character in the special, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the 1991 animated film’s historic Oscar nomination for best picture — the first animated feature to earn such recognition. The movie won two Academy Awards […]

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Gets ABC Live Treatment for 30th Anniversary (Exclusive)

Beauty and the Beast is getting the live treatment at ABC to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the beloved animated classic’s history-making Academy Award nomination. The Disney-backed broadcast network is making a two-hour, live-action/animated special that will feature a new cast and air Dec. 15 on the broadcast network. Jon M. Chu (In the Heights, […]

Disney’s Profits From ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Safe, Judge Rules

Disney is no longer at risk of surrendering profits on two of its blockbusters — Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool — for using allegedly stolen VFX technology to animate CG characters. Conceding that he erred in a previous ruling clearing the way for trial over these films and exposing the company to massive damages, […]

‘Beauty and the Beast’ and Its Unprecedented Oscar Run in 1992: “It Was a Giant Moment for Everyone”

Thirty years ago, an animated film — Disney’s Beauty and the Beast — was nominated for the best picture Oscar for the first time. The same studio had, of course, previously made animated classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (for which Walt Disney was presented with an honorary Oscar, along with seven smaller […]

Odd Love: 11 Unconventional Movie Romances for Valentine’s Day

Such classic films as 'Edward Scissorhands' and 'Wall-E' have highlighted romances perfect for Valentine's Day, given their unusual pairings.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Prequel Series Put on Hold at Disney+

Beauty and the Beast’s TV spinoff has hit a speed bump. Disney+ has put its musical prequel spinoff from its 2017 feature film on hold amid delays with creative elements and scheduling challenges with its cast. Sources close to the streamer say the show will eventually be made, though it’s unclear if the cast, including […]

‘Beauty and the Beast’ at 30: Stars Reflect on Disney Animated Film’s Legacy

Disney’s 1991 animated take on Beauty and the Beast, celebrating its 30th anniversary this month, spawned a Broadway musical and a live-action remake and earned nearly $425 million at the global box office as well as a special place in the hearts of fans and the film’s voice cast. Paige O’Hara, who voices Belle, recalled […]

Toronto: ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Director Stephen Chbosky Talks Bringing Broadway to the Big Screen

While Boadway shows like Mean Girls and Spider-Man began as Hollywood movie franchises that jumped to the stage after strong multiplex runs, Stephen Chbosky, who wrote the screenplay for Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast and the film adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, has turned a hit Broadway musical into an awards season hopeful […]

Disney’s Profits From ‘Deadpool,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ at Risk in Upcoming Trial

For allegedly using stolen technology to market realistic CG characters, Disney faces the prospect of losing a portion of its profits on three of its blockbuster movies — Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy and Beauty and the Beast. On Tuesday, a California federal judge denied a summary judgment motion made by Disney with respect to these […]

Hollywood Docket: Do Emotions From Animated Characters Drive Ticket Buying?

Today’s edition of you’ll-never-guess-what-they’re-discussing-in-court: Do realistic human emotions from computer-generated characters make a material contribution to the financial success of a blockbuster movie? The question comes up because a Silicon Valley tech company called Rearden LLC is suing Disney for using “stolen” technology for CG characters in blockbuster movies including Avengers, Beauty and the Beast and Night […]

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Prequel Series a Go at Disney+

It’s official: Beauty and the Beast is getting a Disney+ prequel series. Fifteen months after The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported that the streamer was in talks with Josh Gad and Luke Evans to reprise their roles from the 2017 feature film, Disney+ has handed out an eight-episode formal series order for the musical. The limited […]

Former CAA Agent David Neumann Launches Management Firm

Former CAA motion picture agent David Neumann has launched Newmation, a management company for film and TV animation creators.