Disney Adds A New Dimension To Animated Classic ‘Beauty And The Beast’

beauty-and-the-beast-14Just over twenty years after its original theatrical release, Disney’s animated classic, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, will be returning to theaters next month for a limited run after being remastered and converted to digital 3D. One of the studio’s most popular and financially successful titles, the film was directed by GERY TRUSDALE and KIRK WISE and featured the voice talents of ROBBY BENSON, PAIGE O’HARA, DAVID OGDEN STIERS, JERRY ORBACH and ANGELA LANSBURY. Flush with tunes by ALAN MENKIN and HOWARD ASHMAN, the movie went on to be adapted for the Broadway stage where it won several Tony Awards.
A veteran of stage, screen and television, ANGELA LANSBURY delighted audiences as the voice of the maternal teapot, Mrs. Potts. When we interviewed her for the original release of the film, she had a sense that this was a project that would stand the test of time. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D opens in limited release 1/13

DAVID FINCHER PRAISES ‘DRAGON TATTOO’S’ ROONEY MARA: “SHE WAS INDOMITABLE”

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Since it’s release over the holidays, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has taken in a disappointing $32.4 million, and hopefully the critically acclaimed piece (Rooney Mara’s garnering excellent reviews for her inspired take on Lisbeth Sander) will find its footing this weekend (the picture’s budget is estimated at $90 million).

On a brighter note, David Fincher was effusive (as effusive as a cerebral filmmaker can be) over his collaboration with Mara and co-star Daniel Craig, whom he sees as a modern day Robert Mitchum. The following clip is an insightful peek into how Fincher gradually convinced that Mara, who worked with him on The Social Network, was the perfect choice for Lisbeth Sander:

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‘Tintin’ Star Jamie Bell Discovers The World Of Mo-Cap Acting

bell-tintinCurrently in theaters, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN is an epic adventure tale aimed directly at the family market. Directed by STEVEN SPIELBERG, the cast includes JAMIE BELL, DANIEL CRAIG, SIMON PEGG, CARY ELWES, ANDY SERKIS and TOBY JONES. Using the latest in state-of-the-art, motion-capture technology, the film tells of the adventures of an intrepid boy reporter and his very peculiar entourage originally created by Belgian artist HERGE. During an interview conducted shortly after his work on the movie wrapped, JAMIE BELL explained the nature of motion-capture technology and the relationship it has with actors. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
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THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN is in theaters now

CHARLIZE THERON TO RECEIVE INDIE IMPACT AWARD AT PALM SPRINGS FEST

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Variety will honor Charlize Theron with the Indie Impact Award January 8th at the 2012 Palm Springs International Film Festival.  “Charlize Theron continues to make an impact by committing herself to films that exemplify the beset in independent cinema,” say Variety Executive Editor Steven Gaydos.  “She notably won an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award and Independent Spirit Award for the film Monster, and contributed unforgettable performances to films such as The Burning Plain, In The Valley of Elah, and North Country.  Her recent acclaimed work in Young Adult, for which she was recently nominated for a Golden Globe Award, demonstrates Theron’s characteristic edge and verve.

Young Adult will also be honored at the gala with the Vanguard Award, which honors an outstanding creative ensemble.

Click on the media bar and listen to Theron talk about being a fan of director Jason Reitman before joining Young Adult:

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Meryl Streep Admits Margaret Thatcher Still As Divisive As Ever

meryl_streep_margaret_thatcherArriving in theaters this week, IRON LADY is the big-screen biopic showcasing the political career and personal life of controversial British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Directed by PHYLLIDA LLOYD, the cast includes MERYL STREEP, JIM BROADBENT, ANTHONY HEAD and RICHARD E. GRANT.  Two-time Academy Award-winner STREEP turns in a portrayal of the controversial Thatcher that is completely deserving of the recognition she’ll no doubt be receiving this awards season. At the recent New York press conference to promote the film, STREEP talked about the continuing effect the former PM has on the world. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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IRON LADY opens in theaters tomorrow