Beauty and the Beast, which is currently this year’s highest grossing film, hits Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on June 6. Viewers who purchase the movie can watch the theatrical cut, the premiere cut with overture, and a sing-along version. Overtures are very rare these days in cinema, and it will be interesting to see how that’s seamlessly blended into the movie.
As expected, a ton of special features for the film are available. Emma Watson, who plays Belle in the film, hosts the a featurette (“The Women Behind Beauty and the Beast”) which spotlights several talented women who helped bring this transcendent tale to the silver screen. Director Bill Condon is also on hand to introduce the 10 minutes worth of deleted scenes and explain why they were each left off the final cut (one of the scene features Gaston, played by Luke Evans, attempting to woo Belle).
Also included in the special features includes the segment “Making a Moment with Celine Dion” which has the pop icon discussing the Beauty and the Beast song “How Does A Moment Last Forever.” The music video for “How Does A Moment Last Forever,” as well as the music video for Ariana Grande and John Legend’s version of “Beauty and the Beast,” is also featured in the collection.
Congrats are in order for Disney, who set a new U.S. Box Office record in 2016. According to Deadline, thanks to mega hits like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, Doctor Strange and Moana, the studio has reportedly accumulated $2.49 billion domestically, a new Hollywood record. The earnings grow to $4 billion when worldwide totals are factored in, and they still have Star Wars: Rogue One on the horizon.
There’s sad news to report as actress Margaret Whitton, best known as the money-hungry owner of the Cleveland Indians in the Major League franchise, has died at the age of 67 after a short battle with cancer. Whitton also appeared in The Secret of My Success, 9 1/2 Weeks and Man Without a Face.
Want to see the trailer for Fast and Furious 8? This coming Sunday (Dec. 11), the cast will be in New York City to debut the trailer and you can catch it live on Facebook. If you’d like to attend in person, visit here and leave your details.
Tom Cruise is back with another action adventure and it looks like quite a ride. The trailer for The Mummy has been released, with Cruise and his crew unearthing the curse of the titular creature and welcoming the new world of Gods and Monsters. The film, starring Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe, is set to arrive on June 9. Watch the trailer below:
How long does it take to train a dragon? A little longer than expected. According to Dark Horizons, Universal Pictures has delayed the third installment of How to Train Your Dragon from an original slot of May 18, 2018 to March 1, 2019.
One of the many highlights of D23 EXPO was the update of Captain America: Civil War given by producer Kevin Feige. Also on hand for the gathering were Civil Warstars Anthony Mackie and Chris Evans.
Fans who attended the Anaheim, Ca. event had the privilege of seeing footage from the film, which included appearances from Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and Captain America’s occasional brother-in-arms Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).
Captain America: Civil Warcontinues after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron as Steve Rogers (Evans) leads a new crew of Avengers in their continued fight in protecting humanity. After another international incident that involves Earth’s mightiest heroes results in collateral damage, the Avengers are now more accountable than ever before. This latest turn of events may impede the Avengers from protecting the world against a new villain while also fracturing relationships between current and past members.
Also starring Sebastian Stan (aka the Winter Soldier), Emily VanCamp (Revenge), Don Cheadle, Jeremy REnner, Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, and William Hurt, the movie is directed by Captain America: The Winter Soldierfilmmakers Anthony & Joe Russo. The picture is scheduled for a May 6, 2016 release.
Feige also gave fans a little tease of Doctor Strange with a video message from Benedict Cumberbatch and concept art from the movie, which features narration from director Scott Derrickson. Doctor Strangeis set to be released November 4, 2016.
Currently in theaters to take advantage of the holiday family film market, MONSTERS, INC 3D is the latest Disney/Pixar offering to get dusted off and digitally remastered in order to join the current 3D revival. A complete fan fave when originally released almost 12 years ago, the film was co-written and co-directed by PETE DOCTER and featured the voice talents of BILLY CRYSTAL, JOHN GOODMAN, JOHN RATZENBERGER, STEVE BUSCEMI, JAMES COBURN, BONNIE HUNT and JENNIFER TILLY.
We sat down with JOHN GOODMAN back in 2001 to talk about his participation in the movie and he didn’t pull any punches when expressing admiration for Disney/Pixar. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Almost a dozen years after its original theatrical release, Disney’s animated classic, MONSTERS INC., is returning to theaters this week 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 co-written and co-directed by PETE DOCTER and featured the voice talents of BILLY CRYSTAL, JOHN GOODMAN, JOHN RATZENBERGER, STEVE BUSCEMI, JAMES COBURN, BONNIE HUNT and JENNIFER TILLY. Flush with an abundance of crazy things that go bump in the night, the movie went on to inspire spin-offs and a huge amount of lucrative merchandising. A veteran stand-up comic turned accomplished actor, BILLY CRYSTAL delighted audiences as the voice of the one-eyed Mike Wazowski and when we interviewed him for the original release of the film, he talked about the call from Pixar honcho JOHN LASSETER that he just couldn’t refuse. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)