With awards season in full bloom, Disney is making sure critics don’t forget Beauty and the Beast. The feature, headlined by Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, will have a one week exclusive engagement in Los Angeles (AMC Century City) and New York (AMC Empire 25) starting Friday, December 1.
The feature, directed by Bill Condon and based on the 1991 animated classic, was this year’s top grossing movie with a domestic gross of over $504 million (it’s made over $1 billion worldwide).The score was composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (with additional songs by Menken and Tim Rice).
Click on the media bar below to hear Emma Watson talk about what makes Belle a special individual:
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Headlined by Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, The Circle hits Blu-ray and DVD on August 1. The picture is co-written by James Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers (Hanks starred last year in A Hologram for the King which was based on the Eggers novel).
The story centers on Mae (Watson), an intelligent woman who lands a job at the world’s most powerful tech and social media company. After rising through the ranks thanks to support from the company’s founder Eamon Bailey (Hanks), Mae gradually realizes that being part of an all-powerful company can wreak havoc on humanity. Late actor Bill Paxton and Karen Gillan also star in the flick.
Click on the media bar below to hear Emma Watson talk about the themes behind The Circle:
Special features on the disc include the featurettes”No More Secrets: Completing The Circle – A Four-Part Series,” “The Future Won’t Wait: Design and Technology,” and “A True Original: Remembering Bill Paxton.”
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.
As expected, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was the #1 film domestically as it pulled in over $145 million. Considering director James Gunn is set to make another Guardians movie, the franchise is in a highly healthy state! Coming in a distant second was The Fate of the Furious with $8.53 million. Here’s this weekend’s box office top 10:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 – $145 million
2. The Fate of the Furious – $8.53 million
3. The Boss Baby – Animated film has been a huge hit for Fox as it’s taken in over $434 million worldwide. This weekend it makes $6.17 million stateside.
4. How To Be A Latin Lover – Eugenio Derbez and Salma Hayek film makes $5.3 million in its second weekend.
5. Beauty and the Beast – $4.9 million
6. The Circle –Tom Hanks and Emma Watson drama takes in $4 million. The project has made $20 million domestically which, considering its $18 million budget, is not a bad haul.
7. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion – $3.2 million
8. Gifted – $2 million
9. Going in Style – Comedy, directed by Zach Braff, has made over $70 million worldwide (picture’s budget is $25 million). This weekend, it collects $1.9 million.
Fresh off the box office smash Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson is back with The Circle, a thriller that co-stars Karen Gillan, Tom Hanks, and the lateBill Paxton.
Mae (Watson) is a bright young upstart who lands a job at a powerful tech company. She gradually develops a father-daughter type bond with the her charismatic boss Eamon Bailey (Hanks), and her ascent through the ranks is seductive at first. Things go south when she discovers that the company’s stranglehold on society has its damaging effects.
“As someone who has been in the public eye quite a bit and obviously since i was very young, I did always feel that the boundaries between the personal and the private – I always felt like they were important,” said Watson.”But I think even more so playing this role and exploring this world. I think it made me think about it more than I was before.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Watson explain why The Circle is a movie that, though filled with technology, is a tale that’s ever so prescient.