Archive | April, 2015

‘Beauty and the Beast’ finds Lumiere

21 Apr

May the force and magic be with Beauty and the Beast‘s latest casting announcement!

Ewan McGregor as Lumiere

The Hollywood Reporter announced Ewan McGregor is in final talks to play Lumiere, the debonaire maitre d’ who is turned into a candelabra.

Originally voiced by Jerry Orbach (Law & Order), Lumiere carries one of the major roles in the film and delivers the movies most show-stopping performance — “Be Our Guest.”

McGregor is joining an all-star cast featuring Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast/Prince, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ian McKellan as Cogsworth and Audra McDonald as Garderobe.

We know McGregor can sing (Moulin Rouge!), and we know he can make the ladies swoon. I just can’t wait for the banter between Lumiere and the “overgrown pocket watch” of McKellan’s Cogsworth.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ full cast photo

14 Apr

Thanks to Josh Gad for tweeting out the cutest first cast picture in Disney history!

Gad (Frozen‘s Olaf) will play Gaston’s lackey, Le Fou, the upcoming live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. The post has been retweeted and favorited more than any other post from the cast at this point (and rightly so).

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Can we just talk about Dan Stevens’s adorably confused look here, please? Hopefully the Beast won’t look so shocked in the film…

Missing from the photo are Emma Thompson who will play Mrs. Potts, Audra McDonald who will voice the wardrobe, and Sir Ian McKellen — the most recently announced cast member who will voice stately Cogsworth. Belle‘s Gugu Mbatha-Raw scored the role of Plumette, the feather-duster love interest for Lumiere. Lumiere has yet to be cast; the deceased Jerry Orbach will be difficult to top.

To be caught up to speed on the rest of the casting announcements, click here for previous stories!

Live-action ‘Winnie the Pooh’ announced, gets writer

2 Apr

No, this isn’t an extended April Fool’s Day joke. I wish it was.

Deadline reported early this morning that Winnie the Pooh is set to be the next live-action feature film from Disney. Alex Ross Perry, writer-director for Listen Up Philip, is set to pen the script based on A. A. Milnes’s classic.

Image courtesy of Disney

UGH. I adore Pooh. Don’t even get me started on how much The Tigger Movie made me cry (“He is the only one!”). Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit, and Owl — how can we not adore this crew? The most recent Winnie the Pooh movie (2011) was fantastic, the perfect balance of sentiment and laughter for all ages.

BUT WHY DO WE NEED ANOTHER ONE? Also, can this technically qualify as “live-action” if the main characters will be CGI? If the Academy doesn’t count Andy Serkis’s work as live-action, I don’t think CGI stuffed animals (even with a motion capture suit) would qualify.

The upside? This proposal actually has a unique plot! The focus won’t be on Christopher Robin as a boy but as an adult. Hopefully, we’ll find Christopher suffering through a midlife crisis and looking to his beloved playthings for wisdom.

For those of you who’ve lost track of every single live-action reboot the company scheduled, here they are:

1) The Jungle Book

2) Dumbo

3) Mulan

4) Pete’s DragonΒ 

5) Beauty and the Beast

6) and now Winnie the Pooh.

And, as with all adaptations, there’s the question of casting. Will vocal talent genius Jim Cummings voice both Tigger and Pooh as he does currently? Or will casting look toward bigger names to fill his shoes? What of Christopher Robin? For such a serious topic, will they grab a comedic actor or a more dramatic choice?

More importantly: what will the terrifying Heffalumps and Woozles look like?

So many questions, so few answers.