Emma Watson will be Disney’s next fairy tale princess. The Harry Potter alum has just signed on to lead Beauty and the Beast, which Bill Condon is directing from a script by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spilotopoulos.

If the news is giving you déjà vu, that’s because Watson was previously attached to star in a competing Beauty and the Beast project over at Warner Bros. with Guillermo del Toro directing. More on the Emma Watson Beauty and the Beast casting after the jump. Read More »


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Disney is great when it comes to casting the costumed characters you see in their theme parks. I’ve seen various characters present so many fantastic off the cuff responses in characters to park guests over the years. The latest to make its way across the interwebs is Beauty and the Beast antagonist Gaston challenged to a feat of strength and got exactly what he asked for. Of course, the character from the Disney animated classic is a narcissist who thinks he is superior to everyone around him. A Disney World park guest challenged the arrogant and egotistical hunter to a push up contest and the costumed character accepted. Watch the resulting Gaston challenge as recorded on a cameraphone (people, lets start recording horizontally and not vertically, okay?) after the jump.

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Beauty and the Beast writer

Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast is getting a polish from a guy who should know a thing or two about bookish, attractive outsiders. Stephen Chbosky, the author/screenwriter/director behind YA classic The Perks of Being a Wallflower, has just come aboard to rewrite the live-action adaptation. Bill Condon is directing.

Interestingly, the hire pits Chbosky against his own Perks star Emma Watson, who’s attached to lead the competing Beauty project at Warner Bros. Unless she jumps ship for Chbosky, that is. Hit the jump for more about the new Beauty and the Beast writer.

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Fresh off the announcement Disney is moving forward with their own live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, a competing project has lost its captain. A new report says Guillermo del Toro won’t direct Beauty, a Warner Bros. project that has Emma Watson attached as the lead. He’s still producing, however, and wrote the current version of the script. Read More »

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Two days after Disney’s live-action Sleeping Beauty spinoff Maleficent was a global smash hit, they’ve announced yet another live-action fairy tale. Bill Condon, the director of Dreamgirls and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, has just signed to direct a live-action film version of Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast is the latest in a long string of well-known Disney films getting the live-action treatment. Besides Maleficent and Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella is coming out next year, Alice: Through the Looking Glass the year after that, The Jungle Book is in the works and a few others. Below, read more about the live action Beauty and the Beast. Read More »

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UPDATE: We’ve added posters for 101 Dalmatians and Aladdin.

UPDATE 2: More posters revealed, including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and The Sword in the Stone.

Mondo has finally started to reveal the posters from their highly anticipated “Nothing’s Impossible” Walt Disney themed art show, presented by Oh My Disney. After weeks of speculation, posters from Disney films like Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, The Rescuers and The Black Hole have hit the net, as well as images for Pixar Oscar winners Wall-E, Up and The Incredibles.

Below, check out nine new posters revealed from the show, which opens at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX Friday March 7. Check back later this week for more reveals.

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There’s a new take on Beauty and the Beast, starring Lea Seydoux, of Blue is the Warmest Color, and Vincent Cassel, and you can get a look below. The film is from Christoph Gans, and visually looks a bit like the recent fantasy offerings from Burton and Raimi, but filtered through the gauze of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s style. There’s a lot of Disney in here (wait for the ballroom dance) and a little bit of Jean Cocteau, too.

Gans got some attention with a so-so mid-’90s adaptation of the manga Crying Freeman before winning over genre audiences with The Brotherhood of the Wolf in 2001. He’s been pretty quiet since (he had Silent Hill in 2006) and this marks his return. See a trailer below, which lacks subtitles, but has more than enough visual story cues for everyone to follow along. Read More »

Aladdin's Genie and Sebastian

Even casual Disney fans have likely noticed that the studio’s various animated features often contain subtle nods at each other. Rapunzel from Tangled has Disney fairy tale books in her collection, Nani from Lilo & Stitch has a Mulan poster, et cetera. But what if these aren’t mere sight gags from playful animators. What if, instead, they’re hard evidence that all of these movies take place in the same universe?

In an homage of sorts to Jon Negroni’s The Pixar Theory, Josh Butler posits that 30 of Disney’s animated features share a world. His thesis requires some suspension of disbelief — for one thing, it involves a lot of magic and time travel — but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Hit the jump to see how Butler’s theory shakes out.

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Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland grossed $116 million in its opening weekend, and $1 billion worldwide in total. The Wizard of Oz prequel Oz The Great and Powerful didn’t perform quite that well, but its $79 million opening was none too shabby, either. The upcoming Sleeping Beauty reboot Maleficent has Angelina Jolie in the lead, and the live-action Cinderella just recently attached Kenneth Branagh to direct.

In short, live-action fairy tale reboots have been good business for Disney so far. So they’re keeping a good thing going by putting yet another one in the pipeline. This new one will be a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast called The Beast, and there’s some indication that it could get a little dark. The studio is currently in talks with writer Joe Ahearne, whose last script was Danny Boyle’s rather twisted-looking Trance. Hit the jump to read more.

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