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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer is Here!

The first official teaser trailer (and teaser poster) from STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI just debuted at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Watch it now here!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters on December 15, 2017. Teaser poster:

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Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along starts April 7

beauty singalongIf you loved the new live-action Beauty and the Beast as much as I did, you might want to see it again, and this time sing along to all your favorites, songs both new and old as time.

From Walt Disney Studios:

BURBANK, Calif. (April 3, 2017) – Fans of the worldwide box office smash “Beauty and the Beast” will be able to sing along with their favorite characters when the “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” hits approximately 1,200 theaters nationwide on Friday, April 7, 2017.

The “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” will feature on-screen lyrics to such beloved songs as “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast” written by eight-time Oscar®-winning composer Alan Menken and two-time Oscar-winning lyricist Howard Ashman and new songs “How Does a Moment Last Forever” and “Evermore” written by Menken and veteran lyricist and three time Oscar winner Tim Rice.

Disney’s live-action adaptation “Beauty and the Beast,” in which the story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life, has grossed more than $875 million worldwide to date, making it the highest grossing movie musical of all time. The film opened in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017 immediately setting a box office record for the largest March opening ever for a PG-rated film (over $170 million). “Beauty and the Beast’s” domestic box office total currently stands at $393 million. Overseas the film has grossed more than $482 million as of today.

The film’s soundtrack, which includes songs from the score performed by Ariana Grande and John Legend, Celine Dion and Josh Groban, has been equally as well received, entering the Billboard 200 chart at No. 3 and Billboard’s Soundtrack and Children’s charts at No. 1. The Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack is available at: http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP and wherever music is sold and streamed.

Review: AMC Disney Springs 24 Dine-In Theatre

Last weekend my husband and I went to Disney Springs to see Beauty and the Beast, Disney’s new live action version of the animated classic. (The movie was wonderful,  by the way!) We decided to head up to WDW for the movie so we could do some shopping, be immersed in Disney, and to try out AMC’s Dine-In Theatre.

Seating is reserved. The chairs are comfortable, but getting old; the leather is stiff and aging. They lean back but in a desk chair kind of way, not like the feet-up recliners you see in a lot of theaters these days. In front of you there’s a table for your food, which conveniently has a foot bar I found very comfortable to prop my feet up on. It’s not stadium seating at all, though; there isn’t much slope to the floor so I wouldn’t get seats too far in the back. Overall, the theater viewing room itself needs a refurb soon.

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Our movie was at 11 AM, so we got there a little early to get our food order in right away. There are menus waiting for you, as well as silverware and 3D glasses, if needed. You can look at the full menu here on Disney’s site, but it offers a wide array of choices, including but not limited to burgers, boneless wings, nachos, sushi rolls, flatbreads, teriyaki bowls, mac & cheese, salads, wraps, tacos, chicken tenders, fish & chips, and doughnuts. You can also, of course, order traditional movie fare such as popcorn, candy, and drinks.

When you’re ready to order, you press a button at your table.

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Shortly thereafter, a waiter arrives and takes your order. The food arrived rather quickly after that — we had everything, drinks, appetizers, and main course, before the movie started. The waiters were all extremely helpful, polite, and attentive. Definitely a little of the Disney spirit of customer service going on there.

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You don’t have to order early, though. And if you need anything during the movie, like a refill or napkins or dessert, just push the button and your waiter comes by again. This, though, was my biggest concern about a dine-in theater. I hate it when people talk, use their cell phones, or do anything distracting during the movie. It drives me crazy. People ordering food, waiters walking around, all during a Disney extravaganza and remake of one of my favorite movies, that I’d waited over a year for? Sounds like a recipe for disaster. Weirdly, though, it wasn’t at all distracting. The aisles are wide and the waiters really know how to be unobtrusive. It was fine, no problems, no distractions. Trust me, if there’s ANYONE this arrangement was going to bother, it was me, and it didn’t.

So, on to the food!

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We ordered two appetizers, the first being the Crispy Brussels Sprouts. They were very nicely seasoned, crunchy-crispy, and the cheese was a nice added touch. I know everyone isn’t a fan of Brussels sprouts (though I don’t know why not!) but these were delicious.

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We also got the loaded tater tots, and these were a little disappointing. The tots did have cheese sauce, bacon, scallions, and Ranch dressing, but not the way I’d imagined it — there was just a drizzle of each on top of regular old tater tots. Which are always yummy, but I expected something a little more decadent.

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Both of us had burgers and fries as our entrée. The fries were pretty good, especially while they were still hot. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, nicely greasy. The burger wasn’t exceptional, though. The bun was fine but the patty itself was overcooked and dry.  My husband got the Royal Burger, which was loaded with bacon, brie, carmelized onions, sweet fig jam, and Royal sauce, and he didn’t notice that it was dry, given all those gooey toppings. A better-cooked burger to start with, though, would be a good improvement all around.

We had a great time at the AMC Dine-In at Disney Springs and would definitely go to a movie there again, especially a Disney movie, just to feel a little more immersed in the land of the Mouse. A few updates, a fresh coat of paint, and a better meat thermometer and I’d give it an A+, but even without those it’s a fun experience I can definitely recommend.

 

Buy tickets now for Beauty and the Beast

On March 17, rediscover a tale as old as time. Tickets are on sale NOW for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at BeOurGuest.com and at Fandango.

Check out the final trailer for a new take on a classic story:

Directed by Bill Condon, the film brings the story and characters audiences know and love to life in a stunning, cinematic event. From Walt Disney Studios:

The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated film, provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.

New Beauty and the Beast teaser film poster

Just posted by Emma Watson on Facebook — the new teaser poster for Beauty and the Beast. I’m DEFINITELY going to need one hanging on my wall.

 

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The poster is for Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast. The film, which stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the title roles, brings the story and characters audiences know and love to life in a stunning, cinematic event, is directed by Bill Condon and features an extraordinary ensemble cast which also includes Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Audra McDonald, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

Beauty and the Beast will be released in U.S. theaters nationwide on March 17, 2017.

New trailer for Disney’s Moana!

The brand new trailer for Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Moana is now available! The film, stars Auli‘i Cravalho as Moana and Dwayne Johnson as Maui and opens in theatres in 3D on November 23, 2016, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Filmmakers auditioned hundreds of talented young women throughout the Pacific Islands before finding the gifted Native Hawaiian Auli‘i Cravalho, who had not even pursued the coveted role. The film’s Hawai‘i-based casting director recalled her singing performance from a video submission for a fundraiser and asked Auli‘i to come in and try out. Three auditions later, including her first trip to Burbank, CA, she earned the title role, thanks to raw talent.

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The diverse and dynamic team behind the film’s inspired music includes Tony®- and Grammy®-winning lyricist/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiple Tony-winning Hamilton and the Tony-winning In the Heights, and is a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient. Three-time Grammy®-winning composer Mark Mancina created memorable scores for films like Speed, Tarzan and the Oscar®-winning Training Day, and also co-wrote songs, produced and arranged the score for Broadway’s musical production of The Lion King.

The brand new trailer for Walt Disney Animation Studios' Moana opening 11-23-2016 is now available! Click To Tweet

Here’s what Moana is all about:

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Moana sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016. For more information, visit http://disney.com/moana, like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/disneymoana; follow us on Twitter, http://www.twitter.com/DisneyAnimation; follow us on Instagram, https://instagram.com/DisneyAnimation.

Sneak peek for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Bonus features from the Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition

More Beauty and the Beast news! A quick preview of the full sneak peak that’ll be included on the Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition. I ordered the Blu-ray combo pack so I’m waiting until September 20th (boo!) but all the bonus features will be included on the Digital HD edition on sale September 6th.

From Walt Disney Studios:

Take a look at a new sneak peek of Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast” from the bonus features of the upcoming release of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. Relive the magic and the music of Disney’s beloved animated classic with four versions of the film plus all-new bonus features! Watch the full sneak peek when “Beauty and the Beast Walt Disney Signature Collection Edition” becomes available on Digital HD September 6th and Blu-ray September 20th.

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Finding Dory swims back into theaters this Labor Day

Don’t miss your last chance to see Disney Pixar’s favorite forgetful blue lady on the big screen when “Finding Dory” swims back into theaters on September 2nd, 2016.

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Dory is making a final encore appearance in more than 2,900 theaters nationwide this Labor Day weekend. From Walt Disney Studios:

“Finding Dory” returns to theaters Sept. 2, inviting moviegoers to revisit the adventure with clownfish Marlin and Nemo, septopus Hank, whale shark Destiny and beluga whale Bailey as they team up to help Dory reunite with her long-lost parents. Directed by Andrew Stanton, produced by Lindsey Collins and featuring the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Hayden Rolence, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, “Finding Dory” originally opened June 17, 2016, and became the highest grossing animated film of all time domestically.

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Remember this? Cutest cuddle party ever!

New photos from Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast

I am a huge Beauty and the Beast fan, in every iteration — books, music, movies, Broadway. So I’m over the moon about Disney’s live-action movie set to open on March 17, 2017. Even more exciting, Beauty and the Beast stars some of my favorite actors in Hollywood — Emma Watson (Harry Potter‘s Hermione) as Belle, Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley from Downton Abbey) as the Beast, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Audra McDonald, and so many more.

Thanks to Slashfilm.com and Twitter user maconodom, we’ve got some great new photos from Beauty and the Beast! These images can reportedly be found on the bonus features included on the Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-Ray/DVD release, which hits stores on September 20th, 2016 (pre-order now!).

Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters) the film stars Emma Watson as the new Belle and Dan Stevens as the new Beast. Here we have a first look at concept art for some of the other iconic supporting characters from the new film: Lumiere played by Ewan McGregor and Cogsworth played by Ian McKellen. Pictures from the animated film are provided for comparison.

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New photos from Disney's live-action Beauty & the Beast of Cogsworth, Lumiere and the Beast! Click To Tweet

Here we have a still shot from behind the scenes B-roll footage shows off Luke Evans as Gaston filming a musical scene in the tavern.

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That just might be Josh Gad, who plays LeFou, in the back.

Lastly, another still from the behind the scenes b-roll footage of Dan Stevens as the Beast:

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So exciting! More news as soon as it’s available!

New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer reveals tale

A new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story aired during Olympics coverage recently and it gave us much more information on the plot of this new film than we’ve heard before.

Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, tells the story of unlikely heroes who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. If you’re having trouble fitting this new movie into the timeline, think of it as in-between Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope (the original Star Wars movie); in other words, after Anakin Skywalker becomes Darth Vader but before Luke and Leia grow up and join the rebellion.

I’m really excited about this new movie. There’s such a rich universe in the Star Wars movies, there must be plenty of stories other than those focusing on the Skywalker family to be told.  It’s a familiar setting and a familiar world, but with new characters to meet and know.

The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, and Forest Whitaker. “Rogue One” is directed by Gareth Edwards, produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur, and Simon Emanuel, executive produced by John Knoll and Jason McGatlin, and co-produced by John Swartz and Kiri Hart.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters December 16, 2016.

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