Audra McDonald dishes on Beauty and the Beast

Hong Kong school tells parents to stop their children watching new Disney film over gay scenes

Audra McDonald dishes on Beauty and the Beast

A movie theater in Henagar, Alabama, refused to show it, with the owners releasing a since-deleted statement via Facebook: "When companies continually force their views on us we need to take a stand".

But one can't exactly fault Grande and Legend - who both excel at delivering pristine vocals - for this pop carnage. The standout of the newest entries is easily a solo given to the Beast after Belle leaves him and he's left to accept his fate. The film appears to feature a character who experiences same-sex attraction to the film's villain, Gaston. "It's not just about my character", Gadd said. "But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie".

Whichever big wig down at Disney decided it would be a good idea to remake all of their animated classics using live-action surely is due a massive promotion. I don't think the animated film of "Beauty and the Beast" is all that great.

Watson took in $3 million to play the movie's lead, Belle, but her pay will jump to $15 million if the movie has a worldwide take similar to the studio's 2014 "Maleficent" release ($759 million), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

We all know the scene: Belle, twirling in a yellow gown, dances with the Beast in a shimmering ballroom to the song "Beauty and the Beast". The costumes and set design are stunning, and the Beast (Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey fame) special effects are really quite something. You usually can see the prince just under the surface. Minor changes are made to Beast's background that alter the context of his condition, while Belle's past family life is given the spotlight for the first time. The screenplay (by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos) maintained the same iconic lines and plot that audiences came to love before.

Voice-overs of our other main characters, Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), Cogsowrth (Ian McKellen) and Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson) give you that warm, fuzzy feeling. With Le Fou (Josh Gad) as Gaston's sidekick, the two are as comically mismatched as Abbott and Costello, bumbling along talking about their narcissistic and sycophantic plans. And why would a gay man try so hard to get attention from the town's women? In a nod to Belle's favorite play, Condon's film reminded me more of Hailee Steinfeld's wash/rinse/repeat "Romeo & Juliet" than Baz Luhrmann's dialogue-faithful, rock "n" roll "Romeo + Juliet".

"He's watching her go, [saying], I know what love is now, and it's wonderful, even though I'll never see her again".

Beauty and the Beast is a dogmatically faithful retelling of its animated predecessor; in fact, it's probably too faithful.

Nevertheless, as the likes of Google and Amazon, to mention a few, look to integrate more services with this home assistants, there will be a vast increase in commercial opportunities for brands around voice - this will likely not be the last time an experiment miffs consumers.

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