“Beauty and the Beast” Returns to Theaters
In preparation for awards season, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast returns to select movie theaters this weekend.
Emma Watson stars as Belle in the live-action remake of the 1991 animated film. The movie is returning to theaters in Los Angeles and New York for one week only. It was originally released in March and set an early record for the year’s highest grossing film at $504 million in domestic box offices alone. You can read MuggleNet’s review of Beauty and the Beast here.
While anyone can attend this one-week engagement, members of organizations such as BAFTA, MPEG, and AMPAS will be admitted with a guest for free by presenting their valid membership card.
Emma Watson brought some Hermione-like tendencies to the classic storybook character, developing her from a girl with her “nose stuck in a book” to a girl shunned for how she applies her book knowledge. The movie also expanded Belle’s backstory, including an explanation regarding her absent mother.
The cast also included another Harry Potter alumna: Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) as the iconic Mrs. Potts. (No strong similarity between the teapot and the Divination professor – she didn’t see a single Grim in her son’s tea leaves.)
Other cast members include Dan Stevens (Prince/Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (LeFou), Kevin Kline (Maurice), Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Sir Ian McKellan (Cogsworth), Stanley Tucci (Cadenza), Audra McDonald (Garderobe), and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Plumette).
Beauty and the Beast will screen at AMC Century City in Los Angeles and the AMC Empire 25 in New York.