BEAUTY AND THE BEAST highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for June 6, 2017

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST | © 2017 Disney Home Video

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST While Disney continues to make a killing with its Marvel franchise and its Star Wars franchise, it continues to make money hand over fist with these live action adaptations from classic animated titles. Here Emma Watson plays the title character of Belle, who agrees to be the captive of the gnarly beast when her father gets in trouble. Unlike some of the other live action flicks, this one keeps the storyline pretty close to the original including creepy CGI candlesticks, tea cups […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Hollywood Premiere

Emma Watson at the World Premiere of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

The World Premiere of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was held March 2, at the El Captain Theater in Hollywood. It was a big premiere. At the end of the carpet was a huge reception for the guests and stars with a spread of food and drink fit for a king to enjoy before heading into the theater. Fans lined the street screaming as the stars arrive. Seen walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Lewis, Matt Sullivan (music), Celine Dion and John […]Read On »

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GALAVANT: Songwriters Alan Menken and Glenn Slater – Exclusive Interview

Luke Youngblood as Sid, Karen David as Isabella, Timothy Omundson as King Richard, Joshua Sasse as Galavant, Mallory Jansen as Madalena, Vinnie Jones as Gareth and Ben Presley as Jester in GALAVANT - Season 2 | ©2016 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Tony- and multi-Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken is both theatre and motion picture musical royalty. Collaborating with the late Howard Ashman, he wrote the songs for LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS,THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and ALADDIN. Following Ashman’s death in 1991, Menken has also worked with lyricists Stephen Schwartz and Tim Rice, but lately, he’s often teamed up with lyricist Glenn Slater on projects including Disney’s film TANGLED and the TV series THE NEIGHBORS. Now Menken and Slater are working together with writer Dan Fogelman on the TV musical comedy GALAVANT. The ABC series, now in its second season […]Read On »

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POWER: Creator Courtney Kemp Agboh on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Lela Loren and Omari Hardwick in POWER - Season 2 | ©2015 Starz/Myles Aronowitz

Courtney Kemp Agboh is the creator and show runner of POWER, now in its second season Saturdays at 9 PM on Starz. In the drama, Omari Hardwick stars as James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a successful New York nightclub owner who has built his legit business with the proceeds from the drug trade. His already complicated world has grown a good deal more dangerous with threats from within his own organization and his attraction to an old girlfriend (Lela Loren) who is now a federal prosecutor. Agboh (whose previous credits include ELI STONE, MY OWN WORST ENEMY, HAPPY TOWN, THE GOOD […]Read On »

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GALAVANT creator/executive producer Dan Fogelman – exclusive interview

Timothy Omundson stars as King Richard in GALAVANT | © 2015 ABC/Bob D'Amico

GALAVANT, airing on ABC Sundays at 8 PM with two half-hour episodes airing each week for four weeks, is unique. This is partly because it is set entirely in a fairytale realm – unlike its network mate, ONCE UPON A TIME, which is set only partially in a fairytale realm – but mainly because it is a genuine musical. Our hero Galavant (Joshua Sasse), his lost love turned evil Queen Madalena (Mallory Jansen), the wicked but mellow King (Timothy Omundson) and everyone else bursts into songs written by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater. ABC throws a party […]Read On »

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Show runner Jeff Rake reveals THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA – Exclusive Interview

Laz Alonso as Billy Soto, Debra Messing as Laura Diamond, Vincent Reina as Nicholas Diamond, Josh Lucas as Jake Broderick, Charlie Reina as Harrison Diamond, Janina Gavankar as Meredith Bose in THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA - Season 1 | ©2014 NBC/Patrick Randak

In NBC’s new series THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA, Wednesdays at 8 PM, Debra Messing stars as NYPD homicide detective Laura Diamond. Laura has her hands full – not only does she have an extraordinarily demanding job, but her estranged husband Jake (Josh Lucas) has just been put in charge of her squad room and they are raising young twin boys (Charles Reina and Vincent Reina) who give whole new meaning to bad behavior. Laura also must contend with an attractive new partner (Laz Alonso) and a disapproving, competitive colleague (Janina Gavankar). As show runner Jeff Rake – one of LAURA’s […]Read On »

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Screenwriter Linda Woolverton on MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA – Exclusive Interview

MAKERS logo | ©2014 PBS

PBS’ MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA began last year as a three-hour documentary. This year, it’s back as a six-part series, focusing on women in various arenas, including politics, space, war, comedy, business and Hollywood. The “Women in Hollywood” segment airs Tuesday, October 7. Screenwriter/playwright Linda Woolverton is one of the interviewees. There is no question that her work has made a difference both in Hollywood and in the imaginations of many audience members of both genders and all ages, though perhaps particularly affecting young girls. Woolverton, a California native, worked for a year in the entertainment department at Disneyland […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Austin Basis discusses BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Season 2 and playing J.T. Forbes

Austin Basis at the CBS Summer Press Junket | ©2014 Sue Schneider

CBS held a Summer Press Day at the London Hotel in West Hollywood recently and ASSIGNMENT X got the chance to interview Austin Basis, who portrays J.T. Forbes on the CW’s TV show BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His best friend is Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan) and he tries to always have his beasty friend’s back! BEAUTY AND THE BEAST returned on June 2nd, and 3 of the 6 episodes left in Season 2 have aired so far. ASSIGNMENT X: Since the show has been picked up, how many episodes will Season 3 be? AUSTIN BASIS: I am not sure at […]Read On »

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CD Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST soundtrack

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST soundtrack | ©2014 Quartet Records

A tale as old as time, and the movies, gets a fantastical, live action French reboot from Christophe Gans, a director who knows something about fearsome animals after making BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF. Beyond its stylized snowscape, a standout spell for this relatively faithful version is its gorgeous score by Pierre Adenot, whose lavishly melodic and utterly enchanting score conjures the light and darkness of fairy tale imagination in any musical language, sans the singing teapots. Having scored numerous films in his native land (with his contribution to PARIS JE T’AIME likely being most familiar to American audiences), BEAUTY AND […]Read On »

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TV Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Season 2 – “Kidnapped”

Jay Ryan and Kristin Kreuk in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - Season 2 - "Kidnapped" | ©2013 The CW/Sven Frenzel

Stars: Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Austin Basis, Nina Lisandrello, Sendhil Ramamurthy Writers: Sherri Cooper-Landsman, Jennifer Levin, series created by Ron Koslow Director: Rick Bota Network: The CW, Monday @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 14, 2013 “Kidnapped” is a fun, romantic and sexy episode of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Vincent (Jay Ryan) still not remembering Katherine (Kristin Kreuk) or J.T. or anything from his former life, but Katherine is convinced that she must make him remember. Making it harder everyone is looking for Vincent as they think he was the killer of Li Zhao, but was he? Katherine decides to […]Read On »

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