New in Theaters: “Beauty and the Beast” and “Trainspotting 2”
Disney’s live action remake of “Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson as Belle and a British actor named Dan Stevens as the Beast. Some of you might know him from “Downton Abbey”, or the X-Men spinoff “Legion”.
They wanted to make sure this Belle is a 21st century heroine who can empower the next generation of young girls. And Emma says, quote, “I know what she meant to me as a little girl. When you love something that much, you really want to do it justice.”
The rest of the cast includes Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, and Josh Gad as Gaston’s henchman LeFou. Plus: Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.
The movie has already set a record in advance ticket sales. It’s getting great reviews and is expected to clear between $120 and $140 million on its opening weekend, despite some people getting upset over Josh Gad’s character being gay in this one.
The animated “Beauty and the Beast” made $425 million during its theatrical run in 1991. And the live action version could easily outpace it with people revisiting their own childhood and sharing it with their kids.
Ariana Grande and John Legend are this generation’s Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson on the theme song . . . but I wouldn’t expect them to win a Grammy for it. In the movie, that song is still sung by Mrs. Potts just like it was in the animated version.
(And if you haven’t seen this yet, check out this video of violin minx Lindsey Stirling dressed as Belle, doing a medley of “Beauty and the Beast” music. It’s amazing how easily your mind fills in all the lyrics.)
Ewan McGregor returns as Mark “Rent Boy” Renton.
At the end of the first movie, he abandoned his friends to make a clean break from his heroin addiction, after seeing Franco’s out of control violence, and stealing the money they’d made from a drug deal.
Now he’s come back 20 years later to make amends to Simon and try to help Spud with his addiction. But Franco’s worse than ever and still wants his revenge.
Except for Spud, everyone in the original cast went on to pretty solid acting careers . . . Johnny Lee Miller from “Elementary” is back as Simon / Sick Boy. Robert Carlyle is Franco. You might know him better as the Dark One on “Once Upon a Time”.
A kill or be killed horror thriller where a group of 80 Americans are locked in a corporate office. They’re threatened by a voice on the intercom that says if they don’t kill off some of their coworkers on their own, then twice as many people will die.
And to prove their point, they detonate an explosive hidden in one of the tracers that every employee had implanted in the back of their heads.
The cast includes Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal”, Adria Arjona from “Emerald City”, John C. McGinley from “Scrubs”, Michael Rooker from “The Walking Dead”, John Gallagher Jr. from “The Newsroom”, and Owain Yeoman from “The Mentalist”.