“Tale As Old As Time…” Disney’s “Beauty & The Beast” (@beourguest) Is EPIC!

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Disney has truly found itself a new niche with these amazing live action films over the last few years.

Maleficent definitely led the way, but the company’s current live action feature, Beauty and The Beast takes the cake!

This film is nothing short of epic and does an amazing job of adapting the original animated film to a live action format!

The film is based on Belle (Emma Watson), a “funny girl,” and inventor who shares her love for art, learning, and invention with her doting father, Maurice. Belle tires of her “provincial life” in her little village where everything is the same day to day. She longs for adventure and something more than a regular life. Beautiful and intelligent, her attributes earn her the affections of the arrogant and narcissistic village “hero,” Gaston (Luke Evans). However, Belle soon gets more than what she bargained for out of life when she finds her father has been imprisoned by The Beast (Dan Stevens) and selflessly takes his place. Whereas Belle sees herself as his prisoner, she is single-handedly the last best hope The Beast and his servants have to regain their humanity.

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Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning attending #BeOurGuestATL’s screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

A special screening of the film, the #BeOurGuestATL event, was hosted by Rolling Out correspondent, Romeo International, with artist and dancer, Saidah Nairobi; who has performed with mega artists including Beyoncé, Ciara and Usher. Saidah Nairobi recently released her debut single “We Are” available now.

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Congrats! Donald Glover (@donaldglover) & James Earl Jones (@jamesearljones) Cast as Simba & Mufasa in “The Lion King” Remake!

Donald Glover cast as Simba in Disney's live action The Lion King Remake

Donald Glover (aka “Childish Gambino), may very well be having the best year ever!

Not only will he be a young Lando Calrissian in the Han Solo Star Wars movie, his hit series Atlanta won a number of Golden Globes, and now he has been cast in the role of a lifetime in Disney’s The Lion King remake! It has been reported that the rapper/singer turned actor will voice the film’s protagonist, Simba!

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As you recall, Disney has been remaking its animated films into live action movies;  Maleficent, Cinderella, Pete’s Dragon, The Jungle Book, and Beauty and The Beast have already been released or are soon to debut. Live actions films based on Aladdin’s Genie, and The Little Mermaid are already in the works. The Lion King, however, stands out as the “creme de la creme” of animated films, holding the title of the highest grossing animated film of all time. Its live action remake may very well prove to be the shining jewel in Disney’s new approach to these classic films.

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Get The Details! “Frozen 2” Disney Crossover & Elsa’s Girlfriend?!

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Frozen is undoubtedly one of Disney’s most beloved and legendary films. Although it is not old when compared to films like Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast, The Lion King,  or The Little Mermaid; its characters are just as memorable and may be even more relevant to present times.

Fans everywhere went crazy last year when Disney announced they were making a sequel to the hit film; and now details of what will be happening to Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and the rest of the gang have begun to surface!

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Elsa, Anna and Tarzan

Apparently the sequel feature appearances from other Disney characters. The first interesting detail of Frozen 2 may very well address their long lost brother, Tarzan! As you recall, in an interview last year the creator of Frozen confirmed that the Elsa and Anna’s parents did not perish at sea, but were instead shipwrecked and gave birth to The King of The Jungle. The new film may be set to explore all the siblings meeting in a familiar theme Tarzan fans already know about, “two worlds, one family.”

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[VIDEO] Duet Time! John Legend (@johnlegend) & Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) to Perform “Beauty & The Beast!”

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“Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme, Beauty and The Beast…” These are lyrics from the original Beauty & The Beast song also from the hit animated film of the same name.

Timelessly, and originally, song by Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion the song has gone on to become legendary, symbolizing how to very opposite people can find true love.

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We were ecstatic to learn  back in 2015 that Disney was making a live action version of Beauty & The Beast, similar to how it did with Maleficent, The Jungle Book, and CinderellaReboots tend mean rebooted everything, including music. We were skeptical at first of who would be redoing the titular song, but we are pleased to learn John Legend and Ariana Grande will be performing the duet!

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GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar®-winning, and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend are set to perform a new rendition of the classic Oscar and GRAMMY-winning duet “Beauty and the Beast” as the title track for Disney’s upcoming soundtrack to the live-action film adaptation “Beauty and the Beast.” The song will also be featured in the film and on the original motion picture soundtrack which will be released on Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. The pre-order is available now at http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.
  
The enchanting ballad, originally performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson featuring eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken’s beautiful melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman’s unforgettable lyrics, received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and GRAMMY Award, among other accolades, upon its release in 1991.  
The new rendition of the classic song is produced by GRAMMY-winning veteran Ron Fair, whose music career spans 37 years as a major-label record company leader and accomplished producer, arranger, recording engineer and musical director. Fair was brought in to produce by Disney’s President of Music & Soundtracks, Mitchell Leib, who also brought Grande and Legend to the project. The history of collaboration between Leib and Fair in film music goes back to the highly-successful Pretty Womansoundtrack. “Ron was the first and only choice to make this particular record,” says Leib. “No one is a better vocal producer and he also has a great understanding of the filmmaking dynamic.”
 
Fair’s recordings have won six GRAMMY Awards and have been nominated 18 times. Fair discovered and shepherded Christina Aguilera, selling over 50 million albums and winning numerous GRAMMY Awards. He A&R’d Aguilera’s first five albums and championed the Black Eyed Peas to 27 million albums, 4 number-ones and multiple GRAMMY wins, as well as co-producing and arranging the strings on their global breakthrough # 1 hit “Where is The Love?”  “Stepping into the shoes of an Oscar and GRAMMY Award-winning classic is not small potatoes. But with today’s two greatest plutonium singers – John Legend and Ariana Grande – we are bringing the song back with a new school-old school fresh treatment that shows the soulfulness and power of what a great melody and lyric can inspire,” says Fair.
 
The music video will be directed by Dave Meyers, the innovative visionary whose long-time collaborations with major artists like P!nk, Janet Jackson, Ice Cube and Britney Spears have resulted in dozens of award nominations and many wins, including a GRAMMY in 2005 for Best Music Video and 11 MTV Video Music Awards, including one for Katy Perry’s smash hit “Firework.”  He recently directed the music video for P!nk’s hit single “Just Like Fire” from the Walt Disney Records soundtrack for Alice Through The Looking Glass.
 
Menken also provides the film score, with new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Ashman. Also featured are three new songs written by Menken and veteran lyricist and three time Oscar winner Tim Rice. The original motion picture soundtrack will be released by Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017. A pre-order of the soundtrack is available now at http://disneymusic.co/BeautySndtrkP.
We will definitely be pre-ordering our copy of the soundtrack and hope you will too! Be sure you catch Beauty & The Beast in theaters everywhere on Friday, March 17, 2017! Check out the original song below!
 

[VIDEO] Disney’s Pixar (@DisneyPixar) Strikes Again: Lightning McQueen & “Cars 3” Headed To A Theater Near You

It has been about six years since the last installment of Disney Pixar’s animated movie of “Cars 2” debuted. Fans have been patiently waiting to see Lightning McQueen again. Well, good news is on the horizon and the wait is almost over. Soon Disney Pixar’s “Cars 3” will be racing towards a theater near you.

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This time around, Lightning McQueen is coming to realize that he is not as young and fast as he use to be. A new crew of blazing fast racer show up, and suddenly McQueen is being forced out of racing. McQueen tries desperately to get back in the game but in order to succeed, he will need the help of young race technician. Unfortunately, the race technician has a winning plan of her own. The two will have to learn how to work together in order to prove that McQueen isn’t finished with racing just yet.

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Kontrol Exclusive (@kontrolmag): Get to Know the Young Starlet w/ a Master Plan– Grace Kaufman (@ImGraceKaufman)!

Fourteen-year-old Grace Kaufman is light years’ ahead of her time. Since the time she landed her first acting gig when she was just seven years old, Grace Kaufman has a number of performances under her belt from performing in theater and musical productions of “Annie” and “The Wizard of Oz”, Grace has shown that there’s more to her than what meets the eye. The young singer and actress has proven time and time again that she is a definite force to be reckoned with in the entertainment area.

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“I have always had a strong passion for acting ever since I can remember.” Grace begins to reminisce a bit. “When I was little, I loved acting out movies and making up skits to perform in front of friends and family. Both of my parents are actors as well, so I guess you could say it runs in the family!”

With her first Tribeca Film Festival debut, Grace captivated audiences in the independent film “Sister” – where her undeniable acting chops flourished on screen with her emotional performance.

Grace seemingly lit up when talking about the emotions she goes through as she transforms into different characters.

“I love how acting enables me to learn so many new things and experience the feelings and thoughts of others. Getting to be somebody else and see the world through their eyes. I love leaving myself behind while I am doing a scene and escaping into a whole new person’s world. It’s a thrilling feeling. It is also such an honor to get to work with so many other talented actors and actresses who inspire me to follow my dreams.”

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[VIDEO] Alessia Cara (@alessiacara) Releases Music Video for “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana” (@DisneyMoana) Soundtrack!

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Alessia Cara is truly a rising star, and one of music’s most talented singers. Her song, Here, went viral and clearly struck a chord with audiences everywhere.

Thankfully, Disney has taken notice of her talents and has her on the Moana soundtrack’s lead single, How Far I’ll Go! The song is directly from the movie, in a moving scene where the titular character realizes her destiny lies in the ocean.

Check out the video for How Far I’ll Go below!

This song is so empowering! It encourages you to be strong and adventurous. A lot of times we are brought up in a bubble and bound to the expectations of others. Moana courageously sails across the ocean to not only save her island and family, but the world as she knows it. You always have to leave your comfort zone to bring about real change. Just think about it, no good has ever been accomplished without a little adversity.

Alessia Cara dares to be different with her messages of inclusion, self-love, and independence. She may very well be a Moana in her own right. You all just be sure check out Disney’s Moana at a theater near you and the trailer below!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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