Tale As Old As Time
Every now and then I get the opportunity to do something so cool that it nearly blows my socks off. After I received the invite, the anticipation was building for weeks until the day I was finally able to head to Los Angeles for the Beauty and The Beast press conference. I wasn’t sure who I was most excited to interview, the film consists of an all-star cast after all. Perhaps I was most excited to see funny guy Josh Gad, he’s always loyal for a good time. Or perhaps I was most excited to see hotties Dan Evans and Luke Evans, much to my husbands chagrin. In the end, I was most excited to see Emma Watson’s strong personality in person, that’s for certain. Overall, I was excited to be a small part of the press party for such a truly wonderful film.
Alan Menken Performs
As if being in the presence of immense talent wasn’t enough, Alan Menken got on the piano and sang his classic Beauty & The Beauty original music. It was so overwhelming I didn’t even capture any pictures of him. I did, however, capture video and pictures when Josh Gad and Luke Evans joined him to sing. I died.
Not only was I able to manage to record the song via Facebook live, I also snapped some pretty great pictures. That was definitely an experience of a lifetime that I will truly never forget.
In the new live-action film, Beauty and The Beast, the Disney team payed a great amount of detailed attention to casting the film. The film, which I will review in full this Friday is as breathtaking as you think it is. More so because of the on point talent casting in my fair opinion. Talent in attendance to the Beauty and The Beast press conference included: Emma Watson (“Belle”), Dan Stevens (“Beast / Prince Adam”), Luke Evans (“Gaston”), Josh Gad (“Le Fou”), Audra McDonald (“Garderobe”), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (“Plumette”), Bill Condon (Director) and Alan Menken (Music by). The cast got along very well and I definitely felt the platonic chemistry amongst them.
Emma on Belle
Emma Watson is fast becoming one of her generations biggest strong female role models. There isn’t much to not love about her. It’s no wonder that Emma Watson chose to take on the role of Belle in the new updated Beauty and The Beast live-action film version. What Emma Watson was able to bring to the role was a soft strongness and a determination that isn’t overpowering. It’s just what women need to see. During the press conference, Emma noted that she aimed to champion Belle’s original independent spirit and furthermore bring out more of it. She fought to have her role as Belle be an activist in her community. I won’t give away anymore details, but trust me when I say that you will love Emma as Belle.
Bill Condon on Inclusion
You may or may not have heard the hubbub over the supposed “gay scene” in the Beauty and The Beast live-action remake. And before I start, allow me to say that although I was texted by several people while I was at the press screening to watch the film, there is nothing to worry about. Even if there was, what does it matter. As Director Bill Condon frankly said during the press conference, he created a movie for everyone in the year 2017. End of story, right?
Josh Gad on A Horse named Buddy
Josh Gad, in true Josh Gad style is always charming, witty and funny. He told the members of the press conference a story about a horse named Buddy. Unfortunately for Josh, the horse he rode for the film (who’s name was Buddy) did not like him and the horse did his best to make Josh’s life a living circus. Josh joked that he will never ride a horse for a film ever again.
Beauty and The Beast will in theaters nationwide on March 17, 2017!
Stay tuned for our official Beauty and The Beast film review!