Live Action Beauty & The Beast Casting News

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I just saw the new live action retelling of Disney’s Cinderella last night. Sadly, I’m embargoed from reviewing it until much closer to it’s March 13th opening, but I can tell you that it was a charming, sumptuously costumed, and sweetly told fairytale for a new generation. It revisits the story just enough to make it relevant for modern audiences.

Part of what made Disney’s Beauty & the Beast so attractive to modern audiences is that agency it gave its heroine. That was new and refreshing at the time and Belle became a role model for many young girls (and boys) who learned that smarts was attractive and being kind to others, even if they disgust you, was cool.

We could definitely use more of that message these days, so I’m looking forward to Disney remaking Beauty & the Beast as a live action film. We learned earlier that Emma Watson will play Belle and we now know who will join her as Beast and Gaston.

Fans of Downton Abbey will recognize Dan Stevens. He will play Beast. Those who enjoy the recent Hobbit movies will recognize Luke Evans who has been cast as Gaston. Both bring some international flair and accents to the roles and a considerable dash of handsomeness.

What do you think of these choices?

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Disneyland Small World Fire Aftermath

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Last week a small portion of It’s A Small World’s beautiful facade was charred by an off-stage fire caused when fireworks malfunctioned and lit a tree and construction tarp on fire.

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It’s a small world’s facade has been under renovation, which is periodically required to keep the complicated structure looking show ready (especially with all the abuse it takes each Christmas season). Here is a show of the construction taken on February 6th, a few weeks before the fire.

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That there is the occasional fire from Fireworks fallout is to be expected. Consider how many shells Disney launches each night and then multiply that by a year’s worth of fireworks shows. A small fire or two is bound to happen.

By all accounts Disney cast members acted swiftly and correctly that night. Guests were evacuated from the danger zone and the firefighters who are on hand every night for the fireworks display had the fire extinguished in less than 20 minutes.

In the photos below you can see that some of the trees took a minor beating in the fire and that some of the gold spires are now charred by the fire. Continue reading

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Take the Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon Challenge

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Is your super power the ability to stay awake through 11 straight Marvel Avengers movies? Then AMC Theatres has a challenge for you! From Wednesday, April 29th at 6pm to 9:30pm on April 30th, you’ll watch 11 super hero-sized movies in just over 26 hours.

If you take the challenge and you’ll take home an exclusive Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron collector’s pin and a limited edition print! Complete the challenge and they’ll give you a medal. Yes, really.

Plus, AMC Stubs members will get $10 Bonus Bucks loaded onto their card tickets are purchased in advance. Use it for event day snacks during our mega-marathon of these incredible movies:

6:00pm IRON MAN
8:25pm THE INCREDIBLE HULK
10:35pm IRON MAN 2
1:00am THOR
3:10am CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER
5:30am THE AVENGERS
8:48am IRON MAN 3
11:15am THOR: THE DARK WORLD
1:45pm CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER
4:20pm GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
7:00pm AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

As part of the ultimate movie marathon, you’ll be one of the first to see the premiere of the latest movie in stunning RealD 3D.

Participating theaters include

Kansas City: AMC Studio 28
New York: Lincoln Square 13
Anaheim: Downtown Disney 12
Orlando: Downtown Disney 24

If you don’t think 26+ hours of straight movie watching is your thing, there’s a two movie version that starts on April 30th. Details on both events at AMCTheatres.com/Avengers.

Are you up to the challenge?

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Walt Disney World Resort to sponsor Orlando City Soccer Club of the MLS

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The Orlando City Lions spent much of their last season in the USLPro soccer league playing at Walt Disney World’s ESPN WWOS Complex. I imagine that gave plenty of time for the team’s ownership to get to know the team at Disney. You wouldn’t have to dive two deep into either side’s spreadsheet to know that a continued relationship once Orlando City joined the MLS would be mutually beneficial. Therefore, today’s bit announcement doesn’t come as much of a surprise. That said, it is good to see.

Walt Disney World Resort and Orlando City Soccer Club have announced today a multi-year agreement making Walt Disney World Resort a founding sponsor of the Club. The announcement comes at an exciting time, just days before Orlando City Soccer Club’s 2015 Major League Soccer debut on Sunday.

Under the agreement, Walt Disney World Resort becomes the official theme park and resort destination of Orlando City Soccer Club; Disney Cruise Line becomes the official cruise line of the Club; and Disney Vacation Club becomes the official vacation club of the team. Also, Disney will have a significant presence at Orlando City home matches at the Citrus Bowl in 2015 as well as at its future multi-purpose downtown stadium starting in 2016. Continue reading

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Richard Petty Driving Experience at Walt Disney World Speedway offers Florida Resident discount

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Even though Disney has asked the Richard Petty Driving Experience and Exotic Driving Experience throw its final checkered flag this summer, fun experiences are still available at Walt Disney World Speedway now through the end of May.

“Any Florida resident can take advantage of this offer, and time is running out to drive on this iconic track before it’s closing on June 28,” said Chris Kirby, director of marketing for Petty Holdings, LLC, parent company of Richard Petty Driving Experience and Exotic Driving Experience. “Who wouldn’t love to ditch their ride for a day and take a spin in a $300,000 Ferrari or a 600 HP stock car?”

Local Florida residents can get a few last laps in with a special 25% discount off regular rates when booked or driven before June 1. Florida residents can find out more information about RPDE program offerings, dates and times, and book their discounted stock car driving experience by calling 800-237-3889 or by visiting drivepetty.com/fl. To find out more information about EDE call 855-822-0149 or visit exoticdriving.com/fl.

If you don’t live close to another Richard Petty Driving Experience location, this might be your most affordable opportunity to go this fast. Will you buy a ticket?

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