Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’: Belle Gets a New Backstory

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We’re in for some big changes when Disney gives “Beauty and the Beast” the live-action treatment — and it won’t just be a matter of seeing the classic characters go from 2D to 3D.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Emma Watson, who plays the film’s heroine, Belle, revealed that her character will get a new backstory. Instead of just spending her time reading all the books she can get her hands on, she’ll have a knack for inventing as well.

“In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle,” Watson told EW.

The change seems like a good one because, as Watson points out, Belle’s love of reading didn’t seem like enough to make her such an outsider. The actress wanted a better explanation, plus to see other ways her character spent her time.

“We created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead,” said Watson. “So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”

That leaves Belle’s father, Maurice (Kevin Kline), in need of a new occupation, but don’t worry, all bases have been covered. In the remake, he’ll make music boxes. Apparently, he’ll also be quite protective of Belle after her mother’s death, and so he’ll use them to show her countries she’s never visited.

Changes sometimes meet resistance from loyal fans, but so far, nothing seems drastic enough to spark outrage. We’ll see what other changes Disney has in store for us when “Beauty and the Beast” opens on March 17, 2017.

[via: Entertainment Weekly]

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Harry Potter’ History Lesson, ‘Logan’ Music Video and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

Movie Franchise History Lesson of the Day:

Watch Harry Potter superfan Ezra Miller, who stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, recaps a bit from the franchise that might be significance for the upcoming spinoff/prequel (via /Film):

Music Video of the Day:

Darth Blender used footage from X-Men movies, including Logan, to make a music video for Wolverine covering “Hurt”:

Actor in the Spotlight:

Ranker’s latest actor-focused supercut shows us that Sylvester Stallone is always hanging from things:

Filmmaker in Focus:

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New ‘Office Christmas Party’ Trailer: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman Partake in Insanity

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Bad behavior sometimes emerges at company holiday gatherings, but rarely does it reach the level seen in “Office Christmas Party.”

Paramount Pictures dropped a hilarious new trailer for the comedy today, and it’s full of absolute mayhem. In the preview, we see company CEO Carol (Jennifer Aniston) try to close down the branch where her brother Clay (T.J. Miller) and Chief Technical Officer Josh (Jason Bateman) work, only for her employees to try and save it with a raucous holiday party. They invite a potential client (Courtney B. Vance) in hopes of winning him over with the festivities.

The party has all the ingredients of either epic success or terrible failure: There’s sledding down the stairs, water coolers turned into an open bar, and even swinging from Christmas lights.

The star-studded cast of “Office Christmas Party” also includes Vanessa Bayer, Jillian Bell, Jamie Chung, Rob Corddry, Abbey Lee, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Karan Soni, and Matt Walsh.

Watch the madness unfold when the film opens on Dec. 9.

The ‘Predator’ Reboot May Star Olivia Munn: Report

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The “Predator” reboot may have found its leading lady.

Olivia Munn is in talks to star in the latest film in the sci-fi horror franchise, reports THR. If she signs on, the actress will join Boyd Holbrook, who is set to play a Special Forces commando. Munn’s would-be character is reportedly a scientist, but with most plot details remaining secret, it’s unclear exactly how she’d be involved in the story.

The film stems from a series that launched with 1987’s “Predator” and has continued with two sequels and two spinoff movies so far. The upcoming reboot was penned by Shane Black and Fred Dekker and is said to center on an alien-hunter hard at work in none other than the suburbs. Black is also set to direct.

Munn is definitely prepared to take on another action flick. She has appeared in films like “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Ride Along 2,” and “Iron Man 2.” Next up for her, though, is the upcoming comedy “Office Christmas Party.”

The “Predator” reboot is scheduled for release in 2018.

[via: The Hollywood Reporter]