PARADE | There’s something about Beauty and the Beast and its story of true love and courage that’s made it beloved for generations, especially since Disney brought the 1700s French fairy tale to the big screen as a sweeping animated movie musical in 1991.
This week, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star—as the Beauty and the Beast—in a brand-new Disney version combining live actors, real settings and eye-popping computer animation.
The anticipation has been mounting since the project was first announced: More advance tickets for this Beauty and the Beast have been sold than for any other family film in history, according to online ticket vendor Fandango. As fans count down the days to March 17, they’ve been streaming advance soundtrack tunes, such as Ariana Grande and John Legend’s new version of the movie’s theme song.
In addition to Ariana Grande and John Legend performing the new film’s signature song, Céline Dion (who originally performed the Grammy-winning duet “Beauty and the Beast” with Peabo Bryson in 1991) performs a new original song, “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” composed by Alan Menken, one of the writers of the original score.
Some of Howard Ashman’s original lyrics from the songs “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast” that weren’t used in 1991 have been added back. The brokenhearted Beast sings a new ballad, “Evermore,” after releasing Belle from the castle to rejoin her father.
Ewan McGregor (Lumière) sings the extravagant “Be Our Guest.” And Belle gets a new song too. “It’s only a verse and a little bit of a chorus, but it’s very beautiful,” Emma Watson says. “We expand a bit on Belle’s past and see the story of her life before she goes to the castle. It’s a really lovely extra detail that wasn’t in the original.”
The 1991 Beauty and the Beast was the first animated feature to receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture. (It actually won two Oscars, for original song and original score.) That set the bar high for the new version, which was carefully reimagined to honor and expand on its predecessor.
The tale of Beauty and the Beast endures because it’s universally appealing, says the new film’s Oscar-winning director, Bill Condon, 61, whose résumé includes Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters and two movies in the Twilight franchise. “The idea of looking beyond the surface of things and finding the beauty underneath is one of the film’s legacies,” he says.
For Stevens, 34, who was Downton Abbey’s Matthew Crawley, the process of retelling a well-known, centuries-old tale—and embodying the Beast—was magical.
“It’s an alchemical process,” he says. “The original was a landmark film that contains a lot of the big questions about our identities, who we are, what we’re afraid of and what parts of our nature we should act on. It covers big themes and it’s able to contain some big ideas in a beautiful setting.”
The film doesn’t radically depart from the animated version, Condon says, “but it does resolve some intriguing questions left unanswered in the first. It gives you more, specifically where the Beast and Belle fall in love.”
The love story was only part of the attraction for Watson, 26. “The original was romantic, but in a way that didn’t feel contrived the way other fairy tales sometimes are,” she says.
Besides being a love story with a feminist bent, “it’s an action movie with huge amounts of stunts, wolf-fighting, horse-riding, guns and swordfights,” Watson says. “It’s also a romantic drama. And then there’s music and dance on top of that. On the other hand, it’s a comedy too. The comic timing of characters like Cogsworth and Lumière and Mrs. Potts—it’s just hysterical.”
“I think this version might be funnier than the original because of Josh Gad and Kevin Kline,” says Gugu Mbatha-Raw, 33, who plays Plumette, the castle’s maid who becomes a feather duster. “They’re a really funny double act!”
Mbatha-Raw also admires Belle’s spirit. “I loved that she was smart and bookish and didn’t fit in with the village,” she says. “She wasn’t privileged. She knew her own mind. I thought that was cool.”
Condon believes Beauty and the Beast will always be cool. In the end, it’s the weaving of the old and new in this beloved story that will captivate audiences, he says.
“People introduced the animated film to their own children, and the musical is still being performed all over the world. We’ve always had Beauty and the Beast around us, but that’s also because people remain so drawn to it.”
It is, indeed, a tale as old as time.
Beauty and the Beast was shot in the United Kingdom over the course of four months. The adaptation sets the story in mid-18th-century France so every set, prop and costume is sumptuously authentic to that era. Some details:
- The ballroom features 12,000 square feet of faux marble and 10 glass chandeliers modeled on actual chandeliers from Versailles.
- 1,500 red roses and 8,700 candles (or 104,400 inches of wax) were used as set decoration.
- The enchanted forest took 15 weeks to complete. It featured live trees, hedges, a frozen lake and 20,000 icicles.
Hello Watson fans! Last night, Emma appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote “Beauty and The Beast”. A kind soul uploaded the entire interview onto youtube, and you can watch it below! I have also added 40 gorgeous high quality photos of Emma arriving for the show to our gallery. We will hopefully have stills and HD screen captures soon, stay tuned…
As you can tell (if you can’t – refresh your browser!), we have a new layout here at I Heart Watson. With the many daily updates this “Beauty and The Beast” promotion tour are bringing us, we figured you were all probably sick of the old one by now 😉 The gorgeous new design are created by our friend Nicole, and we really love it. It’s something completely different from our previous look, and we really hope you all like it just as much as we do! Feedback is as always welcome, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section.
To come with the new design, we’ve replaced the old thumbnails in our photo gallery with larger versions. We hope this will make browsing the gallery easier for everyone! Once the BATB promotion tour is over, we will also start creating many information, multimedia and interactive pages here at the site. Many great things are coming up, and we are excited to share it all with you! Keep checking back…
Following our post about Miss Watson’s beauty secrets, we now have another article on her style! This time brought to us by Coveteur, and again we’re gifted with some stunning new photos of Emma. The main article can be found below, the new photos in our gallery – and make sure to head over to the original source through this link for all the photos from her closet. Enjoy!
FYI: We are currently changing the size of all the thumbnails in the gallery, so for the next hour or two they will look a bit stretched. The photos are still viewable, and everything will look perfect later tonight! The main site here might also look a bit off, as we are in the middle of changing our layout… Stay tuned for our brand new look!
COVETEUR | The “Beauty & the Beast” lead gets real(istic) about finding designers on Instagram and how that impulse fast-fashion buy is destroying the planet.
By: Meagan Wilson
Styling: Meagan Wilson
Photography: Jake Rosenberg
Here’s a fun game to play: we talk sustainable fashion, and you try to stay awake through to the end of the sentence. Still there?
We’re kidding, of course. But we’d be lying if we said that for too long, conscious fashion has had a reputation for being not just a snooze, but something best paired with patchouli—the furthest possible thing from what you think of when it comes to mega-wattage red carpets or Parisian ateliers.
Despite the leaps and bounds that’ve been made, making not just the urgency of sustainable dressing clear, but making it look good, is a challenge all too familiar to Emma Watson. “I’ve wanted to move away from calling anything ‘green,’ ‘eco,’ or ‘sustainable,’” Watson explained as we had our way with the contents of her closet during a recent trip to London. “Because those words are very non-descriptive in most ways! It’s very difficult to know what they actually mean.”
While the actor’s been a vocal proponent of conscious dressing for years, she knows part of the power of her platform lies in not just telling, but showing. Enter @the_press_tour, the dedicated Instagram account behind her (scrupulously certified c/o EcoAge) sustainable wardrobe for her ongoing Beauty & the Beast publicity blitz. There’s shot after shot of Watson in far-flung, glamorous locales, from Paris to Shanghai, all with the requisite wardrobe to match. And while the glitzy images might be what draw thousands in, what separates Watson’s recent appearances is the captions that accompany them, like the one detailing how the powder blue Emilia Wickstead princess gown happens to be made from recycled fabrics and by an all-female team, or the Louis Vuitton dress made from recycled polyester created from plastic bottles.
Before it all went down, we got a sneak peek into the heavy lifting that’s gone into Watson’s recent efforts in London. After all, what better time than your turn as the lead in a looong-anticipated blockbuster live-action Disney film to really walk the proverbial walk and make some noise about something you really believe in?
Into The Gloss just shared an article where Emma reveals all about her beauty routine! It’s a good read, and it came with two gorgeous photos of our Belle, photographed by Olivia Richardson in London on December 16, 2016. You can read her article below (and check out the original source for some beautiful photos of the products), and the new photos are in our gallery!
INTO THE GLOSS | “There’s something about looking into someone else’s makeup bag—it’s such an intimate glimpse into their personality somehow. When I was a kid and working on Harry Potter, I would always ask the makeup artists, or just anyone, ‘Can I see your makeup bag?’ I loved exploring that way. And my other favorite thing was, while I was having my hair and makeup done, to clean and organize people’s makeup bags. So I would sit there and clean every product and put it all back together again. Anyway, it’s been a passion of mine for a long time. Recently I’ve become super interested in sustainability and transparency and understanding what I’m putting on my face and on my body. It’s been a fun little mission to see how far I can go with it… Can I create a completely sustainable wardrobe? Can I dress sustainably on the red carpet? Can I put together a hair and makeup look with completely organic products? I needed to figure out if it was achievable or not. You can’t talk the talk if you don’t walk the walk. So that’s what I’ve been discovering over the past couple of years.
At first, I didn’t really know the answer. I was doing all this research and came across Content, a cute little shop on the Marylebone High Street. Every week, I would go back and try something different, until one of the girls who works there asked if I wanted to meet Imelda Burke, who runs the store. So I went for lunch with Imelda and we became really close friends. Now I’m lucky enough to be able to text her and ask about any product I find—if she knows if it’s organic or natural or clean and all that. She actually just came out with her own book, which is amazing because she’s just done an insane amount of research. The other way I find out about a lot of my products is on Instagram. I just keep a beady eye out really… I’m like a magpie running around trying out new products. Most of my routine keeps to an 80/20 philosophy because it’s very difficult to be a complete purist, especially when working in the film industry. You can end up driving yourself a bit mad and make it more stressful than it should be. Sometimes you just need a mascara to be waterproof and that’s OK.
While promoting Beauty and The Beast in South Korea, Emma Watson and her movie co-stars Luke Evans and Josh Gad sat down for a Q&A on V LIVE. The videos have been recently uploaded into Youtube and you can watch it bellow!
Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson hides copies of Maya Angelou’s book “Mom and Me and Mom” on the New York City subway with Derek Blasberg on this episode of “Derek Does Stuff with a Friend.”
Emma Watson, who has been criticized for going bra-less in a Vanity Fair shoot, hits back at critics stating there is a “misunderstanding of what feminism is.”
Emma attended yesterday a press conference for Beauty and The Beast, in Beverly Hills. Thanks to our friend Mouza from gugumbatharaw.org, we’ve added the first photos to our gallery. Hopefully we’ll have more soon!
Emma was one of the guests of this morning’s episode of The Ellen Show, where she spoke about Beauty and The Beast, her first movie premiere, and even joined Ellen on a prank! We’ve added photos to our gallery, and you can watch two clips from the show bellow!