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You Missed Something Magical In Emma Watson's New Song

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 02.21.2017 | Entertainment

Let’s get one thing straight: Belle’s a weirdo. Who needs books when you got looks, amiright? The townspeople get it. Despite her character’s un...

Dad Surprises Daughter With 'Beauty And The Beast' Photo Shoot

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 02.14.2017 | Parents

A creative dad gave his daughter a Valentine’s Day surprise she’ll never forget. Photographer and father of two Josh Rossi transformed his 3-year-...

New ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Character Posters Will Truly ‘Move’ You

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 01.27.2017 | Entertainment

Once upon a time, it was announced that Emma Watson would star as Belle in a live-action version of Disney’s beloved animated film “Beauty and the...

This Guy Sewed A Belle Dress For His 'Beauty And The Beast' Proposal

The Huffington Post | Kelsey Borresen | Posted 01.17.2017 | Weddings

One thoughtful boyfriend planned a proposal fit for a princess for his “Beauty and the Beast”-loving girlfriend. Joel Lynch, a graduate s...

Emma Watson Turned Down 'Cinderella' Before Becoming Role Model Belle

The Huffington Post | Cole Delbyck | Posted 01.17.2017 | Entertainment

Some might argue that it’s impossible to find a feminist role model in the Disney princess canon, where a woman’s fate is sealed with a kiss and t...

Emma Watson Sings In The New 'Beauty And The Beast' Teaser

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.09.2017 | Entertainment

Disney unveiled a new “Beauty and the Beast” teaser during the Golden Globes on Sunday night, giving us a sneak peek of Emma Watson singing “Bel...

Listen To Emma Watson Sing In 'Beauty And The Beast'

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 12.30.2016 | Entertainment

The first audio of Emma Watson singing as the character Belle in the upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast” has finally debuted ― although ...

Children's Choir Surprises Disney Princess With Incredible A Cappella

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 08.12.2016 | Good News

You will rarely see a Disneyland cast member out of character. Their job is to make every park visitor’s Disney experience feel real and magical. So...

Was Disney's Beauty and the Beast Re-Tooled Because Belle Wasn't Enough of a Feminist?

Brian Cronin | Posted 05.02.2016 | Entertainment
Brian Cronin

A peculiar challenge exists when you are writing a film for a large corporation such as Walt Disney Studios is that there are so many executives to an...

The Faithful Shopper: Halloween Havoc

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 10.14.2016 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Costumes, candy and company -- the perfect way to spend a splendid Halloween. Take the scare out of shopping for this most frightening of nights by checking out my latest list of stores, where you'll be treated to all you need for your creepy costume.

This Is What Emma Watson Could Look Like In 'Beauty And The Beast'

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.13.2015 | Entertainment

Emma Watson won't appear as Belle in "Beauty and the Beast" on the big screen until at least 2016, but a Reddit artist is already giving us an idea of...

The Year in Film, 2014: 22 Easy Pieces

Jon Eig | Posted 02.21.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Eig

Say whatever else you want to about 2014, here's one thing I know for sure. It had 365 days. And since new movies opened on screens across the USA on a great many of those days, I feel compelled to consider the year in films.

Popcorn Preview: The Imitation Game

Leslie Sisman | Posted 02.08.2015 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

The Imitation Game (2014) Cast includes: Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Keira Knightly (Anna Karenina), Matthew Goode (Belle), Allen Leech (Downton ...

'Belle' Actress Says 'Beyond The Lights' Shows Power Of Self

Associated Press | MARCELA IZASA | Posted 11.19.2014 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has had a busy 2014. Earlier this year, she starred in "Belle," based on a true story about a m...

'Belle' Director Teases Potential Idris Elba Project

Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices

Originally slated for development as a script for HBO, Amma Asante’s second directorial project, “Belle,” managed to defy the odds and attract F...

The Sadder But Wiser Girl

George Heymont | Posted 10.08.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

It's amazing how one song can capture a culture's idealized view of women. In 1919, the great American songwriter, Irving Berlin, had been hired by Florenz Ziegfeld to write a musical number which would glorify the showgirls in the 1919 edition of the Ziegfeld Follies.

Soul Murder

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

We've barely begun to acknowledge, let alone heal, the profound brokenness of human culture. We're still lost in the Age of Exploration.

Amma Asante's Belle: An Important Film

Sheryl Estrada | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Sheryl Estrada

As a black woman of diverse heritage myself, which includes a grandmother who was biracial and raised in the deep south of the U.S. in the 1930s, where slavery only ended only about 60 years prior, this important film resonates with me.

Amma Asante's Belle May Lead to Real Freedom for Women Around the World

Michelle Bernard | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Michelle Bernard

Maybe, in some small way, Asante's Belle will lead men the world over to recognize that equality and justice for all of humankind is the foundation of freedom, democracy and peace. Asante's Belle reminds us that women are as free by nature as the men we give life to.

Belle: A Lesson in the Timelessness of Racism and Misogyny Against Black Women

Olivia Cole | Posted 07.13.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

Dido Elizabeth Belle was born in 1761 and died in 1804, yet the experiences that this film projects in its illustration of the past bear shocking resemblance to the challenges that black women (and black people) face in the United States today.

Bringing Slavery Into the Heart of Jane Austen

Misan Sagay | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment
Misan Sagay

Getting a screenplay from page to screen can be a long process, and this is doubly so when the subject is so different. In 2004 I conceived a Jane Austenesque, costume-drama feature film with a black female lead that also addresses slavery. It was inspired by a painting.

On the "A" w/Souleo: Patrick Kelly's Fashion Legacy Lives On Through Buttons and Bananas

Peter 'Souleo' Wright | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices
Peter 'Souleo' Wright

Now that's how you make a splash for a worthy cause.

Week in Film: Amazing Spider-Man 2 and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Yes, yes, I know -- spidermanspidermanspidermanspiderman. I'll get to it. But my favorite movies of the week, as usual, are the small ones. Let's start with Amma Asante's Belle, a Jane Austen-ish film based on a true story.

Cultural & Chartable Catch-Up: April 2014

Jill Lynne | Posted 06.24.2014 | Arts
Jill Lynne

The Cultural & Charitable Catch-Up: April 2014 Text & Photographs © Jill Lynne, 2014 The Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Children, The O...

We Can't Wait To See THIS Movie

Posted 04.23.2014 | Black Voices

On May 2 Fox Searchlight will celebrate the story of Admiral Sir John Lindsay’s daughter, Dido Elizabeth Belle, in the aptly titled motion picture, ...