“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Beauty of an Anniversary…

Posted on May 8, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is commemorating the 25th anniversary of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast with a cast-and-crew reunion at its Beverly Hills headquarters that will include lead voice actors Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, and Angela Lansbury. But, there’ll be one notable absence at the Monday night celebration — the film’s Oscar-winning composer, Alan Menken. He’s got a beauty of an excuse, though: He’s in New York working on the new live-action version of this timeless tale.

     That film, expected in theaters next year, casts Emma Watsonand Dan Stevens in a musical version of the timeless tale, with Bill Condon directing. Menken is incorporating the 1991 film’s songs, which he co-wrote with the late Howard Ashman, as well as composing new material with his Aladdin lyricist, Tim Rice. The release is well anticipated because of the recent success of the updated version of The Jungle Book.

   Beauty and the Beast was the first animated feature to be nominated for a best-picture Oscar, and the first to gross more than $100 million in North America.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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