‘Beauty and the Beast’ roars with monstrous $170M debut

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NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s live-action “Beauty” was a beast at the box office, opening with an estimated $170 million in North American ticket sales and setting a new high mark for family movies.

“Beauty and the Beast” blew past the previous record-holder for G- or PG-rated releases, according to studio estimates Sunday. Last year, Disney’s “Finding Dory” debuted with a then-PG-best $135 million.

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Russia gives “Beauty and the Beast” equivalent of R-rating due to gay character

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MOSCOW (AP) – Children under age 16 won’t be able to go to the new Disney film “Beauty and the Beast” in Russia because it includes a gay character, the Russian Culture Ministry said Tuesday.

The ministry told The Associated Press in an emailed statement that its decision for the 16-plus rating followed petitions by lawmaker Vitaly Milonov, known for his ultraconservative views, petitioned for the live-action film to be banned.

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‘Beauty and The Beast’ will feature Disney’s first gay character

By : Jeremy Williams
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Disney continues its trend of converting their arsenal of animated classics into live-action movies with the release of Beauty and the Beast March 17, but this transfer to the three-dimensional world features something not found in the original: Disney’s first gay character.

In an interview with Attitude magazine, the film’s director Bill Condon mentions the character of LeFou, sidekick to the main villain Gaston and played by Josh Gad, as part of a subplot that touches on sexuality.

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Screened Out – Pixels

By : Stephen Miller
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Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan

Pixels recalls a trip to the video arcade, where a kid could blow through a whole week’s allowance for some mindless fun. Part teenaged actioner, part adult nostalgia trip, Pixels is a frivolous, fun waste of time and money.

This flick is a surprising success for Sandler’s production company, Happy Gilmore. More than that, everyone involved knows it’s just a silly distraction, without a crass comment anywhere, built merely to entertain – just like the great 80s icons it highlights.

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Screened Out – Wish I Was Here

By : Stephen Miller
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Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Mandy Patinkin, Pierce Gagnon, Joey King

This is Zach Braff’s infamous Kickstarter film, the one that he shot by raising funds through the Internet. It feels like everyone who gave him five bucks also gave plot ideas. Though Wish possesses some lovely scenes, great acting and charm cannot pull it together.

As a writer and a director, Braff showed serious promise with Garden State, ten years ago. In contrast, this misbalanced but touching dramedy tries to cover too much story.

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