Beauty And The Beast Is A Dream
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Beauty And The Beast Is A Dream

Disney live actions are the best thing to happen to this world.

I can shamelessly say that I'm a Disney fanatic. My Disney Spotify playlist is often played at full volume for all of my neighbors to hear, at all hours of the day. I've had friends over to watch Treasure Planet loudly at 10 PM before. So, of course, I went to see Beauty and the Beast on opening weekend (with a group of four Disney-obsessed friends, might I add).

It was everything I could have dreamed of and more.

My childhood favorite was brought to life by Emma Watson and Josh Gad - casting choices that couldn't have possibly been any better, by the way. Emma Watson did an amazing job as Belle (though her voice sounded noticeably auto-tuned in some of the songs? Oh well, it didn't impact my love of the musical scenes).

The sass that Emma Watson gives Belle in this movie just improves upon the sass that Belle had in the original.

And Josh Gad? They could not have made a better choice. I knew it would be awesome from the moment I saw the first trailer, but what cemented it for me was the news that Lefou was going to be gay (wasn't he always though?). Having Lefou low-key hitting on Gaston for the whole movie was ultimately the best part. And the much-hyped gay moment? While only a few fleeting seconds of the movie, it was almost everything I'd hoped for.

Is it bad for me to say that Luke Evan's jawline really helped me to hate Gaston even more than I already did? Nothing against the guy, but his jawline really fit with Gaston's character - which is that of a grade-A asshole.

For some reason Lumiere was a very handsome candlestick. I felt some things during "Be Our Guest".

The new songs were unexpectedly amazing as well, and there were some things I like more about this movie than the original (surprisingly). One is that you get to see into both Belle's and the Beast's pasts.

We don't get that information in the original movie. Tied in with that is that it's a lot easier to tell that Belle and the Beast are growing closer. They share a touching moment over Belle's past, and we get just a little more insight into who the Beast really is. In the original movie, I sometimes wondered why Belle even fell for the Beast.

I should have been expecting this, but there was an immense amount of quality one-liners littered throughout the film. Cogsworth, Gaston, Lefou, Belle... everyone has one. Some were from the original (or slightly modified from the original) but there were a lot of new ones as well!

Also the action scenes were top-notch. They had a lot of flair but not so much that they seemed overdone. The action in Beauty and the Beast held just the right amount of emotion to pull at the heartstrings while still getting you hyped up.

With a current 86 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes and an opening weekend that brought in about $170 million in the U.S. alone (which is a new record for family movies), it seems like I'm not the only one who was excited as hell and adored the movie.

My suggestion: take time out of your day to go see this tale as old as time in theaters... as soon as possible. It's worth it.

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Hunny of the Week: Emma Watson 2/23

Hunny /[huhn-ee] / noun: a badass bitch who's not just hot: she's funny, smart, strong, and\or ambitious.

After watching her transformation on and off the screen throughout the Harry Potter series, it's safe to say that I developed a personal connection and admiration for Emma Watson. Five years since the release of the final film, this brilliant Hunny of the week has cast an even stronger spell over us all with her public decision to take a year off from acting to focus on learning more about feminism.

Awarded the position of UN Women Goodwill ambassador in 2014, Watson is no newbie to feminist projects. She is a staunch activist for the UN Women's HeForShe campaign, a solidarity movement that promotes gender equality. And girlfriend is only 25.

Read Watson's interview with bell hooks [sic], renowned social activist and feminist, here. Having two of the most badass women out there admit their girl crushes for each other while also discussing their experiences with feminism and "celebrity activism"? YES.

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The Mulan Remake Doesn't Need Music

Let's get down to business.

Niki Caro, director of the 2018 live action Mulan remake, stated in an interview that there are no songs planned for the upcoming movie.

Of course, fans were enraged at this decision and took to social media. This wasn't the first time this film has caused backlash, such as rumors of a white-washed cast. (Thankfully it was debunked.) Naturally, nearly all of these tweets included the iconic "dishonor on your cow" gif.

"WHAT IS EVEN THE POINT?!" this twitter user exclaims. I hate to break it to you (and anyone else out there who's pissed about this news), but there probably is a point. I'm going to take on the role of the most rare and beautiful flower of all and defend why no music is actually a good decision. Let's get down to business, shall we?

Adaptations of just about anything are going to have haters. No movie is ever going to be like the book, nor will they ever be "faithful" to their origins, either. It's impossible to compare two different mediums and expect the same results.

Yes, Mulan is a movie. But the 1998 Mulan is animated; this upcoming one is live action. Those are two different mediums. Animation allows more freedom in ways live-action cannot. Sure, we have amazing CGI effects nowadays, but let's be real: a CGI Mushu isn't going to have the same effect on audiences as the wise-cracking pocket-sized lizard--I mean, dragon--Mulan carries around.

This moment in the 1998 film would not translate well into a live-action Mulan. Mushu is not supposed to be scary or frightening. CGI might be able to achieve a similar cutesy or humorous effect, but it depends on the CGI and the movie's tones.

Mulan is not a movie about what it means to be a princess or having a whirlwind Disney romance. It's about the devastating effects of war. Mulan takes her father's place in the army because if no one else does, he'll die. It's not necessarily about her finding love (although she does question her motives regarding honor), but about her fighting in a war that would have taken her father's life.

Animation is fluid and allows more flexibility. It's easier to balance a musical number and tragedy.

"A Girl Worth Fighting For" does this beautifully in how this song ends. It cuts off abruptly when Mulan and her comrades stand before a destroyed village. In it are the remains of the villagers, as well as Shang's father and army. Now, imagine this exact scene remade with real people. It's an inappropriate (maybe even obscene) scene with the music.

But take the musical bit away in that live-action imagining. There are soldiers marching off to battle, knowing that they could very well die on the journey. It's not as fun, but it's appropriate given the situation. That's the point. War is not a fun, light-hearted affair. I'm not saying that the live-action Mulan should not have some fun in it. It definitely should have some humor here and there.

What it needs is good taste. And that's what a live-action Mulan without musical theatre antics would create.

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Why The Disney Princes Suck

They're duds.

I hadn't watched a single Disney movie in ages until I had to babysit this past weekend and we ended up watching Mulan. Now I've probably seen that movie 20 times, but this time all I could think was DAMN, General Li Shang can GET IT.

Disregard the fact that I'm fawning over a cartoon, but that guy is swoon worthy.

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I began thinking about what other Disney princes were of any interest, but then realized these dudes (or should I say, DUDS) are partially the reason we have fucked up perceptions of what's OK in a relationship.

We watch and rewatch these "classics" as a child and fawn over these fairy tale princes, yet some of them exude the specific reasons why some men completely and utterly suck.

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Prince Eric
He's like all those attractive dudes that I've fallen for that have absolutely zero intellect whatsoever. Not to mention he's a complete and utter meninist. He literally decided to hitch a naked girl he just found on the beach, and enjoys her for the fact she can't speak. NEXT.

Prince Philip
He goes out of his way for Aurora entirely based on her beauty, despite the fact she has no personality whatsoever. The definition of "Trophy Wife Syndrome", and "future disaster", and we see it SO OFTEN in college. As someone who has been accused of being a "trophy wife" in the past, this one really ticks me off.

John Smith
Try to be less of an ethnocentric d-bag. He's a freaking COLONIZER... He's def the sweet talking type that try to make you pity them to win you over. Deep down he only "feels" for the Native Americans after getting hot and bothered by an 11-year-old. Grossed out yet?

Prince Charming
Swears he loves Cinderella, but doesn't remember wtf she looks like? Don't even TRY to tell me he fell for her personality -- we know he was just blackout the whole night.

Prince Adam aka The Beast
I honestly don't know wtf Belle was doing trying to put up with that bad temper. Anger management issues are REAL and lead to ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS. CAN I BE MORE CLEAR??? Also, stubbornness? All around just not cute.

Aladdin
Aladdin is like all those boys who woo you over with gifts and fancy dinners that... wait did they pay for them? Absolutely not. Mom and daddy sent a big fat check (sorry genie, get over yourself).

The Prince [Snow White]
Literally a Do Nothing Bitch. Also HELLO ever heard of CONSENT?? No of course not, you were too busy jacking off the entire movie until you made your "grand appearance" and "saved the day." Vom.

Prince Naveen
Pride is one of the deadly sins for a reason, and Prince Naveen absolutely reeks of it. Seriously, narcissistic guys who know they're beautiful are the absolute worst. He may have wound up with the good girl in the end, but he's a total player and you just know he'll always blame the "other girl" if anything shady happens. Funny, he's starting to sound a lot like my ex...

I may be single, but it's safe to say I won't be needing "saving" anytime soon.

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Disney Just Announced Release Dates For Frozen 2 And A New Lion King

And Seth Rogan will be in one for some reason.

As finals week attempts to darken your upcoming days, Disney is doing everything in their power to prevent that gloom by announcing release dates for the highly anticipated Frozen 2 and even more so, the live action remake of The Lion King.

Frozen 2 will hit the theaters during prime time movie season, right around Thanksgiving. Specifically, November 27th 2019. Unfortunately, we face over a two and a half year wait for the sequel, but the upside is that it can only mean Disney is planning to make this an absolutely spectacular film.

Slightly sooner, however, is the live action (but not really, because CGI) remake of The Lion King, which will be showing starting July 19th, 2019! It has already been announced that Donald Glover (AKA Childish Gambino) would play Simba, James Earl Jones will return as Mufasa, and even Beyonce is considering voicing Nala.

Recently, there were also two more casting announcements made, and fans' prayers have been answered! Billy Eichner will play Timon, and in what is arguably the greatest, most perfect decision ever, Seth Rogen will play Pumbaa!

I mean, come on, just imagine how hard you're going to laugh when you hear him singing the intro to "Can You Feel The Love Tonight".

These two films are already marked in my calendar, and are certainly ones not to miss, but you don't need me to tell you that.

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Raven Symone Is Coming Home

Ya nasty.

I hereby apologize for getting the theme song to That's So Raven stuck in your head upon reading this headline.

Actually, I don't feel that bad about it, because I'm singing it under my breath as I write this. Good memories.

That said, rejoice, all you Raven Baxter fans. Disney Channel has officially announced a spin-off series entitled Raven's Home, which will continue the plot and characters of the classic show.

Both Raven Symone (obviously) and Anneliese van der Pol (our fav ginger) have signed on to return to the show, accompanied by Isaac Brown of Black-Ish fame, and a whole gaggle of kids who will portray the ladies' tweenaged little ones, one of whom seems to be exhibiting signs that resemble Raven's own future-gazing talent.

On that note, I want to shed a little light on a theme Raven's Home will be addressing in abundant detail, and for which I would like to commend the show's creators.

In the new series, Raven and Chelsea will play divorced single moms attempting to raise their kids and keep some semblance of order in their lives while they're at it.

This is a fairly rare setup for a Disney Channel show, with The Suite Life of Zack and Cody being an obvious exception, and I am very excited to find out what this unusual, but nevertheless valid, family dynamic will add to the experience of watching the show.

I cannot put enough emphasis on the value that diversity has in media, which might be the single most broad statement in the history of the English language, so let me narrow it down. In this case, I think it is tremendously important to showcase a family setup not generally seen in children's TV shows.

Disney Channel is good at this type of representation, though, and this just happens to be a family dynamic they have not yet touched upon. They have, however, explored many different ways to make a home sweet home.

In Jessie, the kids have famous parents who travel constantly, but nonetheless show love and support for their children. There are many two-parent households as in Liv and Maddie, Lizzie Maguire, That's So Raven, etc. Now the long-awaited Raven sequel will take a look at the single-parent life, and I have high hopes that Disney will give us a positive, realistic picture of the ways homes like that can function.

I look forward to knowing that children raised in single-parent homes will have another healthy example in the media to validate the way they are being brought up.

Raven's Home does not have an official release date yet, but IMDb indicates that the show will premiere before 2017 is over. Keep on the lookout!

Oh yes, one more thing...

Can I get an "Oh, snap"?