Beauty And The Beast: 5 Things We Know

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  • This live action remake of Disney’s beautiful animated musical from 1991 features Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as The Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth and Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts.

 

  • Emma Watson sings! In fact, most of the cast do – it is a musical, after all – and we have a clip of Emma singing one of the film’s most famous songs:

 

  • Alan Menken, who wrote the score for the animated movie, returns for this adaptation which includes new recordings of familiar Beauty And The Beast songs as well as new songs written with Tim Rice.

 

  • The first teaser trailer was viewed a record-breaking 91.8 million times in the first 24 hours, beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens record for a teaser trailer (88 million views).

 

  • Emma Watson was offered the lead role in Kenneth Branagh’s live action Cinderella but turned it down (Lily James took on the role instead).

 

Beauty And The Beast opens in the UK and US on March 17.

Kubo And The Two Strings artwork and DVD release

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The gorgeous 2016 animated movie Kubo And The Two Strings is out on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK from Monday 16th January (it is already available in the US), and to celebrate, we have some stunning concept art that was created for the film to share with you. Check out the artwork and the trailer below, and click here for the Movies4Kids five star review of the film.

 

 

 

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Movies4Kids 25 Must See Movies of 2017

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While grown-ups will be marking their diaries with the release dates of sequels/prequels/reboots such as Fifty Shades Darker (10 February), Blade Runner 2049 (6 October), Alien Covenant (19 May) Baywatch (May) and CHiPs (11 August), there are plenty of films in 2017 that will thrill kids and adults alike from a live action Beauty And The Beast to the much anticipated Star Wars 8.

 

Check out Movies4Kids list of 25 of the biggest movies coming your way this year…

 

 

Sing

Opens 27th January (UK), currently on general release (US)

Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Taron Egerton are among the actors providing voices in this adorable musical comedy about an assortment of animals entering a singing competition.

 

 

 

The Lego Batman Movie

Opens 10th February (UK & US)

This follow-up to the terrific Lego Movie has Batman facing off against the criminals of Gotham City while also dealing with his pesky adopted son Dick Grayson. Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes and Rosario Dawson provide the voices.

 

 

 

Logan

Opens 3rd March (UK & US)

In the near future, an ageing Wolverine and Professor X team up to protect a young mutant in this final outing for Hugh Jackman’s character. Grittier than the previous X-Men and Wolverine movies, this is expected to get an R Rating in the US (probably a 15 or 18 in the UK).

 

 

 

Kong: Skull Island

Opens 10th March (UK & US)

Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston and Toby Kebbell are among the explorers and soldiers who find a big gorilla on an uncharted island in the Pacific in this King Kong adventure that also stars Samuel L Jackson and John Goodman.

 

 

 

Beauty And The Beast

Opens 17th March (UK & US)

Following the success of live action version of Cinderella and The Jungle Book, Disney now turns its attention to the lovely Beauty And The Beast, with Emma Watson starring as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston and Ewan McGregor as Lumiere.

 

 

 

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword

Opens 24th March (UK), 12th May (US).

Could this be the first decent King Arthur movie? Guy Ritchie directs with Charlie Hunnam (aka the man who turned down 50 Shades Of Grey) as Arthur, Jude Law as baddie Vortigern and, erm, David Beckham in a supporting role.

 

 

 

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Opens 31st March (UK), 7th April (US).

A reboot of the Smurfs has them back in a completely animated movie, with Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy going on an adventure into the Forbidden Forest. Demi Lovato, Mandy Patinkin and Joe Manganiello are amongst those providing the voices of the little blue guys.

 

 

 

The Boss Baby

Opens 7th April (UK), 31st March (US)

Alec Baldwin voices the suitcase-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby in this animated comedy that also features the vocal talents of Steve Buscemi, Tobey Maguire and Lisa Kudrow.

 

 

 

Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol 2

Opens 28th April (UK), 5th May (US).

One of the best films of 2014 gets a well deserved sequel, with Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Baby Groot and Rocket the raccoon embarking on a new space adventure. Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone (yay! A Tango And Cash reunion!) join the cast.

 

 

 

Captain Underpants

Opens 26th May (UK), 2nd June (USA).

Dav Pilkey’s fun kids books make it to the big screen in this animated comedy as two kids hypnotise their school principal into believing he is superhero Captain Underpants. Kevin Hart, Ed Helms and Nick Kroll provide the voices.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Opens 26th May (UK & US)

Also known as Salazar’s Revenge, this Pirates movie sees the return of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner and Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, while Javier Bardem joins the cast as Captain Salazar.

 

 

 

Wonder Woman

Opens 2nd June (UK & US)

Gal Gadot is the Amazon princess (whom we first met in 2016’s Batman V Superman) who leaves her home ready to save the world as Wonder Woman in this comic book adventure that also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen.

 

 

 

The Mummy

Opens 9th June (UK & US)

Tom Cruise stars in this reboot of The Mummy, and he springs into action when an ancient princess is awakened from her desert crypt. Russell Crowe costars as Dr Henry Jekyll.

 

 

 

Transformers: The Last Knight

Opens 23rd June (UK & US)

Mark Wahlberg returns for another Transformers movie, this time with Anthony Hopkins costarring. Rumour has it our favourite transformer may have gone bad, and thanks to location footage we know lots of the UK gets smashed up during the man against machines battles.

 

 

 

Despicable Me 3

Opens 30th June (UK & US)

Gru and his family have to face a new foe – a former 1980s child star turned evil villain – in this latest animated comedy featuring those adorable yellow minions.

 

 

 

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Opens 7th July (UK & US)

We first saw Tom Holland as a teen Peter Parker in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and he remains under the instruction of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark in his first headling adventure. Michael Keaton (yay!) as baddie The Vulture is the reason we’ll be first in line for a ticket.

 

 

 

Cars 3

Opens 14th July (UK); 16th June (US)

Lightning McQueen is back for a third animated adventure, and this time he realises he needs to up his game to be as fast as a new generation of racers. Owen Wilson returns to voice the cocky red racing car.

 

 

 

The Emoji Movie

Opens 4th August (UK & US)

Yes, this movie is based on emoji characters, with TJ Miller voicing Gene, an emoji with multiple expressions who just wants to be like all the other emojis with just one. James Corden voices his pal, Hi-5.

 

 

 

Thor: Ragnarok

Opens 27th October (UK), 3rd November (US)

Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor, and while little about the plot is currently known, we are promised appearances from Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange, plus new addition Cate Blanchett as Hela.

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Paddington 2

Opens 10th November (UK), January 2018 (US)

Cuddly bear from Peru Paddington returns for a second adventure. Now permanently living with the Browns, he tries a series of odd jobs to raise money for a present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. Ben Whishaw (as the voice of Paddington), Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent return and are joined by Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson.

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Justice League

Opens 17th November (UK & US)

Ben Affleck returns as Batman/Bruce Wayne in this adventure and is joined by Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill’s Superman in a new fight against crime. Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor) also star.

 

 

 

Coco

Opens 8th December (UK), 22nd November (US)

A new animated adventure from Disney/Pixar about a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets of a chain of events that are linked to a century old mystery. Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt are amongst the voice cast.

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Star Wars 8

Opens 15th December (UK & US)

There’s no title as yet, but Episode VIII will follow on from the events of The Force Awakens, with Rey, Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker. Sadly this is Carrie Fisher’s final appearance as Princess Leia (she had completed filming on the movie before she died).

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Ferdinand

Opens 22nd December (UK & US)

An animated adventure from the Ice Age team, this is the story of a bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight in bullfights.

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Jumanji

Opens 29th December (UK), 22nd December (US)

A remake of the Robin Williams adventure comedy, this has four teens trapped inside the board game Jumanji and forced to play as characters from the game – including Dwayne Johnson’s brave explorer, Kevin Hart’s genius, warrior Karen Gillan and professor Jack Black.

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RIP Carrie Fisher

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Movies4Kids is incredibly sad to learn that Carrie Fisher, writer, actress and one of the wittiest women in Hollywood, has died aged 60. She will, of course, always be remembered as Princess Leia, the smart, tough-talking rebel from the original Star Wars trilogy and 2016’s The Force Awakens, but she gave so much more to the movie world, from comic performances in movies like Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back and The ‘Burbs to her written work such as the recent The Princess Diarist and the legendary Postcards From The Edge.

 

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Movies4Kids was lucky enough to attend the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press conference in December 2016 that featured Carrie (the funniest, brightest and sharpest on the panel) alongside costars like Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega, and you can read the report of the day below:

 

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens European Press Conference

 

And watch below for two Carrie Fisher big screen moments that will live in our hearts forever.

 

 

 

 

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Best Kids Movies of 2016

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I think most people would agree that 2016 was a pretty dismal year for many reasons. One thing that did bring joy, however, was the movies, and this year there was a rather magical selection of films for kids and families – in fact it was so good that for the first time ever in Movies4Kids’ history it was really hard to pick just 10 movies of the year.

So thank you to all the filmmakers, writers, actors, animators, and production crews who made some amazing movies that brightened up our lives in 2016 – and here are the best of the best (drumroll, please) – Movies4Kids Best Kids Movies Of The Year!

 

(click on the name of each movie to read the Movies4Kids review)

 

10: FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

 

 

9: PETE’S DRAGON

 

 

8: SING STREET

 

 

7: CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

 

 

6: THE JUNGLE BOOK

 

 

5: YOUR NAME

 

 

4: MOANA

 

 

3: ZOOTROPOLIS (Zootopia)

 

 

2: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

 

 

And the Movies4Kids Film of the Year:

HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE

Click here for our interview with Hunt For The Wilderpeople star Julian Dennison.

 

 

 

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

monster_callsA Monster Calls – one of the best films I saw in 2016, this superb drama about grief and imagination opens on New Year’s Day. It’s so good it has already guaranteed itself a place on Movies4Kids list of films of 2017. Our review will be live on December 29th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ghostbusters – The original is still the best but this 21st century update, with its superb female lead cast, was still one of the most enjoyable movies of the summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Finding Dory – Number 11 on the list of films of the year, this was just as adorable as Finding Nemo and even more fun.

 

 

 

 

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Eddie The Eagle – One for all the family, this boasted top performances from Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, plus a great soundtrack. And it gave us new appreciation for anyone taking up such a dangerous-looking sport as ski jumping.

Ballerina Competition!

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The new animated movie Ballerina opens in UK cinemas on December 19th, and to celebrate we have a great prize competition for our UK readers!

 

Ballerina is the story of Felicia, who dreams of becoming a ballerina at the world’s best ballet school. She lives in an orphanage with her best friend Victor hundreds of miles away, however, so the pair have to escape and travel to the city for her to realise her dreams…

 

Movies4Kids and Entertainment One are giving away one Ballerina pack to a lucky reader. The pack contains a tutu, a Ballerina t-shirt, a ballet bag, a snow globe and a jewellery box.

 

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For a chance to win this great prize, watch the trailer and then answer the following question:

Q: In which city is the famous ballet school Felicia wants to go to?

 

 

 

You can tweet your answer to @movies4kids OR email your answer (with your name and address) to movies4kidsUK@gmail.com.

 

The closing date for this competition is January 7th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • The winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries, and only they will be contacted personally. Prize must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. There will be no cash alternatives.
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  • No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently.
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New Boss Baby trailer

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We’re looking forward to animated comedy Boss Baby next year, mainly because Alec Baldwin is providing the voice of the suit-wearing baby who disrupts the life of seven-year-old Tim. Joining him on vocal duties are Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow, and you’ll be able to see the movie in April 2017. In the meantime, check out the new trailer: