The story and characters audiences know and love come to spectacular life in the live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s father; Josh Gad as LeFou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumière, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, the wardrobe; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; Hattie Morahan as the enchantress; and Nathan Mack as Chip, the teacup; with Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Bill Condon based on the 1991 animated film, “Beauty and the Beast,” the screenplay is written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos and produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman, p.g.a. and Todd Lieberman, p.g.a. with Jeffrey Silver, Thomas Schumacher and Don Hahn serving as executive producers. Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the animated film, provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as three new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
We had a chance to check out an early screening at El Capitan Theater last weekend and both my daughter and her friend really enjoyed the movie! Belle is not your typical Disney Princess and I think because she is so independent and strong she appeals to a lot of kids. Especially those who love reading! The movie is actually quite funny and spectacular. Mrs. Potts and her son Chip were my favorite characters besides Belle and the Beast. But everyone in the movie are quite amazing and it is a star-studded cast that is for sure.
You can read our interview with Paige O’Hara (voice of “Belle) and Mark Henn (“Belle” animator) and learn a few more things about this Disney classic!
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theatres everywhere on March 17th, 2017!
To celebrate our talented Food Contributor, Carrie Clark of Cookies Royal Sweet Treats, has created a yummy white velvet cupcakes with rose water buttercream – inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! Sure to be a winner with both the moms and kids!
White Velvet Cupcakes with Rose Water Buttercream
Makes 12 Cupcakes
1/2c All Purpose Flour
3/4c Cake Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2/3c Butter, room temperature
1/3c Apple Sauce, unsweetened
1 1/2 Tbsp Vanilla
Rose Water Buttercream
8 Tbsp Butter, room temperature
4 oz Cream Cheese, room temperature
3c Powdered Sugar
2 tsp Rose Water
2 tsp Vanilla
Sift together dry ingredients, set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 and line cupcake tins with paper liners.
In bowl of mixer with paddle attachment add butter and mix until lighten and fluffy, about
Add sugar and mix another 2 minutes.
Add applesauce and eggs. Mix well.
Add 1/3 of flour mixture, when almost incorporated add 1/2 buttermilk and mix. Once
almost mixed in add 1/2 of the remaining flour, again mixing until almost incorporated
add the rest of the buttermilk, mix and finally add the last of the flour mixing until all the
dried ingredients are mixed in.
Fold in vanilla scraping all the way to the bottom to be sure all ingredients are mixed in.
Scoop batter into prepared tins filling about 2/3 of the way. Bake approx 20 minutes,
rotating tray after 10 minutes, until golden brown and tops spring back to the touch. If
uncertain, insert a toothpick into center and if it comes out clean, cupcakes are done.
Remove from cupcake tins and cool completely on wire rack.
In bowl of mixer with a paddle attachment add butter and cream cheese. Mix well until
creamy and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add 1C powdered sugar with mixer on low and gradually increase speed until smooth.
Add remaining sugar in 1c increments until all mixed in.
Add rose water and vanilla and mix well.
Check the flavor and adjust as needed. If rose flavor is too strong add 1/4c powdered
sugar and 1/4 vanilla. If the texture is too stiff, add 1 Tbsp milk until buttercream is
creamy and thick enough to hold shape but not so stiff the it cracks.
Carrie Clark is a trained chef from Le Cordon Bleu with over 20 years of experience in the food industry. Having studied in London, England and working from California to South Carolina Carrie has been exposed to many different culinary styles and techniques. Pastry is the area where her creativity and passions really come through. Carrie’s pastry creations are unique and filled with flavor. She spends most of her time in the kitchen even when she isn’t working. She also enjoys entertaining, traveling and most importantly spending time with family and friends.
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