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Beauty and the Beast, Still a Cautionary Tale About the Smart Home - WIRED

The future of the Internet of Things is vast, but also terrible. For every internet-accessible security camera, there's a smart air freshener; for every virtual assistant, a gamified urinal. None of that should be a surprise, though, after Disney's ...and more »

'Beauty And The Beast' Rules The Box Office With Record-Breaking Debut - Huffington Post

“Beauty and the Beast,” the studio's latest live action update of a cartoon classic, waltzed its way to a towering $170 million debut this weekend, setting a new record for a March opening and solidifying the Mouse House's status as the dominant player ...and more »

Behind Disney's struggle to bring the teapot from “Beauty and the Beast” to life - Quartz

In movies, they can bring dinosaurs and superheroes to life. They can resurrect deceased legends, de-age Princess Leia, or turn Brad Pitt into a centenarian man-baby. Yet, it seems a porcelain teapot nearly stumped these special-effects wizards. Disney ...and more »

Why I waited two hours for an elusive 'Beauty and the Beast' cup - Los Angeles Times

A hush fell over Fantasyland. It was noon on a bright Friday in Anaheim when a Disneyland employee — cast member, in park parlance — emerged to make an announcement. All eyes in a snaking, almost two-hour line turned toward her. Hundreds of “Beauty ...and more »

'Beauty and the Beast's 'gay moment' may have been much ado about nothing - USA TODAY

Spoiler alert! The following contains spoilers for the 2017 remake of Beauty and the Beast. So that was it, huh? That's what many moviegoers are saying after seeing Disney's latest live-action remake, Beauty and the Beast. They're not talking about the ...and more »

Sean Bailey On How Disney's Live-Action Division Found Its 'Beauty And The Beast' Mojo - Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Even when you run Disney's most tenured moviemaking division, it is easy to feel overshadowed when you are a silo alongside Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Animation Studios. But this past weekend marked a watermark moment for Sean ...and more »

'Beauty and the Beast' Clobbers Record With $170 Million Opening - New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Belle just showed Batman who's boss. With Disney's promotional machinery running full tilt and the masses apparently caring little about the inclusion of a gay character, “Beauty and the Beast” arrived to an astounding $170 million in ...and more »

The 'princess industrial complex' is inescapable — is that bad for girls? - USA TODAY

If you're one of the many parents who has the soundtrack of Frozen playing on repeat in your head, you certainly know Elsa. And Anna. And probably Moana, Mulan, Ariel, Tiana, Belle and even Elena — to name a few. Everything from Band-Aids, to bottled ...and more »

Malaysia Clears Release of 'Beauty and the Beast,' With "Gay Moment" Intact - Hollywood Reporter

After much local controversy, the film has been cleared for release in the Muslim-majority nation on March 30 with a PG13 rating. It's a fairytale ending for Disney's Beauty and the Beast in Malaysia. According to multiple reports emerging from the ...and more »

Emma Watson's Faux-Feminism in 'Beauty and the Beast' - Observer

Emma Watson attends the Beauty and the Beast New York screening on March 13. Mike Coppola/Getty Images. Feminism and women's rights are often hijacked by Hollywood, corporations, celebrities and elites as a public-relations tool, who use it to portray ...and more »