Posted March 15, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongNick Viall finally got a “yes” to one of his “Bachelor” proposals, but it hasn’t been all champagne and roses in the weeks since.Not long after fans started questioning the happiness of Viall and his new fiancée, Vanessa Grimaldi, on Twitter, the two hit up “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” It was there that some true awkwardness ensued, all thanks to “The Newly Engaged Game.” While the couple did pretty well with the challenge, there was one especially cringe-worthy moment that mostly flew under the radar.For each question that the couple answered correctly about one another, they earned a prize. until the final one was unveiled. Each was better than the last … Evidently, it didn’t occur to him that Viall, a repeat contender, had dated two of the women featured on the plates.That detail wasn’t lost on Grimaldi, though.”There’s two of his exes here,” she said.Unfortunately, Kimmel didn’t seem to hear her, and he kept the game going, asking them where they’d first made love. Somehow we doubt they’ll be using them anytime soon.Watch it all go down below.[via: Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube] Their answers matched, so they won the plates. Kimmel showed off a set of “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” china.
Posted March 15, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongJust in time for the arrival of the new “Beauty and the Beast,” Screen Junkies is offering us all a reminder of what this “tale as old as time” is really about: a cruel prince trapped in a beast’s body, holding a girl captive in his castle.The latest video in the Honest Trailers series debuted Tuesday, and it highlights just how “messed up” the 1991 animated classic is. All that romance you remember from childhood? Instead, we get to hear new ones that definitely wouldn’t have been allowed in the animated version of the film.Revisit Belle and the Beast’s story, as told by Honest Trailers, below.The live-action “Beauty and the Beast” opens in theaters on March 17.[via: Screen Junkies/YouTube] Of course, since this is an Honest Trailers video, the lyrics aren’t quite the same. It obscures the fact that Belle exhibits signs of Stockholm syndrome.The hilarious trailer goes on to show the ways Disney was able to distract us from all the strangeness, like by including irresistible songs.
You pay nothing upfront and they do not take a cut of your sales. Apple iBookstore. Repeat. Choosing Your Ebook Retailers and Distributors
Ebook distribution to major retail outlets is free and fairly straightforward, at least once you have ebook files ready to go. For example, you might sign up with Pronoun (because they offer the best royalties on Amazon ebook sales), but then add in Smashwords to get the library market that Pronoun doesn’t cover. They also offer data-based marketing insights and tools to help you better sell. Truant
How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn
Let’s Get Visible & Let’s Get Digital by David Gaughran
Your First 1,000 Copies by Tim Grahl
Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success by Mark Coker (free)
To Find Freelance Help
Usually a referral is best; ask successful authors in your genre who they recommend. They take a cut of your sales. (While most retailers and distributors try to offer good Word-to-ebook conversion, results and quality vary tremendously. The good news is that you don’t have to choose between working directly with online retailers and using ebook distributors, since it’s rare for any distributor to demand exclusivity. Lan)
10 Ways to Find Reviewers for Your Self-Published Book (Empty Mirror)
The Indie Reviewers List (The Indie View)
Author Tools and Promo Sites (Martin Crosbie)
7 Strategies and 110 Tools to Help Indie Authors Find Readers and Reviewers (Digital Pubbing)
Are Paid Book Reviews Worth It? Gaining ground, international presence. You can also change your mind at any time (although not without some administration hassle and sales downtime). Putting Together an ARC Team and Getting Lots of Reviews (SFF Marketing Podcast)
The Ultimate Guide to Goodreads for Authors (The Creative Penn, Mayor A. Reedsy, a vetted marketplace of publishing-focused freelancers
Bibliocrunch, another marketplace
Editorial Freelancers Association, where you can post your jobs on their job board for free
Great Sites That Cover Self-Publishing and Ebook Publishing
Alliance of Independent Authors
Sell More Books Show (podcast)
News & Trends About Ebook Publishing
Digital Book World
The Digital Reader
The Independent Publishing Magazine by Mick Rooney
Kindle Boards Writer’s Cafe (popular hangout for self-publishers)
The Hot Sheet (my email newsletter for authors, subscription required) No upfront cost; they take a cut of your sales. KDP Kids’ Book Creator: for creating children’s picture books
Apple iBooks Author: will limit you to Apple iBookstore, but the software is free; supports multimedia
Blurb: produces print + digital full-color books, with distribution to major retailers
Book Creator: iPad app for illustrated books, great for children’s authors
Again, if you need assistance preparing your ebook files, try eBookPartnership. Creating Basic Ebook Files
Assuming you have a finished and polished manuscript ready to be published, your first task is to create an ebook file; EPUB is the industry standard ebook format accepted by nearly all retailers. About the only thing that remains constant in ebook publishing is that it changes—everything from the services to marketing strategies. Sales have been dropping significantly over the last couple years. Ney-Grimm)
Read in-depth analysis and overview of major book promotion and discount sites (ALLi)
Wondering how to get readers (and others) to review your book? Write. The largest ebook distributor of self-published titles that’s been around the longest and has the widest reach, particularly to the library market. The Strategic Use of Book Giveaways (Jane Friedman)
Do Goodreads Giveaways Work? Draft2Digital. Publish. Kobo. (Rob Kroese)
How Authors Can Find Their Ideal Reading Audience (Angela Ackerman)
Hit the eBook Bestseller Lists with Preorders (Mark Coker)
Social Media Marketing That Reaches Your Audience
Six-Figure Book Promotion Strategies for Authors (Written Word Media)
How to Write and Market Romance with J.A. For example, you could choose to work directly with Amazon KDP to sell your ebooks on Amazon, then use an ebook distributor such as Draft2Digital or Smashwords to reach other retailers. Working directly with online retailers usually means better profits, more control, and more access to marketing/promotion tools (but not always). Similar to Smashwords, but smaller and more customer-service focused. 2 ebook retailer in U.S. Key ebook distributors
Smashwords. 5 Ways to Use Facebook Groups to Build Book Buzz (BookBub)
Facebook Advertising for Authors with Mark Dawson (The Creative Penn)
How to Get Your Book Sales Moving with Facebook Ads (The Creative Penn)
Advertising and Other Monetary Investments in Book Marketing
Before you pay to hire help (or to advertise), make sure you’ve identified very specific goals you want to attain (beyond “sell more books”), and a very specific audience you’ve decided to target. Creating Enhanced, Multimedia, or Full-Color Ebooks
If you’re publishing a highly illustrated work, such as a children’s picture book, an enhanced ebook, or need to have a fixed layout book—where text doesn’t reflow from page to page—you’ll either need to hire someone or use a special portal for publishing and distributing your work. Optimizing Your Product Page and Description
When you upload your ebook to retailers, you need to craft strong book descriptions, research your best categories and keywords, and do whatever you can to increase the likelihood that someone who sees your book page on Amazon will make a purchase. Bottom line: There’s no one right way to go about it, since it depends on your time and resources, your books, and your marketing strategy. Working with ebook distribution services usually means giving up a percentage of your profits to the distributor, in exchange for the centralized administration and management of all your titles. (J.M. To work, it has to be done thoughtfully and strategically. You could even choose to use two ebook distributors. by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Huss (The Creative Penn)
98-item list for planning a book launch or re-marketing your book (BookBub)
How an Enterprising Author Sold a Million Self-Published Books (Copyblogger)
How to Self-Publish Children’s Books Successfully (Darcy Pattison)
Giveaways and Discounts
Most self-published authors gain visibility in the market by giving away their work or offering discounts. Or you could choose to distribute directly to Amazon, Apple, Kobo, and Nook (by using their do-it-yourself portals), then use Smashwords to capture the rest of the market (such as Scribd and libraries). Important for the Canadian market. Writing Your Book’s Back Cover Copy (Jessi Rita Hoffman)
The Importance of Categories, Keywords, and Tags (M. But it requires you to acquire new skills if you don’t want to waste our time and money. Louisa Locke)
How to Improve Your Amazon Book Description and Metadata (Penny Sansevieri); also here’s another article by Penny on the same topic
Amazon Sales Rank: an explanation of what it is and what you need to know about it (ALLi)
Sales, Marketing, and Promotion
By far the hardest part of ebook publishing is making readers aware your book exists—then convincing them to buy it. Probably sells 60-80% of all ebooks, more for some authors and titles. Widely considered the No. Otherwise, here are a few options for finding editorial and marketing assistance. Why (Many) Publicists Don’t Work With Self-Published Authors (Dana Kaye)
Top 5 Money Wasters in Book Publicity (Dana Kaye)
Using Amazon KDP Ads to Sell Your Ebook on Amazon (Rob Kroese)
How to Sell Books With BookBub (Skipjack Publishing)
Case Study: Using NetGalley and Goodreads for Book Marketing and Publicity (Jane Friedman)
Excellent Book-Length Guides on Self-Publishing
These guides give you an overview of what you need to learn and accomplish to sell books, in any format. Here, I regularly update best resources I know of related to learning to publish an ebook, finding the right e-publishing distributors and services, and staying on top of changes in the industry. Most important ebook retailers in the English-language markets
Amazon. Some ebook distributors can also reach outlets you can’t on your own, such as the library market, and may offer you helpful tools to optimize book sales and marketing. Use them with caution.)
Vellum: easy-to-use software for Mac users only to produce EPUB files
PressBooks: a WordPress-based system for producing both EPUB and print files
Scrivener: this writing software is not free, but it can export EPUB files
Apple Pages (can export EPUB files)
Sigil: an open-source software for producing EPUB files, requires some tech savvy
Reedsy: you can copy/paste your work into its free online editor, then export EPUB files
Draft2Digital: you can upload your Word doc for EPUB conversion even if you don’t use them as your distributor
If you don’t want the headache of creating your own ebook files, check out the services at eBookPartnership. An ebook distributor that reaches the key players: Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Apple, and Google. Unfortunately, this cannot be done through a simple Word export, but many tools and services will help you prep an EPUB file. (Your upfront costs are almost always connected to the effort of designing, formatting, and producing those files, whether the cover and the interior—not distribution.)
Assuming you have ebook files ready to go, you have a choice to make: Would you rather deal with each online retailer directly, or would you rather reach them through an ebook distribution service? Indie author Nicholas Erik offers loads of advice on book marketing and promotion
Is Amazon Exclusivity Right for You? Barnes & Noble Nook Press. (Jane Friedman)
Facebook has more than 1 billion users and can be an important part of your book marketing arsenal. Pronoun.
Posted March 15, 2017 by Kelly WooGet ready, New York City — “Master of None” is back in town.Aziz Ansari, the creator and star of the Netflix comedy, revealed the premiere date of the second season: Friday, May 12. pic.twitter.com/nqqogKPnrm
— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) March 15, 2017Season 2 will see Dev “take on challenges in his personal and family life, a new career opportunity, and a complex, developing relationship with someone very meaningful to him.” And dare we hope, some more quality time with his awesome parents?Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. He also included a brief teaser showing his character, Dev, and friend Arnold (Eric Wareheim) riding scooters on a scenic winding road. Perhaps they are touring the countryside in Italy, since Dev left for that country to learn how to make pasta in the season 1 finale.Master of None Season 2 premieres May 12th on Netflix.
Posted March 15, 2017 by Kelly WooGet ready for more trips to the astral plane — FX has renewed the “X-Men”-related drama “Legion” for a second season.”Legion” follows a mutant named David Haller (Dan Stevens). Our thanks to Noah Hawley for taking the creative risks and shattering expectations. Like us on Facebook. on FX.Want more stuff like this? “More than a new series, ‘Legion’ is a wholly original take on the super hero genre. “Legion” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. It’s a privilege to work again with Noah, his producing partners, the outstanding cast and our partners at Marvel Television on another season of ‘Legion.'”The show is airing the sixth of eight episodes tonight. The troubled young man discovers his mental disorders are manifestations of psychic powers. The drama from “Fargo” creator Noah Hawley has received middling ratings, but broad critical acclaim.”The first season of ‘Legion’ was a stunning achievement,” said co-president of FX programming Eric Schrier.
Like us on Facebook. wants to take a page from the Lucasfilm book in exploring the wider “Matrix” universe, perhaps by making a Morpheus prequel.Want more stuff like this? The project is in the very early stages, but sources tell THR that Zak Penn has been hired to write a treatment and that Michael B. Looks like “The Matrix” is taking the former and falling down the rabbit hole.The 1999 sci-fi blockbuster is being eyed for a reboot by Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jordan (“Creed”) is under consideration to star.The Wachowski siblings, who wrote and directed the original and its two sequels, are not involved, though the studio would likely want their blessing.The original “Matrix” starred Keanu Reeves as Neo, a computer programmer who realizes that human beings live in a simulated reality while their bodies are harvested for energy by machines. The movie was a surprise hit and became iconic for its special effects, like “bullet time.”THR notes that Warner Bros. Posted March 15, 2017 by Kelly WooRed pill or blue pill?
Technically (I am), because they haven’t hired anyone.”As ScreenRant noted, Green Lantern is expected to show up in the DCEU at some point, and there are rumors that he might even appear in “Justice League” before “Green Lantern Corps.” CinemaBlend joined the speculation brigade after Cavill’s tease: “Does that mean we may actually get a Lantern appearance in ‘Justice League’ after all? Is Cavill expecting to appear in ‘Green Lantern Corps’?” Or is Cavill just messing with us?For now, we just know “Justice League” is opening November 17.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. I know it’s irritating when people say this but it genuinely does feel so good to be back in it. Or maybe Green Lantern will be appearing in ‘Man of Steel 2’ which appears to have recently found a director? Henry Cavill knows he has DC fans talking after his cryptic new Instagram post.Superman was left in a bad way at the end of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and Cavill has not been on the promotion circuit for “Justice League.” But he is in training, rehabilitating his knee after an injury, and he got the DC Extended Universe buzzing after this post:Since I came off the ol knee injury I’ve been steadily increasing my training work load. Ryan Reynolds played Hal Jordan in the 2011 movie “Green Lantern,” but he is now busy as Deadpool, so it seems more likely that someone new will put on the suit.Hammer is recovering from a recent surgery, but at SXSW Screen Rant asked him if he’s still in the running for “Green Lantern Corps.” Hammer shrugged and said, “I don’t know. Posted March 15, 2017 by Gina CarboneWhy is Superman currently training to out-muscle Green Lantern? Nothing funny to post here, it’s deadly serious because I’ve got to make sure that I’m bigger than Green Lantern….Wait whaaat?A post shared by Henry Cavill (@henrycavill) on Mar 14, 2017 at 6:27pm PDT”Wait whaaat?” is right.Maybe he’s just joking about the rumor that his “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” co-star Armie Hammer will play Green Lantern, since there’s been speculation that Hammer is up for the part in “Green Lantern Corps.” Maybe he’s semi-spoiling that the rumor is true? I’m not destroying myself every day. Just working towards improvement by pushing hard enough to elicit change.
I love it when people say they love the movie…”Sounds like he has a good perspective on it.FYI, Gunn recently confirmed that “Guardians 2” will have a post-credits scene, as if Marvel wouldn’t continue that tradition.He also shared the latest TV spot: Never mind Baby Groot, Drax is gonna rob this thing blind.”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. At the same time, I’m not going to lie and say I’m not happy to get good scores. Like us on Facebook. (Even if it was a test screening just of Marvel “friends and family.”) Gunn understands these test screenings pretty well. Where do I feel it’s playing and where do I not feel it’s playing? I tweeted the next day that the second highest screening of any movie I’ve ever had was ‘Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,’ which got like a 96 or something … That screening scored 12 points higher.”The only thing that changed was that people expected a horror-comedy vs. 2″ opens May 5.[via: Collider]Want more stuff like this? I am. And I think they’re really helpful in that way, but in terms of the overall scoring stuff, it is what it is. Is there something about this movie that we don’t know because we’ve been in our bubble for the past 15 months? That screening scored a 65. … — but he’s also taking that result with a grain of salt.You probably heard that the “Guardians” sequel got a rare 100, the highest test screening score for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. expecting a straight horror movie, and it made a tremendous difference. Are there things that people are confused about that they don’t understand? What matters is, does the movie feel good in the room when it’s being played? So there’s a lot of permutations to those things. A week later, they screened the exact same movie, but this time they first asked people if they liked “Evil Dead II” or “Shaun of the Dead,” movies that were more horror-comedies. I think test screenings are an enormously helpful part of the process, but they’re not helpful — I don’t even like the scoring part. I also saw back in the day how little tiny things can adjust those scores in big ways.”He gave the example of a screening for his 2006 film “Slither.” When they were recruiting people for that screening, they asked things like “Do you like ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre'” or “Dawn of the Dead,” and other straight-ahead horror movies. 2″ director James Gunn does not mind that his movie’s test screening results leaked — would you really mind if it “leaked” that your child had a perfect test score? He knows how much the little details matter, and how a few words to the audience ahead of the screening can tilt their expectations in a direction that drastically raises or lowers their ultimate scores.Gunn talked to Collider to promote “The Belko Experiment,” and he shared his thoughts on the “Guardians 2” test screening.”Those things are so random. Posted March 15, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
This episode just didn’t do a thing for me. — Heather (@hp2285) March 15, 2017It’s just that “This Is Us” fans are used to having STRONG feelings about each episode, and this one was just … (It also left many fans bashing Rebecca, whether that’s fair or not.) We got to see the beautiful way Jack and Rebecca met, but also the ugly way they separated. On to Season 2, which has no official premiere date yet, but will also have 18 episodes. OK? Every episode before the finale was amazing! #ThisIsUS
— Lauren Rich (@LRichBetch) March 15, 2017#ThisIsUs
First 45 minutes: 😐
Last 15 minutes: 😕
Tears shed: Zero
End feelings: Disappointed
— Kish (@kwoohare) March 15, 2017
However, other fans defended the finale, and were only disappointed with fans who were disappointed:
Disappointed so many ppl need a shocking reveal or plot twist. I understand that they wanted to show that Rebecca saved Jack, but the entire episode could/should have been condensed to 20 minutes and spent actual time on the present day.This was not a season finale, and certainly not a season finale I would expect from this show.Underwhelmed and disappointed.”Another fan agreed, writing:”They wrapped up Randall’s, Kate’s and Kevin’s storylines in one line of dialogue: “I want to sing”,”I want to adopt a baby”, “I”m just going to meet the director”. Season 1 started in September, so here’s hoping Season 2 keeps to the same schedule.Want more stuff like this? We already knew Jack’s father was a drunk and that Rebecca was a singer. I’m glad Jack didn’t die in a drunk driving accident and I wish he didn’t have to die at all, I love Milo in this role, but it did seem like a unsatisfying season finale. Oh, Jack almost became a thief.”Fans shared similar reactions on Twitter, seeming most upset that they didn’t need to stock up on tissues after all:Am I the only one who’s majorly disappointed about the season finale of @NBCThisisUs ?!😑I emotionally prepared myself for nothing. The sole moment I found captivating was Jack’s monologue at the very end.One reason I was dissatisfied was the prior episode eluded to an epic, revealing finale (Jack’s death or not), and what they gave us was an hour of poker, Jack and Rebecca loooking for/missing one another, and a fight. Some fans may not have read that news, and it’s only natural that they would expect to get a fuller picture of Jack’s death this year, since the spoiler that he died was given to us very early on.So be it. Oh well! This is still a phenomenal show, and Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore deserve all the Emmys for that heartbreaking fight scene, but….The whole episode focused just on past/present Jack and Rebecca with one very brief scene each for The Big Three. Posted March 15, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe “This Is Us” finale didn’t quite feel like a finale, or even like a typical “This Is Us” episode. #ThisIsUs
— A♏ (@_Anita2Bonita_) March 15, 2017So I’ve slept on it & I’m still disappointed in the finale of #ThisIsUs. Hopefully Season 2 brings them back together, but we already have the spoiler that Jack dies at some point when the kids are in their teens. Let it unfold…. Like us on Facebook. So disappointed #ThisIsUs
— Leslie Walter (@LeslieW0928) March 15, 2017So disappointed!! Maybe next year! 1st episode of the season I didn’t love. We feel no closer to learning what happened to Jack, but do feel sad for the beloved core couple who were left in a bad place. The rest was filler and teasing us with Jack’s death which they had been for weeks. — Ryann (@coralre4) March 15, 2017Kate’s admission on causing her fathers death was more of a shocker last wk than tonight’s entire finale episode. It had at least one great scene, and that last speech from Jack was so powerful, but many viewers weren’t left feeling the usual mix of warm-and-fuzzies and heartbreak.And for most of the season we did expect to learn the truth about Jack’s death fairly soon; it was only recently that the showrunners and stars made a point to say the story would not play out in Season 1. The episode left a few fans disappointed, hoping for more answers, more emotion, and something to live up to the previous two episodes, and to the finale hype.As a fan named Hannah commented to Entertainment Weekly:”This episode left me so underwhelmed. #ThisIsUs leaves us breathless just by being a story.
I don’t think she’s gunning for the Iron Throne anytime soon, but she realizes that Littlefinger might be a better ally than she thought, a more trustworthy ally than she thought.”We’ll see where things go from there when Season 7 shows up Sunday, July 16 on HBO.Want more stuff like this? Posted March 15, 2017 by Gina CarboneIf you’re up to it, Google “Creepyshippers.” You’ll find the Tumblr page of “Game of Thrones” fans who ship Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen), aka Littlefinger, and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner).HBO will soon give us “Game of Thrones” Season 7, but apparently this is the first time Aidan Gillen has heard that Littlefinger is considered a sex symbol. I don’t know, it’s interesting given that some of the strands in the story are unsavory or could be seen that way and Littlefinger’s relationship with Sansa Stark is quite unorthodox, without me trying to put as much warmth into it as I can and just play it for real. I’m not aware of being a sex symbol though.Well, knowledge is power.Gillen and Turner have both talked about that loaded look in the Season 6 finale, after Jon is declared the new King in the North, despite Sansa being the one to get Petyr and the Knights of the Vale to show up to win the Battle of the Bastards. Have you been surprised by that?GILLEN: Well, I’m kind of surprised by that now because I wasn’t really aware of it. As Turner put it to The Hollywood Reporter, “She looks at Littlefinger knowing that he would have put her as Queen in the North, and given her the credit she deserves. Collider didn’t mention Creepyshippers by name — and they are not the only ones who fancy Littlefinger, they’re just a passionate fandom — but the site did surprise Gillen by bringing up Littlefinger’s fans during a Q&A mostly about the actor’s role in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”Here’s that section of Collider’s interview:Are you surprised by the response people have had to Littlefinger worldwide? Like us on Facebook. He’s become a sex symbol.GILLEN: Has he?And I don’t think that’s the kind of character that usually becomes that because he’s self-serving and manipulative.
They have an endless supply of coffee, can eat their weight in Chinese food and pizza without gaining a pound, and live in the world’s cutest town to ever exist.Here are the 21 reasons we’ll always want to be a Lorelai — or watch “Gilmore Girls” on a loop until we feel like her. Posted March 15, 2017 by Rachel HornerWill we ever stop wanting to be a Gilmore girl? Probably not.
But the studio looks to be taking the conservative approach this time around.The new “Beast” will follow the same structure as the old one, with Belle becoming a prisoner in a haunted castle full of talking furniture. The movie is also introducing a completely new character in the form of Stanley Tucci’s Cadenza. Luckily, they managed to assemble a pretty impressive lineup. 3. In this case, why fix what ain’t broken? Hey, Disney’s gotta score a shot at potential Best Song Oscar noms, you know. There Are Some Minor Changes… And that’s Josh Gad as Gaston’s bumbling sidekick, Le Fou. The biggest change looks to be a greater focus on Le Fou. Yes, It’s Still a MusicalLuckily, Disney didn’t try and replace those beloved, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman-composed songs with something new. We’re here to break down everything you need to know about this tale as old as time, including what’s different this time around.1. Their first blockbuster hitting theaters this year is “Beauty and the Beast,” the latest in a long line of live-action remakes of their classic animated movies.But don’t worry if it’s been a while since you watched your VHS copy of this Disney hit. The Beast himself will have some CG enhancements, too, even though Dan Stevens used a degree of make-up effects on set.Naturally, Beast’s transformed household servants will also be CG creations. 4. The new movie will also fill-in some narrative gaps in the original, like what happened to Belle’s mom. Also keep your ears open for the voices of Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellan, and Emma Thompson as the Beast’s transformed servants.5. There, she (duh) falls in love with a prince cursed to live a tortured existence as a hideous beast. Emma Watson plays Belle, while Dan Stevens will play the Beast in both beastly and human forms.Kevin Kline stars as Belle’s lovable father, Maurice, and Luke Evans plays the burly, self-absorbed hunter Gaston. “Beauty and the Beast” may be playing it safe in terms of plot, but that’s not to say the new movie will be a carbon copy of the original. Formerly Prince Adam’s castle composer, Cadenza was transformed into a harpsichord (naturally) when the kingdom was cursed by the witch.Fans can’t wait to see how this all plays out, when the movie hits theaters Friday. Get Ready for LOTS of CGWhile “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action movie, expect a pretty hefty amount of CG effects. The Cast Is Really ImpressiveAs beloved as the original film is, Disney really needed to “go big or go home” when it came to the cast. Expect all the classics to appear in the remake, from “Gaston” to “Be Our Guest” to “Beauty and the Beast” itself.However, there will be a few new additions to the repertoire. That’s an area where the new movie has taken a bit of flack, as some of the character designs are a little, um, nightmarish, when compared to the original film. See above. It was recently revealed that Le Fou will be the first openly gay character in a Disney movie, and his unrequited love for Gaston will be a running thread throughout the story. Celine Dion has been tapped to sing a new song, “How Does a Moment Last Forever?” This tune will play during the end credits. The Plot’s Pretty Much the SameMost of Disney’s live-action remakes have diverged from the source material quite a bit in terms of plot, with “Maleficent” being the most significant example. 2. Another new composition, “Evermore,” will also appear during the course of the film. They seem pretty determined to rake in all the money in 2017, too. Posted March 15, 2017 by Jesse SchedeenIn 2016, Disney had a record-shattering year at the box office.