“I know nothing about that.”It’s not exactly a promising answer, but it isn’t necessarily bad news for fans of the long-running singing series, either. Don’t count an NBC “American Idol” reboot out yet.[via: Deadline] Posted March 20, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio Long”American Idol” said farewell just under a year ago, but talk of a reboot has already been swirling.With NBC reportedly interested in continuing the reality singing competition show now that Fox has retired it, former “Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez had to answer questions about its possible return during the NBCU Summer Press Day on Monday. NBC may be working on the reboot — with Lopez even — but just not ready to let the cat out of the bag. She was there to talk about her new show, “World of Dance,” but the “American Idol” curiosity still popped up.Unfortunately, when Lopez was asked if executive producing and judging NBC’s “World of Dance” would keep her from returning as an “Idol” judge, she didn’t have much information to share.”I haven’t heard anything about that,” she said, according to Deadline.
The description is downright chilling. Kardashian West described how she felt sure they would shoot her and how she worried about her sister Kourtney finding her after.”I just prayed Kourtney was going to have a normal life after she sees my dead body on the bed,” Kardashian West said.As it turned out, the men were more interested in her jewelry than physically harming her. even put “KUTK” filming on hold temporarily to give her time to cope. E! 3, the reality star has opened up about the experience, and needless to say, it sounds terrifying.In Sunday’s episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” Kardashian West walked the public through the events of that night and what was going through her mind at the time. As she told her sisters Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian on the show, she thought she would be raped and killed.It wasn’t a leap for Kardashian West to believe that she was in such danger. They hauled her to the bathroom and left her there while they reportedly took off with millions of dollars worth of jewelry, including her $4 million engagement ring. After hearing her tell the tale, it’s even clearer why.Watch part of Kardashian West’s description of the night below.[via: E!; Variety] She woke up when she heard them coming up the stairs, but they threw her on the bed and used duct tape to bind her and gag her.”I thought, ‘Okay, this is the moment. They are going to rape me,'” she said, according to Variety. The intruders, two armed and masked men posing as police officers, managed to get into her hotel room where she was dozing. “And I fully mentally prepped myself.”Fortunately, that didn’t happen, but she still had good reason to fear for her safety; the men held the gun to her head. Once they were gone, Kardashian West was eventually able to call her sisters and mom, Kris Jenner.In the aftermath of the traumatic event, Kardashian West has been been noticeably less public. Posted March 20, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongMonths after Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint in Paris on Oct.
Like us on Facebook. Posted March 20, 2017 by Kelly Woo”The Big Bang Theory” will continue to nerd out through Season 12.CBS officially renewed the hit comedy for two more seasons, after original cast members Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar signed new contracts extending past the current 10th season. Their cast mates reportedly took pay cuts so that both actresses could get significant salary bumps.All parties involved naturally wanted “Big Bang Theory” to continue on. It was just a matter of finalizing the cast’s contracts.The show is also spinning off a prequel, “Young Sheldon,” about a teenage version of Parsons’ character, which will debut in the fall.Want more stuff like this? They all reportedly make $1 million per episode.Series regulars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch are expected to sign new deals, as well. It’s a major hit for CBS, and a huge moneymaker for studio Warner Bros.
But the biggest change was to the film’s ending. Darth Vader attacks their ship and it seems all is lost, but the heroes survive thanks to an escape pod. “It’s worth it. We tried every single idea. Eventually, through endless development you get through an evolutionary process where the best version rises to the top.”Want more stuff like this? Jyn and “Cassian” escape with the plans Scarif via a Rebel ship. If you’re going to give your life for anything, give your life for this, to destroy a weapon that going to kill you all anyway. Posted March 20, 2017 by Kelly WooIt’s no secret “Rogue One” went through a lot of changes in production, with entire scenes cut and additional footage shot. “The fact that we had to jump through so many hoops to keep them alive was the writing gods telling us that if they were meant to live it wouldn’t be this difficult,” Whitta said.”We decided they should die on the surface [of Scarif,] and that was the way it ended. Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe, or Baze Malbus did not exist. But the very first script treatment had some of the heroes surviving. At the end of “Rogue One” — spoilers ahead! That’s what we always wanted to do. But we never explored it because we were afraid that Disney might not let us do it, that Disney might think it’s too dark for a ‘Star Wars’ movie or for their brand.”In those first drafts, Jyn was a Rebel soldier teamed up with a Cassian-type character and security droid K2-SO. “The original instinct was that they should all die,” screenwriter Gary Whitta told Entertainment Weekly. Like us on Facebook. — Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), and their motley crew all die after successfully completing their mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. We were constantly trying to make all the pieces fit together.
Worst of all, it’s revealed that the curse will cause the Beast’s servants to lose the final traces of their humanity once the final petal falls.Basically, the remake addresses many of the plot holes from the original while also establishing much higher stakes should the Beast fail to find true love in time.2. It’s pretty unusual for women in 18th Century France to be inventing washing machines.3. Those songs include “Evermore” (about Beast learning to accept his fate), “Days in the Sun” (about Belle and Beast growing used to each other’s company) and “How Does a Moment Last Forever?” (sung by both Maurice and Belle at different points).5. Cadenza also happens to be the husband of Madame Garderobe.The film also includes three new songs in addition to the iconic lineup from the original. And while the remake stuck pretty close to the blueprint of the original, there were a few key differences this time around.If you need a little refresher on how this tale as old as time changed between 1991 and 2017, here are five major differences between the original and the remake.1. There’s a New Character and New SongsThe remake includes a brand new character in the form of Stanley Tucci’s Maestro Cadenza, a court composer-turned-talking harpsichord. Posted March 20, 2017 by Jesse SchedeenSPOILERS: Do not read any further unless you have seen the movie. These weren’t questions the original movie cared to address, but the remake definitely did. Seriously, you guys — LOTS OF SPOILERS below. The Beast, meanwhile, suffered the loss of his mother as a child and grew up under a cruel, domineering father. Belle Is More Than the Village OutcastIn the animated version, Belle’s father, Maurice, is a doddering inventor while Belle herself does little more than wander about town and long to be whisked away from her “provincial life.”With the remake, Disney clearly felt Belle should have some marketable skills to offer. Potts and Cogsworth both have loved ones still living in the village. This helps explain why the townsfolk are so wary of Belle. LeFou Has a Bigger RoleWhile his role in the remake is pretty similar to the original, Gaston’s sidekick/punching bag LeFou wound up being more important and more sympathetic character here. Why doesn’t Belle have a mother? For one thing, there’s the fact that LeFou pines after Gaston, making him the first openly gay character in a Disney movie.For another, LeFou has a more redemptive character arc this time around. That’s the reason he’s such a monster to everyone, but his servants stuck around because, even before the curse, they knew a good, kind person still remained under the prince’s cranky facade.4. He eventually asserts his independence and turns against Gaston’s men, and in the end is rewarded with the opportunity to dance at Belle’s wedding.It turns out he’s not such a bad guy after all. ”Beauty and the Beast” is the latest in a growing line of Disney animated movies getting the live-action remake treatment. We also learn that the curse keeps the castle frozen in perpetual winter, while also forcing the people in Belle’s village to forget about the castle’s very existence.That last fact becomes crucial once it’s revealed that Mrs. We Learn About Belle and the Beast’s ChildhoodWhy was the prince such a jerk before he was cursed? But in the remake, the Enchantress is treated as an actual character (played by Hattie Morahan), and the actual mechanics of the curse are given much more attention.In this new version, we learn that the curse causes the castle and its inhabitants to become more warped with each falling petal. The Curse Is DifferentThe animated “Beauty and the Beast” didn’t waste much time on the Enchantress who cursed the prince and his servants to an eternity of solitude and suffering. In this case, Belle herself is now the inventor of the family, while Maurice is an artist and music box-maker. Here we learn that both characters are united by the loss of their mothers.In Belle’s case, her mother died from the plague shortly after giving birth to her, forcing Maurice and baby Belle to flee Paris.
He didn’t know how to react to Emma’s early “yes,” so he skipped his plan of telling her the truth and went straight down on one knee to propose.Morrison told Entertainment Weekly that her character shares blame for the moment going south.Emma “puts him in a terrible position […] where he feels like he has to propose in that moment because of the circumstances.”O’Donoghue argued that Hook made the “wrong decision” to propose, even if he felt backed into a corner after she found the ring and was so excited about getting engaged.”He should just say, ‘Hold on a second. ♥️💍#CaptainSwan#OnceUponATIme@colinodonoghue1@jenmorrisonlive@AdamHorowitzLA@OnceABCpic.twitter.com/I9uBIjQssB
— Jαsmin¹💍 (@HookEmmaLove) March 20, 2017… She found the engagement ring he got for her, and she was ready with the spoiler that the answer was “yes.”Hook was taken off guard. It just ends up being a muddy situation because he was about to tell her and then it seems like a terrible moment to tell her.”Yeah, it was not the perfect proposal, but when do things go perfectly on OUAT? Like us on Facebook. on ABC.Want more stuff like this? It does seem like they will be getting married anyway — and they’ll be singing in the musical episode — so things must work out in the end, right?”Once Upon a Time” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. He did want to propose, and he did get David’s blessing as Emma’s father, but he didn’t want to propose until she knew the truth about what happened, even if it meant she didn’t want to be with him anymore. Instead, Emma jumped the gun, figuring Hook was struggling to get out what he had to say because he was working up the courage (with his Captain Morgan rum, not water) to propose. but the context was so wrong.Hook was only coming to talk to Emma to confess what he had just learned, that back in the day, he was the one who killed David’s (Josh Dallas) father, aka Emma’s biological grandfather. Not every “Once Upon a Time” fan is a Captain Swan fan, but fans of Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) and Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) have been waiting for him to propose. Before we do this, I should let you know that this is the case,’ but I think, yet again, it’s a case of Hook making a spur of the minute wrong decision, which he regrets — he doesn’t regret the fact that they’re engaged, he regrets the circumstances and what went on behind it.”Morrison continued to EW:”Both of them are coming at it with good intentions. It happened last night in Season 6, Episode 13, “Ill-Boding Patterns.” And it was not ideal.Yeah, it was still squeal-worthy when she said yes — and many CS shippers are thrilled…”Emma Swan, will you marry me?”
– “Yes! Yes, Killian!”#CaptainSwan#OnceUponATimepic.twitter.com/awEA08K4lP
— ᴏᴜᴀᴛ ; (@weareouat) March 20, 2017Emma Swan, will you marry me? Posted March 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneWell, that was awkward.
Meanwhile, Richard comes to grips with Bailey’s betrayal over the Residency Program.”It sounds like an emotional episode to direct, and the photos show many characters together at dinner, which could make things difficult on the technical side. “This force of nature wouldn’t take no for an answer. Posted March 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneEllen Pompeo got herself a Very Special Episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” for her directorial debut, and she cannot wait for it to rip your heart out.The Meredith Grey actress directed Season 13, Episode 18, “Be Still, My Soul,” which airs Thursday, March 30. Like us on Facebook. I have the best cast in the world to work with.”As TVLine reported, Pompeo also thanked her director/producer/actress mentor Debbie Allen (Catherine Avery) for pushing her to take this next step after 13 seasons. on ABC.[Via: TVLine]Want more stuff like this? I was more nervous about the technical aspects… Pompeo told the PaleyFest panel it was only the technical aspect of directing that concerned her.”I’ve been doing this show for 13 seasons, so I wasn’t really nervous about any of the scenes, not to sound arrogant. The episode synopsis reads, “When Maggie’s mom’s health deteriorates, the doctors are at odds over how to treat her. During the “Grey’s” PaleyFest panel on Sunday, Pompeo teased the storyline of her episode: “I couldn’t wait to make everybody cry.” TVLine added, the spoiler alert that “There may be a pivotal-ish death.”To be honest, ABC already teased as much by sharing photos from the episode, which include a big extended Grey Sloan family dinner with Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) and her mother Diane Pierce (LaTanya Richardson). And I’m forever grateful to her for that spirit of generosity.”Before Pompeo’s directorial debut, “Be Still, My Soul,” airs March 30, “‘Til I Hear It From You” airs Thursday, March 23, including the reappearance of Maggie’s mother, and more Omelia drama.Also, just to have something to look forward to in the Season 13 finale, Debbie Allen teased, “The end of this season is hot.””Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m.
You do me proud, son! “Pacific Rim: Uprising” is scheduled for release February 23rd, 2018. Posted March 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneMark Hamill was 25 when “Star Wars” was released in May 1977. New franchise star John Boyega just turned 25 on March 17, 2017. They never call, they never write & the excuses just get more elaborate- “I’m in Beijing” Yeah, right & I’m on a date w/ Beyonce-LOL! Crew was kind but thought #SW was “rubbish”-I kept telling them”We’re on a winner!”#LOLukehttps://t.co/S6mzZbWLvD
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 18, 2017
Boyega’s Finn had his own big start in the “Star Wars” galaxy in “The Force Awakens,” and he’ll join Hamill’s Luke, Daisy Ridley’s Rey, and the extended fam in “The Last Jedi.” Hamill and Boyega shared a very father/son exchange to celebrate the young star’s 25th b-day:Shout-out to @JohnBoyega for no reason other than being wickedly-proficient w/ a lightsaber w/ no training whatsoever. pic.twitter.com/xeCFbzA9ph
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 17, 2017Late response because I’m in Beijing but thanks dad @HamillHimself
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) March 19, 2017Kids! Thank you all for the surprise ❤️❤️#pacificrimuprising pic.twitter.com/sDT7zqiY8k
— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) March 17, 2017
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens December 15th, 2017. Hamill’s Twitter is a gift that keeps on giving, and this week he posted 1) possibly the first-ever photo of Luke on the set of “Star Wars,” and 2) an adorable birthday shout-out to his “son,” Boyega.Taken in Tunisia early morning Day #1 waiting for my 1st shot (emerging from home for robot auction)-Perhaps the very 1st #LukePic#SWpic.twitter.com/WMCGnWCotP
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 18, 2017
Hamill also got candid when a fan asked, “At that very moment, were you thinking ‘This is gonna be my big break’ or ‘Crap, it’s early, dusty and way too bright’?”
Judging by my clueless expression, probably both. Like us on Facebook. https://t.co/ekaF9IiXid
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 19, 2017
Boyega was actually on the set of “Pacific Rim 2” for the milestone:
Pleasant surprise !Turning 25 on set with the Pacific Rim family is an absolute joy! Want more stuff like this?
Yeah. That is a skill in it of itself. Is it unfair? When #HeatherMorris auditioned for #sytycdhttps://t.co/VZdjOAqXng#DWTS24
— DWTSGossip (@DWTSGossip) March 16, 2017It sure looks like she’s doing ballroom in that video. But the expectation because she’s a dancer is going to be very different than someone like Rashad Jennings, who is an athlete coming into this. Because of that, she will be judged on a higher level and there will be higher expectations on her.Sungkur: In the past, we’ve had people like Zendaya and Corbin Bleu and people said they had an unfair advantage, but they didn’t end up winning the show.The odds-makers at SportsBettingDime still think gymnast Simone Biles has the best chance to win Season 24 (she’s partnered with Sasha Farber), followed by Normani Kordei (with reigning champ Val Chmerkovskiy) then Heather Morris with Maks.It is possible that Morris’s pro dance experience will actually cause a backlash that works against her, but it’s 50/50. Like us on Facebook. It’s foreign to her. She’s never partner danced. Formerly known as Brittany from Glee. Does she know how to count music and have rhythm? Do I necessarily think they will be the best? There’s a ton of expectation on Heather Morris and Maks. Does she have an advantage? on ABC.Want more stuff like this? She didn’t make it, though:#TBT… Formerly known as Brittany from Glee. No. But Heather is finding it challenging because it’s like learning a new language. You have to wait and see.Sungkur: There are some obvious people that have dance experience that you would look at in the beginning, but often as you’ve seen in the show, the person with the best dance experience doesn’t necessarily win.Heather is a professional dancer, so does she have an unfair advantage?Edens: No. She has never had a ballroom lesson. It will be interesting to see the dynamic between she and Maks.Do you have anything else to say to fans of the show on social media who are saying it’s an unfair advantage?Edens: We’re not shying away from the fact that she 100 percent has dance experience. She has not ever partner danced. Last season, Laurie Hernandez won because of/despite the fact that the gymnast was a dancing powerhouse right out of the gate and had the top scores nearly every week.”Dancing With the Stars” airs Mondays from 8 to 10 p.m. It was even listed right in her Twitter bio up until the weekend before the show: “Professional dancer/actor. Proud mom of two. We looked at that a lot. Avid morning coffee drinker :)”Morris even tried out for “So You Think You Can Dance,” which is where DWTS has drafted many of its pro dancers, including current pros Witney Carson and Lindsay Arnold. Morris is not the first “Glee” star to be on DWTS — Amber Riley won Season 17 with Derek Hough — and she’s not the only one to have previous dance experience — that list is long, but Maks previously won with ice dancer Meryl Davis.The “controversy” with Morris is that she’s a professional dancer. Posted March 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneEvery season of “Dancing With the Stars” comes with casting controversy, and this year’s target is “Glee” alum Heather Morris.DWTS Season 24 starts tonight (Monday, March 20) on ABC, and Heather Morris will debut with a Viennese Waltz with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. However, when The Hollywood Reporter asked executive producers Joe Sungkur and Ashley Edens about Morris, they argued that her dance is experience just creates higher expectations and does not give her an “unfair” advantage to win.Here’s part of that THR Q&A:Who are some of the early frontrunners this season?Edens: There’s a ton of expectation on Simone [Biles] and Sasha [Farber]. Proud mom of two. Yes. Avid morning coffee drinker.” It currently reads “Dancer/Actor.
— 2nas (@2nascious) March 20, 2017If Jesus becomes Maggie’s new paramour…I wouldn’t hate that #TheWalkingDead
— Jen Lei (@Jen_Lei) March 20, 2017Me @ Jesus/Maggie/Sasha shippers#TheWalkingDead#jesusisgaypic.twitter.com/KlH1uFwnNi
— •Amber• (@papatwd) March 20, 2017#TheWalkingDead 3 gay men on the good side. Like us on Facebook. THEY FINALLY MADE JESUS GAY OFFICIAL!! #TWD#TheWalkingDead@AMCTalkingDead
— Tiffany Hess (@SoEffingAwkward) March 20, 2017Jesus: “…Boyfriends.”
Me: “The good ones are always gay!”#TheWalkingDeadpic.twitter.com/zHzcBux627
— Beverly Hernandez (@BevInTheMiddle) March 20, 2017#TheWalkingDead Jesus and Maggie =JeMag???lol I know bout yall bt it looks like Jesus gona be the baby daddy… We know Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson) are currently together, and Tara (Alanna Masterson) was dating Denise (Merritt Wever) until Denise was killed. Friends. Boyfriends. Everyone else has baggage, a tiger, a minor, a preacher..wait DARYL. Actor Tom Payne talked to TVGuide.com at PaleyFest about the possibility of Jesus and Aaron eventually becoming a thing, as in the comic. “I’ve spoken to [Ross] about it,” Payne said, preparing him for the idea that “somewhere down the line, we might get together.”In the meantime, fans reacted to the not-so-big reveal with mostly positive comments (and religious jokes), but also some disappointment — a few liked the idea of Maggie and Jesus getting together after a while, or they mourned the loss of another hot guy to the other team. (There’s still Gregory, ladies!) Some fans now hope Jesus and Aaron can be a thing, or even Jesus and Daryl (Norman Reedus), since Daryl is still an undeclared free agent.When #TheWalkingDead has an openly gay character named #Jesuspic.twitter.com/y3jqkkF4RY
— Charlie Rowan (@_CharlieRowan_) March 20, 2017When #Thewalkingdead has an openly gay character named Jesus! All the good ones are either taken or gay
— marah sercier (@sarah_mercier91) March 20, 2017Jesus is gay, which only goes to prove that all the good guys on this show are gay or dead. I always found it hard getting close to anyone. “Trying to make sure you and Sasha became a part of this, made me a part of this. #TheWalkingDead WHAT. It airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Girls, we still have Daryl pic.twitter.com/0fHUs1xybG
— shelly (@LFreenor) March 20, 2017
“The Walking Dead” Season 7 only has two episodes left, Episode 15 and Episode 16. 🎉🎉🎉 #TheWalkingDeadpic.twitter.com/mv1P3gz3OP
— ✨ (@nefariouslypure) March 20, 2017Did he just say boyfriend?! 😂😂 #TWDpic.twitter.com/uCXfLZ2YL7
— MarissaBrooks (@IssaBrooks) March 20, 2017Jesus: Neighbors. Me:#twd#TheWalkingDeadpic.twitter.com/bHXqMYTFl8
— Sue (@walkingkeacher) March 20, 2017#TheWalkingDead JESUS CAME OUT AS GAY ON A SUNDAY HAVE A BLESSED DAY
— erica (@ericarxnee) March 20, 2017#TheWalkingDead
jesus: *reveals he’s gay*
daryl/jesus shippers: pic.twitter.com/3l6okqDPin
— emma (@stuffxthangs) March 20, 2017When Jesus said “Boyfriends” #TheWalkingDeadpic.twitter.com/0EX4jazmoy
— Daryl Dixon (@BAMFDarylDixon_) March 20, 2017YES! on AMC. When I was first here, I was never here. Posted March 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt was a one-word reveal, but “The Walking Dead” fans did not miss it, and they did not fail to react.In “Walking Dead” Season 7, Episode 14, Paul, aka Jesus (Tom Payne) had a chat with Maggie (Lauren Cohan) about how he finally feels like he belongs somewhere, thanks to Maggie and Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) coming to Hilltop. Want more stuff like this? Neighbors, friends, boyfriends.” He gave Maggie a look after “boyfriends” and she just smiled.That was it.The character of Jesus is gay in Robert Kirkman’s “Walking Dead” comic, and it was already known that he would be gay on the TV show, too, but it’s not always clear how that would be expressed.
“It’s part of how we’re positioning the film to general audiences,” he said.4. Disney reported that families bought 50 percent of the tickets and that 35 percent of tickets went to kids 16 and under.Asked whether the studio had any concerns about the possible impact of the religion-motivated backlash at the box office, Hollis declined to comment. It also describes how crowded the late-winter month has become with summer-worthy blockbusters.It’s a trend that started with Disney’s live-action update of “Alice in Wonderland” seven years ago, a film whose $116 million opening proved once and for all that you could open a blockbuster in March as easily as in May or June. Hollis says the marketing played up the visuals, partly in order to broaden the film’s appeal beyond families. Families Really Wanted to See the MovieAll the grumbling over the last few weeks about the movie’s supposedly taboo-shattering depiction of LeFou (Josh Gad) as gay didn’t seem to stop families from buying tickets to “Beauty.”Director Bill Condon’s remarks about giving LeFou an “exclusively gay moment” at the end of the film had some prominent Evangelical activists up in arms and threatening boycotts of “Beauty” and Disney in general, and one Alabama theater made headlines for refusing to book the film. Nonetheless, advance-sales site Fandango called “Beauty” the fastest-selling family film in its history. Indeed, instead of releasing “Beauty” on staggered dates throughout the world, Disney put out the film on the same day in all but three major world markets (Australia, France, and Japan), allowing the movie to take advantage of spring break in the U.S. and similar springtime holidays around the globe. The only question was: How big would its opening weekend get?The answer was an estimated $170 million in North America, making “Beauty” the seventh biggest debut in history, the biggest March opening ever, and the biggest premiere ever for a PG-rated film. It’s also the biggest opening weekend for any of Disney’s recent wave of live-action remakes of its catalogue of animated classics.The film’s opening weekend was slightly higher than most predicted, and, despite good-but-not-great reviews (71 percent “Fresh” at Rotten Tomatoes), high expectations from fans of the original 1991 film, a star (Emma Watson) who remained unproven outside of the “Harry Potter” franchise, “Beast” managed to net $350 million worldwide over its first weekend. So “Beauty” wasn’t just a fondly-but-dimly-remembered film from the distant past; rather, it’s been both ubiquitous and popular for more than 25 years straight.Talking to Moviefone, Disney’s Executive Vice President for Theatrical Distribution, Dave Hollis, cited nostalgia first among “Beauty’s” strengths. He acknowledged how thick with major releases March has become, but he said the month is “still unbelievably less crowded than the summer.”3. March Is the New Launchpad for BlockbustersMarch madness isn’t just a basketball thing anymore. Paying customers gave “Beauty” an A CinemaScore, suggesting that they recommended it enthusiastically to others.5. Posted March 19, 2017 by Gary SusmanThere was no question that “Beauty and the Beast” would top the box office chart this weekend. Still, the movie’s $170 million take speaks for itself. As a result, the movie has done especially well in enhanced formats that bring in ticket surcharges.Some 37 percent of sales went to premium formats, including 26 percent to 3D, eight percent to IMAX (2D and 3D), and 11 percent to other premium large format screens (2D and 3D). In fact, it’s the biggest IMAX debut ever for a PG-rated movie, both domestically and worldwide. Here’s how the tale as old as time pulled it off:1. “Beauty” seems to work on this level as well, particularly with all the inanimate objects in Beast’s castle coming to vivid, dancing life. Those are large numbers for the high-end tickets, which usually account for 25 percent or less of a 3D movie’s opening weekend. Now, he said, those viewers are “parents bringing their children into theaters for the same kind of experience.”2. And the 1991 “Beauty” wasn’t just any Disney animated feature; it was the first ever to earn a Best Picture Oscar nomination. “The market always expands for quality film,” Hollis said. Good Word-of-MouthAs soft as the reviews were, they didn’t do much to depress turnout among older viewers who still read criticism. So it was beloved by critics as well as young and middle-aged adults who grew up watching it and kids who fell in love with it on home video,Plus, for years, Disney used the musical’s “Be Our Guest” as a tourist jingle. Nostalgia”Beauty” is the first of Disney’s live-action remakes whose source is a fairly recent film, one from the studio’s animation renaissance of the 1990s instead of from when Walt was alive, which was more than a half-century ago. Old Story, New VisualsDisney’s cartoon-to-live-action adaptations have tried, mostly with success, to be as imaginative and stunning to look at as the original animation. Maybe that’s because word-of-mouth was so strong. As a result, “Beauty” enjoyed similar record-breaking openings in many countries and grossed an estimated $180 million overseas.The current March may be the most crowded one yet, with at least one new potential blockbuster every weekend, including “Kong” and “Logan.” And yet, there seems to be room for everyone so far, with these hit films driving interest in theatrical moviegoing that has benefitted just about every wide release this month. He said the company found the 25-year interval since the first film to be the “perfect distance” to capitalize on the affection for the film held by viewers who were kids in 1991.