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Lunchtime Poll: What would you turn into if you were 'Beauty and the Beast'-ed?

It’s a tale as old as time: Creepy old woman asks to use your phone on a cold prologue night, elementary school-age prince declines because his parents raised him well, aforementioned spinster casts a curse on the kid and his entire staff, whose only crime was trying to get by on the crazy merry-go-round we call This Provincial Life.

That’s how Beauty and the Beast transformed a whole ensemble of domestic workers into pieces of furniture and assorted household objects. Certainly it was an unfortunate fate for all of The Beast’s staff, but especially for the ones with bad enough karma to be transformed into, say, a wardrobe—or worse, a teacup without a face. READ FULL STORY

'Beauty and the Beast' react: It ain't easy being beastly

I’m starting to think getting into a relationship with a supernatural beast isn’t a good idea.

Beauty and the Beast returned for its second season earlier tonight, and things aren’t going well for our young heroine Catherine (Kristin Kreuk). The premiere picked up three months after the finale, and, as one might have expected, they are all still dealing with some serious fallout.

First things first: Gabe is alive! I for sure thought he had bit the dust when he was shot multiple times, but thanks to some quick acting by Catherine, Gabe is alive – and no longer a beast. Talk about an upgrade. He’s back working at the prescient along with an increasingly-annoyed Tess. They’re both wondering when Catherine is going to give up on looking for the still-missing Vincent (Jay Ryan). Clearly, they don’t know what show they are on: She’d rather die than call it quits with her beloved!

Beast’s mythology got deeper this hour, eschewing the case-of-the-week in favor of some pretty enticing backstory. Namely, Catherine’s real father (whom viewers met in the last minutes of the finale) works for the government and he actually hired Mierfield (the famed Big Bad of the series that we actually met for the first time tonight) to run those infamous experiments on Vincent and others all those years ago. Catherine still doesn’t know he’s her father, but the two have a chilling meet and greet at a party. Her sister does know the truth about Catherine’s paternity, so it’s clear that this will all be unraveling sometime in the near future. READ FULL STORY

Happy Bastille Day! Here are our favorite French moments in pop culture


Happy Bastille Day (or La Fête Nationale, if you’re actually in France)! Though it’s a holiday celebrating French independence from monarchic rule, French culture — and Paris in particular — is a theme oft-represented onscreen. And who could blame writers, directors, and actors for falling in love with the City of Light? There’s the food, the national love of art, the PDA, the style — to celebrate, here’s a feast of our favorite French moments in pop culture.

Of course, there are classics like Breathless, modern marvels like Amour, and anything by Truffaut that should be included without mention, but we wanted to take a more literal approach to our roundup, choosing visually stunning moments, scenes that reference Paris, and clips that just ooze Parisian style.


'Man of Steel': The deleted scene that explains the ending?

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen Man of Steel, stop reading now. There have been a lot of heady dissections of the film: Why Superman is the Jesus we wish Jesus would be, and what the film’s ending may or may not get innately wrong about the character. There has also been a lot of inappropriate swooning over star Henry Cavill, who trained his way into looking like the live-action personification of Beauty and the Beast‘s Gaston — with a swell cleft in his chin, biceps to spare, and every last inch of him covered with hair. That got us thinking…

Lucille Bluth vs. the Disney Princesses

So I went a little nuts with Vine!

Boozy-witchy Bluth matriarch Lucille has generously taken time out of her day-drinking to snap some sense into the damsels of Disney. They could all stand to lose some weight, by the way. You want your belt to buckle, not your chair. (Click the microphones on and off to hear the audio.) READ FULL STORY

'Beauty and the Beast' may get live-action update. What other fairy tales should come to life?

It’s a tale as old as time: A revisionist fairy tale blows up at the box office (this time, it’s Oz the Great and Powerful, which made over $80 million this past weekend), and suddenly all the studios want in on creating the next big live-action “fairy tale.” (In this case, “fairy tale” means any popular children’s story).

Disney is looking to develop Beauty and the Beast into a live-action film, possibly to be written by Joe Ahearne (Trance), according to a Deadline report. The studio’s 1991 animated movie is a beloved classic, and was the first animated movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. There was also a successful Broadway musical version that ran for years. A modern-day high school take, Beastly, recently happened as well, but the less said about that the better.

This isn’t the only belle trying to get to the box-office ball. There have been rumors for quite some time that Guillermo Del Toro is working on a revisionist take with Emma Watson to star as Belle. (She is also rumored to be in the running to play Cinderella, opposite Cate Blanchett’s wicked stepmother in a live-action update of that classic fairy tale). This is in addition to a ton of other fairy tales currently in development or production, including Angelina Jolie’s Sleeping Beauty update Maleficent, which is slated for a July 2014 release.

Besides Belle, Cinderella and Aurora, check out some of our other hopes for fairy tales looking for an updated live-action spin. To be honest, there simply aren’t that many classic tales left. READ FULL STORY

Disney World officially opens new Fantasyland, perfect for discerning beauties and beasts

Look at this stuff! Isn’t it neat?

Disney World has given its Fantasyland section an extreme home makeover — corporate synergy! — nearly doubling the area’s size and adding new attractions including the Enchanted Forest, the little-kid friendly Storybook Circus (inspired by Dumbo), and a castle that’s home to characters from The Little Mermaid. The revamped wonderland officially opened today, meaning that it’s likely already covered with exhausted adults sleeping in broad daylight.

The coolest thing about Fantasyland 2.0 may be the Be Our Guest Restaurant, which lies within the Beast’s Castle. As CNN explains: “During lunch hours, guests order at touch-screen kiosks and take radio-frequency devices to their tables. Once the pager is placed on the table, servers know exactly where to deliver the food. And voila, meals arrive within minutes via a glass-enclosed cart.” At night, the eatery magically transforms into a classy French bistro that serves dishes like steak frites. Try the gray stuff, guys; it’s delicious. No wonder Belle and her Beast — wait, shouldn’t he be a prince by now? — decided to move here:


'Revolution'? 'Mindy'? 'Nashville'? What's your favorite new TV show this season? POLL


One month ago, Homeland and Modern Family were named Best Drama and Best Comedy at the 64th Annual Emmy Awards. Their crowning ushered in the 2012 fall TV season, an exciting new beginning filled with surprising triumphs and unsurprising failures. (Made in Jersey and Animal Practice, we hardly knew ye!)

It’s too early to tell whether any of the networks’ shiny new shows will dethrone Homeland or ModFam at next year’s Emmys. Still, we’ve seen enough of them to know which ones are live-watch musts, which deserve a spot on the DVR… and which should follow CBS’s legal drama and NBC’s monkey comedy to an early grave.

For now, though, let’s keep things positive. Which of the following new shows is your favorite one of all? Vote in the poll below — and explain yourself in the comments.


'Beauty and the Beast' react: Five questions from the premiere

CW’s drama Beauty and the Beast is not, alas, based on the charming Disney movie, but rather the ’80s TV show starring Sarah Connor and Hellboy (er, Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman). Kristin Kreuk plays a badass homicide detective named Catherine Chandler, while Jay Ryan is the believed-to-be-dead doctor Vincent Keller. The two team up to save NYC from murders and things. There are lots of things to talk about from the pilot, but I’ve decided to keep it to five questions that occurred to me while watching. My answers are below, let me hear yours in the comments. (SPOILER ALERT for those on the west coast and anyone else who hasn’t watched yet!)

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