The big movie release of this past weekend, if I can believe the hype I’ve seen and the strong crowds I experienced, was the live action adaptation of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. The 1991 animated musical production is one of the most beloved in the Disney canon, winning Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, and becoming the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture. The affection and nostalgia still attached to the animated film have made this year’s adaptation perhaps the most hotly anticipated live action Disney film of the past decade.
Join Lebeau and me as we discuss our own histories with the story and our reactions to the new film. There are mild spoilers here, but if you’ve seen the previous Disney film, the general story shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
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Singer David Lee Roth turns 62 today. In the early 1970s, while attending Pasadena City College, Roth met a pair of brothers named Eddie and Alex Van Halen. They soon had formed a band, with Roth as lead singer and lyricist, which eventually was named Van Halen, and after a few years of paying their dues, they released their first album in 1978 and established themselves as one of the leading hard rock bands of the next decade or so.
Van Halen’s sixth album, 1984, was their biggest seller, and produced their only single to reach #1 on the Hot 100: