Emma Watson in Louis Vuitton at the ‘Beauty’ Paris photocall: meh or cute?

'Beast And Beauty - La Belle Et La Bete' Paris Photocall At Hotel Meurice

Do you realize that we’ve gone this far without having me chime in on The Beauty and the Beast nonsense? Hecate and CB have talked about it, but I’ve managed to avoid it. I think that’s by design… or something. Like, this live-action remake isn’t for me. The target audience is the same demographic as the audience for that completely f–king awful live-action Cinderella movie with Cate Blanchett. Disney is currently going on a live-action binge and they’re having a great deal of success with it, so who am I to say that these films look dreadful?

Anyway, the promotional tour for the film has started, and these are some pics from the photocall/premiere event in Paris on Monday. Emma wore a custom Louis Vuitton dress which… you wouldn’t know this is custom, because it looks just as awful as everything else from LV’s current line. I think the worst part might be the booties? No bueno. This dress was crying out for a simple pair of black heels. I’m also including photos of Cousin Matthew, I mean Dan Stevens, plus Josh Gad and Luke Evans. Cousin Matthew plays The Beast. Look at Cousin Matthew’s shoes!!!

'Beast And Beauty - La Belle Et La Bete' Paris Photocall At Hotel Meurice

'Beast And Beauty - La Belle Et La Bete' Paris Photocall At Hotel Meurice

Disney just debuted a new clip from the film:

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Meow says:

    What the fuck is that dress??

  2. savu says:

    I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE. Granted, I’m a 90s kid through and through – but I always identified with Belle because she was a bookworm and people thought she was weird for it, but she just lived her life and did her thing.

    I once watched a DVD extra or something (it may have even been a VHS extra…) with the voice of Belle talking about how the fact that her sacrifice for her father got kind of glossed over in reception of the movie, and, I’m paraphrasing, but she was a really strong female character when Disney hadn’t had many of them who set examples like that for little girls. I wrote a paper in college about how Belle was the most feminist of all the Disney princesses.

    That dress is weird but interesting. I don’t hate it. I just hate it with the boots.

    Edit: Has anybody seen that episode of House Hunters where the husband is a bodybuilder and slicks back his black hair and wore a red shirt with khaki shorts?! GASTON!

    • Ennie says:

      Have you seen some youtube videos of a Disneyland (or Disneyworld) guy that works as Gaston? He is very, very funny. He argues with a little girl staying in character, you should google him!

    • Android says:

      SAME. I have been obsessing over the clip of the ballroom scene from the trailer. I can’t wait and am going to see it the first night it opens.

  3. Shambles says:

    Yeah, the boots are horrid, especially with that dress length. But she is a lovely woman.

    I’ll see this, but only because I grew up with the Disney movies AND Harry Potter, and I will always love her because she was Hermione (my spirit animal)

  4. savu says:

    One of the top comments on youtube: “The baker didn’t say “Marie! The baguettes!” Literally unwatchable.”

    • Nene's Wig says:

      Haha yes! I feel like that’s how I’ll be watching this as well – only really noticing what they’ve left out from the original. If Lumiere isn’t canoodling with that feather duster, I’m out.

  5. Ashamed 2 b a Fl girl says:

    That dress just says to me that everything has already been designed. We can only go downhill from here.

  6. Ever bloom says:

    Her acting is one dimensional, the role should have gone to someone new and talented.

    • Beatrix says:

      Super-agree. She acts by furrowing her brows over everything, it’s terrible. If she’s really invested in her feminist causes, then good for her, that deserves recognition. Otherwise, the gal shouldn’t be cast as the lead for any movie, there are far more talented actresses out there.

    • kibbles says:

      She is a bad actress. Disney only saw dollar signs when it chose her to play Belle. The decision certainly wasn’t made based on her acting and singing capabilities. I love Beauty and the Beasy, and think it is one of the best animated films ever made, but I hope this live action version bombs. It’ll probably make billions though simply because it’s Disney, Beauty and the Beast, and Emma’s fanbase will turn out en masse to support her.

  7. Danielle says:

    I like the dress, I think it’s fun.

  8. lower-case deb says:

    what is that extra large duct tape around her upper body for? did she just break free off a chair in a dungeon somewhere?

  9. Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

    I want to see this but am put off by Emma as she’s not a very good actress – shame as its has a great cast otherwise.

    She seems like a sweet person but given her recent comments about not being able to get out of bed after getting some, fairly tame, negative criticism about her activism leads me to think she is a bit of a delicate snowflake. Then there are the stories about her behaviour over La La Land after it got all those Oscar etc.. noms, she’s alleged to have raged at her agents over it (even thou it was her decision to pull out of it to do Beauty and the Beast). Thou I don’t think it would have gotten all the accolades if she was in it – Stone and Goslings chemistry is partly what makes it.

    • Rocio says:

      She’s sweet and nice to her fans indeed. Two years ago or so she was filming Colonia in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. My hubby runs a bar over there and got a glance at her and she was greeting and taking pictures with extras. I don’t know about the La La Land rumors (I bet she regrets it dearly) but she seems a decent person.

  10. Prairiegirl says:

    Sack your stylist, Emma.

    • teacakes says:

      She’s not the fashion girl she thinks she is, she has nothing on Sienna Miller and Alexa Chung (annoying as fellow cb-ers find them).

  11. Bex says:

    I have no idea what the atmosphere was like on the BatB set, but that is some seriously cold body language from Emma towards her cast.

    She seems pleasant enough, I just don’t think she’s got the chops to carry something like this on her shoulders.

    • mom2two says:

      That was my thought too. Compared to the Cinderella cast, who seemed like they liked each other.

      I thought the Cinderella live action was pretty good (shrugs shoulders).

      • Scarlet Vixen says:

        @Mom2Two: I also really liked the live-action Cinderella. I’m a huge Disney fan, so I absolutely expected to HATE it. I was so pleasantly surprised. The only criticism I really had was the spinning around in her dress was way too long. Other than that I found it to be beautiful and charming.

  12. RussianBlueCat says:

    I like the colour of the dress.

  13. ell says:

    this seems to be an unpopular opinion, but it’s nice to see actresses trying different styles and wearing boots. i’m not crazy about current LV, but i like a grungy feel to styling.

    i’m soooooo uninterested in this film though, why did we need it again?

  14. Adrien says:

    Luke Evans as Gaston?!? I’m on Team Gaston now. I don’t know why but I was smiling the whole time while watching the short clip.

  15. MissMerry says:

    no gurl. you look like your little sibling wrapped you in giant electrical tape…

  16. Mia4S says:

    That’s a lot of “no” in one picture from a fashion sense. At least from Emma and Cousin Matthew. Just…nope.

    They were always going to make a fortune off this movie so why not cast people who can sing? Nothing I’ve heard so far has impressed me. Quite the opposite in fact.

  17. SK says:

    This was never my favourite Disney movie. I think even as a little girl I thought falling in love with your captor was weird. I always thought it would be more fun if a cool girl like this (who I loved at the beginning because she was a bookworm like me) had some great adventures of her own without Beast etc. Anyway, this looks like fun and it looks cute. Her lower range is fine. I think when she stretches to the upper range she will get pretty thin from this short clip. The voice of Belle in the cartoon was so beautiful and distinctive, it’s hard to get another one!

  18. dodgy says:

    Emma Watson and her eyebrows bouncing off her forehead acting. I toughed it out during the HP movies (because I loved the series) but this? Eeeehhh…. Imma pass.

  19. Lucy2 says:

    That dress is a giant disaster.
    I’m likely going to see this, the animated one was one of my favorite movies, mostly for the beautiful animation, and I’m curious to see what they did with the live version.

  20. Android says:

    Based on what I’ve seen from LV this awards season on Michelle Williams –and now this unflattering creation on Emma– I’m going to go ahead and conclude that they used all of their good stuff last year on Alicia Vikander.

  21. Margo S. says:

    Dan stevens is beautiful and can do no wrong in my book. Love that he has bedazzled shoes lol.

    Now, I love beauty & the beast but I think emma was a poor choice for Belle. Her voice is dreadful… You can tell they had to auto tune her voice to hell. Dan can actually sing beautifully.

    And I actually don’t mind the shoes. A bit casual for the dress but I dig it. The dress it kinda neat too. I don’t love that black across the shoulder thing. I guess it’s “art”…?

    • Ella says:

      Yeah, her singing voice is abysmal. But everyone under 21 on YouTube is raving about how perfect her voice is. *shrugs*

  22. Kris says:

    Nobody should be forced to wear LV. I mean, even the handbags are hideous – why on earth did they ever think they should make dresses?

    Please, someone show me ONE good LV dress, I dare you!

  23. Abby says:

    I was all set to come defend my girl Emma’s outfit… but no. No to the dress and the booties. Sorry Hermione!

    Beauty and the beast is my favorite Disney movie of all time. I vividly remember watching it as a little girl in the theaters. I will be going to see this, and as a mom with two little babies, that’s saying something because the last movie I saw in the theaters was Magic Mike XXL two years ago. Such is my life right now.

    Plus I love cousin Matthew and adore Emma Watson. I hope it’s good! Haven’t seen Cinderella yet.

  24. Anitas says:

    Emma always looks, in movies and in real life, like she thinks she’s better than you or me. I appreciate her activism, but she’s not relatable at all.

  25. IlsaLund says:

    People are going to either love or hate this live action version of Beauty & the Beast. Disney has taken the biggest gamble on this live action version because Beauty & The Beast is one of the most beloved classic Disney movies of all time. Generations of kids grew up on this movie and it was the first animated movie nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. I don’t envy Emma Watson having to carry the weight of being Belle on her shoulders. People are so vested in the memory of how Belle is “supposed” to look and sound, forgetting of course that you can never duplicate animation exactly, frame by frame, into real-life.

    And I don’t like that dress….it’s hideous.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      For me, no one and I mean no one can be Belle other than Paige O’Hara – that voice! The fact that they clearly had to auto tune the sh!t out of Emma’s voice is a major turn off. The other cast can at least sing – she’s not bad but you can hear the enhancements with Emma.

    • Rocio says:

      Look-wise Emma’s perfect for Belle. I hate the idea of falling in love with your captor no matter how Disney tries to rephrase it. Anyway, the cast seems perfect IMO.

  26. teacakes says:

    That black thing looks like a censor bar across her chest.

    As I said above, Emma isn’t quite the fashion girl she thinks she is, and looks like these end up making her look like a posh schoolgirl trying and failing to be “edgy”.

  27. Rocio says:

    It’s weird but I like that it’s made of reusable materials. I like eco friendly fashion.

  28. OhDear says:

    …I actually like Dan Stevens’ shoes. They look like Doc Martens?

  29. Reece says:

    I looks like she had a wardrobe malfunction and someone blacked out her breasts. lol Yet the more I stare at it the more I like the WTFness of it.

    They took out the Baker’s line for M. Whatitsface with a donkey?

  30. OTHER RENEE says:

    Dress: hideous.
    Dan’s shoes: super cool.

    Was she really cast in La La Land or just one of many actresses considered for the part?

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      Yep she was cast and had started rehearsals but pulled out, allegedly, when Disney approached her for this role.

      • OTHER RENEE says:

        But don’t these people sign contracts? Is it that easy to pull out especially once rehearsals start?

  31. Bliss 51 says:

    I woke up 15 minutes ago, opened CB, clicked on this story, looked and thought “Electrical tape?”

  32. Pimmetje says:

    Am i the only one to find her incredibly plain looking!?? I always see people describe her as beautiful or very pretty(mainly in relation to Harry Potter)…but her facial features are so average looking to me!

    Anyway i think they could’ve found someone pretty who can actually act, instead of Emma. I mean she seems very intelligent but shes a very poor actor who got lucky.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      IA her acting isn’t very good, she has no range – its the same facial expressions for about every emotion. She’s like Daisy Ridley, a nice girl who can’t really act but got very very lucky.

      For what i can hear of her singing, its not that bad but its also been heavily produced. Not all actors are able to pull off singing, its not easy and requires years of training to get to the levels of someone like Julie Andrews or Paige O’Hara (the original Belle). Thou saying that Renee Zellweger and Reese Witherspoon pulled it off quite well – i guess it depends on how you sound naturally.

    • Sean says:

      She is dull as hell.

  33. Carmen says:

    Muy meh. Yuck.

  34. i_dont'_get_it says:

    I don’t get the hate towards her acting. I saw Colonia recently, I think she was great in it.

    Also I like the dress, minus the boots though.

  35. Erica_V says:

    Her voice is some weak sauce wow. This makes me sad.

    Just leave the movies as they were. Get some new ideas already Disney.

  36. Bliss 51 says:

    I watched the trailer on Jezebel. She walks shlumpy. Is that a word? I walk shlumpy but I’m old.

    • kibbles says:

      I noticed that too. I imagine Belle to be much more graceful and reserved, yet intelligent and firm. Emma should have watched the animated original more closely and tried to match the character as much possible. Her version of Belle is too modern, too 21st century, too much of a millennial than the character needs to be.

  37. Jerkface says:

    Why waste money on this? Did this need to be redone? Boooooo

  38. Angel says:

    Honk for Luke Evens, that’s all I got.

  39. robyn says:

    Emma is an awesome actress imo … I can’t even imagine what the Harry Potter movies would have been like without her. She is also totally cute but that dress … not so much.