Beastly nationwide

CBS Films opens this romantic fantasy – this modern variation on the old “Beauty and the Beast” tale – nationwide on March 4, 2011. (The film was pushed back from an originally scheduled date of July 30, 2010.) Alex Pettyfer, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris, and Lisa Gay Hamilton star for director Daniel Barnz, who adapted the screenplay from the novel by Alex Finn. Pettyfer plays a young, self-absorbed millionaire, whose selfish ways go wrong when a classmate (Olsen) casts a spell that turns him into a beast; the only hope of returning to normal is to find a woman who will love him despite his new appearance. It all sounds a bit sophomoric, like another attempt to cash in on the young girls who buy tickets to TWILIGHT movies.