April 17, 2011 |
All grown up, Hansel and Gretel return to the forest to exact revenge on their childhood tormentors. Snow White escapes the Evil Queen and takes up with a group of Shaolin monks. And after leaving Kansas, carnival barker Oscar Diggs remakes himself as a wizard in the Emerald City. Childhood classics as seen through a fun-house mirror? Well, yes. But for the film business, it's also something far more consequential: its future. Movie studios are taking timeless stories from authors such as the Brothers Grimm and L. Frank Baum and reimagining them with a modern, playful sensibility.
HOME & GARDEN
April 17, 2010 |
Moby, as DJ and singer-songwriter Richard Melville Hall is known, has purchased Wolf's Lair, a Hollywood Hills castle-like fortress with views of the Hollywood sign, downtown and the ocean, for $3,925,000. The sellers are Lionsgate Entertainment's Jay Faires and Debbie Matenopoulos, former co-host of "The View" (1997-99). Wolf's Lair was built in 1927 by Hollywoodland developer L. Milton Wolf. Moby, who will be moving from the East Coast, plans to restore the walled and gated property in keeping with its period charm.
December 20, 2012 |
The brothers Grimm, recipients of today's Google Doodle, published a book of fairy tales 200 years ago that would come to define bedtime reading for millions of children over two centuries. Thursday's doodle tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Twenty-one different slides depict her journey from town, to woods, to Grandma's house, to wolf's belly, to freedom in the arms of a burly woodsman. The story is universally known -- one we grew up on, and our parents grew up on, and their parents before them. But Google could have chosen half a dozen other stories published by the German brothers that are similarly embedded in our culture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1992
A group of elementary students from the Santa Clarita Valley held a mock trial where the Three Little Pigs sued the Big Bad Wolf for damages. The trial was the culmination of a series of classes on ethics in fairy tales. The students who participated are enrolled in an after-school gifted students program. The mock trial, held at the Newhall District Municipal Court Thursday night, was conducted by two attorneys, Gonzalo Freixes and his wife, Graciela, who played the judge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1989
Hundreds of parents in East Whittier and Hacienda La Puente school districts, following previous protests in Oregon and Washington, want school boards to purge the classrooms of a series of books that they believe are morbid and promote magic and devil worship. Before they get too upset, they might want to revisit some of the tattered storybooks they used to read at grandma's house. Here's one passage they would find in "Snow White": "Take the child into the darkest part of the forest.
November 30, 2012 |
Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm A New English Version Philip Pullman Viking: 400 pp, $27.95 Freudian, Marxist, feminist - fairy tales have famously been put through any number of academic paces, mined for their politics, their unconscious symbolism, their cultural freight and transformative powers. These tales, nearly allegorically flat, cut to the chase of human nightmares: hungry wolves and evil stepmothers. Here are life's fundamental anxieties by proxy, what Harvard professor Maria Tatar called "the great existential mysteries, in a miniature and manageable form.