December 24, 2012 |
When children go to sleep tonight, the visions dancing in their heads will more likely be those of electronic gizmos than of sugar plums. But the kiddos will doze off believing , and that collective faith fascinates author William Joyce, who created the "Rise of the Guardians" book series that became the basis of the new DreamWorks animated movie. "It stumps me that we as a people decided en masse without a vote that we would tell our kids about Santa Claus," Joyce says from his home in Shreveport, La. "I know where it started, but the psychology remains mystifying to me. How many things have we as a species agreed upon without discussing?
October 31, 2012 |
Do Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny know each other? That logical question came, of course, from the mind of a child, specifically, Mary Katherine Joyce, the then-5-year-old daughter of writer and filmmaker William Joyce. Twenty years later, Mary Katherine's dad has answered that question, not just with the animated movie "Rise of the Guardians," but also a series of books that explores and expands the mythology behind some of the legendary figures of our childhoods. DreamWorks Animation held a special screening for the film Tuesday night at the ArcLight Hollywood as it positions "Guardians" as an animated feature Oscar contender.
February 19, 2014 |
The first trailer for Marvel's upcoming cosmic adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy," based on the comic book of the same name, has been released, and you might say it's full of unusual suspects. Amid clips of zooming spaceships, heavily armed humanoids and exotic alien worlds, the trailer introduces Chris Pratt as the antihero Star-Lord, né Peter Quill, who steals a mysterious orb and finds himself at odds with the intergalactic villain Ronan (Lee Pace). Quill then teams up with a motley crew of alien outlaws to survive and save the universe.
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March 20, 2009 |
The California Supreme Court sided with grandparents and others who want to adopt children over their parents' objections in a pair of rulings that legal experts said would make it easier for guardians to prevail in adoption cases.
February 26, 2013 |
DreamWorks Animation SKG said it would take an $87-million charge on last year's holiday movie "Rise of the Guardians," marking the largest write-down the studio has ever taken for one of its own movies. Analysts had estimated that the studio would take a write-down of from $70 million to nearly $100 million on the film, which represented a rare box-office misfire for DreamWorks, creator of the popular "Shrek," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Madagascar" films. "Rise of the Guardians," which cost about $145 million to make, has generated $302 million in global box-office ticket sales since its debut in late November, well short of a typical DreamWorks Animation movie.
August 8, 2010 |
When Paul Brachfeld took over as inspector general of the National Archives, guardian of the country's most beloved treasures, he discovered the American people were being stolen blind. The Wright Brothers 1903 Flying Machine patent application? Gone. A copy of the Dec. 8, 1941 "Day of Infamy" speech autographed by Franklin D. Roosevelt and tied with a purple ribbon? Gone. Target maps of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, war telegrams written by Abraham Lincoln and a scabbard and belt given to Harry S. Truman?