August 22, 1986 |
The surprising and moving little Danish film "Twist and Shout" (Cineplex) is set in and around Copenhagen in 1964. Part of its plot springs from that year's great, worldwide media explosion: the Beatles. It's somehow sparkling and warming to see that Denmark was conquered just as America was--that Scandinavian hearts beat as strongly to the drums and ecstatic screams on "She Loves You--Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!"
January 17, 2011 |
From the beginning, which is to say Charles Dickens, stories revolving around the lives of children and adolescents often shared a similar theme. Facing adversity, most often in the form of poverty and/or dead parents, children banded together to create surrogate families of great resourcefulness and loyalty. In the old days, these situations were usually temporary ?- at some point a benevolent (and rich) adult stepped in ? Oliver and "The Little Princess" were adopted, the five little Peppers and the March girls attracted the beneficence of wealthy neighbors.
March 22, 1992 |
Creating a "Wonderland for kids of the '90s" is the goal for the folks behind the new series Adventures in Wonderland, premiering this week. Featuring musical numbers, animation, puppetry, miniatures and colorful sets, the show also includes 1990s updates of the "Alice in Wonderland" characters. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee are reincarnated as rappers!
February 20, 1985 |
Whenever Hollywood's newest young Turks talk about one another, Emilio Estevez's name invariably crops up. "Emilio just wrote and starred in his own movie," someone might confide in admiring tones. ("That Was Then, This Is Now," based on the S. E. Hinton novel). "He's re-e-e-a-a-l-ly hot ." Just what kind of cinematic Wunderkind is this 22-year-old actor, whose most recent performance in "The Breakfast Club" has drawn so much critical praise?
October 17, 2010 |
Most people who write fiction have day jobs mainly because writing fiction tends to pay poorly and sporadically. But James Franco, who has written a collection of short stories entitled "Palo Alto" (Scribners) is a movie star. So when he landed one of those stories in Esquire this spring, it was part of a package that included a dapper cover-shot. Obviously, this doesn't happen to most newbie fiction writers, or even award-winning fiction writers unless you are Jonathan Franzen. And perhaps Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult can stop being so mad at Franzen and start being mad at Franco ?