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!
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.
September 22, 2004 |
If "The Outsiders" author S.E. Hinton and Raymond Chandler had a child, she might be Veronica Mars. The teenage title character of UPN's new one-hour drama, "Veronica Mars," has the outsider angle covered, and she narrates events in a Chandler-esque voice-over. "If there's one thing I've learned in this business, the people you love let you down," the preternaturally cynical Veronica intones.
March 1, 1992 |
"Calliope"? Is that a new show for kids? You may never have heard of "Calliope," but it's cable's longest-running children's show--having recently begun its 14th season on USA (which is longer than most of its viewers have been alive!). The show, hosted by the grandfatherly Gene, an animated character, and his dog, includes a mix of animated and live-action segments from Eastern Europe, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, Canada and the United States.
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?
September 18, 2005 |
WHEN Francis Ford Coppola headed for Tulsa, Okla., in the early 1980s to film S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders," a novel about alienated teenagers and class conflict, it came at a time in his career that he now likens to being an oil tycoon who'd lost everything. "If you were a wildcat in the oil business and you made a lot of money, then lost all your money, you'd go back to digging the hole," he said this summer, during a brief visit to New York.
July 30, 2000 |
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' life hasn't changed much in the two years she's been a published author. Her mother still makes her do the dishes. Her teachers don't cut her any slack on homework. "I'm still a high school teen," sighed the young fiction writer, who has two published vampire novels to her credit. The Concord, Mass., 16-year-old has been writing full-length works of juvenile fiction since she was 12. Nearly two dozen remain in three-ring binders on her bedroom shelves.
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 ?