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!
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.
February 15, 2008 |
Trace Cyrus, singer/guitarist of the emo-electro band Metro Station, has the words "Stay Gold" tattooed across the knuckles of both hands. It's from S.E. Hinton's young-adult novel "The Outsiders," a noirish and broken-hearted tale of teenage gang life canonical among tweens making their first rebellions and self-explorations through art. It's a natural tattoo for the band's 18-year-old frontman, one of many that cover his forearms and androgynously skinny chest.
March 17, 1991 |
So you're bored with the same old shows? Tune into Nickelodeon----the cable network premieres two new series this week. Clarissa Explains it All looks at life through the eyes of Clarissa Darling, an imaginative 13-year-old who keeps a foot-long pet alligator in her room, can't wait till the day when she finally learns how to drive and constantly plots against her annoying little brother, Ferguson.