Movie Review: MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN movie poster | ©2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Dowd, Terence Stamp, Ella Purnell, Finlay MacMillan, Lauren McCrostie Writer: Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 30, 2016 To the terms “super,” “powered,” “mutant,” “meta-human,” “Inhuman” and “magical,” we can now add “peculiar.” In MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN is has the same meaning as those other words popularized by the likes of DC, Marvel and especially the HARRY POTTER franchise. MISS PEREGRINE doesn’t have the consistent sense of wonder that HARRY managed to achieve, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS poster | ©2016 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen Writer: Linda Woolverton, based on the books by Lewis Carroll Director: James Bobin Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: May 27, 2016 It’s not at all necessary to have seen 2010’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND to follow what’s happening in ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. It’s clear enough that Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now a young sea captain in the 1800s by virtue of having inherited her father’s ship, has had some pretty astounding adventures both in Wonderland and in this world. When she returns to Wonderland, […]Read On »

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GOTHAM: Robin Lord Taylor on playing Penguin and Season 1 – Part 1 – exclusive interview

Robin Lord Taylor is Oswald Cobblepot in GOTHAM - Season 1 | ©2015 Fox/Justin Stephens

In Fox’s GOTHAM, adapted by executive producer Bruno Heller from D.C. Comics BATMAN series, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is part of the story, but he’s a young teen just beginning to learn how to defend himself. The center of the series, in its first season Mondays at 9 PM and renewed for a second, is Gotham City Police Department homicide detective Jim Gordon, played by Ben McKenzie. Gordon has to deal with trying to protect Bruce and the city from crazy rogue criminals, organized crime and a corrupt police department. This corruption includes Gordon’s partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), a […]Read On »

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Screenwriter Linda Woolverton on MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA – Exclusive Interview

MAKERS logo | ©2014 PBS

PBS’ MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA began last year as a three-hour documentary. This year, it’s back as a six-part series, focusing on women in various arenas, including politics, space, war, comedy, business and Hollywood. The “Women in Hollywood” segment airs Tuesday, October 7. Screenwriter/playwright Linda Woolverton is one of the interviewees. There is no question that her work has made a difference both in Hollywood and in the imaginations of many audience members of both genders and all ages, though perhaps particularly affecting young girls. Woolverton, a California native, worked for a year in the entertainment department at Disneyland […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SLEEPY HOLLOW co-creator Phillip Iscove on the new Fox series

The Horseman in SLEEPY HOLLOW - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Kent Smith

Pretty much everyone knows some version of the story of the Headless Horseman and the other story about Rip Van Winkle, even if fewer know that both were penned by the same writer, Washington Irving, in the early nineteenth century. Contemporary screenwriter Phillip Iscove decided to combine elements of the two stories and took his pitch to writers/producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman at their K/O Paper Products production company. The result is Fox’s new series SLEEPY HOLLOW, Mondays at 9 PM. Tom Mison stars as Ichabod Crane, who in this version is responsible for the Horseman’s headlessness. A Revolutionary […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: FRANKENWEENIE 4-DISC SPECIAL EDITION

FRANKENWEENIE Blu-ray | ©2013 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Voices: Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Catherine O’hara, Winona Ryder Writers: John August, Leonard Ripps based on a story by Tim Burton Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $49.99 One of the most criminally overlooked animated features from last fall was Tim Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE, a black and white stop-motion animated feature based on his 1984 live action short. Now that it’s arrived as a four-disc special edition, hopefully people will finally discover what a great and original film this is. The story follows young tyke Victor Frankenstein who is tied to the […]Read On »

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CD Review: FRANKENWEENIE soundtrack

FRANKENWEENIE soundtrack | ©2012 Walt Disney Records

Tim Burton and his muse Danny Elfman keep doing their darndest to give life to the genie in a stop-motion bottle that was THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, first assembling the body pieces of THE CORPSE BRIDE, and now the doggie bits that comprise FRANKENWEENIE. And even if the public can’t quite seem to get Jack Skellington out of their minds, or ears, it doesn’t mean that this gleefully demonic duo isn’t applying a different shot of energy each time at winged bat (or winged cat-bat demon in this film’s case). Where BRIDE mainly drew life from the comedic opera stylings […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the FRANKENWEENIE Los Angeles Premiere

Winona Ryder at the L.A. Premiere of FRANKENWEENIE | ©2012 Sue Schneider

The Los Angeles Premiere of Disney’s FRANKENWEENIE was recently held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. FRANKENWEENIE is from creative genius Tim Burton and is a heartwarming tale of a boy and his dog. Filmed in black and white, the story makes you think of the original FRANKENSTEIN. When young Victor’s (voiced by Charlie Tahan) dog Sparky dies unexpectedly he uses the power of science to bring him back to life. As Victor tries to hide his home-sewn creation Sparky gets out and fellow students, teachers and the entire town learn that getting a new “leash on life” can […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MAJOR CRIMES Kearran Giovanni actress talks about her TNT series beat

Kearran Giovanni in MAJOR CRIMES - Season 1 - "Citizen's Arrest" | ©TNT/Karen Neal

In TNT’s MAJOR CRIMES, which has its first-season finale tonight, Monday at 9 PM, a lot of characters in the Major Crimes squad room have had to make an adjustment. Their previous boss, Kyra Sedgwick’s Brenda Leigh Johnson on THE CLOSER, was a results-at-all-costs type. Their new supervisor on the spinoff, Mary McDonnell’s Captain Sharon Raydor, is a former Internal Affairs officer who’s a stickler for the rules. However, for Kearran Giovanni’s character Detective Amy Sikes, who is new to the squad, Raydor is a mentor and a role model. They get along very well. Giovanni worked on the daytime […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FRANKENWEENIE

FRANKENWEENIE movie poster | ©2012 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG Stars (voices): Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Winona Ryder, Robert Capron, James Hiroyuki Lao, Conchata Ferrell, Tom Kenny Screenplay: John August, based on a screenplay by Leon Ripps, based on an original idea by Tim Burton Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: October 5, 2012 In 1984, Tim Burton made FRANKENWEENIE as a short film (directed by Burton from Lenny Ripps’ script, based on Burton’s original idea) that essentially launched his career. It’s taken the filmmaker almost thirty years, but he’s finally made FRANKENWEENIE into a full-length animated feature film. There’s […]Read On »

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