This weekend, Syfy debuts its own version of the Peter Pan tale, Neverland, and it's a little different than the story we know so well. This prequel is a creative version of the classic tale, complete with a pre-Neverland Peter, who's a young lad under not-yet-Captain-Hook's wing. We learn about how he ended up in Neverland, what happened to Mr. Hook, how Tinker Bell became his right-hand lady, and just exactly what this magical Neverland place really does.
We had a chance to chat with the star of the miniseries, Charlie Rowe, to get the inside scoop on the series from the new Peter himself. The series also stars Keira Knightley as the voice of TinkerBell, Rhys Ifans as Hook, and Bob Hoskins as Smee (yet again). Watch our chat below and be sure to tune into SyFy Sunday, Dec. 4 and Monday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
There are certain movies that we watched as children that, as adults, don’t resonate as powerfully upon revisit. But then there are some movies that entrance us when we are young and work on remarkably different levels once we reach adulthood.
At the risk of exposing my youth, and striking another blow to my own credibility, for me, Hook was just such a film. As a kid, I loved the physical comedy, the swashbuckling, and the unmitigated cool of Rufio. But the movie took on an entirely new life for me when I revisited it recently, thanks to Netflix’s Watch Instantly. We highly urge you to revisit it yourself.
Who Made It: Hook is yet another in the cavalcade of classics from the incredible Steven Spielberg. Hook was Spielberg’s first film of the ‘90s, leading off a slew of some of his best work: Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan. The ‘90s were definitely good for Steven.
Who’s In It: The cast of Hook features a pirate shipload of talent. The film stars Robin Williams in the lead role of Peter Banning, supported by the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith. Spielberg has demonstrated a knack for assembling unique ensemble casts. Hell, even singer Phil Collins shows up at one point.
What’s It About: Peter Banning is a man sadly more devoted to his career than his family. He is constantly breaking promises and failing to meet commitments that don’t involve contracts and hostile takeovers. While visiting Granny Wendy, the woman who ran the orphanage where he grew up, Peter’s children are abducted. A note left in their empty room indicates that a Captain James Hook took the children, and that Peter must come to a place called Neverland to retrieve them. Suddenly, a long-forgotten era of his past begins to resurface.
Why You Should Watch It:
Hook is a fascinating continuation of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. For many of us, the only facets of the story we know come from the Disney animated version. We know that Wendy Darling, and her brothers, are transported to Neverland by Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. We know about the sinister Captain Hook, the Lost Boys, and the crocodile. What Spielberg’s film does is give us an extension of the story, a sort of “where are they now” for the beloved characters. It blurs the lines between fantasy and reality by featuring a grownup Pan who not only no longer believes in Neverland, but has in fact become amnesic of his childhood and the adventures there contained.
We get to see what has become of Neverland in Pan’s absence. We see a very bored, unfulfilled Captain Hook, played with powerful emotional complexity by the amazing Dustin Hoffman; one of his best roles in my opinion. Hook has become obsessed with the idea of another great battle with Pan and seeks his return despite how much he hates him. In this way, the character is acknowledging how their conflict defines him. For his part, Pan must reconnect with his roots in order to save the most treasured part of his new life; identity crises kind of rum rampant in Hook. We also get to see what became of Hook’s feud with the crocodile and how the hierarchy of Lost Boys has changed. It’s a distinctly unromantic examination of Neverland, which allows us to connect more directly to the weight and contours of the world of the film.
That’s not at all to say that Hook is devoid of magic, it would be damn near impossible for Steven Spielberg to make a film about Neverland without it being loaded with spectacle. The production design of the film is absolutely breathtaking; allowing for the audience to become acquainted with the full of gamut of both the familiar and wholly original nuances surrounding Neverland. The design of the Lost Boys’ tree houses, the massive and foreboding skeletal prow of Hook’s ship, right down to the rainbow-colored fluff of the Lost Boy feast give a new visual fingerprint to an age-old tale. The cinematography as Pan first learns to fly, sweeping and unbridled, is a perfect tribute to what made us fall in love with this story as children.
Whether we like it or not, we are not Pan and therefore must grow up. But fortunately our appreciation for films like Hook mature right alongside us.
Men and women...when did it all get so complicated? In elementary school, boy-girl relationships were so simple and untainted by hormones and deep feelings. Girls never needed to worry about getting hit on during recess and the only commitment boys needed to think about was handing in their homework on time. Then puberty hits and everything changes -- guys and girls no longer see each other as mere recess playmates. Girls become sexual objects of desire and boys become potential future husbands, but does this always have to be the case? Are cross-gender friendships completely off the table at a certain age?
The entertainment industry has flooded our minds with countless romantic comedies where the guy always ends up with the girl, trying to disprove the age old question: can a guy and a girl really be "just friends"? I believe they can...it may not be common, but it can happen. In honor of this week's Friends With Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, I've decided to prove my theory that members of the opposite sex can be friends -- without the benefits. Here are some examples of movie and television characters whose relationships never ventured beyond the friendship realm:
Harry Potter and Hermione Granger (The Harry Potter Series) Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe certainly never tried to slip one another any sort of love potion. This duo has been there for each other through thick and thin throughout the entire Harry Potter series, yet romance has never been a factor for them. Granted, both are usually pretty busy trying to save the entire wizarding world from He Who Must Not Be Named but Harry still found time to kiss Cho under the mistletoe and woo Ron's sister Ginny. These two make a great team that even has Draco Malfoy shaking in his Slytherin booties, and they don't need to breach the friends zone to do it. Meredith Grey and Alex Karev (Grey's Anatomy) Now here's an interesting relationship that never amounted to any sexual fruition and that's really saying something given the sexual promiscuity of Seattle Grace Hospital. Seriously, this show has seen more relationships than patients and yet Ellen Pompeo's and Justin Chambers' characters have never even discussed hooking up in the on-call room. Let's face it, they'd probably be really good together. She was a mental case, he's known for taking care of mental cases — it would be a perfect fit. McDreamy, though I love him, made her all normal and boring with absolutely no issues. So why didn't the writers want these two to stay away from each other? Meredith needed a person she could confide in that would give her actual outside clarity instead of molly-coddling her like everyone else, and Alex needed someone who wasn't afraid to tell him he's being an ass. Not exactly the makings for a love story — and it's exactly what both parties needed. Jimmy Dugan and Dottie Hinson (A League of Their Own) Talk about a dynamic duo! Jimmy Dugan and Dottie Hinson provide an astounding example of how some friendships can change you for the better. Tom Hanks plays a sad, washed-up, drunken baseball pro, who initially can't stand being the coach of an all girls baseball team, but Geena Davis' strong, exceptionally talented character helps show him that's there's more to women than just pretty faces. She gets him to quit drinking while he forces her to acknowledge how much she truly does love the game of baseball. I have no doubt these characters would have made an adorable couple, but they remained strictly friends throughout the course of the entire movie. The best part is that their lack of an intimate relationship doesn't detract from the plot of the story, it adds to it. They have a deep, mutual respect for one another, thus making this relationship a...home-run. Haley James and Lucas Scott (One Tree Hill) These two are like the epitome of an absolutely love-you-like-a-friend-but-nothing-more relationship played by Bethany Joy Galeotti and Chad Michael Murray. You can tell the thought of getting together never even crosses their minds throughout the course of the entire series. Lucas is even the one to walk Haley down the aisle on her wedding day! He's like her big brother figure and those are really nice to have. He would never let anything happen to her, but she doesn't have to worry about him trying to feel her up. They view each other as family, so there's no other ulterior motives or hidden feelings which is highly refreshing, especially in today's society. Rachel and Ethan (Something Borrowed) They say there's a fine line between love and hate...well you can say the same for love and friendship. In the recent rom-com, Something Borrowed, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) has always let everyone push her around and it has cost her a lot — even love. John Krasinski's plays her adorable best friend, Ethan, who ultimately tries to get her to quit being a doormat and start living her own life. It's called tough love and it's pretty effective (I've used it on some friends myself) which is exactly what Rachel needed from him. Although Ethan ends up confessing that he thinks he has romantic feelings for her, nothing comes from it and they remain best friends even after that awkward conversation. Dewey Finn and Principal Mullins (School of Rock) Jack Black and Joan Cusack are hilarious in this family flick where education meets rock 'n roll in School of Rock. Since Cusack's character is the principle of a prep school she is wound tighter than a Timex, but Black's comical, substitute teacher character allows her to unruffle those tail feathers and realize that even adults are entitled to recess. The relationship between these two continues to develop as the movie progresses, but in a strictly platonic way (even after drinking has been involved). While they become more than just co-workers to each other, their friendship portrays a fun, childlike innocence that fittingly represents the theme of the movie itself. These two end up actually teaching each other a lesson and they're both better people for it. They get an A+ in my book! Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling (Silence of the Lambs) "Why hello, Clarice" are words that never fail to send chills up my spine. Now normally these two wouldn't come to mind when you're talking about friendships, but think about it. Anthony Hopkins' ingenious portrayal of Hannibal the Cannibal shows audiences that even the darkest of hearts are not immune to feelings. Hannibal never allows any harm to come to Jodie Foster's character and even defends her honor when a guy in an adjacent cell acts offensively towards her. Granted, he went a little too far in making the guy swallow his own tongue, but it showed that -- in his own sick and twisted way -- he cared for her. This protective theme towards Clarice continues on even into the sequel when he decides to cut off his own hand rather than hers. And let's not forget the most important thing: he never once attempts to eat her! If that doesn't show friendship, I don't know what does. Peter Pan and Tinkerbell (Peter Pan) Even Disney characters can live happily ever after without resorting to romance. Peter Pan and Tinkerbell represent the very essence of childhood innocence, so there's need to explore grown up feelings such as love and romance - ick (this is Neverland we're talking about). Even in the face of potential death, these two never resort to anything beyond their friendship because, in actuality, they're just kids after all. The beauty of their relationship is based on the fact that it has absolutely no layers to it. With a child, what you see is what you get — everything is good-natured and fun, which is exactly what this pair is supposed to represent. While we may look back on our childhood years and be thankful that they're behind us, we can't help but feel nostalgic of a time where life was less complicated and all problems were solved with a pinch of pixie dust.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY will voice the fairy character TINKERBELL in new Peter Pan adaptation NEVERLAND for Sky Movies. The two-part live action film event stars RHYS IFANS and ANNA FRIEL, who became a couple while shooting the project.
The Zack and Miri Make a Porno actress is set to star as the mischievous pixie in Disney's forthcoming romantic comedy, Tink.
Hollywood heavyweights Adam Shankman, McG and and Jennifer Gibgot have signed on to produce the screenplay, written by Jennifer Wright Shapiro, reports Variety.
It is not the first time a modern star has played the fairy - Julia Roberts played the pixie in 1991's Hook and French actress Ludivine Sagnier portrayed the sprite in P.J. Hogan's 2003 adaptation of Peter Pan.
If you believe in fairies, start clapping. Elizabeth Banks will star as Tinkerbell in Tink, a live action film about Disney's blond fairy. Banks herself has been developing the project with her production company, Brownstone Productions. McG (Terminator Salvation), Adam Shankman (The Last Song) and Jennifer Gibgot (Hairspray) have also signed on to produce. The project seems set to follow in the vein of Disney’s last live action rom-com Enchanted, which put a modern spin on the fairy tale genre.
Banks' casting seems spot-on for the project, as she both looks the part and has proven her comedic chops on 30 Rock and Scrubs. McG, who is usually known for his action fare, seems like an unlikely choice for the project and both Shankman and Gibgot have their names on some questionable work, like The Pacifier and Step Up 3D, so I would keep expectations low for the moment.
Tinkerbell may have started as Peter Pan’s sidekick, but she has proven to be an unexpected merchandising juggernaut for Disney. I could be optimistic and attribute it to the fact that she’s one of the few early Disney women with any characteristics outside of “nice”, or pessimistic and say that it has more to do with the fact that she’s sparkly, irritating and high maintenance, which tweens can relate to. Either way, Disney has a lot of incentive to make a Tinkerbell film, and will probably make it a high priority.
The hotel heiress is known for her love of miniature dogs and is always pictured with her favourite pet, Tinkerbell.
But the pups will have to make way for a new addition to the family - Hilton's placed an order for a $4,500 (£3,000) Royal Dandie pig, who will be delivered by hand next month (Nov09).
The black, white and pink newborn will be nine weeks old when it is introduced to Hilton, and the socialite cannot wait to hold the baby she has christened Princess Pigelette (sic).
Her representative tells TMZ.com, "Paris is thrilled! She is a major animal lover and is excited for the arrival of her new piglette (sic)."
The socialite's pet Chihuahua is among the favourites to land a leading prize at the upcoming Boomerang Pet Personality Awards, and she's taking the contest so seriously she has asked devotees to vote for her mutt.
In a post to followers on microblogging site Twitter.com, Hilton writes, "Hey guys can u (sic) support me and Tink and vote us for this adorable award show?"
The Simple Life star is fighting off tough competition from best pal Nicole Richie's dog Foxxy Cleopatra and Britney Spears' mutt Bit Bit, as well as U.S. President Barack Obama's pet pooch Bo.
Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., Hugh Jackman, Shakira, Ben Kingsley and husband-and-wife team William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman are among a glittering list of names who will be awarded stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009.
The hot list also includes Kyra Sedgwick, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, Tim Burton, Ralph Fiennes, the Village People, John Stamos, bands Rush and the Miracles, as well as Disney character Tinkerbell.
Twenty-five celebrities have been approved by a committee and will be presented with their stars provided they agree to attend a presentation ceremony within five years and pay $25,000 to cover the cost of protecting the star.
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Paris Hilton has enraged leading animal rights activists by purchasing another pet Chihuahua from the same Beverly Hills store where Britney Spears picked up her new terrier London last week.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Humane Society joined forces to condemn Spears' pet shop purchase--and now Hilton has followed suit.
The socialite claimed the male Chihuahua from Pets of Bel Air on Wednesday, according to reports.
And it seems the animal activists are fighting a losing battle when it comes to persuading stars not to buy puppies from pet stores--Limp Bizkit star Fred Durst has also recently bought a Chihuahua from the same store as Britney and Paris, who have previously given homes to a Yorkshire terrier and a Chihuahua named Tinkerbell.
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