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On Saturday November 30, actor Paul Walker and his friend, race car driver Roger Rodas, were killed in a fiery car crash in Santa Clarita, CA. The friends were coming from a charity event raising money for people suffering the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines, sponsored by Walker's own charity, Reach Out Worldwide. Only 40 years old, Walker's death came as a shock and many celebrities took to Twitter to give their condolensces and share their disbelief.
RIP Paul Walker,loved working with you on "Into the Blue". I Will miss you.
— Tyson Beckford (@TysonCBeckford) December 1, 2013
Paul was a good dude. Conscientious & not caught up in Hollywood. He knew there was more to life & lived like it. Nice to know you brotha.
— Ryan Phillippe (@RyanPhillippe) December 1, 2013
This is awful. Awful. #RIPPaulWalker pls pray for his family, friends & fans. We've lost a great, laid back, sweet, cool man & father
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 1, 2013
#RIP Paul Walker .... One of the nicest, most down to earth guys in the business. Glad I had the honor of know & work with such person
— Trevor Donovan (@TrevDon) December 1, 2013
All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 1, 2013
I'm Heart broken Paul Walker, he was a mate of mine, very sad. My heart goes out to his daughter.
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) December 1, 2013
.@RealPaulWalker awful news. Paul was a lovely guy. Handsome as all hell and funny and cool to boot. Terrible news. My condolences.
— Dominic Monaghan (@DomsWildThings) December 1, 2013
Rachael Leigh Cook
Paul was a truly good person in a town of questionable characters. ..A real life tragedy if there ever was one.
— Rachael Leigh Cook (@RachaelLCook) December 1, 2013
I'm a devastated right now. My prayers & condolences go out to Paul Walkers family & friends. He was a amazing talent & will truly b missed
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 1, 2013
The anti-hero is a relatively recent phenomenon on television. Think about it, before characters like Walter White took over the small screen, all we really had was Mr. Burns on The Simpsons. And thanks to the burgeoning cable drama, where the creators of shows like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Ray Donovan are given free rein, it looks as if the anti-hero is here to stay. Here are five of TV's best.
5. Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) on Boardwalk EmpireThis Atlantic City mob boss's soft spot for his family is marred by a brutal coldness that caused him to callously murder the same man he once called a son. Talk about a contradiction.
4. Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) on The ShieldThe television landscape is littered with corrupt cops. But only Vic Mackey is ruthless enough to burn a dude's face on a stove.
3. Walter White (Bryan Cranston) on Breaking BadHe may be a high school chemistry teacher, but when it comes to crystal meth, no one can cook it like Walter White (AKA Heisenberg).
2. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) on Mad MenHe cheats on his wife, lies to his children, and backstabs his co-works. Oh yeah, he also just happens to be the best damn ad man working on Madison Avenue.
1. Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) on The SopranosWhen James Gandolfini unexpectedly died last month the world lost not only a great actor, but also the very man who brought to life the greatest anti-hero the screen has ever seen. The Walter Whites and Don Drapers of the world would never have existed, if Tony Soprano hadn't been there first.
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Now a grown-up Wendy (voiced by Kath Soucie) has two children of her own Jane (voiced by Harriet Owen) and Danny (voiced by Andrew McDonough) who are in desperate need of the fantastic and magical world of Peter Pan (voiced by Blayne Weaver). As the small family deals with the tragedy and terror of World War II London Wendy tries to spread hope and cheer to her children by recounting her own childhood adventures with everlasting boy Peter Pan the fairy Tinker Bell and the unsuccessful-but-still-dangerous pirate Captain Hook (voiced by Corey Burton). While toddler Danny is captivated pre-teen Jane refuses to believe in "faith trust and pixie dust" until one night when Captain Hook's great pirate ship flies through her bedroom window and kidnaps her--thinking she is Wendy--in an effort to trap Peter Pan. The story unfolds as Jane must learn to believe in this whimsical world if she ever wants to return from Never Land.
The voices match their characters well: 25-year-old animation newbie Blayne Weaver makes Peter Pan "all boy" as he coyly tells Jane of Tinker Bell's jealousy "all girls get like that around me." He also leads the clan of six "lost boys" (dressed as twin raccoons a bear a skunk a rabbit and a fox) with great diligence. The boys offer silly childlike comic relief like when they make pacts to "stick" together by way of spitting in their hands and slapping them together. The real treat though is animation veteran Jeff Bennett who voices the small role of Smee Hook's "left"-hand man. His lack of faith in Hook's plots against Pan have him mumbling funny one-liners and singing songs that predict Hook will "bumble and fumble" every time.
Jane's trip from her bedroom window to Never Land includes a fly-by right past the clock face of Big Ben. Co-directors Robin Budd and Donovan Cook set the stage with this great London symbol as they remind us that time is of the essence. The harsh realities of war threaten to make Jane hard-edged and uncaring and she must truly believe in the world of Never Land before her childhood innocence is lost forever. Shadows play into the time theme as well. From the beginning credits and throughout the film whenever Peter Pan and company fly their shadows leave impressions in the clouds that remind us Never Land is not so far away; rather it lingers just beyond the shadows in our own world. The humor in the film is kid-friendly clean and often subtle; the only scene even coming close to "potty humor" is when an octopus rips the pants off Captain Hook. When Hook's white boxers are revealed dotted with big red hearts the kids are sure to laugh aloud. (It's also a nice touch considering the film sports a Valentine's Day opening.)