At some point in the early years of the 21st century a bunch of Hollywood executives must have gotten together and decided that animated films should be made for all audiences. The goal was perhaps to make movies that are simultaneously accessible to the older and younger sets with colorful imagery that one expects from children’s films and two levels of humor: one that’s quite literal and harmless and another that’s somewhat subversive. The criteria has resulted in cross-generational hits like Wall-E and Madagascar and though it’s nice to be able to take my nephew to the movies and be as entertained by cartoon characters as he is I can’t help but wonder what happened to unabashedly innocent animated classics like A Goofy Movie and The Land Before Time?
Disney’s Winnie The Pooh is the answer to the Shrek’s and Hoodwinked!’s of the world: a short sweet simple and lighthearted tale of friendship that doesn’t need pop-culture references or snarky dialogue to put a smile on your face. Directors Stephen J. Anderson and Don Hall found some fresh ways to deliver adorable animation while keeping the carefree spirit of A.A. Milne’s source material in tact. Their story isn’t the most original; the first part of the film finds Pooh Piglet Tigger and Owl searching for Eeyore’s tail (a common plot point in the books and past Pooh films) and hits all the predictable notes but the second half mixes things up a bit as the crew searches for a missing Christopher Robin whom they believe has been kidnapped by a forest creature known as the “Backson” (it’s really just the result of the illiterate Owl or is it?).
The beauty of hand-drawn animation all but forgotten until recently is what makes Winnie the Pooh so incredibly magnetic. There’s an inexplicable crispness to the colors and characters that CG just can’t duplicate. It’s a more personal practice for the filmmakers and should provide a refreshing experience for audiences who have become jaded with the pristine presentation of computerized imagery. The film is bookended by brief live-action shots from inside Robin’s room an interesting dynamic that plays up the simplicity of youth ties it to these beloved characters and brings you right back to memories of your own childhood.
With a just-over-an-hour run time Winnie the Pooh is short enough to hold the attention of children but won’t bore the parents who will love the film mainly for nostalgic musings. Still it’s the young’uns who will most enjoy this breezy bright and enchanting film that proves old-school characters can appeal to new moviegoers.
The most lovely, adorable person ever, Emma Watson, stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman to talk about the Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 premieres and her costar Daniel Radcliffe. Of course, Dave rattles her a bit when he asks her about her relationship with "controlled substances," but he gets to the bottom of this mystery.
Jimmy Fallon continues his late night awesomeness by challenging Kid Rock to a game of horseshoes while drinking Badass beer. Clearly, the beer and banjo music aren't helping, but it's fun all the same.
Denis Leary stopped by The Daily Show to talk to his old buddy about the last season of Rescue Me and apparently his character is being inducted into the Smithsonian. But to be honest, the best part of all of this is when Leary calls Stewart out. Of course, Jon fires back (all in good fun). And this is why watching comedians who are friends in real life conduct a talk show interview is so wonderful.
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Watson was moved to see thousands of fans - many of whom had camped out in the rain for prime spots - when she arrived at the massive event in the capital's Trafalgar Square.
She met up with co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint and Potter creator J.K. Rowling, and, after meeting fans, signing autographs and posing for photographs on the red carpet, it was clear that both Watson and Rowling were overcome with emotion.
The sobbing author told fans, "Thank you for queueing up for the books for all those years, for camping out in a wet Trafalgar Square."
Meanwhile, Watson struggled to hold back tears as she attentively listened to Radcliffe and Grint talk to reporters and TV crews about being part of the decade-long film franchise.
She was comforted by producer David Heyman, who planted a kiss on her forehead as she cried on his arm. She was later photographed resting her head on Grint's shoulder as she fought back tears.
The actress looked on wistfully as Radcliffe, who had flown in from New York for the premiere, addressed the crowd, saying, "I don't think the end of the story happens tonight because each and every person who will see this film will carry this story with them through the rest of their lives.
"A huge thank you to all of you, first of all for giving me a job... Every opportunity I get from now on all goes down to the fact I got very, very lucky when I was 11."
But an emotional Watson shrugged off her co-star's modesty, telling him, "You didn't 'get lucky - you were, and are, the perfect Harry, and will be forever."
The film series based on J.K. Rowling's best-selling books has made more than $6 billion at the worldwide box office, with the final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, set to hit screens later this month (Jul11).
The movies have scooped a number of fan-voted accolades, but have never won a much-coveted Academy Award, despite nine nominations.
However, Yates is philosophical about the snub. Speaking at a London press conference for the latest film, he says, "I think we've all made peace with that in a way. There are so many things to enjoy being part of this whole series of films, most of all the affection of the fans and the fact that there's a global community who follow these stories with great passion."
Actress Emma Watson, who has starred as schoolgirl Hermione Granger in the movies since the beginning, adds, "(For) the Harry Potter fans and Harry Potter readers, these books are just so loved and the fans of these books are the most discerning critics.
"The fact that they've really embraced the series that we made, there are pretty much no complaints, everyone seems to really love them and think they're true to that. I just don't think there's any better reward than that we satisfied them."
Yahoo Movies premiered this new little featurette designed to help non-book-reading fans of Harry Potter get a little up to speed. It explains the theory of the Horcruxes and what Harry and his merry band of friends have to do in the final book.
For fans of the book, this is just a basic review of the plot. But there’s some additional footage and a little tease of how the director is treating Voldemort this time around. It's an interesting little clip, no doubt, but avid fans won’t learn much from it.
Source: Yahoo Movies
Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites we are able to stalk our favorite celebrities as fast and as often as we like. This World Wide Web brings stars closer to their fans, but who's getting more cpms (clicks per minute)? Good old Google always has the answer! Its 50 Most Popular Women on the Web for 2011 results are in. It's tough competition out there and every female star wants to be crowned Queen of the Web.
Are this years chosen females better than last year's? Who are the new comers to join the ranks? Do you agree with the results?
Find out below!
#50 - Blake Lively
#49 - Marilyn Monroe
#48 - Cheryl Cole
#47 - Carrie Underwood
#46 - Kelly Clarkson
#45 - Hillary Clinton
#44 - Scarlett Johansson
#43 - Michelle Obama
#42 - Natalie Portman
#41 - Nicole Scherzinger
#40 - Penelope Cruz
#39 - Chelsea Handler
#38 - Hilary Duff
#37 - Ciara
#36 - Ke$ha
#35 - Kylie Minogue
#34 - Vanessa Hudgens
#33 - Emma Watson
#32 - Jessica Simpson
#31 - Kristen Stewart
#30 - Jennifer Aniston
#29 - Ashley Tisdale
#28 - Fergie
#27 - Jessica Alba
#26 - Kate Middleton
#25 - Sarah Palin
#24 - Mariah Carey
#23 - Christina Aguilera
#22 - Megan Fox
#21 - Oprah Winfrey
#20 - Angelina Jolie
#19 - Paris Hilton
#18 - Taylor Swift
#17 - Lindsay Lohan
#16 - Avril Lavigne
#15 - Adele
#14 - Selena Gomez
#13 - Beyonce
#12 - Miley Cryrus
#11 - Jennifer Lopez
#10 - Madonna
#9 - Kim Kardashian
#8 - Shakira
#7 - Katy Perry
#6 - Britney Spears
#5 - Nicki Minaj
#4 - Cher
#3 - Rihanna
#2 - Justin Bieber (hilarious)
#1 - Lady Gaga
All I have to say is WHERE IS BETTY WHITE?!?! Paris can not be more popular than Betty...I refuse to believe it. Some names were a no brainer (Oprah, Katy Perry, J-Lo), but some were a little shocking like Cher and Ashley Tisdale (HSM was so 2008). Not that surprised who took the number one spot though - everyone's Gaga for Gaga. Love that Ms. Monroe is still on the list, further proving that classics never go out of style.
Last Friday, Tracy Morgan did a standup comedy bit that was pretty shockingly homophobic. A guy named Kevin Rogers attended Morgan's show and he summed up Morgan's comments on his Facebook page. He wrote, "[Morgan] said that if his son was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not [he mimicked a gay, high pitched voice] or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death. He took some time to visit the bulls*it of this bullying stuff and informed us that gays needed to quit being pussies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying. He mentioned that gay was something kids learn from the media and programming, and that bullied kids should just bust some ass and beat those other little f*ckers that bully them, not whine about it." Morgan's rant did eventually end, but not on a high note either -- Rogers described the end of the rant as follows: "Tracy then said he didn't fucking care if he pissed off some gays, because if they can take a f*cking dick up their ass...they can take a f*cking joke." Uhhhh.... - Kevin Roger's Facebook
Emma Watson has been accepted to Oxford University, and she's expected to start studying English there at the Worcester College in October. In April, she withdrew from Brown University in Rhode Island and wrote on her website that the reason for her departure was because she wanted to focus more on "other projects." However earlier this month, Watson said she didn't really consider how much of a celebrity she was and how she was incapable of being just another college student. She said, "I was in denial. I wanted to pretend I wasn't as famous as I was. I was trying to seek out normality, but I kind of have to accept who I am, the position I'm in and what happened." YES, IF ONLY YOU REALIZED FAME WOULD PREVENT YOU FROM TAILGATING SOONER!! - Contact Music
Prince William and Kate Middleton attended their first black tie gala as husband and wife last night in London. The event was to benefit the Absolute Return for Kids foundation, which helps children in Africa, Romania, India and the U.K. By the end of the night, $28 million was donated to the charity. Kate wore a pink silk tulle gown by British designer Jenny Packham, and Prince William wore a regular black tux. Also in attendance at the event were Elizabeth Hurley, Kevin Spacey and Tom Ford. - People
What's this? Husband of Fergie and Transformers series star, Josh Duhamel is going back to point A? (Or point AMC, rather.) That's right, Duhamel will return just before All My Children breathes its last breath (because it was canceled) and reprise his role as Leo du Pres this August. There's one small snag though, his character DIED. And he didn't just die, HE DIED IN A WATERFALL. Of course, because this is a soap, and his body was mysteriously never found, he'll miraculously return and make everyone shit a brick in shock. Oh, the convenience of soap opera storytelling. -EW
In today's obvious celebrity news, Harry Potter star Emma Watson insists that men are intimidated by her. Normally, my bitchy girl reaction would be to tell her to shut up and stop making excuses for her lackluster love life, but because it's Emma Watson we're talking about, I can't do that. Hell, I'm intimidated by a photo of Watson, she's absolutely stunning. Oh, and she happens to be extremely smart and well-educated too. I wouldn't be surprised if men literally melt when she walks by. She wonders why they don't call her back? Perhaps because these dudes die of shock once they realize Emma Watson was willing to talk to them for more than five seconds. -HuffPo
Lady Gaga's new album is banned in Lebanon on the ground that it's "offensive to Christianity." Police will actually confiscate copies of Born This Way if found. There are two major issues with this. Lebanon, you know this is only going to increase her power, right? You think you're doing the world a favor, but you just made her seven thousand times more enticing than if you'd just left it alone. Now she's got international street cred. We're never going to hear the end of this, you know. Damnit. -The Guardian
The third installment in the wizard franchise, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, polled the most votes in a poll of children aged five to 15, seeing off competition from other family-friendly films including Shrek, Happy Feet and Up to take the title.
Producer David Heyman was handed the award by actress Clemence Poesy, who plays Fleur Delacour in the franchise, during the ceremony at the British capital's Odeon Leicester Square on Tuesday night (15Mar11).
Heyman said, "It's especially exciting and moving to be voted Film of the Decade by children aged five to 15. We made the film for children of all ages from five to 105 really, but clearly a core part of our audience is young people and to be honoured is a privilege."
Celebrity presenters Dougray Scott, Tamsin Greig and Hugh Dennis were also in attendance at the event to hand out prizes celebrating the work of young filmmakers across the U.K.
Fresh off an Oscar win, what would you do? I’m not exactly sure how much pudding it would take to fill a swimming pool (or how good a lifeguard Emma Watson is), but I’d find out. Colin Firth does the sensible thing and starts talking about appearing in another movie. That’s probably why he actually has an Academy Award while I sit at home practicing my acceptance speeches in the mirror.
Anyway, Firth is in talks to star in Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook’s English-language feature debut Stoker. The script comes from actor Wentworth Miller and Ridley and Tony Scott are producing the Fox Searchlight production, which aims to begin shooting this spring. While the plot has been under tight wraps, we do know that the film follows a girl who reconnects with her uncle after the death of her father. Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska will co-star, so Firth would likely play the uncle while one can assume that Wasikowska would be the girl since no amount of Botox could make Kidman a convincing teenager at this point.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter