My oh my, there is quite a plethora of casting scoop floating out there in the TV waters today. To make your dinner plans easier, we’ve thrown out our net and gathered them all up for you to enjoy. Bon appetite!
Hart of Dixie: Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney is tumbling into the set of The CW rom-com later this season! Maroney will appear in Bluebell as Tonya, a high school girl who defends the less-then-popular tween Rose (McKaley Miller). For those of you keeping track at home let us remind you that Maroney is not the only Olympic athlete who has caught the acting bug. Gabby Douglas is set to appear on The Vampire Diaires, and Ryan Lochte will make a cameo in 90210. [TVLine]
Once Upon a Time: Annabeth Gish (Pretty Little Liars alum) will guest star in the seventh episode of the magical ABC drama. Gish will play a new character, Anita who — like Red — can transform into a wolf. Anita is described the “beautiful, charismatic and mysterious” leader of the pack. [EW]
90210: Taio Cruz is set to appear as himself in 90210’s 100th episode. The R&B singer will perform at Beverly Hills high alumni homecoming event thrown at...the Playboy Mansion! The episode is said to be filled with many nostalgic moments for long-time viewers. [TVLine]
Psych: The long-running USA Network hit has recruited Brooke Lyons for a guest starring role in an upcoming episode. Lyons, who was most recently seen on CBS’s 2 Broke Girls, will play an actress/muse who stars in an ill-fated musical. [Deadline] Trophy Wife: Malin Akerman is set to star in the new single-camera comedy pilot for ABC. Trophy Wife centers on Kate (Akerman), a former party girl who gets thrown for a loop when she falls in love. Kate’s new "by-marriage" family now includes three manipulative step-kids and two uber judgmental ex-wives. Yikes! [Deadline] Follow Leanne on Twitter @LeanneAguilera
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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.