A St. Louis first will be unveiled next month in the Grand Center Arts District: The Public Media Commons is being described as a 'playground for the mind and the senses.'
So, Frozen, Disney’s most recent animated offering, received an avalanche of critical acclaim. The film won two Academy Awards—Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song—and is being called the best animated feature film since…since what? What are the best animated movies of all time? Where are you failing in the parent (or grandparent) department, if you have deprived the little ones a viewing?
Story: An infant boy, shipwrecked in the early 20th century with his parents off the west coast of Africa, is left alone after the boy’s parents are killed by a leopard. A nurturing gorilla named Kala, whose own infant is carried off by the same leopard, finds the boy and takes care of him as her own child.
I will be brief. People interested in seeing this movie want to know one of two things: 1) Is it tame enough for little kids? and 2) Is it interesting enough for adults? The answer to both is yes. Regarding the first point: This is Disney, after all. Regarding the second: This is Angelina Jolie.
When school’s out for summer, these local students have big plans for their vacation. Join in the fun as they tell LN the sports, camps, trips and more they'll be enjoying in their free time.
From the ice cream cone to hot dogs, hamburgers and even iced tea, the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis has long been lauded for many firsts of the food industry. While those claims mostly are myths, as local author Pam Vaccaro explains in her book, Beyond the Ice Cream Cone: The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World's Fair, St. Louis certainly served as an international stage for the jumping-off point of these food items' popularity during that memorable early 20th century spring and summer.
I have to admit I've been curious about this film. As an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, I thought to myself that it must drive these animators nuts to create something so precious, only to be trampled by the Goliath that is Disney. Nothing against Frozen, it’s a delightful film, but this is art.
As we near the end of Hollywood’s self-proclaimed dead time (why on earth one exists is a question for another day) movie goers approach the Cineplex with the caution of a squirrel. And much like that squirrel, you may discover that the treat is not where you left it. So if you aren’t interested in seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to convince everyone that he’s 45, or witnessing a lot of teen drama—both on screen and in the audience—you may want to wait a few more weeks before venturing back to the big screen. Here’s what’s new and interesting:
A father makes a comment about a celebrity looking too plump in her evening gown. A mom remarks that she feels fat after eating a big meal. An older sister makes a funny observation about somebody in her class who is a ‘giant.’ While these are meant to be harmless comments, children personalize these statements and can develop a negative body image because they hear loved ones innocently criticize themselves and others.
And the Oscar goes to…Webster University alum Leah Latham! Latham, who graduated from Webster’s animation program in 2010, served as editorial production coordinator for Disney’s latest worldwide box-office smash, Frozen.
How did Peter Pan become the boy who never grew up? The story behind the beloved character’s magical journey to Neverland will be unveiled during the Broadway play Peter and the Starcatcher, running today through March 9 at Peabody Opera House. The five-time Tony Award-winning production, which also garnered a record-setting nine nominations in 2012, is the Broadway adaptation of the internationally popular book series, Peter and the Starcatchers, a prequel to J. M. Barrie's classic tale of Peter Pan. Author Ridley Pearson, who has called St. Louis home for the past 14 years and penned the series with author Dave Barry, recently told LN more about the book’s transformation from the page to the stage.
With a wedding fit for a princess and her prince charming, Stefanie Mark and Creve Coeur native Matt Pauley are ready for their happily ever after.
Well, it has been a strange year in cinema. We’ve had movies without plots, without dialogue and without acting—although I guess as long as Vin Diesel is in the business, that’s always a possibility. We’ve had Oscar winners churn out stinkers and first-time actors deliver award-worthy performances. Without further ado…
Looks like one of our favorite chefs will be leaving the Lou soon: It's been announced that FABRIZIO SCHENARDI, executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis will be heading south this coming spring to help open up a new Four Seasons property at Disney World in Orlando. In the meantime, the search is on for someone to fill his sizable culinary shoes. He'll have some familiar company in his new gig: Local Four Seasons food and beverage director STEPHEN WANCHA also will be moving to Florida to work on the same property, which is scheduled to open for business sometime this summer. All the best, we'll miss you both!
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If all you really wanted for Christmas was a movie you could go to without contemplating asking for your money back, Hollywood may be able to help…finally. Here’s what coming in December:
Story: Stuffy Mr. Darling lives in London with his wife and their three children, Wendy, John and Michael, along with their maid Liza and dog Nina. The children are treated to bedtime stories at night by the loving Mrs. Darling. Unknowingly, they are visited by the flying Peter Pan, who enjoys the stories himself. When Peter’s shadow is captured one night, he returns with the fairy Tinker Bell to retrieve it and is met unexpectedly by Wendy.
Starring up-and-coming Canadian triple-threat Jake Stern, Godspell is coming soon to the Peabody Opera House.LN recently spoke with director David Hogan about the new spin on this classic musical.
Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author SHIRLEY MACLAINE will headline the NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CANCER SOCIETY Alvin K. Stolze International Humanitarian Award dinner in St. Louis. MacLaine will be performing her one-woman show at the Nov. 23 event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The dinner also will include an award presentation to MICHAEL NEIDORFF and Centene Corporation (Humanitarian Award), TOM VOSS and Ameren (Corporate Philanthropy Award), and DR. ROBERT HAYASHI (Medical Legacy Award). For more information, visit theNCCS.org.
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Story: Based on a series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film of the same name, Mary Poppins is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks, the children of stuffy banker George Banks and his long-suffering wife Winifred, a former actress.
If you flip through the funnies or skim the editorials, you might miss what Bill Wilson calls a “fine art” often overlooked by its audience. This resident of Aberdeen Heights in Kirkwood is not only a former cartoonist—he’s an avid collector of editorial cartoons, illustrations and comic strips.
Every once in a while this happens in Hollywood: Somebody read the script, saw the talent attached and perused the budget. Somebody eyed the corner office at Disney. Somebody called the Lamborghini dealer and made an offer on a Malibu beach house. Somebody grinned greedily at the idea of this movie, thinking, This is my Avatar, my Pirates, my Marvel superhero movie. Somebody employed some faulty logic. Clearly, the formula Disney + Depp = dollars is not an immutable law of cinema. In layman’s terms, this movie stinks.