February 18, 2013 |
It was an unassuming spot, and we probably would have walked right past it if we hadn't known what we were looking for: a clump of about five dozen trees perched on the top of a blustery hill. But when we walked up, there was no mistaking it: There before us lay the Enchanted Place, also known as Galleons Lap, a resting ground for childhoods the world over. It's the spot where Christopher Robin, no longer a little boy, and his beloved companion Winnie-the-Pooh came to say their fumbling goodbyes: "Being enchanted, its floor wasn't like the floor of the Forest, gorse and bracken and heather, but close-set grass, quiet and smooth and green.
March 9, 2012 |
"Friendship," said Christopher Robin, "is a very comforting thing to have. " It is indeed, though I wonder what might have happened to those beloved friendships in the Hundred Acre Wood if Facebook had infiltrated Christopher Robin's imagination. Instead of a boy and his friends discovering the ups and downs of the world in their unhurried, innocent manner - learning to give, forgive, and just "be" along the way - I'm afraid Pooh Bear et al. would turn into insular creatures stuffed with fluff, but not much else.
July 15, 2011 |
"Winnie the Pooh," Disney's latest film revival of A.A. Milne's "willy, nilly, silly old bear," is longer on charm than it is on laughs. Or length. But it's a treat for children making their first trek to the multiplex and for parents and grandparents with fond memories of the "Hundred Acre Wood. " This "Pooh" is a musical homage to the 1960s Pooh short films, adding new songs (by "Book of Mormon" composer Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez) and a lovely revival of the "Winnie the Pooh" title tune, winsomely sung by Zooey Deschanel.
December 25, 2009 |
On Sunday, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will present Storytelling with Queen Nur. Beginning at 2 p.m., Queen Nur, will entertain kids and adults with African oral tradition. The free event engages the audience in interactive exercises. Participants will learn to tell stories from a familiar experience emphasizing story elements, presentation skills, and story enhancement techniques, including song, rhythms, and dance. Queen Nur, known for her highly energetic, creative, and expressive storytelling style, has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, Equity Theater on Broadway, the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, and other venues.
October 2, 2009 |
Madonna: Better dead than wed It wouldn't be October - make that it wouldn't be all eternity - if the world didn't stop to take in, really take in, what Madonna said Wednesday night during her appearance on Late Show With David Letterman. The true top kahuna of late-night television asked the single-name star if she might ever marry again. "I think I'd rather get run over by a train," her Madonna-ness replied. Yow, she was a guest on fire, calling her eight-year marriage to director Guy Ritchie "the Bush years" and confessing she had smoked a joint before an earlier appearance on the Letterman show - though she hadn't inhaled.
August 7, 1997 |
A droll comedy tops this week's list of new movies on home video. Love and Other Catastrophes (1997) (Fox) 78 minutes. Alice Garner, Frances O'Conner, Matthew Dyktynski. Like many graduate students, Emma-Kate Croghan's feature debut is smart, droll and doesn't always know when to stop talking. A quirky comedy set at Melbourne University. 1 hr. 18 R (discreet sex, profanity, drugs). Evita 1/2 (1996) (Buena Vista) 135 minutes. Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce.
April 28, 1995 |
FIRST DAUGHTER'S ADVICE: ECONOMIZE THOSE ANSWERS At 5, she's way too young to vote. But that didn't stop Caroline Giuliani from telling a certain politician that she'd had enough. "Do nothing," Caroline instructed her father, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, as he answered questions about the New York City budget yesterday. "That means end (my remarks)," said Giuliani. "What I think we'd all love. " Caroline was at City Hall for Take Our Daughters to Work Day. She used the occasion to strike a blow for equality - usurping the limelight as her irrepressible brother, Andrew, then 8, did last year during their father's inauguration.
December 30, 1994 |
The Nutcracker isn't the only tale in the toys-that-come-alive-as-humans- sleep category. The Velveteen Rabbit, the story of a stuffed being whom love makes whole, takes place, in part, during some nighttime revelry. The Philadelphia-based Mum Puppettheatre, often on international tour, is home at its new 49-seat Manayunk studio for five final performances of the bunny-and-his-boy tale, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and Saturday. There's an additional show at 4 on New Year's Eve. Using every sort of home-grown and exotic puppet under the sun - Indonesian rod puppets, for instance - plus masked actors, the Mums stay, well, mum. Silent, quiet, nonverbal.
December 12, 1993 |
One of the sweetest moments in Winnie-the-Pooh is when Christopher Robin & Co. go on an expedition to find the North Pole, but no one in the group knows what it looks like. They decide it must be sticking in the ground somewhere. Sure enough, when Roo falls into a stream and everyone rushes to save him, it is Pooh who yanks a stick from the ground, reaches across the water with it and, in the ensuing hubbub, is declared both hero and discoverer of the North Pole. The unabridged recording of A.A. Milne's Pooh stories and the 44 verses from When We Were Very Young is my best bet for a holiday gift for a young child.
June 18, 1992 |
It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's a bat. Finally - Batman Returns. The long-awaited, much-publicized sequel to the Tim Burton blockbuster opens tomorrow, but some people will be able to see it tonight. Two area theaters will present advanced showings of the movie. AMC Granite Run 8 and AMC Marple 10 each will preview Batman Returns tonight, but seats are limited. The Granite Run 8 will have 360 seats available, the Marple 10 only 165. Tickets are $6. Once again playing the moody Caped Crusader is Michael Keaton, with Danny DeVito portraying the Penguin and Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman.