May 3, 2016
THE NEW version of The Jungle Book has been so successful, Tattle is waiting for Hollywood to start a run on Rudyard Kipling adaptations. Jungle Book trounced a handful of so-so new releases to rule the box office again, while next week's certain champ, Captain America: Civil War , began setting records overseas. Book earned $42.4 million in its third week at North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday, and has now totaled $684.8 million globally.
April 18, 2016 |
The latest version of The Jungle Book had a lot more than the bare necessities at the box office. The movie opened with $103.6 million in North America, making it one of the biggest April debuts ever at the box office and continuing Disney's streak of unearthing live-action riches buried in its animated classics ( Cinderella , Alice in Wonderland , Maleficent ). Jon Favreau 's update of the 1967 animated version of Rudyard Kipling 's 1894 book tells the tale of Mowgli with computer-generated imagery and big-screen bombast.
April 16, 2016
Directed by Jon Favreau. With Neeli Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong'o. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Running time: 105 mins. Parents guide: PG (sequences of scary action and peril). Playing at: Area theaters.
March 16, 2016 |
In its rehearsal spaces and on its main stage, the venerated Walnut Street Theatre currently resembles a jungle gymlike maze of elevated catwalks and open portals - all for Peter and the Starcatcher , which opens Thursday. Peter is such a massive, madly active production that, for the cast to rehearse adequately, a replica of the huge, multilevel, Rube Goldbergian set on the main stage, all ladders, paths, and openings, had to be built in the fourth-floor rehearsal space, for which, in the words of director Bill Van Horn, "rail heights and step lengths were cut in half, to get used to the real estate.
March 11, 2016 |
Ciro Guerra's profoundly beautiful Embrace of the Serpent , one of the nominees for best foreign language film at this year's Academy Awards, touches on many of the same themes that Terrence Malick (see the review of his Knight of Cups , Page 4) explored in his 2005 feature The New World . Malick's film was about the arrival of the British on the shores of 1600s Virginia, with John Smith's meeting the beautiful Pocahontas of the Powhatans and white men from Europe invading and corrupting the virgin Americas.
February 24, 2016 |
It's a safe bet the only thing standing between children and their ability to absorb the most challenging art is the adult with a limited imagination. There was no danger of that happening Sunday at the Curtis Institute of Music, where a new production of The Jungle Book emerged from the pen of a group of grown-ups with an enormous sense of regard for their audience. What's more, the 45-minute ballet with a stunning small-ensemble score and crisply told story is an absolute charmer.
February 22, 2016 |
T he Jungle Book , with a score by composer John B Hedges and choreography by Colby Damon, receives its premiere Sunday by Curtis Institute of Music instrumentalists and dancers from Pennsylvania Ballet II. The work, based on the Rudyard Kipling stories, is meant to capture the attention of young listeners and their families. Hedges, 41, born in Wilmington and a Penn and Curtis graduate, talks about his new work. For a project like this that involves dancers, music, and a narrator, who made the first move?
December 29, 2015
_ KENNEDY CENTER HONORS. 9 p.m. Tuesday, CBS3. The "Late Show's" Stephen Colbert hosts the 38th annual celebration, which this year honors songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actresses Rita Moreno, and Cicely Tyson, and conductor Seiji Ozawa. _ MOZART IN THE JUNGLE. Wednesday, Amazon. Season 2 of this delicious classical-music dramedy finds Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal, "Rosewater") trying to whip the orchestra into shape in hopes of impressing his former mentor, even as contract talks threaten to stop the music.
June 13, 2015 |
Were you raised by wolves? For most kids (and many adults), the answer might be, "I wish" - especially if they've read The Jungle Book , Rudyard Kipling's stories of the fantastic adventures of Mowgli, a child abandoned in the woods. Nurtured and taught by wild animals, including those wolves, Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther, Kaa the snake, and a gang of monkeys - all the while dodging the tiger Shere Khan - Mowgli learns valuable life lessons that can apply in any jungle.
May 9, 2015 |
The 2015 Philadelphia International Children's Festival at the Annenberg Center celebrates its 31st year Friday and Saturday with a plethora of performances: The acrobatic Pilobolus Dance Theater mixes dance, theater, and technology (ages 5 and older; 10 a.m. Friday). The Catherine Wheels Theatre Company drama Lifeboat is about two teen girls struggling to survive after their ship is torpedoed during World War II (ages 8 and older; 10 a.m. and noon Friday; noon and 2 p.m. Saturday)