May 5, 2016 |
AFTER DECADES of chirpy white girls as cartoon leads (mostly princesses), Disney expanded its animated universe to include an African-American, a Native American an Asian and a Scot. How long will it be until one princess sings for something other than a prince? The Washington Post's Twitter monitors noticed this yesterday: "I hope Disney makes Elsa a lesbian princess imagine how iconic that would be" And "Fav this if @Disney should make Elsa from @FrozenBroadway an iconic lesbian queen.
November 21, 2015 |
Everybody knows a princess. (Sometimes one is born to you, sometimes you marry one - sometimes both.) Based more on the 1939 Shirley Temple classic film than the great 1905 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Alfonso Cuarón's film A Little Princess is no fairy tale, but it is gorgeous. The 1995 gem is unfortunately little known, but well worth a look for the Emmanuel Lubezki cinematography as well as the affecting story of a young aristocratic girl whose fortunes take a turn for the worse when her father is lost in World War I. Those of a certain age may be surprised to see Eleanor Bron (the ingenue of the Beatles' Help!
July 22, 2015 |
COUNTRY'S hottest couple is Splitsville. After years of tabloid gossip claiming marital troubles, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce after four years of marriage and at least that many in love prior to marriage. TMZ.com reported that Blake filed for divorce, kept secret from their friends, about two weeks ago. "This is not the future we envisioned," the former couple said in a statement. "And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately.
July 8, 2015 |
AS CHARMING farm boy Westley in "The Princess Bride," actor Cary Elwes set the chivalry bar high for men looking to court women after 1987, when the film was released. After all, he did scale the Cliffs of Insanity, battle Rodents of Unusual Size (R.O.U.S.) and develop an immunity to iocane powder, all to save his beloved Buttercup. But in a recent interview with the Daily News , Elwes said that there's a lesson about life and love that anyone can take from the film, and it's about recognizing when you're a part of something special.
March 15, 2015 |
The warning growl, a flash of orange, heightened tension in the air: A tiger is near! This is what I had imagined and wanted to experience. Mention tiger , and India comes to mind. So, a few years ago, my wife, son, and I decided to visit Ranthambhore, a onetime princely hunting ground turned tiger preserve 112 miles from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan state in western India. We stayed in a luxury tent, once used to accommodate guests during tiger hunts in the last century.
March 2, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Flower Show opened to the public Saturday, and while it wasn't exactly Disney World at the Convention Center, it was darned close in some corners. The 2015 theme - "Celebrate the Movies," with an emphasis on Disney - appears to be speaking to families in a way that past shows have not. Many more children were in evidence throughout the day, especially little girls with endless love for princesses. "This is really cool," said Kate Abbey, 11, of East Lyme, Conn., who was scheduled to compete in a gymnastics meet elsewhere in the Convention Center on Sunday but came to Philadelphia a day early, with her mother, Karen, to take in the Flower Show.
February 28, 2015 |
One of the pioneers of the French New Wave, Alain Resnais made exquisite films that transcended their time, including a series of collaborations with avant-garde literary figures such as Marguerite Duras ( Hiroshima Mon Amour ), Alain Robbe-Grillet ( Last Year at Marienbad ), and Jean Cayrol ( Muriel ) that established his international reputation. A miracle of a man, he continued to direct films right up to his death in March at 91. Though his films drew inspiration from a wide variety of literary works, including comics (1989's I Want to Go Home )
January 31, 2015 |
The Philadelphia Flower Show will "Celebrate the Movies" this year with displays that interpret themes and characters from Disney and Disney Pixar films. "We want to transport viewers and inspire them to dream big," Pennsylvania Horticultural Society president Drew Becher said at the show's kickoff event Thursday, at the Ritz East theater in Old City before an audience of enthusiastic supporters, exhibitors, and volunteers. PHS produces the annual show, which dates to 1829 and this year runs from Feb. 28 through March 9 at the Convention Center.
November 25, 2014 |
'TIS THE NEW era of the emancipated fairy-tale princess. The immensely popular "Frozen" has the queenly heroine Elsa going it alone, and her princess sister Anna wisely freezing out a bad suitor (before finally finding Mr. Right). And a fresh stage revamp of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" - on Broadway and opening here in a new touring version tomorrow - features a rags-to-riches heroine with lotsa backbone and ambition, as well as magic at her disposal. "She's not the typical doormat Cinderella, just suffering abuse from her wicked stepmother and stepsisters" said Douglas Carter Beane, the Reading-born script writer.
November 16, 2014 |
At 6:54 a.m., Brian Coffee, a vintage-car collector in Dayton, Ohio, e-mailed the transplant team at the University of Pennsylvania veterinary hospital. "We're sending you our thoughts and prayers. Give Princess and Charles a big kiss for us. " Princess, 8, whose coat is tortoiseshell, was in her cage "making muffins," as cat people like to say. Front paws padded up and down, as if kneading dough, a sign of calm. Princess is aptly named, for she was about to receive a rarest jewel: a lifesaving kidney transplant.