March 30, 2015 |
At the end of Collingswood High School's rollicking performance Friday morning of Shrek the Musical , the cast broke into the old Monkees' hit "I'm a Believer," and the audience rocked right along - nodding, dancing, clapping to the beat. But even before that, audience members were far from sedate, aloof spectators - as they swayed to the music, perking up for the songs, clapping hands, some squealing, a few rising to their feet. And that was OK. In fact, it was encouraged. Collingswood's guests that morning were people with developmental disorders and disabilities, and the performance was an example of a growing means of inclusion: sensory friendliness.
November 30, 2014 |
Though the family has moved from Cherry Hill to Upstate New York, Anita Amidon still takes her two sons, Jake, 12, and Cole, 4, to the Cherry Hill Mall every holiday season to see Santa. This year, their visit was particularly spectacular. Anita remembers the holidays at the mall as a time when children waited for what felt like an eternity to sit on Santa's lap only for a brief second. However, DreamWorks Animation has brought Santa to the high-tech realm at Cherry Hill with its 2,000-square-foot, interactive "Adventure to Santa - a DreamWorks DreamPlace.
March 22, 2013 |
Welcome to the perfect lives of playwright David Lindsay-Abaire. He's the 43-year-old screenwriter of mainstream films including the current Oz The Great and Powerful and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole . In recent ventures he has worked with the best of both worlds - Frances McDormand on Broadway and Nicole Kidman in film. He lives in a sprawling Victorian house in Brooklyn with his wife Christine (beautiful) and two children (delightful). He would appear to have left his hardscrabble South Boston upbringing far behind.
October 31, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The "Shrek" spin-off "Puss in Boots" landed on all fours, opening with an estimated $34 million to lead the box office. The DreamWorks 3-D animated film, distributed by Paramount Pictures, proved the popular character voiced by Antonio Banderas was a big enough draw outside the "Shrek" franchise. The PG-rated "Puss in Boots" scored with family audiences on the weekend before Halloween and also drew a large Hispanic crowd, which made up 35 percent of its audience.
October 28, 2011 |
DREAMWORKS' CUNNING casting of the silky Spaniard Antonio Banderas as a swashbuckling Puss in Boots pays off, brilliantly, in "Puss in Boots," a star vehicle for the nursery rhyme kitty cat from the "Shrek" movies. Thanks to Banderas and his Corinthian-leather purr and THE writers who know how to use it, "Puss" is the best animated film of 2011. This is no mere "Shrek" sequel. There is sex appeal in every syllable, swagger in every line. And even kids get the joke of a voice that sensual and grand coming out of a kitty so small.
June 28, 2010
RESEARCHERS AT YALE have found that cartoon characters on food packaging makes kids think the food inside tastes better. Well, duh. Even though there are only a few independent studies about the power advertising has over children (industry research is proprietary), why else would the labeling of foods with toys, TV characters and celebrities have grown so much? Why else would the food industry spend $1.6 billion each year on marketing to kids, according to the Federal Trade Commission?
June 21, 2010 |
AS MOST young people end school for the summer, there's big school news coming out of England. Michael Jackson 's mother, Katherine , has reportedly told Britain's Mail on Sunday that the late pop star's children will attend school for the first time in September. Yes, it will be a private school, but there will be other earthlings there. Prince , 13, Paris , 12, and Blanket , 8, have had private lessons up until now. "Toy Story 3" may be about toys who come to life but the movie's opening brought summer box office back to life with a huge $109 million opening weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday.
June 8, 2010
McDonald's customers who bought Shrek -themed glasses at the restaurant chain can return them starting Wednesday for $3 a glass, the company said. McDonald's announced the recall Friday of 12 million souvenir glasses because the glasses were decorated with materials that contain cadmium, a heavy metal that poses health risks. McDonald's said that the Consumer Product Safety Commission says "the glassware is not toxic" and that the recall is being conducted "out of an abundance of caution.
June 4, 2010 |
LOS ANGELES - Cadmium has been discovered in the painted design on Shrek-themed drinking glasses being sold nationwide at McDonald's, forcing the burger giant to recall 12 million of the cheap U.S.-made collectibles while expanding contamination concerns about the toxic metal beyond imported children's jewelry. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the voluntary recall early Friday, warned consumers to immediately stop using the glasses, which were made in Millville, N.J. McDonald's said it would post instructions on its website next week regarding refunds.
May 21, 2010 |
"Shrek Forever After" is about the big green ogre wrestling with the problems of middle age, and though he has a tough time of it, things could be worse. For one thing, Shrek doesn't have to fret about getting fat and cranky. He was already both of those things. And he's already made the biggest decision confronting males of his age - do I wear my pants under my paunch, or over it? Shrek's an under. So how are his problems made manifest? Well, his kids are in his face all the time, and his spouse is a constant, throbbing pain in his rear-end.