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Oscar Night: Grownups Get to Stay Up Late

Posted on 02/21/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentRemember when the movie musical was dead? Well, Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast will be a resounding reminder that, in the immortal words of Dr. Frankenstein, “It’s ALIVE!!” Most important for grownup movie lovers, this year’s Oscar production numbers will recognize that for the past decade musicals have aimed themselves squarely at us: Les Miserables, Chicago, Hairspray, and Mama Mia! were all a far cry from the kid-centric days of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Barney’s Great Adventure. Not all …

‘Killing Lincoln’: Have You Had Enough Abe?

Posted on 02/14/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentWith Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln still playing in theaters and among the favorites to win multiple Oscars, interest in the 16th American President is high. National Geographic Channel is capitalizing on that Lincoln-palooza with its first scripted drama, Killing Lincoln, which is set for a President’s Weekend premiere on Sunday at 8 p.m. Narrated by Tom Hanks and based on the book of the same name by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, the movie traces the actions of  assassin John Wilkes Booth …

Roger Broggie Jr. Made Magic for Disney

Posted on 01/17/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyThink of Disney technical virtuoso Roger Broggie Jr. as a real-life version of Geppetto, the fictional woodcarver who carved a puppet that came to life. But instead of Pinocchio, Broggie helped create such magical figures as the robotic buccaneers in Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride, a talking replica of Abe Lincoln, and Herbie, the living Volkswagen Beetle who made Disney’s 1968 comedy The Love Bug such an enduring hit. Broggie, who died on Dec. 11 at age 72 in …

Hey Oscar, You Forgot Something!

Posted on 01/10/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  I’m confused. This was a great year for Movies for Grownups. Some of them even made a ton of money. So why is the  85th annual Oscar nominations list such a mixed bag for grownup movie lovers? On one hand, it’s nice to see Amour—a powerful French film about the undying love of an 80-something couple—nominated for Best Picture (and also Foreign Film, which may be a first). And Argo, Les Misérables, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark …

Facebook? Phooey

Posted on 11/16/2011 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentDid I mention I hate Twitter more than anything? I think I did. Well, Facebook’s not far behind, and I say that with sincere apologies to all the people who I dearly love—and with whom I would have no contact whatsoever, were it not for that mind-numbing, brain-draining, time-wasting, ego-bloating little icon with the lower-case F. For a year or so, I’d strictly limited myself to being “friends” with the people I stil quaintly call my “children,” as well as …