Remember 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!!"
With Steven Spielberg's Lincoln still playing in theaters and among the favorites to win multiple Oscars, interest in the 16 th 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.
Think 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.
Did 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.
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