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Bugs Bunny Turns 75

posted by Nell Minow

A fascinating look at what made Warner Brothers cartoons work. Surprisingly, within these anarchic worlds, there were a lot of rules. This video has some very thoughtful commentary, including Leonard Maltin and Steven Spielberg.

Behind the Scenes: Making Michael Douglas Younger in “Ant-Man” and Wigs and Makeup for Key and Peele

posted by Nell Minow

“Ant-Man” begins with a flashback to 1989, with Michael Douglas appearing not as he looks to day but as he looked 25 years ago. How did they do that? Special effects that are called “digital make-up.” New York Magazine’s Vulture […]

Behind the Scenes with Lebron James and “Trainwreck”

posted by Nell Minow

Behind the Scenes: Paper Town

posted by Nell Minow

Behind the Scenes: Minions

posted by Nell Minow

Behind the Scenes: Self/Less

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: David Gordon Green, Director of “Manglehorn”

posted by Nell Minow

David Gordon Green has directed intimate, natural dramas (“George Washington,” “All the Real Girls”) and wild comedies (“Pineapple Express,” “Eastbound and Down”). His new film, “Manglehorn,” is a gentle story with magical realism elements, starring Al Pacino as the title […]

Behind the Scenes: Ant-Man

posted by Nell Minow

“Jurassic World’s” Resident Paleontologist

posted by Nell Minow

Working with real-life paleontologist Jack Horner to create a very scary new dinosaur!

Behind the Scenes: Jurassic World

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a great sneak peek inside “Jurassic World,” coming to theaters on June 12, 2015.

Rachel Apatoff on NPR

posted by Nell Minow

My beautiful and brilliant daughter, Rachel Apatoff, is a costume designer in Hollywood and she was interviewed on NPR today. A woman who worked with costume legends Edith Head and Bob Mackie was selling some of her possessions in a […]

Indiana Jones Exhibit at the National Geographic Museum

posted by Nell Minow

On May 14, 2015, an Indiana Jones exhibit comes to Washington, D.C.’s National Geographic Museum. It is an immersive experience, exploring the science and history of field archeology, featuring iconic props and behind-the-scenes production materials, including: * A vast and […]

Behind the Scenes: Pitch Perfect 2

posted by Nell Minow

Clip: Spare Parts DVD Extra With Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega Talk Robots and SPARE PARTS

posted by Nell Minow

Real-life spouses Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega talk about robots for the “Spare Parts” DVD/Blu-Ray, available today.

Interview: Brian Bonnick Explains the Stunning New Technology of IMAX Laser Projection

posted by Nell Minow

The Smithsonian calls it a “reimagination of the movie-theater experience.” Its Arbus IMAX Theater at the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum is one of only four theaters in the United States and the only one on the East coast to […]

Native Americans Refuse to Work on Adam Sandler’s New Film

posted by Nell Minow

Adam Sandler is currently filming “The Ridiculous Six,” reportedly a comic version of the classic Western “The Magnificent Seven.” According to Indian Country Today Media, a group of Native American actors walked off the set because they were offended by […]

Men in Suits: Costume Designers Talk about “Scandal,” “Mad Men,” and More Suit-Wearing Characters on TV

posted by Nell Minow

The women’s clothes get all the attention, but for a costume designer — and for the actor — a suit is just as important. Indiewire spoke to costume designers about what the suits worn on “Mad Men,” “Scandal,” “Better Call […]

Creativity Conference 2015: Nancy Pelosi, Snoopy, and Drones with GoPros

posted by Nell Minow

I had so much fun at last year’s Creativity Conference that I could not imagine how they could top it this year, but they succeeded. This is the third time the MPAA has teamed up with media and technology partners […]

Behind the Scenes with Avengers: Age of Ultron

posted by Nell Minow

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” opens May 1, 2015.

Former Disney Head Dick Cook Has a New Studio to Make Family Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I am a big fan of former Disney studio head Dick Cook, and was delighted to hear that he will be heading up a new $150 million studio to make family movies.  “Our mission will always be to provide the […]

Behind the Scenes — Avengers: Age of Ultron

posted by Nell Minow

Behind the Scenes: Furious 7

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Costume Designer Colleen Atwood of “Into the Woods”

posted by Nell Minow

Stephen Sondheim’s dark take on fairy tales, Into the Woods, out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week, includes Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp, and Chris Pine, but equally important is the contribution from another superstar, three-time Oscar winning costume […]

Cinderella’s Costumes — A Lot of Sewing and A Little Movie Magic

posted by Nell Minow

In Disney’s animated version, Cinderella has some very handy mice to help sew her dress for the ball.  The costumes for this week’s live-action version, designed by Sandy Powell, required the work of many, many humans.  For the wedding dress […]

Behind the Scenes: First Look at “Furious 7″

posted by Nell Minow

The last of the “Fast and Furious” series is coming and we have a sneak peek.

Behind the Scenes: McFarland USA

posted by Nell Minow

101 Dalmatians: Behind the Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

The Pick of the Week is a Disney animation classic: 101 Dalmatians, which has a gorgeous new Diamond edition. For some behind-the scenes info about the film, check this out.

Four Disney Artists Paint a Tree

posted by Nell Minow

Pure pleasure: Four great Disney artists, Marc Davis, Eyvind Earle, Josh Meador, and Walt Peregoy, paint a tree. There’s a reason they call them actors with pencils. Or, just call them geniuses.

Interview: David Heyman, Producer of “Paddington”

posted by Nell Minow

David Heyman was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the smartest people in Hollywood. It may be because he grabbed the rights to a children’s book called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I enjoyed his latest movie, “Paddington,” […]

Susan Wloszczyna on Producer Gail Anne Hurd

posted by Nell Minow

Susan Wloszczyna’s terrific series on women filmmakers for the Alliance of Women Film Journalists continues with a profile of Gail Anne Hurd, producer of films like “The Terminator,” “Aliens,” and television like “The Walking Dead.” Hurd has appeared on some […]

Guardians of the Galaxy: Bloopers

posted by Nell Minow

From this week’s DVD/Blu-Ray release of Guardians of the Galaxy — it looks like as much fun to make as it was to watch!

Behind the Scenes: Boyhood

posted by Nell Minow

Enjoy this glimpse behind the scenes of “Boyhood,” the remarkable film made over a 12-year period, as star Ellar Coltrane ages from six to eighteen. I am very proud that it was selected by our Washington Area Film Critics Association […]

Bob Elisberg Pays Tribute to Kukla, Fran, and Ollie — and to Burr Tillstrom

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to take a look at this wonderful tribute to Burr Tillstrom from my friend Bob Elisberg. Bob is a marvelous writer with an encyclopedic knowledge of the best of popular entertainment. And in the early days of television, […]

Casting News: The Next James Bond Villain and a Remake of a Classic Western

posted by Nell Minow

Just ten more months until the next James Bond film! Daniel Craig will return as 007, and he will be joined by Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz, along with “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott (Moriarty to Benedict Cumberbatch’s […]

Behind the Scenes Featurette: Unbroken

posted by Nell Minow

One of the biggest films of the year is “Unbroken,” based on the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete whose airplane crashed into the Pacific in WWII. He survived for weeks in a lifeboat and then spent two […]

Download This Year’s Best Screenplays for Free

posted by Nell Minow

For a limited time only (and for educational purposes only) this year’s best screenplays are available for free download. This is a chance to read the work of greats like Richard Linklater (“Boyhood”), Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”), Alejandro Iñárritu, Nicolás […]

The Right Stuff: An Oral History

posted by Nell Minow

What a treat to see an oral history for one of my favorite films of all time, “The Right Stuff.” The story of the first astronauts in the early days of the space program, based on Tom Wolfe’s book, is […]

Composer Christopher Lennertz on “Horrible Bosses 2″

posted by Nell Minow

I am usually so busy taking notes when I am at a movie screening that I don’t have time to pay much attention to the score, but at “Horrible Bosses 2” I took a moment to scrawl “great music!” Not […]

The New X-Men Villain is….Oscar Isaac

posted by Nell Minow

Ever since he played Joseph in “The Nativity Story, I’ve been saying that Oscar Isaac should be a full-on movie star. He gave my favorite performance of last year as Llewyn Davis in the Coen Brothers movie “Inside Llewyn Davis,” […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Stars Talk About the Film

posted by Nell Minow

Fandango has a great interview with the stars of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” What was the toughest part for Jennifer Lawrence?  Singing!

Costume Designers: One Famous, One Not

posted by Nell Minow

Costume designers are not a about pretty clothes or fashion. The one time Coco Chanel tried to design costumes for a film, her impeccable designs came across as flat and uninspired. Costumes are about creating the character and telling the […]

Behind the Scenes: Eddie Redmayne and Stephen Hawking on “The Theory of Everything”

posted by Nell Minow

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The Theory of Everything,” with comments from stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, director James Marsh, and Stephen Hawking himself.

Interstellar at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum

posted by Nell Minow

  Every element of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” was really happening in front of the camera. Well, they didn’t actually go into space and explore other planets, but they did build every piece of equipment and they did seek out landscapes […]

Red Carpet: The Theory of Everything with Eddie Redmayne and Screenwriter Anthony McCarten

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight was a special screening of “The Theory of Everything” and I was very lucky to be at the red carpet, with star Eddie Redmayne, who plays physicist Stephen Hawking, and screenwriter Anthony McCarten. Redmayne told me about the meticulous […]

News from Pixar: Another Toy Story!

posted by Nell Minow

Disney has announced “Toy Story 4,” coming from Pixar in 2017, to be directed by John Lasseter.  Hurray for Pixar, and for Buzz and Woody!  I’ll provide more details as they are announced.

Exclusive Clip! See Jim Davis Drawing Garfield the Cat in Garfield’s Holiday Collection

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to have an exclusive peek at a behind-the-scenes bonus clip from Garfield’s Holiday Collection. You can see Jim Davis drawing Garfield, star of the most widely syndicated comic strip in the world.

Benedict Cumberbatch: Behind the Scenes as Smaug

posted by Nell Minow

Here is a fascinating glimpse of Benedict Cumberbatch’s full-on performance as Smaug in “The Hobbit” series.

The Inside Story of “The Princess Bride” by Cary Elwes: As You Wish

posted by Nell Minow

Fans of The Princess Bride, which means pretty much everyone, will love the new book from Cary Elwes (Westley), who takes us behind the scenes for the inside story of the making of the film, from his nervous audition (his imitation […]

The Sensational Hollywood Costume Exhibit Comes to LA

posted by Nell Minow

The gorgeous Hollywood Costume exhibit that has been getting rave reviews and massive crowds at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is coming to Los Angeles, its final stop.  The costumes will be on display from October 2, 2014 […]

Boxtrolls: Interviews at Comic-Con

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the release of “The Boxtrolls” this week, I’m sharing some of the photos I took in July at Comic-Con, where I interviewed the cast and filmmakers and attended an “Eat Like a Boxtroll” lunch made up of […]

Exclusive Featurette: Last Weekend

posted by Nell Minow

Patricia Clarkson plays a sometimes-outrageous and insensitive mother of adult children in “Last Weekend,” written and co-directed by Tom Dolby.  I’m delighted to be able to share an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse. Here’s the trailer.

The Colors of Pixar

posted by Nell Minow

Watch how Pixar uses the colors of the rainbow to create a mood, tell a story, and delight the eye.

Behind the Scenes: The Boxtrolls

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to share some of the behind-the-scenes artistry that went into LAIKA Studios’ “The Boxtrolls.”  You can see some of what I found so enchanting on my visit to the studio last spring.

Exclusive Clip: Behind the Scenes on “Calvary”

posted by Nell Minow

Brendan Gleeson gives a magnificent performance as a warm-hearted priest in a sad and damaged world in “Calvary,” opening next week across the country.  Here’s an exclusive peek behind the scenes, featuring Gleeson and Director of the Pauline Center for […]

Behind the Scenes Clip: Adam Levine in “Begin Again”

posted by Nell Minow

I have one copy of the wonderful soundtrack to give away!  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Levine in the subject line and tell me your favorite song of the summer.  Don’t forget your address!  (US addresses only).  I’ll […]

Comic-Con 2014: Day 2

posted by Nell Minow

Day 2 of Comic-Con included: an interview with “Sharknado” and “Sharknado 2″ screenwriter Thunder Levin, a buggy lunch with Boxtrolls, press events with the directors and casts of four films, and appearing on the Rotten Tomatoes panel, where each attendee was […]

Comic-Con 2014: Day One

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s what’s at Comic-Con, which means here’s what’s coming everywhere else: affordable 3D printers with hand-held scanners that transmit 360 degree images to your tablet or laptop instantly. GoPro cameras. Google glasses. Even Oculus Rift, the totally immersive virtual reality […]

My Visit to LAIKA: Part 3

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite stops on our tour of LAIKA Studios to see the sets for “The Boxtrolls” was our visit with Georgina Hayns, Creative Supervisor for Puppet Fabrication. Is that the coolest job title ever or what? She described […]

Academy Originals: Creative Spark — Aline Brosh McKenna

posted by Nell Minow

Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (“We Bought a Zoo,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) talks about inspiration in this latest in the terrific Academy Originals series from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

My Visit to LAIKA: Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

More from my enchanting visit to LAIKA Studios to see the sets and meet the filmmakers for “The Boxtrolls,” the upcoming stop-motion film: The story: A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to […]

Colbie Caillat’s Wonderful New Video

posted by Nell Minow

The video for Colbie Caillat’s new song, “Try,” from Gypsy Heart Side A, shows her struggle to be true to herself in a world that expects women, especially performers, to conform to a narrow and highly polished idea of beauty. […]

Just Announced: Redford as Rather and Another Biblical Epic from Ridley Scott

posted by Nell Minow

Two intriguing new announcements about upcoming films: As the first trailer for his Moses epic is released, starring Christian Bale (and a lot of other actors who are not of Middle Eastern ethnicity), Ridley Scott has announced that he will […]

My Visit to LAIKA and Boxtrolls!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m excited to be able to share a secret I’ve been keeping since April. I got to cross a big item off my bucket list when I was invited to visit LAIKA Studios and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of their […]

Disney Pays Tribute to Mary Blair

posted by Nell Minow

Mary Blair was the designer behind the look of Disney in the 1950’s.  You can learn more about her at The Disney Family Museum’s exhibit, MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair.   Blair’s joyful creativity―her eye-appealing designs and exuberant […]

Academy Originals: Hollywood Filmmakers Talk About What Inspires Them

posted by Nell Minow

In this short from the terrific Academy Originals series, Seth Rogen says that it is friendship that is at the center of the stories he likes to write.  [Warning: Some strong language.]  “Academy Originals” is AMPAS’s first original digital series.  […]

Transformers: The Premake from Kevin Lee

posted by Nell Minow

Go behind the scenes with film critic Kevin Lee to see a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”  I love the way he incorporated the amateur videos made by fans as the big-budget studio film was […]

Movie Greats: John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands

posted by Nell Minow

John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands were at the forefront of a revolution in cinema that led to a new era of naturalism in subject matter and performance. Cassavetes, best known as an actor for starring opposite Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s […]

Great News About What’s Coming from Pixar, Kristin Wiig, and The Magic Schoolbus

posted by Nell Minow

Great news about three upcoming projects! * Pixar has announced that its summer 2015 release will be “Inside Out,” which takes place inside the mind of an 11 year old girl.  Her emotions will be the characters: Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness […]

Lupita Nyong’o Joins the Cast of the New “Star Wars”

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie have been added to the cast of the new “Star Wars” film. Very exciting news!

How Did They Do That Quicksilver Scene in “X-Men: Days of Future Past?”

posted by Nell Minow

The most mind-blowing scene in the blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is when the Quicksilver character played by Evan Peters stops time and rearranges everything from the trajectories of bullets seemingly suspended in air to the positions of the […]

Interview: John Ottman, Editor and Composer of “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

posted by Nell Minow

I last talked to editor/composer John Ottman about “Jack the Giant Slayer” and loved hearing about his unique combination of roles, often working with his former classmate, director Bryan Singer.  They collaborated again on X-Men: Days of Future Past and it […]

Interview: Mark Ciardi, Producer of “Million Dollar Arm”

posted by Nell Minow

Mark Ciardi is an athlete turned producer who specializes in taking real-life sports stories that sound like Disney movies into actual Disney movies: “The Rookie” and “Miracle.”  His latest is the Cinderella story “Million Dollar Arm” about sports agent J.B. […]

Creativity Conference 2014: Joe Biden, “Scandal’s” President Fitzgerald Grant, 3D Printing, and a Minion!

posted by Nell Minow

If you get invited to a conference on creativity featuring Vice President Joe Biden, 3D printers, President Fitzgerald Grant from “Scandal” (that’s actor/director Tony Goldwyn), a minion, and a chance to sit on the Iron Throne from “Game of Thrones,” […]

The Cast of the New “Star Wars” Movie Includes Oscar Isaac

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to hear that Oscar Isaac, whose performance as the title character in “Inside Llewyn Davis” was my favorite of 2013, will play a lead role in the new “Star Wars” movie.  Also announced for the cast: the legendary […]

Two Terrific New Books About Show Business by Judy Greer and Carol Leifer

posted by Nell Minow

Two smart, shrewd, and very funny women have written books about their lives in show business. Judy Greer has played the heroine’s best friend in romantic comedies like “13 Going on 30,” “27 Dresses,” and “Love Happens.” She has made […]

Interview: “Island Of Lemurs” Filmmakers

posted by Nell Minow

I spoke with the humans behind the gorgeous new IMAX nature film, “Island of Lemurs 3D: Madagascar,” Drew Feldman (writer/producer), David Douglas (director/cinematographer), and Dr. Patricia Wright, about the challenges of making the film and the more daunting challenges of […]

Captain America’s To-Do List of Cultural Touchstones — US and International Versions

posted by Nell Minow

IGN has a fascinating post about an important difference in the US and international versions of this week’s “Captain America: Winter Soldier.” As we remember, Cap was a WWII soldier whose abilities were enhanced in a special experimental program. He […]

Three More J.K. Rowlings “MegaMovies” Planned: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

posted by Nell Minow

Great news from Warners!  According to a story in the New York times about studio executive Kevin Tsujihara, he has persuaded Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling to expand her “Fantastic Beasts” supplement to a three-movie series. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to […]

Behind the Scenes: Island of Lemurs

posted by Nell Minow

Morgan Freeman narrates the IMAX 3D® documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs.  Here’s an early peek at the film, coming soon to IMAX theaters across the country.

Long-lost George Lucas “Star Wars” Film

posted by Nell Minow

Esquire has a fascinating story about a short film called “Black Angel,”  “created to accompany The Empire Strikes Back in theaters. It was the directorial debut of Star Wars‘ pioneering set decorator Roger Christian and a special request by the big man himself, […]

Downton Abbey Costumes on Display at Winterthur

posted by Nell Minow

The fabulous museum and garden at Delaware’s Wintherthur is well worth a visit, especially now through January 4, 2015, when 40 costumes from Downton Abbey will be on display.  It is a spectacular show, brilliantly displayed.  It covers the real-life […]

The $11 Billion Year — Anne Thompson’s New Book About Hollywood

posted by Nell Minow

One of the sharpest observers of the business of making movies is Anne Thompson, and I am very excited about her new book, The 1 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System.  There […]

Behind the Scenes: “Noah”

posted by Nell Minow

Behind the Scenes: “300: Rise of an Empire”

posted by Nell Minow

The Cast of “Frozen” Sings About Making “Frozen”

posted by Nell Minow

Just in case you were maybe sort of kind of thinking you didn’t need to order the DVD/Blu-Ray of Disney’s Frozen, here’s a glimpse of what you haven’t seen yet that you will want to watch many times.  Here are […]

The Sweetest Secret in the “Toy Story” Trilogy

posted by Nell Minow

Jon Negroni just might get you to cry over “Toy Story” again.  I love the post from Beliefnet’s former “Deacon’s Bench” blogger about the connection between the first shot of the original (Pixar’s first and the first-ever full-length feature film […]

Interview: Roma Downey and Mark Burnett on “Son of God”

posted by Nell Minow

“I just put on hand cream, so I can’t shake your hand,” Roma Downey said as I walked into the room. “You’ll just have to get a hug.” Fine with me! I was there to talk to Downey and her […]

Behind the Scenes: The Grand Budapest Hotel

posted by Nell Minow

The new film from quirky writer/director Wes Anderson is “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” with an all-star cast that includes Oscar-winners Adrian Brody and F. Murray Abraham, along with Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Bob Balaban, and Anderson regulars Bill Murray and […]

Interview: Christopher Lennertz, Comedy Movie Composer

posted by Nell Minow

Christopher Lennertz is one of Hollywood’s busiest composers.  Lately, he has specialized in writing scores for comedies like Kevin Hart’s Ride Along, with two more big comedic projects later this year: Think Like A Man Too (with Ride Along director Tim Story) and Horrible Bosses 2. […]

LEGO Movie Blooper Reel!

posted by Nell Minow

This is How They Made “The LEGO Movie”

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a little glimpse behind the scenes.  It looks like even more fun than you hope — playing with a 15-million brick set of LEGOs! Many thanks to Uproxx/Sploid/CG Meetup

Interview: Legendary Disney Animator Floyd Norman of “The Jungle Book”

posted by Nell Minow

I am a big fan of Disney’s The Jungle Book, the last animated film personally overseen by Walt Disney. Tomorrow, a gorgeous new Diamond Edition will be released, and so I got a chance to talk to one of the […]

Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segal in a New Film About David Foster Wallace

posted by Nell Minow

David Foster Wallace was the brilliant writer who struggled with depression and committed suicide in 2008 at age 46.  Jason Segal will play Wallace in an upcoming film called “The End of the Tour,” with Jesse Eisenberg as a Rolling Stone […]

Exclusive Excerpt: The Film Crew of Hollywood by James Udel

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to be able to share with you exclusive excerpts from one of the best books ever to take you behind the scenes in film production — The Film Crew of Hollywood: Profiles of Grips, Cinematographers, Designers, a […]

Amazing Footage of the Movie Magic in “Wolf of Wall Street”

posted by Nell Minow

This remarkable footage shows some of the special effects used to create the fabulous visuals of Jordan Belfort’s over-the-top world in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Interview: James Udel Takes Us Behind the Scenes in The Film Crew of Hollywood

posted by Nell Minow

James Udel is the author of a magnificent new book, The Film Crew of Hollywood: Profiles of Grips, Cinematographers, Designers, a Gaffer, a Stuntman and a Makeup Artist.  He goes behind the scenes, interviewing ten people who created movie magic […]

I Liked the Cute Older Couple in the Swiffer Commercials But I LOVE This New Couple

posted by Nell Minow

The 90-year-old lovebirds Morty and Lee are adorable, but this new couple, the Rukavinas, is even more heartwarming.  Zack Rukavina is from South Dakota.  He lost part of his arm to cancer.  If he looks familiar, you may have seen […]

Chewbacca’s Private Pictures

posted by Nell Minow

The actor who played Chewbacca in the original “Star Wars” trilogy has been tweeting his utterly charming backstage photos of everything from a birthday celebration for Alec Guinness to, yes, Carrie Fisher and her stand-in wearing the harem outfit.  Be […]

Where Does the Code in Movies Come From and Will it Work?

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Slate’s Aisha Harris for finding this great Tumblr about the code used in movies and on television.  Most of us are, you know, paying attention to the characters and storyline, but some people can do that and look at […]

Screenwriters Talk About 2013’s Toughest Scenes to Write

posted by Nell Minow

New York Magazine’s Vulture blog has some fascinating interviews with the screenwriters behind some of the year’s best films, “Fruitvale Station,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Philomena,” “The Butler,” “Iron Man 3,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Before Midnight,” “The Spectacular Now,” “Saving […]

Costume Designers Tell the Story

posted by Nell Minow

I love behind the scenes glimpses of the unsung heroes of film-making like The Hollywood Reporter’s great look at five costume designers who worked on some of the biggest films of the year.  Costume designers do much more than create […]

Did You Spot the Hidden Images in “Frozen?”

posted by Nell Minow

Wait, Disney Animation Villains Got Married?

posted by Nell Minow

Disney is planning something called “The Descendants.”   In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His […]

Saving Mr. Banks: Behind the Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

A conversation between legendary composer Richard Sherman and actor Jason Schwartzman (who plays Richard Sherman in Saving Mr. Banks) about writing songs for Mary Poppins.

Saving Mr. Banks

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 For thematic elements including some unsettling images
Movie Release Date:December 13, 2013
DVD Release Date:March 18, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 For thematic elements including some unsettling images
Movie Release Date: December 13, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014

For most of this story, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) are on opposite sides.  He has been trying for twenty years to persuade her to let him make a movie based on her books about the […]

Free Book About Saving Mr. Banks — And Mary Poppins

posted by Nell Minow

Walt Disney Studios is celebrating its new film about its own history with Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-touch Book.   Walt Disney spent 20 years trying to persuade author P.L. Travers to allow him to make a movie based […]

Can You Glimpse the Couple from “Tangled” in “Frozen?”

posted by Nell Minow

Some sharp-eyed fans have spotted Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene in “Frozen!“

Interview: William Lorton on “Take Away One” about Teacher Mary Baratta Lorton

posted by Nell Minow

Mary Baratta Lorton was a pioneering teacher whose revolutionary ideas about making learning more accessible and involving transformed nearly every classroom in America in the 1970’s.  Her books included Mathematics Their Way.  Tragically, she was murdered.  The killer was never found.  Her […]

Interview: Mark Henn of “Frozen”

posted by Nell Minow

I always love talking to Mark Henn, one of the top animators in Disney history.  Previously, we spoke about young Simba in The Lion King and the most recent Winnie the Pooh.  This week, we talked about the adorable snowman character, […]

Princess Bride Comes to Live Theater

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most quotable movies of all time, “The Princess Bride,” is being developed as a play. It was originally a book by Oscar-winner William Goldman, then the beloved movie with Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, and Peter […]

Interview: “The Book Thief”

posted by Nell Minow

Following an extraordinary evening presenting the film at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, with survivors in the audience, some of the people behind “The Book Thief” sat down for an interview.  Director Brian Percival, who introduced the film, joined stars Sophie […]

“Book Thief’s” Director Explains an Important Scene

posted by Nell Minow

The NY Times’ terrific Anatomy of a Scene series has director Brian Percival explain a key scene in “The Book Thief,” including the off-camera operation of puffs of smoke inside the jacket of the main character after she rescues a […]

Did Obi-Wan Try to Tell Luke the Truth? Deleted “Star Wars” Scene

posted by Nell Minow

Moviefone has a long-lost deleted scene from “Return of the Jedi” that would have changed the way we look at the Jedi masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda.  “Obi-Wan would have told you long ago had I let him.”  Why do […]

Mark Your Calendars for the Next Star Wars Chapter

posted by Nell Minow

December 18, 2015 — just a little more than two years away!  Stay tuned for updates on casting and more.

From the Monsters University DVD Extras

posted by Nell Minow

Two of the deleted scenes:

The Character Dropped from “The Little Mermaid”

posted by Nell Minow

Remember Harold the Merman?  No, you don’t, because he was dropped from “The Little Mermaid.”  But you can see why writer/directors Ron Clements and John Musker were so devoted to him in one of the delicious extras on this week’s […]

Title Collision: Paradise

posted by Nell Minow

In movie world, ideas seem to percolate in different places at the same time.  A while back, the number nine showed up in four titles at once.  And right now, the always-popular word “paradise” seems to be having a particular moment. […]

Some Surprising Facts about “The Wizard of Oz”

posted by Nell Minow

The 3D release of “The Wizard of Oz” inspired Susan Wloszczyna to write about some surprising facts, updates, and behind the scenes information about the film. Does that “Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” voice in “If I Only Had a Heart” […]

Interview: Stuart Blumberg, Writer/Director of “Thanks for Sharing”

posted by Nell Minow

Stuart Blumberg wrote or co-wrote some of my favorite films, including “Keeping the Faith” and “The Kids are All Right.”  His new film is “Thanks for Sharing,” with Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, and Pink (billed as Alecia Moore) […]

Coming Soon: “The Fifth Estate”

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Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson to Star in “50 Shades of Grey”

posted by Nell Minow

E.L. James’ erotic best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey is soon to be a movie, starring Dakota Johnson as literature student Anastasia Steele and Charlie Hunnam as billionaire Christian Grey.  The book began as “Twilight” fan fiction and with its two sequels has […]

The School of Rock Reunion

posted by Nell Minow

Can it be 10 years since “School of Rock?” Jack Black and the kids got together for a reunion.

The Next Star Wars Films: Locations

posted by Nell Minow

Director J.J. Abrams is getting ready to begin filming of the next cycle of “Star Wars” movies.  And every studio and location in the world — literally — wants to host them.  Variety quotes Albuquerque Studios president Gary Arnold: “Every […]

Interview: Atli Örvarsson, Composer of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

posted by Nell Minow

The Icelandic composer Atli Örvarsson was attending the premiere of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.  Director Harald Zwart was so impressed with the score that he offered Örvarsson the job of creating the score for his new project, a film based on […]

Great Movie Duos: Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to be participating in the classic movie blogathon about great film duos.  My choice is Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis, who co-starred in two classics, “The Old Maid” and “Old Acquaintance.”  They were natural opposites, and their battles […]

Ten Facts About the Lone Ranger

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out my gallery about the history of the Lone Ranger (Did you know he’s the Green Hornet’s uncle? Can you name Tonto’s horse? How did he get his name? Why does he use silver bullets?) as […]

Behind the Scenes: Pacific Rim

posted by Nell Minow

Behind the Scenes of “The Lone Ranger”

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The Ones Who Sing Behind the Scenes Or 20 Feet From the Front of the Stage

posted by Nell Minow

Sunday’s Washington Post and New York Times had two marvelous tributes to the people (mostly women) whose voices are all around us but whose names and faces we do not know.  The magnificent new documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” opens […]

Interview: Stuntwoman Gaelle Cohen

posted by Nell Minow

It was a great treat to talk with Gaelle Cohen, the French fencing champion turned stunt woman behind some of the movies’ most remarkable action scenes.  She told me the unexpected extra challenge faced by a woman doing stunts and […]

Audrey Hepburn and Edith Head

posted by Nell Minow

Audrey Hepburn won an Oscar for her first starring role in “Roman Holiday,” with gowns designed by Edith Head.  I loved this segment from the early days of television that takes us behind the scenes of creating the costumes for […]

Featurette: The Making of “The Kings of Summer”

posted by Nell Minow

One of the films I’ve most enjoyed this year is the Sundance charmer, “The Kings of Summer,” the story of three teenage boys who run away from home to live in a house they built in the woods.  I’ll be […]

Disney Announces Voice Cast for “Airplanes”

posted by Nell Minow

This summer’s Pixar release, Planes,is  an airplane saga “inspired by the world of ‘Cars,’” with Dane Cook as Dusty, a plane who dreams of competing in a big air race. It will star: ·         Stacy Keach (“The Bourne Legacy,” Alexander […]

Carter Goodrich and “The Croods”

posted by Nell Minow

I love the work of Carter Goodrich, an artist and illustrator who has worked on films like “Despicable Me” and “Hotel Transylvania.”  I was delighted to see that he has made his sketches for this week’s release, “The Croods,” available […]

Interview: Tom Bancroft of “Mulan”

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite Disney movies is out in a glorious new Blu-Ray/DVD release this week, Mulan and its sequel, Mulan II. “Mulan” is a gorgeously hand-animated film based on a traditional Chinese folktale about a girl who dresses as […]

A Lost Song from “The Music Man”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Music Man” is my all-time favorite musical, so I was especially intrigued by this great blog post by Bob Elisberg about the “lost song” from the show.  It is hard to imagine that a musical that seems so organically […]

Casting Challenges: Can A Guy With Pierced Ears Play Lincoln?

posted by Nell Minow

The LA Times has a great article by Rebecca Keegan about the challenges of casting actors in period movies because of changing body types and choices. With his concave cheekbones, lanky build and grooved brow, Daniel Day-Lewis replicates Abraham Lincoln more accurately than the […]

A Little Help from a Friend Named Spielberg

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times has a very sweet article about how the most successful director in Hollywood acts as a sort of fairy godfather to other directors, giving them advice about cinematic storytelling. Mr. Spielberg, 66, is considered the most […]

Floor Plans of Movie and Television Living Spaces

posted by Nell Minow

On Etsy, you can find floor plans of the homes of movie and television characters by Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde that are works of art in themselves.  Look at the homes of Will and Grace, Carrie Bradshaw, Dexter, the Golden Girls, Monica, Rachel, […]

MPAA Head Chris Dodd Speaks at the National Press Club

posted by Nell Minow

Yesterday Chris Dodd, head of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), spoke at the National Press Club, which prepared movie poster cookies in his honor.  As a member of the club who writes about movies, I was invited to […]

Costumes and Make-Up in the Upcoming “Oz the Great and Powerful”

posted by Nell Minow

Ever since last summer at Comic-Con, I have been looking forward to the prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” with James Franco, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis.  Here’s a sneak peek.

Beautiful Creatures — Behind the Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight! See Nicholas Sparks in a Live Interview about “Safe Haven”

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight only, fans can get a VIP first-look at favorite scenes from “Safe Haven,” the new movie based on the best-seller by Nicholas Sparks.  Moderated by Maria Menounos with Sparks, stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, and producers Marty Bowen and Wyck […]

Does This Place Look Familiar?

posted by Nell Minow

Cracked has a marvelously entertaining compilation of six very popular locations that have appeared in a wild variety of films.  Look at the cafe that appears in “Seinfeld” AND “Training Day” to the grand home that is a setting for […]

Amazing New Movie Technologies

posted by Nell Minow

It seems like something from “The Jetsons,” but according to The Creators Project, these new technologies will help us literally see and make movies in new ways very soon, including 3D without glasses, laser projection for sharper, more high-contrast images, […]

Behind the Scenes: The Avengers

posted by Nell Minow

Look at all that went into creating this amazing shot from “The Avengers.”

Monsters, Inc. — Now in 3D

posted by Nell Minow

Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” returns to theaters this week in 3D.

Behind the Scenes — Comedy Writers

posted by Nell Minow

The new issue of Vanity Fair is all about comedy, with guest editor Judd Apatow presiding.  I especially enjoyed the interview with the deliriously nutty and all-around nice guy Martin Short and the conversation with comedy legends Mike Nichols and […]

Behind the Scenes of “Argo”

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Julie Locke of “The Heart of Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

Julie Locke‘s two-year-old son Dax was critically ill with cancer.  He loved Christmas lights, so although it was only October, she put them up.  When their neighbors found out why the Lockes had Christmas decorations up before Halloween, they came […]

The Face They Deserve: Actresses Who Let Themselves Age Naturally

posted by Nell Minow

The Globe and Mail has a great tribute to Dame Judi Dench, who appears as M in “Skyfall.”   There was Judi Dench in her seventh outing as M, James Bond’s boss, the head of MI6, looking like a woman […]

The Real Problem With Movie Bad Guys — Soviet to Chinese to Korean in “Red Dawn”

posted by Nell Minow

The 1984 version of “Red Dawn,” starring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen, had a high school football team defending their town from Communist invading forces.  The bad guys were a reflection of the Reagan era: the Soviet Union, Cuba, and […]

“Star Wars” Rumor #1 Is a Great One!

posted by Nell Minow

The first rumor following the Disney purchase of Lucasfilms is that the screenplay for the new “Star Wars” movie scheduled for 2015 could be written by Michael Arndt, who wrote “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Toy Story 3.”  He would be […]

Making a Guest Appearance in “Argo” — My Local Dry Cleaner

posted by Nell Minow

I live near the CIA, so I got a special kick out of seeing our local dry cleaner featured in a brief scene in “Argo.”  The building and sign haven’t changed since the 70’s, so it was a perfect touch […]

Harvard Law School Looks Back on “The Paper Chase”

posted by Nell Minow

The Paper Chase, the story of a student’s first year at Harvard Law School and his rocky relationship with a demanding teacher, was released in 1973.  The fiercely Socratic law professor was played by John Houseman (at one time producer of […]

Film Locations Scouted by FILMography

posted by Nell Minow

I’m quite taken with a Tumblr called FILMography.  @moloknee seeks out movie locations and takes a picture that matches up with the scene in the movie.  You can search by title, location, actor, or year.  Try Times Square or Central […]

Opening of the Angelika Mosaic

posted by Nell Minow

It was a thrill to attend the glamorous opening night of the Angelika Mosaic and see one of the fall’s most eagerly anticipated releases, “Hyde Park on the Hudson,” in one of their state-of-the art theaters, with impeccable projection and sound. […]

The Credits — New Website from MPAA

posted by Nell Minow

The Motion Picture Association has a fabulous new website called The Credits with trailers, features, and background information about movies and the people who make them.  You can watch an interview with “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and The Up Series director Michael […]

Wow! I Attended a Taping of “Big Bang Theory”

posted by Nell Minow

Because I go to movies almost every weeknight, I don’t get to watch much series television, so I was late to catch on to “Big Bang Theory.” But once it went into syndication, I had a chance to catch up […]

“The Beauty Inside” — A Social Media Movie

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post reports that a new movie called “The Beauty Inside” will invite the audience to become part of the film.  Computer chip giant Intel is teaming up with Toshiba to give aspiring actors an opportunity to star in […]

Women In and About Hollywood

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times convened a panel of women who work in Hollywood to talk about the barriers they face. For the top 250 domestic films of 2011, only 18 percent of behind-the-camera positions, including producer and director, were held by women. […]

New Deleted Scenes from the Original “Karate Kid”

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite of the Slate “Spoiler Specials” (podcast discussions designed to be heard after you have seen the film, so they can discuss spoilers) was when Dana Stevens and John Swansburg discussed the remake of “The Karate Kid.” […]

Zyzzyx Road — Lowest Grossing Movie In History

posted by Nell Minow

We can all name at least a few of the movies in the top 10 box office winners of all time.  But not many people know that the rec0rd-holder for the lowest ticket revenues of all time is “Zyzzyx Road,” […]

The Story of the Costume Drama

posted by Nell Minow
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One of the greatest pleasures of costume drama is, of course, the costumes.  Stories set in different places and times invite us into their world and tell us about their characters through the details and artistry of the wardrobe.  Whether […]

More From Comic-Con: Batmobiles

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most popular attractions at Comic-Con was the collection of Batmobiles parked across the street from the convention center. A new book Batmobile: The Complete History and documentary pay tribute to the cool cars driven by Batman over […]

Movieline Asks Both “Spider-Man” Filmmakers the Same Questions

posted by Nell Minow

If they’re going to make the same movie, why not ask the same questions?  Movieline went for it — with a side-by-side comparison showing the responses by the directors and stars of “Spider-Man” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” to the same […]

Hidden Treats in “Brave”

posted by Nell Minow

Fans of Disney•Pixar’s feature films love to scour the screen in search of the Hidden Gems the filmmakers sneak into each film: Wall•E’s explorations uncover a Mike Wazowski antenna ball, paying homage to ,Monsters, Inc., and in Up, the classic Luxo […]

Interview: “Brave” Producer Katherine Sarafian

posted by Nell Minow

I love Pixar’s new movie, “Brave,” and it was a thrill to be able to talk to the producer, Katherine Sarafian, who told me what she learned from her trip to Scotland, what it meant to have a female lead […]

Behind the Scenes of “Brave”

posted by Nell Minow

“Brave” opens on June 22.

Try Out for “Space Command”

posted by Nell Minow

The producers of Space Command have launched a worldwide talent search for lead actors in their groundbreaking grassroots film series. Sci-fi luminaries Marc Zicree (Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, Babylon 5) and Doug Drexler (Star Trek: Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, […]

Production Underway on “Ender’s Game”

posted by Nell Minow

Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic Ender’s Game is the story of a gifted child who is taken from his family at age 6 so that he can be trained to lead the Earth’s military forces against “bugger” aliens who have twice attacked […]

A New “Eleanor Rigby” Double Feature

posted by Nell Minow

James MacAvoy (“X-Men: First Class”) and Jessica Chastain (“Tree of Life”) will star in not one but two new movies.  This will not be an original and a sequel.  This  will be two movies telling the same story about a […]

Support a New Film From The International Children’s Media Center About the Andes

posted by Nell Minow

The International Children’s Media Center is helping produce a children’s movie in the Andes.  They are raising money on Kickstarter to make a film called “Eduin and the Golden Scepter of the Incas.”  You can help make a magical children’s […]

What Inspires the Folks Behind “Chimpanzee”

posted by Nell Minow

   

Interview: Mark Linfield of DisneyNature’s “Chimpanzee”

posted by Nell Minow

Mark Linfield is the co-producer and co-director of DisneyNature’s Earth Day release, “Chimpanzee.”  I talked to him about some of the challenges of filming in the rainforest and how scientists who had been following the chimps for years saw things […]

Meryl Streep Narrates “To the Arctic”

posted by Nell Minow

Meryl Streep narrates  “To the Arctic,” which takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.

What Movie Theaters Don’t Tell You….

posted by Nell Minow

Did you know that all ticket receipts for the first two weeks go to the movie studio?  That’s why the food at movie theaters is so outrageously expensive.  And why they tell you the movie is starting earlier than it […]

Mel Gibson’s Maccabee Movie Falls Apart with Angry Accusations of Anti-Semitism

posted by Nell Minow

It is hard to imagine a more explosive combination than Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas.  Both are famously volatile and outspoken.  Mel Gibson is a devout Catholic, an actor, writer, and director whose many appearances in the tabloids have included […]

“The Lucky One” — Behind the Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

Zac Efron stars in “The Lucky One,” opening April 20.

For Harry Potter Fans: A Potter-esque Place to Stay While Visiting the Sets

posted by Nell Minow

Warner Bros. Studio’s new Harry Potter tour in London gives fans a chance to explore the enchanting sets where the eight Harry Potter films were made.  And they can now live out their fantasy in a luxurious apartment in the rafters of […]

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson to Star in New “Mary Poppins” Story

posted by Nell Minow

Exciting movie news!  Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are in talks to appear in a new movie about Walt Disney’s efforts over 14 years to persuade “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to allow him to make a movie about the […]

The Only Shot James Cameron Changed in “Titanic” for the Re-release

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my pal Brandon Fibbs for sharing the story.  James Cameron decided not to pull a “Han shot first” George Lucas move and make any tweaks to “Titanic” for the 3D re-release.  Except for one change. There is one […]

Interview: ‘Act of Valor’

posted by Nell Minow

“Act of Valor” features active duty Navy SEALS re-enacting some of their most dangerous missions.  The situations are fictional, but the tactics and operations are real.  So is the ammunition.  Instead of blanks and squibs, the SEALS used live ammo, […]

‘Act of Valor’s’ Inspiring Quotation from Tecumseh

posted by Nell Minow

The stirring words of the great Native American leader Tecumseh are movingly read in this week’s release featuring active duty Navy Seals.  Here they are: So live your life so the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble […]

Hunger Games Mall Tour

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year is “The Hunger Games,” based on the international blockbuster trilogy about a dystopian world in which teenagers compete in a deadly reality show.  The stars of the movie are going […]

Behind the Scenes: Lady and the Tramp

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the release of Disney’s Diamond edition of the classic, “Lady and the Tramp,” here is a glimpse behind the scenes:

Red Tails Interviews: Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, and a Real-Life Tuskegee Airman

posted by Nell Minow

Dr. Roscoe Brown, who flew planes as one of the heroic WWII Tuskegee Airmen, a black man defending a country still cruelly segregated, fighting in one of the most honored military divisions in American history, saw a film made about […]

Q&A With the People Behind ‘The Artist’

posted by Nell Minow

Meet the people behind 2011’s most surprising hit, the black and white silent film, “The Artist.”

Interview: Tom Shadyac on the DVD Release of ‘I Am’

posted by Nell Minow

I spoke to Tom Shadyac last March about shifting from big Hollywood films like “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “The Nutty Professor II” to a small and very personal documentary about just about everything called “I Am.”   Shadyac was […]

Interview: Coach Cathy Rush of ‘The Mighty Macs’

posted by Nell Minow

Coach Cathy Rush arrived at tiny Immaculata College at a moment when there were big changes in women’s basketball.  The rules were changed to allow women for the first time to play the all-out game by the same rules as […]

Interview: Mark Henn of ‘The Lion King’

posted by Nell Minow

I had a lot of fun talking to animator Mark Henn about “Winnie the Pooh” last summer so it was a pleasure to get to talk to him again, this time about The Lion King, which has had surprise box […]

EW: Reunions, Featuring ‘The Princess Bride’

posted by Nell Minow

I always love the Entertainment Weekly “Reunions” issues, where they bring back co-stars to talk about favorite projects.  This year’s features classics like “Fatal Attraction,” “Office Space,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” and “Home Improvement” (those boys are all grown up!). […]

A Treat for ‘Say Anything’ Fans — Deleted Scenes!

posted by Nell Minow

It’s the movie Entertainment Weekly called the greatest romance of the past 25 years.  Boom boxes have come and gone, but the iconic image of John Cusack holding his over his head so that Ione Skye can hear their song […]

Even More Sequels and Remakes

posted by Nell Minow

2011 has more sequels and remakes than any year in movie history but it looks like the record will be broken soon.  This year’s Smurf and Pirates of the Caribbean movies already have sequels underway.   Mike Meyers has announced […]

Audition Online for the ‘Christmas Story’ Musical

posted by Nell Minow

Ralphie will be not only waiting for his Little Orphan Annie decoder ring and hoping for a Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle but also singing and dancing in a new musical production based on the classic movie […]

More Gadgets from ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D’

posted by Nell Minow

The Robot Dog from ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World 4D”

posted by Nell Minow

Robert Rodriguez told me that his favorite gadget in the new “Spy Kids” movie is the robot dog with the voice of Ricky Gervais.  Here’s a closer look.  

Interview: Robert Rodriguez of ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D’

posted by Nell Minow

Robert Rodriguez is a ground-breaking movie director whose first film, “El Mariachi,” was made on a micro budget of $7000 (with another $220,000 after it was purchased for release).  He is known for striking visuals and ultra-violence in movies like […]

‘The Help’ — Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard

posted by Nell Minow

Bryce Dallas Howard On playing the movie’s villain, Hilly: “I literally don’t want to look at it – she’s such a terrible person.  What’s interesting when you start doing a role is at first the character is really shocking.  But […]

Interview: Mark Henn of ‘Winnie the Pooh’

posted by Nell Minow

Mark Henn was supervising animator for the iconic title character in Disney’s new animated feature, “Winnie the Pooh” and for Christopher Robin as well.  He is a Disney veteran, having served in the same role for Princess Tiana in “The Princess […]

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