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'Where Wild Things Are' Author Maurice Sendak Dies

May 8th, 2012 11:52am EDT
Maurice Sendak
Legendary author Maurice Sendak has passed away at the age of 83.

The writer, known for his best-selling children's classic Where the Wild Things Are, died in Danbury, Connecticut, on Tuesday due to complications from a recent stroke, his long-time editor Michael di Capua tells the New York Times.

Sendak penned 17 books and was also a talented illustrator, a skill which was mostly self-taught. His popular book Where the Wild Things Are was transformed into a Hollywood film in 2009.

A number of celebrities took to Twitter.com upon hearing the sad news to pay their respect to the late w...

March DVD Releases: 'Wild Things,' 'Blind Side' & More

March 1st, 2010 10:10am EST
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After the Oscars, catch up on all the best movies of 2009 that you missed.

March 2

Where the Wild Things Are - Buy it

Spike Jonze's masterpiece feels like a Jonze movie (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) in that it blurs the line between reality and fiction. The beasts - created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop - have to be seen to be believed. Max Records stars as the rebellious young Max, backed by a phenomenal supporting cast including the voice talents of James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O supplies one of the best soundtracks of the year, freshly snubbed...

Check Out 'Where The Wild Things Are' On Blu-ray, DVD & Download March 2

February 28th, 2010 7:57am EST
Where the Wild Things Are
Visionary director Spike Jonze brings Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book to the big screen with the help of hipster icon Dave Eggers, who teamed with Jonze to pen the adapted screenplay.

A mixture of real actors, computer animation, and live puppeteering, "Where the Wild Things Are" follows the adventures of a young boy named Max as he enters the world of the Wild Things, a race of strange and enormous creatures who gradually turn the young boy into their king.

"Let the wild rumpus start!" King Max rules a wondrous realm of gigantic fuzzy monsters – but being king may not be as car...

'Up In The Air,' 'Nine' Lead Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2009 9:19am EST
Up in the Air
The 67th annual Golden Globe nominations were just announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

"Up in the Air" leads the pack with six mentions, including best picture, drama. The musical "Nine" ran second with five nominations, including best musical or comedy and acting slots for Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

The Golden Globes, Hollywood's second-biggest film honors after the Oscars, will be presented Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, televised live by NBC and hosted by comic actor Ricky Gervais.


Animated Films Adults Can Enjoy

November 26th, 2009 11:00am EST
Animated Films Adults Can Enjoy
The movie industry is always looking for the right audiences to sell to, and no age bracket is more lucrative to them than the kiddies. The children can consistently bring in big numbers if they're interested enough to beg their parents to go, and then they want popcorn and candy and soda and please please pleeeease mommy! Love for movies starts in most people at a young age, and while adults may roll their eyes at "G-Force," they'll reluctantly be dragged by their kids or nieces and nephews to see it. However, not all kids movies have proven to be only for children. Recently "Where the Wil...

'Paranormal Activity' Beats 'Saw VI' At Box Office

October 26th, 2009 8:21am EDT
Paranormal Activity
Horror movies dominated the box office in this past weekend with Paranormal Activity beating out the sixth Saw movie as the nation's top film.

The low-budget horror hit scored with a $22 million weekend take, while Saw VI opened with $14.8 million.

Last week's chart topper, Where the Wild Things Are, drops to three while Law Abiding Citizen and comedy Couples Retreat round out the top five.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Saw VI,' 'Vampire's Assistant' & More

October 19th, 2009 9:43am EDT
Cirque du Freak
Last Tuesday, I had a chance to see "Where the Wild Things Are." Visually the film is stunning; it integrates handheld camera shots in the appropriate moments to take viewers into the action. Jim Henson's Creature Shop makes the monsters of the movie look incredibly convincing, and the composite animation of their faces matches up well.

Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers do a fantastic job of stretching a 10 page children's book into a movie that doesn't distort the message of the book, but still gives audiences something fresh. One of the most fascinating aspects of the creatures the hero M...

The Best & Worst Children's Books Made Into Films

October 16th, 2009 11:59am EDT
Where The Wild Things
Where The Wild Things Are based on the beloved children's book opens in theaters today. Although some critics say the visuals are spectacular while the script is a little thin, it should draw in massive crowds due to its iconic standing in the children's publishing world.

Children's books made into movies go over much better when viewed in two age brackets: when the audience is comprised of children who have recently read the book, or when the audience is comprised of adults so far removed from childhood that anything resembling their favorite book is romanticized and judged in a less se...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Stepfather,' 'Where The Wild Things Are' & More

October 12th, 2009 9:44am EDT
Where the Wild Things Are
Spike Jonze aficionados have been waiting a long time to see his latest project "Where the Wild Things Are" come to fruition. The release has been delayed over a year while Jonze fought through creative differences with Warner Brothers to make a picture both loyal to the Maurice Sendak's book and appealing to the general public.

In addition to Jonze's dark imaginary childhood tale, the films coming to theaters this week include "The Stepfather," "Law Abiding Citizen," "New York, I Love You," and "Black Dynamite."


Max is a mischievous child with a wild ima...

Previewing The Movies: Fall 2009

September 4th, 2009 11:03am EDT
2009 Fall Movie Previews
With summer coming to an end, there's one major thing to consider: what's going to be entertaining for the next three months? We assume you're thinking the same thing (great minds being alike and all), so here's the rundown of what Hollywood has coming:

Gamer (09/04/09)

Director: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Starring: Gerard Butler, Michael C. Hall

Gamer will be one of the coolest movies of the season because it actually manages to bring a fairly new concept to the action genre. In the near future, with mind control technology pretty much commonplace, billionaire Ken Castle (Michael...

Sarah's Cinema Musings: Trailer TMI

August 10th, 2009 10:43am EDT
Inglourious Basterds
We all have experienced the aggravation of pre-feature film stuffing in the movie theater. With increased ticket prices and over inflated concession items, a theater-goer can only wish for a decrease in the ten minutes of commercials and ten to sometimes thirteen minutes of movie trailers before viewing the reason they came. The commercials have become the eccentric or just plain weird uncle we all put up with at family events and holidays; we don't really like dealing with them, but chalk it up to the experience of the main event.

The trailers, on the other hand, are increasingly be...

A Look At 'Where the Wild Things Are'

April 10th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
Where The Wild Things Are
A beloved children's book from the 1960s is finally getting a release date for its feature-length film adaptation. "Where The Wild Things Are" is a simple story of a boy, Max, who acts up and is sent to bed with no supper and winds up entering the world of the Wild Things. The book's illustrations walk the line between cool and creepy, and the film's live-action mixed with puppetry promise to yield a visually stunning piece. But we'll have to wait until October 16, 2009, to find out.

Maurice Sendak wrote and illustrated the playful, innocent classic back in 1963. "Where The Wild Things...

Spike Jonze Working Unpaid For Four Years

March 27th, 2009 12:31pm EDT
Spike Jonze
Filmmaker Spike Jonze is hoping his forthcoming movie Where The Wild Things Are is a box office hit - because he hasn't been paid for the four years he spent laboring over the project.

The director is currently putting the finishing touches to the film, a big screen adaptation of the popular children's book by Maurice Sendak.

And Jonze is hoping audiences will love the movie and flock to see it in droves when it is released in October - so he can finally earn a paycheck for his efforts.

He says, "I've been working on the same movie for four years and basically haven't been pa...

The Ethics Of Recruiting In... Today's Links

January 29th, 2009 7:00pm EST
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Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly pouring in the best stuff from around the tubes.

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Best Segway Face-Plant EVAR:

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Emma Watson is sti...

Michelle Williams Shows Off Her New Love

October 19th, 2008 10:30am EDT
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams has gone public with new boyfriend Spike Jonze for the first time following the death of ex-fiancée Heath Ledger.

The couple was photographed affectionately holding hands following the screening of their new film, Synecdoche, New York in Manhattan on Wednesday night. Despite months of rumors of a romance, it is the first time the couple has been photographed being intimate.

Williams - who has a daughter, Matilda, with late actor Ledger - met the director in 2006, when she auditioned for his film, Where the Wild Things Are.

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Michelle Williams Finds Love With Spike Jonze?

July 24th, 2008 10:04am EDT
Michelle Williams
Michelle Williams has sparked rumors of a new romance with filmmaker Spike Jonze - six months after the death of her ex-fiancé Heath Ledger.

The former Dawson's Creek star has been repeatedly spotted with Jonze, the ex-husband of Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola, near his Manhattan apartment in recent weeks. The pair first met in 2006 when Williams auditioned for Jonze's film adaptation of the classic children's story Where The Wild Things Are. She won a role, but later withdrew from the project.

And according to Star magazine, the couple has now reunited - and struck ...

There May Be Cracks, But The Comedy Glass Ceiling Still Exists For Women

March 14th, 2008 3:00pm EDT
Parker Posey
In this town (Los Angeles) and this industry (entertainment), there are a handful of strong, intelligent, funny women who - once they finally broke onto the radar - have worked consistently in equally strong, intelligent, funny roles.

After reading this month's "Who Says Women Aren't Funny" issue of Vanity Fair, it is impossible not to notice just how many beyond the current "it" girls of comedy were left off that list (which included funnygirls such as Tina Fey, Sarah Silverman and Amy Poehler). This is an attempt to rectify that and garner them the recognition they so rightly dese...

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