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15 Kids Movies That Never Get Old

March 18th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
15 Kids Movies That Never Get Old
It may have been decades since you were a kid, but there are some surefire kids movies that will always bring your childhood back to life. Whether they be animated Disney classics whose quality only improves with age, or modern Pixar marvels whose storytelling abilities are out of this world, nothing brings back that youthful light into our lives quite like a quintessential childhood film. Here are 15 kids movies that never get old.

1. The Lion King (1994)

Just as we’re all part of the Circle of Life, there will always be interest in this Disney's animalistic take on Shakespeare's “Hamlet...

Willy Wonka child star swapped acting for animals

June 30th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
The child star who appeared alongside Gene Wilder in cult classic Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory bowed out of the spotlight in order to find a "more steady" career - and ended up becoming a veterinarian.

Peter Ostrum was cast as young Charlie Bucket in the 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book, but the lead part ended up being his only movie role.

Ostrum admits that after the five-month shoot in Germany with Wilder, who played wacky confectionery creator Wonka, his life reverted back to normal - and he was more than happy to turn his back on Hollywood.

Now 55, the married da...

The Nine Spookiest Kids' Movies

August 16th, 2012 4:07pm EDT
ParaNorman, the animated tale of a boy who saunters around town with a secret ability to see and speak to ghosts, was awarded a comfy PG rating by the MPAA and will probably draw in this weekend's under-13 crowd with no trouble. However, is it just us or is the concept of a kid who sees ghouls and comes to blows with zombies in order to save his town a tad spooky for the kiddies?

Chances are it's good clean fun, but given writer-director Chris Butler's experience with movies which tow the line between having a few frights and scarring a kid for life (he was a storyboard artist on Tim Burto...

'Willy Wonka' Director Mel Stuart Dies At 83

August 10th, 2012 11:22am EDT
Mel Stuart
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory director Mel Stuart has died aged 83.

The filmmaker passed away from cancer at his home in Los Angeles on Thursday, his daughter Madeline Stuart tells the Associated Press.

He began his career in the 1960s making documentaries, winning an Emmy Award for The Making of the President 1960 and landing an Oscar nomination for Four Days in November, about the assassination of U.S. leader John F. Kennedy.

He took on the 1971 big screen adaptation of the Roald Dahl children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for his daughter Madeline, who was 11 years...

Get It: 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition'

October 15th, 2011 7:00am EDT
Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory 40th anniversary
"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" is faithful to the spirit of Roald Dahl's original book - "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy.

Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum), who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather (Ja...

'Glee' Recap: Love, Loss, And Pure Imagination

May 18th, 2011 3:12pm EDT
Glee Funeral
This week was a big one! ‘Glee’ is gearing up for Nationals in New York, but before they take Manhattan, Finn calls it quits with Quinn, Rachel and Jesse share a kiss, and all the plans to win get interrupted by a sad and surprising loss. It’s the penultimate episode of the season and as Mr. Schue puts it, the culmination of everything the glee club has worked towards for the past two years. They’ve got to be awesome and this week, they kind of were.

Like Kirsten Dunst hiring a jazz hands-obsessed choreographer in the movie, “Bring It On,” Mr. Schue has made the decision to recruit 4-time...

2010 Grammy Awards Fashion (Photos)

February 1st, 2010 12:10pm EST
2010 Grammy Awards Fashion
Gold and beige were hot colors at last night's Grammy Awards. Beyonce looked fantastic in a form-fitting Stephanie Rolland gown, while Katy Perry wore the same shade in a dress by Zac Posen, complete with gold flowers. Sexy "Tik Tok" pop star Ke$ha wore a flirty gold fringed dress. Carrie Underwood took the stage in a strapless gold gown but wore a white dress with an asymmetrical neckline on the red carpet.

Fergie stood out in her electric blue and gold dress, which had a hint of Egyptian flare. Taylor Swift was one of our top picks of the night in a blue sparkly floor-length Kaufman F...

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...

Writer's Viewpoint: Tim Burton Has Become A Fad Disguised As Art

August 19th, 2009 10:40am EDT
Tim Burton
I'm not against fads per se, but this Tim Burton mess bothers me. It's not the kind of harmless era-defining fad that jelly bracelets and scrunchies were in the 80s, and it's certainly not as subtle as Apple's catchy use of the lower-case "i."

Since the turn of the new millennium, Tim Burton has emerged as a kind of self-perpetuating cultural organism, eating other fads and franchises as it grows overstuffed and unable to control its own ego. And now it might be too late for us to do anything about it. It's like a monster straight out of, well - a Tim Burton film.

The kind of people...

Tis The Season For... Christmas Movies?

December 24th, 2008 6:20pm EST
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Aah, the holiday season. Strange how we cherish a time of year when the malls are over packed... it's cold outside... it's impossible to find a parking space... the line at the post office is out the door even at their slowest time of day... it's impossible to find the season's latest hot toy... people who have no clue what 'hustle & bustle' means and stroll slowly through busy stores so you're stuck strolling right behind them when all you want to do is get in and out. Christmas shopping is a mission, not a casual day at the mall to comparison shop. That's what the internet and the weekly ...

'Top Chef' Recap: Not A 'Good Morning' For Manuel

April 3rd, 2008 11:04am EDT
Top Chef
After Eric's elimination, there is a heavy weight on the shoulders of a lot of cooks in the "Top Chef" competition. Some of them are starting to realize that they could just as easily get eliminated as three chefs already have been, and without their determination, commitment to their dishes, and leadership throughout the entire competition it could happen sooner rather than later.


The guest judge was none other than the esteemed and highly decorated French Chef Daniel Boulud. The Quickfire Challenge involved the chefs creating a veggie plate utilizing three different cooki...

Gene Wilder Curses Cursing

March 26th, 2008 3:50pm EDT
Gene Wilder
Veteran comedian Gene Wilder has called on Hollywood to cut back on excessive swearing in films. The Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory star is fed up with hearing curse words in modern movies, and wishes writers would try and pen less predictable dialog that relies more on invention than vulgarity.

Wilder, 74, says, "I'm so tired of the 'F' word in movies. Jimmy Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable - they didn't have to swear and they were powerful. You got everything. There's a film... I saw that if you didn't read or hear the dialog, it is a good story. And then ev...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 16

June 16th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Tupac Shakur
Happy Birthday to Canadian singer Keshia Chante (1988), "American Idol" singer Diana DeGarmo (1987), late rapper Tupac Shakur (1971; d. 1996), Korn guitarist James Shaffer (1970), "lefty" golfer Phil Mickelson (1970), "Roseanne" comedian Laurie Metcalf (1955), Marillion drummer Ian Mosley (1953), Canadian singer Gino Vannelli (1952), O'Jays singer Eddie Levert (1942), "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" actor Jack Albertson (1907; d. 1981), screen legend Stan Laurel (1890; d. 1965), and Apache leader Geronimo (1829; d. 1909).

Christina Aguilera Talks About Her 'Back To Basics' Tour (Part 2); Win Her CD

April 19th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera recently chatted with fans about her North American Tour. Each Thursday at 8pm Starpulse will post one of four portions of the interview, with the final part going live on Thursday, May 3, two days before Christina's 'Back To Basics' tour ends. Also, we're be giving away copies of her Back To Basics CD throughout this final leg of her tour. You can enter to win a copy here. This is Part 2:

Hey, how's it going?

Christina Aguilera: Hi.

You know, this album - to kind of stay on that - on that train of thought, was really honest and in some ways it almost soun...

Robert Randolph and the Family Band's "Colorblind" Hits Stores Sept. 25; Listen To "The Thrill Of It"

September 6th, 2006 1:22pm EDT
Robert Randolph
"We wanted to take our time and find ourselves," says Robert Randolph. "Find out what was really inside of me and the band and bring that out. Really try to come up with the best songs, dig deep within, and let all of the experiences that we have had in the last three years come out in the music."

With Colorblind, Randolph and the Family Band have taken the difficult leap from being great performing artists to being great recording artists. Since emerging from a House of God church in Orange, New Jersey steeped in the "sacred steel" tradition, Randolph's astonishing pedal steel playing...

Celebrity Birthdays, June 16

June 16th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Tupac Shakur
Happy Birthday to Canadian singer Keshia Chante (1988), "American Idol" singer Diana DeGarmo (1987), late rapper Tupac Shakur (1971; d. 1996), Korn guitarist James Shaffer (1970), "lefty" golfer Phil Mickelson (1970), "Roseanne" comedian Laurie Metcalf (1955), Marillion drummer Ian Mosley (1953), Canadian singer Gino Vannelli (1952), O'Jays singer Eddie Levert (1942), "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" actor Jack Albertson (1907; d. 1981), screen legend Stan Laurel (1890; d. 1965), and Apache leader Geronimo (1829; d. 1909).

'ET,' 'Shrek' Top List of Britain's Favorite Family Films

December 27th, 2005 9:18am EST
Steven Spielberg's 1982 blockbuster ET: The Extra-Terrestrial has been named the best family film of all time by British TV network Channel 4. Animated hit Shrek came second in the top 100 countdown. Disney classic Mary Poppins claimed the third spot.

The top ten is as follows:

1. ET: The Extra-Terrestrial

2. Shrek

3. Mary Poppins

4. Pirates of the Caribbean

5. Toy Story

6. The Lion King

7. Back to the Future

8. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

9. Star Wars

10. The Wizard of Oz

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Harry Potter a Hot Topic for Bloggers

December 1st, 2005 8:00am EST
Fictional character Harry Potter led President George W. Bush as a source of personality "buzz" among bloggers in 2005, according to BlogPulse.com. Potter was mentioned in 5.5% of all blog posts in mid-July, when Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince book was published, and in 2.5% of blog posts in January and November, respectively, when the Goblet of Fire movie trailer and film premiered.

Blog references to the President peaked at about 3% in early September when Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast. But Potter managed to generate higher and more consistent levels of discussion...

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