Drawing inspiration from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the talented animators at Laika have done a wonderful job at bringing the strange and grotesque back to animated features in an age of more welcoming digitally animated fair. Their last two films, “Coraline” and “Paranorman,” were some of the most charmingly creepy of this recent resonance of diverse animation. “The Boxtrolls” keeps in the tradition of those movies, being a weird, visually splendid escapade of stop-motion animation. It’s all good fun, although the familiar story often holds it back from ever being a masterpiece.
The Kid to Kid franchise awarded Store of the Month for May to Brenda Spezzacatena in Ahwatukee. This award is presented to a store that has shown impressive performance and/or improvement. As a two-time Store of the Month winner — first time in August 2013 — the Ahwatukee store once again showed significant increases in year over year performance in several key areas including buying, sales per square foot, and number of items per invoice. They also had a nearly 10 percent increase in customers proving how successful they are in their community.
It’s always been my personal opinion that Walt Disney’s 1959 “Sleeping Beauty” should have been titled, “Maleficent.” After all, she gets more screen time than Princess Aurora, she’s a more interesting character, and she’s the one you want to dress up as for Halloween. So why does Sleeping Blandness get the title role? It’s nice to see Maleficent finally get top billing in a movie after all these years, even if the movie itself is only so-so.
Hansel and Gretel? Check. Jack and the Beanstalk? Check. Red Riding Hood? Check. Wizard of Oz? Check. Cinderella? Check. Snow White? Double-check! Hollywood’s fractured fairytale train keeps on chooglin’ along and the latest story to be remixed is Disney’s classic Sleeping Beauty, which is already a mash-up of the original French fable, La Belle au bois dormant, by Charles Perrault, and Little Briar Rose by the Brothers Grimm.
It’s not often that I can say First Lady Michelle Obama and I run in the same circles, but this is OUR year! You may have noticed that recently, the First Lady celebrated her 50th birthday; she is a fellow 1964 birthday. Yes, I am admitting it, this year I will also be celebrating my 50th birthday — although a few months away yet.
You may better know her sister, Dakota, from box-office smashes like “War of the Worlds” and “The Twilight Saga,” but 14-year-old Elle Fanning has already made quite a name for herself among the arthouse set, appearing in such acclaimed works as “Babel,” “Somewhere” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” This month, she takes center stage in a new drama from writer/director Sally Potter entitled “Ginger & Rosa” – a coming-of-age tale set in 1962 London as the threat of the Cuban missile crisis looms overhead.
For most people, the life of a music superstar is a far-off dream, but for 14-year-old local Denium Elle it could soon be a reality. Last year, Tate Music Group signed the local teen after she attended the Actors, Models and Talent for Christ (AMTC) convention in Florida, and she has since released her first album.
Arizona’s system for educating English Learners has undergone substantial restructuring in the past 12 years, including new funding levels and formulas. While this has resulted in changes to some long-languishing but important indicators of success for many of these students, other crucial indicators have changed only incrementally.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?