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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.
The well-known fairy tale gets a re-make in this interactive show from Great Arizona Puppet Theatre.
We have our fair share of Disney animated favorites, but from time to time it’s fun to treat the family to a live theater production of a classic fairy tale. Valley Youth Theatre’s “Rapunzel,” playing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March 10, is a great option.
Most mornings, Kristi Grimm and her 9-year-old son, Dillon, go running together.
Snow White has been mesmerizing moviegoers and TV watchers with a smile and a song -- and, now, a sword -- since 1937, when Disney released its first full-length animated feature.
Following the poorly received “Mirror Mirror” earlier this year, “Snow White and the Huntsman” is precisely the kick in the pants the classic fairy tale needed.
Astonishingly beautiful and breathtaking in its brutal imagery, "Snow White & the Huntsman" is thrilling and frightening in equal measure, yet as bereft of satisfying substance as a poisoned apple.
Accompanied by Prokofiev’s musical score, Ballet Etudes performs the rags to riches fairy tale ‘Cinderella’.
More comedy, more fantasy and more period pieces characterize the fall 2011 TV season, which introduces too many new shows that look better on paper than they play on TV.
"Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil" might have had a chance if its enormously talented voice cast had written it, too.
Copperstar Repertory Co. presents this show, inspired by the tales of the Brothers Grimm, that weaves Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood and other fairy-tale characters into the story of a baker and his wife trying to break a spell.
It's pilot season, that time of year when out-of-work actors land roles in the premiere episodes of proposed television series. The broadcast networks are scurrying to prep and film about 80 pilots between now and the end of April. Network executives will decide which ones make the cut by mid-May.
It's dicey business to get excited about pilots because only 20 percent of them are likely to be ordered to series. Fox's "Locke & Key," set in a house of mystery, is among the pilots in the running. And it's not the only series with a backdrop that's far removed from the lawyers-doctors-cops milieu that dominated the fall 2010 TV season.
The ABC drama "Grace" is set in the world of professional dance and produced by a "Dancing With the Stars" judge; ABC's "Once Upon a Time" is set in a town where fairy tales are real; and the network's "Poe" re-imagines Edgar Allan Poe as a latter-day crime-scene investigator.
The CW's "Awakening" pilot is set during a zombie uprising (thanks, "Walking Dead"!); and Fox's "Alcatraz" is about a team of FBI agents tracking a group of missing prisoners and guards who reappear 30 years after their disappearance.
The Fox comedy "Tagged" is set in a coroner's office; and the NBC comedy "Brave New World" is set at a Pilgrim-themed amusement park. NBC's "Grimm" is a cop drama with characters based on those in Grimm Brothers' fairy tales; and NBC's "Reconstruction" is a drama set in a small town after the Civil War.
Remakes are popular because the thinking goes that anything with a pre-sold title has a built-in advantage. And it did work for CBS's "Hawaii Five-0" this season. Hence, ABC is remaking "Charlie's Angels" (with Minka Kelly of "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood"); and NBC has remakes of "Wonder Woman" (starring Adrianne Palecki of "Friday Night Lights" as the superhero and written by David E. Kelley of "Boston Legal") and "Prime Suspect" (starring Maria Bello in Helen Mirren's old role).
In addition, there are plenty of shows that, if not remakes, sound surprisingly familiar. "Mad Men" appears to have inspired NBC's "Playboy" (set at the Chicago Playboy club in 1963) and ABC's "Pan Am" (Christina Ricci leads a series about stewardesses in the 1960s).
Books are also inspiring potential new fall offerings, including NBC's "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" (based on the Chelsea Handler book; Handler plays her own older sister in the pilot); Fox's "Council of Dads" (based on a memoir by Bruce Geiler written to his children after a cancer diagnosis); "Weekends at Bellevue" (an account of working in a mental hospital by Dr. Julie Holland); and "The Finder" (a "Bones" spinoff based on "The Locator" books by Richard Greener).
More books being made into pilots include NBC's "My Life as an Experiment" (A.J. Jacobs' nonfiction account of trying new things); CBS's "How to be a Gentleman" (a nonfiction etiquette book by John Bridges); ABC's "Good Christian Bitches" (based on the novel by Kim Gatlin -- and, yes, ABC is likely to change the TV show's title); and The CW's "The Secret Circle" (a teen series about witches by L.J. Smith, who also wrote "The Vampire Diaries" books).
And, of course, there are plenty of series in the works starring familiar stars: Tim Allen ("Home Improvement") reteams with ABC for a comedy; Christine Lahti ("Chicago Hope") returns to CBS to again play a doctor in a family drama; and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar returns to prime time in the CBS drama "Ringer" about a woman pretending to be her twin sister. Fox welcomes Ethan Hawke, who plays a CIA extraction team leader; and welcomes back Kiefer Sutherland ("24"), who plays a dad who discovers his mute son is psychic. Former "Saturday Night Live" star Rob Schneider plays a bachelor who marries into a Mexican-American family in a proposed CBS sitcom whose pilot episode will be directed by Jamie Widdoes.
In a recent phone interview, Widdoes said there are more comedies in development this year, which he attributes to the success of "Modern Family."
"It was a wonderful game-changer, certainly for ABC and I think for comedy in general," he said, noting that "Modern Family" is also likely to be a success in syndicated reruns, something past single-camera comedies have not achieved as often as multicamera shows. (A multicamera show is a traditional sitcom filmed in front of a studio audience, such as "Two and a Half Men" or "Friends.")
And there are new pilots from brand-name producers: Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy") delivers ABC a drama pilot about a crisis-management consultant; Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage ("Gossip Girl") follow Washington, D.C., power brokers in ABC's "Georgetown"; Marc Cherry ("Desperate Housewives") goes to a Tennessee town for the ABC drama "Hallelujah"; and Ron Moore (Syfy's "Battlestar Galactica") offers NBC a supernatural police drama.
Which of these concepts will actually make it into your living room come fall? We won't know that until the "upfronts," when the networks unveil their programming wares to advertisers in New York. That happens the week of May 15
After some retooling, NBC will bring "Law & Order: Los Angeles" back to its prime-time schedule on April 11 with a two-hour outing at 9 p.m. EDT. After that, "LOLA" slides into 10 p.m. Monday (by then, "Harry's Law" will have completed its run of original episodes).
When "LOLA" returns, star Skeet Ulrich will be gone. Alfred Molina, who previously played a district attorney on the show, will take over Ulrich's cop role. (Turns out the D.A. was a police officer first and a lawyer later in his career.)
Deputy district attorneys played by Megan Boone and Regina Hall also will be MIA, replaced by Alana de la Garza, who reprises her deputy D.A. role from the original "Law & Order."
This week CBS renewed "How I Met Your Mother" for two additional seasons through May 2013 and ordered two more editions of "Survivor" for broadcast during the 2011-12 TV season. ... Strong premieres Sunday: "Army Wives" on Lifetime drew 4.2 million viewers (up 24 percent from last April's premiere); 2.8 million viewers watched A&E's "Breakout Kings," which was the network's most-watched drama-series premiere among adults 18-49 and 25-54; ABC's "Secret Millionaire" drew 12.6 million viewers, but in the same hour the superior NBC reality show "America's Next Great Restaurant" could only muster 4.6 million viewers. ... Michael Chabon, author of "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," and his wife, author Ayelet Waldman, are developing a drama series for HBO about con artists and magicians who use their skills of deception to battle Hitler during World War II. Tentative title: "Hobgoblin." ... TLC terrorizes viewers with new episodes of "Kate Plus 8" beginning at 10 p.m. April 4.
Creative Stages Youth Theatre will produce two different Brothers Grimm plays. “After the success of the ‘World of the Brothers Grimm’ play last year, we wanted to expand on the fun,” said director and writer Jim Gradillas.
Walt Disney's modernizing of the Grimm fairy tale is thorough enough that even the original title, "Rapunzel," has been swapped for "Tangled." One can't help but wonder if in today's Hollywood, we might look forward to other contempo fairy tales like "Heeled" ("Cinderella"), "Ambiened" ("Sleeping Beauty") and "Twilight 5" ("Little Red Riding Hood").
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Your preview of the upcoming offerings at East Valley performing arts venues.
"The Princess and the Frog" earned a big wet kiss from family audiences as the animated musical leaped to No. 1 with $25 million in its first weekend of nationwide release, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Review: The last time we heard from the hand-drawn animators at Disney, they offered up the barnyard tale "Home on the Range." The 2004 'toon was so forgettable it seemed as though it really might be the last time we ever heard from the hand-drawn animators at the studio where the art form was pioneered.
Review: The last time we heard from the hand-drawn animators at Disney, they offered up the barnyard tale “Home on the Range.” The 2004 'toon was so forgettable it seemed as though it really might be the last time we ever heard from the hand-drawn animators at the studio where the art form was pioneered.
For all 20 games of a remarkable season, Kurt Warner lined up behind the same offensive line. This quintet, under the guidance of assistant coach Russ Grimm, did the dirty work while Warner lit up defenses with his fabulous arm.
TAMPA -- Larry Fitzgerald is willing to rework his four-year, $40 million contract to help keep Anquan Boldin and perhaps others in the team’s fold, Fitzgerald indicated here Wednesday.
NEW YORK - Daniel Day-Lewis paid an emotional tribute to Heath Ledger during a taped appearance on Oprah Winfrey's talk show.
When it comes to in-yourface drama, the Valley’s theater scene can be woefully lacking. So it’s a welcome oddity to find Martin Mc-Donagh seeing such welcome reception here lately.