5 items from 2015
"That'll do, pig. That'll do."
It's been 20 years since the world fell in love with the sheep-herding pig at the center of the film "Babe," which opened August 4, 1995. The movie was hailed as a kids' movie that delighted viewers of all ages -- it was the rare children's film nominated for a Best Picture Oscar -- as well as an advance in effects magic that launched a wave of live-action, talking-animal flicks.
It's hard to imagine that the G-rated classic came from George Miller, the same filmmaker behind the ultra-violent, hard-r "Mad Max" franchise. That's one of many things you may not know about "Babe," here are 19 more:
1. In 1986, producer/co-screenwriter Miller became interested in the story during a long plane flight from Sydney to London, where the woman seated next to him was laughing uproariously at Dick King-Smith's book, "The Sheep-Pig." Upon landing, he found the book in »
- Gary Susman
I saw "Babe" 20 years ago when I was nine, and aside from the fact that it was a movie my grandparents tolerated, here's everything I remembered about it: -The mice were cute. -Christine Cavanaugh, the late voice artist behind Chuckie on "Rugrats" and Dexter on "Dexter's Laboratory," voiced "Babe." -It was nominated for Best Picture and Cavanaugh carried a pig-shaped purse to the Oscars. This was, of course, the beginning of my certifiable obsession with the Oscars. -I was so, so embarrassed and sad at the part where the farmer's granddaughter hates the dollhouse she gets for Christmas. I wanted to reach out to Farmer Hoggett and say, "She's being a brat. I hope you know that, and I hope your feelings aren't hurt." Damn, remember when you'd evaluate kids in movies as your peers? -James Cromwell's face was a long, solemn, Easter Island-type granite block. Strangely, »
- Louis Virtel
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
It could be the flop of all flops. At the time, “Waterworld” was the most expensive film ever made. Starring Kevin Costner, “Waterworld” is a science-fiction/fantasy film taking place roughly 500 years after the polar ice caps melted in the beginning of the 21st century, effectively covering the entire world with water. Dirt has become a commodity and an unknown traveler named “the Mariner” (Costner) is trying to find anywhere to trade his stash. The catch: he’s a mutant, with gills, allowing him to breathe underwater. He is joined by a woman named Helen (Jeannie Tripplehorn) and child named Enola (Tina Majorino) with an elaborate map tattooed on her back. They sail the world and encounter various groups of survivors. They are pursued by a group of evil forces, led by an eye-patched man called “the Deacon” (Dennis Hopper). The special effects are actually pretty impressive, »
- Joshua Gaul
Happy New Year, CBS, which got a cheap, easy win to become the top-rated and most-watched broadcast network in the one-day-long 2015. Technically, though, it tied with Univision in the main primetime ratings demo, so there’s that asterisk.
CBS reruns tied with Univision atop ABC and NBC originals on Thursday, also besting Fox and CW repeat lineups. NBC and ABC aired originals up until 10 p.m. Everything else in primetime was a rerun.
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CBS and Univision each had a 1.0 rating/3 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. CBS was »
- Tony Maglio
Here's some horrible news that just came to light over the last day or two: Christine Cavanaugh has died at the age of 51.
Cavanaugh was a hugely talented voice artist, in particular lending her tones to the wonderful Chuckie from Rugrats, to Babe in the original film, and to Dexter in Dexter's Laboratory. She had an enormity of voice credits - as well as one or two live action appearances to her name as well.
She died on December 22nd.
News of her death - the cause of which isn't being disclosed - came via an obituary in the Los Angeles Times. Not much else is known, but what's clear is that she leaves a remarkable body of work, all the more impressive given that she effectively retired from voice work back in 2001.
Cavanaugh's obituary can be found here. »
5 items from 2015
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