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Once the hippest name in music videos, the 40-year-old director will this week terrify children with his adaption of Maurice Sendak's adored tale
A large rubber-band ball sits on the bedside table of the wilful young Max, hero of the new Spike Jonze film, while overhead, on a shelf, sits a bird's nest. Early shots of these odd objects cleverly prelude the virtuoso visual style of this audacious adaptation of a children's classic: the 1963 picture book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
In the hands of the Oscar-nominated Jonze the island of fearful monsters that Max discovers one night when he has been sent to bed without supper becomes a perilous wasteland dotted with spherical wickerwork huts, nest-like forts and rounded boulders. Although Max, along with his ugly, untamed group of new friends, is clearly recognisable from Sendak's book, any parent who returns to their nursery copy »
- Vanessa Thorpe
Q: Do you know if any of the contestants on Survivor: Samoa are going to be Glbt? I just checked out their profiles and at least three of the guys list things like "womanizer", "never been rejected", and "a woman's dream." Is CBS trying to overly heteroize the show that has been strategically won by at least two openly gay men (Todd and Hatch)? – Topher, Toronto, Canada
A: There are no gay male contestants that we know of (although it’s always possible someone hasn’t yet come out to the network).
Is CBS trying to “heteroize” the show? Although I love your coining of a new term, I’d strenuously argue that they’re not. In fact, we recently talked with Jeff Probst, and I’m convinced he doesn’t see the show in those terms at all.
“When you look at the long-term of the show, you hopefully have some diversity, »
- Brent Hartinger
Director Ken Annakin.
I knew there was something familiar about the name when I read it: "Deborah Annakin-Peters." I had been corresponding with Debby via email for nearly a year after she had started working for Home Video Publicity at Paramount, and handled all my DVD requests. Then one day it struck me. I wrote her a quick email: "Are you, by chance, related to the director Ken Annakin?" I got a quick reply "Sure am. He's my dad!" It just happened that Annakin's most famous film, "The Longest Day," was getting a special edition DVD release from 20th Century Fox in a few weeks. I asked Debby if her father, then in his early 90s, was up to doing an interview. The answer to that question lies in the conversation below.
I was lucky enough to get to know Ken Annakin quite well over the next year or so when my producing partner, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The film world lost another legend this week with the passing of director/writer Ken Annakin, who died at age 94. For those of us at Cinema Retro, the loss is personal. In addition to directing some of our favorite films, Ken was an avid supporter of the magazine. The seemingly indestructible British filmmaker led a full and active life and was engaged in trying to get new projects off the ground until he fell ill in February.
Annakin began his career as a director in 1946 and found his talents to be constantly in demand. His career took off a decade later when he was hired by Walt Disney to direct The Story of Robin Hood in 1952. He quickly became one of Disney's favorite and most dependable directors. Annakin would do numerous other films for Disney, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Legendary British director Ken Annakin has died at his home in Los Angeles. He was 94.
The Swiss Family Robinson moviemaker, who helmed over 50 films during his five-decade long career, passed away at his house in Beverly Hills on Wednesday.
Annakin, who had lived in the Los Angeles area since 1979, was awarded an Order of the British Empire for his contributions to the British film industry in 2002. He was born in Yorkshire, England in 1914, before moving to America to follow his Hollywood ambitions.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Pauline, daughter Deborah, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. »
23 April 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Annakin’s daughter, Deborah Peters, said her father had a heart attack and stroke within a day of each other in February.
The British native’s 50-year career also included “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination (shared with Jack Davies) for original screenplay.
Annakin also directed “The Call of the Wild,” a 1972 adaptation of Jack London’s adventure; Disney live-action films “The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men” (1952), “The Sword and the Rose” (1953), “Swiss Family Robinson” (1960) and “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” (1986); and “The Longest Day” (1962).
- By Mike Barnes
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