3 items from 2011
I was privileged enough to 'interview' the chimp, so breathed a sigh of relief when I discovered he was still hanging around
Tape machine on table, chair a suitably safe distance from the "talent", it was a nerve-racking one. Usually with celebrity interviews danger can come from one of three sources: jet lag, substance abuse or monstrous ego – sometimes, if you're unlucky, all three rolled together, perched on the edge of a hotel bed. The fear here, though, was from the purely physical. Natural aggression. Instinct. The advice from the actor's "people" was simple and chillingly clear. "You don't touch him! If you touch him he could break your arm. If he goes for you, you dive into the pool. He has been tethered to the chair for your safety."
When #cheetah started trending on Twitter this morning, I feared the worst. Possibly the most famous ape in history had climbed into heaven's hanging tyre. »
- Andrew Woods
Should you read anything at all about him or look for his work in a bookstore, you will learn that Michael Morpurgo is a kids' author, a Children’s Laureate in the UK.
But the population of the line wending its way around New York's Lincoln Center last Wednesday, waiting to see the writer participate in a panel that marked the U.S. opening of the stage adaptation of his 1982 novel “War Horse,” was, for the most part, aged north of 60.
“I don’t think I write books for children,” said Morpurgo, also north of 60. “I just write what I want to write.”
Whether he writes with adults, children, or simply himself in mind, there Morpurgo sat in the mist near Lincoln Center's reflecting pool, dressed exactly the way a child would want her favorite author to look: salmon-pink suit and black beret, a flamingo on a gray afternoon.
- Caroline Dworin
Even today, 69 years after it was released, Bambi remains a remarkable achievement in hand drawn animation. The world depicted within it is not realized with the depth of detail we see in today's animated features. The result, however, is equally convincing and certainly more artistic. Yet, despite is technical and aesthetic merits, the charming characters and some wonderful moments, Bambi shows its age. The musical score is old-fashioned, the story is simple and there is not an annoying personality to be heard. Irrespective of how well it resonates with modern audiences, however, Bambi has never looked better. It is the latest Blu-ray reissue in Disney's Diamond Edition series. Yet again the studio has done yet a splendid job of remastering the audio and video for HD. It has also packed in a mass of superb extras making Bambi another must-buy for collectors.
3 items from 2011
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