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Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson: book review

Simon Brew Published Date Monday, October 10, 2016 - 05:33

There are some utterly chilling passages in Mara Wilson’s book, Where Am I Now? True Stories Of Girlhood And Accidental Fame. The tome is Wilson’s memoir of sorts, collected in chapters where she deals with certain topics that have been pertinent throughout her 29 years. As it turns out, there are lots and lots of pertinent topics, and a sense at the heart of it of someone who’s clung onto her humanity and moral compass, in the face of at-times mind-boggling difficulties.

Buy Mara Wilson's Where Am I Now? True Stories Of Girlhood And Accidental Fame now from Amazon

Furthermore, it’s clear that Wilson is very much the author here. There’s a craft and care in her words, and a voice that comes through, that displays a very enviable talent for getting what’s in her head compellingly onto the page.
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Thomas and Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure trailer – steamy stuff

Children will likely be chuffed by this feature-length adventure featuring the voice of Eddie Redmayne, but others may be derailed by the similarity to Lost

Thomas the Tank Engine doesn’t exactly have an exemplary track record when it comes to movie adaptations. Just witness the mess that was 2000’s Thomas and the Magic Railroad for proof. Not only were all the trains given creepy new faces that made them look as if Gollum had been stretched across the rim of a bass drum, but the Fat Controller was ousted in a dramatic coup and replaced by what appeared to be a dust-obsessed French policeman played by wilderness-era Alec Baldwin. It was, pun very much intended, a trainwreck.

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Eddie Redmayne Chuffed For ‘Thomas The Tank Engine’

His childlike glee was one of the highlights of this year’s Oscar ceremony and it seems Eddie Redmayne really is young at heart. Having secured Hollywood’s highest accolade, he’s jumped aboard a straight-to-dvd animated movie of evergreen kids’ favourite Thomas The Tank Engine.

With an unusual subtitle of Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure, the new production also stars John Hurt and Jamie Campbell Bower. Sodor is the fictional island location where the stories are set, though sounds for all the world like something out of Lord Of The Rings these days.

Created by the Rev W. Awdry in 1946, the brand has seen a few adaptations, most notably the TV series voiced by Ringo Starr. However its first and only feature length outing was Thomas And The Magic Railroad, a lamentable live action film starring Alec Baldwin and Peter Fonda.

Redmayne voices articulate train Ryan, and
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Mara Wilson Blogs About Robin Williams: "There Is No Question He Had a Great Impact on My Life"

Mara Wilson Blogs About Robin Williams:
Family is forever, fictional or not. After Mara Wilson heard Robin Williams died Monday, she tweeted, "Very sad, very upset, very glad I did not have to hear about this though Twitter. Probably going to be taking some time off it for a while." Three days later, the 27-year-old writer, who played Williams' daughter in 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire, broke her silence in a touching blog post. "Everybody grieves in their own way. When I heard about Robin's death, I was shocked, confused angry, regretful, and above all, sad," said Wilson, whose last film was 2000's Thomas and the Magic Railroad. "All I wanted was to talk to my family and friends and cry." For now, she would like...
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9 movies that prove why nostalgia isn't always a good thing

Remember that thing you loved from your childhood? It's coming back. We're not talking specifics here, we're talking everything.

New movies or TV shows revolving around everything from Scooby Doo to Ninja Turtles, Danger Mouse and Bananaman are on the horizon - you could accuse producers of running out of new ideas, but how long before they run out of old ideas?

Nostalgia can give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, but sometimes it isn't always a good thing. Digital Spy suggests 9 instances when looking back to the past resulted in a questionable present:

The Saint (1997)

A movie adaptation of popular TV series The Saint had been mooted for some time. It finally limped into cinemas in 1997 with Val Kilmer as Simon Templar - he was no Roger Moore, but let's face it, who is?

The film, which is a relatively low-key (if somewhat eccentric) spy caper, suffered because it
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9 movies that prove why nostalgia isn't always a good thing

9 movies that prove why nostalgia isn't always a good thing
Remember that thing you loved from your childhood? It's coming back. We're not talking specifics here, we're talking everything.

New movies or TV shows revolving around everything from Scooby Doo to Ninja Turtles, Danger Mouse and Bananaman are on the horizon - you could accuse producers of running out of new ideas, but how long before they run out of old ideas?

Nostalgia can give you a warm and fuzzy feeling, but sometimes it isn't always a good thing. Digital Spy suggests 9 instances when looking back to the past resulted in a questionable present:

The Saint (1997)

A movie adaptation of popular TV series The Saint had been mooted for some time. It finally limped into cinemas in 1997 with Val Kilmer as Simon Templar - he was no Roger Moore, but let's face it, who is?

The film, which is a relatively low-key (if somewhat eccentric) spy caper, suffered because it
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Mrs Doubtfire star Mara Wilson doesn't want to be in sequel

Mrs Doubtfire star Mara Wilson doesn't want to be in sequel
Mara Wilson has said that she is against the idea of a Mrs Doubtfire sequel.

Robin Williams is expected to return as cross-dressing Daniel Hillard in an upcoming follow-up to the 1993 movie.

However, Wilson - who played daughter Natalie in the comedy - has revealed that she doesn't want to be involved in any sequel, and that she hasn't been told about the plans.

There are many, many reasons I don't want to be in Mrs. Doubtfire 2. But they haven't even asked me (yet), so no need to worry.

Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) April 17, 2014

Chris Columbus is in line to direct the project, while Elf's David Berenbaum will write the script.

Former child star Wilson quit acting at the turn of the millennium, recently telling Us Weekly: "Film acting is not very fun. Doing the same thing over and over again until, in the director's eyes, you 'get it right',
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'Matilda' stars Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson reunite - photo

'Matilda' stars Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, Mara Wilson reunite - photo
The cast of 1996 family comedy Matilda have reunited.

Danny DeVito, his wife Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris and Mara Wilson posed for a group photograph at a weekend celebration.

[Left to right, back row: Million Dollar Sticky star, Brian Levinson (Michael Wormwood), Pam Ferris (Miss Trunchbull), Jimmy Karz (Bruce Bogtrotter), Leor Livneh Hackel (Julius Rottwinkle)

Left to right, front row: Jacqueline Steiger (Amanda Thripp), Rhea Perlman (Mrs Wormwood), Mara Wilson (Matilda Wormwood), Kiami Davael (Lavender Brown), Sara Magdalin (4-year-old Matilda Wormwood), Danny DeVito (Mr Wormwood/Narrator), Embeth Davidtz (Miss Honey)]

Matilda was directed by DeVito, and starred Wilson as a young girl who used her telekinetic powers to escape from her overbearing parents (Perlman, DeVito).

The movie was adapted from the 1988 novel of the same name by famed author Roald Dahl.

Wilson stepped away from Hollywood in 2000, choosing to focus on her education rather than further her career.

She was also recently in the news for writing an article about why child stars often 'go crazy' while trying to transition to adult success.

The actress's
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Where Are They Now? #1: Mara Wilson

Saturdays are a little quiet in Hollywood. All of your favourite celebs are out and about doing those more mundane chores, like shopping for nappies, or the weekly Tesco shop (do they have Tescos in Tinseltown?) or even doing what we do here at Thn Towers, which is do that thing we don’t get a huge amount of time during the working week. Watch a bloody movie. Anyway, because there won’t be as much movie news hitting Thn over Saturday and Sunday, we’ve been trying to come up with a few cool features to share with you, and this is the first… Where Are They Now? The Forgotten Legends.

Have you ever sat down the boozer and had a little chat amongst your mates when you star talking about some random film from the 1980s or something… and then this sentence rears its ugly head; “I wonder whatever happened to…
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Will Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance relight your fire?

He spits bullets, he pees fire. The Ghost Rider sequel starring Nicholas Cage looks set to go out in a blaze of glory …

We can all agree that Ghost Rider was a stupid film. Even judged against the outer extremities of stupid Nicolas Cage films – like the one where he swaps heads with John Travolta, or the one where he dresses up as a bear and punches a woman – it was a stupid film. Even judged against all the other films about middle-aged Carpenters fans who set themselves on fire and ride motorbikes up the sides of burning buildings, it was a stupid film. And that's why, four years on, nobody cares about it.

However, next year sees the release of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and with it a chance to right all the wrongs of the original. Will it succeed? Perhaps it's time for a trailer comparison …

Ghost Rider
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Alec Baldwin: don't be a closer

Last month, The Guardian launched a campaign to rescue Nicolas Cage. Today, we're coming to the aid of Alec Baldwin

Yesterday's news that Alec Baldwin plans to quit acting wasn't particularly surprising (it's a promise he's made several times before). But it was, still, saddening. When other actors threaten to leave the profession - invariably because their egos have convinced them that they'd make brilliant politicians - you know that the giant salary and global adoration will always pull them back in.

But Baldwin's announcement was depressing not just because he seems convinced of his intentions this time, but because he's arguably one of the best actors around. To lose him purely because he can, sometimes, be a bit of a sourpuss borders on the tragic.

Fortunately he's not threatening to retire until 2012, so we've got plenty of time to change his mind. By hook or by crook, we need
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Thomas The Tank Engine Gets a New Movie

Hey look... someone found a kid's brand that hasn't been turned into a movie in almost 10 years! British TV series Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends is coming back to the big screen courtesy of HiT Entertainment. The popular children's show has been around since the '80s and was based on The Railway Series of books by Rev. W. Awdry. The TV series was crudely animated with moving model trains that had static faces on them (which I always found sort of creepy) and occasional stop motion animation, but this will be a mix of live action and CGI. Some may remember that Ringo Starr narrated the original U.K. version of the TV series, while Alec Baldwin narrated a later U.S. version and played Mr. Conductor in the previous 2000 feature film Thomas and the Magic Railroad. Neither will be involved in this movie, but Josh Klausner (Shrek the Third
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Thomas The Tank Engine will return

Someone clearly thinks that there's still steam in the chamber for a Thomas The Tank Engine movie. Yes, despite the fact that the last time the Rev Wv Awdry's train creation brought us Thomas And The Magic Railroad (which still makes Alec Baldwin cry every time he's reminded he was in it), Hit Entertainment is laying tracks for his return. "Thomas & Friends is a phenomenally successful and versatile brand that appeals to children and families worldwide," says Julia Pistor, head of the Hit movie...

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'Thomas' buys ticket to big screen

'Thomas' buys ticket to big screen
All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine is heading back out on the tracks.

The cheeky children's book character is en route to the big screen via Hit Entertainment, which has hired screenwriter Josh Klausner ("Shrek the Third") to write a script for a feature based on the tiny-train world "Thomas & Friends" created by the Rev. W.V. Awdry in the 1940s.

Julia Pistor of Hit Movies, a newly launched unit of Thomas caretaker Hit Entertainment, is producing. The UTA-repped Hit also owns the Barney and Bob the Builder franchises, and it launched the film division to bring those family-oriented properties to the multiplex.

"'Thomas & Friends' is a phenomenally successful and versatile brand that appeals to children and families worldwide," said Pistor, who heads Hit Movies. "Generations of children have grown up with the adventures of 'Thomas & Friends' with its storytelling tradition, positive values, timeless lessons and rich train history. We
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Allcroft hangs indie prod'n shingle in L.A.

Britt Allcroft, creator of the worldwide children's programming franchise Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, on Monday announced the launch of her new independent production company, Britt Allcroft Prods., in Los Angeles. British-born Allcroft said she has set up the company to create and produce a variety of television, film and theater projects, the first of which is the children's live-action adventure TV series Scoobs. Scoobs, which is being launched at MIPTV in Cannes, is targeted for kids ages 6-10 and follows the adventures of a kids scuba-diving team nicknamed the Scoobs. The series was created by Allcroft, David Kuehler and Greg Lee. Kuehler is the director of Project Platypus, a product-development initiative within the girls division at Mattel, and Lee was a writer, contributing producer and host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning PBS children's show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Allcroft also is a best-selling author featured on the New York Times children's best-seller list for Thomas and the Magic Railroad.

Fonda Slams Dennis Hopper

Fonda Slams Dennis Hopper
Easy Rider (1969) star Peter Fonda is still bitter with co-star Dennis Hopper 31 years after the release of the classic road movie. The actor believes Hopper, who directed the film, has tried to take all the credit despite being conceived and produced by the 61-year-old Fonda. He fumes, "To hear Dennis tell it, he did it all himself. I didn't even have to show up for work, he just put his Peter Fonda suit on and got the other bike going." Fonda's latest film, Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000), is based on the classic children's books of W.H. Auden, and he says, "I still have this eight-year-old inside me who says 'Pretend to be this character, pretend you can talk to trains'. And I get paid for doing it."

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