The Reviews Are In For Daft Punk's Album...

The Reviews Are In For Daft Punk's Album...
The lead-up to Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" has proven the robots and Columbia Records to be masters of hype. There were rumors upon rumors, most of which turned out to be true in some weird and twisted way (case in point: Daft Punk was at Coachella, but just to walk around in their civvies and watch the crowd react to a trailer for "Get Lucky").

But building up expectations often comes with plenty of risks. When the album arrives in stores on May 17, it will easily be the most-hyped record of the year. A few critics got an early listen of the project, and though most admit they need to spend more time with the album, here's what they have to say.

Over at MTV, James Montgomery writes that the record "is not a reinvention so much as it is a revolution; their attempt to liberate themselves from dance music entirely.
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Tiger's Apprentice to Roar Into Theaters

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Laurence Yep's young adult novel "Tiger's Apprentice" is becoming a feature film by the very busy Jane Startz, the former Scholastic exec who produced Ella Enchanted. Tiger's Apprentice is about Asian-American teen Tom Lee who is completely orphaned after his grandmother is killed and finds he is protected by four creatures in the Chinese zodiac, including a mystical tiger. Oscar-nominated scribe David Magee (Finding Neverland, the upcoming Life of Pi) will adapt the book into a screenplay.

The animated film will feature a demographic mostly overlooked by Hollywood: Asian teens in America. The success or failure of this film will likely speak to the future of films made for this audience.

Jane Startz Productions has announced several projects in development recently including Muncle Trogg, The Cold Kiss, The School for Good and Evil and Far Flung Adventures: Fergus Crane.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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Anatomy Of A War Horse: The Actors Behind The Puppets Speak (Slideshow)

Anatomy Of A War Horse: The Actors Behind The Puppets Speak (Slideshow)
When the three actors who play one horse sat down for an interview recently, they unwittingly sat in order: head, heart, and hind.

Some of the stars of the hit play "War Horse" will never be noticed when they're walking down the street. In fact, if they do their job, they won't be noticed onstage, either.

Together, Tom Lee, 37, Joel Reuben Ganz, 34, and Jonathan Christopher MacMillan, 25, make up one of several teams of actors who turn a life-sized puppet into a horse named Topthorn.

"It could be frustrating," says Lee, who operates the hind, "But it's also beautiful. People believe these horses are here. It's kind of humbling."

In 2007, "War Horse" premiered at London's Royal National Theatre to terrific acclaim. It played two separate engagements there before transferring to London's West End in 2009, where it broke records for ticket sales and continues to play to packed houses. On Thursday, "War Horse
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