Cast of "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"/Image © 1971 Warner Bros.
Whatever happened to the kids from the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory adaptation? Here’s what they look like now. You can watch their reunion on “The Today Show,” in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the film. Really wish they’d flown Gene Wilder in to scream at them again!
In the months leading up to their big 2011 movie, The Muppets released a series of trailers imitating the style of other hot releases (including “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”). It turns out they’re not quite finished — the gang is plugging their March 20th DVD release with an homage to “The Hunger Games” (or, at least, to its marketing campaign).
Those complaining about Hollywood’s glut of fairy-tale-based entertainments will be happy to hear that 500 new fairy tales have been discovered in Germany. These tales were found among the work of a historian named Franz Xaver von Schönwerth, who gathered them more than 150 years ago; while some are variations on already-familiar tales, there are plenty of others that are brand new. Coming soon to a theater near you!
The adaptation of Nick Flynn’s hit memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City has opened to generally mixed reviews; is anyone else peeved that they gave the movie the incomprehensibly bland title of “Being Flynn,” falling prey to the execrable cliche that’s been dogging Hollywood for more than a decade? Please, no more gerunds — anything but the gerunds!