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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bring home to the troops this holiday.

"Tangled" could be the end and beginning of a new Disney

Tangled, the new film from Disney, is that studio's 50th animated feature. Has the company learned anything in all that time? It sure has.

Tangled will be Disney's last animated Princess tale for a long time. 

Disney started the princess movie tradition in 1937 with Snow White. So if the classic princess tales come to an end with Tangled, what will Disney do instead?

The company is moving toward appeal to boys, having 'a lock' of sorts on the under 30 female set. Plus, the genre has been overdone, and become too "hip" and current, no longer assuring the long term revenue that Disney was built on. This does not mean young girls will not have heroines from Disney, but they will be more "macho" in profession, attitude and appeal.

For the full story, written and audio, from NPR's Morning edition click here. 

For  a look at Disney's direction from NPR, click here.

Are mothers the movie world's new villains?

The LA Times blog features a commentary worth reading about how moms have gone from loving and the center of any family hearth to villains, scheming or at the least selfish. Or maybe they're just in need of a good therapy session.
Filmmakers, call your mothers.

Or maybe better yet, mothers, call your filmmaker children. They apparently have some issues with you.

Over decades of moviemaking, mothers have had it pretty good. Sure, every once in a while there's a Mrs. Iselin, Angela Lansbury's deviously controlling maternal unit in "The Manchurian Candidate." But by and large cinematic moms fit into one of several archetypes, all of them affectionate.

There is, first off, the plucky single mom. You know her well -- she's raising her children in a cruel world,  fighting the odds and her own difficult past for the sake of the next generation.  We've seen her on screen going all the way back to Barbara Stanwyck's "Stella Dallas" and in a raft of current movies, Laura Linney in  "You Can Count on Me," Maggie Gyllenhaal in "Sherrybaby" and so on.
Then, of course, there's the fiercely protective mother, capable of extraordinary sacrifice to help her children, like Tilda Swinton coolly covering up her son's crimes in 2001's "The Deep End." 
And then there's the victim mother, who suffers a terrible tragedy and lives to tell the tale, the Sissy Spacek character from "In the Bedroom" and so many of her ilk.

More Commercials on the Internet?

What's a few more commercials amongs friends. Turner Broadcasting says consumers are willing to tolerate more advertisements in content that is streamed online. Currently, most networks offer their content online with far fewer commercials than television. In terms of stupidity, that move was right up there with giving it away for free online when people have to pay for it to watch on television. While getting consumers to pay to watch online may be a long battle, the industry is starting to realize they can jam more commercials down their throats with little risk and lots of reward. TheNew York Times with details of Turner's study.

From the LA Times Company Town Blog. Link here.

Claymation Christmas episode of "Community" on NBC 12/9


There is no new Community this week, but to tide everyone over, NBC has released a sneak preview of the upcoming stop-motion Christmas episode which is set to air Thursday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m.
Series creator Dan Harmon said to Entertainment Weekly that making an animated episode had been on his mind for a while. It was a perfect marriage when Harmon found out the network execs were also mulling a similar idea.
"We rewatched all the Rankin/Bass [Rudolph] specials. It’s interesting to notice all these things that got magnified, and other things that got washed away in the tides of time [...] you pull these images and sounds into your heart as a child, and they stay there," he said.
So why is the gang made out of clay? "The Christmas episode looks into what makes [Abed] different from other people,” Harmon explains.

No more Harrah's Entertainment Corp.

Harrah's Entertainment on Tuesday officially changed its name to Caesars Entertainment Corp., a move the company first considered more than two years ago.

Harrah's itself will not change names, but the corporate name changed Tuesday.