Speaking of Disney disrespect to source material…

(via Chattaway's FilmChat.) Now Disney's meddling with the Hundred Acre Wood and replacing Christopher Robin with at 6-year-old girl, because Christoher Robin "just wouldn't sell." I need to find something to quit so I can say "I quit!" in protest. … [Read more...]

Specials: David Brooks on "Munich." Plus, NY Online Critics’ Awards, LA Critics’ awards.

Sunday's specials: David Brooks reviews Munich! In Spielberg's Middle East the only way to achieve peace is by renouncing violence. But in the real Middle East the only way to achieve peace is through military victory over the fanatics, accompanied by compromise between the reasonable elements on each side. Somebody, the Israelis or the Palestinian Authority, has to defeat Hamas and the other terrorist groups. Far from leading to a downward cycle, this kind of violence is the … [Read more...]

Yes, But Does Narnia Have Legs?

Coming Soon reports on The Lion, the Witch and the Box Office: Walt Disney Pictures' The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe exceeded expectations, opening to an impressive $67.1 million. Director Andrew Adamson's adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel marks the second-biggest opening ever for a film in December, surpassing The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ($62 million) and trailing only The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($72.6 million). It is also the 23rd … [Read more...]