Closing the book on fairy tales

I'm five years old again and squealing with delight. It's the day before Thanksgiving and ABC Family is showing "Beauty and the Beast." Belle, my favorite princess (sorry, Ariel. You're a close second) is singing her theme song about the provincial life she lives in France on the screen in front of me, and I get goose bumps.


UNO Television screens award-winning documentary

UNO Television presented a homemade documentary during the event "Relive the Journey: St. Cecilia's Cathedral through the Lens of UNO Television" on Nov. 30. About 45 people attended the event, which took place in the Community Service and Public Affairs Commons building's room 132 at 5:30 p.m. 


Valley of the what?

If you've seen the 1967 film adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's "Valley of the Dolls," brace yourself for an even more rouge (and hilarious) parody at the SNAP!/Shelterbelt Theatre. The stage production, of the same name as the book and movie, follows the movie script almost entirely, with one obvious exception: cross-dressing. 


Racing train brings new hero aboard

Anyone who has seen a movie starring Denzel Washington knows his proven ability to engage his audience and steal their hearts, no matter what character he plays. However, it could catch someone off guard to see that the Oscar award-winner plays a more humble role as Frank Barnes in "Unstoppable" in order to let a new guy get some rave. 


‘Deathly Hallows, Part I’: The beginning of the end

The Gateway joined an audience of roughly 400 people for an advance screening of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" on Monday, Nov. 15 at Rave Motion Pictures Westroads.

If there's one thing that Muggles worldwide can agree on, it's that the latest movie about the Boy Who Lived is the bleakest and most sinister yet.

Whether fans, or merely along for the multi-billion dollar franchise ride, audiences who hit the theaters this weekend to see the first installment of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" will be presented with a very different scene than that of the shy young boy in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.


Leaving Hogwarts behind

WATFORD, England - There was a break in the action - the cast and crew of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" were milling about waiting for the next set-up on a summer day here in 2009 - and Daniel Radcliffe sat back in his seat and admired the life of a fugitive.


The boy wizard who changed my life

It's been eight years, and I still haven't received my letter.

Hagrid, if you read this, Katerina Marcotte is still waiting. You are welcome to burst into her house at any time.

I've had a good 12 years of preparation, though. Jumping off beds with broomsticks firmly between my knees, attempting to fashion a wand out of yard waste and crafting a Hedwig costume out of feathers and stapled-together pieces of printer paper have surely proved good witch practice.

 


‘Saw 3-D’opening shows series hasn’t lost all its mojo

LOS ANGELES – After seven films in seven years and nearly $750 million in worldwide box office, "Saw" is ending with neither a wimper nor a bang.

"Saw 3D," advertised as the final installment in the pioneering horror-torture series, opened to $24.2 million this weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Lionsgate.