| Apr 17, 2014
| 4:30 PM
On the heels of the Cannes Film Festival's much-anticipated press conference, Variety's Elsa Keslassy sat down with artistic director and delegate general Thierry Fremaux. Among other things, Fremaux talked about the colors and themes of this year's...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 5:37 PM
Disney has long had a complicated relationship with Satan, paganism and heavy metal. The latest evidence: the studio's new film "Maleficent."
In 1940, Disney conjured the animated masterpiece "Fantasia," in which Mickey Mouse flirted with the dark...
| May 23, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Two modes of realism compete for attention in Chinese arthouse helmer-scribe Wang Chao's "Fantasia," a glum yarn about a working-class family derailed by the breadwinner's illness. On the one hand, the film offers a lucid, unsentimental vision of contempo...
| Feb 2, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Mickey Mouse will serve as a mischievous tour guide on a musical journey through a magical map in a new stage show coming May 25 to Disneyland's Fantasyland Theatre.
"Mickey and the Magical Map" casts the title character in his classic role of sorcerer'...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 7:00 AM
On Oct. 16, 1923, Walt Disney and his brother Roy began the Walt Disney Co. inauspiciously in the rear of a small office at the Holly-Vermont Realty in Los Angeles. It was there that the young brothers, who paid $10 a month for the modest space, began...
| May 25, 2013
| 8:50 AM
The new "Mickey and the Magical Map" at Disneyland offers a solid if predictable storytelling foundation for an energetic musical stage show that's expected to run for years at the Anaheim theme park.
Photos: "Mickey and the Magic Map" show at...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 10:14 AM
Disney villains will increase their presence at Magic Kingdom when they are incorporated into "Celebrate the Magic," the nighttime show that projects moving images onto the façade of Cinderella Castle.
A segment that includes characters such as Ursula...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 2:52 PM
Christopher Wilkins was part conductor, part ringmaster Saturday afternoon as the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra teamed with Cirque de la Symphonie for a program of light classical favorites and circus acts.
Come to think of it, there may not be much...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 4:27 AM
A new play that had its premiere earlier this year in Newtown will have a New York reading later this month.
“Small World: A Fantasia” by Frederick Stroppel will have two industry-invited audiences to two presentations at the Harold...
| May 7, 2013
| 12:49 PM
Ray Harryhausen, the stop-motion animation legend whose work on "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms," "Jason and the Argonauts" and other science fiction and fantasy film classics made him a cult figure who inspired later generations of filmmakers and special-...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 2:12 PM
Walt Disney played a role in millions of childhoods. But who could have said that Uncle Walt sat on the edge of their bed and told a story about a wooden puppet who became a real boy?
That would have been Roy E. Disney, actual nephew of Walt, who grew...