| Dec 5, 2013
| 6:00 AM
NEW YORK — Few people would mistake the Long Island commuter town of Bethpage (elevation: 105 feet) for the Austrian Alps. But on a vast soundstage in an anonymous industrial park about 45 minutes from Manhattan sits a gently sloping, man-made...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 6:00 AM
NEW YORK — Playwright Rick Elice calls the memorabilia-filled study in his Upper West Side apartment "the garage."
It's a good term for the workshop of a self-described workaholic whose method is a combination of technical rigor, restless...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 3:08 PM
With Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” set to hit theaters, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien is again about to satisfy millions of moviegoers.
But what about the man who created it? Tolkien led a complicated and...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 9:51 AM
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Thursday night NBC staged a three-hour live performance of Rodgers and Hammserstein's "The Sound of Music," the world's most beloved musical, with Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, a role...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 12:47 PM
Patricia W. Waters, a homemaker, Anglophile and mother of filmmaker John Waters, died Saturday of complications from a fall and recent surgery at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 89.
"She was our matriarch. She was an unusually strong and...
| Feb 28, 2014
| 10:29 AM
Characters and situations from "Peter Pan" inspire this animated Disney tale, with Mae Whitman ("Parenthood") returning from past projects to voice Tinker Bell again.
However, the tale's central figure is Zarina, voiced by Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men"...
| Mar 9, 2014
| 2:36 PM
The new daily parade at Magic Kingdom has debuted, and it's stocked with dozens of Disney characters and a set of new detailed floats. Here are five thoughts we had while watching the parade come down Main Street.
1. "Wow, this thing is moving right...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 6:13 AM
Big, bright, often beautiful and essentially an action movie, as are most animated features these days, "Frozen" comes from Walt Disney Animation Studios. While Disney credits the 1845 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Snow Queen" as primary...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 10:30 AM
It's easy to imagine Disney Theatrical Prods. following a pretty simple checklist: 1) Take a well-known musical title, probably an animated one, from the Disney catalog. 2) Adapt it into a splashy Broadway musical, a la "The Lion King," "Beauty and the...
| Nov 11, 2013
| 6:30 PM
After successfully adapting "Pride and Prejudice" and "Anna Karenina," Joe Wright looks ready to adapt another classic literary tale as he is in talks to direct an untitled "Peter Pan" origin tale for Warner Bros.
Plot details are vague but familiar...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 6:40 AM
For Catonsville Children's Theatre founder and executive director, Nick Gough, and his wife, Barbara, enabling children to act is the goal, not memorizing lines or rote repetition of a script.
Nick said the young actors are considered "partners" and...