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  • Blog Post: Disney’s “Prince of Persia” ends well. But is that really enough?

    All’s well that ends well. Or so says William Shakespeare and/or John Heywood . But it’s not Heywood that we’re talking about today. But – rather – Hollywood. And after having watched Disney’s “ Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time ,” I’m now wondering if it’s actually okay to overlook the first 100 minutes...
  • Blog Post: “Disney Prep and Landing” claims the top spot among this year’s holiday specials

    For 35 years now, “ Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ” has been leading the way. At least when it comes to Christmas specials. Ever since this Rankin/Bass production first premiered on NBC in December of 1964, year after year, “Rudolph” has consistently occupied the top spot. Ratings-wise, that is. But...
  • Blog Post: Disney's "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation" is one special holiday special

    Given that Phineas & Ferb manage to make the most of all 104 days of summer vacation, is it such a surprise to learn that these step-brothers really step things up when it comes to their two-week long holiday break from school? Copyright 2009 Disney. All Rights Reserved In " Phineas and Ferb Christmas...
  • Blog Post: “Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol” book is sure to be a hit with baby boomers

    The Philadelphia Inquirer said that it “ … succeeded in generating more warmth and sentiment than have flesh-and-blood actors in several previous … ‘Christmas Carols’ “ The Chicago Daily News that “ … it really was a remarkable job.” More importantly that this production “ … undoubtedly will become one...
  • Blog Post: Wicked, warped “Eastwick” adds some adult fun to ABC’s 2009 – 2010 line-up

    Take a dollop of “ Desperate Housewives ” and then toss that into a blender with a cup full of “ Charmed .” Now whip up elements of these two hit show elements up until they’re light & frothy, then pour the whole thing over the Stars Hollow sets from “ Gilmore Girls .” What do you wind up with? A...
  • Blog Post: Disney’s “Prep & Landing” wows animation fans at the D23 EXPO

    CatastropheCanyonCat writes in to say: Photo by Jeff Lange “I’ve been checking your site for days now, waiting for the D23 EXPO coverage to begin. When are you going to start telling us what this show was like, what your favorite parts were?” Favorite parts? There’s a line out of Ben Brantley‘s May 2001...
  • Blog Post: Tube Thursday: “Merlin” 's Prince Arthur ain’t exactly a prince of a guy

    You remember what happened to Wart in “ The Sword in the Stone ,” right? How he suddenly went from being Kay’s clumsy squire to becoming the “ … rightwise King born of England.” Copyright Disney. All Rights Reserved Well, Bradley James now knows a little bit about Wart must have gone through. Given that...
  • Blog Post: Tube Thursday: “LOST” props to come up for auction in May of 2010

    In a space that’s as big as the exhibit hall at the San Diego Convention Center is, it’s relatively easy to get … Well, lost. Which is why it might be helpful sometimes to carry a compass with you as you wander the aisles at Comic-Con . As it turns out, I did find a compass this past Sunday. A really...
  • Blog Post: The Towers live on ... in movies & television, that is

    I wonder if you've ever had an experience like this: The other day, I was feeling blue. Alice had just gone home after spending almost the entire summer up here in New Hampshire. And I was missing my daughter something fierce. Which is why I decided that I'd try & cheer myself up by watching...
  • Blog Post: The story that Walt didn't want you to hear

    My apologies, folks. I know that JHM has been somewhat erratic lately when it comes to maintaining our usual Monday-through-Friday publishing schedule. It's just that -- in order to score new stories for this website -- I sometimes have to do a little traveling. That's what I'm doing today, anyway. Flying...
  • Blog Post: Tune Thursday: Big Green Ogre heads for Great White Way

    He's been the star of three hugely popular animated features . He's got his own theme park attraction . And -- just last month -- he appeared in his first holiday special . Which then went on to be one of the most watched television programs of 2007 . So what worlds are left for Shrek to conquer (Before...
  • Blog Post: Will the writer's strike force production of "High School Musical 3" & "The Hannah Montana Movie" to be postponed ?

    "What Time Is It ?" Well, according to the folks who are working on the next installment of Disney's hugely popular "High School Musical" series , it's time to push back the start of production. Where once this Walt Disney Pictures release was supposed to begin shooting in January , now the word coming...
  • Blog Post: "Shrek the Halls" puts the fun back into dysfunctional family gatherings

    Are you tired of tearing up when George Bailey finds Zuzu's petals in his pocket? Or reaching for a Kleenex whenever that doll on the Island of Misfit Toys says "I don't have any dreams left to dream"? Well, if that's true ... Then have I got a Christmas present for all you Grinches out there. DreamWorks...
  • Blog Post: Could you please have the Rat whip me up some crow?

    Everyone out there enjoying the day after Thanksgiving? Particularly all of those delicious leftovers that you've got stashed in the fridge? Not me. I mean, sure. I'll get to them eventually. But first ... I have to choke down a rather large portion of crow. By that I mean ... Have you seen the international...
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