Let’s get this right out of the way: Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz, the authors of TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time, know you won’t agree with all of their choices, and they don’t expect you to do so. advertisement advertisement “I’m already kind of dreading the think pieces that might be written about this book. ‘How dare these guys presume to rank these shows! Here is what you forgot, and here is what you shouldn’t have put in for X reason!'” says Seitz, who is the TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com as well as the editor-in-chief and lead film critic of RogerEbert.com. “We said in the introduction, this is not meant to be the definitive pantheon of all time for everyone. It’s only Matt and Alan’s list. That’s all it is. We want more people to do more books like this.” “I would agree with Matt. There is a reason we put ‘The … [Read more...] about Two Critics Pick The All-Time Best TV Shows. And They Know You Already Hate Their List
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In addition to spotty service, Disney Plus seems to be a bit spotty with its censorship rules. advertisement advertisement The company’s brand-new streaming service is catching flak for not including an episode of The Simpsons, presumably because of its heavy references of Michael Jackson. “Stark Raving Dad” was originally the first episode of season three in 1991, but on Disney Plus, that season starts with episode two, “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington.” In “Stark Raving Dad,” Homer is mistakenly sent to a mental institution, where he befriends a man who claims to be Michael Jackson. It’s eventually revealed that he’s an imposter who admits to speaking like Jackson because it made people happy. “Stark Raving Dad” was actually pulled from broadcast circulation earlier this year following HBO’s documentary Leaving Neverland, which chronicles the allegations of child abuse against Jackson. That would … [Read more...] about Disney Plus censors ‘The Simpsons’ Michael Jackson episode, but the racist crows in ‘Dumbo’ stay?
Suzanne Xie has long been fascinated by stories and the power of storytelling. Born in China, she moved to the United States when she was four years old and learned how to speak English by reading picture books and watching cartoons. “In elementary school, I would spend hours in my room retelling my favorite stories to my collection of stuffed toys,” she reminisces, quipping, “they never judged my English.” advertisement advertisement Given how important stories were to her as a child, Xie decided a few years ago that she wanted to find a way to tell stories to today’s digital-savvy children. “With an entire generation of kids yearning for engaging stories and predisposed to the mobile medium, I saw an opportunity to rethink not just how a story could be told, but the kind of stories being told,” she says. So Xie got into the storytelling business, founding Hullabalu in 2012. Born in Palo Alto, California, and now based in New York … [Read more...] about How Hullabalu Is Shaking Up Story Time For Kids With Immersive, Responsive Content
Pedro Almodóvar’s visual imagination ran wild while he was reading Alice Munro’s short story “Chance” during a vacation in the Dominican Republic seven years ago. The story, which is featured in the Canadian author’s 2004 short story collection Runaway, focuses on a fateful train trip from Toronto to Vancouver during which a young PhD student named Juliet is confronted with death and encounters a man with whom she will fall in love and have a child. “I remember I was completely hooked with the part on the train, what happens on the train. I was very surprised by that section in that story, and I found it particularly cinematic,” the director and screenwriter tells Co.Create during an interview at the Peninsula Hotel in New York City, noting that he has long aspired to shoot a train sequence akin to the memorable ones captured on film by Alfred Hitchcock in Strangers On a Train, The Lady Vanishes and North By Northwest. advertisement … [Read more...] about Behind The Script: How Pedro Almodóvar Turned Alice Munro Short Stories Into “Julieta”
Illustrator Paul Rogers has created a beautiful, hand-drawn version of Jack Kerouac’s classic, On the Road. The illustrations, which Rogers began in 2012 and finished recently, distill one moment or line from every page of the hyperactive novel, giving readers and entirely new way to experience the book. Unfortunately, Kerouac’s estate wasn’t enthusiastic about the idea of Roger’s version, and wouldn’t grant permission for it to be published as its own book. They said it “detracts from the book” and “dumbs down” the content. “It’s disappointing, but you never know, these things have a way of finding their own time, and maybe something else will come along down the line,” Rogers writes on his website. “It’s been a fun ride.” Lucky for us, the entire thing is available online. [h/t: Subtraction.com] advertisement advertisement advertisement … [Read more...] about Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” Illustrated Page By Page