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Q&A: Tosh talks the Ivy League, Carlos Mencia and Dakota Fanning - Daily Northwestern
Comedian Daniel Tosh performed at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall on Thursday night. He sat down for a question-and-answer session about his love for comedy, his affinity for stealing jokes and making his big break at Northwestern. DAILY: Did you always want...
Dakota Fanning Arrives In Vancouver For 'New Moon' - Access Hollywood
Dakota Fanning is ready to show her “New Moon” fangs. The star was spotted today arriving in Vancouver to shoot the “Twilight” sequel, according to People. Dakota is playing Jane, a pint-sized Italian Volturi vampire. The star posed with fans outside...
New Moon's Michael Sheen: Dakota Fanning Looks "Unsettling" - Celebuzz
One of the more eyebrow-raising revelations is that he finds his castmate Dakota Fanning, who's handling the role of Jane in the upcoming film, "unsettling." "Met [Twilight author] Stephenie [Meyer] yesterday on the set," Sheen tweeted on Friday....
Comic Con sells out, Twilight Source guides you - Twilight Source
I'M THE FIRST TO COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well shoot there's really no way I could have gone to that but it would have been frickin' amazing. I want to know who the panel is going to be. I hope Dakota Fanning is there because I heart her and I have...
Dakota Fanning Finishes Up “New Moon” Duties - The Gossip Girls
Already finished up with her filming duties, Dakota Fanning was spotted preparing to leave Vancouver on Tuesday afternoon (May 12). The 15-year-old “I Am Sam” sweetheart spent only a week up north in Canada, busily shooting scenes for the “Twilight”...
Dakota Fanning Takes Time for Mom - The Gossip Girls
She's one of the hottest young stars in Hollywood, but even Dakota Fanning knows the importance of showing her mom some love on Mother's Day. The “I Am Sam” cutie took time out of her busy schedule to treat her mother to a swanky meal at an Italian...
Slouching Towards Hollywood: Fanning Rescues 'Hounddog;' Nothing ... - California Chronicle
"Black Snake Moan" is a far better film overall than "Hounddog" but leading 12-year-old lady Dakota Fanning carries it like an iPhone. Left to her own ends, she's at home swimming in her underwear and walking in the tall grass, despite the snakes....
Dakota Fanning and Rachelle Lefevre: “New Moon” Mates - The Gossip Girls
Already making friends up north, Dakota Fanning was spotted chumming it up with “New Moon” co-star Rachelle Lefevre in Vancouver, Canada on Friday (May 8). The pair, who brought Rachelle's little sis along for the outing, ended up arriving at Blue...
There's no place like home after all - 중앙데일리
“Don't forget about me, guys,” says young Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) before falling asleep in her new house, to a photograph of her best friends back in her old town, a scene that's awfully reminiscent of my early days as an expatriate here in...

Charlotte's Web (2006 film)

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Charlotte's Web is a live-action/computer-animated feature film, based on the popular book of the same name by E.B. White. It is directed by Gary Winick and produced by Paramount Pictures, Walden Media, The Kerner Entertainment Company, and Nickelodeon Movies. The screenplay is by Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick, based on White's book.

It is the second film adaptation of White's book, preceded by a 1973 cel-animated version produced by Hanna-Barbera for Paramount Pictures. It was distributed in Switzerland, Spain, and Netherlands by Universal Pictures.

One spring, on a farm in Maine, Fern Arable (Dakota Fanning) learns that her father plans to kill the runt of a litter of newborn pigs. She successfully begs him to spare the piglet's life. The farmer gives the tiny pig to Fern, who names him Wilbur and raises him as her pet. To Fern's regret, when Wilbur grows into an adult pig, Fern is forced to take him to the Zuckerman farm, where he is to be prepared as dinner in due time.

Charlotte (Julia Roberts), a spider, lives in the space above Wilbur's sty in the Zuckermans' barn; she befriends Wilbur and decides to help prevent him from being eaten. With the help of the other barn animals, including a rat named Templeton (Steve Buscemi), she convinces the Zuckerman family that Wilbur is actually quite special, by spelling out descriptions of him in her web: "Some pig", "Terrific", "Radiant" and "Humble". Charlotte gives her full name as "Charlotte A. Cavatica", revealing her as a barn spider, an orb-weaver spider with the scientific name Araneus cavaticus.

The farm family, Wilbur, Charlotte, and Templeton go to a fair, where Wilbur is entered in a contest. While there, Charlotte produces an egg sac. She cannot return home with Wilbur because she is dying. Wilbur tearfully says goodbye to Charlotte but manages to take her egg sac home, where hundreds of offspring emerge. Most of the young spiders soon leave, but three, named Joy, Aranea and Nellie, stay and become Wilbur's friends.

This was Thomas Haden Church's second family film to be released by Paramount Pictures. In 2006, the first being Over the Hedge, which was made by DreamWorks Animation. Paramount had distributed the film as a result of its acquisition of DreamWorks, whose animation division became its own company in late 2004.

This was the first film based on a book by E. B. White since 2001's The Trumpet of the Swan.

This was the second film where Julia Roberts voices an arthropod, the first being The Ant Bully where she voices an ant.

Charlotte's Web was produced without any involvement from E.B. White's estate.

Major shooting was completed in May 2006. It was filmed on location in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria and suburbs in Melbourne, Australia. The fair scene in the story was filmed in Heidelberg in Melbourne, Australia at Heidelberg West Football Club's football ground.

Visual effects are by Rising Sun Pictures, Fuel International, Proof, Rhythm and Hues Studios, Digital Pictures Iloura and Tippett Studio. The visual effects supervisor for the film as a whole was John Berton, who noted that a live action version of Charlotte's Web has become much more practical in recent years due to advances in technology. Winick "was adamant" that Charlotte and Templeton (the film's two entirely computer-generated characters) should be realistic and not stylized, although they did give Charlotte almond-shaped eyes. John Dietz, visual effects supervisor for Rising Sun Pictures, notes that there was a debate over whether to give her a mouth, and that in the end they decided to have her chelicerae move in what he describes as being almost like a veil, as if there were a mouth behind it.

The film was at one time intended for a June 2006 release, but was pushed back to December 2006 to avoid competition with two other films from Nickelodeon Movies - Nacho Libre and Barnyard - as well as Over the Hedge and Cars among other films. It was released in Australia on December 7, 2006 and in the United States and Canada on December 15, 2006. The U.S. and Canadian release date matches that of 20th Century Fox's Eragon, another film with fantasy elements and a young protagonist. The scheduled release date in the UK is February 9, 2007. The DVD was released on April 3, 2007 in the United States and Canada and was released on DVD in the United Kingdom on May 28.

In the United States, the film was Paramount's first theatrical film to be rated "G" by the Motion Picture Association of America since the company's 2001's film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.

Colm Andrew of the Manx Independent gave the film 6/10, saying that the main problem was "the ultra-cute characterisation of Wilbur, resulting in half the audience rooting for his demise" although overall it was "a competent retelling of a classic story that won't offend".

The film was awarded a 2006 Critics' Choice Award for Best Family Film in the live-action category. The film also won the Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actress at the 2007 Kids Choice Awards.

A soundtrack CD, Charlotte's Web: Music from the Motion Picture, was released by Sony Classical on December 5, 2006. In addition to the instrumental score by Danny Elfman, the soundtrack includes a song by Sarah McLachlan. A CD compilation of "Music Inspired by the Motion Picture" was issued on December 12, 2006.

A video game of the movie, developed by Backbone Entertainment and published by THQ and Sega, was released on December 12, 2006 for the GBA, Nintendo DS, PS2 and PC.

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Man on Fire (2004 film)

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Man on Fire is a 2004 American action drama thriller film about an ex-CIA operative/assassin-turned-bodyguard who takes revenge on a Mexican gang that kidnapped the child he was hired to protect. The film was directed by Tony Scott, starring Denzel Washington, Dakota Fanning, Radha Mitchell, Giancarlo Giannini, Marc Anthony, Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken.

This movie is a remake of the 1987 film Man on Fire. Both films are based on the first in a series of books by author A. J. Quinnell, about a former U.S. Marine and Foreign Legionnaire turned mercenary. The film, which was released on April 23, 2004 in the U.S., received mixed reviews. It was commercially successful though, drawing $23 million in its opening weekend and grossing $130,293,714 internationally.

In Mexico City, criminal gangs are kidnapping rich people and their families for the lucrative ransom money. On the advice of his lawyer, Mexican businessman Samuel Ramos (Marc Anthony), like other wealthy people, hires a bodyguard to protect his nine-year-old daughter Lupita "Pita" Ramos (Dakota Fanning), and to be able to renew the family's ransom insurance. The head of an executive security firm, Paul Rayburn (Christopher Walken) suggests that Ramos hire Rayburn's old CIA buddy John Creasy (Denzel Washington).

Ramos is impressed with Creasy's résumé, which includes a variety of counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism activities. However, Creasy has since become uninterested in life. He is burned out from all the death and horror and has taken to alcoholism to ease the burden. Creasy is not interested in bodyguard work and even less with the youngster, but he needs a job. Creasy's initial impatience slowly fades as he finds himself opening up to the child. He replaces her parents in their absence, giving her advice and coaching her in her swimming lessons and competitions. He helps her overcome her fear of starting guns, turning it into an eagerness to move at the sound of one. Pita gives Creasy an emblem of St. Jude, the patron saint of lost causes, saying she bought it for him with her own money.

Shortly after delivering her to a piano audition, Creasy notices a suspicious vehicle driving past and a pair of police cars blocking off the surrounding street. As Pita emerges from the building and freezes, Creasy pulls out his gun and fires a shot into the air, similar to a starting gun, startling her to running away. During the ensuing gun battle, four of the attackers are fatally shot, including two corrupt police officers. The battle leaves Creasy seriously wounded and unconscious, allowing the surviving kidnappers to grab the child.

Shortly after the kidnapping, the leader of the kidnapping ring, known only as "The Voice," demands a dead drop ransom of ten million dollars in exchange for Pita. The drop goes badly, the kidnappers are ambushed by a corrupt police gang called "La Hermandad", and the money is stolen. The Voice notifies Pita's parents that their child will not be returned. It is during this time that Creasy is made into a public spectacle by the police chief while unconscious in his hospital bed, claiming he has murdered two judicial police officers.

Rayburn shows up at the hospital after hearing the news and aids in helping Creasy escape to a safe house to further recover from his injuries. Creasy does not make full recovery though, and as Rayburn notes, he won't last long with the shape he is in. Some days later he returns to Pita's home and promises her mother that he will kill everyone who was involved in, or profited from, the kidnapping. With Rayburn's help, Creasy buys a variety of guns, explosives, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Starting with a licence plate number, he uses the weaponry to kill a number of corrupt Mexican police officers and high-ranking law enforcement officials who were involved in the kidnapping. Creasy (ironically) kidnaps and tortures several "La Hermandad" members, forcing them to reveal the names of the people involved in the kidnapping ring. Eventually, Creasy learns that Ramos set up the kidnapping of his own daughter in order to get insurance money, as he was going bankrupt. He then commits suicide with a gun provided by Creasy. Thanks to a newspaper article that reveals The Voice's identity as Daniel Sánchez, Creasy shows up at his apartment, and fights his way in. Although Creasy is wounded in the gunfire, he gains the upper hand, and captures Sánchez's brother and ex-wife. He then calls Sánchez, and, using a sawed-off shotgun, blows four of his brother's fingers off, threatening his life.

To save his brother, Sánchez reveals that Pita is alive, and offers to exchange her for his brother and Creasy. Creasy agrees, and travels with Pita's mother to a remote rural area to make the exchange. After Pita runs to her mother, Creasy is hustled into a car, which speeds off. As Creasy looks upon the Popocatépetl volcano he succumbs to his wounds, dropping the emblem of St. Jude that Pita gave him as he does so. An epilogue reveals that Sánchez was killed during a police raid that same day, his location discovered by special operations police who were electronically following Creasy's movements and actions.

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Coraline (film)

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Coraline is a 2009 animated stop-motion 3-D horror fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's novella of the same name. It was produced by LAIKA and distributed by Focus Features. Directed by Henry Selick, it was released widely in theaters on February 6, 2009 after a world premiere at the Portland International Film Festival. It is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for thematic elements, scary images, some language and suggestive humor.

Coraline Jones (Dakota Fanning) moves into the Pink Palace Apartments in Ashland, Oregon with her loving but distracted parents (Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman). On the first week of her moving in she meets a strange boy named Wybie Lovat (Robert Bailey Jr.), whose grandmother used to live in the Pink Palace (and now owns it). He gives her a doll that resembles Coraline the next day. Coraline also encounters a stray black cat (Keith David) that is familiar to the neighborhood and is often tended by Wybie.

While exploring her new surroundings, Coraline finds and unlocks a small door covering a bricked-up section of wall. That night, Coraline follows a small mouse that goes through a dark corridor beyond the door, which leads her to a world parallel to the house grounds. There she encounters beings who claim to be her "Other" Parents (Teri Hatcher and John Hodgman), who visually resemble her real parents with the exception of having black buttons for eyes. The black-button-eyed inhabitants of this fantastical Other World prove to be much more interesting and attentive than those from her own world, particularly her Other Mother, who does everything she can to keep Coraline happy. In the Other World she also encounters the black cat, which is able to speak here; it warns her not to be easily tricked by the Other Mother. When she goes to sleep at night in the Other World, she awakens in her room in the Real World. From Wybie, she learns that his grandmother refuses to let him enter the apartments due to the grandmother's twin sister having been "stolen" when they were young.

Every night, Coraline goes to visit her Other Parents after following the mouse through the small door. Her Other Neighbors put on a series of entertaining shows to keep her interests piqued. The Other Mother tells her she can stay there forever if she is willing to sew buttons into her eyes. She refuses, and goes to her room for a night's sleep, thinking she'll wake up back in her Real Bedroom. The next morning, upon waking, Coraline finds she is still stuck in the Other World. Coraline decides she would much rather be with her real parents, angering the Other Mother, who reveals her true form as an evil witch and traps her in a small room. There Coraline encounters three ghost children who lost their souls to the Other Mother after allowing her to seduce them into staying on this side; one of them proves to be the lost twin sister of Wybie's grandmother. The ghost children explain that the doll of Coraline is actually a spy to the Other Mother, allowing the Other Mother to mimic her victims' worlds. Coraline manages to escape the Other World with the help of the Other Wybie and return home, though her real parents are nowhere to be found. She realizes that they have been kidnapped by the Other Mother, and the only way to save them is to return to the Other World and defeat her. Wybie visits her upon her return to the real world, explaining he needs to have the doll back, claiming it was her grandmother's twin sister's. Coraline repeats to Wybie how the Other Mother uses the doll to mimic her victims' worlds. She searches for the doll to find it has disappeared. After she can't find the doll, she decides to return to the Other World. Coraline challenges the Other Mother to a game: if Coraline can find the children's souls and her parents scattered throughout the Other World, they will be set free. Otherwise, she will stay in the Other World forever, and sew buttons over her eyes.

With the help of the mystical black cat and a magic seeing stone provided by her (real) neighbors, (Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders), Coraline retrieves all three souls and disintegrate the inhabitants of the Other World, grotesquely twisted and sent against her by the Other Mother. Locating her parents as well, and knowing the Other Mother would go back on her word if she lost, Coraline tricks her into unlocking the passage between the two worlds. Coraline throws the cat into the Other Mother's face; it claws her button eyes out, allowing Coraline to steal the key and escape. As the Other Mother tries to grab her, Coraline manages to close the door on her hand, severing it. Back in her own world, Coraline finds her parents safe and sound without any memory of the incident.

That night, the freed souls of the children explain to Coraline that the Other Mother will try to make her way into her world and find the key to reclaim her. Coraline takes the key to a deep well on the house grounds, but is attacked by the Other Mother's severed hand. After a brief struggle, Wybie, after believing Coraline's story, arrives just in time and crushes the hand. He and Coraline throw it and the key into the well, ridding the world of the Other Mother's influence forever. The movie ends with all the apartment house residents in the garden planting fresh new flowers, while Coraline finally meets Wybie's grandmother and begins to tell her tale.

At its peak, the film involved the efforts of 450 people, including from 30 to 35 animators and digital designers in the DDG or Digital Design Group (the newly appointed director of which is Dan Casey) and more than 250 technicians and designers. One crew member was hired specifically to knit miniature sweaters and other clothing for the puppet characters, using knitting needles as thin as human hair.

Coraline was staged in a 140,000-square-foot warehouse which was longer than a Hillsboro city block; the building was formerly the home of a company called Southern Plastic Mold. The stage was divided into 50 lots which played host to nearly 150 sets Among the sets were three Victorian mansions, a 42-foot apple orchard, and a model of Ashland, Oregon (complete with tiny Oregon Shakespeare Festival banners).

Focus Features distributed the film. Coraline appeared at Comic-Con 2007. A trailer was shown with the films Beowulf, U2 3D, Twilight, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Inkheart, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Hotel For Dogs, Bedtime Stories, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Bolt, Marley & Me, and The Tale of Despereaux.

The film has an 89% "Certified Fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and a 79 out of 100 at Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

According to Paul Dergarabedian a movie business analyst with Media by Numbers, for the film to succeed it needed a box office comparable to Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, which grossed $16 million its opening weekend and ended up making more than $192 million worldwide; prior to the film's release, Dergarabedian thought Laika "should be really pleased" if it made close to $10 million on its opening weekend.

In its U.S. opening weekend, the movie made $16.85 million, ranking third at the box office. It made $15 million on its second weekend, bringing its U.S. total up to $35.6 million, $25.5 million of which coming from 3D presentations. In Mexico, the film ranked first during its opening weekend, grossing $1.30 million on 399 screens. As of February 27, 2009, the film has grossed $55,851,615 in the United States and Canada and $60,849,140 worldwide.

Since the release, there has been interest in replicas of some of the objects seen in the movie, like snow globes and clothing.

The soundtrack for Coraline, on E1 Music (formerly Koch Records) was released digitally February 3, 2009, and is now in stores since February 24. It features songs performed by French composer Bruno Coulais with one, "Other Father Song", by They Might Be Giants.

On June 16, 2008, D3Publisher of America announced the release of a video game based on the film. It was developed by Papaya Studio for the Wii and Playstation 2 and by Art Co. for Nintendo DS. It was released on January 27, 2009, close to the film's theatrical release.

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The Cat in the Hat (film)

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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a 2003 live-action film, based on the 1957 book, produced by Universal Studios, DreamWorks Pictures, and Imagine Entertainment. It was produced by Brian Grazer and directed by Bo Welch; it starred Mike Myers in the title role of the Cat in the Hat, and Dakota Fanning as Sally. Sally's brother, who is not named in the book, is known in this version as "Conrad" and played by Spencer Breslin.

While the basic plot of the live-action adaptation of The Cat in the Hat rotates around that of the book, the film filled out its 82 minutes by adding new subplots and characters quite different from those of the original story.

The movie starts with an inside look of Joan's (played by Kelly Preston) job at The Humberfloob's Real Estate, where the employees there are forced to clean their hands constantly either with a sink or a Hand Sanitizer. When Joan is called back to work, she gets a sleepy babysitter to babysit her kids, Conrad (played by Spencer Breslin) and Sally (played by Dakota Fanning). Conrad, a 8-year-old boy has 2 problems: He is constantly doing the exact opposite of what he's supposed to do and causing trouble, and Sally, Conrad's 7-year-old little sister who tries to stop Conrad's schemes. A man named Lawrence Quinn (played by Alec Baldwin) threatens to marry Joan, and send Conrad away for an 8-hour drive to military school. When Joan leaves, their babysitter, Mrs Quann (played by Amy Hill), invites the children to sit with her in the living room and watch television, and then falls asleep. Not long after, it starts to rain and storm outside and the children get bored. But then there is a thud somewhere in the house, and as the children go investigate, the Cat in the Hat (played and voiced by Mike Myers) appears. After The Cat puts Mrs Quann in the closet, the Fish starts arguing about him being here. The Cat ignores the Fish (even insulting it, saying "Come on, kids, are you gonna listen to him!? He drinks where he pees!") and then convinces Conrad and Sally to sign a contract which will allow them to have all the fun they want, and will stop anything bad happening.

When they make cupcakes out of hot dogs, eggs, ketchup, and a fire extinguisher, the cupcakes explode causing a large mess. The Cat tries to clean up the mess with Joan's dress, much to the horror of Conrad and Sally. The cat then brings in a large red crate, opens it, and releases Thing 1 and Thing 2. Conrad is eager to open the crate. The Cat explains that the crate is a transport to his own world, and warns him not to open it and puts a lock on the crate. The cat then hands Joan's dress to Things 1 and 2, who fling the mess off the dress and onto the couch. The things then go to work attempting to clean the couch, but end up flinging the spots all over the living room. They then start running around and creating even bigger messes, including throwing ceramic plates across the house and breaking a ceiling light. During the chaos, Conrad picks the lock on the crate, which then scurries off and attaches itself to Nevins the dog's collar. The Things throw Nevins out the window, and he runs off. Sally fusses over the state of the house, but The Cat warns them that they have more important things to worry about: if they don't put the lock back on the crate, they'll be in the middle of "The mother of all messes". The trio puts the babysitter on the crate, to buy some time, and chase after Nevins.

Meanwhile, Joan's boyfriend Lawrence sees Nevins running through the street and seizes the opportunity to try to frame Conrad, and just as the television he is watching is being reposessed.

They chase him towards a birthday party, and the Cat gets whacked by a strong kid and blanks out, imagining himself swinging, and wearing a dress. Larry grabs Nevins, and heads for Joan's office. Conrad, Sally, and the Cat managed to get Nevins back. While The Things distract Joan and Larry, the trio get back home, unaware that the babysitter has fallen off the crate to answer a phone call from Joan and that all terror is breaking loose as the crate erupts. When Conrad, Sally and Larry first enter, the house looks spotless. But when the cat reappears at the doorway, Larry starts sneezing and stumbles backwards, only to have the floor rip out from under him as if it were paper and send him falling from a massive high cliff into the Cat's world. The children gasp at what has become of the house After a walk on the suspended in mid air front hall carpet and a thrilling ride on Ms Kwan down a large "water slide" ride flowing with pink stuff, they find the crate, now with a big tornado spinning on top of it that is sucking up everything nearby. Conrad eventually manages to put the lock back on the crate, causing the distorted house to straighten itself, but then it collapses, leaving wreckage everywhere. They send the Cat out, but he comes back with Thing 1 and Thing 2 and a cleaning machine called the Dynamic Industrial Renovating Tractormajigger. They clean up the mess, and the house is clean and back together. The Cat leaves, just in time for Joan to come home. Ms Kwan wakes up and tells Joan that the children were "angels." But then Larry Quinn barges in, covered from head to toe with purple slime and starts telling Joan about the mess and the Seussian world. She sends him away, and things go back to normal. The party goes as scheduled and the kids are told that there purple frosted cupcakes are a "huge hit." The camera then zooms out to reveal that The Cat was telling the story, and during the credits it's revealed that Annville is underneath the Universe.

The film was largely panned by critics, getting a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. As a result of the frequent mature themes, the widow of Theodore Geisel (who holds the rights to his work) declared that there are to be no more live-action movies based on the works of Dr. Seuss; arguing that the film has clearly deviated from her late husband's family-friendly work. The film received a "two thumbs down" rating from Ebert and Roeper.

The first free-TV airing of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat was on ABC on August 25, 2007. ABC's cable network, ABC Family, aired it as part of The 25 Days of Christmas. Another affiliated cable network, Disney Channel, aired it as well.

It was aired on BBC1 on December 29, 2007.

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Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch


Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (credited as just Lilo & Stitch 2 at the start credits) is a direct-to-video animated Disney Channel film produced by DisneyToon Studios. The film is an interquel, being the direct sequel to the 2002 Disney feature film Lilo & Stitch and taking place before the events of Stitch! The Movie and subsequent additions to the franchise. Although originally slated for a theatrical release (like Return to Neverland), it was released to DVD and VHS on August 30, 2005. Like the original film, Lilo & Stitch 2 features the music of Elvis Presley and the original film's animation style. Despite always being labeled with the subtitle, "Stitch has a Glitch," this does not actually appear in the title card. However, a modified title card featuring it did show up in the preview for the film's Disney Channel airing.

Lilo and her classmates are preparing for a hula competition where the winner gets to perform at the local May Day festival. Each student is required to create an original dance. While preparing for the competition, Stitch's past comes back to haunt him. It seems that after Stitch was created, Jumba did not get a chance to fully charge Stitch's molecules before they were both arrested. At first this glitch causes Stitch to revert to his old destructive programming, but it will ultimately destroy him if Jumba cannot create a charging pod before Stitch's energy runs out.

Meanwhile, Stitch's uncontrollable destructive behavior is driving a wedge between him and Lilo and ruining her chances for success at the hula competition. Eventually, the two devise a hula based on the legend of Hi'iaka. Lilo gets mad at Stitch and he sends himself away so he won't hurt anyone he loves. Ultimately, Lilo forfeits the competition to help Stitch. Unfortunately, they arrive just as Stitch begins to die. They try to give him energy using the machine but it fails and Stitch dies. However Lilo's love ends up reviving him where the machine could not.

Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch has a darker emotional tone partially due to the addition of Dakota Fanning voicing Lilo in Daveigh Chase's absence. The high quality animation and challenging plot echoes the sadness of much of the original movie. This stands in contrast to the easygoing feel and weaker animation of the other Lilo and Stitch offerings.

The film seems to overlook the continuity established in the PlayStation 2 video game, Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626. In this game, set before the events of the first film, Stitch is apparently fully charged and wreaking havoc in outer space. This plot is also evident in the deleted scene entitled "Stitch's Trial" shown on the first Lilo & Stitch DVD.

It is also retconned with Disney Adventures Magazine, where Jumba created Stitch and 625 helps him, but in the movie how Jumba created Stitch is much different and when Jumba was caught, 625 and the other experiments are nowhere to be seen.

The layout of the house has changed, but this is because Lilo & Stitch: The Series was not created by Chris Sanders, it was created by Jess Winfield, who most likely did not know the layout they were giving it in Lilo & Stitch 2.

It can be noted as an inconsistency that in Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Stitch mostly talks in his native alien language, yet for most of Lilo & Stitch 2, he can speak in fluent English.

Despite these differences, it appears that Disney has retconned Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 and that Lilo & Stitch 2 stands in continuity, appearing after the first installment, and prior to Stitch! The Movie.

Included on the DVD release of Lilo & Stitch 2 is the animated short "The Origin of Stitch". The short has a total running time of 4:35 minutes and serves as a bridge between Stitch has a Glitch and Stitch! The Movie (and Lilo & Stitch: The Series ). In the short, Stitch discovers Jumba’s secret computer that reveals what creatures Jumba had used to create Stitch, and also hints at his other 625 experiments. The short was directed by Mike Disa and co-directed by Tony Bancroft.

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Sophie Okonedo

Sophie Okonedo (born 1968) is an Academy Award-nominated English actress.

Okonedo was born in London, England, the daughter of Joan (née Allman), a pilates teacher, and Henry Okonedo, who worked for the government. Her father is Nigerian and her mother, an Ashkenazi Jew, was born in the East End to Yiddish-speaking immigrants from Poland and Russia; Okonedo was raised attending synagogue. Her father left the family when Okonedo was five, and she was subsequently raised in poverty by her single mother.

Okonedo trained at Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She has worked in a variety of media including film, television, theatre, and audio drama. She performed in Scream of the Shalka — a webcast based on the BBC television series Doctor Who — as Alison Cheney, a companion of the Doctor. As well as providing the character's voice, Okonedo's likeness was used for the animation of the character. Okonedo also played the part of Ms. Tulip Jones in the movie Stormbreaker (2006) and Nancy in the 2007 television adaptation of Oliver Twist.

She was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda and nominated for a Golden Globe for a Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her work in Tsunami: The Aftermath.

She played along side Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, and Dakota Fanning as May Boatwright, a woman who struggles with depression, in the film The Secret Life of Bees (2008).

Okonedo has a daughter, Aoife (97) from her previous relationship with Irish film editor Eoin Martin . They live in Muswell Hill, London. On her heritage, Sophie says, "I feel as proud to be Jewish as I feel to be black" and calls her daughter an "Irish, Nigerian Jew" .

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Dreamer (2005 film)


Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story is a 2005 film starring Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell, inspired by the true story of an injured Thoroughbred racehorse named Mariah's Storm. It marked the directing and screenwriting debut of John Gatins.

The movie opens with a view of the beautiful countryside of Lexington, Kentucky, on a summer morning. The camera zooms into a horse farm, owned by the Crane family—a family of horsetrainers. There, we are introduced to the warm-hearted, precocious eleven-year-old girl Cale, the youngest member of that family, who lives at the Crane Farm with her parents, Ben and Lilly. She has just woken up, and tells us, through voice-over, that there used to be horses in their barn—but now they're probably the only horse farm in Lexington that doesn't have any horses. Her father Ben was once a great horseman, but now his talent is being wasted on making other men's fortunes.

This morning, the disillusioned Ben is finally going to let Cale into his life and take her to his work at the racetrack, where we are also introduced to his boss Palmer, and his two employees Manolin and Balon. This day is special because Prince Tariq from the Middle-East is here. He and his brother, Prince Sadir, are rivals. Tariq wants to beat his brother's horse, and he wants a good horse that can do so. Palmer picks out his horse Sonya, a thoroughbred filly. She is a great champion, but after "talking" to her, Ben realizes that she is not ready to race today. However, Palmer still makes her race. She falls and breaks her cannon bone.

A furious Ben tells his boss that he has just killed a great athlete. Palmer thinks they should put the horse down, but because his daughter is there, Ben begs him to spare the horse. His rudeness against Palmer results in the loss of his job. Ben says that he'll take the horse. Ben, Cale, Manolin and Balon transport Sonya home and get Pop, Ben's father, to help them. But when Pop—who had been told it was an emergency—arrives at their farm, he says "This is what you geniuses call an emergency in the middle of the night in the rain?" and suggests that they put Sonya down. His relationship with his son is not good at all; they hardly talk at all anymore. But soon, Sonya can stand again. Cale is always thinking about Sonya; now they finally have their own horse! Although her father has told her to leave the wounded filly alone, she still goes out into the barn at night and feeds her Popsicles. Ben sees this as an opportunity to make money; Palmer has shut him out everywhere. Ben sees his friend Bill Ford to get a stud for Sonya. Then he can sell the foal, which might give him $300,000. Pop asks Cale to give her dad a coffee can one night when she is visiting him. It appears to contain $20,000, money that he has been saving just in case. An angry Ben shows up at Pop's farm and asks him why he gives him all this money after watching him having to sell every piece of their land. Pop replies that he doesn't know. Ben tells Pop to stop filling Cale's head with horse stories. He doesn't want Cale to be inspired into spending her life working with horses; he thinks that's no way to make a living. Ben returns to the Crane Farm, where Cale is feeding Sonya chocolate cake in the stable. Ben says that even though they'll sell the foal, they'll still have Soñador. That's Sonya's full name; it's Spanish for "dreamer". Sadly, they learn that Sonya is infertile from a bad case of genital herpes.

Now, Ben is very depressed. In a conversation with Lilly in the kitchen one morning, he says to her that Sonya has ruined them, to which Lilly responds that she's the best thing that's ever happened to their farm. She tearfully says that Ben should spend more time with Cale, who really wants to be with him and have a couple kids of their own. Just because Pop has disappointed him when he was a boy doesn't mean that he has to disappoint her. Ben bitterly says that if Cale hadn't been with him the day when Sonya fell, and he had let them put the horse down, he'd still have his job. Unfortunately, Cale is there and hears his harsh words. Deeply hurt, she runs to her room and locks her door. Ben and Lilly try to make her come out, but Cale, wanting to make her father upset, packs her bag, jumps out through her window and goes to the barn. She intends to run away with Sonya. Ben shows up and accidentally scares Sonya, who runs away in panic with Cale on her back. Cale is now in real danger. Ben drives up next to Sonya with his car and tries to take Cale's hand. He fails, and then he parks the car and successfully catches Cale in his arms when she jumps off. Manolin and Balon catch Sonya—and when they come back they have great news: she is, despite her serious injury, fast enough to race again!

When Ben goes to parent's night at Cale's class, where the parents read their children's recently written stories. Ben reads her story—which is about a king, his castle and a magic horse. While reading it loudly in front of the other parents, he realizes that the king in the story is him, that the castle is the Crane Farm and that the horse is Sonya. He realizes that he shouldn't have let anyone buy Sonya. When he comes home, he sits on Cale's bedside, and the father and daughter share a moment of redemption. One morning, Ben says to Cale that Pop has bought a goat, and asks Cale to help him take it out of the trailer. But the "goat" appears to be—Sonya! Cale is overwhelmed by happiness and hugs the young mare. Ben says that they're "out of coffee for a while". Ben's got yet another surprise for Cale as well—a contract in which Cale Crane is the owner of Soñador. She signs it, and then Sonya's training starts.

Cale decides that Sonya should compete in the 22nd running of the Breeders' Cup Classic — for which the winner's price is $3,000,000! The jockey is going to be Manolin, who earlier in the movie told Cale that he gave up horse racing after a horrible accident in a race when he fell off his horse's back and got run over by three horses. Luckily, Sonya gets a shot in the race. Palmer shows up at their house and wants to buy Sonya. He offers Cale $100,000 and her father's job back, but Cale turns it down, and Palmer walks away.

In the scene where Sonya is considered for the Breeder's Cup, Prince Sadir says that his horse "Rapid Cat is sired by Storm Cat, the best sire in the world." Coincidentally, Mariah's Storm (on whom Sonya is based) was bred to Storm Cat.

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The Secret Life of Bees (film)

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The Secret Life of Bees is a 2008 American drama film, adapted from the novel of the same name by Sue Monk Kidd. The film was directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and produced by Will Smith with his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, as executive producer. The film was released in North America on October 17, 2008 and in the United Kingdom on December 5, 2008.

Set in South Carolina in 1964, this is the tale of Lily Owens (Dakota Fanning), a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother (Deborah Owens, played by Hilarie Burton). To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father (T. Ray, played by Paul Bettany), Lily flees with Rosaleen (Jennifer Hudson), her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters - August (Queen Latifah), May (Sophie Okonedo) and June (Alicia Keys), Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping.

Production began on January 7, 2008, in Lumberton, North Carolina. and ended a few months later. The film was screened in September 2008 at the 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival, and had an October 17, 2008 theatrical release. A world premiere clip was released on June 17, 2008 on the Borders website.

The first trailer became available on August 19, 2008. It is available on Yahoo! Movies.

The movie was number #3 at the North American box office for its opening weekend with $10,527,799. As of December 13, 2008 the film has made $37,270,658 in the United States and Canada.. The movie won the awards for "Favorite Movie Drama" and "Favorite Independent Movie" at the 35th People's Choice Awards.

The film also garnered seven NAACP Image Award nominations, which include Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning), Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (Nate Parker), and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and Sophie Okonedo). The movie won the Image Award for Outstanding Motion Picture.

The DVD came out on February 3, 2009. It features many never before seen exclusives including deleted scenes and never before seen footage.

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