Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes) and the evil twin Sisters (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara) to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family and fulfill his heroic destiny.
I like the use of George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in the trailer, and look forward to whatever Travis Knight, one of my very favorite filmmakers, has in store.
Owl Singalong, Raffi’s latest album (now available on CD and digital download) is one of his best. The title song is inspired by the owls that call to each other in his back yard, what he calls “the charming hooo hoo.” You can hear them for yourself at the beginning and end of the song. He’s adapted some classics, too. Now it’s the Dog on the Bus, and the Lion Pokey. I especially loved his version of the classic folk song “Abiyoyo.”
I have a copy to give away! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with Raffi in the subject line and tell me your favorite children’s song. Don’t forget your address! (US addresses only) I’ll pick a winner at random on February 12, 2016. Good luck!
Me Before You, the international best-seller by Jojo Moyes, is the story of a wealthy young man paralyzed in an accident and the happy — if sometimes hapless — girl who takes a job as his caregiver. Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”) and Sam Claflin (“The Hunger Games” series), star under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut.
While you wait for the movie, fans of the first book can read the sequel, After You.
The cast includes John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, Courtney B. Vance as Johnny Cochran, David Schwimmer as Simpson friend Robert Kardashian, Selma Blair as Kris Kardashian, Connie Britton as Nicole Simpson’s friend, Faye Resnick, and Evan Handler as Alan Dershowitz.
Behind the Scenes: JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Posted on February 3, 2016 at 8:00 am
I’m so excited about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” with the first-even screenplay from Harry Potter author JK Rowling. It’s her first story set in the past and her first set in the United States. Here’s a behind the scenes look.