Movie Review: The Little Prince
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The Little Prince
Director: Mark Osborne
Screenwriter: Irena Brignull, Bob Persichetti
Cast: Mackenzie Foy, Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Riley Osborne, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Bud Cort, Albert Brooks, Ricky Gervais, Jaquie Barnbrook, Marcel Bridges, and Jeffy Branion
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Rated G | 108 Minutes
Release Date: March 18, 2016 (U.S. limited release) | March 25, 2016 (U.S. wide release)

The Little Prince has been adapted. Again. But, for those who are tired of the onslaught of adaptations and sequels, the new film adaptation manages to do something quite “novel,” to turn a phrase. Director Mark Osborne has constructed something to surprise people familiar with the work without alienating those fans in the least.

The plot device of The Little Prince lay in the character of an un-named little girl (Mackenzie Foy), the only child of a single mother (Rachel McAdams) who’s fiercely dedicated to bringing her daughter up with the best opportunities available. Mind you, no one’s downtrodden and there’s not a lick of poverty in the film; rather, it’s as much an exploration of middle class upward mobility (that’s only too American) as it is anything else. Our little girl is bright, fun loving, and shy — nearly the inverse of our Little Prince. She meets the titular character through The Aviator, an ancient man played by Jeff Daniels who mirrors the spirit, life experiences, and adventures of the author of the original work: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

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Ricky Gervais Returns To Host The 2016 Golden Globes
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Sure it has been fun to see Tina Fey and Amy Poehler cut loose during the Golden Globes, but after a three-year run, this year’s awards ceremony was to be their last as hosts. They’re a pretty tough act to follow, but the two actually came after Ricky Gervais, who had his own three-year stint at hosting the awards show with his own brand of humor. So how could anyone follow those three up? Well, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) seems to have solved that problem as they have gone back to Gervais, and confirmed that he will be returning to host the Golden Globes in 2016. More on the story below.

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Trailer For ‘Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb’ Released
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A new trailer has been released for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, the third installment in the Night at the Museum franchise.

The trilogy-maker heads to London for this adventure, which is again directed by Shawn Levy and stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Rami Malek, Skyler Gisondo, Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, and Ben Kingsley.

You can check out the trailer for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb below.

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Disney In Depth: Movie Review: Muppets Most Wanted
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Muppets Most Wanted
Directed by James Bobin
Starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, Steve Whitmire, and Eric Jacobson
Walt Disney Pictures
Released March 21, 2014

The Muppets are back on the big screen, but does this “sequel” live up to the 2011 film that essentially ignited interest once again in the brand? While Muppets Most Wanted lacks the drama and overwhelming nostalgia of its predecessor, it more than makes up for that in laughs and smiles a plenty. The movie is insanely funny and astute, far from a film that you would want to imprison audiences from seeing.

While initial box office results are more disappointing and middling than encouraging – its opening weekend here in the United States totaled to a mere $17 million – I cannot think of any reason why moviegoers should avoid this genius blend of satire and parody in great Muppet form. It was evident in its marketing, and it translates to the actual film.

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Disney In Depth: The Marketing Genius Of ‘Muppets Most Wanted’
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Muppets Most Wanted leaps into theaters some 28 months after the “revival” of the Muppets entity through the Jason Segel and Amy Adams film that sparked new interest in Kermit, our favorite felt friend. The March 21 release benefits from a keen and laugh-out-loud marketing campaign that integrates one of the brand’s best assets: smart humor.

This week’s Disney In Depth takes you behind the scenes as we explore how Disney’s first family film of 2014 may also be the best-promoted movie of the year – no matter the studio.

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