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Topic: kids

Racing Dreams

Vroom to grow.


Documentary

Rod Lott
How many pre-teens not only have a idea of what they want to do with their life, but actually already are doing something about it? The answer: At least three, based upon those you'll meet in Racing Dreams, a fun, fast-paced, feature-length documentary about kids competing for the national karting championship as they chase hopeful NASCAR futures.
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sick it


OKG7 things to do

Gazette staff
Look, if your kids pass gas at the dinner table, at least make it educational by sending them to the Bright Night of Grossology at Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 N.E. 52nd. From 6 p.m. Friday to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, they’ll learn all about snot, pet hissing cockroaches and — maybe, just maybe — catch a few hours of shut-eye. Admission is $45 for each kid, plus $20 for an accompanying adult. Call 602-3760 or visit sciencemuseumok.org.

Friday-Saturday

 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
pagemaster

Free (and almost free) kiddie movies alert!

And here's the Smurf-tastic schedule.

If you can tear your kids away from playing Minecraft this summer, take them to free movies at the Dickinson Penn Square 10 in Penn Square Mall, 1901 Northwest Expressway.

There’s a new flick — again: free! — showing Tuesday through Thursday each week, now until August rolls around. Here’s the schedule:
• June 19-21: The Pagemaster
• June 26-28: Puss in Boots
• July 3-5: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
• July 10-12: Mr. Popper’s Penguins
• July 17-19: Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild
• July 24-26: Happy Feet Two
• July 31-Aug. 2: Babe

For more information, call 848-2202.

Meanwhile, over at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas 16, 150 E. Reno, the returning Summer Movie Fun program offers $2 individual tickets, or season passes for $5. There’s a new title each week, screening at 9:45 a.m. weekdays.

What’s on tap? Glad you asked:
• through June 15: Horton Hears a Who!
• June 18-22: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
• June 25-29: Rio
• July 2-6: Kung Fu Panda 2
• July 9-13: Mr. Popper’s Penguins
• July 16-20: Puss in Boots
• July 23-27: The Smurfs
• July 30-Aug. 3: Arthur Christmas
• Aug. 6-10: Hotel for Dogs

For more information, call 231-4747 or visit harkinstheatres.com/smf. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Blu-ray review 
The Smurfs Blu-ray review   



by Rod Lott 06.14.2012 2 years ago
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monsterbrawl

R&R with Jesse Thomas Cook

Talking with the mastermind behind ‘Monster Brawl,’ the movies’ ultimate fight of the living dead.

No apologies necessary if you don’t recognize the name of Jesse Thomas Cook. Just know that the Canadian filmmaker is to the new film Monster Brawl what Vince McMahon is to the WWE: its supreme leader. The wrestling analogy is apropos, given that the writer/director’s movie is, as the title promises, all about creatures battling it out in the ring.

R&R:
From watching the movie, it's obvious you love wrestling and monsters, but what about comic books? Because I got a definite comic-book vibe from it.

Cook:
Yeah, I mean there is that feel to it. I wasn't a huge comic book fan, but a lot of the people involved in the movie were, especially Jason Brown, who designed all of the monsters and the sets.

R&R:
Being structured as a wrestling match, Monster Brawl is not traditional storytelling. And you’re catching flak for that from some reviewers. Did you expect that going in?

Cook:
It exists outside of a traditional movie structure, for sure. It's more of a pay-per-view event and tournament-style movie. That's why we put in the backstories, that let us cut away here and there to get a glimpse of each monster.

R&R:
Was DVD your ultimate goal from the start, or did you have visions of a huge theatrical release?

Cook:
We knew going in this would be probably more of a VOD and DVD and Blu-ray. It's really hard to do theatrical nowadays as an indie film. No, we didn't have huge ambitions for that. We had a limited theatrical release in Canada and thought it would play well at midnight screenings, and it has.

R&R: I was surprised at how kid-friendly it actually is. Other than the character being named Witch Bitch and some minor gore, I could let my 7-year-old watch this. And believe me, he really wanted to, but since I hadn’t yet seen it, I couldn’t find any info online at how appropriate it was.

Cook:
We wanted to make it accessible to everyone, even people who weren't huge fans of wrestling and monsters. We just wanted to make a fun movie.

R&R:
And you may be too close to it to answer this, but are you pleased with it?

Cook:
Absolutely, looking back a year or two after, we could've done things here and there, but with the money with had and such a small crew, I think we pulled off something really special. The budget wasn't much more than a documentary film would have. If there were ever a sequel, it'd be nice to have a bigger budget, but that's something down the road.

R&R:
How possible is that?

Cook:
I think it's very possible. There's been talks of a remake. We've had discussions about that with a few companies. If that weren't to happen, we'd definitely explore trying to do a sequel or turning it into some kind of franchise.

R&R:
If you do have a sequel, what monsters might be in it? Or were they any you had to cut that you’d want to bring into another one?

Cook:
We definitely wanted to do a yeti and a sasquatch as a tag team. We wanted to do a Royal Rumble with some zombies against some trolls. We had a list, but logistically and practically, some we could not afford to do with our special-effects budget, so the monsters we did select, we wanted to appease fans of the classic monsters and toss in a couple of ones that would kind of mimic wrestling archetypes.

Like, Swamp Gut is the essential obese wrestler, like King Kong Bundy. Witch Bitch, we wanted to have a couple of female wrestlers in there. We had a list of several mythological monsters, but Cyclops is the only one off that list we chose. But yeah, there's a long list of possibilities. And obviously, in a sequel, you could bring monsters back to life. —Rod Lott

Hey! Read This:

Monster Brawl Blu-ray review  


by Rod Lott 06.15.2012 2 years ago
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Saddle up

Young cowboys and cowgirls compete for prize money and scholarships.


News

Susannah Waite
Spectators looking to rope up a good time might consider the International Finals Youth Rodeo, slated to kick off Sunday and run through July 13 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee.
 
Friday, July 6, 2012

Kidding around

Back to school!


Features

Jenn Scott
There’s a new aspect to my life: There are children in it.
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Sugar sugar

Kids can’t get enough of the Sugar Free Allstars’ ooey-gooey funk rock. Good thing the Oklahoma City duo has a new album to munch on.


Music

Phil Bacharach
Sugar Free Allstars with Heidi Swedberg
2 p.m. Sunday
Cafe Evoke
103 S. Broadway, Edmond
cafeevoke.com
285-1522
free

 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
bournelegacy

It’s a mystery ...

Ssshhhh! Secret blockbuster to screen for charity next week.

One of summer’s most-anticipated films yet to be released is screening early for charity, and you’re invited! Just don’t expect what to know for sure what you’re seeing until the lights go down.

At 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Harkins Bricktown Cinemas, 150 E. Reno, Citizens Caring for Children hosts “A Night at the Movies.” For a $50 ticket, not only do you gain admission, but get treated to hors d’oevures (or “snacks,” if you don’t speak fancy), drinks, popcorn, swag bags and the opportunity to take part in a silent auction featuring movie memorabilia.

It’s all for a good cause, as CCC is a nonprofit organization that provides shoes, clothes, books, school supplies and more to Oklahoma foster children. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the organization, so call 753-4099 or visit citizenscaringforchildren.org to secure your ticket.

But to play detective, if the “pre-screening of one of this summer's blockbuster hits” claim is legit, my money’s on The Bourne Legacy, for three reasons:
1. The movie opens three days later.
2. There's a press screening of Legacy scheduled at Harkins that night.
3. One of its producers, Frank Marshall, is no stranger to doing good deeds for Oklahoma charities. Remember when he brought Matt Damon to town for the premiere of the last Bourne movie?

Hey, that’s just my guess. I possess no insider knowledge. If I’m wrong, then my alternate pick is ParaNorman, because I can’t picture a charity going gung-ho for The Expendables 2. As cool as that would be. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 08.01.2012 2 years ago
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No kidding


CFN

Gazette staff
Child care centers might profess to love kids, but that doesn’t mean they’re big fans of those pesky women who insist on popping them out from time to time. Just ask the U.S.
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

ParaNorman


Youth

None
If you haven’t seen 2009’s Coraline, you might be more inclined to surrender yourself to the macabre charm of ParaNorman. Both films, works of stop-motion animation by the Oregon-based Laika company, share much in common: an outcast protagonist, ineffectual grown-ups, visually stunning riffs on the supernatural.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
 
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