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A Profile of Hansuke Yamamoto, Soloist With San Francisco Ballet

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.26.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

I first saw Hansuke Yamamoto as the Bluebird in San Francisco Ballet's 2006 presentation of Sleeping Beauty. He leaped out from stage right and at such height that it sparked an audible gasp throughout the War Memorial Opera House.

The Beauty, the Rite, the Shimmering Trash

Edward Goldman | Posted 03.10.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

My family lived in St. Petersburg, only a few blocks away from the famous Mariinsky Theater, so my parents on occasion took me there to experience the magic of The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and, of course, The Sleeping Beauty.

The 20 Greatest Movie Songs Robbed of Oscar Nominations

Xaque Gruber | Posted 02.22.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

Fifty years ago, Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger, arguably the greatest James Bond theme of all, and one of the most explosive musical compositions in the history of cinema missed winning the Academy Award for Best Song -- in fact, it missed a nomination altogether.

When It Comes to Disney's 101 Dalmatians, the 'de Vil' Is in the Details

Jim Hill | Posted 02.04.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It was actually Marc Davis' masterful work on the Mistress of All Evil for Sleeping Beauty that led to his being assigned Cruella de Vil. But given that 101 Dalmatians was Walt Disney Animation Studios' first film to be set in a contemporary setting, well, Davis wanted Cruella to be a real departure from everything that he'd done with Maleficent. He wanted her to be the first modern-day Disney villain.

Changing of the Guard: Five Prima Ballerinas Reflect on the Biggest Change in the Dance World

Carla Escoda | Posted 03.05.2015 | Arts
Carla Escoda

This is an extraordinary time in the dance world, when five of the greatest ballerinas of our time, from leading American ballet companies, have, coincidentally, all announced their retirement within months of each other.

Why Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi Didn't Make the Final Cut in Disney's Maleficent

Jim Hill | Posted 02.24.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

And given that 'Maleficent' is now the highest grossing live-action film that Angelina Jolie has ever starred in, it's clear that these late-in-the-game changes that Robert Stromberg, Joe Roth and John Lee Hancock did right by that A-lister. Though Peter Capaldi has a very different opinion.

Do You Wish That Comic-Con Could Come to You? Then Check Out D23's Touring Fanniversary Celebrations

Jim Hill | Posted 09.29.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Go ahead. Admit it. After hearing about all that cool stuff Comic-Con attendees got to see last week, you're now wishing that you'd gone down to San Diego.

A Conversation With Pianist Stewart Goodyear

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Sean Martinfield

Stewart and I found some interesting common ground in our childhood experiences of Tchaikovsky and Grieg -- films and recordings that would ignite a passion for classical music and for these composers specifically.

Margot Fonteyn: An Enduring Magic and Majesty

Ken Ludden | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Ken Ludden

Margot Fonteyn was a simple dancer. She wanted urgently to live up to the expectations of others, placing no limit on how hard she would work to do that. In 1935, just 16, she danced her first leading role in The Sleeping Beauty.

Angelina Jolie: 'Maleficent' Scene Is A 'Metaphor For Rape'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.11.2014 | Women

Angelina Jolie has confirmed that a controversial scene in her recent movie "Maleficent" serves as an analogy for rape. During an interview with B...

The Maleficent Rape Scene That We Need To Talk About

Hayley Krischer | Posted 08.06.2014 | Women
Hayley Krischer

You're confused. Enraged. Devastated. Angry. You set everyone on fire around you. You want to hide in an evil shell of darknesss where everything is black and no one can touch you. Or ever hurt you. Though it sounds like a rape victim's story -- it's not. It's the storyline of Maleficent.

Week in Film: Maleficent, Million Ways to Die and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.30.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I'm not going to apologize for laughing my ass off at Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Everything You Need To Know About Maleficent

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 05.22.2014 | Entertainment

"Maleficent" stars Angelina Jolie as the title character, "the mistress of all evil," but hold your spindles: The Disney film isn't your average fairy...

Jan Diehm

Yes, The Disney Princess Effect On Baby Names Is Real

HuffingtonPost.com | Jan Diehm | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents

These days you may see little girls running around in Elsa dresses -- or their parents trying to find a store that hasn't sold out of them -- but ove...

After 22 Years, Lella Smith Checks Out as Creative Director of Disney's Animation Research Library

Jim Hill | Posted 05.27.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

When Lella Smith's 10-year-old godson, Rey, found out she was retiring from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, he was incredulous. "Why would you do that, Auntie?" he said. "You've got the coolest job in the world!"

See Angelina Jolie's Daughter In 'Maleficent'

Posted 03.17.2014 | Entertainment

"Maleficent" doesn't arrive in theaters until May 30, but don't tell that to Disney. The studio has begun its marketing push for the fairy tale, with ...

Once Upon a TV: "Tell A Fairy Tale Day" Starring Our Favorite Characters

Hulu.com | Posted 04.27.2014 | Comedy
Hulu.com

what if we gave everyone's favorite tales a TV twist? How would the stories change if today's TV characters were in them? Don't get us wrong, the classics are great. But we find our versions a little more "Must See."

Enough Already With the Dumb Quizzes

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.14.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Those annoying Buzzfeed, Quizilla and Quizfarm et al quizzes have been clogging my Facebook news feed for months at a rate that now surpasses the petition requests, memes and revolting photos of the disgusting gourmet slop people had for dinner.

A Complete Ranking Of 25 Classic Disney Villains

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 01.28.2014 | Entertainment

When the latest trailer for "Maleficent" called its title character "Disney's greatest villain," we couldn't help but scratch our un-horned heads. Mal...

It's All About Angelina Jolie's Cheekbones In New 'Maleficent' Trailer

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment

If we've learned anything from the new "Maleficent" trailer that debuted on Disney Channel, it's that Angelina Jolie's cheekbones are perfect for play...

Would You Really Want Your Life to Be Like the Disney Princesses?

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 03.10.2014 | Comedy
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

When you really think about it -- would you really want your life to be like a Disney princess? Would Beyonce? When you get down to the bottom of what really makes them tick, their lives are not as glamorous as you think.

Life-changing: Catherine Breillat's Abuse of Weakness at DIFF

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

A natural-born fighter, in 2004, fate handed Breillat the fight of her life. She suffered a massive stroke that left her paralyzed on one side of her body, with difficult rehabilitation ahead and many more trials and tribulations to come.

A South Georgia Christmas

Ashley Underwood | Posted 02.05.2014 | Comedy
Ashley Underwood

My great aunt Brenda Ann used to visit our house every Christmas and return all the gifts we had given her the previous year. "I hated this," she would tell my mother as Mom unwrapped the Sleeping Beauty VHS cassette that she had fought over with an 8 year old at the Blockbuster bargain bin.

Dancing Partners: Art and Architecture

Edward Goldman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

There is a big difference in my mind between just an exhibition of works by great artists and an exhibition that has the courage and conviction to p...

Bourne's Sleeping Beauty Dazzles in LA

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Matthew Bourne's dazzling and captivating interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty is magnificent in every respect -- not simply the choreography, costumes and scenic design, but also Bourne's innovative and intelligent narrative.