Snoopy, Charlie Brown and friends finally arrive on the big screen in a movie that sticks close to the gently comical tone of the comic strip that launched in 1950 and the vintage TV shows from the 1960s and 1970s. Apart from whizzy digital animation, the film has the same stylised look and internalised storytelling. It's utterly charming, perhaps appealing more to nostalgic grown-ups than kids who aren't used to material that's so simple and sophisticated at the same time.
The story starts on the first snow day of winter, as Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp) occupies his free time worrying about how he can reinvent himself to impress the red-haired girl (Francesca Angelucci Capaldi) who has just moved in across the street. He's certainly nervous enough without the constant torment of his pushy neighbour Lucy (Hadley Belle Miller) or his enterprising little sister Sally (Mariel Sheets), who works out ways to profit from Charlie's newly found celebrity when he aces a test at school. And then there's Charlie's faithful dog Snoopy (Bill Melendez), who is imagining a series of high-flying adventures in aerial dogfights against the Red Baron for the affections of a fluffy poodle (Kristin Chenoweth).
The animation style is sharp and enjoyably unfussy, playing with the characters' iconic figures without turning them into generic movie shapes. Best of all is the way their facial features retain a hand-drawn touch that echoes creator Charles Schulz's distinctly expressive imagery. There are also some wonderful animated line-art sequences. Meanwhile, the script is written by Schulz's son and grandson, maintaining the same sense of humour, with silly gags underscored by real emotions. At the centre are two things most kids (and adults) can instantly identify with: Charlie's crippling self-doubt and Snoopy's unfettered imagination. So even if some of the twists and turns of the story feel rather corny (including Snoopy's love interest and Charlie's instant fame), there's so much charm and soul that the film can't help but win us over.
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Stars Including Gloria Estefan, Whoopi Goldberg, Kristin Chenoweth And Matthew Morrison Are To Bring The Spirit Of Broadway To Washington, D.c. In A Special Show At The White House.
First Lady Michelle Obama persuaded movie mogul Harvey Weinstein to mastermind the Broadway at the White House event, which will be hosted by Glee co-stars Kristin and Matthew.
The show will feature performances by the cast of Matthew's Broadway show Finding Neverland and Gloria's stage production On Your Feet!, as well as Fun Home, An American in Paris, and School of Rock.
"I'm sure I speak for all the shows participating when I say how exciting it is bringing Broadway to the White House," says Weinstein. "And partnering with... the First Lady and her incredible work spotlighting the importance of arts education makes this event an even bigger privilege. It's going to be such an incredible day for kids who love theatre and the arts. My team and I couldn't be prouder to volunteer our time and efforts for such a rewarding program. It truly shows us that nothing is beyond the reach of the community."
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Kristin Chenoweth - Kristin Chenoweth arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) wearing ripped jeans, sunglasses and a pair of black leather gloves. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 4th November 2015
Kristin Chenoweth - The Human Rights Hero Awards 2015 presented by Marisol Nichols' Foundation for a Slavery Free World and Youth for Human Rights International at Beso - Inside at Beso - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 21st September 2015
Actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth Once Woke Up From A Sleep On A Flight To Find A Fellow Passenger's Hand On Her Exposed Thigh.
The Broadway star takes Xanax before take-off because the pills help to calm her flying fears and send her to sleep, but she came round during one flight to find an unwanted hand on her person.
The Glee star recalls, "The guy next to me was fake sleeping... I woke up and his hand was right here (on my thigh), like I wasn't gonna notice.
"I thought, because I'm from the South, 'I don't wanna be rude and I don't wanna wake him up, but really this is p**sing me off'... So I just, like, tap tap... (and) he got a smile on his face."
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The ‘Descendants’ soundtrack might be on top, but overall album sales are declining in the US.
The soundtrack to Disney TV movie Descendants has debuted at Number One on this week’s Billboard album chart. The album is now the fourth soundtrack to take the number one spot so far this year, following in the footsteps of Empire, Furious 7 and Pitch Perfect 2.
Sophie Reynolds, Kristin Chenoweth and Dove Cameron star in Disney’s Descendants.
But the Descendants soundtrack has also earned the unfortunate title of being the lowest selling album to take the top spot since Nielsen Music began tracking album sales in 1991. The soundtrack sold just 42,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Aug. 6 to take the top spot.
The actress was recognised for her career on stage and screen during the ceremony on Friday.
‘Glee’ actress Kristin Chenoweth was overcome with emotion on Friday, when she was recognised with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The honour was presented on the actress’ 47th birthday and just hours before she attended the premiere of her new Disney movie The Descendants.
Kristin Chenoweth now has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
Kristen had to wipe away tears when she accepted the honour, which was presented by her longtime friend and mentor Carol Burnett. "I adore this girl," Carol said introducing the actress.
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Actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth Had To Bow Out Of A Performance Of Her Broadway Musical On The Twentieth Century On Tuesday Night (07jul15) After Falling Ill.
The Wicked star suffers from hearing and balance disorder Meniere's disease and the condition, which can cause episodes of vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss, left her unable to hit the stage at the American Airlines Theater in New York City this week.
Breaking the news to fans on Twitter.com, she wrote, "Sorry to report Menieres (sic) is rearing its ugly head. I am sorry to miss our show tonight".
Chenoweth has since returned to the microblogging site to reveal she is feeling a little better and will be back in costume for Wednesday's (08Jul15) curtain call - although her performance will be slightly amended as she continues to recover.
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A Performance Of Kristin Chenoweth's Broadway Musical On The Twentieth Century Was Halted This Week (Beg22jun15) Due To A Fire Scare.
The show was stopped during the second act on Wednesday night (24Jun15) when a smoke alarm sounded, prompting staff to turn on the house lights as firefighters arrived.
Chenoweth's co-star Peter Gallagher walked back onstage in a bid to keep the audience entertained during the break by talking to them and answering questions, and the actress was later escorted back on by two firemen.
A source tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "Kristin convinced two of the firemen to escort her back on the stage to restart her scene once they were ready to begin the show again."
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Actress Kristin Chenoweth Showed Off Her New Boyfriend Andrew Pruett On The Red Carpet At The Tony Awards On Sunday (07jun15).
The Wicked star served as a co-host with Alan Cumming at the 2015 Broadway prizegiving, but prior to the ceremony, she proudly posed for pictures alongside Pruett.
Chenoweth, who was also nominated for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for On the Twentieth Century, split from former producer beau Dana Brunetti last year (14).
Pruett was previously married to Rectify actress Abigail Spencer, and they filed for divorce in 2012 after eight years of marriage. They share a five-year-old son called Roman.
Dame Helen Mirren Was Among The Big Winners At The Drama Desk Awards After Scooping A Top Prize For Her Role As Queen Elizabeth Ii In The Broadway Production Of The Audience.
The British star landed the Outstanding Actress in a Play title during the ceremony in New York City on Sunday (31May15), seeing off competition from fellow U.K. star Carey Mulligan, who was nominated for her role in Skylight.
Other winners included Kristin Chenoweth, who was named Outstanding Actress in a Musical for On the Twentieth Century, while hip-hop musical Hamilton claimed seven prizes out of 13 nominations including Outstanding Musical, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time took six.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time star Alex Sharp also saw off fierce competition from Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper to land the Outstanding Actor in a Play award, but Cooper's The Elephant Man, which is currently running in London's West End, took the Outstanding Revival of a Play prize.
Emmy Rossum, Kristin Chenoweth And Selma Director Ava Duvernay Have Been Turned Into Living Dolls By Barbie Artists At Toy Firm Mattel.
The Hollywood trio was among the six "inspirational power females" honoured at Variety's Power of Women Luncheon in New York City on Friday (24Apr15), and as part of the celebration, they were presented with custom-made Barbie dolls created in their likenesses.
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24th July, 1968