Where the Wild Things Are

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RIP Maurice Sendak

Admirers count the ways revered kids' author will be missed

(Newser) - A sample of the tributes to Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak, who died today at 83:
  • Andrew Leonard, Salon : Parents who loved Sendak's books as kids (like Leonard) read them to their own kids with even greater zeal. Thus, "Sendak planted an immortal virus in
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Wild Things Author Maurice Sendak Dead at 83

Died from complications from a recent stroke

(Newser) - Maurice Sendak, author/illustrator of the beloved Where the Wild Things Are, has died at age 83, reports the New York Times . The cause was complications from a recent stroke, says his editor. The Times offers a glowing profile of Sendak and the many books he was known for penning and... More »

Paranormal Activity Slays Saw VI

Sleeper hit pulls in $22M to sequel's $14.8M

(Newser) - The sleeper hit with the five-figure production budget and red-hot word of mouth triumphed in the weekend box office race as Paranormal Activity handily topped the latest installment in the Saw series. The weekend's $22 million haul in 2,000 theaters brings the 5-week total for Paranormal Activity to $62.... More »

Kanye Exorcises Demons in Short Jonze Film

Clip, briefly on rapper's site, includes projectile vomiting, cutting himself open

(Newser) - A glimpse into the inner workings of Kanye West, or just fantasy? We're sure getting a look at something in a new short film directed by Spike Jonze (of Where The Wild Things Are) and starring West, who—after an(other) obnoxious club outing—projectile vomits pink flower petals in a... More »

Wild Things Runs Rampant

Law Abiding Citizen also enjoys strong opening weekend

(Newser) - Where the Wild Things Are ran wild at the weekend box office, exceeding expectations by doing $32.5 million worth of business. Spike Jonze's first foray into children's cinema earned the director his strongest opening weekend ever. "I can't imagine too many people who could do what Spike did,... More »

Wild Things Great ... for Adults

Spike Jonze's melancholy fantasy gorgeous, heartfelt, uneventful

(Newser) - Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are takes a 10-sentence children’s book and turns it into a full-length movie that’s not really for kids at all. But most critics liked it anyway. Here’s what they’re saying:
  • “Parents and tykes expecting the next Shrek will
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Spike Jonze Brings Wild Things to Life

Director fought for years for his vision of Sendak's classic

(Newser) - Spike Jonze grew up on the children's classic Where the Wild Things Are, and wanted to make a very raw, very unconventional movie of it, portraying the wild things as the scary emotions kids feel. Jonze persuaded Maurice Sendak to take a shot on his vision, but the studio was... More »

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