‘Aladdin’ turns 30: Alan Menken on the journey of an animated classic

CNN — It might be hard to believe, but this holiday weekend marks 30 years since the release of “Aladdin” – the animated classic that set the stage for multiple sequels, a live-action reimagining released in 2019 and even a Broadway musical. To mark the occasion, eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who nabbed two statuettes … Read more

What Whitney Houston was supposed to sing

What a difference a song makes — especially when it’s sung by the Greatest Voice of All. That was no doubt the case when Whitney Houston’s epic rendition of “I Will Always Love You” hit No. 1 before “The Bodyguard” — the blockbuster flick that spawned the smash single — was even released 30 years … Read more

Finding a star for ‘Wednesday’ who embodies ‘Family’ values ​​with her own kooky twist

CNN — There was a lot riding on the casting choice for the titular character of the new Netfilx series “Wednesday.” In addition to someone who could pull off creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky, the role of raven-haired, pigtail-braided Wednesday Addams needed to go to a young actress who could rise to the occasion of … Read more

Bokeem Woodbine Is One Of The Most Underrated Actors Of His Generation

It’s easy to tell when you’re watching a Bokeem Woodbine movie: You’re immediately drawn from whatever was holding your attention to whatever he’s doing when he shows up onscreen. Consider it an effect of his staggering presence, quiet mystery or seemingly effortless ability to illuminate the humanity of even the most morally depleted characters. Joshua … Read more

Paramount took a risk keeping ‘Top Gun’ grounded for two years. It was this year’s biggest hit

New York CNN Business — “Top Gun: Maverick” was never going to be an easy sell. Sure, the film starred Tom Cruise — arguably one of Hollywood’s most iconic movie stars — and it would be the sequel to “Top Gun,” one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. But the original “Top Gun” was … Read more

Paramount took a risk keeping ‘Top Gun’ grounded for two years. It was this year’s biggest hit

New York CNN Business — “Top Gun: Maverick” was never going to be an easy sell. Sure, the film starred Tom Cruise — arguably one of Hollywood’s most iconic movie stars — and it would be the sequel to “Top Gun,” one of the biggest blockbusters of all time. But the original “Top Gun” was … Read more

‘The Good Nurse’ details Charles Cullen’s killing spree

There’s a thin line between good and evil. But for most of 2003, that line was almost nonexistent between New Jersey critical care nurses Charles Cullen and Amy Loughren. The two were inseparable. Working side-by-side on the graveyard shift at Somerset Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit in Somerset, NJ, Cullen, a seemingly dutiful caregiver, and … Read more

6 things Taylor Swift has taught me about living well

Editor’s Note: This is one of an occasional series of personal essays from CNN staff and contributors. CNN — With her prolific song writing and curated eras, the world has gotten an intimate look into a young woman growing up through Taylor Swift’s music. Her lyrics, speeches, videos and even a 2020 documentary, “Miss Americana,” … Read more

‘M3GAN,’ the next generation of creepy doll movies, is not playing around

CNN — The lifelike but blank stare. The almost-but-not-quite accurate proportions. The vacant smile. Dolls are meant to be nothing more than playthings for children, but it must be said: They’re creepy. Fodder for more than one successful horror movie franchise (hello, “Child’s Play” and “Annabelle”), the theme appears ready for an upgrade with the … Read more

Geena Davis Talks the Bill Murray Incident, Her Childhood Molestation, and Fighting Retirement

Geena Davis’ mother had a favorite story to tell. When Davis was 1 year old, her mother took her to church where they lived in Wareham, Massachusetts, a place that Davis jokes is most notable for being “on the way” to Cape Cod. After fidgeting and fussing on her mother’s lap, Baby Geena managed to … Read more