When NBC announced plans to air a live performance of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood, the internet erupted in tweets of horror. The ones posted during and after the show were worse. Obviously, nobody can do the Sound of Music like Julie Andrews. Obviously. But do we get to have just one version of this musical? I for one hope not. And so, I was excited to tune in last week while I folded my laundry. I sang, I laughed, I teared up. Did I occasionally go, WTF?
Mediander’s editors are pleased to bring you our favorite books of 2013! Below is the first half of our list of the year’s best: I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girls-education activist made famous whe
As a Nightmare Before Christmas purist (dare I say, originalist), I believe there’s a right time to watch this movie—and it is not Halloween. I know, I know. Disney re-releases it every October, and sales of the soundtrack peak around All Hallows’ Eve. And don’t get me wrong, I was just as excited as everyone else to mark the film’s 20th anniversary this past October. But I prefer to watch Jack Skellington’s holiday misadventures in something approximating real time, and all the action ta
This year Bruce Dern is considered a shoo-in for a best actor Oscar nod for his performance in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. Dern plays Woody Grant, a sad alcoholic so fixated on a bogus million-dollar prize he’s willing to walk from Montana to Nebraska to claim the money. Would winning an Academy Award at age 77—and after 50 years in the movies—finally elevate Dern to leading man status? But not so fast—Dern’s Cinderella story may not have a Hollywood ending. For there is