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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1997
A good story's a good story, which explains why TNT's "The Hunchback" makes for an enjoyable two hours.But Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is a great story, full of sex and violence and pathos and parties and religion and tolling bells and did I mention sex and violence?So why isn't "The Hunchback," which premieres at 8 p.m. tomorrow (with repeats at 10 p.m. and midnight), better than good?Probably because the story has been adapted to the screen so many times, and done so well.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1997
A good story's a good story, which explains why TNT's "The Hunchback" makes for an enjoyable two hours.But Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is a great story, full of sex and violence and pathos and parties and religion and tolling bells and did I mention sex and violence?So why isn't "The Hunchback," which premieres at 8 p.m. tomorrow (with repeats at 10 p.m. and midnight), better than good?Probably because the story has been adapted to the screen so many times, and done so well.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1996
Striking animation and cute gargoyles do not a kiddie movie make."The Hunchback of Notre Dame," the latest animated film from the Disney conglomerate, has some catchy songs and some amazing images. It also teaches lessons about prejudice and self-esteem.But it really isn't appropriate for Disney's bread-and-butter audience, the little kids who are too young for the latest action flick.Evidence: A lot of them started whining and screaming in the middle of a screening of "Hunchback" this week.
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By Peter A. Jay | July 21, 1996
HAVRE de GRACE -- There's a tremendous intellectual debate raging right now about the Disney people's cartoon version of ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame,'' and trying to follow it can make a person feel a little like a cartoon character himself, a spectator at a sort of madcap tennis game.First, Disney serves up ''Hunchback'' as fare for adults in kiddie camouflage, which is exactly the way McDonalds offered us the Arch Deluxe. At last, the creators of Mickey and Donald seem to be saying, grown-ups can send the children to bed and enjoy a cartoon movie themselves without feeling mildly creepy about it.That's because, animated or not, this is Victor Hugo.
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By Peter A. Jay | July 21, 1996
HAVRE de GRACE -- There's a tremendous intellectual debate raging right now about the Disney people's cartoon version of ''The Hunchback of Notre Dame,'' and trying to follow it can make a person feel a little like a cartoon character himself, a spectator at a sort of madcap tennis game.First, Disney serves up ''Hunchback'' as fare for adults in kiddie camouflage, which is exactly the way McDonalds offered us the Arch Deluxe. At last, the creators of Mickey and Donald seem to be saying, grown-ups can send the children to bed and enjoy a cartoon movie themselves without feeling mildly creepy about it.That's because, animated or not, this is Victor Hugo.
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June 11, 1991
Bertice Reading, 54, an American jazz singer and actress who became a star on London stage and cabaret, died Saturday in London after suffering a stroke. She collapsed during rehearsals for "Notre Dame," a new musical based on "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" that is due to open later this month in Oxford, England. Born in Chester, Pa., she began her career dancing at age 3 with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. She later won a hometown talent contest to appear for a week with Lionel Hampton's band.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | November 9, 1992
The performance of Verdi's "Rigoletto" at the Lyric Opera House on Friday evening proved to be an unremarkable, if somewhat mysterious, affair.No one -- either in the organization that presented the performance or the audience -- seemed to know much about the fTC visiting Opera Nazionale Italiana other than that it was formed a few years ago. A poster proclaimed the company's city of origin as Florence, but the abilities of the singers and the level of...
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1996
Wanted: A hunchback. "Misshapen, unattractive, locked away by a cruel guardian in the bell tower of Notre Dame, he longs to be part of the life he sees below."Sounded like the perfect gig to B. Thomas Rinaldi, a rotund and swarthy product of Towson State's drama department. So the Baltimore actor showed up yesterday at Goucher College for a Disney audition of would-be Quasimodos and Esmeraldas for a new musical stage show at Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Fla.Mr. Rinaldi was eager to win the part of the deformed bell ringer, the star of Disney's soon-to-be released animated film "Hunchback of Notre Dame."
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By Michael H. Price and Michael H. Price,FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM | June 23, 1996
If Walt Disney were around to see the results of his cartoon studio's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" adaptation, chances are he'd exclaim: "Gosh! This'll make Victor Hugo!"Disney had exclaimed similarly about his musically driven feature, "Fantasia," and Beethoven during the early 1940s, defining the true conceit of the popular culture: It actually fancies itself in a class with the higher forms.In a broader sense, however, Disney was also right about "Fantasia," for the arrogant concert-film experiment did introduce Beethoven and its other chosen composers to a whole new shirtsleeves audience.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | February 11, 2007
In Richard III at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre, everything is off kilter. The set, designed by Lee Savage, slants in one direction, and the floor slants in the other. As the duplicitous title character, Geraint Wyn Davies looks normal from one side and disfigured from the other -- clubfoot, withered arm, hunchback and a face in dire need of a Phantom of the Opera mask. RICHARD III / / Through March 18 at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 7th St. N.W., Washington -- $19-$76.25. 877-487-8849 or shakespearetheatre.
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By Michael H. Price and Michael H. Price,FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM | June 23, 1996
If Walt Disney were around to see the results of his cartoon studio's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" adaptation, chances are he'd exclaim: "Gosh! This'll make Victor Hugo!"Disney had exclaimed similarly about his musically driven feature, "Fantasia," and Beethoven during the early 1940s, defining the true conceit of the popular culture: It actually fancies itself in a class with the higher forms.In a broader sense, however, Disney was also right about "Fantasia," for the arrogant concert-film experiment did introduce Beethoven and its other chosen composers to a whole new shirtsleeves audience.
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By Chris Kridler and Chris Kridler,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1996
Striking animation and cute gargoyles do not a kiddie movie make."The Hunchback of Notre Dame," the latest animated film from the Disney conglomerate, has some catchy songs and some amazing images. It also teaches lessons about prejudice and self-esteem.But it really isn't appropriate for Disney's bread-and-butter audience, the little kids who are too young for the latest action flick.Evidence: A lot of them started whining and screaming in the middle of a screening of "Hunchback" this week.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1996
Wanted: A hunchback. "Misshapen, unattractive, locked away by a cruel guardian in the bell tower of Notre Dame, he longs to be part of the life he sees below."Sounded like the perfect gig to B. Thomas Rinaldi, a rotund and swarthy product of Towson State's drama department. So the Baltimore actor showed up yesterday at Goucher College for a Disney audition of would-be Quasimodos and Esmeraldas for a new musical stage show at Disney/MGM Studios in Orlando, Fla.Mr. Rinaldi was eager to win the part of the deformed bell ringer, the star of Disney's soon-to-be released animated film "Hunchback of Notre Dame."
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Music Critic | November 9, 1992
The performance of Verdi's "Rigoletto" at the Lyric Opera House on Friday evening proved to be an unremarkable, if somewhat mysterious, affair.No one -- either in the organization that presented the performance or the audience -- seemed to know much about the fTC visiting Opera Nazionale Italiana other than that it was formed a few years ago. A poster proclaimed the company's city of origin as Florence, but the abilities of the singers and the level of...
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June 11, 1991
Bertice Reading, 54, an American jazz singer and actress who became a star on London stage and cabaret, died Saturday in London after suffering a stroke. She collapsed during rehearsals for "Notre Dame," a new musical based on "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" that is due to open later this month in Oxford, England. Born in Chester, Pa., she began her career dancing at age 3 with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. She later won a hometown talent contest to appear for a week with Lionel Hampton's band.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1996
Disney, Schmisney. Tonight, the real "Hunchback(s) of Notre Dame" come(s) to TCM."Unsolved Mysteries" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBAL, Channel 11) -- Segments include a look at the case of Nancy Manni, who drowned while a student at the Harry Lundeberg School of Seamanship in Piney Point, Md. NBC."The X-Files" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- Are gargoyles coming to life and turning murderous? Could be Fox."Firing Line" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., MPT, Channels 22 and 67) -- Debate centers on whether corporate downsizing is a question of greed or of survival and prosperity.
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By SAM SESSA | February 21, 2008
Hometown -- Baltimore Current members --Nolen Strals, lead singer; Bruce Willen bass, vocals; Denny Bowen, drums Founded in --2005 Style --punk Influenced by --Ecstatic Sunshine, Dan Deacon, Human Host, Ponytail Notable --This year, the band plans to release two 7-inch albums of new material. The first could be out in late spring, Willen said. Quotable --"The new stuff in general is maybe a little more poppy in a sense, but at the same time it's definitely very fast paced," Willen said.
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