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By Jaimee Rose and Jaimee Rose,Sun Staff | August 19, 2001
According to Disney's new hit film, the diary of a princess might read something like this: Used to be a frizzed-out, mousse-deficient, curly-haired geek, then met a man with a blow-dryer who knew how to use it, ditched the curls, and am now completely chic. The princess in question is Mia Thermopolis, brought to life by actress Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries, a movie that is drawing teen-age girls to theaters everywhere. It's a typical Cinderella-story film with a controversial message: Anyone can be a princess -- as long as she straightens her hair.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | April 10, 2007
The damsel cast an image of striking beauty: mocha-colored skin, captivating eyes, coiffed hair, posing in a feathery dress and see-through veil. For a character that won't be in an animated movie for another two years, her arrival has been the subject of discussion for years -- long before she was ever drawn. Maddy, a 19-year-old heroine to be featured in the coming film The Frog Princess, will be Disney animation's first black leading lady. That makes her the Sole Sister among a group of cartoon icons that brings out the inner princess in preteen girls worldwide -- characters like Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel and Mulan.
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By Deborah Hornblow and Deborah Hornblow,HARTFORD COURANT | September 24, 2004
Combining elements of The Princess Diaries and the life and times of Chelsea Clinton with a whiff of Audrey Hepburn style, First Daughter is an intimate peek at a president's only child (Katie Holmes), a young woman who longs to be just like everybody else. Mandy Moore's first kid in this year's Chasing Liberty solves the problem by going AWOL for a few days. Holmes' Samantha Mackenzie chooses the less rebellious path of attending college in California, where her one great aspiration is to blend in. But from the moment Sam arrives at the university, to the tune of the school band's "Hail to the Chief," she knows she cannot hope to be treated as an ordinary student.
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By Deborah Hornblow and Deborah Hornblow,HARTFORD COURANT | September 24, 2004
Combining elements of The Princess Diaries and the life and times of Chelsea Clinton with a whiff of Audrey Hepburn style, First Daughter is an intimate peek at a president's only child (Katie Holmes), a young woman who longs to be just like everybody else. Mandy Moore's first kid in this year's Chasing Liberty solves the problem by going AWOL for a few days. Holmes' Samantha Mackenzie chooses the less rebellious path of attending college in California, where her one great aspiration is to blend in. But from the moment Sam arrives at the university, to the tune of the school band's "Hail to the Chief," she knows she cannot hope to be treated as an ordinary student.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2004
Various Artists The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Disney) ** God save the soundtrack to The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, the follow-up to Disney's sleeper swan hit about an awkward teen (Anne Hathaway) transformed into a princess thanks to a wise and regal figurehead (Julie Andrews). The only engaging tracks worthy of the king's ear come from teen acting queen Lindsay Lohan and American Idol matriarch Kelly Clarkson. Save a few original songs, most of the material on Princess Diaries 2 has been heard elsewhere.
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By Kevin Thomas and Kevin Thomas,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 11, 2004
Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement marks a return to Ruritania that arrives just in time to delight adolescent girls - and perhaps their mothers and grandmothers as well - before summer vacation is over. Like its predecessor, it's Hollywood hokum at its most glamorous and effective. Sequels are always tricky, especially when they're pure make-believe, but old pro director Garry Marshall understands that unabashed fairy tales require solid acting to make them believable. Julie Andrews returns, eternally radiant as Queen Clarisse Renaldi of the tiny principality of Genovia, as does Anne Hathaway as her granddaughter and heir to the throne, Princess Mia. Andrews fans are treated to a surprise: some years after throat surgery rendered her unable to sing she is again easily able to duet with the singer Raven, cast as a pal of Mia's, in the rousing "Your Crowning Glory."
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,Sun Staff | July 29, 2001
WASHINGTON -- Perhaps it's the rough Bronx accent with its blustery crescendos that jab the air like one-two punches. Or the brusque facade that many have long associated with the cantankerous characters he's played, like Murphy Brown's boss Stan Lansing in the 1990s TV sitcom. Director Garry Marshall doesn't come across as a romantic spinner of fairy tales. But with box-office triumphs ranging from Pretty Woman to Runaway Bride, that's exactly what he's been -- a writer, actor and director who has pooh-poohed these increasingly cynical times and stuck to his belief that life on the big screen should always be better than reality.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | November 23, 2001
Tony and Mary Lewis did not fall under the same spell that has wand-waving children in horn-rimmed glasses and wizard hats packing movie theaters across America these days. Through some greater magic, these young siblings have resisted overwhelming media momentum to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They have refused to get caught up in the jetstream of the new millennium's favorite flyboy. They're skipping out on what they see as an unacceptable variation on the books they love.
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By Mary McNamara and Mary McNamara,Los Angeles Times | September 5, 2004
Where once they stood alone, now they are united, their faces smiling up from T-shirts and backpacks in small groups like particularly well-coifed members of the Justice League. They hold teas and birthday parties, hold classes in animal husbandry and geography, and have their own color scheme, including a signature paint available at Home Depot. Their influence over fashion is incalculable -- their clothing and accessories are coveted by and reproduced for millions of fans. They are about to launch their own line of personal care products.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,sun reporter | April 10, 2007
The damsel cast an image of striking beauty: mocha-colored skin, captivating eyes, coiffed hair, posing in a feathery dress and see-through veil. For a character that won't be in an animated movie for another two years, her arrival has been the subject of discussion for years -- long before she was ever drawn. Maddy, a 19-year-old heroine to be featured in the coming film The Frog Princess, will be Disney animation's first black leading lady. That makes her the Sole Sister among a group of cartoon icons that brings out the inner princess in preteen girls worldwide -- characters like Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel and Mulan.
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By Mary McNamara and Mary McNamara,Los Angeles Times | September 5, 2004
Where once they stood alone, now they are united, their faces smiling up from T-shirts and backpacks in small groups like particularly well-coifed members of the Justice League. They hold teas and birthday parties, hold classes in animal husbandry and geography, and have their own color scheme, including a signature paint available at Home Depot. Their influence over fashion is incalculable -- their clothing and accessories are coveted by and reproduced for millions of fans. They are about to launch their own line of personal care products.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2004
Various Artists The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Disney) ** God save the soundtrack to The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, the follow-up to Disney's sleeper swan hit about an awkward teen (Anne Hathaway) transformed into a princess thanks to a wise and regal figurehead (Julie Andrews). The only engaging tracks worthy of the king's ear come from teen acting queen Lindsay Lohan and American Idol matriarch Kelly Clarkson. Save a few original songs, most of the material on Princess Diaries 2 has been heard elsewhere.
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By Kevin Thomas and Kevin Thomas,LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 11, 2004
Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement marks a return to Ruritania that arrives just in time to delight adolescent girls - and perhaps their mothers and grandmothers as well - before summer vacation is over. Like its predecessor, it's Hollywood hokum at its most glamorous and effective. Sequels are always tricky, especially when they're pure make-believe, but old pro director Garry Marshall understands that unabashed fairy tales require solid acting to make them believable. Julie Andrews returns, eternally radiant as Queen Clarisse Renaldi of the tiny principality of Genovia, as does Anne Hathaway as her granddaughter and heir to the throne, Princess Mia. Andrews fans are treated to a surprise: some years after throat surgery rendered her unable to sing she is again easily able to duet with the singer Raven, cast as a pal of Mia's, in the rousing "Your Crowning Glory."
FEATURES
By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | November 23, 2001
Tony and Mary Lewis did not fall under the same spell that has wand-waving children in horn-rimmed glasses and wizard hats packing movie theaters across America these days. Through some greater magic, these young siblings have resisted overwhelming media momentum to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. They have refused to get caught up in the jetstream of the new millennium's favorite flyboy. They're skipping out on what they see as an unacceptable variation on the books they love.
NEWS
By Jaimee Rose and Jaimee Rose,Sun Staff | August 19, 2001
According to Disney's new hit film, the diary of a princess might read something like this: Used to be a frizzed-out, mousse-deficient, curly-haired geek, then met a man with a blow-dryer who knew how to use it, ditched the curls, and am now completely chic. The princess in question is Mia Thermopolis, brought to life by actress Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries, a movie that is drawing teen-age girls to theaters everywhere. It's a typical Cinderella-story film with a controversial message: Anyone can be a princess -- as long as she straightens her hair.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,Sun Staff | July 29, 2001
WASHINGTON -- Perhaps it's the rough Bronx accent with its blustery crescendos that jab the air like one-two punches. Or the brusque facade that many have long associated with the cantankerous characters he's played, like Murphy Brown's boss Stan Lansing in the 1990s TV sitcom. Director Garry Marshall doesn't come across as a romantic spinner of fairy tales. But with box-office triumphs ranging from Pretty Woman to Runaway Bride, that's exactly what he's been -- a writer, actor and director who has pooh-poohed these increasingly cynical times and stuck to his belief that life on the big screen should always be better than reality.
FEATURES
August 15, 2001
The top films at the box office over the weekend, with distributor, weekend gross, total gross, number of weeks in release: 1 American Pie 2 Universal $45.1 million $45.1 million 1 2 Rush Hour 2 New Line $33.1 million $133.5 million 2 3 The Princess Diaries Disney $14.2 million $52.1 million 2 4 The Others Dimension $14.1 million $14.1 million 1 5 Planet of the Apes Fox $13.3 million $148.7 million 3 6 Jurassic Park III Universal $7.5 million $160.3 million 4 7 Osmosis Jones Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2005
SINGLES 1. "Let Me Love You," Mario. 2. "1, 2 Step," Ciara (feat. Missy Elliot). 3. "Drop It Like It's Hot," Snoop Dogg (feat. Pharrell). 4. "Lovers and Friends," Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz (feat. Usher and Ludacris). 5. "Soldier," Destiny's Child (feat. T.I. and Lil Wayne). (From Billboard magazine) ALBUMS 1. Encore, Eminem. 2. Now 17, Various Artists. 3. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, U2 4. Destiny Fulfilled, Destiny's Child 5. Greatest Hits, Shania Twain (From Billboard magazine)
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