Animation legend William Hanna dead at 90

Animation legend William Hanna, who with partner Joseph Barbera turned television into their own personal cartoon world, creating such characters as Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear and the Flintstones, died on Thursday, a spokesman for Warner Brothers said.

Requiem soundtrack gains momentum

As the film <i>Requiem for a Dream</i> continues to attract wider audiences and critics' attention around the country, so does the soundtrack continue to find new fans, thanks to the work of composer Clint Mansell, in collaboration with Kronos Quartet and Bang on a Can's David Lang.

Choc of the new

Anglo-French writer Joanne Harris's lovely novel Chocolat attracted much praise and has been something of a bestseller; now it has been made into a film by director Lasse Hallström (responsible for last year's <i>The Cider House Rules</i>) and scriptwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs.

Homer on the range

The Coen brothers (Ethan produces, Joel directs, nominally at least; both write the scripts) have always had a quirky take on things, so it's not an enormous surprise to find that their new movie, <b>O Brother, Where Art Thou?</b>, is based on Homer's <i>Odyssey</i>. James Joyce did the same thing with his novel <i>Ulysses</i>, so there is precedent, but the Coens, naturally, make the transposition in their own inimitable way.

Triumph of the quill

Philip Kaufman's film <b>Quills</b>, scripted by Doug Wright from his play, is set in the same time-frame as Peter Weiss's revolutionary theatrical piece <i>The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum at Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade</i>, for short - whew - <i>Marat/Sade</i>.

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