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    Two kid flicks to look forward to: Where the Wild Things Are and the new Muppet Movie

    Thu Mar 19

    When I first heard that Hollywood was making a live-action version of Maurice Sendak's beloved children's book Where the Wild Things Are , I groaned. (Yes, that's something we geeks do often). Then I discovered that the flick was being co-written and directed by Spike Jonze, and I actually started to get excited. If anyone could do justice to Sendak's fanciful illustrations and offbeat imagination, it was the director of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation . I can just imagine how he'll handle the whole "rumpus" sequence (which is my daughter's favorite, of course!) The film famously ran into some delays because Jonze's take on it was not, at least in execs' eyes, family-friendly enough. The director has been quoted as saying, "From the beginning, I told the studio, 'I don't think this is gonna be a movie for four-year-olds.' And I think they said 'Oh, okay,' but I think that when they saw it, that's another... you know, that's something else." Happily, he's...

    Worst time and place to deliver a baby in NYC: Penn Station during rush hour!

    Thu Mar 19

    I had my daughter in a hospital, and while I had my issues with the place (no tub! Just a shower!), I've got to say, overall it was a pleasant experience. Sure the ride up to ward was so bumpy, I thought perhaps I'd crank out the kid in the livery cab, but I held out. No such luck for Marie Boothe, who gave birth in Penn Station during morning rush hour earlier this week with the help of NYPD officers. I bet that shocked commuters out of their morning stupor, giving them a jolt stronger than a double espresso. As a native New Yorker, I'm pretty jaded. Few sights surprise me, but I definitely would have raised my penciled-in eyebrows at that! The seven-pound baby boy made his debut under the departures sign (hey, it's probably cleaner than the station's bathroom), and onlookers apparently began suggesting the name "Penn" right away. Not one to disappoint, the new mom settled on Caesar Penn Boothe, a moniker dramatic enough to complement his arrival into the world. Congrats!

    Innovative art project "stuffs" classroom with creativity

    Thu Mar 19

    Is your kid sick of the boring old crayon-on-construction-paper art projects he does at school all the time ? Can't blame him. That's why teacher Anne Karsten decided to give her pupils a new task: Designing and making original stuffed animals. The fourth and fifth graders first sketched their monsters, and then snipped, stuffed and sewed them into plush playthings. The finished toys (which are super cute) were then sold (back to the parents, of course) as a fundraiser for the school. Genius, no? I think we might have some Project Runway contestants on our hands...

    Natasha Richardson: actress, New Yorker but first and foremost, a mom

    Wed Mar 18

    There have been conflicting reports about the extent of actress Natasha Richardson's injuries following a skiing accident in Canada yesterday. Some sources (including our sister pub TONY ) claim she's brain dead. Others say her injuries are minor. Whatever her condition, in addition to holding out hope that she'll find a way to make a full recovery, I've been struck by the sensationalized tone of the coverage (all the gossip sites are on it, even though she hasn't done a high-profile project in over a decade) and the fact that while her husband, actor Liam Neeson, is always mentioned, her kids seem to be an afterthought. While Richardson's passing might be sad for the entertainment world--particularly the New York theater scene, which still rightly reveres her for her Tony-winning performance as Sally Bowles in Cabaret --it would be devastating for her family, especially her two boys. Unlike Heath Ledger's daughter, who at age two was young enough (I hope) to be...

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