From the department of alternate timelines comes the revelation that Roald Dahl originally wanted Charlie Bucket, protagonist of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to be black.
There’s a scene in the beginning of Young Frankenstein where a young medical student stops Gene Wilder’s Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (that’s Franken-steen) mid-lecture to question him about the work of his grandfather, the Modern Prometheus himself, Victor Frankenstein.
We are not anti-Johnny Depp. We love films like Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas—all of which are highlighted by stellar Depp performances. But for a Hollywood A-lister, he’s made some undeniably bizarre career decisions, and here are his oddest.
Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the most iconic and beloved books, despite Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's effort. Now, a chapter entitled "The Vanilla Fudge Room" that did not make the cut to the final draft has been released, and it is delightfully dark as expected.
For a lot of us, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of the most iconic books of our childhoods. Just thinking about it brings about recollections of chocolate rivers, glass elevators that can run in any direction and sadistic-yet-charismatic candy makers who leave their magical factories to poor, good-hearted…
A team of scientists have spent the last several months studying the moments in a parent's life that seem like they last an eternity— children's temper tantrums. And they found there's a lot more to the angry screaming and flailing and hysterical "I HATE YOU"s than meets the eye.
NPR's "Morning Edition" ran a segment this morning on what a groundbreaking work of young adult fiction Harriet the Spy was when it debuted in 1964. According to NPR correspondent Neva Grant, heroine Harriet M. Welsch was considered controversial because "Harriet saw too much, said too much. She even had to see a…