Opening August 7, the animated film Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophetis based on Gibran’s seminal work but is seen through the eyes of a young girl named Almitra (Quvenzhané Wallis) who’s living in a Mediterranean seaside town.
Initially unable to speak due to the tragic death of her father, Almitra finds solace and inspiration in an exiled poet named Mustafa (Liam Neeson). Hayek serves as the voice of Almitra’s mother Kamila. Featuring songs from Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, and Yo-Yo Ma, along with animation work from Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, and Bill Plympton, the movie is filled with skilled collaborators who interpret Gibran’s resonant message.
“This is a movie that, if you watch it with your children, or with your teenagers, or with your parents or your grandparents,” says Hayek, whose previous producing credits include the TV series Ugly Betty and The Maldonado Miracle. “Everybody’s going to have an intimate experience with the film.
Click on the media bar below to hear Hayek talk about her inspiration for Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet:
John Krasinski, Frank Langella, and Alfred Molina are among the other voice actors in the film. To read how Salma Hayek’s trip to Lebanon changed the course of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, please go to Deepest Dream.
Currently in theaters to take advantage of the holiday family film market, MONSTERS, INC 3D is the latest Disney/Pixar offering to get dusted off and digitally remastered in order to join the current 3D revival. A complete fan fave when originally released almost 12 years ago, the film was co-written and co-directed by PETE DOCTER and featured the voice talents of BILLY CRYSTAL, JOHN GOODMAN, JOHN RATZENBERGER, STEVE BUSCEMI, JAMES COBURN, BONNIE HUNT and JENNIFER TILLY.
We sat down with JOHN GOODMAN back in 2001 to talk about his participation in the movie and he didn’t pull any punches when expressing admiration for Disney/Pixar. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Almost a dozen years after its original theatrical release, Disney’s animated classic, MONSTERS INC., is returning to theaters this week for a limited run after being remastered and converted to digital 3D. One of the studio’s most popular and financially successful titles, the film was co-written and co-directed by PETE DOCTER and featured the voice talents of BILLY CRYSTAL, JOHN GOODMAN, JOHN RATZENBERGER, STEVE BUSCEMI, JAMES COBURN, BONNIE HUNT and JENNIFER TILLY. Flush with an abundance of crazy things that go bump in the night, the movie went on to inspire spin-offs and a huge amount of lucrative merchandising. A veteran stand-up comic turned accomplished actor, BILLY CRYSTAL delighted audiences as the voice of the one-eyed Mike Wazowski and when we interviewed him for the original release of the film, he talked about the call from Pixar honcho JOHN LASSETER that he just couldn’t refuse. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Available on Blu-ray today, Disney’s animated classic FINDING NEMO has been dusted off, re-mastered and converted to digital 3D. One of the studio’s most popular and financially successful titles, the film was directed by ANDREW STANTON and LEE UNKRICH and featured the voice talents of ELLEN DeGENERES, ALBERT BROOKS, ALEXANDER GOULD, WILLEM DAFOE, BRAD GARRETT, ALLISON JANNEY and VICKI LEWIS. Especially popular with younger kids, FINDING NEMO spawned a sequel and more merchandising than you could throw a new over. Back in 2003, we traveled to the Northern California studios of Pixar to speak with ELLEN DeGENERES about her role as Dory, innocent lead character of the film and she talked about why kids loved Dory and how much she enjoyed voicing her. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Opening in theaters this week, the animated 3D family film DELHI SAFARI mixes social consciousness with madcap comedy in an effort to educate while entertaining. Centering on a group of wild animal determined to stop builders from encroaching on their preserve, the film has been endorsed by several special interest groups such as PETA and The Humane Society. Co-written and directed by NIKHIL ADVANI, the all-star voice cast includes TARA STRONG, CARY ELWES, VANESSA WILLIAMS, BRAD GARRETT, CHRISTOPHER LLOYD, JASON ALEXANDER and JANE LYNCH.
Probably best known (at least, to the audience DELHI SAFARI is mostly aimed at) as Sue Sylvester on the hit TV musical series GLEE, actress JANE LYNCH hasn’t been seen too much this season on the show. During our recent interview, she acknowledged that there’s no “pushing” producer RYAN MURPHY for more face time on the show and that’s why we here at HO are glad she’s keeping busy with work in WRECK-IT RALPH and DELHI SAFARI. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)