03:38 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 03/01/2012 02:30PM
Thneed-Ville isn't so different from where we live, except that the bushes are inflatable and the air and water are bottled.
The place is so vacuum-sealed for faux freshness that when a kid like Ted (Zac Efron) wants to find a real, live tree for crush Audrey (Taylor Swift), he has to take a circuitous route out of town to find the Once-ler (Ed Helms), a man who knows what became of the trees.
Cue the familiar tale of the Once-ler felling the trees to fuel his business, breaking the heart of the Lorax (Danny DeVito), the keeper of the forest.
It's a sad account, but the movie tells it with such Seussian visual panache, jaunty songs and humor (Betty White is fun as Ted's grandma/coconspirator) that the heaviness sneaks up on you.
Originally posted 11/16/2010 12:05PM
Vampires for Christmas?
With his HBO show True Blood on hiatus – and his August wedding to costar Anna Paquin still a fresh memory – Stephen Moyer plans to read the classic children's tale Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! at Universal Studios Hollywood for a special Dec. 11 live performance, a rep for Universal tells PEOPLE.
The event will kick off the theme park's 18-day Grinchmas celebration. Besides Moyer, who plays True Blood's vampire Bill Compton, the reading will also feature the Grinch's faithful dog Max, a heap of (through Hollywood magic) fresh snow and a "Whoville Whobilation" on the original sets where the 2000 live-action Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, starring Jim Carrey, was filmed.
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