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Genre: Animated comedy

Rating: TBD

U.S. Release date: October 5, 2012

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Voice Cast: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder

Director: TimBurton

Producers: Tim Burton, Allison Abbate

Executive Producer: Don Hahn

Screenplay by: John August

Based on an original idea by: Tim Burton

From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which elevates the classic style to a whole new experience.

In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.


? When Tim Burton originally conceived the idea for “Frankenweenie,” he envisioned it as a full-length, stop-motion animated film. Due to budget constraints, he instead directed it as a live-action short, released in 1984.

? “Frankenweenie” follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s other stop-motion animated films “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”—both of which were nominated for Academy Awards®.

? Over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film.

? The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Catherine O’Hara (“Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), Martin Short (“Mars Attacks!”) and Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” Sleepy Hollow”).

? Several of the character names—Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar “E” Gore and Mr. Burgemeister— were inspired by classic horror films.


From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” was filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D. The talented voice cast includes: Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder.

Presented by Disney, “Frankenweenie” is directed by Tim Burton, produced by Tim Burton and Allison Abbate, from a screenplay by John August, based on an original idea by Tim Burton. “Frankenweenie” releases in U.S. theaters on October 5, 2012.



Athello's last weekend

Athello is a big boy with a mellow personality. He has double dew claws and looks like a golden/pyrenese/? mix. He is about 2-3 years old and came in underweight. He is a very sweet and beautiful dog.  Hi is in Chipley Fl Shelter.
This sad boy will be put out of his misery without knowing love and security because his shelter is overflowing.

In Chipley FL shelter, talk with Belva 850-638-2082, 9am-1pm EST.

This came in from a dear friend and listener to Talkin' Pets
If anyone can afford to help find Bailey a home
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Bailey currently resides in Tampa Bay Florida
 Owner paid $1000 for her and then made sure to get all shots and so forth. They are asking for a good home for her only, so free to a responsible pet parent.
 Thank you again!!
"This wonderful, wheaten female would make a great addition to a family. She is sweet, playful, and in good health.. She is current on her vaccinations and dewormings.  Already house broken and kennel trained."
1/6/12 UPDATE:  Bailey has found a home in Indiana - thanks to everyone for their thoughts and well wishes...

La Petite Reine, La Classe Americaine and Ufilms present a PG-13, 100 minute, romance, drama, comedy directed by Michel Hazanavicius.

Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Silver Pictures present a 129 minute, PG-13, action, adventure, crime, drama directed by Guy Ritchie, written by Michele Mulroney and Kieran Mulroney with a theatrical release date of December 16, 2011.


Winner of the prize for Best Actor at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Michel Hazanavicius’s THE ARTIST is a heartfelt and entertaining valentine to classic American cinema. Set during the twilight of Hollywood’s silent era and shot on location in Los Angeles, THE ARTIST tells the story of a charismatic movie star unhappily confronting the new world of talking pictures. Mixing comedy, romance and melodrama, THE ARTIST is itself an example of the form it celebrates: a black-and-white silent film that relies on images, actors and music to weave its singular spell.

Hollywood, 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is one of Hollywood’s reigning silent screen idols, instantly recognizable with his slim moustache and signature white tie and tails. Starring in exotic tales of intrigue and derring-do, the actor has turned out hit after hit for Kinograph, the studio run by cigar-chomping mogul Al Zimmer (John Goodman). His success has brought him an elegant mansion and an equally elegant wife, Doris (Penelope Ann Miller). Chauffeured to the studio each day by his devoted driver Clifton (James Cromwell), George is greeted by his own smiling image, emblazoned on the posters prominently placed throughout the Kinograph lot. As he happily mugs for rapturous fans and reporters at his latest film premiere, George is a man indistinguishable from his persona -- and a star secure in his future.

For young dancer Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), the future will be what she makes of it. Vivacious and good-humored, with an incandescent smile and a flapper’s ease of movement, Peppy first crosses George’s path at his film premiere and then as an extra on his latest film at Kinograph. As they film a brief dance sequence, the leading man and the newcomer fall into a natural rhythm, the machinery of moviemaking fading into the background. But the day must finally end, sending the matinee idol and the eager hopeful back to their respective places on the Hollywood ladder.

And Hollywood itself will soon fall under sway of a captivating new starlet: talking pictures. George wants no part of the new technology, scorning the talkie as a vulgar fad destined for the dustbin. By 1929, Kinograph is preparing to cease all silent film production and

George faces a choice: embrace sound, like the rising young star Peppy Miller; or risk a slide into obscurity.

The Weinstein Company presents THE ARTIST, written and directed by Michel Hazanavicius and produced by Thomas Langmann. Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm McDowell, Missi Pyle, Beth Grant, Ed Lauter, Joel Murray, and Ken Davitan. With Uggie as The Dog.

Paramount Pictures, Mandate Pictures, Indian Paintbrush, Denver and Delilah Productions present an R rated, 94 minute, comedy, drama, directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody with a release date of December 9, 2011.

In THE ARTIST, Uggie plays the hero’s constant companion throughout an emotional roller-coaster ride providing a clever and versatile performance.
In his starring role as ‘Jack’, Uggie cranks up the tear count as he remains faithful in adversity. At the same time, he also raises a few major laughs on stage giving new meaning to the trick ‘playing dead’.
Uggie’s stunning silent performance stole hearts and won votes as he scooped up the Palm Dog award at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
Uggie is a nine year old Jack Russell Terrier born sometime in 2002.  He was born in Florida and was rehomed because he was way too wild and high energy for his first owners to be just a simple pet dog.  Professional animal trainer, Omar von Muller adopted Uggie and soon after, he started his studio career early in life. 
Uggie packed up countless print ads and television commercials for everything from dog food, cars, beer and much more.  He traveled with the “Incredible Dogs Show” to Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico and Miami performing live tricks and riding his skateboard (always a crowd pleaser), which is one of his favorite things to do. 
Uggie has also traveled to South Africa where he shot a commercial for Savanna Light, also riding the skateboard.  His first movie MR. FIX IT starring David Boreanaz, shot when he was 1½ years old, was followed by WHAT’S UP SCARLETT, WASSUP ROCKERS, Disney’s LIFE IS RUFF and most recently a featured role in the film WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (where he plays the role of "Queenie") starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson. 
Animal Trainer, Sarah Clifford, owner of Animal Savvy, provides animal talent for studio projects. Clifford formed a friendship with von Muller many years ago and had often submitted his dogs for film and commercial projects, knowing that any of his dogs were always up for whatever came at them. 
Uggie is a hard working dog, but he is also a very loved pet.  On his off days he lives indoors, and sleeps in the master bedroom with the family, and enjoys the company of several other dog and cat brothers and sisters.
In Theaters November 25, 2011
Written & Directed by
Michel Hazanavicius
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky's the limit - major movie stardom awaits. THE ARTIST tells the story of their interlinked destinies.
Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, Malcolm McDowell, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller.


Hallmark Channel
US Cable Television Premiere
From the Hallmark Hall of Fame Collection
Sunday, November 20 (6 p.m. ET/PT, 5C) 

The ever-versatile Bruce Greenwood (“John From Cincinnati,” “Knots Landing”) stars in this heartwarming Hallmark Hall of Fame story about coming to terms with the past and the ways that Christmas can help to bring a family together.  Greenwood is George McCray, who lives on a Kansas farm with wife Mary Ann (Linda Emond, “Julie and Julia”) and their 20-year-old, developmentally-challenged son, Todd (Noel Fisher from “The Riches”).  It happens that a local animal shelter is looking for families to foster pets for the holidays, and Todd wants one desperately.  But George is dead-set against it, maintaining that his son won't be able to adequately care for a pet and that giving a dog back after Christmas will only traumatize him.  But we learn that the real reason why George opposes it has more to do with his own bad experiences with dogs in the past -- once while he was a kid, the other time when he was serving in Vietnam.  So it's really George with the issues surrounding canines.  And as his wife comes to realize, the one who really needs a dog this Christmas is her husband, not her son, in order for emotional wounds of the past to heal.  “A Dog Named Christmas” is the best kind of holiday tale, one that poignantly illustrates the unwavering resilience of the human spirit.

 Blue Ridge Humane Society Announces Winning Entry in  

“Give Us Your Best Shot” Pet Photo Contest

             HENDERSONVILLE, N. C. –The non-profit Blue Ridge Humane Society has named the first and second place winners in their “Give Us Your Best Shot” pet photo contest. The black and white entry featuring the close-up of a golden retriever lying on a deck received the thumbs up from judge Michele Stephenson, former director of photography for TIME Magazine. The picture of Zema, a four-year old Golden Retriever lying on an outside deck that captured the first place winning photo was submitted by Dr. Arthur Pearsall of Hendersonville, N.C.

             “This picture of my son’s dog was taken on his deck in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland just a few months ago,” says Pearsall, who most of his pictures in black and white. “Goldens have very expressive eyes and Zema was the perfect subject.” 

            At home, Pearsall has his own rescue dog, Jake, a Border Collie/Lab mix adopted locally almost eight years ago. A dentist by profession, Pearsall has been involved in photography for more than 30 years.

             “There were so many wonderful portraits of people’s pets to choose from in this contest,” says Stephenson, who came to Hendersonville to judge the contest in conjunction with the organization’s Wags to Riches event. “It was difficult to choose just two winners, but this one picture of the dog on the deck had everything … an immediate connection with the dog along with wonderful texture and composition.”

             The second place winner features an image of a six-month old black lab puppy running at the camera. Submitted by Dave Baker of Mills River, the picture depicts his dog Emily taken in his backyard. The “in flight” action shot was taken as Baker and his wife taught Emily her name by having her race back and forth between them for treats.

             “The second place winning picture spoke to me of the wonderful spirit of the dog,” says Stephenson. “The picture had excellent technical qualities and a sense of energy.”

             The contest, which ran from September 1 to October 14, 2011, had almost 100 entries.  The winners will have their photographs permanently showcased at the Blue Ridge Humane Society shelter location in Edneyville and its thrift shop location in Hendersonville. A local artist will create custom note cards featuring the winning entries and the images will be portrayed on the organization’s web site.

             The Blue Ridge Humane Society, established in 1950 is a limited admission nonprofit 501(c)3 animal welfare organization committed to quality shelter care, treatment of our charges, and to advocacy for spaying/neutering throughout Henderson County. For more details, visit www.blueridgehumane.org.



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