Mandalit del Barco

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Does Disney's Tonto Reinforce Stereotypes Or Overcome Them?

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The Lone Ranger has long been a fictional hero, taming the Wild West with his trusty and often stereotyped Native American guide, Tonto. The new version of The Lone Ranger stars Johnny Depp and dabbles with that trope.


Telemundo's 'La Voz' Hands Latino Kids The Mic

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Telemundo's Spanish children's version of The Voice is the network's top-rated show, and the first of its kind to be produced in the U.S. Endearing scenes of children bursting into tears or getting hugs and kisses from their coaches help set it apart from other reality TV conversion attempts.


Spotlighting Background Singers In 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Filmmaker Morgan Neville's new documentary chronicles backup singers who have supported some of the biggest acts in music history, from Ike and Tina Turner to The Rolling Stones and sung some of pop music's catchiest hooks.

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Jose-Luis Orozco: Capturing Kids' Attention In Two Languages

Friday, June 07, 2013

For the past 42 years, the Mexican singer and author has been entertaining children with songs he sings in English and Spanish. Orozco's passion revolves around teaching children to be bilingual through music.


The Doors' Keyboard Counterpoint Goes Silent: Remembering Ray Manzarek

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Raised on the South Side, Manzarek brought Chicago sound to L.A.'s beaches with the trailblazing band. He died Monday at age 74.


Nostalgia For Sale As Captain Kangaroo's Pals Are Auctioned Off

Monday, May 20, 2013

A giant lot of Captain Kangaroo memorabilia goes on the auction block this week in Los Angeles. Among the items up for auction are several of the captain's signature jackets, Mr. Green Jeans' famous jeans and the life-sized costume worn by Dancing Bear.


Draco Rosa: A Pop Survivor Returns From The Brink, With Friends

Saturday, May 18, 2013

In the 1980s, he was Robi Rosa, the lead singer of Menudo at the boy band's peak of popularity. Rosa went on to write hits for bandmate Ricky Martin and develop a solo career. When Rosa was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, some of the biggest names in Latin music assembled to support him.


How Does NBC Plan To Climb Back Up Rating's Ladder?

Friday, May 10, 2013

NBC was once must-see TV. Now, the network's ratings have slipped behind Spanish Language TV. What happened to this once mighty TV network?


Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Dies At 70

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Annette Funicello, who was part of the original cast of the 1950's Disney television program, The Mickey Mouse Club, died Monday. She was 70 and had had multiple sclerosis for decades. Funicello also co-starred in several Disney beach party movies in the 1960's along with Frankie Avalon.


A Tip Of The Mouse Ears To Annette Funicello, 1942-2013

Monday, April 08, 2013

The Mouseketeer and bikini-musicals actress became a pop star and made a generation of boomer boys swoon. Later she faced multiple sclerosis with equanimity — and raised awareness and money in the process.


Jimmy Fallon To Take Over For Jay Leno On NBC's 'Tonight Show' In Spring 2014

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

In a news release that could barely be called "news," NBC has announced that Jay Leno will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon next spring.


Visual-Effects Firms Having Trouble Seeing Green

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Life of Pi won four Oscars, including one for visual effects. But the company that did much of its work, Rhythm & Hues, is bankrupt and up for auction. At a time when movies are increasingly depending on computer effects, why are the economics not holding up?


Angry Birds TV, Coming To A Mobile Screen Near You

Friday, March 15, 2013

The wildly popular game has been downloaded 1.7 billion times. Now, the company that brings these birds — and the pigs they love to hate — to your phone is launching an animated series, which will be distributed via television and app.


'Oz,' The Great And Often Imitated

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Disney's new fillm Oz the Great and Powerful aspires to be a definitive prequel to the Wizard of Oz film of Hollywood legend. But as NPR's Mandalit del Barco explains, L. Frank Baum's Land of Oz has been revisited too many times in global pop culture to have one specific look or feel.


Will 'Oz The Great And Powerful' Gain Emerald Status?

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The newest movie version of The Wizard of Oz, opens this weekend. Oz the Great and Powerful stars James Franco as the wizard. The movie goes beyond the Technicolor wonder of the famous MGM film to a full-blown 2013 treatment with 3D and surround sound.


Spanish-Language Network Univision Ranks 3rd In U.S. Ratings

Friday, March 01, 2013

The latest TV ratings are out and CBS captured the top spot with help from its Super Bowl broadcast. Last fall, NBC was No. 1 but now it's fourth. What's surprising is that Spanish-language network Univision has surpassed NBC's ratings.


What You Didn't See At The Academy Awards

Monday, February 25, 2013

NPR's Sam Sanders and Mandalit del Barco were backstage in the press room during the Oscars. Here's a roundup of what they saw that you didn't see, in senior superlative form.