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WISN-TV anchor Craig McKee is leaving Milwaukee for Cincinnati.
WISN-TV anchor Craig McKee is leaving Milwaukee for Cincinnati.

McKee out at WISN-TV 12

WISN-TV Ch. 12 announced Monday that evening anchor Craig McKee is headed to Cincinnati. According to Jan Wade, president and general manager, McKee's last day on the air in Milwaukee will be Friday.

McKee, who joined the staff at the ABC affiliate when anchor Toya Washington reduced her hours to spend more time with her family, is eagerly awaited by the team at WCPO-TV.

McKee will join the anchor team of Carol Williams, Tanya O’Rourke, Julie Dolan, Chief Meteorologist Steve Raleigh and Sports Director John Popovich on "9 On Your Side" for weekday newscasts.

It is funny, while traveling across the country, by seeing how so many different stations use channel branding. In Milwaukee, at one time, WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 was "On Your Side."

"We’re getting just the right person to complement an already strong anchor team," Alex Bongiorono, news director at WCPO, said in a statement.

"Craig’s extensive and diverse background from the combat field to the anchor desk brings together a unique style of anchoring and reporting to the Tri-State."

McKee’s first day at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati will be June 8.

"Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy" is a feature-length DVD from Disney Junior.
"Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy" is a feature-length DVD from Disney Junior.

Review: Not all Disney princesses the same

There’s plenty to tend to when you are royalty. Don’t believe it? You’d only have to look as far as Disney Junior’s "Sofia the First."

"Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy" is a feature-length adventure that ultimately illustrates how unselfishly putting the needs of others before oneself can be truly magical.

It’s like that whole thing when Spock takes on all the radiation unleashed from the clash with Kahn to save the crew in "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn." Well, it is like that but without the aliens, radiation, Ricardo Montalban and spaceships.

Sofia learns some hard lessons of people, evil intent and kindness in her third time out in a DVD special of the popular cable television series. To steal from Marvel’s Spider-Man, "With great power, comes great responsibility." Sofia learns this lesson too well when Amber is spying on her and sees that her special Amulet of Avalor lets her communicate with animals. When Amber confronts Sofia, she learns the amulet is magical.

When Sofia has the amulet, she hears the sweet tones of Wayne Brady as Clover, but when the jewelry is missing, Brady is back to his jibberish and pantomime ways that made him successful in "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Amber waits for Sofia to sleep to have her turn with the trinket. Amber tries to summon the Disney Princess Rapunzel, but gets Princess Ivy instead. With a color scheme right out of the Disney villain book of Cruella Deville, Ivy lets her black and white butterflies all over the kingdom like some death plague.

But don’t fret, it isn’t the butterflies we need to be wary of. We should be scared that Mandy Moore reprises her role of Rapunzel, sings her own song and helps Sofia and Amber vanquish the evil Ivy before it is too late.

Seriously, this DVD featuring the special movie event from Disney Junior in November of last year, is a pretty good film. And the princesses in your household will surely be entertained. I poke fun at it only because Tim Gunn of "…

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James Corden and Emily Blunt play the Baker and the Baker's Wife in Disney's "Into The Woods."
James Corden and Emily Blunt play the Baker and the Baker's Wife in Disney's "Into The Woods."

'Into The Woods' a musical that misses the mark

In film, we are used to having a narrative that takes characters through a story. Sometimes that narrative is from a narrator off-screen, or an internal voice inside a character. At other times, that device that keeps the story going is the dialogue and actions of the characters themselves.

Every so often, when Broadway has its influence on a production, that narrative is sung.

Disney’s presentation of "Into The Woods" was released a couple of weeks ago. I had the opportunity to screen the Blu-ray edition.

Let’s start out with the obvious, and the best part of the film. Anna Kendrick as Cinderella is the perfect casting. Kendrick, who had roles in the Twilight films, "Up In The Air" and "Pitch Perfect," is a wonderful singer and she proves it with her performance.

Beyond that, this film has some issues.

You would have thought that the stars were aligned with the producers of "Wicked" Marc Platt and Callum McDougall teamed up with Rob Marshall of "Chicago" and John DeLuca of "Nine." Marshall gets to direct a talented cast with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine behind the music and lyrics.

And the cast, led by Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Kendrick and Chris Pine, are some of the best-known names in the movie business.

But the story was far from enchanted as nursery rhyme characters venture out into the woods. The woods itself is meant to be a character. But the movie-makers just let dark lighting create the dark mood. The characters at times were hard to see. There are other ways to portray "dark" beyond just shutting off the lights on the sound stage.

The story pacing seems disjointed as well. I found my mind wandering more than once during slow scenes that set up to virtually nothing. I’m a fan of the live theater, and a fan of musicals. I just have a feeling that "Into The Woods" would be more enjoyable as a stage production and some of the magic is lost in this film version.

The Blu-ray combo pack does offer some nice extras…

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This glowing green eye awakens in Tinker Bell's Pixie Hollow in "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast."
This glowing green eye awakens in Tinker Bell's Pixie Hollow in "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast."

NeverBeast deserved this film's ending

If we realize it or not, when we are entertained by a story, it is because there is at least one character we’ve identified with. When there is a film, or a book of other sort of media that we say we didn’t like, it is usually because what was presented didn’t resonate enough for us to be invested.

 "Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast" came out on Blu-ray combo pack last week. Unless you are a small child who currently dreams about being a princess, there usually is not enough substance in a home entertainment release like this one to make watching worth it.

Sure, if you are an adult who remembers their innocent memories about what great things there are in this world and others beyond, you can tap into "NeverBeast" for a fun, little ride.

However, and we’ve found this true for writers who use animation to share stories, that if a story is presented on multiple levels, there can be that identification for anyone. We take ownership of characters we enjoy.

That being said, and I’m probably not alone in this, most of us older than say the age of 12 will love this film. And it isn’t because of Tinker Bell or her friends who live in Pixie Hollow.

Those under 12 will love this film for a multitude of other reasons. The rest of you out there will find yourself identifying with Gruff, the NeverBeast.

Gruff has a job to do, he is misunderstood, and is looked at by some as a problem to be dealt with. By the end of the film, he’s the hero.

"We showed (John) Lassiter the end of the film," said director Steve Loter. "What he said is that we now have to earn that ending."

Lassiter, the head of Walt Disney Animation as well as CEO of Pixar, knows a thing or two about telling good stories. In this Tinker Bell film, he provides the guidance and lets his team do what they do best. The proof is in the proverbial pixie dust as you witness children flying with this adventure.

Ginnifer Goodwin of ABC’s "One Upon a Time" fame as Snow White provides the vo…

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