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Has Cursing Become Too Commonplace? Has Cursing Become Too Commonplace? (The Big Picture, Last Update Jul 2014)

…In the context of a car commercial, it’s a brand promotion. In the context of the latest Disney/Pixar animation Planes: Fire & Rescue, it’s a swear word—or at least a substitute swear word. And it’s not the only iffy word to show up in this movie that is clearly aimed…

Weird Al Throws The Book At Language Slackers Weird Al Throws The Book At Language Slackers (The Big Picture, Last Update Jul 2014)

…I needed a good laugh this weekend and thanks to Weird Al Yankovic, I got it. Over the past week the King of Parody has been releasing a song a day. They are all fun to view but the one that truly captured my funny bone (and instilled a sense…

Will we accept celebrities without makeup? Will we accept celebrities without makeup? (The Big Picture, Last Update Jul 2014)

…I enjoy Colbie Caillat’s music and her voice. Her recent single from her new EP Gypsy Heart takes on a more serious tone and offers a very important message to women… and men.

Monkeying Around at the Movies Monkeying Around at the Movies (The Big Picture, Last Update Jul 2014)

…Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens this weekend. Thanks to motion capture technology and the talents of the actors, the apes are amazingly realistic. Especially when compared to the primates that captured Charlton Heston’s character in the 1968 movie Planet of the Apes.

5 Ways to Help Kids Stay Safe Online 5 Ways to Help Kids Stay Safe Online (The Big Picture, Last Update Jul 2014)

…Today millions of kids are on online (20 million 8-12 year-olds and 21.5 teens 13-17 according to a Teensafe sponsored information sheet.) And a large number of them have Facebook accounts or access to social media through their mobile devices. It is a whole new way of communicating for a…

Movie Reflects Real Life Tension of Draft Day Weekend Movie Reflects Real Life Tension of Draft Day Weekend (The Big Picture, Last Update Jun 2014)

…June means one thing for sports fans—Draft Day for the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Celebrating America’s Immigrants Celebrating America’s Immigrants (The Big Picture, Last Update Jun 2014)

…Are you looking for a way to help your children feel more patriotic this Fourth of July? Well you might want to start by reminding them of the words of poet Emma Lazarus, which are found on a bronze plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

What’s Happening to Disney Princesses? What’s Happening to Disney Princesses? (The Big Picture, Last Update Jun 2014)

…In the past, a Disney princess had a lot to endure—evil stepmothers, equally nasty stepsisters, terrible curses and other calamities—before a handsome prince came to the rescue and whisked her off to happily ever after.

10 Movies for Soccer Fans 10 Movies for Soccer Fans (The Big Picture, Last Update Jun 2014)

…The FIFA World Cup kicked off last week under blue skies in Brazil. The world’s most popular sport draws teams (32 this year) and fans from around the globe with an estimated three billion spectators tuning in to the games.

June Movies to Hit Theaters June Movies to Hit Theaters (The Big Picture, Last Update Jun 2014)

…The first weekend in June opens with an action film, a teen tearjerker and a mature love story. You can catch Tom Cruise in the futuristic movie Edge of Tomorrow where humans are in deadly fight against invading aliens. Luckily Cruise’s character has the ability to start the day over…

A Dozen Films for Father’s Day A Dozen Films for Father’s Day (The Big Picture, Last Update Jun 2014)

…Once a year we take a day to honor fathers, those men who lead, guide and provide for the family. Theirs is a tough job—and often an unappreciated one. So if you are looking for a way to say thanks to the ordinary hero who lives at your…

The Downside of Facebook The Downside of Facebook (The Big Picture, Last Update May 2014)

…It may not be the number of friends you have but how you interact with them that makes you happy. According to a research study published on PLOS One, Facebook use can actually have a detrimental impact on a person’s feelings of well-being. That’s not good news for the over…

8 Disney Villains Waiting For Their Own Films 8 Disney Villains Waiting For Their Own Films (The Big Picture, Last Update May 2014)

…Sure, everyone loves the Disney title characters—well, almost everyone. But what about the evil villains who hamper the happily ever after ending we’ve come to expect? When do they get their day in the sun? At last, it looks like Disney has given at least one of these villains a…

5 Movies for Little Monster Lovers 5 Movies for Little Monster Lovers (The Big Picture, Last Update May 2014)

…Godzilla had a monstrous opening weekend ($93.2 million) with the second highest domestic debut in 2014—right behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It’s a triumphant return for the large lizard that first appeared on the big screen in 1954.

Director Finds Religion “Just Fits” In Moms’ Night Out Director Finds Religion “Just Fits” In Moms’ Night Out (The Big Picture, Last Update May 2014)

…Just in time for Mothers’ Day, Moms’ Night Out releases to theaters this weekend. Checking the trailers and marketing, it looks like a few films from recent years. A group of moms, weary from raising kids and handling the day-to-day running of home, determine to have one nice night out…

Happy Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day! (The Big Picture, Last Update May 2014)

…I really didn’t understand until after I brought home my second baby.

Cast Signs on for New Star Wars Movie Cast Signs on for New Star Wars Movie (The Big Picture, Last Update May 2014)

…Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be With You) has come and gone for another year. And the next Star Wars installment isn’t set to release until December 2015 but that doesn’t mean fans of the franchise aren’t grasping at any information they can get on Star Wars: Episode VII.…

Mother’s Day Movies Mother’s Day Movies (The Big Picture, Last Update May 2014)

…Flowers, perfume, hand drawn pictures—and sometimes even pots and pans, are all ways we try to say, "Thanks Mom." Yet these things are mere trinkets when compared to a mother’s gifts of hard work, endless love, and patient faith that someday we’ll amount to something.

May Kicks Off Summer Movie Season May Kicks Off Summer Movie Season (The Big Picture, Last Update May 2014)

…May kicks off the start of the summer movie season. And the first of the blockbusters to hit the screen is The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sales from the late shows on Thursday combined with Friday screenings came to just over $35 million for the franchise. And the web-spinning superhero will…

Spider-Man Spins a Big Web on Opening Day Spider-Man Spins a Big Web on Opening Day (The Big Picture, Last Update May 2014)

…UPDATE: May 5, 2014—The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wrapped the weekend with an estimated $92 million at the box office. Not a bad haul. But if we rewind back to 2002 and the first Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire, we remember that movie made a whopping $114.8 million on its…

Does “The Railway Man” Deserve An R Rating? Does “The Railway Man” Deserve An R Rating? (The Big Picture, Last Update Apr 2014)

…I like to think with over 20 years of experience analyzing movies that I can predict a film’s content from its rating and description. Yet at least a few times each year I’m caught by surprise and left wondering why a particular rating was applied to a movie. To illustrate…

Transcendence Limps into 4th at Box Office Transcendence Limps into 4th at Box Office (The Big Picture, Last Update Apr 2014)

…Captain America kept a grip on number one at the box office over the Easter long weekend, bringing the movie’s total gross to well over $200 million.

What Movie Ratings Pay Off for Studios? What Movie Ratings Pay Off for Studios? (The Big Picture, Last Update Apr 2014)

…On March 30, Disney announced the movie Frozen had become the top-grossing animation in box office history, topping $1 billion in worldwide sales. Now the snowy tale about two sisters is inching its way up another scale.

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection on Blu-ray The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection on Blu-ray (The Big Picture, Last Update Apr 2014)

…On April 29, 2014, Twentieth Century Fox is releasing The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection on Blu-ray.

7 Dirty Words You Can’t Say on TV 7 Dirty Words You Can’t Say on TV (The Big Picture, Last Update Apr 2014)

…Truth is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) doesn’t have a list of specific words that can’t be said on the airways. (However profane speech is banned on broadcast radio and television between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.) You can thank comedian George Carlin for the inventory of dirty words. In…

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