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8 Movies to Celebrate Olympic Glory

8 Movies to Celebrate Olympic Glory

Olympic Games offer the world a chance to witness the human spirit challenge its physical limitations. For each and every athlete who takes part, there is a story, regardless of whether they win or lose at their sport. Such tales make great movie scripts, so here are some films that ...

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R Doesn’t Always Rule at the Oscars

R Doesn’t Always Rule at the Oscars

When it comes to the Oscars, R-rated movies may seem more likely to triumph with six of the last Best Picture winners flaunting the higher rating. But movies with lower ratings haven’t been overlooked. While most of them have come with a PG-13 rating, a few PG films and ...

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Election Fever in the Movies

Election Fever in the Movies

Whenever an election is imminent, pollsters, debates and candidate speeches rule the airways. If you need a break from all of these battles for the ballot box you might want to check out Hollywood’s depiction of the political process.

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James Bond: 50 Years in the Movies

James Bond: 50 Years in the Movies

He’s suave, debonair and almost always incredibly cool, no matter who plays him. In 2012 fans of the 007 film franchise celebrated Global James Bond Day on October 5, the 50th anniversary of the 1962 release of Dr No. A feature documentary, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, released the same day ...

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Screen Free Week 2012

Screen Free Week 2012

April 30 to May 6, 2012 is Screen-Free Week. It’s a chance for families to unplug from electronic media devices and enjoy other activities. Afraid your kids (or you) won’t be able to fill all those minutes and hours previously spent with the TV, video game console or laptop?

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What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001

What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001

Nickelodeon Network’s Nick News with Linda Ellerbee is known for it’s ability to distill complex events into a package of information and analysis that helps kids (and adults!) better understand our world. On September 1, 2011, this award winning program will cover the tenth anniversary of the attack on the ...

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The Story Behind Walden Media

The Story Behind Walden Media

Walden Media is a film production company and book publisher that has a very unique goal. Quoting their website, “Walden Media specializes in entertainment for the whole family”, and from what I have observed, they truly mean it. Check their list of movies against our Parent Previews grades and I ...

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Family Oscar Parties 2011

Family Oscar Parties 2011

With the Academy Awards less than a week away, many people are making final preparations for their own Oscar parties. But how can parents with children make this a family friendly affair with so many of the top titles earning an R rating?

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Film & History

Film & History

American lyricist Ira Gershwin, born on December 6, 1896, was a prolific composer and songwriter who worked with his younger brother George to create a multitude of musical numbers.

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Film & History

Film & History

Nov 15, 2010: This week in the movies: Mickey Mouse celebrates a birthday on November 18.

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Hamlet’s BlackBerry

Hamlet’s BlackBerry

Tapping away at my computer, I feel a little sheepish about criticizing this modern mode of communication. We are, after all, a society mesmerized with our screens. But at what cost?

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Teach Your Kids How To Make Their Own Movies

Teach Your Kids How To Make Their Own Movies

If you have kids sitting on the sofa staring mindlessly toward the TV this summer, you may want to suggest they considering making their own creations they can share with friends.

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Media In The Lives of 8 to 18 Year Olds

Media In The Lives of 8 to 18 Year Olds

In January 2010, the Kaiser Family Foundation released the third edition in a series of reports covering how children aged 8 to 18 use media in their lives. As usual, this KFF report is eye opening and a must-read for parents and anyone interested in the use of media by children.

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Celebrating Black History

Celebrating Black History

The month of February has been designated as Black History Month. The following movies, based on true stories, celebrate some of the historical achievements associated with this tenacious group of people.

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A New Home Page and More!

A New Home Page and More!

Ever since we launched our new website in mid-2009, we had a few more things we wanted to add and optimize. Along with the most obvious change—our new home page—we’re happy to tell you about our other new features.

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