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Why Movies Ignore Women

Why Movies Ignore Women

You don’t have to see a lot of movies to recognize that women take a back seat at the cinema—and I’m not talking about the audience. As a critic of over two decades I can attest that on the big screen females are far less likely to ...

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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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Sexy Images Worse than Porn?

Sexy Images Worse than Porn?

Most parents are eager to protect their children from pornography. But those images aren’t the only ones parents should worry about.

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Pain & Gain: Why Has Crime Become So Funny?

Pain & Gain: Why Has Crime Become So Funny?

Pain & Gain stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson as two steroid-using gym rats that turn to extortion, kidnapping and torture and is rated R for bloody violence among other things. Unfortunately this script isn’t solely the imagination of some Hollywood scriptwriter searching the dark regions of his or ...

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Parents Beware: “Spring Breakers” Ain’t No High School Musical Remake

Parents Beware: “Spring Breakers” Ain’t No High School Musical Remake

Why am I not surprised? Because in my 30-plus years of working in media I’ve seen it time and time again—child and teen stars go off the deep end once they enter adulthood and some eager agent/producer/director or even (sadly) their parents are all too keen ...

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Academy Awards Nominees for 2013

Academy Awards Nominees for 2013

They gush and smile as they sashay down the red carpet in yet another fashion piece. If they win, they thank their agent, their director and sometimes their mother. But everyone knows the stars have their eyes on the BIG ONE. And by the big one I mean the Academy ...

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Girls’ Clothing—Sexualizing At A Very Young Age

Girls’ Clothing—Sexualizing At A Very Young Age

Are we surprised? A recent study published by Springer Science+Business Media reveals that 29% of clothing made for girls (we’re not even talking teenagers here… these are “little” girls) features sexualized characteristics.

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Parenting: By the Book

Parenting: By the Book

While being a mom or dad can be challenging, it doesn’t have to be done alone. Following are three parenting books that offer slightly different perspectives on the demanding but rewarding work of bring up kids.

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The Latest Skinny on Body Images

The Latest Skinny on Body Images

Helping your children maintain a healthy diet is always tricky, especially considering the multitude of media advice and subtle messages both you and your kids are exposed to. Turn on a morning show one day, and you’ll see a guest talking about fighting teenage obesity. Flip the channel and ...

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“Activate” Your Children

“Activate” Your Children

I spend a great deal of time telling you how to watch better television, play "nice" video games, and decipher media messages. But with summer around the corner there comes a time when you need to help the kids "unplug" and find some new engaging activities— ...

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From Family to Pornographic: The Spectrum of Anime

From Family to Pornographic: The Spectrum of Anime

You may have heard the term "anime" (pronounced ANN-ih-may or AH-nee-may) batted around in your family. If so, you may already be the owner of a growing collection of DVDs with colorful covers of big-eyed childlike adults saving the world.

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Navigating the New World of Mean Girls

Navigating the New World of Mean Girls

Are girls getting meaner? It appears so. Over the past decade, experts have noted an increase in aggressive behavior involving female teens. But why is it happening? And how much effect do entertainment role models have on young girls who are either becoming bullies or are the recipients of derogatory ...

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EmPOWered Women

EmPOWered Women

Female empowerment is becoming a big star on the silver screen of late. The images of women in need of protection are passé... the message of the new millennium is, “You go girl!”

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In America and Overseas, Girls Yearn for a “Nip/Tuck”

In America and Overseas, Girls Yearn for a “Nip/Tuck”

A recent survey conducted by a fashion magazine in Scotland asked young girls of that country what they would do to make themselves look more attractive. The surprising results showed nice clothes and the latest hairstyles are being replaced by something far more permanent: Plastic surgery.  

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Can Celebrity Problems Affect Your Family?

Can Celebrity Problems Affect Your Family?

It’s not easy living in a fishbowl, especially when you’ve been swimming in the public eye since you were born. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have literally grown up on our television screens. But perhaps the most important role they have unwittingly assumed during their glamorous careers ...

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