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Is This App Appropriate? »

During a recent night out with some girlfriends, one woman brought up Pinterest. Most of us in the group have an account—and love it. But this mom raised concern about her 12-year-old daughter getting an account. read more »

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Are Movie Ratings Going Up in Smoke? »

Woody Allen’s latest movie Magic in the Moonlight is set in the 1920s. So it’s no surprise there are plenty of smoking scenes in this film. But it also isn’t likely to have a huge teen audience. However What… read more »

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Thieves Making a Haul on Lego »

Emmet, a construction worker made out of Lego, might think “everything is awesome,” but he’d be wrong.



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9 Movies to Ease the Transition from Summer to Student »

Going back to school at Hogwarts wasn’t always easy for Harry Potter. But wizards aren’t the only ones that can feel a little nervous about heading back to the classroom or starting a new school. But these fun school movies—about the challenges… read more »

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Robin Williams Dies at Age 63 »

Hollywood has lost one of their own. Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams is dead at age 63 from an apparent suicide. He was a man of many talents and had a seemingly unabashed enthusiasm for entertaining.

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The Giver Earns Heartland Film Award »

Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver is the latest young adult fiction to come to theaters. The movie, set to release August 15, tells the story of a young boy who lives in a seemingly ideal world where everyone conforms to the rules of society. It is a world without war, pain, differences… read more »

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Has Cursing Become Too Commonplace? »

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… read more »

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Weird Al Throws The Book At Language Slackers »

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 of guilt within me) is a clever tune titled Word Crimes.

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Monkeying Around at the Movies »

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… read more »

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5 Ways to Help Kids Stay Safe Online »

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 younger generation that is growing up in a connected world.… read more »

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Movie Reflects Real Life Tension of Draft Day Weekend »

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

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Celebrating America’s Immigrants »

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… read more »

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What’s Happening to Disney Princesses? »

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.

 

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10 Movies for Soccer Fans »

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.

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June Movies to Hit Theaters »

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… read more »

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A Dozen Films for Father’s Day »

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 house, you might want to share with Dad some of these movie titles, which explore the many roles of fatherhood.

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The Downside of Facebook »

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 500 million people who use Facebook.

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8 Disney Villains Waiting For Their Own Films »

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 full-length film.

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5 Movies for Little Monster Lovers »

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… read more »

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Director Finds Religion “Just Fits” In Moms’ Night Out »

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… read more »

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Cast Signs on for New Star Wars Movie »

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. The story will pick up 30 years after the Return… read more »

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Mother’s Day Movies »

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.

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May Kicks Off Summer Movie Season »

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… read more »

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Spider-Man Spins a Big Web on Opening Day »

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 opening weekend in early May…… read more »

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Transcendence Limps into 4th at Box Office »

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.

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What Movie Ratings Pay Off for Studios? »

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… read more »

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The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection on Blu-ray »

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

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7 Dirty Words You Can’t Say on TV »

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… read more »

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Easter Movie Ideas »

Whether you are looking for a deep personal religious experience, a solid egg of inspiration, or something as sweet and light as a chocolate bunny, we hope you find something in our basket of Easter movie suggestions that will suit your family’s taste.

 

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Benefits of Social Media for Parents and Teens »

If you’ve ever felt frustrated trying to navigate the world of social media, here’s some good reasons to keep trying.

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6 Disneynature Movies for Earth Day »

Disneynature releases a new nature documentary just in time for Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22. This year’s movie, Bears, tells the story of a mother grizzly’s efforts to protect her two cubs during their first year of life in the Alaskan wilderness. The film includes… read more »

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Archie Andrews About to Die! »

Oh no, don’t say it’s true. Archie Andrews, the redheaded comic book character is going to die according to publishers of Archie Comics. But it won’t be just any death. He will heroically sacrifice himself to save a friend. His final moments will all be revealed… read more »

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Mickey Rooney Dies at 93 »

Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1920, Mickey Rooney began acting with his parents on the vaudeville stage when he was only 17 months old. It was the start of a stage, television and movie career that would last for decades. Sadly, his rollercoaster profession came to an end when the actor died April 6, 2014 at his home in California.

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Captain America Soars at the Box Office »

It’s stars and stripes forever for Captain America: The Winter Solider. read more »

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Aronofsky’s Noah Isn’t My Noah »

I know the story of Noah in the Bible is only about 40 verses long. And I know that making that short script into a two-hour movie means the filmmakers will have to fill in some blanks. But Director Darren Aronofsky’s Noah disregarded some seemingly basic elements of the story and set sail in a completely different direction than I expected—or… read more »

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11 Bible-based Movies for Families »

If Darren Aronofsky’s depiction of Noah didn’t live up to your expectations, don’t be too disappointed. Adapting a Bible story for the big screen can be a challenge for any director. And while many don’t stay entirely true to the text, we’ve rounded up some other Bible-based movies your family might like.

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April Movie Preview »

No fooling—April might not be considered part of the summer movie season but the month has some big titles releasing for all ages. Here’s what’s coming to theaters in April.

 

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Frozen Top-Grossing Animation Ever »

Move over Woody and Buzz, Frozen is now the top-grossing animation ever. read more »

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10 Summer Movies for Families »

Look outside and it might be hard to believe the summer movie season is only weeks away. But Hollywood has already lined up a parade of films they hope will be blockbusters this summer. Whether you are sunbathing or still dealing with snow, we have 10 movies your family will want to watch for this summer.

 

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Counting Down to Divergent »

I have two days to finish the book Divergent before the film comes out. Two days before I see what the hype is all about. While I may be reading more out of obligation, a whole audience of young adult fiction readers is eagerly anticipating the movie’s release—especially teen girls. It seems that lately they need look no further… read more »

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5 Great Hoopster Movies for March Madness »

The sound of sneakers squeaking on the hardwood is about to take over the airwaves. It’s March Madness for Men’s and Women’s college basketball teams in the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association).

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Draft Day Throws Foul Language at the MPAA »

On April 11, 2014 Draft Day releases in theaters. This movie presents the fictional story of a football team’s general manager (played by Kevin Costner), and the stresses involved in putting together the perfect group of players.

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Taking on Oscar at the Box Office »

On Oscar weekend celebrities put on their party clothes, parade down the red carpet and pat each other on the back. So who dares go up against the Academy on Oscar weekend? None other than action star Liam Neeson and the Son of God.

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2 Oscar Winners Your Family Can Watch »

12 Years a Slave (Best Picture), Dallas Buyers Club (Best Actor in Leading Role) and Blue Jasmine (Best Actress in Leading… read more »

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Lego Dominates at the Box Office—Again »

Even a spewing volcano and a bullet-riddled action thriller couldn’t topple The Lego Movie. For the third weekend in a row Emmett and his building block buddies monopolized the box office. read more »

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5 Tips for a Common Sense Approach to Parenting »

When it comes to parenting, Richard Greenberg believes in a common sense approach. He’s the voice behind Common Sense Dad and he comes with over 30 years of experience as a husband and father.

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Valentine’s Day Disappointment - 2014 »

It’s Valentines Day. The day to celebrate everything hearts, cupids, chocolate and love! Or if you’re on the other side of the equation, a time to grumble about what many call a manufactured holiday.

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NASCAR at the Movies »

Sports fans are glued to the Olympics right now. But in a week or so the competitions will be over, the medals awarded and the athletes back home.
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Shirley Temple Dies at 85—Proved Child Stars Can Do Great Things As Adults »

On the evening of February 10, 2014, Shirley Temple Black passed away at the age of 85 at her home in Woodside California. Perhaps the most legendary of child stars, the girl with the famous curls managed to rocket to fame and earn (according to the New York Times) $3 million in her early years. Yet even more impressively, after her childhood charm… read more »

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Lego Storms the Box Office »

LEGO came out of the box and onto the big screen in a big way on its opening weekend. Thanks to the building bricks strong brand appeal and popularity among kids and adults, The Lego Movie grossed over $69 million.

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Lego Embraces Hollywood »

LEGO was different when I was a kid. The blocks came in a handful of colors and basic shapes. Wheels and gears were cutting edge. Instructions were minimal or non-existent. Or at least that’s how I remember it. My siblings and I would spend hours constructing our own version of buildings, cars and spaceships. But by the time my own boys began… read more »

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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 have tried to capture Olympic triumph by showing the competitor’s… read more »

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Oscar Voting Controversy: Prejudice Toward Christians? »

A few days ago I wrote an article that gave an overview of how the voting process worked for various Hollywood awards—including the all-important Oscars. It turns out that while I was writing that item a storm was brewing that has… read more »

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18 Movies to Commemorate Black History Month »

February marks Black History Month, an annual observance in the United States and Canada. The first celebration of Black History Month took place on Kent State University in 1970. The U.S. government officially recognized it as part of the bicentennial… read more »

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Farewell Phillip Seymour Hoffman »

Philip Seymour Hoffman died on February 2, 2014, at the age of 46.

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Big Spider-Man 2 Reveal Coming in Super Bowl XLVIII »

Yet another reason to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, aside from the fact some guys are kicking around a football, it appears Sony will throw a few morsels toward Spider-Man fans during one of the infamous commercial breaks.

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Still Not Too Cold For More Frozen Fun? »

Disney’s Frozen released over two months ago but it’s still attracting dollars at the box office that would make many other movies envious. And with a theatrical release “sing-a-long” opening this weekend (January 31)… read more »

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Sing Along With Frozen »

Frozen fans can belt out their favorite songs from the film when Disney releases a sing-along version on January 31 in over 1,000 theaters. A magical dancing snowflake bounces atop the lyrics located on the bottom of the screen to help singers keep in sync with the music. And members of the audience are encouraged to get out of their seats… read more »

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Top 10 Movies That Dared Open on Super Bowl Weekend »

Believe it or not, not everyone hunkers down in front of the television on Super Bowl Sunday according to Box Office Mojo. In fact some people are happy to get as far away from the TV as possible. Here are the top 10-grossing movies that dared to face off against the Big Game.

 

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5 Movies to Watch Before Super Bowl Sunday »

Super Bowl XLVIII (that’s 48 for those who are a little rusty on their Roman numerals) between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos is only days away. But if your anticipation levels are already rising for the big game, here are five movies to help tide you over until Sunday.

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Who Gets To Vote for Movie Awards? »

It’s awards season, the time of year when Hollywood potentates get sore hands and shoulders from all the back patting. What with Golden Globes, Oscars, Critics’ Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, etcetera, etcetera… it all gets to be a bit much. And we haven’t even mentioned “guild” awards, like the ones… read more »

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8 Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen »

Moviemakers have gone to the literary world for inspiration in 2014. So if you like to read the book before you see the movie, here are 8 books to peruse before they come out on the big screen.

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12 Family Friendly Movie Heroes »

Get ready to honor movie heroes at the 2014 Oscars. According to the show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, this year’s gala will give the nod to big-screen movie heroes of all types—real-life, super, popular and even animated.

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9 Famous Faces Hollywood Lost in 2013 »

Hollywood lost many famous faces during 2013. Many were seasoned actors like Peter O’Toole who had eight Academy Award nominations. He holds the record for having the most nominations without ever winning the Oscar. Others like Cory Monteith, who died of a heroin and alcohol overdose, were just beginning their careers. Saying good-bye isn’t… read more »

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Box Office Releases List of Top Grossing Movies for 2013 »

It’s that time of year when everyone makes lists—either goals for the New Year or the “best of” from 2013. In the spirit of the season, Box Office Mojo has released a list of 2013’s top domestic box office movies (as of December 1).

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Heartland Announces Its Top 10 for 2013 »

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures has announced their top 10 movies for 2013. Each year the not-for profit organization gives their seal of approval to films that “inspire, educate and engage audiences”. The organization’s goal is to encourage filmmakers and audiences by acknowledging… read more »

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Forbes Names 10 Top Grossing Movie Actors of the Year (2013) »

Forbes magazine has released a list of this year’s highest grossing movie actors. And you may be surprised to see who’s at the top of the list.

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Christmas Comes Early With Critics Choice Nominations »

Christmas is just around the corner but for some in the movie industry the celebrations have already started. This week the Broadcast Film Critics Association (our reviewer Rod Gustafson is a voting member) announced the nominees for this years 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners… read more »

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Mandela’s Long Walk to Freedom Is Over »

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom has only opened in a limited number of theaters in North America. But already it is creating a buzz among Rotten Tomatoes viewers who have given it an 80%… read more »

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Philomena: The Book Versus The Movie »

Watching the film Philomena, about an unwed woman forced to give up her baby during the 1950s, left me with a lot of questions. What happened to the disgraced mother after she lost her son? Where did she go when she left the convent that housed her during that traumatic time?… read more »

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6 Great Books on the Big Screen »

Every author of young adult fiction likely hopes his or her book will be the next big box office success. Until that happens, here are six movies based on great books you can read with your kids.

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Catching Fire Blazes to a New Record »

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire set the box office on fire with an estimated $161.1 million dollar weekend according to Box Office Mojo. read more »

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Remembering President John F. Kennedy »

In each generation there seems to be landmark events. Amongst such notable moments as September 11, 2001, man’s first moonwalk and read more »

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Marijuana Not Addictive? “Not So” Says Lady Gaga »

When the National Institute on Drug Abuse tells kids marijuana can lead to addiction no one wants to listen. It’s a common mantra shouted from high school hallways to university campuses and read more »

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Thor Hammers the Weekend Box Office »

Without much competition in theaters, the Marvel Comic hero Thor managed to earn well over $85 million this past weekend. read more »

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Archery Catches Fire Outside the Theater »

Katniss Everdeen is doing more than just drawing audiences into theaters. Thanks to movies like The Hunger Games and Lord of the Rings, archery is also flying high.

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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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Re-release of The Bible: The Epic Mini Series - October 2013 »

In March 2013 the History Channel debuted The Bible: The Epic Mini Series. This five-part drama (ten hours in total) captured TV viewers in record numbers. Then on Easter morning (April 2, 2013) the series released to home video in a box set.

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Pediatricians Say: Max 2 Hours of Screen Time and Keep Electronics Out Of Bedrooms »

We live in a society that really doesn’t like someone telling us what we can and can’t do—especially with something as trivial as entertainment. Over a decade ago the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a policy statement that gave parents very firm advice that television viewing time should be limited to no more than two… read more »

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Growing Old in Hollywood »

Long gone are the days when a person spent his or her golden years relaxing in a rocking chair on the porch. Chalk it up to an uncertain economy, better health care or the lack of porches but the stereotypical depiction of aging is disappearing. And Hollywood appears to be leading the charge when it comes to portraying older people on the big screen.

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7 Great Grandparent Movies »

Whether you call them Grandma and Grandpa, Papa and Nana or Ona and Bobo, grandparents can play a positive role in the lives of their grandchildren. While Hollywood isn’t always so kind to this intergenerational relationship, here are seven movies that depict the grandparent/grandchild relationship.

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Star Wars Re-release 2013 »

If it doesn’t seem like it was long ago that you last had an opportunity to see the Star Wars galaxy, you’ve right.  The franchise has been re-packaged and re-released several times since the original films debuted on the big screen.

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Is Gravity The “Best Picture” for 2013? »

‘Tis the time of year when movies vying for awards are beginning to make their way to the local multiplex. This weekend saw the opening of Gravity, a space-based thriller starring two unlikely candidates for the astronaut program: George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. On that… read more »

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Best Halloween Movies for Kids »

Halloween is around the corner, and the kids want a party. Chances are someone has mentioned watching a scary movie as the perfect close to a frightful evening. But if you have ever attempted to scare up a film for your child's Halloween get-together, you have likely discovered how difficult it is to find well-made thrillers that don't use sex and… read more »

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Tom Clancy’s Best Movie To Share With Teens »

As I was driving home from a film screening last night I heard the news of Tom Clancy’s death. I must take a moment to say how much I appreciate the ability to write a great story and Clancy had that talent in excess. But even more, he offered an opportunity for audiences to not only have an adventure, but to also learn and understand some… read more »

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JJ Abrams Admits Addiction… To Lens Flares »

Okay, it’s a stretch from a parenting perspective, but it’s always important to teach our kids about not overdoing something. Like when they tell a joke and get a laugh and then they keep repeating the same funny line for weeks. Now JJ Abrams is helping us all know when enough is enough. At the Blu-ray release for Star Trek: Into… read more »

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So Sad… No Pixar Movies in 2014 »

Families looking for movies to watch together have become conditioned to seeking out at least one movie per year—and it’s typically the annual Pixar release. But the studio’s next picture, The Good Dinosaur, has been bumped due to a change in directors and that has bumped the studio’s entire schedule.

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Best Teacher Movies »

Back to school time can be an event either anticipated or dreaded. No matter what your mood, these preparations are sure to be enhanced by remembering the positive benefits of the learning experience.

Although some movie depictions, especially those marketed to teens, tend to show schools and teachers in a less than favorable light, there… read more »

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Patriotic Films for the 4th of July »

Parades, parties and fireworks are all part of the July 4th celebration of America’s Founding. But if you and your family need a little down time during the holiday, check out our list of patriotic movies.

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Memorial Day Movies »

The last Monday in May is the day set aside for Americans to remember those who have been injured or lost their lives while serving their country. Dating back to the end of the Civil War, Memorial Day now includes all conflicts ever engaged in by the United States.

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Summer Movies 2013 »

The summer movie season is here and filmmakers anxiously wait to see which of the proffered titles will turn into box office gold. For families looking for entertainment and an opportunity to escape to a cool, dark theater, here is a look at what you can expect to find in 2013:

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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 her psyche. It’s… read more »

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MPAA Unveils a New ‘Check The Box’ Campaign »

MPAA Chairman and CEO Senator Chris Dodd unveiled the organization’s new “Check the Box” campaign designed to help parents better understand and use the rating system. Dodd introduced the campaign in Las Vegas at the annual convention for the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) along with NATO President John Fithian.… read more »

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Are R-ratings or Poor Quality to Blame for Box Office Woes »

Universal chairman Adam Fogelson is challenging studios to rethink release dates for their movies. While summer has long been the season for big blockbusters to make their way into theaters, Fogelson recently urged moviemakers to consider releasing their movies any time of the year. He cited the success of movies like “Fast & Furious”… read more »

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Britain’s Iron Lady Dies at 87 »

Margaret Thatcher, the formidable force in British politics, passed away today after suffering a stroke. The outspoken and determined public servant grew up in a home above one of her father’s grocery stores. But her humble beginnings and the fact that she was a female didn’t deter her from seeking the United Kingdom’s highest elected… read more »

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Roger and Me—My Personal Lesson From Mr. Ebert »

It’s been a busy day. Thursdays often are. They are the days we compile print reviews and broadcast segments as we prepare for Friday—the day on which 99% of movies release to theaters. Now it’s 10 PM and I realize that there is still one thing I need to do and that is to take a few minutes and not only recognize the loss of our… read more »

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World Loses a Great Critic »

Roger Ebert, the outspoken and enthusiastic film critic with the trademark thumbs up or thumbs down that influenced generations of film goers, has died at age 70. The former Chicago Sun-Times reporter thrust film criticism into the forefront of American culture, informing audiences with his honest and often thought-provoking reviews.

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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 to have them cash in on the latest raunchy, edgy “new thing.”

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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 even one G-rated movie have seen their way onto the ballot for an Academy… read more »

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