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5 Things to Love about Captain America »

What’s not to love about Captain America? This war hero from the 1940s has been charming girls and saving fellow soldiers for decades—minus the time he spent in the deep freeze. Unfortunately some might consider him old-fashioned, archaic—even obsolete. But here are 5 things to love about Captain America.

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Hilarious Bloopers and Behind-The-Scenes from The LEGO Movie »

If you’re looking for some additional fun with The LEGO Movie, Warner Bros. Pictures has released a couple of new videos for the online world of humans to enjoy. One is a blooper reel while the other looks at the behind-the-scenes personalities (and egos) of the players in the movie.

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Paul Giamatti Tackles Small Roles with Big Success »

Paul Giamatti doesn’t often get top billing on movie posters. But that doesn’t mean this talented actor doesn’t earn every accolade he gets.

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20 Best (Almost) Family Movies From 2013 »

The term “family movie” usually implies animation with a musical number and a happy ending. Well the days of “happy” and “Hollywood” being synonymous have all but disappeared, however that doesn’t mean there still aren’t great movies to enjoy together as a family. I’m still a sucker for a happy… read more »

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Another Narnia Movie On Its Way But Can The Producer of Grey’s Anatomy Make It Work? »

The last Narnia adventure put to film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader saw reasonable results at the box office but after Walden… read more »

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Rise of the Guardians Goes Downloadable Before Coming Out On Disc »

Dreamworks is experimenting with what will undoubtedly be the future of Hollywood home video releases. With it’s beautiful animation Rise of the Guardians the studio is releasing the downloadable version of the movie this week on services like iTunes. Meanwhile those… read more »

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Star Trek Into Darkness Director Gives Early Present to Fans »

UPDATE: December 6, 2012: Paramount has released a new “announcement”—essentially a teaser trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness. But for those of us who are anticipating this release next year, we’ll take what we can get! Check our page on Star Trek:… read more »

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The Hunger Games Scores a PG-13 Rating »

Set to be one of the big releases this year, The Hunger Games is coming to movie screens on March 23, 2012. Looking poised to be the next “big thing” (think Twilight and Harry Potter) the movie’s violent premise of teens fighting to their death will likely stretch the limits of the PG-13 rating, given… read more »

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Will The Supreme Court Let Parents Down? »

On January 10 2012 the federal Supreme Court began hearings on a case that has the potential to be one of the most important judgments on broadcast decency in decades. On the table is the FCC’s power to regulate the content broadcast television and radio—specifically the use of profane language, sexual content and extreme violence.

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Movie Ideas for Girls’ Night »

Coming up with a list of the perfect chick flicks for a Girls’ Night isn’t always easy. Trust Oprah Magazine to have a list by writer Karen Durbin of 50 films that "show us who we are, where we’ve been, what we can take, and better yet, what we can dish out".

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Game Time Tackles Family Relationships »

Football fans and family viewers can catch Walmat and P&G’s newest Family Movie Night production Game Time: Tackling the Past, read more »

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September Marks Women of Achievement Month »

September marks Women of Achievement Month celebrating the accomplishments, big and small, of all women. Many of these accomplishments are featured in movies. But women have also made significant contributions to the film industry itself.

 

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What’s Ahead for Harry Potter Actors »

Two weeks after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, the movie still ranks fourth at the box office. read more »

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Bubble About to Burst for Soap Operas »

In April 2011, ABC announced they will be cancelling the network’s soap operas All My Children in September 2011 and One Life to Live in January 2012. read more »

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Teacher Suspended After Showing Eminem Video In Class »

I’ve had many parents tell me their kids see more R-rated movies in school classrooms than they ever do in movie theaters. If you’ve had that experience with your kids, you may appreciate this story of a seventh-grade teacher (yes… that’s grade seven) who showed her class an Eminem music video.

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Facebook Founder Says He Will Fight To Allow Children Of All Ages On Facebook »

America’s youngest billionaire Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t done a whole lot to convince users of his massive Facebook site that he is truly concerned about their privacy. Countless times Facebook has been accused of “selling out” personal information. But things became even worse when a recent Consumer Reports survey revealed millions… read more »

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Big Corporations Continue Their Family Movie Night Series »

Families have a reason to settle in for an evening at home.

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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… read more »

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After Oscar Win “The King’s Speech” Is About To Be Altered »

The King’s Speech was the toast of the evening at the 83rd Academy Awards this past Sunday, taking home the Oscar for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screen Play. It’s also notable as being the very first R-rated movie to receive an A-grade from read more »

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Justin Bieber Director’s Cut—Will You Go Again? »

Many parents have succumbed to pressure and have taken their kids (most likely daughters) to see Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never movie. I wasn’t too impressed myself—I was expecting far more 3D concert footage and far less shaky home videos and YouTube clips that I could have watched at home for free.

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Using Your Mobile Device to See More Oscar »

If you wish you could be standing on the Red Carpet during this year’s Oscar celebrations, you may be able to have “virtually” the next best thing—assuming you have an iPhone, iPad or Google Android device.

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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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Hockey In The Movies »

If you have hockey fans at your house who aren’t getting enough on ice action, check out these hockey themed movies.

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Got a Budding Movie Critic In Your House? »

If you have a child who loves to talk about movies, then this may be the contest for you. The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media is sponsoring the Kids First! Film Critics’ Campaign.

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Can Working from Home or Telecommuting Improve Family Life? »

This week on the Parent Previews radio segment, we spoke with Jeff Hill at Brigham Young University about the effects telecommuting has on family life. While we could only use a small portion of the interview with Jeff on the show, read more »

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Walmart and P&G Invest in Family Movies for TV »

How often have you wished you could find a good family movie on TV? On July 16, 2010, look for The Jensen Project on NBC at 7/8c. This movie appears to be the second title within an ongoing Family Movie Night series of films funded by Procter & Gamble and Walmart.

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Sneak Preview of New Narnia Movie! »

Parent Previews is one of a select few sites chosen to release the first trailer from The Chronicles of Narnia—Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Make sure you check read more »

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Are 3D Movies and TV Bad For Your Eyes? »

A recent article in the New York Times references research done by Gifu University in Japan that indicates viewing 3D televisions (and… read more »

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The Toy Story You Never Saw »

Toy Story 1 and 2 release on Blu-ray for the first time on April 6, and I’m thrilled to say they look spectacular. It’s hard to believe a computer animated film made over a decade ago can still look so fresh in high definition.

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Studios Becoming More Wary of R-rated Movies »

During the Great Depression, movie studios embraced family-oriented films for the simple reason that they are less risky from an investment perspective. It appears the same holds true at this time, as Hollywood looks to fill recession-hit bank accounts.

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How do I filter the Internet on my iPhone / iTouch? »

A while back I noticed there was little in the way of filters parents could use on the iPhone or iTouch—and virtually nothing for other phones that aren’t considered smart phones, yet still have web browsers. However, last week I discovered a company that is offering a replacement web browser for Safari on the iPhone/iTouch.

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Is Oscar Becoming More Of A Family Man? »

This week’s Oscar nominations caught me a little by surprise. After last year’s collection of films were deemed to be seen by the least number of people ever at the time of nomination, it appears this year’s awards are trying woo back Mr. and Mrs.… read more »

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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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Applauding Adultery? Smooth Dave… Real Smooth »

In case you haven’t heard the latest celebrity gossip, comedian and talk show host David Letterman recently jumped into his car early one morning and found a package on the back seat. Inside were the details of many not-so-good things he apparently did and a threat that unless he paid a sum of money (later revealed to be $2 million) the author… read more »

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Video Games Not Recession Proof »

When the big economic unraveling began last fall, I was impressed to see video game figures not only holding steady but actually increasing in sales. However the latest numbers are showing that even this robust industry is losing points in the battle.

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Apple Yanks Pornographic iPhone App »

After clamping down on the Baby Shaker application that hit iPhones a few months ago (the “game” encouraged you to shake an image of a baby until it died), Apple is continuing to police its popular portable device after telling the creator of an app called Hottest Girls that they were not complying with the Apple iPhone… read more »

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Chinese Government Insists Parents Have Internet Filters »

I know it makes the skin of any card carrying ACLU member crawl, but the Chinese government announced this week that all new computers being sold in the country need to have parental filtering software installed by July 1 of this year.

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Spring Branding Roundup At The Movies »

When it comes to product placements in films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is one of the best early examples of this form of advertising. Sales of the little peanut butter candy skyrocketed after Elliott lured the little space alien into his house with a bag of Reese’s Pieces.

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Should You Listen to Dr. Oprah? »

Celebrities are quick to endorse products, religions and even health therapies. But should we listen to people who are far from being doctors or scientists?

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