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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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