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Leonard Nimoy Passes Away at Age 83 »

Star Trek fans around the world are mourning the loss of American actor Leonard Nimoy who passed away today at age 83. He made famous the line “live long and prosper” and had a lengthy career in television and movies. But his most well-known role was as the logical Vulcan Spock in the Star Trek franchise.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday on March 2 »

If you love reading The Cat in the Hat or any of the other whimsical, rhyming stories by Dr. Seuss then get ready to mark Dr. Seuss Day on March 2. The National Education Association is sponsoring the annual Read Across America Day to celebrate literacy on the… read more »

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Nine Movies and Their Remakes that are Worth a Second Look »

Remakes aren’t a new idea in Hollywood. The industry has been recycling good stories—and some not so good stories—since the film business began. The entertainment website imdb.com lists 175 television and film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ novella The Christmas Carol.

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Could 2015 Be Another Year of Remakes and Sequels at the Cinema? »

The live action movie Cinderella opens in theaters on March 13, indicating once again that fresh ideas appear to be a sparse commodity in theaters where sequels and remakes already dominate the big screens.

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Disney Releases Trailer for New Frozen Fever Short »

Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and the adorable snowman Olaf are all back in a new Disney short entitled Frozen Fever. And now the studio has released a trailer for the highly anticipated story about two sisters from the Kingdom of Arendelle. In this movie Elsa and Kristoff are planning a spectacular birthday bash for Anna. But when Elsa catches a cold… read more »

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Do The Oscars Deliberately Snub Families? »

Having reviewed films from a family perspective for over two decades it is obvious that family entertainment doesn’t receive much love from the voters who determine the biggest awards in Hollywood. This year was no exception. The crowning glory (the Best Picture award) at the 2015 Oscars went to an R-rated movie about a washed up actor trying… read more »

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Johnny Depp Hopes for Success as Filming Begins on Fifth Pirate Movie »

After a string of disappointing outings at the box office, Johnny Depp may be trying to revive his career by revisiting one of his most popular characters—Captain Jack Sparrow.

 

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Home Video Releases for February 24 »

If you didn’t get a chance to see all the Oscar-nominated movies before the big ceremony on the weekend, you can bring home a couple of the winners this week on home video.

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4 Movies to Celebrate Chinese New Year »

Chinese New Year is the most important event on the Chinese calendar as family members return to their homes to celebrate the arrival of the new year. It is also the longest national holiday in the country lasting for the first fifteen days of the lunar calendar. The Chinese… read more »

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8 Kevin Costner Movies You Won’t Want to Miss »

Kevin Costner takes on the role of high school cross country coach Jim White in the movie McFarland USA. In this inspirational movie that opens this weekend, White takes a team of impoverished immigrant boys all the way to the California state championship.… read more »

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New Host Set to Take the Reins at the Oscars »

What could be more nerve-wracking than hoping to hear your name read as a winner at the Academy Awards?

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“And The Oscar Goes To…” Features Great Moments from the Academy’s Archives »

The countdown to the 2015 Academy Awards is almost over with the announcements scheduled for Sunday, February 22. In the meantime, the excitement over this year’s anticipated winners it growing with oscar.go.com being one of the sites that lets viewers pick guess who the winners will be.

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Home Video Releases for February 17 »

Families won’t have a lot to bring home on DVD this week unless they like the silly and often crude comedy in Dumb and Dumber To. This continuing story of two less than sharp friends finds the aging pair on a road trip to discover the whereabouts of a little girl… read more »

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Cinemas Offer Screenings for Families with Children with Autism »

In recent years, movies like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Adam have addressed Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on the big screen. But for many families dealing with this neurodevelopment… read more »

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Bryce Dallas Howard Takes Over Helen Reddy’s Role in Remake of Pete’s Dragon »

Walt Disney Studios has announced it is reimaging the 1977 classic Pete’s Dragon. Principal photography for the movie that will include a mix of live-action and CGI has begun in New Zealand. WETA DIGITAL, the visual effects company founded by Peter Jackson, has been employed… read more »

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Fifty Shades of Grey: Valentine’s Bait For Teens? »

Nothing says Happy Valentines Day like a movie featuring bondage sex. Each year, around February 14, the film industry releases a romance to put people in the mood for love, but the typical Nicholas Sparks’ novel adaptation isn’t on the marquee for 2015. Instead, we are being marketedread more »

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Medical Experts: Fifty Shades of Grey “Hazardous To Young Women” »

You’ve likely heard something about this year’s “Valentine’s Day” movie release, Fifty Shades of Grey. If you aren’t aware, the film is based on a… read more »

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Home Video Releases for February 10 »

Families finally have a couple of options on home video shelves this week—especially if your kids like comedy.

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Canadian Theaters Join American Cinemas with Sensory Friendly Films »

In recent years, movies like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Adam have addressed Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on the big screen. But for many families dealing with this neurodevelopment… read more »

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Valentine’s Day Movies Worth Staying Home For »

Trying to get reservations at a restaurant or tickets at a movie theater on Valentine’s Day can be a hassle if you haven’t pre-booked a night out on the town. So if you and your special someone want to avoid the long lines and stay in this weekend we’ve put together some love-inspired options for adults.

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Are Digital Devices Interfering with Your Ability to Focus? »

Walk through any mall and you’ll see kids in strollers glued to their mother’s (or their own) digital device. Couples sit across the table from one another in restaurants both talking on their own phones. Teens and adults constantly check social media for the latest update from Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit or their favorite news feeds. Parents… read more »

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Female Cast Takes Over in New Ghostbuster Reboot »

Harrison Ford isn’t the only Hollywood icon being replaced in the remake of a franchise. Director Paul Feig recently announced the new female cast who have signed on for the remake of the 1984 movie Ghostbusters.

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Frozen Fever Releases in Theaters March 13 »

Disney’s not ready to shelve Elsa and Anna yet. The sister princesses from the film Frozen have already substantially bolstered the studio’s profits and sparked a merchandising frenzy. In part, the consumer-driven demand for Frozen products has contributed… read more »

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3 Ways to Succeed in the Face of Failure »

It isn’t often the president of a company extols the virtues of failure but that is exactly what Ed Catmull did during a forum address at Brigham Young University. However his advice on achieving success from failures applies… read more »

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Author Harper Lee Releases Second Novel »

Harper Lee’s 1960 novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ became an American classic, a literary best seller that has been taught in classrooms across the country. The movie adaptation, starring Gregory Peck as Southern lawyer Atticus Finch, went on to receive eight… read more »

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5 Days to Celebrate in February »

With only 28 days—one of them being Valentines—it seems like there is enough to celebrate in February. But if you like hosting parties or need any excuse for a get-together then you know there can never be too many events to celebrate. So here is a list of five unusual days to observe this month.

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Home Video Releases for February 3 »

This week’s home video releases covers a gamut of viewing options.



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Super Bowl Fans Get a Look at 2015 Movie Releases »

Superbowl XLIX may have been this year’s biggest game for NFL fans. And yesterday’s 28 - 24 outcome was particularly good if you are a Patriots fan. But this NFL face-off event has become much more than just a game on the gridiron.

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Huston to Replace Heston in New Ben-Hur Movie »

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures are replacing Heston with Huston in the remake of the epic movie Ben-Hur. The studios announced today that principal photography has begin on the new film starring Jack Huston in the title role of Judah Ben-Hur made famous by Charlton Heston in the
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Celebrate Black History Month with Selma »

Last year we listed 18 movies to mark Black History Month. This year you can add the movie Selma.

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Disney Plans to Revisit Indiana Jones »

Move over Harrison Ford. After successfully portraying the adventurous archeologist Indiana Jones in four movies, Ford may be handing over his fedora and bullwhip to a younger actor waiting in the wings.

 

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Three Films to Help Teach Children About the Holocaust »

January 27 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which takes place on the anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation.

 

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Wicked Rumored to be Coming to Theaters in 2016 »

Wicked fans may have reason to rejoice. Rumors are circulating the Broadway hit will make its silver screen debut in 2016.


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Emma Watson and Lily James Take Live Action Roles in Disney Classics »

Disney is bringing a live-action version of the Cinderella story to the big screen this March. The film stars Lily James in the title role and Richard Madden as the handsome prince. The film is the first of several animated Disney classics being remade with live characters.

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Home Video Releases for January 27 »

The animated movie The Book of Life comes to home video this week. In this lively and colorful film based in Mexico, two suitors vie for the hand of the lovely Maria. But this story about balancing respect for family heritage with your own dreams includes some intervention… read more »

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Aging on the Big Screen Sees Older Actors in the Spotlight »

Once actors of a certain age couldn’t get work in Hollywood. Female actors especially had few roles to choose from unless they were typecasts as “mums, sexless crones or cougars.”read more »

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Bikinis Banned at Miss World Competition »

Regardless of how people feel about beauty pageants, they have a way of getting attention. At the recent Miss Universe contest, Miss Canada’s national costume—complete with hockey sticks and a mini… read more »

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DreamWorks Animation to Cut 500 Jobs »

How to Train Your Dragon 2 recently won a Golden Globe for Best Animation. And now is a frontrunner in the 2015 Oscar race for Best Animation. But despite the accolades the studio behind the production is receiving, there’s not a lot of celebration at Dream… read more »

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Get Ready to Host Your Own Oscar-Inspired Party »

The 2015 Academy Awards Ceremony is a month away. That can seem like a long time if you are one of the nominees waiting to hear who wins. But if you want to host an Oscar Night event, it’s time to start planning your big gala.

So what does it take to host an Oscar party?

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Netflix Says Bye-Bye to Nacho Libre and Others on February 1 »

If you’re like me, you have a long list of things you want to do when you get around to it. Well if that list includes things you want to watch on Netflix, you better hurry.

The company recently announced what shows and movies will be leaving in February. Rumored to be leaving was the BBC show “Doctor Who” along with “Luther”… read more »

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What’s New For Families on Netflix - January 2015 »

Procrastinators take note. If you snooze you’ll likely lose your chance to watch that movie that you’ve been meaning to take in on Netflix. Contracts with film and television distributors are for a limited time. Of course the good news is that Netflix is continually adding content with the hope that you will never be tempted to hit the… read more »

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Home Video Releases for January 20 »

It’s awards season in Hollywood. And that means movie news is everywhere right now. But if you are looking for something new to watch at home this week, you’re options are still a little slim.

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2015 Critics Choice Awards »

On January 15, 2015, the members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (which includes our Rod Gustafson) had their say about the best movies released in 2014. The winners were announced at the Critics Choice Movie… read more »

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Generous Donors Continue To Help Students See “Selma” »

The movie Selma may have been snubbed by the Academy, with only two Oscar nominations, but many students across the country will have a chance to see the film at no cost. This opportunity is due to the generosity of many local and national donors who want young people to see this… read more »

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2015 Oscar Nominations »

It’s Oscar season and the nominations were announced earlier today. As usual, the big news is just as much about the movies not included as it is about the movies that are. Personally, the big miss for me was The Lego Movie in the animation category. Another notable absentee… read more »

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Beat the Winter Doldrums with These 6 Movie-Related Days to Celebrate »

January can be a long month depending on where you live in the country. Icy sidewalks, plummeting temperatures and huge dumps of snow can damper the spirits of even the most ardent winter enthusiasts. Without the festivities of the holiday season to look forward to, it can be a bit dreary. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of… read more »

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Home Video Releases for January 13 »

Family viewing options for home video have had a slow start in the first two weeks new year. But here is what is on store shelves if you are looking for a night in.

 

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5 Fun Facts About Winnie the Pooh »

With his bright red shirt and his “rumbly” tummy, Winnie the Pooh is an almost universally recognized literary character—especially among young children. The gentle little bear who has a enormous appetite for honey and lives with his friends in the 100 Acre Wood was created by author A. A. Milne who was born on January 18. Now recognized… read more »

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