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Best Teacher Movies

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 ...

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Are Movie Ratings Going Up in Smoke?

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 If (The F Word), Get On Up and ...

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Thieves Making a Haul on Lego

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

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 other kids have faced—can ...

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Robin Williams Dies at Age 63

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

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, ...

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Has Cursing Become Too Commonplace?

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 this ...

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Weird Al Throws The Book At Language Slackers

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 ...

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Will we accept celebrities without makeup?

Will we accept celebrities without makeup?

I enjoy Colbie Caillat’s music and her voice. Her recent single from her new EP Gypsy Heart takes on a more serious tone and offers a very important message to women… and men.

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Monkeying Around at the Movies

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 Planet of the Apes.

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5 Ways to Help Kids Stay Safe Online

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 ...

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Movie Reflects Real Life Tension of Draft Day Weekend

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).

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Celebrating America’s Immigrants

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 of Liberty.

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What’s Happening to Disney Princesses?

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

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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