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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and brief strong language
Release Date:
July 11, 2014

 

The Time Machine
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:
NR
Release Date:
1960

Life Itself
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for brief sexual images/nudity and language
Release Date:
July 4, 2014

 

A Hard Day's Night
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating:
G
Release Date:
1964

Snowpiercer
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for violence, language and drug content
Release Date:
July 2, 2014

 

Non-Stop
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some language, sensuality and drug references
Release Date:
February 28, 2014

Brits on Vacation

posted by Nell Minow

Summer is a time for travel, and, whether you’re traveling or not, it’s a great time for movies about travel as well. Film Forever has an excellent list of movies about Brits traveling abroad. Here are my favorites.

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Who Should Play Non-White Characters?

posted by Nell Minow

Amanda Scherker has an excellent piece in the Huffington Post about “whitewashing” in films — ethnically white actors playing non-white characters. We understand now how absurd it was to have John Wayne play Genghis Khan or Katharine Hepburn play “Dragon Seed’s” Chinese peasant. Scherker’s article has a range of examples, but there are still more. Marlon Brando played a Japanese man in “Teahouse of the August Moon” and Alex Guinness played another in “A Majority of one.” Shirley MacLaine played an Indian in “Around the World in 80 Days.”

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As I mentioned yesterday, this is especially timely as the trailer for the upcoming film about Moses shows a cast of white actors playing Middle Eastern characters and the director has announced that he will next make a film about David.

I am in favor of color-blind and even gender-blind casting unless it is inconsistent with the storyline. It’s fine to cast a man as a woman in both versions of “Hairspray,” but the racial themes of the film make it impossible to be race-blind in casting. In the case of Biblical stories, I believe every effort should be made to use actors who are ethnically Middle Eastern.

Contest: A GoPro Video Camera from “Earth to Echo”

posted by Nell Minow

The kids in Earth to Echo use a snazzy GoPro Hero3 to record their adventures.  Now you can win GoPro and record your own!  Many thanks to “Earth to Echo” for making it possible for me to share this extraordinary prize.
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To enter: Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with GoPro in the subject line and tell me your favorite movie alien. DON’T FORGET YOUR ADDRESS! Every contest some entries are disqualified because the entry omits the address. I promise, I do not keep the addresses and never use them for anything but mailing out prizes. (US addresses only.) I will pick a winner at random on July 28, 2014. Good luck!!

John Legend Thinks All Women and Girls Are Beautiful

posted by Nell Minow

Colbie Caillat is not the only one paying tribute to the full range of female beauty with a new video. John Legend’s “You & I” is a deeply moving tribute to the woman he loves, who appears in the video along with a heartwarming array of beautiful girls and women.

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Brits on Vacation
Summer is a time for travel, and, whether you're traveling or not, it's a great time for movies about travel as well. Film Forever has an excellent list of movies about Brits traveling abroad. Here are my favorites. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFIPjRFuaHA[/youtube] [youtube]http

posted 3:13:19pm Jul. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Who Should Play Non-White Characters?
Amanda Scherker has an excellent piece in the Huffington Post about "whitewashing" in films -- ethnically white actors playing non-white characters. We understand now how absurd it was to have John Wayne play Genghis Khan or Katharine Hepburn play "Dragon Seed's" Chinese peasant. Scherker's article

posted 8:00:25am Jul. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Contest: A GoPro Video Camera from "Earth to Echo"
The kids in Earth to Echo use a snazzy GoPro Hero3 to record their adventures.  Now you can win GoPro and record your own!  Many thanks to "Earth to Echo" for making it possible for me to share this extraordinary prize. To enter: Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with GoPro in the s

posted 7:00:47am Jul. 13, 2014 | read full post »

John Legend Thinks All Women and Girls Are Beautiful
Colbie Caillat is not the only one paying tribute to the full range of female beauty with a new video. John Legend's "You & I" is a deeply moving tribute to the woman he loves, who appears in the video along with a heartwarming array of beautiful girls and women. [youtube]https://www.youtube

posted 10:22:54pm Jul. 12, 2014 | read full post »

Colbie Caillat's Wonderful New Video
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXoZLPSw8U8[/youtube] The video for Colbie Caillat's new song, "Try," from Gypsy Heart Side A, shows her struggle to be true to herself in a world that expects women, especially performers, to conform to a narrow and highly polished idea of beauty. Watch i

posted 4:43:41pm Jul. 12, 2014 | read full post »


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