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Want to See Your Name on the News?

posted by Nell Minow

PalTalk has a site where you can put in any name — yours or a friend’s — and it will create a remarkably real-looking news broadcast about how the name you type in has become a massive nationwide political phenomenon […]

American Girls

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:NR
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: NR

Get ready for the upcoming release of the first American Girls feature film, “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl,” starring Abigail Breslin, with the DVD series, The American Girl Movie Collection, including “Samantha – An American Girl Holiday,” “Felicity – An […]

Schoolhouse Rock

posted by Nell Minow

Just after the Children’s Television Workshop realized that if children could memorize advertising jingles they could learn the alphabet and numbers and other important lessons through lively short films for PBS, a group of advertisers and educators got together to […]

Interview: Anand Tucker of “When Did You Last See Your Father?”

posted by Nell Minow

“When Did You Last See Your Father” is based on the best-selling non-fiction book by Blake Morrison. I spoke to director Anand Tucker about adapting the book and about fatherhood. What is it that makes relationships between fathers and sons […]

Prince Edward Island and Anne of Green Gables

posted by Nell Minow

This week we are visiting Canada’s Prince Edward Island, well known to fans of classic children’s books as the home of Anne of Green Gables and the author who created her, L. M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery. When I was in […]

Indie films on YouTube

posted by Nell Minow

YouTube has set up a new site for independent film-makers, a curated collection of the very best films you are unlikely to find in theaters or on television, shown in an upgraded High Quality viewing system. Check it out to […]

AFI Salutes Warren Beatty

posted by Nell Minow

The American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony for Warren Beatty will be broadcast tonight at 9 pm EST on the USA Network. Beatty’s notorious romantic life and political activism has sometimes distracted the media from his achievements as an […]

Definitely, Maybe

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language and smoking.
Movie Release Date:February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 24, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including some frank dialogue, language and smoking.
Movie Release Date: February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008

“Definitely, Maybe” is the story of the three great loves of a man’s life. That’s “story” in the literal sense, as in the bedtime story he tells his young daughter, who wants to know how he met her mother and, […]

Quiz: How Well Do you Know Your Robot Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

Wall*E, the new Pixar release, was inspired in part by one of the most loveable robots in movie history, R2D2 from “Star Wars.” Wall*E, an adorable garbage drone, inspired me to create this quiz about other memorable robots from movies […]

The Sword in the Stone

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1963
DVD Release Date:June 17, 2008
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1963
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008

Based on the book by T.H. White, this is the story of the early years of King Arthur. Nicknamed “Wart,” the future King Arthur is squire to a knight when he meets Merlin the magician, who promises to take on […]

What Kids Learn from ‘Silly’ Media

posted by Nell Minow

FlowTV, the always-interesting scholarly online publication about media, has a thoughtful article by Aaron Delwiche of Trinity University called “‘What we me worry?’ What the new media literacy movement can learn from Mad Magazine and Wacky Packages.” Delwiche makes some […]

The Spiderwick Chronicles

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements.
Movie Release Date:February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 24, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements.
Movie Release Date: February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008

The best-selling series of books about children who find their mysterious old house surrounded by magical creatures has been turned into a visually sumptuous treat for fans of fantasy and imagination. Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) plays twins […]

Why is TV So White? (Entertainment Weekly)

posted by Nell Minow

Entertainment Weekly has a very important article that asks a very important question. Why is it that the only minority character to anchor a new series is Cleveland Brown — an animated character voiced by a white guy? The show […]

Summer Reading for Kids and Their Families

posted by Nell Minow

Happy longest day of the year! And happy summer. Long summer days are a wonderful time to rediscover the pleasures of reading. Families should make sure that everyone age 7 and older has a library card and make a point […]

Can You Spot the Oscar-Winning Actress?

posted by Nell Minow

My mother just sent me this photo from her college years. One of her classmates became an Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy-winning actress. Can you spot her? P.S. That’s my beautiful mom in the second row from the front, second […]

Get Smart

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some rude humor, action violence and language
Movie Release Date:June 20, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some rude humor, action violence and language
Movie Release Date: June 20, 2008

The big-screen version of the classic 1960’s television show created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry is more than an update. It shrewdly tweaks the original, making its hero, Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) smarter and more capable than the bumbling […]

FCC Commissioner Adelstein on Children and Media

posted by Nell Minow

FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein gave an important speech last week to the Media Institute titled Stuck in the Mud: Time to Move an Agenda to Protect America’s Children. [M]any parents are feeling inundated by an array of media that are […]

Movies about Values

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet has posted my gallery of movies that illustrate important values like integrity, courage, courtesy, learning, and peace. Movies are our sagas, our myths, our touchstones, and our collective cultural heritage. They are also one way that we teach ourselves […]

Man of the Week: JT

posted by Nell Minow

This week we have something that does not happen very often — two huge movies in the same genre opening on the same day: “Get Smart” with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway and “The Love Guru” with Mike Myers. One […]

Tribute: Cyd Charisse

posted by Nell Minow

USA Today’s Jim Cheng said it best: “Talk about a career with legs.” The beautiful dancer from Hollywood’s golden age died today at age 86. Born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo, Texas, she was a professional ballerina at age 16 […]

Is ‘The Love Guru’ offensive or funny or both?

posted by Nell Minow

Mike Myers’ new comedy “The Love Guru,” which opens on Friday, has already led to complaints from members of the Hindu community for “lampooning Hinduism and Hindus and using Hindu terms frivolously.” Beliefnet has invited Hindu leaders, publications and groups, […]

‘Get Smart’ Then and Now

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times has a great feature on adapting the 1960’s television show “Get Smart” for the big screen, staying true to the spirit of the original and with in-jokes for the fans but updating it and making it […]

Fool’s Gold

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for action violence, some sexual material, brief nudity and language
Movie Release Date:February 8, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 17, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for action violence, some sexual material, brief nudity and language
Movie Release Date: February 8, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008

An adventure-romance-comedy about a just-divorced couple who join forces in pursuit of sunken treasure reunited Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Despite the considerable — and well-displayed — charms of its stars, […]

Under the Same Moon

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements.
Movie Release Date:March 19, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 17, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements.
Movie Release Date: March 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008

As the title suggests, there is a little bit of fairy tale moondust sprinkled over this story of a nine-year-old boy who runs away from his home in Mexico to find his mother in Los Angeles. As with all fairy […]

Movies about the End of the World

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s Paul Asay has put together a gallery list of movies about the apocalypse or the end of the world. Some are better as movies than others — I thought “The Day After Tomorrow” was pretty poor. Some deal with […]

Diary of a Spider

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:May 27, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008

As I have said many times, my very favorite DVDs for kids are the Scholastic Storybook Series of great children’s books. The latest is Diary of a Spider… and More Cute Critter Stories. The title story is just what it […]

Be Kind Rewind

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual references.
Movie Release Date:February 22, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 17, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual references.
Movie Release Date: February 22, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008

This charming little fairy tale is more than a sweet and heart-warming story; it is a thoughtful exploration of the power of stories, why we are enthralled by hearing and watching them and why we are even more captivated by […]

Tribute: Mel Ferrer

posted by Nell Minow

Mel Ferrer, who died this week, starred in one of my very favorite family movies, the musical Lili, with Leslie Caron. She is a lonely orphan whose only friends are three carnival puppets. Her natural interaction with them leads the […]

The Best Fathers in Movies and Television

posted by Nell Minow

Check out my Gallery of 10 of my all-time favorite movie dads. And check out Idol Chatter’s list of the best TV dads. I love all the fathers on all the list and in the comments, especially Andy Griffith. I […]

Where are the Wild Things Going?

posted by Nell Minow

It seemed almost too good to be true. One of the best children’s books of the 20th century, Where the Wild Things Are, written and directed by Maurice Sendak, was going to be made into a movie written and directed […]

Best Twist Endings (Entertainment Weekly)

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie The Happening, Entertainment Weekly has prepared a list of the all-time best movies with twist endings. Don’t worry — the twists will not be revealed unless you ask for them. It’s a […]

Fox News and the term ‘Baby Mama’

posted by Nell Minow

I have always disliked the terms “Baby Mama” and “Baby Daddy.” Originally they were used only to describe unmarried parents and the implication was that their connection through the baby or children was all that remained of their relationship. The […]

The Real High School Musical

posted by Nell Minow

Salon’s Mark Schone wrote the most purely delightful article about finding clips of high school productions of Broadway musicals on You Tube. It includes everything from a German production of “West Side Story” to an Oklahoma production of…”Oklahoma.” The clips […]

Contest: Cory in the House and Minutemen!

posted by Nell Minow

The contest has arrived! I have three each of Cory in the House: Newt and Improved and Minutemen. Life in the White House or time travel — take your pick. Both are great family fun. Send me an email at […]

From Beliefnet

posted by

Dear Readers– Due to a planned technical upgrade taking place on Wednesday June 11th, the Beliefnet Blogs will not display any new content, and commenting will be disabled. We aim to be back up and running by the end of […]

Sleep Disturbance and Media — a Kaiser Report

posted by Nell Minow

“American children get too little sleep, with major adverse implications for their cognitive ability, judgment, behavior and physical health,” according to new study from the Kaiser foundation. There are many factors, but one of them is media. Children and adults […]

Can You Guess AFI’s Top Ten?

posted by Nell Minow

The American Film Institute will be announcing the top movies in ten categories: Animated, Fantasy, Gangster, Sci-Fi, Western, Sports, Mystery, Romantic Comedy, Courtroom Drama and Epic Films. If you can guess #1 in each category, you can win $1000 in […]

The Other Boleyn Girl

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and some violent images
Movie Release Date:February 29. 2008
DVD Release Date:June 10, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content and some violent images
Movie Release Date: February 29. 2008
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008

Take away the sumptuous settings and Hollywood glamour and what you have here is like Henry VIII for Dummies enacted by the cast of the OC. Natalie Portman plays Anne Boleyn, who became the second of Henry VIII’s six wives […]

The Bucket List

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference.
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2007
DVD Release Date:June 10, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language, including a sexual reference.
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2007
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008

It’s The Shawshank Redemption part two, or it tries to be. It has voiceover narration by Morgan Freeman. It has an inspiring and life-affirming friendship — featuring Morgan Freeman. It just is not very good. If you’ve seen the trailer, […]

Jumper

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some language and brief sexuality.
Movie Release Date:February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 10, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some language and brief sexuality.
Movie Release Date: February 14, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2008

The movie “Jumper” is 88 minutes on a pogo stick, hopping from teenage cliche to teenage cliche. You like the story about the high school nerd who pines for the class beauty and is tormented by her bully boyfriend? You’re […]

Bedazzled (both versions)

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, language and some drug content
Movie Release Date:2000
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor, language and some drug content
Movie Release Date: 2000

This week, both versions of the Faustian comedy Bedazzled are being released in one DVD and both are worth watching. The 1967 original, directed by Stanley Donen (“Singin’ in the Rain”) and starring British comedy duo Peter Cook and Dudley […]

Five Movie Computers

posted by Nell Minow

Computers can sometimes be full characters in movies — they play an important part in stories of all kinds — adventure, science-fiction, even romance. The one thing movie portrayals of computers seldom are is accurate and people who actually work […]

Kmart commercial encourages under-age kids to go to “Indiana Jones”

posted by Nell Minow

Kmart has a new promotion urging children to participate in its “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” giveaway. The movie is rated PG-13 “for adventure violence and scary images.” PG-13 means that parents should be aware that […]

J.K. Rowling’s Harvard Speech

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite authors spoke about one of my favorite subjects when Harry Potter author Joanne Rowling addressed the graduating class at Harvard University. Many commencement speakers urge the new graduates departing from the ivory tower to succeed in […]

Movie Mom on The Takeaway

posted by Nell Minow

My brief podcast review of “Sex and the City” appears on The Takeaway, a co-production of WNYC Radio and Public Radio International, in collaboration with The BBC World Service, New York Times Radio and WGBH Boston.

The Happening

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a spooky story: a talented storyteller mesmerizes his audience and then loses his way in a thicket of self-regard so that no matter how hard he tries, each of the stories he tells becomes less powerful than the one […]

Daddies on YouTube (Soulja Boy)

posted by Nell Minow

Every so often a dance comes along that is just tricky enough to take a little practice but with individual steps simple enough that anyone can do it. Think “Macarena.” Soulja Boy’s eponymous song and dance is in that category […]

Do You Remember Frogger?

posted by Nell Minow

The Museum of the Moving Image has a fantastic and nostalgic online exhibit of classic 1980’s video games like Frogger, Space Invaders, Pong, Missile Command, and of course Pac-Man. Best of all, you can download and play the games — […]

It Isn’t Fattening If It’s On the Screen — OLWL’s best food scenes

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s delightful Our Lady of Weight Loss is having a contest — tell her your favorite food scene in a movie and you could win a copy of her book! Take a look and see if you can write a […]

Moviefone’s top 25 animated films

posted by Nell Minow

Movie maven Glenn Kenny has put together a list of the 25 top animated films for Moviefone. Lots of Disney classics, of course, like “Lady and the Tramp,” “Dumbo,” “Fantasia,” “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “Little Mermaid,” and “Beauty and the Beast.” […]

Clips from “The Sword in the Stone”

posted by Nell Minow

I am so happy that Disney is releasing “The Sword in the Stone” on DVD! It is the story of young King Arthur, a medieval page who learns he is the true king of England. The wizard Merlin teaches him […]

Is “The Love Guru” Bigoted?

posted by Nell Minow

Mike Myers’ upcoming movie, “The Love Guru” has sparked protests from Hindu groups even before its scheduled opening on June 20. Hindus have urged Viacom and its brand Paramount Pictures to post a study-guide about Hinduism and guru tradition on […]

Semi-Pro

posted by Nell Minow
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R for language and some sexual content
Movie Release Date:February 29, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 3, 2008
C-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content
Movie Release Date: February 29, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008

“Semi-Pro” is not even semi-funny. It takes what looks like an unmissable slam dunk of a premise and turns it into a big, noisy airball of a movie without a single truly funny moment. Will Ferrell in the 1970’s — […]

Thomas the Tank Engine Gets a New Narrator

posted by Nell Minow

Lionsgate/HIT Entertainment announce a new narrator for this fall’s upcoming feature-length Thomas the Tank Engine DVD release, “Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery.” Following the wonderful voiceover work from Ringo Starr, George Carlin, and Alec Baldwin is this glamorous leading […]

Salon asks for the Best Family Films

posted by Nell Minow

I like Salon movie critic Andrew O’Hehir very much. He covers the less mainstream films, independent, foreign, and festival fare and I always enjoy his take on what he sees. He is on vacation this week and in something of […]

Women and Spirituality: The Goddess Trilogy

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:NR
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: NR

Women & Spirituality is a three-part series about the power of the sacred feminine in mythological, historical and cultural contexts. Part 1, Goddess Remembered, examines goddess-based pre-historic societies, linking the loss of goddess-centered societies to environmental degradation. The second, The […]

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