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Comic-Con 2105: Opening Night

posted by Nell Minow

The cutest items I saw on the Exhibition Hall this evening were these “Body Knockers” from famous movies. How many can you identify? One of the highlights of Preview Night is an exclusive sneak peek at some of the upcoming […]

Check out the Website for Jurassic World — the (fictional, so far) Theme Park

posted by Nell Minow

What if there really was a Jurassic World theme park? It would have a Jurassic World website just like this one. It has attraction wait times, fun facts, scheduled special events, and even some warnings not to tap on the […]

Would You Like to Win a Movie Theater With an Essay?

posted by Nell Minow

250 words and a $99 entry fee can win you a movie theater.  The Cape Ann Cinema is holding an essay contest to select the next owner.  Owner Rob Newton says: I opened the living-room-style Cape Ann Community Cinema in […]

Indiana Jones Exhibit at the National Geographic Museum

posted by Nell Minow

On May 14, 2015, an Indiana Jones exhibit comes to Washington, D.C.’s National Geographic Museum. It is an immersive experience, exploring the science and history of field archeology, featuring iconic props and behind-the-scenes production materials, including: * A vast and […]

Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC 2015

posted by Nell Minow

I visited the cherry blossoms at the Jefferson Memorial! All images copyright 2015 Nell Minow

What Makes Your Hometown Special?

posted by Nell Minow

I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord site, where he invites collaboration on music and films from everyone.  His latest is an invitation to tell him — and the audience — about what it is that only the locals know in your […]

Own a Piece of “Gone With the Wind”

posted by Nell Minow

Costumes, props, and memorabilia from one of the greatest films of all time will be sold at Heritage Auction’s “Gone With the Wind” sale, April 18-19, 2015.

Contest: Win an Insurgent T-Shirt

posted by Nell Minow

Getting ready for the second film in the “Divergent” series? Not sure you have just the right thing to wear? I’m here to solve your problem! I have an “Insurgent” t-shirt (Size L) to give away! Send me an email […]

You Can Own A Piece of Disneyland History

posted by Nell Minow

The Story of Disneyland Collection will be auctioned on February 28th and March 1st 2015 at Van Eaton Galleries, 13613 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA. With over 1000 pieces of memorabilia dating from the very beginning of Walt’s planning to […]

The Toy and Action Figure Museum

posted by Nell Minow

I love oddball collections and exhibits, so many thanks to Augustine of Atlas Obscura for letting us know about the Toy and Action Figure Museum. If you can’t make it to Oklahoma just yet, check out this very cool 360 […]

Coming to NYC: The History of SNL on Exhibit

posted by Nell Minow

Premier On 5th, at 417 5th Avenue between 37th & 38th Streets has announced the first in a series of blockbuster exhibitions, in partnership with Broadway Video Enterprises. “Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition,” celebrates the NBC program’s 40-year history. In […]

LAIKA Auction: Items from Coraline, ParaNorman, and Boxtrolls

posted by Nell Minow

LAIKA Studios is making some of the items from its brilliant stop-motion films “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and “Boxtrolls” available for sale for the first time through the Heritage auction house. They include: ● From Coraline * Coraline production puppet in her […]

Movie Theaters Worth the Drive?

posted by Nell Minow

Movie theater owners are constantly having to up their game to sell tickets, knowing that many film-lovers have well-equipped home theaters and will wait three or four months until the movies are available for home viewing. It can be tough […]

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 — For Movie Lovers and Their Families

posted by Nell Minow

Happy holidays to one and all! Whatever you are celebrating at this time of year, these films will race your pulse, warm your heart, and delight any friends and family members lucky enough to receive them. For the lover of […]

Leonard Maltin’s Collection of Movie Memorabilia on eBay

posted by Nell Minow

The great critic and film historian Leonard Maltin has moved to a new home and so he is putting some of his fabulous collection of movie treasures up for auction on eBay. Maltin writes: Long ago I got hooked on […]

Classic Hollywood Memorabilia Auction Tomorrow from Bonhams/TCM

posted by Nell Minow

Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies have joined together again for another auction of classic Hollywood memorabilia, with treasures from the golden age of movie-making, including the piano Sam plays “As Time Goes By” on in “Casablanca,” the cowardly lion’s costume […]

Interstellar at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum

posted by Nell Minow

  Every element of Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” was really happening in front of the camera. Well, they didn’t actually go into space and explore other planets, but they did build every piece of equipment and they did seek out landscapes […]

Jack O’Lantern — Happy Halloween!

posted by Nell Minow

Sleeping Beauty — Crafts and Activities

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of the glorious Diamond Edition of Disney’s classic “Sleeping Beauty,” the studio has released some crafts projects for families to enjoy.

Cool Stuff: Batmobile Slippers and Big Lebowski Pinball

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Jenna Busch and the Legion of Leia for bringing to my attention this total fabulousness.  Super-comfy-looking Batmobile slippers, now available at Hot Topics: And what better activity to engage in while wearing Batmobile slippers than playing your very own […]

Contest: Win a Boxtrolls T-Shirt!

posted by Nell Minow

When you see the adorable “Boxtrolls” movie, you will want to dress like a boxtroll! Luckily for you, I have two Boxtrolls shirts to give away, one child size small, one adult size small (or child size large). To enter, […]

De-fictionalizing Products in Movies and Television: Life Imitating Art

posted by Nell Minow

Fast Company has an article about Omni Consumer Products, a “de-fictionalizing” company that looks for products in movies and television that do not really exist and makes them available. As the sole proprietor of Omni Consumer Products, [Pete] Hottelet is constantly […]

Fabulous Celebrity Encounters Via Prizeo

posted by Nell Minow

Talk about a win-win — take a look at Prizeo, where celebrities offer chances to win once-in-a-lifetime, dream-come-true prizes to people who support their charitable causes. Sir Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Jeff Gordon, One Direction, Lady Antebellum, Hunter […]

Free! Planes: Fire & Rescue Activity Sheets

posted by Nell Minow

I have free activity sheets for Planes: Fire & Rescue! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Planes!” in the subject line and I’ll write you back with the activity sheet attached. The offer is good until July 31, 2014.

Contest: Win a Plushie Echo from “Earth to Echo”

posted by Nell Minow

I have some adorable plushies of the little alien in “Earth to Echo” to give away! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Echo” in the subject line and tell me your favorite summer activity. Don’t forget your mailing address! […]

The Flag That Inspired “The Star Spangled Banner”

posted by Nell Minow

Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banner” about this flag, now hanging in the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington D.C.  Happy Flag Day!

Disney Imagineers Take Audio-Animatronics To a New Level — For an Old Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Disney’s first feature-length animated film was “Snow White,” so it is fitting that their first use of stunning new technology for animating life-size figures should be a return to those beloved characters.  Take a look at this — it will […]

My eBook About Moms in Movies is FREE Until Sunday

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Mother’s Day, my ebook 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers will be free on Amazon through Sunday. No relationship is more primal, more fraught, more influential, more worried over, more nourishing when good and more devastating when bad that […]

Superhero Night Lights

posted by Nell Minow

I love these!

Want to Live in the Dunphy’s House?

posted by Nell Minow

The house Phil and Claire and their children live in on “Modern Family” is for sale! The idea of a realtor like the one Phil plays on the show showing this house is kind of mind-bending.  Hope they fixed that […]

Contest: Mini-LEGOs Movie Figures

posted by Nell Minow

This is unquestionably one of the most adorable contest items I’ve ever offered, which makes sense because this is one of the most adorable movies of the year. You can win a set of mini-Lego characters from the movie! (Box […]

LEGOs and Ghostbusters!

posted by Nell Minow

We’re ready to believe you! A fan-designed “Ghostbusters” LEGO kit is officially adopted — not the building, but the cars and the characters.  Who you gonna call?  These guys!

German Seniors Re-Create Classic Movie Poses for a Calendar

posted by Nell Minow

Residents of a German home for seniors have re-created twelve classic movie poses for a calendar. The models range in age from 75 to 98, and the movies they pay tribute to include “Titanic,” “Easy Rider,” “The Seven Year Itch,” […]

Guaranteed To Improve Your Life, Your Job, and Your Relationships: 365 Grateful

posted by Nell Minow

Start the new year by joining this wonderful project and find out how being grateful will transform your life.

Teach Kids to Write Letters With a Free Postcard from Spongebob!

posted by Nell Minow

If children will be receiving holiday gifts, they should be getting ready to write their thank-you notes.  A great way to begin is with SpongeBob Squarepants — I mean SpongeBob Mailpants — who is teaching children to write letters and […]

Gift Guide 2013

posted by Nell Minow

One of the great pleasures of the holiday season is finding just the right gift for someone special in your life.  These are some of my favorites. For the sports fan: 2013 World Series Collector’s Edition Relive the Cardinals vs. […]

Contest: Olaf Magnets from “Frozen”

posted by Nell Minow

The most endearing character in Disney’s new “Frozen” is Olaf, the sunny-natured little snowman who loves warm hugs. If you’d like your very own Olaf to brighten your refrigerator, here’s your chance to win one! Send me an email at […]

Google Maps Middle Earth for The Hobbit

posted by Nell Minow

Explore Middle Earth with Google Maps’ cool new interactive site.

Sensational Movie Props for Sale at Auction

posted by Nell Minow

In The Maltese Falcon, after all the betrayal and misery and death, a cop gazes at the title object and asks, “What is it?”  The hard-boiled detective played by Humphrey Bogart gives an answer that is not only #14 on […]

Goldieblox Rocks! Hurray for Girls Who Think and Build

posted by Nell Minow

Hurray for Goldieblox for knowing that girls want to think and invent and problem solve and that they don’t always want everything to be pink and princessy!  The company was created by Debbie Sterling, a female engineer from Stanford University.  I […]

Halloween Light Show 2013

posted by Nell Minow

Night of the Living Dead — With Rifftrax

posted by Nell Minow

Catch the Halloween spirit! George Romero’s zombie classic Night of the Living Dead gets the Rifftrax treatment in theaters on October 24. What could be better than zombies? Zombies plus snarky commentary!

A Fabulous Chart Showing the Relative Sizes of Fictional Spaceships

posted by Nell Minow

Haven’t you always wanted to know which was bigger, the Millennium Falcon or the Starship Enterprise? Take a look at this amazing size comparison chart from Dirk Loechel on DeviantArt.

Gorgeous Treasure Maps Show Movie Plot Movements

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my friend Brandon Fibbs for sharing these magnificent movie treasure maps by illustrator Andrew DeGraff.  See how many you can identify.

Turner Classic Movies Has a New Sightseeing Tour of Movie New York

posted by Nell Minow

Would you like to see where classic movie scenes happened?  You couldn’t ask for a better guide than the folks at Turner Classic Movies, who now offer a new tour of New York City. Hop on tour with Turner Classic […]

Comic-Con 2013: The Coolest Thing I Saw in the Exhibit Hall

posted by Nell Minow

No question. There were hundreds of dazzling displays at Comic-Con. You could have your picture taken with “Walking Dead” zombies or frozen Han Solo or Lego Superman. But Predator, as he so often does, dominated. There was a limited edition […]

Glenn Close Auctions Her Costumes for Charity

posted by Nell Minow

Are you a “Damages” fan? Fancy yourself one of Cruella DeVille’s furry fashions?   Glenn Close is auctioning off the clothes she wore as Patty Hughes and many other characters to raise money for her charity combating the stigma of […]

Free Comic Book Day 2013

posted by Nell Minow

Don’t forget that tomorrow, May 4 (as in “May the Fourth Be With You”) is Free Comic Book Day!  Stop by your friendly neighborhood comic book store to ask for some recommendations.  Whether your taste is fantasy, superheroes, television tie-ins, […]

Buzzfeed’s Best Movie Theaters in the World

posted by Nell Minow

I love this look at the world’s coolest movie theaters with features like double bed with cashmere blankets and haute cuisine.  I’d add in local favorites — the fabulous Angelika Mosaic, with state of the art audiovisual equipment and the all-recliner […]

2013 Post Peeps Competition

posted by Nell Minow

I love the Post Peeps Competition!  Every Easter, the Washington Post invites people to submit dioramas populated with the irresistible pink, yellow, and blue confections.  Many relate to the news (this year’s entries included Peep tributes to Zero Dark Thirty […]

Classics on Sale at Turner Classic Movies

posted by Nell Minow

If you act fast, you can get some great bargins at Turner Classic Movies.  Films like “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Captains Courageous,” “They Died With Their Boots On,” “Captain Blood,” “Maltese Falcon,” “Mr. Skeffington,” and “Blackboard Jungle” are […]

Down Syndrome Model Audition in DC March 15

posted by Nell Minow

Fashion savvy models with Down syndrome are auditioning on March 15 to star in the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s (GDSF) May 8th Be Beautiful Be Yourself Gala, a high-style fashion show and fundraiser taking place at the Ritz Carlton in […]

Floor Plans of Movie and Television Living Spaces

posted by Nell Minow

On Etsy, you can find floor plans of the homes of movie and television characters by Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde that are works of art in themselves.  Look at the homes of Will and Grace, Carrie Bradshaw, Dexter, the Golden Girls, Monica, Rachel, […]

Support the Troops and Their Families — Christmas 2012

posted by Nell Minow

Please take a moment during the holiday season to remember those who make great sacrifices to protect our freedoms.  You can send Christmas boxes to the troops or even Christmas stockings.  And Operation Ensuring Christmas cares for the families of fallen military, […]

Gift Guide from UltraViolet: Freeing Kids from Gender Stereotypes

posted by Nell Minow

McKenna Pope, a 13-year-old from Garfield, New Jersey, wondered why she saw men cooking all the time on television but the Easy-Bake Oven was being marketed as though it was just for girls.  She started a petition on Change.org and […]

Gift Guide 2012: Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Is there a Wimpy Kid in your life? Fans of the movie series will enjoy the box set of the books by Jeff Kinney and the Don’t Scramble The Egg Game. My very favorite DVD series for children is the […]

Gift Guide 2012: Teens and Adults

posted by Nell Minow

My top gift ideas for 2012, part 1: Your favorite TV fan already has the boxed set of every series?  Here’s something different.  The Paley Center for Media has tributes to many great television shows, featuring interviews with the casts […]

Movie Addict Headquarters: Holiday Gift Guide

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me back to the Movie Addict Headquarters podcast, this time to discuss movie-related gifts with “Mad Movie Man” A.J. Hakari!   And thanks to Betty Jo for making one of her recommendations my […]

A Gift for Harry Potter Fans: Limited Edition Books About the Making of the Films

posted by Nell Minow

For the Harry Potter fan in your life — there’s a new 3000-copy limited edition book series about the making of the films: Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey (Collector’s Edition), with eight books, each a replica […]

40th Anniversary Tribute to “The Godfather” — Archival Memorabilia

posted by Nell Minow

There are two big releases in honor of the 40th anniversary of one of the most critical and popular successes in film history, The Godfather.  First, coming out October 1, is The Godfather: The Official Motion Picture Archives, the definitive behind-the-scenes […]

More From Comic-Con: Batmobiles

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most popular attractions at Comic-Con was the collection of Batmobiles parked across the street from the convention center. A new book Batmobile: The Complete History and documentary pay tribute to the cool cars driven by Batman over […]

The Angelika Comes to Virginia!

posted by Nell Minow

The Angelika theater in New York is legendary for the quality of its films and attention to detail in showing them.  With theaters in San Diego and Texas, the Angelika is now building their 27th theater in suburban Falls Church, […]

You Can Buy the House from “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”

posted by Nell Minow

Steve Martin spent an entire movie trying to get back there.  And now you can come home there every day.  The home that Neal Pane, Steve Martin’s character, lived in is on the market.  For $1.799 million. The house is […]

Hidden Treats in “Brave”

posted by Nell Minow

Fans of Disney•Pixar’s feature films love to scour the screen in search of the Hidden Gems the filmmakers sneak into each film: Wall•E’s explorations uncover a Mike Wazowski antenna ball, paying homage to ,Monsters, Inc., and in Up, the classic Luxo […]

Rifftrax Live in Theaters Next Month

posted by Nell Minow

The comedians of Mystery Science Theater 3000 are coming back to select movie theaters nationwide, as they take on one of the worst films of all time with  RiffTrax Live: ‘Manos’ The Hands of Fate on Thursday, August 16 at […]

Dr. Toy’s Recommendations for Vacation Play

posted by Nell Minow

Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Children’s Products for 2012 report is now available to parents, teachers, caregivers, grandparents, and others responsible for children.  As children enjoy the summer, these toys will help them play safely with toys that stretch their imaginations and curiousityat home, […]

An Alphabet of Movie Comedy — How Many Do You Know?

posted by Nell Minow

Designer Stephen Wildish has already designed magnificent movie posters with alphabets of war movies, horror, sci-fi, superheroes and 80’s and 90’s films.  Here is his alphabet of movie comedies.  How many can you identify?  

Stamps Pay Tribute to Four Outstanding Directors

posted by Nell Minow

A ceremony at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Cultural Center launched new First Class Forever postage stamps that pay tribute to a veritable Mount Rushmore of golden-age movie directors: Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston and Billy Wilder. […]

You Can Own A Piece of “The Hunger Games”

posted by Nell Minow

Profiles in Histor announced today that it has acquired the Henry River Mill Village property, better known as “District 12” from the box office blockbuster “The Hunger Games.” The property will be auctioned off via sealed bid through Profiles in History […]

Sail Away With Turner Classic Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Do you dream of sailing under the stars with TCM host Robert Osborne?  Here’s your chance. My favorite channel, Turner Classic Movies, is hosting a five night cruise they are calling “the classic movie adventure of a lifetime.” TCM hosts […]

Visit the Bat-Pod and Tumbler

posted by Nell Minow

Batman is known for some pretty spiffy modes of transportation and in honor of the upcoming release, “The Dark Knight Rises,” two of the movie’s coolest props, the bat-pod and tumbler, are getting their own tour.  For more information and […]

Barbie’s Bald Friend

posted by Nell Minow

Mattel has announced that they will make a bald fashion doll, a “friend of Barbie,” to give to children with cancer and illnesses that cause hair loss, following a Facebook campaign co-founded by the mother of a girl who became […]

For Harry Potter Fans: A Potter-esque Place to Stay While Visiting the Sets

posted by Nell Minow

Warner Bros. Studio’s new Harry Potter tour in London gives fans a chance to explore the enchanting sets where the eight Harry Potter films were made.  And they can now live out their fantasy in a luxurious apartment in the rafters of […]

Smithsonian Exhibit: Warner Brothers Treasures

posted by Nell Minow

I was lucky enough to get a chance to visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History today and I especially enjoyed seeing some wonderful items from the Warner Brothers archive, including costumes and props from the movie Roger Ebert […]

Truly Spectacular Contest: Win Plush ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Toys and DVD!

posted by Nell Minow

    Wow!  I have never had anything so cool to give away.  The prize winner will get a full collection of plush toys from the Disney classic Lady and the Tramp plus the Diamond Edition Blu-Ray Combo Pack.  This is […]

Giveaway: Activity Books for “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”

posted by Nell Minow

I have some very cool activity books for the new movie, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” starring Duane “The Rock” Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, and Vanessa Hudgens.  They have puzzles and information about the film.  If you’d like one, […]

A Dad Collects Jokes for His Son with Cancer

posted by Nell Minow

The father of a son with brain cancer is collecting 5000 jokes on Jokes4Miles “to show him he’s not alone in his fight.”  They also plan to open it up to other kids battling cancer, so that their friends and anyone […]

Send a Personalized Message from Santa — Free from Google

posted by Nell Minow

You can send a personalized video message from Santa to anyone on your list with the help of Google.  Or leave a message for Santa at 855-34-SANTA

Gift Guide 2011

posted by Nell Minow

Some gift idea to keep in mind as you think of your friends and family this holiday season: For the sports fan: ESPN Films: 30 for 30 Limited Edition Collector Set These brilliant films by some of today’s top directors have […]

Holiday Gift Opportunity for the Movie-Lover

posted by Nell Minow

Barnes & Noble is offering all of the Criterion Collection DVDs at 30% off for a limited time.  As all serious film lovers know, the Criterion series are the best of the best — the best films and the best […]

Ebay Auction Includes Meals With Stars and Walk-On Roles to Raise Money for Women Filmmakers

posted by Nell Minow

The late Adrienne Shelly wrote and directed and co-starred in the adorable film, “Waitress” and opportunities were opening up for her when she was murdered.   Her husband established a foundation in her memory to help female filmmakers and one of […]

Everything You Need to Know About Zombies

posted by Nell Minow

This must have been a lot of fun to do!  Dan Kois put together a terrific guide to “Surviving a Zombie Attack” for New York Magazine, with all kinds of great tidbits from experts like the people behind “Walking Dead” […]

Sale on Spooky Movies from the Warner Archive

posted by Nell Minow

The Warner Archive is celebrating Halloween with a sale on some of their scariest movies, some that are silly scary, and some that are not that scary at all. As the classic children’s book “The Phantom Tollbooth” celebrates its 50th […]

Elizabeth Taylor’s Collection to be Auctioned

posted by Nell Minow

The biggest movie star of all time deserves the biggest celebrity auction of all time. Christies has announced five separate auctions from the collection of Elizabeth Taylor.  Her couture gowns, the costumes and props and scripts from her films, and […]

John Wayne’s Personal Collection to be Auctioned

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s your chance to own an item from the personal collection of one of the biggest movie stars of all time, John Wayne. Among the items in the collection are one of the iconic black eye-patches worn by John Wayne […]

New ‘Star Wars’ Blu-Ray Creates Controversy

posted by Nell Minow

George Lucas can’t stop fiddling with “Star Wars.” This week’s highly anticipated Blu-Ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga films has 40 hours of extra material, which will make the fan-boys happy, but it also tinkers with the original […]

Hasbro Makes Your iPhone 3D!

posted by Nell Minow

You can turn your iPhone (or iPod Touch) into a 3D console with the MY3D Viewer for iPod touch and iPhone, a very nifty new gadget from Hasbro. It comes in black and white. According to CNET: Apple’s App Store […]

Win a Green Lantern T-Shirt!

posted by Nell Minow

Win one of these cool vintage-inspired Green Lantern t-shirts from the wonderful folks at Junk Food! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Green Lantern” in the subject line and your t-shirt size and address in the message.  I’ll make […]

Lightning McQueen — in Legos!

posted by Nell Minow

It took 2000 hours and almost a quarter million bricks!    

Contest! Win an X-Men T-Shirt!

posted by Nell Minow

I have a very cool giveaway in honor of next week’s release of the new X-Men movie!  Thanks to Junk Food Clothing for providing two shirts to go to the lucky winners.  You can buy them there for $32 each. […]

Big Sale on National Geograpic DVDs

posted by Nell Minow

National Geographic is having an amazing sale on their outstanding series of DVDs, with prices as low as $3.95 for “March of the Penguins” and $5.95 for “The Dog Whisperer.” It’s for a limited time only. Be sure to check […]

An Alphabet of Movies

posted by Nell Minow

How many can you identify?

Ebert: Thumbs Down on 3D, Up on Maxivison48

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert says the case is closed on 3D — it can never work. He has some powerful support for his position, a letter from Walter Murch, “the most respected film editor and sound designer in the modern cinema.” Murch […]

Dorothy’s Ruby Slipper on Ebay!

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s your chance! A piece of movie magic is for sale on Ebay — one of the ruby slippers made for “The Wizard of Oz.” At least seven pair were made for the film and you can see one pair […]

Fan Posters Salute Movie Favorites

posted by Nell Minow

Movies inspire passion and I love this collection of posters designed by passionate fans. Not all were for real movies — some were for movies the artists would like to see and some were loving tweaks on favorite themes and […]

Film-making Competition for Kids and Teens!

posted by Nell Minow

“Central casting” at AdLit.org and Reading Rockets is looking for young, creative writers and filmmakers to participate in the Exquisite Prompt “Write It, Film It Video Contest” for kids ages 7-18. First, you pick a “prompt” suggested by one of […]

Outside My Kitchen Window

posted by Nell Minow

Good morning!

Comic-Con: Etc. and Misc.

posted by Nell Minow

I saw Gamer Grub, a specially designed “performance” snack for gamers that won’t leave crumbs on the keyboard or make their fingers sticky. A lot of people were walking around with dripping wounds on their faces. It turned out to […]

Tell Us Your Story — Life in a Day Project 7-24-10

posted by Nell Minow

Take your camera out on July 24 and make a movie about your life — your work, your family, your friends, your home, your passion, your fear, your inspiration, your challenges, your music, your cooking, what you think is beautiful, […]

Grease: The Singalong Version!

posted by Nell Minow
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It’s the one that you want! You probably already know the words, but it’s great to see them up on the big screen and it is really fun to sing along. For just one moment, we’re all students at Rydell […]

The United States of Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Hollywood.com salutes the 4th of July with an interactive map showing a movie set in each one of the 50 states. Enjoy!

Teacher Giveaway: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve got something very special for the first teacher to write me — directions below. At the American Library Association’s annual conference in Washington DC last weekend I attended a reception in honor of The Cat in the Hat and […]

Find the Easter Eggs in ‘Toy Story 3′

posted by Nell Minow

The crew at Pixar loves to hide references to their other films for careful repeat viewers to find. And the crew at Comingsoon.net loves to tell you where to find them. Take a look to help you discover the film’s […]

Father’s Day Gift Guide

posted by Nell Minow

After breakfast in bed and hand-made Father’s Day cards, let Dad settle back into his favorite chair with a great new DVD. My suggestions: Foyle’s War The 6th set of this superb British miniseries has just been released, with Michael […]

Best Movies of All Time: The Chart

posted by Nell Minow

This chart by David Honnorat is an astonishingly elegant display of classic movies. (Click on the link in the last sentence for a larger view.)

Wild Things Giveaway!

posted by Nell Minow

I am very excited about this week’s DVD and Blu-Ray release of “Where the Wild Things Are,” one of my top 10 films of 2009. And I am also excited about the chance to give away some “Wild Things” goodies! […]

Top 600 Movie Sites (Including Mine)

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Total Film for including me in their list of 600 film sites you might have missed! Many of my favorites are on there and some promising sites I plan to visit as well. It’s fun to read […]

Where is Santa?

posted by Nell Minow

NORAD is tracking Santa tonight as the reindeer pull his sleigh — and you can, too, via Google maps!

Let’s Say Thanks to the Troops — Free from Xerox

posted by Nell Minow

Please take moment in this holiday season to send a free card to a serviceman or woman who is away from home to let them know how grateful we are. Xerox has set up a wonderful let’s say thanks website […]

Warner Brothers Upgrades Your DVD Collection to Blu-Ray!

posted by Nell Minow

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group today launched “DVD2Blu.com,” a site that allows consumers to upgrade the movies they already own on DVD to Blu-Ray Disc. Consumers can select from over 50 of Warner Home Video’s most sought-after titles to upgrade […]

A Special Treat! Santa Buddies Giveaway!!

posted by Nell Minow

The Buddies are back! Budderball, B-Dawg, Rosebud, Buddha and Mudbud team up with Puppy Paws, the fun-loving son of Santa Paws (of course) in a rollicking holiday adventure, available November 24, 2009. It features the voice of George Wendt (“Cheers”) […]

‘Monsters Inc’ Extras

posted by Nell Minow

“Monsters Inc” is one of my favorite Pixar movies. Like “Sesame Street,” it makes monsters silly and fun, teaching children that some things we think are scary are not and that we are stronger and braver than we know. It’s […]

The Secrets of ‘Up!’

posted by Nell Minow

Look for these hidden goodies in this week’s release of the Pixar movie “Up,” the story of an amazing adventure that begins with a house lifted aloft by balloons. How many can you find? In the sequence where Carl’s house […]

Early TV on Stamps

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled with the wonderful new postage stamps saluting the early days of television. They bring back some very happy memories. I love all those old shows, especially “Burns & Allen,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and of […]

You Star in Yoostar

posted by Nell Minow

You want to be in movies? Here’s your chance! Yoostar is like movie karaoke. You remove the actors from famous scenes so you and your friends and family can take over. You can be Rocky! You can be the Blues […]

Interview: Mike Nelson of MST3000 and RiffTrax

posted by Nell Minow

Michael J. Nelson is the former host and writer of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the author of the hilarious Mike Nelson’s Movie Megacheese. His witty commentary on movies is wildly funny but also very clever […]

Zuzu from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my pal Kathy Deane for alerting me to this website from the actress who played Zuzu in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” She was the little girl who asked her dad, played by Jimmy Stewart, to fix the petals […]

DC Fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes

posted by Nell Minow

If you’re in the DC area on May 19, come to the fabulous Rock Creek restaurant in Mazza Gallerie for a “Beauty and the Beach” fund-raiser for juvenile diabetes. For $35 ($40 at the door), you will get hors d’oeuvres, […]

Star Trek Monopoly

posted by Nell Minow

Space may be the final frontier, but the newest MONOPOLY collector’s edition boldly goes where no one has gone before. Star Trek fans will get a chance to travel through the Star Trek Continuum and explore generations of Starfleet history. […]

Anita Renfroe: Mother’s Day Special

posted by Nell Minow

The wise and hilarious Anita Renfroe is making some of her books available for just $5 until May 10, so it is a great time to grab a couple for Mother’s Day. You can also buy any DVD or CD […]

Buy A Wax Celebrity!

posted by Nell Minow

Have you ever wanted to have your very own life-size wax model of Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Muhammad Ali, Abraham Lincoln, Princess Diana, or Charlton Heston as Moses? Now’s your chance! Profiles in History is going to auction off over […]

KidThing — Stories, Games, and Educational Content for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Kidthing is a safe and secure place to find games and educational content for children. Kidthing recently won The National Parenting Center’s 2009 Seal of Approval and has been selected to be the sole digital distribution partner for the National […]

Bond Villain Watches

posted by Nell Minow

For the man who has everything, or, I should say, for the man who WANTS everything, especially TWD (total world domination), Swatch has come out with a collection of watches inspired by James Bond Villains. From General Orlov to Dr. […]

Holiday Gift Guide

posted by Nell Minow

The Movie Mom’s Five Favorite Family Gifts for 2008 1. Treasury of 20 Storybook Classics The best DVD series for kids has a new collection that features some of its best productions of great stories with great illustrations and music […]

Guitar Praise — Christian Rock Spin-Off of Guitar Hero

posted by Nell Minow

Rock Band and Guitar Hero are two of the most popular video games and many parents like them because they do not involve shooting anyone or blowing things up. Instead they encourage cooperation and build an understanding of music and […]

Children’s Museum of Manhattan Celebrates ‘Elephant Tales’

posted by Nell Minow

MGM is releasing the DVD Elephant Tales, the story of two elephants and their journey to find their family, on December 9th. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is celebrating the release of the DVD starting Tuesday, December 2 with a […]

Great Books for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. WETA, Washington DC’s PBS Station, has worked with the U.S. Department of […]

Vote for Your Favorite Holiday Movie

posted by Nell Minow

New York’s Paley Center for Media is asking visitors to select their favorites from a list of classic Christmas television specials. The top five vote-getters will be screened at the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles between December […]

Wall?E’s Hidden Secrets

posted by Nell Minow

Now that Wall?E is being released on DVD and you can hit the “pause” button, here are some things to look for:

Boomerang Explains the Financial Crisis for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Do you want to find a way to help children understand and the financial crisis? (Could you use a little help understanding it yourself?) Do terms like “sub-prime” and “bailout” make your eyes glaze over? Boomerang, the brilliant audio magazine […]

Lip Dubs

posted by Nell Minow

As usual, I only find out about something after it has passed from cool and edgy to “so yesterday,” but I think lip dubs are adorable, my favorite viral video project since the complaints choirs. These are short videos made […]

Indies–Coming Soon to Your Computer

posted by Nell Minow

Dozens of films released each month never play in theaters outside of a few big cities. But Gigantic Digital is making independent films available online for a modest charge. For a ticket price of just $2.99, we’ll stream it to […]

HSM3 Music Widget!

posted by Nell Minow

Watch and listen!

‘Star Trek’ — Biggest Movie of 2009?

posted by Nell Minow

Entertainment Weekly has the latest on what could be next summer’s biggest box office smash, the rebooted “Star Trek” from J.J. Abrams (creator of Alias and Lost). After 10 often dismal movies, Star Trek had turned into a pop culture […]

Great Movie Costumes for Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

Rotten Tomatoes has some wonderful ideas for the best (and easiest) Halloween costumes inspired by movies. It includes classics like Indiana Jones and Carrie, current hits like Nurse Joker and some good ideas for friends to coordinate like Gogo Yurbari […]

Anything Can Happen Day Giveaway

posted by Nell Minow

If you’re as old as I am, you remember the Mickey Mouse Club’s “Anything Can Happen Day.” In that spirit, I’m going to have an anything-can-happen giveaway grab-bag. The first TEN people to send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with […]

Thank You

posted by Nell Minow

The two most powerful words I know are “thank you.” A simple statement of acknowledgment and gratitude transforms the person who says it as well as the person who hears it. If every one of us just added five “Thank […]

Film Ephemera

posted by Nell Minow

The AV Geeks have an amazing archive of “film ephemera,” of over 20,000 little odds and ends (mostly odds) that have been retrieved from warehouses, garbage dumps, and thrift shops. It’s like seeing our culture through the eyes of an […]

Online Audio and Video Resources

posted by Nell Minow

With not much new in theaters this week and next week, it’s a good time to investigate some of the great online resources for entertainment. I was delighted to find out that there is still a way to see Joss […]

The S.S. Minnow is Back in Shipshape

posted by Nell Minow

Anyone for a 3-hour tour? If you get on the S.S. Minnow and the other passengers are a movie star, a professor, a millionaire and his wife, not to mention Mary Ann, you might want to check to make sure […]

Contest: The First Olympics

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to have FIVE copies of this week’s DVD pick of the week, The First Olympics, one of my all-time favorites. This two-part television miniseries an outstanding family film about the first modern-day Olympics in 1896, exciting, touching, […]

Comic-Con 2008, Part 3 (Igor, On The Bubble, and Joss Whedon’s Latest)

posted by Nell Minow

I had a private interview with Chris McKenna, screenwriter of an animated release due out this fall called “Igor.” It is the story of a hunchbacked lab assistant to an evil scientist who wants to be more. Voice talent for […]

Comic-Con 2008, Part 2 (Spaced, MAD, and Lynda Barry)

posted by Nell Minow

More highlights, observations and pictures from Comic-Con 2008 Most of the presenters mentioned that their name cards had a cautionary note on the back reminding them that they should be careful about what they said because there would likely be […]

Comic-Con 2008

posted by Nell Minow

I’m getting ready for one of my favorite events of the year, Comic-Con in San Diego. It began in 1970 with a few dozen comic collectors swapping comics and stories. This year, all 125,000 passes were sold out long before […]

Dr. Horrible — This Weekend Only!

posted by Nell Minow

Until midnight tomorrow you can watch a new three-act musical from Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Firefly”) online. It is the story of Dr. Horrible (a sensational Neil Patrick Harris) and his nemesis, the very manly Captain Hammer (Nathan […]

X-Files Artifacts at the Smithsonian

posted by Nell Minow

The setting was almost too perfect. In order to get to the ceremony for the donation of X-Files artifacts and memorabilia I had to go into the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History through the “staff health center” entrance inside […]

Fonts From Your Favorite Movies and TV Shows

posted by Nell Minow

Want that “S” with the antennae from “Shrek?” Or write in letters from “Spongebob Squarepants” or “The Simpsons?” How about “The Addams Family” or “Bewitched” or “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?” Maybe the CNN logo typeface would give your office presentation […]

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