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Julia — Sesame Street’s First Character with Autism

posted by Nell Minow

Sesame Street’s newest resident is Julia, a green-eyed, orange-haired character with autism. There’s already a book about Julia online. It is a wonderful way to teach children not just about autism but about how to think about the best way […]

New Report: Same Disappointing Results on Diversity on Film and in the Film Industry

posted by Nell Minow

A new study from USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism documents the vastly over-proportionate portrayals of white males on film and in filmmaking. Their review of 700 top-grossing films from 2007-2014 found: Gender. Only 30.2% of the 30,835 speaking characters […]

Wil Wheaton Talks About His Mental Illness in a Video for UROK

posted by Nell Minow

I love the way Wil Wheaton sort of plays himself on “The Big Bang Theory.” The characters interact with him as Wil Wheaton, Wesley Crusher from “Star Trek: TNG” and star of “Stand By Me” (and “Serial Apeist 2″). But […]

Trailer: No Ordinary Hero — The SuperDeafy Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Coming next month on DVD, “No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie” is the story of a deaf actor (John Maucere) who plays a deaf superhero in a campy television series. But he wants to be a real hero. A beloved […]

Infinitely Polar Bear

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language
Movie Release Date:June 19, 2015
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language
Movie Release Date: June 19, 2015

“Infinitely Polar Bear” is the term a young girl uses in this film for bipolar disorder, the mental illness that her father struggled with as he cared for his daughters.   And it lets us know that this sensitive, touching […]

Interview: Maya Forbes on “Infinitely Polar Bear”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director Maya Forbes did not just base her new film on her own childhood; she had her sister contribute to the soundtrack and cast her daughter as Amelia, the character inspired by Forbes herself. The film covers the period when […]

Smile of the Week: Wells Fargo — Learning Sign Language

posted by Nell Minow

In this ad from Wells Fargo, a couple learns sign language to welcome their new daughter.

Model With Down Syndrome in Target Ad

posted by Nell Minow

Bravo Target! An adorable 2-year-old from Minnesota named Izzy Bradley is featured in this ad for Target. She has Down Syndrome. Thanks very much to Target for understanding — and spreading the message — that all kinds of beauty are […]

23 Blast

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some teen drinking
Movie Release Date:October 24, 2014
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some teen drinking
Movie Release Date: October 24, 2014

23 Blast is the name of a football play, and “23 Blast” is based on the real story of Travis Freeman, a high school football star who lost his sight, but, with the help of a courageous coach and committed […]

After the Ice Bucket Challenge: Two Upcoming Movies About People With ALS

posted by Nell Minow

The Ice Bucket Challenge has brought a lot of money and attention to a devastating illness, ALS or Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s Disease for the the New York Yankee who had to leave baseball when he was […]

Helping Visually Impaired “See” Movies

posted by Nell Minow

“Not Much to See” explores the impact of movies on people with visual impairment.

Musical Chairs on HBO

posted by Nell Minow

Try to find time to catch the touching “Musical Chairs” on HBO this month from director Susan Seidelman (“Desperately Seeking Susan”).  EJ Bonilla, Leah Pipes, and Laverne Cox (“Orange Is The New Black”) star in this inspiring romance about a wheelchair […]

White Actors Cast In “The Gods of Egypt”

posted by Nell Minow

I’m in favor of race-blind casting except when race is a part of the story.  And that seems to be the case in a $450 million epic film called “The Gods of Egypt” that takes place in Egypt.  But instead […]

Interview: Overcoming Autism with Claire LaZebnik

posted by Nell Minow

A completely revised new edition of the indispensable book Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child’s Life comes out tomorrow. The original, published ten years ago, was written by Dr. Lynn Koegel, the nationally […]

Petition: Time for a Disabled American Girl Doll

posted by Nell Minow

I’m somewhat of a fan of the American Girl dolls and their stories. I wince at the prices and the constant up-selling, but the dolls themselves are well made and a fine counterpart to the dolls that are about nothing […]

Smile of the Week: Guinness Ad

posted by Nell Minow

Most beer commercials are about male bonding by watching sports or ogling pretty girls.  But this Guinness ad is about real men and real friendships.

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 […]

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Trailer: Miracles From Heaven
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posted 5:22:49pm Nov. 25, 2015 | read full post »

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The best part of "The Good Dinosaur" is the short film that comes before, "Sanjay's Super Team." The Pixar short films are gems but this one is really special. It is the first to feature non-white characters, the first to be based on the life ...

posted 2:30:49pm Nov. 25, 2015 | read full post »

Movie Addict Headquarters: Holiday Season Movie Releases 2015
Thanks as always to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on the Movie Addict Headquarters podcast to talk about what we're looking forward to in theatrical releases and DVDs through the end of this year. [iframe width="400" height="370" ...

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