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Smile of the Week: Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus Sing “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

posted by Nell Minow

Miley Cyrus has founded a new nonprofit called Happy Hippies “to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations.” To help get the word out and help raise money, she is inviting her […]

Smile of the Week: Soul Pancake on the Power of Accepting Compliments

posted by Nell Minow

My very wise mother always says, “If someone pays you a compliment, don’t argue or deflect it.  Just lower your eyes and say, ‘Thank you.’”  This wonderful film from the great folks at Soul Pancake shows exactly how important that […]

Smile of the Week: Tony Stark/Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Bionic Arm

posted by Nell Minow

Robert Downey Jr. and Albert Manero, a #CollectiveProject student who founded Limbitless, surprised a very special child with a new bionic 3D printed arm at no cost to the family. To learn more about Albert and the #CollectiveProject visit: Microsoft […]

Smile of the Week: Uptown Funk from Alex Boye and the Dancing Grannies

posted by Nell Minow

“Uptown Funk,” from Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, is covered in a sensational new video from longtime Mormon Tabernacle Choir member Alex Boyé and back-up performers ranging in age from 65-92.  According to the Choir’s website, Between all of his […]

Smile of the Week: Disney Shadows at the Mall

posted by Nell Minow

See what happens when Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Ana, Elsa, Olaf, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear and other Disney Characters magically surprise unsuspecting shoppers with their “Disney Side.” Smooth moves, Mickey!

Uptown Funk from A. Maceo Smith New Tech High School and Teacher Scot Pankey

posted by Nell Minow

High school teacher Scot Pankey brings the funk to the entire school in this joyous dubstep video. I love its spirit and its inclusiveness; everyone is just there to have fun. It has become a viral sensation, tweeted by Michelle […]

Smile of the Week: Pass the Salt

posted by Nell Minow

When his sons text at the dinner table, a father responds.  This film from Matthew Abeler won the Best Comedy Award at the 2014 Five16 Film Festival. In less than two minutes, it makes its point and makes us smile.

Some New Year Suggestions from Kid President

posted by Nell Minow

I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than these suggestions from Kid President. Happy 2015!

Smile of the Week: A Boy and a Penguin

posted by Nell Minow

This reminds me a little of the depiction of a child’s world in The Complete Calvin and Hobbes and Barnaby. Many thanks to Slate for this and the others on its list of the year’s best ads.

Smile of the Week: Kristen Bell and Straight No Chaser Sing Text Me Merry Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) and the a cappella group Straight No Chaser have a new Christmas song sure to be a classic: “Text Me Merry Christmas.”

Smile of the Week: Spaghetti

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: Airplane Safety Video, Hobbit-Style

posted by Nell Minow

OK Go: I Won’t Let You Down

posted by Nell Minow

No one making movies anywhere is more creative than OK Go. This is pure kaleidoscopic joy. And all it took was a few umbrellas. Some background on the making of the video here.

Smile of the Week: New York Sings “Tomorrow” from “Annie”

posted by Nell Minow

#anniemovie

Smile of the Week: The Dancing Traffic Light

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: Baby Got Class

posted by Nell Minow

A great video for Back to School from the hilarious Holderness family!

Opera Flash Mob at a London Grocery Store

posted by Nell Minow

Sacla staged an impromptu Opera in the food aisles of a London grocery store. They planted five secret opera singers who were disguised as casual shoppers and store staff amongst the groceries who broke into song bringing the foodhall to […]

Yes, Another “Happy” Video, But You Will Love This One, I Promise

posted by Nell Minow

Produced by a team of Deaf campers & staff from Deaf Film Camp 2014 at Camp Mark Seven.

Smile of the Week: Bringing Rembrandt’s Night Watch to Life

posted by Nell Minow

The Rijksmuseum museum in Holland took one Rembrandt painting from 1642, Night Watch and brought it to life the characters in a busy mall. Thanks to my mom for sending me this one!

Smile of the Week: Instructions for a Bad Day

posted by Nell Minow

A compilation of worldwide YouTube content, the crowd-sourced documentary “Life in a Day” by Kevin Macdonald, and local footage by Jon Goodgion. Audio is the spoken word poem “Instructions For a Bad Day” by Shane Koyczan.

Smile of the Week: Movies do the Neutron Dance

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin Bacon Tells You How to Give Two Gifts With One Purchase

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin Bacon’s adorable parody commercial has a lot of heart — and a great idea.   You can support local businesses and your own favorite charities.  Shift Your Shopping For Good involves hundreds of local, independent businesses, including dozens with […]

Smile of the Week: Watch This Guy Dance

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” Delights a Crowd

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: Miley Cyrus and The Roots

posted by Nell Minow

I just want the Roots to play on every song ever.

Smile of the Week: The Surprising Secret of Happiness

posted by Nell Minow

SoulPancake has performed a heartwarming experiment that proves a surprising path to happiness.  Watch it; I promise you’ll be grateful.

Smile of the Week: Giving

posted by Nell Minow

This one is a smile-through-tears of the week.  Just lovely.

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.

Smile of the Week: On the Day You Were Born

posted by Nell Minow

For more, check out Frances England’s new Blink of an Eye CD.

Smile of the Week: Indigo’s First Year

posted by Nell Minow

Photographer Sam Cornwell took one second of video a day of his new son, Indigo, and it is breathtaking to see him go from newborn to first steps.  Guaranteed heart-melter.

Smile of the Week: Japanese Contraption Plays Bach

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: A Son Dances Underwater with His Mother

posted by Nell Minow

In this lovely underwater Deep End Dance, Conor Horgan dances with his 76-year-old mother.

Smile of the Week: Her Morning Elegance

posted by Nell Minow

How did they do it?

Smile of the Week: Go El Paso Thunderbirds!

posted by Nell Minow

This is a coach — and a team — who understand the score.  Many thanks to my friend Ann Horak for sharing this touching story.

Smile of the Week: Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Sesame Street

posted by Nell Minow

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Murray discuss the word “reinforce” — to make something stronger.

A Valentine’s Day Romance Smile of the Week: Signs

posted by Nell Minow

Reminiscent of this year’s adorable Oscar-nominated short, “Paperman,” this very romantic Australian short is the story of a lonely office worker who falls for a pretty girl in the window of the building across the street.

Smile of the Week: Disney’s Oscar-Nominated “Paperman”

posted by Nell Minow

Disney’s Oscar-nominated short is one of the best movie romances of 2012.  It appeared in theaters before the feature “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The music is by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Christophe Beck and it was produced and directed by John Kahrs.

Smile of the Week: Fireflies

posted by Nell Minow

Children Tell the Nativity Story

posted by Nell Minow

This adorable film is the story of Christmas as told by the children of St Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand.

Smile of the Week: Country Song Keywords (With My Photos!)

posted by Nell Minow

Out of the blue, I was contacted by The Hang, asking if they could use some of my photos for a music video.  I was delighted to say yes, especially after I heard the song, which is very funny and […]

Smile of the Week: Katy Perry Sings With Jodi DiPiazza, Musician With Autism

posted by Nell Minow

From this weekend’s Comedy Central Night of Two Many Stars benefit for autism (Sunday at 8 Eastern), this touching duet: Her father says, “I’ve taken off the idea that there’s some limit on her.”

Smile of the Week: The Piano Guys Perform “What Makes You Beautiful”

posted by Nell Minow

The Piano Guys play New Directions’ “What Makes You Beautiful”

Smile of the Week: Matt Dances All Over the World

posted by Nell Minow

Here he explains how he got thousands of people to dance with him on camera. Thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law Lise for sharing this with me!

Smile of the Week: Marc Erlbaum’s Progress on “The Meaning of Life”

posted by Nell Minow

I was delighted to get an update from Marc Erlbaum about what has happened since our interview about his new documentary on what people think about the meaning of life.  Here’s his latest, a sweet reminder that while we sometimes […]

Smile of the Week: New “Written by a Kid” Series with Dave Foley and Joss Whedon

posted by Nell Minow

Could Joss Whedon be any more lovable?  He creates smart, provocative, and funny television shows with strong and fascinating female characters.  He directed one of the biggest movies of the year, “The Avengers.”  And now he stars as an action […]

Smile of the Week: An NPR Reporter’s Daughter Cuts Her Sister’s Hair

posted by Nell Minow

When a five year old gave her sister a haircut, their father interviewed them to get the whole story and the result is adorable.

Smile of the Week: A Live Lip-Dub Proposal

posted by Nell Minow

   

Smile of the Week: Cain’s Arcade

posted by Nell Minow

The New Yorker has a lovely piece about this short documentary about a remarkable boy who created an entire arcade with just cardboard — and imagination.

Smile of the Week: A Tribute to Moms for Olympics 2012

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my brother-in-law, Rob, a great dad, for sharing this tribute to moms.

Smile of the Week: Golden Gate Bridge Love Story

posted by Nell Minow

A kid writes to an address he sees written on the Golden Gate Bridge — and meets his future wife.    

Smile of the Week: A Stunning Performance on “Britain’s Got Talent”

posted by Nell Minow

The sweetest part is the end.

Smile of the Week: Page Turner

posted by Nell Minow

How can Kindle compete with this?

Smile of the Week: ‘Hello’

posted by Nell Minow

Lionel Ritchie’s “Hello,” performed by movie stars.  How many of these clips can you identify?

Smile of the Week: A Groom Surprises the Bride with a Justin Bieber Dance Number

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: Hallelujah Chorus from Quinhagak, Alaska

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Roger Ebert for sharing this adorable video from the 5th graders of Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat in Quinhagak, Alaska.

Smile of the Week: Father-Daughter Wedding Dance

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: One Step Forward

posted by Nell Minow

This charming and romantic little film from Ben Crawford won best film, best directing, best cinematography, best editing, and the group c audience award at the Boston 48 Hour Film Project. All films had to be made in 48 hours and have these elements: […]

Smile of the Week: ‘Sesame Street’ Does ‘Glee!’

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: The Latest ‘Muppet Movie’ Parody Trailer

posted by Nell Minow

This makes me very, very happy.  For more, check it out on Facebook.

Smile of the Week: What Inspires You?

posted by Nell Minow

Another inspiring short from Nationlight.

Smile of the Week: Fred and Judy are A Couple of Swells

posted by Nell Minow

I love this silly number from Easter Parade!

Smile of the Week: Michael Jackson Tribute from 14-Year Old Trevor Jackson

posted by Nell Minow

Smile of the Week: The Physics of ‘My Little Pony’

posted by Nell Minow

When did “My Little Pony” get so cool?  According to BNET’s Constantine von Hoffman, the new Hub series “is the new, hip thing among the geekerati.” I love this presentation from a high school student whose assignment was to examine the […]

Lady Gaga for Chrome: Smile of the Week

posted by Nell Minow

Lady Gaga loves her fans and they love her.  An ad for a browser brought tears to my eyes.  

Smile of the Week: Daniel López’s ‘El Cielo de Canarias’ (Canary Sky)

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Birthday, Lou Costello!

posted by Nell Minow

Lou Costello was born on this day in 1906. His work with Bud Abbot made them one of the most successful comedy teams of all time, and their “Who’s on First” sketch is still one of the funniest exchanges ever […]

Darth Vader Loves Volkswagen

posted by Nell Minow

I love this commercial! Thanks to my friend Sammie Young for sharing this with me.

Smile of the Week: A Flash Wedding

posted by Nell Minow

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posted by Nell Minow

I love this sly parody of the “Old Spice” commercials. Go libraries!

Smile of the Week: In My Room

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my friend Desson Thomson for recommending this touching version of the Beach Boys classic, sung by Vance Perry with his three sons.

Smile of the Week: Dancing in the Rain

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Slate’s Procrastinate Better blog for this lovely clip:

Smile of the Week: Esperanza Spaulding is ‘Overjoyed’

posted by Nell Minow

The glorious Esperanza Spaulding sings “Overjoyed” at the White House tribute to Stevie Wonder. Heaven. And here it is sung by Stevie himself. This is one of my favorite songs, ever.

Hanson is Back — The Summer Song of 2010

posted by Nell Minow

This irresistible summer confection from Hanson (yes, the MMMBop kids are grown up and married with kids of their own) is inspired by a scene from “The Blues Brothers.” Just for fun, take another look at Hanson, circa 1997. I […]

Minnesota Girls — Take That, Katy Perry!

posted by Nell Minow

An adorable response to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.”

Smile of the Week: PS 22 Sings ‘Viva La Vida’

posted by Nell Minow

A gifted teacher named Gregg Breinberg has made an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York) into an international sensation. Here they sing the Coldplay song “Viva La Vida,” and their sweet voices and […]

Smile of the Week: Professor and His Shadow

posted by Nell Minow

I love the gentle trick Biola math professor Matthew Weathers played on his class (with a little help from the University President at the end). If I can just be a movie nerd here for a moment, I’ll point out […]

Smile of the Week: Happy June!

posted by Nell Minow

From “Carousel,” the musical about a carnival barker whose love for a sweet small-town girl ends in tragedy when he tries to steal some money to take care of her. He gets a chance to come back from heaven for […]

Smile of the Week: Surf Dog

posted by Nell Minow

Another one from my mom! This is a story of a dog who could not be what his trainer wanted but was even more than she hoped.

Smile of the Week: ‘Werner Herzog’ reads Where’s Waldo?

posted by Nell Minow

The brilliant movie director Werner Herzog (“Grizzly Man,” “Encounters at the End of the World,” “Aguirre: The Wrath of God,” and of course “Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe”), here is gently spoofed by an actor for his inclination toward dark […]

Smile of the Week: Tap Dancing!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my friend Bob Elisberg for recommending this sublime video!

Smile of the Week — Video from Ocoee Middle School

posted by Nell Minow

This joyous salute to books and reading is guaranteed to cheer your day. Bravo to the teachers, the administration, the librarians, and most of all the kids at the Ocoee Middle School. Keep reading! Thanks to the wonderful Jennifer Farrington […]

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