Common Sense Media has developed Digital Compass to help tweens learn about safety, privacy, and “digital citizenship,” as they begin to go online by themselves and get their first smartphones. Designed by Common Sense for middle schoolers, this engaging game helps […]
Twenty years ago this week, when there were only a few thousand websites and not one from a corporation or publication, I decided to publish movie reviews online from a parent’s point of view. In honor of that anniversary two […]
Tonight on New York PBS station WNET, “Treasures of New York: Friars Club” will explore the rich history of the exclusive private club through never-before-seen footage of Frairs roasts and interviews with some of the club’s most prominent members. Larry […]
Reading Rainbow’s Kickstarter project has announced that its “Skybrary,” a subscription-based online library for kids, is here. Families can get access to more than 500 carefully selected books that children can read on smartphones or tablets, with new content added […]
The public interest and child advocacy groups that have charged Google and YouTube Kids with failing to meet their promise to screen videos and ensure that there is no material inappropriate for young children has come back to add new […]
Dude Perfect is the second largest sports channel on YouTube, with over 4.5 million subscribers and more than 556 million views. They are a group of five best friends (plus a panda) from Texas who love sports, comedy and living […]
It’s one thing to create a soundtrack for one story. But Tom Salta had to create one consistent theme for multiple potential storylines and outcomes for the latest version of HALO, called Spartan Strike. The game is available on Windows […]
Fandango, the nation’s leading digital destination for moviegoers with 36 million unique visitors per month, announced today the May 6 launch of “We Love Movies,” celebrating the joys of moviegoing. The summer-long program will feature celebrity events, VIP movie screenings, […]
Paul Feig (“Bridesmaids,” “Freaks and Geeks”) has a new comedy sci-fi series called “Other Space” premiering today on Yahoo. There is a fascinating article by Stephan Rodrick in the New Yorker about one of the people who played a key […]
Bob, Larry and the Veggie crew are back in five all-new, 22-minute episodes of the Netflix original series VeggieTales In the House! The brand-new episodes will be available for Netflix members to watch instantly this Friday, April 17. We are delighted to be […]
In February of this year, Google launched the YouTube Kids app, specially designed for “little thumbs” to get kids hooked on devices and videos as soon as they can hold an iPhone. They assured parents that the app was completely […]
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 […]
Wouldn’t you like to be immortalized with a song title for one of the coolest bands ever, They Might Be Giants? You have two more days to tweet titles of imaginary movies to @slategist using the hashtag #NotAMovie — the […]
Geek Dad has a great list of apps for movie lovers, including MoviePass, which gives you unlimited movie tickets for one set fee. I’d add Flixter from Rotten Tomatoes and of course my favorite, IMDB.
SPOILER ALERT If you’re watching the new season of “House of Cards,” you may wonder whether the trick now-President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) to create jobs and boost the economy has up his sleeve would be allowed in real-life politics. […]
What advice would you give your younger self? In celebration of International Women’s Day, take part in YouTube’s global #DearMe initiative to inspire and empower young girls everywhere.
Playback.fm has all the top pop songs since 1946, with a clever app that lets you check out what was #1 the day you were born or on any other special day in your life.
This new series on Netflix is inspired by the popular comic book but looks a little more like “Silver Spoons” than like the movie version with Macauley Culkin or the cartoon series. Interesting that this one-percenter fantasy, Richie made the […]
It’s a perfect combination. Rifftrax, the funniest movie commentary creators of all time, have brought their genius to “Sharknado.” And it is online for just a week. The stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 give us their thoughts on the […]
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Audible Studios is releasing a free collection of classic love poems narrated by the wonderful Richard Armitage (“The Hobbit” series). There’s nothing more romantic than love poetry, and Armitage reads exquisite works by poets […]
I’m a big fan of Mike Epps, and am excited about “That’s Racist!,” his new web series on AOL. It is a provocative look at racism and stereotypes. Are Asians bad drivers? Are Jews cheap? Do African-Americans all like fried […]
Amazon’s sexy and provocative “Mozart in the Jungle” series stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Lola Kirke, and Malcolm McDowell in a story set in the intensely competitive world of a big city orchestra. It is based on the tell-all tale by […]
Take a look at these gorgeous cinemagraphs by Tech Noir (Floris Kloet). Just watch for a moment and see how he uses the most subtle movement to create a mood. Beautifully done, and illuminating about the way we are touched […]
When I was watching one of this year’s most-admired films, “Boyhood,” there was an appreciative laugh through the audience when we got a glimpse of the computer game “Oregon Trail.” The movie was filmed over a 12-year period, and so […]
Each year, Mark Zuckerberg shares his new year’s resolution. I was a big fan of his 2014 resolution to write a thank you note every day, a practice I highly recommend to all. This year, he is inviting the world […]
Before Wild, Cheryl Strayed was the pseudonymous “Dear Sugar” advice columnist for The Rumpus. Her columns were collected in Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar. Writer Steve Almond (Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly […]
Former Slate editor David Plotz, now at Atlas Obscura, says that he is a big fan of Studs Terkel’s classic book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. He has […]
Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to giving every student in every school the opportunity to learn computer programming. They have partnered with Disney to create tutorials hosted by “Frozen’s” heroines, Anna and Elsa. Disney is also very generously contributing $100,000 […]
Jaunt promises that you can have a virtual reality experience with Sir Paul McCartney, using their app to get a 360 degree view of his performance of “Live and Let Die” at Candlestick Park, featuring immersive audio and stereo 3D. […]
Amazon Prime’s new series for families is a delight. Gortimer Gibbons: Life on Normal Street is the story of three middle school-age friends and the mysteries they investigate on Normal Street are anything but normal. It has fun and fantasy […]
Last week both cable giant HBO and broadcast giant CBS made announcements that signal the end of television as we know it. Both responded to the clear message of the market and said that they would make their content available […]
One of the most highly anticipated films of the year is Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” starring Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. An intriguing website invites fans to explore the world of the movie.
Children have more choices than ever on television, but some of the best viewing for kids is online. Common Sense Media has a great list of family-friendly YouTube stars. I’d add EvanTube to the list. Newsweek calls him The Most […]
Indiewire has a gorgeous array of Instagram feeds from Hollywood cinematographers. Be sure to talke a look so you can follow them.
James Franco has a new series on AOL Originals. He’ll be re-enacting classic movie scenes combined with other classic movie scenes.
Middle School Confidential™ 3: What’s Up with My Family? is a new IOS app, the next installment of the series for tweens and teens. The third edition continues the story of Jack, Jen, Chris, Abby, Mateo, and Michelle—a tight-knit group […]
It seems like yesterday, but it was 19 years ago this week that I first began writing reviews online as The Movie Mom®. Anyone remember Prodigy? The first appearance of my website was via the Sears-owned online service, so long […]
Many thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for including me in her anniversary special and for all the fun I’ve had on the show over the years.
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James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series of books is going to be filmed — for YouTube. Page to Premiere reports that the stories about DNA-enhanced teenagers with wings was unable to get produced for theatrical release despite the interest of several studios. An […]
Music Vault has added 13,000 new videos with concert footage to YouTube. USA Today reports: The collection holds 2,000 hours of exclusive video spanning the past 50 years and rare performances by some of the biggest names in music history, […]
Some people want to know if a movie has a good story, compelling characters, or stunning images. You can come here to read my reviews and find answers to those questions. Some people just want to know if the dog […]
If you’ve ever seen Trekkies and the sequel Trekkies 2 or William Shatner’s The Captains or the affectionate tribute to the super-fans, Galaxy Quest, you will appreciate the Kickstarter-funded new series “Star Trek Continues,” created by uber-Trekker Vic Mignogna. Here’s […]
Today, Wed, Jun 18, from 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM, you can join Chaz Ebert and Steve James, the director of the Roger Ebert documentary, “Life Itself,” in a Google Hangout. Participants can win tickets to the Los Angeles, Chicago […]
John Green, author of Fault in Our Stars, and his brother Hank have created a terrific series of videos called Nerdfighters to “increase awesome and decrease suck.” It’s a great place to hang out. DFTBA Oh, and watch John Green’s […]
British Pathé, producer of thousands of news footage going back to the days before television, has released 85,000 of them to YouTube so that everyone can access them. It’s like an online time machine, incomparable treasures of historical figures and […]
Open Culture has a great list of free movies available online, from cult rarities (Jean Genet’s only film, “A Song of Love”) to early works by top directors (Wes Anderson’s early short version of “Bottle Rocket”). One of my favorites […]
Writeyourmemoir.com has wonderful advice and support for people who want to tell their stories. I love Martha Jewett’s suggestion of using movies to jar memories. Rita’s mother was a hidden child during the Holocaust. She never talked about it. Then she fell and broke […]
A new series on Hulu blurs the lines between content and advertising in a way we haven’t seen since George Burns and Gracie Allen started talking about Carnation Evaporated Milk in the middle of their sitcom. “Farmed and Dangerous” is […]
The multi-talented Arie Kaplan (From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books)graciously took time to answer my questions about his latest projects. He wrote the story, dialogue, and in-game fiction for the new videogame PARANORMAL STATE: POISON SPRING (based on the […]
The anonymous creator of the Moviewise website was kind enough to agree to an interview about movies and the lessons they teach. How did the moviewise website get started? How long have you been doing it? I started the moviewise site in […]
Soundcloud has a free audio version of The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl<img src=”https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=nellminowthemovi&l=ur2&o=1″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” / (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Matilda”), read by the wonderful British actor Stephen Fry. Just the thing […]
Be sure to check out Google’s home page today — each Valentine’s Day candy heart has a different love story from Ira Glass and “This American Life,” which has a chocolate box of love stories on its own home page […]
When “Downwardly Mobile,” a Roseanne Barr TV pilot for NBC, didn’t get picked up, the cast created their own show, “Bitter Party of Five,” a very funny (and very adults-only) interview series where five moderately successful actors interview their much […]
I am a big fan of Slate’s podcasts, especially the Culture Gabfest, and am delighted that Dan Kois (of the excellent Book Club) is co-hosting a new one about parenting. Kois and his co-host, Alison Benedikt, lead off with their […]
Explore Middle Earth with Google Maps’ cool new interactive site.
Some of the year’s best screenplays are available for free download! If you’d like to read the scripts for “Mud,” “Rush,” “Before Midnight,” “The Armstrong Lie,” and more, check out this site.
Magic is in the air. “Now You See Me” had an all-star cast and one of the most entertaining scripts of the year. 17-yearo-old Collins Key wowed the judges on “America’s Got Talent” and how has millions of fans called […]
Thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for re-broadcasting our Monsters vs. Aliens debate in time for Halloween! I could easily have taken either side in the debate and it was a blast to argue in favor of some of my favorites.
Aware Guide is a terrific resource for “life-changing media,” with documentaries about the environment, consciousness, health and wellness, social issues, and causes, some free. It’s a very intriguing collection of films you won’t see at the multiplex.
SpiritClips, a wonderful online resources for uplifting films, is premiering “Four Chaplains,” based on a true story of extraordinary heroism and sacrifice. In 1943, four Army chaplains of different faiths banded together to save military and civilian personnel aboard the […]
You’ve DVRed the latest episode of your favorite show but haven’t watched it yet. Or you were out of town and haven’t made it to the theater to see the latest blockbuster. There are a lot of arguments on both sides […]
To mark the launch of his New album, Paul McCartney will to give his first-ever live Twitter Q&A tomorrow. NEW, his first studio album of brand new solo material in six years, will be released in the US on October […]
We’re used to measuring movie success by box office. But it’s intriguing to look at the data on social media. Before you click — which movie of 2013 so far do you think has had the most viral impact?
This beautiful animated film promoting Chipotle’s new game features Fiona Apple singing a haunting version of the “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” song, “Pure Imagination.” So, a song that once paid tribute to a candy factory is now being used […]
Issa Rae is the subversively funny mind who created the web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. She’s now working on writing an HBO series she will also star in. But she is still creating content for the web, […]
Check with your local library to see whether your library card gives you access to IndieFlix, a free service with a wide selection of indie films you can stream online or through Roku or XBox, everything from Fred Astaire in […]
Engaged Family Games is a very promising new site to provide some guidance for parents on computer/video games. I like the approach: helping families to make the most of the time they spend with games. Take a look!
The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that “educational” apps for babies do not have any documented value. This is the same group that made the charges against Baby Einstein that […]
I love “This American Life.” For 17 years, Ira Glass has been sharing our stories, funny, wrenching, scary, romantic, always engaging and illuminating. He tells Buzzfeed how he feels 500 episodes later. Definitely worth a look, especially at the list […]
New from SpiritClips: unlimited access to Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, thoughtfully selected Hollywood classics and original short films via the web and stream-to-TV devices. This is a great source for inspiring, heartwarming stories that you won’t find anywhere else. […]
I really enjoyed Jack the Giant Slayer, next week’s DVD/Blu-Ray Pick of the Week, and I am very excited to have five copies to give away. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Jack” in the subject line, and tell […]
Amazon has children’s programs and comedy pilots available for free streaming — and viewer votes will help determine what gets picked up for a series. Choices include a sharp political satire from Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau, with John Goodman as one […]
Fans are getting the special opportunity to ask Hugh Jackman questions about the highly anticipated film “The Wolverine.” Check out the Twitter pages for Hugh Jackman and The Wolverine on Thursday, May 2ndat 12:00 pm ET to see Hugh answer your questions via video! You […]
They’re back! Check out the returning soap operas One Life to Live and All My Children on Hulu today.
Nickelodeon has introduced its first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles iPad app — Rooftop Run.
Disney has a new app that lets kids create their own princess stories, even recording their own voices for the characters. It’s available on iTunes for $2.99.
Roger was very excited about his new website and invited me to be a contributor, along with my friends Odie Henderson, Jim Emerson, Michal Oleszczyk, Thomas W Shales, Omer M. Mozaffar, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. We are going forward and will try […]
Do you wish there was a movie and television version of Shazam or Soundhound, those apps that identify songs? It’s here. Amazon has X-Ray for movies and television, an app that works on its Kindle Fire series and lets you […]
In honor of the baseball season’s opening day, visit the brand-new virtual museum of baseball history, The National Pastime. It is an astonishing treasure trove, based on a collection of over 25,000 items, including equipment, contracts, photos, and artifacts. Gaze […]
The two popular soap operas cancelled by ABC in 2011 are back at last! The Online Network (available on Hulu and iTunes) will have new episodes starting on April 29. Fans should know that “All My Children” is leaping five […]
The free MovieQuoter mobile app is now available for iOS and Android devices, allowing users to search its 150,000+ movie quote database, share those quotes with their friends, and even make personalized memes using their own pictures combined with their favorite quotes. […]
Check out the exclusive Google hangout with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson February 13th at 11am PT/2 pm ET, hosted by Conan O’Brien, to debut the trailer of their new comedy “The Internship” and talk about their experiences shooting at the famed […]
Fans of “Project Runway” will be happy to hear that popular judge Nina Garcia, editor of Marie Claire and best-selling author, now has her own web series about fashion and style. “Decoding Style,” a ten-episode makeover web series available on AOL On […]
The new “House of Cards” series on Netflix starring Kevin Spacey is a remake of the brilliant original series from the BBC about a diabolical and ruthlessly ambitious politician. Both are worth watching.
Notre Dame football player Manti T’eo says that he was the victim of a heartless hoax. He thought he had a girlfriend who died of cancer. But no such person existed. Although he told people he had seen and spoken […]
Pixar has created a wonderfully entertaining new website for “Monsters University,” its upcoming prequel to “Monsters, Inc.” It’s set up just like a real university website, with information about how to apply and a “student-produced” recruitment video.
Starting tomorrow, Acorn TV, the first British TV streaming service in North America, will offer the first two series of Helen Mirren’s iconic, Emmy-winning role as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect. Series 1 guest stars also include Tom Wilkinson and […]
Television has parental guidance ratings that go from TV-Y (all audiences) to TV-MA (mature audiences). Movies have the MPAA rating system, from G to NC-17. The recording industry has a parental advisory label. Games are rated EC (early childhood) to […]
Spooky Cool Labs and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that The Wizard of Oz game for Facebook has launched to the public. Based on the beloved film, the game sets players on the adventure of a lifetime as they join the Wizard […]
I am so happy that Google is paying tribute to one of my favorite artists, Winsor McCay, creator of Little Nemo in Slumberland and Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend. McCay also invented animation. He was the one who figured out […]
Thanks to Slate film critic Dana Stevens for recommending Hairpin’s Hollywood Scandals series on the indispensable Slate Culture Gabfest, one of my favorite podcasts. The scandals seem juicy and glamorous (because they involved movie stars and happened a long time […]
Makers is an “historic video initiative features exclusive access to trailblazing women – both known and unknown.” In other words, it is a website with a fascinating series of peeks into the lives of extraordinary women, from groundbreakers like Justice […]
The Motion Picture Association has a fabulous new website called The Credits with trailers, features, and background information about movies and the people who make them. You can watch an interview with “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and The Up Series director Michael […]
The Internet Archive has assembled a comprehensive resources on 9/11 and the way the terrorist attacks were covered by the media. It will be an essential resource for students and scholars who want to understand the way the events unfolded […]
Be sure to check out Google’s adorable tribute today to the original Star Trek. Entertainment Weekly spoke to Ryan Germick, who headed up this particular Google Doodle, about Star Trek’s pop-culture significance. “We often talk at Google about how awesome it […]
Best-selling author Scott Turow is best known for legal thrillers like Presumed Innocent, which was made into a movie starring Harrison Ford. His latest project is a three-part story called “Rochelle,” starring Rosanna Arquette as a divorceé who hires a […]
Families should be sure to check out the Scholastic News Service coverage of the conventions, with children reporting on the news. They’re doing a terrific job, smart, straightforward, and informative.
CinemaBlend reports that the Internet Archive has 1.3 million movies available for free viewing, with more to come! [T]he introduction of the massive Internet Archive might change how you view (and collect) movies. The video vault, according to a counter […]
Parents of children with attention deficit issues like distractibility often note that their children can become utterly absorbed in a computer game even though they have trouble maintaining focus in other environments. According to the Child Mind Institute’s Caroline Miller: […]
We warn our children not to talk to strangers, but how do we protect them when there are online resources set up specifically for them to make new friends? Forbes has a thoughtful piece about Club Penguin, a social networking […]
The Federal Trade Commission is proposing new rules to better protect kids online, closing loopholes that still permit companies to gather personal information about kids despite a 1998 law that was supposed to prevent it. According to the Wall Street […]
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, […]
One of my all-time favorite television shows for children was the PBS series “Reading Rainbow,” with LeVar Burton and a bunch of kids talking about the books they loved. It’s back, now as an app that encourages kids to read […]
Writer/director/actor Kevin Smith (“Clerks,” “Life Free or Die Hard”) has a new web series about movie on Hulu called “Spoilers.” He brings a group to a new movie and they discuss it, and he also interviews guests and does some […]
Fandor, the terrific new site for watching “essential films instantly” has a great primer on horror by Dennis Harvey, which reminded me of the superb exhibit on the history of horror film I saw at the EMP Museum in Seattle earlier this […]
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) was first known for its conferences, attracting extraordinary speakers who told the people lucky enough to be in the room amazing, thrilling, and inspiring stories about the latest discoveries in science and the arts. When those […]
Paper dolls are so five decades ago. Fans of the upcoming “Mirror, Mirror” Snow White movie can play dress-up with the plucky princess on a new app that features Snow White’s wardrobe from the film including her swan dress from […]
I am very pleased that the Federal Trade Commission has voted unanimously to approve a program I supported to increase the protection of children and teens online. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires operators of websites and online […]
Remember the class television series “Davy and Goliath?” The stop-motion animation children’s show about the little boy and the dog who spoke to him was owned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and produced by Art and Ruth Clokey […]
The line between gaming, internet, and television is dissolving fast. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer opened the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week with a big announcement: News Corp. content from Twentieth Century Fox Films, Fox Television, Fox News and […]
“Act of Valor” is a new action movie starring real-life Navy Seals, scheduled for release on February 24. The people behind the film have set up a site on YouTube so people can submit videos showing their appreciation for our […]
Pauly Shore has partnered with Youtoo TV, the new Social TV network to invite anyone to submit a 30-second video. Pauly will pick one of these “Peoplemercials,” to air on the national cable network just like a normal TV commercial? […]
Take a look at Google’s “rewind” list of most frequent searches for 2011, a bittersweet reminder of what we were thinking about and sharing this year. The list includes: Most-viewed YouTube videos globally (excluding videos from major music labels) (playlist) Rebecca […]
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
Check out the wonderful Jonsi soundtrack for one of this season’s best family movies, Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo” with Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson.
The season finale of America’s Next Top Model All Stars is tomorrow night. Who will she be? The contestants have faced complicated catwalks and ambitious fashion photo shoots. They’ve been asked to carefully craft their public personas, all under 24-hour-a-day […]
How families use media and what it means for kids’ health and well-being is the subject of Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America, the first study by Common Sense Media’s new Program for the Study of Children and […]
You can watch Coldplay perform live today on YouTube at 1:00 Eastern/4:00 Pacific! If you miss it, try later as it will replay all day.
Today’s Google Doodle salutes the wonderful Disney artist, Mary Blair. My favorite moment in the documentary Walt & El Grupo, about a trip to South America that Walt Disney and his colleagues took just before America entered WWII, is when […]
The New York Times and YouTube have created a site for people to share their memories of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and how it has affected our families and the world. The PBS NewsHour is also collecting […]
Common Sense Media has prepared a free cyber-bullying toolkit for educators with materials designed to show students how to stand up when they see digital harassment happening and to help create a positive school culture where kids can thrive – both online […]
Hulu has another new original series, “A Day in the Life.” Documentarian Morgan Spurlock (“Supersize Me,” “Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”) is spending time with fascinating people and showing us what one day looks like. Want to […]
The Movie Clips website is not a place to visit if there is someplace you have to be. It is, however, a fabulous resource for watching favorite clips and discovering new ones. It’s a genius idea. They have actual human beings […]
Before Star Wars: The Complete Saga goes on sale on September 16, fans can get a sneak peek right now at the 40+ hours of bonus footage on the Blu-ray collection through the Star Wars Blu-ray: Early Access App. The App, available for all […]
Atlantic Wire has a good post on the impact of Facebook on the brains of the teenagers who use it, based on a presentation to the American Psychological Association by psychologist Larry D. Rosen’s called “Poke Me: How Social Networks Can Both […]
Christian Movie Connect is a new weekly video podcast hosted and produced by faith-based film producer and media personality Cheryl Ariaz Wicker. It premieres today with the kickoff show featuring actor John Schneider, talking about his role on the upcoming […]
I had a blast at the Archie Comic panel. Everyone there was a nice and friendly and enthusiastic as you would hope to find in the idyllic environs of Riverdale. But there is very big news. In its own nice […]
This enigmatic new web series on Hulu raises questions of fate, temptation, sacrifice, and God. What would you do to get what you want? What would you give up? Who would you be if you did? This episode is called, […]
ABC is going to license its cancelled soap operas, “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” to continue on the web! Prospect Park, co-founded by a former Disney executive, will continue both shows and promises the same length and […]
As more original content is being created for the web, deaf and hard of hearing audiences are urging producers to include closed captions. The Washington Post reports: Last year, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video […]
A California law that would prevent the sale of violent video games to children has been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 2005 California law has never been enforced because it was found unconstitutional in the lower court as […]
Common Sense Media has a great list of the best apps to encourage young readers. This is a wonderful way to introduce children to the pleasures of books. I was especially taken with Icarus Swinebuckle. Parents can read aloud, with […]
Do you want to appear in the trailer for “Bridesmaids?” Upload photos of you and your friends or celebrities from your computer or Facebook to make your own version of the “Bridesmaids” trailer and see what you’d look like getting […]
The Library of Congress has a new online “jukebox” with more than 10,000 historic recordings made before 1925. “Much of it hasn’t been widely available since World War I,” notes the Washington Post. “Call it America’s iTunes.” The Library hopes […]
Of the 20 million minors who actively used Facebook in the past year, 7.5 million of them were younger than 13, according to projections from Consumer Reports’ latest State of the Net survey. Facebook’s terms of service require users to […]
I’m honored to be one of the expert contributors at Cafe Moms’ celebration of Raising Healthy Boys Month. Go over there to take a look and participate in the conversations about snips, snails, and puppy dog tails and the wonderful […]
Would-be tween pop star Rebecca Black is having a good news/bad news situation. The good news: her song “Friday” is one of the internet’s most widely distributed and watched videos. She has become an instant celebrity. The bad news: that’s […]
I’m really looking forward to “Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil,” opening on April 29. I loved the original Hoodwinked for its very clever four-part intersecting narrative from the point of view of the characters and for its excellent visuals and […]
Non-gamers tend to think of computer and video games as involving either shooting various targets, chasing some sort of prize, or some kind of dungeons and dragons role-playing. And Roger Ebert, perhaps with this idea in mind, has said that […]
“Bar Karma” is a new series on Current TV set in “a place at the edge of the universe, a venue that’s behind time and before space, a watering hole where the tab you run up may never be paid […]
The hottest game around is partnering with the new animated film “RIO” for a Super Bowl ad that unlocks a secret to the game — and possibly a trip to Brazil! “RIO” is a 3D comedy-adventure, from the “Ice Age” […]
If you’ve always wanted to create a world out of Legos, here is your chance! Lego has released a massively mulitplayer online game that makes you the hero as you work with thousands of others to extinguish chaos and save […]
This Halloween classic is temporarily available on Hulu. Happy Halloween!
Go back in time with a sumptuous new 25th anniversary Blu-ray or DVD of the “Back to the Future” trilogy. Even Doc Brown could not have imagined that a quarter-century after Marty McFly got to meet his parents as teenagers […]
I can’t remember the last time I went a whole day without consulting the Internet Movie Database. Everything you want to know about a movie’s credits is there and I enjoy the user comments about the films as much as […]
My friend Dan Kois has created social media for the students at Hogwarts for New York Magazine’s Vulture blog and it is one of my favorite kinds of funny — not snarky but imbued with a deep knowledge of and […]
I love the idea of “offlining,” asking families to take a pledge of device-free time to focus on real-life communication. More than 10,000 people have signed their pledge to have at least 10 device-free dinners between now and Thanksgiving. I […]
Every family should share these ten moments of courage, dedication, awakening, and inspiration. Thanks to Mashable for putting this together.
Belated but heartfelt thanks to Jinni for including me in the list of the top 60 movie blogs. I’m honored. The other 59 are well worth checking out, too.
I’ve been hoping someone would do this — Moviefone has found 30 references to games, music, and pop culture in “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.” Any that they missed?
An article in the Washington Post about the popularity of online games like Farmville, Mafia Wars, Sorority Life and updated versions of classic board and word games like Scrabble has a provocative assertion: “Whereas the 19th century will be remembered […]
“The Other Guys,” starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, opens in theaters August 6th, and the film will make its World Premiere in New York City on August 2nd. But, in keeping with its “other” theme, the movie will have […]
If you or your children are of a certain age, you will remember the computer game King’s Quest. I’m delighted that Phoenix Online Studios, the group behind the King’s Quest fan game The Silver Lining, has reached an agreement with […]
Just in time for summer vacation, Front Row Fun has a free download of more than three hours of selections from children’s programming including Sid the Science Kid, Pocoyo, Hopla, Hermie and Friends, Hurray for Huckle, WordWorld, Will & Dewitt, […]
Be sure to check out Beliefnet’s channel on Hulu. Highlights include “The End of the Spear,” based on the true story of the widows of missionaries killed by one of the most brutal tribes in the world, who chose forgiveness, […]
Are you a “Glee” fan? Do you like to sing? Smule has an app that will let you submit your versions of “Glee” songs. You can create and share songs with friends or sing with the Glee cast. They will […]
Can it be that YouTube is only five years old? It began in May of 2005 and was bought by Google for $1.6 billion just over a year later. Now it has twice as many viewers every day as all […]
Ever watch a movie and think you could write a better one? Here’s your chance, without having to invest in pricey screenwriting software. Plotbot is a nifty web-based interface that walks you through the mechanics of screenwriting, handles all of […]
Facebook has made some new changes that make your information much more vulnerable to public display. Please take a few moments to watch this video from Connect Safely and share it with your middle and high school children to make […]
The greatest investor in history is Warren Buffett, the only man ever to become a billionaire only through investing. He is giving the vast majority of his fortune to charity through the Gates Foundation. Mr. Buffett’s investment advice has produced […]
Disney’s online role-playing game Pixie Hollow is based on its DVD series about Tinker Bell and her friends. It gives children a chance to select a (female) fairy avatar and interact with other fairies. Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams reports that […]
Is there a First Amendment right to sell violent video games to children and teenagers? The California legislature said no. They enacted a law imposing a fine of up to $1000 on retailers who sell violent games to anyone under […]
I am proud to be a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which give out the Critics Choice awards each January, often the best predictors of the Oscars. And I am delighted to be a part of the organization’s […]
Some of the stars of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” are on Twitter, and The Examiner has published a helpful list to let you follow all their tweets.
Mickey Mouse is my favorite animated character. Part of the reason is historic — he starred in the first movie to feature a synchronized soundtrack, “Steamboat Willie.” And he was the first character and later the emblem for what would […]
Can you review a movie in 140 characters? TwitCritics thinks you can. This site assembles tweets about current releases and distills them into a rating. You can follow them by RSS feed, on Facebook, or, of course, on Twitter. The […]
You know the old saying “No matter where I serve my guests, they seem to like my kitchen best?” Well, that’s what I think of when I watch Irene and her new cooking show, Irene Cooking With the Stars. She […]
YouTube has a fascinating new section with top reporters explaining how they get, organize, verify, and tell their stories. Katie Couric explains how to conduct an interview. Bob Woodward talks about investigative journalism. NPR’s Scott Simon talks about how to […]
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 […]
Many thanks to Only Good Movies for listing my site as one of the 100 top places on the Web for information and insight about the movies!
You’ve heard of educational software that teaches you something but this is educational software that teaches scientists something. Foldit is a Tetris-like game that is easy to understand but a challenge to master. That’s what makes it fun. What makes […]
Telltale, Inc. and Aardman Animations have announced that Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, the new comedy game series based on the claymation duo, will premiere for PC on March 24. The series’ Xbox LIVE® Arcade debut will follow soon. In […]
Social network sites risk infantilizing the mid-21st century mind, leaving it characterized by short attention spans, sensationalism, inability to empathize and a shaky sense of identity, according to a leading neuroscientist. The UK paper The Guardian reports that Lady Greenfield, […]
The Jewish Partisan Educational Foundation has put together free resources for teachers who want their students to learn about the resistance fighters who opposed the Nazis. Their website includes a place to ask real-life partisans like the Bielski brothers featured […]
Celebrate the inauguration of the nation’s 44th president with the help of the fabulously rich and engaging resources of Our White House. The non-profit, non-partisan National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance has created a free online presidential inauguration activity guide […]
Thanks so much to my dear friend Lilah Lohr for showing me Andy Ihnatko’s wonderful blog Celestial Waste of Bandwidth and especially his Amazon Advent Calendar. I love his tribute to the classic musical “The Band Wagon,” which he bravely […]
Be sure to check out Speekaboos — storybook recordings featuring Kevin Bacon, Kelly Ripa, Marcia Gay Harden, Minnie Driver, Clay Aiken, Bob Saget, Fran Drescher, Tom Arnold, Chazz Palminteri, Harry Shearer, Nick Cannon and many others reading stories for children. […]
One of my very favorite movie critics is writer/speaker Desson Thomson, whose wonderful new website has an archive of reviews, blog posts, clips from his NPR commentaries, and contact information for groups who’d like to have him do a presentation […]
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 […]
Parents often fear that their kids are wasting their time clicking around the web. But a new study on teen use of online media commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation found that “America’s youth are developing important social and technical skills […]
Be sure to take a look at the excellent Ten Tips for Parenting the Facebook Generation from Beliefnet’s Hesham Hassaballa. Technology has made the risks and humiliations and cliquishness of the early teen years exponentially more treacherous, and these guidelines […]
Thanks very much to blogs.com for asking me for my list of the best blogs about children’s entertainment. Please check them out, especially Elizabeth’s Children’s Books Blog, Kids Music that Rocks, Zooglobble (where I found this adorable clip), and, for […]
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 […]
The Washington Post has a great photo of my friend Ally Burguieres playing video games with her mother and sister. The article says: Women and girls make up 40 percent of the gamer population, according to the Entertainment Software Association, […]
Spore is not just one of the most highly anticipated computer games of the year. It is one of the most highly anticipated works of art and entertainment in any category. Think I’m exaggerating? Sales last year were $9.5 billion. […]
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 […]
I think one reason I became a critic is that I am fascinated by mistakes. I don’t mind seeing bad movies (most of the time) because I like to think about what it is that makes them so bad. And […]
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 […]
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 — […]
Maybe it’s just too much exposure to commercials for Bridezilla, a sort of WWE with smackdowns between maniacal brides and their wedding planners, families, and bridesmaids, but I was horrified to read a press release today from MyKidsRegistry.com, a new […]