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Thanks to Jim Judy of Screenit for suggesting this terrific video essay by Jennine Lanouette on how even crooked, selfish, and powerful movie characters gain our sympathy.  I was delighted to see that she highlights one of the scenes featured in my […]

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This week, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 60th anniversary on the throne. Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her performance in The Queen. And Colin Firth won an Oscar for his performance as her father, King George V, in The […]

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My updated gallery of the greatest movie dads is now up, with some new additions including “Up” and “The King’s Speech.”  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially my own magnificent dad and to my kids’ wonderful […]

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I am thrilled to have three copies of this year’s Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, and Best Director Oscar-winner, “The King’s Speech,” to give away.   If you’d like to enter, send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “King’s Speech” […]

One of the best movies of the year makes a king look like an underdog in the true story of a man who had to literally and metaphorically find his voice, with in a very real sense the fate of […]

* Best Picture – The King’s Speech * Best Director – Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech * Best Actor – Colin Firth for The King’s Speech * Best Actress – Natalie Portman for Black Swan * Best Supporting Actor […]

Tom Hooper, nominated for Golden Globe and satellite awards as best director for his acclaimed film, “The King’s Speech,” spoke to me about what made the movie especially meaningful to him, why the MPAA’s decision to give it an R-rating […]

They were “the heir and the spare.” Bertie’s brother was the Prince of Wales, destined to be king. Bertie was the Duke of York. Their father died and the Prince of Wales became King Edward VIII. But he fell in […]

From the Hollywood Reporter with more on the controversy over giving “The King’s Speech” an R rating for a brief scene of bad language (in a vocal exercise): “Another Bad Call from the MPAA,” lamented influential Movie Mom blogger Nell […]

The ultra-violent “Saw 3D” gets an R. The ultra-explicit and disgusting “Jackass 3D” gets an R. But how does “The King’s Speech” get an R? This is an acclaimed historical drama about the King of England (Colin Firth) who has […]