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Today in Movie Culture: Imagining Michael Shannon as Cable, Deadpool Sings His Version of "Gaston" and More
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:00:00 +0000   
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Casting Rendering of the Day: With Michael Shannon the frontrunner to play Cable in Deadpool 2, BossLogic shows us what that might look like (via Whipped up a Michael Shannon version of #cable for @ComicBook I'm happy with the short-list bring on the announcement :D @robertliefeld — BossLogic (@Bosslogic) March 23, 2017   Movie Parody of the Day: Deadpool and friends do their own version of "Gaston" from Beauty and the Beast in this well-done musical spoof (via Geek Tyrant):   Cast Reunion of the Day: See how well everyone from Love, Actually has aged in this TV spot for the short...
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The Han Solo Movie May Reveal He's Not Actually Han Solo
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:30:00 +0000   
Han Solo is one of the best character names ever created. It's distinctive. It evokes the character's selfish side. And it's simple enough that even a three year old can say it right. It is a universally cool name. But apparently it may not actually be Han Solo's real name. Disney CEO Bob Iger, who just today renewed his contract to stay on with the company for one more year, revealed a few tiny details about the young Han Solo movie in the works. It's mostly stuff that's to be expected, but his last talking point is raising all kinds of eyebrows. According to Iger, the movie will show us: - Han Solo from age 18 to 24 - Getting the Millennium Falcon - Meeting Chewbacca - How he got his name That last one is a direct quote from Iger. "You...
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Watch: Frances McDormand is Fed Up and Foul-Mouthed In Fantastic 'Three Billboards' Trailer
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:00:00 +0000   
If you want to see Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand kick teens in the crotch and swear up a storm, then Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri looks like the movie for you. The new movie from Oscar-winning writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) dropped its first trailer, and it's the Red Band kind. Actually, it's hard to imagine how they'd even cut a Green Band trailer for this extremely profane movie. Take a @#%*&$# look:   When it comes out: TBD, but sometime this year Who is in it: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes, Abbie Cornish What it is about: McDormand plays a woman infuriated by the fact that the local police haven't found her...
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'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Is Alive In The First Trailer For The New Series
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:30:00 +0000   
Anyone can make fun of a bad movie. It's not exactly hard to point out awful special effects or amateur actors struggling with a goofy script. It takes a very, very special skill to make fun of a bad movie in a way that is loving, respectful and hilarious all at the same time. This was Mystery Science Theater 3000's gift. It was a show that wasn't about beating up terrible old movies, it was about actively engaging with them, about pointing out what's going wrong in order to understand what made them - and their observers - tick. It was also about silly robots, puppets, cardboard special effects, and delightfully absurd characters and situations. And now they're all coming back! The original run of the beloved series lasted 197 episodes over the course of...
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Michael Pena Has One Question For LaVar Ball (VIDEO)
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:18:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_yjtzqmqf"]] Movie star and UCLA basketball fan Michael Pena has a question for LaVar Ball ... and he's using TMZ Sports to ask. Pena was out in NYC promoting his new movie, "CHiPs," when we talked to him about the NCAA tourney, and…


'Justice League' Teases Its Coming Trailer With New Aquaman Footage and a Poster
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:00:00 +0000   
Update: Batman's clip is now online as well. Check it out below. There's a lot riding on Justice League. For fans, it's the first time we're ever seeing Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and Superman (in some form) together on the big screen. For Zack Snyder, it could possibly be the final film he directs in the DC Comics Extended Universe. And for Warner Bros., it's obviously a massive investment the success of which, critically and commercially, will determine the entire future of the DCEU. So, yeah, Justice League is kind of a big deal, and everyone involved knows it. That's why they've been incredibly active trying to keep fans engaged, offering them tidbits every few weeks to keep the hype train on its tracks. But now they've...
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Spider-Man Regulars Silver Sable and Black Cat to Star in Their Own Movie
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:30:00 +0000   
#SpiderMan spinoff: Thor writer is working on a Silver Sable/Black Cat movie (exclusive) — Heat Vision (@HeatVisionBlog) March 22, 2017 Last week we heard that a release date had been set by Sony for Venom, a movie built around the villainous character and occasional antihero. It was made clear that Venom will be completely separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and that the movie is expected to kick off its own franchise. Now it appears Sony is not just planning an individual franchise, but an entirely new superhero universe. The studio is developing a project revolving around Silver Sable and Black Cat, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Christopher Yost is writing a new script; Lisa Joy (HBO's Westworld...
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Movie News: Brie Larson Will Be Amazon's President; Ian McKellen to Play Gandalf Again
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0000   
Victoria Woodhull: Brie Larson (Kong: Skull Island, above) will star as the titular character in Victoria Woodhull. It's the true story of the first woman to run for U.S. President back in 1872; she was described as "a women’s liberator, non-conformist, conniver, narcissist, politician, and rebel." Amazon Studios just acquired the project, which will be written by Ben Kopit; Larson will also serve as a producer. [Deadline]   Ian McKellen: After portraying Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as The Hobbit trilogy (The Battle of the Five Armies, above), Ian McKellen will play the role once again, only this time on stage in London. Shakespeare, Tolkien, Others & You is a one-man show in which McKellen will act out moments from his...
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Becky G Says Gay Power Ranger Is No Big Deal (VIDEO)
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:30:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_pwj1475x"]] Becky G doesn't understand all the fuss about playing a gay Power Ranger, but she has a problem with playing the first gay one in 2017. Becky plays Yellow Ranger Trini who deals with "girlfriend problems" in the new…


Yuengling Moves to Own Harry Potter's Butterbeer ... for Ice Cream! (VIDEO)
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:05:00 +0000   
Yuengling is using Harry Potter's famed butterbeer for its ice cream ... but it took a legal shortcut that could backfire in a huge way. Yuengling's rolled out its new "butterbeer" flavor this week ... even though it never secured the legal right to…


Today in Movie Culture: 'Rogue One' Compared to 'Star Wars,' a Perfect 'Logan' Post-Credits Scene and More
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:00:00 +0000   
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Movie Comparison of the Day: See how similar Rogue One is to the first Star Wars in this side-by-side shot comparison by Zackery Ramos-Taylor:   Alternate Ending of the Day: If Logan had a post-credits sequence, it could have been like this excellent fan-made stinger starring Deadpool and our wishes for a crossover between him and Wolverine:   Fan Theory of the Day: Speaking of Logan, MatPat offers a theory on why Wolverine is really dying in the movie in the latest edition of Film Theory:   Movie Trivia of the Day: With T2: Trainspotting now in theaters, check out some trivia about the original movie from...
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Superhero Buzz: Michael Shannon Could Be Cable in 'Deadpool 2,' 'Wonder Woman' is Rated PG-13
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:00:00 +0000   
One doozy of a casting rumor just hit the newswire this afternoon. That and the latest from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Wonder Woman below!   Deadpool 2 May Have Its Cable The casting news we've been waiting for is almost here, as Michael Shannon has been revealed by The Hollywood Reporter to be the current frontrunner for the part of Cable, mutant from the future, in Deadpool 2. Shannon has experience with superpowers, having played the villain General Zod in Man of Steel, but this time he'd be closer to a hero role as the guy who goes on to lead X-Force. That means a multi-movie deal if he signs. Meanwhile, there's also a rumor going around that Brad Pitt could be up for the same character in the sequel, and THR...
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Watch: The Rock and Zac Efron Go Deep Undercover in New 'Baywatch' Trailer
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:00:00 +0000   
Just in time to play before this year's other buddy cop comedy based on an old dramatic TV series, Chips, here comes a new trailer for Baywatch. Is this thing so hot you're going to need to wear sunscreen in the theater, or will it be a miserable over-cast day at the beach, joining the large pile of disappointing TV show adaptations? Watch the new spot and then see what everyone's saying about it down below.   When it comes out: May 26 Who is in it: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, Priyanka Chopra, Ilfenesh Hadera, Rob Huebel What it's about: Based on the iconic show from the '90s about Los Angeles lifeguards, the movie version is, of course, bigger and more action packed. Johnson is the...
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'Harry Potter' Actor Reunited With Dog After Near-Fatal Car Crash (VIDEO)
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:37:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_a34zpzjs"]] 'Harry Potter' actor Jim Tavaré is slowly recovering from the car accident that sent him to ICU for 2 weeks, and this week he got a dose of love from his pooch. For the first time since the accident, Jim was…


Hilary Duff Busts Out the Talking Points for Becky G's Gay Character in 'Power Rangers' (VIDEO)
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_cgvg0jgo"]] Hilary Duff thinks it's great there's a gay character in the new "Power Rangers" movie ... but when asked to elaborate on its meaning, she resorted to talking points. We got Hilary on Melrose Ave. Tuesday, and she…


4. Get Out - $13.44M
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:00 +0000   
A young African-American photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) is nervous at the thought of meeting his white girlfriend's parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) for the first time during a trip to the latter's country estate. However, his anxiety soon turns into outright terror when he discovers that the family's seemingly idyllic community is hiding a sinister conspiracy, one that involves the disappearance of several black people in the area. Jordan Peele, one half of the comedic duo Key & Peele, makes his directorial debut with this horror thriller. Allison Williams, LaKeith Stanfield, and Caleb Landry Jones co-star. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi
5. The Shack - $6.01M
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:00 +0000   
After a loving father (Sam Worthington) endures a family tragedy that rocks him to his core, he receives a mysterious invitation to "The Shack," a decrepit shelter where an unimaginable horror once took place. But, much to his surprise, his visit prompts a divine intervention from a series of strangers (Octavia Spencer, Graham Greene, Avraham Aviv Alush, and Sumire Matsubara), and the group soon lead him on a theological inquiry in the hope of getting him unstuck from his grief by reminding him of the all-encompassing love of God. Based on the best-selling allegorical novel by William Paul Young. ~ Violet LeVoit, Rovi
7. The Belko Experiment - $4.14M
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:00 +0000   
The 80 employees at a Bogotá, Colombia, company called the Belko Corporation are horrified when they are suddenly locked in their office building and ordered to kill each other -- or else face death themselves. Soon, the staff are torn between those willing to give in to their baser instincts, and those arguing that they should stand firm against their captors. John Gallagher Jr., Adria Arjona, Sean Gunn, Tony Goldwyn, and John C. McGinley star in this horror thriller directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek). ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi
6. The LEGO Batman Movie - $4.6M
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:00 +0000   
Batman (voice of Will Arnett) defends Gotham City from criminals and supervillains while bonding with a young orphan (Michael Cera) he accidentally adopted -- who, of course, eventually becomes his sidekick Robin. This spin-off of Michael Cera also features the voices of Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Zach Galifianakis as the Joker, and Ralph Fiennes as Batman's loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth. Directed by Chris McKay (Chris McKay). ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
9. John Wick: Chapter 2 - $1.18M
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:00 +0000   
Legendary hitman John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is once again called out of retirement, this time by a former colleague (Riccardo Scamarcio) who wants him to repay a debt by killing an Italian crime lord (Claudia Gerini). But when the attempted assassination goes awry, Wick finds himself hunted by an international cabal of killers, and his only hope for survival might be a shadowy figure known as the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne). Director Chad Stahelski and screenwriter Derek Kolstad return for this sequel to their 2014 cult action hit. Ian McShane, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo, Common, Lance Reddick, and Bridget Moynahan co-star. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
10. Before I Fall - $0.99M
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:00 +0000   
A popular, selfish high schooler (Zoey Deutch) keeps reliving the same day over and over again, which ends with her and her friends getting into a fatal car accident. In time, she must learn how to prevent the accident while becoming a better, kinder person to those around her. Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris, and Jennifer Beals co-star. Directed by Ry Russo-Young, this drama was based on the YA novel of the same name by Lauren Oliver. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi
3. Logan - $17.82M
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:00 +0000   
In a hideout near the U.S./Mexico border, an aging Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for the ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart). However, their sheltered existence comes to a sudden end when a young mutant girl (Dafne Keen) arrives and needs their help to stay safe. James Mangold directed this film, the third Wolverine-based spin-off of the X-Men franchise. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
2. Kong: Skull Island - $27.83M
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:00 +0000   
A secret government organization mounts an expedition to Skull Island, an uncharted territory in the Pacific. Led by an explorer (John Goodman) and a lieutenant colonel (Samuel L. Jackson), the group recruit a disillusioned soldier (Tom Hiddleston) and a photojournalist (Brie Larson) to investigate the island's peculiar seismic activity. But once there, they discover that Skull Island is home to a gigantic ape called King Kong, and find themselves caught up in an ongoing war between the beast and the area's indigenous predators. Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed this reboot of the classic monster franchise. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
1. Beauty and the Beast - $174.75M
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:00 +0000   
Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) directed this live-action retelling of the Disney animated classic from 1991. As before, this fairy tale centers on a young woman named Belle (Emma Watson), who is forced to live in an enchanted castle with a prince who is cursed to look like a hideous Beast (Dan Stevens). In time, the pair fall in love as Belle learns to see the good man hiding behind the Beast's monstrous exterior. The film co-stars Luke Evans as Gaston, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ian McKellen as Cosgworth, Kevin Kline as Belle's father, and Josh Gad as Gaston's sidekick LeFou. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi

8. Hidden Figures - $1.48M
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:00:00 +0000   
Three female African-American mathematicians (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia L. Spencer, and Janelle Monae) provide crucial calculations for NASA's space race against the Soviets, all while dealing with the racist and sexist assumptions of their white co-workers. Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, and Jim Parsons co-star in this adaptation of the book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. Directed by Theodore Melfi. ~ Jack Rodgers, Rovi
Robert 'Freddy Krueger' Englund Says 'Get Out' Not Best Recent Horror Flick (VIDEO)
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 07:40:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_cqtxf4d1"]] Robert Englund has a tip for all you horror fans who loved the movie "Get Out" ... and it involves a western. We got Mr. Freddy Krueger at LAX and he gave Jordan Peele major props for his blockbuster horror flick,…


'Apocalypto' Star Rudy Youngblood Arrested for Disorderly Drunkenness in Miami Casino (MUG SHOT)
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:20:00 +0000   
Rudy Youngblood -- best known for playing Jaguar Paw in "Apocalypto" -- was arrested for being drunk and obnoxious in a Miami casino. According to the police report ... the actor reeked of alcohol and was slurring when cops responded to a call from…


Atreyu from 'NeverEnding Story' Deep in Debt Over Decades Old Horse Injury (VIDEO + PHOTO)
Sat, 18 Mar 2017 07:20:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_dg09d1io"]] Noah Hathaway, who played Atreyu in the 'NeverEnding Story' films, is still plagued by a spinal injury from film rehearsals over 30 years ago that cost him nearly $1 million in surgeries. Noah's been in and out of hospitals…


Jonathan Lipnicki Says Talking About Childhood Bullying is Liberating (VIDEO)
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_yzsz1yga"]] Jonathan Lipnicki just hit 2 big milestones -- starring in more movies as an adult than as a kid ... and being honest about his childhood demons. We got the former child star -- who became famous as a kid star…


Pierce Brosnan Says Conor's Gonna KO Floyd ... Irish Pride, Baby!! (VIDEO)
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:30:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_cii2f0fz"]] Pierce Brosnan is ALL ABOUT the Fighting Irish on St. Paddy's Day ... telling TMZ Sports his fellow countryman, Conor McGregor, will DESTROY Floyd Mayweather if they actually square up.


Adrien Brody Says Trump Targeting the Arts is a Shame (VIDEO)
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:20:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_c65tlbmd"]] Adrien Brody is sick over President Trump's proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. We got the actor at LAX Thursday, where he broke his usual silence by telling our photog funding the arts is…


Eddie Murphy Really Is Working On 'Coming to America' Sequel (VIDEO)
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:02:00 +0000   
If Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America 2" tweet was the smoke, then here's the fire -- there IS a plan to shoot a sequel! Sources close to Eddie tell us he's in the early writing stages of the project. No word yet on which original cast members would…


Elizabeth Banks Likes the Ring of Mayor Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:10:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_rw5vdbsj"]] Elizabeth Banks was one of Hillary Clinton's most ardent supporters last year, and sounds like she's ready to mount up again if Hill stumps for mayor in NYC. Our photog asked the actress/director at LAX what she thought…


Nick Cannon & Birdman Team Up to Produce Basketball Flick (PHOTO)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:51:00 +0000   
Nick Cannon and Birdman could be the next Ron Howard and Brian Grazer if they score a hit with their first big Hollywood production. Sources close to Nick and Baby tell us they're teaming up to produce a basketball flick. We're told the end product…


Rob Gronkowski BLASTED By Movie Co-Star ... YOU SUCKED!! (UPDATE)
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:20:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_0fi8erlu"]] 9:58 AM PT -- Sources close to Gronk tell TMZ Sports his absence isn't personal, he's focusing on rehabbing his back after surgery.  We're told Gronk never did the movie as a serious stepping stone for his acting…


Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds -- Public Memorial Will Include James Blunt Tribute Song, Gary the Dog
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 07:40:00 +0000   
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds are about to get a belated but pretty awesome public send-off. The public memorial will be held March 25 at Forest Lawn, where the mother/daughter are buried. The ceremony will be held in a 1,200 seat theater at the…


'American Gods' Star asks Samuel L. Jackson, Think There's No Racism in England? (VIDEO)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:05:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_jn1tspmx"]] Samuel L. Jackson's got it twisted if he thinks a black British actor doesn't understand a brotha's struggle ... so says "American Gods" star Ricky Whittle. The British actor was arriving at LAX Monday -- flanked by co-star…


'Manchester by the Sea' Star Lucas Hedges Talks Love Life, Casey Affleck Controversy (VIDEO)
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:30:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_elki4egh"]] The teenager Casey Affleck watched over in this year's Oscar-nominated "Manchester by the Sea" had 2 girlfriends in the film ... but uncertain if that translates to real life. We got Lucas Hedges -- who was nominated…


'Moonlight' Kid Jaden Piner Still Has To Take Out Trash Depsite Film's Oscar Win
Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:50:00 +0000   
[[tmz:video id="0_qftim4ao"]] Jaden Piner, one of the kid stars from "Moonlight," might've walked the Oscar red carpet, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have to take out the trash at home. We got 13-year-old Jaden at LAX where he told us he got a real…


Roman Polanski to Judge: Say I've Done My Time, and I'll Come Back
Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:15:00 +0000   
Roman Polanski will come back to a California courtroom to face the judge over his fugitive status in his child rape case, but only if the judge says in advance that the director served his full time behind bars. Polanski's lawyer, Harland Braun, has…


Team Trump tries to use Michael Moore’s anti-Trump film as an endorsement
Thu, 27 Oct 2016 20:57:01 +0100   

Team Trump tries to use Michael Moore’s anti-Trump film as an endorsementIn a scene from his new anti-Trump film, “Michael Moore in TrumpLand,” the Oscar-winning filmmaker predicts that Donald Trump will win the Nov. 8 presidential election because the middle class is fed up with the establishment and will vote for the Republican nominee as a “f*** you” to Washington. “He is the human Molotov cocktail they have been waiting for,” Moore says.

New documentary provides an emotional look into Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's scandal 'nightmare'
Sat, 14 May 2016 02:15:32 +0100   

New documentary provides an emotional look into Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's scandal 'nightmare'Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin considered splitting up. This revelation about one of the country’s most high-profile political couples came in one of the many uncomfortable, intimate moments featuring the pair in the new documentary “Weiner.” The film, which documents Weiner’s ill-fated 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, also serves as a portrait of a family engulfed by scandal and the ravenous press coverage that comes with it. Abedin, a longtime aide to now-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, admitted in front of the documentary crew’s cameras that she and Weiner considered separating after his first fall from grace.

Our Fairy Tales Are Older Than Thought
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:01:21 +0000   

Our Fairy Tales Are Older Than ThoughtMany traditional fairy tales, long thought to be a somewhat recent invention, have actually been around for thousands of years, according to a new study.

How Should You Talk to Your Kid About Violence on TV and in Movies?
Sun, 17 Jan 2016 10:00:51 +0000   

How Should You Talk to Your Kid About Violence on TV and in Movies?Talking about media violence helps to manage its impact on your kid. The more media violence kids are exposed to, the more “normal” it appears.

5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After ‘Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens’
Fri, 25 Dec 2015 10:00:54 +0000   

5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After ‘Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens’Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens is the hugely popular sequel to George Lucas’ sci-fi blockbuster series. Adult fans love sharing this special series with kids of all ages and learning what Han, Chewie, Leia, and all their new friends are up to in that galaxy far, far away. While The Force Awakens is more about action than introspection, there’s plenty for families to talk about after the credits roll. ...

The Star Wars Workout: Yes, It Exists (And It’s Pretty Awesome)
Thu, 17 Dec 2015 16:59:17 +0000   

The Star Wars Workout: Yes, It Exists (And It’s Pretty Awesome)The Star Wars-inspired workout, Awaken Your Inner Force, will have you sweating more than a tauntaun on Tattoine. (Photo: Everett Collection)

Star Wars Age-By-Age Guide
Sat, 12 Dec 2015 10:00:55 +0000   

Star Wars Age-By-Age GuideEver since that first menacing star destroyer loomed across movie screens in 1977, kids of all ages have been enamored with the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, and all their friends (and enemies!). Even kids as young as 2 and 3 can name all the franchise’s major characters – which often tempts parents who also grew up loving the movies to plan a Star Wars movie night, especially with hype for Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens kicking into overdrive in anticipation of the Dec. 18 release.

Movies and TV Shows That Spark Empathy in Kids
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:00:45 +0000   

Movies and TV Shows That Spark Empathy in KidsTeaching kids to think about how other people feel is something that will help them throughout life. These top TV shows can teach lessons and help spark discussions about understanding, compassion, and empathy. Kid President: Declaration of Awesome Viral-video star brings inspiring messages to fun TV series. Recommended for kids 7 and older Quality: 4 out of 5 Network: Discovery Family Channel Good Witch Family-friendly series centers on charming, helpful witch.

How to Find the Best Movie for Your Sensitive Kid
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:00:37 +0000   

How to Find the Best Movie for Your Sensitive KidEvery parent knows that one kid’s worst fear is another kid’s “no big deal.” That makes choosing movies for young kids tricky. You can experiment with movies from our Best First Movies List or search for movies in your kid’s age range. Depending on your kid’s particular sensitivity, the movies below can be great choices (or big no-nos!).

How I Got Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star In My Movie About a Pregnant Guy
Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:00:47 +0100   

How I Got Arnold Schwarzenegger to Star In My Movie About a Pregnant GuyThis article by Beverly J. Camhe originally appeared on Fatherly.  “It takes the strongest man in the world to do a woman’s job.” That was my pitch to Arnold Schwarzenegger as he sat having breakfast at Patrick’s Roadhouse on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica with his mother.

Behind The Scenes Of ‘SPECTRE,’ With James Bond Drifting Aston Martins
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 01:08:33 +0100   

Behind The Scenes Of ‘SPECTRE,’ With James Bond Drifting Aston MartinsBy the time I make it down to the Tiber that first night in Rome—after an overnight flight, after Customs, after clearing the complicated Italian on-set security—it’s nearly midnight and I’ve just missed the shot. At the end of its line, emerging from the water tail-first, like a giant hooked tarpon, is the impossibly gorgeous, smoky silver, Aston Martin DB10 sports coupe, purpose built as a one-off (well, ten-off) by Aston design chief Marek Reichman in collaboration with director Sam Mendes, just for “Spectre,” the 24th James Bond film, and the 12th featuring the venerable British sporting luxury brand.

The ‘Star Wars’ Baby Name That’s Spiking in Popularity
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:18:18 +0100   

The ‘Star Wars’ Baby Name That’s Spiking in PopularityAnakin, the given name of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, is rising in popularity among baby names for boys. The moniker, which is the given name of Star Wars villain Darth Vader, was the 957th most popular boys’ name in 2014, according to the Social Security Administration. In total, 218 boys born last year were given the name Anakin.   STORY: Atticus Tops Popular Baby Names List of 2015 Of course, more babies go home with the names of Star Wars good guys.

Poltergeist Review
Sat, 23 May 2015 10:29:13 +0100   
0.5 stars out of 5: BOO-RING
It's hard out here for a ghost. Always having to think up new ways to scare suburban people in movies. You make the kids' toys come alive and play creepy music, and all the other ghosts hold up signs with straight 1.5s across the board. You're...
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Tomorrowland Review
Fri, 22 May 2015 06:11:54 +0100   
2.5 stars out of 5: You can fly. Eventually.
In your initial visit to Tomorrowland, you're not really there at all. That's what scientifically-named Casey Newton (The Longest Ride's Britt Robertson) discovers when she first goes there by touching a tiny, metal, "T"-emblazoned pin. She takes...
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Mad Max: Fury Road Review
Fri, 15 May 2015 06:05:45 +0100   
5.0 stars out of 5: Death to the patriarchy.
"Who killed the world?" yells a minor character in Mad Max: Fury Road. This outburst comes after an earlier moment where camera pauses on the question painted on a cave wall. And since it's one of only a couple dozen complete and comprehensible...
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Pitch Perfect 2 Review
Fri, 15 May 2015 06:04:29 +0100   
2.5 stars out of 5: Songs about butts.
Pitch Perfect 2 begins with a crazy, performance-based, wardrobe malfunction, one that, in the film's words, exposes the "down under" region of one of the a cappella Bellas. For this accidental offense they are mocked, chastised, and stripped of...
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The D Train Review
Sat, 09 May 2015 02:33:01 +0100   
1.0 stars out of 5: Stay home.
Although there is at least one earlier, less sexual, usage of the slang term "the d-train," referring to having a generalized bad experience, lately the expression has become more synonymous with the penis. That's because pop culture always needs...
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Hot Pursuit Review
Fri, 08 May 2015 22:06:08 +0100   
1.0 stars out of 5: Pursue a ticket to a different movie.
Allow me to mangle Tolstoy for a minute, and say that each good comedy is good in its own way, but that all bad comedies are alike. There's variation, of course, but they all limp along on sad, weak legs and confused direction. They're airless...
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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Review
Fri, 01 May 2015 01:39:50 +0100   
3.5 stars out of 5: Much Avenge About More Things
They're building a giant machine now, a machine made of movies. To participate in the machine's agenda of taking your money, it will not help to begin by looking at this perpetual motion installment and working backwards, trying to catch up. You...
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Little Boy Review
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:27:52 +0100   
2.5 stars out of 5: A little much.
The past few years have seen a marked rise in the number of Christian-themed films getting wide theatrical distribution, but to call it a "new wave" of faith-based cinema is probably inappropriate. That designation is usually reserved for a...
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The Water Diviner Review
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:26:41 +0100   
1.5 stars out of 5: History written by the winners.
First-time director Russell Crowe has stepped in it, probably without meaning to. But it's happening all the same. His film, entirely devoted to an exploration of the aftermath of a key, nation-defining battle in Australian war history -- the...
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The Age of Adaline Review
Sat, 25 Apr 2015 00:25:37 +0100   
2.5 stars out of 5: Proustian mush
It begins with a shot of the Earth from space, and omniscient narration. (The voice of Hugh Ross, narrator of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, whose low-key, somewhat conspiratorial, post-sincere, NPR reporter tone turns...
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