Nobody likes a spoiled brat — only, we sort of do. There's something about these rascals from movies and television that charm and entertain us. From Veruca Salt to Bart Simpson, these 10 wildly clever onscreen brats have managed to (slightly) win us over.
It may seem like your kids have seen every possible Disney movie, but what about the old-school favorites? Share some of these beloved Disney flicks with your lil ones and get a chance to relive some of your favorites. From Swiss Family Robinson to Angels in the Outfield, here are 10 great Disney films to include in your next family movie marathon.
3D movies are more popular than ever, especially for action-packed films, which make you feel much closer to the chases and conflict. Before the end of the year, be on the look out for these five films, all in 3D, that will send you and your kids on a dizzy adventure.
Remember how awesome it was going to Summer camp? Remember watermelon and hot dogs, swimming all day, games galore, and no parents nagging you all day? Kids love camp, because it's all about kid-centric entertainment, good food, and feeling independent. We've rounded up seven family-friendly movies that take place at camp. Whether the tykes prefer something action packed, comical, inspiring, or romantic, these flicks are sure to please everyone gathered around the screen.
Go gnome this weekend! I'm not a fan of watching movies more than once, but I've already seen Gnomeo & Juliet twice (Disney flew me down for the premiere). And I can't wait to take my kids and see the animated musical again from their perspective. As a mom, I take a chance every time I head to the theater with my three children — ages 6, 4, and 1 — and cross my fingers that my littlest guy sits still. If any film can create the glue to keep him in his seat, it's this movie. Based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, this quirky 3D version involves British garden gnomes, Elton John cameos, and an upbeat soundtrack, but it also artfully delivers the message that love conquers all in a more positive and age-appropriate fashion than the penned original. Gnomeo & Juliet does so by being clever.
The highlights of this movie are all in the details — from the clinking sound that occurs when the adorable gnomes touch to a well-choreographed, romantic ninja scene. The film fully embraces the entire family because as much as it caters to children with its animated eye candy, there's also plenty of over-their-heads innuendo to keep adults laughing heartily. I don't want to give anything else away, but if you're looking for a feel-good and engaging family flick, buy tickets.
Lots of stars come out when Justin Bieber sings! The teen heartthrob took to the stage on the big screen yesterday with everyone from Will.i.am to Heather Locklear in the audience for his Never Say Never 3D film premiere. But it was also a family affair with lots of celebrities bringing their kids to see the pop star's movie. Check out pictures of those who attended.
Kids will be thinking pink this year with flamingos! I'm predicting that the wading birds, known for standing on one leg, will become a child favorite once Disney's Gnomeo & Juliet (which stars Featherstone, a most memorable flamingo) debuts on February 11. From a ridiculously cute costume to sunglasses and a game, I've gathered up some of the best tot-friendly finds currently on the market. Check them out.
How much does your favorite movie say about you and your childhood? Emily Blunt and James McAvoy are animated in the family-friendly film, Gnomeo & Juliet that hits theaters February 11. But, at a recent press junket (Disney flew me down for the event), the actors divulged their all-time favorite flicks. Some bloggers did a double take when Blunt announced that a mechanical shark is the star of her pick. She said, "Jaws — I've seen that movie 30 times. It is, I think, a perfect movie — a genius movie, (and has) amazing performances. It's by far my favorite movie." McAvoy's selection involves the search for One-Eyed Willy. He said, "My favorite movie is The Goonies. It's a great kids' film. Get your kids watching it please — it's fantastic." People often have a soft spot for films they saw at an impressionable age — which one do you hold dear?
"The Kids Are All Right" won Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes tonight! Here are 5 reasons why the film deserved the award.
You know those "mom" moments when you step back from your own life and see your spouse, your children, and all the chaos unfold as if you're watching a movie? Well, The Kids Are All Right is exactly that . . . only the parents are lesbian couple, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore), and their kids Joni and Laser (Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson) are coming of age and want to meet their biological father, sperm donor Paul (Mark Ruffalo). Without giving too much away, here are five situations that all moms can relate to in the movie. Hire a babysitter and go see this brilliant film before it's nominated for Oscars.
Hooray for "The Kids Are All Right" winning Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy at the Golden Globes tonight! Take a look back at my July interview with the the writer and director.
"Moms, I want to meet the sperm donor." It's a conversation that will take place in more and more households as children born with the help of science come of age. Lisa Cholodenko, the writer and director of The Kids Are All Right, explores it on the big screen. And, in the future, she and her partner will likely have the talk with their own son, who was born through artificial insemination. (Interestingly enough, Cholodenko's writing partner, Stuart Blumberg, was a sperm donor in college.) We had the opportunity to ask her a few questions at the San Francisco junket.
LilSugar: When creating Mark Ruffalo's character, Paul (the sperm donor), how did you decide to make him this man who gets the call (about meeting his kids) and says, OK? There weren't pinnacle moments in his decision making.
Lisa Cholodenko: I think at a certain point after you get the kind of basic idea, you have to figure out what stays and what goes. At a point in the writing process and long deliberation, he was a more favored character and took 20 pages instead of five pages to figure out and then you said, well let's get the show on the road — what's the plot? Where are we going with this? Is it about him deliberating or is it about the meeting and the impact on the family? You are sculpting this beast and you don't really know where it's going to go and slowly kind of the real story emerges and you realize how much you have to trim here and there to get it moving. So it was get the show on the road, what's the shorthand of this guy, how can we get there, and say enough about him and give him the due diligence that he needs to get sympathy for the character.
LS: Wine is sort of seen as an acceptable way for a mother to drink. What made you decide to write Nic's drinking in and have wine be her vice?
LC: It just seemed like something that would be a good detail for that character. This person (Nic) who is really trying to keep things together — like suffocating and choking herself, and self-control and what not, and also felt like it was funny because it gave us a lot of for comedic moments and also played into the kind of irony. It's a drug like anything if you get sauced every night. But, also that it was a kind of a shorthand to show that here's this person who's probably actually really having a lot of feeling and anxieties that she's trying to clamp down and in a certain way have her be kind of an acceptable lush or whatever was a way to show that she's pretty vulnerable.