Teaching Kids Empathy and Love, Not Hate

  I want my kids to grow up to be exemplary human beings.  People who think of others, not just themselves.  People who take a stand for what it right, and make an effort to make society a better place.  Instilling empathy in them is a great foundation, a human emotion that will drive beneficial actions throughout their lives. So how do we as parents teach something like empathy?  As is true of so many areas of parenting, it’s an ongoing process. As in, if I remind my kindergarten son to put his dirty socks in the clothes hamper, day….after day…. after day… someday it will finally click.  (At least that’s my dream.) I look for teaching opportunities and resources that will model good characteristics, and inspire them.  With a young boy age 6, and a tween girl age 11, it’s not always the same thing that will strike a chord.  Last weekend we all watched the new American Girl movie “Melody 1963: Love Has to Win” on Amazon, and it fit the bill nicely. The messaging … [Read more...]

Finding Dory Trailer Released!

After a very long wait, next summer marks the return of some beloved Pixar characters!  The sequel to the 2003 Academy Award winner Finding Nemo, the upcoming Finding Dory will open in theatres June 17, 2016.  This family film reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? Directed by Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo,” “WALL•E”) and produced by Lindsey Collins (co-producer “WALL•E”), the film features the voice talents of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton. Just released on today's episode of the Ellen Show, we finally get a glimpse of the first Finding Dory trailer! Finding Dory Trailer (Hmmmm. If that one doesn't work... please try this...) You can also follow along at the following … [Read more...]

Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass ~ Teaser Trailer

What an adventure this new Disney film promises to be!  The Mad Hatter is in grave danger, and Alice returns to Underland to save him.  Today Disney released the new teaser trailer for the upcoming Alice Through the Looking Glass. Although it's got that Tim Burton feel to it (a draw for some, but it's not my cup of tea), this definitely peaked my interested enough to want to see the movie! The scoop... "Alice Kingsleigh has spent the past few years following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland and her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the Cheshire Cat and the Mad Hatter, who is not himself. The Hatter has lost his Muchness, so Mirana sends Alice on a quest to borrow the Chronosphere, a metallic globe inside the chamber of the Grand Clock which powers all time. Returning to the past, she comes across friends – and enemies – at different … [Read more...]

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Debut Trailer

I am a child of the 80's.  A bonafide, original Star Wars lover.  And as such, I cannot adequately express how excited I am about the new STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS movie being released in theatres this December 17, 2015.  And that the film stars the original Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leah - Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher!  The new cast member look amazing, too. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Movie Trailer In case you missed it during it's debut showing during half time of ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” last night,  here's the first full STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS movie trailer. What's this...?  A reformed Storm Trooper...?     Tickets to the highly anticipated cinematic event are now on sale everywhere tickets are sold. For more information, visit http://StarWars.com.   STAR WARS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StarWars STAR WARS on Twitter: https://twitter.com/starwars STAR WARS on Instagram: … [Read more...]

DreamWorks BRIDGE OF SPIES in Theatres

Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks, the new film DreamWorks BRIDGE OF SPIES opens in theatres everywhere this Friday, October 16th.  Great date night flick! A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures’ “Bridge of Spies” is the story of James Donovan, a Brooklyn insurance claims lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on the near-impossible task to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. DreamWorks BRIDGE OF SPIES Trailer Screenwriters Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen have woven this remarkable experience in Donovan’s life into a story inspired by true events that captures the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.   You can check out BRIDGE OF SPIES once it's released in theaters nationwide on October 16, 2015.   Like BRIDGE OF SPIES on … [Read more...]

A Look at Marvel’s ANT-MAN ~ In Theatres This Friday

If you are a fan of Marvel Cinema, the wait for ANT-MAN is almost over!  ANT-MAN will be opening in theatres this Friday, July 17th.  This new Disney movie looks to deliver humor, action, adventure, and of course.... evil bad guys! A little about the film:  The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.”   In this cinematic version, master thief Scott Lang is the present-day Ant-Man. After being armed by Dr. Hank Pym with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, Lang must embrace his inner hero and help Pym protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. But the burning question in my mind is, will he be able to control armies of *real* ants?! Dun-dun-daaaaah!  I love the star … [Read more...]

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Behind the Scenes Trailer

Fans at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H were treated to a special look behind the scenes of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.  The filmmakers were joined on stage by cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford to the surprise and delight of fans.         Following the `Star Wars` Hall H presentation at Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif., the audience of more than 6000 fans enjoyed a surprise `Star Wars` Fan Concert performed by the San Diego Symphony, featuring the classic "Star Wars" music of composer John Williams, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California. STAR WARS:  THE FORCE AWAKENS Behind the Scenes Trailer It's exciting to see the use of new movie making technology which has advanced so impressively, while still staying true to the original … [Read more...]

Disney’s THE FINEST HOURS Trailer & Poster

Disney Movie's upcoming film THE FINEST HOURS  is an extraordinary true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history.    The story takes place in 1952, during a massive nor’easter that struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path. A heroic action-thriller, this film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating a fully-immersive cinematic experience on an epic scale. Exciting stuff! I love movies like this... scary, ocean adventures.  :)   Plus it stars Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.   So there you go.  Even more reason to go see this film. THE FINEST HOURS Trailer Try to check out THE FINEST HOURS trailer without getting goosebumps.  My money says you can't do it.  Watch for it in theatres on January 29, 2016! Like THE FINEST HOURS on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefinesthoursmovie Follow Disney Pictures on Twitter: … [Read more...]

See Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom for Earth Day

There's still time!  Head to the theatre to see the new Disneynature film MONKEY KINGDOM during opening week (April 17-23... through tomorrow!) and Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to Conservation International.   See Monkey Kingdom for Earth Day It makes me so happy that every Spring  in honor of Earth Day, Disneynature releases a new fantastic, family friendly nature film.  These films are not super-hero blockbusters, or record setting animated flicks.  But so much more importantly, they inspire a love of our amazing planet and help us be mindful of its heartwarming animal kingdom. And for each movie ticket purchased during opening week of the film's release, Disneynature makes a donation to a conservation fund, often one related to that year's movie theme.  This year the donations will help protect monkeys and other endangered species in their natural habitats.  You can learn more at http://nature.disney.com/monkey-kingdom.  There are so many … [Read more...]

Family Film Disney’s McFarland, USA Now in Theatres ~ Trailer

A great activity for the whole family, McFARLAND, USA is now playing in theatres everywhere.  This PG rated movie is inspired by a 1987 true story, in which an unlikely band of inexperienced, under-equipped, young Latino runners with exceptional determination rise to become cross-country state champions under the leadership of their coach, Jim White (played by Kevin Costner). Family Film Disney's McFarland, USA ~ Synopsis & Trailer Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when White starts to realize the boys’ exceptional running ability, things begin to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent—the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that … [Read more...]