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Friday Night Movies

Friday, August 19th, 2011

sk44This Week’s Big-Screen Goody:

Move over James Bond! One of our favorite multitasking moms is taking on the world of espionage and intrigue in Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (Rated PG, out now). We recently chatted with Jessica Alba, the mom of (now) two, when she was still preggers. Check out a snippet from our Q&A:

Why did you choose this role?

“Robert Rodriquez [the director] is a friend, and I will basically do anything he wants. After I had my daughter and before I started working again, he came by the house and I said, ‘I don’t know if I can go back to work. I feel so different now having a kid, and my priorities have changed.’ And he said, ‘You don’t have to work excessively like you did before, but it’s part of who you are.’ I agree there’s a balance between work and family. I don’t know if I achieved it yet. My family is obviously my priority, but trying to figure out how to spend quality time with Honor and stay true to my own journey and fulfillment creatively is challenging.”

To read the full interview, check out the August issue of Parents.


grufThis Week’s DVD Goodies:

Batman: Brave & The Bold, Season Two, Part One

Fanboy & Chum Chum: Brain Freeze

The Gruffalo

Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Muppets From Space

Muppets Take Manhattan

Shalom Sesame: Monsters in the Sukkah

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Season 9

VeggieTales: Princess & The Popstar


The Put-Your-Kids-To-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

The Big Lebowski (Limited Edition)

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, June 24th, 2011

This Week’s Q&A Goody:

I recently got to have a delightful–not a word I use often–chat with movie star (and new dad) Owen Wilson for Cars 2 (rated G), which zooms into theaters today. Check out one of my favorites from the Q&A:

What’s it like hearing your voice coming from a car?

“It’s odd. They are developing a Cars ride at Disneyland, and I had to record for that. I was thinking about how that’s the place you want to go to the most as a child, and the idea that my voice will be in this park is sort of incredible. One day, I’ll take my kid there and to be a part of that ride will make me feel kind of proud.”

To read the full interview, check out the June issue of Parents.

This Week’s DVD Goodies:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Mister T: The Complete First Season

Nickelodeon Favorites: Big Box of Play Dates 2

Nickelodeon Favorites: Summer Vacation

The Put-Your-Young-Kids-To-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

The Adjustment Bureau

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, February 4th, 2011

This Week’s Q&A Goody:

I know, I know…technically The Bieb’s movie doesn’t drop (as the cool kids say) until next week. But I’m getting over a cold right now and don’t think I can handle getting swept up in Bieber Fever next week. So in the interest of getting a head start on all of the screaming tweens, here is a snippet from my interview with the music (and now movie) phenom:

Why should people see Justin Bieber: Never Say Never?

I wanted to make this movie because it tells the real story of my life. It gives fans the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes in my career. It’s a thank-you to my fans for their support.”

To read the full interview, pick up a copy of the February issue of Parents or click here.

aliceThis Week’s DVD Goodies:

Alice In Wonderland (60th Anniversary Edition)

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

Pokemon: Arceus & The Jewel of Life

Sesame Street: Silly Storytime–Rapunzel

Word World: Get Up & Move

The Put-Your-Kids-To-Bed-Early Pick of the Week:

Let Me In

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Tony Hawk Talks Video Games

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Tony_Grind 3I have a confession to make. When I sat down to chat with Tony a few weeks ago about  Shred, I wasn’t convinced that a video game revolving around skateboarding and snowboarding would be able to capture my attention. I mean, I didn’t know much about the sport, so what would I have to say?

I was wrong. Not only was the game itself challenging and super-easy to play all at the same time,  but Tony was so obviously passionate about it that his love of skateboarding sort of rubbed off on me. I mean, I’m no pro, but let’s just say that at the next family get-together, my younger cousins should definitely watch their backs—cause I’ve been practicing…

What age-range is best for this game?
I really think it’s an all-ages game. I think kids sort of go to it quicker and with less trepidation because they just get on and hop around. Some parents think somehow this game is as hard as real skateboarding, but it’s not. And adults think they’re going to get on and the board is going to shoot out from under them, but it’s not. And so I think the kids, they just love trying it—they’re down for anything. If I had to make a guess at an age range, I’d say 4 to 14 would be who would get it the most, get it quickly.

Have your kids played it?
Yeah, they like it. It’s funny, my 9-year-old doesn’t skate very much, and when he gets on he has his own take on it, and he has tricks that none of us use, I think because he doesn’t come from that mindset that he has to do it like a professional skateboarder. He’s just having fun.

What would you say the best part of skateboarding is in terms of what kids can learn from it?
I think it really teaches you a lot about self-confidence and self-motivation, because it’s not someone telling you that you have to go and do these drills and try these specific things. You can go at your own pace, and if you want to get better at it, it’s all about you setting those challenges for yourself. I feel like kids are capable of anything that they want to do, and they don’t have to have someone drilling ideas into them and telling them how to do it.

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Salman Rushdie Talks About His New Children’s Book

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Luka and the Fire of LifeMost parents may know Salman Rushdie as the author of adult novels such as “Midnight’s Children” and the controversial “The Satanic Verses,” but Rushdie has also written two children’s books; chapter books geared toward the tween/teen set. 

The first chlidren’s book, “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” was written in 1990 and was considered a contemporary story akin to “Alice in Wonderland.”  Written ten years later and released recently in November, “Luka and the Fire of Life” is a continuation of “Haroun”; the characters are the same but a different child hero (Luka, the younger brother of Haroun) is at the center of the story. 

When Luka and Haroun’s father, Rashid Khalifa (the Shah of Blah), suddenly falls ill, Luka must journey to the Magic World and steal the Fire of Life in order to restore his father’s soul and spirit.  Along for his first adventure, Luka is accompanied and assisted by Dog (the Bear), Bear (the Dog), the Magic World’s version of Rahshid, Princess Soraya and her magic carpet, and Memory Birds. 

“Luka” is full of clever wordplay and themes, phantasmagorical cities and creatures, and crucial acts of courage.  Recently, had the chance to ask Salman Rushdie a few questions about his new book.  Read the interview below:

How was the writing process for “Luka and the Fire of Life” better or more challenging compared to “Haroun and the Sea of Stories”?

It was the opposite of Haroun, in a way. For the first book, I knew the story more or less from the start, and the problem was to find the right tone of voice, not too childish for adults, not too adult for children. This time I knew the tone, having worked it out for Haroun, but the story took a lot of working out.

In both books, it’s the young children who are empowered to save the parents, whether from divorce or from death.  How did you decide to have children take on the responsibility of being solitary heroes?

It’s just more fun that way around. Parents saving children is too obvious, and 12-year-old boys all think their dads need helping out with almost everything, anyway.

Given the increasing appeal of video games and decreasing appeal of print books, “Luka” is cleverly structured in a video game-like narrative. What inspired you to outline the story as a video game? Was it a conscious way to bridge both genres?

It was a way of using a new language to reinvigorate an ancient story, the story of the quest for fire. Also, I hadn’t seen it done before, and that made it irresistible.


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Earth Day: Recycle Your Medicine Cabinet

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Like many of you, I’m good about making sure that I recycle bottles, cans, magazines–the usual suspects. But when’s the last time you recycled something from your medicine cabinet? For me, never. In fact, I have trouble even keeping up with all the expired products in there. Melrose Place star Josie Bissett is teaming up with Neosporin to help us go greener. She’s heading up the Neosporin Tube Brigade, a TerraCycle-based group that encourages people to recycle antibiotic tubes. We recently chatted with the mother of two to find out about the green thing.

What’s your advice for people just starting out?

“We often feel like we have to go completely green to make a difference. And that can be intimidating, so often, we don’t do anything. But tiny steps make a big difference. I really believe that in all areas of my life. I used to be into working out hardcore, and now it’s like, if I can just get to the gym occasionally, I’m happy. Nothing has to be overboard. And I look at recycling the same way. Just do what you can because every little bit helps.”

Does your family have a special Earth Day tradition?

“Our neighborhood and school do have a picking up litter type of thing each year in honor of Earth Day. But if we’re ever walking down the street and my kids see anything on the ground, they’ll pick it up. They have a real incredible recycle program at our school. And my kids actually teach me things.”

Cool! What’s one thing from your kids that has really stuck with you?

“They talk a lot about water conservation at their school. I LOVE taking baths. And my son [Mason, 9-years-old] the last year or so gets in the tub and he fills it a fourth of the way full. I’ll say, ‘Honey, you can fill it all the way.’ And he’s like, ‘No, Mommy, I don’t want to waste water.’  He’s literally bathing in a little bit of water. I think it’s adorable. And even if I’m brushing my teeth and leave the water on a bit too long, he’ll come turn it off for me. So now I’ll take a shorter shower or less baths because of the kids. It’s like I said earlier…it’s just little baby steps. Those things do matter and they do count.”

If you’re interested in taking part in the brigade with Josie, click here to sign up to receive prepaid postage labels and collection materials. And Happy Earth Day!!!

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, February 5th, 2010

WhipIt_DVD_ORingThis Week’s Q&A Goody:

On Monday, I was lucky enough to get the chance to chat with reader (and personal) favorite Drew Barrymore. The Golden Globe-winning actress co-starred in (and directed!) the newly released DVD, Whip It, about a girl (Ellen Page) who goes against her mother’s beauty-pageant wishes to join the roller derby. Check out what she had to say:

Why was Whip It the first film you chose to direct?

I’ve been working toward directing since I was 7. I love exploring what family is, who you choose to go through the world with, and how important it is to be yourself but also be supported. All of those things are just important questions I have in life and in this movie. As much as the film is fun, I kind of feel like it’s a mother-daughter love story.

Yes, you seem to be attracted to roles with a complex family dynamic. Did you draw from real-life experience for this movie?

For me in Whip It, the mother-daughter story is very personal. I think that’s an incredibly intricate relationship that we all go through in the world. And I have much personal experience—emotionally—with that. So I thought I had a lot to offer in that area. The [film's] story is very different from my own life. But there are things in the movie that are very, very personal and direct—I won’t say which, but they’re absolutely something I experienced.

Part of the movie deals with the mom (Marcia Gay Harden) trying to push the daughter into beauty pageants. When you have kids, are you going to try to steer them clear of the whole Hollywood/child star thing? Or let them decide?

I’m at that place in my life where I can see both sides. The mother wants the best for her daughter. She isn’t a “stage mother.” She’s just trying to provide things for her daughter that her daughter doesn’t really want for herself. They come to a sort of potential acceptance and peace with each other. People don’t change overnight—it’s hard to get someone to switch their thought processes. If I [can achieve] the delicacies and balance of trying to take care of my kids and being attuned to what they want in life, that’s a very good, real thing.

Can we expect an animated film from your production company, Flower Films, anytime soon?
We don’t have a “Shrek” in the near future. But I think the best way to put it is I really love collective experiences—and to me that weirdly is the definition of family. So anything is possible And we love all different types of movies. So maybe? Yes?

abThis Week’s DVD Goodies:

Air Bud: Golden Receiver Special Edition

Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Vol. 3

Cartoon Classics Fun Pack

Crazy for Cars Collection

Dora The Explorer: Let’s Explore! Dora’s Greatest Adventures

Dragon Ball: Season Three

Elmo’s World Let’s Play Music

Hurray for Huckle: The Best Outside Fun Ever!

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Season 1.3

Tom and Jerry’s Greatest Chases, Vol. 4

dw Wolverine & X-Men: Fate of the Future

Yo Gabba Gabba!: Birthday Boogie

TV-on-DVD Pick (British Import Edition):

Doctor Who: The Complete Specials

The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week:


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Friday Night Movies

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

krThis Week’s Q&A Goody:

When I learned I would be interviewing Keri Russell for the magazine, a few co-workers asked me to find out why she cut her long, curly locks back in her Felicity days (It was more than a decade ago…let it go, people). But I was more interested in talking with the young mom (River, 2 years) about Extraordinary Measures (rated PG; out today), the new movie that follows a couple as they try to find a cure for their kids’ rare, life-threatening disease. Here’s what she had to say about the family drama:

What did you take away from your mom role in such an emotional movie?

Meeting John and Eileen was the biggest inspiration. They’ve remained a team through the whole thing, which going through anything remotely like this would put a huge strain on any relationship. And I’m sure they have their moments, but I’ve been around them a lot now and they just sail through things with grace and humor. They’re a great example for married couples.

Speaking of couples, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Do you and your hubby have a fun tradition?

We didn’t plan for it to happen like this at all, but we actually got married on Valentine’s Day. We were like, “Oh gosh, it’s so cheesy. We can’t get married then!” But it just so happens that was the only night none of our friends had plans—because no one really wants to do anything on Valentine’s Day.

For the full interview, check out the February issue of Parents, on newsstands now.

tfThis Week’s Big-Screen Goody:

Tooth Fairy (rated PG)

This Week’s DVD Goodies:

Bakugan, Vol. 6: Time for Battle

Scooby’s All Star Laff-A-Lympics, Vol. 1

Kourtney’s Cult Classic

21 Jump Street: The Complete First Season

The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

Weeds: Season Five

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