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Archive for April, 2011

Geena Davis Talks about the Need for Gender Equality in Children’s Entertainment

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

GeenaDavis.jpgIn this Wall Street Journal interview, gender and media equality advocate Geena Davis provides insight on her career, her firsthand experience with how a powerful movie about women can impact viewers and what led her to create the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. The Wall Street Journal

Rio Reviewed by KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Anthony Aranda

Monday, April 11th, 2011


Rio.jpg“This is a great movie that has a great storyline. The movie is about a blue macaw who is the last male of his kind. He travels with his owner Linda to Rio where the last female blue macaw lives. Some of the main characters in the movie are Blu, Jewel, and Rafael. Rafael is a toucan played by George Lopez. 

One of the best lines in the movie is when Blu is trying to fly and Rafael, played by George Lopez, says, “Alright Blu, you’re flying! Sort of. Not really.” That is so funny. George Lopez has also played in another movie that I really loved called Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2. He always knows how to get the audience laughing.

My favorite part of the movie is when Blu’s owner Linda is waking up in the morning and is trying to turn her alarm off. When she thinks she has it off, all of a sudden she hears more loud noises and it turns out to be Blu! 

Every movie has to have a bad guy and this movie is no exception. There are poachers that steal lots of different kinds of birds as well as their mean pet cockatoo Nigel who causes a lot of trouble throughout the movie. He also enlists the help of a group of monkeys that turn out to be no help to him at all. Another great part of the movie is when the birds and monkeys fight! It was a great action scene and of course the birds won.

I would recommend this movie for all ages because it’s such a good movie. There aren’t really any scary parts and I think all ages would like it. Go out and see it in theaters when it

Anthony.jpgReviewed by Anthony Aranda, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. Eight-year-old Anthony comes from San Diego, CA where he lives with his parents and two siblings. He aspires to be a professional baseball player when he grows up! His favorite movies are ‘Ironman 2’ and ‘Nanny McPhee.’ In his free time, Anthony likes to read books and play games. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is his favorite book and Selena Gomez is his favorite actor. The thing Anthony enjoys most about his job as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic is “interviewing celebrities on the Red Carpet.” He got to interview ‘American Idol’ finalists, Danny Gokey and Brooke White recently about their roles in two Family Movie Night films, “Truth Be Told” and “Change of Plans.”

Nick’s 24th Annual Kids Choice Award Winners

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

KidsChoice.pngThe 24th Annual Kids Choice Awards, hosted by award-winning comedian, Jack Black aired Saturday, April 2 live from the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles. Kids cast a record-setting 200 million votes between March 7 and April 2 for 20 categories. A full list of the winners is available at http://www.nick.com/kids-choice-awards/nominees/

HIghlights include:

TV Show: iCarly     
Reality Show: American Idol
TV Actor: Dylan Sprouse
TV Actress: Selena Gomez 
Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants
Videogame: Just Dance 2
Female Athlete: Lindsey Vonn
Movie: The Karate Kid
Movie Actor: Johnny Depp (Alice in Wonderland)
Movie Actress: Miley Cyrus (The Last Song)
Animated Movie: Despicable Me
Music Group: The Black Eyed Peas
Male Singer: Justin Bieber
Female Singer: Katy Perry
Favorite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Video Game: Just Dance 2

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