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DVD Playhouse--March 2012

DVD Playhouse—March 2012

By Allen Gardner

J. Edgar (Warner Bros.) Director Clint Eastwood provides a rock-solid, albeit rather flat portrait of polarizing FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, covering his life from late teens to his death. Leonardo DiCaprio does an impressive turn as Hoover, never crossing the line into caricature, and creating a Hoover that is all too human, making for an all the more unsettling look at absolute power run amuck. Where the film stumbles is the love story at its core: Hoover’s relationship with longtime aide Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). In the hands of an openly-gay director like Gus Van Sant, this could have been a heartbreaking, tender story of forbidden (unrequited?) love, but Eastwood seems to tiptoe around their romance, with far too much delicacy and deference. The film works well when recreating the famous crimes and investigations which Hoover made his name on (the Lindbergh kidnapping,
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Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer DVD

Release Date: Oct. 11, 2011

Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $24.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Children’s movie Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is based on the book series by Megan McDonald, who also co-wrote the screenplay for the film.

The family comedy follows the feisty Judy Moody (Jordana Beatty, TV’s All Saints) whose plans for the most superduper summer vacation ever are halted when her parents are called out of town and her BFFs are going away with their own families. Trapped at home with her brother Stink (Parris Mosteller, TV’s Worst Week) and under the watchful eye of Aunt Opal (Heather Graham, Son of Morning), Judy uses her imagination to take her summer out of snoresville for the adventure of a lifetime.

Rated PG, the movie was directed by John Schultz, who’s no stranger to family films. He also helmed Like Mike and Aliens in the Attic.
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Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer Poster and Trailer

Relativity Media have provided us with new poster and trailer for the upcoming comedy Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, based on the “mega-cool” extremely popular children’s book series.

The film chronicles Judy Moody’s (Jordana Beatty) adventures in which she sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life with the help of her little brother Stink (Parris Mosteller) and fun-loving Aunt Opal (Heather Graham). The script, penned by Kathy Waugh (Peep and the Big Wide World) and Megan McDonald, is based on the characters in McDonald’s popular children’s book series, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds and published by Candlewick Press. There are nine adventures in the bestselling series, with more than 13 million copies in print worldwide, and translations in 22 languages. McDonald has written a novel inspired by the film’s script which will be published May 24, 2011.

Synopsis:

When her best-laid plans for
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Judy Moody And The Not Bummer Summer First Images

Well, you knew it was coming. Starring Heather Graham and a slew of young people, the children's book is making its way to theaters.

The awesomely ginger Jordana Beatty (who you may recognize from Legend of the Seeker - though that could just be me) as the titular, adventuresome lass.

This summer, Relativity Media is releasing Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer on June 10, 2011 based on the extremely popular children’s book series!

The film chronicles Judy Moody’s (Jordana Beatty) adventures in which she sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life with the help of her little brother Stink (Parris Mosteller) and fun-loving Aunt Opal (Heather Graham).

The script, penned by Kathy Waugh (Peep and the Big Wide World) and Megan McDonald, is based on the characters in McDonald’s popular children’s book series, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds and published by Candlewick Press.
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Judy Moody For This Summer Release

Relativity Media is taking charge of theatrical marketing and distribution for best-selling children’s book adaptation Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer in the United States, with plans to release the film this summer.

The film stars Australian actress Jordana Beatty (Superman Returns) as Judy Moody along with Heather Graham (The Hangover).

The film keeps track of Judy Moody’s exciting activities in which she gets started with the most unforgettable summer of her life with the help and joy of her younger brother Stink (the role went to Parris Mosteller) and playful Aunt Opal (played by aforementioned Heather Graham). The screenplay, written by co-writer Kathy Waugh (Peep and the Big Wide World) and Megan McDonald, is based on the characters in McDonald’s popular kiddie book series, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds and published by Candlewick Press.

There are nine adventures in the bestselling series, in excess of 13 million copies in print worldwide,
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Nominations for the 2010 Gemini Awards

Today, the Canadian Academy revealed the nominees for the 25th Gemini Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Emmy Awards. So without further ado, let's reveal those who have graced our land of television in fall 2009 and winter 2010.

1. Best Animated Program or Series:

* Glenn Martin, Dds

* Guess With Jess

* Johnny Test

* Kid Vs Kat

* Wapos Bay

2. Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series:

* Degrassi: The Next Generation

* Overruled!

* Pillars of Freedom

* That's So Weird!

* Total Drama Action

3. Best Children's or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series:

* A World of Wonders

* Canada's Super Speller

* Survive This

* Tvokids: Mark's Moments

4. Best Comedy Program or Series:

* Dan for Mayor

* Less Than Kind

* Little Mosque on the Prairie

* Pure Pwnage

* The Rick Mercer Report

5. Best Dramatic Miniseries:

* Alice

* The Phantom

* The Summit

6. Best Dramatic Series:

* Durham County

* Flashpoint

* Republic of Doyle

* Stargate Universe

* The Tudors

7. Best Music, Variety Program or Series

* 2009 Much Music Video Awards
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Peep And The Big Wide World special with Joan Cusack, April 22

Wgbh-tv Boston and PBS announce the Emmy Award-winning preschool science and math series Peep And The Big Wide World hatches a new two-part Earth Day special -- .An Inconvenient Tooth, timed to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd (check local PBS listings). According to executive producer Kate Taylor, .The episode introduces the idea of conservation in a way that is accessible to Peep.s preschool audience. Our goal with this story is to spark a conversation and get kids thinking about the ways that even our small actions have a big impact on our environment.. In the episode, Beaver Boy discovers he is gnawing down too many trees.which he learns is a problem because
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PBS leads kids' Emmy noms with 18

NEW YORK -- PBS led the field vying for Daytime Emmy Awards in children's programming with 18 nominations, while Discovery Kids received 15.

The nominations were announced Wednesday during the Kidscreen Summit at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers here.

PBS and Discovery Kids were the only media to receive double-digit nominations. Nickelodeon was in third place with three nominations, followed by two for Discovery Channel and one each for Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, Fox, Lifetime, NBC, WarnerBros.com and Kids' WB!

Nominated for outstanding children's series are Assignment Discovery (Discovery), Endurance: High Sierras (Discovery Kids), Reading Rainbow (PBS) and Strange Days at Blake Holsey High (Discovery Kids). Competing for the preschool children's series award are Hi-5 (Discovery Kids), Hip Hop Harry (Discovery Kids), It's a Big Big World (PBS), "Paz" (Discovery Kids)" and Sesame Street (PBS).

Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow are the only shows nominated for outstanding writing. Discovery Kids has a lock on the category of children/youth/family special with the only three nominations for A Year on Earth, The Great Polar Bear Adventure and Saving a Species: The Great Penguin Rescue.

Five programs received nominations for outstanding children's animated program: Arthur and Curious George (both PBS), Peep and the Big Wide World (Discovery Kids), Time Warp Trio (NBC) and Toddworld (Discovery Kids)."

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