TV & Movies
Staff writers Ryan Gosling is one of Hollywood’s most swooned over stars but he recently revealed that there was once a time when Britney Spears was the only girl for him.
AMBER ROBINSON Dad stands up for the rights of boys to watch princess films
Karl Quinn Ellen DeGeneres is going fishing again with a sequel to the animated blockbuster Finding Nemo.
Rob Lowing Rob Lowing presents her trusty guide to holiday viewing, so grab some popcorn and take your pick.
AMBER ROBINSON From Aurora to Ariel, we name and shame the lamest animated heroines of recent times.
Staff writers Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s youngest daughter is only four-years-old but she has been paid considerably well for her first foray into film.
Staff writers Sesame Street made a string of spoofs based on popular TV shows that are both entertaining for parents and educational for kids.
KATIE CARLIN With a touch of the prehistoric, tales of fearsome giants and adventures of Epic proportions you are sure to find something to keep you and the kids entertained this year at the movies.
Steve Dow A young actor takes infanticide and genocide in his stride.
"Whenever they said you might make it to the Oscars, I was like, 'Who's Oscar? I don't know Oscar'."
Ben Pobjie All children's TV is insane, but there's good insane and bad insane.
Nicole Evatt Actor Matthew McConaughey credits his growing family for his 2012 success.
Robert Dex Harry Potter's wholesome sidekick Hermione Granger has been voted the best big screen role model in a poll of young film fans.
Rob Lowing Rob Lowing casts her critical eye over a lively array of children's holiday films.
CHRISTINE SAMS The festive season can test your patience but these classics remind us dysfunctional families are the norm, writes Christine Sams.
Megan Doherty If any more proof was needed that the Wiggles are held dear by generations of Australians, one need look no further than the funky Canberra night spot the Transit Bar on a certain night in December, 2007.
Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from Sesame Street in the wake of a new allegation that he had sex with an underaged youth.
Agencies The man who accused Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash of having sex with him when he was a teen now says it isn't so.
The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on Sesame Street is taking a leave of absence from the popular childrens' show over allegations he had a relationship with a 16-year-old boy.
Agencies Angelina Jolie will apparently be joined by two more of her children in her new movie Maleficent.
Christine Sams with staff writers The success of the developmental documentary series Life at ... may see its protagonists followed into their teens.
Sarah Wiedersehn The Ben 10 live show doesn't disappoint the loyal and enthusiastic fans of the hit children's TV series.
ADAM FULTON When a woman wrote to Erth to complain that their lifelike dinosaur puppets had terrified her grandson and he couldn't sleep, the theatre makers felt they had done a great job.
Paul Byrnes Disney's 'Fairies' franchise produces a visually captivating tale.
Rob Lowing Here's the pick of what's good — and what's appropriate — at the movies, writes Rob Lowing.
Paul Kalina Nine hopes the struggles of four stay-at-home fathers will prove to be fertile territory.
Staff writers Angelina Jolie is making her new movie Maleficent a family affair after landing a role for her daughter Vivienne, according to a new report.
KATIE CARLIN What do you get when you combine the BBC’s amazing Natural History footage with a puppet and an enthusiastic, slightly humorous children’s show host? The CBeebies’ new hit show Andy’s Wild Adventures.
Karen Kissane with staff writers After a two-year investigation and a three-month global hunt, former TV star Robert Hey Dad! Hughes was last night behind bars in London, accused of molesting five girls more than 25 years ago.
After the remakes of Spiderman and Batman, it is now time for Superman to shine.
Staff writers If you've ever wondered what it's like being the parents of an Olympian, take a look at this video of US gymnast Aly Raisman's parents nervously watching their daughter in a qualifying round for the uneven bars.
Karen Hardy My nine-year-old son wants to go and see The Dark Knight Rises. I'm not going to let him now. Not that I was definitely going to let him in the first place but what happened in Aurora, Colorado, is a tragedy of the grandest proportions and so now the answer is no.
Staff writers We don't have too much longer to wait before Madagascar 3 hits our cinemas but in the meantime Essential Kids has an exclusive clip from the movie to share.
CLEM BASTOW Why this new kids movie is genuinely Brave.
Staff writers All the magical make-believe characters from your childhood are about to join forces in one action-packed movie and we have the long-awaited trailer.
Reviewed by Philippa Hawker What would 23 eleven-year-olds from around the world share about their life if given the chance? Genevieve Bailey's documentary 'I Am Eleven' finds out.
Staff writers Gather your little Tinker Bell fans around the computer for a sneak peek of her latest theatrical adventure Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings.
AMBER ROBINSON Three months ago, we published a beautiful story by writer Rachael Turk, about a heartbreaking decision to give away a family pet because of a new baby with a severe allergy. It’s now being made in to a short film starring Claudia Karvan – yes, really.
Jason Treuen When it comes to wizards and witches, the Powerhouse Museum is fast becoming the place to be seen in Sydney.
Sacha Molitorisz Gentle, subtle and family friendly, Arrietty is another beautiful production from Studio Ghibli.
George Palathingal The Avengers has been a team-building exercise on a truly superhuman scale.
After six years together and two children, Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves are ready to tie the knot.
Melanie Mahoney If you loved the movie prepare to be amazed by the awe-inspiring stage production.
Hugh Grant stars in this lovable tale about a bumbling pirate out to prove his worth, win the prize and above all else find adventure!
Staff Writers It’s time for another Madagascar comedic adventure and if the latest trailer is anything to go by it is going to be one hilarious ride!
Rob Lowing Kids, you don’t want to see anything that’s good for you. Parents, you don’t want your loved ones watching junk. It’s an entertainment war out there! So let your trusty Essential Kids movies guide help you through the holidays.
For all those parents who are constantly subjected to children's films they hate here are some choices that we think you will enjoy too.
Celebs share what they have learnt about parenthood and how it has changed their life for the better.
Joseph Kelly There is nothing we love more at Essential Kids than visiting our friends at Giggle and Hoot. This time when Hoot called us in for a mint slice and an ice-cold glass of milk he had an exciting new friend for us to meet – Hootabelle.
The newest princess from Disney is more interested in shooting arrows and hunting bears than attending balls and finding Prince Charming.
Joseph Kelly 2012 is shaping up as a huge year for pint-sized movie buffs. Enjoy the previews of the top ten movies Essential Kids are hanging out for this year!
Los Angeles An anti-profanity crusader in the US has asked the ABC television network to pull this week's Modern Family episode in which a toddler appears to use a bleeped curse word.
KATIE CARLIN Michelle Williams dedicates her Golden Globe win to her daughter in a heartfelt acceptance speech.
John Anderson The new film The Muppets reunites the old Jim Henson gang on the big screen for the first time in more than a decade and introduces a new generation (and their more mature fans) to the joys of digitally manipulated (as opposed to digital) heroes.
Children's TV has its share of decidedly grown-up antics, writes Lenny Ann Low.
Philippa Hawker The furry pre-schooler Muppet, voiced by the same puppeteer for 27 years, talks to and advocates for kids.
Giles Hardie "Try not to [fight], but if you have to, defend yourself," advises Angelina Jolie.
Giles Hardie Logie-winner Chrissie Swan leaves The Circle to focus on radio and tuck shop duties.
Joseph Kelly Our screens are about to be filled with brave dolphins, naughty chipmunks, dancing penguins, swashbuckling cats, mysterious lands and high sea adventures. Essential Kids has loaded up on popcorn and choc-tops to give you a peek at the best of the summer movies.