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Parents concerned over Free TV plan to air adult content earlier

Jen Vuk 2:27pm Free TV has every right to grow and mould its business model but the cons of these proposals for those of us with young children aren’t insubstantial.

March: Family friendly movie reviews

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Rob Lowing We review the films your kids and teens will be begging you to see this month and let you in on all the family-friendly details you need to know in advance.

'Adventure Time' movie given the green light from Warner Bros.

Green light: Warner Bros. announce 'Adventure Time' movie.

Livia Gamble Warner Bros. have announced they are making a feature-length, animated 'Adventure Time' movie.

‘Frozen Fever’ trailer is here

Frozen Fever is coming.

Katie Carlin Just when you thought you couldn’t wait any longer, Disney has unveiled their first Frozen Fever trailer.

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Lawyers circle after Power Rangers fan film starring James Van Der Beek goes viral

James Van Der Beek in <i>Power Rangers</i> fan film.

Michael Idato A fan-made film based on the successful Power Rangers films and television series has drawn the ire of Saban Brands, the Hollywood company that owns the franchise.

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Cumberbatch sends tribute for young fan

Benedict Cumberbatch says he's open to playing an idiot on-screen.

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch sent a heartfelt letter to be read out at the funeral of a 14-year-old fan.

Marvel release new 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' poster featuring a hidden superhero

Vision: Hidden superhero featured in Avengers: Age of Ultron new poster.

Livia Gamble Take a look at Marvel's hidden superhero.

Julie Andrews tribute

Lady Gaga brings tears with Sound of Music medley at Oscars

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Michael Koziol The Academy Awards can sometimes plod along to a fairly predictable script. But when Lady Gaga is involved, predictable is out of the equation.

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House of Bricks: 'Sesame Street' parodies 'House of Cards'

House of Bricks: 'Sesame Street' parodies popular TV show.

Livia Gamble Titled 'House of Bricks', the parody is loosely modelled around the 'Three Little Pigs' nursery rhyme – with one twist.

We might get a 'Now And Then' remake

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If you haven't seen the classic '90s sleepover flick, treat yourself this weekend.

DC Comics turns young fan into her own superhero

Grand gesture: DC comics sends young fan a token of their commitment.

Livia Gamble The question: why aren't there more female superheroes has been asked many times before.

Kristen Bell reveals the truth about 'Frozen' sequel

Frozen rumours: Actress Kristen Bell (voice of Anna) sets the record straight.

Katie Carlin It is the question on every Frozen fan’s lips. Will we be getting a sequel? Yes, if the stars of the hit film have their way.

The Man of Steel gets his very own Joker

Superman's mysterious Joker to be revealed.

Brian Truitt Superman needs his own Joker, too.

'Peppa Pig' episode banned in Australia for sending the wrong message about spiders

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Livia Gamble According to one viewers spiders should be feared and not befriended.

Disney release new 'Cinderella' trailer

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Rachel Clun With just six weeks until the release of Cinderella, Disney have released yet another trailer which hints at plenty of romance, trouble, and a new twist.

'Paddington' sequel could be in the works

'Paddington': The Peruvian bear might be getting a sequel.

Livia Gamble Following its success, Studiocanal is in talks about a Paddington sequel after the Peruvian bear made over US$200 million to-date at the box office worldwide.

Spider-Man joins Marvel movies starring Avengers' characters

Swinging by: Marvel Studios has signed a deal with Sony Pictures that will allow Spider-Man to appear in its <i>Avengers</i> film series.

Brian Truitt Spider-Man has featured in the comic books, but now he'll be teaming with Iron Man and Captain America in the movies.

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Disney finally release 'Aladdin' from its vault

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Livia Gamble Genie might have been freed from his lamp but Disney has kept the Aladdin movie locked in their vault for approximately seven years.

Marvel announce female superhero team

A-Force: Marvel create a female-led superhero group.

Livia Gamble After years of longing for more female superheroes Marvel have announced a new group of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”.

Kristen Wiig and Maddy Ziegler's powerful Grammy performance with Sia

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Livia Gamble Wiig performed an incredible dance routine alongside dance prodigy Maddie Ziegler as part of Sia's live performance at the 2015 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

‘Peppa Pig, I’m over you’: School boys receive infringement notice for Peppa Pig breakup song

I'm over you: Two boys break up with Peppa Pig in a public way.

Livia Gamble Two school boys have officially ended their relationship with Peppa Pig after they wrote and published a song about falling out of love with the famous pig. 

'SpongeBob Movie' awash with comedy

A scene from <i>The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water</i>.

Rick Bentley The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water is funny enough to captivate youngsters and their parents (or grandparents).

First look at Disney's 'Frozen' sequel

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Livia Gamble Good news, depending on how you look at it, Frozen is back and they have a new song.

Disney release second 'Tomorrowland' trailer

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Livia Gamble Directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and starring George Clooney, the 30-second trailer is similar to the first and leaves you wanting more.

Disney announces first Latin American princess

Elena of Avalor

Mary Ward Elena of Avalor is Disney's first Latin American princess.

New Divergent sequel 'Insurgent' trailer released

Shailene Woodley in the latest Insurgent trailer.

Mary Ward Parents of teens, book in a trip to the movies this March.

February: Family-friendly movie reviews

Theory Of Everything: Perfect for teens and adults alike.

Rob Lowing Here is everything you need to know about the movies your kids and teens will be begging you to see this month.

Meet Harley Bird, the voice of Peppa Pig

Harley Bird, the 13-year-old voice of Peppa Pig.

Rachel Clun On being Peppa Pig: "We’d be besties in real life."

Who you gonna call? Director hints at 'Ghostbusters' all-female cast

Who you gonna call? Sony hints at female cast.

Livia Gamble A 'Ghostbusters' reboot is in the works with an all-female cast but the question on everyone’s mind is who will be playing the ghost-busting foursome?

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Mr Men and Little Miss characters are headed to Tinseltown

Mr Tickle was the first Mr Men character created by Roger Hargreaves.

Livia Gamble Fox Animation secured the rights for the Mr Men franchise and plan to produce a series of movies.

If Disney princesses had realistic hair

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Livia Gamble Magazines aren't the only ones guilty of a photoshop fail.

'Full House' cast reunites, sings theme song

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Livia Gamble The cast of 'Full House' reunited over the weekend and performed their own rendition of the theme song.

Emma Watson to star in live-action Beauty and the Beast movie

Emma is the new Belle.

Actress Emma Watson is set to receive a makeover as a Disney princess after landing the role of Belle in the upcoming remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Why Aussie kids should watch 'Paper Planes'

Ed Oxenbould, Davd Wenham, Peter Rowsthorn, Sam Worthington, Julian Dennison and Ena Imai star in Robert Connolly's Paper Planes.

Elana Benjamin In the 48 hours since I took my kids to see Paper Planes, our home has been converted into a Reflex paper airport – without a control tower.

Book publishers give Harry Potter characters a new look

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Livia Gamble In preparation for a new deluxe edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco and Hagrid have all been given a new look.

Age of Ultron

New Avengers trailer leaves us with more questions

The Hulk in <i>Avengers: Age of Ultron</i>.

A new trailer for Joss Whedon’s hotly anticipated Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron, landed overnight and it looks set to be a much darker instalment.

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8 Disney movie releases in 2015

Cinderella is the first Disney film release for the year.

Rachel Clun From Cinderella to the latest Star Wars instalment, there's something for everyone among this rundown of upcoming Disney movie adventures.

Five reasons why kids can’t let 'Frozen' go

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Livia Gamble Princess movies aren't new, so why is it that millions of pre-schoolers just can’t let Frozen go?

Fox release another trailer for 'The Peanuts Movie'

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Livia Gamble Based on Charles Schulz comic strip, 'The Peanuts Movie' is scheduled for the big screen in November, 2016.

Disney release second 'Cinderella' trailer

Sneak Peak: Disney release second Cinderella trailer.

Livia Gamble Disney has released an official "sneak peek" trailer of their live-action Cinderella movie.

'Into the Woods': An adaptation too faithful?

Johnny Depp as the Wolf with a taste for Little Red Riding Hood in <i>Into the Woods</i>.

Stephanie Merry Fans of the Tony Award-winning musical Into the Woods were fairly horrified about a Disney-produced movie adaptation. Imaginations ran wild at the prospect of what might get cut from the original, an intricate fable that thumbed its nose at "happily ever after" and embraced the grimmest of Grimm's fairy tales.

Have courage, be kind, and be skinny? 'Cinderella' waist shocks

The latest <i>Cinderella</i> PR moved backfired on Disney.

Rachel Clun Oh dear, Disney. The fairytale powerhouse Disney has tried to spread some magic about its latest movie, Cinderella, but instead it managed to get the internet talking about Cinderella's waist.

10-year-old novice chosen to play heroine in classic tale, 'The BFG'

Roald Dahl's BFG is set to hit the big screen in 2016.

Livia Gamble A 10-year-old newcomer has cast in Steven Spielberg's movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's BFG.

Study claims kids' movies are actually 'hotbeds of murder and mayhem'

On-screen deaths can be traumatic for children.

Livia Gamble A new study has declared kids' movies to be “rife with death and destruction”.

The Simpsons: 21 surprising facts to celebrate 25 years

Celebrating 25 years of <i>The Simpsons</i>.

As the cartoon sitcom celebrates its quarter century this week, Michael Hogan offers some surprising facts about the show.

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New 'Annie' movie less about 'Tomorrow' and all about today

<i>Annie</i> remake brings the classic tale into the 21st century.

Jill Serjeant Forget the curly red hair and Depression-era orphans, the hit musical Annie moves firmly into the 21st century in a new film version.

JK Rowling regrets killing off this character in 'Harry Potter' series

JK Rowling had a character killed

Livia Gamble In a new short essay published on the Pottermore website Rowling said she feels guilty about killing off this character.

Festive films to watch on TV this Christmas

Is it really Christmas without Macaulay Culkin?

Melissa Jenkins Here is a roll call of some very different festive films to watch on television or rent out this year.

Little girl schools Gaston while visiting Disney World

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Livia Gamble A little girl has made her feelings for Gaston from Beauty and the Beast very clear after a trip to Disney World.

Feast of fine flicks

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Rob Lowing Great news, Australian families. Eighteen high-profile films release these holidays, which means something for nearly every age group.

Nicole Kidman joins young cinemagoers for 'Paddington' premiere

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Sarah Thomas It was a glamorous swirl of chiffon and sequins on the red carpet at the Paddington premiere on Sunday morning - but with a difference.

Marvel announces Benedict Cumberbatch as 'Doctor Strange'

Benedict Cumberbatch.

He has solved cases as Sherlock Holmes, been exiled as Julian Assange and saved Britain from the Nazis as Alan Turing, but British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is not done playing the hero as Marvel announced Thursday he will star as Doctor Strange.

Family makes up to $10,000 a month making Disney cover videos

Anna from Disney's 'Frozen' (right) and nine-year-old Mia Bagley (left) in her cover of 'Do You Want To Build A Snowman?'.

Shaza Barbar As the highest grossing animated feature of all time, just about everyone has seen Disney's film Frozen, as well as every Youtube cover of the film's popular songs.  

5SOS asked parents' permission for tour

Five Seconds Of Summer.Left to right, Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford.

They may be superstars, award winners and every teenage girl's dream date, yet Five Seconds of Summer had to check with their parents before they went out on tour with One Direction.

'Frozen' sequel "in the works"

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For those hoards of fans whose appetite for Frozen certainly hasn't melted, there's some good news.

Watch: 'Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens' trailer

'You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought': The Millennium Falcon is more beat-up than ever.

Michael Idato The world's first glimpse of the new Star Wars film, episode seven in the long-running saga, and the first from Star Trek reboot director J.J. Abrams, was released over the weekend.

Watch the first teaser trailer for 'Pan'

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Livia Gamble The first trailer for Joe Wright’s 'Pan' has been released.

'Jurassic World' trailer arrives in all its deadly hybrid-dinosaur glory

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NEHA PRAKASH It's back, and it's bigger than ever.

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DreamWorks release second 'Home' trailer

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Livia Gamble DreamWorks have released the second full-length trailer for their latest release Home.

'Penguins' has plenty for kids and parents

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Roger Moore "Penguins of Madagascar" is as "cute and cuddly" as ever, and often downright hilarious.

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