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Planes: Fire & Rescue trailer, take 2

Flying in the coat-tails of a more sombre look at what the sequel will be like, the second trailer is what you would expect for the"Planes" sequel.


Can you spot the Pixar Easter eggs?


Neha Prakash Pixar films may be most loved for sweet stories of friendship and lovable characters, but it's the Easter eggs that make each movie like an animated treasure hunt.


Eight-year-old Angelina Jordan sings Nancy Sinatra classic 'Bang Bang' on Norway's Got Talent


LIVIA GAMBLE Angelina Jordan Astar’s mature voice and soulful song selections continue to stun judges and audiences around the world, and she’s only eight.


Family-friendly school holiday movies

What to see at the movies these school holidays.

Rob Lowing Now these are what we call movie-friendly school holidays - there is something to entertain for all ages.

Goonies is getting a sequel

<i>Goonies</i> to get a sequel!

Children of the '80s, have we got the news for you: The Goonies director Richard Donner confirmed the film is getting a sequel.

Beckham's eldest son Brooklyn makes modelling debut

Brooklyn Beckham's first modelling gig.

KATIE CARLIN Brooklyn Beckham has made his modelling debut at the age of 15, covering Man About Town magazine.

Movie trilogy for Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts

Harry Potter with a hippogriff called Buckbeak.

Three Harry Potter spin-off movies based on the magical beasts from the books are being penned by JK Rowling.

First trailer of Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles released

The <i>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles</i> are back but perhaps with a little less of the late '80s, early '90s vernacular.

Sarah Thomas Get your first look at the $125 million Michael Bay reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the trailer revealing what the half-shell heroes look like after their CGI makeover.


Jessica Mauboy sings counting song for 'Sesame Street'


Performed by Jessica Mauboy, ‘Five Kangaroos’ is the first song written by an Australian to feature on 'Sesame Street'.


Adults join the universal 'Frozen' sing-a-long


LIVIA GAMBLE Kids aren't the only one's going nuts for Disney's 'Frozen'. Instead, the latest Youtube videos going viral are of adults singing songs from the chart topping soundtrack.

Disney announces 'The Incredibles' sequel


LIVIA GAMBLE CEO Bob Iger revealed they are in the process of writing the script for 'The Incredibles 2'.


Snoopy and Charlie: A Peanuts Movie trailer is released


LIVIA GAMBLE Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the whole 'Peanuts' gang will be hitting the big screen in 3D next year.


Sofia Coppola to make 'Little Mermaid' into a live-action film


KATIE CARLIN 'The Little Mermaid' is set to be made into a live-action movie and indie darling Sofia Coppola from 'Marie Antoinette' fame is in “negotiations” to direct the film.

First look at Aladdin the musical


LIVIA GAMBLE Disney's Aladdin has been made into a Broadway musical due to premiere in New York this week – but, like the original movie, it is facing tough criticism on racial grounds

Kids vote for the best films of 2013

<i>The Hunger Games: Catching Fire</i> voted best film of 2013 by kids.

KATIE CARLIN Kids cast their votes for their pick of the best and worst movies and performances of 2013.


The Lego Movie 2 locally made

It is only Logic, Animal Logic ...The Lego story will continue in Sydney.

Garry Maddox The director of the surprise hit The Lego Movie has confirmed to Fairfax that its sequel will also be made in Sydney.

What are your kids watching on TV?

Child watching TV

David Dale The tantrums and fierce competitiveness of reality TV are prime in the viewing habits of children - along with ABC favourites.

Paddington Bear books made into a movie

Paddington Bear

KATIE CARLIN If you grew up loving the mischievous bear in the red hat, blue coat, and red wellington boots you will want to whip yourself up a marmalade sandwich to celebrate because Paddington Bear is coming to the big screen.

Trailer for the new 'Annie' film revealed


KATIE CARLIN The first trailer for the new Annie film has arrived and it is working its musical magic on us already.

The real reason Angelina Jolie's daughter got 'Maleficent' role


KATIE CARLIN The mother of six and star of Disney's 'Maleficent' has revealed that her five-year-old daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt took up the role as young Princess Aurora more out of necessity than desire.

The Oscars snubbed Batkid at the last minute

Miles Scott, Batkid

Chris Taylor Here's what you didn't see at the Oscars: The Academy Awards pulled a segment with 5-year-old Miles Scott, also known as Batkid.

Harry Potter cast sing Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together'

Harry Potter cast and Taylor Swift combine.

Harry Potter cast sing Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ in what may possibly be the most magical three minutes of movie-music mash-up ever.

12 Oscar nominees reimagined as disney characters


Andrea Romano The clever artists at The Custom Cartoon Bakery developed a clever way of making this year's Oscar nominees a part of your world: 12 of your favorite Oscar contenders re-imagined as your favorite Disney royalty, villains and anthropomorphic animals.

21 kids sing along to the 'Frozen' hit, 'Let it Go'


The Huffington Post has produced a video featuring 21 passionate performers singing along to the hit song, “Let it Go.”

Adorable kids act out scenes from Oscar-nominated films

Kid Oscars returns with their versions of the nominated films of 2014.

KATIE CARLIN What do you get when you recruit a bunch of adorable children to re-enact this year’s Oscar nominated best pictures? One cute mash-up of movies.

Warner Bros creates bloopers for The LEGO Movie


Creators of the LEGO Movie have made a set of funny blooper outtakes depicting the stars as real-life actors on the set of a movie.


Top 10 films for family movie nights

The top ten family films that are winners in our house ...

Nova Weetman Finding a movie that appeals to the whole family can be a tricky one but here are ten films that are guaranteed to entertain.

Princess J-Law

14 ways Jennifer Lawrence is like a Disney Princess

Jennifer Lawrence

Andrea Romano At some stages it's hard to tell who is who.

Lego Movie clicks at the box office

<i>Lego</i> movie ... 'We'll wing it ... that's a bat pun'.

The Lego Movie clicked with moviegoers, assembling an exceptional $US69.1 million ($A77.33 million) on debut at the weekend US box office.


Is it time Disney made a plus-size princess?

Disney Princesses

AMBER ROBINSON Is it time for a plus-sized Disney princess? 17-year old Jewel Moore thinks so. The junior at Fuqua High School in Farmville, Virginia, USA has started a petition calling for Disney to create a plus-size protagonist for its highly-profitable Princess franchise.


Watch Indian kid tear up the stage with mind-boggling moves


Staff writers 8-year-old Akshat Singh has become a viral sensation after storming the stage of ‘India’s Got Talent’ with his Bollywood moves and mind-boggling flexibility.

Sesame street travels to middle earth in 'Lord of the Rings' parody


Beckett Mufson If there was one cookie to rule them all, chances are Cookie Monster would be the one to make it — and then eat it himself.


Julie Andrews reveals secrets behind Mary Poppins


Andrea Mandell Mary Poppins almost never saw the light of day, a story exposed in Saving Mr. Banks (in New Zealand theatres in Feburary), which travels back in time to 1961.

Disney announces Polynesian princess Moana


Michael Field Polynesians are getting the Disney cartoon treatment in a kind of Kupe meets Snow White in the South Seas animation.


School holiday family movie reviews


Rob Lowing We give you the run down of what's on offer for families these school holidays at the movies.

Believing the magic

Angelina Ballerina the Mousical, at the Arts Centre

John Bailey 'Tis the season of kids' shows, but why are some labelled 'ages three and over' while others are suggested for eights, 10s or 12s? It's something theatre makers take very seriously.


Top kids' movies coming in 2014

Kids movies coming in 2014

KATIE CARLIN A smorgasbord of films for kids are on their way in 2014, there are sequels galore, spooky stories, action, laughs and hours of entertainment to be had so sit down with the kids and take a look at the best movies for the family coming next year.

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Sesame Street's Hunger Games parody


Livia Gamble At the peak of his acting career the Cookie Monster is back is what is set to be Sesame Street's spoof of the year.


Jennifer Lawrence was an anxious child


Jennifer Lawrence's childhood nickname was "Nitro" because she took medication for social anxiety.

First trailer of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent.

Karl Quinn Disney has released the first trailer for Maleficent, a retelling of Sleeping Beauty from the viewpoint of the evil fairy.

Five-year-old cancer survivor Miles Scott becomes superhero Batkid for a day

Miles Scott, Batkid

A five-year-old boy with cancer has become a superhero for a day, as San Francisco transformed itself into Gotham City and thousands turned out to see the Batkid fly to the rescue.


Early celebrity audition tapes

11-year-old Miley Cyrus auditioning for her role on Hannah Montana.

Before they were famous they were just hopeful actors auditioning on amateur-filmed audition tapes.

Lady Gaga as done by kids PS22 choir

Gaga arrives for Glamour Magazine's

Brian Anthony Hernandez Listen to an adorable chorus of children sing two of Gaga's biggest hits.

Must-see Halloween video tests kids on treats


Livia Gamble Messing with a child and their candy on Halloween is a recipe for disaster but if this focus group of taste-testing kids is anything to go by it's also really entertaining.


Incredible 'Wrecking Ball' Cover: by an 11-year-old

Blind girl from Phillipines sings Wrecking Ball

Neha Prakash Joyce Jimenez, an 11-year-old from the Philippines, belted out Miley Cyrus' hit song "Wrecking Ball" with a voice more powerful than, well, a wrecking ball.


Join the Hi-5 house party!

lauren from Hi-5

Amber Robinson With a fresh new line up, Hi-5 are ready to hit the road for an East Coast concert tour. We stuck our heads behind the scenes for a sneak peek at the Hi-5 House Party.

Trekking through parenthood


BROOKE LUMSDEN Once a reluctant trekkie, Brooke Lumsden was lured into the world of Klingons and spaceships by her husband but she discovered something surprising about the show she had vowed to avoid.

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Top 10 failed young fiction franchises

Mortal INstruments

Andrew Morris Not all successful young adult fiction novels guarantee instant success on the big screen. Here are the film franchises that should have done well but didn't.

The Simpsons to kill off a popular character, but who?

The Simpsons Lego Range

Michael Lallo The producers of The Simpsons will kill off an iconic character in the new season of the long-running series - and they have dropped a frustratingly vague clue about who it will be.

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Holiday movies

Chase for family film tickets gets animated

Action from The Smurfs 2

GARRY MADDOX For anyone going to the cinema this school holidays, the new movies will feel very familiar.


Disney princesses get the retro treatment

Disney princesses get a makeover

Staff writers Swedish artist Beatrice Lorén has drawn Disney princesses depicted in the fashion style of the year in which their movies first hit our screens.

Princess Leia still waiting for the force to come her way

Princess Leia

Monica Dux It's the boys who are called upon to save the day, while the girls have to make do with fancy hairstyles.

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No Smurfessence


Reviewer: RON CERABONA Film review: A so, so sequel that could have had a more imaginative dose.


Where all your nightmares come true

<i>Escape from Tomorrow</i> ... a dark, disturbing movie, filmed secretly inside Disney World.

KATIE CARLIN It is about to get a whole lot darker at the ‘happiest place on earth’ thanks to a horror-fantasy movie filmed secretly inside the Disney theme parks and resorts.

School holiday movies for kids

School holiday flicks

Rob Lowing Rob Lowing takes a seat on the aisle to check out what's on the big screen during the school holidays.

Welcome back, Ariel


AMBER ROBINSON Disney’s feisty mermaid princess is reaching a new generation of young girls with this month’s re-release of The Little Mermaid on DVD and Blu-Ray.


Rowling to write new Harry Potter movie

harry potter

Giles Hardie Author JK Rowling has agreed to write a series of new movies set in the Harry Potter universe.


The kids' shows you can't stand

I'm not suggesting Dinosaur Train is evil, but I do think it's the Snakes on a Plane of kids' shows.

Elissa Griesser Dinosaur Train is the Snakes on a Plane of kids' shows. And that's even before you hear the main character raps the word "cretaceous".

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First look at The Book Thief

the book thief

Nick Miller The first trailer for the movie adaptation of Australian author Markus Zusak's novel The Book Thief suggests it has all the marks of a genuine Oscar contender.

Cookie Monster spoofs Icona Pop


Livia Gamble Sesame Street have released a cover of Icona Pop's "I love it" which aims to teach children about self-control.

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