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Lupita Nyong'o and Elmo are comfortable in their skin

Lupita Nyong’o visited Sesame Street to talk with Elmo about skin and self-love.

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Best of the school holiday films

Don't forget your 3D glasses.

Rob Lowing We review the best and worst flicks - and tell you what to watch out for, like those extra charges for seeing new films on the biggest screens and that annoying trend of films starting without opening credits.

'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Trailer: 'Peeta is The Capitol's weapon'

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Brian Anthony Hernandez The first full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1.

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Why these Disney princesses are motherless

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Livia Gamble Belle, Ariel and Jasmine all have their own individual story to tell, but one thing these Disney princesses have in common is that they are motherless.

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5 Marvel movies you won't mind your kids watching

Which marvel movies are appropriate for kids?

Karen Andrews With school holidays approaching here are five of the best family friendly Marvel movies.

The best and worst quotes from kids' TV

Kid's television shows can be just as entertaining for the adults as they are for the kids.

Lisa Almond Children's television can often provide entertaining lines for the adults as well as the kids.

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The Boxtrolls dish up a platter of laughs worth sharing

The Boxtrolls is due for release September 18.

Katie Carlin If your family loves cheese, laughs, and stop-motion animation than The Boxtrolls is the spring movie release for you from the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman.

Behind the scenes at The Block

The Block Glasshouse. Image supplied by Melinda Houston.

Donna Webeck Assistant Production Manager Fiona Lowe takes us behind the scenes of this cult TV show to answer questions we've been curious about for so long.

Best TV Shows for kids

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Lisa Almond In the interest of safety, security and education, and after much intensive research by both myself and my children, we’ve compiled a list of the best TV shows for kids.

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New 'Mockingjay' poster shows Katniss ready for battle

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Laura Vitto Katniss Everdeen looks prepared to take down the Capitol in the latest teaser poster for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.

Frozen sequel set to hit cinemas in 2015

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The characters from smash-hit Disney movie Frozen are heading back to the big screen for an animated short.

John Oliver and Cookie Monster deliver the last word on news

John Oliver and Cookie Monster team up to bring you the news.

Matt Silverman You might know John Oliver as the dapper British gent speaking truth to power every Sunday on Last Week Tonight. But did you know he also co-anchors a nightly news broadcast about words with Cookie Monster?

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'Lah-Lah's Adventures' a musical treat for young and old

Lah-Lah's Adventures airs on the Cbeebies channel on Foxtel and Austar.

Katie Carlin Sydney-siders with tiny tots have been loyal followers of the Lah-Lah band for many years but the boisterous children’s music group from the inner-west continue to grow their following with their own television series.

The kids are all right: Grinspoon's Phil Jamieson on playing for children

High five: Phil Jamieson and James Rees (aka Jimmy Giggle) are performing at the Dress Up Attack! festival in Marrickville.

Patrick Begley Phil Jamieson is nervous. The former frontman for Grinspoon is picturing hundreds of children in an audience, judging him, with no fond memories of early Grinners songs to soften their scrutiny.

A 'Full House' reboot could be just around the bend

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Sandra Gonzalez The Full House reboot you thought only existed in your best and most nostalgic dreams could become a reality.

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Casting

Cate Blanchett to star in new Jungle Book film

Snake tales: Blanchett has signed on to play the python, Kaa, in the upcoming <em>Jungle Book</em> movie.

Cate Blanchett has joined the cast of the upcoming adventure tale Jungle Book: Origins.

Mara Wilson shares tribute to on-screen dad Robin Williams

Mara Wilson in 'Mrs Doubtfire'.

Katie Carlin Robin Williams’ youngest Mrs Doubtfire co-star, Mara Wilson, has published a heartfelt tribute to her on-screen father.

'Dora the Explorer' is growing up in new tween-aged show

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Livia Gamble Our little “explorer” is growing up and we’re not sure how we feel about it.

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Exclusive first look at trailer for Maya the Bee feature film

Animated adventure ... Maya the Bee.

Amber Robinson Everyone’s favourite little bee, Maya is set to return this year in the brand new feature film Maya the Bee Movie.

Our favourite television pets

What's that, Skip? Skippy the Bush Kangaroo was, for a time, the face of Australia to the world.

Nick Galvin They say never work with children or animals, but television wouldn't be what it is today without these cuddly and not-so-cuddly creatures.

Why Robin Williams nearly didn't make Aladdin

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Soraya Nadia McDonald Genie became one of his most loved roles, but he almost didn't provide his voice because of deep philosophical differences with Disney.

'Frozen' writer to turn 'A Wrinkle in Time' into next Disney hit

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Rachel Clun The writer and co-director of Disney’s smash hit Frozen has a new project - turning Meg Murray from the novel A Wrinkle in Time into Disney’s next big heroine.

TV special: 'Toy Story that Time Forgot'

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Livia Gamble Pixar Animation Studios has announced a second 'Toy Story' TV special that will air on ABC.

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Cast return for sequel to Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland'

Cast return for 'Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass'.

Production begins this week on the highly anticipated sequel to Tim Burton's blockbuster reinvention of Alice in Wonderland - with the same A-list cast as the 2010 Oscar-winning film.

5-year-old Noah Ritter goes from county fair to viral superstar

Noah Ritter, 5, delivers an unflinching piece to camera on WNEP TV.

Eryk Bagshaw Taking the reigns and reporting the local news, Five-year-old Noah Ritter is making headlines right now as the latest viral sensation.

Japan's Studio Ghibli still alive, for now

Apr 4 - FRI Spirited Away

Adario Strange Reports of the demise of legendary Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli have been greatly exaggerated.

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Top 10 parenting films that inspire

Steve Martin in 'Parenthood' (1989).

Karen Hardy There's a lot you can learn about parenting by watching some old and not so old, movies, writes Karen Hardy.

PR disaster

Backlash over Ninja Turtles' 9/11 'mistake'

Leonardo, voiced by Johnny Knoxville, in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action thriller.

Sarah Thomas Paramount Australia has apologised after a misjudged promotional poster for the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

The entire Jolie-Pitt clan are set to hit the big screen

Angelina Jolie at Maleficent premiere. Getty pic.

Livia Gamble The entire Jolie-Pitt clan are hitting the big screen each with a part to play in the upcoming movie, Cleopatra.

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Which Simpsons character will die next season?

Which Simpsons character will bite the dust in the new season premiere?

Springfield will have one less citizen when The Simpsons kicks off again for season 26.

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'Jem and the Holograms' Movie Will Have 'Mostly' Original Songs

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When Jem fans hit the theater for the upcoming live-action film starring Audrey Peeples, they should prepare their ears for a taste of something unfamiliar.

10-year-old will make his acting debut as Mowgli in Disney's 'Jungle Book'

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Josh Dickey The Walt Disney Studios went way beyond the bare necessities to find Mowgli for its upcoming feature The Jungle Book. After a global search, Disney finally landed on 10-year-old newcomer Neel Sethi from New York.

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Comics

Marvel unveils Thor as a woman

The female superhero, Thor, who will appear in upcoming Marvel comic book issues.

Comic book superhero character Thor will now be a woman, publisher Marvel Comics says, while one of the biggest characters in the Archie Comics is set to die.

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The new 'Sailor Moon' remake is here

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Livia Gamble After decades of lying dormant, Sailor Moon has returned to the airwaves.

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'Doctor Who' trailer has landed

The new Doctor is here.

Brian Anthony Hernandez "Where are we going?" asks Doctor Who companion Clara Oswald midway through the thrilling new trailer for the eighth season in the revived sci-fi series.

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'Boyhood': A film that traces one boy's journey from child to man

'Boyhood' stars Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, and Patricia Arquette.

Filmed over 12 consecutive years, 'Boyhood' centers on Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who's 6 when the story opens and 18 when it ends.

Books

Harry Potter is back in JK Rowling's new short story

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Harry Potter has returned, in a short story posted online by J.K. Rowling.

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Recap

12-year-old Romy's The Voice Kids 2014 audition ends in tears

Tears flow when Romy, 12, did not get selected.

Twelve-year-old Romy started bawling after her rendition of Adele's song Turning Tables failed to get a mentor to spin their chair during the blind auditions on Sunday night.

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These two actors to play 'Frozen's' Anna and Kristoff on 'Once Upon a Time'

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Sandra Gonzalez A Greek alum and a newcomer will bring two popular Frozen characters to life on the upcoming season of Once Upon a Time.

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'When Marnie Was There', the latest film from Studio Ghibli

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Livia Gamble Studio Ghibli has announced its latest feature film, 'When Marnie Was There'.

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Uni student parodies Disney Princesses while ruining their happily ever afters

Jon Cozart gives Disney Princesses a taste of reality.

Rachel Clun There’s a 22-year-old on Youtube who has a love for ruining Disney Princesses' happily ever afters, and it’s amazing.

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'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' teaser trailer reveals brainwashed Peeta

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The first teaser trailer for the next Hunger Games installment has arrived and it will make you hate President Snow even more than you already do.

One Direction sings their ABCs on 'Sesame Street'

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Andrea Romano A, B, C — 1D. Well, that's not quite how the song goes, but Bert is here to show One Direction how it's done.

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The Voice Kids 2014 blind auditions

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Andrew P Street One hundred kids were called for the blind auditions of the Voice Kids 2014 but only a handful will make it through.

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Paddington Bear trailer released without Colin Firth

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Rachel Clun A new live-action Paddington Bear film is set to hit cinema screens around Christmas time this year – but the bear is currently without a voice.

Danger Mouse to return to our screens

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If you're a child of the '80s rejoice - Danger Mouse and Penfold are being recommissioned for a new series of espionage and intrigue.

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Disney set to remake 'Beauty and the Beast' into a live-action film

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Livia Gamble There’s no rest for Disney, after the success of 'Maleficent' at the box office, the studio is back to work with their next live-action film, 'Beauty and the Beast'.

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Movie review: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Eye spy: Hiccup and his dragon Toothless.

Craig Mathieson An enchanting ride continues the story. This sequel has some lovely 3D-enhanced dragon-riding scenes before exploring a story focused on family and responsibility.

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Rihanna makes her voice-acting debut in DreamWorks' new film 'Home'

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Livia Gamble The fashion icon is teaming up with Jim Parsons (Big Bang Thoery) to save an alien race in the next DreamWorks Animation movie, 'Home'.

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Creepy Paddington haunts the web

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Internet pranksters have turned the first image from the coming Paddington Bear movie into a mock-horror meme.

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Trailer for 'The Boxtrolls' reveals exciting new stop-motion film

The Boxtrolls is due for release September 18.

Katie Carlin Fans of Coraline and ParaNorman will be thrilled to learn that the creators have released a new trailer for their highly anticipated third stop-motion feature length film, The Boxtrolls.

Disney creates new spin-off series for 'The Lion King'

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Livia Gamble Disney Junior is in the process of creating a new animated series based on the 1994 animated film 'The Lion King'.

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Mums turn Disney's 'Let It Go' into these hilarious parodies

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If you can’t get the theme song from Disney’s Frozen out of your head, do what these mums have done and create your own ‘Let It Go’ parody.

Five-year-old's plea for Peppa Pig to Malcolm Turnbull

Peppa Pig fan Tess Coventry, 5, with the letter she wrote calling for the popular children's TV show to stay on the ABC for her sister India, 2.

Ben Westcott When this five-year-old girl heard that Peppa Pig might get the axe, she took matters into her own hands with a letter.

Thieves steal $15,000 worth of Lego

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Livia Gamble A Victorian toy store has been raided twice in one week with the thieves stealing about $15,000 worth of Lego.

24 TV theme songs every '90s kid will remember

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Brian Koerber Grab a TV dinner and the remote, it's time to revisit your childhood.

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Review

Angelina Jolie brings fierce magic to Sleeping Beauty tale

Angelina Jolie brings her own beauty to Disney's re-imagined fairytale, <i>Maleficent</i>.

Philippa Hawker The long awaited release of Disney's Maleficent, with Angelina Jolie in the title role has arrived but does it live up to the hype?

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Malcolm Turnbull saves Peppa Pig

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Peppa Pig's head is off the chopping block, according to communications minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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'Wreck-it Ralph' might be getting a sequel

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Livia Gamble The musical composer of the first Wreck-it Ralph film let it slip that a sequel may be in the works for the popular movie - find out what he gave away here.

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Mystery solved: Pixar's secret code

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The mystery behind Pixar’s secret A113 code is no longer a mystery.

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