Contest: More From Shalom Sesame

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

I’ve got two great new Shalom Sesame DVDs to give away!  Grover Learns Hebrew features “Will and Grace’s” Debra Messing and Countdown Shavout has a guest appearance by…a dancing cow.  These are a great treat for Jewish families and anyone who wants to learn more about Judaism.

To enter, send an email to moviemom@moviemom.com with the name of the DVD you want to win and tell me your favorite Jewish holiday.  Don’t forget to include your address!  I will select a winner on May 1.  Good luck!

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Cracked Solves Seven Movie Mysteries

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Cracked has a funny post about what’s behind seven hotly debated movie mysteries, from what’s in “Pulp Fiction’s” briefcase to what Billy Murray whispered to Scarlett Johansson in “Lost in Translation.”  They even take on the last episode of “The Sopranos.”

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Tikki-Tikki-Tembo…

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 8:00 am

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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Profanity: None
Alcohol/ Drugs: None
Violence/ Scariness: Mild peril
Diversity Issues: A theme of the DVD
Date Released to Theaters: NA
Date Released to DVD: April 26, 2011
Amazon.com ASIN: B004HJ0ZM8

The DVD pick of the week is Tikki-Tikki-Tembo and More Stories of Asian Heritage, another from my very favorite series for young children and their families. This one arrives in time for May’s celebration of Asian Heritage Month in May, with some of the all-time greatest children’s classics, gorgeously illustrated and gently animated to encourage young readers. The title story is about a boy with a very, very long name — quite a problem when he falls down a well and someone has to get him some help.

 

The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (Written by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon, narrated by B. D. Wong) A compassionate couple risks their lives to reunite a pair of Mandarin ducks.

Grandfather’s Journey (Written and illustrated by Allen Say, narrated by B. D. Wong) A touching story about Grandfather’s travels from Japan to the United States and back again.

The Stonecutter (Written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott) Tasaku is a lowly stonecutter who longs for more power in this Japanese folk tale.

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China (Written and illustrated by Ed Young, narrated by B. D. Wong) This Asian version of the classic fairytale brings lessons about strangers, trust, and courage.

Sam and the Lucky Money (Written by Karen Chinn, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu, narrated by Ming-Na Wen) On Chinese New Year Sam meets a stranger who helps him make the perfect decision on how to spend his lucky money.

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Make a Video For Moby and Win a Prize!

Posted on April 24, 2011 at 7:39 am

Make a video for one of three new Moby tracks and you could find yourself featured at the New Director’s Showcase in Cannes!  Here are the details:

This year, as part of The Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Saatchi & Saatchi partners with Vimeo and Moby to discover yet another unique filmmaking talent, with a Music Video Challenge.

The brief is simple: interpret and bring to life the idea of ‘Hello, Future’ in the form of a fantastic music video for one of Moby’s tracks from his new album, ‘Destroyed’.

The winner will be announced and their video screened at this year’s New Directors’ Showcase in Cannes, as well as on the Vimeo site.

Historically, many featured directors in the Showcase have gone on to seriously successful careers: Tarsem, Michel Gondry, Mark Romanek, Spike Jonze, Ivan Zacharias, Kinka Usher, Danny Kleinman and Jonathan Glazer included.

No pressure.

All the rules for the Moby video contest are posted on Vimeo.  Download the three Moby tracks, pick one, create a masterpiece, and good luck!

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