Movie review of the week: Golden Compass
Tue Dec 11
Despite the hype, critics largely panned The Golden Compass, based on the book by Philip Pullman. Even Nicole Kidman's performance was reviewed as less than stellar. But what did kids think of the flick, intended for youngsters? Our friends at Kid Picks asked some youngsters for their honest opinions. Check it out: Read our exclusive interview with Golden Compass author Philip Pullman. Plus, go to kidpicksonline.com for more reviews from kid critics.
Recalls are so the new black.
Thu Dec 6
This is getting a bit ridiculous. I signed on to check my news feed today and here's what I found in the top 20 headlines of the day alone (um, it's only 11:35am, people!): The Home Depot Recalls Holiday Figurines Due to Lead Paint Hazard Starbucks Recalls Coffee Mugs Due to Burn Hazard Boys' Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Scope Apparel Due to Strangulation Hazard RC2 Voluntarily Recalls Three Styles of Reclining Feeding Seat Parnoid-o-meter: 7 out 10 and rising. Related stories: Are any toys safe? Aqua Dots recall
Stalking St. Nick: 4 places to see Santa this weekend
Thu Dec 6
Sure, you could go see Santa at Macy's Santaland this weekend-–putting yourself in danger of being overrun by fanny-pack wielding gaggles of tourists–-or, you could head to one of these four locations. This is your chance to skip the line and head right for the old man’s lap, no elbowing necessary. Deb’s Family Disco Dance: Santa Leads the Hora Family Disco does Hannukah with an all-family hora. Owner Deb Wasser combined the Festival of Lights with a visit from St. Nick by posing the question: “Who better to lead the dance than… Santa Claus!” We can think of a few, but maybe Hannukah Harry and the Holiday Armadillo were already booked. All ages.Sun 9 at 2pm. Deb’s Family Disco, Club LQ, 511 Lexington Ave between 24th and 25th Sts (212-586-7425, familydisco.com). Subway: 6 to 23rd St. $12. More places to see Santa The best holiday window displays Classic Christmas shows Breakfast with the Beasts–-and Santa! At this holiday event, the...
Oh, for the love of obesity.
Thu Dec 6
Have you guys seen today's New York Times? They ran this article about a Florida county that is bribing rewarding its elementary school kids with fast food. I kid you not. Seminole County has partnered with McDonald's of all places to reward kids who get good grades with Happy Meals. Oy. One woman quoted in the article says, "Turning report cards into ads for McDonald's undermines parents' efforts to encourage healthy eating." For now, there are no plans to expand the program nationally, so no need to worry about seeing a burger and fries in your kid's backpack come the end of the quarter. Still, when obesity is such a big issue for today's youth--more than 25 million kids and teens are considered overweight or nearly overweight--doesn't this partnership strike you as a bit backward? Is fast food really an appropriate reward for straight A's? What do you think?
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