12 Days of Christmas 2018 – Advent For Toddlers

Following on from my 25 Days Of Christmas Advent For Families, I also wanted to make a list of Christmas films that are more suitable for toddlers. My boy is 22 months old and is starting to get an idea of what Christmas is about, so I’m planning on watching a Christmas film with him every day so that I can teach him more about Santa and the festive season.

Sadly, if you’re avoiding TV specials of Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol because you watch enough of them already, there really aren’t that many films out there that are made especially for younger audiences. So here’s a short list of what’s available on TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky Cinema and NowTV over the following month (December 2018), showcasing the best Christmas films for toddlers for those who are looking for simpler animations to teach your little ones about the magic of Christmas.

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Film Review: The Muppets

(Published in Issue 7 of my publication In Retrospect)

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The Muppets, directed by James Bobin, follows Walter (performed by Peter Linz), the world’s biggest Muppet fan, and his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) who must raise $10 million to save the Muppet Theater from Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), a businessman with plans to demolish the building to dig for oil. To raise the money, the trio must first attempt to reunite The Muppets cast, who have each gone off in new directions with Fozzie Bear performing with a group of Muppet impersonators, the Moopets, Gonzo working as a plumbing magnate, Animal has ended up in a celebrity anger-management clinic sponsored by Jack Black and Miss Piggy working as Vogue Paris’s editor for plus-sized fashion. So will the trio be able to get the cast back together for one big show to save their heritage? Of course they will, it’s the Muppets!

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Films To Look Forward To In 2012

2012 has only just begun, and we’re already talking about some of the amazing films that are set to be released over the next year. With many anticipated films that have already been released in the US that we are yet to see, to the many Marvel films that we are frantically waiting for, we won’t be short of great films to put on the ‘to see’ list. Let’s not forget Peter Jackon’s The Hobbit as well, of course.

So, films of 2012, assemble! Here’s a list of what to look forward to this year, and also a few that you may want to avoid.

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New Producer for The Oscars and Billy Crystal To Host

(Written for HeyUGuys)

It’s been a hectic few days for the for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the 84th Academy Awards lost producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy all within 24 hours.

Confirmation of Ratner’s replacement is here, however, and conversations of who should stand in as host have been taking place all over the internet, with The Muppets taking lead as front-runners for the spot before Billy Crystal was confirmed as host, which he revealed on Twitter today.

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Jason Segel Talks ‘This Is Forty’ and Hopes To Make A Kids Adventure Film

(Written for HeyUGuys)

With the release of The Muppets a few months away (10th February, 2012), Jason Segel has this week confirmed that his character from knocked Up will return in Judd Apatow’s This Is Forty will be the same from Knocked Up and that he also hopes to make a new puppet film in vein of Goonies and Labyrinth.

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A Lot of Re-Making Is About To Be Done

Over the past month, and still to come this September, we have already been made aware about the remakes of Conan The Barbarian, Fright Night, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, The Three Musketeers and Footloose. But today I read Shortlist‘s post on “20 films you probably didn’t know are getting remade” that took a real shine to my interests. If you’re a twenty-something like myself there’s a number of films that will excite you too, with a few childhood favourites in this re-make line-up, as well as some American classics and a couple of horrors, some of which do not need to be remade but others that have real potential to benefit from the latest technology.

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