February 9, 2006 |
Aladdin, Buzz Lightyear, Simba, Nemo ... has anyone noticed that they're all male? Researchers at USC's Annenberg School for Communication have. They studied the 101 top-grossing G-rated films released between 1990 and 2005, analyzing 4,249 speaking characters. They discovered that more than two out of three of those characters were male and that the female characters were much less likely to be central to the narrative.
May 24, 2000 |
Many G-rated animated films--from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Pinocchio" through "Toy Story" and "The Rug-rats Movie"--contain a surprising amount of violence, researchers say. In a study published in today's Journal of the American Medical Assn., two researchers cited scenes of fisticuffs, sword-fighting, gunplay and other aggressive action. Hollywood is often criticized for violence in movies for adults, but parents should be aware of what is in G-rated movies, the researchers said.
November 17, 1996 |
I recently took my 4-year-old to see the PG-rated "Bogus" and saw a trailer for the R-rated "Michael Collins" at a theater in Santa Monica. The trailer is filled with loud violence and voluminous explosions, the content and spirit of which are completely geared for a mature audience. The trailer for "The Mirror Has Two Faces" was shown in a theater in Santa Clarita with the film "Fly Away Home."
November 5, 1992 |
Lindsay may be only 4, but her taste in film is definite. "I don't like Mommy and Daddy movies," she asserts. "I only like kids' movies." OK. But now that "Pinocchio" is gone, where can parents find G-rated movies, let alone good ones? They go to video stores. They rent them over and over or buy them to use as pacifiers, baby sitters or boredom-busters when there's nothing safe to watch on TV. Lindsay's mother has snapped up a few for a home collection.
July 7, 1995 |
What's the major appeal of "Baywatch," the syndicated, hourlong TV series about lifeguards on an upscale L.A. beach, starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson? A smash hit overseas, it's been called the world's most popular TV show. Is it the scripts? Is it Hasselhoff's acting? No way. Let's face it. For many viewers--many male viewers, at least--it's the chance to oogle Anderson and the other bikini-clad beauties who populate that beach.
October 2, 1994 |
For more than a year, Warner Bros. has been wrestling with the same problem: How to re-release a film with the same rating it received in 1969. The film is Sam Peckinpah's violent Western classic "The Wild Bunch." The film's MPAA rating at its release was R but is now NC-17.
May 31, 2008 |
Watching footage of Janis Joplin at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival, you can see why Mama Cass, sitting in the crowd, keeps shaking her head. There's Janis, decked out in full gold lame and tiny mules, shaking and snarling her way through "Ball and Chain" as if she's tearing apart a small animal. The performance is part Muddy Waters, part Bridget Jones, a wild collision of mojo and nerd.
July 15, 1990 |
Connie Frank may have picked up fund-raising tactics from her husband, Disney executive Rich Frank, but it's no doubt her perseverance that has upgraded the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California benefit. Six years ago, her format, a bring-the-kids do at Walt Disney Studios, with hot dogs and a film, grossed $18,000.
November 29, 1990 |
If you would rather find a macaroni-studded pencil cup than a pricey necktie under the Christmas tree, you should feel right at home at "Dolls, Drums and Sugar Plums . . . or, Mama, There's a Fat Man Stuck in Our Chimney." Opening tonight at Orange Coast College's Theatre Lab, "Dolls" is a homespun collection of songs, skits, dances and monologues created and produced by 20 OCC theater arts students under the direction of Joan McGillis.
July 6, 1997 |
When she's not belting out "Tomorrow" on stage, "Annie," accompanied by an orphan friend or two, likes to head out to Times Square for a quick game of laser tag at one of the slick new arcades, followed by a bowl of spaghetti or a burger at a hip but kid-friendly eatery. They window-shop at the huge Disney Store that anchors the corner of 42nd Street. Across the street are two other recent arrivals kids love: DAPY for weird and wacky trinkets and Magic Max for take-home magic tricks.