September 21, 2013 |
For many parents of young children, the battle over limiting little ones' time with iPads and other mobile devices is difficult and seemingly unending. They can serve as fantastic baby sitters in a pinch, but the soulless gaze they can prompt in children can be downright terrifying. A number of scientific studies have raised red flags; this summer Public Health England, for instance, warned that children who spend more time watching screens tend to have higher levels of emotional distress, anxiety and depression.
July 23, 2013 |
"Mako Mermaids" may look like the CW teen drama that never was, but it could give Hollywood more Netflix nervosa when it starts Friday on the streaming service. A spin-off of an Australian show called "H2O: Just Add Water," the teens-as-mermaids series is the latest in Netflix's inaugural year of original programs, preceded by Emmy-nominated fare that is already shaking up older legacy networks. The Netflix lineup includes fare like the political drama "House of Cards" and the revived version of "Arrested Development.
June 25, 2013 |
Netflix is doubling down on exclusive programming for children, adding '"Mako Mermaids," a spin-off of the popular Australian teen drama about mermaids "H2O: Just Add Water. " "Mako Mermaids" is set to premiere July 26 on Netflix, returning viewers to the fictional Mako Island, where the three teenage girls entered a magical cave and underwent their transformation in the original series. The seemingly improbable premise of "H2O" connected with teens around the world -- the series was distributed in more than 120 countries. The show's popularity on Netflix prompted the streaming service to strike a deal with Jonathan M. Shiff Productions for exclusive rights to the distribute the 26-episode spin-off series, "Mako Mermaids," in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Nordics.
May 30, 2013 |
Last year, Animal Planet aired the "docufiction" special "Mermaids: The Body Found" and grabbed the cable channel's strongest ratings since the death of Steve Irwin in 2006. So it's no surprise that last weekend, they returned to the ocean for "Mermaids: The New Evidence. " What is surprising is that this follow-up special netted Animal Planet's largest audience ever. About 3.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the special, which claimed to have never-before-seen footage taken of the mermaids in the Greenland Sea. Both "Mermaids" specials were hoaxes, designed to look like real documentaries.
May 10, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Michelle Tea has been a horoscope writer, an activist and a sex worker. She never graduated from college, but she has written a novel, a poetry collection and four memoirs - one of which, "Valencia," is being made into an independent film by 21 filmmakers. As co-founder of the literary performance group Sister Spit, she's led troupes of performance poets and artists across the United States and Europe. On a Sunday afternoon at a Polish restaurant in lower Manhattan, over a plate of pierogis and vegetarian borscht, she describes what might be her most unlikely project yet: a trilogy of young adult novels about a "radical Polish mermaid," the first of which, "Mermaid in Chelsea Creek" (McSweeney's McMullens, $19.95)
May 9, 2013 |
Members of L.A.'s film music elite mingled with weather-beaten eco-warrior sailors and neo Edwardian fashionistas amid costumes from Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" Tuesday night at the multi-textured unveiling of musician-arranger-composer Ysanne Spevack's ambitious music-fashion-film-beauty concept, the Coldwater Project. There are many layers to Spevack's Coldwater Project, but in a nutshell, it's a collection of 13 songs, each with accompanying short film, charity affiliate and brand sponsor. It's a novel way to approach an album release but one that reflects the do-it-yourself, collaborative-yet-individualized spirit of our times. “The lesson of this entire album is to just be yourself,” explained Spevack, wearing a powder pink Alexander McQueen silk chiffon dress and custom-made shoes by high society shoe designer Terry de Havilland, who had reached out to Spevack and asked her to be his “shoe muse.” Guests included director James Eckhart (brother of Aaron)