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  • Witty 'Lego Ninjago Movie' is a fun take on martial arts epics Witty 'Lego Ninjago Movie' is a fun take on martial arts epics “THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE” — 3 stars — Voices of Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen, Michael Pena, Zach Woods, Abbi Jacobson, Kumail Nanjiani; PG (mild action and some rude humor); in general releaseThe third Lego movie may face the biggest challenge of the toy series so far, since unlike its predecessors, "The Lego Ninjago Movie" doesn’t offer audiences the ...
  • Jimmy Kimmel slams Republican senator over health care. Here's why Jimmy Kimmel slams Republican senator over health care. Here's why Comedian Jimmy Kimmel became a nationally trending topic on Twitter Wednesday morning, but not because of his comedy.During Tuesday night’s broadcast of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” the late night talk show host slammed Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La, over the new healthcare overhaul plan, saying that Cassidy “lied right to my face.”Kimmel, who entered into the health care news stream in May ...
  • Scientists discover an underwater octopus city called Octlantis Scientists discover an underwater octopus city called Octlantis A group of biologists just discovered an underwater city full of octopuses, and they’re calling it Octlanis.Although it sounds like something out science fiction, it’s a reality.The so-called city includes “dens made out of piles of sand and shells, and is home to up to 15 of the cephalopods,” the biologists told Science Alert.The group recorded 10 hours of footage, ...
  • Why Parents Television Council president says Hollywood shouldn’t ‘sex up’ family content Why Parents Television Council president says Hollywood shouldn’t ‘sex up’ family content Hulu and Netflix are celebrating big wins from last weekend’s Emmys. But although they won many of the night's top awards, not everyone is happy about their content.“When I saw the (Emmy) results, it seemed like there should have been a sign that came with it that said ‘Families not welcome,’” said Parents Television Council President Tim Winter in a ...
  • Celebrities share thoughts and prayers for Mexico and Puerto Rico victims Celebrities share thoughts and prayers for Mexico and Puerto Rico victims On Tuesday afternoon, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake rattled Mexico City, sending the country into chaos with a death toll so far of over 200, according to The Washington Post.More than 40 percent of Mexico City is without power. Rescuers and volunteers have been working through the night to find missing children, clear wreckage and offer help to those in need.At ...
  • Boston Marathon bombing survivor drama 'Stronger' offers a unique underdog perspective Boston Marathon bombing survivor drama 'Stronger' offers a unique underdog perspective “STRONGER” — 3 stars — Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson, Carlos Sanz, Nate Richman; R (language throughout, some graphic injury images and brief sexuality/nudity); in general releaseAs an “inspiring true story” of a person overcoming a physical disability, “Stronger” isn’t all that unique. Rather, director David Gordon Green’s story of Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman resonates for the ...
  • When our kids let us down (and why it's not their fault) When our kids let us down (and why it's not their fault) I growled at my daughter this week.Not yelled. Not scolded. Growled.I had felt myself becoming increasingly frustrated throughout the week. The house was a mess. No one seemed to be pitching in to help. And for all my checklists and nagging, we couldn’t ever get everything done by bedtime or be on time for school in the morning.So, when my ...
  • How 'Downton Abbey' sent me on a slippery slope of binge-watching How 'Downton Abbey' sent me on a slippery slope of binge-watching Some years ago, after the first season of “Downton Abbey” aired on PBS and the second season had begun, friends began urging me and my wife to catch up with the show.This happens to all of us, of course — especially now, as viewing habits are so fragmented with uncountable combinations of cable networks, streaming sites and DVD/Blu-ray/digital availabilities.Everyone has ...
  • Expansive Salinger biopic 'Rebel in the Rye' seeks to know the man through his relationships Expansive Salinger biopic 'Rebel in the Rye' seeks to know the man through his relationships “REBEL IN THE RYE” — 2½ stars — Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Spacey, Zoey Deutch, Sarah Paulson; PG-13 (some language, including sexual references, brief violence and smoking); in general release“Rebel in the Rye” is an attempt to understand author J.D. Salinger through his different relationships. But while the angles are plentiful, this broad biopic of the famous reclusive author of “The ...
  • Boys thought no one was watching them in the pouring rain; what they do will shock any parent Boys thought no one was watching them in the pouring rain; what they do will shock any parent A heavy rain fell over Coppergate Elementary in Florida as the dismissal bell rang. While kids, teachers and parents found shelter, Isaac Davis and Nate Helmuth were outside. They didn't realize that what they were doing was being watched or that it would capture the attention of U.S. citizens across the country.Davis and Helmuth are safety patrols at Coppergate Elementary ...
  • 8 takeaways from Trump's aggressive and threatening U.N. speech 8 takeaways from Trump's aggressive and threatening U.N. speech President Donald Trump defended the United States in his speech before the United Nations General Assembly.In a 40-minute speech, the 45th president explained his desire to put America first.“As president of the United States, I will always put America first,” he said. “The United States will always be a great friend to the world and especially to its allies, but ...
  • The Clean Cut: Young magician on 'Britain's Got Talent' channels Hermione Granger The Clean Cut: Young magician on 'Britain's Got Talent' channels Hermione Granger Although Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and many are probably busy working on their Captain Jack Sparrow impressions, it would be wrong to let this day pass without acknowledging the birthday of the Muggle-born, book-loving wizard, Hermione Granger.Today marks the wizard's 38th birthday. The sassy, intelligent character has been a source of humor and wisdom for ...
  • Sean Spicer appeared at the Emmys, and no one is happy about it. Here's why it happened Sean Spicer appeared at the Emmys, and no one is happy about it. Here's why it happened Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue for the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards started out normal. Colbert sang a musical number that tied in both political commentary and jokes about modern television.Enter Sean Spicer.Spicer, the former White House press secretary, wheeled out a podium to the stage, dressed in a tuxedo just after Colbert made a reference to the award show’s crowd ...
  • Ken Burns’ Vietnam documentary film is on Blu-ray, DVD this week Ken Burns’ Vietnam documentary film is on Blu-ray, DVD this week Ken Burns’ mammoth documentary about the war in Vietnam is on Blu-ray and DVD this week, along with the most recent seasons of several popular TV series.“The Vietnam War” (PBS, 2017, 10 discs, 10 episodes, featurette). A new Ken Burns film is always a go-to event, and that includes this latest deep-dive into history, which is, as suggested by the ...
  • Q&A: Why young couples in love should get relationship help Q&A: Why young couples in love should get relationship help Couples may need help at any stage of a relationship. But the fact that they might need some professional counseling early on doesn't naturally occur to people, says author and family therapist Jen Elmquist, even though being together is something new that sometimes takes a lot of adjustment, humor and goodwill to manage."By the time people got to me, it ...
  • Game review: Flip Ships is out-of-this-world fun Game review: Flip Ships is out-of-this-world fun An alien mother ship is hovering over Earth and a group of enemy fighters is attacking. Players will take on the cooperative roles of Earth's defenders in the board game Flip Ships by Renegade Games.The cooperative, dexterity game of Flip Ships requires one to four players and lasts about 45 minutes. Players will be flipping discs, representing their defending ships, ...
  • 5 signs you have kids together ... but you’re not a family 5 signs you have kids together ... but you’re not a family Starting a family with the person you love is a momentous occasion. Maybe you feel like expanding your household solidifies you and your spouse's relationship ... but the reality might be quite different. Even though you have kids together doesn't guarantee you are all a family. Here are five ways to tell if your family has a rift:1. Quality time ...
  • No, I'm not 29 again No, I'm not 29 again I love my birthday. I love the calls, the messages, the texts, going out to eat for every meal, the plans my husband makes and the way my kids say, “Happy Birthday Mom” at least five times each.However, there is one part of my birthday that makes me cringe just a bit. It started last year and comes right after ...
  • Number of singles is at an all-time high, but most of them still want to marry Number of singles is at an all-time high, but most of them still want to marry About half of American adults are married, down significantly from marriage's peak of 72 percent in 1960 and contributing to an all-time high in the number of adults who are single.These are among the findings of two reports out this month on changes in Americans' marital status. The Pew Research Center, which has been tracking marital rates for years, notes ...
  • California high school warns students over using ‘USA’ chant California high school warns students over using ‘USA’ chant A school in Folsom, Calif., said it’s no longer cool for students to chant “USA.”School and district officials in the area have warned students against chanting “USA!” as the celebration may come off as “inappropriate and intolerant,” according to CBS13 in Sacramento.The principal of Vista Del Lago High School sent an email out to parents this week that chanting “USA!” ...

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