“When you’re eating a turkey, you’re eating America.”
In Jinxed, Nickelodeon’s latest original TV movie, Big Time Rush star Ciara Bravo faces a villain that just won’t go away: bad luck. Bravo plays Meg Murphy, a girl whose family is cursed with being unlucky forever. In other words, if something can go wrong, it will go wrong for her and her family.
And in an exclusive clip from the film, Meg explains exactly what that entails: a drinking fountain that works just fine for others malfunctions for her, her classmates fear her every move, and even a cheerleading tryout goes awry because of a flying shoe. To the happily un-cursed, accidents like these are simply accidents. For Meg, her entire life revolves around such mishaps, and she’s on a mission to end them.
Check out the clip below. Jinxed airs Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon. READ FULL STORY
In the blockbuster movie The Avengers, Tony Stark cultivates a friendly relationship with Dr. Bruce Banner, all the time preparing to wield the Hulk as a secret weapon against the aliens. In the new animated feature Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, Hulk gets to return the favor — quite literally.
In the new adventure, which arrives on Blu-ray on Dec. 3, the two Avengers reunite to fight an energy devouring monster called Zzzax. Alone against an army of electricity-shooting robots, the heroes are doomed. But when they reluctantly team up, they’ve got a chance — even as Hulk gives Iron Man a little bit of the Loki-treatment. At the end of the exclusive clip below, you almost expect to hear the green giant say dismissively, “Puny billionaire.” READ FULL STORY
We now know for sure: The Sesame Street writers are huge Hunger Games fans.
Yes, the Sesame Street crew is finally taking on The Hunger Games, or, excuse me, The Hungry Games, and Cookieness Evereat is ready to win. But sadly, the arena competition isn’t just about Cookie Monster in a wig eating cookies. Instead, it’s a silly send-up of everything in the Games, from the ticking clock to Peeta, or rather, Pita bread.
Watch The Hungry Games: Catching Fur below, and may the cookies be ever in your flavor: READ FULL STORY
In this Sunday’s Sofia the First primetime special, Princess Sofia (Modern Family‘s Ariel Winter) will make a very special new friend: Sally Draper.
Okay, not really. But Sofia’s new pal Oona the mermaid is voiced by a familiar TV presence — Kiernan Shipka, best known for playing Don Draper’s increasingly angsty daughter on Mad Men. Sofia meets Oona while on vacation with her family. (The royals get away from it all by heading to their floating palace on the sea. As you do.) After helping out Oona, Sofia finds that she’s sprouted a mermaid tale of her own — setting the stage for a new adventure that will include a special appearance by Ariel, the Little Mermaid herself. (Attention, all Disney obsessives: Ariel’s iconic voice is performed by original voice actress Jodi Benson.)
Catch a glimpse at Sofia and Oona in the clip below. Sofia the First: The Floating Palace airs Sunday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.on Disney Junior.
Hungry for more gorgeous, hand-painted collagework from Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal winner Eric Carle? You’re in luck!
The beloved illustrator has collaborated with 13 other award-winning children’s book artists — including Elephant and Piggie creator Mo Willems, Max and Ruby creator Rosemary Wells, and Jon Klassen of I Want My Hat Back fame — for a brand new picture book called What’s Your Favorite Animal, Carle’s first new work in two years. In this anthology, each artist gets two pages to draw and describe his or her own favorite animal; picks run the gamut from predictable (a giraffe) to decidedly whimsical (an “Amazonian Neotropical Lower River Tink-Tink). All royalties from the book will be donated to The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass., not far from Carle’s old home in Northampton.
Want to know which critter Carle chose to highlight? Hint: It’s not the caterpillar.
A side of vegetables is all you’ll need for some early Christmas cheer.
Singing vegetables, that is. VeggieTales stars Larry the cucumber and Bob the tomato in sketch-like episodes that riff on pop culture and often borrow from biblical tales. For their special holiday movie Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas – already out on DVD — the jolly veggies learn lessons in generosity and kindness while working at the mall. Larry plays the head elf who takes Christmas wishes from kids, while Bob plays a frenzied mall employee. “We thought it’d be great to do a modern-setting Christmas story with a lot of the landmarks kids are familiar with,” Mike Nawrocki, co-founder of VeggieTales (and voice of Larry), tells EW.
The holiday movie also features a celebrity vegetable guest: Duck Dynasty‘s Si Robertson. Nawrocki and the VeggieTales team are big fans of the show and thought the wisecracking uncle would make a perfect narrator — appearing as an okra, of course. “A southern vegetable seemed appropriate,” says Nawrocki. “It was fun modelling his character and trying to figure out how to make an okra look like Si. But I think he’s a dead ringer.”
VeggieTales, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, often include music videos called “silly songs.” The silly song for their holiday movie features Larry getting tangled up in well-meaning holiday preparations. “The idea,” Nawrocki explains, “is that Larry accidentally wraps himself up while he’s wrapping Christmas presents and gets stuck under the tree, where Bob discovers him.”
Watch Larry the cucumber get all wrapped up in the holiday spirit below:
If you think about it, dreamland is kind of like the magical world of Harry Potter. Whimsy is encouraged, and it can seem like anything is possible. So it’s no surprise that Mary GrandPré — the American Harry Potter illustrator whose jewel tones and bright swirls are synonymous with a certain boy wizard for a generation of kids — would be drawn to the real-life dream world in Jennifer Dewing’s latest children’s book, Goodnight Little Elizabeth.
The “Elizabeth” moniker is changeable to your child’s name, making each story about going off to bed a personalized keepsake. “I was hired to create all the pictures and design the book so that various names and name sizes could be incorporated throughout the book,” GrandPré explained to EW. “There has to be enough places for a long name and then a shorter name. A lot of the artwork was done on separate boards so that they could be pieced together according to the child’s name. Every book is printed and put together one at a time as a special order item. So the book you have [Elizabeth] lays out differently than a book with the name ‘Sue’ or ‘Jeff.’ [This uniqueness] is a first time experience for me.”
Read on for a Q&A where GrandPré discusses how her illustrations come together, her aesthetic and even her memories about Potter. READ FULL STORY
Gather ’round, designers and wannabes alike: Tim Gunn’s on a mission to make math fashionable.
Scholastic is launching a new webseries that explores the problem-solving skills that are essential for careers in several hot fields. In its first episode, the series — titled Math@Work — features Gunn and three aspiring designers (Drew, Jessalyn, and Robin, aged 14-18), who work with the style guru to create their own original pieces.
And where, exactly, does the math come in? Here’s how Gunn explains it at the beginning of the show’s first episode: “Math is, well, everywhere. It’s not just in school or at work, it’s in life, every day. From shopping to sports, from cooking to crafting, from managing your time to managing your money, it helps you connect to the things you love to do. No matter what cool job you choose to pursue, math will be there to support you, give you confidence, and help you be successful.”
Watch Gunn put his money where his mouth is in this first clip from Math@Work, filmed at Diane Von Furstenberg’s studio in New York City. Kind of makes you want to break out the old ruler, doesn’t it?
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November wears many hats. These 30 days aren’t only National Novel Writing Month, National Family Caregivers Month, and Native American Heritage Month — they’re also National Adoption Month, which culminates on Nov. 23 with National Adoption Day.
This year, Disney Channel will celebrate the occasion with a very special installment of Jessie, a sitcom about a young nanny (Debbie Ryan) caring for the kids of a big blended family. Three of her four young charges are adopted — including mischievous Luke (Cameron Boyce), who decides to seek information about his birth parents in the upcoming episode.
As Luke tells Jessie in this exclusive clip, “I don’t want to wait until I’m older to find out about my background.” Unfortunately, getting the goods on his birth family may turn out to be tougher than he thought.
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