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Lammily, the first average Barbie, needs crowd-funding to become a reality

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For years, Barbie has been criticized for setting unrealistic body-image expectations for young girls. But it wasn’t until artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm came along that someone offered an actual alternative to the age-old doll. When Lamm heard the criticism, he had an idea to use the CDC’s measurements for the average 19-year-old American woman to create Real Barbie, which was released on July 4, 2013. The response from that project is what made Lamm decide to carry out his vision and actually create these dolls, but he needs help raising funds.

We caught up with Lamm to talk about his inspiration, and where Lammily goes from here: READ FULL STORY

Barbie's dreams come true when she meets a pony -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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The one thing girls love as much as Barbie? Ponies.

So it’s no surprise that Mattel has combined the two in Barbie’s newest DVD adventure, Barbie & Her Sisters In A Pony Tale. The 27th (!) Barbie movie features Barbie and friends taking riding lessons, solving mysteries, and discussing the finer points of pony care.

When Barbie and her sisters set off on an adventure to the Swiss Alps, they’re excited to spend the summer at a riding academy. Barbie can’t wait to find a new horse to bring back to Malibu, and Stacie is eager to prove she’s an amazing equestrian. The sisters’ vacation has a few snags (their aunt may have to sell the stable!), but when Barbie discovers a mysterious horse in the woods, things take a turn for the magical.

Check out an exclusive clip below: READ FULL STORY

Barbie -- and her Dreamhouse -- are coming to Nickelodeon -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Somebody call Ken and Skipper: Barbie’s Dreamhouse is coming to your television.

The popular Barbie web series Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, aimed at tweenage girls, is coming to Nickelodeon for a television tryout. “Nickelodeon is a longstanding partner of the Barbie brand, this made them the perfect place to premiere our first half-hour special based on our popular web series,” said Ed Horasz, senior director of entertainment marketing for Mattel. “With more than 800 million web views worldwide, the extended episode lets Nick’s audience get a peek into Barbie’s life, and will pave the way for more Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse content in the future.”

This extended episode of Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse on Nick is currently a one-time special, however, future episodes seem likely.

Check out an exclusive clip below: READ FULL STORY

Barbie celebrates 25th DVD release today

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If you were ever a six-year-old girl, you probably loved Barbie. Sure, there were tomboys (and now, Katniss/Merida wannabees) among us, but for a lot of kids the fantasy world that went along with Barbie will always have a special place in their childhood memories.

Great news for today’s kids: While the original doll is going on her 54th birthday, today marks the release of the 25th Barbie movie, going back over the past twelve years. Barbie in the Pink Shoes takes elements of Swan Lake and Giselle and combines them with a story featuring an evil queen, magic shoes and, well, the stuff princess dreams are made of. EW called up Rob Hudnut, executive producer and vice president of Barbie Entertainment at Mattel, to get the inside scoop on this anniversary milestone (they’ve sold over 110 million Barbie DVDs to date!) and find out what’s next for the woman who has done it all.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was the inspiration behind Pink Shoes?

ROB HUDNUT: We’ve had great success with ballet movies, among the 25 movies we’ve done so far. We know that girls love to do ballet and imagine themselves as prima ballerinas. So we wanted to tell a story that took a contemporary girl into a magical world of ballet, in which she has an adventure and learns some things about dancing from her heart. And she comes back to the real world changed.

Barbie has had so many occupations. How do you decide what she’ll do next?

A big part of Barbie’s connection to girls is the way she teaches them that they can do anything and be anything. So throughout her 54 years Barbie has been everything from an astronaut to mermaid to a movie star to a president. In our DVD movies, we focus on roles that girls love to imagine, that have more fantastical elements. So we have princess worlds that have a lot of magic in them, magic worlds, and fairy worlds. READ FULL STORY

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