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Behind the scenes of 'Ice Age Village' app -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Since arriving last April, the family-friendly, freemium Ice Age Village app has seen some 35 million fans of the film franchise join the city-building fun. Thanks to regular updates, a focus on accessible, yet engaging gameplay and a continued commitment to its thriving fan-base, the one-time film promo (it was released out front of Ice Age: Continental Drift) has proven to be much more than another cog in the movie marketing machine. The following exclusive video introduces us to some of the creative folks — besides Manny, Ellie, Diego, and Sid — responsible for keeping the content coming and offers a sneak peek at “dinoworld,” a new area arriving next year. READ FULL STORY

LeVar Burton on resurrecting 'Reading Rainbow' on iTunes and as an iPad app: 'Kids today, they're not watching TV'

If you’re a certain age, you probably know LeVar Burton best as Kunta Kinte in the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries Roots. If you’re younger, you may remember him better as Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Most recently, you can catch him as Dean Paul Haley opposite Eric McCormack on the freshman TNT drama Perception.

But who are we kidding? LeVar Burton is known to multiple generations as the host of Reading Rainbow, the beloved PBS series about the power of reading that launched in 1983. Contract renewal issues ultimately led to the show’s cancellation in 2009, but earlier this year Reading Rainbow relaunched as an iPad app, and this month, for the first time ever, the entire series is available to the public, on iTunes. (The app is available as a free download, with a subscription to a full complement of children’s books for $9.99 a month.)

As someone who was raised on the show, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to chat up the 55-year-old actor, who spoke with me after spending the day lecturing at the University of Michigan, where his daughter is going to school. That’s only fitting, given Burton’s lifelong passion for education. But you don’t have to take my word for it…  READ FULL STORY

Netflix 'Just For Kids': Learn about the streaming service's kiddie corner

Netflix keeps expanding the availability of “Just for Kids,” an application which makes it easier for your kids to navigate the streaming service, and also removes the possibility that your kids will accidentally come across, say, Larry Clark’s Kids while they’re digging through the Netflix library. “Just for Kids” arrived this week for the Xbox 360, and is already available on the Wii, the PS3, and the Apple TV. “Just for Kids” might sound like the modern digital answer of the V-Chip, but the service does more than just trim out grown-up movies. As this explanatory video from Netflix makes clear, “Just for Kids” is actually a completely separate section of Netflix. READ FULL STORY

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