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2014 The Webby Awards

Albie Hecht - The 2014 Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 19th May 2014

CNN Worldwide All Star Party

Albie Hecht, Jane Velez-Mitchell, Dr Drew, Robin Meade, A.J. Hammer and Nancy Grace - CNN Worldwide All-Star Party at TCA - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 10th January 2014

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Barnyard: The Original Party Animals Review


Grim
The animals populating Steve Oedekerk's Barnyard: The Original Party Animals remind me of the plastic Little People figurines with which my two-year-old plays. The cows wear snap-on noses and hold objects in synthetically smooth velvet hands that look more like designer gloves than hooves. The bulbous pigs each sport perfectly positioned mud blotches, as if the spots were painted on by toy factory workers.The visuals fit the overall mood, because Oedekerk has penned a Lion King clone that's tailored to the Fisher-Price crowd. Instead of an MPAA rating, the Barnyard poster should carry a warning: "For ages 5 and below."In this environment - as in many animated scenarios - the animals behave like people whenever humans are out of sight. They talk, dance, sing, belch, blow bumblebees from their nostrils, and cower in fear of wild coyotes (because hyenas were already used in the aforementioned King).Our hero, Otis (Kevin James), is an immature teenage cow sowing his wild oats... or whatever it is cows sow. Think of him as Simba. Otis is nagged by dad Ben (Sam Elliott) - or Mufasa - to take more responsibility. But the selfish cow would rather spend his downtime entertaining his adolescent buds during late-night concerts in the barn.Yes, Barynard forces itself to follow a musical format. It mimics Disney's animation formula to the letter, which means every 10 minutes of exposition must be interrupted by a serenade - in this case, it's a series of barnstorming ditties that includes a slow-churning country cover of Tom Petty's plucky pop castoff, "I Won't Back Down."The predictable Barnyard brings some balance to this summer's animated output. We began with Cars and Monster House, enjoyable features that married relevant messages to their impressive art. Since then, we've chipped away at their progress with noisy, colorful but hollow adventures like this and The Ant Bully. Kids are entertained, but parents are cheated.During my Barnyard screening, a boy who had giggled at every kick, drop, and tumble turned to his mom and asked with sincerity, "Why are you not laughing?" She didn't respond. The kid is Oedekerk's ideal audience member - old enough to chuckle and too young to know better.Out, damn spot!

Hey Arnold! The Movie Review


Unbearable
With hit movies like Rugrats and Jimmy Neutron, the everything-for-kids television network Nickelodeon has done a reasonably good job bringing intelligent animated characters to life on the big screen. However their latest, Hey Arnold! The Movie, lacks the inventiveness that made its predecessors so entertaining.

The jagged storyline follows the efforts of Arnold and his friends Gerald and Helga as they try to prevent a giant conglomerate from tearing down their dilapidated neighborhood to make way for a sparkling new shopping mall. Prior efforts to thwart the plans of the villainous boss Scheck have failed. Then, much to Arnold's surprise, a document surfaces that proves that the neighborhood is a historical landmark. Obtaining the document is the youngsters' only hope of stopping the demolition crews.

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The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Review


Excellent
If you've never seen the Nickelodeon show SpongeBob SquarePants, you're probably wondering why you'd ever want to see a kiddie movie based on a kiddie network's TV show. But if you're curious enough about the SpongeBob hype to read this review, please allow me sell you on the virtues of this often clever and very funny movie based on an equally sharp and hip animated series.

For the uninitiated, SpongeBob (Tom Kenny) is a yellow sponge clothed in square pants that "lives in a pineapple under the sea," as the song states, in the middle of a town of fish, crabs, and other sea life called Bikini Bottom. In this 90-minute outing, our hero is glum that he's been passed over for the job of his dreams - manager of the new Krusty Krab 2 - because he's "just a kid." But he can't stay sad for long; the evil Plankton (Mr. Lawrence) has launched "Plan Z," which frames SB's boss Mr. Krab for the theft of King Neptune's (Jeffrey Tambor) crown.

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Snow Day Review


Good
It's tough for a Texas boy to relate to the concept of a snow day. We had the occasional sleet day or hurricane day, sure, but snow? Whether you live in the tundra or not, I'm sure everyone can relate to the real story of Snow Day, the tale of a boy who pines for the school beauty, a girl far above his station with whom he never has a shot.

Maybe we can relate a little too well. This story has literally been done to death (it feels practically like a remake of 1995's Angus), but at least Snow Day is reasonably funny along the way. Thanks to the movie's "fresh new stars," Snow Day feels newer than it should. And thanks to leading kids Mark Webber (Drive Me Crazy) and Schuyler Fisk (daughter of Sissy Spacek), the movie has a lot of charm and heart.

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