HUGH GRANT TO VISIT AUSTRALIA FOR THE PREMIERE OF THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS

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THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS opens in cinemas April 5
 
Sony Pictures Releasing is delighted to announce Hugh Grant is coming to Australia to promote his new family comedy THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS.  
 

Hugh Grant will walk the red carpet at the Australian Premiere in Sydney on Sunday April 1 at 3.30pm at Event Cinemas George Street.  

 

Sony Picture releases family movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits
 

In The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Hugh Grant stars in his first animated role as the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain – a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas.

 

With a rag-tag crew at his side (Martin Freeman, Brendan Gleeson, Russell Tovey, and Ashley Jensen), and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy (Jeremy Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Salma Hayek) to the much coveted Pirate Of The Year Award.

 

It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen (Imelda Staunton) and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist (David Tennant), but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!

 

 

 

Genre: Animated Family Comedy

 

Parenting book: Who Runs Your House – The Kids or You? by Karen Phillip

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Parenting book: Who Runs Your House – The Kids or You? by Karen Phillip

 

Having trouble controlling your chaotic children? Family Counsellor Karen Phillip is here to helpAs a parent, it can often feel as though it’s the kids who hold the power in the household and it’s this feeling that Karen Phillip aims to change. With over 20 years of experience, parent and family counsellor Karen Phillip has launched a new book, Who Runs Your House – The Kids or You? The book explores the relationship between parents and their children and the boundaries that need to be set in order to redirect their child’s behaviour.

 

It was her own kids who initially sparked Karen’s interest in working with children. Her children had found Christmas holiday programs boring, ranging from arts and crafts activities to watching movies or playing computer games. Karen saw an opportunity to create a vacation care program with more physical and mind stimulating activities such as mini Olympics, obstacle courses and competitions. She ran the program for twenty years before building two childcare centres with her husband.

 

“Parents often have problems with their children and ask for my advice in regards to why their child behaves so well at school but horribly at home,” says Karen. “I always tell them that it’s important to influence and guide a child’s behaviour. It is the manner in which we guide them to settle, how we inform them of their boundaries and how the children adapt quickly to positive guidance.”

 

When her children were teenagers Karen decided to make use of her extensive experiences and turn them into a career. She completed her counselling qualification and a post graduate degree in counselling, majoring in family relationships and children. A highlight of Karen’s career was when she was contracted for four years as part of a federal government initiative to conduct parenting courses and offer assistance to families.

 

Karen has not only been a counsellor for almost two decades but a relationship therapist and a family dispute resolution practitioner with the Attorney General’s Department where she prepares parenting plans after separations, a relationship therapist. Now, she can add an author to that list! The wide range of topics covered in her new book include:

  • The dad’s role
  • Tantrums
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Phasing out the dummy, bottle and nappies
  • When to start giving chores to kids
  • Diet and nutrition

 

As a mother of three children, Karen has admitted to making her own mistakes when raising a family. In learning through her errors and through life experiences, she is now able to help other families. Who Runs Your House – The Kids or You? is an easy read that aims to help parents with younger children and to encourage positive habits earlier on rather than trying to reverse these actions when negative habits have already begun. “When the children are small, the problems are smaller; however, left unattended when the kids grow up, the problems are bigger,” says Karen.

 

For more information on Karen Phillip and her new book, please visit www.whorunsyourhouse.com

“Pocket SpottyWot” The Must-Have App for your Preschooler

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The WotWots "Pocket SpottyWot” is Preschooler must-have for iPhone iPadApp

Always wanted to tickle SpottyWot’s fluffy feet – well now you can with the release of the “Pocket SpottyWot” application, a fun and interactive exploration experience for preschoolers available now on iTunes stores globally, http://itunes.apple.com/app/id487949544 for an affordable $0.99 USD.

 

Just by downloading to your iPad or iPhone, SpottyWot can be tickled, poked, encouraged to speak and even spun around in his hover chair for squeals of fun. For quieter moments and to encourage rest, kids can also pet SpottyWot to help him go to sleep.

 

Staying true to the brand’s fundamentals of delighting in discovery and celebrating the diversity of life on the planet, the “Pocket SpottyWot” application encourages preschoolers to find and learn more about animals including giraffes, crocodiles, elephants and more in the Sneak-a-Peek viewfinder.

 

“Preschoolers and parents will love this new way to connect with The WotWots. SpottyWot virtually comes to life in this unique application giving kids a chance to play with one of their favourite characters in a way that is fun, caring and gentle, again reinforcing the basic yet primary principles of the brand. We have also incorporated an element of exploration with the Sneak-a-Peek viewfinder as we know how much kids love animals and discovery - this application will assist in broadening their knowledge of the much-loved animal kingdom”, said co-creator, Martin Baynton.

 

In 2011, The WotWots was awarded a Parents’ Choice Award in the Spring 2011 Mobile Apps category for the brand’s free e-book ‘Lanky Landing Legs’.

 

The WotWots is an enchanting pre-school series that follows the adventures of two adorable siblings from outer space, SpottyWot and DottyWot. This delightful pair of enquiring minds have come to Earth to explore and to marvel at the extraordinary diversity of life on the blue planet. The show celebrates this joy of discovery and demonstrates the positive values that are the building blocks of a true and enduring friendship.

 

Season one and season two of the vibrant, energetic and colourful learning-based series from Pukeko Pictures is seen internationally on ABC4Kids, TVNZ Kidzone24, The Hub and Treehouse.

 

The WotWots is broadcast in 90 territories. American Greetings Properties recently signed on for the worldwide licensing and merchandising rights to the popular preschool property.

 

Pukeko Pictures is a business partnership between Academy Award winner Richard Taylor the co-founder and creative lead of Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings, King Kong), and internationally acclaimed author and children’s television creator, Martin Baynton. Taylor and Baynton previously teamed up to create the award winning children’s program, Jane and the Dragon.

 

Travel app Bound Round for kids' holiday planning in Sydney

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Travel app Bound Round for kids' holiday planning in Sydney

 

Visiting Sydney just got a whole lot more interesting. Especially for kids. Locally developed by kids for kids, the Bound Round travel app, has expanded its Sydney destination guide to now encompass more than 47 locations. A 42% increase since its launch at Christmas in 2012.

 

With Bound Round, gone are the frustrations of bored kids, who get no say in the holiday planning process. Kids now have an interactive app that lets them discover – through play – all the fun things to do at their chosen destination.

 

What Bound Round does: Turns a long and boring journey into an enjoyable part of your trip through engagement with stories, photos, videos and games. Kids can explore the city before they arrive and help decide what they want to do when they get there.

 

Result: Kids get a vote in family travel + parents gain valuable insight into locations to visit. A better holiday for the whole family.

 

The Bound Round series of interactive travel apps use stories, photos, videos and games and are designed for iPhone and iPad. The apps can be downloaded via WiFi and 3G.

 

The Sydney destination app is currently available free for download until September 8, 2013, when the premium version will then be switched to paid at $1.99. Additional locations including Hong Kong, Gold Coast, Canberra and Fiji are all set to launch throughout September.

 

Bound Round Specifics

Designed for 4 to 8-year olds to play with before and during their visit to their destination city, it has Read Alone and Read to Me functionality so is suitable for kids at all reading ability levels.

 

By capturing if a child “wants to visit” a location, the apps provide parents with feedback from the kids on the activities they really want to do when they get there and then provides information on how to get there, opening hours and even discounts available only to Bound Round customers.

 

When the kids are in a location they can create their own content (photos, writing/typing) in the “My Journal” section of the app. This section also allows the kids to create an e-postcard and email it directly to friends and family.

 

Made by Kids, For Kids

To ensure the Bound Round content, and the activities and attractions chosen for each destination are absolutely spot-on, Bound Round has established a Kids Board of Directors.

 

Kids board members are appointed for a 12-month period. Board Members provide honest feedback on the guides developed and also produce a video telling viewers what they love about their home-town (which is included on the app as part of the “Meet a Local Kid” section.)

 

Visit www.boundround.com for further information.

ABC Music releases six new titles from the Babies Love range

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Babies Michael Jackson, The Police and Sting, U2, Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and Phil Collins.

 

Babies Love is a wonderful collection of lullaby versions of great international pop/rock hits.

 

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ABC Music: Babies Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, U2, Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and , The Police and Sting

Hearing is the first human sense to come about – in the fifth month of pregnancy a baby’s ears are already well developed. Even while still in their mother’s womb, babies react to sound stimuli.

 

Research shows that babies, once born, recognise their mother’s voice. It is also scientifically proven that babies can recognise songs that they had heard up to three months before their birth, and that this memory remains for as long as a year afterwards.

 

Thanks to delicate musical arrangements, each Babies Love Collection track is an invitation to relaxation and produces a number of benefits to your baby’s emotional and cognitive development.

 

Through the Babies Love Collection you are now able to bring all these positive benefits to your baby, and at the same time, show your baby your favourite songs!

 

Lullaby Versions Only – NOT PERFORMED BY ORIGINAL ARTIST

 

Track listing

Babies Love Michael Jackson

1. Heal The World

2. You Are Not Alone

3. I’ll Be There

4. Human Nature

5. Billie Jean

6. Black Or White

7. Beat It

8. Got To Be There

9. Will You Be There

10. We Are The World

 

Babies Love The Police And Sting

1. Don’t Stand So Close To Me

2. Every Breath You Take

3. Message In A Bottle

4. Roxanne

5. Fields Of Gold

6. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

7. Moon Over Bourbon Street

8. King Of Pain

9. Wrapped Around Your Finger

10. Englishman In New York

 

Babies Love Stevie Wonder

1. My Cherie Amour

2. Isn’t She Lovely

3. Overjoyed

4. Ribbon In The Sky

5. I Just Called To Say I Love You

6. Part-Time Lover

7. Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer

8. You Will Know

9. Free

10. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours

Babies Love U2
1. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
2. Sunday Bloody Sunday
3. One
4. All I Want Is You
5. With Or Without You
6. 40
7. New Years Day
8. Bad
9. Van Dieman’s Land
10. Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of

 

Babies Love Rolling Stones
1. Let’s Spend The Night Together
2. Time Is On My Side
3. Start Me Up
4. Satisfaction
5. Angie
6. Ruby Tuesday
7. Honky Tonk Woman
8. Lady Jane
9. Love Is Strong
10. Jumping Jack Flash

 

Babies Love Phil Collins
1. You’ll Be In My Heart
2. Another Day In Paradise
3. True Colours
4. One More Night
5. A Groovy Kind Of Love
6. Easy Lover
7. Do You Remember
8. Against All Odds

9. In The Air Tonight
10. Take Me Home

 

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