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April 11, 2014

SPONSORED POST Amazing Spider-Man Stunts

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This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

Things get pretty high-flyin’ in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ (rated PG-13), which hits theaters this summer.

Circus-worthy stunts fill the wild trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2™. In fact, well over 200 stunt performers punched the clock during shooting, says the movie’s stunt coordinator James Armstrong.

“The actors rehearse in a huge empty parking lot and we put marks down on the ground to replicate where curbs, or buildings or different things are,” explains Armstrong, whose father was also a stunt coordinator on the film. “Then, they have to try and take that and remember it for the actual shoot.”

Armstrong worked closely with all of the stars in the movie, and says that it’s the goal to have the actors do their own stunts whenever feasible. The trick is keeping someone like The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ star Andrew Garfield in check, who plays Spider-Man and was eager to get his hands dirty on the set as often as possible. “Andrew does a lot of stunts and sometimes we actually have to rein him in more than he’d like just to keep him safe,” says Armstrong. Yikes! Take it easy there, Spidey – you’ve got a whole city to protect!

Read The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ interactive magazine to learn more now!

Ready to peep the gravity-defying hijinks in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™? Share your Comments below.

This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

April 1, 2014

SPONSORED POST Yoshi’s New Island Sweepstakes

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Nintendo YoshiGiant Eggs, Cool Art in Yoshi’s New Island

Everyone’s favorite egg-tossing hero is back. Find out how you can win Yoshi’s New Island for Nintendo 3DS!

Six worlds full of different levels await exploration in the Yoshi’s New Island game, the third game in the beloved Yoshi’s Island series, which just launched on the Nintendo 3DS system. In the game, Yoshi must help Baby Mario reunite with his kidnapped brother, Luigi. This time around, there are giant new eggs, fun new visuals and a multiplayer mode that lets two players who each have a Nintendo 3DS system pair up for a mini-game cooperative challenge. The new character transformations are dynamite. Yoshi can turn into a hot air balloon, mine cart, and even a jackhammer! And by grabbing a special star, Yoshi can soar in the sky or run along walls and ceilings. Gravity doesn’t mean a thing to this “Super Yoshi!”

Enter the Yoshi’s New Island Sweepstakes (presented by Scholastic) for a chance to win a Nintendo 3DS XL system and the Yoshi’s New Island game! (Official Rules)

Are you a mega Yoshi fan? Loving the new game? Share your Comments below. Continue reading

March 26, 2014

SPONSORED POST The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2This blog post is sponsored by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (rated PG-13).

Sparks fly in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 TM (rated PG-13) out this summer. Check out the action-packed trailer below.

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important conflict has been within himself:  the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter finds that his greatest battle is about to begin.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: Only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

“I definitely feel more confident this time around,” says Garfield. “I enjoy being Spider-Man, which is for sure what Peter feels as well.”

In the highly charged trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2™ Garfield soars overcrowded Manhattan avenues, while high-speed chases below leave taxicabs overturned like featherweight tumbleweeds. We glimpse a Times Square tussle, too, as Spidey faces off with Electro in New York City’s bustling tourist attraction. Flashing billboards and oversize digital ads have nothing on the spectacle at ground level—it’s Spider-Man versus an OsCorp electrical engineer gone bad. What could be more electrifying?

Watch the video trailer.

Are you amped for the sparks that will fly in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™? Share your Comments below.

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February 25, 2014

SPONSORED POST Island of Lemurs

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lemurs130This blog post is sponsored by IMAX Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.

If you love animal documentaries, then you will be excited to see the new IMAX movie about wild lemurs living in Madagascar. It’s called Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (rated G). We got to ask some questions of Dr. Patricia Wright, the primatologist who studies the lemurs in the film. Read on to learn more about lemurs and what it is like to work with them in the wild. Continue reading

January 31, 2014

SPONSORED POST The LEGO Movie

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THE LEGO MOVIEThis post is sponsored by The LEGO Movie.

The LEGO Movie (rated PG), hits theaters on February 7, 2014, and we have an exclusive interview with the Emmet, the main character from the film.

Welcome, Emmet. Thanks for answering our questions! 
Q: What is the best part about people thinking you are a “Special?”
Emmet: First off, how cool is it that you’re asking ME a question?! Before, I don’t think anyone ever even thought about me, let alone wanted to ask me a question. Second off, what was the question? I kind of forgot after being so excited that I get to answer a question.

Q: What is the worst part?
Emmet: The worst part. Geesh. The worst part? Um . . . What. Is. The. Worst. Part. Let’s pretend I didn’t hear the question. Can we do that?

Q: What does it feel like to save the world from the evil Lord Business?
Emmet: That’s easy: Awesome. Totally awesome! I still can’t believe I did that.

Q: Did you ever have any doubts about being able to save the world?
Emmet: Me? No. Never . . . Maybe a few. Yes . . .Lots!

Q: What was it like working with Wyldstyle and all the Master Builders?
Emmet: Hard at first. Then harder after that. Then it got a tad bit easier. But then it got a whole lot harder. Maybe even hardest at the end. But now, we just look back and laugh.

Q: Metalbeard looks INSANELY awesome! What was it like to work with him?
Emmet: Whenever you get a chance to work with someone with a shark on his arm, you TAKE it!

Q: Did you ever feel out of your depth?
Emmet: I still don’t know what it feels like to be IN my depth. Oh no. Does that make me shallow?

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?|
Emmet: The usual stuff: Watch TV. Grab a coffee. Save the world.

Q: What is your favorite color?
Emmet: Hmm . . . Green . . . no . . . Yellow . . . no wait . . . it’s back to green again. Definitely green. Wait, can I choose chartreuse?

Q: What is your favorite food?
Emmet: Tacos.

Q: Has your life changed now that you are the Master Builder AND the star of your own movie? Do people recognize you on the street?
Emmet: Totally. People recognize me all the time now. They say, “Hey, watch out for that car!” Or “Hey, is that for here or to go?” So, I guess my life has changed a lot now that I’m a Master Builder.
That and I’ve got the most amazing friends in the whole entire world. Life’s pretty good.

Q: How did you like making the movie?
Emmet: Are you kidding me? It was the best!!! On a scale from one to ten, I’d give it a solid thirteen and a half.

Q: Would you like to make another movie?
Emmet: Um, yeah! But next time, maybe Batman can be a little nicer to me. That guy can be really dark sometimes.

Watch the movie trailer, and tell us what you think in the Comments!
This post is sponsored by The LEGO Movie.

January 21, 2014

SPONSORED POST Club Penguin Online Safety

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CP.blog[1]Online Safety Starts With You

This blog post is sponsored by Club Penguin.

The internet is packed with games, cool people, and more, but are you surfing safely? When you go online, let’s say, to visit INK SPLOT 26 (!), are you being a smart, thoughtful “digital citizen?”

There’s a world of information to explore on the web. Whenever you plant yourself in front of a computer in your classroom, in your kitchen, or when you switch on your tablet in your living room, you’ve suddenly got games, new music, news articles, and chats RIGHT at your fingertips.

CRAZY, right? The digital world is sometimes a lot to handle. So what does it mean to be safe online? Here are a few simple things to keep in mind when you’re plugged in:

• Be COOL: Never write mean or hurtful things online.
• Be HEARD: Tell a trusted adult if something bothers you online.
• Be SAFE: Protect your personal information. Never share passwords or private details.

Remember, online safety starts with YOU, so it’s up to you to surf safely! Let us know what you think it means to be a smart digital citizen. Share your ideas in the Comments below.

This blog post is sponsored by Club Penguin.

August 1, 2013

SPONSORED POST Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

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This entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the new super-size sequel from Sony Pictures Animation, will be hitting the big screen on September 27, 2013. This animated comedy, which picks up where the original hit movie left off, sounds like a lot of fun, and introduces us to wild food-animal hybrids called Foodimals. Play the Foodimal games (Match GameI Spy a FoodimalWhat Foodimal is This?) to meet some of these creations, and read on for more about the movie!

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In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, the inventor genius of Flint Lockwood is finally being recognized as he’s invited by his idol Chester V to join the Live Corp. Company, where the best and brightest inventors in the world create technologies for the betterment of mankind. Chester’s right-hand-gal and one of his greatest inventions is Barb (a highly evolved orangutan with a human brain, who is also devious, manipulative, and likes to wear lipstick). It’s always been Flint’s dream to be recognized as an inventor, but everything changes when he discovers that his most infamous machine (which turned water into food in the original movie) is still operating, and is now creating food-animal hybrids, “FOODIMALS!”

cloudy2_blog_image2_250x250With the fate of humanity in his hands, Chester sends Flint and his friends on a dangerously delicious mission to save the world again! Enter a WILD new world of crazy creations: hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, apple piethons, double bacon cheespiders, watermeolphants, fruit cockatiels, bananostriches, cucumbirdies, flamangos, just to name a few.

If you could have a food-animal hybrid as a pet, what would it be named, and what special features would it have? Leave your answers in the Comments.

This entry is sponsored by Sony Pictures Animation.
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July 24, 2013

SPONSORED POST: Scholastic TV Shows

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Shows Based on Your Favorite Scholastic Books!

Aside from enjoying time at the beach or poolside, you may be catching up on your favorite TV shows on your summer vacation. If so, we have some exciting news for you. TV episodes inspired by your favorite Scholastic book series are now available for streaming on Netflix. If you’re a fan of Goosebumps, The Baby-sitters Club, Dear America or Horrible Histories and your family has a Netflix streaming subscription, you’ll definitely want to watch on-screen adaptations of your favorite characters and stories.

Check out our guide to the shows based on your favorite book series.

  • Get Goosebumps watching R.L. Stine’s frightful tales such as “It Came from Beneath the Sink,” “Piano Lessons Can Be Murder,” “Say Cheese and Die,” “Night of the Living Dummy,” “Welcome to Camp Nightmare,” and more.
  • Catch up with Kristy, Claudia, Dawn, Mary Anne, and Stacey and their adventures in friendship and baby-sitting with The Baby-sitters Club. Join the girls as they uncover an ancient feud, help Stacey break into modeling, explore a mysterious haunted house, challenge the boys in baby-sitting, and more.
  • Be enthralled with the fictional, yet inspirational stories of young women at different points in American history with Dear America. Watch your favorite stories come to life including “A Picture of Freedom,” “A Journey to the New World,” “The Winter in Red Snow,” “When Will This Cruel War Be Over?” and more.
  • Want to learn the unusual, gory-yet-true facts about history? If so, you’ll love Horrible Histories! Join Stitch, Mo, and Darren as they are taught valuable lessons with the help of some of the most famous characters from the past such as Elizabeth I, Louis XIV, Julius Caesar, and Montezuma. Welcome to history the way they don’t teach you in school!

THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY Scholastic Media