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Weekend Movies and The 14 Worst Kids' Foods!
by JC,posted Jul 6 2012 3:30PM
ALL REVIEWS FROM ‘DAILY VARIETY’ AND ‘THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN-- (4320 Screens) THE EARLY PREDICTION IS FOR A SOLID, BUT NOT SPECTACULAR, LAUNCH OF $150 MILLION THROUGH MONDAY. THE STUDIO IS LOW-BALLING WITH ITS OWN PREDICTION OF AROUND $120 MILLION. “ANDREW GARFIELD AND EMMA STONE BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO THE FRANCHISE. HOWEVER, LONG-TERM RESULTS MIGHT BE HINDERED BY THE ARRIVAL OF ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES’ ONLY TWO WEEKS LATER.” Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen and Sally Field. 2 Hours and 16 Minutes. Rated PG-13.
SAVAGES-- (2630 Screens) OPENING WEEKEND NUMBERS COULD APPROACH $13 MILLION. “AN INTENSE AND GORY ADAPTATION OF DON WINSLOW’S BEST-SELLER ABOUT THE INCURSION OF MEXICAN DRUG CARTEL MAYHEM INTO THE UNITED STATES. IT SHOULD PLAY WELL TO BLOOD-AND-GUTS-INCLINED MEN INTERNATIONALLY.” Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek and Emile Hirsch. 2 Hours and 9 Minutes. Rated R.
KATY PERRY: PART OF ME-- (2730 Screens) PROMOTED HEAVILY TO THE PRE-TEEN SET AND THE MOTHERS WHO WILL TAKE THEM TO THE THEATERS. THE STUDIO HOPES TO SPARK GOOD WORD-OF-MOUTH AMONG THE SINGER’S MILLIONS OF TWITTER FOLLOWERS. THIS DOCUMENTARY FOLLOWS THE SAME MOLD AS EARLIER ONES FROM JUSTIN BIEBER AND MILEY CYRUS, WHICH MADE HUGE PROFITS ON 3D SCREENS. EARLY AUDIENCE SURVEYS SHOW IT MIGHT EARN AROUND $15 MILLION THIS WEEK. Katy Perry. 1 Hour and 35 Minutes. Rated PG.
10 Most Annoying Hand Gestures from the iPhone game Goggle Eyes
Speech marks or air quotes
Extending palm outwards to mean ‘talk to the hand’
Tapping nose for ‘none of your business’
Touching fingers to thumb to mean ‘blah blah blah’
Making a pistol with your fingers
Punching your hand to suggest violence
Pointing at eye for ‘I’m watching you’
Making a phone with your hand to indicate ‘call me’
A fake yawn
Slicing your throat with a finger
14 Worst Kids' Foods from ivillage.com
Deli Meats. Not only are hot dogs loaded with fat, sodium and nitrates (which have been linked to cancer), they can also be choking hazards for young children if you don't cut them into small pieces.
Fruit Snacks. Don't let the word 'fruit' fool you -- fruit gummies, leather and the like are so packed with sugar they're actually more like candy, even the ones that are fortified with vitamin C.
French Fries. It's no surprise that kids eat more French fries than any other vegetable. However, the trouble is that fries contain lots of fat and calories, and it's way too easy to gobble down extra servings of them. That may not seem like a problem today, but what your child eats now is likely what they are going to be eating for the rest of their lives.
Sugar Cereals. Don't be fooled by the sugar-cereal boxes boasting that they contain loads of vitamins and minerals. Eating those cereals is like "eating cookies and chasing them down with a vitamin pill."
Sweetened Drinks. You probably know that soda is a big no-no for kids -- drinking it can increase their odds of being overweight and developing type-2 diabetes, in addition to causing cavities. But fruit drinks can be just as bad as soda. f they're not made from 100-percent juice, they're the nutritional equivalent of soda without the bubbles.
Granola Bars. Granola bars might seem like the ultimate health food, but the truth is many varieties contain ingredients that make them more like a sugary dessert than a nutritional treat. They key is to check labels: Look for bars that contain at least two grams or fiber and less than ten grams of sugar.
Restaurant Kiddie Meals. You'd be shocked at the nutritional info behind common kids meals at certain restaurants: Some contain as many calories as a young child should consume in one day. Plus, the options liked grilled cheese and fried chicken fingers are usually loaded with a scary amount of saturated fat and sodium.
Veggie Chips. Of course, vegetables top the list of healthy foods, but don't assume veggie chips (or sticks or puffs) contain the same health benefits. These snacks may be made from vegetables but they're so highly processed and full of fat, that they lose all the nutrition of real vegetables.
Honey. If you're the parent of an infant, avoid giving your child honey until she is at least a year old. Honey can contain spores that, when consumed, can cause botulism, with symptoms including dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, paralysis, breathing problems or even death.
Sports Drinks. Whether it's a vitamin-enhanced water or an electrolyte drink, sports drinks aren't a great option for kids. Not only do they often contain 100 or more calories per bottle, experts say that drinking such sweet beverages can mean that kids become used to the taste and stop drinking water because it tastes too bland in comparison. Experts advise avoiding these drinks unless your child is exercising in the heat and sweating heavily.
Kids' Yogurt. Yogurt is a terrific food loaded with protein and calcium. But many of the kid's varieties (you know, the ones with cute animals and popular cartoon characters on the carton), can be loaded with artificial colors and as much as 25 grams of sugar per serving. The healthiest option: Buy plain lowfat (or nonfat) regular or Greek yogurt and sweeten it with fresh or frozen fruit or 1-1/2 teaspoons of honey (if your child is over age 1). If your kid will only eat the flavored yogurt, then think of it more as a dessert than a healthy snack.
Packaged Noodles. Mac 'n Cheese or ramen noodles may not seem that unhealthy but many are actually relatively nutrient-free and packed with fat and high amounts of sodium. Children ages 2 to 3 should have no more than 1,000 milligrams of sodium per day, while kids up to age 8 shouldn't exceed 1,200 mgs per day. Yet just a one-cup serving of your average box of macaroni and cheese (and most kids eat more than that) has over 500 grams of sodium -- more than half of a child's recommended limit.
Smoothies. A 12-ounce fast food strawberry shake can pack 560 calories, which is more than most kids need in an entire meal. So pay attention to ingredients and portion size: Choose or make smoothies with fresh or frozen fruit with ice or plain yogurt -- and serve it in a small (8-ounce) cup.
Cheese. Cheese is an excellent source of calcium and protein and it's oh so delicious, but watch your child's portion sizes. Just one slice of cheese can contain over 100 calories and 10 grams of fat, so having more than that for a snack on a regular basis -- never mind smothering your child's veggies or pasta in it -- can add up quickly.