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Making The Right Entertainment Choices

Making The Right Entertainment Choices

America’s children are avid consumers of movies, music and video games. But sometimes their entertainment choices may not be appropriate for them. How is a parent to make sure that the latest hit movie, hot video game or chart-busting album is right for their child?

The Coalition of Entertainment Retail Trade Associations (CERTA), an umbrella group for movie theatres, video and video game stores and music retailers, encourages parents to take a few simple steps to ensure that entertainment is appropriate for their family:

• First, look for the advisory. All video games and most motion pictures carry a rating. Complementing the rating is a “content descriptor” that explains why the game or movie got the rating that it did. Music that contains explicit content displays a “parental advisory” sticker on the album cover or an “explicit” warning in the online download catalogue. Use these advisories to make sure the video game, movie or music is appropriate for your child.

• Second, watch movies, listen to music, and play video games with your children. (Sure, it may not always be easy or even welcomed, but it is important to make the effort.) Talk to your children. Make sure they understand what the ratings and labeling are about, and what they can learn from them.

• Third, set appropriate limits. Like any form of entertainment, music, movies and video games should not be permitted to interfere with schoolwork, exercise and other important activities.

• Finally, for those lucky enough to have an Xbox 360 video game console, check out the parental controls. You can set the console so that Mature- and Adult Only-rated video games will not play on the system. (The soon-to-be-released PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Revolution will also contain parental-control mechanisms.)

Entertainment can educate, amuse, inspire and challenge. There are movies, video games and music for every age group and interest, but not every choice is right for every audience. Using these guidelines, parents can make sure that their choices are the right ones for their family.

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Use Your Computer For Your Entertainment Needs

Use Your Computer For Your Entertainment Needs

By using your computer today you can find a lot of different music and movie programs. From downloading music and movies directly from the internet to buying subscriptions, joining clubs, and even renting, all from the comfort of your home.
Today is a fast paced world and by having the luxury of not having to fight traffic or stand in lines makes getting your entertainment a lot easier.
Some of the more popular programs available include… file-sharing programs or also called p2p programs have cropped up all over the Internet, are easily accessible and range from being free to about twenty dollars. Also included in this category are companies such as Napster, Realrhapsody, Emusic, Itunes, Musicmatch, and even Wal-Mart, offer music downloads on a pay per song or album basis, ranging from .79 per song to about ten dollars for an album. You are able to burn these songs to a CD.
Music and movie clubs are still a strong player in the entertainment industry. Columbia House and BMG are still the two biggest music clubs today and offer outstanding bargains to join their respective clubs. Columbia House also offers a DVD club, which also includes a very good initial offer to join. Disney movie club has plenty of titles for the youngsters in your life.
If you don’t care to join any music or movie clubs, you can always rent them. Netflix, Wal-Mart and others give you the opportunity to rent your movies or concerts and have them delivered directly to your front door with all postage paid both to and from the company. These plans are about twenty dollars a month and you can rent as many as you want during that time. You can take up to three titles at a time. If you are a movie lover, this is really a good plan and very convenient.
Take advantage of your computer and the ease at which you can obtain your entertainment needs. All these different companies have safe and secure online ordering. Give it a try and have fun.
Let your computer help you with your entertainment needs.

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Dvd Rental Vs Movie Theater-Pro And Cons For Both

Dvd Rental Vs Movie Theater-Pro And Cons For Both

I hear commercials all the time trying to tout the advantages of dvd rental vs movie theater. But, to me, there really is no comparison.

As far as I’m concerned there are pros and cons to each form of entertainment, but it is important to take into consideration just what you are trying to accomplish.

I mean when it comes to dvd rental vs movie theater we know it isn’t just about seeing a movie. It’s about an evenings worth of entertainment.

Renting a movie gives you so many more options in the movie(s) you can see. And, you can pick and choose when you watch it and aren’t tied into only watching it when it comes on (though with features like OnDemand and a DVR where you can record a movie and watch it later, this isn’t as big of an issue anymore)

Another great advantage of renting some DVD’s whether you do it online, through the mail or at your local video store, is that you don’t have to leave your home. Some times when it is cold and rainy or you are just tired and want to “veg out” this is the perfect option.

It is also much less expensive to go the rental route for your entertainment. You can reasonably expect to spend only a few dollars to rent a video to watch at home whereas a movie theater will cost $14 at the minimum depending on what part of the country you live in and how much you get from the snack bar.

But, that is only part of the picture. There are some very strong advantages to going out to a theater for your entertainment too. For one thing… you are going out.

It feels more like entertainment and a night out than it would just watching videos at home. Sometimes it is nice to get out of the house and spend time with friends and family in a different environment than just staying home all the time.

It’s much more of a social event that is often combined with other activities like eating out.

Another pro for going to the movie theater is that the theater will almost always have better seating and better sound (unless, of course, you have your own home theater).

Some types of movies just lose something in the translation and aren’t as impressive if they aren’t seen on the big screen with state of the art sound.

Also, in the “pro” column for going to the theater is the fact that if there is that huge summer or holiday movie coming out, who wants to wait 2 or 3 months for it to be released on DVD? Many times you want to see it as close to the day it is released as possible.

Personally, I think that the debate between dvd rental vs movie theater comes down to one main thing: the movie you want to see. If it is a movie that you just can’t wait to see or it would just not be as spectacular on a small screen, head to the theaters. But if it’s a movie you’re not even that sure you want to see, wait for it to come out on DVD.

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Hollywood Entertainment Memorabilia

Hollywood Entertainment Memorabilia

There is a big market for Hollywood Entertainment/Memorabilia. Many collectors focus on collecting original autographs of movie stars, movie producers and the cast members of Broadway plays and musicals. Once a movie star is deceased, the value of their signature on anything is considered to be a highly valued item.

Other Hollywood Entertainment/Memorabilia items focus on things that are directly connected with a specific movie. Some collectors prefer to collect miles of film that were outtakes of a movie and were never viewed by the general public in a movie theatre. These glimpses to the past are very rare and highly sought after by collectors because they are investments that could reap great rewards if they are released to the Public.

Some Hollywood Entertainment/Memorabilia items are reprints. The originals were marketed as limited editions and are extremely collectible. The public at large has expressed extreme interest in using these reprints to decorate their homes or create shrines for their favorite actors and actresses. The reprints that are autographed by the individual are also considered to be highly collectible.

Every movie has a music score and some Hollywood Entertainment/Memorabilia music items are very hard to find. Some movie producers will use a music score only once for the opening night and then assign several versions of the movie score to be played at movie theatres in various parts of the country. The original music score for a Hollywood Entertainment/Memorabilia item is priceless.

There has been considerable interest in using Hollywood Entertainment Memorabilia as wallpaper for cellular telephones. Fans of Marilyn Monroe or James Dean can now enjoy their idol and carry their image around with them every day when the image is placed on the display area of their mobile phone.

Music scores from movies, comedy routines and television programs have been converted to MP3 files and are used throughout the world on mobile phones. These Hollywood Entertainment/Memorabilia items have been converted to ringtones. Now callers can be identified by the voice of Frank Sinatra or the sultry voice of Mae West.

Many people prefer to use the old cartoons as background images on their PDAs, mobile phones or laptop computers. The Hollywood Entertainment/Memorabilia that used to entertain us during intermission can now be found in all sorts of places, including the shirts that we wear and the designs that we place on our pants. Hollywood Entertainment/Memorabilia sales have been brisk and there is still a way to market the oldies and goodies that brought joy to so many lives, so long ago.