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  • 26 Aug 2013
    Jacob Smith born January 21, 1990 in Monrovia, California is probably best known for his role of Jake Baker in the 20th Century Fox hit film “Cheaper by the Dozen” from 2003. The hit film shot Jacob to stardom and into the hearts of young girls. Smith now 23 as of January 2103 has not been seen since he shot the pilot for the proposed series “Secrets of a Small Town,” the show never got off the ground and Jacob Smith has not graced the screen big and small. A year earlier he played Jake Baker for the second time in the sequel Cheaper by the Dozen 2. Jake had a run of films starting with 1998’s “Nowhere to Go” and the fun “Small Soldiers” and also found time for episodic TV in series such as “Hyperion Bay,” “Step by Step,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and a recurring role for 32 episodes of “Party of Five” as Owen Salinger among others. He also appeared on the TV films “Phantom of the Megaplex” and “Evolution Child.” Jacob film roles continued with “Hansel & Gretel” (2002) and “Dragonfly” (2002) and a year later took off with the role in Cheaper by the Dozen, this made him at that time one of the top child stars of the day. He followed that up in 2004 with “Troy” and a year later the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen. Not much is known publicly about Jacob since he last appeared in a TV or film role but contrary to some reports Jake is alive and well and I supposed right where he wants to be. Cheaper by the Dozen, Troy and his guest spot on Without a Trace made Jacob Smith one of the top child stars from 2003 to 2006.
    25333 Posted by JeffJones
  • Jacob Smith born January 21, 1990 in Monrovia, California is probably best known for his role of Jake Baker in the 20th Century Fox hit film “Cheaper by the Dozen” from 2003. The hit film shot Jacob to stardom and into the hearts of young girls. Smith now 23 as of January 2103 has not been seen since he shot the pilot for the proposed series “Secrets of a Small Town,” the show never got off the ground and Jacob Smith has not graced the screen big and small. A year earlier he played Jake Baker for the second time in the sequel Cheaper by the Dozen 2. Jake had a run of films starting with 1998’s “Nowhere to Go” and the fun “Small Soldiers” and also found time for episodic TV in series such as “Hyperion Bay,” “Step by Step,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and a recurring role for 32 episodes of “Party of Five” as Owen Salinger among others. He also appeared on the TV films “Phantom of the Megaplex” and “Evolution Child.” Jacob film roles continued with “Hansel & Gretel” (2002) and “Dragonfly” (2002) and a year later took off with the role in Cheaper by the Dozen, this made him at that time one of the top child stars of the day. He followed that up in 2004 with “Troy” and a year later the sequel to Cheaper by the Dozen. Not much is known publicly about Jacob since he last appeared in a TV or film role but contrary to some reports Jake is alive and well and I supposed right where he wants to be. Cheaper by the Dozen, Troy and his guest spot on Without a Trace made Jacob Smith one of the top child stars from 2003 to 2006.
    Aug 26, 2013 25333
  • 01 Aug 2013
    We remember Joseph Mazzello in this edition of looking back, Joe was born in Rhinebeck, New York, and started acting when he was 5 years old and went on to share the screen with some of the best in the business. Joe began with the film "Presumed Innocent" as Wendell McGaffney nut came to the public’s attention when he appeared two years later as ‘Bobby' in Richard Donner’s poignant "Radio Flyer" along with another talented child star in Elijah Wood. The two young actors carry the film rather brilliantly, I recalled when seeing the red wagon on the film poster it would be a fun children’s film but is far from that as it touched on a tough subject. That same year he also appeared in “Jersey Girl” but hit pay dirt in 1993 as ‘Tim Murphy’ in the Steven Spielberg hit “Jurassic Park,” the same year he appeared in Richard Attenborough’s “Shadowlands” and Mazzello was on a roll. He followed those up in 1994 with one of my most loved films “The River Wild” with Meryl Streep as they take a wild ride down a violent river the film is filled with spectacular scenery and terrific acting from the leads. The following year saw him playing ‘Dexter” in “The Cure” with the late Brad Renfro and “Three Wishes.” Two years later with the sequel “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and the sci-fi/adventure “Star Kid “ things started to slow down for Mazzello, in 1998 after playing ‘Joe Wenteworth’ in “Simon Birch” he was seen sparingly over the next few years. In that time he attended film school at USC and walk away with a degree in cinema and television production and aspires to be a director. In 2010 with a role in “The Social Network” and for 2013 with roles in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Dear Sidewalk” Joe seems to be taking on more acting roles. Joseph was originally going to play the role of Jack in 1991 Hook but was deemed to small and the role went to Charlie Korsmo, Spielberg then adjusted the ages of the kids in Jurassic Park so Mazzello could play Tim. When work began on the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) in 1993, he was cast as David; the role later went to Haley Joel Osment.     An updated look at Joeseph Mazzello
    10157 Posted by JeffJones
  • We remember Joseph Mazzello in this edition of looking back, Joe was born in Rhinebeck, New York, and started acting when he was 5 years old and went on to share the screen with some of the best in the business. Joe began with the film "Presumed Innocent" as Wendell McGaffney nut came to the public’s attention when he appeared two years later as ‘Bobby' in Richard Donner’s poignant "Radio Flyer" along with another talented child star in Elijah Wood. The two young actors carry the film rather brilliantly, I recalled when seeing the red wagon on the film poster it would be a fun children’s film but is far from that as it touched on a tough subject. That same year he also appeared in “Jersey Girl” but hit pay dirt in 1993 as ‘Tim Murphy’ in the Steven Spielberg hit “Jurassic Park,” the same year he appeared in Richard Attenborough’s “Shadowlands” and Mazzello was on a roll. He followed those up in 1994 with one of my most loved films “The River Wild” with Meryl Streep as they take a wild ride down a violent river the film is filled with spectacular scenery and terrific acting from the leads. The following year saw him playing ‘Dexter” in “The Cure” with the late Brad Renfro and “Three Wishes.” Two years later with the sequel “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and the sci-fi/adventure “Star Kid “ things started to slow down for Mazzello, in 1998 after playing ‘Joe Wenteworth’ in “Simon Birch” he was seen sparingly over the next few years. In that time he attended film school at USC and walk away with a degree in cinema and television production and aspires to be a director. In 2010 with a role in “The Social Network” and for 2013 with roles in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “Dear Sidewalk” Joe seems to be taking on more acting roles. Joseph was originally going to play the role of Jack in 1991 Hook but was deemed to small and the role went to Charlie Korsmo, Spielberg then adjusted the ages of the kids in Jurassic Park so Mazzello could play Tim. When work began on the film A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) in 1993, he was cast as David; the role later went to Haley Joel Osment.     An updated look at Joeseph Mazzello
    Aug 01, 2013 10157
  • 17 Jul 2013
    Miko Hughes was born on the 22 February 1986, in Apple Valley, California, USA of Native American heritage and his name means "Chief" in Chickasaw. He started his acting career in a public service announcement at just 22 months old and followed that up by appearing in his first feature film at 27 months old. Miko was a prolific child actor churning out movies with regularity, such hits as Mercury Rising with Bruce Willis and “Kindergarten Cop” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In total to date he has appeared in over 20 films including the soon to be released “A City of Shoulders and Noses” (2013), as you see Miko never stopped but simply slowed down as he is still very much involved in film. Miko’s talents really shone through in 1998’s “Mercury Rising” opposite Willis; here he plays ‘Simon Lynch’ a nine-year old autistic savant who is targeted fir death by Shadowy elements in the NSA when he is able to decipher a top secret code. Willis plays the cop who protects him from danger in this exciting action flick. Four year earlier he played Dylan in the creepy horror flick “New Nightmare” and at the start of his career he was ‘Cage Creed’ in the Stephen King penned “Pet Sematary”, one of the creepiest kids you will ever see in film. He also appeared in numerous TV series and was a regular as ‘Aaron Bailey’ on “Full House.” As mentioned Miko never really stopped acting but as one of the most popular kid stars when he was listed here on teen stars online I had to look back at this talented child star who is doing just fine as an adult. Keep up with what Hughes is up to via his twitter account @MikoHughes.     Miko Hughes all grown up.
    6587 Posted by JeffJones
  • Miko Hughes was born on the 22 February 1986, in Apple Valley, California, USA of Native American heritage and his name means "Chief" in Chickasaw. He started his acting career in a public service announcement at just 22 months old and followed that up by appearing in his first feature film at 27 months old. Miko was a prolific child actor churning out movies with regularity, such hits as Mercury Rising with Bruce Willis and “Kindergarten Cop” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. In total to date he has appeared in over 20 films including the soon to be released “A City of Shoulders and Noses” (2013), as you see Miko never stopped but simply slowed down as he is still very much involved in film. Miko’s talents really shone through in 1998’s “Mercury Rising” opposite Willis; here he plays ‘Simon Lynch’ a nine-year old autistic savant who is targeted fir death by Shadowy elements in the NSA when he is able to decipher a top secret code. Willis plays the cop who protects him from danger in this exciting action flick. Four year earlier he played Dylan in the creepy horror flick “New Nightmare” and at the start of his career he was ‘Cage Creed’ in the Stephen King penned “Pet Sematary”, one of the creepiest kids you will ever see in film. He also appeared in numerous TV series and was a regular as ‘Aaron Bailey’ on “Full House.” As mentioned Miko never really stopped acting but as one of the most popular kid stars when he was listed here on teen stars online I had to look back at this talented child star who is doing just fine as an adult. Keep up with what Hughes is up to via his twitter account @MikoHughes.     Miko Hughes all grown up.
    Jul 17, 2013 6587
  • 07 Jul 2013
    When you mention Mara Wilson most that were kids at the time or have seen it in later years either via video or TV will remember her as the title character from Matilda the big screen adaptation of the much-loved Roald Dahl novel directed by Danny DeVito, or the earlier Mrs. Doubtfire. Well the title of this series whatever happened to does to apply as much to Mara who by all accounts seem to be doing well and quite happy with what she is doing since quitting acting after filming Thomas and the Magic Railroad which was released in the year 2000. Mara was indeed a successful child actor at the time, she was first spotted by most in the hit "Mrs. Doubtfire" which is a personal favorite of mine, she then went on to Miracle on 34th Street with some TV work between on the series "Melrose Place" as Nikki Petrova. She then went on to "Matilda" another film that I enjoyed and many today continue to enjoy its entertainment value by DVD or TV viewings. Mara then filmed A Simple Wish which has since been renamed to (The Fairygodmother) and again another highly enjoyable family film enjoyed by many. Three years later after "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" which failed at the box-office in the USA but had more success overseas. Mara Wilson in the short time has left a body of work that is still enjoyed today by many and her decision to walk away seemed to be her own as he decided to focus on school and enjoy her teenage years. It’s reported that in June 2005 she graduated from Idyllwild School of Music & Arts and went on to attend New York University. In 2008 she wrote and performed the one woman play, "Weren't You That Girl". Tit ran for three days and detailed her life and how others treated her because of her days as a child star. Mara lives the quiet life in NYC and Writes plays, fiction and non-fiction, and maintains a blog. Seems to be doing quite well thank you and any here that has not seen any of the mentioned titles then I recommend giving them a watch, especially “Matilda.” For a better explanation on why she quit acting, then hear it from Mara herself from this posting on her blog.   Mara Wilson in a more recent photo.
    106238 Posted by JeffJones
  • When you mention Mara Wilson most that were kids at the time or have seen it in later years either via video or TV will remember her as the title character from Matilda the big screen adaptation of the much-loved Roald Dahl novel directed by Danny DeVito, or the earlier Mrs. Doubtfire. Well the title of this series whatever happened to does to apply as much to Mara who by all accounts seem to be doing well and quite happy with what she is doing since quitting acting after filming Thomas and the Magic Railroad which was released in the year 2000. Mara was indeed a successful child actor at the time, she was first spotted by most in the hit "Mrs. Doubtfire" which is a personal favorite of mine, she then went on to Miracle on 34th Street with some TV work between on the series "Melrose Place" as Nikki Petrova. She then went on to "Matilda" another film that I enjoyed and many today continue to enjoy its entertainment value by DVD or TV viewings. Mara then filmed A Simple Wish which has since been renamed to (The Fairygodmother) and again another highly enjoyable family film enjoyed by many. Three years later after "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" which failed at the box-office in the USA but had more success overseas. Mara Wilson in the short time has left a body of work that is still enjoyed today by many and her decision to walk away seemed to be her own as he decided to focus on school and enjoy her teenage years. It’s reported that in June 2005 she graduated from Idyllwild School of Music & Arts and went on to attend New York University. In 2008 she wrote and performed the one woman play, "Weren't You That Girl". Tit ran for three days and detailed her life and how others treated her because of her days as a child star. Mara lives the quiet life in NYC and Writes plays, fiction and non-fiction, and maintains a blog. Seems to be doing quite well thank you and any here that has not seen any of the mentioned titles then I recommend giving them a watch, especially “Matilda.” For a better explanation on why she quit acting, then hear it from Mara herself from this posting on her blog.   Mara Wilson in a more recent photo.
    Jul 07, 2013 106238
  • 03 Jul 2013
    One of the best performances I have ever seen by a child actor was by Max Pomeranc in the 1993 film "Searching for Bobby Fischer" playing the role of Josh Waitzkin, I am not alone in this view as you see here in a quote from actor Jake Gyllenhaal who said “One of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen is Max Pomeranc as the young boy in ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer.’ Something about watching a child and his ability to be honest and his desperation for honesty even in the midst of all the adults surrounding them—which is essentially what that movie is about—and the performance itself is so present and exists on its own even today.” And that is some high praise. Max was born in Manhattan, New York on March 21, 1984 and when he made his big-screen debut in Searching for Bobby Fischer, he was one of the country's top 100 chess players in his age group. In Searching for Bobby Fischer Max plays the role of a prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer. It is a very well-acted film not just by Max but a strong cast with the likes of Laurence Fishburne, Joan Allen, Joe Mantegna and Ben Kinglsley among others. The movie is one of my favorite films and I highly recommend a viewing, it carries a strong 7.5 rating on IMDB. After Searching for Bobby Fischer Max appeared in the TV movie "Nowhere to hide" (1994) and the enjoyable Family Drama Fluke with Samuel L. Jackson supplying the voice of Rumbo. After the TV movie Journey(1995) Max was simply not seen in the world of acting until a small role in 2008’s "Definitely, Maybe" and that was it. Very little was known in the ensuing years but reports had him graduating from The Bronx High School of Science in 2002. He then attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada (2003) and Graduated in 2006. In "Searching for Bobby Fischer" and "Fluke" Max Pomeranc left us with two enjoyable films and two very good performances.        
    44489 Posted by JeffJones
  • One of the best performances I have ever seen by a child actor was by Max Pomeranc in the 1993 film "Searching for Bobby Fischer" playing the role of Josh Waitzkin, I am not alone in this view as you see here in a quote from actor Jake Gyllenhaal who said “One of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen is Max Pomeranc as the young boy in ‘Searching for Bobby Fischer.’ Something about watching a child and his ability to be honest and his desperation for honesty even in the midst of all the adults surrounding them—which is essentially what that movie is about—and the performance itself is so present and exists on its own even today.” And that is some high praise. Max was born in Manhattan, New York on March 21, 1984 and when he made his big-screen debut in Searching for Bobby Fischer, he was one of the country's top 100 chess players in his age group. In Searching for Bobby Fischer Max plays the role of a prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer. It is a very well-acted film not just by Max but a strong cast with the likes of Laurence Fishburne, Joan Allen, Joe Mantegna and Ben Kinglsley among others. The movie is one of my favorite films and I highly recommend a viewing, it carries a strong 7.5 rating on IMDB. After Searching for Bobby Fischer Max appeared in the TV movie "Nowhere to hide" (1994) and the enjoyable Family Drama Fluke with Samuel L. Jackson supplying the voice of Rumbo. After the TV movie Journey(1995) Max was simply not seen in the world of acting until a small role in 2008’s "Definitely, Maybe" and that was it. Very little was known in the ensuing years but reports had him graduating from The Bronx High School of Science in 2002. He then attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada (2003) and Graduated in 2006. In "Searching for Bobby Fischer" and "Fluke" Max Pomeranc left us with two enjoyable films and two very good performances.        
    Jul 03, 2013 44489
  • 22 Jun 2013
    Like Charlie Korsmo covered in the last blog, Barret Oliver was a popular and talented child star on the scene for a few year and then just up and quit acting. Barrett Spencer Oliver was born on the 24 August 1973, Los Angeles, California, USA and attended Los Feliz (Apple) School, an Elementary School in Los Angeles. He developed an interest in acting after his elder brother, Kyle, became involved in acting as a child. Barret by his own admission stated that he started out with a commercial with no lines but by the mid 80’s he was quite a bankable child star. His next big step was on a 1981 episode of the TV series "The Incredible Hulk," and during 1982-83 he had small roles in the films "Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again," "Kiss Me Goodbye" and "Uncommon Valor." On television he played Q.P. in the TV movie "The Circle Family" and guest starred on the series "Knight Rider" and "Love, Sidney." It was 1984 and playing the role of Bastian in the beloved hit "The NeverEnding Story" that shot him to child star fame. That same year he also appeared in Wes Craven’s "Invitation to Hell." The next year in 1985 he played the title character in "D.A.R.Y.L." and also played David in "Cocoon." The next few years he filmed some TV movies and made guest appearances before returning in 1998 for the sequel to Cocoon. His final work was on the film Scenes from the "Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" and that was it for Barret Oliver. Much like Korsmo with no facts to back it up I think Barret simply got tired of acting and walked away from that life, Last reports ion 2004 placed him teaching photography in Los Angeles, California. His print work has been part of numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. He has also done the Wet-Plate process in Ireland for a Guinness commercial and in Romania for the motion picture Cold Mountain. In addition, he has written articles on photography and contributed to demonstrations and workshops. He also authored the book "A History of the Woodburytype." Woodburytypes are made from a 19th century photo-mechanical process.
    11440 Posted by JeffJones
  • Like Charlie Korsmo covered in the last blog, Barret Oliver was a popular and talented child star on the scene for a few year and then just up and quit acting. Barrett Spencer Oliver was born on the 24 August 1973, Los Angeles, California, USA and attended Los Feliz (Apple) School, an Elementary School in Los Angeles. He developed an interest in acting after his elder brother, Kyle, became involved in acting as a child. Barret by his own admission stated that he started out with a commercial with no lines but by the mid 80’s he was quite a bankable child star. His next big step was on a 1981 episode of the TV series "The Incredible Hulk," and during 1982-83 he had small roles in the films "Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again," "Kiss Me Goodbye" and "Uncommon Valor." On television he played Q.P. in the TV movie "The Circle Family" and guest starred on the series "Knight Rider" and "Love, Sidney." It was 1984 and playing the role of Bastian in the beloved hit "The NeverEnding Story" that shot him to child star fame. That same year he also appeared in Wes Craven’s "Invitation to Hell." The next year in 1985 he played the title character in "D.A.R.Y.L." and also played David in "Cocoon." The next few years he filmed some TV movies and made guest appearances before returning in 1998 for the sequel to Cocoon. His final work was on the film Scenes from the "Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" and that was it for Barret Oliver. Much like Korsmo with no facts to back it up I think Barret simply got tired of acting and walked away from that life, Last reports ion 2004 placed him teaching photography in Los Angeles, California. His print work has been part of numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. He has also done the Wet-Plate process in Ireland for a Guinness commercial and in Romania for the motion picture Cold Mountain. In addition, he has written articles on photography and contributed to demonstrations and workshops. He also authored the book "A History of the Woodburytype." Woodburytypes are made from a 19th century photo-mechanical process.
    Jun 22, 2013 11440
  • 17 Jun 2013
      Charlie Korsmo was born in Fargo, North Dakota on July 20, 1978 and as a child actor between 1990 and 1991 appeared in "Men Don't Leave," "Dick Tracy," "What About Bob?," "Hook," "The Doctor" and the made for TV film "Heat Wave" all this in the space of these two years. He appeared opposite such talent as Jessica Lange, Joan Cusack, Kathy Bates, Warren Beatty, Richard Dreyfuss, Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams and Julia Roberts. All before the ripe old age of 13 and his talent stood out next to the heavyweights and then Korsmo disappeared form films for seven long years before an appearance in the 1998 film Can't Hardly Wait and that has been it to this date. So what happened to such a promising young child actor? Well Korsmo simply got up and quit acting after 1991’s Hook with Robin Williams and directed by Steven Spielberg. What is he up to today? Well Mr. Korsmo is an extremely brilliant man; he graduated from MIT with a degree in physics. He's worked for the the House Select Committee on Homeland Security and Environmental Protection Agency. Then in 2006 he graduated from Yale Law School, and he currently teaches law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Recently he was nominated for membership on the Board of Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program President Obama. How impressive is all of that? Good for Charlie and join me here regularly as I take a look back at what some former child stars are up to these days.   Below is a recent look at Mr. Korsmo    
    12219 Posted by JeffJones
  •   Charlie Korsmo was born in Fargo, North Dakota on July 20, 1978 and as a child actor between 1990 and 1991 appeared in "Men Don't Leave," "Dick Tracy," "What About Bob?," "Hook," "The Doctor" and the made for TV film "Heat Wave" all this in the space of these two years. He appeared opposite such talent as Jessica Lange, Joan Cusack, Kathy Bates, Warren Beatty, Richard Dreyfuss, Bill Murray, Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams and Julia Roberts. All before the ripe old age of 13 and his talent stood out next to the heavyweights and then Korsmo disappeared form films for seven long years before an appearance in the 1998 film Can't Hardly Wait and that has been it to this date. So what happened to such a promising young child actor? Well Korsmo simply got up and quit acting after 1991’s Hook with Robin Williams and directed by Steven Spielberg. What is he up to today? Well Mr. Korsmo is an extremely brilliant man; he graduated from MIT with a degree in physics. He's worked for the the House Select Committee on Homeland Security and Environmental Protection Agency. Then in 2006 he graduated from Yale Law School, and he currently teaches law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Recently he was nominated for membership on the Board of Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program President Obama. How impressive is all of that? Good for Charlie and join me here regularly as I take a look back at what some former child stars are up to these days.   Below is a recent look at Mr. Korsmo    
    Jun 17, 2013 12219
  • 01 Oct 2012
    It is every teenager's dream to find fame and fortune and the lucky few, such as Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, have used it as a launchpad to a successful career. Justin Bieber found infamy through Youtube, which he then turned into a successful pop career with the guidance of Usher. Miley Cyrus meanwhile took her fame from the hit show Hannah Montana and used that spotlight to build herself into a successful pop star in her own right. Teenage success stories like Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are not a new phenomenon, with teenage acts hitting the big time for years. However, these type of acts rarely seem to build on their success, and often disappear from the public eye or undergo a drastic change of direction, isolating the artist from what was previously their target audience. One of the main reasons for this is that their target audience has outgrown them. When you look at Justin Bieber's target audience for his music, they're generally young teens or pre-teens. Once they hit their late teens their musical tastes tend to change, and Bieber's music is not what they want to listen to. Another reason is that the artist themselves outgrow their musical style. Cheesy pop music is great when you're 16, but once Justin Bieber turns 20 will he still want to sing the same kind of songs? A prime example of this is Britney Spears, who started rebelling and singing rock songs rather than pop as she grew up. While Britney's career has remained relatively successful, other artists have struggled to maintain their success while changing their image. Macauley Culkin, star of the Home Alone movies, was very successful and had a huge fan base when starring in family movies, but soon outgrew these and has had limited success since. Hanson are another example of an act who have struggled to build any success since developing a more grown up image; their recent attempted comeback was less than successful, mainly because they appeared to have no target audience. Miley Cyrus has already begun to show her wild side and appears to be taking a similar career path to Britney Spears. Justin Bieber on the other hand is still making teen-friendly music, and will undoubtedly remain successful for the time being should he continue with this path. But what will happen when he hits 20? Will he become a rock star? Even a heavy metal act? Only time will tell, but history suggests that his teen-friendly style is unlikely to carry on forever.
    2968 Posted by JeffJones
  • It is every teenager's dream to find fame and fortune and the lucky few, such as Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, have used it as a launchpad to a successful career. Justin Bieber found infamy through Youtube, which he then turned into a successful pop career with the guidance of Usher. Miley Cyrus meanwhile took her fame from the hit show Hannah Montana and used that spotlight to build herself into a successful pop star in her own right. Teenage success stories like Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are not a new phenomenon, with teenage acts hitting the big time for years. However, these type of acts rarely seem to build on their success, and often disappear from the public eye or undergo a drastic change of direction, isolating the artist from what was previously their target audience. One of the main reasons for this is that their target audience has outgrown them. When you look at Justin Bieber's target audience for his music, they're generally young teens or pre-teens. Once they hit their late teens their musical tastes tend to change, and Bieber's music is not what they want to listen to. Another reason is that the artist themselves outgrow their musical style. Cheesy pop music is great when you're 16, but once Justin Bieber turns 20 will he still want to sing the same kind of songs? A prime example of this is Britney Spears, who started rebelling and singing rock songs rather than pop as she grew up. While Britney's career has remained relatively successful, other artists have struggled to maintain their success while changing their image. Macauley Culkin, star of the Home Alone movies, was very successful and had a huge fan base when starring in family movies, but soon outgrew these and has had limited success since. Hanson are another example of an act who have struggled to build any success since developing a more grown up image; their recent attempted comeback was less than successful, mainly because they appeared to have no target audience. Miley Cyrus has already begun to show her wild side and appears to be taking a similar career path to Britney Spears. Justin Bieber on the other hand is still making teen-friendly music, and will undoubtedly remain successful for the time being should he continue with this path. But what will happen when he hits 20? Will he become a rock star? Even a heavy metal act? Only time will tell, but history suggests that his teen-friendly style is unlikely to carry on forever.
    Oct 01, 2012 2968
  • 10 Mar 2012
    Walt Disney has brought some of the finest movies geared towards families throughout the years. Films the entire family can enjoy together without any fear of objectionable material popping up. Many of these films are personal favs mostly seen on video or DVD. Here is a list of ten of my all time fav Disney classics.Song of the South (1946)Adapted from the series of Uncle Remus tales by Joel Chandler Harris. The film is both live-action and animation. Amazingly this film has never been re-released since the 1980s, and continues to spark heated debate as to it’s' "appropriateness" for the 21st century, the film depicted America in a much different time. Rating (8 of 10)So Dear to My Heart (1948)So Dear to My Heart again combines live action and animation to tell the story of a young farm boy (Jeremiah) and his pet lamb (Danny). Danny turns out to be rather rambunctious, causing Jeremiah's grandmother to wish Jeremiah would get rid of it. Rating (7 of 10)Treasure Island ) (1950)Walt Disney, branching out from animated films to "live-action" and produced Treasure Island, based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1881 adventure novel. Rating (6 of 10)Old Yeller ) (1957)Young Tommy Coates steps up to help his mother take care of their ranch and their family when his father leaves to drive their cattle herd to market in Kansas. When a stray dog takes up residence at the Coates ranch, Tommy makes a friend for life. Old Yeller and Tommy battle snakes, raccoons, bears, and life and epitomize the phrase "man's best friend" in this timeless classic. Rating 8 of 10)The Shaggy Dog ) (1969)Through an ancient spell, a boy changes into a sheepdog and back again. It seems to happen at inopportune times and the spell can only be broken by an act of bravery. Fred Mac Murray stars. (Rating 6 of 10)Swiss Family Robinson ) (1960)The Robinson family is dealt a terrible blow when they find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island. All is not lost as the family bands together to not only survive, but grow, flourish, and thrive in a spectacular house built in a tree. Rating (7 of 10)The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)The Absent-Minded Professor is a Disney movie about a character called Professor Braniard who invents a strange substance that accumulates energy when it strikes certain types of surfaces. He discovered it accidentally by reversing a sign in one of his equations. Professor Braniard then decides to name the substance "Flubber". Or Flying Rubber. Great fun Rating (7 of 10)That Darn Cat! ) (1965)Hayley Mills and Dean Jones are in for a treat in this purr-fect Disney family film filed with comedy, mystery, and adventure. When a young woman's Siamese D.C. (Darn Cat) turns up wearing a wristwatch as its collar, she figures out this is a tip-off for the ongoing case of an unsolved robbery and kidnapping. Hair-raising comedy continues as jealous boyfriends, nosy neighbors, and an allergic FBI agent try to crack this case. Rating (7 of 10)Bedknobs and Broomsticks ) (1971)Flying high atop a magical flying bed, orphans Carrie, Paul, and Charlie take on an incredible, mystical world alongside their house parent Miss Price. Rating (7 of 10)Never Cry Wolf ) (1983)Based on Farley Mowat's real life study of wolves in their natural habitat, Never Cry Wolf takes a look at the impact of wolf life on nature's ecosystem. Farley was hired to show how wolves were killing off the caribou herds in the Canadian tundra, however, what he learned proved the wolves might not be the enemy after all. Rating (8 of 10) A Must see.Many have been released in between these titles and many after but these are just a few of my much beloved Walt Disney films that I feel today’s kids are really missing out of.
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  • Walt Disney has brought some of the finest movies geared towards families throughout the years. Films the entire family can enjoy together without any fear of objectionable material popping up. Many of these films are personal favs mostly seen on video or DVD. Here is a list of ten of my all time fav Disney classics.Song of the South (1946)Adapted from the series of Uncle Remus tales by Joel Chandler Harris. The film is both live-action and animation. Amazingly this film has never been re-released since the 1980s, and continues to spark heated debate as to it’s' "appropriateness" for the 21st century, the film depicted America in a much different time. Rating (8 of 10)So Dear to My Heart (1948)So Dear to My Heart again combines live action and animation to tell the story of a young farm boy (Jeremiah) and his pet lamb (Danny). Danny turns out to be rather rambunctious, causing Jeremiah's grandmother to wish Jeremiah would get rid of it. Rating (7 of 10)Treasure Island ) (1950)Walt Disney, branching out from animated films to "live-action" and produced Treasure Island, based on Robert Louis Stevenson's 1881 adventure novel. Rating (6 of 10)Old Yeller ) (1957)Young Tommy Coates steps up to help his mother take care of their ranch and their family when his father leaves to drive their cattle herd to market in Kansas. When a stray dog takes up residence at the Coates ranch, Tommy makes a friend for life. Old Yeller and Tommy battle snakes, raccoons, bears, and life and epitomize the phrase "man's best friend" in this timeless classic. Rating 8 of 10)The Shaggy Dog ) (1969)Through an ancient spell, a boy changes into a sheepdog and back again. It seems to happen at inopportune times and the spell can only be broken by an act of bravery. Fred Mac Murray stars. (Rating 6 of 10)Swiss Family Robinson ) (1960)The Robinson family is dealt a terrible blow when they find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island. All is not lost as the family bands together to not only survive, but grow, flourish, and thrive in a spectacular house built in a tree. Rating (7 of 10)The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)The Absent-Minded Professor is a Disney movie about a character called Professor Braniard who invents a strange substance that accumulates energy when it strikes certain types of surfaces. He discovered it accidentally by reversing a sign in one of his equations. Professor Braniard then decides to name the substance "Flubber". Or Flying Rubber. Great fun Rating (7 of 10)That Darn Cat! ) (1965)Hayley Mills and Dean Jones are in for a treat in this purr-fect Disney family film filed with comedy, mystery, and adventure. When a young woman's Siamese D.C. (Darn Cat) turns up wearing a wristwatch as its collar, she figures out this is a tip-off for the ongoing case of an unsolved robbery and kidnapping. Hair-raising comedy continues as jealous boyfriends, nosy neighbors, and an allergic FBI agent try to crack this case. Rating (7 of 10)Bedknobs and Broomsticks ) (1971)Flying high atop a magical flying bed, orphans Carrie, Paul, and Charlie take on an incredible, mystical world alongside their house parent Miss Price. Rating (7 of 10)Never Cry Wolf ) (1983)Based on Farley Mowat's real life study of wolves in their natural habitat, Never Cry Wolf takes a look at the impact of wolf life on nature's ecosystem. Farley was hired to show how wolves were killing off the caribou herds in the Canadian tundra, however, what he learned proved the wolves might not be the enemy after all. Rating (8 of 10) A Must see.Many have been released in between these titles and many after but these are just a few of my much beloved Walt Disney films that I feel today’s kids are really missing out of.
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