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Kids First Coming Attractions April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014
Hosted by Anthony Aranda, Jailene Aries, Brianna Hope Beaton, Valdi Agaelle Belizaire, Stacy Love Belizaire, Morgan Bertsch, Keefer Blakeslee, Victoria Burns, Adam Chernick, Makai Colvin, Raven Devanney, Cassandra Hsiao, Molly Jackson, Johntae Lipscomb, Cheyenne Nguyen, Patrick Nguyen, Julianna Noone, Gerry Orz, Canela Roey, and Jaheem King Toombs

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Listen in as we review the new documentary from Disneynature Bears followed by the DVD titles Antboy and Scooby-Doo WrestleMania. Catch all this and more with your hosts Brianna Hope Beaton, Raven Devanney and Keefer Blakeslee joined by KIDS FIRST Film Critics Gerry Orz, Anthony Aranda, Simone Sharrieff, Shelby Ronea and Samantha Alexander

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KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

Tuesdays at 1 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Kids Channel

KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions is a weekly radio show hosted by eight KIDS FIRST! Film Critics, ages 8 to 14. These eight critics won a spot as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic through a national competition in 2010. They have been reviewing new films and DVDs, attending Red Carpet events and premieres and interviewing talent on and off the Red Carpet. KIDS FIRST!, a program of the 20-year-old Coalition for Quality Children's Media, is the country's most valued source for reviews of children's media. As a national, nonprofit organization, KIDS FIRST! teaches children critical viewing skills and engages them, together with adults, as jurors to evaluate, rate and review films, DVDs, TV shows, games and apps. Listen for KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions every Tuesday at 1PM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Kids Channel.

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Anthony Aranda, Jailene Aries, Brianna Hope Beaton, Valdi Agaelle Belizaire, Stacy Love Belizaire, Morgan Bertsch, Keefer Blakeslee, Victoria Burns, Adam Chernick, Makai Colvin, Raven Devanney, Cassandra Hsiao, Molly Jackson, Johntae Lipscomb, Cheyenne Nguyen, Patrick Nguyen, Julianna Noone, Gerry Orz, Canela Roey, and Jaheem King Toombs

Eight-year-old Anthony Aranda comes from San Diego, CA where he lives with his parents and two siblings, ages 5 and 2. He has a dog named Patches and, when he's not going to movies, likes to visit Chuck E Cheese and play baseball. He aspires to be a professional baseball player when he grows up! His favorite movie is Ironman 2 and Nanny McPhee. In his free time, Anthony likes to read books and play games such as Four Square. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is his favorite book and Selena Gomez is his favorite actor. Anthony's most proud of getting all A’s in school and getting into the accelerated classes. The thing he enjoys most about his job as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic: "Interviewing celebrities on the Red Carpet!" He got to interview American Idol finalists, Danny Gokey and Brooke White recently and appear onstage at the MCAS Miramar during a KIDS FIRST! special event.

Jailene Aries lives in Burbank, CA with her parents and three brothers who are 6, 21 and 23-years-old. Her nickname is Welches. She enjoys going to the mall with her mom and talking about life. "We spend a lot of time in the car together going to auditions, guitar lessons, gymnastics and other activities." She also enjoys watching films on DVD at home with a bowl of popcorn or ice cream. She loves going out to dinner at a nice restaurant. Her favorite food is spaghetti and meatballs. When she's along, Jailene might be found playing the guitar, reading books on her Kindle, listening to music or watching her favorite TV shows. Her favorite thing to do with friends is to go to the movies.

Jailene's favorite film is Monte Carlo because her favorite actress, Selena Gomez is in it. She also enjoys the love story and the humor. Selena Gomez wins her vote for favorite actress because of her talent and the great work she has done since she was very young. "I also admire her dedication to her career. She is a great actress and an inspiration for other young Latina girls who want to pursue an acting career."

The thing that Jailene is most proud of is how she and her family moved from Maryland to California in order that she can pursue a career as an actress.

Jailene's favorite film critic is KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Cheyenne Nguyen, one of her best friends, because "she is very energetic and brings so much personality to her reviews."

As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Jailene looks forward to watching amazing films and informing people about them. "I want to educate parents and let them know if the films are appropriate, funny, sad or serious. I want to have fun and go to red carpet events and develop interview techniques that are useful skills no matter what I end up doing in my life."

Twelve-year-old Brianna Beaton lives in Clermont, FL with her parents. She has a 21 year-old sister who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her favorite things to do with her parents are play board games, watch TV, cook and practice monologues. You can find Brianna playing tag, swimming and just goofing off with her friends who call her BB. Brianna’s favorite movie is “I am Sam.” Brianna looks up to actress Drew Barrymore because she started acting young and is the kind of person who doesn’t care what anyone says about her. Brianna wants to be either an actress or a restaurant owner when she grows up. She is most proud that she has been performing in theatre plays and won Most Dramatic and Most Reliable awards in her theatre school. Brianna is most looking forward to honestly sharing and expressing her feelings about films thru video and/or written reviews. KIDS FIRST! will give her many opportunities to write.

Valdi Belizaire lives in Los Angeles, CA and has two sisters, Stacy (10) and Bella (3). During family time, she loves to play games, go to the mall and visit the park. When with her friends, Val, as they call her, enjoys playing games, doing projects and says, “We read each other's stories.”

Valdi's favorite film is “Brave” because it, “Shows a lot of bravery and to fight for what you believe in.” Her favorite actress is Anne Hathaway since she, “Has a lot to passion in her movies that she does.”

One of Valdi's greatest accomplishments is that she read 40 books in just a few months. Twenty of the books were in English and twenty were in French. When Valdi grows up she wants to be a actress or a lawyer.

As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic she looks forward to having people, “Watch me and be interested in what I have to say.”

Stacy Belizaire lives in Los Angeles, CA and has two sisters, Valdi and Bella. During family time, she says that, “We play games, we enjoy each other's company and we love watching movies.” When with her friends “We usually do gymnastics (like mini games), make short movies or commercials.” Her favorite food is pasta (Italian) and salad.

Stacy's number one film is “Hotel Transylvania” because the movie is, “Fun and cool. What grabs me are the voices of Selena Gomez and Ceelo Green.” Her favorite actress is Meaghan Martin from “Camp Rock.” “She is a great actress.” Stacy says, “She has that diva, sass and powder style.”

When Stacy grows up, she wants to be a professional make-up artist or a lawyer.

As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Stacy wants to, “Be able to watch movies, look at the characters and to see different kinds of creations and actions.”

Seven-year-old Morgan Bertsch lives in North Hills, California with her parents. Her parents help her with homework, play ball and go to the movies. Morgan enjoys playing her “Nintendo DS,” watching her DVD player and playing with her dolls. Morgan’s favorite movie is “Tangled” because of her long hair. Her greatest accomplishment is graduating kindergarten. She is most looking forward to interview people and watching the new movies.

Keefer Blakeslee lives in the great Los Angeles area. He has three older siblings who are all married. His dad passed away five years ago so he and his Mom are enjoying their life together. They play chess, swim and watch and critique movies together. Keefer likes riding his bike, cooking, watching Nostalgia Critic on the Internet and reading his five-inch-thick book, VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever.

Keefer loves so many films it's difficult to pick one. If he had to, it would be Mrs. Doubtfire because it's such a funny story with a lot of heart and a great performance by Robin Williams. It's also difficult for him to name a favorite actor but Mel Brooks and Jim Carrey would have to be at the top of the list. "They are both funny and great actors that really know how to capture their audience and make them laugh."

When he grows up, Keefer wants to be an actor, comedian, critic, director, producer and screen-writer. He is most proud of proving to his mom that he deserved moving to California so he could pursue his career.

His favorite film critics were Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. "They were so entertaining. I loved listening to their reasoning and watching them bicker. I read Roger Ebert's film reviews to the day he died."

As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer is looking forward to being able to speak his own opinion to people who love movies because, "if you're going to pay to watch a movie, it has best be a good one!"

Thirteen-year-old Victoria Burns lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her parents and two siblings, ages twenty and nineteen. They enjoys going to the movies, trips to Barnes and Noble, reading and going out to eat. Victoria enjoys reading, going to the mall and going to movies with her friends. Her favorite movies are “The Bourne Trilogy,” because each movie is as good as the first and leaves you wanting more. Her favorite actor is Denzel Washington because he can convincingly portray different types of characters. When she grows up Victoria wants to be a psychologist. Her greatest accomplishment is learning how to draw still life art. She is most looking forward to going to movie screenings, interviewing actors and getting to give her opinion on the movies.

Adam Chernick hails from Tarzana, CA in the greater LA area. He has two older siblings, Mirabelle and Michael. He enjoys going to the aquarium, the science museum, visiting police and fire stations and going out to eat with his family. With his friends, he plays various games including baseball and soccer.

Adam's favorite film is "The Artist" because he loved how cute and loyal the dog was. George Clooney wins his affection as his favorite actor and ice cream as his favorite food! Adam aspires to be a politician or work in law enforcement when he grows up.

Adam is most proud of himself for how he handled changing schools this last year. He was very nervous and scared to go to a brand new school but, it worked out just fine. He also enjoyed appearing on Critics' Choice in 2012 as a mini Paul Scheer where he wore a bald cap. His best friend is KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Morgan Bertsch.

Trivia about Adam: He has been stung by a bee four time! Ouch.

What he most looks forward to as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic is seeing lots of new movies and hopefully, interviewing people on the red carpet.

Nine-year-old Makai Weber Colvin comes from Santa Fe, NM where she her friends call her Kai Kia or Ma-kaikai. She lives with her mom and dad and a frog, a dog named Maximus Ragnar (Max for short) and Sophie the cat. Makai's favorite movie is Finding Nemo, The Shrek films, and the Princess Protection Program. She likes watching movies with her parents and taking family road trips when "it's just us together." Makai loves to sing and dance in her backyard with her puppy as her audience, likes to invent games for her family and aspires to become a Rock Star! Her favorite actors are Minnie Pearl, Steve Carell and Taylor Lautner. Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift would be her favorite singers. Her favorite book is "The Lightening Thief" and her favorite foods are chocolate croissants, strawberries, raspberries and gummie bears. She is most proud of being in the Recycled Fashion Show and making her own dress from recycled magazines all by herself. She loves reviewing movies for KIDS FIRST! and can't wait to go to LA to meet some celebrities.

Thirteen-year-old Raven Sky Devanney hails from Boulder, CO where she lives with her mom and 6 year old brother and attends 7th grade. She has a slight menagerie of pets (3 cats, 2 dogs, 3 birds, and 3 fish: Luna, Mister, Playdough, Lady, Bo, Pickle Pie, Dave, and Peddie Jeffrey Longbottom.) Her favorite movies are Titanic and The Imagination of Doctor Parnassus. In her free time, Raven enjoys watching movies with her family, ice skating, playing basketball or dining on Ethiopian food. You might run into her shopping at the mall with her friends or find her writing, drawing or reading. Among her favorite books are Emily the Strange, The Giver and Skeleton Creek. Johnny Depp wins her heart as her favorite actor. She aspires to become an actress or model. The thing likes most about her job as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic: "Getting to share my opinions about the films I watch and interviewing people in the entertainment business. It's all very exciting!"

Cassandra Hsiao lives in Walnut, CA and has a younger brother named Jeremy. During family time, she says that, "We love to watch movies, play board games, or play sports together such as skiing, roller-skating, swimming, ice skating, bowling and tennis." When she is with friends she likes to have sleepovers, watch movies and just have a heart-to-heart talk with her friends. Stacy likes to read, write and draw when alone. Her favorite food is pizza.

Cassandra's favorite film is "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" because "it's a wickedly funny yet heartwarming, poignant movie." She admires actress Anna-Sophia Robb because of her capacity to show a range of emotions and how she has grown as an actress.

Cassandra is proud of her involvement with Operation DREAM, a charity that combats hunger in orphanages in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This is one of her greatest accomplishments because, "I have learned that one's actions really can make a difference." When Cassandra grows up, she wants to be an author and journalist.

Her favorite film critic is Glenn Kenny because, "he has a very outspoken, clear voice and isn't afraid to write what he really thinks about a movie, no matter others say."

As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Cassandra believes that the best part about being a critic is that it helps me to think critically and I get a priceless education that I can't find anywhere else.

Molly Jackson lives in Long Beach, CA with her parents and a younger sister, Hannah. She loves to bike ride, read, travel and hang out with her parents. She loves talking with her friends, playing carnival and putting on skits. On her own, she reads, writes plays and sings. She absolutely loves singing!

Molly's favorite film is "The Sound of Music" because she is very interested in World War II and loves music. Her favorite actress is Jennifer Lawrence because "she plays many different roles so well." She also loves Julie Andrews because of her wonderful singing voice.

Molly's favorite foods are strawberries and white rice. When she grows up, she wants to become an inventor. Her greatest accomplishment is skipping the 5th grade.

As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Molly is most excited for the experience of being a film critic and, in particular, meeting lots of cool people.

Johntae Lipscomb is known as JT$$ by his friends. He lives in Burbank, CA and has two younger siblings, Joshua and Shianne. He likes to go out to eat (especially Brazilian food), to the batting cages and watch movies. With his friends, he enjoys playing video games, sports and just hanging out.

Johntae's favorite film is "Finding Nemo." He likes the way the father doesn't give up looking for his son. "It shows a true father's love." Chris Rock is Johntae's favorite actor because "he is so funny and a great actor."

He aspires to become a math teacher or a professional football player when he grows up. The accomplishment he is most proud of having done is helping his baseball team get to the championship. It was his first experience playing organized sports and quite rewarding.

What Johntae looks forward to as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic is sharing his opinion about films and meeting new people.

Eight-year-old Cheyenne Nguyen lives in Fountain Valley, California with her mother and two brothers, ages fourteen and seventeen. Cheyenne and her family enjoy going to church, going to movies and going to parties. In her free time, Cheyenne enjoys watching new movie releases with her friends, playing “Dance Central” and singing. Her favorite movie is “Despicable Me,” because it is very funny. Cheyenne’s favorite actress is Zendaya Coleman from “Shake It Up,” because she can relate to the character Rocky. When she grows up Cheyenne wants to be a news reporter, actor or singer. Her greatest accomplishment is keeping straight A’s in school. Cheyenne is most looking forward to meeting all the talent and being able to ask questions.

Patrick is from Westminster, CA where he enjoys watching movies with his family, traveling, eating new foods and partying with his extended family who get together and sing karaoke and play board games. Patrick's favorite foods are tempura sushi, BBQ chicken pizza and tomato pasta. He loves shopping, going to the theater, go-carting and miniature golf.

One of Patrick's favorite movies is Hairspray because there are so many known stars, great singing and history. "I enjoy the combination of Zac Efron, Queen Latifah and James Masden. They all have unique voices and the finale song is incredible." One of his favorite actors is Johnny Depp because of his versatility. "From Willy Wonka to Captain Jack Sparrow, all of his characters are well thought out and full of personality." Hugh Jackson is another favorite because of his proficiency in singing, dancing and acting.

Patrick aspires to be an actor when he grows up although he realizes there are not a lot of Asian-American actors in this industry. His backup plan is to become a radiologist.

One of Patrick's greatest achievements is to have been on Nickelodeon for a commercial called, "The Big Help." "When I was on set, I met so many friends with the same interests. We had a blast and it made me want to work my way up in the industry." Patrick enjoys the funny relationship between Billy and Kit on Access Hollywood. They are full of energy, have great chemistry and interview some of his favorite stars.

What Patrick is looking forward to most as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic is learning to become a successful host by learning how to speak on camera, what questions to ask and how to position yourself. He's also excited to watch new movies and write his own reviews and to interview stars.

Twelve-year-old Julianna Noone lives in Warwick, New York with her parents and seven-year-old brother named Nicholas. On the weekends they enjoy reading books, going to the movies, playing basketball and going to the lake. Julianna enjoys jumping on her trampoline, cheerleading and texting or talking on her cell phone with her friends who call her Jules. Her favorite movie is “The Chronicles of Narnia,” because she enjoys watching the adventures. Julianna’s favorite actor is Lucy Hale from “Pretty Little Liars.” When she grows up Julianna wants to be a professional basketball player or a veterinarian. Her greatest accomplishment is hitting the buzzer winning shot during one of her CYO basketball games. Julianna is most looking forward to previewing movies before they are released, being on the red carpet and getting the opportunity to interview the actors and actresses.

Gerry Orz comes from Rancho Palos Verdes, CA and has one older sibling, Dennis. He enjoys watching movies and football, cooking and traveling with his family, playing video games and is an avid filmmaker who writes and makes movies with his friends.

Gerry's favorite film is "Jack and Jill." His favorite actors are Ellen DeGeneres and Adam Sandler. Ellen because she is amazing, funny, smart and so kind. She inspired Gerry to believe in himself and try to make a difference in the world. As a result, he has produced a number of educational movies and created a non-profit organization called Kids Resource. Adam Sandler is his other favorite actor because "he is amazing actor and comedian, always stays true to himself."

Gerry is a huge fan of directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas and he aspires to become a film director, producer and writer. "I want to make movies that will have a positive impact to today's youth and will inspire them to follow my footsteps to a better tomorrow." He is already off to a great start, having produced several films including a short, "Day of Silence," that inspired a new bill in CA to proclaim 12/12/12 Bullying Prevention Day. Gerry received many emails thanking him for making that film. "We heard stories where parents believed that my movie saved their child's life." On 12/12/12 at 12 p.m., Gerry had followers in six states and four countries joining in a moment of silence. "I plan to expand in 2013 and get more people on board to honor 12/12 and work towards creating a world a better place."

As a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Gerry looks forward to learning more about movies and film making and improve his own movies so they can be included in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival."

Canela Roey lives in Los Angeles, CA with her parents and a younger sister. She likes enjoys singing, dancing and gymnastics as well as playing games and talking with her family.

Canela's favorite movie is "Life of Pi" because "it's sad, scary and happy and very realistic." Her favorite actor is Selena Gomez because she's so funny. When Canela goes out to eat, you will find her at the sushi bar.

Canela aspires to become either a gymnast or an actor when she grows up and is proud of her name. Both she and her sister have unique names, which can be a challenge, but they both enjoy theirs.

The thing she looks forward to most as a KIDS FIRST! Film Critic is seeing what happens behind the scenes and learning what really goes on there.

Jaheem King Toombs is almost your average elementary school kid except that he is in the middle of a very promising acting and singing career. The young, rising star has been in everything from commercials to the big screen. His film credits include the short films “Save Me,” “A Better Place and "Where Do We Go From Here." Jaheem has made TV appearances on every major networks and appeared in a public service announcement (PSA) for President Obama.

Both of Jaheem's parents are professional playmakers so he comes from a pretty playful family. Jaheem's an avid roller coaster fan. He also enjoys roller skating, board games, video games, swimming, singing, dancing and hanging out with his friends. But, his favorite thing to do is perform. He is a singer, actor and dancer and has a quirky obsession with lights so he incorporates all kinds of lights - laser, disco, etc., into his performances.

Jaheen's favorite film is "Step Up Revolution" because of all the dancing. His favorite actress is Ariana Grande because "I love how she gets into her character. She embraced the character of Cat on Victorious so well."

Jaheem loves all music but his favorite music to write and sing is gospel. Jaheem is inspired by the word of God to live, love, laugh, and learn. The accomplishment that he is most proud of is his first time performing in front of a crowd of 20,000 at the Life is Good Festival in Boston."

What does Jaheem want out of his career? He wants to spread JOY through the arts.

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