Be Nice: you make it a wonderful life

During the Christmas season, one of my favorite things to do is watch "It's A Wonderful Life". For me, it's just not Christmas without George Bailey and Clarence the Angel. If you've never seen the movie, it tells the story of a despondent man who contemplates suicide, believing the world would have been better off without him. His guardian angel-in-training, Clarence, comes to earth to give him the opportunity to see what the world would have been like had he never been born. George is … [Read more...]

Chocolate, Easter bunnies and child slavery

The first step in making cocoa is to harvest the cocoa pods, open them up and remove the beans. This is how it happens. (Screenshot from "The Dark Side of Chocolate")

I went to lunch with a friend last week and we stopped in at a local gourmet chocolate shop. The place was mobbed with people stocking up on the upcoming Easter holiday but all I wanted to do was ask the owners if they knew where their cocoa came from. Chances were quite good that the cocoa they used to make their sweet goodies was harvested by child slaves. I wondered if the people filling their shopping baskets knew that 42% of the world's cocoa comes from the Ivory Coast, where children … [Read more...]

Hollywood plays host to the 26th Annual Genesis Awards, Saturday March 24, 2012 (Updated with winners)

Ian Somerhalder will be presented with the Wyler Award at the 26th Annual Genesis Awards.

Tomorrow night, the Humane Society of the United States and Hollywood will honor the major news and entertainment media who over the last year have produced "outstanding works that raise public awareness about animal issues" with the 26th Annual Genesis Awards. The list of nominees includes (full list at the end) features films like "Dolphin Tale," "Rio," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and "War Horse" as well as talk shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "Dancing With The Stars" judge … [Read more...]

The real family behind “We Bought A Zoo”

On December 23, the movie "We Bought A Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, hits theaters. It's the story of a father who, following his wife's untimely death, moves his young family to the California countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo, Rosemoor Wildlife Park. But did you know that the film is based on a real story? The real Benjamin Mee was a reporter for the UK's The Guardian. When his father died, his mother wanted to sell her home and move to something … [Read more...]

DreamWorks picks up movie rights to NY Times bestseller "A Dog's Purpose"

Fans of writer W. Bruce Cameron will be wagging for joy at this news: DreamWorks has picked up the movie rights to Cameron's NY Times Bestselling novel, "A Dog's Purpose." Cameron will write the screen play, along with Cathryn Michon (who also happens to be his wife.) The movie will be produced by Gavin Polone. "I saw this as a movie virtually from the time the idea showed up whole cloth in my head," Cameron says on the DreamWorks website. He hopes for "an uplifting movie, a movie about joy and … [Read more...]

Share your pet's Halloween photo!

Is your Fido or Fluffy planning to don a costume and hit the neighborhood looking for treats on Halloween? Head over to our Heavenly Creatures blog Facebook page and upload a photo of your pet dressed in his or her costume - we may feature your pet on the Heavenly Creatures blog! … [Read more...]