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My top 10 kids in movies

The saying goes, never work with animals or children… but every now and then it’s the kid in the film that completely steals the show. These are my favourite pint-sized scene stealers.

this-is-england_625x352 Shaun
Played by: Thomas Turgoose
Film: This is England (2006)
Age: 11
“Get me… ‘undred fags, two bottles of wine, a bottle of whisky, and ten cans of lager now.”

the-sixth-sense-10991Cole Sear
Played by: Hayley Joel Osment
Film: The Sixth Sense (1999)
Age: 8
“I see dead people.”

MSDMATI EC010Matilda
Played by: Mara Wilson
Film: Matilda (1996)
Age: 6
“No more Miss Nice Girl!”

LittleMissSunshineOlive Hoover
Played by: Abigail Breslin
Film: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Age: 7
“I’d like to dedicate this to my grandpa, who showed me these moves.”

jonathan-lipnicki-jerry-maguire-paramountRay Boyd
Played by: Jonathan Lipnicki
Film: Jerry Maguire (1996)
Age: 5
“Did you know the human head weighs eight pounds?”

hit-girl-kick-ass--movie-88Hit Girl
Played by: Chloe Moretz
Film: Kick Ass (2010)
Age: 11
“Okay you cunts… Let’s see what you can do now!”

claudiaClaudia
Played by: Kirsten Dunst
Film: Interview with a Vampire (1994)
Age: Forever 6
“It’s time we were on our way. I’m hungry, and the city awaits.”

beasts defense 615 spcHushpuppy
Played by: Quvenzhané Wallis
Film: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Age: 6
“I see that I am a little piece of a big, big universe, and that makes it right.”

About A BoyMarcus Brewer
Played by: Nicholas Hoult
Film: About A Boy (2002)
Age: 12
“I think I killed a duck.”

The-Bicycle-ThievesBruno Ricci
Played by: Enzo Staiola
Film: The Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Age: 8

Copy… right?

I was alerted to a very interesting bit of news by Jen this morning. (High fives by the way to Jen who has also jumped ship from Live Spaces to Blogspot, you can find her shiny new blog here. I suppose we owe a debt of gratitude to Live Spaces, as nasty as it is since it introduced us to each other). It appears that Apple may close the itunes store. Jen tried to share this information with me via a link on facebook but the link was swiftly removed… is big brother watching us? Anyway, I did some research myself and found this article.

It appears that The Copyright Royalty Board has intentions of increasing the royalty rates paid to music publishers. If this happens, Apple is faced with upping download prices or making a loss. Apparently they are not keen on either of these options. The Copyright Royalty Board claims that the music publishers will now be giving more money to artists. If I genuinely believed this, I might not complain too much if the download prices went up. I have a bit of a free-for-all attitude to music… sometimes I pay for downloads… sometimes I borrow *cough* pirate *cough*… it depends on what is around. The reason I don’t feel too bad about my sometimes dodgy acquisition of music is that the artists, who are the people I care about, see so little of the royalties. Trust me, after the number of onstage rants I’ve heard from bands, I have no doubt. I’d rather go to gigs and buy merch, then I know they’re getting the money. Anyway… it will be very interesting to see what happens with this one… so stay tuned.

In other news, I came home yesterday to discover that my entire shower had been ripped out. I was expecting them just to do some patching and sealing because of the leak but now it looks like I am getting a whole new shower. I would like to officially retract Tuesday’s whinge. My shower was falling apart, the doors barely worked and the wall was all icky next to it from damp. A whole new shower would be like having a whole new bathroom. Yippee!

Today’s obsession is Little Miss Sunshine. The first time I watched this dysfunctional family comedy-drama, I had no idea what to expect. In fact, I don’t think I was expecting much but by the end of the film I was absolutely charmed. The film has very little storyline. A family struggling with a father’s who is failing as a motivational speaker, a gay uncle who has attempted suicide, a son who doesn’t speak and a grandfather who snorts heroin go on a road trip across America to get adorable eight year-old, Olive, to the Little Miss Sunshine Pageant. It sounds somewhat random but the characters and their interactions are so interesting and so funny because they are so relatable. It is of course, Abigail Breslin, as Olive who completely steals the film from her older and much more experienced co-stars (Toni Colette, Alan Arkin, Steve Carrell and Greg Kinnear). I can’t help but adore Paul Dano in the role of Dwayne, as he sums up almost all of the total alienation, I felt as a teenager. I know it doesn’t sound like a feelgood film but you will come away with a smile, trust.