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Watch the Digital Spy team discuss their favourite Christmas movies above, then find out the best films on TV today for your festive entertainment.
The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson stars as an awkward preteen in this fantasy film. When Jesse (Hutcherson) befriends Leslie, the new girl in school (AnnaSophia Robb), they imagine a whole new world to escape reality.
The Simpsons Movie - 11am, Film4
Homer and the gang make the transition to the big screen in this 2007 family flick. When pollution in the town reaches crisis level, Springfield's residents are confined to life within a government-sanctioned dome.
In this comedy escape drama, the chickens, hens and roosters decide to rebel against farm owners Mr and Ms Tweedy, before they end up in tomorrow's meat pie. Mel Gibson stars as newcomer Rocky the Rooster.
The Lavender Hill Mob - 2.35pm, »
While everyone is waiting with bated breath for the next look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a rare behind-the-scenes video from the original 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope has surfaced online, and it shows a deleted scene coming to life on set. Though silent, this footage clearly features Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker working alongside director George Lucas, and we even get to see the infamous Biggs Darklighter.
The first half of the clip has George Lucas, then in his thirties, going over this much-talked about deleted scene with cinematographer Gilbert Taylor. The cut scene finds Luke Skywalker and Biggs Darklighter (played by Garrick Hagon) walking around the Tatooine settlement known as Anchorhead. Actress Koo Stark (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) is also seen in this footage.
Luke Skywalker often mentions his friend Biggs throughout Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, and we »
“Welcome to the first live screening of ‘The Interview!’”
So teased Jason Reitman at the start of Thursday’s live reading of “The Empire Strikes Back” held in downtown Los Angeles. The event, part of Film Independent’s Live Read series, was moved from its previous home at Lacma to the larger Ace Hotel Theatre due to audience demand.
“We needed a few more seats for this one,” quipped Reitman, who directs the events.
Costumed characters dressed as Stormtroopers and X-Wing Pilots entertained fans outside the historic theater, while a fully-motorized R2-D2 posed for photos inside the lobby as John Williams’ classic theme music played in the background.
But it was the surprise appearance of beloved Star Wars icon Mark Hamill, reading the roles of Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Emperor, that brought the audience to its feet for a spontaneous standing ovation.
“I hope I pass the audition,” Hamill joked as the applause continued. »
- Matthew Chernov
Jason Reitman unveiled a surprise at his live reading of “The Empire Strikes Back” on Thursday night, and the crowd that packed the Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles couldn’t have been more excited if he’d shown footage from the new “Star Wars” movie that’s due to open a year from now.
Reitman’s surprise, though, looked back rather than forward. After he’d introduced the cast that would be doing one of the celebrated live reads that Reitman regularly stages for Film Independent – a cast that included Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader, »
- Steve Pond
"This is about the new generation of characters; I think that's the most important thing. It's the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling," Hamill explained.
He continued: "I never thought I'd be involved in it again, period. And then when George [Lucas] said that they wanted to do more, I rightly assumed that it wouldn't be our story, because we had a beginning, a middle, and an end.
"This must be our offspring and the current generation, with us there lending the kind of support that Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness did in the original. So no, that didn't surprise me. And I mean, »
There's just over a year to go before Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in cinemas, and both Lucasfilm and Disney will be rubbing their hands thus far at the reaction to the first teaser trailer that landed a week or two back.
One person who wasn't in that trailer, to the surprise of many, was Mark Hamill. We got lots of new characters, but we didn't get Luke Skywalker. Chatting to Yahoo!, Hamill has explained that.
"This is about the new generation of characters; I think that’s the most important thing", he said. "It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling".
"I never thought I’d be involved in it again, period", he admitted. "And then when »
A fortnight ago, we got our first glimpse of Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy with the release of the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with J.J. Abrams opting against showing any returning characters from the original movies in favour of giving us the briefest of introductions to the new cast members. Speaking to Yahoo!, Mark Hamill has admitted that this came as little surprise to him, as the movie is shifting the focus away from the likes of Luke, Han and Leia to a younger crop of characters:
“This is about the new generation of characters; I think that’s the most important thing. It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling. So I never thought that the stories would be – first of all, I never thought I’d be involved in it again, period. And then when George [Lucas] said »
- Gary Collinson
The launch of the first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens focused on the newer members of the ensemble for J.J. Abrams’ film - John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. Noticeably absent were any of the original starring trio including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. But as Hamill explains, that was by design.“This is about the new generation of characters; I think that’s the most important thing,” he tells Yahoo Movies. “It’s the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling. So I never thought that the stories would be – first of all, I never thought I’d be involved in it again, period. And then when George Lucas said that they wanted to do more, I rightly assumed that it wouldn’t be our story, because we had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This must be our offspring and the current generation, »
Out doing press for the NBC holiday special "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas," it's understandable that those interviewing Mark Hamill about the show are much more keen to ask him about "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," his return to the franchise that made him famous.
Speaking with Yahoo! Movies, Hamill was asked about the film's trailer and the distinct lack of showing any of the original cast in it. He says it's understandable:
"This is about the new generation of characters; I think that's the most important thing. It's the opening act of a whole new approach to the storytelling. I rightly assumed that it wouldn't be our story because we had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This must be our offspring and the current generation, with us there lending the kind of support that Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness did in the original."
He then talked about his look for the film, »
- Garth Franklin
Mark Hamill has been making the press rounds to discuss his role in NBC's holiday special Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas, which airs December 16. And talk has naturally shifted to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The actor previously spoke about his reaction to the trailer, but in a second interview with Yahoo! Movies, Mark Hamill sheds new light on his Jedi beard, the ball droid Bb-8, and reuniting with Harrison Ford.
Mark Hamill first revealed that he isn't exactly a fan of his scruffy Obi-Wan Kenobi look. In fact, he pretty much detested the beard he had to grow as an aging Jedi Knight. He stated:
"That is what I call my contractually obligated beard. Listen: I think they look fine on other people. It's just not me. I never got used to it. But face foliage is almost a part of the costume. And it does bring a gravitas, »
“That is what I call my contractually obligated beard,” Hamill told Yahoo Movies. “I never got used to it. But face foliage is almost a part of the costume. And it does bring a gravitas, perhaps unearned, but nevertheless, it makes a statement that they wanted to make, and I’m more than happy to oblige them.”
The first teaser trailer for “The Force Awakens” sparked plenty of conversation (and imitation) after rolling out online and in select theaters over Thanksgiving weekend. “Star Wars” creator George Lucas recently admitted that he hadn’t seen the trailer.
Hamill, on the other hand, said he watched the new footage online, and the genre icon seemed enthusiastic about the response: “The great thrill for me »
- Marianne Zumberge
Art by Chema Mansilla
During a recent interview with Yahoo Movies, Mark Hamill talked about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the process, he revealed some pretty cool information. He talked about how he hated the beard he had to sport during the shoot, what it was like reuniting with Harrison Ford, the focus of the new film, and the fact that the new droid Bb-8 is actually a practical effect! Regarding his new beard, he says,
"That is what I call my contractually obligated beard. Listen: I think they look fine on other people. It’s just not me. I mean, I never got used to it. But face foliage is almost a part of the costume. And it does bring a gravitas, perhaps unearned, but nevertheless, it makes a statement that they wanted to make, and I’m more than happy to oblige them."
I'm not a »
- Joey Paur
No one would accuse the Hollywood Foreign Press Association of being a refined institution, but when you think about the kinds of movies, TV shows, actors, and actresses who've ended up with Golden Globes, it's actually staggering how the HFPA has gotten away with maintaining its image as a must-see event. Drunk people at the dais is, I guess, still a sufficient enough reason to tune in. Let's celebrate today's nominations with a fond look back at some silly things that have won Golden Globes. 1. "Green Card" (Best Motion Picture -- Comedy) What a classic. Nothing says "comedic wonderful good times" like Gerard Depardieu and Andie MacDowell mixing it up in an immigration romcom. Fun fact: My aunt saw this movie in Germany, noticed the reaction of the crowd, and was embarrassed on America's behalf. 2. Twiggy (Best Newcomer of the Year, Actress) I love Twiggy! She was great as a »
- Louis Virtel
On December 7 there will be a rare big screen showing of producer Samuel Bronston's 1964 epic "The Fall of the Roman Empire" starring Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness and Christopher Plummer. The film's failure ended Bronston's career but it remains an impressive, thinking-man's spectacle. The movie will be shown at Concordia University and will be presented in Ib Tech! For details click here
(Thanks to reader King-Wei Chu for the head's up!) »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
There is little point in Clothes on Film delving too deeply into the first trailer for director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sequel The Force Awakens, mainly because it is just so much speculation at the moment, which of course is part of the fun, but also because there are far smarter (or more interested) minds on the Internet who will do a better job.
That said how can you watch that trailer and not have an opinion? So here are ours, and with no contribution whatsoever from Star Wars VII costume designer Michael Kaplan. If he told us anything at this stage he would be thrown in the Sarlacc pit with us soon after him. Rest assured though, when we can talk to Mr Kaplan about The Force Awakens, we Will.
Perhaps the best compliment we can pay to what’s revealed in this trailer is just how retro it looks. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.
One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »
- Gary Susman
After months of on-set reports, wild rumors, tweeted photos and cryptic interviews, Disney and J.J. Abrams have finally unleashed the very first teaser trailer for "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens." Even after watching it 500 times (watch it again at the top of the page), fans still have questions about what they saw in the same way they did in for 1977's 'Star Wars" and 1999's "The Phantom Menace." With that in mind, it's time to turn back the clock to re-visit the ever-evolving teasers released in advance of all six films, to compare them to the new "Episode VII" teaser. It's a list a billion of years in the making. "Star Wars" (1977) It's hard to imagine a time before "Star Wars," when 20th Century Fox had to figure out how to sell George Lucas' space odyssey to the public, but they did something right. Sure, »
- Dave Lewis
After the marching bands and giants balloon characters parade by on TV… After all the college and NFL football games are played out… After the plates are cleaned of the last turkey drumstick and final piece of pumpkin pie… what better than to cuddle up with our loved ones and watch some good, wholesome family favorites on Thanksgiving!
In honor of the holiday and before you head out the door to catch all the Black Friday sales, check out Wamg’s list of some of our favorite family-friendly movies to watch on Thanksgiving Day.
Wizard Of Oz
For many years this 1939 masterpiece was truly event television. Before home video and cable TV, the only way to see this (outside of revival movie theatres and colleges), was once a year (usually on CBS). Families would gather around the tube for a chance to visit that magical enchanted land (just think of »
- Movie Geeks
Sixty-four years ago today, one of Alec Guinness’ best films hit U.S. screens – Henry Cass’ darkly comedic Last Holiday. Guinness plays George Bird, a boring bachelor in a boring job who goes for a routine check-up and finds out he has a deadly and incurable disease. Upon his doctor’s advice he decides to clear out his savings and make the most of his final days, checking into a luxurious hotel. It is a choice that paints his remaining time with the most wicked irony. Having a moment to stop and live rather than work and worry, George earns all the fortune his life had been missing – friendship, love and professional success that he can’t act upon. Except, this is a wildly dark comedy with enough cruel life twists that make George’s experience anything but simple. Though its wickedness is irresistible, the film has been tragically forgotten, its »
- Monika Bartyzel
Thanks to Christopher Nolan‘s new film, Interstellar, two Oscar winners are making the leap into space. Both Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are following their golden roles by tackling sci-fi. And they’re not the first A-List actors to dip their toes into the genre.
Many performers have taken the sci-fi jump, to varying degrees of success. For some, it’s a flat performance that gets lost in the stars, and for others, it’s brought on even more accolades. Because the world of sci-fi is so deep and so vast, we’re focusing on roles that involve some sort of space travel — whether it be to the Moon or through a wormhole. Find out how Ben Affleck, Jodie Foster, and other Oscar winners did at traveling through space.
Oscar-winning Role: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
As Obi-Wan Kenobi, Guinness became »
- Stacy Lambe
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