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A Christmas Carol: the best and worst adaptations

19 December 2012 5:46 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Robert Keeling Dec 20, 2012

We delve back into more than a century of A Christmas Carol movies to find the best and worst adaptations of Dickens' festive tale...

Charles DickensA Christmas Carol, the classic story of a time travelling pensioner who sees dead people, is a festive fairytale which has itself become part of Christmas folklore.  In terms of favourite Christmas tales, Rudolph and Frosty may wrap up the children's vote, but for most people, it's Dickens’ seminal work which would get the nod.

The story was written by Dickens in order to tackle the relatively new issue of urban poverty, and in particular the growing underclass of impoverished townsfolk produced by the Industrial Revolution. With the rapid shift away from conventional farming and trade practices, and with the rise in new technological advancements, many people were suddenly without work and without the necessary skills to find a job. »

- ryanlambie

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Blu-ray Review: Unnecessary ‘Men in Black 3’ Bolstered by Brilliant Ensemble

12 December 2012 6:23 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – 2012 contained three great Tommy Lee Jones performances, and one of them was delivered by Josh Brolin. Whereas Jones himself was flat-out brilliant in “Hope Springs” and “Lincoln,” he was assigned the thankless task of playing second (or third) banana to the wisecracking, increasingly Bugs Bunny-like Will Smith in Barry Sonnenfeld’s wholly unnecessary third installment in the “Men in Black” franchise.

Men in Black 3,” released a decade after the failed “Men in Black 2” and fifteen years after the original (and inimitable) smash hit, offers the latest proof that no franchise is considered dead. The fat lady had already sung a litany of operettas over “Mib”’s corpse, but Hollywood remains tone deaf. It’s little wonder why the film wasn’t the massive hit some executives had expected. Fifteen years is an awful long time for fans to wait for a decent follow-up, and Smith is nowhere »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon – The Festive Edition

5 December 2012 5:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

We have all seen the adverts lately – you know, the ones where film and TV’s Kevin Bacon cleverly satirises the game that bears his name. In case you are not aware, it involves getting from one random person, via ‘six degrees of separation’, to Kevin Bacon. Well, as it is the season to be jolly and all, Thn thought it appropriate to attempt to link the film star with the main man himself, Santa Clause. So without further adieu…

Santa Claus:

The big guy in red has been imitated more times than Tommy Cooper. And just like that, he’s on screen again whether it’s Leslie Nielsen, Richard Attenborough or Dan Aykroyd you can bet he’ll bring a smile to your face – even if for all the wrong reasons (I’m talking to you Mr Aykroyd). What would Christmas be like without those rosy red cheeks and that large, »

- Steve Shepherdson

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10 Worst Villains In Film History

5 December 2012 3:20 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Struggle. It’s at the heart of every great story and the conflict can be what decides which movies make it big and which ones bomb. Perhaps that’s why we love a good villain. They challenge our heroes, force them to reach new heights, stretch them beyond what they thought was possible. Whether it’s a superhero fighting to save the world or just the boy trying to get the girl, nothing gets us more excited than rooting for someone we love and watching them triumph over adversity.

Which is why, when a villain falls flat, we hate it. It’s disappointing to see a character that is supposed to be intimidating wind up flat, one-dimensional, or worst of all, non-threatening. The supervillain with the unclear plan and vague threats, the generic ‘boss’ archetype that never seems to do anything but be gruff, the “scary” horror monster that’s »

- Eric Ravenscraft

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Annie Blu-Ray Review

29 November 2012 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: John Huston

Starring:  Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry

Running Time: 128 minutes

Certificate: U

Extras: Sing-Along with Annie!, My Hollywood Adventure With Aileen Quinn, Musical Performance By Play: “It’s a Hard-Knock Life”, Original Trailers And TV Spots, Uv Digital Copy.

Musicals can be funny things. More often than not they’re as entertaining as a fire in an orphanage, but some  are well written and highly watchable. Annie is one such example and features, coincidentally, an orphanage (thankfully not on fire).

Annie tells the tale of a young girl escaping an orphanage and going to live with a millionaire. That’s about the sum of the the plot but it has plenty going for it with a fantastic cast (particularly Carol Burnett and Albert Finney), an extremely competent director in the legendary John Huston, and some fantastic songs (Hard Knock Life’s a real »

- Sam Carey

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‘Annoying Orange’ Brings High-Profile Guest Stars To Holiday Special

26 November 2012 11:07 AM, PST | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

The Annoying Orange's success in both the web series and TV format is beginning to pay some big-time dividends. After seeing strong ratings and an Emmy nomination, the Annoying Orange TV show will air a 'generic holiday special' featuring four well-known guest stars. Glam rockers Alice Cooper and Bret Michaels will appear along with Today correspondent Maria Menounos and spoof musician 'Weird Al' Yankovic. We can only guess that, as with previous Annoying Orange holiday installments, our intrepid fruity heroes will learn the meaning of the holiday spirit and will probably make a bunch of puns along the way. The four featured guests are the latest in a long line of high-profile celebrities who have appeared on the Cartoon Network program. Previous guests have included Malcolm McDowell, Jane Lynch, Jim Parsons, and Tim Curry, among many others. In addition, several big names in the online video world, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Blu-ray Review: Annie (30th Anniversary Edition)

25 November 2012 11:50 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Annie: 30th Anniversary Sing-a-long Edition

Stars: Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry, Bernadette Peters, Aileen Quinn, Geoffrey Holder | Written by Carol Sobieski, Thomas Meehan | Directed by John Huston

Annie, for those that haven’t seen the film, is the story of a plucky, red-haired orphan, the titular Annie – played by Aileen Quinn, who is chosen to stay for a week with the famous billionaire “Daddy” Warbucks (Finney). One week turns into many, and the only person standing in the way of Annie’s fun is Miss Hannigan (Burnett), the tyrannical ruler of the orphanage.

“In the depths of the 1930′s, Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Quickly, she »

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Tim Curry is perfect villain in Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja

15 November 2012 8:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Tim Curry is a perfect villain in Disney Xd's new animation series 'Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja'. The 'Rocky Horror Show' actor plays the Sorcerer in the cartoon and Ben Schwartz - who voices main character Randy - believes Tim is the perfect choice to bring to life the ''big evil villain''. Ben, 31, said: ''He is a legend - we look up to him so much. It's funny, we don't get to be in the room with him but seeing him in the hallway ... even that is enough for us to be like, 'Oh my goodness Tim Curry's here!' »

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Lord Sugar visits EastEnders for Children In Need

14 November 2012 1:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Tim Curry is a perfect villain in Disney Xd's new animation series 'Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja'. The 'Rocky Horror Show' actor plays the Sorcerer in the cartoon and Ben Schwartz - who voices main character Randy - believes Tim is the perfect choice to bring to life the ''big evil villain''. Ben, 31, said: ''He is a legend - we look up to him so much. It's funny, we don't get to be in the room with him but seeing him in the hallway ... even that is enough for us to be like, 'Oh my goodness Tim Curry's here!' »

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10 Cinematic Reasons Why Growing Up in the 90s-00s Was the Best

14 November 2012 12:57 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

As I write this article, it is of the utmost importance that you, the reader, realize my age at 20 years. I was born in April of 1992, and that matters, because it sets the tone for the rest of the compiled list. I often hear, from who I’ll refer to as “the elderlies,” that we’ve had a rough time in the cinematic world. They often tell us that we missed the glorious times from the 70s and 80s. They revel in their stories about seeing Star Wars in the theater for the first time, or how they felt coming home from Jaws, or how they were scared witless by The Shining.

And I’m happy for them. Because, truly, they lived through some of the finest crafted films ever made. The people who were teenagers during Ferris Bueller’s Day Off‘s theatrical run-time, or the folks who were »

- Cameron Domino Carpenter

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This week's new films

2 November 2012 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Master | Rust And Bone | Keep The Lights On | Excision | Fun Size | Call Me Kuchu | Silent Hill: Revelation | Tempest | For A Good Time, Call … | Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana | The Rocky Horror Picture Show | The Shining

The Master (12)

(Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012, Us) Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern, Jesse Plemons. 144 mins

Anderson has now entered that realm where everything he does is expected to be a masterpiece. This certainly feels like one. Like There Will Be Blood, it explores a big subject (a Scientology-like cult) via two contrasting men: Hoffman as the Hubbard-ish leader; Phoenix as a drunken, damaged drifter. Those expecting a straightforward story – tough. You're getting a "masterpiece".

Rust And Bone (15)

(Jacques Audiard, 2012, Fra/Bel) Marion Cotillard, Armand Verdure. 123 mins

As he did with A Prophet, Audiard makes us care so much about his characters we'll follow them anywhere. This time it's a study of physical and mental frailty, »

- Steve Rose

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Film Review: 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' (rerelease)

1 November 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ The Rocky Horror Picture Show's reputation certainly precedes it. This October, a new cinematic rerelease of Richard O'Brien's 1975 cult classic will see throngs of fans fastening their suspender belts and donning shiny, gold speedos as they pay tribute to one of the most iconic musicals of all time. A homage to the B-movie of old, Rocky Horror is filled with references and nods to all things horror and sci-fi, with Tim Curry inexplicably oozing masculinity - despite wearing stockings and a corset - in a career-defining performance as the eccentric scientist Dr. Frank-n-Furter: a sweet transvestite from the planet of Transylvania.

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- CineVue UK

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28 October 2012 8:26 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – In the latest Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 25 pairs of movie passes up for grabs to the Music Box Theatre’s 35-millimeter showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”!

The film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Meat Loaf, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Jonathan Adams, Peter Hinwood, Charles Gray, Jeremy Newson, Hilary Labow, Perry Bedden, Christopher Biggins and Gaye Brown from writer and director Jim Sharman based on the original musical play by Richard O’Brien.

To win your “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” passes courtesy of, just get interactive with our unique Hookup technology below. This showing is on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 at 10 p.m. at the Music Box Theatre at 3733 N. Southport in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning!

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Weekend Meme: Stephen Colbert Cameos In "The Hobbit," More Mormons Invade "1600 Penn," and Scott Bakula Loves John Barrowman's Backside

20 October 2012 9:14 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Rory O'Malley is set to join his old Book of Mormon buddy Josh Gad on his midseason sitcom 1600 Penn. Gad plays the son of the president, and Rory will play a White House guide he competes with to give better tours. Basically, he's playing Kenneth from 30 Rock.

Mitt Romney will have a favorite new movie soon, with Family Circus forging ahead to an idyllic land of stay at home moms and children who take amazing detours to get ahead in life.

BBC Radio 1 host Nick Grimshaw logs onto Grindr with fake pictures to play gags on nearby people. These are the people you learn to hate on Grindr.

Shailene Woodley is indeed going to play Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, but it's being called a very small part in the second movie, which will no doubt expand in the third.

When headline writers hate their jobs. h/t »

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The Cast of "Clue" -- Then & Now!

17 October 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

In 1985, "Clue" became the first movie to be based on a board game ... and it was amazing!The flick starred comedy heavy hitters like Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean and Tim Curry and has become a cult classic in recent years.Today, McKean (Mr. Green) celebrates his 65th birthday and to mark the occasion we're checking in with all the stars of the flick ... 27 years later!Hasbro was reportedly working on a remake with Gore Verbinski's production company, but there have been no new details about the project since last year. Is a remake something you'd even remotely be interested in ... or should they just leave it as is?Sound off below! Read more »

- tooFab Staff

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Halloween Hilarity: Horror Parodies

13 October 2012 5:24 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

From classic monsters to killer tomatoes, horror film satires have always been a real scream. Wheter Dracula is meeting Aboot & Costello or running the Hotel Transylvania, he is often as good for a laugh as he is for a scare.

Halloween is coming. It's time for trick-or-treat, jack-o-lanterns, costumes and comedy. Yes, I said comedy, because some of the best movies shown at this time of year are horror-comedies. Every genre has been parodied at some point, and horror has often been great fodder for satire. Just this year, we've had Paranorman, Hotel Transylvania, and Tim Burton's new Frankenweenie. At the time of year when scares are the business of the day, let's look at some of those side-splitting horror parodies which remind us that monsters are funny, too.




Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – By the mid-1940s, Universal Studios had used—and perhaps overused—their iconic unholy trilogy of Dracula, »

- (Rob Young)

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Catching Up With... Aileen Quinn, 30 years after 'Annie'

2 October 2012 5:35 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Aileen Quinn was at a commercial audition in Los Angeles recently when the casting director approached her and said, “Okay, so Annie, you’re in the room next.” Quinn playfully called him out on it with a chiding “You did not just say that.” The man didn’t immediately realize his error, but then made a face, like, “Oops, I slipped.” It’s an honest mistake that Quinn has become accustomed to, since for a generation of moviegoers, Quinn is Annie, the adorable red-headed orphan from the 1982 movie that co-starred Albert Finney and Carol Burnett. With the film receiving a »

- Jeff Labrecque

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The 9 Ultimate Fall Movies

26 September 2012 9:50 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

I'm clinging to my tanktop as we speak, but even I can admit that summer is over. I'm not thrilled about it, but I have a sensible solution to anyone who's afraid of jumping headlong into autumn right away: Find these nine movies that define the fall season, arrange them in front of you like dominos, and view them one at a time. I'm rewatching #1 as we speak, and I can already feel the barbecues and Spf 50 of summer slipping into the past. And I dig it.

9. Scream

If fall is about sinister scares and dark humor, then Scream is the perfect autumnal thriller. Honestly, I consider it one of the most terrifying moviegoing experiences of my life. If Drew Barrymore's opening scene (where she is quite opened) doesn't horrify you for centuries, surely you'll be freaked out by Neve Campbell's constant panic, Rose McGowan's garage work, »

- virtel

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Emily S. Whitten: The Dragon*Con Experience Part III – Battlestar Galactica, or On Your Feet, Nuggets!

18 September 2012 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

One great thing about Dragon*Con is that sometimes it inspires me to check out new shows or genre fiction, and sometimes it inspires me to re-visit a past favorite. After this year’s Battlestar Galactica panel I had a super-cravi ng to go back and watch the show again; thanks to Netflix I’ve been re-living the intensity that is BSG.

What I love about the show, as someone pointed out in the panel (BSG – Bright Shiny Futures Are Overrated) is that it uses the harsh situation that the few remaining members of the human race find themselves in to explore numerous complex themes that resonate with real world conflicts and historical events. Along with plenty of action and drama, it’s an intellectual show that challenges viewers to think about the choices being made, and highlights the complexity and imperfections of the main characters as they constantly make »

- Emily S. Whitten

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Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies

11 September 2012 7:58 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Brace yourselves. This list of the Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies is probably going to generate some howls of protest thanks to a rather major upset in the rankings. Frankly, one that surprised the hell out of us here at AfterElton.

But before we get to that, an introduction. A few weeks ago we asked AfterElton readers to submit up to ten of their favorite films by write-in vote. We conducted a similar poll several years ago, but a lot has happened culturally since then, and a number of worthy movies of gay interest have been released. We wanted to see how your list of favorites had changed.

We also wanted to expand our list to 100 from the top 50 we had done previously. We figured there were finally enough quality gay films to justify the expansion. And we wanted to break out gay documentaries onto their own list (You'll find the »

- Staff

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