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Sky1 has unveiled official details of its Christmas and New Year schedule for 2013/14.
A new episode of The Simpsons, Trollied's festive special and the series one finale of Yonderland will all air over the holiday, alongside Ray Winstone drama Moonfleet and Mad Dogs' series four finale.
On Sunday, December 22, The Simpsons' episode 'The Changing of the Guardian' will air at 6pm. The series one finale of Yonderland will follow at 6.30pm, as danger looms for Debbie in the magical realm.
Strike Back: Shadow Warfare broadcasts at 9pm on Monday, December 23. The action show sheds light on the virus and Al-Zuhari's planned attack.
A new episode of All Aboard: East Coast Trains will air on Christmas Eve at 8pm, followed by the Christmas special of Trollied at 9pm.
The supermarket sitcom will see a brewing snowstorm threaten to derail everyone's holiday plans.
On Christmas Day, a trio of Little Crackers will air from 9pm. »
A lot of our favorite genre films are categorized explicitly as horror. Films like Halloween or Friday the 13th fit pretty neatly under the horror heading. However, there are a lot of quality horror titles that are more readily classified as science fiction or thriller than horror. There are myriad reasons why films with obvious horror overtones are marketed and classified as something other than horror: horror pictures often do lower box office number than sci-fi and thriller films; also, horror titles generally appeal to more of a niche audience, so studios appear to favor leveraging the thriller or science fiction elements of a film in order to attempt to interest a larger audience.
In the name of appropriate classification and equitable marketing practices we are spotlighting five films that aren’t always explicitly categorized as horror but we fondly regard as such.
One of the greatest films of its kind, »
- Tyler Doupe
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" has an on-going segment called "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" and it's always both hilarious and cringe-worthy -- we cannot believe some of the stuff people write on Twitter.
The fifth installment included these high (low?) lights:
"Your face is so stupid I hate you @johnkrasinski.""@chrisodonnell has a potato face. He does. #potatoface.""I remember when the words '@sharonstone is on television' brought me joy, instead of, 'I hate that b****.""@Nick_Offerman's hands seem crazy small compared to his head.""If I had to choose between f***ing a pie or @JasonBiggs I'd choose the pie. That dude has a dirty d***.""What in the f*** is up with Amy Poehler's face? B**** looks like she survived a nuclear blast.""Great acting Dennis Quaid, you old irrelevant pig.""Aaron Paul has a small d***.""Really, Mark Ruffalo? That's the face you're going with? God this movie's gonna suck. »
Read our appreciation of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven here.
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“How old do you think I am?”
Ocean’s Twelve has a reputation that will always precede it; some have called it an anti-sequel, and publications like Entertainment Weekly have dubbed it one of the worst sequels of all time. Though both reactions are, perhaps, understandable, neither is remotely accurate. Ocean’s Twelve is an inherently self-aware sequel, possibly the most self-aware follow-up in modern history. What Steven Soderbergh, screenwriter George Nolfi (whose original script, Honor Among Thieves, was completely unrelated to Ocean’s Eleven and was sold initially before that remake had been released), and the slightly larger-than-before ensemble cast did was make a sequel to a critically and commercially lauded caper film that was wholly cognizant of the fact that it was a sequel to a critically and commercially lauded caper film. Ocean’s Twelve toys with audience expectations, »
- Josh Spiegel
Chuck Yeager and the other "flyboys" of the Space Race wore no capes, carried no hammers, hid no secret identities. But writer-director Philip Kaufman's classic adventure "The Right Stuff," celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, leaves no room for doubt. These guys were superheroes. Against the ironic humor of "Iron Man" or the turgid bleakness of "The Dark Knight Rises," "The Right Stuff," adapted from the 1979 book by Tom Wolfe, appears positively quaint. Earnest, even puritanical, in tone, it's infused with nostalgia for an age of crew cuts and terse farewells, when men were men and still had something to fight for. In other words, it's no less a fantasy than my unprintable daydreams about the young Dennis Quaid as pilot Gordon Cooper, clean-shaven and arrogant, sporting a shit-eating grin along with his tight white tee. Even Yeager (Sam Shepard), the least polished of the bunch, possesses the uncomplicated »
- Matt Brennan
Moviefone's DVD of the Week:
What's It About? The first installment of Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of the beloved J.R.R. Tolken novel, "The Hobbit," follows an epic quest to retain a treasure. Martin Freeman stars as the titular Bilbo Baggins hobbit (the younger version of Ian Holm's Bilbo), who travels with a pack of dwarves to reclaim their stolen treasure from the vicious dragon Smaug.
Why We're In: While Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey" is in no way as grand or as incredible as his "Lord of the Rings" films, it is still a fun and worthy visualization of the book.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:
"James Dean: The Ultimate Collector's Edition"
- Erin Whitney
The perils of pregnancy takes pride of place in this A-lister-heavy ensemble comedy that looks at the unexpected highs and lows of, well, expecting. Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Banks are among the five couples that play out their own heartfelt stories in the challenging quest for parenthood, with varying degrees of success - and dignity. Inspired by the widely popular self-help book of the same name, poking fun at impending parenthood never passed the time so well. »
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
- Movie Geeks
Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton has joined Alcon Entertainment Dolphin Tale 2 where she'll play herself, reports Variety. Hamilton served as inspiration for the film Soul Surfer starring AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood. At thirteen-years-old, while surfing off Kuai's North Shore, she was bitten by a 14-foot tiger shark and lost her arm. Courageously, Hamilton went on to recover and won a national surfing title. The first Dolphin Tale cast of Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd and Nathan Gamble return and Warner Bros. is sending the film to theaters on September 14th, 2014. »
Speaking at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Schechter said: “I would talk to Jennifer Aniston about studio movies. I would ask if I should do one or continue on stuff like this?
“She would say studios could use someone like you. You’d be good at it.
“There’s a part of me that thinks maybe I could beat that system. Even on this film I had to be political to get what I wanted. I am a reasonable man and a good collaborator. I think I could survive in that role.
“It depends who you are lucky enough to get into business with.”
Speaking on stage at an ‘In conversation…’ event, Schechter »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Ren MacCormack (played by newcomer Kenny Wormald) is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where he experiences a heavy dose of culture shock. A few years prior, the community was rocked by a tragic accident that killed five teenagers after a night out and Bomont's local councilmen and the beloved Reverend Shaw Moore (Dennis Quaid) responded by implementing ordinances that prohibit loud music and dancing. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister's troubled daughter Ariel (Julianne Hough) in the process. »
This is the first trailer and poster for Mindscape starring Mark Strong, Taissa Farmiga and Brian Cox, and an intriguing one at that. Jorge Dorado directs the thriller written by Guy Holmes and Martha Holmes, which at this time, has no Stateside release date. Folks in Spain however, can catch the film on October 31st. What I do like about this poster is that the actor names actually line up with the actor's faces. It's truly annoying when they try observe casting order but design the poster with the names unmatched. In Mindscape, a man who has the ability to enter peoples' memories, takes on the case of a brilliant, troubled sixteen-year-old girl in order to find out if she's a socioppath of a victim of trauma. The title reminds me a bit of Dreamscape, a similarly titled film of 1984 starring Dennis Quaid who tried to save the Us president who's trapped inside a dreamworld, »
I actually became depressed at the thought of picking Julianne Moore‘s best movie. She’s not like Jane Fonda or Glenn Close (two of my favorite movie stars, to be clear), the fierce, lupine types who seem to take roles based on how much they can represent their signature intensity. In the case of Jane and Glenn, you basically have to pick their “fiercest” roles as favorites: for Jane, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They or Klute; for Glenn, Damages or Dangerous Liaisons. With Julianne Moore, who stars in the upcoming Carrie remake, it’s possible to forget that she was both Annette Bening‘s conflicted wife in The Kids Are All Right and the mother from Savage Grace. She’s so fundamentally different from role to role that grading them against one another feels (sigh) impossible.
But as you know, our Best Movie Ever? feature is not about pandering to critical taste. »
- Louis Virtel
Julianne Moore is a living legend for one reason (besides the unbelievable Bulgari ad above): her utter and absorbing onscreen command. Can you think of a time she was less than in complete control of her material? She even ruled in that weird-ass Vanya on 42nd Street (though she did perform in Uncle Vanya for years prior to that movie’s release, to be fair).
I like going to the movies when I know a star will flawlessly sell dialogue. You always know Meryl Streep will kill. Cate Blanchett will kill. Glenn Close will kill, perhaps in boiling water. But so will Julianne Moore, and for some reason I always feel compelled to note her flawlessness since she retains a strange underdog quality. Oh, and top of this? She is my nominee for a new gay icon.
In case you need a refresher on the rules of our Gay Icon Nominee selection, »
- Louis Virtel
In the late '80s and throughout the '90s, not a year went by without a movie starring Meg Ryan. The bubbly blonde actress became "America's Sweetheart" thanks to films including "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "You've Got Mail."
But in the last decade, Ryan has all but disappeared from the screen, doing only small, supporting roles here and there. Why did one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood disappear?
According to the latest issue of People, it's not because Ryan wasn't getting offers. Rather, she's chosen to focus on her family -- 8-year-old daughter Daisy and rocker boyfriend John Mellencamp. Ryan, now 51, literally disappeared from Hollywood by moving to New York.
- Kelly Woo
It's Christmas in September for fans of crime dramas and/or stellar made-for-tv movies, considering the wealth of titles available today on DVD/Blu-Ray.
With an Arrow Season 1 giveaway already live, we're offering readers another free prize pack below, while giving fans an idea of what they can expect from the releases:
Behind the Candelabra: Whomever thought of casting Michael Douglas and Matt Damon as gay lovers Liberace and Scott Thorson in this HBO biopic should win an Emmy this weekend. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on Thorson's autobiography, the film focuses on the love affair between Liberace (Douglas) and Thorson (Damon), which may have started from a place of love but, as we all know, certainly didn't end that way. The actors, joined by Debbie Reynolds, Rob Lowe, Scott Bakula and Dan Aykroyd, bring not only the characters to life but also a certain amount of humor »
- email@example.com (Jim Halterman)
‘Closely Watched Trains’: Oscar-winning movie classic gets special Academy screening (photo: Václav Neckár in ‘Closely Watched Trains’) Jirí Menzel’s first solo feature film, the World War II-set drama Closely Watched Trains / Ostre sledované vlaky (1966) was the 1967 Oscar winner in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Those living in the Los Angeles area will have the chance to watch a new print of Menzel’s classic on the big screen at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2013, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. To be hosted by Oscar-nominated writer-director Philip Kaufman, the Closely Watched Trains screening will feature a rare onstage discussion with Jirí Menzel himself. A mix of light comedy and somber drama, Closely Watched Trains tells the story of Milos (Václav Neckár), a young railway worker whose routine life in a small Czech town is upended following the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. »
- Andre Soares
This story first appeared in the Sept. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Is there television life after box-office death for Katherine Heigl? NBC announced Sept. 9 that it will develop a television project written by Alexi Hawley, co-executive producer of Fox's The Following, in which the 34-year-old Heigl would play the CIA's chief liaison to the president. It's hardly unusual for a film star to turn to the small screen at this stage in the industry's evolution, but most of those who have done so (Kevin Bacon, Dennis Quaid, Glenn Close) will never
- Kim Masters
After opening day of the World 3-D Film Expo III at the Sid Grauman Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, where two diverse hits from 1953 where aired, Hondo and House Of Wax, the next day brought with it the blockbuster outing of the entire festival. Especially for monster kids.
Following The Maze and Bwana Devil, Saturday brought us Jack Arnold’s Creature From The Black Lagoon on the big screen, in 3-D, how it was intended to be seen, with star Julie Adams (aka Kay Lawrence, the luminescent bombshell in the classic white swimsuit) in attendance for a Q&A after the show. It doesn’t get much better than that.
I was blessed with the opportunity to talk with Julie Adams and her son Mitch Danton before the festival, in an interview that is forthcoming (stay glued to Facebook, Twitter, and the website for details!). At the Expo, I was able »
- Andy Greene
So much for Dennis Quaid's divorce ... a judge has officially Dismissed the case after the couple reconciled earlier this year and now they appear to be one happy family again. We broke the story ... Dennis and Kimberly Quaid had reconciled back in March but the divorce petition was far enough along in the court system that they couldn't just withdraw it -- they had to go to a judge. So they did ... and now »
- TMZ Staff
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