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We’re only a few weeks away from the Season 3 premiere of Justified and we’re excited to with all of those cool promos running on FX and Fox. Season 2 took the show to new heights and the show was recognized at this year’s Emmys. Like last season, we’re going to put our wish list of things we’d like to see more of and what would hurt to see more of. Here’s a link to last season’s list, which I believe were answered quite sufficiently except for Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) is still living in that motel. Let’s see how we do for season 3, shall we?
Do… Keep giving significance to Helen’s death.
- Ernie Estrella
Santa has really outdone himself this year.
A man in full Santa Claus costume appeared on the scene of an accident between two cars at the intersection of Interstate 635 and Belt Line Road in Coppell, Texas early last week, pulling two motorists to safety. In fact, he had to return to the first car to pull the driver away again after he noticed that the vehicle was on fire. It was good timing: just as the two got out of the immediate area, the car exploded.
So who was the man behind the beard? Brad Luddeke, a former volunteer fire fighter from Arlington, Texas, who was in costume as he delivered toys to kids in need. Once the motorists were saved, he directed traffic until police reached the scene.
"I really just did what anyone would do in that situation," Luddeke told Reuters. "I just happened to be wearing a Santa suit. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Break out the mince pies and hand me a glass of eggnog! In case some of you have been locked in a cupboard since October, or are a graphic designer, Christmas, like a speeding truck with its drunken driver asleep behind the wheel, is approaching full speed with headlights blazing. All over the western world we anxious shoppers are filling the malls and emptying our wallets, pausing only to munch on a festive turkey ‘n cranberry burger before launching ourselves once more into the breach. Soon we will all stagger home, tearful and loaded with useless crap only to discover that once more we have forgotten to buy sellotape and we will have to improvise with homemade flour and water glue to secure our wrapping paper. After a couple of strong drinks, we will shove our insecurely covered gifts under a leaning, shedding tree and try to forget what we »
- Cath Murphy
Next Saturday night, and into Sunday morning, millions of children will go to sleep with the whisper of magical sleigh-bells just beyond hearing, and the hope of multi-coloured, ribboned surprises to greet them when they wake, and the biggest part of that spell, and indeed the mystique of Christmas in its entirety is the red-robed, roly-poly gift-giver at the centre. Santa Claus is Christmas – it goes without saying – and as such he’s appeared in a load of films dedicated to the festive period.
But who has played the best, and indeed definitive Santa Claus from the movie world? If I could stretch the rules a little, I’d suggest it was that clearly CGIed geriatric who stars in the Coca Cola adverts. He’s like a great big walking ball of Christmas joy. And those rosey cheeks could warm even the coldest of Scroogey Grinch hearts.
Here are my »
- Simon Gallagher
More than 20 years after introducing himself to audiences via the doofus mechanic Lowell on the sitcom "Wings," Thomas Haden Church has become one of Hollywood's most reliable character actors. Transitioning from TV to film in the late 1990s, he enjoyed a career resurgence in 2003 in Alexander Payne's "Sideways" playing a caddish best friend to Paul Giamatti's sad-sack writer, and has since found his way into movies both big (Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man 3") and small (Sam Levinson's directorial debut "Another Happy Day").
Next up for Church is Cameron Crowe's "We Bought A Zoo," in which he plays Duncan, older brother to Matt Damon's character Benjamin, a bereaved father who purchases an ailing zoo. Church talked to us in New York about finding common ground between himself and his on-screen sibling, creating stories that are both believable and wish-fulfilling, and, well, buying a zoo.
Talk about »
- Todd Gilchrist
Baby, it's cold outside. So what better way to warm your toes (and your heart) than by curling up with a Christmas movie? But choose wisely, dear reader. Christmas movies can be a minefield of shmaltz. Allow us to present you with our not-quite-definitive list of the best and worst of the genre.
The best ...
It's A Wonderful Life, 1946
It may be an obvious choice and we may nod in half-hearted agreement with the New York Times' original description of the movie as "sentimental" and "facile" but despite that, Capra's ending still makes me weep.
Best moment: "That's a lie Harry Bailey went to war…' A despairing Jimmy Stewart realizes just what he's lost
See also: Miracle »
- Sarah Hughes
I was four years old when The Santa Clause first opened in theaters. I can't recall if I first saw the 1994 comedy in theaters or on VHS (remember those?) months later. My older (and favorite) cousin Andi and I would watch The Santa Clause on her annual holiday visit from Dallas to Seguin.
The Santa Clause stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, a thirtysomething divorced father and toy company advertising executive. There's a hilarious scene where Scott is visiting his son Charlie's (Eric Lloyd) elementary school to discuss his job, when he is repeatedly forced to try to explain to another student his job description.
The plot rolls forward. 'Twas the night before Christmas ... and Santa Claus falls off Scott's roof. The end. Or, is it? Scott and Charlie realize the man who appears to be Santa Claus has mysteriously vanished, leaving behind his suit, in which they find a »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
Christmas is a time for families to gather around the fire, eat some delicious desserts and tune into some classic holiday films. From oldies such as "It's A Wonderful Life" and "Miracle on 34th Street" to new favorites such as "Elf" and half of Tim Allen's filmography, there are plenty of beloved movies to choose from.
"Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" is not amongst them.
The 1964 B-movie was named the Worst Christmas Movie of All Time by movie news and ticket portal Fandango.com, topping a new list that is set for release on Monday. "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians," which featured cardboard sets that highlighted a budget of just $20,000, told the story of a Martian colony that became concerned when their children began watching too much television from earth, especially a certain show featuring Santa Claus.
Fearing that their highly-restricted children would begin to think independently, they kidnap »
- Jordan Zakarin
We're just six little days away from the year's biggest holiday season, and to celebrate the coming of Saint Nick (or whomever you believe in), we'll be taking a look at a different yuletide horror flick each day until the 25th ... starting Now! Think of it as a cinema crazed Advent calendar!
There's loving Christmas, and then there's loving Christmas on a level that's unhealthy. And that unhealthy, disturbing love of Christmas is the subject of the first film of Dread Central's Six Slays of Christmas. Released on November 1, 1980, we give you... Christmas Evil.
For those of you who may have missed this one, Christmas Evil (a.k.a. You Better Watch Out, a.k.a. Terror in Toyland) is the story of a boy who 1) is really, Really upset to find out there is no Santa Claus and 2) goes completely apeshit when he sees his mother getting felt up »
- Doctor Gash
Klaus should really indulge his appetites more.
Welcome back to Celebrity Twitterwatch, where we try and make sense of what the beautiful people are talking about, or at least create a narrative thread more coherent than the plot of the Glee Christmas episode.
Joseph Morgan is a big part of the reason that there are no unwatched episodes of The Vampire Diaries on my DVR, while shows I've loved for years like Supernatural languish for weeks going on months. He proves that it's possible to play a powerful, ancient baddie with an understated, quiet menace. I just wish he spent more time out of his clothes. I can't wait for his brothers to pop up, but for now I'll just go with this image.
I'm not surprised that Dave Salmoni prefers animals to humans in any way. But I think the definition of weird needs to be discussed - are we talking Teddy Bear, »
Not too long ago we learned that Fox 2000 had essentially launched the career of a new writer by paying some big money for a romantic comedy spec script from Lauryn Kahn, who was working as director Adam McKay's assistant until this big deal came along. Now McKay and his Gary Sanchez productions banner, which he formed with Will Ferrell, is developing the project He's F**in' Perfect (expect the title to change), and while Emma Stone was initially said to be interested in the role, it sounds like it might not happen. However, Deadline reports frequent McKay collaborator, Jake Szymanski, will likely direct. Though you may not know Szymanski by name, you've likely seen his work through Ferrell and McKay's online comedy website Funny or Die. The director has been at the helm of over two dozen videos for the site including Arbor Daze with Tim Allen, High Five »
- Ethan Anderton
A Soprano in Last Man Standing
The cast of Last Man Standing is soon to receive a visit from a former Soprano. Will she be delivering an offer Tim Allen can’t refuse? I’d watch my back if I were him. There’s no force on earth quite like a determined young woman!
Jamie-Lynn Sigler portrayed Meadow Soprano on the HBO television series The Sopranos. She has played herself on Entourage and participated in a handful of episodes of Will & Grace as well as Ugly Betty. It is time for her to explore her funny bone once again as she takes a guest starring role on ABC’s Last Man Standing.
According to TV Guide, Jamie-Lynn will play Gabriella, the daughter of Hector Elizondo’s character, Ed. Ed runs the sporting goods store, Outdoor Man, where Mike a.k.a. Last Man star, Tim Allen, works. With her arrival, »
- Sasha Nova
On an evening that was marked by depressed ratings, the season finale of NBC's "The Biggest Loser" shed a considerable amount of viewers Tuesday night to reach a low for fall finales. And over at ABC, Tim Allen's "Last Man Standing" dropped 19 percent versus last week, hitting its season low with a 2.2/6 and 7.4 million total viewers. Fox and CBS shared an overall ratings win for a night that saw the season lows for a number of shows, according to preliminary numbers. NBC's evening began with the special "William & Kate: »
- Tim Kenneally
Tim Allen is indeed TV’s last man standing this fall. Allen’s Last Man Standing series, which has received a full-season pickup, is the only one of the 3 new fall comedies centered on guys to still be on the air after ABC today pulled its companion Man Up!. Effective next Tuesday, the network will air reruns of Last Man Standing in the 8:30 Pm slot just like NBC runs repeats of Up All Night at 8:30 Pm on Wednesdays following the cancellation of Free Agents. Today’s move by ABC, which comes on the heels of Man Up! posting another series low on Tuesday, only hastens the exit of the comedy, which had already been canceled after the network opted not to order additional episodes beyond the original 13-episode order and left the series out of its midseason schedule. It is reminiscent of the early pullout of the other new “guy” series, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
ABC has pulled the plug on freshman comedy Man Up sooner than expected. The sitcom created by and starring Christopher Moynihan has been removed from the schedule with repeats of the Tim Allen comedy Last Man Standing taking over its Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. slot through year's end. Production on the ABC Studios series' 10 episode has already wrapped, with remaining episodes possibly being burned off in the summer. Story: 10 TV Shows Canceled Faster Than 'The Playboy Club' Since premiering Oct. 18 to 7.7 million viewers and a 2.4 in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic,
- Lesley Goldberg
The Tuesday comedy most recently delivered a decent 8.8 million viewers, but only a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 (plus it shed 40 percent of its Last Man lead-in). ABC notes the comedy isn’t officially canceled, the network might use remaining episodes to fill a hole at some point. But for all intents and purposes…
ABC midseason plans revealed: ‘The River,’ ‘Gcb,’ ‘Shark Tank’ … but some shows are missing
‘Man Up »
- James Hibberd
Christmas is many things to many people; a time of happiness, a time of reflection, a time to be grateful for what you have. It is a time for a veritable barrage of films which literally cut-and-paste the same plot elements every. single. year. Now, I have absolutely no problem with Christmas, and I like to think I’m quite tolerant when it comes to giving films a chance, but when it comes to Christmas films, I’m a complete Scrooge. Christmas with the Kranks, then, represented something of interest to myself, given the plot is to Christmas what I am to Christmas films.
Luther (Tim Allen) and Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) decide to use their first Christmas without their daughter at home to escape on a cruise, a deal sweetened by the fact that their trip costs just half of what they normally spend on the holiday season. With these savings in mind, »
EW was the first to tell you about Nick Jonas’ guest spot on tonight’s Last Man Standing, and when Nancy Travis (who plays Vanessa Baxter) stopped by EW a few days ago, the actress previewed the pop star’s guest starring role as baby Boyd’s “smart aleck” father in the show’s special Christmas episode.
“He and Tim’s character lock heads,” says Travis, who earlier this year also appeared in CW’s Hart of Dixie. “And [Allen's character Mike] doesn’t have very much respect for his, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
Last Man Standing is getting its groove on tonight (8/7c, ABC) with special guest Nick Jonas. And, as is made abundantly clear in TVLine’s exclusive clip, you can take the boy out of the band, but you can’t take the band out of the boy.
As we first reported, the pop star will play Ryan, the deadbeat dad of Mike’s (Tim Allen) grandson. The Mia pops comes around to spend Christmas with the Baxters, much to the patriarch’s chagrin. But maybe it’s not all bad. Looks like Jonas’ character has turned over a new leaf »
- Megan Masters
Warner Bros. did a fantastic job transplanting New Year’s Eve elements onto the black carpet at Monday’s Hollywood celebrity-laden premiere of Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve — even if the holiday celebration was a little early. The celebrity component was a glut of stars that rivaled the Valentine’s Day or He’s Just Not That Into You premieres, and a seriously giant silver disco ball with glittery letters spelling out New Year’s Eve that was the centerpiece of the carpet.
Ashton Kutcher came solo and was shy with the press, often tucking his hair behind »
- Nicholas White
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