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25 Days of Christmas: ‘Scrooge’ showcases Alistair Sim’s definitive take on the classic character

25 December 2011 6:05 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the month of December, TV Editor Kate Kulzick and Film Editor Ricky D will review classic Christmas adaptions, posting a total of 13 each, one a day, until the 25th of December.

The catch: They will swap roles as Rick takes on reviews of television Christmas specials and Kate takes on Christmas movies. Today is day 25- Merry Christmas!

Scrooge/A Christmas Carol (1951)

Written by Noel Langley

Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst

What’s it about?

An adaptation of the Dickens classic- The miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by four ghosts on Christmas Eve, prompting him to reevaluate his values.


By this point, everyone knows the story of A Christmas Carol. It’s one of the most performed and retold novellas ever written and it seems that every few years a new actor takes on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. There’s the Albert Finney version, the George C. Scott version, »

- Kate Kulzick

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ShockYa's Top 10 Reasons To Love A Christmas Carol

25 December 2011 4:23 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” has been a Christmas classic for decades. Everyone knows the story by heart, but still, we always want to see the latest version when it comes to the movie theater or television. Since it’s such a beloved tale, here are the top 10 reasons why “A Christmas Carol” is one of the greatest parts of the Christmas season. 1. The many Scrooges: Each version of “A Christmas Carol” has a a great actor to headline the film as Ebenezer Scrooge. Patrick Stewart, Bill Murray (“Scrooged”), James Earl Jones (“Bah, Humbug”), Lionel Barrymore, Basil Rathbone, and more. Even women have played Scrooge in different tellings of »

- monique

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Anglophile Alert: Brit DVD Retailer Acorn Media Streams Shakespeare, Rereleases Tinker Tailor

22 December 2011 10:59 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Acorn Media, well known for its DVDs of classic British television programs, has carved out a new presence for itself as the first streaming service that specializes in British television.  Acorn TV, which was launched last July, recently added “Playing Shakespeare” -- a series of master classes by the co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company in which Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ben Kingsley and other top-notch British actors play scenes and deconstruct Shakespeare’s language line by line -- to the list of British series it has begun streaming in the United States. Acorn has always been heavy on mystery series and is currently streaming »

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Five Us Television Christmas Treats

16 December 2011 5:14 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

George Lucas once famously said he’d like to take a hammer to every copy of the notorious Star Wars Holiday Special (1978). When the festive season comes to the small screen, things can get disturbing. Some shows decide to grab Christmas by its baubles and face it head on. Others, like all good atheists, just pretend it doesn’t exist. But how do American genre shows do it? Is there Christmas in space? Can vampires singalong at a carol service? This December Thn asks you to wrap up warm, grab a mince pie and a glass (or four) of brandy as it’s time for the best (and in some cases, only) Us genre show Christmas episodes.


Millennium: ‘Midnight of the Century’ (Season 2, Episode 10, 1997)

Who better to host a black Christmas than psychic ex-fbi agent Frank Black? In this Season Two offering we see Frank alone on Christmas Eve, estranged »

- Claire Joanne Huxham

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Season One Blu-ray Hits Stores Late 2012; No New Special Effects Added

12 December 2011 4:58 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While the original Star Trek series has been enjoying a Blu-ray release for awhile now, the second most popular extension of the sci-fi canon, Star Trek: The Next Generation, hasn't been so lucky. Since the series was originally shot on film and transferred to videotape for editing episodes, crafting HD versions of the entire series is quite an intensive task. However, the series will finally get its due diligence in high definition as all 178 episodes over seven seasons will finally be available on Blu-ray starting with the first season hitting shelves later in 2012. However, fans looking for a taste of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) will get a but of a teaser on January 31st with CBS releasing Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Next Level, a single Blu-ray disc that will have the feature-length pilot, Encounter at Farpoint, and the "fan favorite" episodes The Inner Light and Sins of the Father. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Next Level Blu-ray Debuts This January

12 December 2011 3:37 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The beloved series Star Trek: The Next Generation will be transferred to high definition for the first time ever and released on Blu-ray, it was announced today by Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Home Entertainment.

All 178 episodes from seven seasons will be transferred to true high-definition 1080p for release on Blu-ray and eventual runs on television and digital platforms both domestically and internationally.

"Fans have been clamoring for a high-definition release of Star Trek: The Next Generation for years," said Ross. "Transferring the series to high-definition presented difficult technical challenges, but our team has come up with a process to create true 1080p HD masters with true HD visual effects. We can't wait to show fans how pristine the series looks and sounds with our upcoming Blu-ray releases."

Transferring Star Trek: The Next Generation to high-definition presented numerous challenges - The series was originally shot »

- MovieWeb

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“Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Next Level” Will Be Released on January 31

12 December 2011 1:45 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

We knew this was coming and finally, here are the details:

Los Angeles – The beloved series Star Trek: The Next Generation® will be transferred to high definition for the first time ever and released on Blu-ray™, it was announced today by Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Home Entertainment.

All 178 episodes from seven seasons will be transferred to true high-definition 1080p for release on Blu-ray and eventual runs on television and digital platforms both domestically and internationally.

“Fans have been clamoring for a high-definition release of Star Trek: The Next Generation® for years,” said Ross. “Transferring the series to high-definition presented difficult technical challenges, but our team has come up with a process to create true 1080p HD masters with true HD visual effects. We can’t wait to show fans how pristine the series looks and sounds with our upcoming Blu-ray releases.”

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- Robert Greenberger

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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Shame,’ ‘The Lady’& ‘Coriolanus’ Alternatives

1 December 2011 5:45 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Shame, The Lady & Coriolanus.

With the Christmas holiday soon to hit, a string of smaller flicks are set to open in limited release this Friday. A sex addict will battle his demons while facing off against a vengeance-seeking Shakespearean hero, and a world-changing real-life heroine. But if these releases won’t satisfy your thirst for history, Shakespeare, and drama, we’ve got you covered with some stellar selects that are Now Streaming.

Hunger’s Steve McQueen reteams with Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank) for this gritty drama that follows Brandon, a lonely New Yorker trapped in the throws of sex addiction. Carey Mulligan co-stars.

Lonely leads seek sex, love and solace in these steamy dramas:

Rabbit Hole (2010) Inspired by David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Top 25 The Simpsons Episodes

29 November 2011 4:37 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Firstly, let me reiterate how difficult this list was for me, as a life-long Simpsons fan, to compile. Of course we know that the Simpsons hasn’t always been at full strength (some of the later series just didn’t do it for me in terms of hilarity or poignancy) and it’s common knowledge that ratings have been slipping steadily since around series ten or eleven; although I do feel that The Simpsons Movie marked a welcomed return to form for the series when it was released in 2007.

They’re one of the most iconic images on TV recognised, within in a fraction of a second by anyone who sees them. With a staggering 22 complete series and 23rd currently airing, it’s the longest running sitcom ever to air and – after questionable, but ultimately satisfactory contract negotiations with the actors – it shows no sign of ending any time soon. »

- Stuart Bedford

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DVD Playhouse--November 2011

25 November 2011 10:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—November 2011

By Allen Gardner

Tree Of Life (20th Century Fox) Terrence Malick’s latest effort is both the best film of 2011 and the finest work of his (arguably) mixed, but often masterly canon. A series of vignettes, mostly set in 1950s Texas, capture the memory of a man (Sean Penn) in present-day New York who looks back on his life, and his parents’ (Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain) troubled marriage, when word of his younger brother’s suicide reaches him. Almost indescribable beyond that, except to say no other film in history so perfectly evokes the magic and mystery of the human memory, which both crystalizes (and sometimes idealizes) the past. Like Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, this is a challenging, polarizing work that you must let wash over you. If you go along for the ride, you’re in for a unique, rewarding cinematic experience. Also available on Blu-ray disc. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Review: The Captains – William Shatner’s Trek Documentary

22 November 2011 10:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

On Oct.13, 2011 William Shatner’s documentary ‘The Captains’  had a limited single day, single screening event across Canada in Cineplex theaters. So limited in fact, that even though you could purchase a ticket at the box office, some of the staff at the cinema had no idea it was playing in their own theater. If you happened to follow William Shatner’s twitter, you’d most likely have heard of this special event.

The Star Trek centered film follows Shatner as he interviews fellow Trek actors, reflecting on the life of Trek, from the perspective of the working actor.

For fans of Star Trek, this is a rare look at the life of the actors, who each played captains in different series. Patrick Stewart (Tng), Avery Brooks (DS9), Kate Mulgrew (Voyager), Scott Bakula (Enterprise), and Chris Pine (Star Trek). With guest appearances from Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Frakes, Nana Visitor.

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- Albert Art

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The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Review [Xbox 360]

18 November 2011 6:24 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is the latest in a franchise that has dominated the open world RPG. In 2006, Oblivion wowed audiences with it’s huge sprawling vistas and incredible wealth of content. Yet, five years is literally an age in gaming and while we are still using the same hardware, what can be done with it has evolved hugely. So does Skyrim raise the bar for the series or rehash Oblivion’s past glory? Well it is easy to say that Skyrim has improved upon Oblivion in every way.

The most notable upgrade is the new graphics engine Bethesda created for the game. Oblivion may have looked amazing in 2006 but now it looks pretty terrible and Bethesda have addressed this with a stunning graphics engine that squeezes so much more out of your console than you thought possible. There are still graphical limitations due to the huge open world, »

- Ed Moorhouse

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Fleur Delacour Seduces Alfred in 'Mr. Morgan's Last Love'

14 November 2011 7:32 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

No, there's not going to be a "Harry Potter" and "Batman" crossover. At least not yet, anyway.

However, two alums from those WB mega-franchises, Clemence Poesy and Michael Caine, have joined forces for the romantic drama, "Mr. Morgan's Last Love," according to The Playlist.

"Mr. Morgan" stars Caine (the unflappable Alfred from Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" films) as an American (not British?) widower whose chance encounter with a free-spirited and vibrantly naive young French woman (Poesy, who played the pride of Beauxbatons, Fleur Delacour) touches his heart and changes his life.

Yeah, it's another "old guy gets hot young girl and learns to live again" story, but it's not every day we get one that stars ... well, Alfred and Fleur.

Caine and Poesy have quite a supporting cast backing them up as well, which includes Gillian Anderson, Jane Alexander and Anne Alvaro. The film will be directed by Sandra Nettlebeck, »

- Bryan Enk

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Skyrim: Evolution Of A Theme

10 November 2011 8:01 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The fifth game in The Elder Scrolls series is released tomorrow. You may have heard of it? Skyrim? No, ok maybe you missed it. Well in celebration of this I wanted to highlight one of my favourite aspects of the Elder Scrolls games since Morrowind, and that is the music of Jeremy Soule.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Soule came to the series in game III, Morrowind and created what has now become The Elder Scrolls Theme. A sweeping epic that stirs the soul and makes you want to reach for a shield and a sword, or a bow and an arrow. Or perhaps raise your hands in anger and shoot lightning from your finger tips. Yes it is epic, but listen to the opening melody, beautifully orchestrated with woodwind and slow strings that pluck at your heart like the harp that is picking out the melody. From there it builds into a heroic, »

- Ed Moorhouse

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SciFriday: Written And Directed By William Shatner

6 November 2011 2:54 PM, PST | GeekNation.com | See recent GeekNation news »

Well, I had a rare experience while at San Diego Comic-Con this year. I had a chance to share a small room with three captains from Star Trek: William Shatner, Avery Brooks and Scott Bakula. They were there to promote a new documentary that Shatner had put together, where he flies around the world to really get to know the actors who themselves had the honor of sitting in a starship bridge's captain's chair. Shatner, who once wouldn't even acknowledge the existence of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," left no captain unchecked. Not only did he spend quality time with Brooks and Bakula, but he also sat down with Patrick Stewart, Kate Mulgrew and the new Capt. Kirk, Chris Pine. I didn't get a chance to watch "The Captains" when it was first released this past summer. In fact, I had »

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Simon Kinberg Writing ‘X-Men First Class’ Sequel

3 November 2011 4:44 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Since before the first film was released, everyone involved with X-Men: First Class has been talking about a sequel. The actors are contractually obligated to do it. Director Matthew Vaughn [1] and producer Bryan Singer [2] have discussed ideas for it. Still, nothing had been made official. Now, mere hours after 20th Century Fox basically announced a sequel [3] to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, they've reportedly hired a writer to pen a follow up to their other summer hit, X-Men: First Class. Simon Kinberg, a producer on the first film and writer of X-Men: The Last Stand (as well as the upcoming This Means War and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) has reportedly been hired to write the sequel. Superhero Hype [4] first broke this X-Men update. We've contacted Fox for a response but have yet to hear back. For an idea of what audiences might possibly see in this film, besides »

- Germain Lussier

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DVD Reviews - Smiley's People

3 November 2011 1:46 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

It's hard to get much better than Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The classic 1979 British spy drama, which came to DVD October 25, is one of the best of the genre ever put to film. As such, a lot of burden rests on its sequel, Smiley's People, to live up to its predecessor.

It's an impossible undertaking, and understandably, Smiley's People is nowhere as riveting as its predecessor. Most of the great cast of characters from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are no longer present, and the story is much less rivetingly simple. However, Smiley's People proves itself to be quite intriguing by the end of its first episode, though the mystery is approached in a different way. While the goal of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy -- to find the mole in British Intelligence -- was established early on in the miniseries, it takes quite a while for us to really discover what »

- Sam McPherson

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How 2012 is shaping up to be a golden year for animated movies

1 November 2011 7:42 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mainstream animation is thriving right now. But, as he looks ahead to some of the treats in store for 2012, Simon wonders if it's going to get even better...

There’s a school of thinking that, right now, we’re going through something of a second golden age of animation. The difference this time, though, is that this isn’t being driven by one company. Rather, that for the first time in the history, the mainstream movie animation industry has at least eleven companies capable of producing a strong animated movie.

If you want proof of that, firstly, take a glance at this year. Ilm burst into the animation industry (an area where it’s arguably existed for some time) with the superb Rango (still in my top five films of the year, and still thoroughly awesome), for starters.

We’ve also had Disney going close to its roots with Winnie The Pooh and Tangled, »

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Blu-ray Review: X-men: First Class – An Awesome New Start

31 October 2011 9:55 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

When X-Men Origins: Wolverine hit our screens back in 2009, we all felt the beloved X-Men franchise had taken a horrible turn for the worse. It’s true perhaps the downfall began with X-Men 3: The Last Stand but particularly by The Wolverine the saga was beginning to show it’s age and was no longer feeling very imaginative or as smart as Bryan Singer envisioned when he first translated these cerebral comics for the big screen.

Origins had strayed too far away from what was established before in previous films and the comic book source material. It’s cinematic crimes are too numerous to mention but thankfully with X-Men: First Class’s new setting and prequel approach, the franchise has been give an entire new lease of life and the latest installment may be one of the best in the series.

Singer (director of X-Men 1 & 2) makes »

- Jamie Slough

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X-Men: First Class Blu-ray Review

31 October 2011 3:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

In a year awash with superhero movies a new X-Men film was in danger of being overlooked, or even avoided altogether given the toxic slap of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Origins Wolverine and yet here we are with me telling you that X-Men: First Class is tremendous fun and edges up to X2 as one of the best of the series. How did Matthew Vaughn bring this series back from the edge?

Taking us back in time is a smart move and the origins of this film lie in the film’s opening scene which is a continuation of the previously glimsped moment when the young Erik Lensherr enters a Nazi concentration camp. At one point the next X-Men film was to be Magneto’s story and in First Class there is a strong case to be made for a Fassbender led film as he is easily the most interesting character here, »

- Jon Lyus

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