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Okay, I'll say it upfront, I'm not a big fan Christmas movies, so the thought of sitting through Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle wasn't exactly my idea of a perfect night in. The Hallmark Channel film, which premiere Saturday night, starred James Van Der Beek as a widowed father of twins desperately seeking nanny, while Doris Roberts played the geriatric version of Mary Poppins. (She didn't crinkle her nose or snap her fingers to make magic happen, the sound mix took care of that.) You could predict the formulaic plot line of this special ten minutes in. The 6-year-old boys »
- Nicole Sperling
Surviving Christmas (Family Dramedy)
TBS, 1:45 Pm Et
A lonely millionaire (Ben Affleck) pays a family to spend the holiday with them in his childhood home.
Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights (Laughing All the Way)
MTV, 6 Pm Et
During Hanukkah, a temperamental lout (Adam Sandler) drinks, gets in trouble with the law, and performs community service.
Hallmark, 8 Pm Et
White Christmas (Classic Cheer)
AMC, 8 Pm Et
12 Men of Christmas (Sugarplum Romance)
Lifetime, 9 Pm Et
A public-relations executive (Kristin Chenoweth) uses her media savvy to stir excitement in a small Montana town.
What else is showing this season? »
- reelz reelz
Holy holly! Did you guys just see that? Santa whizzing by on a sleigh packed with Barbies and basketballs? A man and a woman falling into a snowbank and sharing an unexpected kiss? Formerly estranged family members getting all huggy-feely and crooning “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” as the credits roll? Oh, wait—I think I know what’s happening. I’m having another post-traumatic hallucination, a result of a recent work assignment. For the fourth year in a row, I, loyal Entertainment Weekly servant, have taken on the ridiculous challenge of watching all of the networks’ original holiday TV-movies. »
- Dan Snierson
Holy holly! Did you guys just see that? Santa whizzing by on a sleigh packed with Barbies and basketballs? A man and a woman falling into a snowbank and sharing an unexpected kiss? Formerly estranged family members now all huggy-feely, crooning “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” as the credits roll? Oh, wait—I think I know what’s happening. I’m having another post-traumatic hallucination, a result of a recent work assignment. For the fourth year in a row, I, loyal Entertainment Weekly servant, have taken on the ridiculous challenge of watching all of the networks’ original holiday TV-movies. »
- Dan Snierson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented "A Centennial Tribute to Johnny Mercer," on Thursday, November 5, 2009. Pictured above at the reception preceding the event (left to right): satirist Stan Freberg, veteran actress Rose Marie, singer/host Michael Feinstein, Ginny Mancini, widow of Henry Mancini, who was a frequent Johnny Mercer collaborator, Oscar-nominated songwriter Arthur Hamilton, and singer Monica Mancini, daughter of Henry Mancini. Composers Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman (The Thomas Crown Affair, The Way We Were, Tootsie, Best Friends) Michael Feinstein, Monica Mancini Actress Doris Roberts, among whose credits are The Honeymoon Killers, The Rose, and the television series Everybody Loves Raymond Photos: Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S. »
- Anna Robinson
Veteran actress Doris Roberts is urging female stars to stop flashing the flesh - because dressing provocatively onscreen can have a negative effect on impressionable youngsters.
The Everybody Loves Raymond star, 79, insists young girls look up to their idols in the TV and film industry and she fears they may try to emulate the style of many leading ladies.
And Roberts is adamant females in Hollywood need to be careful about showing too much skin.
She tells Fox News, "I'm not a prude. I really am not. But if you're going to dress provocatively, you're going to get into trouble. Kids, right now, 12 year olds, 11 year olds, they're dressing and trying to emulate what they see on television or in movies. When you do that, you're judged, and even if you're not selling that, it appears like you are. That is not very good.
"I don't know if I would go as far to say that it's just Hollywood, it's advertising, it's everywhere, it's everything. It's sort of in the fabric, unfortunately, of our society." »
Emmy Award winner Doris Roberts is playing her own kind of magical nanny in "Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle." Part of the Hallmark Channel's Holiday Countdown, "Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle," also stars James Van Der Beek, formerly of "Dawson's Creek."
In the acclaimed holiday story, Van Der Beek plays Seth, a widowed father to six-year-old twins who gets a new housekeeper in Mrs. Emily Merkle (Roberts). Between her magical touch at cleaning and even advice on love and life, its soon clear to both Seth and his kids that Merkle is no ordinary housekeeper and she's really "Mrs. Miracle."
"Mrs. Miracle" is based on the best-selling book from author Debbie Macomber, who also wrote this year's "A Perfect Christmas." The movie joins the line-up of new holiday original movies set to premiere on the Hallmark Channel, including "Christmas in Canaan" with Billy Ray Cyrus and "The Three Gifts" with Dean Cain. »
Aliens In The Attic (Blu-ray)
Directed by: John Schultz
Running Time: 1 hr 28 mins
Due Out: November 3, 2009
Plot: A quartet of heavily-armed extra-terrestrials come to Earth to retrieve a previously abandoned doomsday machine. Who can stop them? Kids!
Who’s It For? This is the fluffiest and family-friendliest presentation of a possible alien takeover in eons. The tiny green aliens are scary more than ugly, and the overall violence in the film is for the most part slapstick. My dog would probably scamper down to the basement after a couple of loud crashes, but she has always been a wuss.
Aliens In The Attic is a movie of shenanigans from start to finish. Before the title becomes relevant, the kids are partaking in rebellious activity, like giving the online school grades the ol’ two letter grade bump, »
- Nick Allen
Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.
Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows such as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, North by Northwest, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Rockford Files. Plus, there’s some classic Dr. Who coming out this week as well.
Check them out.
- Joe Gillis
Greg W. Swartz's "Another Harvest Moon," a drama about senior citizens starring Ernest Borgnine, Piper Laurie, Anne Meara, Doris Roberts, Richard Schiff and Cybill Shepherd, will open the 13th annual Hollywood Film Festival on Oct. 23 at the ArcLight Cinemas.
The three-day fest will feature 80 features, shorts and music videos, including Steve Morris' "The Assistants," about Hollywood assistants, Kim Tae-kyun's "Crossing," Adam Kane's "Formosa Betrayed," Jeff Stephenson's "Not Since You" and Vlad Yudin's "Last Day of Summer."
The fest also announced nominees for its Hollywood Movie Awards, which will be decided by public voting at the Yahoo! Movies Web site. They are "(500) Days of Summer," "District 9," "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "The Hangover," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "The Hurt Locker," "Inglourious Basterds," "Star Trek," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Up." »
- By Gregg Kilday
Lifetime will be premiering a new movie based on the bestselling book "Mrs. Miracle" by Debbie Macomber. "Debbie Macomber's Mrs. Miracle" will star five time Emmy winner Doris Roberts and James Van Der Beek.
The story focuses on Seth Webster, played by Van Der Beek, a single father struggling to raise twin six-year-olds and searching for a nanny.
In steps Mrs. Merkle, played by Roberts, who the kids dub as "Mrs. Miracle." Mrs. Merkle is not only an excellent cook and great maid, but she impresses the kids with her mighty snowball-throwing arm and her way of always knowing what the family needs.
The film is featured in Lifetime's Countdown to Christmas. The heartwarming movie will premiere on Lifetime on Saturday, December 5 at 8:00 pm Et.
Chicago – Just as Kelsey Grammer returns to familiarly snobby territory with “Hank,” his “Back to You” co-star Patricia Heaton returns to the life of the harried matriarch with “The Middle,” but the results are vastly different. Where “Hank” feels like a relic, “The Middle” updates the working mother for a new generation and mostly delivers.
Television Rating: 3.5/5.0
Not as daring as “Modern Family” but nearly as funny, “The Middle” works because of the fearlessness of its cast, primarily Heaton, who proves that she was just as essential an element to the success of “Everybody Loves Raymond” as Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Doris Roberts, or Peter Boyle. But, as “Hank” proves, one talented lead does not a sitcom make and “The Middle” has potential because of its interesting and diverse supporting cast and its often-clever writing.
Photo credit: ABC/Bob D’Amico
Sometimes playing like ABC’s version of »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
It’s the classic case of two people with opposite views learning from each other in the new romantic comedy Play The Game.
David Mitchell (Paul Campell) is great with people. He’s one one of those slick guys that can read anyone for self-gaining purposes, whether it be as a car salesman or in his journeys as a womanizer. When his job isn’t focused on selling cars at his fathers lot, it’s focused on fulfilling a promise to his late grandmother to teach his Grandpa Joe (Andy Griffith) how to date again. Grandpa Joe could really use the help too! The only problem is that David’s lessons are a bit much for Grandpa Joe, but if it helps him with the ladies, he will give it a shot. After all, he is rather lonely, and there are some fitting ladies in his retirement community. Next thing you know, »
Chicago – When Marc Fienberg, first time director/writer of ‘Play the Game,’ was casting the role inspired by his grandfather, little did he know he soon would be working with the film and TV legend Andy Griffith.
Rating: 2.0/5.0 Griffith joined other sitcom stalwarts – including Doris Roberts of “Everyone Loves Raymond” and Liz Sheridan, best known as Jerry’s mother on “Seinfeld” – in a contemporary romantic comedy.
David (Paul Campbell) is a hotshot car salesman. When it comes to women, he is a player that uses the “game” to score easy relationships. In encouraging his widowed grandfather (Griffith) to use similar techniques, he sets off a series of events that have them both learning lessons about love and connection.
Play the Game is the little independent film that could -- and writer-director Marc Fienberg hopes it can do even more. To be sure, Fienberg knows the odds against his independently distributed film -- opening Friday (8.28.09) in limited release -- but he also knows his audience. "One of the reasons it's hard to get the studios' attention is they don't believe seniors go to see movies," Fienberg says in a phone interview. "But boomers and seniors see a lot more movies than other people. They don't make an appointment to go out because the movies aren't marketed to them. When you do market to them, they come out in droves." That's what happened when the romantic comedy -- which stars Andy Griffith, Doris Roberts and Liz Sheridan -- tested in Florida earlier this year: A one-week engagement turned into a three-month »
- Marshall Fine
Chicago – In our latest edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 35 admit-two passes up for grabs to the Chicago screening of “Play the Game”. The film stars Andy Griffith, Paul Campbell, Doris Roberts, Marla Sokoloff, Liz Sheridan, Clint Howard, Rance Howard, Geoffrey Owens and Juliette Jeffers from writer and director Marc Fienberg.
To win your free pass to the advance screening of “Play the Game” in Chicago courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, all you need to do is answer our question below. That’s it! The screening will be held on Aug. 24, 2009 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.
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Here is the “Play the Game” plot description:
Ladies’ man David teaches his dating tricks to his lonely and widowed grandfather, Joe, while using »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Judd Apatow has become a household name thanks to his past two outings: Knocked Up and The 40-Year Old Virgin. But where both comedies went on to become $100 million+ box office successes, his latest endeavor, Funny People, is much more of a wild card. The R-rated flick still features some of Apatow's unique brand of comedy, but hidden within is the downer story of a sad clown battling a fatal disease. The upshot: Adam Sandler is the star. The film's sure to open at No. 1. How it holds on will be anyone's guess. 1. Funny People: $35 million While Virgin bowed to $21 million with an unknown Steve Carrell at the center and Knocked Up pulled in $30 million with newcomer Seth Rogen, Funny People has giant movie star Adam Sandler leading the charge. But the comedy pro is leaving his PG comfort zone and the results when he does so are never certain. »
- Nicole Sperling
Judd Apatow has become a household name thanks to his past two outings: Knocked Up and The 40-Year Old Virgin. But where both comedies went on to become $100 million+ box office successes, his latest endeavor, Funny People, is much more of a wild card. The R-rated flick still features some of Apatow’s unique brand of comedy, but hidden within is the downer story of a sad clown battling a fatal disease. The upshot: Adam Sandler is the star. The film’s sure to open at No. 1. How it holds on will be anyone’s guess.
1. Funny People: $35 million
While Virgin bowed to $21 million with an unknown Steve Carrell at the center and Knocked Up pulled in $30 million with newcomer Seth Rogen, Funny People has giant movie star Adam Sandler leading the charge. But the comedy pro is leaving his PG comfort zone and the results when he does so are never certain. »
- Nicole Sperling
By Jocelyn Vena, with additional reporting by Christina Garibaldi
Photo: 20th Century Fox
It's a long way from singing and dancing in a "High School Musical" (or three) to fending off creatures from outer space and a creepy boyfriend. But Ashley Tisdale was ready to take that leap and star in "Aliens in the Attic," which hits theaters this week, days after the release of her new album, Guilty Pleasure earlier this week.
"Bethany is really just the typical teenager," she told MTV News about her character in the flick that she describes as "The Goonies" meets "Home Alone." "She is someone who is just in love with her boyfriend Ricky and doesn't really see him for who he is. She doesn't really know what his intentions are. »
Us sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond may launch in Russia with a Cher lookalike in a lead role, it has been reported. Local producers are said to be searching for an actress who bears an uncanny resemblance to the 'Believe' singer to portray the part of Ray's mother on the remake. Doris Roberts, who played the character on the original version from 1996 to 2005, admitted that she couldn't "wait to see that", Contactmusic reports. (more) »
- By Tim Parks
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