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Christmas with the Krampus: Unwrapping Michael Dougherty’s Second Round of Fine Holiday Fear

The opening of Michael Dougherty’s 2015 horror comedy, Krampus, is the antithesis of what the holidays should symbolize. It’s a slow-mo montage of seasonal stressors, from rioting customers and crowded stores, to the poor defenseless employees who are doomed to deal with the craziness. With all of this Christmas hullabaloo, it’s no wonder young Max (Emjay Anthony) loses his holiday spirit and accidentally unleashes an ancient demonic creature looking to punish those who have abandoned hope and faith. Easy mistake!

When we first meet the film’s dysfunctional Engel family (including parents played by Toni Collette and Adam Scott), tensions are already high. The family is dreading the arrival of Max’s aunt, uncle and insufferable cousins, and all the surrounding chaos causes him to question the true meaning of Christmas. The Engels grin and bear it until the cousins mock Max’s letter to Santa, embarrassing him
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The Best Holiday Horror Movies

Rafael Motamayor on the six holiday horror movies you need to watch before Christmas…

It’s almost Christmas, and many are mid-way through their Holiday marathons. Christmas lights are up, and carollers are out and around singing merry tunes. Tacky Christmas sweaters can be seen in the streets, but some of us prefer Christmas light illuminating scenes of bloody horror. After all, don’t Christmas sweaters and Christmas decorations look brighter and cooler covered in blood? Killer Santas, devilish elves, kids being awful and kind of psychopathic, you named it.

What better way to take a break from all the pompous glee than watch some horror movies that still maintain some Christmas spirit? Honouring the spirit of the arbitrary-ranking-list-season, here are the best Christmas horror films that will likely piss you off because I omitted your personal favourite.

Better Watch Out (2016, dir: Chris Peckover)

The newest addition to the Christmas horror sub-genre,
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Movie Review – A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)

A Bad Moms Christmas, 2017.

Written and Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Susan Sarandon, Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernández, Oona Laurence, Justin Hartley, Peter Gallagher, Emjay Anthony, Lyle Brocato, Wanda Sykes, and Christina Applegate.

Synopsis:

A Bad Moms Christmas follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas.

It only takes about five minutes to reach the verdict that A Bad Moms Christmas (once again written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore who have the fortune of a full cast reunion) is one of 2017’s worst movies. There are creepy jokes about pre-pubescent breasts growing in (made even more weird considering that it’s one of the mothers’ memories), a young girl (Oona Laurence, who is actually quite the capable child actor, especially when dealt heavy
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First Official Trailer for Sci-Fi Thriller 'Replicas' Starring Keanu Reeves

"I'm on the verge of a breakthrough... I am this close." Entertainment Studios has debuted an official trailer for a sci-fi thriller titled Replicas, starring Keanu Reeves as a mad scientists who tries to figure out how to bring back his family after they are killed in a car accident. There's some kind of weird robot and lots of cool headgear that Reeves wears, but really is is about a synthetic biologist who attempts to clone his family members. The cast includes Alice Eve, Thomas Middleditch, Emily Alyn Lind, John Ortiz, Emjay Anthony, and Nyasha Hatendi. As much as I love sci-fi, and as much as I love Keanu Reeves, this looks pretty bad. The song is weird, and the whole film seems like an odd sci-fi mash-up that probably won't work. Here's the first official trailer for Jeffrey Nachmanoff's Replicas, direct from YouTube: A daring synthetic biologist who,
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First Look at Keanu Reeves in Replicas

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First Look at Keanu Reeves in Replicas
Keanu Reeves will return to New York Comic Con next month to promote his new film Replicas, where the first footage will be shown from this impending sci-fi thriller. As of now, a release date for Replicas has yet to be announced, but it seems possible that may be revealed during the panel. Here's the official description of the Nyccc presentation, including who will be joining Keanu Reeves at the Javits Center.

"Join Keanu Reeves and the team behind Replicas, for an exclusive first look and conversation about the film. Reeves developed and produced the Replicas with his producing partner, Stephen Hamel, and Transformers franchise producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The film is written by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen) from a story by Hamel, and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (writer of The Day After Tomorrow). Replicas is the story of a scientist (Reeves) who loses his family in a horrific accident,
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"A Bad Mom's Christmas" Restricted Footage

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From RedBand.Ca, Sneak Peek more restricted 'red band' footage from the comedy feature "A Bad Moms Christmas" aka "Bad Moms 2", starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, opening November 3, 2017:

"...in this sequel to 'Bad Moms', filmed in Georgia, 'Amy', 'Carla' and 'Kiki' struggle to cope when their respective mothers visit for the holidays..."

Cast also includes Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Justin Hartley, Peter Gallagher, Oona Laurence, Emjay Anthony, David Walton and Wanda Sykes.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "A Bad Moms Christmas"...
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"A Bad Mom's Christmas" Restricted Footage

From RedBand.Ca, Sneak Peek restricted 'red band' footage from the comedy feature "A Bad Moms Christmas" aka "Bad Moms 2", starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, opening November 3, 2017:

"...in this sequel to 'Bad Moms', filmed in Georgia, 'Amy', 'Carla' and 'Kiki' struggle to cope when their respective mothers visit for the holidays..."

Cast also includes Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines, Jay Hernandez, Justin Hartley, Peter Gallagher, Oona Laurence, Emjay Anthony, David Walton and Wanda Sykes.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "A Bad Moms Christmas"...
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Fantasy Fridays: Scully & Mfr Cast And Pitch Shazam! w/Dwayne Johnson

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Welcome back to another edition of Fantasy Fridays, where two real-life best friends who ended up working at Lrm together get to pretend to be Studio Execs by casting, staffing, and/or pitching fanboy-centric projects. Last week, we made our case for what the next wave of Marvel series on Netflix should center on. This week we turn our attention towards DC's Shazam!

This week gave us the first real updates on Shazam! in quite some time. With both producer Hiram Garcia and star Dwayne Johnson (who's locked in to play Black Adam) taking to social media to hype up how well a key meeting with the WB/DC brass went. Johnson made a statement about how the future of the DC Extended Universe looks to embrace an outlook of "Hope, Optimism, and Fun," and that got us thinking about how to best tackle a Shazam! movie that wants to be all of those things.
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Top 21 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies To Watch

As we head into the holiday season, Wamg brings you our list of the Best Non-Traditional Christmas Movies to watch after the Holiday ham, pretty presents, and multiple viewings of White Christmas, Home Alone and Miracle On 34th Street are a thing of Christmas Past.

Our choices are filled snarky mistletoe carnage and crafty comedy – Geek style. Santa Claus is coming to town in these “More Naughty Than Nice”. films.

We’ve made a list and checked it twice with our lineup of not just the 20 Best holiday films but the Top 21 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies. After the success of Krampus, we just had to add it!

We kick off our list with our Honorable Mention –

Jingle All The Way

Christmas; It’s the most magical time of the year. High powered businessman Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger), is hard at work taking last-minute orders from customers to whom he just can
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12 Days of Christmas Horror: Day 10 – Krampus (2015)

Krampus, 2015.

Directed by Michael Dougherty.

Starring Adam Scott, Emjay Anthony, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Conchata Ferrell, Allison Tolman, Stefania Lavie Owen, Lolo Owen, Queenie Samuel, Luke Hawker, Ivy Geoge, Maverick Flack, Gideon Emery, and Krista Stadler.

Synopsis:

A family gets together for the annual festive celebrations, but all is not well in the household and the family have all but lost their Christmas spirit, especially young Max who simply longs for things to be like they used to. This unhappiness does not go unnoticed, and after Max wishes that his family would simply go away, they suddenly find themselves under siege from a horde of festive monsters all under the leadership of the mythical creature known as Krampus.

The star of the Christmas season is undoubtedly Santa Claus; with his all round jolly old man personality, generosity and general kindness, he is Christmas personified. Yet, he’s not the only
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Moana Wins Box Office Weekend #2 with $28.3M

Moana Wins Box Office Weekend #2 with $28.3M
The weekend after the Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally one of the weakest frames of the year, where holdovers almost always reign supreme over new releases. This year, only one new movie was released, the horror-thriller Incarnate, but, as expected, last weekend's winner Moana had no trouble repeating atop the box office, taking in $28.3 million. Incarnate barely cracked the top 10, opening in ninth place with $2.6 million, continuing a tradition of new releases failing to win this weekend.

Since box office stats became official in 1982, a new release has only took the top spot three times. The first time it happened was in 1988, with the release of The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, which won with $9.3 million. In 1991, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country became the second new release to conquer this weekend with $18.1 million, with The Last Samurai becoming the last new release to do so in
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Will Moana Conquer Its Second Weekend at the Box Office?

Will Moana Conquer Its Second Weekend at the Box Office?
Disney's animated adventure Moana had no trouble taking down three fellow newcomers over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at the box office, bringing in $56.3 million over the three-day weekend and $82 million over the five-day extended weekend. Starting this Friday, it will only have one newcomer to face, Blumhouse's horror-thriller Incarnate, which is expected to debut in less than half the theaters Moana is playing in. With that being said, Moana should have no trouble repeating atop the box office with a projected $27.3 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Incarnate will open in approximately 1,500 theaters, a far cry from the 3,875 theaters that Moana opened in over the holiday weekend. The weekend after Thanksgiving is traditionally a weak one at the box office, with holdovers from earlier in the month almost always dominating over the meager competition doled out by the studios. In fact, since box office figures started being made official by
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Bad Moms Spin-Off Bad Dads Is Coming in 2017

Bad Moms Spin-Off Bad Dads Is Coming in 2017
Stx Entertainment's raucous comedy Bad Moms has become one of the surprise hits of the summer movie season, earning $112.8 million domestically and $170.8 million worldwide, from a $20 million budget. While most would expect the studio to move forward with a sequel, instead they announced a new comedy spin-off entitled Bad Dads. Here's what the studio had to say in a statement about why they went with a spin-off, and other projects based on this hit movie.

"Where other studios have automatically green lit traditional and significantly more expensive sequels, Stx has determined those sequels on average are grossing 68% less than the originals. Instead, Stx has chosen to focus on extending consumer passion for the Bad Moms brand with a series of film spinoffs, a reality television show, short form digital content, and a robust consumer products program."

Deadline reports that the Bad Dads spin-off will hit theaters on July 14, 2017, which puts
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Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book Gets An Honest Trailer

"Follow along on a young man's search for acceptance in this winning combination of The Lion King, a Ben Kingsley nature documentary, and a kid-friendly version of The Revenant." Jon Favreau's live-action adaptation of the Disney classic The Jungle Book may have been one of this year's best films (as well as the best film starring talking animals), but that hasn't stopped the folks over Screen Junkies from poking fun at it in their latest Honest Trailer. Their video is a bit tame compared to some of their past offerings, but it's still plenty of fun, so check it out below:   The Jungle Book is an upcoming American live-action/CGI film directed by Jon Favreau, written by Justin Marks, and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The film's executive producers are Molly Allen, Karen Gilchrist, Peter M. Tobyanse. Music will be written by John Debney. The Jungle Book features: Director:
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Krampus Maze Comes to Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Krampus Maze Comes to Halloween Horror Nights 2016
Tis the season for Krampus as Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort bring the terrifying dark Christmas legend to life in an all-new "Halloween Horror Nights" maze beginning September 16, 2016.

The creative minds behind the nation's best and most extreme Halloween events unleash the wrath of Krampus, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures' Christmas-themed horror film co-written and directed by Michael Dougherty, in a sinister new Halloween Horror Nights maze.

The dead of winter sets the stage for the terror that's about to unfold one cold, dank and dreary Christmas Eve as the fabled anthropomorphic "half-goat, half-demon" horned creature emerges to terrorize those devoid of holiday spirit. In scenes lifted from the film, guests will navigate the dysfunctional Engel family home to encounter the evil ancient spirit of Krampus - the dark shadow of Saint Nicholas - and his band of Dark Elves and sinister Gingerbread Men, who cause the
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Movie Review – Bad Moms (2016)

Bad Moms, 2016.

Written and Directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

Starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Jay Hernández, Clark Duke, Emjay Anthony, Oona Laurence, Jada Pinkett Smith, Annie Mumolu, David Walton, Leah McKendrick, Megan Ferguson, and Christina Applegate.

Synopsis:

When three overworked and under-appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they ditch their conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom, fun, and comedic self-indulgence.

Of all the different types of people in the world, quite easily one of the most annoying is a parental figure with a superiority complex that their method of teaching children right and wrong is right, (along with how to behave and mingle in society) preaching to everyone else that they are doing everything wrong and that they are the devil incarnate for doing so. Bad Moms is sort of a love letter to the stressed-out parents, specifically moms, that are more
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Bad Moms – Review

So, the world has survived the (gasp!) Ghostbusters female reboot (did it really “ruin your childhood”, fellas?). Are we ready for another “lady led” comedy, one that’s a bit edgier than the new phantom-fighters? You know, not as “all-ages’ friendly, in others words, “R” rated (for raunchy). Yes, Edina and Patsy went from the small screen to the big screens last weekend. And Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates is still roaming the multiplex with Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick as a formidable comic duo, so there are lots of funny women in adult-themed comedies around. But this current flick addresses the somewhat new social media concept of “mom shaming”, though it was probably done in whispers in pre-tech days. This weekend’s new comedy attempts to put a funny spin on all this judgemental nonsense with a story that owes a lot to Mean Girls, filtered through Bridesmaids,
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Bad Moms Movie Review

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Bad Moms Movie Review
Title: Bad Moms Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate, Emjay Anthony, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay Hernandez. Screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, known for their collaborative work on movies such as ‘The Hangover’ and ‘21 & Over,’ team up once more to direct a movie about the imperfection of motherhood. Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) despite her efforts to be the exemplary mother, becomes the effigy of the “Bad Mom”. She is over-worked, over-committed and exhausted to the point she gets fed-up and joins forces with two other over-stressed moms – Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hehn) – on a quest to [ Read More ]

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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 29, 2016)

Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 29, 2016)
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

For July, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 29. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.

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Bad Moms

Director: John Lucas and Scott Moore

Cast: Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, Emjay Anthony, Jay Jablonski, Kesha Rose Sebert

Synopsis: A woman with a seemingly perfect life – a great marriage, overachieving kids, beautiful home, stunning looks and still holding down a career.
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Bad Moms Review

Despite being ditzy, doofy and aggressively off-kilter, I raise my glass to Bad Moms. This pro-mommy propaganda isn’t without traces of truth, nor is focus lost of the monument it erects in the name of our maternal caretakers. No one deserves recognition more than our mothers, who endure the most graphic of hardships just to bring us into this dystopia we call life. They willingly go through Hell just to pop out another tiny person who won’t acknowledge their worth until 17-or-so years of self-obsessed immaturity washes away like an ugly stench. If anyone deserves a drink (or twelve), it’s these thankless superheroes, and that’s what writers/directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore never forget amidst all the drunken crying and public indecency. Mama bear instincts and all.

Mila Kunis stars as Amy, a suburban every-mom who spends most of her days working, driving or crying
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