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Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV

Your Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving Marathons on TV
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

Thanksgiving has arrived and with it comes bingeing of all kinds — but mainly food, shopping and TV. We’ve rounded up all the movie and TV show marathons airing over the long holiday weekend so you can watch your favorite while digesting on the couch.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a Parks and Recreation fan and just want to spend time with your favorite Pawnee residents or a horror fan looking for a scare-fest like those on IFC and Syfy. Perhaps you’d prefer to
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Astaire Dances Everywhere Today on TCM

Fred Astaire ca. 1935. Fred Astaire movies: Dancing in the dark, on the ceiling on TCM Aug. 5, '15, is Fred Astaire Day on Turner Classic Movies, as TCM continues with its “Summer Under the Stars” series. Just don't expect any rare Astaire movies, as the actor-singer-dancer's star vehicles – mostly Rko or MGM productions – have been TCM staples since the early days of the cable channel in the mid-'90s. True, Fred Astaire was also featured in smaller, lesser-known fare like Byron Chudnow's The Amazing Dobermans (1976) and Yves Boisset's The Purple Taxi / Un taxi mauve (1977), but neither one can be found on the TCM schedule. (See TCM's Fred Astaire movie schedule further below.) Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals Some fans never tire of watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing together. With these particular fans in mind, TCM is showing – for the nth time – nine Astaire-Rogers musicals of the '30s,
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20 Great Dance Movies

There's nothing like a good dance flick to bring people together. Catchy tunes, sweet moves, and the inevitable romance that follows have made for entertaining and touching stories since the earliest days of cinema. Whether you’re a professional dancer or the owner of two left feet, here are 20 fun and inspiring dance films to get you moving this summer! “Shall We Dance”This 1937 dance love story tells the tale of ballet dancer Peter P. Peters (Fred Astaire) and his passionate pursuit of tap dancer Linda Keene (Ginger Rogers). With a score by George Gershwin and plentiful dance numbers in numerous styles, it’s a can’t-miss classic for actors and dancers alike. “The Red Shoes”Loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen story of the same name, this 1948 classic follows a talented ballerina as she chooses between the love of her composer husband and the artistic power of a jealous director.
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Top 10: Sharpest Suits in Cinema

To celebrate the return of the notorious, extra terrestrial busting black suits to the big screen in the eagerly anticipated Men in Black 3, LOVEFiLM asked over 3000 people to cast their vote for the sharpest suits in cinema. Daniel Craig’s sartorial choice as James Bond topped the style list with an impressive 30% of the vote, putting him streets ahead of Will Smith’s infamous black outfit from the Men in Black franchise, which made its way into second place with 20%. Taking third place in the style stakes (with a slightly less conventional look) is Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight, whose menacing purple and green outfit snatched 17% of the vote.

Another colourful ensemble, Johnny Depp’s delectable Willy Wonka get up from Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, gained 8% of the vote, (glass) elevating him into an impressive fourth place in the chart. In a more garish image choice,
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Deborah Kerr: What Lies Beneath

Deborah Kerr, Burt Lancaster, From Here to Eternity. With Deborah Kerr, it’s not the bare shoulders that matter. It’s the eyes. Deborah Kerr, who died at the age of 86 on Oct. 16, 2007, has usually been labeled the cinematic embodiment of the English Rose: ladylike from coiffure to pedicure, perfectly enunciated English, a distinctive coolness, poise and class. I won’t argue with that description (except to point out that this English Rose was born in Scotland), but all the same I wonder if any of those labelers have ever watched Deborah Kerr on screen other than the "Shall We Dance?" sequence in The King and I. Then there are those who have seen two Deborah Kerr scenes: "Shall We Dance?" and the kissing-on-the-beach bit in From Here to Eternity. Shocking! Who would have guessed that the cool, red-headed British lady could be so fiery? Well, anyone who has paid
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Romcoms: end of the affair?

From Fred and Ginger to Jennifer and Ashton, romantic comedies used to be one of the safest bets in Hollywood. But it seems that rom is just not into com any more

Is it the end for the romcom? You can imagine the celebrity mag headlines: "Romcom's relationship on the rocks?" "Com: I'm just not that into Rom" "Rom: Com doesn't make me laugh any more."

After all, who says romance and comedy go together like a horse and carriage? It seems to be a chiselled Hollywood commandment that the two shall be forever conjoined in cinematic matrimony, but perhaps it's time they went their separate ways. Sure, they got off to a great start: in those early years it was all fun and games and sparkling repartee, but recently they haven't quite looked the happy couple; the spark just hasn't been there.

They've been stuck in the same repetitive formula: boy meets girl,
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Shall We Dance

Jazz and ballet collide in the classic Fred and Ginger romance.

In recent years, the title of this film has become overshadowed by two modern movies of the same name: a superb Japanese movie and its American remake, respectively entitled Shall We Dansu? and Shall We Dance. Yet this 1937 classic is worth revisiting not only for its famous Gershwin numbers, but as the last of a series of classic-format films between Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Deeply flawed, yet the tremendous effort poured...
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Miramax Producing, But Probably Will Never Greenlight, Sequels to Clerks III, Rounders, Bad Santa

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A while back, the Weinstein Brothers -- who used to own Miramax -- made a bid to repurchase it from Disney, but ultimately lost out in that bid. However, Miramax has now brought in the Brothers Weinstein into a long-term partnership developed so that the two companies can produce sequels to a few movies for which the Weinsteins were originally responsible. A slate of potential sequels was released that includes Rounders, Clerks III, Bad Santa, Copland, Shall We Dance, The Amityville Horror, From Dusk til Dawn and Swingers. Most shocking: Shakespeare in Love.

But before you get your drawers in a bunch (and I think we've probably moved past the point of being aghast at sequels or reboots to any movie), keep in mind that this is all very preliminary. Check your outrage. There are some very creative people in Hollywood (and by creative, I mean "spiritually bankrupt"), but I can't imagine many,
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Baby Marie Osborne obituary

She was one of the first Hollywood child stars, often cast as a 'Little Miss Fixit' orphan

There have been child stars in movies since Hollywood was in its infancy, and Baby Marie Osborne, who has died aged 99, was among the very first. She appeared in 29 films (including shorts and features) in five years, from the age of three. But by the age of eight, she was considered over the hill and, like many child stars since, retired from the movies before puberty.

Appearing only in silent films, Osborne satisfied those who believed that children should be seen and not heard, although some of the intertitles indicated that she had a lisp. Only a few of her films still exist, but one of the survivors, Little Mary Sunshine (1916), which is available on DVD, gives a good idea of her precocious talents.

This extremely popular sentimental comedy starred Osborne as the
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Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers' Swing Time Academy Screening

Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Swing Time (top); Hermes Pan, Fred Astaire, George Stevens on the set of Swing Time (bottom) The George Stevens-directed Ginger Rogers-Fred Astaire musical Swing Time will be presented as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ "George Stevens Lecture on Directing" series on Tuesday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Swing Time will be introduced by director, producer, actor and comedian David Steinberg, who, as per the Academy's press release, considers this 1936 Rko musical his favorite movie. Many, in fact, consider Swing Time the very best Astaire-Rogers musical. Personally, I was a little disappointed when I saw it a few years ago; I was also surprised to realize that Shall We Dance?, released the following year, was basically a carbon copy imitation. But my disappointment notwithstanding, the stylish Swing Time has a number
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