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The holiday season is now firmly upon us and it’s time to kick your Christmas shopping into high gear. Chances are, there’s at least one person on your shopping list who happens to be a big movie buff. We admit, we’re not the easiest type of people to shop for, but you’re in luck as our talented staff of cinephiles have come up with a Movie Buff Wish List of awesome movie related gifts we’d love to find under our tree. Come inside to check out the hottest items cinema enthusiasts want to help you find the perfect gift for that movie buff in your own life!
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After a day of giving thanks, eating turkey, and watching TV with the family, a common impulse is to get out of the house and go shopping. Just kidding! Instead of braving the Black Friday brawls, sit back and relax with even more TV marathons. (That’s what Cyber Monday is for, isn’t it?) Standouts include complete(-ish) sets of favorite franchises such as Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, and Star Trek, as well as guilty-pleasure reality series like House Hunters International and Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.
Check out the weekend guide to binge-watching »
- Maricela Gonzalez
Maybe you're one of the lucky ducks who doesn't have to work the day after Thanksgiving, so you can stay in your jammies all day and watch the movie marathon of your choice -- Capt. Jack Sparrow, Alfred Hitchcock, "Star Wars." So many choices.
Or if you're like us, you're getting the DVR set. But here are the marathons and specials being offered Friday, Nov. 29. Note: If you want to watch some "Friends" Thanksgiving Day episodes, start the DVR late Turkey Day night into the wee hours of the morning.
All times Eastern.
ABC: College football, noon to 7 p.m. (Iowa at Nebraska, Miami at Pittsburgh)
ABC Family: Harry Potter movie marathon, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. ("Goblet of Fire," "Order of the Phoenix," "Half-Blood Prince," "Deathly Hallows Part 1")
The holiday shopping season officially kicks off tonight and we know it can be difficult to find presents for horror fans that seem to have everything. To help make things easier, we’ve put together the initial list of our holiday gift suggestions, which include cannibal wine, classic horror shirts, vinyl figures and Blu-ray collections.
While a handful of these items are only available at select websites, you should be able to find some pretty good sales on other items starting tonight. Specifically, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart will have big sales on Blu-ray/DVD titles and video games. We’d like to give Tamika Jones a big thanks for helping put this guide together.
Silence of the Lambs Wine: “The Alamo Drafthouse’s 2013 Signature Wines are an oenophilic nod to noted gourmand, wine connoisseur and psychopath Hannibal Lecter. “The Chianti Slurp” is an iconic wine in film moment, celebrated »
- Tamika Jones
The turkey’s stuffed, the pumpkin’s pie’d and the family’s gathered — but don’t neglect your old friend, TV! It’s working Ot this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, serving marathons of fave shows (Castle) and flicks (James Bond), holiday movies (My Santa) and classics (A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving), plus fresh episodes of Glee, Grimm and others. So unbutton your pants and pick up your remote — it’s relaxin’ time. (Sunday’s entrees, including the Walking Dead finale, a great Wife and The Mentalist 2.0 will be covered separately.)
Thursday, Nov. 28
Midnight – 2:40 am Amazing Animation Thanksgiving Marathon (Starz »
- Misha Solomon
A Conversation with Edith Head will be held at The Sheldon Ballroom in St. Louis on December 6th and 7th
All About Eve, Roman Holiday, The Ten Commandments, A Place In The Sun, The Sting. These great films and hundreds more have one thing in common: costume designer Edith Head (1897–1981). The small woman with the familiar straight bangs, black-rimmed saucer glasses, and unsmiling countenance racked up an unprecedented 35 Oscar nods and 400 film credits over the course of a sixty-year career. The golden age of Hollywood sparkled with extravagant cinematic productions and stars such as Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Mae West, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Redford were made even more glamorous by donning the costumes designed by incredibly talented Ms Head.
Theater director Susan Claassen, a New Jersey native got the idea for a project based on Edith Head several years ago after »
- Tom Stockman
It’s a given that a movie poster needs to be both visually and verbally succinct. It must grab your attention in the amount of time it takes to walk past it in the street; it must tell you all you need to know—or enough to make you want to know more—in one arresting image and with one pithy tagline. One of the challenges of movie poster design and movie marketing is to say as much as possible in a small space and few words.
But then there are posters which break those rules, which, for one reason or another, feel the need to make you stop in your tracks and read. I own a couple of posters for Robert Aldrich films—The Longest Yard and The Emperor of the North— which I’ve always loved because they are anything but succinct. In place of taglines these two tough-guy movies have long-winded, »
- Adrian Curry
All About Eve, Roman Holiday, The Ten Commandments, A Place In The Sun, The Sting. These great films and hundreds more have one thing in common: costume designer Edith Head (1897–1981). The small woman with the familiar straight bangs, black-rimmed saucer glasses, and unsmiling countenance racked up an unprecedented 35 Oscar nods and 400 film credits over the course of a sixty-year career. The golden age of Hollywood sparkled with extravagant cinematic productions and stars such as Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Mae West, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Redford were made even more glamorous by donning the costumes designed by the incredibly talented Mrs. Head.
Theater director Susan Claassen, a New Jersey native, got the idea for a project based on Edith Head several years ago after she watched a televised biography of the designer. She realized that her physical resemblance to the designer was uncanny, »
- Tom Stockman
Originally lensed in 1985, Fright Night, from writer/director Tom Holland (Child’s Play), went on to become a favourite amongst my generation and to this day is still held in very warm regard. The sequel, which followed in 1987, wasn’t as successful as the original, yet remains a much sought after title on DVD and Blu-ray. The original film was remade in 2011 starring Colin Farrell in the vampire role and Fright Night 2: New Blood is a sequel to that remake. With me so far?
Well now it gets a little confusing. This iteration of Fright Night 2 is a remake of the Original Fright Night, not the sequel or the remake, which also throws the legend of Countess Elizabeth Bathory into the mix. Still with me?
Gerri Dandridge (Murray) is a »
- Phil Wheat
Every Halloween party needs a playlist, and yours better be the gayest. To ensure that your guests are treated to spooky queerness, put these 20 tracks in your iTunes and legally marry the night.
1. Sharon Needles, “Every Day Is Halloween”
Sharon’s cover of the Ministry jam is sinister, cool, and effing evil, just the way she intended. Have you checked out her list of favorite horror movies yet? Just as terrfiying.
2. Janet Jackson, “Black Cat”
Janet’s rock anthem from Rhythm Nation 1814 warns partygoers to watch their step because, y’know, the kitty is coming out.
3. Madonna, “Supernatural”
Madonna’s spookiest jam is this Like a Prayer b-side that appeared in a fun house mix on the Red Hot + Dance LP. This is the only time Madonna has ever communicated with ghosts on record, as we’ve never been given access to her conversations with Frida Kahlo and Dita Parlo. »
- Louis Virtel
• Edith Head's classic designs – in pictures
Edith Head, the subject of today's Google Doodle, still holds the record for most Oscar wins by an individual woman: eight, all for her costume designs. Most of these wins came in the early 50s, including two for Audrey Hepburn movies, Roman Holiday and Sabrina, but it was Head's work on a string of Alfred Hitchcock films that have ensured her place in the cinematic firmament.
In fact, it's fair to say that Head's costume work in films such as Vertigo, The Birds, and Rear Window was integral to Hitchcock's particular, recondite concern: the dismantling of apparently perfect women. The co-ordinated suits and neat frocks worn by the likes of Tippi Hedren, Grace Kelly and Kim Novak were the most obvious part of »
- Andrew Pulver
Just in time for Halloween, today’s Google homepage celebrates Hollywood costume designer Edith Head, on what would have been her 115th birthday (she passed away in 1981).
In 1924, Head was hired as a costume sketch artist for Paramount Pictures. She would go on the create costumes for everyone from Sophia Loren to Elizabeth Taylor, and is probably most well-known for her work on of Alfred Hitchcock’s films, including Vertigo, The Birds and Rear Window.
- Erin Strecker
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) Blu-ray for $109.99 (63% off!). From Amazon: Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection features 15 iconic films including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Kim Novak, this definitive collection showcases a true cinematic master at his best. Featuring over 15 hours of insightful bonus features plus an exclusive collectible book, each film has been digitally restored from high resolution film elements for the ultimate Hitchcock experience. If you don't yet own the films, it's a great deal that only last until midnight or while supplies last. Hit the jump for more info or click here to buy it. Here's what is included in the set. It's a great one. Saboteur »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Last year saw a major motion picture that exemplified the best of a sub-genre of the “based on true events” film, it was based on a true event that was very recent. The finale of Zero Dark Thirty occurred less than five years ago. And even though we were aware of the outcome, Zero was as riveting as any fictional thriller (much like last year’s Best Picture Oscar winner Argo, which did have over thirty years of distance). This year brings another such film, Captain Phillips. Although it dominated the headlines just four years ago, director Paul Greengrass and his crew have delivered a taut, tension filled docudrama that places us right in the thick of the life-or-death struggle for survival. Sure, we know the story, but there was much more going down that the cable news outlets could only hint at.
Greengrass has structured this modern nautical tale »
- Jim Batts
The gosh-darned nicest guy in Hollywood is in town to promote his new movie, Captain Phillips. But all anyone wants to talk about is the news he has type-two diabetes …
It feels charmingly apt that when Tom Hanks – simultaneously one of the biggest movie stars in the world for the past 20 years and also famously one of most "aw, hell, shucks" normal men around – is talking about "the most fascinating days of my life", he is not referring to when he acted in zero gravity in Apollo 13, the time he became only the second actor in history to win back to back Oscars, or even learning to dance on a giant piano in Big. Rather, he is talking about his recent stint on jury duty.
"The people there, the process," he says, almost sentimentally recalling the days he spent trapped in a hot room with a dozen or so »
- Hadley Freeman
Vintage rolling stock and a touch of the old Hitchcockian drama play their part in a riposte to Hollywood
From the warm waters of Pirates of the Caribbean to the fairytale castle in Snow White and the Huntsman, British film studios now regularly create exotic sets for blockbusters. Last year, however, the largest production space at Shepperton, called the "H-Stage", was dominated by the more mundane hulks of two reclaimed British railway carriages, dating from the slam-door days.
The battered train is the unlikely focus of an attempt to bring back the action thriller to this country. Last Passenger, which stars Dougray Scott and opens in cinemas next week, is the debut feature from director Omid Nooshin, a former art student from Guildford, Surrey, who aims to reclaim Britain's reputation for Hitchcockian suspense and couple it with special effects that rival Hollywood.
"British film-makers love spectacle and adventure, but that »
- Vanessa Thorpe
The teaser for Grace of Monaco has finally arrived and it is one money shot of Goddess and/or Opulence and/or Fyc Advertisement after another, all to further iconize Grace Kelly through another film icon Nicole Kidman.
It's an actressexual oroborus and I be gobbling it up.
Gobbling it up whilst fretting about the reviews and response to come. I'm not so secretly dreading the onslaught of negativity about 'how dare Kidman play Princess Grace' when discerning cinephiles or anyone who has actually watched their respective filmographies will surely understand that Kidman > Kelly. And anyone who can look past glamour iconography will surely understand that Grace Kelly was only 25 years old for 12 months of her life... that just happened to be the year of her life when the bulk of movies she's remembered for appeared (Rear Window, The Country Girl, Dial M For Murder) and looked different later on after leaving Hollywood. »
- NATHANIEL R
She passed away over 30 years ago, but Princess Grace of Monaco (Grace Kelly) still captures the hearts of people the world over. She had a substantial film, television and modeling career before she married Prince Rainier III in 1956. Grace was one of Hitchcock's golden girls, having appeared in Dial M for Murder, Rear Window and To Catch a Thief. The director tried to convince her to accept a role in Marnie several years after she began her reign in Monaco, but she turned down the project fearing public disapproval. Hitch didn't take too kindly to the news. Olivier Dahan will tell her story in the upcoming Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as the princess. The film will span her Hollywood career, marriage and the French invasion of Monaco during the...
- Alison Nastasi
What gets more attention than a famous person starring as another famous person in a biopic? A famous person playing a glamorous famous person, that's what. Nicole Kidman has proven that she's up for just about any challenge on screen, but we're still anxious to see what happens when she takes on an even bigger screen icon, Grace Kelly, in the upcoming Grace of Monaco. Despite a November 27 release date we've yet to see a proper trailer for the film, which makes this brief teaser-- in which Nicole Kidman says literally nothing-- the best we can do for now. Does she pull off her impersonation of the iconic star of Rear Window and To Catch A Thief, who famously retired from acting at the age of 26 to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco? Kidman certainly looks as delicate and glamorous as Kelly did in many famous photographs. but Kidman herself »
The Double, 2013.
Directed by Richard Ayoade.
A timid man meets his charismatic and confident physical double who starts taking over his life.
While sitting in a subway car Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) is told to move by passenger despite the rest of the seats being empty; this not an isolated incident as the security guard at work continuously gives him a hard time, his access card never gets fixed, and the supervisor thinks he is worthless. The timid soul watches via a telescope the object of his affections Hannah (Mia Wasikowska) who happens to be a co-worker living in an apartment directly across from him.
When Simon is refused admittance to a staff party where he had made plans to meet up with Hannah, he begins to see his doppelganger who goes by the name of James. »
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