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I remember the Blue Sunshine VHS sitting on my parent’s shelf right in between The Big Chill and M.A.S.H. Like most of my parents video selections, I regarded it as some boring adult crap about feelings and relationships. I asked my parents at some point what the film was about, being slightly intrigued by the trippy box cover. “Grown-up hippies”, my mom replied. That was the last thing I wanted to watch during my teens years. Thus, I returned to my gory slashers and forgot about Blue Sunshine until many years later. What my parents neglected to tell me is that Blue Sunshine may be about hippies who are all grown-up, but it is also a disturbing little horror flick!
Trip on this: In 1978, several people begin displaying extremely strange and homicidal behavior. After exhibiting symptoms of hair loss and headaches, victims go into a homicidal rage. »
- Rebekah McKendry
Jennie Garth and holiday spirit are hardly strangers to each other.
Besides Christmas-themed episodes of "Beverly Hills, 90210" in which the actress appeared as Kelly Taylor, she also has made the TV movies "Secret Santa" and "A Christmas Wedding Tail" ... yes, "Tail," as in "dog's tail." Now, Garth is back in seasonal mode by starring in "Holidaze," ABC Family's newest contribution to its "25 Days of Christmas" programming as it premieres Sunday, Dec. 8.
The film merges many traditional elements, with Garth playing a workaholic who returns to her hometown on a mission that's business, at least to begin with. A reunion with a former beau (Cameron Mathison, a fellow Season 5 "Dancing With the Stars" alum) and an accident that leaves her thinking she's living a totally different life -- as the wife of the ex-boyfriend -- change the trip, and the holiday, drastically for her.
"This one was finally a good one, »
Is it too early for Christmas movies? Not if this weekend’s box office is any indication, with The Best Man Holiday giving Thor: The Dark World a run for its money. Also, it was pretty much this weekend 30 years ago that a little classic called A Christmas Story debuted in movie theaters nationwide. Today, Bob Clark’s beloved adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s autobiographical stories is a staple of the season. Back when it opened on November 18, 1983, however, it bowed in third place behind fellow newbie Amityville 3D and the ongoing hit The Big Chill. But it rose to first place in the following week, only to fall back down and eventually way out of the top ten by the very holiday in its title. More people saw Yentl on Christmas weekend that year than A Christmas Story. As is the case with most holiday movie favorites, this one really gained popularity and became canon through »
- Christopher Campbell
On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas. I was not alive when this tragedy occurred, and yet it feels like I experienced it all the same, and many, many times over, too, for pop culture has been killing Kennedy for as long as I can remember. Over the past five years alone, we’ve re-lived that damn day in an episode of Mad Men, in the mini-series The Kennedys, in the films Parkland and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and, ironically, in Stephen King’s 11/22/63, the story of a man who travels back in time and stops »
- Jeff Jensen
'Tis the season, for holiday-themed movies to bum rush the theaters. But before "The Christmas Candle" burns bright, "Frozen" casts its snowy spell, "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" brings in yuletide laughs, or "Black Nativity" lies awake in a manger, we get "The Best Man Holiday." The sequel to 1999's "The Best Man," and written and directed by Malcolm Lee (Spike Lee's cousin), the movie reunites a dynamic cast that includes Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, and Harold Perrineau, and follows a group of friends as they assemble for the holidays.
It's the first holiday movie out of the gate, but is it too early to get into the Christmas spirit? And, perhaps most importantly, does "Best Man Holiday" fill your stocking with goodies or coal?
1. It's a Sequel
If "The Best Man Holiday" seems vaguely familiar, that's because it is -- »
- Drew Taylor
2013 is a year that has largely been defined by unnecessary, after-the-fact sequels that virtually no one asked for and even fewer have shown up to (sorry, "Riddick," we know your heart was in the right place). Maybe the most baffling of these sequels, however, is "The Best Man Holiday," a sequel to 1999's "The Best Man," a movie that people barely remember, let alone cried out for a follow-up from. Still, like some kind of viral outbreak or a coyote in your back yard, "The Best Man Holiday" is here, whether you want it or not, and you just have to deal with it. The original "Best Man" was an enjoyable comedic drama that focused on a group of college friends who are reuniting for the wedding of a superstar football player friend of theirs. It was overly complicated and way too long, but it had its own kind of »
- Drew Taylor
Writer-director Malcolm D. Lee has re-assembled the entire nine-member cast of the original 1999 movie for this sequel.
Sequels are rampant in Hollywood, but it’s rare to see a sequel produced almost 15 years after the release of the original movie. This happens when a movie has a fan base, and filmmakers and cast members are eager to revisit an earlier opus. The Best Man was a hit in 1999, partly because it appealed to a more upscale African-American audience than Hollywood ordinarily acknowledges. Now writer-director Malcolm D. Lee has re-assembled the entire nine-member cast of the original movie for The Best Man Holiday, which is set at Christmas and has a good chance to succeed and also become a holiday perennial on TV and DVD.
The original movie followed the romantic and professional travails of a group of college friends as they set out in the world and prepared for the »
- Stephen Farber
Lifetime launches its annual holiday programming slate “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” in sweet country style this Saturday night with A Country Christmas Story, featuring the legendary Dolly Parton. The all-new original film stars newcomer Desiree Ross as Grace, a 14-year-old biracial girl from a small Appalachian town who dreams of country music stardom. With the support of her good-natured grandmother Sarah (Mary Kay Place, The Big Chill), her community and her church choir director Mr. Hanley (Ross McCall, White Collar), Grace plans to enter a singing competition at Parton’s Dollywood theme park. Though her girl is clearly talented, Grace’s no-nonsense […]
- Lori Acken
Lucasfilm has made its official announcement and issued a statement addressing that writer Michael Arndt is no longer working on the Episode VII screenplay. That word processing task is now on the desktops of director J.J. Abrams (who's original 9-to-5 job was as a screenwriter) and grizzled veteran writer/director Lawrence Kasdan.
In the release Lucasfilm pres Kathleen Kennedy puts on her good corporate face and spins the news in the best possible way. Rightly so, as that's her job. Say kind things about Arndt's work, thank him for kicking things off, and then look forward to the passing of the baton to Abrams and Kasdan. Here's the ball, there's the goalline, let's make it happen.
Somewhere behind the surface there's the true story at what's happening here. If you follow Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, his sources tell him that the Episode VII script may be getting a major »
- Patrick Sauriol
Explosive news (finally!) out of the ultra-secretive Star Wars: Episode VII camp today as it has been revealed that the Michael Arndt-penned script (from a presumed George Lucas-provided story outline) has been scrapped. Taking over writing duties now will be none other than Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams!
Kasdan, (long-revered as the co-writer of the most beloved entry in the Star Wars franchise, 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back) and Abrams are assuming the responsibility of writing the next film from the Academy award-winning Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine), who was assigned the hot Star Wars property last November. The announcement comes as a major shocker as Arndt was announced as the sole screenwriter for Episode VII and was said to be also working on story treatments for both Episodes VIII and IX.
- Ronnie Jimenez
Obi-Wan Kenobi said act on instinct — but others might see this as a disturbance in the Force …
Lucasfilm has announced that Star Wars: Episode VII director J.J. Abrams and Raiders of the Lost Ark writer Lawrence Kasdan have taken over screenwriting duties from Michael Arndt, an Oscar winner for Little Miss Sunshine and nominee for Toy Story 3, who had previously been working on the story.
The movie is slated for release in 2015 but no firm date has been set. In its announcement about the screenwriter shuffle today, Lucasfilm said the current plan is still to begin shooting in Spring »
- Anthony Breznican
In a scene in 2000's "High Fidelity," Jack Black and Todd Louiso's record store clerk characters are coming up with a list of the top five songs about death. Black mentions "You Can't Always Get What You Want," but Louiso reminds him that the song was used in "The Big Chill." "Oh, God, you're right," says Black, and the song is disqualified.
That's how toxic "The Big Chill" was to popular culture -- so much so that even unassailable items that preceded it, like the Rolling Stones classic, were tainted by association.
It's true, of course, that "The Big Chill," released 30 years ago this month (on September 28, 1983), touched a huge raw nerve in the culture and became an enormous mainstream hit as a result. It's also true that it's a very enjoyable movie, full of witty and truthful moments in well-wrought performances by a stellar ensemble of then-rising stars. »
- Gary Susman
There’s nothing that gets a good group of friends riled up more than some bad news. For Emily (Emily Baldoni), the unpleasant scoop is that her boyfriend’s ex, Laurie, will be attending the same dinner party she is en route to. Also en route is a comet set to cruise by the earth and maybe, just maybe, cause a few things to temporarily go awry. The party gets underway slowly, wine is served, salad is tossed and the mention of some watered-down ketamine is bandied about. By the time everyone arrives, a fog of awkward tension has settled in. Also some cellphone screens have randomly shattered. Friends cut loose around the dinner table, or about as loose as they can. They’re a fun bunch on the surface but insecurities and condescension hide just below. Emily is a dancer who’s career almost exploded into the big time only to fizzle on the sideline. She »
- Michael Treveloni
Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 26 Sep 2013 - 07:09
The year 1991 is the focus for our latest underappreciated films list, which includes dramas, thrillers, and a smattering of horror...
Ah, 1991. The year Robert Patrick ran after cars in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and Kevin Costner grew a spectacular mullet for Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. But outside the top ten blockbuster list, there lies an entire world of other, less celebrated films to discover.
Some of the movies on this list have been included because they were overlooked in theatres, while others have been added because they were unfairly dismissed by critics. One or two others were modest successes, but (whisper it) we decided to include them anyway because we really, really like them.
So here, for your delectation, is our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1991.
For the past 33 years, the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has premiered thousands of films from around the world, many which would go on to become box office successes and award winners. Since 1978, the public has voted for their favourite film of the festival with every feature film that screens publicly at the festival eligible for the award.
The festival just crowned Steve McQueen's 12 years a Slave the winner of the 2013 Blackberry People's Choice Award, adding fuel to the film's growing Oscar buzz.
We narrowed down the list of People’s Choice Award winners and picked ten popular films for our quiz. Hit the jump to test yourself on how much you know about these Tiff People »
- Rachel West
Your daily movie bulletin bringing you the lowdown on 9 September
Greetings from Canada, where it's just turned midnight and the clock has struck on the first weekend of the Toronto film festival.
Coming up today from Toronto
News on The F Word, Daniel Radcliffe's third breakout film festival hit of the year (after Kill Your Darlings and Horns), as well as on Belle and The Armstrong Lie. Plus for those who need it, an instructional video will bring you right up to speed on the weekend at Tiff.
Chris Michael reports from the sneak preview of Spike Jonze's new film, Her, and the Q&A afterwards.We'll have review of Jason Bateman's directorial debut, Bad Words, of Matthew (Mad Men) Weiner's first film, You Are Here, of Amma Assante's Belle, John Turturro in Fading Gigolo, Alex Gibney's The Armstrong Lie, Colin Firth in Devil's Knot, Keanu Reeves's directorial debut, »
- Catherine Shoard
A 30th anniversary reunion for the classic tale of friends sheds light on the passage of time, the fortunes of the Toronto film festival … and Kevin Costner's career
Thirty years ago a film about the passing of time opened Toronto's "Festival of festivals". The cast were in attendance, answering questions from the audience before being bundled off for a slapup treat at local restaurant, Noodles. Last night the creators of The Big Chill were back in the opening gala for the all-conquering Tiff and things hadn't changed a bit.
Well, they had a little. The actors, who in 1983 were playing 30-somethings coming to terms with the loss of a close friend and their radical 60's principles, are now of pensionable age. Tom Berenger is not quite the chiselled impression of Tom Selleck's Magnum Pi he once was. The trouser suits worn by the leading ladies Glenn Close and Mary Kay Place are loose, »
- Paul MacInnes
Not only did "The Big Chill" have one of the greatest soundtracks ever, it also had a pretty amazing cast -- and last night, 30 years after the film's release, they reunited in Toronto.Glenn Close, Kevin Kline, Tom Berenger, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly and JoBeth Williams all hit the red carpet together for the 2013 Toronto Film Festival to celebrate the film's anniversary.Noticeably missing: Jeff Goldblum and William Hurt.The film shows what happens when a group of friends reunite 15 years later for a funeral, but for the stars of the flick, this reunion was a much happier affair."It's wonderful, I'm so happy they had the idea to bring us all together to do this," Tilly told reporters. "It's such a gift, I get to see everybody again and I haven't seen everybody in so long. To see their happy smiling faces, that was such a blessing, I'm really grateful. »
- tooFab Staff
Reunited and it feels so good! Glenn Close looked positively giddy as she reunited with her pals and costars from 1983 classic The Big Chill at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 5. The Damages star, 66, wore an asymmetrical black top under a black blazer, paired with a sharp pair of black slacks and bejeweled black heels. Her former costars similarly kept to a rather subdued color palette on the red carpet at the 30th anniversary screening of their hit movie, about "love, sex, [...] »
Just as their characters did in the movie, the stars of "The Big Chill" reunited after many years apart.
A 30th anniversary screening of the dramedy at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival brought together cast members Glenn Close, Mary Kay Place, Kevin Kline, Meg Tilly, Tom Berenger, and JoBeth Williams (pictured above). Only Jeff Goldblum and William Hurt were missing.
In the 1983 film, a group of college friends gathers for the funeral of one of their own. Over a weekend they grapple with how their lives have turned out compared to the idealism they shared in the past.
As Close joked to The Hollywood Reporter, "It's like this time we're coming back and we're even more jaded by life."
Along with director Lawrence Kasdan, the cast emerged to huge ovations from the festival audience. Then the group reminisced about working together on the movie that earned three Oscar nominations.
"It was »
- Kelly Woo
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