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Last year Brad listed his list of Top Ten Christmas Movies and in 2007 David listed the ten films he considered the Top Ten Deranged Christmas Flicks. Well, I had to throw my hat in the ring with a completely different list... a list for the holiday softies. So light the fire, warm the coco and grab a blanket... What follows is my list of the twelve best Christmas/Holiday movies to warm your heart. When you compare the twelve films that follow to the two lists I just mentioned, three of them can be found on Brad's top ten and two on David's list of Deranged Christmas Flicks, but perhaps the most interesting fact of them all is that all three lists share the exact same film in the #1 slot. Weird... right? So browse through these three pages where I say a few words about each film, offer up some clips and trailers and, »
- Bill Cody
ReelzChannel Celebrity Rundown
Lindsay Lohan had her $5K Chanel purse stolen while on vacation in Hawaii, along with $10,000 in cash inside. Later, the purse — along with her passport and court docs permitting travel — was recovered but not the loot, and she's terrified the episode might send her back to jail.
Meanwhile, an un-Photoshopped pic of LiLo at her Playboy shoot has emerged. Lohan says that "sex and sexuality are part of nature" and that posing nude gives her confidence, and that women need confidence.
Jennifer Aniston has been named "The Hottest Woman of All Time" by Men's Health magazine. When asked by the men's monthly what her least sexy character she's ever played was, without hesitation she answered Jeannie Bueller on the TV version of Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
- reelz reelz
To understand what state America is in, just watch two documentaries about the death penalty and Sesame Street's Elmo
'The more he looks at it, there's nothing there," says John Hughes in what is probably my favourite thing on the whole of the internet: a clip in which he records a commentary over the famous museum scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Hughes, obviously, is talking about the moment that Cameron gets lost in Georges Seurat's A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, but the description is eerily applicable to the current Republican presidential candidates.
Never before have there been so many Republican presidential candidate debates, which, in turn, has given the campaign the feel of not so much an important political event but rather a reality TV show. Which contestant will flub tonight? And as with Cameron and Seurat's painted child, the more the electorate looks at these candidates, »
- Hadley Freeman
Eddie Murphy was once the funniest man in America. Then something happened, and he just lost it. I don't know what it was, a bad agent or maybe having kids and wanting to make movies they could watch. But since the 90s, he has had a solid string of releases that made big money largely because of their family-friendly PG-13 ratings. The Nutty Professor, Doctor Dolittle, Holy Man, Bowfinger, Shrek, I Spy, Daddy Day Care, The Haunted Mansion, Norbit are all rated PG-13 or even PG. His last R-rated film was Metro in 1997, 14 years ago.
Therefore, I approached Tower Heist with hope for the potential I saw for Murphy to get back to the edgy, offensive, adult mode that made him famous. The trailer gave me hope that his first R-rated film in more than a decade wouldn't be a total flop. I'm happy to report that while he's not back to 100 percent, »
- Mike Saulters
They loved the Kevin Costner film so much they bought the field, because if you build it, they will come. Hadley Freeman can think of some more 80s films that warrant the same treatment
Because I am now of an age that the French would describe as "certain", because I love movies a little too much and because I am incredibly tragic, I get a little overexcited when stories about movies from the past (ie, the 80s) leak into the modern-day real world. Just yesterday, in fact, a kind person tweeted me this link of a bunch of dudes in the New York Public Library paying charming homage to Ghostbusters, which is my favourite movie of all time. I'd like to thank this person now: thank you for making me snort and cry a little in the office, in front of my colleagues. Really. Thank you.
Proving that 80s movies »
- Hadley Freeman
Ghostbuster's bespeckled Janine Melnitz is a classic film secretary, but the job has been demoted in Hollywood
With Ghostbusters back on the big screen this month, proton packs will no doubt pop into the mind of every potential viewer. But, as crucial as the stream-crossing equipment of Venkman, Egon, Ray and Winston is, the far more ordinary telephone deserves some love, too. After all, it gave secretary Janine Melnitz the perfect reason to squawk that immortal line: "Ghostbusters, whaddya want?!"
With the sound still carrying across cultural space more than 25 years later, Annie Potts's rendition of the overworked, underimpressed Brooklynite Janine stole scenes from every one of the Ghostbusters – with her small talk with Egon (Janine: "Do you have any hobbies?" Spengler: "I collect spores, mold and fungus") a high point. While Potts went on to steal scenes again from Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink and voice Woody's »
- Lauren Cochrane
Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen will return to television in summer 2012 on FX in Anger Management, a new sitcom loosely based on Revolution Studios' 2003 hit comedy feature of the same name, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.
FX has ordered 10 episodes of Anger Management from Lionsgate-owned distributor Debmar-Mercury, led by Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. Production on the sitcom will begin in early 2012 with comedy veteran writer-producer Bruce Helford (George Lopez, The Drew Carey Show) as executive producer and showrunner. It will be produced by Lionsgate Television, led by Television Group President Kevin L. Beggs and COO Sandra Stern; Joe Roth and Revolution Studios' Vince Totino; Sheen manager Mark Burg's production company, Evolution Management; and Ramon Estevez and Estevez Sheen Productions.
In success, FX will pick up an additional 90 episodes under a unique syndication model crafted by Debmar-Mercury for multiple »
Guardian and Observer writers are picking their favourite films. For Hadley Freeman, nothing soothes her supernatural shivers like Dan Aykroyd's fearless, friendly foursome
• Tell us your version of Ghostbusters by posting your review – or why not take a moment to haunt the comments?
Admittedly, a significant portion of my Ghostbusters adoration comes from two strands of nostalgia, one that is entirely solipsistic and one for the friendship that shadows the whole of this awesome little comedy. But nostalgia aside, this has always seemed to me the finest mainstream 1980s comedy (the highest of accolades in my book), beating my second and third favourite films, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Trading Places, by virtue of its sweetness. This movie is the opposite of cool – and that, too, is a very high compliment. »
- Hadley Freeman
Fox's Sunday night Animation Domination lineup is about to get some new blood with Allen Gregory, which airs its pilot episode on Sunday, October 30 at 8:30 Pm Et. Series star, co-creator, and executive producer Jonah Hill recently held a conference call to discuss the new animated series as they prepare to launch Season 1. Here's what he had to say below.
So just taking into account the nation's current economic problems, what kind of challenges can we see Allen going through now that he has to make this big adjustment of entering public school for the first time?
Jonah Hill: I don't think it correlates to the current economic crisis at all. It's a really funny cartoon show.
Okay, not taking that into account at all then, what can we see him go through? What's his act going to be?
Jonah Hill: He's a fish out of water. He's »
There are movies you'd love to claim were actually based on your life: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, maybe, or Legally Blonde. (You'd have to seek out and destroy the real Elle Woods for that one, though.) But you know what position you never want to find yourself in? The position to claim that The Hangover Part II — that heartwarming story of three friends who get massively fucked up in Thailand, this close to ruining their lives, and even almost killed a few times — ripped off your own account of getting married in Asia. That's just... that's dark. And yet, Michael Alan Rubin is suing the film's producers for copyright infringement, misappropriation of his publicity rights, and defamation because, he says, the movie's plot is simply copied from his based-on-a-true-story screenplay Mickey and Kirin. So what happens in this treatment, exactly? According Rubin'[...] »
Hey Toronto! Twitch presents the second round of our Back To The 80's screening series at the Tiff Bell Lightbox in Toronto starting tonight with John Hughes' classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off! Whatever you may have been planning on doing, this is better.The Lightbox is parked right on the corner of King and John with the screening kicking off at 9pm. Tickets are still available, so come on out! »
If imitation is truly the most sincere form of flattery, then Planes, Trains, and Automobiles may well be among the most flattered comedies of all time.
The movie follows Neal Page (Martin) and Del Griffith (Candy), two men who are thrown together by coincidence and circumstance while trying to get back home to Chicago from New York for Thanksgiving. En route, they're faced with delayed flights, broken-down trains, and rental cars engulfed by flames.
All of those issues are compounded by the fact that Del's talkative, »
This week's installment in The A.V. Club's always essential Inventory column is called "Of '30 Rock's and 'Studio 60's: 38 TV Doppelgängers;" television series that premiered alongside a nearly identical twin -- "ER" and "Chicago Hope," "Transformers" and "Challenge of the Go-Bots," and so on. It's a great list across the board, but the entry that really blew my mind was the one about "Delta House," the little-seen TV spinoff of "National Lampoon's Animal House," that aired on for one season on ABC.
"Delta House" is one of the most notoriously bad movie-to-tv adaptations of all time, but I'd never seen any of it until today. The Inventory piece included this embedded video clip which completely blew my mind. Why? There's John Vernon -- a.k.a. Dean Wormer -- sitting in his office, talking to some Rotc flunky, while from some distance plane of the space-time continuum, »
- Matt Singer
We should have seen this coming.
With the cross-promotion machine in overdrive for the new NBC show "The Playboy Club," it was only a matter of time until The Bunny decided to open a Playboy Club in Chicago. And now Crain's Chicago Business is reporting there's a deal in place to do just that.
Playboy CEO Scott Flanders says the company is "in the final stages of selecting a site" for a Windy City-based club, while noting the location will open early in 2012.
The site they're looking at is just blocks from where the original Playboy Club was, on Chicago's Gold Coast. In a bit of pop culture convergence, the building they're eying served as the upscale restaurant Chez Quis in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," where Matthew Broderick passed himself off as Abe Froeman "Sausage King of Chicago."
Other cross-promotions from the NBC show which debuts on September 19 at 10 p. »
From famous tags, such as "In space, no one can hear you scream" ("Alien"), to new ones, like "Revenge is beautiful" (the upcoming "Colombiana"), a catchy movie tag can make all the difference.
Check out "Extra's" choices for the greatest taglines of all time, A through Z!
The Greatest Movie Taglines'The 40-Year-Old Virgin' (2005)
"The longer you wait, the harder it gets."
"In space, no one can hear you scream."
'Aliens 3' (1992)
"The bitch is back. »
Matthew Broderick has revealed that his 2-year-old twin daughters are increasing their vocabulary daily. The Ferris Bueller's Day Off actor and wife Sarah Jessica Parker welcomed fraternal sisters Tabitha and Marion in summer 2009 via surrogate. Broderick told People: "They are into talking, saying every new word. They repeat everything a lot of times. Their 'R's and 'L's are not so good, but that will come." He also expressed disappointment in not being able to lift the girls as he recovers from a recent (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
"The Change-Up" opens tomorrow in theaters nationwide, offering the moviegoing public a body-swap comedy in case they're not interested in rising for "Apes." Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds star as two pals — one a lawyer and family man, the other a man-childish cad — who pine for the other's daily existence, only to find their wishes granted with disastrous results.
Honestly, there aren't a lot of people in my life that I'd want to swap lives with. I already blog about movies for a living, so hey, things aren't so bad. But that doesn't mean there aren't people in the fictional movie space that I wouldn't trade places with for a day. There are a lot of those people.
Check out the top five movie characters I'd body-swap with after the jump!
Marty McFly from "Back to the Future"
If I only have one day to live in Marty McFly's shoes, »
- Josh Wigler
This week's excellent new film "Bellflower" features one amazing automotive co-star: the Medusa, built by the main characters in preparation for the apocalypse. The Medusa is a sick ride: it's got two fuel injected exhaust flamethrowers, a loudspeaker intercom system, a roll cage, and even spews smoke screens on command.
In other words, this is one cool movie car. But where does it rank in the history of coolest cinematic automobiles? I'd put it just outside our top ten favorites, and by our I mean my, and by favorites I mean totally subjective favorites that you'll disagree with and give me grief about. Here they are:
10. The Ecto-1
1959 Cadillac Ambulance, modified
From "Ghostbusters" (1984)
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Bulky, clunky, and old, the Ghostbusters' signature ambulance isn't the prettiest car to look at. Still, all that weird sciencey equipment designed to trap spooks, spectres, or ghosts, plus the great red »
- Matt Singer
We just added the latest month of Best-selling Items to the site (July 2011) and if you haven't checked into the latest free contests for DVDs and Blu-Rays section on the Digital Dorm of late, head on over there and enter our latest give-away featuring the 25th Anniversary Edition of the very awesome Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Btw, if you're someone who purchases your DVDs/Blu-Rays via Amazon.com, please use our links to make your »
"What is so dangerous about a character like Ferris Bueller is he gives good kids bad ideas." - Ed Rooney
"Ferris Bueller's Day Off," teen bard John Hughes' timeless ode to seizing the moment, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. That's 25 years of playing hooky, singing "Danke Schön" and impersonating Abe Froman. The 1986 comedy continues to strike such a deep chord because its trio of resourceful high schoolers represents more than just a case of senioritis -- it's about taking time out to smell the roses, even in Chicago.
Just to recap for the three or four of you who haven't seen it, "Ferris Bueller" centers on the perpetually cool title character (played with joyful, fourth-wall-breaking precision by Matthew Broderick) for whom the stars always seem to align. Everything is not so perfect for his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck), who revels in a catatonic stupor after suffering »
- Max Evry
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