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Geek shows and movies on UK TV in the coming week: Christmas special!

21 December 2010 11:55 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Get ready for a whole host of TV shows and movies to get you through the festive period - it's our look at UK telly...!

We've taken a scythe to the Christmas telly schedule to help you sort the geek from the chav. We hope the listing of shows and films will help brighten your holiday via the warm rays of the living room telly.

If we missed any of your favourites, please have a ho-ho-ho in the comments section, with our thanks and best wishes for a happy holiday.

Thursday December 23rd

Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part 1 4:00pm Sky1 (repeats through 1st Jan)

24 series 8 6:00am Sky 2 (marathon consecutive run of the series' episodes)

8 Out Of 10 Cats Christmas Special 10:00pm Channel 4 (repeats 00:05am 27th Dec)

The Royle Family Christmas Special (2009) 00:45am Gold (repeats through 30th Dec)

Christmas Eve Friday December 24th

Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Part »

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11 Movie Stars Who Started as Ballet Dancers

2 December 2010 5:00 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis are dazzling audiences in the new psychological thriller, “Black Swan,” a glamorous yet unflinching look at the world of ballet.

Lithe dancers who flit their arms and pirouette with such dreamy grace promptly go backstage, peel off their toenails and snap their tendons back into place. Such effortless beauty comes with a lot of pain and blood… and maybe a little something else in “Black Swan.”

Portman and Kunis did an intense amount of training for the film – and it probably won’t surprise you that both had ballet experience. They’re so delicate that they seem born to wear tutus and slippers.

But you might be surprised at who else in Hollywood started their dramatic careers in ballet. We’ve compiled a list of those actors and actresses who have been en pointe, abandoned the barre for time travel, machine guns, martial arts, and Johnny Depp. »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Famous Movie Locations: The Piano From 'Big' (New York, NY)

22 September 2010 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: On the Scene

Back in 1988, Tom Hanks was just another comedian trying to make it big in Hollywood -- trying and failing, thanks to a series of flops (such as 'The Money Pit') and forgettable mistakes ('The Man With One Red Shoe,' anyone?). But then he made an unforgettable trip to a toy store and hit it very 'Big' indeed.

And the centerpiece of that classic film moment was, of course, his spontaneous frolic with co-star Robert Loggia atop a giant piano set into the floor of the Fao Schwarz showroom. The moment, which perfectly captured the spirit of the movie about a boy who is magically given an adult's body, became an instant fan favorite and helped spur 'Big' -- and Tom Hanks -- to massive box office success. »

- Scott Harris

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Funny Farm and Spies Like Us Blu-ray Reviews

19 July 2010 7:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Before he was the scene-stealing old guy on NBC’s Community, Chevy Chase was one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. Between 1978’s Foul Play and 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Chase reeled off a string of nearly 20 comedies, most of them big hits — and then he pissed it all away in a spectacular orgy of horrible flops that included Nothing but Trouble and Cops and Robbersons.

Now that Chevy’s making us laugh again, and the sting of his most egregious failures has worn off, Warner Bros. has decided to pull two of his movies from the vaults for its “Double Feature” series. They aren’t two of his best, unfortunately, but for filmgoers of a certain age, the Funny Farm/Spies Like Us two-fer will bring back plenty of (occasionally rather painful) memories.  More after the jump:

Funny Farm, released in June of 1988, holds the »

- Jeff Giles

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Tom Hanks, Posterized

18 June 2010 2:50 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tom Hanks was often likened to a 'new Jimmy Stewart' during his peak years. I never thought the tag quite fit because, though Hanks is a likeable "everyman" lead, he doesn't have the same range. Hanks, unlike Stewart, rarely tests the darkness at the edges and when he did in Road to Perdition it was one of his flattest portraits. In comparison, can anyone watch Vertigo and not come away fully aware of how comfortable Jimmy Stewart was burrowing into the skin of rather squirm-inducing psyches? The following lineup only includes lead or huge supporting roles and no voice work. (I'm not sure how one would categorize The Polar Express. How would one?)

So... sorry, Woody. You'll make it up at the box office this weekend with Toy Story 3 [my review] playing everywhere. Rest assured that you're still one of his most iconic roles.

Because the posters have to be »


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How I Met Your Mother Review: "Home Wreckers"

20 April 2010 7:29 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

This season of How I Met Your Mother has been our least favorite, relying too heavily on slapstick gags and absurd plot lines (even if the episodes themselves always entertain).

That said, Monday night's "Home Wreckers" was a little more vintage, with the whole gang together throughout and a nice nod to the "Mother" story line - albeit with no girl.

Plunged into an existential crisis by his own mother remarrying, Ted makes the ultimate impulse buy - a dilapidated house in the 'burbs. Dilapidated may be too nice a word.

Feeling like his life is going nowhere, Ted decides he wants that home with his future wife ... even if he doesn't have the wife yet. Understandably, he's way ahead of himself.

Naturally, the gang visits and Ted regrets the decision when he realizes he basically bought the place from The Money Pit (rent that Tom Hanks classic if you haven't before).

Just the same, »

- (L.J. Gibbs)

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Chris Rock Scripting Remake Of Akira Kurosawa's 'High And Low': Hollywood's Next Tom Hanks?

13 April 2010 10:11 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

I'm really looking forward to checking out "Death at a Funeral" this weekend. Someone from Screen Gems e-mailed me towards the end of the year with a list of upcoming movies on the studio's slate. "Funeral" was among them. I immediately scanned past it to focus on more action-driven fare, like "Legion" and "Takers." A leopard can't change its spots and all that.

I later returned to "Funeral," a Neil Labute-directed remake of the 2007 UK film (directed by Frank Oz!), and watched the trailer. That was it. Massive ensemble cast that includes Tracy Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson and Peter Dinklage. A trailer overflowing with funny moments. Chris Rock produced. I'm sold.

Rock has come quite a long way since his early bit roles in "Beverly Hills Cop II" and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka." He's evolved as both a performer and a writer. Or has he? »

- Adam Rosenberg

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From Stone Cold Killer To Hapless Husband, Nikolaj Lie Kaas Goes Slapstick In Therapy

12 January 2010 8:10 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Well, well.  After finally drawing some much-deserved international attention as the cold blooded killer in Angels and Demons, Denmark's Nikolaj Lie Kaas has taken a turn to something about as far away from his Angels character as is humanly possible.  Lie Kaas will next be on screen as one of the leads in Kenneth Kainz' Parterapi (Therapy).  Lie Kaas plays Anders, a working class shlub who buys his beautiful young wife a ramshackle old house to transform into their dream home.  But to afford the expense the must rent out the basement.  Enter family therapist Ulrik ...

Yes, it's basically The Money Pit with a few added wrinkles but - if the trailer is to be believed - it is remarkably well done with Lie Kaas showing a remarkable gift for physical comedy, a side of himself that he seldom gets to show.  Yes, please.  Check the trailer below.


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