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When you ask the average movie fan what their favorite Christmas film is, most will respond with something like A Christmas Story or Miracle on 34th Street. Ask around our website, and the answer will be a little different. My own favorite Christmas film is the 1988 action classic wherein Bruce Willis takes on Alan Rickman and his merry band of thieves in La’s Nakatomi building on Christmas Eve. Die Hard could have taken place on any date – but the decision to set it on Christmas Eve was pretty inspired because it raises the stakes just a bit higher. How dastardly is Hans Gruber? So greedy and evil and Grinch-like that he’d steal hundreds of millions of dollars while Santa was flying the skies and doling out presents. Anyway, we’re not alone in our love of...
- Mike Bracken
Christmas is a time for tradition – presents, decorations, carols, and mince pies. But what better tradition to celebrate than the Christmas movie? Join The Hollywood News for the Movie Advent Calendar – a film each day ’til Christmas. For the full Advent Calendar so far, click here.
So here it is! The finale, the big unveiling, the ultimate Christmas film and right here on the Eve, the…well, you’ve probably seen their splendid famous Muppet faces on the poster by now but it has been a whimsical and wonderful journey across December to The Muppet Christmas Carol.
The Muppet Christmas Carol captures the life, love and spirit of Christmas. It is, of course, adapted from the timeless Charles Dickens novel and was originally intended to be directed by the genius of Jim Henson. However, Brian Henson – his son – took charge soon after the untimely death of his father and what a distinctive, »
- Dan Bullock
Los Angeles -- Alonso Duralde literally wrote the book on Christmas movies: It's called "Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas." So who better to guest-program the Five Most space this week?
Only Duralde – a film critic for The Wrap and (full disclosure) my co-host on the YouTube review show "What the Flick?!" – did it with a twist. He chose five movies that may not initially seem like Christmas movies yet have that Christmasy vibe. After all, anyone can pop "It's a Wonderful Life" or "Elf" into the DVD player on Dec. 25, but we've got the expert, in his own words:
_ "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999): You may remember the notorious orgy sequence – or the scenes of then-married couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman speaking frankly about their sexual fantasies – but Stanley Kubrick's final film is set squarely in the Christmas season, with almost every scene involving twinkle lights or wrapping paper or a decorated tree. »
The holidays are nearly upon us, and while many of you out there will undoubtedly be spending your time roasting chestnuts on an open fire (or some other cheery activity) with your family, there's going to be down time. And what better way to spend that time than by watching some classic holiday movies?
There are far too many feel-good Christmas movies (as well as some feel-bad holiday movies) out there to choose from, so if you find yourself stumped come December 25, never fear -- the MTV Movies team has compiled our all-time favorite holiday movie viewing experiences to make your season bright.
“Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho.” These words, written on a dead bad guy’s shirt by New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) and uttered by the Grinchiest of movie menaces Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), exemplify why Christmas at Nakatomi Plaza is so much fun. »
- MTV Movies Team
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger are coming back to theaters in 2012 in The Expendables 2. And this time, they’re bringing backup. Liam Hemsworth, Jean Claude Van Damme, and Chuck Norris round out the action-hero extravaganza in what promises to be one of the most outlandishly great action flicks of the summer. I’ll be honest, As a Die Hard fan of 80s action heroes, I thoroughly enjoyed the first Expendables movie. Sure, there was no story, the action was purely fantastical and it even had a happy ending, but the self referential moments of commentary on each actor’s career made it great. You had to live and love 80s popcorn flicks to be a fan. And, I can proudly say in my best Yoda voice that a fan I am. Check out the trailer for The Expendables 2 »
- Bags H.
As sure as bells are jingled and dongs dinged merrily at this time of year, such Christmas perennials as It's A Wonderful Life and Meet Me In St Louis are being dusted off at a cinema near you, but there's also a new genre of modern Christmas classics emerging. Like Die Hard, for example, which benefits from its judicious mix of wisecracking action, festive irony and Bruce Willis with more hair. It's on around the country, but Newcastle's Press Play festival has a special screening tonight at NewBridge Studios, with additional Swat teams, fancy dress (ie white vests) and an 80s disco. Other cult-friendly non-chestnuts doing the rounds this year include anti-Santa horror Rare Exports, The Muppet Christmas Carol and Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D.
For something more upmarket, Picturehouse cinemas are screening the Bolshoi Ballet's version of The Nutcracker live tomorrow evening. Or there's London's Berkeley hotel's rooftop Winter Wonderland, »
- Steve Rose
In yet another interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian era detective and his witty partner, Director Guy Ritchie takes on Sherlock Holmes and his most pressing adversary, Professor Moriarty in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” Played by Jared Harris, Moriarty is the counterpoint in both intelligence and martial art moves to Holmes, resurrected by Robert Downey Jr. A sequel to the 2009 “Sherlock Holmes” also directed by Ritchie and starring Jude Law and »
- Alexandra Cheney
Release date: November 1, 2011
Running Time: 120 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audio: English 2.0 Surround DTS-hd Master Audio, Spanish Mono, French Dolby Surround
Subtitles: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Spanish, French
Special Features: "Rebirth of the Western" documentary, TV spots, Theatrical trailer
Legendary sharpshooter Matthew Quigley travels to Australia, only to find his potential employer is an Outback rancher planning to exterminate the Aborigines living near his land. Rather than join him, Quigley joins the natives in a fight for survival.
Directed by: Simon Wincer
This very underrated 1990 movie starring Tom Selleck was not a commercial success, but it is an entertaining flick that will hopefully gain new fans with its first-ever Blu-ray release. Set against the gorgeous Australian Outback, Selleck plays Old West sharpshooter »
- email@example.com (Victor Medina)
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, and Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel.
This weekend a trio of song-singing chipmunks will do box office battle with a charming super sleuth and the ultimate Hollywood rebel. But if the weather outside’s too frightful for you to venture out, enjoy these selected streaming adventures that feature beguiling gumshoes, screwball siblings and brilliant and bizarre showbiz docs — all from the comfort of your couch!
The to sequel Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes has the dapper detective (Robert Downey Jr.) and his devoted Watson (Jude Law) chasing down Holmes’ malevolent nemesis Moriarty (Jared Harris). Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams co-star.
Screen Sherlocks through the ages:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Regular readers of this site will be all too aware of our love for the movies of Brad Bird. The Iron Giant is a firm, firm favourite in these parts, and our feelings towards The Incredibles and Ratatouille are no mystery, either.
For his fourth film, Bird has tackled the fourth Mission: Impossible movie. And as part of the promotional tour for that film, they let us in a room with him for 20 minutes. The fools. Here's what happened...
Does it get any less scary, the process of moviemaking, and everything associated with it?
I don’t think so if you’re doing it right. I think if you get too comfortable with it, then something’s missing. I think that you ought to be a little frightened. It’s like »
Luc Besson produced his own remake of Escape From New York without even telling us! The film Lockout, (also Lock-Out, and now Ms One: Maximum Security, at least in France) has been called 'Taken in space' because it is from Luc Besson's company and has Maggie Grace once again playing a daughter in peril. This time she's the daughter of the Us President, and she's stuck on a maximum-security prison satellite after all the prisoners are freed. Guy Pearce is the guy recruited to save her, and he's certainly doing a pretty damn good riff on Snake Plissken. Check out a new French trailer below. The first trailer , which was mostly Guy Pearce getting punched in the face quite a few times, looked like fun. This trailer makes the movie look like all-out silliness. But because Pearce is in full-on smartass action mode, like he is channeling the spirit »
- Russ Fischer
For millions of people who have literally dozens of dollars riding on their fantasy football season, yesterday was a crucial Sunday as many pretend-leagues began their playoffs. So good luck trying to segue into the shocking Boardwalk Empire finale when your boyfriend is staring blankly into his bowl of Cheerios, lamenting his poor decision to start Matt Hasselback over Mark Sanchez. Say nothing. Give him time to mourn. But if he sulks a little too long, give him some tough love: “Why wouldn’t you go with Sanchez in December? Have the last two seasons taught you nothing?” And then run. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, and Deborah Ann Woll are three highly motivated, gun-toting ladies. They’re on a job for Bruce Willis. Then somehow Forest Whitaker gets in on the action. Find out how it all goes down when Anchor Bay releases Aaron Harvey’s crime thriller “Catch .44″ on DVD and Blu-ray December 20th, 2011. Until then, Anchor Bay has kindly given us three copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to three lucky winners. Head on below for details. In the tradition of Pulp Fiction, Traffic and Go, and from the producers of Machete and 16 Blocks, Anchor Bay Films takes aim with the December 20th release of Catch .44 on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Oscar® winner Forest Whitaker(The Last King of Scotland, “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”), Bruce Willis (the Die Hard films, Red, The Expendables) and Malin Akerman (Watchmen, The Proposal, Couples Retreat) lead an all-star cast »
Here are 14 photos, trailer and poster of Aaron Harvey’s upcoming indie Catch .44. Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland,” “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”), Bruce Willis (the “Die Hard” films, “Red,” “The Expendables”) and Malin Akerman (“Watchmen,” “The Proposal,” “Couples Retreat”) lead an all-star cast in this suspense thriller where everyone has [...]
Continue reading Catch .44: Trailer, Poster and 14 Movie Photos on FilmoFilia.
- Allan Ford
Once Upon a Time has found Gaston. Sage Brocklebank is stepping away from Psych to play Gaston, which begs the question as to which of his characters will have the coolest name: Gaston, or Officer Buzz McNabb?
Seriously, if this is the whole story, I'm never using PayPal again.
Johnny Depp has ticked off both Focus on the Family and the Christian Coalition by providing vocals to the Babybird track "Jesus Stag Night." So he's my Hero of the Day.
Evidently there is a Tumblr devoted to pictures of cats with large amounts of cash.
I just love the expression of horror on Rep. Michele Bachmann's face when she realizes what 8-year-old Elijah told her.
I don't think that Americans, myself included, have a proper understanding of panto. I certainly don't understand why actor Stevie Webb seemed delighted that Financial Times called his performance in Aladdin "as camp as »
You know how sometimes you can just look at a person and want nothing more than to punch them in the face? Yeah, we feel like that right about now. Times seven to be exact.
EW scored the first image of the cast of Syfy's upcoming movie that nobody wanted, Jersey Shore Shark Attack, and after seeing it, unless they all die horrible deaths, we actually want to see the flick even less.
Syfy cast Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts on "The Sopranos"), Paul Sorvino (Paul Cicero in Goodfellas), Jack Scalia (Dallas), Joey Fatone (‘N Sync), and William Atherton (Die Hard) in the film. Of course the cast wouldn’t be complete without some chum from MTV’s "Jersey Shore" — it also stars Vinny Guadagnino.
Sirico is Captain Sallie, the wise veteran of boardwalk life and lore. Scalia is Moretti, former Guido beach bum and now police chief. Sorvino portrays the possibly corrupt Mayor, »
- Uncle Creepy
Can you imagine a more perfect combination?
EW reports that SyFy has lined-up an all-star cast for its 2012 yes-this-is-a-real-movie original feature, Jersey Shore Shark Attack. Capitalizing on the popularity of MTV’S Jersey Shore, the SyFy original will star Tony Sirico (The Sopranos), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Jack Scalia (Dallas), Joey Fatone (‘N Sync) and William Atherton (Die Hard). And to make it taste truly authentic, the film also features Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Guadagnino among the chum bucket.
Here’s our first look at some of the cast:
“Jersey Shore Shark Attack unfolds during the July Fourth weekend at – where else? — the Jersey Shore, where rare swarms of sharks are converging due to illegal underwater drilling. Now the angry sharks are on a rampage, devouring residents, and leaving it up to the locals to try and save the day.
Sirico is Captain Sallie, the wise veteran of boardwalk life and lore. »
A Bon Temps babe will be New Girl Jess’ Valentine.
True Blood star Ryan Kwanten is set to drunkenly woo Zooey Deschanel’s character on the Valentine’s Day-themed installment of Fox’s hit freshman comedy. According to E! Online, Kwanten is filling the role TVLine told you about last week: Oliver, a potential one-night stand whom Jess meets at a bar on the romance-centric holiday. Thing is, Jess’ new guy is as dull as his abs are defined.
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
• Perfect casting alert! Dean Winters — who in recent years has shined as Dennis, »
- Megan Masters
It’s guidos vs. sharks!
Syfy has landed an all-star cast for its 2012 creature feature, Jersey Shore Shark Attack.
Ready for the list? EW has learned that Syfy cast Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts on The Sopranos), Paul Sorvino (Paul Cicero in Goodfellas), Jack Scalia (Dallas), Joey Fatone (‘N Sync) and William Atherton (Die Hard). Of course the cast wouldn’t be complete without some chum from MTV’s Jersey Shore — the film also stars Vinny Guadagnino.
The first photo showing some of the cast and the movie’s story description is below:
With a name like Jersey Shore Shark Attack, »
- James Hibberd
John Carter has had a long history of trying to make it to the big screen - from special effects legend Ray Harryhausen's attempts in the 1950s to Die Hard director John McTiernan's efforts to cast Tom Cruise in the lead 30 years later. But it was director Andrew Stanton, the man behind animated hits Wall-e and Finding Nemo, who ended up making it happen.
During a sneak peek media tour this summer at Disney's Barsoom Studios Stanton spoke to Cineplex about his excitement over the project and how he ended up at the helm.
"I called Disney and asked if they'd be willing to give me a shot and try this because I saw it as sort of a hybrid, half-cg half-live action," said Stanton. "And I lucked out and they said yes."
Surprisingly, Stanton wasn't even looking to do a live-action film. »
- Rob Lazar
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