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Following the news that Sony Pictures would indefinitely shelve The Interview following terrorist threats from North Korea–based hackers, everyone from politicians to filmmakers to George R.R. Martin condemned the movie studio for bending to the hackers' demands and setting a precedent in the war against cyber attacks. In Barack Obama's year-end address Friday, amid comments on Cuba and job growth, the President also criticized Sony for pulling the comedy and overreacting to the threats.
"I think [Sony] made a mistake," Obama said. "We cannot have a society where some »
Im Dreaming of a Darker Christmas Ten SongsCovers You Probably Wont Hear on Your Local Station Christmas. While some people might think Horror Freaks would be diametrically opposed to the holiday it and its season have given us some genre classics like Black Christmas Silent Night Deadly Night Rare Exports A Christmas Tale and And All Through the House from both the Tales from the Crypt TV show and movie. A Christmas Carol in all its various forms and incarnations is built upon a leadup to a dark deathrelated climax. And of course all of us have a soft spot for at least one more traditional classic whether it be Rudolph Frosty The Grinch A Christmas Story National Lampoons Christmas Vacation or my »
In opposition to TV’s “Schoolhouse Rock” classic tune, for movies three is not always the magic number. It’s true for most film franchises especially comedies (with National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation being the exceptional exception). Many moviegoers still get queasy thinking about last year’s The Hangover Part III. Well, how about a more family friendly comedy series? In 2006 Ben Stiller decided to expand his fan base by starring in the surprise box-office smash, Night At The Museum, an all ages PG slapstick farce. Naturally he followed it up three years later with Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, which did enough business to warrant another entry….five years later?! Really, it took that long for all the stars to align? Now these flicks are special effects heavy and during the post production two of its stars, well, made sure they weren’t available for a fourth installment. »
- Jim Batts
This holiday season we've seen a couple of amazing pieces of artwork commemorating Home Alone (one from Mondo and another from artist Matt Ryan) and also a beautiful print paying tribute to the classic It's a Wonderful Life. Now we've just stumbled upon another wonderful original piece of artwork that honors another holiday movie that millions watch each and every year. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation chronicles one of the most insane and hilarious family holiday gatherings the big screen has ever seen, and now the Griswold family is immortalized on this amazing poster by Rich Davies. See it below! Here's Rich Davies' amazing print for National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (via Poster Posse): Unfortunately, this piece was privately commissioned, so you won't be able to get your hands on this one to frame on your wall. But we’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, »
- Ethan Anderton
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and Walt Disney Studios snatched the top spot on the national home video sales charts for the week ending Dec. 14 with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the year’s biggest box office hit.
“Guardians,” which earned $332.5 million in U.S. theaters, easily debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart – which tracks total disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined – and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray chart.
The film opened theatrically Aug. 1 and cost an estimated $170 million to make. Advance word was so good that Marvel Studios announced a sequel even before the film opened; it’s expected out in 2017.
Twentieth Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which debuted at No. 1 on both charts the previous week, slipped to No. 2, also on both charts, with total unit sales just 12.2% of the first-week tally for “Guardians.”
Walt Disney’s “Frozen” moved down a notch to No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Who would have thought that Tracy Ullman’s late '80s variety show would have been the launching pad for one of the most successful shows in television history?
It's been 25 years since The Simpsons first episode aired -- the Christmas special "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire." We're celebrating by taking a look back at pre-premiere interviews with key members of the creative team responsible for Springfield's first family.
Back in 1989, creator Matt Groening gave us insight into what viewers were in store for, “I think it's going to be a family that North America will readily identify with, it's a family that loves each other but also likes to strangle each other.”
Watch: On the Set of 'National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation' in 1989
"She's kind of trying to hold the family together," said Julie Kavner, who voices Marge Simpson. "She has three children; She's got Bart and Lisa – who's a genius by the way »
The holiday season just doesn't feel right until you've watched some of the classic Christmas movies. Turns out, the stars agree!
Watch: Flashback: Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Turns 20!
We rounded up a few of our favorite stars, who shared their favorite holiday films with Et.
As the holiday shopping season draws to a close, a handful of hot summer theatricals are trickling into stores during December in an attempt by the studios to capitalize on last-minute gift and impulse buyers.
For 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, the strategy paid off. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” debuted at No. 1 on the national home video sales charts the week ending Dec. 7 and sold nearly three times as many copies as its closest competitor.
“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which earned more than $208 million in U.S. theaters alone, easily topped both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart – which tracks total disc sales, Blu-ray and DVD combined – and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart. Counting an exclusive-to-Walmart two-pack (with predecessor “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”), the film generated 53% of its total unit sales from Blu-ray.
Walt Disney’s “Frozen,” thanks to continued deep discounting, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
The Storms family of Austin, Texas, has raised the bar for holiday light displays so high that even Clark Griswold would be impressed. But, perhaps the most awesome aspect to this tribute to Frozen is the cost. While it might look like a million bucks, Christmas light maestro John Storms says the display costs roughly $6 to operate - for the entire season. How? It uses Led lights, not the traditional ones you see on most houses. Storms, who told The Huffington Post that work on this year's display began last February, has been combining lights with music since 2010. The family's YouTube page, »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
This time of year there's no shortage of tradiontional holiday flicks floating around on TV to help get you in the Christmas Spirit. Watching these films go hand-in-hand with the season and the Cinelinx crew is breaking down some of our favorites and why it simply isn't Christmas until we've watched them!
The holidays are a special time of the year that brings people together. Tasty meals are cooked up, joyful music plays on the radio, and magical films play on TV. It is a time to make memories and enjoy the company of friends and family. Due to all this activity, the holidays can also be a stressful time of year. Sometimes we need a little help to get in the mood and see how endearing the season can be. Sometimes we need a reminder of what makes this time of year special and fun.
That’s where movies come in. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Wehrenberg Theatres will once again host its annual “Cans Film Festival” to benefit The Salvation Army’s “Tree of Lights” campaign. Saturday, December 6th, guests who bring five canned food items to any Wehrenberg Theatre will receive free admission to a movie that day starting before 5 Pm.
Guests who bring an additional ten cans or more per person (15 or more total per person) will also receive a free movie pass for a future visit. In addition, Wehrenberg Theatres will again award a year-long movie pass to the single largest donation received in the theatre circuit. St. Clair 10 Cine in Fairview Heights, Il has a change this year. The sub-run theatre will offer admission for just three cans of food! (Ten additional will still get a pass for a future visit as well.)
Cans Film Festival, the area’s most popular food drive, stocks the local food pantries every year during »
- Tom Stockman
Get your moose mugs ready! It’s time to watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on a loop for the rest of the year. It's been 25 years since Clark Griswold and his family lit up the holiday scene, and we're traveling back in our station wagon to 1989 when Et was invited on set for the holiday classic.
The third installment of the Vacation series starred Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo both reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold, and the rotating door of actors playing their children (this time Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki) as Russ and Audrey.
Instead of heading to Wally World or Europe, the family stayed home to fulfill Clark's hopes of having a good old fashioned family Christmas.
Watch: 'The Santa Clause' Turns 20! On Set with the Cast
"When I originally entertained the idea of doing another Vacation movie I thought, 'What would be the best thing, the closest »
Despite the fact that ‘tis the season to be jolly, getting the most out of the festive period is no joke. And when it comes to Christmas films, you can’t mess about.
There’s a great many films that are essential viewing over the Christmas period, and it’s important to stick with a tight schedule if you want to get them all done. It takes years of practice to perfect the Christmas movie routine, and this guide should help to guide you in the right direction. This is serious business.
First and foremost, it’s important to get the festive films done in the right order. You can’t just charge in there with Gremlins straight off. Oh no. You need to earn it, to work at it. After all, if you blow your load with National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation early on, what’s left come Christmas Eve? »
- Tom Fordy
A werewolf never has a chance against an old blind Vietnam War veteran.
Here’s the synopsis:
Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one's golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose's abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst. »
- Gig Patta
DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” remained at the top of the national home video sales charts for the second consecutive week, but consumers actually bought more copies of Sony Pictures’ hit comedy “22 Jump Street,” a new release.
That’s because two versions of “22 Jump Street” arrived in stores during the week that ended Nov. 23, and they were counted separately by Nielsen VideoScan, which tracks disc sales.
The regular edition debuted at No. 3 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert overall disc sales chart, while a DVD-only edition – bundled with predecessor “21 Jump Street” and available only at Walmart, the country’s single-biggest disc seller – bowed at No. 19.
Nielsen data shows that the regular edition of “22 Jump Street” sold 93.5% as many copies as “Dragon,” while the Walmart exclusive sold 9.6% as many discs. Combined, that’s 3.1% more units than “Dragon 2.”
Moving back up to No. 2 on the First Alert chart (from No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
We all have holiday traditions. Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, then Central Ohio, then Western Pennsylvania again, we had more than a few Christmas ones. Every Christmas morning, we weren’t allowed to open a single present until my father finished his coffee. And he took his time. When he finally gulped down the last swallow, we were still required to open present at a time. None of this chaotic ripping into boxes and bags simultaneously while no one paid any attention to anything anyone else opened. We all watched each other one-by-one open a gift, thank the giver, and look to the next person in the circle to take his or her turn.
Outside of those Christmas Day traditions, we had one Christmas Eve tradition that was never, ever, Ever under consideration for alteration. Every year, we’d go to church for the 45-60 minute evening service (in our second stint in Pennsylvania, »
- Joshua Gaul
Have you been to the "The Making of Gone with the Wind" exhibit at the Harry Ransom Center yet? Whatever your opinion of the film, it is truly amazing. I've been once and I feel like I caught about 60 percent of it before my feet gave out -- I need to go back again. The exhibit runs through Jan. 4, and admission is free (although parking near Ut probably won't be), so take a long lunch break and check it out. Your mom's visiting for Christmas vacation? Bring her there for a treat.
Tomorrow night (Wednesday, Nov. 19) at 7 pm, head over to Hrc to hear author and film critic Molly Haskell discuss her book Frankly, My Dear: Gone with the Wind Revisited. It focuses on both the novel and the movie. Haskell is probably best known for her book on women in film, From Reverence to Rape. I've heard her »
- Jette Kernion
If you woke up with your head sewn to the carpet you wouldn't be more surprised that “Christmas Vacation” is nearing its 25th year anniversary. In a new video out from Fandango, Beverly D'Angelo reveals what it was like to film the famous scene where Clark Griswold lights up the neighborhood with a “grand total of 25,000 imported, Italian twinkle lights.” “I know we were surrounded by artificial snow and it was about 80 degrees,” recalled D'Angelo. “I remember thinking, ‘is this stuff flammable?'” See Photos: 10 Biggest Christmas Day Box Office Openers (Photos) Written by John Hughes, the film was the third installment. »
- Gina Hall
Like all untimely movie star deaths, you’re not really gone until the last movie you finished before your death is released. The tragic passing of Robin Williams this past summer was marked by this website and others by recognizing several of the actor’s greatest comedy hits. Sadly, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas will not join their ranks.
The set-up is simple. Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) traces every bad thing wrong with his life back to the horrible parenting of his drunken dad Mitch (Robin Williams). Having grown up to become a successful Chicago hedge fund manager, Boyd overcompensates with his own son, Doug (Pierce Gagnon), to make sure he gets every bit the magical Christmas that Mitch denied Boyd through bourbon-fuelled candour. Obviously Boyd’s put a lot of time and distance between him and his father, but when his younger brother, Nelson (Clark Duke), calls him up to »
- Adam A. Donaldson
From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (The Mentalist, Rome), Gotham is the origin story for a number of the characters in the Batman universe, including Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler and Poison Ivy, as it shows what made them the formidable adversaries that they eventually become. At its core, it is the story of Detective James Gordon’s (Ben McKenzie) rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil, and it chronicles the birth of one of the most popular superheroes of our time. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor David Mazouz (who plays Bruce Wayne) talked about how getting this role was one of the best moments of his life, how super excited he is to read each script, why shooting the Waynes’ murder was his favorite scene to shoot, building toward becoming Batman, the dynamic between Bruce Wayne and Alfred (Sean Pertwee), why Bruce trusts Jim Gordon, »
- Christina Radish
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