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New Year's Eve is a time of resolutions, sweeping romantic gestures and ... sometimes fatal kisses? At least that's what the movies tell us about New Year's Eve, a holiday not as frequently displayed onscreen as Christmas, but one with more than a few great movies to call its own.
From "The Godfather Part II" to "When Harry Met Sally," these New Year's Eve movies make for perfect viewing while you wait for the ball to drop. Happy New Year, and be sure to leave your favorite New Year's Eve classic in the comments section below.
- Christopher Rosen
It’s New Year’s Eve — time to get out the bubbly, steal a midnight kiss, watch the ball drop in Times Square, and hope the pressure doesn’t build too much to have the most epic night ever. Maybe instead you want to leave the partying to the amateurs and spend the night in with one of these great (and terrible) movies about what can be the best or worst night of the year. From all time classics like The Apartment to not so great movies like New Year’s Eve, here are five flicks to get you through to 2013.
When Harry Met Sally – It’s the rom-com that begot all rom-coms of our time, this Rob Reiner classic is filed with so many one liners and memorable moments, I find myself reenacting this scene every time I’m at Katz’s Deli in New York. But seriously, Mindy Kaling »
- Shara Morris
Everyone loves a good New Year’s Eve party: it’s an excuse to get terribly drunk, do things you won’t remember the next day and kiss as many people as possible when midnight hits before you’re ejected or the police turn up asking questions.
That midnight kiss is a staple tradition of every New Year’s Eve, and the world of movies and TV are no different, and to celebrate the impending end of 2012 and the dawn of 2013, we’ve compiled eight of the best New Year’s kisses for your enjoyment.
This New Year’s Eve, say it with a kiss…
You know the story well: guy meets girls, they fall in love, they fall out of love, guy acts like a total rogue and breaks girls heart, girl is sad, guy comes to his senses and insults everything about the girl and girl instantly forgives him, »
- Simon Gallagher
New Year's Eve is a time for celebrating with friends, sipping festive drinks and singing "Auld Lang Syne" off-key. But let's be honest: It's also about that midnight kiss. Hollywood has blessed us with plenty of Nye lip locks. We've seen the romantic variety in When Harry Met Sally, and a sinister smooch thanks to the Corleone family in The Godfather: Part II. It's not just movies that bring it when it comes to New Year's romance. TV shows also love to ring in the new year with festive pecks. Check out our Nye survival guide Raise a glass of bubbly and join us as we countdown our favorite on-screen New Year's Eve kisses. »
Ah, New Year's Eve — a magical evening filled with champagne, kisses at the stroke of midnight and, of course, a fresh start to the year ahead. Too bad in real life it's so much more often filled with overpriced dinners, obnoxious drunks and broken resolutions. (Yes, we often do manage to break our resolutions before even crawling into bed.) In other words, New Year's Eve almost always blows … yet somehow in the movies it's so damn perfect.
In honor of Hollywood's optimistic vision for the year's most stressful night, here's a compilation of the nine greatest moments caught on celluloid as the clock strikes 12. It may not be as good as the real thing … because it's even better. Happy New Year, indeed.
1. 'Sleepless in Seattle' (1993)
- Elizabeth Durand
It's inevitable that as time goes by, we will lose some of our favorite stars. And yet, year after year, it never gets any easier to look back on the great entertainers who had died over the previous 12 months.
Still, it's important to remember the legacies of the people who enhanced our own lives over the years with their talent, style and love of cinema. Here's a look at some of the many wonderful Hollywood talents who passed away in 2012.
One of the most successful, beloved and influential pop stars of the last quarter century, Whitney Houston also became a Hollywood power in the '90s thanks to her roles in blockbusters like "The Bodyguard" and "The Preacher's Wife." Though she had her very public ups and downs over the past decade, Houston was in the process of making a career comeback on the big screen with the musical "Sparkle. »
- Scott Harris
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb., 19, 2013
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Lucas is Franklin Franklin, a clumsy recluse who embarks on a hapless cover-up after accidentally killing his landlord. Trapped in his seedy La apartment with the body of the landlord on the kitchen floor, Franklin is surrounded by eccentric neighbors, including a stoner (Johnny Knoxville, Jackass: The Movie) and his girlfriend (Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect), a wanna-be stripper (Juno Temple, Killer Joe) and an artist (James Caan, The Gambler). To add to his problems, a drunk investigator (Billy Crystal, When Harry Met Sally) is questioning him about his landlord. But none of this fazes Franklin as he dreams of Switzerland, and waits »
Welcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise.
I've watched Bill Murray in the 1988 classic Scrooged every year since its release. Directed by Richard Donner (known for a few other favorites of mine: The Toy, The Goonies, Ladyhawke and Radio Flyer), Scrooged holds a special place in my heart for many reasons.
For one, the movie has quintessential late 80s New York City charm. I had never visited NYC before moving there from small-town West Texas, and I lived there for 12 years. When I arrived off the turnip truck, the only images I had in my head were from childhood movies and TV shows. Scrooged was one of them, along with Sesame Street, Baby Boom, When Harry Met Sally, Wall Street, etc. It turns out Scrooged was closer to the truth, but in a good way. »
- Stephanie Baker
From a distance, Parental Guidance looks like your usual family holiday movie with its adult cast interacting with small children in ways that seem embarrassing. It does run on a formula that has been used to death in movies – that of adults having a nightmare of a time trying to wrangle kids who have far more energy than they do – and you might expect it to act as an advertisement for the latest cool toy all the kids will want for Christmas. However, the movie turns out to be quite a surprise, as it features some very funny moments as well as ones that will warm the hearts of even the most jaded moviegoers.
Billy Crystal stars as Artie Decker, a sports announcer for a minor league baseball team who still has aspirations to work with the San Francisco Giants. Reality comes crashing down, however, when he is fired from »
- Ben Kenber
Moonstruck is a movie that I'm just glad exists. Look at all it did for us: 1) it provided the most fun rom-com charisma of the late '80s (take That, When Harry Met Sally); 2) it gave Cher a role that suited her signature brassiness and her vulnerability; 3) It made Nicolas Cage sexy; 4) It made Olympia Dukakis bankable; 5) it gave us an insane Cher Oscar moment that I'll discuss momentarily.
But first, let's discuss the movie. It's been 25 years since John Patrick Shanley's brilliant comic script dazzled us, and believe it or not I have a hard time picking out a favorite moment, even if Cher's "Snap out of it!" has as hefty a cultural presence as "I Got You Babe."
Since I have a fondness for Best Supporting Actresses, I'll pick this classic Olympia Dukakis moment where she declares, "Your life is going down the toilet" with the »
If you're anything like us, then at this time of year you're a sucker for Christmas movies of any kind. You melt and grin over the tender lessons learned, the opening of presents, the sourpuss having a change of heart, the pratfalls, the lovers sharing a kiss in the snow, the realization that Santa actually exists. Oh, and Martians.
We're celebrating our love of Christmas movies, not to mention the holiday itself, with this heartwarming mashup of Christmas cheer. Merry Christmas from all of us here at NextMovie — as well as a multitude of movie characters — to all of you.
Movies Included (Click to Buy):
Holiday Inn | How the Grinch Stole Christmas | Love Actually | Bridget Jones' Diary | The Nightmare Before Christmas | Batman Returns | Pirate Radio | Home Alone | Eight Crazy Nights | Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist | Prancer | Christmas in Connecticut (1945) | The Holiday | A Charlie Brown Christmas | Bad Santa | American Psycho »
- Avaryl Halley
When writer/director Nora Ephron passed away in June, the industry lost not only an iconic filmmaker, but, it could be said, the grand dame of the romantic-comedy genre. Though she hadn't been as active in recent years, her seminal "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally..." continue to be archetypes for what a whip-smart yet heartwarming tale of boy meets girl should be. So it's curious, then, that as we were recalling Ephron's achievements, the category was experiencing heartache of its own—with one of its least lustrous years in recent memory.
Of course, the questionable quality of romantic comedies isn't a new discussion; it's one we've been having for at least the last five years, if not the last decade. (Can you believe it's been nine years since "Love Actually" was all around theaters?) But, perhaps even more telling, the box-office returns on these films were equally inconsistent. »
- Amy Wilkinson
“Movie House of Worship” is a regular feature spotlighting our favorite movie theaters around the world, those that are like temples of cinema catering to the most religious-like film geeks. This week, guest submitter Zac Alfson shares one of his favorite theaters. His comments are those quoted. If you’d like to suggest or submit a place you regularly worship at the altar of cinema, please email our weekend editor. Name: Enzian Theater Location: 1300 South Orlando Avenue Maitland, Fl Opened: 1985, as a repertory house screening 6-12 classics per week. Four years later it changed to a first-run arthouse cinema and continues to operate not-for-profit with the help of members, volunteers and donors. No. of screens: 1 Current first-run titles: Searching for Sugar Man Repertory programming: Midnight movies run on the weekends. This coming Friday and Saturday you can catch Miami Connection, and on the 21st and 22nd they’ve got a seasonal treat, Rare Exports »
- Christopher Campbell
Our NCIS review broke down the "Gone," last week's episode of TV's #1 show, in detail.
Now, TV Fanatic staff members Steve Marsi, Mary Powers and Eric Hochberger have assembled for our weekly Round Table Q&A discussion of various events and topics from this solid installment.
Join in as we analyze the quest for a kidnapping victim and so much more ...
1. Describe this episode in one word (or two, or three, or four, or 12).
Steve: Strong in a different kind of way.
Mary: Maybe not as "shell-shocking" as the last two, but still pretty good.
Eric: At or above expectations.
2. Favorite quotes or scenes from "Gone"?
Eric: Gibbs dropping the initial suspect with one »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve Marsi)
When you think about the best romantic comedies and their countries of origin there a few clear names at the top of the list. Hollywood, of course, has seen its fair share of gems (including High Fidelity and When Harry Met Sally) even if their level of quality has been replaced in the last decade by a morass of Katherine Heigl and Kate Hudson-led stinkers. The UK has several great ones but earns a spot based on the near perfection of Love Actually alone. Similarly, France would make the list based solely on Amelie although they too have many more fantastic examples as well. Even South Korea, traditionally viewed as home only to movies about revenge, has produced more than a few solid entries in the genre including Finding Mr. Destiny, Spellbound and My Sassy Girl. But what about Germany? It’s okay if you laughed at the absurdity… I »
- Rob Hunter
Perhaps no genre of film has as low a rate of return as the romantic comedy. Even horror films have the occasional subversive festival gem to prop up fan interest every so often, but serious fans of the rom-com are reduced to getting their jollies from the amiable, but botched likes of "Crazy Stupid Love" and "The Five-Year Engagement," films which are no great shakes, but look like masterpieces compared to stuff like "Something Borrowed" and "New Years Eve," that makes up most of the films of this type. We're a long way from "When Harry Met Sally," or even "Bridget Jones' Diary." But things are looking up; "Silver Linings Playbook," a smart and genuinely funny entry into the genre, is in theaters now, and now the trailer for one of 2013's early attempts has arrived, and touch wood, it looks pretty good: Yahoo UK have premiered the trailer »
- Oliver Lyttelton
If you're going to shoot a film about the making of "Psycho," you've got to have the perfect Anthony Perkins, and British actor James D'Arcy (of "Cloud Atlas") is a dead ringer for the late actor. In fact, as "Hitchcock" star Anthony Hopkins said during Perkins's audition, the resemblance was "uncanny." During a set visit on the last day of shooting "Hichcock," D'Arcy told Moviefone about his unforgettable audition in which Hopkins literally fell out of his chair, and how much "Psycho" terrified him as a teen. In fact, he confessed the film still scares him: "I couldn't bring myself to watch it," he admitted of revisiting the movie's famous ending. Even so, it remains his favorite Hitchcock flick, as it does for so many movie fans. How did this project come your way? Actually I knew about it for a long time. I talked to Ryan Murphy about it »
- Sharon Knolle
Come on, Billy Crystal, you're better than this. In what is sure to be a holiday comedy popular with families this Christmas, Parental Guidance, with the once great star of City Slickers and When Harry Met Sally and Bette Midler, has a new trailer. Walden Media was able to send this trailer all the way from 1995 judging by the comedy on display. In addition, the frame of a holiday movie with the music choice, snow falling over production logos and more tries to sell it as a holiday movie even though there's no Christmas or even Hanukkah to be found. Did you know cake makes kids go crazy? How wacky! *facepalm* Here's the new trailer for Andy Fickman's Parental Guidance, originally from MSN: Old school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife (Bette Midler) agree to »
- Ethan Anderton
Dame Helen Mirren occupies an interesting space in the celebrity stratosphere: The 67-year-old actress has earned an Oscar for her performance as Queen Elizabeth, and is also routinely regarded as having one of the most enviable bodies in Hollywood -- a fact that she seems to loathe. "It's ridiculous" Mirren said, neatly seated on a sofa in New York's Parker Meridien Hotel. Although the actress dons a bathing suit in her upcoming role in "Hitchcock," the image is far from that famous photo. Here, Mirren plays Alma Reville, the wife of Alfred Hitchcock (Sir Anthony Hopkins). From Sacha Gervasi, the biopic narrates the behind-the-scenes difficulty of bringing "Psycho" to the big screen and the Hitchcocks' surprising love story. Mirren sat down with Moviefone to talk about her upcoming film, what she learned from "When Harry Met Sally 2" and her hope to one day work with Tarantino. Tell me about the first time you saw “Psycho. »
- Jessie Heyman
In this warm-hearted romantic comedy, Morgan Freeman plays a wheelchair-bound author with writer's block who moves to a rural town in a bid to rekindle his muse. A crotchety, hard-drinker, he find his gruff resistance melting when he meets single mom Virginia Madsen and her three children, who provide the literary - and emotional - inspiration he's been seeking. When Harry Met Sally director Rob Reiner concocts a low-key, feelgood yarn with an outstanding performance from Madsen as the hardworking mother. »
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