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Welcome back for Day 11 of Daily Dead’s fourth annual Holiday Gift Guide, readers! Once again, our goal is to help you navigate through the horrors of the 2016 shopping season with our tips on unique gift ideas, and we’ll hopefully help you save a few bucks over the next few weeks, too. For our second-to-last day of this year’s Gift Guide, we’re going to be featuring several great cult films that arrived on Blu-ray in 2016, as well as Star Wars books, a ton of horror-themed enamel pins, the amazing artwork of Hero Complex Gallery, FiverFingerTees, and much more!
This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is sponsored by several amazing companies, including Mondo, Anchor Bay Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Magnolia Home Entertainment, who have all donated an assortment of goodies to help get you into the spirit of the season. Daily Dead also recently teamed up with »
- Heather Wixson
It's that time of year: the fireplace is burning, your plaid pajamas are on, and you've got Netflix streaming your favorite holiday movies of all time! Whether it's Miracle on 34th Street or Christmas Vacation, Love Actually or Elf, most of these festive flicks are filled with Santa Claus-loving little kids who we can't help but acknowledge are pretty darn cute...except they probably aren't kids any more! As we started flipping through the films, we got to wondering: where are these child stars now? One thing lead to another and...voila! Macaulay Culkin: He played Kevin McCallister in 1991's Home Alone (and then again in the film's sequel). Today, he's rocking long »
Buddy the Elf, Ebenezer Scrooge and Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer are all holiday mainstays, but some of the lesser-known characters in their famous Christmas films are just as pivotal. We channeled our festive sides and found seven merry costars who could use a little extra love this season.
Though he has no lines, Max steals the show with his unwavering loyalty to the Grinch. If you didn’t dissolve into a pile of feels upon the seeing the Grinch’s change of heart, then you definitely melted when you saw Cindy Lou »
- Maggie Malach
The holidays are a tricky time for many. There are those that love every single, solitary thing about them. Then there are those who can take them or leave them. No matter who you are...Man, woman or child, there are no doubt moments of incredible joys and also incredible doldrums.
This is where our list of kids Christmas movies comes in. It aims to be very positive. The hope is that by reading a list such as this we will feel unity, harmony and long to return to these films year after year with our families. Especially the little ones.
Even though this is a holiday movie list, it is both eclectic and filled with the standards we have come to expect. You can't have a list without Home Alone or A Christmas Story. However, films like Get Santa, while not as well known, certainly deserve their place on this list, »
After two weeks at No. 1, Walt Disney Studios’ “Finding Dory” finally slipped a notch on the national home video sales charts – replaced at the top by another Disney film, “Pete’s Dragon,” a remake of the 1977 musical that earned nearly $77 million in U.S. theaters.
Disney also claimed the No. 3 spot, with “The Bfg,” on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
A theatrical underperformer with a domestic gross of less than $56 million, “The Bfg” is a fantasy about an orphan girl who befriends a kindly giant, known as the “Big Friendly Giant.” It was directed and coproduced by Steven Spielberg and is based on the 1982 children’s book of the same name by the late Roald Dahl.
Rounding out the top five were the Sony Pictures horror film “Don’t Breathe,” about three friends who break into, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Ah, holiday movies. There's nothing better this time of year for that warm, fuzzy feeling. But what would any heartwarming tale be without a dastardly character (or two) making trouble along the way? (Frankly, they'd be pretty boring.) So let's pay homage to the underappreciated heroes of the season: the villains! Related:25 Days of Christmas: Here's the Full Lineup For Freeform's Annual Marathon12 New Holiday Music Albums Are Arriving Just in Time For the Season26 Home Alone Quotes You Have to Use This Holiday Season »
- Rose Curiel
Captive (available 9 December)
Captive could well be crowned this Christmas’s Making a Murderer-style sleeper hit. Made by the Oscar-winning producers of Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man, it’s a slick documentary series about hostage situations, explained by the people who lived through them. Every one is an eye-opener, from the prison riot in Ohio (told by Muslim and Aryan Brotherhood prisoners, and the warden they waged war against) to a Coca-Cola kidnap in Brazil and the retired couple held hostage for over a year by Somali pirates.
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- Kate Abbott
Some of the greatest ever films made for kids, are all about kids, placing them at the heart of their own story, to let them be the hero. From The Goonies (we like that movie here), to Home Alone to E.T. – children can identify with these roles, and invest in them, playing up to […]
The post Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Stefan Pape
Twitter’s trending topic for this Thursday is “Passive Aggressive Films.” Why? We don’t know. But social media users began turning some movie titles into very passive aggressive versions of themselves. Or whatever. This is a very typical Twitter thing to do. How many of these, do you think, are subtweeting people they know? #PassiveAggressiveFilms Home Alone, but I’m used to it now. -@DirgeKnight I Don’t Know What You Did Last Summer, I Wasn’t Invited. #PassiveAggressiveFilms -@Papa_El_Loro Ron, Hermione & Dumbledore were collectively on camera almost as much, but no, Harry Potter is fine movie title. »
- Rasha Ali
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
The great Portuguese filmmaker Raúl Ruiz is finally being given the retrospective treatment – and this is only the first part.
Museum of the Moving Image
“Pushing the Envelope: »
- Nick Newman
Magic, wizarding, giants, strange creatures — fantasy always needs music to help us suspend disbelief and imagine new worlds.
This year, two of Hollywood’s most acclaimed composers tackled big special-effects fantasies: five-time Oscar winner John Williams, in his 27th film with director Steven Spielberg, “The Bfg”; and eight-time Oscar nominee James Newton Howard, launching the new J.K. Rowling franchise “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
“I loved doing it,” says Williams of “Bfg,” “because it was a change from a lot of the things we’ve done. It was done with such feeling and such humanity that it represented a charming palette for me.”
For Williams, the orphan girl Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and her adventure with a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) “was really an opportunity to compose and orchestrate a little children’s fantasy for orchestra.” He likened the experience to working on “Home Alone” 26 years ago, especially »
- Jon Burlingame
Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal...or whatever it is that Kevin says in Home Alone 3. Merry December, TV lovers, and welcome to another season of Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas, with the network playing almost non-stop Christmas programming every single day through Christmas, with the line-up officially kicking off at 3:30 p.m. Et today. This year's line-up includes perennial favorites, like Elf, Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, as well as animated classics. Two holiday classics that are Mia? Home Alone 1 and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, with two of the franchise's other offerings in the mix. So brew up a fresh cup of »
Welcome to another Horror Highlights! Today, we have the exclusive trailer premiere for Diana Galimzyanova's noir thriller, The Lightest Darkness. We also have details on Nitehawk Cinema's Holiday Horror Spectacular, release details and trailers for Secret Santa and Dark Seduction, and details on the new chief creative officer over at El Rey Network.
Exclusive Trailer Premiere for The Lightest Darkness: "The first ever female-directed Russian film noir with reverse chronology.
When a neurotic private eye who struggles to finish the case takes a train voyage, his own dark secrets begin to reveal themselves."
Written and directed by Diana Galimzyanova, The Lightest Darkness stars Rashid Aitouganov, Marina Voytuk, Tatyana Ukharova, Vyacheslav Manucharov, and Anastasia Ivanova. To learn more about the film, visit:
http://thelightestdarkness.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TheLightestDarkness/ https://twitter.com/theLDnoir http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5937642/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm
Nitehawk Cinema's Holiday Horror Show Spectacular: "Every year, »
- Tamika Jones
We can’t blame you for thinking you know all there is to know about your favorite beloved holiday flicks. After all, annual 24-hour marathons and Netflix access make it almost too easy to unintentionally learn every heartwarming and hilarious line.
But even the most diehard Christmas movie fanatics still have secrets to discover, from just how much actors went it took to bring storybook characters to life, to the cameos you might have missed even on your 10th viewing.
1. Now a beloved classic, It’s a Wonderful Life was a total box office flop when it was released in »
To mix action and comedy together is difficult, as an audience one cannot know if one should laugh or take the story seriously, such as "Cool World" from 1992, "The Last Action Hero" from 1993, or any Jackie Chan movie. but there are those who knows how to make a serious movie with some comic relief, such as the classic "Karate Kid" movies and very much comedy with some excitement in it like the "Police Academy" movie series. However in the Thai movie "Extreme Game" it is probably one the most confused movies from the 90s, with mix of 80s action style and Home Alone comedy. Story: A group of teens are enjoying themselves, playing paint ball. Their female leader (Suttida...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since the story of precocious, death-obsessed Vada Sultenfuss forever warmed our hearts in My Girl.
The classic flick told the story of 11-year-old Vada's (Anna Chlumsky) summer in 1972, introducing us to her "allergic to everything" best friend, Thomas J. Sennett (Macaulay Culkin), funeral-owner father Harry Sultenfuss (Dan Akroyd), and makeup artist-turned-dad's girlfriend (and then Harry's wife in the sequel, My Girl 2), Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis).
My Girl was (and let's be honest, still is) the Stand By Me for '90s tween girls, a coming-of-age drama we understood was about us too. Vada talked like a tiny adult who was just trying to learn more about her late mother, navigate her father's new love life, and drag Thomas on adventures.
After all, the beloved flick taught us plenty about navigating »
Home Alone has so many great moments, but the movie really stays with us all year because of its quotable lines. It may be one of the essential holiday movies, but like Elf quotes, you can use the McCallister family's dialogue year-round. To that end, we have the best Home Alone quotes here - and how you can use them Irl. Related:The 15 Best Holiday Movies Streaming on Netflix in November »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Bowing at a distant No. 2 was the sixth season of the hot HBO TV Series “Game of Thrones,” which according to Npd research sold 12.3% as many units as “Dory.”
The two new releases pushed Paramount’s “Star Trek Beyond” to the No. 3 spot on both charts from No. 2 the previous week.
Sony Pictures’ quirky “Sausage Party,” the top seller in the previous week, slipped to No. 4 on the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and No. 5 on the Blu-ray Disc-only sales chart.
Buoyed by the release of a premium 3D edition, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” vaulted back up the charts, ending the week at No. 6 on the overall disc sales chart and No. 4 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
If you've abandoned your cable but still embrace Netflix and other online streaming platforms, you have tons of options when it comes to holiday movies. After all, cold - perhaps even snowy, depending on where you live - weather is coming our way, and there's nothing quite like tucking in with a feel-good holiday film. Before you resign yourself to renting something, take a look at the free (with subscription) movies you can watch right now. All the titles link to where your can watch them! Netflix Netflix is where you'll find the biggest titles. Love Actually is fortunately still available for your annual viewing, but there are also classics like White Christmas. A Very Murray Christmas Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Miracle on 34th Street Christmas With the Kranks The Legend of Frosty the Snowman Ernest Saves Christmas Saving Santa White Christmas The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Happy Christmas Love Actually »
- Maggie Pehanick
Thanks to the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, we’ve got a set of three limited edition Home Alone Bobbleheads up for grabs for one lucky reader (U.S only). Read on for details on how to enter…
Created by Neca exclusively for the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and officially licensed by 20th Century Fox, the Home Alone Bobbleheads are limited to 5000 pieces for Kevin and 3000 for Harry and Marv. They are available from today (Tuesday, November 22nd) from the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum or via the online store.
Home Alone holds records as the highest-grossing live-action comedy film and the highest-grossing Christmas film of all time. The movie also held the record as highest-grossing live-action comedy worldwide until 2011 and is one of the 30 most-liked movies on Facebook, falling just behind Star Wars.
The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, December 4th. »
- Gary Collinson
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