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'It's a Wonderful Life' is best Christmas movie - Realbollywood.com News

24 December 2011 11:24 PM, PST | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Dec 25: The classic movie 'It's A Wonderful Life' has topped a poll of the best Christmas films of all time.

The 1946 drama, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, toped the survey conducted by Britain's Radio Times.

'The Muppet Christmas Carol' came second, while 'Love Actually', starring Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, was third. A surprise entry on the list was 'Die Hard', which was at the eighth spot.

'As it is the season to be jolly, I won't disguise my rosy-cheeked joy that the poll named 'Die Hard' one of the top 10 Christmas movies of all time,' contactmusic.com quoted Radio Times film. »

- Ketali Mehta

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Ten Essential... Christmas Films

24 December 2011 3:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Jess Barratt selects her ten essential Christmas films...

Here are my top 10 festive treats to get you through the Christmas hangovers. Expect snow, sparkle and choir-lead soundtracks...

10. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Although this is not typically considered a true Christmas film it does however have rather Christmassy themes and a beautiful festive score written by the talented Danny Elfman. The latter half of this eerie Tim Burton film is entirely set at Christmas time and includes the unforgettable scene where Winona Ryder’s character dances in the snow falling from Edward’s ice sculpture. With fantastic comedic performances by an incredible cast, Edward Scissorhands is sure to get you edging towards the eggnog.

9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid doing what they do best in this wacky 80s comedy. With some questionable SFX and strange impromptu group singing, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the perfect nostalgic Christmas feature. »

- flickeringmyth

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It's A Wonderful Life Tops Best Christmas Movie Poll

24 December 2011 5:56 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Classic movie It's A Wonderful Life has topped a poll to find the best Christmas film of all time.

The 1946 drama, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, picked up 18 per cent of the 3,000 votes cast in the survey by Britain's Radio Times.

The Muppet Christmas Carol came second with 10 per cent, while Love Actually, starring Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, placed in third.

A surprising entry on the list was Die Hard, which came in eighth place with four per cent of the vote.

Radio Times film editor Andrew Collins says, "As it is the season to be jolly, I won't disguise my rosy-cheeked joy that the poll named Die Hard one of the top 10 Christmas movies of all time.

"It's just as capable of producing festive tingles as the more traditional, December-released Muppet Christmas Carol or the cockle-warming Love Actually, which was literally gift wrapped in 2003 with a lovely red ribbon tied around its twinkling poster image." »

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Dickens on screen: the highs and the lows

23 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There have been more than 400 film and TV adaptations so far, and counting, some brilliant, some memorably awful

The opening credits of BBC1's new three-part adaptation of Great Expectations (27-29 December) show a chrysalis cracking open to reveal a pair of trembling wings. A few seconds later this delicate emergence is replaced on screen by the escaped convict Magwitch (Ray Winstone) erupting from the stagnant waters of the Essex marshes. Covered in blood and slime, he is at once the monster of nightmares and a huge misshapen baby gasping its first breath.

In a single sequence, the director Brian Kirk gets to the heart of Dickens's novel as a fable of rebirth and renewal. Together with Sarah Phelps, the screenwriter, he has created a world in which characters are forever seeking to transform themselves – or each other. A spookily young Miss Havisham (Gillian Anderson), still cocooned in her tatty wedding dress, »

- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

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Why Charles Dickens's novels make great TV

22 December 2011 4:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As the BBC adapts Great Expectations and The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the writers and producers explain Dickens' appeal

2012 isn't just about the Olympics. It is also the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth and the BBC is kicking things off with two big Dickens drama adaptations – Great Expectations and The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

It's strange to think that nearly three years ago the BBC drama department signalled a move away from "bonnet" dramas" towards more "modern" period fiction. But you won't find me – or millions of others – complaining about excessive TV exposure when it comes to the work of a certain 19th century writer which seems uniquely made for the box.

"He knew how to work an audience and how to get them laughing their heads off one minute or on the edge of their seats and holding their breath the next," Sarah Phelps, screenwriter of the forthcoming Great Expectations, »

- Ben Dowell

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A Christmas movie story: from merriest to muckiest | Sarah Hughes

21 December 2011 9:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

You already know to avoid CGI Tom Hanks when selecting a Christmas movie, but there are many more holiday bombs to be wary of. Here's a round-up of the best and worst

Baby, it's cold outside. So what better way to warm your toes (and your heart) than by curling up with a Christmas movie? But choose wisely, dear reader. Christmas movies can be a minefield of shmaltz. Allow us to present you with our not-quite-definitive list of the best and worst of the genre.

The best ...

It's A Wonderful Life, 1946

It may be an obvious choice and we may nod in half-hearted agreement with the New York Times' original description of the movie as "sentimental" and "facile" but despite that, Capra's ending still makes me weep.

Best moment: "That's a lie Harry Bailey went to war…' A despairing Jimmy Stewart realizes just what he's lost

See also: Miracle »

- Sarah Hughes

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Film Junk Bonus Podcast: The Jurassic Park Trilogy (Includes Bonus Xmas Podcast)

19 December 2011 1:26 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Christmas has come early here at Film Junk! In this brand new installment of our ongoing series of premium podcasts, we discuss yet another beloved franchise: the Jurassic Park trilogy. In celebration of the recent Blu-ray release, we dig deep into Steven Spielberg's sci-fi action/adventure series and discuss whether or not these groundbreaking blockbusters still hold up. It's safe to say we're fans across the board, but we do run into a few disagreements when it comes to some of the finer details of the series. We also talk about Joe Johnston's entry in the franchise and whether or not it holds a candle to Spielberg's first two installments. It's the perfect opportunity for you to revisit Isla Nublar and Isla Sonar and join us on our journey through Jurassic Park...but wait, that's not all!! As a gift to all of the fine folks who decide »

- Jay C.

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Muppet Christmas Carol tops Digital Spy favourite Christmas film poll

19 December 2011 1:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Digital Spy readers have chosen The Muppet Christmas Carol as their favourite Christmas movie of all time. The 1994 family film puts a Muppet spin on Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, casting Michael Caine as miser Ebenezer Scrooge and Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit. More than 10,000 Digital Spy users took part in the Christmas poll, which saw The Muppet Christmas Carol narrowly triumph with 18.5% of votes ahead of Home Alone's 18.3%. Will Ferrell's 2003 comedy Elf charted in third place with 8.9%, Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life was in fourth spot with 7.4% and action movie Die Hard, which takes place during the festive period, landed in fifth with 6.7%. Digital Spy users' top ten Christmas movies are as follows: 1. The Muppet Christmas Carol

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- By Simon Reynolds

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Christmas movie events

16 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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25 Days of Christmas: ‘A Muppet Family Christmas’ remains the best Muppet TV Speical

16 December 2011 1:17 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the month of December, TV Editor Kate Kulzick and Film Editor Ricky D will review classic Christmas adaptions, posting a total of 13 each, one a day, until the 25th of December.

The catch: They will swap roles as Rick will take on reviews of classic television Christmas specials and Kate will take on Christmas movies. Today is day 13.

A Muppet Family Christmas (1987) (TV)

Directed by Peter Harris and Eric Till

Writen by Jerry Juhl

What’s it about?

A Muppet Family Christmas first aired on ABC on December 16, 1987. In this warm Yuletide, one-hour Christmas special, Fozzie Bear surprises his mother Emily on Christmas Eve by bringing along the entire Muppet gang (including the cast of both Sesame Street and Fragle Rock), to celebrate the holidays. With a blizzard brewing outside, Fozzie’s childhood home becomes the backdrop for a medley of holiday tunes, as Doc and his dog Sprocket »

- Ricky

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25 Days of Christmas: ‘A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa’ boasts a ton of cameos

14 December 2011 12:47 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Throughout the month of December, TV Editor Kate Kulzick and Film Editor Ricky D will review classic Christmas adaptions, posting a total of 13 each, one a day, until the 25th of December.

The catch: They will swap roles as Rick will take on reviews of classic television Christmas specials and Kate will take on Christmas movies. Today is day 13.

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)

Directed by Kirk R. Thatcher

Teleplay by Hugh Fink & Scott Ganz

What’s it about?

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa is a hour-long Christmas special starring the Muppets, which first aired on December 17, 2008 on NBC.

Geared exclusively toward a younger audience, the plot involves the Muppets mistakenly intercepting three letters sent by children to Santa Claus after they get thrown out of the post office for causing too much “Muppet” mayhem. When Gonzo realizes the post office has already closed, he and his friends »

- Ricky

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The James Clayton Column: The Thing is just the thing for the festive season

8 December 2011 3:31 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Looking for an alternative Christmas movie? James explains why John Carpenter’s The Thing is the perfect festive flick…

I'm applying my Sherlock skills and seeing ripped Advent calendars, hearing festive pop muzak and getting telepathic messages from frightened turkeys. These signs all lead me to deduce that it's December and, as such, I declare it okay to sit back and enjoy Christmas movies.

This is the permissive period when you can watch Home Alone flicks without it being 'wrong'. Of course, watching Home Alone, It's A Wonderful Life, The Muppet Christmas Carol or White Christmas, to name a few, at any other time of the year isn't strictly verboten. However, I'd still hold that it's a minor crime – like jaywalking – that raises questions about the offender's personal character. In fact, it's worse than reckless road crossing, because at least that has an edgy, living dangerously aspect to it and »

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Our Holiday Favorites: The Muppet Christmas Carol

7 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The first Muppet film to be made after the death of Jim Henson, The Muppet Christmas Carol came out in 1992. My parents took my sister and me to see this in a theater, and we've watched it every Christmas since. Up until a few years ago, we were still bringing out the VHS copy. 

In this take on Dickens' story, Michael Caine gamely stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, a cantankerous grump overseeing an office staffed by Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) and many rats. Gonzo narrates the film as Charles Dickens, and Rizzo the Rat appears as... Rizzo the Rat. Human cameos in the movie are light. While there are dozens, nay, hundreds of Muppets in The Muppet Christmas Carol, Caine's performance is what makes this movie such a classic. His is the best Scrooge I've seen onscreen.  

Of course there are songs, but this is the last Muppet movie for »

- Elizabeth Stoddard

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Muppet movies: their communist plots revealed

6 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Fox anchor Eric Bolling says the new Muppets movie pushes a dangerous liberal agenda – but what about Kermit's previous films?

The headline in the Hollywood Reporter reads "Fox Business Network Calls Muppets Communist", followed by the deeply dispiriting words "Debate Goes Viral", which here we may take to mean: "Gains Perverse Legitimacy Because Lots of People Clicked On It". It is just the latest in a series of claims about children's films having a leftwing agenda. Last month a New York Post writer described Happy Feet 2 as "Kiddie Karl Marx". Sorry, I forgot to say Spoiler Alert.

If you haven't heard the story yet let me take you – with a heavy heart – back to Friday, when Fox Business Network anchor Eric Bolling announced that the new Muppet movie featured a character named Tex Richman, a greedy oil executive who wants to drill under the Muppets' theatre. The discussion that »

- Tim Dowling

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Music, Mistletoe and Michael Caine: 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'

30 November 2011 2:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Kurt here. If you love Christmas, odds are there's an incarnation of A Christmas Carol of which you take ownership. For me, it's a stage production performed annually at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. For you, it might be the 1938 Joseph L. Mankiewicz classic with Reginald Owen. And for a special few, it's The Muppet Christmas Carol, a film that proves how effectively one beloved property can be used to refresh another. The worlds of Jim Henson and Charles Dickens intertwine rather beautifully in this 1992 musical dramedy, whose Muppet stars pull the Yuletide tale out of mothballs, but don't crank up the contemporary jabber so far as to brand it with a born-on date. The comedy is all about that distinct Muppet attitude, which, as the new Muppets film seems determined to emphasize, is as timeless as "Bah Humbug."

Charles Dickens is in fact a character in the film. »

- Kurtis O

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It's a Wonderful Life tops favourite Christmas film poll

29 November 2011 4:49 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Frank Capra's 1946 classic starring James Stewart is voted the nation's favourite festive film … along with Die Hard

The UK's favourite Christmas movies include It's a Wonderful Life, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Love Actually and Die Hard, according to a new poll for the Radio Times.

The No 1 film was Frank Capra's 1946 tale of a downcast bank manager, played by James Stewart, who sets out to kill himself on Christmas Eve but changes his mind thanks to the intervention of a guardian angel, who helps him realise he has made a difference in the world. The movie picked up almost a fifth (18%) of the 3,000 votes cast.

In second place was The Muppet Christmas Carol, starring Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge in a reinvention of the Charles Dickens story, with 10% of the votes, followed by Richard Curtis's Love Actually in third spot with 8%. The top five was rounded out »

- Ben Child

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The Muppets and moi

23 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Kermit, Miss Piggy and pals are back with a new film and a TV series in the works. Hadley Freeman fondly remembers the satirical puppets and the massive role they played in her childhood

Some of us, for the record, have always played the music. And some of us, also just to clarify, never stopped lighting the lights. That's because, for us in the cultural elite, we are always ready to meet the Muppets on The Muppet Show tonight.

When it was announced on Tuesday that Us TV broadcaster NBC has commissioned a script for a new series of the Muppets, the reaction among critics, commentators and tweeters was, frankly, remarkable. It is rare that a four-decades old franchise can announce a return to TV and prompt such unabashed enthusiasm as well as a total lack of cynicism about quality control. Everyone loves the Muppets – that goes without saying. More »

- Hadley Freeman

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The Muppets and moi

23 November 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Kermit, Miss Piggy and pals are back with a new film and a TV series in the works. Hadley Freeman fondly remembers the satirical puppets and the massive role they played in her childhood

Some of us, for the record, have always played the music. And some of us, also just to clarify, never stopped lighting the lights. That's because, for us in the cultural elite, we are always ready to meet the Muppets on The Muppet Show tonight.

When it was announced on Tuesday that Us TV broadcaster NBC has commissioned a script for a new series of the Muppets, the reaction among critics, commentators and tweeters was, frankly, remarkable. It is rare that a four-decades old franchise can announce a return to TV and prompt such unabashed enthusiasm as well as a total lack of cynicism about quality control. Everyone loves the Muppets – that goes without saying. More »

- Hadley Freeman

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'Twilight' Set to Beat Three Family Movies Over Thanksgiving

23 November 2011 11:00 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

All three new wide releases this weekend aim to drag families away from their Turkey Day festivities and Black Friday shopping, though none are likely to come close to stealing first place away from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1. Disney's revamped The Muppets hits 3,440 locations, while Sony/Aardman animation movie Arthur Christmas cruises in to 3,376 venues. Martin Scorsese's Hugo has a comparatively light release at only 1,277 theaters. The weekend will be in a tight race with last year, which had Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Tangled both earning over $68 million for the five-day frame. The Muppets appears to have a pretty clear edge over Arthur Christmas and Hugo thanks to an impressive marketing effort by Disney that appears to have revived the dormant brand and made the band of puppets relevant again. While The Muppets were incredibly popular in the 70s and in to the 80s, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Remembering the Muppets: A Muppet Family Christmas

21 November 2011 12:00 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

While others may turn to The Muppet Christmas Carol this time of year, my Muppet holiday movie of choice has always been A Muppet Family Christmas. Yes – it was a made-for-tv movie, but it is pure entertainment from beginning to end. I remember watching with my younger brother back when you would watch TV when it aired and sit through the commercials (remember those days?) and we laughed and laughed at those Muppets’ crazy antics. I have always been a fan of “things spinning out of control” humor – the first scene in “The Injury” episode of The Office killed me and any Griswold movie leaves me in stitches – and A Muppet Family Christmas delivers this in droves when the entire Muppet gang unexpectedly descends on Mama Fozzie Bear’s farm for Christmas, much to the dismay of Doc (of Fraggle Rock fame) and his dog Sprocket who rented the farm for a “nice, quiet »

- Allison Loring

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