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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. »

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Top 10 Movie Santa Clauses

24 December 2011 7:56 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Next Saturday night, and into Sunday morning, millions of children will go to sleep with the whisper of magical sleigh-bells just beyond hearing, and the hope of multi-coloured, ribboned surprises to greet them when they wake, and the biggest part of that spell, and indeed the mystique of Christmas in its entirety is the red-robed, roly-poly gift-giver at the centre. Santa Claus is Christmas – it goes without saying – and as such he’s appeared in a load of films dedicated to the festive period.

But who has played the best, and indeed definitive Santa Claus from the movie world? If I could stretch the rules a little, I’d suggest it was that clearly CGIed geriatric who stars in the Coca Cola adverts. He’s like a great big walking ball of Christmas joy. And those rosey cheeks could warm even the coldest of Scroogey Grinch hearts.

Here are my »

- Simon Gallagher

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New Movie Still from Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

24 December 2011 3:41 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Check out the latest movie still from the animated film “Frankenweenie” by director Tim Burton featuring the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer. Synopsis: In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience. From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After »

- Brian Corder

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A Boy and His Undead Dog 'Frankenweenie'

23 December 2011 11:56 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

In Tim Burton's Frankenweenie young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. Arriving in theaters October 5, 2012 from Walt Disney Pictures', we've landed a new look at the new stop-motion film that depicts the young boy and his undead dog. Think he likes bones? The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine OHara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow), while Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer later added. While full details are inside, Burton has enlisted the Corpse Bride team for this project. »

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A New Still from Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

23 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

In case you've been so focused on Tim Burton's upcoming Dark Shadows adaptation that it's slipped your mind that he's also working on an animated feature-length take on his classic tale of Frankenweenie, Disney has released a new still from the latter...just in time for Christmas! What the heck? With all the goods the studios have been doling out this week, we're starting to think Christmas is the new Halloween!

In any event, courtesy of Stitch Kingdom, here's a peek at young Victor Frankenstein lying in bed with his faithful pup Sparky beneath him.

The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow), along with Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer.

Look for the flick in theatres on October 5th, 2012.

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- The Woman In Black

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Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie: New Image Released

23 December 2011 10:43 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A single new image from Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie has just been released. Frankenweenie is a full-length stop-motion version of the original short film Tim Burton created back in 1984. The voice cast includes, Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Landau.

“From creative genius Tim Burton (‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’) comes ‘Frankenweenie,’ a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new ‘leash on life’ can be monstrous.”

Disney will be releasing Frankenweenie to theaters on October 5th, 2012.

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- Jonathan James

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A Trio Of Stills From Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

23 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

With the major studios all sending out their preview packs for 2012 releases a new image from Tim Burton's Frankenweenie has arrived online, joining a pair of previously released images. A feature length animated version of Burton's own previous live action short film, Frankenweenie tells the story of a boy who brings his beloved dog back to life with the power of science.Burton has been sort of easing his way back into directing animation after a feature career spent almost entirely in live action work. Though his earliest credits are a string of animated short films, Frankenweenie will be the first animated film directed solely by Burton - The Nightmare Before Christmas was directed by Henry Selick and Corpse Bride a co-direction - and »

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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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Their Holiday Favorites: Emily Hagins's 'Nightmare' Research

20 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Welcome to our latest entry in Their Holiday Favorites, a series in which members of the Austin film community tell us about movies they enjoy watching during the holiday season. This one is from 19-year-old Austin-based movie director Emily Hagins, whose horror-comedy My Sucky Teen Romance premiered at last year's SXSW. Here's her account of a holiday movie she not only likes but respects as a filmmaker.

I've been doing research for a script that takes place around Halloween, so a lot of the films I've been watching lately have not been so timely for the holiday season. Except! I think one of the most unique and most difficult to achieve characteristics about The Nightmare Before Christmas is that it is just as fun to watch at Halloween as it is to watch on Christmas -- the two most opposite days of the year. By exploring the darker side of »

- Jordan Gass-Poore'

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Christmas Video Vault: Jingle All The Way

20 December 2011 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Ah, being a child in the nineties: GameBoys, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, early Pixar films, Batman: The Animated Series and Pokemon trading cards. But when it comes to Christmas films, one of my favorites as a youngster was Jingle All the Way, which was not only one of my first Christmas films at the cinema, but also my first Arnold Schwarzenegger film.

With this being a staple among the massive amount of films I watch for the holiday season each year (including The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Elf), I thought that it would be a great excuse to write about this childhood film of mine and seeing how it stands as a festive treat after all these years.

The film opens up with a tacky-looking children’s action show featuring Turbo Man saving the president’s family from his arch nemesis, Dementor. The camera zooms out »

- Martyn Warren

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Thn Advent Calendar Day 17: The Nightmare Before Christmas

17 December 2011 4:16 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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.

Few directors can divide an audience like Tim Burton. There are those who’ll lap up his every film, buy the t-shirt and play with the action figure. Then there are those who adamantly dislike his levels of quirk and Helena Bonham Carter. As such, there are swarms of film fans who don’t like A Nightmare Before Christmas. Though the film was not actually directed by Burton (a fact that can probably win a few bets), his oddball fingerprints are smudged over every frame.

To ruin the opening schpiel a little, I’m fairly ambivalent towards Burton. Though I have very little time »

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Thn Advent Calendar Day 17: The Nightmare Before Christmas

17 December 2011 3:11 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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.

Few directors can divide an audience like Tim Burton. There are those who’ll lap up his every film, buy the t-shirt and play with the action figure. Then there are those who adamantly dislike his levels of quirk and Helena Bonham Carter. As such, there are swarms of film fans who don’t like A Nightmare Before Christmas. Though the film was not actually directed by Burton (a fact that can probably win a few bets), his oddball fingerprints are smudged over every frame.

To ruin the opening schpiel a little, I’m fairly ambivalent towards Burton. Though I have very little time »

- Tom Fordy

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Amazon Studios 1st Film Projects: Touching Blue, Original Soldiers, Children Of Others

16 December 2011 5:38 PM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Amazon Studios first film projects Touching Blue, Original Soldiers, and Children of Others are being produced by Denise Di Novi, Bill Gerber, and Edward Saxon. Amazon Studios was developed and launched by Amazon.com last year and invited “users to submit their scripts, storyboards, and films to the site for evaluation, discussion, and a potential deal with Warner Bros. 6,000 scripts and 600 test movies later”.

Information of the development of each film and who is producing it through Amazon Studios:

Di Novi, whose past credits include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Crazy, Stupid, Love., will produce Touching Blue. Written by Scott Mullen, the script revolves around a woman who has the unusual ability to track people based on the things they’ve touched, but suffers from physical pain whenever she’s touched by another person. The FBI enlists her and her powers to help hunt down a serial killer. »

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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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50 Movies We Can't Wait to See in 2012 - Page 2

16 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

'Rock of Ages'

Release Date: June 1

Starring: Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Tom Cruise

The Scoop: One of the most popular and acclaimed Broadway musicals in recent memory, "Rock of Ages" tells the story of a couple of small-town dreamers who get caught up in the big-city spotlight -- and it tells that story using the transformative power of '80s rock. That's enough for us, but if you're somehow not sold, the film version of "Rock of Ages" also features a Who's Who of Hollywood stars, including Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Bryan Cranston and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Rock on!

'Snow White and the Huntsman'

Release Date: June 1

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron

The Scoop: What if the classic fairy tale "Snow White" was actually a dark and moody fantasy epic? That's the premise behind "Snow White and the Hunstman," which features »

- Scott Harris

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Amazon Studios Announces First Three Projects

16 December 2011 10:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] It's been just over a year since Web retail giant Amazon launched [2] Amazon Studios, inviting users to submit their scripts, storyboards, and films to the site for evaluation, discussion, and a potential deal with Warner Bros. 6,000 scripts and 600 test movies later, the film studio has announced its first three projects, with Hollywood vets Denise Di Novi, Bill Gerber, and Edward Saxon signed on to produce. As far as I know, Amazon Studios hasn't expressed a particular interest in sticking to one genre, but it just so happens that all three films center on sci-fi premises. More details after the jump. Deadline [3] broke the story on the upcoming films, all of which are in the early development stages. No directors or actors have been announced at this time. Di Novi, whose past credits include The Nightmare Before Christmas, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Crazy, Stupid, Love., will produce Touching Blue. »

- Angie Han

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Watch: Great Stop-Motion Animated 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Opening

15 December 2011 9:47 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Last month we featured the next big project from Jamie Benning, the man behind the extensive collection of fan-made Star Wars Trilogy documentaries, in the form of Raiding the Lost Ark, another in-depth look into the making of Raiders of the Lost Ark, the start of the Indiana Jones franchise. His love for the adventure series now brings us another treat as Benning (via Movies.com) has found a fantastic stop-motion animated recreation of the opening action sequence from the film featuring Harrison Ford and Alfred Molina, some terrifying tarantulas and of course, the infamous giant rolling boulder. Watch it! Here's the spectacular stop-motion recreation of the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark: Jeff Gurwood (through his YouTube account CovertOperatives) is behind the impressive shot-for-shot sequence which looks like it could've come from the team behind Robot Chicken. While obviously it's not at the level of something like »

- Ethan Anderton

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Frankenweenie: Take a Sneak Peak at Tim Burton’s Latest Stop Motion Film

15 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

In October, we got our first look at stills from Tim Burton’s 1950’s style black-and-white stop-motion film, Frankenweenie. Burton describes the story as a “simple, pure relationship” between a boy and his beloved dog. So how exactly is 3 Mills Studios in London bringing life to this macabre tale?

A set visit with the artists at 3 Mills by ShockTillYouDrop revealed a set of supporting characters familiar to the horror genre and fascinating modern techniques for shooting for black and white.

Producer Allison Abate talks about making young Victor’s friends:

“It’s been fun making these kids. What would Boris Karloff in ‘The Mummy’ actually be like at 11 years old? What is Igor like as a 12 year old kid?”

Considering that the titular star of the film is Sparky, the resurrected dog, the size and detail of the sets and all of the other characters were scaled up appropriately. Art »

- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer

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Top Twelve Heart-Warming Christmas / Holiday Movies

14 December 2011 10:07 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

 

Last year Brad listed his list of Top Ten Christmas Movies and in 2007 David listed the ten films he considered the Top Ten Deranged Christmas Flicks. Well, I had to throw my hat in the ring with a completely different list... a list for the holiday softies. So light the fire, warm the coco and grab a blanket... What follows is my list of the twelve best Christmas/Holiday movies to warm your heart. When you compare the twelve films that follow to the two lists I just mentioned, three of them can be found on Brad's top ten and two on David's list of Deranged Christmas Flicks, but perhaps the most interesting fact of them all is that all three lists share the exact same film in the #1 slot. Weird... right? So browse through these three pages where I say a few words about each film, offer up some clips and trailers and, »

- Bill Cody

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Why TLC’s Geek Love TV Show Should Make You Angry

14 December 2011 8:27 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Is anyone actually learning anything from The Learning Channel anymore? It seems the only things they teach anymore are stereotypes. The former educational network has offered programs about parents who have a lot of children, people who bake pastries and the revolting world of youth beauty pageants, but these shows are not exposés; they don’t attempt to change anyone’s minds. Instead, they provide comforting portrayals of people we’ve already made our minds up about.

A new opportunity to point and laugh presents itself December 18th in the form of Geek Love, a new show about speed dating events that are specifically designed for sci fi/fantasy fanatics and take place at conventions. Founder Ryan Glitch, in the extended trailer for the show, pronounces that “the bar scene doesn’t work for them,” as if Geeks are some strange breed of creature that couldn’t hope to thrive the way “normal” people do. »

- Trevor Gentry-Birnbaum

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