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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.
There have been a few films recently that rely almost entirely on the performance of one performer. A single hander, to use theatrical parlance. Recently we had Buried and 127 Hours (both 2010). But did you know there is a Christmas movie relying 100% on a single performance? That movie is The Grinch (2000). Of course, it features a large supporting cast of fine comic actors, but let’s face it, this is a one man show.
Jim Carrey stars as the titular Grinch and is barely recognisable beneath the fantastic makeup/costume bestowed upon him, but the voice and movement reveal the Ventura within. He chews the »
- John Sharp
When considering the greatest Christmas movies of all time, there is one that is always over looked. Be it journalistic snobbery, or a tragic lack of awareness, this movie is always omitted from festive film lists. The premise alone warrants its place on any list worth its seasonal salt: Evil body building millionaire Blake Thorne (Hulk Hogan) gets amnesia and then believes that he is Santa Claus.
I mean, come on! Just read that again! Who wouldn’t want to see this movie?
You? Everyone else? Me? Yeah, sounds about right.
- John Sharp
Feature Simon Brew 3 Dec 2013 - 07:04
Getting a 12A rating might've been about maximising profits for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but there are some benefits to it...
To be on the safe side, it's probably best to give this article a miss if you've not seen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
This weekend, I finally caught up with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I went to my local multiplex on a Sunday afternoon, and was surprised at the number of under 10s that had been hauled along too. But then I remembered: Catching Fire is a 12A.
By the end of the movie, I was wondering if it should have been. There seems an ongoing slight relaxation of what's allowed in a 12A/PG-13 movie, as more and more studios target their big movies at exactly that sweet spot. In the Venn diagram of movie making, it's the crossover »
1 | On Bones, how did Brennan not get dismissed during jury selection?
2 | After his epic breath-holding bout this week, how many Grimm episodes are we away from Nick spontaneously growing wings and taking flight?
- Team TVLine
“Closetcon ‘13” marks a rare occasion where a Modern Family episode succeeds in concept and execution without relying on a big family get-together. Although the title comes from the name of the convention that Jay and Claire are attending this week, each story deals with a closet-related crisis, two of which are inspired and one that is handled surprisingly well, despite a predictable set-up.
The first proverbial closet, of course, has to do with acceptance of one’s homosexuality. Mitch, Cam and Lily head up to Cam’s pig farm in Missouri. A tornado warning has forced them in the basement with Cam’s grandmother (Ann Guilbert), lovingly referred to as “Gram Gram,” although she is not far from her deathbed. Out of touch with the ‘progressive’ nature of sociopolitical American life, the grandmother disdains gay people – which makes it tough for Cam to explain Mitch’s presence (as well as Lily, »
- Jordan Adler
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired Us and Canadian rights to Frontera, starring Ed Harris (Snowpiercer, Pain & Gain, Phantom, Pollock, Apollo 13), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives, The Heartbreak Kid, The Sentinel), Michael Peña (American Hustle, End of Watch, The Lincoln Lawyer), Aden Young (Killer Elite) and Amy Madigan (Gone Baby Gone, Field of Dreams). The film was directed by Michael Berry, from a script he co-wrote with Juan Luis Moulinett III, and produced by Ocean Blue Entertainment and executive producer Eric Austin Williams.
In the vein of Traffic and Babel, Frontera is set in the dangerous area between the United States and Mexico. After crossing the border illegally for work, Miguel (Michael Peña), a hard-working father and devoted husband, finds himself wrongfully accused of murdering a former sheriff's (Ed Harris) wife. After learning of his imprisonment, Miguel's pregnant wife (Eva Longoria) tries »
Michael Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) breaks into Bobby Trench's (Denzel Washington) house in our exclusive deleted scene from 2 Guns, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD November 19. The story centers on two undercover agents sent to take down a drug cartel, when their mission goes awry, forcing them to go on the run together to clear their names. Check out this scene that you couldn't see in theaters before taking director Baltasar Kormákur's action-thriller home on Blu-ray and DVD.
When an attempt to take down a drug cartel blows up in their faces, two undercover operatives are forced to go on the run together, though neither knows that the other is a federal agent. Suddenly, everyone on both sides of the law wants them dead, and their only hope is to trust each other. Filled with non-stop action and suspense, critics are raving "Washington and Wahlberg are at their very best" (Pete Hammond, »
Cundey will receive the Asc’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Serra the International Achievement Award and Rawlings the Career Achievement in Television Award.
“Anyone who has been in the presence of these three brilliant and talented individuals should count themselves lucky,” said Asc president Richard Crudo. “Dean, Eduardo and Dick have each had an immeasurable impact on our art form, and we’re proud to have the opportunity to honour their outstanding craftsmanship.”
Serra’s (pictured) credits include The Wings Of The Dove, Girl »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Cinematographers Dean Cundey, Eduardo Serra and Richard Rawlings Jr. will be honored at the 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) awards on February 1, 2014. Cundey will receive the Asc’s Lifetime Achievement Award; Serra will be presented with the International Achievement Award; and Rawlings will pick up the org’s Career Achievement in Television Award.Cundey’s credits include collaborating with John Carpenter on “Halloween,” “The Fog,” “Escape from New York,” “The Thing” and “Big Trouble in Little China,” among other titles. For his work on Robert Zemeckis’s “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” Cundey garnered Oscar and BAFTA nominations. Zemeckis and Cundey also teamed up on the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “Romancing the Stone,” and “Death Becomes Her.” Cundey earned his first nomination at the Asc for Steven Spielberg’s “Hook,” and a second one for Ron Howard’s “Apollo 13.” Serra earned his first Oscar nom for Iain Softley »
- Beth Hanna
Cinematographers Dean Cundey, Eduardo Serra (pictured above) and Richard Rawlings, Jr. will receive lifetime achievement awards from the American Society of Cinematographers, the Asc announced on Thursday. The awards will be presented at the Asc Awards ceremony on Feb. 1 in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland center. Cundey, who will receive the Asc’s Lifetime Achievement Award, has served as director of photography on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Back to the Future,” “Apollo 13,” “Jurassic Park” and a number of films with John Carpenter, including “Halloween,” “The Fog” and “Escape From New York.” Portuguese cinematographer Serra, who will be. »
- Steve Pond
• Review of Gravity
Competitors stampeded away from the release date in panic, giving director Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity a clear run at the UK audience. The result: an impressive £6.24m, including Thursday takings of £619,000. This is the biggest opening for lead actors Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Bullock's biggest debuts were this summer's The Heat (£2.5m, including £910,000 in previews), the punctuation-challenged Two Weeks Notice (£2.64m), and Speed (£2.31m). Clooney's previous best openings were Ocean's Eleven (£5.1m), and Batman and Robin (£4.94m). Cuarón's previous best is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which achieved a mighty debut of £23.88m thanks to an aggressive preview strategy.
Comparisons with films that occupy a similar market positioning are tricky, »
- Charles Gant
Paul Mantee, an actor with more than 120 credits on the IMDb who’s probably best known for his role as Det. Al Carossa on “Cagney & Lacey” and as the star of cult film “Robinson Crusoe on Mars,” has died. He was 82.
Mantee was toiling in small, often uncredited roles in the likes of “The Rifleman” or “Hawaiian Eye” when he was chosen to star in the 1964 sci-fi adventure “Robinson Crusoe on Mars,” a survival tale in which the actor played an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet with a monkey. (Adam West co-starred in the film.) The film has come to be critically hailed, and Mantee also appeared the same year in a supporting role in the feature Western “Blood on the Arrow,” but he largely returned to labor in TV roles.
- Variety Staff
Veteran actor and writer Paul Mantee is dead at 82. Mantee is best known for playing Det. Al Corassa from 1983-1988, the CBS police procedural starring Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless. His numerous other TV credits include guest turns on “Murder She Wrote,” “Seinfeld,”"Kojak,” “Mission Impossible,” “The A Team” and “The Fall Guy.” His movie credits include science-fiction classic,1964′s “Robinson Crusoe on Mars.” He has also appeared in the films “Memorial Day,” “Apollo 13,” “The Great Santini” and “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” Also read: Mary Carver, the Mom on TV’s ‘Simon and Simon,’ Dead at 89 After retiring from acting, »
- Jethro Nededog
The tough guy starred in the sci-fi classic "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" and played Det. Al Corassa on TV's "Cagney & Lacey."
A longtime resident of Malibu who wrote columns for the local newspaper, Mantee played the health inspector on a 1994 episode of Seinfeld, "The Pie;" had a recurring role as Commander Clayton on Hunter, the police drama that starred Fred Dryer; and appeared as Cornell, a henchman for Catwoman who disguises himself as Batman to frame the Caped Crusader for a robbery in a 1967 storyline that saw the villainess go back to college.
Mantee died Nov. 7, The Malibu Times reported.
- Mike Barnes
Stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013 so far. Just don’t call it science fiction. I’m “biast” (pro): the trailers were horrifying and amazing; love Cuarón and Clooney
I’m “biast” (con): have not been the biggest fan of Bullock
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It’s making me a little bit crazy that people are calling Gravity “science fiction.” It’s not. There’s nothing speculative or fantastical about it. If anything, it’s historical… because, you know, the space shuttles ain’t flying anymore, and are now firmly lodged in the “mothballed technology” category. Not that there isn’t historical science fiction, of course. But Gravity ain’t that, either. The few things that aren’t quite factually accurate here — like how Sandra Bullock wouldn’t actually look so sleek and pretty when she shimmies »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Alfonso Cuarón's glorious creation, less sci-fi and more a thriller set in space, makes you breathless with excitement
Alfonso Cuarón's incredibly exciting, visually amazing film is about two astronauts floating in space. The title refers to the one big thing almost entirely absent from the film: it's like The Seventh Seal being called Levity or Last Tango in Paris Chastity. With gorgeous, tilting planet Earth far below in its shimmering blue aura, a bulkily suited spaceman and spacewoman veer, swoop and swerve in woozy slo-mo as they go about their business tethered to the station, like foetuses still attached to their umbilical cords. The movie's final sequence hints at some massive cosmic rebirth; a sense that these people are the first or last human beings in the universe, like something by Kubrick.
Sandra Bullock plays a scientific engineer, Dr Ryan Stone, who after six months' specialist Nasa training »
- Peter Bradshaw
In Go For Sisters, the new movie from legendary independent filmmaker John Sayles, two childhood friends cross paths again at fragile moments in each other’s adult lives. Fontayne (Yolonda Ross) is a recovering drug addict just out of jail; Bernice (LisaGay Hamilton) is her new parole officer. But while Bernice should immediately recuse herself from the renewed relationship, she comes to rely on Fontayne — and her underworld contacts — when her son goes missing near the Mexican border. Together, the women recruit a disgraced Lapd detective (Edward James Olmos) who they hope can help them navigate the underbelly of Tijuana and rescue the young man. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Titan Comics has announced a world-first English translation of the acclaimed French comic Snowpiercer in a pair of graphic novels hitting stores in early 2014 ahead of the Us release of the film. We have details and an early look right here!
Written by the late Jacques Lob, winner of the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême, and Benjamin Legrand, the author of numerous thriller novels, screenplays, and comic scripts, Snowpiercer is illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, who has worked across a variety of projects and genres, from science fiction comics to children’s cartoons – including adaptations of Voltaire’s Candide and Homer’s Odyssey.
Look for Snowpiercer Volume 1: The Escape on January 29, 2014, with Volume 2: The Explorers following on February 25, 2014.
The thrilling original graphic novels have been adapted into an astounding new film directed by Joon-ho Bong (The Host), starring Chris Evans (Captain America), Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World »
- Debi Moore
This week sees the UK release of Gravity. Written and directed by Alfonzo Cuarón, the mind behind Children Of Men, Gravity stars A-listers Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. The film has been both a box-office and critically acclaimed success.
The film joins Dr Ryan Stone (Bullock) on her first space expedition aboard the Space Shuttle Explorer. Ryan is joined on her mission by veteran astronaut Max Kowalski (Clooney). The two person crew encounter problems whilst completing a routine spacewalk to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
All the commotion about the film has got us at Thn thinking about all things space-related. Yesterday James Story contemplated the idea of space itself and how it is portrayed within the world of film. Today I take us through some of the more iconic space explorers all of which started their journey on Earth.
Captain Steve Hiller
As Seen In: Independence Day.
Played By: Will Smith. »
- Kat Smith
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg star in 2 Guns, an adrenaline-fueled, non-stop action thriller that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who must team up for their mutual benefit and survival. 2 Guns is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack DVD and Digital November 19, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. To celebrate this new release, we have a giveaway where fans can take home this exciting new release on Blu-ray. Take a look at how you can win.
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