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Holiday movies have access to a very special place in our hearts – and, to be frank, they also sometimes enjoy a free pass from our critical faculties. It doesn’t matter how absurd, bad, or cheesy they are, we love holiday movies and we keep returning to them year after year.
Yes, of course we want to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger risk life and limb for a red Turbo-Man.
Tim Allen as Santa Claus makes complete sense.
And then there are the classics – with Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life taking top billing. They pluck at our heartstrings, give us the warm-and-fuzzies, and provide us with our annual reminder that Natalie Wood was once a child actor.
- Sasha James
Good God, just look at that DVD cover. Hold me, Santa. I'm scared... Jingle All The Way 2 (2014) Director: Alex Zamm Stars: Larry The Cable Guy, Brian Stepanek, Santino Marella A broke redneck competes with his daughter's rich new stepfather to get her the Christmas season's hottest toy. The original Jingle All The Way (featured in this column way back in 2008) was enjoyable for a variety of reasons: its cynical embrace of frenzied holiday consumerism; the classic »
- Jason Adams
It’s that season again – the season where the Halloween candy isn’t even off the shelf before garish Christmas decorations are being unpacked. The season of overpriced junk being peddled as the “perfect holiday gift for friends and family”. The season of fake holiday cheer, fruity flavoured beers, and more phoney goodwill than you can shake a stick at.
Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of a cynical over-reaction, but really, Christmas for many is an annual chore, something that comes with tedious family obligations and an empty pocketbook. However, with Christmas comes some good things as well – rum and eggnog, apple pie, and Christmas movies. Christmas movies are good, right? Right?
- Jay Anderson
Jingle All the Way Rated: PG Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger When an overwrought, out-of-touch dad heads to a store on Christmas eve to get the hottest toy of the season for his anxious son, he soon finds more than he bargained for, including a hilarious encounter with Sinbad as well as some other frantic shopping crazies. Share this scene with your favorite Black Friday shoppers, Christmas-deal finders and anyone that might brave a store on Christmas Eve. Left...
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Despite being critically panned, an under-performer at the box office and the second-worst film of Arnold Schwarzenegger's '90s career (after Batman & Robin), Jingle All the Way has miraculously spawned a sequel.
There's no place for Arnie in the belated follow-up, however, as Larry the Cable Guy takes on the role of a laid-back dad struggling to get his daughter the sought-after Harrison Bear for Christmas.
Jingle All the Way 2 will be heading straight to DVD and Blu-ray on December 2.
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Say what you will about Arnold Schwarzenegger but the man knew how to star in a good Christmas film. Especially if said Christmas film revolved around one man.s insane pursuit to buy his child.s love back with a toy. Unfortunately, Larry The Cable Guy is about to sully Arnie.s good work by starring in Jingle All The Way 2. It looks as bad as it sounds. Don.t believe me? Then check out the horrid trailer for it above. It.s enough to make you wish that The Grinch really existed so that he could bring Christmas to a screeching halt immediately. But which studio do we have to blame for this festive cinematic monstrosity? Is it one of Hollywood.s biggest? Or what about a young upstart company trying to gain attention by profiting off Jingle All The Way.scult success? Nope: it.s WWE. That »
We're indebted, if indebted is the word, to the folks at Film Divider for bringing this to our attention. Earlier this year, we ran the news that a sequel was coming to the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, Jingle All The Way. Few rate the original as any kind of lost classic, but it certainly has it fans.
You will not be surprised to hear that Arnie is going nowhere near the sequel. Instead, the mantle has been passed over to Larry The Cable Guy for Jingle All The Way 2, which won't be troubling the inside of a cinema anywhere. It's a DVD and Blu-ray premiere for this one, which seems to retread the plot of the original.
It co-stars WWE star Santino Marella, and a trailer for the film has now landed. We »
It's not even Halloween yet and…wait. Scratch that. It's not even the month of October yet and we already have to start talking about Christmas. This is the reality, people, so just gird your loins for the Holiday shopping season. And to get the frenzy really whipped up, Toys "R" Us has released their official list of the toys that your children will most likely be begging and pleading Santa for to the point of tears. Now you have ample time to get them all instead of waiting until the last minute and turning your life into a Jingle All the Way situation. Remember that movie? Classic Arnold. Anyway, here are the top 15 holiday items that Toys "R" Us insists are must-haves, and they »
With so many hard "R" ratings in today's MPAA ratings bulletin it's mildly comical to me that one of them is not Dracula Untold, the Luke Evans starrer that will take a new look at the blood sucking king of all vampires and deliver it in PG-13 fashion. Ugh. As for those hard "R" movies, let's begin with Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer of which he spoke with Collider regarding making a hard "R" rated film saying: The violence you witness is Denzel doing it and we're taking some visual effects and doing some things and you see something happen it's happening in front of you as opposed to cutting away and doing a bunch of tricks. It's in front of you. So it's hard not to make it a hard 'R' if you see a guy get punched and teeth wind up in someone's knuckles, you know what I »
- Brad Brevet
It was just over 20 years ago that the world went bonkers for Beanie Babies, Ty's simple stuffed animals full of, well, beans. Two decades after the Beanie bonanza, the critters aren't worth thousands like some had hoped, and many collections have been relegated to the basement closet. But the rise and fall of Beanie Babies hasn't stopped other stuffed animals trends. The digitally connected Webkinz took off in 2005, and now it appears to be Tsum Tsum's turn. Tsum Tsum are pill-shaped plushies of varying sizes with the faces of popular Disney characters, and they are selling out fast, reports The New York Times. »
- Kelli Bender, @kbenderNYC
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.
Friday, July 25
Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »
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- Justin Vactor
The Big Show is currently on a break from WWE programming to film a new WWE Films project called Vendetta according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The filming began last week with Jen and Sylvia Soska directing it. They also directed See No Evil 2 starring Kane that will be out later this year.
The story for Vendetta revolves around a detective (played by Big Show) who deliberately commits a crime in order to wind up in prison and enact revenge on the man who murdered his wife. Show previously starred in the WWE film Knucklehead and also had minor roles in Jingle All The Way, The Waterboy and MacGruber. While no return date has been given, WWE’s film projects usually take about six weeks to film. Sometimes it’s more than that, but that’s typical of how long the films take.
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- John Canton
James Cameron has fled the human world to spend a decade with his impossibly perfect space kittens. Arnold Schwarzenegger pretends he’s still thirty years old and in Mr. Universe shape, and that “pushing seventy” is nothing more than the body count of his latest film. Jamie Lee Curtis fell off the face of the Earth and reappears only to describe the pleasing effects of yogurt on her aching bowels. But twenty years ago today, these three visionaries came together for something truly special. That something was True Lies. Cameron’s 1994 Schwarzenegger action flick/rom-com/political thriller might not be as fondly remembered as The Terminator, nor as gleefully forgotten as Jingle All the Way, but it’s an important part of the Arnold Schwarzenegger canon. And it’s got at least one moment that will stand the test of time — the film’s thrilling conclusion, in which Schwarzenegger’s Harry Tasker keeps his daughter from falling »
- Adam Bellotto
WWE Studios and Lionsgate are teaming up on six new action films the two will co-produce.
Deal kicks off with “Vendetta,” that Jen and Sylvia Soska will direct. The Soska sisters recently completed “See No Evil 2,” starring WWE’s Kane, that Lionsgate will release this fall. Company will also distribute “Leprechaun: Origins” in August.
“Vendetta,” set to star Paul Wight, otherwise known as WWE’s the Big Show (see above), revolves around a detective who deliberately commits a crime in order to wind up in prison and enact revenge on the man who murdered his wife. Justin Shady wrote the script.
- Marc Graser
Everyone has their heroes…some look up to fictional characters, some look up to fireman and police officers, I however, looked to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ever since I first laid eyes upon The Terminator (and wiped them at the heart wrenching conclusion of Terminator 2: Judgement Day) at the strangely young age of seven, Schwarzenegger has been a hero that I have worshipped every day of my life through think and thin. The astounding accomplishments of the Austrian oak (Mr Universe, Hollywood actor, Governor of California) alone are enough to warrant respect and admiration from anyone. However to me, Schwarzenegger is the Hollywood superstar and the determination, discipline and talent that lead him to those amazing accomplishment’s, is why he is my hero.
In early March I had the fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity, to attend a press conference in the beautiful Savoy Hotel, for Schwarzenegger’s new film Sabotage. »
- Ben Read
The spate of TV shows currently being adapted from films could learn a great deal from FX’s Fargo…
Twelve Monkeys. Scream. From Dusk Till Dawn. Fargo. Us networks are steadily transforming the TV listings into the ‘New Releases’ shelf of a 1996 Blockbuster. We can either stamp our feet with ‘why aren’t there any new ideas?’ rage whenever a new film-to-tv adaptation is greenlit, or we can do what we’ve always done with new shows: sift through the pile to see what actually works.
Fargo, nearing the halfway point in its Us and UK broadcasts, works.
Messing with a much-loved, much-respected film like Fargo was a risk. Screw up a TV version of Jingle All The Way and who’ll care, but screw up Fargo? You’d be the devil himself. NBC’s Warren Littlefield, now producing the FX series, passed on a Fargo TV pitch in »
It was quite the week in professional wrestling, we had a beloved cartoon figure show up on Raw and go over Damien Sandow, we received a special visit from the star of Twins and Jingle All the Way and we had the most popular wrestler on the roster, and the probable WrestleMania main-eventer staying at home. Seems like a few odd choices, but hey, what do I know? Maybe devoting 45 minutes of TV time this week to Triple H and Stephanie is what’s best for business.
Time is running out, and WWE is fumbling badly on its run to WrestleMania. Did Vince McMahon forget when the show airs? Meanwhile Tna actually had one of their best episodes in months, but that’s really not saying too much. This may sound negative, but hey, this is about the worst of the week, so let’s take a look »
- Andrew Soucek
If we were to discuss the best Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, there are only a few titles really worth considering. His best Rotten Tomatoes score -- with a 100% fresh rating -- is The Terminator. And his highest grossing movie of all time (domestically, internationally and adjusted for inflation) is Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Both of those movies are his two highest rated features on IMDb based on user votes. One or the other of the first two Terminator movies is easily crowned his best movie, but he's made plenty of guilty pleasures. You probably have a personal favorite regardless of whether it's a good movie or not. Maybe you really like Schwarzenegger's comedies like Twins or Kindergarten Cop or Jingle All the Way. There are also all...
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YouTube isn't just a great place to find cat videos and people making fools of themselves. It's also a great place to reminisce. Here are five auditions by children who made their marks in film. Jake Lloyd - Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999) Jake Lloyd was about 7 years old when he went out for the role of young Anakin Skywalker in the prequel to the original Star Wars trilogy. He won the multi-country audition process that spanned 3 years and involved more than 3,000 children. Although Lloyd had previously worked on other films, most notably Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Jingle All the Way (1996), the role of the boy Vader seemingly so defined him (and, unfortunately, led to a lot of harsh childhood teasing) that he...
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