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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you turn the festive period is out in force, decorations are up and it is almost impossible to enter a high-street shop and not be greeted with a Christmas song. Some people can’t get enough of the holiday, my neighbours have had their decorations up since mid-November, others however feel differently. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Christmas, just in small doses. I’m pretty sure this stems from many years working in the retail sector wherein you have to start thinking and planning for Christmas as early as July. The working environment gets manic, managers expect the moon, and the customers can become downright rude. The ‘joys’ of Michael Buble and Chris Rea are also thrust upon staff from around October. Listening to the same ten songs on repeat for a forty hour week is torture enough »
- Kat Smith
This review contains spoilers.
7.10 Bad Santa
What a relief!
This season of Castle has not been one of their best. From ridiculous plots (involving inter-dimensional travel) to non-existent ones (where any useful evidence is withheld until seconds before the killer is revealed) to the explanation that is nothing of the kind (Rick ran away from last season’s wedding to do what exactly?), it’s been pretty disappointing. So honesty, I wasn’t expecting much this last week. And that’s especially sad considering the episode, Bad Santa, includes two actors I generally love: Vincent Spano and Paul Ben-Victor. But their appearances did have me expecting a mafia-related episode, and I think that was probably the only thing I guessed right. I was certainly wrong about the level of quality I expected.
Because this »
Christmas means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but to Pop Up Screens Christmas means doing something special and unique to get some of that awesome spirit and into swing of things.
This Christmas Pop Up Screens will once be turning the beautiful 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill into a snow-filled winter wonderland to create London’s only cinema in the snow and its only got one way in: through their own magic wardrobe. That’s right you’re going to enter through a wardrobe and find a snow filled winter wonderland of a cinema inside. Pop Up Screens have taken it upon themselves to ensure that you’ll see at least one white Christmas this year bursting with sparkle, Christmas cheer, all your favorite festive movies… and of course… boozy hot chocolate, mulled wine and other treats!
Pop Up Screens’ snow starts falling »
- Dan Bullock
The following contains spoilers from the Castle winter finale.
The midseason finale of ABC’s Castle found Kate crafting for her husband a sweet and poetic Christmas gift, while all the NYPD left in the novelist’s stocking was a huge lump of coal.
In short: While investigating the case of whacked mob doctor, Rick suddenly found himself bound by an omertà blood oath, with crime boss Dino Scarpella. And though the “bond” indeed afforded Rick the access he needed to talk to the right underworld figures about the murder, it ultimately cost him his association with the NYPD, when »
Can you believe we're already halfway through this season of Castle? I feel elderly waxing about how the time flies, but then again I'm typing this while sitting under a heated blanket and sipping Earl Grey, so perhaps the shoe fits. This week's mid-season finale, "Bad Santa," is part Christmas episode and part game-changer, along with all the questionable ethics we've come to expect from our beloved show.
It's Christmas time and there's a need to be afraid... Here's Christine's review of a particularly bonkers festive episode of Grimm...
This review contains spoilers.
4.7 The Grimm Who Stole Christmas
You know that old saying, “nutty as a fruitcake”? Well that could easily be applied to this week’s Grimm (and if you’ve seen the episode, this works on a couple of different levels.)
While last year we had the Wesen version of Bad Santa in Krampus, The Grimm Who Stole Christmas is this year’s nod to the festive season.
The mystery centred on three little goblins who wreaked havoc on the festivities. However, they turn out not to be Wesen but pubescent boys – awful smell and all – which are afflicted by a rare genetic, seasonal disorder that makes them go as bonkers as if they’ve consumed an family-sized tin of Quality Street.
“Are you really telling »
Recently, ABC released this new, 2nd sneak peek/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Castle" episode 10 of season 7, and it features Beckett and Castle having a little fun at a strip club before a mob dude shows up, so Castle can throw some questions at him over a recent murder, and more. The episode is labeled, "Bad Santa.” The official plotline for episode 10, reads like this: "When an ER physician is gunned down in the street, Castle and Beckett will soon discover that the victim was a mob doctor to a Mafia family run by an old friend of Castle's. Also, against the backdrop of Christmas, Esposito and Lanie are going to reach a defining moment in their relationship." Episode 10 is set to air this Monday night, December 8th at 9pm central time on ABC. »
Or, That Time That Santa Went to Prison and Dad Broke Parole to Spring Him. You know, for kids! A new classic in the annals of Yuletide movie misfires. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Or, That Time That Santa Went to Prison and Dad Broke Parole to Spring Him. You know, for kids! No, seriously: That’s really what Get Santa is. In the annals of Yuletide movie misfires — of which there are many — this is up there with Santa with Muscles and Santa Claus, the Movie (counting only the ones aimed at children, that is). I don’t know what anyone involved here was thinking: Father Christmas and the criminal justice system do not go together. There is nothing jolly about jail.
I re-emphasize: This is a movie intended for children, complete with aw-shucks father-son bonding, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Last night, ABC served up the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Castle" episode 10 of season 7, and it gives us new looks at Beckett and Castle working the whole mobster angle. And Castle is seen getting into some trouble. Someone gets wickedly thrown through glass, and more! The episode is titled, "Bad Santa.” In the new,10th episode official plotline: "When an ER physician is gunned down in the street, Castle and Beckett will soon discover that the victim was a mob doctor to a Mafia family run by an old friend of Castle's. Also, against the backdrop of Christmas, Esposito and Lanie are going to reach a defining moment in their relationship." The episode was written by Chad Gomez Creasey & Dara Resnik Creasey and it was directed by Bill Roe. Episode 10 is scheduled to air on Monday night, December 8th at 9pm central time on ABC. »
While everyone associates Love Actually with Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, and Colin Firth, the holiday favorite also boasts some present-day stars who had cameos or storylines that weren't quite as major or memorable. For the upcoming holiday season, we're looking back at the actors whose careers were launched by Love Actually or had blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments. Keep reading to see who was in the project and don't forget to relive your love for the flick by checking out the best Love Actually GIFs. January Jones and Elisha Cuthbert Before she found success on TV as Mad Men's Betty Draper, an unknown January Jones shared a scene with then-24 star Elisha Cuthbert as one of the too-good-to-be-true American girls whom geeky Colin (played by Kris Marshall) encounters at a bar in Minnesota. Martin Freeman It's easy to forget that The Hobbit and Sherlock star Martin Freeman is featured in one of the storylines in Love Actually. »
Alexa here with your weekly arts and crafts break. Every year around this time I hunker down with a good cup of tea (possibly spiked), some DVDs and a reliable pen so that I can start addressing all those holiday greetings. Although I curse at having to address 100+ envelopes, I do love getting all the lovely mail in return. I am still waiting for someone to come up with a good Bad Santa greeting but here are some of the cooler handmade film-themed greetings spied this year.
Mark Darcy's jumper card available here.
Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Castle" episode 10 of season 7. The episode is entitled, "Bad Santa," and it turns out that we're going to see Castle and Beckett deal with a new case that involves the Mafia when one of their doctors gets shot dead in the street, and more! In the new, 10th episode press release: When an ER physician is gunned down in the street, Castle and Beckett are going to soon discover that the victim was a mob doctor to a Mafia family run by an old friend of Castle's. Also, against the backdrop of Christmas, Esposito and Lanie will reach a defining moment in their relationship. Guest stars feature: Carole Gutierrez as Dr. Deb Lander, Larry Poindexter as Det. McBride, Vincent Spano as Christopher Carlucci, Mo Gallini as Rocco Carducci, Paul Ben-Victor as Dino Scarpella and Alex Frnka as Jane Scarpella. »
A grumpy old loner who comes to embrace the spirit of friendship and community? It’s like Groundhog Day. Well, it is and it isn’t
• Bill Murray interviewed
• St Vincent reviewed
Does anyone remember The Hidden, a nifty, nasty and inventive 1987 sci-fi B movie with Kyle MacLachlan? It’s about an alien organism of maximum hostility and violence that can transfer itself from one human host to another, each time discarding the previous used-up host-corpse. And it never dies: it just reappears in another guise.
This reminds me a great deal of St Vincent, Bill Murray’s brand-new old-codger movie. The story of a kid named Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher) and his newly divorced mother (Melissa McCarthy) who move in next door to a grouchy old alcoholic and degenerate gambler (that’ll be Bill), it is the umpteenth retread of a venerable and creaky Hollywood standard that reboots itself incessantly in ever-changing forms. »
- John Patterson
Do not be shocked if St. Vincent seems familiar; a grumpy old man who can barely take care of himself forced to tend to the needs of a child is a concept well many have drawn from. By taking a proven premise first time director Theodore Melfi is clearing hoping his first time is not also his last time.
Bad Santa, the original Bad News Bears, and even The Mighty Ducks have used this idea with staggering success. Typically the key to making it work is getting right cantankerous man to play the part. Walter Mattau, Billy Bob Thorton, and now Bill Murray can be added to the list of people that have taken this familiar role and made it uniquely their own.
Murray plays Vincent, »
- Dan Clark
The Santa Clause is 20 years old today—and while the series spawned a trilogy of family-friendly holiday films, we can't forget the franchise's dark origins. Tim Allen's Scott Calvin becomes Santa Claus by accidentally causing the original St. Nick to fall to his doom. Sure, the film pushes a "seeing is believing" message and includes plenty of warm and fuzzy holiday cheer—but it still starts off with the death of Santa Claus. The Santa Clause isn't the only movie to put a dark spin on the holiday season; there's a long and storied cinematic history of strange, bleak, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
The makers of “A Merry Friggin' Christmas” sprung for the fancy wrapping but skimped on the gift inside. How else to explain the gathering of such a talented and likable cast in service of such undercooked, utterly laugh-free material? Of trivial interest for containing one of Robin Williams’ final screen performances (the late actor has three additional films awaiting release), this feature helming debut from prolific TV comedy director Tristram Shapeero is nevertheless “Friggin'” forgettable. Hitting theaters and VOD three weeks before Thanksgiving, the pic’s dysfunctional family antics are sure to be little but a hazy memory come Christmas.
Clocking in at a brisk 72 minutes (not including end credits) and overflowing with engaging thesps, pic should be a breeze to watch. But if the shockingly simplistic final product is remotely reflective of the original script, tyro scribe Michael Brown’s take on an adult son, Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale »
- Geoff Berkshire
The holidays are almost upon us, and if you just can't wait to re-watch seasonal classics like "White Christmas" or "The Muppet Christmas Carol," they're available right now on Netflix. There are also a few Thanksgiving-themed movies you can stream, our favorite being, of course, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."
There's something for almost every taste, whether you want something nice like an animated film for the kids or something very naughty, like "Bad Santa."
1. "American Son" (2008) R
Nick Cannon stars as a young Marine who's just completed basic training and is about to ship out to Iraq: But first, he's home for a volatile four-day Thanksgiving with friends and family.
2. "The House of Yes" (1997) R
- Sharon Knolle
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Question: Is Grey’s Anatomy planning a big cliffhanger for the winter finale, similar to last December’s Jackson/April wedding brouhaha? —Jared
Ausiello: I hear the Nov. 20 episode will end with a cliffhanger, but whether or not it’s on par with the climax in the 2013 fall finale is probably subjective. (For example, Mer/Der fans will likely deem this year’s cliffhanger a bigger deal than last year’s.) Bonus Scoop: It was incorrect of me »
Robin Williams remained a dynamic performer all the way up to his untimely demise earlier this year, but he all too rarely worked on projects that were up to his level of comic brilliance. And if you were hoping that “A Merry Friggin’ Christmas” bucked that trend, get ready for a movie that's the equivalent of the gift that goes straight to the exchange counter on December 26. The dysfunctional-family comedy ranks among my very favorite flavor of Christmas movies — films like “The Ref,” “Bad Santa,” and French import “La Bûche” all do a great job of cutting through Yuletide »
- Alonso Duralde
Update: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that Castle will air the sixth episode of its seventh season next Monday, Nov. 10. Last fans heard of Castle's disappearance, Castle was being warned that he might not want the truth. And according to showrunner David Amann, the truth isn't going to reveal itself anytime soon considering that Castle's disappearance won't be revisited in the next four episodes. However, Amann did promise that we'll come into contact with it again in the near future. And when we do, fans don't need to be worried about the truth messing with Castle and Beckett's relationship. »
- Samantha Highfill
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