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The holiday season just doesn't feel right until you've watched some of the classic Christmas movies. Turns out, the stars agree!
Watch: Flashback: Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Turns 20!
We rounded up a few of our favorite stars, who shared their favorite holiday films with Et.
When Netflix adds, it must also delete.
While Netflix is adding a ton of movies and TV shows to its streaming library in January 2015, periodically, the streaming service has to do a little housecleaning. A number of titles are due to expire at the end of the year, which means the its the end for some '80s and '90s favorites ("Batman," Beverly Hills Cop," "Happy Gilmore," "Spaceballs"), a handful of Oscar winners ("Gladiator," "Braveheart," "Kramer vs. Kramer"), and a few modern classics ("The Usual Suspects," "Love Actually," "The Breakfast Club").
We've said it before and we'll say it again: Watch 'em while you can!
Netflix Titles Expiring on January 1, 2015
"12 Angry Men" (1957)
"A Mighty Heart" (2007)
"A River Runs Through It" (1992)
"Bad Boys" (1995)
"Beethoven's 2nd" (1993)
"Beverly Hills Cop" (1984)
"Big Trouble in Little China" (1986)
"Boyz n the Hood" (1991)
"Can't Buy Me Love" (1987)
- Tim Hayne
Valentine's Day. New Year's Eve. Christmas, via Love Actually. Plenty of cold-weather holidays have inspired lighthearted ensemble rom-coms featuring intertwining stories and scads of celebrities. So why not the Jewish Festival of Lights? That's where we come in. This year, EW decided to celebrate Hanukkah (which begins tonight at sundown) by imagining our ideal Hanukkah movie—starring a boatload of Jewish celebrities (appearing under their real names!) and directed, of course, by Garry Marshall. Click below to see our movie's im-poster, designed as always by Jef Castro—and to learn which boldface names Hillary Busis and Esther Zuckerman decided to pair up in the film. »
- EW staff
While you're making your way through the new movies streaming on Netflix in December, you may need to reprioritize that watching list. The service has just released the list of titles that will be expiring from streaming on Jan. 1, 2015, and there are some good ones in here, like Titanic, Love Actually, The Wedding Planner, and You've Got Mail. There's no telling when or if these movies might come back, so take a look at the list and figure out what you need to see now! 12 Angry Men (1957) A Mighty Heart (2007) A River Runs Through It (1992) Backdraft (1991) Bad Boys (1995) Batman (1989) Beethoven (1992) Beethoven's 2nd (1993) Beverly Hills Cop (1984) Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Boyz n the Hood (1991) Braveheart (1995) Can't Buy Me Love (1987) Carrie (1976) D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996) Duck Soup (1933) Far and Away (1992) G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero; Seasons 1-2 (1983 and 1986) Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985) Gladiator (2000) Good Burger (1997) Guess Who's Coming to Dinner »
Having come to the conclusion that it's genuinely useful to tell its users what movies will soon be expiring from its service, Netflix has released a list of the movies that will disappear from its coffers (some presumably only for a few months) on January 1. Start watching!12 Angry Men (1957)A Mighty Heart (2007)A River Runs Through It (1992)Backdraft (1991)Bad Boys (1995)Batman (1989)Beethoven (1992)Beethoven's 2nd (1993)Beverly Hills Cop (1984)Big Trouble in Little China (1986)Boyz n the Hood (1991)Braveheart (1995)Can't Buy Me Love (1987)Carrie (1976)D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)Duck Soup (1933)Far and Away (1992)G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Seasons 1–2 (1983–1986)Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985)Gladiator (2000)Good Burger (1997)Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)Happy Gilmore (1996)Hitch (2005)Hotel Rwanda (2004)Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)Kiss the Girls (1997)Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)Love Actually (2003)Manhattan (1979)Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)My Girl (1991)My Girl »
- Vulture Editors
What's worse than the total agony of being in love? Turning on Netflix to stream Love Actually and realizing it's no longer available. Luckily, Netflix is giving its users a heads-up by releasing a list of films expiring on New Year's Day. Fans can get their fill of a dancing, presidential Hugh Grant by watching the holiday movie on repeat before Jan. 1. Read more Here Are the Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix in January Take a look at the list below to pick which films to watch as you sit on the couch recovering from holiday parties.
- Lorena O'Neil
Anyone's who's logged into Netflix lately has no doubt noted the presence of Love Actually in the "Popular on Netflix" category. That's because the British comedy has become something of a modern classic for the holiday season. But not everyone sees it that way.
The ensemble film with nine different plots set around Christmas hit theaters in 2003 to high anticipation. Not only was this filmmaker Richard Curtis' follow-up to the popular Four Weddings and Funeral and Notting Hill, but it also boasted so many popular British stars that there was no way it could fail, right? Well... while some fans are still devoted to the film, they're the first to admit that it's an imperfect movie. But while TVGuide.com editor Joyce Eng embraces the film's range of stories and strong performances, fellow editor Hanh Nguyen is put off by the often depressing plots and creepy, male-centric take on so-called romance. »
- Joyce Eng and Hanh Nguyen
Best known to American audiences as the star of Peter Jackson's Hobbit franchise and as "hey, that one guy!" from Love Actually, British actor Martin Freeman definitely had something to prove on last night's Saturday Night Live – mainly, of course, that he's funny. Freeman's background in comedy might not come across while he's traipsing around Middle-earth, but there was no arguing with his comedic chops once he took the stage for a funny and exceedingly well-timed monologue. If Freeman had the first-time jitters, they weren't apparent here, and the »
Most of the specialty screenings around town this week are related in some form or another to Christmas. The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz is giving you multiple ways to enjoy Home Alone on the big screen, including all-you-can-eat pizza parties along with standard showings and quote-along versions. There are also standard and quote along screenings to choose from of Elf and Love Actually, while Tough Guy Cinema has 35mm showings of Die Hard on Sunday and Tuesday. Music Monday is showing a brand new documentary called Jingle Bell Rocks about people who are obsessed with Christmas music and even Terror Tuesday is getting into the spirit with Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Alamo Lakeline and Alamo Slaughter are screening a digital restoration of It's A Wonderful Life on Saturday and Sunday and A Christmas Story will be featured as a quote-along screening that comes with a Chinese dinner at Alamo Slaughter on »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Love Actually is a really fun movie that’s just absolutely full of lies. The most obvious lie, of course, is that it’s cute and romantic to try to steal your best friend’s wife away from him, but by far the most blatant lie is that there is anything even a little bit pleasant about the airport around the holidays. Airports are always miserable places, but around the holidays, they reach Dmv levels of soul-suckery. It would take some kind of whip-smart, prickly, freshly crowned Prince of TV Comedy to fully embody all of tha— Oh Hey, it’s Billy Eichner!In true holiday spirit, this stretch of New Girl episodes has proven to be the gift that keeps on giving. Last week, we got Nadia’s present-stomping; this week, we have Billy Eichner as a snide airport employee whose fuse is getting shorter by the minute. His »
- Jenny Jaffe
Universal Pictures has announced that filming has wrapped on Dad’s Army, the upcoming feature remake of the beloved British comedy series, and the film has been given a UK release date of February 5th, 2016.
“We are proud to bring Dad’s Army to cinema audiences early 2016. This feature film re-imagining of the characters from the original comedy series, which remains a cultural heritage, is sure to please all audiences. We cannot wait to see sold-out cinemas enjoy the antics of timeless creations like Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Wilson and their platoon and discover other characters both familiar and new.”
Here’s the official synopsis…
It is 1944 and World War II is reaching its climax. The Allies are poised to invade France and finally defeat the German army. But in Walmington-on-Sea morale amongst the Home Guard is low. Their new mission then – to patrol the Dover army base – is a great »
- Gary Collinson
‘Twas some time before Christmas, and all through the ‘port, New Girl roomies were waiting, some at the food court.”
As its title suggests, this year’s holiday episode/fall finale of the Fox comedy, “LAXmas,” takes place at the bustling transportation hub as Jess, her pals and the rest of the California try to get to their destinations before Santa does. But are they successful? Read on to find out!
Life’S Rich Pageant | Jess and Ryan sneak away from their school’s inexplicably dark Christmas pageant (think an elf bemoaning a gingerbread man’s ripped-off arm) to make out in the closet. »
The festive period is now well and truly upon us. And to get into the spirit of the season, the good people of Great Britain have decided to figure out the greatest Christmas movies of all time. But what came out on top in their poll? Well none other than Will Ferrell.s delightful romp, Elf. According to Back to the Movies, those crazy Brits managed to compile a list that embraced Christmas movies from a variety of generations. Elf just beat It.s A Wonderful Life to the top spot, while the rest of the list was rounded off by Miracle On 34th Street, Home Alone, White Christmas, The Grinch, Love Actually, The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Snowman and Polar Express. In fact, just looking at those films has already got me making a list and checking it twice in order to find out who.s naughty and nice. »
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
This week, Mariah Carey performed "All I Want for Christmas Is You" live at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting, making a strong case that the producers should probably just hire the girl from Love Actually for next year's ceremony. In other festive news, Reese Witherspoon sang random Christmas carols with Jimmy Fallon. Also, the cast of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman reunited for a Breaking Bad-esque reboot, and a pug experienced the unbeatable bliss of getting a bath in the sink. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
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- TV Guide News
One of the most heartwarming moments in Love Actually comes when Sam runs after Joanna at the airport, but in the movie's original version, that scene had a totally different spin. The first draft of the film highlighted Sam's gymnastic skills, and in the airport scene, he is seen flipping and cartwheeling his way past the gates and over rows of people. The most impressive feat, though, comes when he treats a pole at the gate as if it's a gymnastics high bar. As entertaining as the deleted scene may be, we have to say, we're happy with the more realistic final edit. Watch the full clip above, then check out 33 Love Actually moments that fill your heart, plus the hilariously true Love Actually honest trailer! »
“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… a tell-all Rolling Stone cover story! And when I got over the shock and told her I still loved her, she basically told me to stuff it. Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la!”
While Deacon doesn’t exactly sing that little mash-up in this week’s holiday-tinged Nashville, he probably should, because it’s an accurate representation of what happens. But before you start crooning “Blue Christmas” for all of the Music City folk, take heart in the fact that Juliette and Avery cannot deny the fact that they go together like egg »
As Winter sets in, all we really want to do is make some hot cocoa and navigate to Netflix. A ton of great movies are arriving in December, and there are already some holiday classics available for streaming. We've gone ahead and rounded up the best of Netflix's Christmas-themed movies for your viewing pleasure. Whether you're looking for nostalgia, animation, or something slightly spooky, take a look at what Netflix has to offer! Love Actually Source: Universal Pictures Does it get any more heartwarming than Love Actually? The holiday film starring Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, and a handful of intertwining love stories is fantastically perfect for the season. Watch it now! Scrooged Source: Paramount Pictures This Bill Murray comedy is a favorite of curmudgeons and holiday-lovers alike. Watch him as he takes on the role of Frank Cross, a cold-hearted TV executive who learns the meaning of Christmas in »
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. »
Welcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise.
Today's Holiday Favorites are from a couple active in the Austin film community. Filmmaker Jennifer Harlow's most recent movie, the feature The Sideways Light (my review, my interview), premiered at the Austin Film Festival in October. Her husband, actor Mark Reeb, has appeared in a number of local films, including The Overbrook Brothers, Eve of Understanding and the short Happy Voodoo ... as well as The Sideways Light.
From Jennifer Harlow:
There are lots of movies I watch every year at Christmas: Love Actually, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Harold and Kumar. Here I make my case for Christopher Columbus's Rent as the best Christmas movie ever, or "Jesse L. Martin Jesse L. Martin Jesse L. Martin."
"December 24, 9 pm, Eastern Standard Time. »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
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