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Merry Christmas, gentle readers! Today is a day for spending time with loved ones, yelling at those loved ones, giving them gifts, refilling their drinks. It's also a day for popping in a DVD in the living room while working through a food coma. What will it be? The list of movies that have explored this eggnog-drenched holiday is nearly as long as Santa's own. Now action, now rom-com, now satire and thriller!
With some strong 'nog in hand, we took a look back at some of the very best and very worst a big screen Noel has to offer and plucked out our favorite elements from each. Gather the family round the computer screen and take in MTV News' Christmas Movie Awards.
When Louis Winthorpe III hits rock bottom, he soars to the highest ranks of cinematic Santas. Booted from his cushy »
- Eric Ditzian
What movies do you Love watching over the Christmas season?
It’s impossible to turn on a TV in December without seeing one of the good ‘ol standard holiday flicks: It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, The Santa Clause, Rudolph … the list goes on and on. We all have our fave go-to Christmas movies and the stars are no exception!
Musician Rob Thomas also loves the old standards, like It’s a Wonderful Life. On Dec. 23 he tweeted, “If you watch It’s A Wonderful Life and see the scene where zuzu says ‘i’m not sleepy. i want to look at my flower.’ that is my wife.”
How cute! We have a sneaking suspicion Jenny McCarthy »
ABC has Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest CBS has repeats of Ghost Whisperer, Medium, and NUMB3RS Fox has 'Til Death NBC has a repeat of Saturday Night Live Presents: A Very Gilly Christmas The CW has a repeat of Smallville and Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer AMC has National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation E! is new with Maxim Hometown Hotties 2009, Forbes Most Bankable Stars, and The Soup FX has Home Alone and Deck the Halls MTV has repeats of South Park and Real World/Road Rules Challenge, and has Men in Black II USA has Elf VH1 has The Jacksons: An American Dream Late-night highlights include Jenna Bush Hager, Laura Bush, and The Dan Band on a repeat of The Jay Leno Show on NBC; Robert Downey Jr., Martin Short, and Kris Allen on a repeat of The Late Show With David Letterman on CBS »
"Extra's" counting down the best Christmas movies to watch while you anxiously await Santa and his sleigh!
The Best Christmas Movies of All TimeThe Polar Express, 2004
On Christmas Eve, a boy who is hoping to believe in the magic of Christmas boards a train that’s headed to the North Pole. The film, starring Tom Hanks, is an adaptation of the beloved book by Chris Van Allsburg.
The Santa Clause, 1994
Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, »
Christmas is upon us again, faster than we expected (as usual). Over the years, thousands of hours of feature film and television time have heralded the arrival of this annual holiday – while some titles may have changed, and even been remade or rebooted, the jingle of holiday bells and giggles of cinematic heavenly ghosts and their audiences continues to echo on in theaters and homes… And we thought we’d share some of our favorites with you.
Whether they’re traditional treats that continue to give, or outside-the-box laughter landslides that help to make the spirit ring even louder, the month of December is truly full of special holiday films that touch the heart. So have a seat in your preferred chair, warm up a cup of your favorite holiday beverage and enjoy the Screen Rant staff’s Christmas List of Favorite Holiday Movies!
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- Mike Wilkerson
This was a rough week for memorial tweets, with Tisha Taylor Murphy and Roy Disney's passings both making headlines. More condolences showed up today for "Alien" screenwriter Dan O'Bannon and Bengals wide received Chris Henry, who both had their share of fans in our feed.
Following up on Jason Reitman's Olympic Torch tweets from the week, posted a much better photo today and got some moral support from Roger Ebert. You can check that out below, along with a shot of "New Moon" actor Alex Meraz's new t-shirt, two actresses who are not ashamed of their Wiis. It's all retweeted in the Twitter-Wood report for December 18, 2009.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@TheAlexMeraz Don't you just love when you buy a kick-ass shirt?! I know I do. The cashier laughed when he saw me buy it http://bit.ly/7PnZn0
- Brian Warmoth
The show, which tells the story of a normal-size man who is raised by elves in the North Pole and comes to New York in search of his real father, is expected to hit Broadway next Christmas, according to the New York Post. »
Like most of the planet (or at least the 12 people I’ve talked to), I count National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation as one of the best (and certainly funniest) Christmas movies in cinema history. I also greatly enjoy Home Alone, Elf, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Santa Clause and Noel (yes, Noel. I know, Paul Walker lacks a little, um, well, acting talent, but it’s still a good movie). And right up there with my favorite December 25th-themed flicks is Disney’s One Magic Christmas starring Harry Dean Stanton and Mary Steenburgen and released in 1985. Sadly I feel this movie has been left in the dust in popularity, but it is not a film to forget. It’s family-friendly (for kids 10 and up) and possesses depth and heart-felt emotion.
The story revolves around a woman named Ginny Grainger (Steenburgen) who seems to lack all joy in life. Her love for her husband, »
- Natasha Hurt
As you may have noticed, I will not be done with my Decade in Review until sometime into the new year. Hopefully we'll wrap up shortly after the Oscars; You know how distractingly all-consuming the Oscars can be! I hope you'll stay with it even though the rest of the media will move on any second now. They're always in such a rush. No stopping and smelling of the flowers. I've still got to update that "Actors of the Aughts" project for final compilation/statement. For now, let's move on to 2003. What follows is my original top ten list, based on films released in NYC in 2003. If I have anything new to say that'll be in red after the original text.
Special Mentions: The Cremaster Cycle and Angels in America
- NATHANIEL R
You've seen Zooey Deschanel as a blonde before, most memorably for the modern holiday classic Elf, but you still might not recognize her in this new print ad for Absolut Vodka. In fact, she looks kind of like Hilary Duff as the sci-fi go-go girl promoting an Absolut-brand cosmopolitan. Regardless of who she resembles, though, the ad puts it into my head that Deschanel might be perfect for that remake of Barbarella -- if currently attached director Robert Luketic doesn't go with regular collaborator Kate Bosworth. In general, I'm reminded that everyone's favorite Mpdg (manic pixie dream girl) needs to do more science fiction, even if she seemed all wrong for her Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy role and even if she need never work for M. Night Shyamalan again.
Deschanel's single Absolut ad is part of a campaign that also sees Kate Beckinsale in three different spots, including one »
- Christopher Campbell
It's the happiest time of the year ... once again. Rather than dole out the standard list of the best holiday classics to warm your heart, we prefer to shake things up a bit with our look at everyone's favorite bearded fat man, Santa Claus.
Now we all know that Edmund Gwenn was a wonderful Santa in Miracle on 34th Street, the only actor to take home an Oscar as St. Nick. And actors such as Ed Asner in Elf and David Huddleston in Santa Claus: The Movie have certainly done the red suit justice on the silver screen.
But what about those other Santas? The ones that took the legend of Santa in a different direction: Boozing, scaring, kicking, and even killing? Those are the ones we take a look at in Ho, Ho, Whoa!: The 5 Worst Movie Santas.
If you want to see these bad Santas in action, »
- reelz reelz
Elf (Laughing All the Way)
USA, 7 Pm Et
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Mistletoe & Mayhem)
Encore Wam, 7:45 Pm Et
Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, accidentally opens the portal Christmas Town and gives the yuletide season his personal touch.
All I Want for Christmas (Family Dramedy)
AMC, 8 Pm Et
What else is showing this season? See the complete Holiday TV Movie Guide: The 12 Flavors of Christmas.
And if you're wondering what to buy the movie lovers on your shopping list, check out our Holiday Gifts store.
Link | Posted 12/7/2009 by reelz
- reelz reelz
A year is a long time in Hollywood. This time 12 months ago, Will Ferrell was sitting pretty as one of America's most bankable comic actors, renowned for his pitch-perfect impression of George W Bush. Today there is a new man in the White House and Ferrell has just been named as the industry's most overpaid star.
Ferrell, 42, topped the Forbes annual list of overpaid Hollywood actors, shooting up from No 9 in last year's rankings largely on account of his flop film Land of the Lost, which failed to recoup its $100m (£60m) budget.
Forbes compiled its list by »
- Xan Brooks
Paramount Pictures has hired School of Rock screenwriter Mike White to script Santa Wars, a comedy based on the true story which appeared on This American Life in December 2008. The story, written by Joshuah Bearman, told of two rival factions that developed within a union of professional Santa Clauses, which resulted in a "Santa Claus civil war." White is best when put in the dark comedy arena, and this might be a perfect fit. This story is definitely more akin to Bad Santa than Elf. White's previous credits include Dead Man on Campus, Chuck & Buck, Freaks and Geeks, and The Good Girl. More recently, he's had a turn in more family-friendly territory with School of Rock and Nacho Libre, before making his directorial debut Year of the Dog. After the jump you can find more information about the original story that has inspired this feature film, and even listen to »
- Peter Sciretta
Irish-American comedian Will Ferrell has topped the list of the Most Overpaid Stars. The “Elf” actor and comedian was named at the top of the annual list by Forbes magazine, which calculated how much moviemakers earn per dollar paid to their lead actor. After the last couple of the funnyman’s films, “Semi-Pro” and “Land of the Lost,” bombed at the box office, his rate of return has dropped to $3.29 for every dollar of his fee. This contrasts greatly with the other end of the scale, which saw Shia Labeouf named as the Best Actor for the Buck in August, earning studios an average of $160 for every dollar he was paid. Behind Ferrell on the Most Overpaid list was Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, while Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson all made the top 10. However, Ferrell, who has roots in County Kerry, could turn his box office figures »
Will Ferrell has topped a list of the Most Overpaid Stars. The 'Elf' actor and comedian topped the annual list by Forbes magazine, which calculated how much moviemakers earn per dollar paid to their lead actor. After the last couple of funnyman Will's films - 'Semi-Pro' and 'Land of the Lost' - bombed at the box office, his rate of return has dropped to $3.29 for every dollar of Will's fee. This contrasts greatly with the other end of the scale, which saw Shia Labeouf named as the Best Actor for the Buck in August, earning studios an average of $160 for every dollar he was paid. Behind Will on the Most Overpaid list was »
Will Ferrell has topped a list of the Most Overpaid Stars. The 'Elf' actor and comedian topped the annual list by Forbes magazine, which calculated how much moviemakers earn per dollar paid to their lead actor. After the last couple of funnyman Will's films - 'Semi-Pro' and 'Land of the Lost' - bombed at the box office, his rate of return has dropped to $3.29 for every dollar of Will's fee. This contrasts greatly with the other end of the scale, which saw Shia Labeouf named as the Best Actor for the Buck in August, earning studios an average of $160 for every dollar he was paid. Behind Will on the Most Overpaid list was British actor Ewan McGregor, while »
Will Ferrell has topped a list of the Most Overpaid Stars. The 'Elf' actor and comedian topped the annual list by Forbes magazine, which calculated how much moviemakers earn per dollar paid to their lead actor. After the last couple of funnyman Will's films - 'Semi-Pro' and 'Land of the Lost' - bombed at the box office, his rate of return has dropped to $3.29 for every dollar of Will's fee. This contrasts greatly with the other end of the scale, which saw Shia Labeouf named as the Best Actor for the Buck in August, earning studios an average of $160 .. »
Funnyman Will Ferrell is laughing all the way to the bank - he's Hollywood's Most Overpaid Star, according to a new Forbes magazine list.
The Elf star's recent box office bombs have put him at the top of the annual list, with Forbes researchers estimating his films earn just $3.29 (£2) for every dollar he takes home.
Ewan McGregor is second on the new countdown - his films earn $3.75 (£2.35) for every dollar in his pocket.
Billy Bob Thornton, Eddie Murphy and Ice Cube round out the top five overpaid stars, while Tom Cruise, Drew Barrymore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson and Jim Carrey are namechecked in the top 10.
Edward Woodward, the actor best remembered for his starring role in the TV series "The Equalizer" and his once-in-a-lifetime performance in the original pre-bees "Wicker Man," commanded a mountain of memorial tweets today. Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright and even Seth Meyers posted memories and favorite performances amid the news of his passing, and I join them. If you haven't seen him in 1973's "The Wicker Man," you're missing out on one of the all-time great horror/musical productions.
There were "New Moon" tweets today, too, of course. Peter Facinelli spent his pre-premiere morning getting his driver's license renewed, while Tinsel Korey posted a pic from outside and BooBoo Stewart prepped at the gym. Check out their tweets after the jump along with a Twitter Pic of the Day starring Michael Jackson and an "Iron Man 2" note from Jon Favreau. I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is the Twitter-Wood report for November »
- Brian Warmoth
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