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There are so many reasons why certain horror-obsessed nerds born in the late-70′s (like me) are so screwed up that they won’t fit in one article, but 1988′s Killer Klowns From Outer Space is one item that can be explored. And God help us, it’s getting a sequel.
Written and directed by the puppeteer team the Chiodo Brothers, (Charles, Edward and Stephen, and whose other work includes Elf, Team America: World Police, Critters and, well, Critters 2), Killer Klowns is a campy, gory horror flick about an alien invasion whose forces happen to look like grotesque, mutated clowns. Rumors have been floating around for awhile, but First Showing reports that a new film by the same filmmakers is in the late stages of development.
It’s hard to say anything about “official” details, but this next installment – dubbed a “requel” by the Chiodos and supposedly to be »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Because it's Christmas, the season of too many holiday-themed cookies, dinners, music (except for "Last Christmas," by Wham!, because that is the best Christmas song ever.), etc. what better way to spend some alone time at your computer away from those crazy and noisy relatives than with our excellent poll: Who Is The Best Onscreen Santa?
In compiling the candidates for this poll, I realized that there are way more awesome Santas in film than I thought. Therefore I had to be really picky and play favorites because, well, this is my poll. So without further ado, here are your five candidates...
From one of the most classic Christmas movies comes the most classic Santa on this list. Renowned character actor Edmund Gwenn's performance was so well-received that he won a Best Supporting Actor for it.
- Kara Warner
Kate Abbott continues our writers' favourite film series with a story of Santa's not-so-little helper that puts the jingle bells on her family Christmas
Does this verdict give you good cheer? Present us with your own review or humbug your hardest in the comments below
You know when you can't feel your feet even though the heating's meant to be on? When your breath frosts indoors and your flat looks like Frozen Planet? The guy to get you through those midwinter woes is Will Ferrell's Buddy in Elf. At the beginning of every December, my only advent ritual is to curl up in a blanket and laugh with Buddy on a cold day. I could pick Kevin McAllister to pass the time with (and for a long time I did watch him combat the Wet Bandits, on VHS loop, endlessly, all year round), but he doesn't quite capture the festive spirit like Buddy does. »
- Kate Abbott
Jess Barratt selects her ten essential Christmas films...
Here are my top 10 festive treats to get you through the Christmas hangovers. Expect snow, sparkle and choir-lead soundtracks...
10. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Although this is not typically considered a true Christmas film it does however have rather Christmassy themes and a beautiful festive score written by the talented Danny Elfman. The latter half of this eerie Tim Burton film is entirely set at Christmas time and includes the unforgettable scene where Winona Ryder’s character dances in the snow falling from Edward’s ice sculpture. With fantastic comedic performances by an incredible cast, Edward Scissorhands is sure to get you edging towards the eggnog.
9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid doing what they do best in this wacky 80s comedy. With some questionable SFX and strange impromptu group singing, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is the perfect nostalgic Christmas feature. »
After hiring Monster director Patty Jenkins and then embarrassingly letting her go, Marvel has finally settled on a director for Thor 2, and hopefully for good this time. According to Deadline Alan Taylor has gotten the job, charged with directing the sequel set for a November 15 release date next year, with the entire original cast slated to return. Taylor was one of two names on a rumored shortlist to replace Jenkins, thanks to his work directing episodes of Game of Thrones most recently but also a career that includes TV work on Sex and the City and Deadwood, and features like Palookaville and Kill the Poor. This is by far the director's biggest gig, which fits with the strategy Marvel has employed for years of hiring low-profile or otherwise cheap directors to kick off their superhero franchises. Jon Favreau was the actor-turned-director behind Elf when Marvel hired him to make Iron »
Next Saturday night, and into Sunday morning, millions of children will go to sleep with the whisper of magical sleigh-bells just beyond hearing, and the hope of multi-coloured, ribboned surprises to greet them when they wake, and the biggest part of that spell, and indeed the mystique of Christmas in its entirety is the red-robed, roly-poly gift-giver at the centre. Santa Claus is Christmas – it goes without saying – and as such he’s appeared in a load of films dedicated to the festive period.
But who has played the best, and indeed definitive Santa Claus from the movie world? If I could stretch the rules a little, I’d suggest it was that clearly CGIed geriatric who stars in the Coca Cola adverts. He’s like a great big walking ball of Christmas joy. And those rosey cheeks could warm even the coldest of Scroogey Grinch hearts.
Here are my »
- Simon Gallagher
Who knows Santa? I mean personally? I bet you don’t. I don’t either, but we’re talking about you right now. Buddy the Elf knows Santa. He makes sure to tell everyone he sees when he ventures to New York City to meet his real father. Another question. Who doesn’t like Elf? You can walk away now if you said, “I don’t”, because this Commentary Commentary is not for you. The Christmas season is upon us, and we felt it was time to hear what director Jon Favreau had to say about this ginormous Christmas gem. There are two commentary tracks on Elf – thanks, Infinifilm – but we’re rolling the dice on Favreau over the film’s star. As a wise man once said to me over Twitter, “Glean his insights so we don’t have to listen; let us hear the entertaining actor ourselves. So sit back with your eggnog or your »
- Jeremy Kirk
Baby, it's cold outside. So what better way to warm your toes (and your heart) than by curling up with a Christmas movie? But choose wisely, dear reader. Christmas movies can be a minefield of shmaltz. Allow us to present you with our not-quite-definitive list of the best and worst of the genre.
The best ...
It's A Wonderful Life, 1946
It may be an obvious choice and we may nod in half-hearted agreement with the New York Times' original description of the movie as "sentimental" and "facile" but despite that, Capra's ending still makes me weep.
Best moment: "That's a lie Harry Bailey went to war…' A despairing Jimmy Stewart realizes just what he's lost
See also: Miracle »
- Sarah Hughes
From the minute you see Will Ferrell’s name attached to this film, you know it’s not simply going to be snowflakes and snowmen, happy faces and neatly wrapped presents under the Christmas tree. Yes, all of that features, but Jon Favreau’s Elf is no conventional Christmas story.
Setting the scene, Papa Elf recounts the story of how baby Buddy climbed out of his orphanage crib and into Santa’s sack, making his way back to the other Elves. It’s pretty fair to say that Buddy is one hell of a bad present maker. He has no speed in comparison with his fellow Elves, but always works his hardest to impress Santa and Papa Elf. In his own words, he is “a cotton-headed ninny muggins”. We see his human reluctance to trust in anything when he is testing jack-in-the-boxes. Each time he winds one up he knows what will happen, »
- Emma Thrower
Digital Spy readers have chosen The Muppet Christmas Carol as their favourite Christmas movie of all time. The 1994 family film puts a Muppet spin on Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, casting Michael Caine as miser Ebenezer Scrooge and Kermit the Frog as Bob Cratchit. More than 10,000 Digital Spy users took part in the Christmas poll, which saw The Muppet Christmas Carol narrowly triumph with 18.5% of votes ahead of Home Alone's 18.3%. Will Ferrell's 2003 comedy Elf charted in third place with 8.9%, Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life was in fourth spot with 7.4% and action movie Die Hard, which takes place during the festive period, landed in fifth with 6.7%. Digital Spy users' top ten Christmas movies are as follows: 1. The Muppet Christmas Carol
2. (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Just in time for Christmas, Louisa looks back at the holiday classic, Elf, one of the big festive hits of 2003...
Stand-up comedians and self-help gurus are right; the world is indeed divided into two groups of people. They’re wrong though, on what cleaves the two halves apart. It’s not the end from which we squeeze our toothpaste tube, or our stance on incompletely filled glasses of water, it’s divided by those who start their Christmas season with a ritual viewing of Elf, and those who don’t.
Film critic Mark Kermode belongs firmly in the second group after describing Jon Favreau’s 2003 comedy as a “godawful festive romp”, while actor John Barrowman sits happily in the first, having named the Will Ferrell fish-out-of-water flick as his favourite Christmas film. The divide is easily explained. It’s all down to one very special performance.
I’d happily wager »
When the media is abuzz with news about how much Kim Kardashian spent on her latest jewelry purchase, it's nice to take a break and talk about the efforts people are putting forth to do some good in the universe.
Mozilla Firefox has issued a challenge to Crowdrise celebrity fundraisers -- first, the company donated $5,000 to several celebrity-backed charities. Now, those celebrities are racing to see who can raise the most cash for their respective charity before January 11. The person who raises the most gets an additional $25,000 from Mozilla.
So who's in the challenge?
Leading the pack is Jason Bateman, who is raising money for his favorite cause, City Year. City Year is a team of over 1500 young people looking to make a positive impact on their peers and youths in their areas via tutoring, mentoring, and serving as role models. Bateman is even giving away a trip to the »
The holidays are upon us, and the imaginary stocking I hang by the When Can I Watch fireplace has been filling up with inquiries from parents hoping to watch Christmas classics with their kids. Without question, the two films brought up most often by curious moms and dads have been Bob Clark’s A Christmas Story and Jon Favreau’s Elf. Totally understandable. Story is a bona fide holiday staple, a feature so ingrained in our culture that TBS dedicates a full 24 hours of programming to running it on a loop beginning Christmas Eve. That one’s relatively safe, though if you want to discuss specifics, e-mail or hit me up on Twitter. Elf, on the other hand, raises eyebrows with parents who know Ferrell from his SNL...
- Sean O'Connell
See Videos - Clips of the top Christmas movies There’s nothing better over the Christmas season that huddling up by the fire, in the glow of the Christmas tree and watching a Christmas movie. Here are some of our favorites acted and created by Irish and Irish American. 1. “Elf” Will Ferrell’s character, Buddy the Elf, has become a famous Christmas character and his move, “Elf” is beloved by all ages. The movie tells the story of Buddy (Ferrell) who travels from the North Pole to New York City to find his birth father. Since its release in 2003 it has been a classic. 2.“Miracle on 34th Street” This is a 1947 Christmas Classic staring our own Maureen O’Hara. The movie tells the tale of a group of people who are left wondering whether or not a department store Santa is the real deal. _________________ Read More: Ireland’s ancient Celtic »
For some of us, the moment we saw Elf in the theatre it became an instant classic. My sister and I adore this movie. Quotes from the 2003 film have become part of our lexicon, as we refer to things as "ginormous" and call each other to randomly announce, "Good news! I saw a dog today."
Directed by Jon Favreau post-Swingers, pre-Iron Man, the film focuses on Buddy the Elf (Will Ferrell), told by his papa elf (Bob Newhart) that he is really a human (gasp!) and that his biological father (James Caan) is on the naughty list (double gasp!). Buddy makes his way to New York City where he gets to know his father's family and falls for a sarcastic Gimbels worker named Jovie (Zooey Deschanel).
I know people who refuse to see this movie because they don’t like Will Ferrell, but they are missing out. His »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Inspired by the announcement that an adaptation of 80s coin-op Rampage is in the works, here’s a list of ten other 80s videogames we’d like to see in cinemas…
If the news we brought to you on Friday is to be believed, we could soon see a big-screen adaptation of 80s arcade machine Rampage before too long. And with recent years seeing Hollywood take inspiration from such disparate properties as Battleship (out next year), Stretch Armstrong and Asteroids, it seems that the dusty arcades of yesteryear are becoming as inspiring as old board games and half-forgotten toys.
With this in mind, we’ve dredged through the history of the 80s golden age of coin-ops to bring you a few of our own adaptation concepts. Do bear in mind that some of these ideas are better than others, so if you’ve suggestions of your own, feel free to »
DVD Release Date: Jan. 17, 2012
Price: DVD $29.98
Studio: Anchor Bay and The Weinstein Company
Set in Norman, Oklahoma, circa 1987, the movie tells the story of Danielle (Temple), a high school girl whose notorious reputation gets her banished to a remedial class, where she is paired on a parenting project with Clarke (Jeremy Dozier), an innocent closet-case with no friends.
When her mother (Milla Jovovich, Stone) announces her engagement to her family-minded boyfriend (William H. Macy, The Lincoln Lawyer), mortified Danielle vows to get to California to find the father she’s never met. Desperate to escape his own personal hell, Clarke decides to join in for her cross-country road trip…!
Instead of “Untitled Snow White Project”, Relativity has settled on an actual title for their Snow White movie: “Mirror Mirror”. The film will star star Lily Collins (last seen in the unfathomably awful “Abduction” with that kid from “Twilight”) as an exiled princess who enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright. Julia Roberts will play the evil Queen who steals control of Snow White’s kingdom, with Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as the object of the two battling women’s affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. Rounding out the cast are Sean Bean (HBO’s Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King), Mare Winningham (Brothers) as Baker Margaret, Michael Lerner (Elf) as Baron and Mark Povinelli (Water for Elephants), Jordan Prentice (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle), Danny Woodburn »
Relativity Media announced today that the long-awaited title for its upcoming spectacular reimagining of the classic Snow White fairy tale is Mirror Mirror. Filming for the comedy action adventure wrapped in mid-September under the stylish direction of Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell). The theatrical release date is set for March 16, 2012.
The newly titled film Mirror Mirror, stars breakout star Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as an exiled princess who enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright and Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as an evil Queen who steals control of a kingdom, in a magical adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the object of their affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen.
- Michelle McCue
Relativity Media announced today that the long-awaited title for its upcoming spectacular reimagining of the classic Snow White fairy tale is Mirror Mirror. Filming for the comedy action adventure wrapped in mid-September under the stylish direction of Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell). The theatrical release date is set for March 16, 2012. The newly titled film Mirror Mirror, stars breakout star Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as an exiled princess who enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright and Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as an evil Queen who steals control of a kingdom, in a magical adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the object of their affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen. Rounding »
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