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Awfully Good Movies - Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House (Video)

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Home Alone 4: Taking Back the House (2002) Director: Rod Daniel Stars: Michael Weinberg, French Stewart, Missi Pyle Well, the Christmas season has arrived upon us once again, and Awfully Good Movies is ringing in the Yuletide with one of its two Christmas specials this year... Home Alone 4: Taking Back The House! Yes, few of you may know that the Home Alone franchise kept going after the... Read More...
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Run The Series: Want to appreciate the original Home Alone? Watch the terrible sequels

With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.

By the time the Home Alone series reached its fourth installment, no one from the original film’s creative team was on board. No John Hughes screenplay. No Christopher Columbus direction. No Daniel Stern, Joe Pesci, Catherine O’Hara, John Heard, or Macaulay Culkin in the cast. And yet even though 1997’s Home Alone 3 had introduced entirely new characters, 2002’s Home Alone 4 (sometimes subtitled Taking Back The House) was inexplicably presented as in-continuity with the first two movies; once again, a grade-school-aged kid named Kevin McCallister found himself thwarting a home invasion by a crook named Marv. It had been 12 years since the first movie became a surprise blockbuster hit, but the producers of part four apparently figured the “child outsmarts criminals with elaborate ...
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Teen Wolf director Rod Daniel dies, aged 73

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Rod Daniel, the director of Teen Wolf and K-9, dies at the age of 73.

Here’s some (more) sad news that we missed earlier in the week: Rod Daniel, the director of Teen Wolf, has died, at the age of 73.

Daniel’s directorial career also covered films such as Like Father Like Son, K-9, Home Alone 4 and Beethoven’s 2nd. He notably was quite dismissive of his own work in a later interview he gave, telling reporter Christopher Borrelli that “I hold no illusions. I wouldn’t buy a ticket to any of my movies”.

“It's going to sound like a cop-out, but when I retired, I never once thought about it. Does that answer your question? I don't rank with the greats. I made these [expletive] movies because I could, and because they paid me a great deal of money. Which is not to say I
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The complete Home Alone retrospective: Home Alone: The Holiday Heist

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Er, a Home Alone film that won't even call itself Home Alone 5? This doesn't bode well - does it?

Spoilers lie ahead.

You could be forgiven for thinking that Home Alone 4 was the pitiful last gasp of once-majestic franchise. But time heals all wounds, including (apparently) fatal ones. Ten years after Home Alone 4, someone willed the series back to life. And this time they were determined not to squander the lingering goodwill that anyone might feel for the series.

The good news is that, over 20 years since the original was made, many of the kids who watched Home Alone now have kids of their own. And do you know what Gen Y adults like? Anything they remember from their childhoods. So it is that in the wake of Transformers, GI Joe and My Little Pony, we find ourselves the audience for a new Home Alone.
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The complete Home Alone retrospective: Home Alone 4: Taking Back The House

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The first Home Alone film to skip cinemas. Home Alone 4, though, had problems on its hands. Not least recasting the original roles...

Spoilers lie ahead.

I’m not familiar with what happened to the Home Alone rights between 1997 and 2002, but it’s fair to say that – a decade on from the original – anyone remotely interested in watching a Home Alone sequel will have moved on to whatever older teenagers were into back in 2002. MP3 players and Chemsex or whatever. But surely there’s always a fresh stream of children who might want to revel in the action and comedy of a Home Alone movie? Well, no. But there might just be enough people keen enough to watch it on TV under the mistaken belief that the name represented any badge of quality.

So it was that we ended up with Home Alone 4: Taking Back The House.
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The complete Home Alone retrospective: Home Alone 3

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Macaulay Culkin was gone, Alex D Linz and Scarlett Johansson were in. Home Alone 3? Er, not many people's highpoint...

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Readers, can you believe that Home Alone 2 – crappy though it was – did box office almost as high as the first? Sure you can, because you probably saw them both in the cinema. A third movie was inevitable.

But times change. By 1997, the world was no longer high off the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the freeing of Nelson Mandela, and Macaulay Culkin had quit the acting biz to become… whatever he became. The optimistic kids that dragged their parents to Home Alones 1 and 2 had become cynical, jaded teenagers uninteresting the continuing adventures of Kevin McCallister. What the franchise needed was a new hero. A new star. A new child star for America, and the world, to clasp to its collective bosom.

I
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The complete Home Alone retrospective: Home Alone

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The first Home Alone movie remains the best. Here's the case as to why...

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Compile a list of archetypical Christmas movies and sooner or later, you’ll have to put Home Alone on it. Whether you love or hate the film that made Macaulay Culkin a one-man cultural trainwreck, you have to admit that the basic concept – lone kid fends off attackers using household goods – is about as perfect a children’s movie as you can conceive. A mixture of wish-fulfilment and slapstick comedy, it’s a premise that’s virtually built to be done again and again.

Clearly someone agrees with this, because there have been four further Home Alone movies since the first was released in 1990. I know, because I was asked to watch them all and report back for Den of Geek. And I’ve done it. I’ve stared into the abyss,
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25 Things You May Not Know About Home Alone, 25 Years Later

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25 Things You May Not Know About Home Alone, 25 Years Later
Twenty-five years ago, Macaulay Culkin taught the world that a home invasion can result in physical comedy magic and family fun for all. Yes, Home Alone first opened in theaters on Nov. 16, 1990. Of course, Home Alone taught us other lessons too. For example, you can accidentally abandon your child without getting in trouble with Child Protective Services. We learned that a scary old man next door just might be a lonely guy who's handy with a snow shovel. And perhaps most important of all, Home Alone proved you can make a successful movie starring one child actor onscreen alone for
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'Home Alone' Returns to Theaters This November

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'Home Alone' Returns to Theaters This November
To mark the anniversary of one of the best live-action comedies of all time, Fathom Events and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment present Home Alone 25th Anniversary, coming to select cinemas for two dates on Sunday, November 8 and Wednesday, November 11. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by enjoying this Christmas comedy blockbuster with the whole family on its original home of the big screen. In addition to the full-length feature, the event will also include a special introduction that will be exclusive to cinema audiences.

Tickets for Home Alone 25th Anniversary can be purchased online by visiting FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 600 movie theaters through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change
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21 shocking straight-to-video sequels: How many have you seen?

21 shocking straight-to-video sequels: How many have you seen?
What's the only thing worse than a sequel? The only prospect worse than paying £10 at your local cinema to have your favourite movie ruined, forever. The answer has three words. Straight-to-video.

In the '90s, home release sequels became fairly common. You'd greet them with surprise at your local Blockbusters and then want to pull your eyeballs out when you took them home and watched them. They're probably called straight-to-dvd or straight-to-Blu-ray now, but they still exist.

With the announcement that Dolph Lundgren will be starring in Kindergarten Cop 2 (because of course), here are 21 absolute stinking sequels - the vast majority of which weren't even considered good enough for the cinema. How many of them have you watched?

1. American Pie Presents: Band Camp

2. American Pie Presents: Beta House

Maybe it's the Eugene Levy factor - just why did he keep starring in all the sequels?! - but we have weird
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10 Appalling Comedy Films From People Who Should Have Known Better

In the film industry, every appalling thing you see is the result of a bad decision happening at some point during the production process. Sometimes you can put these decisions down to inexperience, overconfidence, or incorrectly predicting market trends but more often than not, they come from someone who really should have known better.

Whether it’s because those people have experience in their respective fields that should have stopped those decisions dead in their tracks, or because the decision was stupid and/or utterly insane. And because comedy is a harder minefield to negotiate than other genres, there are a lot of appalling comedy films from studio executives and filmmakers who really should have known better…

10. Home Alone 4 (2002, Dir. Rod Daniel)

What Was The Comedy?

A TV movie sequel to Home Alone that acted as a pilot for a potential TV series.

Why Was It Appalling?

Other than

Six alternative Christmas films

Get a different angle on the holiday season, with these six flicks

Santa Claus (1959)

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Don't be fooled by the utilitarian title: Santa Claus is less a biopic of the jelly-bellied gift-giver than a warped Christmas fever dream in which he happens to play a supporting role. The film's real star is Lucifer, who – angered by society's unshakeable devotion to Saint Nick – sends forth a horned demon to turn the children of Earth against him. Santa, hard at work in his orbiting space castle (don't ask) is powerless to help as the campy incubus schemes to corrupt virtuous little boys and girls.

Holiday In Handcuffs (2007)

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Waitress Trudie takes a decidedly extreme course of action when faced with another Christmas without a boyfriend. Brandishing an antique shotgun, she kidnaps handsome stranger David and whisks him back
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'Home Alone 3,' Lost In Disney World: A Story I Pitched To John Hughes When I Was Eight

In 1994, when I was eight years old, I became obsessed with “Home Alone.” At the time, I owned both “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” on VHS, along with two “Home Alone” posters, a “Home Alone” video game and even the novelization of “Home Alone” by Todd Strasser. I have no explanation for my fandom, other than the fact that I saw the film's protagonist, Kevin McCalister, as some type of hero, one who was forced to defend his house from two burglars on Christmas. Soon enough, I found myself writing a letter to the film's writer/producer John Hughes. Several months earlier, I had created a new chapter in the “Home Alone” series, and was now wondering whether Mr. Hughes would be willing to option it. At that point, my only knowledge of the filmmaker was that he was somehow involved with creating “Home Alone,
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Home Alone 5 in the Works

ABC Family has announced that production has begun on the fifth installment in the "Home Alone" franchise. The new movie stars Malcolm McDowell, Edward Asner, Debi Mazar, Eddie Steeples and Christian Martyn. It is set to premiere as part of network's annual "25 Days of Christmas." In "Home Alone 5: Alone in the Dark," 8-year-old Finn (Martyn) is terrified to learn his family is relocating from sunny California to Maine, and the scariest house he has ever seen. Convinced that his new house is haunted, Finn sets up a series of elaborate traps to catch the "ghost" in action. Left home alone with his sister (Jodelle Ferland) while their parents are stranded across town, Finn's traps catch a new target - a group of thieves (McDowell, Mazar, Steeples) who have targeted Finn's house. The new movie is directed by Peter Hewitt (Garfield, Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey). The fourth film, "Home Alone 4
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Sequels: 'Home Alone 5,' 'The Cat in the Hat' Gets Animated and 'Jurassic Park' Returns in 3D

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For those who were brave enough to endure Home Alone 4, you might have thought that was the end of the franchise. Well, apparently not as ABC Family is moving forward with Home Alone 5. The fifth installment in the franchise will completely scrap Kevin McAllister from the franchise and instead rely on Finn, an eight-year-old played by Christian Martin. From there, the story pretty much plays out like the previous four films. Finn will be trapped in an old, creepy house with his sister while their parents are marooned on the opposite side of town. A character twist has been added in which entails Finn believing in ghosts and setting trap to catch said haunts in his house. So when thieves come around, the traps are already set.   Home Alone 5 is set to air on ABC Family next...

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Home Alone 5 is Happening

It's the gift that just keeps on giving! Some 22 years after the original Home Alone hit theatres and turned Macaulay Culkin into a superstar, production on the fifth installment in the Home Alone series is now underway, targeting a holiday 2012 release. Culkin, of course, dropped out of the franchise after the immediate follow-up, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, with Home Alone 3 starring some other kid (but still being written by John Hughes, believe it or not). Many people probably aren't even aware that there was a Home Alone 4, but it was made for TV and released back in 2002. Now the fifth movie will follow the same path; it is scheduled to premiere on ABC Family as part of their "25 Days of Christmas" programming event. Hey, at least it's not a remake, right? According to Deadline, Home Alone 5 will star Malcolm McDowell, Debi Mazar, Edward Asner, Eddie Steeples,
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‘Home Alone 5′ Greenlit For ABC Family

ABC Family is reviving the Home Alone franchise with a fifth installment, which will air as part of the network’s popular “25 Days Of Christmas” holiday lineup. It comes 10 years after the most recent Home Alone movie, telefilm Home Alone 4: Taking Back The House. Here is the release: Burbank, CA (March 15, 2012) – ABC Family and Fox TV Studios announced that production has begun on the latest installment in the popular “Home Alone” franchise, starring Malcolm McDowell, Debi Mazar, Edward Asner, Eddie Steeples, and Christian Martyn. The movie is set to premiere as part of the network’s annual “25 Days of Christmas” programming event. In “Home Alone 5: Alone in the Dark” eight-year-old Finn (Martyn) is terrified to learn his family is relocating from sunny California to Maine, and the scariest house he has ever seen! Convinced that his new house is haunted, Finn sets up a series of elaborate
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Murdoch's movies: the good, the bad and that Hugh Grant romcom

Will Rupert Murdoch go down for Nine Months or escape on Titanic? We launch our own inquiry into Fox-backed films

Hugh Grant has declared that he had no idea that Nine Months, the dopey pregromcom he made in 1995 with Julianne Moore, was a Fox movie – that is to say, one for which Rupert Murdoch was ultimately responsible. He says that if he knew then what he knows now, he never would have accepted the role.

Murdoch bought Fox in 1985 – he had to become a Us citizen to do so. But if there was a searching internal inquiry into quality at Fox – similar to the searching internal inquiry into ethics avowedly taking place at News International – how would the arguments stack up? What movies made or distributed by Mr Murdoch would be adduced in evidence? As the defendant sits impassively in the dock, perhaps behind bullet-proof glass, here are the opposing
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Your Thanksgiving TV marathon guide: Thursday

Your Thanksgiving TV marathon guide: Thursday
It's as much of an annual tradition as turkey, football, and awkward family dynamics -- the Thanksgiving TV marathon. You know the drill, you're stuffed full of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and you can't bear to watch the hopeless Detroit Lions take on the Green Bay Packers, so you start flipping channels looking for something...anything to get you through the day and maybe facilitate a nap. But so many channels. Well, let us be your guide. Here's our guide to the best marathon programming for Thursday, Nov. 26. *We're guessing that A&E's The First 48 marathon might be
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15 Ludicrous Straight-to-dvd Sequels That Actually Exist

It's a long standing tradition in Hollywood of course to play it safe rather than risk making something completely original. Sequels? Remakes? Movies based on old TV shows or even toys? Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. Many is the time we've all rolled our eyes at the notion of a favorite film being needlessly sequelized but the very bottom of the sequel barrel is the straight-to-dvd kind.

Over at Moviefone Kevin Polowy has assembled a list of 15 Ludicrous Straight-to-dvd Sequels That Actually Exist. Some aren't all that surprising. The kids' video market seems to have lots of these so Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure and Dr. Doolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (actually the fifth in the series) don't completely blindside me. On the other hand, did the world really need National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure with Randy Quaid boosted to headliner? The biggest
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