12 items from 2012
Ho, ho, ho! On this Christmas Eve, the Movie Geeks want to make sure we steer you towards the right festive movies this holiday season and came up with these ten. Several honorable mentions didn’t make the cut such as Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, Santa’s Slay, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), Emmit Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, Jingle All the Way, The Family Stone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol (1984), A Muppet Christmas Carol, Babes in Toyland (1961), Holiday Inn, It’s a Wonderful Life, Scrooge (1971), or Home Alone. Not to worry – they were considered but didn’t pass muster with the cinema elves. Come back on Christmas for our not-so traditional holiday movies lineup.
Now, for the list:
10. Love, Actually (2003)
“So if you believe in Father Christmas, children, like your Uncle Billy does, buy my festering turd of a record. And particularly »
- Movie Geeks
By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
• Fox’s The X Factor is undergoing more judging shakeups. Although the reality singing competition added Britney Spears and Demi Lovato this season, judge L.A. Reid is departing the series following the finale.
• In the aftermath of the tragic Newtown, Conn., shooting, TLC wisely delayed the premiere of its one-hour special Best Funeral Ever. Can we rename TLC (The Learning Channel) to Nsc (Nothing is Sacred Channel)?
• The third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, debuting March 31, will be bigger (and hopefully better) than ever. All of the 10 episodes will be a little longer than usual, and as co-showrunner Dan Weiss explains, “There’s almost another full episode’s worth of extra minutes spread across the season.”
• Following the success of Pitch Perfect, »
- Rachel Bennett
This is probably my Los Angelesness kicking in, but I'm dumbfounded that we're about to begin December. I like to prepare in advance for my Christmas preparation, you know? I still feel like we just got done dancing to Kylie Minogue's "Timebomb" on the shores of Laguna. To be fair, maybe I just did.
Luckily, kickass movie critic gays Dave White (of Movies.com) and Alonso Duralde (of The Wrap and, formerly, AfterElton) are here to catapult us into the holiday season with the help of the New York Times' premiere crititrix, Manohla Dargis. Whether you're viciously pro- or anti-Christmas, both sides are adequately represented on the newest episode of White and Duralde's podcast Linoleum Knife, in which the couple and Dargis shout out their favorite holiday films. It's no surprise based on his comprehension of Christmas cinema alone that Duralde wrote the »
And the Academy Award for Best Crier goes to ... Claire Danes! She's already won pretty much every other award there is, so why not add this one to the mantel, right?
The "Me and Orson Welles" star has been wiping away her tears for nearly 20 years, ever since she first appeared on "My So Called Life" to today's Showtime hit, "Homeland." She may already be known for her top-notch acting abilities and killer fashion sense, but, thanks to "The Claire Danes Cry Face Project" tumblr, Danes is finally getting recognized for her noteworthy and many weeping skills.
See for yourself with this hilarious mash-up video from BuzzFeed, "Claire Danes Crying:a Supercut," in which the actress can be spotted with the floodgates wide open in some of her most famous roles including "Little Women," "Romeo + Juliet," and "The Family Stone."
Just don't forget the tissues!
- Caitlin Beck
They're practically the same age, with names so similar they give dyslexics seizures, and both have played love interests of Julia Roberts. But Dermot Mulroney and Dylan McDermott are not the same person. We swear.
The two actors have both had steady careers, with Mulroney sticking mostly to character roles on the big screen ("Zodiac," "J. Edgar") while McDermott found fame on the boob tube starring in hit shows like "The Practice," "Dark Blue" and Ryan Murphy's current FX series "American Horror Story."
What would happen if these two went toe-to-toe for nine electrifying rounds in our ring of pop culture minutiae? With McDermott set to join Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis on the election trail in "The Campaign" this week, there's no better time than the present.
Best Movie Role
Advantage: Mulroney, »
- Max Evry
Get this: Scream may soon be a TV series. I don't know what to say about that. I'm thrilled? I'm hyperventilating? I deserve this? Kind of. It's like how I feel about the new Tomb Raider video game -- the franchise is a delectable Werther's Original from my childhood, and unfortunately I'm smart enough to know it should stay that way. Because this world? The one we live in? Isn't good enough to protect the things we cared about when we were 13. This world wants to turn Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory into goblinesque Tim Burton pornography. It wants Richard Karn to tarnish Richard Dawson's Family Feud legacy. It wants Madonna to direct.
Fortunately, Scream has jaundiced only slightly since its three sequels slithered into being. Phew, honestly. But with a TV show potentially in the works, I'm very worried that we're on the cusp of Scream's final breath, »
Our critics' picks of this week's openings, plus your last chance to see and what to book now
• Which cultural events are in your diary this week? Tell us in the comments below
Opening this week
Return of Abi Morgan's play, set in a convent, which examines faith, science, ageing and loneliness. Maureen Beattie stars and Vicky Featherstone directs. Citizens, Glasgow, Thursday to 26 May, then touring.
Fabulous festival in Bristol of work from both established and emerging artists. It's a real mixture, very little of it in traditional form. Be adventurous. Various venues, Thursday to 27 May.
Famed Berlin company Rimini Protokoll, who create theatre with real people, are exploring the experiences, hopes and dreams of 100 Norfolk dwellers. Theatre Royal, Norwich, Friday and Saturday.
Still riding the wave of last year's fantastic Skying album, the Horrors tour with support from the equally great and similarly psychedelic Toy. »
At the start of the week, we examined the state of the A-list leading man, and why, outside of those who've been big draws for years -- Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Johnny Depp et al. -- so few stars seemed to be reliable at bringing audiences to their pictures. But when you look at the leading ladies, things are even more puzzling.
Put simply, the number of actreses who can be deemed consistent box office draws seems to diminish, rather than grow, as each year goes on. In part, it's because it's so rare for the major blockbusters to be lead by a woman: of the top 20 worldwide grossers last year, only "Twilight" could arguably be said to be led by a woman, and holding up those films as a victory for womankind would be an error, given their prehistoric sexual politics. 2010 was a little better, thanks to "Black Swan" and "Alice in Wonderland, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Now, Hollywood News is naming McAdams the Hot Hollywood Star of the Week.
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However, her romantic relationship have been getting just »
- Molly Sullivan
Chicago – Mark Landsman’s “Thunder Soul” is an exceedingly good film about a great man. Conrad O. Johnson Sr. worked for 37 years as a band teacher, and his unconventional educational methods in the classroom led his Houston high school students to unlikely international stardom in the early ’70s. Their success was so extraordinary that one wishes the filmmakers had probed a little further into their story.
The film, which racked up multiple audience awards at festivals such as South by Southwest, is more interested in celebrating the spirit of the Kashmere Stage Band than providing much insight into their innovative technique. What we can glean from the footage is that Johnson taught through empowerment. He told his students that they could play funk like the best professionals in the business as long as they believed in their own abilities. He demanded immense feeling in the their music, and that same »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
IFC Films is acquiring North American rights to writer-director-actor Josh Radnor's "Liberal Arts," which debuted at Sundance on January 22 to a rousing standing ovation. It's "How I Met Your Mother" star Radnor's follow-up to Sundance hit "happythankyoumoreplease." Trained as an actor, Radnor wrote the film for acting idols Richard Jenkins ("The Visitor") and Allison Janney ("Juno, The Help"). Also starring are Elizabeth Olsen ("Martha Marcy May Marlene"), Elizabeth Reaser ("The Family Stone," "Twilight') and John Magaro ("The Brave One"). IFC plans to release the film theatrically »
IFC Films has taken North American rights to Josh Radnor's "Liberal Arts," which debuted in the Premieres section of the Sundance Film Festival this past weekend. Full press release below. Park City, Ut (January 25, 2012) – IFC Films announced today from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts. Radnor also wrote the screenplay, produced and stars in the film. In addition to Radnor, the film was produced by Jesse Hara and Bcdf partners Brice Dal Farra, Claude Dal Farra, and Lauren Munsch, and it co-stars Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), four-time Emmy Award winner and five-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner Allison Janney (Juno, The Help), Elizabeth Reaser (The Family Stone, Twilight) and John Magaro (The Brave One). The film made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival on January 22nd. »
12 items from 2012
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