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When Adam McKay's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was released in theaters during the summer of 2004, it wasn.t exactly a sensation. Opening the week after Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, the comedy managed to make only $28 million its first weekend (good enough for only #2 on the top 10), and by the end of its domestic run it had only made $85 million, good enough for 30th place overall at the end of the year. Other movies with similar numbers, like Ladder 49, Christmas With The Kranks and Along Came Polly have been all but completely forgotten. and yet Anchorman continues to live on. While Paramount Pictures spent years resisting the idea of an Anchorman sequel due to the first film.s inability to find an audience overseas, the truth is that the film is now considered to be a modern comedy classic. Medium-sized as the movie.s initial audience may have been, »
If you aren't in the holiday spirit by now, then we have a little video that will, shy of pour you a glass of frothy eggnog or singing you a Christmas carol, put you directly into the yuletide mood. It's a "supercut" of famous Christmas movies and it's pretty much a blast.
While there are some odd decisions (why so many scenes from "Christmas With the Kranks?") and omissions (the rich "Christmas horror" subgenre is missing almost entirely and animated films are also pretty much absent), it's still a really fun little reel to watch, especially if you are finding yourself low in the Christmastime joy department.
The video was put together by the fine folks over at Screen Junkies, who are also responsible for the gut-busting "Honest Trailers" series, and so there is a fair amount of irreverence to go along with all the heart-tugging, mistletoe-crouching feel good vibes. »
- Drew Taylor
Ranked: The 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time Your survival guide to those TBS and ABC Family marathons. By: Matt Patches 100. All I Want for Christmas It's like House Arrest, but with all of the charm replaced by tinsel. Not based on the Mariah Carey song (but maybe it would have been better if it had been?). Worth one viewing for Leslie Nielsen as “Santa.” 99. Christmas with the Kranks Awful people celebrate Christmas too, you know! Based on a novel by John Grisham, the quality of this Tim Allen/Jamie Lee Curtis comedy depends mostly on one's tolerance for oafish comedy and the manufactured elements of the holiday. 98. Santa with Muscles Starring Hulk Hogan as a millioniare-bodybuilder-turned-amnesiac-mall-Santa-crime-fighter, Santa with Muscles is a bonkers Christmas adventure that might have been better as a Yahoo Serious vehicle. Maybe. 97. Fred Claus Meet the Parents director David Dobkins throws millions at [...] »
- Matt Patches
Much like the shopping malls and department stores, Hollywood often jumps the gun on trotting out their winter holiday products. We’ve not cooked the Thanksgiving turkey (or fully digested Free Birds), but the first Christmas flick arrives at the multiplexes this weekend. So will it be a perennial classic like A Christmas Story or White Christmas or a lump of coal like Christmas With The Kranks? Well, it does have something in common with one of the newer classics, National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation. It’s a sequel (well Nlcv was the third visit with the Grisswalds) too. In 1999 a group of old friends got together for a big wedding in the appropriately titled The Best Man. And now they re-unite, not for another stroll down the aisle, but to exchange gifts (and secrets) in The Best Man Holiday. So, who’s been naughty and who’s been nice? »
- Jim Batts
An all-star cast of singers become actors for "Angels Sing," a wan little holiday film that manages to show a little heart once it finally gets going.
Harry Connick Jr. stars as an Austin, Texas, history professor who doesn't put much stock in Christmas. Michael is always angling to dodge doing both Thanksgiving and Christmas with his parents (Kris Kristofferson, Fionnula Flanagan) for reasons he's reluctant to tell his granny-loving son (Chandler Canterbury). His wife (Connie Britton) is understanding.
Eventually, the kid finds out -- dad lost a brother over the holidays, years ago. Kind of ruined the day for him.
But Michael's ongoing house-hunting throws him in the path of this chuckling old man (Willie Nelson) with a McMansion for sale.
"How much, Mr. ... uuhhhh?"
"Call me 'Nick.'"
They seal the deal and Michael finds himself with the showplace of Live Oak Lane, one of those Christmas-crazed corners »
Do you know it has been nine years since the last John Grisham adaptation? And it was Christmas With The Kranks? God does it make me feel old when I think back to the 90s and how it seemed like every couple of months there was another movie "Based on the number one best seller by John Grisham." Ok, I may be exaggerating a bit but he did have a nice little run of seven movies over a five year period. THR has an exclusive that the latest novel from John Grisham, The Racketeer, is »
- Jesse Giroux
News Simon Brew Feb 13, 2013
Movies based on John Grisham books used to be a near annual occurence in the 1990s. We had good ones (The Client, A Time To Kill), we had bad ones (The Pelican Brief, The Chamber), and we had ones that were fun, but seemed to go on forever (The Firm). And for a while, of course, it seemed as though director Joel Schumacher would keep making them alternately with his Batman projects.
When Batman & Robin bombed though, Schumacher abandoned his plan to make The Runaway Jury (which subsequently turned up in 2003, with Gary Fleder directing), and Grisham seemingly became less interested in selling the movie rights to his bestselling thrillers. In fact, the last film based on a Grisham book was 2004's Christmas With The Kranks, which was the movie take on Skipping Christmas. »
In the mid-90s, it seemed only a few months would pass until another film adaptation of a John Grisham novel popped up at a multiplex. The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Chamber, and The Rainmaker all came out between 1993-1997, adding to Grisham's legacy as one of America's most popular thriller writers. The most recent film adaptations of his work, Runaway Jury and Christmas with the Kranks, weren't big successes, but THR reports that a film version of Grisham's newest novel, The Racketeer, will hit the big screen under the direction of Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa. Read on! Here's the official synopsis of The Racketeer from Amazon: Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. »
- Ben Pearson
It's coming on nine years since the last movie based on a work by John Grisham hit the screen ("Christmas With The Kranks"), and ten years if you stick strictly to his bread-and-butter legal thrillers ("Runaway Jury"). But Grisham is still a big name and a bestselling author, and it's no surprise that Hollywood has been eager to get back in the game with the writer. NBC tried, and failed, to turn "The Firm" into a series, and over the past year a number of his books have been developing including "The Associate," "Calico Joe" and "The Partner." And now another is entering the fray. Fox 2000 and New Regency are teaming up for "The Racketeer," landing the rights and setting it up as a vehicle for "Safe House" director Daniel Espinosa. The book tells the story of a jailed former attourney who holds the key to solving the murder of a federal judge, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
They must have fed the original "Gremlins" after midnight, because suddenly, there are more. Yes, it's another day and another unnecessary movie reboot potentially underway. Shocker.
It's been almost 30 years since that lovable little mogwai Gizmo sprouted a slew of furball killing machines in the Warner Bros. favorite "Gremlins," so, yeah, it's totally ripe, per Hollywood's laziness remake tradition right about now.
According to Vulture, the studio is currently negotiating with Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin Entertainment for the right to breathe new life into the classic horror comedy. While such talks may have been unsuccessful in the past, there's reportedly reason to believe it might pan out for Warner Bros. this go-round.
As with the first version (and its sequel, "Gremlins 2: The New Batch"), Spielberg would not direct but likely would be involved with the film in some respect. Spielberg previously touted the story as "one of »
- Amanda Bell
10 items from 2013
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