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13 items from 2012


Joyeux Noel – The DVD Review

23 December 2012 8:35 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Review by Sam Moffitt

Christmas always brings lists. Lists of gifts to buy, cards to mail, lists of things accomplished during the year past and resolutions for the coming New Year. And, always, lists of everybody’s favorite Christmas movies. Some are so very well known; It’s a Wonderful Life, several versions of A Christmas Carol, (The version with Alistair Sim is my favorite) Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story (24 hours of it every year on TBS!) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, one of the newer ones that I enjoy, Bad Santa. Classics each and every one, and then bad one’s like Christmas with the Kranks.

But here’s a more recent film about Christmas that deserves to be more well known and ought to be revisited every year. Joyeux Noel (French for Merry Christmas) was directed by Christian Carion and released in 2005. It recieved got no »

- Movie Geeks

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Four Christmases, Christmas With the Kranks and More Make Our 10 Worst Christmas Movies List

14 December 2012 11:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Dear Santa, have we been naughty? How else to explain all the lumps of cinematic coal dumped into our movie theaters? Spending Christmas With the Kranks made us really cranky. We barely survived Surviving Christmas, and then Four Christmases was, well, four too many! Next time, just run us over with a friggin' reindeer! We'd have to be Blitzened out of our minds to watch any of these joyless flicks again. And still, no amount of eggnog could wash away their rancid taste and our bitter tears. Don't believe us? Check out the crème-de-la-crap—our list of the 10 worst Christmas movies ever—and see if you don't wanna hurl your holiday cookies. »

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"American Horror Story: Asylum" Recap: And to All a Bad Night

6 December 2012 6:18 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Before we start, I have to say that I looooooove me a Christmas horror movie. From Gremlins to Silent Night, Deadly Night to Christmas Evil to Black Christmas to Jaws: The Revenge, I can't get enough of a blood-spattered yuletide. (The only Christmas movie too scary for me? Christmas With the Kranks. [Shudder])

Did American Horror Story: Asylum deliver an advent calendar-worthy Christmas episode? Let's check our list (twice) and find out...

We begin outside a classic small-town department store in the Christmas Story era. But instead of a Red Ranger power bb rifle, Sugar Motta the little boy heading toward the store with his mom wants a coonskin cap. His mom makes him put some money in the bucket of a bell-ringing charity Santa outside the store, and the Santa reassures the kid that all his capitalist holiday-entitlement dreams will surely come true. The store closes up and the lady drags her kid elsewhere, »

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Meet Jamie Lee Curtis at HorrorHound This Weekend!

16 November 2012 11:19 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Jamie Lee Curtis is making her first and only convention appearance at HorrorHound Weekend, which starts today and runs through the weekend in Indianapolis. With Curtis being the main attraction, the guest list is Halloween and The Fog-themed, including  Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, and many more. Admission tickets are still available at the door and it appears that some Jamie Lee Curtis autograph tickets are still available as well. Here’s more information on the event:

Jamie Lee Curtis has signed on as the guest of honor at this November’s HorrorHound Weekend event. The event will take place over the weekend of November 16-18th, 2012 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219.

Jamie Lee Curtis will be appearing at the event on both Saturday (November 17th) and Sunday (November 18th) for autograph sessions, photo-ops and an on-stage Q/A panel which is sure to be epic. »

- Jonathan James

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Watch: Red Band Trailer for 'The Oranges' Starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener & Leighton Meester

13 September 2012 7:43 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Featuring an ensemble cast, suburban setting, and humorous holiday shenanigans, “The Oranges” seemed initially to be heading toward “Christmas With The Kranks” territory as it approached its Tiff premiere last year. However, since the project's 2008 Black List inclusion by writers Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer, a steady buzz has grown into the film's well-received screenings and recent first trailer, and now comes an opportunity to see Allison Janney cut loose in the film's red-band offering. Coming off directing mostly “Entourage” episodes, director Julian Farino looks to have transferred successfully to film by skewing stranger than your average holiday fare. While not delving to the depths of “Bad Santa,” the comedy nonetheless offers up its own take on marital infidelity, as Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, and Janney play congenial couples who react to Laurie's sudden affair with Platt's daughter »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Exclusive: Jamie Lee Curtis Creates Video for HorrorHound Appearance

10 September 2012 11:36 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We told you earlier about Jamie Lee Curtis making her first and last convention appearance at HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis on November 16-18, and now the great one has recorded an exclusive video teaser for us to share with you cats! Dig it!

Jamie Lee Curtis has signed on as the guest of honor at this November's HorrorHound event. The event will take place over the weekend of November 16-18, 2012, at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219.

Ms. Curtis will be appearing at the event on both Saturday (November 17) and Sunday (November 18) for autograph sessions, photo ops, and an on-stage Q&A panel that is sure to be epic. This is a landmark opportunity for fans as Jamie has never attended an event like this nor provided horror fans with the opportunity to have their memorabilia signed in such a capacity. And it's all for charity, via the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. »

- Uncle Creepy

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Jamie Lee Curtis to Make Her First Horror Convention Appearance in November

6 July 2012 11:07 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For decades, horror fans have been hoping that Jamie Lee Curtis would make a convention appearance. Over the years, it seemed less and less likely, but it has been announced that she’ll make her first and only horror convention appearance this November at HorrorHound Weekend:

Jamie Lee Curtis has signed on as the guest of honor at this November’s HorrorHound Weekend event. The event will take place over the weekend of November 16-18th, 2012 at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219.

Jamie Lee Curtis will be appearing at the event on both Saturday (November 17th) and Sunday (November 18th) for autograph sessions, photo-ops and an on-stage Q/A panel which is sure to be epic. This is a landmark opportunity for fans, as Jamie has never attended an event like this, nor provided horror fans with the opportunity to have their memorabilia signed in such a capacity. »

- Jonathan James

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Jamie Lee Curtis to Make Her First (and Last) Horror Con Appearance at the November HorrorHound Weekend

5 July 2012 3:21 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Fans of the great Jamie Lee Curtis might want to start thinking about taking a trip to Indianapolis this November as she will be making her first - and last - horror convention appearance during that city's HorrorHound Weekend, which is taking place November 16-18.

From the HorrorHound Magazine Forums:

The rumors are true. Jamie Lee Curtis has agreed to attend her first-ever horror convention... And it will also be her last!

Jamie Lee Curtis has signed on as the guest of honor at this November's HorrorHound Weekend event. The event will take place over the weekend of November 16-18, 2012, at the Indianapolis Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219.

Ms. Curtis will be appearing at the event on both Saturday (November 17) and Sunday (November 18) for autograph sessions, photo-ops, and an on-stage Q/A panel which is sure to be epic. This is a landmark opportunity for fans, as Jamie »

- The Woman In Black

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Lola Versus

15 June 2012 7:06 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Lola Versus

Directed by: Daryl Wein

Cast: Greta Gerwig, Zoe Lister Jones, Hamish Linklater, Joel Kinnaman

Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: June 15, 2012 (Chicago)

Plot: A woman (Gerwig) tries to pull herself together after her fiance (Kinnaman) dumps her right before their wedding.

Who’S It For? This movie doesn’t really have an age demographic, or even a hipness demographic. It’s more about the dating demographic – you’re going through your own Lola Versus-like moments, this movie might be of some use to you. If you’re all happy and in a relationship, then you’ll just think this is simply Katherine Heigl-lite. Maybe if you pride yourself on being “That Girl” on the social media thing, maybe you’ll love this movie.

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Lola Versus dolls up the typical romantic arc that is mostly expressed in modern times through narcissistic Twitter feeds. Even Lola’s dialogue, »

- Nick Allen

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Mark Wahlberg in Talks for John Grisham’s The Partner

11 April 2012 8:28 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Mark Wahlberg is in talks for New Regency’s legal thriller, The Partner, the big screen adaptation of a John Grisham’s 1997 novel. The last adapted Grisham’s novel was 2001s Skipping Christmas, a comedy novel adapted for the 2004 film Christmas With the Kranks starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis. Wahlberg would not only play [...]

Continue reading Mark Wahlberg in Talks for John Grisham’s The Partner on FilmoFilia.

Related posts: John Lee Hancock to Direct John Grisham Adaptation The Partner Mark Wahlberg in Talks to Star in Two Guns for Universal Mark Wahlberg, Marion Cotillard and Zoe Saldana in Blood Ties?

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- Nick Martin

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Mark Wahlberg Brings Grisham Gold to 'The Partner'

11 April 2012 7:43 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Mark Wahlberg knows a thing or two about making hit movies, something author John Grisham could use a refresher course in.

Variety reports that the "Contraband" star is in talks to produce and give a much-needed facelift to the big screen adaptations of Grisham's work with a possible role as star and producer of the prolific author's 1997 novel "The Partner."

The legal thriller tells the story of Patrick Lanigan, a cuckolded Mississippi lawyer who fakes his own death in order to steal millions from his own firm.

While Grisham had a number of his bestselling novels made into box office hits in the '90s, including "The Pelican Brief," "A Time to Kill" and "The Rainmaker," the more recent adaptations of his work have been flops. 2003's "Runaway Jury" was a critical hit, despite making meager profits at the box office, while the most recent movie based on his writing, »

- Sarah Crow

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Before They Were Famous… They Were in The X-Files

28 February 2012 8:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Gary Collinson with a selection of star names who made an early 'before they were famous' appearance in The X-Files...

Over the past few months I’ve been revisiting Chris Carter’s classic science fiction TV series The X-Files on DVD and besides jogging my memory as to just how good of a pairing David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder and Gillian Anderson’s Dana Scully made, I’ve found myself surprised at the number of famous faces who’ve cropped up across the series’ nine-season run.

Now I’m not talking about those guest stars who were already firmly established (or pretty much on their way) by the time they made an appearance – the likes of Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead), Brad Dourif (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket), David Faustino (Married… with Children), Terry O’Quinn (The Stepfather), Burt Reynolds (Deliverance), Kurtwood Smith »

- flickeringmyth

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John Lee Hancock to Adapt John Grisham’s The Partner

27 January 2012 4:20 PM, PST | Movie Cultists | See recent Movie Cultists news »

When’s the last time you saw a John Grisham legal thriller on the big screen? Yeah, it’s been a while. Fortunately, the dry spell is ending because the man behind The Blind Side is tackling Grisham’s The Partner.

The last film adaptation of a Grisham story we saw on the big screen was Christmas with the Kranks in 2004, and the last legal thriller from Grisham that hit the theaters was 2003’s Runaway Jury. That’s a pretty long time for someone that’s a master of the legal thriller genre, although Jury wasn’t his strongest Hollywood performer. Now, John Lee Hancock, who showed up on everybody’s radar when he took a little film called The Blind Side all the way to an Oscar nomination, has signed on to write and direct the adaptation of The Partner, which revolves around a Mississippi lawyer that fakes his »

- Marty Shaw

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