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Looking Back On 'J.T.' And The Other Holiday Films Of Yesteryear

3 December 2013 12:39 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

In the past decade or so, Hollywood has chucked out a few so-called holiday films, like Last Holiday and This Christmas.  And while those films may satisfy the holiday film appetite of some, I'm still a sucker for that old-school; those holiday films from a more simple time-- you know . . . the 70's, 80's, and 90's.  You're probably saying, "That wasn't that long ago."  But trust me when I tell you that they don't make them like they used to.  Take the 1969 TV movie J.T. for example . . . The Robert M. Young-directed J.T. originally aired on CBS, and starred Ja’net Dubois, Helen Martin, and a young Kevin Hooks in the lead role as J.T. Gamble, "a shy, withdrawn »

- Emmanuel Akitobi

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Has LL Cool J Become Everyone’s Embarrassing Dad?

9 April 2013 11:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Were people actually surprised by LL Cool J's not-so-cool appearence on Brad Paisley's "Accidental Racist"? Sure, he's never rapped about chains in such a strange fashion before, but LL's been acting embarrassing for Years now. From a steady gig on NCIS: Los Angeles to having his own line of poorly selling Sears skinny jeans, James is the father you always wanted to embarrass you in front of your friends.At this year's Grammy nominations, he sang along to a beatboxing Taylor Swift. He actually gives the okay for Taylor to do so. This charming collaboration shockingly didn't make the actual award show. In 2006's Last Holiday, James played "Sean Matthews," Queen Latifah's love interest. Spoiler Alert: No one dies. Except me. From embarrassment. "No. 1 was very gay," LL raps about the Three Little Pigs in this weird Disney direct-to-vhs adaptation Simply Mad About the Mouse. It only »

- Lindsey Weber

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5 British Film Comedies That Must Never Be Remade

6 February 2013 6:33 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Over the last decade or so, a particular trend in Hollywood has arisen: taking a beloved British comedy and Americanizing it. It’s happened to Bedazzled, The Ladykillers and Last Holiday. In the cases of Bedazzled and Last Holiday, major roles were changed from male to female. All three films were updated and modernized to give a more “hip” take on the material.  But the reviews were mixed at best. More recent British comedies are not immune to this trend either, as evidenced by the remake of Death at a Funeral.

Maybe there’s just something about British comedy that makes it difficult to be successfully Americanized. That’s why so many American versions of British sitcoms fail and shows like All in the Family, Sanford and Son and The Office are the exception, not the rule.

As a lifelong fan of British comedy films, there are some that I »

- Thomas Ahearn

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