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Jim Parsons will bring holiday cheer this winter, starring in NBC’s special “Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas.” Parsons will voice Buddy, made famous by the 2003 film “Elf” starring Will Ferrell and Broadway production “Elf: The Musical.”
The hourlong, stop-motion animated special is set to air at 8 p.m. on Dec. 16, and will blend the look and feel of classic Christmas specials with the sensibility of a modern-day holiday film.
In the special, Santa narrates the story of Buddy’s travels to New York City to meet his father. Along the way, his unrelenting cheer transforms the lives of everyone he meets and opens his father’s eyes to the magic of the holiday. Nine songs will be featured, including “Happy All the Time,” “A Christmas Song” and “Nobody Cares About Santa Claus.”
- Shelli Weinstein
One can never be fully caught up at festivals but one does what one can. So today, three quick takes on movies I saw yesterday during a five-film day. Let's use their festival guide images as a framing device just because I always find it interesting which images movies use to promote themselves, don't you?
This still from Marjane Satrapi's (Persepolis) horror comedy looks nondescript enough until you pair the title with a man looking at his cat. Yes, they're "talking". The cat is the Scottish brogued "Mr Whiskers" and like 99% of cats in films he is unrepentantly evil. (Can we form a Anti-Cat Defamation Cinematic League or something?) And then you notice the woman's head (Gemma Arterton's to be precise) to the left. Gross! One thing you don't get at all from this still is the film's hard working production design, which is relentlessly candy »
- NATHANIEL R
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