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Well, it’s the First of December and the Christmas Season is well and truly and legitimately upon us. As I’ve noted before, I really do love this time of year and I love Christmas stories, none more than A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens and turned into umpty-bum versions in the movies, on television, and on the stage.
I appeared in a stage version at Chicago’s Goodman Theater for many years. The Goodman was and I think still is the biggest professional theater in the Chicago area but every year it hit a hole in its schedule around Christmastime. They took note that the famed Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Mn, performed A Christmas Carol. Starting in 1977, the Goodman decided to also produce a stage version of Dicken’s classic. They asked a veteran of the Guthrie production, Tony Mockus Sr., to direct their show.
I was »
- John Ostrander
The Eleventh Doctor
Portrayed by: Matt Smith
Companion(s): Amy Pond, Rory Williams, River Song, Clara Oswald
Tenure: 39 stories (44 episodes), from “The Eleventh Hour” (April, 2010) to “The Time of the Doctor” (Dec, 2013)
Signature look: The Eleventh Doctor’s look gets a few tweaks during his run. He starts with a tweed jacket, which later becomes a long purple (all together now) frock coat (the Doctor loves his frock coats), button-down shirt, bowtie (they’re cool), suspenders, lace-up boots, and, to go with his purple coat, a purple waistcoat and pocket watch with chain. And of course, if possible, he will accessorize with whatever distinctive headware is handy.
Catchphrase: The Eleventh Doctor has several catchphrases, particularly, “Geronimo”, “Come along, Pond”, and “I like <fill in the blank>s now. <Fill in the blank>s are cool.”
Personality: The Eleventh Doctor is whimsical and energetic, but also brooding and manipulative. His number one rule for his Companions is that the Doctor always lies, »
- Kate Kulzick
Doctor: Eleventh Doctor
Story: “A Christmas Carol” (Dec, 2010)
Background: Kazran Sardick was raised by an abusive father, Elliot, who was absolutely focused on profit. Kazran, like his father before him, controls the airspace of Sardicktown and has grown into a very Ebenezer Scrooge-like character when he first meets the Doctor, who needs his permission so the crashing ship Amy and Rory are on can safely land. The Doctor, presumably inspired by A Christmas Carol (he is a Dickens fanboy, after all), decides to give Kazran the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future treatment, rewriting much of his childhood, to turn him into the kind of man who will allow the ship to land.
Family/Friends: We meet Kazran’s physically and emotionally abusive father, but we don’t find out about any other family members, implying that Kazran grew up incredibly isolated. »
- Kate Kulzick
It's the last day of the countdown to the countdown -- the last day before 25 Days of Christmas officially starts on ABC Family on Sunday, Dec. 1.
The last day of the countdown to 25 Days features a special treat in the form of a "Harry Potter" movie marathon that culminates in the network television premiere of "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2."
So tune in for "Order of the Phoenix, "Half-Blood Prince" and "Deathly Hallows Part 1," before "Deathly Hallows Part 2" kicks off at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC Family.
Then Sunday, 25 Days of Christmas starts off with a bang -- an all-day holiday movie marathon. Schedule below:
(7:00-8:30 Am Et/Pt) Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas
(8:30-10:00 Am »
It’s hard to find a movie for this time of year. I’m not talking about Christmas movies. Lord knows, Hollywood is lousy with Christmas movies. Instead, I’m talking about Thanksgiving movies. Usually Hollywood skips Turkey Day altogether and starts releasing Christmas movies in early November (including relatively recent releases like A Christmas Carol in 2009, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas in 2011, and The Best Man Holiday just this year). Still, there are a few Thanksgiving movies knocking around, and they’re not all as bad as Free Birds. One of the most loveable and endearing Thanksgiving movies is John Hughes’ 1987 comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The film follows businessman Neal Page (Steve Martin) trying to get home to Chicago from New York City two days before Thanksgiving. He stumbles into an unlikely travel buddy in Del Griffith (John Candy) and ends up on a three-day misadventure using almost every known form of ground transportation »
- Kevin Carr
With Christmas just around the corner, we have teamed up with Paramount to give away 3 bundles of festive movie titles, from classic, to cult and modern.
We have 3 copies of all-time classic White Christmas, as well as Bill Murray’s brilliant take on the Christmas Carol tale, Scrooged, and recent animation release Rise Of The Guardians to give away to 3 lucky WhatCulture readers.
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Now available in stunning high definition, White Christmas is a treasury of Irving Berlin classics, among them ‘Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep’, ‘Sisters’, ‘Blue Skies’, and the beloved holiday song, »
- Simon Gallagher
‘The Thief and the Cobbler’: Original version of Richard Williams’ animated film has first public screening at the Academy The first public screening of the original version of Richard Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler will be held at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Williams will be in attendance to introduce the recently reconstructed original workprint from 1992. The Thief and the Cobbler will be accompanied by Richard Williams’s 1972 Oscar-winning animated short A Christmas Carol, adapted from Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella. Featuring animation by Ken Harris and Abe Levitow, among others, A Christmas Carol has, according to the Academy’s website, "a distinctive and dark tone" inspired by John Leech’s engraved illustrations of the Dickens’ tale. In conjunction with the screenings, the Academy’s public exhibition “Richard Williams: Master of Animation,” featuring film clips, »
- Andre Soares
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences celebrates animator Richard Williams with the first public screening of the original version of his film “The Thief and the Cobbler” on Tuesday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Williams, who has worked on the now legendary feature throughout the past 25 years, will be on hand to introduce the newly reconstructed original work print from 1992.
Loosely influenced by Persian miniatures, the film has become a legend in the animation industry. Williams began this ambitious film in 1968, and over the next 25 years, collaborated on it with such animators as Ken Harris and Emery Hawkins from Warner Bros., as well as Art Babbitt from Disney and Grim Natwick, the creator of Betty Boop.
The film was originally self-financed by Williams, but after he received two Academy Awards® in 1988 for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” Williams was »
- Michelle McCue
Lovers of It's a Wonderful Life will all have favourite lines from the 1946 feelgood movie that rivals Dickens's A Christmas Carol – with which it shares a plot – as the main course in seasonal schmaltz. I relish the moment when Jimmy Stewart's George Bailey, shown by his guardian angel how dismal his little town would have been without him, asks about the fate of his wife Mary. "She's just about to close up the library!" reveals angel Clarence Odbody. Cue a shot of Donna Reed, a tragic spinster in this grim alternative world, complete with librarian's bun, specs and tweeds. The horror, the horror! »
It’s not even Thanksgiving yet and we’re already devoting a second Scenes We Love list to a Christmas movie. Yesterday was the 25th anniversary of Scrooged, so how could we not? Did you know this modernization of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol had the fourth best opening of 1988? And of those four, it debuted in a significantly fewer amount of theaters, giving it the second-best per-screen average among them. It also opened on a Wednesday, like three of those films, and of those three it had the second-best five-day opening. People clearly loved this movie, right? Not quite, but they really wanted to see it. Unfortunately, it didn’t stay at or near the top for very long. By the big holiday weekend, it was in 9th place, behind stuff like Tequila Sunrise, The Naked Gun and Oliver and Company. But at least it was doing better than Ernest Saves Christmas. Scrooged »
- Christopher Campbell
It’s not often you get to describe an event as being fifty years in the making. even less so do you get to mean it. Three Doctors in three timelines converge to give them all a chance to change a terrible moment in their collective past.
The Day of the Doctor
Directed by Nick Hurran
The Doctor is in the present, in his most recent incarnation, picking up Clara, when he gets picked up himself, by Unit, to investigate a mystery at the National Museum. Meanwhile (well, I say meanwhile…) in his previous incarnation, he’s investigating a mystery in Elizabethan Britain, an attack by the Zygons that could lead all the way to the Queen herself. And in another part of the Universe entirely, The War Doctor is making a decision that will put the lives of countless innocents in his hands, a choice that »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Written By: Steven Moffat
Directed By: Nick Hurran
The day is finally upon us. The Day Of The Doctor, the Anniversary Special which celebrates a half century of adventures on screen (as well as off) with a time travelling alien and his magic time and space machine. It’s a rare feat for a television show to reach fifty years old and still have all the power to thrill, enrapture and entertain audiences in the same way it has done since the very beginning. There’s the fear that such a celebratory episode would solely bathe in nostalgia, resulting in an episode that only the hard-core followers of the show will be able to truly appreciate. Making such an episode is a challenge worthy of the Doctor himself.
We needn’t have feared though. The Day Of The Doctor is the perfect example of how to do an excellent anniversary special. »
- Matt Dennis
Every age gets the version of Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" that it deserves, and the crass, tacky 1980s got "Scrooged," a loud, overstuffed, manic comedy version that turned Dickens crotchety miser into a slick, callous, vulgar young TV executive played by Bill Murray. The movie opened 25 years ago this week, on November 23, 1988.
The production's ironies -- hiring "Lethal Weapon" director Richard Donner to make a movie about how pandering and sensationalistic TV is, and spending $32 million (a lot of money for a Hollywood budget back then) on a lavish spectacle whose message to viewers is that they should be more charitable -- were apparently lost on everyone, including the audience, who made it one of the biggest hits of 1988 and have kept the film a holiday staple on TV and home video ever since.
A quarter century later, it's a lot easier to look at "Scrooged" out of context and »
- Gary Susman
Ralph Fiennes follows up his modern Shakespeare adaptation and directorial debut, Coriolanus, with a look at the latter life of legendary author Charles Dickens. Fiennes directs and leads The Invisible Women, a biopic of the famed Brit novelist centred on his secret love affair with mistress Nelly Ternan.
The Invisible Women is slated (perhaps appropriately given Dickens’ seasonal work, A Christmas Carol) for Us cinemas on 25th December and the UK on the 7th February.
- Craig Hunter
• It's a Wonderful Life tops favourite Christmas film poll
• Top 10 family movies
Feelgood 1946 Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life is to get an unlikely sequel more than 60 years on, it has been revealed.
It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story is being billed as a continuation of the story of downcast bank manager George Bailey, played memorably by the late great James Stewart in Frank Capra's original. Or at least, that of his descendants. While Stewart passed away in 1997, producers have recruited original cast member Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey's daughter Zuzu, to return.
It's a Wonderful Life follows Bailey as he sets out to kill himself on Christmas Eve but changes his mind thanks to the intervention of a guardian angel who helps him realise he has made a difference in the world. »
- Ben Child
As their final poster release for 2013, Strange Kids Club celebrates another cinematic milestone… the 25th Anniversary of Scrooged, originally released on November 23rd, 1988. Here’s a look at the brand new artwork from digital painter Vlad Rodriguez:
“We can hardly describe our excitement that this particular film is the focus of our final print this year,” says Rondal Scott III, founder of Strange Kids Club. “As a darkly satiric Christmas classic, Scrooged represents one of the best modern day adaptations of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol and continues to be an annual favorite for tons of fans – myself included. I guess you could call this the unofficial sequel to our Ghostbusters print (also by Rodriguez) earlier this year. Does that mean there will be a third print to complete our Murray trilogy… well, you’ll just have to wait until 2014 to find out!”
Each poster measures 18×24 and comes with »
- Jonathan James
1988's Scrooged may be more comedy than horror, but since we're all big fans of its source material here at Dread Central, we wanted to let you know about a special 25th Anniversary print that's available Today!
From the Press Release:
Prepare to get Scrooged!
As their final fan art print of 2013, Strange Kids Club celebrates yet another cinematic milestone... the 25th Anniversary of Scrooged, originally released on November 23, 1988. Featuring brand new artwork by digital painter Vlad Rodriguez, each digital print measures 18"x24" and comes with a commemorative top hat with holly - similar to the one worn by Frank Cross (Bill Murray) in the film (limited to 50 copies)! They cost $35.
"We can hardly describe our excitement that this particular film is the focus of our final print this year," says Rondal Scott III, founder of Strange Kids Club. "As a darkly satiric Christmas classic, Scrooged represents one of the »
- Debi Moore
I just got back from seeing The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to see the Internet alive with rage as Variety broke the news Frank Capra's theatrical failure that was only later deemed a classic once it was seen on television, It's a Wonderful Life, just might get a sequel. Star Partners and Hummingbird Prods. are collaborating on production of a sequel to the 1946 feature with a current title of It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story, which will center on the grandson of James Stewart's George Bailey who will be visited by an angel to show him how better off the world would be had he never been born. Waitc Whatc That doesn't sound uplifting at allc Oh, I see, it's something of A Christmas Carol meets sequel very few people will care about, sort of like amazon asin="B008VPBZZ0" text="A Christmas Story 2 »
- Brad Brevet
Over the weekend, Kevin Smith hosted a Q&A for the release of Man of Steel on Blu-ray and DVD. After it was over, director Zack Snyder showed the filmmaker and podcast host a photo of Ben Affleck in his new Batsuit for Batman Vs. Superman. Being the very talkative person that he is, Smith immediately went on his Hollywood Babble-On show and revealed this.
"I saw the Batman costume. More than that I saw a picture of him (Ben Affleck) in the costume. Now, I don't want to give anything away 'cause that is up to them and stuff, but I am going to say this, I instantly bear hugged him (Zack Snyder). You have not seen this costume in a movie on film before, and for a comic book fan it was mind bending. I was like 'Get out of here, only you have enough power to pull this off. »
Besides its cast, a parade of Brit aces the likes of which we haven't seen since the last episode of Wizard Boy Has a Sad, the quality that most distinguishes Mike Newell's adaptation of the best-titled of all English novels is its healthy fullness. In the decades since David Lean's definitive film, one of those rare cases of genius adapting genius, Great Expectations has again and again been given something like a greatest hits treatment. In dinner theaters, botched musicals, and Alfonso Cuarón's daft Florida swampland updating, this most carefully worked out of Dickens's stories has been reduced to its unforgettable highlights, the way sitcom characters in holiday episodes race through A Christmas Carol: criminal on the marsh, playtime at Miss Havisham's, the rot »
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