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A teaser trailer for Fox’s upcoming thriller series Second Chance dropped a couple of weeks back, and it utterly failed to give you the most important information about the basic premise. Fox has wisely given itself another opportunity, with a brand new trailer that makes it much more clear. In short, this thing is going to be The Six Million Dollar Man meets A Christmas Carol but with The Shield as its backstory. Sold, Fox. Sold. Second Chance follows Jimmy Pritchard… »
From Die Hard to Star Wars, we've started putting together our collection of favourite Christmas jumpers. Add yours!
Ridiculous woolly jumpers are as intrinsic to Christmas as turkey, Doctor Who and falling asleep on the sofa while your loved ones laugh at you. Nothing says ‘I can be fun and festive!” quite like a comical over-garment.
In recent years, we’ve noticed a massive influx in geek-friendly winter wear thanks to a range of websites seemingly dedicated to keeping us feeling warm but looking cool during the festive season. Either that, or they’re keen to make sure we spend most of December explaining the obscure knitted reference to our perplexed friends and relatives.
We’ve put 25 of our favourites (and links to the respective sites) in the gallery above, but we’re interested to see if you can do better. If you’ve got a Christmas »
Ahead of the December 4th theatrical release of Michael Dougherty's eagerly awaited holiday horror film Krampus, the fine folks at Legendary Comics are helping make the wait a little sweeter with their new graphic novel Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas.
Now available to purchase as a stocking stuffer or something to be enjoyed after dishing out the turkey later this week, Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas is an intriguing look at the darker side of the holidays through four interwoven tales taking place right before Christmas in a snowy small town. When the power goes out, toys come to life and evil elves emerge from the shadows to make the naughty wish they had been nice. Krampus and his chains have come to town, and his list is long and unmerciful.
- Derek Anderson
Legenday Comics has published the Prequel to Krampus the movie coming this Thanksgiving. With mastermind Michael Doughtery helming the graphic novel this story gives a unique twist to the holiday spirit. Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas follows the same blue print behind Trick R' Treat: Days of the Dead which gives you three different tales and links them all together in the fourth story.
Michael Doughtery does a great job managing the flow of the stories never really focusing on one major character. The story allows each character to find redemption during a time when we all assume everyone is happy and fine.
The artist do a great job of not portraying this novel to be too scary but also capture the warmth of family and forgiveness throughout the stories.
For those of you who don't like the traditional Holiday story this story puts a great spin on how »
- Michael Connally
ABC Family's countdown to 25 Days of Christmas just kicked off, but after that, it's time for the real deal! ABC Family's holiday-themed marathon (which follows the equally addictive 13 Nights of Halloween) kicks off on Dec. 1 and goes until Christmas Day, of course, and this year's offerings are all nostalgic and fun. It's exactly what you need to get you in the mood. Get a look at the schedule now to get excited! Related: The Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas Lineup Is Here 11 Holiday Movies You Can Stream on Netflix The 17 Holiday Movies You Have to Watch at Least Once Dec. 1 7:00 a.m. - The Preacher's Wife 11:00 a.m. - Disney's A Christmas Carol 1:00 p.m. - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas 2:30 p.m. - The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 3:30 p.m. - Frosty's Winter Wonderland 4:00 p.m. - Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
The 25 Days of Christmas is coming, but before that, ABC Family (which is changing its name to Freeform in January) has a special November treat for you: the countdown to 25 Days of Christmas! It's its own lineup, which kicked off on Sunday, Nov. 22, and ends on Monday, Nov. 30. It'll stave off your sadness from Halloween being over, give you something to watch over the Thanksgiving weekend, and get you excited for 25 Days of Christmas! Keep reading for the schedule, which is full of movies that everyone loves, plus a Pretty Little Liars special. Nov. 22 5 p.m. - The Parent Trap 8 p.m. - Toy Story 10 p.m. - Toy Story 2 Nov. 23 4:30 p.m. - Toy Story 6:30 p.m. - Toy Story 2 8:30 p.m. - Finding Nemo 12:00 a.m. - The Family Stone Nov. 24 5:30 p.m. - Finding Nemo 8:00 p.m. - Pretty Little Liars »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
Can you believe Christmas is in 39 days? Relax! Bill Murray and his celebrity friends will help take care of that with A Very Murray Christmas. This once in a lifetime event is coming exclusively to Netflix on Friday, December 4th. We have the brand-new trailer, which shows Bill dancing with Miley Cyrus as he pulls off one of the most amazing Christmas parties ever!
This winter, Bill Murray brings an extra-special dose of holiday cheer to Netflix with the premiere of an all-star musically-driven holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas. Set inside New York City's iconic Carlyle hotel, A Very Murray Christmas opens with Bill preparing to host a live, international holiday broadcast. After a blizzard shuts down the production, he makes the best of the situation by singing and celebrating with friends, hotel employees and anyone else who drops by.
For the last 10 years, lifelong buddies Ethan (Joseph Gordon‑Levitt), Isaac (Seth Rogen) and Chris (Anthony Mackie) have gathered on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holidays with a bang. As Isaac prepares to become a first-time father, the friends realize that their annual tradition is coming to a sad end. To make it as memorable as possible, they plan a night of debauchery and hilarity by searching for the Holy Grail of Christmas parties in New York.
Seth Rogen films have slowly built in a fan base that may rival what Adam Sandler had in the late 90's. While some may not be on-board, those who are enjoy the drug affiliated sense of humor he has cultivated over the years. The Night Before continues his catalog, but manages to feel more heartfelt than its predecessors. That may be because of the background Christmas provided throughout the friends' journey. Still, this »
- Tyler Richardson
Seth Rogen takes the high holidays literally in “The Night Before,” a raucous drug-fueled ode to the seasonal spirit’s power to help man-children mature into responsible adults. Little more than a Christmas-y spin on many of the actor’s prior comedies, Jonathan Levine’s film nonetheless generates significant humor from its tale of three lifelong friends who come together on Dec. 24 for one last night of go-for-broke New York revelry — this time with the aim of finally attending the renowned Nutcracka Ball that has for the past 14 years eluded them. Brimming with R-rated naughtiness before, per formula, turning far too nice, it’s a profanely festive odyssey that should far exceed Rogen’s controversial 2014 year-end effort, “The Interview,” and place closer to the jolly box office territory of last summer’s $150 million-grossing “Neighbors.”
Reteaming with both co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director Levine, his collaborators on 2011’s cancer dramedy “50/50,” Rogen »
- Nick Schager
Whovians of North America can enjoy cinema screenings of Doctor Who’s Christmas special this year…
Tickets go on sale tomorrow for another set of special Doctor Who cinema screenings in North America – this year’s Christmas special will play in over 300 cinemas throughout the USA.
The screenings will take place at 7.30pm on Monday the 28th of December and Tuesday the 29th of December. It’s worth noting that the Christmas episode isn’t a two parter – you won’t get a different episode if you go both days.
What you will get - as well as the chance to witness the festive episode blown up to big screen size – is some exclusive content. Attendees will be treated to an exclusive video interview with Alex Kingston, and a 15-minute behind-the-scenes featurette starring Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat.
The announcement also came with this synopsis:
Adding fuel to the rumour fire, Doctor Who’s incumbent production designer Michael Pickwoad has revealed that series 10 of the BBC’s spacefaring family drama will enter production a little later than usual.
According to Pickwoad (in conversation with fan podcast Radio Free Skaro), his work on series 10 won't begin until February or March 2016. Providing a stark comparison - series 9 had already started shooting in January 2015.
Pickwoad – who joined Who in 2010, starting with the brilliant A Christmas Carol – said this of his upcoming work on season 10:
"Well, that won't start until... you know, well into the new year. It doesn't start shooting for a short while. And so, it will be - you know, probably - February, March before we start getting onto the next one."
He also »
Steven Moffat may have confirmed that Series 10 will comprise of 12 episodes plus a Christmas special, but when it’ll air is a huge question right now. Previous series have begun filming in January of each year, but according to Michael Pickwoad, the brilliant Production Designer whose worked on the sets since 2010’s A Christmas Carol,...
The post Series 10 to Start Filming in May 2016? appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Philip Bates
I’m a big fan of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. I try to read it every Christmas, I watch multiple versions of it during the holiday season (including a half hour animated version starring Mister Magoo), and in my acting days I performed in the annual theater production of it at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. For the record, I played in the all-important parts of Mr. Lean, Fred’s friend number 3, dancing man, and ensemble.
Coming across a mystery called The Humbug Murders – An Ebenezer Scrooge Mystery by L.J. Oliver, I was quickly drawn in. Not without some hesitation; the notion of Dickens’ notorious miser acting as a detective rattled my chains a bit. Still, I decided to give it a chance.
For the most part, it works. L.J. Oliver is a pen name for Scott Ciencin and Elizabeth Wilson, both of whom are experienced authors. Sadly, »
- John Ostrander
14 years ago today, the TV series “24” premiered on Fox, with the buzzy format of each 24-episode season covering 24 hours in the life of Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland. The show premiered less than two months after the September 11 attacks, making Bauer’s efforts to protect America from terrorism plots that much more resonant with viewers. “24” lasted for eight seasons, earning several Emmy Awards along the way, including one for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Last year, it was revived for a 12-episode limited series. Other notable November 6 happenings in pop culture history: • 1965: The Rolling Stones’ “Get Off Of My Cloud” took the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was their second No. 1 hit — “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” had topped the chart earlier that year. • 1967: Bob Dylan recorded “All Along the Watchtower” in Nashville, Tenn. • 1981: “Time Bandits” opened in U. »
- Emily Rome
Even though Halloween was only just this past Saturday, ABC Family is already looking ahead to Christmas, as the network has announced its official schedule for its annual 25 Days of Christmas. Filled with shows, movies, and all types of specials, ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas has something for pretty much anyone, whether you want to watch a holiday romance like Love Actually (as photographed above), a more family-friendly film, such as Elf or even Harry Potter, or any of the classic Christmas specials involving Frosty, Rudolph, and/or Santa Claus. Check out ABC Family’s full schedule below, and be sure to comment below and let us know what you’ll be watching this December. Tuesday, Dec. 1 7 a.m. The Preacher’s Wife 11 a.m. Disney’s A Christmas Carol 1 p.m. Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas 2:30 p.m. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 3:30 p. »
- Chris King
It may be too early for theatergoers to start thinking about the holidays, but when it comes to ticket sales for the Goodman Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol,” Executive Director Roche Schulfer isn’t worried. “We joke about the fact that every year when the first snowflakes fall, the spike in the ‘Christmas Carol’ sales is significant,” he told Backstage. “ ’Tis the season.” The Chicago theater is celebrating its 38th consecutive season producing Charles Dickens’ timeless tale. Adapted by Tom Creamer and helmed by longtime Chicago director Henry Wishcamper, this year’s show runs Nov. 14–Dec. 27 on the Albert Theatre stage. It’s a testament to the strength of the Windy City’s theatergoing community that “A Christmas Carol” has become such an important tradition; many families have been attending it for decades. Schulfer said giving back to that community has also become central to the show’s endurance. “We »
The full cast for the upcoming West-End production of A Christmas Carol, which runs at the Noël Coward Theatre from 30th November 2015 to the 30th January, 2016, has been announced. Jim Broadbent will lead the cast as Scrooge, and today we can announced that Adeel Akhtar, Amelia Bullmore, Keir Charles and Samantha Spiro will join him.
Grab your tickets for A Christmas Carol here.
Adeel Akhtar is best known for his work in film and television. He was BAFTA-nominated for his role in Utopia, played hapless Fessal in Chris Morris’ Four Lions and played Maroush in Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator. His work on-stage includes playing Guildenstern in Hamlet at the Young Vic.
Amelia Bullmore is known not only for her writing (Di and Viv and Rose) but also for her many appearances on television, »
- Paul Heath
Do you hear what I hear? Bill Murray and his celebrity friends are crashing Christmas! On Friday, December 4th, Netflix will debut A Very Murray Christmas in all territories where Netflix is available. This promises to be the holiday party of the year. And today, we have the new trailer and new photos from the bash!
Written by Sofia Coppola, Bill Murray and Mitch Glazer and directed by Sofia Coppola, A Very Murray Christmas is an homage to the classic variety show featuring Bill Murray playing himself. The iconic comedy legend worries that no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City. Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit.
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
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The story of Philippe Petit’s daring high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974 is not a new one to New Yorkers or to film lovers: it was the subject of 2008’s Oscar-winning best documentary feature, Man on Wire (see it if you haven’t already; it’s currently on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the U.S., though not in Canada or the U.K.). But we haven’t seen that story like this before. Robert Zemeckis has been a cinematic fantasist of the highest order, using magical FX to tell wondrous »
- MaryAnn Johanson
There have been dozens of retelling of the story and other actors, including even Cicely Tyson, have played the lead character, so why not Ice Cube? He's just as good a choice as any. What I'm referring to is the news item, first reported by Deadline (Here), that Ice Cube has signed a deal to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a new updated version of Charles Dickens' immortal novel "A Christmas Carol", to be entitled "Humbug" for Universal Pictures. The studio won battle to acquire the script, against three other studios, written Todd R Jones and Earl Richey Jones, which was previously set up at Relativity until it went bankrupt a few months ago. In the film Ice »
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