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Christmas Chronicles 2 Brings Back Kurt Russell, Gets Harry Potter Director

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Christmas Chronicles 2 Brings Back Kurt Russell, Gets Harry Potter Director
Chris Columbus is reportedly all set to direct Netflix's The Christmas Chronicles 2. The first installment was a success for the streaming platform with an estimated 20 million streams within the first week of its premiere. With numbers like that, a sequel was inevitable and Netflix is looking to move forward with Kurt Russell back as Santa Claus. While the first movie saw mixed reviews from critics, holiday movie fans were quick to adopt Russell into their annual rotation of yuletide movies, so a sequel should be welcomed with open arms.

The Christmas Chronicles was produced by Chris Columbus' 1492 Pictures, but it was directed by Clay Kaytis. The Christmas Chronicles 2 will see Chris Columbus take the helm, which will more than likely generate quite a bit of interest. The director is behind such classics as Home Alone, Home Alone 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, and two Harry Potter installments. With Columbus and Kurt Russell returning,
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Robin Williams movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Good Morning, Vietnam,’ ‘Dead Poets Society,’ ‘Good Will Hunting’

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Robin Williams movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Good Morning, Vietnam,’ ‘Dead Poets Society,’ ‘Good Will Hunting’
The remarkable Robin Williams would have turned 68 on July 21, 2019. He remains a comedy icon, and even though he is gone, the legacy of his film work lives on. Equally adept at outrageous comedy and sensitive drama, Williams was a one-of-a-kind performer, one whose unique style will likely never be equaled. He tragically died on August 11, 2014.

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After success as a stand-up comic and television stardom via “Mork and Mindy,” Williams turned to film and achieved success far beyond what his TV success could have indicated. He won an Academy Award for “Good Will Hunting” (1997), one of four Oscar nominations he earned in his career. Williams also earned two Screen Actors Guild Awards (for 1996’s “The Birdcage” and “Good Will Hunting”) and received nine Golden Globe nominations, winning statues for 1987’s “Good Morning, Vietnam,” 1991’s “The Fisher King,” 1993’s “Aladdin” and 1994’s “Mrs. Doubtfire.
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Robin Williams movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Robin Williams movies: 20 greatest films ranked from worst to best
The remarkable Robin Williams would have turned 68 on July 21, 2019. He remains a comedy icon, and even though he is gone, the legacy of his film work lives on. Equally adept at outrageous comedy and sensitive drama, Williams was a one-of-a-kind performer, one whose unique style will likely never be equaled. He tragically died on August 11, 2014.

After success as a stand-up comic and television stardom via “Mork and Mindy,” Williams turned to film and achieved success far beyond what his TV success could have indicated. He won an Academy Award for “Good Will Hunting” (1997), one of four Oscar nominations he earned in his career. Williams also earned two Screen Actors Guild Awards (for 1996’s “The Birdcage” and “Good Will Hunting”) and received nine Golden Globe nominations, winning statues for 1987’s “Good Morning, Vietnam,” 1991’s “The Fisher King,” 1993’s “Aladdin” and 1994’s “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

Williams was a two-time Emmy winner, two-time Grammy
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‘Smurfs’ Director Raja Gosnell Takes On ‘Santa: The Adventure Begins’

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‘Smurfs’ Director Raja Gosnell Takes On ‘Santa: The Adventure Begins’
Exclusive: Deadline has learned that Raja Gosnell has signed on to direct the live-action family film Santa: The Adventure Begins for Armory Films, Dnf Pictures and K. Jam Media.

Written by Tamara Taillie, Santa: The Adventure Begins follows the humble origins of Santa Claus as an orphan and young would-be toymaker. In a quest to know his true identity, Santa embarks upon a journey to the forbidden North. With a little help from his friends, Santa discovers the source of his extraordinary magic, and we learn how he finds his true love, his forever home and his destiny. Marisol Roncali and Chelsea Bloch are currently casting with principal photography set to begin late this year in Cologne, Germany, in cooperation with Mmc Studios.

Armory FilmsChristopher Lemole and Tim Zajaros have come on board
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Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt and ‘Sesame Street’ to Be Recognized at 2019 Kennedy Center Honors

Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt and ‘Sesame Street’ to Be Recognized at 2019 Kennedy Center Honors
Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, veteran R&b group Earth, Wind & Fire, “Sesame Street” and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, will be recognized at the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors, the organization announced on Thursday.

The 42nd annual awards will take place on Dec. 8 and will be broadcast Sunday, Dec. 15 on CBS.

This year’s awards will be the first time an individual TV show has been recognized, and “Sesame Street” co-founders Joan Ganz Cooney and Dr. Lloyd Morrisett will accept the Kennedy Center Honors on behalf of themselves, Muppets creator Jim Henson (who died in 1990), Muppets artists Caroll Spinney and Frank Oz, and the thousands of creatives who have built the program’s 50-year legacy.

Also Read: Sally Field Relieved Burt Reynolds Will Never Read Her Memoir: 'This Would Hurt Him'

Earth, Wind & Fire, which has featured at least over a dozen members in its time as a band, are being honored collectively as a musical group.
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Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt and ‘Sesame Street’ Among 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees

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Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt and ‘Sesame Street’ Among 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees
Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, “Sesame Street,” conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and R&B veterans Earth, Wind and Fire have been selected as the 2019 Kennedy Center Honorees.

The kudos will be handed out Dec. 8 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. The award to “Sesame Street” marks the first time the prestigious laurel has been bestowed on a TV series. The highlights of the ceremony will air Dec. 15 on CBS as it has for the past 42 years.

“The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates icons who, through their artistry, have left an indelible stamp on our collective cultural consciousness,” stated Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein. “Earth, Wind & Fire’s hooks and grooves are the foundation of a seminal style that continues to shape our musical landscape; Sally Field has brought us unforgettable characters, both joyous and poignant, for more than five decades; Linda Ronstadt is the defining voice of a generation,
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Film News Roundup: Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Sets Awards Show for Jan. 11

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In today’s film news roundup, the 2020 awards season schedule gets finalized; Afm will cover immersive content; “Murderous Trance” and “7 Days to Vegas” get acquired; and Kate Katzman has been added to “The Comeback Trail.”

Awards Date

The Makeup Artists & Hair Stylists Guild has set Jan. 11 as the date for its seventh annual awards show, four weeks and a day ahead of the 92nd Academy Awards.

The 2020 awards season will have more shows in a tighter time period than usual since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is moving its show forward two weeks.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Julie Socash, president of the guild, which operates as Local 706 of the International Alliance of the Theatrical Stage Employees. The guild also said nominations voting would take place between Oct. 28 and Nov. 8 with nominations announced on Nov. 11. Nominations for Lifetime Achievement Awards nominees will be announced July 9 with voting to open between Aug.
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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon,’ ‘For Sama’ Win Top Awards at Nantucket Film Festival

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‘The Peanut Butter Falcon,’ ‘For Sama’ Win Top Awards at Nantucket Film Festival
Nantucket, Mass. — Adventure drama “The Peanut Butter Falcon” and Syria documentary “For Sama” emerged as the top winners at the 24th annual Nantucket Film Festival.

The festival, which concludes today, as ever put the emphasis on screenwriters and emerging talents. Director Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Sundance hit “Brittany Runs a Marathon” had a number of well-received screenings, as did Gavin Hood’s “Official Secrets.” Documentaries that played at the island getaway off the coast of Massachusetts included “It Started As a Joke,” “David Crosby: Remember My Name” and “We Are the Radical Monarchs.”

The festival’s annual screenwriter tributes went to female forces in the comedy realm. Leslie Dixon, the seasoned scribe behind “Mrs. Doubtfire” and the musical rendition of “Hairspray,” was recognized, as were five former and current women from the “Saturday Night Live” orbit: Jane Curtin, writer Anne Beatts, Heidi Gardner, Sudi Green and Sarah Schneider.

The
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Pierce Brosnan movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include James Bond, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’

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Pierce Brosnan movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include James Bond, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’
Pierce Brosnan will celebrate his 66th birthday on May 16, 2019. The Irish actor initially came to the attention of American audiences for his television roles first in a popular miniseries called “The Manions of America” and then on the long running series “Remington Steele.” On that show Brosnan played a private detective with a comedic somewhat satirical spin on the legendary spy character James Bond.

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It came as a bit of a surprise then that roughly 10 years after that series ended Brosnan would be cast to become the next James Bond in “GoldenEye.” Sean Connery had famously created the character on screen, and then Roger Moore took over the part for a long run. Timothy Dalton was cast as the next James Bond in the 1980s when Brosnan was unable to accept the role due to his contract with “Remington Steele.” Dalton
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Pierce Brosnan movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Pierce Brosnan movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Pierce Brosnan will celebrate his 66th birthday on May 16, 2019. The Irish actor initially came to the attention of American audiences for his television roles first in a popular miniseries called “The Manions of America” and then on the long running series “Remington Steele.” On that show Brosnan played a private detective with a comedic somewhat satirical spin on the legendary spy character James Bond.

It came as a bit of a surprise then that roughly 10 years after that series ended Brosnan would be cast to become the next James Bond in “GoldenEye.” Sean Connery had famously created the character on screen, and then Roger Moore took over the part for a long run. Timothy Dalton was cast as the next James Bond in the 1980s when Brosnan was unable to accept the role due to his contract with “Remington Steele.” Dalton’s movies were not that well received and he only did two of them.
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The Son Season 2: Pierce Brosnan Talks Cowboys and Taking Scalps

Tony Sokol Apr 25, 2019

The Son Season 2's Pierce Brosnan tips his ten-gallon hat to fellow Western stars and Texas TV icons in this exclusive interview.

Everyone wants to be remembered, and not just for the bad stuff they’ve done, a character admitted on the first season of The Son. In the Western genre of movies and film, cowboys have committed many memorable misdeeds, sometimes in order to rustle the deeds from rivals. The patriarch of AMC's multi-generational epic Western series The Son committed all these crimes and more to amass his fortune and stature. Born on the same day his state became a republic, “The First Son of Texas,” Eli McCullough came a long way on a hard road. Kidnapped by Comanches when he was a child, he was raised by the tribe in the wild and brought ruthless survival skills to his role as a businessman and pioneer frontiersman.
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Oscars report 2019: Best Actress shocker as Olivia Colman (‘The Favourite’) upsets Glenn Close [Updating Live]

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Oscars report 2019: Best Actress shocker as Olivia Colman (‘The Favourite’) upsets Glenn Close [Updating Live]
The 91st Annual Academy Awards were finally held on Sunday night, February 24, after months of anticipation. Heck, we were already considering this year’s Oscars when “Black Panther” was released more than a year ago. So who won, who lost, what were the biggest surprises, and what did it all mean in the context of the entire awards season? Follow along below for our live, minute-by-minute report and analysis of all the winners as they’re announced.

SEE2019 Oscars: Full list of winners (and losers) at the 91st Academy Awards [Updating Live]

This Oscar season was nothing if not turbulent, both in terms of the top contenders and the show itself. Should there be an award for Best Popular Film? Should they move some category announcements to the commercial breaks? Should anyone host the show after the controversy surrounding Kevin Hart? Who should present what categories? And how many of the nominated songs should be performed?
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How Nominees Directed Their Way Onto the Oscar Ballot

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How Nominees Directed Their Way Onto the Oscar Ballot
Even for the most experienced filmmaker, every movie offers challenges and surprises that can alter a production’s trajectory and change the director’s approach to his film in unexpected ways. We asked this year’s Oscar directing nominees about the obstacles that cropped up while getting their films across the finish line.

Biggest challenge as a director on this film:

Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”: “When Chivo [Emmanuel Lubezki, Cuaron’s longtime cinematographer] couldn’t do the film. He warned me for weeks that he wasn’t going to be available and I refused to listen to him.”

Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”: “It was a period film and I’d never done one of those. I didn’t realize the practical complications and difficulties when you’re trying to maintain a sense of period.”

Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”: “The editing room. Luckily I had my long-time editor Barry Alexander Brown
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‘Vice’: How Makeup Helped Transform Christian Bale into Dick Cheney

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‘Vice’: How Makeup Helped Transform Christian Bale into Dick Cheney
Thanks to makeup guru Greg Cannom, Christian Bale became totally unrecognizable as political lightning rod and VP Dick Cheney in “Vice.” It was a dramatic transformation (from age 21 to 75) that has Cannom poised for his fourth Oscar win.

And nobody was more stunned than Cannom (he collaborated with Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney). “When I first heard that they wanted Christian Bale to be Cheney, I thought they must be kidding,” he said. But there was no other choice for writer-director Adam McKay. Not after he was blown away by Bale’s scene-stealing performance as the eccentric hedge fund genius in “The Big Short.”

“It was amazing how well the old Cheney worked,” Cannom said. “I never thought it would ever get that good. But when the trailer came out, people said, ‘Who is that?'”

And the experience was a revelation for the chameleon-like Bale, who had never worn prosthetics before.
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Dramatic Makeup and Hairstyling Transformations in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Vice,’ ‘Suspiria’

Dramatic Makeup and Hairstyling Transformations in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Vice,’ ‘Suspiria’
This Oscar season Best Makeup and Hairstyling was all about dramatic transformations, making Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Christian Bale (“Vice”), and Tilda Swinton (“Suspiria”) unrecognizable as Freddie Mercury, Dick Cheney, and an 85-year-old male psychotherapist and horrifying witch.

Likewise, Eva Melander was made unrecognizable as a troll in the fantastical “Border,” Sweden’s Best Foreign Language entry. And the sprawling cast of Marvel’s “Black Panther” undergo dramatic transformations to become the citizens of Wakanda.

Transforming Malek into Mercury for “Bohemian Rhapsody” required reverse aging on the part of makeup and hair designer Jan Sewell. That’s because the climactic Live Aid concert was shot first. The task required an assortment of wigs, eye makeup, and artificial nose to compensate for Malek’s smaller eyes.

But the biggest challenge was re-creating Mercury’s legendary teeth because of his overbite. Sewell had three sets made to find the right fit for Malek.
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Vice’ Lead Oscar Best Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlist

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Vice’ Lead Oscar Best Makeup and Hairstyling Shortlist
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Christian Bale as Dick Cheney (“Vice”) lead the shortlist contenders for this season’s Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar.

Joining them are Tilda Swinton’s wild transformation in “Suspiria,” the fantastical look of Swedish foreign-language entry “Border,” the authenticity of “Mary Queen of Scots,” and Laurel & Hardy’s recreation in “Stan & Ollie.” While “Black Panther” made the cut, notably, Best Picture contenders “A Star Is Born” and “The Favourite” were both shut out.

However, the race has come down to a battle of the biopics between Mercury and Cheney. Hair and makeup head Jan Sewell transformed Malek into the flamboyant Queen singer/songwriter, making use of a prosthetic nose, eye makeup, an assortment of wigs, and, most crucially, a set of prosthetic teeth to approximate his famous overbite.

Meanwhile, three-time Oscar-winning makeup designer Greg Cannom used every tool at his disposal to
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‘Harry Potter’ Helmer Chris Columbus Sets First-Look Deal With Netflix

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‘Harry Potter’ Helmer Chris Columbus Sets First-Look Deal With Netflix
Chris Columbus, the director behind Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, has inked a multi-year first-look deal with Netflix.

This deal comes on the heels of Netflix’s release of the Kurt Russell-starring holiday film The Christmas Chronicles, which was produced by Columbus and his partners Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe via their 1492 Pictures shingles.

Under the pact, Netflix will get first dibs on any feature film that Columbus and his partners want to produce.

Columbus was first known for penning original scripts produced by Steven Spielberg, including Gremlins and The Goonies. He made his directorial debut with the 1987 comedy Adventures In Babysitting and has since directed films like Home Alone, Bicentennial Man, Mrs. Doubtfire, the Julia Roberts-starrer, Stepmom, among others. He and his partners were nominated for an Oscar as producers of The Help, with Viola Davis and Emma Stone.
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‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ at 25: Inside the Making of the Robin Williams Classic

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‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ at 25: Inside the Making of the Robin Williams Classic
When Lisa Jakub showed up to audition as the oldest daughter of Robin Williams and Sally Field in Mrs. Doubtfire, she was introduced to a matronly Scottish woman. Jakub thought she was talking to the mother of director Chris Columbus, who was in production on the movie that turned out to be an enduring classic comedy after opening Nov. 24, 1993.

“I remember being introduced to Chris Columbus’ mother and thinking I had to really make small talk and be charming because this was my boss’ mom,” said Jakub, who was 14 when she made the film. “I wanted to make a good impression. It wasn’t until later that I realized [it was Williams]. I totally fell for it.”

It didn’t take that long for Matthew Lawrence, then 12, to realize that something was going on. “I started to catch on because I was a working kid. But definitely for two or three minutes I was sitting next to Mrs. Doubtfire
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How Chris Columbus, 'Christmas Chronicles' Director Put a Fresh Spin on the Holiday Family Film

How Chris Columbus, 'Christmas Chronicles' Director Put a Fresh Spin on the Holiday Family Film
[The following story contains mild spoilers from The Christmas Chronicles.]

With their new family holiday film for Netflix, The Christmas Chronicles, director Clay Kaytis (The Angry Birds Movie) and producer Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, Gremlins) hope to provide a fresh spin on the magic of Christmas.

The movie stars Kurt Russell as a grizzled Santa Claus on a mission to save Christmas and features a 21st century reimagining of Yuletide staples like the North Pole and Santa's sleigh.

It was the combination of classic Christmas lore and new mythology that spoke to Kaytis, an animation veteran making his ...
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150 Things You Didn't Know About the Harry Potter Movies

Mark Harrison Nov 20, 2018

Join us on an exhausting trivia tour of the movie adaptations of the Harry Potter series and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

Filling in the backstory of J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald is the tenth film in the franchise to date. Coming after the epic filmmaking endeavor that saw the seven Harry Potter books turned into global blockbusters, there's a heck of a lot to look at in terms of development, behind the scenes trivia, and details in the films themselves.

Just in case you're headed to a themed pub quiz any time soon, we've collected just 150 of these facts for you. Hopefully, it's a mix of some stuff you know, some stuff you've never noticed before, and something or other than will give you an edge over those guys at
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