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AMC Presents Its Largest Slate of Holiday Programming with ‘AMC Best Christmas Ever’

Viewers can Celebrate the Season with More Than 600 Hours of Holiday Classic Films, Specials and Family Favorites Beginning November 26 Through December 25

AMC has viewers covered this holiday season with “AMC Best Christmas Ever,” its largest slate of holiday programming ever featuring 35 films and 18 specials, airing all day, every day. Beginning Monday, November 26 through Christmas Day, the monthlong programming marathon will offer up more than 600 hours of holiday-themed movies, specials and family favorite films, as well as the television debut of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You (2017). AMC will be the exclusive home to Christmas favorites including Elf, The Polar Express and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation as well as 12 classic Christmas specials from the legendary Rankin/Bass production company, including The Year Without a Santa Claus, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Jack Frost, Rudolph’s Shiny New Yearand Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, among many others.

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You'll Be Flooded With Christmas Cheer After Watching AMC's Epic Holiday Movie Marathon

If Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas schedule isn't enough for you during the holidays, AMC is on the case.

The network has announced its "Best Christmas Ever" line-up, which includes holiday programming made up of iconic films and even a few TV specials, which will air all day, every day. The month-long marathon kicks off on Monday, Nov. 26 and runs all the way through Christmas Day. So, in other words, you'll have over 600 hours of holiday-themed movies and specials at your disposal while you cozy up on the couch with some eggnog. Could be worse, right?

In addition to old school animated classics like Jack Frost and Rudolph's Shiny New Year, more modern holiday fare will be sneaking down the chimney and onto your TV screen. Expect to see Will Ferrell in all his Christmas glory in Elf, as well as movies like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Last Holiday, The Polar Express,
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Rebel Wilson Accused of Blocking Black Critics on Twitter After Being Criticized for Plus-Size Rom-Com Comment

Rebel Wilson Accused of Blocking Black Critics on Twitter After Being Criticized for Plus-Size Rom-Com Comment
Actress Rebel Wilson is at the center of even more backlash over a comment she made claiming her new movie, “Isn’t It Romantic?,” is the first romantic-comedy film to star a plus-size woman in the lead role. The “Pitch Perfect” star made the remark on “Ellen” during a visit to the talk show on October 31, but Wilson was quickly called out on social media for forgetting about romantic-comedies starring actresses like Queen Latifah, Mo’nique, and Ricki Lake. Now Wilson is being accused of blocking on Twitter the black critics who spoke out against her.

Wilson originally reacted to the backlash by replying on Twitter, “Yeah, I of course know of these movies. But it was questionable as to whether: 1. Technically those actresses were plus size when filming those movies or 2. Technically those films are categorized/billed as a studio rom-com with a sole lead. So there’s a slight grey area.
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Rebel Wilson Claims She’s the First Plus-Sized Woman to Lead a Rom-Com, but the Internet Reminds Her of Queen Latifah

Warner Bros. dropped the first trailer for its upcoming meta romantic-comedy “Isn’t It Romantic?” earlier this week. The movie stars “Pitch Perfect” breakout Rebel Wilson as a woman who hits her head and wakes up to find her life resembles a clichéd movie rom-com. Wilson appeared on “Ellen” to promote the trailer release, but she indirectly started an online controversy by claiming her movie is a Hollywood groundbreaker.

“I’m proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy,” Wilson told Ellen DeGeneres.

Wilson was quickly met with backlash online for her comment, with many on social media reminding the Australian comedian of romantic-comedies starring Queen Latifah. Latifah starred opposite Common in the 2010 sports-driven rom-com “Just Wright,” and she played a woman who travels to Europe after being given a terminal medical diagnosis in the rom-rom “Last Holiday.” Wilson attempted to defend herself,
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Rebel Wilson's "First-Ever Plus-Sized Girl" in a Rom-Com Comment Sparks Backlash

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Rebel Wilson, the first plus-sized female star of a rom-com? Fake news. The actress appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show recently to promote her new movie, Isn't It Romantic. She told Ellen DeGeneres, "I'm kind of proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy." Twitter was quick to cite several examples proving otherwise. "Queen Latifah begs to differ," wrote user @kohkohbxtchzz. The star had appeared in the rom-coms Just Wright and Last Holiday. "Rebel Wilson saying she's the first plus sized girl in a rom-com like this iconic gem doesn't exist," tweeted user @florababe_,...
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Where to Watch All Your Favorite Christmas Movies on TV This Holiday Season

Where to Watch All Your Favorite Christmas Movies on TV This Holiday Season
‘Tis the season to relax and watch holiday movies with the entire family. Whether it be Christmas classics like Home Alone or heartfelt Hallmark films like Christmas Everlasting, People has made a list (and checked it twice!) of all of the holiday movies set to play on the small screen.

Hallmark

Christmas at Pemberley Manor

Christmas Joy

Road to Christmas

Christmas in Love

Christmas at Graceland

Mingle All the Way

Christmas at the Palace

Christmas at Grand Valley

Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe

Christmas Everlasting

A Shoe Addict’s Christmas

Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa

A Majestic Christmas

A Homegrown
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12 Movie Reboots With Gender-Swapped Leads, From ‘His Girl Friday’ to ‘Ocean’s 8’ (Photos)

12 Movie Reboots With Gender-Swapped Leads, From ‘His Girl Friday’ to ‘Ocean’s 8’ (Photos)
From lady “Ghostbusters” to talk of a female James Bond, Hollywood has taken a shine to remaking classic movies or TV shows with gender-swapped leads as a way of mixing up a tried and true formula. But the trend dates back farther than to just the last few years. The latest example of this is “Overboard” opening Friday, which swaps out Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell for Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris. But here are some other movies that looked to remake something old with not just a fresh face but from an entirely different point of view.

His Girl Friday” (1940)

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell move a mile a minute and have a natural chemistry as reporters Walter Burns and Hildy Johnson in Howard Hawks’s screwball comedy classic “His Girl Friday.” But missing from its source material, both the play and the movie “The Front Page” by playwright Ben Hecht,
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Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah get rowdy in the new trailer for Girls Trip

Author: Zehra Phelan

Hold on to your knickers, another Hangover-inspired film based on the ‘fairer’ sex is about to gracelessly hit our screens in Girls Trip. Judging from the newly released trailer it isn’t far off the upcoming Rough Night, except there are no accidentally dead male stripper in sight.

Do you fancy watching Jada Pinkett Smith releasing her bowels while suspended from mid-air onto a gazing crowd, or even four feisty women getting high on Absinthe and causing an all out brawl in a dance-off in the middle of a club? Well, that’s what you get as the four lifelong friends decide to get away for the weekend and relive their younger days as potty mouths take hold as well as their raging sexual hormones. Oh, these ladies are nasty, lively and horny and slightly offensive when one declares “I’m getting white girl drunk” – well, this
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Every Movie and Show Expiring on Netflix in February

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Goodbyes are never easy, especially when you have to say it to dozens and dozens of movies and TV shows. Netflix is retiring a full list of titles in February (as it does every month), and this time, it's hitting us right in the heart parts. Classics like Clueless, gems like Girls Just Want to Have Fun, and treasures like Trainspotting are all about to disappear! Good thing there's a whole new catalog of movies coming in February to take our minds off of these losses. Expiring Feb. 1 A.C.O.D. An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky An Inconvenient Truth Ashby Black Hawk Down Bratz: Babyz: The Movie Bratz: Super Babyz Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure Clerks Elizabeth Extract Failure to Launch Frida Girls Just Want to Have Fun Jackass 2.5 Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A. Prep School Last Holiday Mission Impossible: III Sahara
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Staff Picks: A holiday dessert, vintage seasonal cartoons, and a Home Alone alternative

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Last Holiday

Most folks are probably queueing up the shenanigans of a young Macauley Culkin or Peter Billingsley to watch with family over the break, but my preferred flick for the festivities is one that’s holiday-lite. Wayne Wang’s Last Holiday stars Queen Latifah as Georgia Byrd, a meek single woman who doesn’t really start living until she only has weeks to live. She promptly sells all she has, including stocks and bonds, and heads to the Czech Republic for the titular final voyage. Georgia goes all out, securing lodging at the ritziest hotel in Karlovy Vary so she can meet her idol, a chef played by Gérard Depardieu (forget about him for a sec). She takes every chance she can, whether it’s Base jumping or playing roulette. LL Cool J plays her crush who chases her to Europe to—guess what?—tell her she’s not
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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In September 2016, Including ‘Zootopia’ and ‘The Imitation Game’

7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In September 2016, Including ‘Zootopia’ and ‘The Imitation Game’
Next month over on streaming giant Netflix offers up a giant selection of films of all stripes — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar contender to…not so much — and we’ve picked seven (well, really 11) that you should watch as soon as humanly possible, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic little binge. Enjoy.

1. “Footloose” (available September 1)

If you’ve never experienced the original “Footloose” — no, not the one starring Miles Teller, though he is quite serviceable in a charming role — do yourself a favor and check out Herbert Ross’ 1984 classic. Yes, the concept of a town outlawing dancing is bizarre and outdated, but Ross and his cast (including Kevin Bacon in the kind of star-making role that’s so rare these days) really sell the concept, thanks to some serious drama and hard-earned emotion. But there is also dancing! It’s joyous and gymnastic and pure,
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Notebook's 8th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2015

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How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch
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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis May 22-24 – Great Line-Up of Movie Guests

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes.
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Queen Latifah Captivates in New Bessie Trailer

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Queen Latifah Captivates in New Bessie Trailer
HBO has released a new trailer for its Bessie Smith biopic, helmed by Pariah director Dee Rees. The film, which looks and sounds gorgeous, digs into Smith's beginnings in vaudeville and chronicles her ascension during jazz's golden age, as well as the increasing turmoil of her personal life. In an impeccable bit of casting, Queen Latifah takes on the role of the jazz icon. The Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated singer-actress hasn’t had a role worthy of her prodigious allure in a while — too many people of a certain age remember her as the lady who taught Steve Martin how to talk nasty to women (who are represented by a statue). But don’t forget that this is the woman who made Last Holiday not only bearable, but borderline joyous. Smith recorded more than 160 songs for Columbia and worked with some of the most renowned jazz artists of the '20s and '30s,
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8 Movies You Probably Didn’t Know Were Remakes

Sixty-four years ago today, one of Alec Guinness’ best films hit U.S. screens – Henry Cass’ darkly comedic Last Holiday. Guinness plays George Bird, a boring bachelor in a boring job who goes for a routine check-up and finds out he has a deadly and incurable disease. Upon his doctor’s advice he decides to clear out his savings and make the most of his final days, checking into a luxurious hotel. It is a choice that paints his remaining time with the most wicked irony. Having a moment to stop and live rather than work and worry, George earns all the fortune his life had been missing – friendship, love and professional success that he can’t act upon. Except, this is a wildly dark comedy with enough cruel life twists that make George’s experience anything but simple. Though its wickedness is irresistible, the film has been tragically forgotten, its
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2014 Hollywood Film Awards Announces Host – Queen Latifah

The Hollywood Film Awards to be Broadcast Live from the Hollywood Palladium, Friday, Nov. 14 on CBS The “Hollywood Film Awards” today announced that multi-talented Academy and Emmy Award nominated, Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Grammy Award-winning musician and talk show host Queen Latifah, will host the inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards, live from the Hollywood Palladium Friday, November 14, 2014 (8:00-10:00 Pm, live Et/delayed Pt) on the CBS Television Network. The “Hollywood Film Awards” have recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 17 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. They are considered the official launch of the awards season. “I’m honored to be a part of such a legendary award show,” stated Latifah. “The Hollywood Film Awards have been a staple in the awards season for years, and I’m excited to be the first host to bring them to television!” “Queen Latifah is the real deal.
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Looking Back On 'J.T.' And The Other Holiday Films Of Yesteryear

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...
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Has LL Cool J Become Everyone’s Embarrassing Dad?

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Has LL Cool J Become Everyone’s Embarrassing Dad?
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
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5 British Film Comedies That Must Never Be Remade

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
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