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Simon Cowell watches Christmas movies on sunshine breaks

December 26th, 2013 3:00am EST
Simon Cowell
Music mogul Simon Cowell gets into the holiday spirit during his annual sunshine break by watching Christmas classic It's A Wonderful Life.

The X Factor mogul shuns the wintry weather in his native U.K. and spends every Christmas on vacation in the Caribbean, but he always makes sure he has a copy of James Stewart's movie classic with him.

He tells Britain's Shortlist magazine, "We always watch It's A Wonderful Life... It's the best Christmas movie of all time. Every time I see it, it always puts me in a good mood... but I'm always in the Caribbean. I go somewhere hot now."

Cowell also n...

Sequel To 'It's A Wonderful Life' In The Works

November 18th, 2013 11:03pm EST
Frank Capra's classic Christmas movie It's a Wonderful Life is getting a sequel.

"It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story" is slated for a 2015 holiday release, and producers of the movie are hoping to start filming early next year in Louisiana. They have yet to hire a director.

Variety.com reports that several cast members of the original are either confirmed or in talks to reprise their roles.

The whole premise is similar to the original. Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey's (James Stewart) daughter Zuzu in the 1946 film, is set to return as an angel who will show George's g...

10 Romantic Movies For Valentine's Day

February 9th, 2012 11:00am EST
10 Romantic Movies For Valentine's Day
It’s Valentine’s Day and you want to watch a romantic movie but all you can find on cable is “Love Story” and, really, how many times can you watch Ali McGraw die? Why not check out one or more of the below movies? We’ve given you choices from each decade since the 1930s to switch things up.

1931 – City Lights (Charlie Chaplin and Virginia Cherrill)

Don’t be afraid of black and white films and especially, in this case, silent films. With “The Artist” getting so much good publicity this year, why not check out a funny, romantic, silent film made by the master of silent films...

Kim Novak Criticized By Rape Groups Over 'The Artist' Comments

January 11th, 2012 8:51am EST
The Artist
Veteran actress Kim Novak has come under fire from charity bosses after she compared The Artist's film score to "rape".

The new silent movie features music used in 1958 Alfred Hitchcock classic Vertigo, in which Novak appeared opposite James Stewart, and she released a statement to insist her "body of work" has been "violated".

She wrote, "I want to report a rape. My body of work has been violated by The Artist. This film took the Love Theme music from Vertigo and used the emotions it engenders as its own."

Novak's comments have now drawn fierce criticism from workers at rape support ...

'It's A Wonderful Life' Tops Best Christmas Movie Poll

December 25th, 2011 9:00am EST
It's A Wonderful Life
Classic movie It's A Wonderful Life has topped a poll to find the best Christmas film of all time.

The 1946 drama, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, picked up 18 per cent of the 3,000 votes cast in the survey by Britain's Radio Times.

The Muppet Christmas Carol came second with 10 per cent, while Love Actually, starring Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, placed in third.

A surprising entry on the list was Die Hard, which came in eighth place with four per cent of the vote.

Radio Times film editor Andrew Collins says, "As it is the season to be jolly, I won't disguise my rosy-cheeked joy t...

Ring In The Holidays With A Stunning 'It's A Wonderful Life' Gift Set, Featuring The Beloved Family Classic On Blu-ray

November 20th, 2011 8:30am EST
It's A Wonderful Life
Take a trip to Bedford Falls to experience the life-affirming message of director Frank Capra's enduringly popular classic all over again when It's A Wonderful Life gets its wings in a new two-disc Blu-ray Shadow Box Gift Set on November 1, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell and Henry Travers, the film has made an indelible impact on popular culture and continues to be a beloved part of many families' holiday tradition.

An ideal holiday gift for everyone on your list, the It's A Wonderful Life Gift Set comes pack...

'It's A Wonderful Life' Arrives On A Two-Disc Blu-ray Collector's Set Nov. 1st

August 21st, 2011 9:30am EDT
It's A wonderful Life
Take a trip to Bedford Falls to experience the life-affirming message of director Frank Capra’s enduringly popular classic all over again when IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE gets its wings in a new two-disc Blu-ray™ Shadow Box Gift Set on November 1, 2011 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Starring James Stewart (Mr. Smith Goes To Washington), Donna Reed (From Here to Eternity), Lionel Barrymore (Key Largo), Thomas Mitchell (Three Wise Fools) and Henry Travers (The Bells of St. Mary’s), the film has made an indelible impact on popular culture and continues to be a beloved part of many families’ ho...

What Are Your Favorite 'Dog Days Of Summer' Movies?

July 28th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Dog Days Of Summer' Movies
With the heat wave simmering across the country, we got to thinking… what are the best movies that describe the “dog days of summer”? What are the movies that tell the best summer stories? What made the biggest impression when you downed the lemonade and chased the ice cream truck? Here are our Top 10.

10. ‘Dirty Dancing’ – 1987

Okay, so this is clearly a guilty pleasure, but how can it not define ‘summer’? Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze create the perfect coming of age story with lots of cute oldies and 80s dance moves. And no one puts Baby in the corner, just so you know.


Hitchcock Star Farley Granger Dead At 85

March 30th, 2011 10:32am EDT
Farley Granger
Actor Farley Granger, discovered by a talent scout in a local theater in the early 1940s and thrust into stardom thanks to directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, died at his Manhattan home Sunday at age 85, reportedly of natural causes.

Granger, who considered himself an inexperienced actor at the time, made his film debut in ‘The North Star’ in 1943. After serving in the Army, he took on the role of an intellectual murderer opposite Jimmy Stewart in Hitchcock’s ‘Rope’ in 1948. The 80-minute movie was well-known because it took place in real time in what appeared to be one long take.


30 Days of Christmas: Week Five - Modern Classics

December 26th, 2009 5:30pm EST
The Nightmare Before Christmas
One holiday. One month. One woman. Thirty individual movies. Readers ready? Go!

Day Twenty-Five: December 20, 2009 - Love Actually

"Love Actually" is a long one, as far as holiday movies go. Some would assume it is too long for a genre that is notoriously known for cheesy carols and over-the-top design. However, what is at the core here are some very sweet (and often intertwining) stories about young love. From the racy movie stand-ins who come together (no pun intended), bonding even in awkward situations, to the elementary aged boy who is convinced he has found his true love, to the...

Best Space Movies

June 12th, 2009 9:53am EDT
The subject of space is a difficult one in terms of selecting films. Qualifying elements are somewhat subjective. Does the film have to take place in space? Must it include aliens? Does a mere reference to space, or different planets, make it a "space" film? In short, is it merely a subgenre of science fiction? Space and science fiction, while not mutually exclusive, can occur without the other.

In celebration of the release of one of the newest and most promising space films, Moon, check out a brief list of our favorite space films. What you will find below is a mix of films t...

Cliffs Notes For Chick Flicks

March 3rd, 2009 2:51pm EST
The Notebook
Ever wonder what your wife is talking about when she mentions "that scene" from When Harry Met Sally? Or why your female co-workers start giggling when they refer to Bob in cubicle 8 as "Mr. Big"? Do you feel you're missing out on some cornerstone of pop culture, but just can't bring yourself to sit through all those tear-jerkers with a box of Kleenex and a carton of Jamoca Almond Fudge?

Well fear no more, because we've done the couch work for you - with this quick reference guide you'll never again be left scratching your head during a heated Julia Roberts/ Sandra Bullock debate.


Ultimate Christmas Movies...Hits & Misses

December 25th, 2008 10:00am EST
What do a speaking snowman, a suicidal father; a Terminating toy-hunter and a Ghostbuster all have in common? They've all played their parts in creating the best and worst Christmas movies ever made.

Yes, it's that time of year again when we plonk ourselves in front of the TV, stuffed to the hilt, and watch re-runs of festive films we've all seen dozens of times. But, where some melt our hearts with the pure pleasure of the Christmas spirit, others make us wish we were locked outside with our tongue stuck to a frozen lamppost.

How can we tell if a movie is a Christmas classic or...

Celebrity Offspring: Five Worth Watching

September 30th, 2008 10:27am EDT
Will & Jaden Smith
Not all relatives should show up at the same office everyday, and not everyone wants to get into the family business. Yet when the perks include fame, big paychecks, and glamorous premieres, the choice seems a little easier to make.

And since nepotism in Hollywood is as classic a tale as Citizen Kane, it’s no surprise that lots of Tinseltown legacies are following in the footsteps of such other celebrity offspring as Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda, and Liza Minnelli.

Here are five we think are worth watching...


The son of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jaden, 1...

Segel's Dreams Come True For Muppets Movie

March 25th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Jason Segel
Writing the new Muppets movie is a dream come true for funnyman Jason Segel - he grew up wanting to be Kermit The Frog. The actor/writer begged Disney bosses to let him pen the new film, and when they initially turned him down he wowed them with his knowledge of the lovable puppet stars.

The Knocked Up star says, "I've had a fascination with puppets my entire life. I remember thinking that Kermit The Frog was Tom Hanks. He was the everyman, like Jimmy Stewart. I wanted to be him, which was weird because I knew he was a puppet but I still wanted to be Kermit The Frog.

"I went to D...

Brits Name 'It's A Wonderful Life' Top Christmas Film

December 26th, 2007 2:00pm EST
It's A Wonderful Life has been voted the best Christmas film ever. The classic 1946 Frank Capra movie stars James Stewart as a man who's saved from suicide after he's reminded of all the good he's contributed to the world.

It's a Wonderful Life beat off competition from festive favorites The Snowman, in second, and Home Alone, in third.

The Muppet Christmas Carol and the 1994 remake of Miracle On 34th Street came fourth and fifth respectively in the poll by British music retailer HMV.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Starpulse's 'Top 10 Christmas Movies Of All Time'

December 1st, 2007 11:00am EST
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I'm sitting with my family at the Thanksgiving table. At the focus is the bird carcass, a bulging centerpiece surrounded by newly stuffed bodies. The cranberry jello, still quivering in the shape of the can, is the only untouched side dish. There is a settling quiet as the full-stomached groans subside and give way to satisfied smiles, until finally somebody strikes up a conversation. Like the feeding frenzy that preceded it, it starts out slow and steadily grows more frantic.

"Oh you can't put that on there!"

"Says who? You... oh yeah.. Mr. Expert."

"I like Love Actually."...

George Clooney & Renee Zellweger Talk About Work, Prostitutes & More

November 10th, 2007 7:00am EST
George & Renee
In the December issue of W magazine, on newsstands November 23, George Clooney says he didn't know what prostitutes were until he cruised around in a Porsche with his cousin, actor Miguel Ferrer, when he first moved to California: "I didn't know what hookers were. We pulled up at the stoplight, and all of these girls came over, and they were like, 'Hey, do you want to party?' I looked at Miguel and I said, 'Chicks love me, man! I'm on fire here!'"

Following are other comments from George Clooney and Renée Zellweger's interview:

George Clooney


Anthony Hopkins To Play Alfred Hitchcock

November 7th, 2007 3:32pm EST
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins is to play movie mogul Alfred Hitchcock in a new biopic about the revered director. Hopkins insists he has been such a fan of the filmmaker's work over the years, he feels he's the right guy to portray his fellow Brit - and pay a proper tribute to him.

Hopkins says, "I'm not one of those guys who went to film school and watched Hitchcock movies in order to study, but I admire people who know all about Hitchcock. I'm a real Hitchcock fan. I know all about the movies and had a closer look at why he set that shot up in the way that he did and the skill and rhythm of his m...

Tom Cruise Wins MOMI Honor

July 11th, 2007 9:49am EDT
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise is set to be honored at New York City's Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) in November. The Minority Report star, 45, follows in the footsteps of former honorees Sidney Lumet, Robert De Niro, Richard Gere, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Julia Roberts and James Stewart.

MOMI director Rochelle Slovin said they chose Cruise for his outstanding 27-year film career, which started with Endless Love in 1981.

Slovin says, "Tom Cruise is one of the premier American actors of his generation. Working with the great directors of our time - (including) Francis Ford Coppola, Stanley Kubri...

AFI To Count Down The 100 Greatest Movies Of All Time

January 19th, 2007 11:17am EST
American Film Institute (AFI) today announced the 10th annual installment of its Emmy Award-winning "AFI's 100 Years..." series. "AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies -- 10th Anniversary Edition" will count down the 100 greatest movies of all time in a three-hour television event on CBS in June.

The program will consider classic favorites and newly eligible films released from 1996 to 2006. AFI will undertake this program every 10 years to mark changing cultural perspectives.

"AFI has created the most comprehensive and credible examination of excellence in American film with the AFI's 10...

James Stewart & Ella Fitzgerald Get Stamped

October 27th, 2006 9:56am EDT
Ella Fitzgerald
Beloved movie legend James Stewart and jazz and blues great Ella Fitzgerald are to join Marvel comic book characters like Superman and The Incredible Hulk on stamps in 2007. Stewart will be honored on the 13th Legends of Hollywood stamp, while Fitzgerald is next year's honoree in the Black Heritage series.

Joining the two stars and the comic book characters on official stamps will be poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Disney characters Dumbo, Peter Pan and Aladdin.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

TCM Celebrates Legendary Hollywood Stars This August

June 28th, 2006 2:32pm EDT
John Wayne
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) struts its stuff in August with the annual Summer Under the Stars festival, a month-long celebration during which each day is dedicated to one of Hollywood’s most enduring personalities. This year’s festival is bigger than ever, with more than 400 movies and specials featuring 31 top stars.

It kicks off Monday, August 1, with a tribute to legendary actress Angela Lansbury, who sits down with TCM host Robert Osborne to discuss her life and career in a one-hour Private Screenings interview. Though perhaps best known today as author and sleuth Jessica Fletch...

O'Toole's Role in 'Lawrence of Arabia' Tops List of Best Performances

March 15th, 2006 10:16am EST
Peter O
Peter O'Toole's portrayal of Te Lawrence in David Lean epic Lawrence Of Arabia has topped a new list of the greatest movie performances. The iconic actor sprained both his ankles, dislocated his spine, and knocked himself out twice while making the 1962 movie and admits he became "obsessed" with adventurer Lawrence.

But it seems it was all worth it - the portrayal beat Marlon Brando's role as Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront and Meryl Streep's acclaimed part (Sophie Zawistowska) in Sophie's Choice in the 100 Greatest Performances of All Time list in movie magazine Premiere.


Sexiest Film Scenes? Spanking in 'Secretary,' Kissing in 'Brokeback Mountain'

March 14th, 2006 11:12am EST
The spanking scene from the movie Secretary has been named the "Sexiest Moment on Film" by a new survey. DVD company Lovefilm conducted the poll, which gave the top honor to the scene in the movie where Lee, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, is spanked by her boss, played by James Spader. Gyllenhaal narrowly managed to beat her brother Jake, who claimed number two spot for his kiss with co-star Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain.

Other sexy scenes grabbing the top spots include George Clooney locking Jennifer Lopez in a trunk in Out Of Sight and Beatrice Dalle's first scene in the 1986 F...

Morgan Freeman Accepts Spencer Tracy Award

March 8th, 2006 1:59pm EST
Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman urged wannabe actors to never give up their acting dreams as he accepted a university college honor yesterday. The actor, 68, was honored with the Spencer Tracy Award for lifetime achievement in cinema by the University Of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Freeman said, "Once you've gotten the job, there's nothing to it. If you're an actor, you're an actor. Doing it is not the hard part. The hard part is getting to do it."

Freeman, who won an Academy Award last year for Million Dollar Baby, said he felt privileged to receive a Tracy award, after previous recipients Ja...

'Christmas Vacaction' Is Favorite Holiday Movie

December 16th, 2005 11:19am EST
National Lampoon
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is the top pick among holiday movie renters. When Americans watch holiday movies, they love to laugh and be jolly. Comedies are overwhelmingly the top rental choice among holiday-themed films by Blockbuster members.

According to a Blockbuster survey, 80 percent of respondents said movies are a great way to relax from the stress of the holidays. Sixty-eight percent said movies get their family in the holiday mood. The only non-comedy choice was It's A Wonderful Life, the uplifting 1946 Frank Capra classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.


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