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10 Most Dysfunctional Onscreen Families

April 25th, 2013 8:00am EDT
The Big Wedding
Dysfunctional families are frequently portrayed in varying film genres, including comedies, dramas, horror and action films. The upcoming romantic comedy “The Big Wedding” brings an all new dysfunctional brood to the silver screen, with Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton portraying a divorced couple faking their marriage during their son’s impending nuptials. The film features an all-star cast with the likes of Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl and Amanda Seyfried. In honor of the film’s release on April 26, here are 10 of the most dysfunctional families ever to grace the big screen.

1. The H...
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Not In The Holiday Spirit Yet? Give 'Elf' With Will Ferrell A Watch

December 21st, 2011 1:20pm EST
elf 1
Whether it’s Will Ferrell’s loveable smile, the yellow tights, or the fact that you can laugh and be a kid again while watching the film- we can all agree that Elf is the greatest holiday movie since National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or A Christmas Story. For those of you who live under a rock and have not seen Elf, it is a classic holiday movie starring Will Ferrell, who plays Buddy the elf and directed by Jon Favreau. When Buddy was a baby in an orphanage, he snuck into Santa’s sack and ended up in the North Pole with the rest of the elves. As he grew up, much taller and more manly th...
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Top Five Best & Worst Part Three Movies Of All Time

October 20th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Paranormal Activity 3
With the arrival of the third installment in the popular scary series "Paranormal Activity 3" hitting theaters Oct. 20 at midnight (the perfect hour to see such an enchanted story!), we thought we’d check in on some of the famed Part 3 flicks of the past. And since we’re pulling for this latest Katie/Kristi outing to be a winner (Activity 3 writer Christopher B. Landon made the five-star film "Burning Palms" earlier this year and we love that guy!), we’ve included a list of both the best and worst films that have ever dared to grace the silver screen with a third gluttonous helping. (And ...
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Randy Quaid Released On Bail

September 20th, 2010 9:20pm EDT
Randy Quaid
Troubled actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi have been released from jail following their arrest for allegedly squatting in the house they called home.

The couple was arrested on Saturday when officials at the Santa Barbara County sheriff's department received a complaint from the owner of the property. When cops turned up to investigate, the Quaids insisted they were the rightful owners and had been since the 1990s.

The complainant produced documentation proving he had bought the home from another buyer in 2007, who had purchased the house from the Quaids years earlier.

The couple was ta...
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Ten New Fall 2009 Shows We Can't Wait To Watch

September 8th, 2009 9:41am EDT
New fall 2009 TV
Summer coming to an end can only mean one thing - it is time for our favorite television shows to return. Along with the top-rated shows we've come to love, such as Dancing With The Stars and CSI, the fall 2009-10 schedule is filled with newcomers just waiting to hit number one.

Check out our list of the 10 new fall shows we cant wait to watch:

Because one of something is never enough, the CW has taken on another cult-classic remake - Melrose Place. This time around the clothes are skimpier, the people are sexier and the fights are much more entertaining. While the show will have the...
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Christmas Movies: Classic Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

December 23rd, 2008 10:00am EST
Elf
Not everybody shares the same affinity for "It's A Wonderful Life" or "Miracle on 34th Street." It could be the lack of color or the idealistic story. To some, those classics just don't feel real. The turnoff comes from desiring more entertainment, more realism, more creativity or simply something different. There're a few new classics that verge on creepy, dysfunctional and just plain weird that deserve special mention during a time when the idea of the nuclear family celebrating a non-secular holiday is just one of many options.

An old favorite with some creep-value due to the claym...
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What You Should Have On Your iPod This Month

December 15th, 2007 12:00pm EST
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Christmas is approaching quickly, and while some holiday songs are worth toasting marshmallows to, others should be tossed in the fire.

While we can’t provide a "best of" list for fruit cake recipes (there isn't one) we can provide one for holiday songs. Below are our top 10, essential holiday songs you should be listening to this month. From classic (Elvis’ "Blue Christmas") to classless (Chipmunks "Christmas Song") we’ve got it covered:

1. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas is You

Yes, we know this is played practically every minute on the radio. But we don’t care how ma...
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Starpulse 2007 Holiday Movie Preview, Part 1

November 9th, 2007 1:42pm EST
Fred Clause
It's almost time to stuff the turkey and start dreaming of sugarplums because the pumpkins have been carved, leftover Halloween candy is almost gone, and the holidays are just around the corner.

Some of the season's most anticipated movies, including a Christmas film are two, are now working their way into theaters. In a three-part segment, Starpulse examines the films moviegoers can expect to encounter this holiday season.

Part One - The Ho Ho Holiday Instant-Classic!

Opening this weekend, Fred Clause will be this year's attempt at an instant classic. It tells the never bef...
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Starpulse Christmas Movie Guide

December 5th, 2006 11:12am EST
Santa Clause 3
Having difficulty getting in the holiday spirit? Maybe you need a little Clark Griswold or Charlie Brown to get you in the mood. Check out the Starpulse list of can’t-miss Christmas movies that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face (or even Ebenezer Scrooge’s angry mug). Full list below:

Starpulse Top 10:

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

A Christmas Story

A Charlie Brown Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Home Alone

Elf

Scrooged

It's a Wonderful Life

Miracle on 34th Street

A Christmas Carol

Animated Favorites:

The Polar Express

Frosty the ...
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'Polar Express' & 'Home Alone' Among Holiday Films Reaching New Classic Status

October 19th, 2006 10:46am EDT
Polar Express
Every holiday season, movie fans watch old favorites like It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story to get in the spirit. But according to a holiday movie survey from Blockbuster, there are a small handful of films, including Polar Express and Home Alone, that are winning hearts as all-time holiday favorites.

Most survey participants named older films like "It's A Wonderful Life" or Miracle on 34th Street as their favorites. In fact the majority of the top movies were made more than 20 years ago. But, while most go traditional with their holiday films, some named a handful of relativ...
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'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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