It’s hard to craft a Christmas movie that becomes a holiday hit that you want to watch every single year. Most Christmas movies you just watch simply because they happen to be on around the Yuletide season, but every once in a while there’s a true classic that stands the test of time.
Perhaps the only true modern Christmas classic is Elf from 2003, and it’s so delightful that not even Honest Trailers can bring themselves to say anything really bad about it. But they certainly have fun diving into how damn weird this story is. Get in the holiday spirit by watching the Elf Honest Trailer below. Read More »
Sure, it’s not even Halloween yet, but cable channels are already looking ahead in the calendar to get ready for Christmas, and AMC is looking to take on Freeform’s popular and long-running 25 Days of Christmas slate of programming with a big holiday line-up of their own.
AMC has snagged the broadcast rights to three big holiday movies away from Freeform. The Warner Bros. Pictures titles Elf, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and The Polar Express will exclusively be available on AMC starting in November, and they’re adding them to a huge roster of other holiday movies and TV specials under their new Best Christmas Ever programming line-up. Read More »
This past weekend, Toy Fair 2018 kicked off in New York City. Tons of new toys were shown off by a myriad of manufacturers, and that includes new action figures and collectibles from some of our favorite movies and TV shows. Here are the best reveals for new releases from Stranger Things 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Stephen King’s It, Black Panther, Star Wars, The Real Ghostbusters, and more. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, Kevin Smith gives a lengthy video review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Plus, learn the cost of certain residences and buildings from famous Christmas movies and see Jodie Foster reprise her role as Clarice Starling from Silence of the Lambs in a sketch from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s hard to imagine Elf without Will Ferrell. He brings the perfect manic man-child energy to the role of Buddy the Elf, turning him from a slightly creepy weirdo into a slightly creepy weirdo that we really, really like. But he didn’t start out as the top choice for the role. The original star eyed for the lead was Jim Carrey. It was after Carrey moved on that the part went to Ferrell instead. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Welcome to the end of 2015 and, more specifically, welcome to the end of the 2015 holiday season. Starting tomorrow, seasonal decorations will officially start to come down, Christmas songs will vanish from the radio, and the usual holiday movies will be packed away until next year.
And maybe we should leave them packed for a little while. Much like how it’s nearly impossible to pen a new Christmas song that gains any traction alongside the tried-and-true classics, a handful of movies grip the final weeks of every year with an iron fist. Many of these movies are legitimate classics that have earned their status, but let’s face it – it’s time for a change. It’s time to shake up the Christmas movie canon. We have an entire year to prepare, so let’s take a moment and induct a few new movies into our annual rotation. Let’s end this holiday season by ensuring that we have something fresh and new to watch next year.
Welcome to the New Holiday Canon, a collection of newer films and lost gems that deserve to be in the conversation every December.
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This Christmas, the collective entity of /Film pooled their efforts together to present this gift. Earlier this week, I polled all our writers and editors for their top ten holiday films of all time. I then gave each film on each list a 1 to 10 ranking. 10 points for first place, 1 point for 10th place, and added up the results. What were the results? Pretty predictable, if you ask me, but fun nevertheless.
Still, there were plenty of great movies on the list and weird subplots to explore. For example, only two of us put the same film number one, and it just so happens to be our overall top pick. However, another writer hasn’t even seen that movie. (Until late last night, as it turns out.) Which film is it? And what did it beat out? You’ll have to click below to read /Film’s 20 Favorite Holiday movies of all time. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
Buddy the Elf will be back this winter to spread holiday cheer. But he may look and sound a bit different than you remember.
NBC has set Jim Parsons to voice Santa’s not-so-little helper in Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, a stop-motion animated holiday special set to air next month. The character was played by Will Ferrell in the 2003 live-action movie. Hit the jump for more details on the Elf TV special.
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When I look back at many of my favorite films, I often find a common thread. One in particular is Jon Favreau. The writer and star of my favorite movie Swingers got his start in another personal fave, Rudy, and went on to direct one of the most important movies of the past decade, Iron Man. Beyond that he’s made a holiday classic in Elf, starred on numerous iconic TV shows, directed TV pilots, the guy has done it all.
Recently, the failure of Cowboys and Aliens made Favreau go back to his indie roots and make Chef. It’s a small, independent film he wrote, directed and stars in that shows Favreau is still as passionate and skillful as ever. It’s really good.
Favreau recently took to Reddit to do an Ask Me Anything, and we’ve pulled news tidbits, fun stories, quotes and more. Among those are an update on casting his next film, Disney’s The Jungle Book, some stories about making Iron Man, Rudy, his thoughts on the cancellation of Revolution, Ben Affleck as Batman, restarting Dinner for Five, Ant-Man, directing a Star Wars movie, handing off the Iron Man franchise and making his new film, Chef. Read our Jon Favreau AMA recap below. Read More »
In honor of the upcoming Christmas holiday, our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, and 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes. Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.
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