VOTD: 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes

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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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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Funny People is the type of film that can only be made on the studio’s dime once the director has already proven themselves as a profitable entity. There’s no way Judd Apatow would’ve been able to get a green light on this film in its current state if it weren’t for the countless successful comedies he’s produced, as well as the two critically-acclaimed, $100+ million grossing efforts he’s written and directed. As the third entry in his directorial filmography, Funny People was met with a lukewarm critical response and didn’t even earn back its budget. That’s a shame. This movie deserves to find an audience. I’d even argue that it’s a superior film to either The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up (which I also adore, mind you). Granted, it’s also a much different film. Whereas those films took the more familiar Hollywood formula route and injected it with enough heart and hilarity to overcome whatever potential issues might’ve stemmed from their predictable nature, Funny People disregards the formula (almost) entirely and opts for a more personal, honest approach. There are funny moments to be sure, but at its core, this is a character study about a famous comedian and the choices he’s made, contrasted against an up-and-coming comedian and the choices he has yet to make. Understandably, not everyone will find themselves able to relate to the plight of a man who has more money than we will ever know. There have also been complaints made about the film’s lengthy running time and lack of a consistent conflict—both of which become readily apparent in the third act. These are only some of the reasons for which I admire the film. It doesn’t feel the need to adhere to some derivative narrative structure when there’s a much more interesting emotional struggle already at play, and it’s willing to acknowledge that not everything in life plays out in a comfortable three-act format. By far his most mature and truthful work to date, Judd Apatow’s Funny People finds the perfect balance between dramatic and funny, and is guaranteed to find a spot on my Top 10 of ’09 list.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: 2-disc DVD – Theatrical and unrated cuts of the film, deleted/extended scenes, an extended gag reel, actual home videos of Adam Sandler’s prank phone calls, and a Line-O-Rama. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as U-Control (“Behind the Scenes Picture in Picture Commentary”).

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Amazon – $15.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

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The /Filmcast: After Dark – Ep. 27 (GUEST: Seth Gordon)

The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, Dave, Peter, Devindra, and Adam are joined by special guest director Seth Gordon to chat about The King of Kong, Four Christmases, and the art of filmmaking. Thanks for all your questions, e-mails, and voicemails (781-583-1993)! Hit the jump to see the full list of topics.

Seth Gordon’s newest film, Four Christmases, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon, is in theaters today.

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Four Christmases Movie Trailer

Four Christmases looks like your standard holiday romantic comedy, but I’m still holding out hope considering the film reteams Vince Vaughn with Swingers/Made co-star Jon Favreau, and is directed by Seth Gordon, the filmmaker behind King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters. It was also filmed in my city, San Francisco, which seems to be a reoccurring shooting location for Reese Witherspoon. I wonder if it is in her contract.

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When upscale, happily unmarried San Francisco couple Kate and Brad find themselves socked in by fog on Christmas morning, their exotic vacation plans morph into the family-centric holiday they had, until now, gleefully avoided. Out of obligation—and unable to escape—they trudge to not one, not two, but four relative-choked festivities, increasingly mortified to find childhood fears raised, adolescent wounds reopened…and their very future together uncertain. As Brad counts the hours to when he can get away from their parents, step-parents, siblings and an assortment of nieces and nephews, Kate is starting to hear the ticking of a different kind of clock. And by the end of the day, she is beginning to wonder if their crazy families’ choices are not so crazy after all.

Watch the trailer in High Definition on Yahoo Movies. Four Christmases hits theaters on November 26th 2008.

Entertainment Weekly’s 20 Fall Movies We Can’t Wait to See offers us a few new looks at some of the films being released this fall. Above we have Elizabeth Banks, Justin Long and Seth Rogen in Kevin Smith‘s Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Below we have Brad Pitt in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and the first photos of Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn in Four Christmases, and Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston in Marley & Me. Head on over to EW to see more from the likes of Twilight to High School Musical 3.

Four ChristmasesBarrack and Hillary, Kayne and Fiddy, Finke and Poland: Shall we now offer Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon memberships to the make-up-and-make-out-already club? It appears we shall, as yet another report from the set of December’s Four Christmases has the bright-and-grizzled stars clashing and disrupting the set, this time over (not) filming a sex scene. Back in December, the New York press ran with a source that claimed Witherspoon was livid with Vaughn’s scratch-and-act work ethic and his tendency to brush off her requests to block out scenes. And what’s worse? The two are co-producing the film. Is it just me? Did Jambi need to be carted into the offices of their agents to predict the sheer incompatibility here?

I’d leave this entire news item to Perez, but the director of the holiday comedy is Seth Gordon, who crafted the second highest rated film of last year (doc- or otherwise) with The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. When I interviewed him in September, Gordon said he was lucky that the formidable icy stare and big hair of videogame champ Billy Mitchell didn’t haunt his dreams (though a few of his friends hadn’t been so lucky). Perhaps Mitchell, who remains disgruntled over his portrayal in Kong, has cast his stare onto the Hollywood set?

Gordon went on to say that Christmases would not be a cookie-cutter yuletide studio “comedy” like Deck the Halls or Christmas with the Kranks, as some sites have snarkily pegged it. With Jon Favreau, Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek on board, it would seem to aim higher. But if the infighting continues, the film’s potential audience will be able to see the bad buzz…from space.

Jon Favreau to Re-Team with Vince Vaughn

Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Four ChristmasesGood News: Jon Favreau has signed on to re-team with Vince Vaughn on the big screen.

Bad News:
The movie is New Line’s romantic comedy disaster Four Christmases.

The film was recently (or maybe even currently) shooting in my home city – San Francisco, and the local newspapers have been reporting that co-star Reese Witherspoon is on the outs with her co-star Vaughn. Apparently Witherspoon likes to do rehearsals, while Vaughn likes to improvise and go off the cuff. This kind of clash probably won’t translate well to the big screen.

It’s also rather curious that Jon Favreau is being announced this late in the game – two weeks after principal photography has begun. Not to say that this doesn’t happen, but it just seems strange. Maybe Favreau is replacing someone else who was committed, or possibly they had not cast anyone in the role, and Vince called Jon as a last minute favor. Just speculation. Sure, the film is being directed by King of Kong director Seth Gordon, so there is a slight chance the film might be good.

Vaughn will play one of Favreau’s brothers, along with country star Tim McGraw (meh!). The film follows a couple’s struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day. Four Christmases will hit theaters in December 2008.

Four New Vince Vaughn Projects

Vince Vaughn is “soooo Money.” According to Variety, the actor has signed a first-look two-year deal with Universal to  produce three features as potential starring vehicles. The three Universal projects include:

  • Male Doula: A high-concept comedy to be scripted by Dana Fox (The Wedding Date).
  • An Untitled Jon Favreau Comedy: A comedy about couple that attend a retreat to reinvigorate their marriages scripted by Favreau.
  • Realtors: A satire about the rivalry between two realtors.

He is also now set to star alongside Reese Witherspoon in New Line’s comedy Four Christmases. According to THR, the film is about a couple (played by Vaughn and Witherspoon) who struggle to visit all four of their divorced parents’ homes during the Christmas holidays. Scripted by Matt Allen and Caleb Wilson, a director has not yet been attached.

The project was originally set up at Sony in the early 1990’s. Adam Shankman was signed to direct the film for New Line, but defected for Hairspray. New Line is shooting for a Winter 2008 Release.