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Locksmith Animation attaches director to ‘That Christmas’ based on Richard Curtis book series

Simon Otto to direct ‘Love Actually’ writer-director Richard Curtis children’s book adaptation ‘That Christmas’.Simon Otto, best known for his animation work on the How To Train Your Dragon franchise, is to make his feature directorial debut on Locksmith Animation’s That Christmas.The film, previously known as The Empty Stocking, is based on a trio of children’s […]

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John Patrick Shanley’s ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ Is a Guilty Pleasure

We all enjoy movies that, if we had to write a review, we’d pan. Mine range from ’60s musical “Bye Bye Birdie” to Richard Curtis’ “Love Actually,” which has become a family Christmas staple. (That scene between Laura Linney and Rodrigo Santoro? Awful.)During my ’80s stint at Film Comment Magazine, we published several directors’ guilty […]

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Vue, Odeon Cinemas Set to Reopen in England, Ireland With ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Die Hard’

The Vue and Odeon cinema chains are gradually reopening their doors in England and Ireland.Select Odeon venues will begin reopening from Dec. 4. “We’ll be reopening some of our cinemas on December 4th, in line with government guidelines. For up-to-date information, please select your local cinema and check showtimes,” the Odeon group said in a […]

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Eytan Fox’s ‘Sublet’ Walks a Well-Worn Path [Review]

When moviesposition a main character as a globe-trotting, emotionally unmoored soulsearcher with a damaged heart, why do they always make them a writer? Everyone’sseen this movie before; a protagonist, usually a writer, jets off to an exoticlocale to recover from an emotional trial, they soak up the culture, rediscovera lost part of themselves, and inevitably […]

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Da Pennebaker: restless, brilliant film-maker plugged into the 1960s zeitgeist

Pennebaker, who has died aged 94, epitomised the counterculture with his interest in the legends of music as well as the backstage drama of politicsThe revolutionary film-maker Da Pennebaker, with his passion for music and political drama, invented tropes, ideas and procedures which became almost invisibly embedded in pop culture.When Saturday Night Live did a […]

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The ultimate festive film? No, it’s not Die Hard | Hadley Freeman

A true Christmas movie must adhere to the following scientific, mathematical and logical rulesCome Christmas, I can sit back quietly while others make loud arguments about how Home Alone/Die Hard/Love Actually is the ultimate Christmas movie – but that is only because I have knocked myself into a chocolate coma and no longer have the […]

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Film News Roundup: Danny Boyle’s Comedy Moved Forward

In today’s film news roundup, Danny Boyle’s upcoming comedy has been moved forward, James Wan is producing a horror movie based on the short “Milk” and “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” is returning to theaters.Release DateUniversal Pictures will move its untitled Danny Boyle comedy forward three months from Sept. 13, 2019, to June 28.Lily James, […]

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