Syfy gets in the holiday spirit with “Christmas Icetastrophe”

Syfy gets in the holiday spirit with "Christmas Icetastrophe"

If anything, Syfy’s latest original movie, Christmas Icetastrophe, will give local newscasts a new term — “icetastrophe” — to add into their weather reports, along with “snowpocalypse” or “snowmageddon.” Given the film’s title, and tagline — “Don’t Get Iced” — it is surprisingly more serious than your average Syfy flick, and with not as many ice-related puns as I was expecting (I only noticed one, in fact, when a guy yells out “Chill!” just before getting crushed by a huge ice block). The movie takes place on Christmas in a small town in the mountains of Washington state. As the … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

VOD Spotlight: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes traces the path of the apes’ evolution from the mostly mute — though intelligent — animals of Rise of the Planet of the Apes to the articulate, civilized beings that have become the Earth’s dominant species shown in the Planet of the Apes franchise. Director Matt Reeves explains: “In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the apes said only a few words. With this film, we show the apes at the dawn of their society, learning to truly speak.” Co-screenwriter Mark Bomback says that one of the script’s biggest challenges was how to … Continue reading

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations

Critics' Choice Movie Awards Nominations

And so it goes – the latest Hollywood awards season news is out, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations are in for the 20th annual show, and there are some interesting selections. For the sake of full disclosure, I am a voting member of the group that annually hosts the awards, the BFCA (Broadcast Film Critics Association). Hosted by Michael Strahan (the Super Bowl champion, Fox NFL Sunday analyst, and Live! with Kelly and Michael host) the awards will air LIVE on A&E on Jan. 15th at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. As a personal aside … my mom loves … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 15-21

On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 15-21

On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 15-21 Dawn of Planet of the Apes The virus that destroyed much of civilization has left evolved apes and a small group of human survivors at the edge of a tenuous peace. But when the apes begin to fracture that peace, the new civilization is threatened. Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman (PG-13, 2:10) 12/16 Escobar: Paradise Lost For Pablo Escobar, family is everything. When young surfer Nick falls for Escobar’s niece, he finds his life on the line. Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson (R, 2:00) 12/16 Pre-theatrical release Goodbye to All That In this smart, sexy … Continue reading

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On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 8-14

On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 8-14

On Demand DVD New Releases Dec. 8-14 The Captive  Eight years after the event, a man finds himself immersed in a complex web that surrounds the mysterious disappearance of his daughter in this psychological thriller. Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman (R, 1:52) 12/12 Available same day as theatrical release. The Color of Time James Franco, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, and Zach Braff star in this tale of an artist struggling to reconcile his past. Based on the life of Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams. (R, 1:16) 12/9 Pre-DVD release. Dolphin Tale 2 Rejoin Winter, the dolphin with a prosthetic tail, in her Florida home. Sawyer, Hazel … Continue reading

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Wally Lamb’s “Wishin’ and Hopin'” comes to Lifetime

Wally Lamb's "Wishin' and Hopin'" comes to Lifetime

Fans of Wally Lamb’s hefty New York Times bestsellers She’s Come Undone, The Hour I First Believed and I Know This Much Is True may have been a bit suspect when he penned a slim little Christmas novella in 2010. Then they opened the book and fell in love with the ’60s-era tale of Felix Funicello (proud cousin of Annette) and his fellow fifth-graders at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic school, whose insular worlds are rocked by the arrival of French-speaking substitute teacher Madame Frechette and worldly Russian classmate Zhenya. Executive produced by Lamb and starring Molly Ringwald, her Sixteen Candles … Continue reading

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My Little Pony Special: A Very Minty Christmas

My LIttle Pony

Attention, Bronies and wishful residents of Ponyville, your favorite equines have a new ponyventure in time for Christmas! My Little Pony: A Very Minty Christmas premieres December 13 at 7pmET on Discovery Family.  Make sure to set your DVR too: after you watch it once, you and your loved ones will clamor to watch it again and again. The hour-long family adventure features two new songs that will make you forget all existence of a certain Disney princess with a panache for spewing ice from her frigid fingers — this winter, it’s going to be all about the ponies. Since … Continue reading

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SundanceTV’s ‘One Child’ Premieres Friday

One Child

Where do your loyalties lie — with the people who share your genetics or the people with whom you’ve shared your life? Thus asks SundanceTV’s gripping two-night miniseries One Child, in which a Chinese-born woman goes on a dangerous journey of discovery when she gets a plea for help from half a world away. Mei Ashley (Katie Leung) is a promising British university student and the beloved adopted daughter of academics (Elizabeth Perkins and Donald Sumpter). Her life goes into a tailspin when she gets a desperate message: Her birth mother begs for help as Mei’s brother has been wrongly … Continue reading

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Lifetime’s ‘The Red Tent’ Is Beautiful and Timeless

The Red Tent

When author Anita Diamant’s novel The Red Tent was published, readers praised the book for giving a voice to women who had been all but ignored in ancient and sacred texts. The bestseller has become a book club favorite because of its cross-generational appeal and frank exploration of the lives of women — especially concerning ancient fertility and birthing rituals. Now Lifetime gives history’s forgotten women a face in the four-hour, two-night miniseries The Red Tent by re-envisioning the lives of biblical women whose actual histories have been lost to the sands of time. In The Red Tent, the bond … Continue reading

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VOD Spotlight: As Above, So Below

VOD Spotlight: As Above, So Below

Set in the catacombs that lie below the streets of Paris, As Above, So Below has the distinction of being the first production to get permission to film in the actual catacombs. With access to the areas normally open to the public, and to those that are typically off limits, the film’s writers, brothers John and Drew Dowdle, and their production crew were granted unprecedented assistance from the French government to create the film they had envisioned from the start. Producer Patrick Aiello says, “We were committed to helping John Erick and Drew make it work and convey the experience … Continue reading

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