If there's one thing we've learned throughout the years, it's that it just isn't Christmas until we've watched a slew of movies putting us in the mood. Nobody puts us in the mood quite like the Brits do. It makes sense, considering the king of the Christmas story, Charles Dickens, is British too. Don't believe us when we say the British do it better? Take a look:
Not the only Dickens adaptations on this list, this musical adaptation has the distinction of toting a Golden Globe. Albert Finney won the statue for his turn as the titular Ebenezor Scrooge in this film that your kids will probably love.
Love Actually (2003)
Every British actor, almost ever, is in this movie: Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Martin Freeman, The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln, and even The Maze Runner's Thomas Brodie-Sangster. The film follows eight different couples as they all work out their love lives during the Christmas season. It's so good that you'll love it without questioning its morality (we're looking at you, Keira Knightley and Andrew Lincoln). It's simply not the holiday season until you've watched this movie at least once. We recommend weekly viewings.
The Holly and the Ivy (1952)
This underrated classic, named for the traditional British Christmas carol and adapted from the Wynyard Browne play, has more to offer than meets the eye. A clergyman who neglected his children has his issues come to the surface during Christmas. The film poses questions about life and the meaning of the holiday in a way that's notedly part Chekhov and part comedy of manners.
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
We're not really into the idea of 'spirit animals,' but if we had one, it would take the form of Bridget Jones. Though this movie isn't technically a holiday movie, the film's premise is fixed on Bridget's New Years' resolution, so it'll help you gear up for that. Plus, Colin Firth wears an ugly Christmas sweater AND plays Mark Darcy, in a nod to his Mr. Darcy days of Pride and Prejudice (the film is a modern adaptation of the Austen novel). It's hilarious and will be your best friend anytime you feel lonely this holiday season. Trust us.
Arthur Christmas (2011)
Santa's clumsy son tries to save one girl's Christmas after realizing his father failed to deliver her gift. Arthur Claus sets off on his mission with his grandfather, a rebellious elf, and a team of reindeer in this funny and enjoyable movie. It's a Golden Globe nominated fresh take on the holiday premise, thanks to its high-tech Santa Claus.
An enormous bag of money falls into the hands of a little boy just days before England converts to the Euro (what?). The Euro part might sound a bit strange, but the Danny Boyle-directed film works on multiple levels. It's enjoyable for kids and adults alike. It'll leave you feeling great about mankind, and that's in the spirit of Christmas after all, isn't it?
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
If your kids didn't love the Albert Finney Dickens adaptation, there's always this version, with Michael Caine playing Scrooge along with The Muppets. Kermit the Frog plays Scrooge's business partner, Bob Cratchit. It may not be the best version of the story, but it'll make you laugh and it'll warm your heart. It's also a great way to introduce kids to the classic Dickens tale!
The Holiday (2006)
The Holiday is the sort of movie that's so good, it's perfectly acceptable to watch all year long. At least, we do. Kate Winslet's performance as a woman with a mean case of unrequited love gives us all the feels. She switches houses with unlucky-in-love Cameron Diaz, and along come Jack Black and Jude Law to sweep the ladies (and the viewers) off their feet. Pour a glass (or a bottle) of wine, and enjoy this movie, whether it's the holiday season or not.
Actor Taylor Kitsch has confirmed he is set to join Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn in the second season of dark crime drama True Detective.
The Lone Survivor star has been linked to a key role on the show for several months and now he has opened up about the job, admitting he can't wait to get back to work after taking an acting hiatus.
In an interview with Adweek.com, he says, "Yeah, I'm really excited. I've just been prepping. It's been almost a full year since I've been on camera, so I'm itching, man. I'm overdue. You've just got to grind it out.
"Even taking this year off was, I mean, you want to work, but you also don't want to just water it down and work for the sake of working. So, it was tough to sit a year out, keeping a finger crossed that I was going to get True."
Taylor Kitsch reveals he was eager to appear on the show, which featured Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in season one as troubled police detectives investigating a 17-year-old murder case, because of its premise and he had to keep his diary clear in the hopes of landing the part.
He adds, "It was just showing a lot of patience on my end and turning a lot of stuff down because I wanted to be a part of it (True Detective). And having this meeting with (creator) Nic Pizzolatto, it kind of brought me back to when I was here in New York and why I wanted to be an actor, why you struggle and why you don't quit. And when we're talking, I mean he's obviously incredibly smart and passionate, so that rubs off. And you're just excited to go now. I can't f**king wait to hit camera. So I'm excited."
Kitsch continues, "I loved that first season of it so much. It's just unlike anything I've seen in, you know, I don't know when. And it was so grounded. It could really happen. This is very similar, and I love that. It makes it more relatable. It makes these guys more real. Nowadays, it takes f**king balls to stand by that and do it that way."
Sources connected to the show claim Kitsch's deal to officially sign on for True Detective is close, but is not yet complete.
Colin Farrell is officially set to return to his TV roots after signing on to star in the second season of hit crime drama True Detective. The Phone Booth star will take on a lead role in the next run of the anthology series, which debuted to critical acclaim earlier this year (14).
Farrell tells Ireland's Sunday World newspaper, "I'm doing the second series. I'm so excited."
The Los Angeles-based actor admits he knows few other details about the upcoming production, but he is grateful to be able to remain close to home during the shoot.
He adds, "I know it will be eight episodes and take around four or five months to shoot. I know very little about it, but we're shooting in the environs of Los Angeles which is great. It means I get to stay at home and see the kids."
The first season of the show featured Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as troubled police detectives investigating a 17-year-old murder case, but Farrell and a new set of co-stars are set to take over True Detective in a whole new storyline for season two.
Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch have also been linked to the project in recent months.
Farrell scored his big breakthrough in the late 1990s after starring in BBC drama series Ballykissangel, which was set in his native Ireland. He last appeared on the small screen in a 2005 episode of U.S. medical comedy Scrubs.
Actor Vince Vaughn has emerged as a new favourite to land a key role in the second series of hit TV crime drama True Detective. The Wedding Crashers funnyman is in early talks to feature as one of four leads in the show, alongside Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch, who have also been linked to the project, according to TVLine.com.
The latest casting speculation emerges weeks after fellow movie stars Christian Bale and Jessica Chastain distanced themselves from rumours suggesting they were considering taking over from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as troubled police detectives trying to solve a 17-year-old murder case in season one of the anthology series.
Vaughn has previously appeared in episodes of TV shows like 21 Jump Street, Doogie Howser, M.D. and Sex and the City earlier on in his career.
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On the off chance that you’ve managed to avoid the Internet, television, newspapers or other people for the last few months – in which case, welcome back! That one Iggy Azalea song is still a thing and Legolas and the Biebs are feuding now – allow us to remind you that Guardians of the Galaxy opens today. Although, chances are even the most remote parts of the world are still abuzz at the chance to see Andy Dwyer, Neytiri, and the Vin Diesel-tree save the universe. As with every major and minor cultural event, Twitter is full of people sharing their excitement, opinions, criticisms and photos of the snacks they got at the concession stand. And even though celebrities might have cooler jobs and better hair than the rest of us, they too are unable to resist the allure of the latest Marvel movie, or the joy of tweeting about it.
Some of them couldn't contain their excitement (or their cosplay costumes):
So excited for Guardians of The Galaxy! Gonna see it dressed as my favorite character! #GOTG pic.twitter.com/MTWNCBTVRv
— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) August 1, 2014
A few couldn't resist bragging about being into Guardians of the Galaxy before it was cool:
I have been excited for #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy since @prattprattpratt had a gut and @KarenGillan2 had long hair! CAN'T WAIT @JamesGunn!!!
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) July 30, 2014
There were a handful of concise reviews:
Guardians of the Galaxy is the best one.
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 1, 2014
And discussions about who really stole the show:
I loved GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. It's funny and has heart but the big revelation was how great @DaveBautista is as Drax.
— Gerry Duggan (@GerryDuggan) August 1, 2014
But mostly, people just wanted to share a few general observations about the film:
Of all the “blockbuster summer movies” so far this summer the only one people seem to be talking about is Guardians of the Galaxy
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) August 1, 2014
Just becuase you're in show business, that doesn't mean you won't fall in love with Chris Pratt:
The Year of Chris Pratt begins...now. #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) July 31, 2014
Although he might have some competition in the celebrity friend/nerd cred department:
Let’s talk for a second about @leepace in #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy. Flawless. That is all. Go follow him. Before everyone else does.
— Nathan Fillion (@NathanFillion) July 29, 2014
And there was absolutely nothing that could potentially cause people to overreact and start reports of a feud. Nothing at all.
Good luck to Mr @JamesGunn this weekend. Truly one of the good guys x
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) August 1, 2014
You can catch Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters everywhere to judge it for yourself. And then tweet about it, of course.
Colin Firth was left baffled by Woody Allen's lack of direction on the set of new period drama Magic In The Moonlight, because the revered filmmaker often insisted the British actor should do "whatever" he wanted. The King's Speech star portrays a cynical 1920s illusionist who is hired to expose Emma Stone's fortune teller character as a fake during a week-long holiday in the South of France.
His part required him to perform a number of soliloquies, but Firth admits he really had no idea what he was doing during certain scenes as Allen's method of filmmaking at times involved very little instruction.
Recalling one scene, in which his character Stanley recites a prayer to God, he explains, "In this case (of the soliloquy), there really is nobody else (in the scene) but the all-seeing eye of the director, who, if he is happy, you just hear the sound of the crew packing up and going off to shoot something else...!
"If he wanted to be very specific about something, you'd hear a lot from him. And sometimes he'd just say, 'Do whatever, you know, whatever you want. If you wanna change it...'.
"Well, I didn't know what I wanted most of the time, I just wanted to know what he wanted! I would do something and then he would just (say), 'That's not it', or he might come up and say, 'That was funny, if only to me...'"
Actor Colin Farrell is reportedly negotiating his return to TV to star in the second season of hit crime drama True Detective. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson played troubled police detectives trying to solve a 17-year-old murder case in the 2014 anthology series.
A new set of actors are due to take over the lead roles for season two and now Total Recall star Farrell has become the latest name to be linked to a part. Lone Survivor actor Taylor Kitsch is also being considered, according to TheWrap.com.
Farrell last appeared on the small screen in a 2005 appearance on U.S. TV series Scrubs, while he also had a major TV role in BBC drama series Ballykissangel in the late 1990s.
Christian Bale and Jessica Chastain were previously linked to roles in True Detective, but they have since denied they are involved with the project.
Workaholic Woody Allen just can't stop making movies. The trailer for his latest effort, Magic in the Moonlight hit the web today, and the proceedings definitely feel like vintage Allen. It's charming, quick-witted, and effusive like you'd expect from a Woody Allen romance, but it also features another hallmark of the great director's filmography: the age discrepancy between the two leads is huge. In Magic, Colin Firth plays Stanley, the jazz age's answer to the Mythbusters, who travels to the French countryside to debunk a talented young spiritualist named Sophie, played by Emma Stone. As time passes, Stanley finds it hard to refute her powers, and even harder to resist her wiles.... her late teenage/early 20's wiles.
Since the real-life Colin Firth is 53 while Emma Stone is only 25, we can assume that the age difference between their two characters will be pretty significant as well. Significant enough that it's bordering on creepy. This wouldn't be the first time Hollywood has used such a large age gap between romantic leads in a film, but it is the first one in a while that gives us this much pause. We've decide to examine age gaps in different films to see exactly when things start to get a little creepy.
5 to 10 years: That's perfectly cool.Examples: Too numerous to count.
In this day and age, five to ten years is a drop in the bucket. So you like your wine a little aged? It's really no big deal and Hollywood knows it.
10 to 15 years: If it makes you happy… Examples: Silver Linings Playbook, Annie Hall, Her (Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix), Star Wars: Episodes I-III, just to name a few.
Now we're starting to get a teensy bit weird. It's still perfectly acceptable, but don't be surprised if you start getting sideways glances from people on the street. Your mom will also bring it up over dinner, but your mom brings everything up over dinner so it's really not that scandalous.
15 to 25 years: Dude, he/she might be your son/daughter.Examples: An Education, The Reader, Fish Tank, Taxi Driver, The Graduate, Don Jon, basically every James Bond film.Okay, now were venturing in full-fledged creep zone. Once you reach a level of age disparity where you could have biologically given birth to the person you're romantically involved with, you really need to think about the relationship.
25+years: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.Examples: Harold and Maude, Big (sorta), Manhattan, Lolita, Oldboy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (again, sorta).
American football star Colin Kaepernick is at the centre of a police investigation into a "suspicious incident" involving a woman in Miami, Florida. A woman who claims to be a former lover of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback recently told cops she had joined the hunk and his teammate Quinton Patton at fellow sports star Ricardo Lockette's Miami apartment for drinks earlier this month (Apr14), but she was allegedly told she had to take a 'hit' of marijuana from a bong before she could down her shots.
The female started to feel lightheaded and went into a bedroom to lie down.
According to the police report, Kaepernick "came up behind her into the bedroom and started kissing her" and undressing her.
It continues, "She got completely naked. Mr. Kaepernick told her that he was going to be right back and left the bedroom. They did not have sex."
The woman claims she was still naked in bed when other men at the pad opened the door to her room and "peeked" inside, but she appeared to pass out and woke up hours later in a hospital bed, with no recollection of how she had gotten there.
Police officials have only described the situation as a "suspicious incident", but editors at TMZ.com report the case has been referred to the Special Victim's Office, which handles sex crimes.
The investigation is still in its early stages and no arrests have been made or charges filed.
A statement released by the San Francisco 49ers team's general manager, Trent Baalke, reads: "The 49ers organization is aware of the recent media report regarding Colin Kaepernick and is in the process of gathering the pertinent facts."
The footballer, who led his team to the 2013 Super Bowl, has yet to comment on the reports.
The jig, she is up.
Celebrities are now disturbingly savvy to what fans are getting up to on the internet. The more mainstream fandom culture becomes, the greater the chances are that actors in fandom-bait shows and movies will come into contact with fan fiction, fan art, and, of course, "shipping."
"Shipping," for those not active on the Supernatural Tumblr tag, is taken from the word "relationship" and refers to fans attempting to get two (or more, why not?) characters together through sheer force of will. How do celebrities feel when they find out how, um, passionate their devotees are about their characters romantic destinies? Here are five case studies.
Benedict thinks it's "cool."
There's no shortage of well-read Sherlock superfans, so it isn't surprising that Benedict Cumberbatch told MTV that he's "impressed" with the quality of the work inspired by the show and by the ambiguous friendship between Holmes and Watson.
Inglourious and In flagrante delicto.
Oh No They Didn't caught Inglourious Basterds star Eli Roth tweeting to director Quentin Tarantino about some NC-17-rated writing about his characters. He even gave internet writers a heads up before he did so, so they could add their work to the pile.
Love for Klaine fans
Glee star Chris Colfer is so flattered by the attention his character Kurt receives in fan fic that he shouted out the amateur writers on stage when he accepted his People's Choice Award this year.
Andy Cohen has to make it awkward.
During their appearances on Watch What Happens Live, Andy had Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes perform dramatic readings of some Harry/Ron and, gulp, Harry/Voldemort romantic interludes. Points to both Harry Potter stars for doing so with a maximum of gusto and a minimum of embarrassment.
Mark Ruffalo supports "Science Bros"!
But perhaps the most satisfying "ship" reaction of them all was Mark Ruffalo's response to "Science Bros," the deceptively innocent nickname for the perceived attraction between Bruce Banner and Tony Stark. Ruffalo told Vulture that it was "awesome," "cute," and that he "endorses it 100%." And the fangirls and boys go wild.
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