Brian Truitt USA TODAY Published 11:30 AM EST Nov 23, 2018 It's officially the holiday season, so get ready for Santa Claus coming to town and Bill Murray's self-centered TV executive learning a thing or several about the meaning of Christmas. Friday marks the 30th anniversary of "Scrooged," director Richard Donner's modern (at least circa 1988) take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" by centering on Frank Cross (Murray), a small-screen bigwig who's mean as a Grinch to everyone and in sore need of a multiple-ghost comeuppance. With more than a month until Dec. 25, you have plenty of time to seek out all sorts of holiday fare - including the new Netflix action-adventure "The Christmas Chronicles" with Kurt Russell as Santa. In honor of "Scrooged," let's rank the 20 best Christmas theatrical releases (so sorry, OG "Grinch"-philes): 20. 'Arthur Christmas' (2011) The underrated, animated British gem centers on Santa Claus' son Arthur (James McAvoy) … [Read more...] about ‘Scrooged’ 30th anniversary: The 20 best Christmas movies, ranked
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The heatwave has hit and scorching temperatures have had us Brits basking in the sun. It’s been a chance for those with an outside space to finally enjoy it, to fire up the barbecue, invite friends and family round and entertain… and for those without a garden, there’s plenty of parks and beaches to soak up the sunshine, too. The beautiful weather has also meant a rise in outdoor cinema screenings, which have been big news this year, and there’s nothing better than sitting back to watch a film on a balmy evening in the fresh air. Now’s the chance to go one step further though, by creating your own outdoor cinema – and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. Sure, it’s an outlay to begin with, but the benefits are that you’ll get to pick your own choice of film, can invite who you want, and have food and drink on tap – just prepare yourself, your popularity status among friends will soar! Choose an iconic film, tune into … [Read more...] about Outdoor cinemas: Everything you need for the ultimate home movie night
Studio Trite, Camer One (France) Forget about all those cringeworthy joint Russian-American flicks that should have gone straight to VCR/DVD, these classy films are in a different league. Get your popcorn ready! 1. Luna Park (1992) The protagonist of this Russian-French drama, Andrei Leonov, is the leader of a nationalistic, anti-Semitism organization in post-Soviet Moscow. However, his life is turned on its head when he finds out he himself is of Jewish origin. 2. Window to Paris (1993) Films du Bouloi, Fontan, La Sept Cinema, Troitsky most Residents of one communal apartment in St. Petersburg find a secret window that leads to a roof in Paris. They, who have spent most of their life behind the Iron Curtain, get a chance to start over, but life is not so rosy in the West. This Russian-French drama is loved by Russians. 3. Burnt by the Sun (1994) Studio Trite, Camera One (France) This movie tells the story of … [Read more...] about 12 Russian-European movies you must watch before you die
LEGENDARY Hollywood actor Robert Redford has starred in some of the most critically-acclaimed and commercially successful movies of all time. From his biggest hits to his personal life, here is everything you need to know about a true icon of cinema. Who is Robert Redford? Robert Redford was born in Santa Monica, California, on August 18 1936. After graduating from high school he attended the University of Colorado for a year and a half before he was kicked out. He travelled in Europe before studying painting in New York City, and went on to take acting classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first acting roles were on stage, with Redford making his Broadway debut in 1959 with a small part in Tall Story. From 1960 he began starring in TV shows, earning an Emmy nomination for his performance in The Voice of Charlie Pont. However, it was his starring movie roles that made Redford a global icon, winning a Golden Globe for best new star for 1965's In Daisy Clover. His … [Read more...] about How old is Robert Redford, what are his biggest movies, has he ever dated Jane Fonda and who’s his wife?
Garry White, chief investment commentator, looks at the market-moving events that have shaped the UK equity markets this week (14 to 18 May 2018). UBS has used its City analysts’ predictive firepower to try and work out the winner of the upcoming World Cup in Russia – and England came surprisingly high in its league table. The analysis showed that England was the fourth-most likely team to lift the trophy, with an 8.5% chance, while Germany took the top spot, with a 24% likelihood of winning. Brazil (19.8%) and Spain (16.1%) were in second and third place respectively. Reassuringly for Britain’s pub operators such as JD Wetherspoon, Punch Taverns and Greene King, UBS calculated that England has a 35.1% chance of reaching the semi-finals. The FTSE 100 hit a new record closing high of 7,787.97 on Thursday, as oil majors were boosted by the oil price surging to a four-year high. Politics was high on the agenda for market watchers as trade war rhetoric continued and the … [Read more...] about Last Week in the City: England has an 8.5% chance of winning the World Cup