See What Santa's House Looks Like According to 'The Hobbit' Author J.R.R. Tolkien
As moviegoers prepare to bid farewell to Peter Jackson's epic six-film tour through Middle-earth via adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, many are also out buying last-minute gifts and penning letters to the jolly man himself, Santa Claus. Some of you may not know that when Tolkien wasn't busy spinning tales of hobbits, elves, wizards and orcs, he was also penning letters about Santa... as Santa.
Tolkien, under the guise of Father Christmas, wrote letters to four of his children for 20 years, including illustrations to go along with stories about life at the North Pole. In one letter Tolkien included illustrations of Father Christmas' new home on the North Pole along with a story about why he had to move right before... Read More
Watch: The Schmoes Review 'Annie,' 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' and More
The Schmoes are back with this week's video reviews. See what they thought about the new releases arriving in theaters below.
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Movie News: See Jessica Chastain Go Gothic for 'Crimson Peak'; Watch Jonah Hill and James Franco in First 'True Story' Trailer
Crimson Peak: Jessica Chastain looks properly gothic in the first image from Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, due in theaters on October 16, 2015. The movie is a ghost story, set in a large, spooky old house; Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska also star. [The Film Stage]
Transformers 5: Mark Wahlberg, star of this summer's blockbuster smash Transformers: Age of Extinction, says he has "committed" to doing a "couple" more movies in the series, and thinks the next one will be going into production "soon." But what about director Michael Bay, who has hinted that he wants do other types of movies? Wahlberg would only say that he can't speak for Bay. [MTV]
David Fincher: Director David Fincher is now... Read More
The Best of 2014: What's Your Favorite Biopic?
Biopics are technically movies that depict full lives of famous people. We allow the term and genre to be loose these days, because we're typically more interested in parts of those lives rather than the whole span from birth to death. Not every potential real-life movie subject deserves or requires such scope. So, not every biopic has to play out like Boyhood with year-by-year beats in the story of someone's existence.
This year saw the release of many biopics of the more preferable piece-of-life variety. One of my favorite movies of any kind this year, Selma, is set over only a couple of months in the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. (if we don't count the opening scene). Some would argue that it's not actually a biopic because of this. Or because... Read More
The 20 Greatest Middle-earth Movie Moments from 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit'
In their extended (and superior) cuts, the three films of the Lord of the Rings trilogy run 680 minutes. That's just over 11-and-a-half hours. Add in the six or so hours from the first two Hobbit movies and you have a lot of movie. Now, picking the 20 best single moments from these five movies doesn't seem so foolhardy. If anything, it seems too difficult! How do you narrow that much content down?
After revisiting The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we managed to select 20 scenes that stand out above the rest. Consider this a brief primer on just how great these can be before you return to... Read More
25 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Hobbit'
Peter Jackson is bringing movie audiences back to Middle-earth one last time this month for the final adventure (at least for now) sprung from the mind of The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the last installment of a three-part adaptation of Tolkien's The Hobbit, the story that first introduced readers to the hobbits, dwarves, elves and various other magical creatures that inhabit his imaginary world.
While there's no shortage of information to digest in both The Lord of the Rings franchise and The Hobbit, there's a lot you probably won't learn from the movies that's not only pretty fascinating, but also some great fuel for pre- and post-movie conversation.
'[REC] 4: Apocalypse' Director Jaume Balagueró Lines Up a Bank-Robbery Thriller, Plus a New Horror Movie
In just a few weeks Magnola Pictures will release [REC] 4: Apocalypse, the latest sequel in the fantastic Spanish zombie series first started by Paco Plaza and Jaume Balagueró back in 2007. What's particularly cool about the [REC] sequels is that they have yet to just rehash what made the first movie so terrifying. 2 is more of an action movie, 3 is a fun, playful party movie, and now 4 has a bit of a sci-fi flavor to it.
Directed by Balagueró, [REC] 4: Apocalypse involves characters from the first three movies all being brought together on a boat by scientists who are trying to prevent the further spread of the zombielike virus. Their plan is to reverse engineer a cure from Angela (Manuela Velasco), but as you can guess, things do not go... Read More
Love Christmas Movies? Here Are All the New DVDs and Blu-rays You Need to Know About
It’s officially That Time of Year, the only time when your grocery store carries eggnog, when wearing a sweater with a light-up reindeer on it seems like a good idea, and when Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis find themselves getting serious radio airplay. It’s also the season for DVD companies to dig into the vaults and find cool treasures that fit perfectly into the Christmas season.
A long-buried vintage classic that has recently reemerged as a popular favorite – and if my holiday movie guide Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas played even a tiny role in that, then I’m thrilled – is 1940’s Remember the Night (TCM/Universal), which makes its Blu-ray debut this year. Written by the great Preston Sturges and... Read More
Watch: If Quentin Tarantino, Terrence Malick and Christopher Nolan Made Christmas Movies
November and December are always good for a holiday-themed movie or several, but ever notice how many of today's biggest and most popular filmmakers tend not to make straight-up Christmas movies? At least not often enough, if you ask us. So if we want to see folks like Quentin Tarantino, Terrence Malick, Christopher Nolan and Alfred Hitchcock inject a little of that holiday spirit straight into our jingle-bell'n souls, we have to rely on spoof videos like the one below, courtesy of Fourgrounds and Suitcase in Point Theatre Company.
This isn't the first time they've staged a holiday-themed video showcasing the fictional Christmas movies from popular filmmakers. Check out last year's version, too.
If you had to pick one filmmaker to... Read More
'Home Alone' Fun Facts: Did You Know Macauley Culkin Had a 30-Year-Old Stunt Double?
The folks at CineFix are back with another installment in their annual holiday series that takes you behind the scenes of some of the season’s most beloved films, and this year they’re tackling Home Alone.
The new clip, 9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Home Alone, takes you on a guided tour of Chris Columbus’ 1990 holiday classic wherein a young Macauley Culkin gets left alone for the holidays, and then outwits the criminals trying to rob his house. If you’ve never seen it, we have to wonder what you’re doing with your life!
The new video is chock-full of interesting trivia. The most fascinating piece is a revelation that Macauley Culkin’s stunt double was actually a 30-year-old man named Larry Nicholas. Nicholas... Read More