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What to Watch Christmas Weekend 2018: TheWrap’s TV Viewing Guide (Photos)

  • The Wrap
“Timeless” 2-part series finale (Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC): Join the Time Team for one last mission in the epic conclusion to Eric Kripke’s history-jumping drama.

NBC

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

ABC

Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade (Dec. 25, 10 a.m.)

CBS

Hallmark

“Christmas Made to Order”

“When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing”

Freeform

Saturday, Dec. 22

7 a.m. – “A Miracle on Christmas Lake”

9:40 a.m. – “The Santa Clause

11:50 a.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

1:55 p.m. – “Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story That Time Forgot”

2:25 p.m. – “Disney’s Prep & Landing”

2:55 p.m. – “Disney’s Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice”

3:25 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

5:05 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

7:45 p.m. – “The Santa Clause

9:50 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

11:55 p.
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27 Christmas Movies on Amazon Prime That Will Make Your Holidays Merry and Bright

  • Popsugar
It's that time of the year when all you want to do is curl up with a good holiday movie. While there are plenty of good movies on TV (see: Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas lineup), sometimes you just don't want to deal with the hassle of commercials. If you've already scoured through our Netflix Christmas movies list, then why not turn your attention to Amazon? With a simple Prime Video subscription, you can stream holiday classics like It's a Wonderful Life and comedies like Christmas With the Kranks. See what Amazon Prime Video has to offer ahead.

Related: 8 Netflix Original Christmas Movies You Need to Stream This Holiday Season
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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to Stream Exclusively on Amazon Prime

  • The Wrap
Amazon has added “It’s a Wonderful Life” and 30 additional holiday movies to its Prime Video streaming service, the company announced on Thursday.

This is the first time that the 1946 holiday classic will be made available on a streaming service.

The new selections are included in Amazon’s Prime Video subscription service which costs $13.99 per month or $119 for an annual subscription.

Also Read: Amazon's Ad-Supported Streaming Service Could Be Its Ticket to Winning India

Among the 30 additional holiday films that are available on Amazon Prime Video are “A Christmas Wedding Tail,” ” “Christmas That Almost Wasn’t,” “Holiday Inn,” “Let There Be Light,” “Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You,” “Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year,” “Christmas with the Kranks,” and “The Adventures of Tintin.”

Amazon also has holiday-themed movies available to rent, meaning that even with a subscription to Prime Video, users will need to pay
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What’s Coming to Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime in November 2018

  • Variety
Christmas may be more than a month away, but that isn’t stopping streaming platforms from adding some holiday cheer to their November lineups.

Beginning with the animated film “Angela’s Christmas” on Nov. 1, Netflix is adding several holiday movies to its streaming slate, including “The Holiday Calendar,” “The Princess Switch,” and “A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding.” Hulu and Amazon Prime are also following suit with “A Cinderella Christmas” on Nov. 15 and “Christmas With the Kranks” on Nov. 1, respectively.

November is also seeing the premiere of several platform originals, including the final season of Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Julia Roberts’ Amazon Prime debut, “Homecoming.” The documentary “McQueen” is also joining Amazon’s slate while Netflix will launch “Doctor Strange,” “Sixteen Candles,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.” Hulu will see a similarly large influx of new films, including “Goldeneye,” “Amelie,” and “Kick-Ass.”

See the
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Every John Grisham Movie, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)

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Every John Grisham Movie, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
It’s been 25 years since “The Firm” raced its way into theaters, introducing audiences to the dynamic storytelling style of John Grisham and making a ton of a money in the process. The success of “The Firm” made Grisham’s distinct blend of clever legal thrills and pulpy melodrama attract some of the best filmmakers of the decade, turning smart dramas into major blockbusters and earning multiple Oscar nominations in the process.

Although the wave of Grisham adaptations eventually died down, they helped define a box office era. So let’s take a look at every feature-length film based on a Grisham story to see which films are classics, and which ones should be found in contempt.

11. The Chamber (1996)

Chris O’Donnell is a young lawyer trying to keep his racist grandfather, played by Gene Hackman, out of the gas chamber. James Foley’s adaptation tries to balance serious conversations
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How I Met Your Mother and Twilight Leaving Netflix in November 2017

How I Met Your Mother and Twilight Leaving Netflix in November 2017
Those who've never seen How I Met Your Mother have a little less than a month to stream all 208 episodes on Netflix. On Monday, the company announced which titles will be no longer be available in November, including films like Christmas With the Kranks, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Goosebumps, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Hugo and Twilight, as well as hit series like Cristela. All title and dates are subject to change. The news is sure to upset some subscribers, as films like The Matrix were only added in August. Leaving 11/1/17 Back to the Secret Garden Black Books: Series 1-3 Christmas With the Kranks Get Rich or Die Tryin' Hard...
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Almost Christmas Review

It seems like every year some studio releases a harmless yet predictable holiday comedy centering on an ensemble cast of recognizable actors (usually as disparate members of a family) in an effort to capitalize on the “most wonderful time of the year.” Films like last year’s Love the Coopers and Christmas with the Kranks are smart investments for production companies because of their broad appeal and moderate budgets. So, naturally, 2016 isn’t without its own edition of this reliable trend. Fans of those films should then be quite pleased with this year’s model: Almost Christmas.

The movie – written and directed by David E. Talbert (First Sunday) – centers on Walter Meyers (Danny Glover), the patriarch of a dysfunctional family. Just days before the first Christmas after his wife’s death, Walter attempts to reunite his children for the holidays. Busy with their own lives and still processing the grief of their mother’s passing,
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Dear Moviegoers, Maybe See Something Else Instead, Love the Coopers

The only thing more reliable than a disastrous family gathering for the holidays is the cliched dramatizing of such an event in the form of a Christmas-set family dramedy. Think Four Christmases, The Family Stone, Christmas with the Kranks — there are good ones too, probably, but for the most part the formula is doomed to failure. Multiple story threads and characters come together for a holiday filled with arguments, gags, and conflict that ends in disaster only to be saved when everyone learns the value of family. The endings are always far too trite and conclusive, the characters are never all that developed, and the message of family togetherness and love gets lost in the shuffle. Well the filmmakers behind Love the Coopers got the memo on bad, holiday-set family comedies and decided to do something about it. They made a bad, holiday-set family comedy… with narration by the family dog. Charlotte
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Merry Christmas! Holiday Films On Netflix

The wait is over – It’s Christmas!

Need some ideas for movie-watching over the next few days?

Some of the best loved, as well as the not-so-traditional holiday films, are available on Netflix – Trading Places, While You Were Sleeping, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Scrooged, Bad Santa, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Christmas With The Kranks, The Bells Of St. Mary, Ernest Saves Christmas, Love Actually and White Christmas.

And for the younglings – Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mickey Mouse, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, The Search for Santa Paws, Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas, Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year, Kung Fu Panda: Holiday, DreamWorks Happy Holidays from Madagascar and Santa Buddies.

Grab a cuppa egg nog, a plate of sugar cookies and check out our lineup of the Top 20 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies Here.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from everyone here at Wamg!
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A Definitive Look at the Best and Worst Christmas Films Released Since 2000

A Definitive Look at the Best and Worst Christmas Films Released Since 2000
Since the turn of the new millennium, the world has been given the gift of some truly remarkable films. Unfortunately, this hasn't necessarily extend into the realm of holiday movies. Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - they all came out before the year 2000, and only a handful of classics have been released that could rival their status as seasonal staples.

Video: 7 Murderous Holiday Horror Flicks to Enjoy This Christmas

We're looking back at the past 14 years to see which movies are worth a watch and which should be avoided at all costs. To remain objective, these rankings are based on a average of the films' Rotten Tomatoes score, their IMDb rating and their Metacritic scores. So this list of the five best and five worst Christmas movies is truly definitive.

Best

5. Arthur Christmas (2011): This film from Aardman Animations explores Santa's high-tech operations underneath the North Pole, and follows
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Here's What's New on Netflix This July

With the dog days of summer finally upon us, it's good to find an excuse (any excuse) to dip out of the heat and into a coolly air-conditioned living room. And what better way to spend your time than by watching things on Netflix? Behold, a list of things that are new to Netflix in July.

There are a bunch of new Christmas movies on the streaming service, part of the company's "Christmas in July" program (things like "Bad Santa" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas"), as well as a handful of Disney classics (like "Tarzan" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids"). There are also, as always, newer films that you might have missed, but don't have to anymore -- everything from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (starring the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman) to this year's "Wolf Creek 2," a high-octane Australian thriller that seriously doesn't disappoint.

There are also
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A Ten-Year Anniversary (2004-2014): Top 10 Cinematic Duds from Yesterday

Has it actually been ten years already since we have been engaged in the realm of films dating back to 2004? A decade is certainly a long period of time to build our appreciation for cinema up until this critical point in 2014. In looking back at 2004, one can recall fondly some of the more desirable releases to come out at that time. For instance, the superb Million Dollar Baby was the Academy Award-winning film for 2004. Even the comedies that were released that year gave movie audiences cause to rejoice with such ditties as the sleeper indie hit Napoleon Dynamite and well as mainstream laughers in Mean Girls and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy.

Unfortunately for every gem there is a dud and then some. And 2004 had its share to say the least. So how about getting nostalgic and recalling some of the notable misses that were heaped on misled moviegoers
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Zac Efron to produce & star in John Grisham's The Associate

News Simon Brew 3 Apr 2014 - 07:06

Once mooted for Shia Labeouf, John Grisham's The Associate is now set to star Zac Efron instead...

It's been some time since the last John Grisham movie adaptation made it to the screen, with 2004's Christmas With The Kranks - based on the book Skipping Christmas - the most recent one.

That said, several of his books seem suddenly destined for the big screen again. A movie take on The Testament is apparently in the hands of director Stuart Blumberg (Thanks For Sharing), although we can't find anything concrete on that at the moment. Furthermore, The Racketeer had been linked with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa, and rumours persist of a film of The Partner.

And now you can add to list The Associate. The film version of that has attracted Zac Efron, who is set to produce and star in the movie.
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10 Hilarious Anchorman Lines We're All Still Quoting Today

When Adam McKay's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was released in theaters during the summer of 2004, it wasn.t exactly a sensation. Opening the week after Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, the comedy managed to make only $28 million its first weekend (good enough for only #2 on the top 10), and by the end of its domestic run it had only made $85 million, good enough for 30th place overall at the end of the year. Other movies with similar numbers, like Ladder 49, Christmas With The Kranks and Along Came Polly have been all but completely forgotten. and yet Anchorman continues to live on. While Paramount Pictures spent years resisting the idea of an Anchorman sequel due to the first film.s inability to find an audience overseas, the truth is that the film is now considered to be a modern comedy classic. Medium-sized as the movie.s initial audience may have been,
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This Christmas Movies Supercut Is Jam-Packed With Holiday Spirit (Video)

If you aren't in the holiday spirit by now, then we have a little video that will, shy of pour you a glass of frothy eggnog or singing you a Christmas carol, put you directly into the yuletide mood. It's a "supercut" of famous Christmas movies and it's pretty much a blast.

While there are some odd decisions (why so many scenes from "Christmas With the Kranks?") and omissions (the rich "Christmas horror" subgenre is missing almost entirely and animated films are also pretty much absent), it's still a really fun little reel to watch, especially if you are finding yourself low in the Christmastime joy department.

The video was put together by the fine folks over at Screen Junkies, who are also responsible for the gut-busting "Honest Trailers" series, and so there is a fair amount of irreverence to go along with all the heart-tugging, mistletoe-crouching feel good vibes.
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Ranked: The 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time

  • Nerve
Ranked: The 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time Your survival guide to those TBS and ABC Family marathons. By: Matt Patches 100. All I Want for Christmas It's like House Arrest, but with all of the charm replaced by tinsel. Not based on the Mariah Carey song (but maybe it would have been better if it had been?). Worth one viewing for Leslie Nielsen as “Santa.” 99. Christmas with the Kranks Awful people celebrate Christmas too, you know! Based on a novel by John Grisham, the quality of this Tim Allen/Jamie Lee Curtis comedy depends mostly on one's tolerance for oafish comedy and the manufactured elements of the holiday. 98. Santa with Muscles Starring Hulk Hogan as a millioniare-bodybuilder-turned-amnesiac-mall-Santa-crime-fighter, Santa with Muscles is a bonkers Christmas adventure that might have been better as a Yahoo Serious vehicle. Maybe. 97. Fred Claus Meet the Parents director David Dobkins throws millions at [...]
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The Best Man Holiday – The Review

Much like the shopping malls and department stores, Hollywood often jumps the gun on trotting out their winter holiday products. We’ve not cooked the Thanksgiving turkey (or fully digested Free Birds), but the first Christmas flick arrives at the multiplexes this weekend. So will it be a perennial classic like A Christmas Story or White Christmas or a lump of coal like Christmas With The Kranks? Well, it does have something in common with one of the newer classics, National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation. It’s a sequel (well Nlcv was the third visit with the Grisswalds) too. In 1999 a group of old friends got together for a big wedding in the appropriately titled The Best Man. And now they re-unite, not for another stroll down the aisle, but to exchange gifts (and secrets) in The Best Man Holiday. So, who’s been naughty and who’s been nice?
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'Angels Sing' review: Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton can't save off-key holiday musical

  • Pop2it
An all-star cast of singers become actors for "Angels Sing," a wan little holiday film that manages to show a little heart once it finally gets going.

Harry Connick Jr. stars as an Austin, Texas, history professor who doesn't put much stock in Christmas. Michael is always angling to dodge doing both Thanksgiving and Christmas with his parents (Kris Kristofferson, Fionnula Flanagan) for reasons he's reluctant to tell his granny-loving son (Chandler Canterbury). His wife (Connie Britton) is understanding. 

Eventually, the kid finds out -- dad lost a brother over the holidays, years ago. Kind of ruined the day for him.

But Michael's ongoing house-hunting throws him in the path of this chuckling old man (Willie Nelson) with a McMansion for sale.

"How much, Mr. ... uuhhhh?"

"Call me 'Nick.'" 

They seal the deal and Michael finds himself with the showplace of Live Oak Lane, one of those Christmas-crazed corners
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Adaptation of the John Grisham novel The Racketeer being developed by Safe House's Daniel Espinosa

  • JoBlo
Do you know it has been nine years since the last John Grisham adaptation? And it was Christmas With The Kranks? God does it make me feel old when I think back to the 90s and how it seemed like every couple of months there was another movie "Based on the number one best seller by John Grisham." Ok, I may be exaggerating a bit but he did have a nice little run of seven movies over a five year period. THR has an exclusive that the latest novel from John Grisham, The Racketeer, is...
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