My Guilty Pleasure: Holiday Movies






The Thanksgiving holiday just ended and that means holiday music, television and movies are going to be everywhere and everything is in reruns. During this time when there isn’t much to watch I secretly love watching holiday themed tv movies. Not just any holiday themed movies, the romantic ones that Hallmark Channel, Lifetime and now ABC Family specialize in. I don’t know what it is about these movies that I like. They are seriously the cheesiest. All I know is that while I was channel surfing on Thanksgiving Day, I flipped to Lifetime and discovered them showing holiday movies. I quickly perused the guide and found that I had watched every single movie that they were showing that day; in fact I had watched every single movie except one that Lifetime was running the entire weekend. WTH? When did that happen? That’s when I realized I secretly enjoy these movies. They always have the same formula. It always calls for a single, widowed, divorced or in a relationship with the wrong person man or woman who is a workaholic; has a name with a Christmas theme like Nick, Noelle, or Joy; a Christmas Eve or Christmas deadline, and some kind of mixup that makes them fallout at the end before they finally get together at the end. You may also, if you choose to, add a child who has sent a letter to Santa or some local radio/tv station wanting a new mommy or daddy for Christmas; or a twist on A Christmas Carol that gives them some kind of alternate life.

I’m excited to get to the new batch of movies that are going to be rolling out. Lifetime is about to start their Falalala Lifetime of holiday movies, ABC Family is doing their  25 Days of Christmas and Hallmark Channel is doing a countdown to Christmas. They always play some of my favorite ones like A Diva’s Christmas Carol which stars Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives) and Borrowed Hearts that stars Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel) and Eric McCormack (Will and Grace). If you get excited over holiday movies check out the holiday schedules on Hallmark, ABC Family and Lifetime.

For Better Or Worse

For Better Or Worse is a new show from Tyler Perry based on two characters, Angela and Marcus, from the movie Why Did I Get Married? The show is about Angela and Marcus, a married couple played by Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White, and all the things that come with their drama filled relationship which include dealing with Marcus’ baby’s mother, Keisha (Kiki Haynes) and her dating Marcus’ friend and business partner, Richard (Kent Faulcon). The cast is rounded out by their friends Leslie and Jason, played by Crystal Stewart (Miss USA 2008) and Jason Olive (The Game). I liked Why Did I Get Married? I thought it was one of the better thought out and acted Perry films. So when I saw that this I optimistically thought that maybe Perry  would get it right with this show. I don’t know why I thought this since all of his other shows are pretty much the worst. This show has calmed down Angela and Marcus’ over dramatic nature from the movie but not by much. Angela is still over the top and loud but not towards Marcus, just everyone else. Leslie is pretty much a kept woman who lives with her boyfriend of 3 yrs, Jason who wants nothing to do with marriage. It’s your basic structure of married, just started dating and living together couples that they have on these relationship sitcoms. I could deal with the poorly written out characters if the dialogue was at least semi funny. It’s not in the least bit funny. This show is kind of like The Game in that they are going for a more adult audience and dealing with all those relationship situations. The difference between those two shows is that even as bad as The Game has become, it’s still better than this mess. Over the top acting and bad writing. Can I please get the 45 mins of my life I spent watching this back? If you like Tyler Perry’s stuff then more than likely you’ll like this.

For Better or Worse airs on TBS Friday nights at 10/9c.


Beyonce – Dance For You Video

Beyoncé has released yet another video for her new single, “Dance For You.” At least I think it’s a new single. She releases a new single every other week so I don’t know. Whatever new video by Beyoncé. Check it out.

This song is one that comes on the deluxe version of her latest album “4.” I liked this song when I heard it on the album. Its nothing spectacular but it’s definitely a sexy song and Beyoncé delivered it with an even sexier video. This was clearly shot pre-baby bump. It looks like she was inspired by 1940s film noir. The entire video is her doing some nice chair work. She did this better though when she was with Destiny’s Child for their “Cater To You” video. This video and all other video releases can be found on her new concert DVD, “Elements of 4:Live at Roseland” which is in stores November 29th.

My Week With Marilyn (2011)

My Week With Marilyn stars Michelle Williams (Dawson’s Creek, Blue Valentine, Shutter Island) as Marilyn Monroe and takes place in the time when she was filming the 1957’s The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier who is played by Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Director of Thor). It centers around Monroe’s experiences with Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne), the third assistant director on the film. I saw this earlier this week and I liked it. I thought it did a good job with the pacing. I wasn’t bored at all like I was at J. Edgar. I think Michelle Williams did a great job playing Monroe. She had her look, mannerisms and her voice down completely. I don’t know much about Monroe except for a few things that I have seen but she was definitely annoying to me and such a manipulator. She just knew how to turn on that charm and have men doing anything she wanted. She was also very insecure and in the movie you can see that in the way she was with her then husband Arthur Miller played by Dougray Scott (Ever After, Desperate Housewives), whom I did not recognize at all. They also show her excessive drug use. This movie has Oscar written all over it. It’s a true story and there are a bunch of Brits in it ,including Judi Dench, Emma Watson and Dominic Cooper, so it’s definitely going to get some nominations. Williams is definitely going to get a nomination for Best Actress. I don’t think she should be. I think she was great and played the role really well but not Oscar performance. I would recommend you watch the movie. For people who are fans of Marilyn definitely see it and if you are like me and don’t know much about her but like good acting, go watch it.

My Week With Marilyn is in theaters now.

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards aired last night on ABC and it was a performance heavy show with few awards given. This is what all award shows should do. give out a few awards but let it be mostly performances and montages for the rest of the show to keep the fast pace going. Nicki Minaj opened the show with David Guetta singing their song, “Turn Me On.” Nicki did a lot of singing. There is like one line of rapping in this song and its terrible. Why is Nicki singing? Her voice was ok I guess for a rapper but I need these rappers to stop singing if they ey are not singers. She then transition into her hit song “Super Bass.”

That performance was a little better but nothing to scream about. Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez apparently are huge favs of hers and have become besties. The camera kept panning to them rapping and jamming. Ugh. Her performance outfit was ok too. I don’t understand the speakers (I think they are speakers) on the outfit but whatever.

Some awards were presented. Taylor Swift won favorite country female artist. I call B.S on that one. Miranda Lambert has been slaying all flipping year. She should have taken that award. I hate that the AMAs have now become like the VMAs in that they are voted on by 13 year olds.

I can’t stand this girl and I don’t know why. I think it might be just all her cutesy stuff. I just don’t think she’s sincere at all. She had a cute dress. Very typical of the way she dresses but man that hair is awful. You have hair and makeup artists please get them to do something to your hair. Continue reading American Music Awards

Snow White and The Huntsman vs. Mirror Mirror: Battle of the Snow Whites

Fairy tales are the new black apparently. There are so many fairy tale projects this year (Grimm on NBC and Once Upon A Time on ABC for example) that its become official that Hollywood has no new ideas.  Universal and Relativity released their trailers for their respective Snow White projects this week. Universal’s project is Snow White and the Huntsman which stars Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Panic Room), Charlize Theron(Monster, Italian Job, Hancock), and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). The film is a twist to classic story in that the Huntsman (Hemsworth) is sent to kill Snow White (Stewart) by the evil queen (Theron) but he then soon becomes her protector and they all fight to take out the evil queen.

Relativity’s film is Mirror, Mirror which stars Lily Collins (The Blind Side, Abduction), Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman, Closer, Erin Brockovich) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network, J. Edgar). It is more of the classic story that we all know and love. Roberts plays an evil queen that steals control of the kingdom and has the princess (Collins) exiled. She gets the help of seven rebel dwarfs to win back her kingdom. Hammer plays Prince Alcott, the object of the princess’ affection.

So after watching the trailers I can say that I’ll definitely be seeing both movies but I’ll looking forward to Snow White and the Huntsman more because Charlize Theron looks amazing as the evil queen. Just so deliciously evil. I’ll see this movie despite of Kristen Stewart. You see they didn’t have her say anything in the trailer. The whole selling point of the movie is Theron. Mirror, Mirror reminds me of The Princess Bride. It looks like it has that same campy, fun factor that Princess Bride had. Hell it looks very 80s. I’ll see this because there are actors in it that I like. I watch everything Julia Roberts and I have been enjoying Armie Hammer’s movies since he did The Social Network last year. Mirror, Mirror hits theaters March 16th, 2012 and Snow White and The Huntsman will be out June 1st, 2012. Which will you see? Snow White and the Huntsman? Mirror,Mirror? Neither?

Some TV and Movie Headlines of the Week

Thank you its the weekend. I can sleep in and catch up on some shows and movies. But before it ends and the new week starts lets recaps some of the stories and events from movies and tv this week.

Lets start off with NBC. They released their mid-season schedule this week  and truly just said f*@% it to any kind of common sense. They have taken off Prime Suspect and Community and moved almost every show around. Whitney is moving to from its nice post Office spot to Wednesday nights at 8:30/7:30c. It will follow the new Chelsea Handler show, Are You There Chelsea (Vodka got taken out of the title because this is family hour). It makes sense to pair these 2 shows together but 8/7c family hour is definitely not the place. These shows are supposed to be rude and crude and make lots of sex jokes. Both of these shows would be way better on cable where there is more freedom to do all that not on broadcast television. Up All Night will be taking over Whitney’s spot on Thursday nights. 30 Rock will take over Community’s spot. NBC says the show isn’t cancelled but you have to wonder when it will return. Prime Suspect looks like it’s getting the ax. They say they haven’t made a decision but they already stopped production on the show and are shooting the final 13th episode next week so you tell me if that isn’t a decision. New show, The Firm, based on the John Grisham novel, will take over the slot. Here is the rest of NBC’s schedule.

MONDAYS: 8-10 PM – The Voice (season premiere February 5 after the Superbowl; series resumes February 6); 10-11 PM – SMASH (February 6)

TUESDAYS: 8-10 PM – The Biggest Loser (January 3); 10-11 PM – Parenthood (through February 28); 10-11 PM – FASHION STAR (March 13, 9-11 p.m. with two-hour premiere; one-hour episodes resume March 20)

WEDNESDAYS: 8-8:30 PM – Whitney (January 11);8:30-9 PM – ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? (January 11); 9-10 PM – Rock Center with Brian Williams (February; 10-11 PM – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

THURSDAY: 8-8:30 PM – 30 Rock (January 12); 8:30-9 PM – Parks and Recreation; 9-9:30 PM – The Office; 9:30-10 PM – Up All Night (January 12); 10-11 PM – THE FIRM (two-hour premiere January 8; Thursday time period premiere January 12)

FRIDAY: 8-9 PM – Who Do You Think You Are? (February 3); 9-10 PM – Grimm; 10-11 PM – Dateline NBC


SUNDAYS: 7-9 PM – Dateline NBC (January); 8-9 PM – Harry’s Law (March 4); 9-11 PM – The Celebrity Apprentice (February 12)

ABC also unveiled their mid-season schedule and one of my favorite shows was notably missing from the lineup. CougarTown staring Friends alum, Courtney Cox Arquette (she might not be going with Arquette anymore; Kanye shrug) was not in the line up and this coupled with the mess that was NBC made me angry about the coming mid-season. The show will air sometime in March with a shorter season as the episode count been cut down to 15 instead of the 22 that were going to air. This isn’t a great sign for the show but hopefully when it does return people watch and the ratings go up because the show is quite hilarious.

Good news Arrested Development fans. The show is officially returning. There had already been an announcement about the show returning but it hadn’t found a home yet. This time it has. The series will be shown exclusively on Netflix starting in 2013. No word on if all the cast members will be returning  or if the long-awaited movie is going to happen but the show is back and that’s all that matters.

Ugh Twilight: Breaking Dawn pt 1 came out yesterday and is on track to make almost $140 million. It started off the weekend with midnight showings making over $30 million and $72 million total on Friday. It’s the 3rd biggest opening day ever behind Harry Potter and The Deadly Hallows: Part 2 and the second Twilight movie, New Moon. Everyone I know who has seen this is raving about it and saying it was actually really good. I don’t get it.  I watched the first one and that was awful and nothing ever convinced me to see any of the other ones. Kristen Stewart is also one of the worst actresses. Hell the whole main cast is pretty bad. Glad this is the end of this franchise because these kids are gonna disappear after this. Their movies that ventured out of the Twilight franchise have been less than spectacular and have not been seen by many so I look forward to the day I don’t have to see another Twilight ad or Kristen Stewart’s awkward and unsmiling face.

The trailer for a new Denzel Washington movie Safe House came out this week. The film stars also stars Ryan Reynolds and Vera Farmiga (with really bad hair). It’s about young CIA agent (Reynolds) who must watch a fugitive being held in a safe house (Washington). The house is attacked and they must work together run to get to a secure. Love Denzel and love Reynolds so I was already in without seeing the trailer but man when I saw it, I was in. I love when Denzel goes bad. Training Day was a great movie, I don’t think he should have won an Oscar for that but it was a great movie. Denzel plays bad so well. Why he didn’t do it more often I don’t know. The premise of this movie is not anything new. Its been done before but it definitely looks awesome and they use one of my fav songs from Kanye and Jay-Z’s Watch The Throne album that features the lovely Frank Ocean called “No Church in The Wild.” Good action, acting and eye candy what more can you ask for. The movie is in theaters February 2012.

Brad Pitt says he is going to be retiring from acting in 3 years. He did an interview this week with the UK version of 60 minutes. He said “I am really enjoying the producing side and development of stories and putting those pieces together. And getting stories to the plate that might have had a tougher time otherwise…” If I had read this in the late 90s or early 2000s, I would have been upset because Brad was making some wonderful movies at that time. Now I would say ok if he wants to I’m fine with that. The peak of his acting career has passed and while he still makes plenty of good movies, he could retire and not be missed. There are many younger actors that have taken the place that he held during the 90s when he was making hit movies and named People’s Sexiest Man. I would miss Pitt movies but I’d be ok just watching his old ones like Legends of The Fall, which is one of the best movies ever.

Like Crazy

Like Crazy is a romantic drama in realm of 500 Days of Summer that stars Felicity Jones(Brideshead Revisited, Doctor Who) and Anton Yelchin (Alpha Dog, Charlie Bartlett, Fright Night) as Anna and Jacob, a couple that meet in their last year of college. Anna is a British exchange and overstays her student visa after graduation to spend more time with Jacob. She is detained and sent back to England by immigration and this begins their awkward long distance relationship. The movie is a realistic take on how first love can be great and wonderful but also very devastating. This movie annoyed the hell out of me. It was a good movie but it really annoyed me. I hate stupidity in people and this was basically all the stupid things that people do in relationships to screw them up. I haven’t been in a relationship but I don’t think I would do some of the things this couple did or said to each other. My friends that I was with completely related to the story and said that they had done some of these stupid things that happened in the movie. I don’t know. The movie also ended quite ambiguously and left what happens to your interpretation. I would recommend this movie because its beautifully directed by Drake Doremus and the acting is great as well. It won the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film and acting at the Sundance Film Festival. It also has Finola Hughes in a small role. I loved her on General Hospital and All My Children and haven’t seen her since she was on Charmed so I’m glad to see she’s still acting.

Like Crazy now open in limited release.



Hunger Games Trailer

OMG The Hunger Games trailer premiered today on Good Morning America and it is just as awesome and amazing as I thought it would be. If you are not familiar with Suzanne Collins’ series you need to get on it. The story is set  sometime in the future after North America has destroyed and becomes known as “Panem.” It consist of a rich Capitol and 12 poorer districts that are under the rule of the Capitol. There were formerly 13 districts but one rebelled and got destroyed and as punishment for this rebellion the Capitol pulls a boy and girl ages 12 -18 from each district in a lottery and forces them to compete in the Hunger Games. The games are a televised event where these children fight to the dead until there is one victor. The winner gets and their district gets heavily rewarded. The trilogy consists of the books, The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. The film version of the first book started filming this year and stars Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, X-Men: First Class) as our main heroine, Katniss Evergreen, Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are Al Right, Bridge To Terabithia) as Peeta Mellark. Others in the cast include Lenny Kravitz (Precious), Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song, Thor’s brother, Miley Cyrus’ boyfriend), Elizabeth Banks (Definitely Maybe, Role Models, 40 Year Old Virgin), Stanley Tucci (Lovely Bones, Julie & Julia, The Devil Wears Prada), Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, The People vs Larry Flynt, The Messenger), and Wes Bentley(American Beauty, Four Feathers). I will definitely be seeing this movie and I’ll probably actually pay for it that’s how much I’m looking forward to this. Here is the trailer.

The Hunger Games opens nationwide March 23rd, 2012.

Immortals (2011)

Immortals is a film loosely based on the Greek myths of Theseus, Minotaur and the War of the Titans. The film stars Mikey Rourke as King Hyperion goes to war and searches for the Epirus Bow, a weapon that will free the Titans and have them take revenge against the gods. It’s all up to Theseus played by Henry Cavill, who will be playing the new Superman in the movie Man of Steel. Theseus is chosen by Zeus and while accompanied by an oracle (Frieda Pinto) and some other sidekicks, he must rally the people and take down Hyperion. I never saw 300 so when the poster and trailers for this movie say 2 of the producers from that movie produced this movie all that makes me think is hard abs that can only be seen on the cover of Men’s Health magazine and that’s exactly what this movie is. I love Greek Mythology. Love the stories and all the myths. I’ve read The Iliad and The Odyssey too many times. I wasn’t expecting much from this movie. In fact I thought it was going to be terrible. Turned out it wasn’t. The plot was so lacking, there is no suspense, no real storytelling going on and the acting was sub par at best but the visual was great. It kept you mesmerized long enough where you forgot that all those other terrible things were happening and just when you started to remember they brought in the visuals again. The action was great. I was enthralled the entire time. This movie isn’t a masterpiece by any means necessary but it was entertaining and I enjoyed myself plus there was lots of eye candy 😉

Immortals in theaters now