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Alternative Christmas movie recommendations

Merry Christmas ladies and gentlemen and happy holidays! With today being December 25th and a lot of folks gathering with family and friends around the fireplace, I though it made perfect sense to mention some options for what to watch, aside from the standard holiday options. Sure, there’s plenty of old standbys, but I’m sure you’ve all seen them dozens of times before, so I’m here with a handful of lists to share with you, in the hopes that you might discover something new to enjoy during the Christmas season. I even made sure to post this in the wee hours of the morning (after midnight, essentially) so you can have this as a guide no matter what time you wake up. Consider it a public service and my gift to you the reader!
Below you’ll find three different lists, offering up a total of 30 things that you could watch with your friends and family, either at home or in theaters right now. List number one is alternate Christmas films to swap out the classics for. List number two is 2015 releases currently in theaters that you should be seeing (one or two of them are even holiday themed). List number three is simply earlier 2015 releases that you can watch in the comfort of your own home. There should be something for everyone here, so no excuses if you can’t find something to watch today. I’ve certainly done my part to help out. It’s my pleasure, believe me, but still. Anyway, on with the lists of recommendations…

Here now are ten older films that some may not realize are Christmas movies but function as great alternative picks to the classics you’ve seen a million times before:
10. Die Hard 2
9. Batman Returns
8. Gremlins
7. In Bruges
6. Eyes Wide Shut
5. Bad Santa
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
2. Die Hard
1. Love Actually

Here now are the ten best things to race out and see in theaters right now as your Christmas Day excursion to the cinema:
10. Krampus
9. Joy
8. The Night Before
7. Where to Invade Next
6. Youth
5. The Big Short
4. The Hateful Eight
3. Creed
2. Spotlight
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Here now are just ten strong releases from earlier on in 2015 that are available right now either on Blu-Ray/DVD or On Demand for your viewing pleasure:
10. Heaven Knows What
9. Beasts of No Nation
8. Time Out of Mind
7. The Stanford Prison Experiment
6. Slow […]

The Expendables are back! Sylvester Stallone

THE EXPENDABLES 3’s Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Kelsey Grammer (Bonaparte), Randy Couture (Toll Road), Kellan Lutz (John Smilee), Ronda Rousey (Luna), Glen Powell (Thorn), Victor Ortiz (Mars), with Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks), with Harrison Ford (Drummer), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench) and Director Patrick Hughes attended Millennium’s Photo Call and Press Conference at The Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France.

In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill, or so he thought.
Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables most personal battle yet.
Lionsgate and Millennium Films present a Nu Image production.
THE EXPENDABLES 3 opens in the US on August 15, 2014
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“BLACK NATIVITY” will open wide in the US on November 2013

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson).
Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.
Screenplay by: Kasi Lemmons
Directed by: Kasi Lemmons
Based on the play by: Langston Hughes
Produced by: Bill Horberg, Celine Rattray, Galt Niederhoffer
Executive Producers: Trudie Styler, Joy Goodwin
Executive Music Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige, Jacob Latimore, Nasir Jones and Jennifer Hudson
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Weekend Box Office: Django Unchained v. Les Miserables

Quentin Tarantino’s career-long itch to put his stamp on the beloved Spaghetti Western finally takes form with the release of Django Unchained to begin the Christmas weekend. It’s going head-to-head with Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the epic musical drama, Les Miserables. Rounding out the long weekend is Gus Van Sant’s latest, Promised Land.
Django Unchained
Language: English
Rating: R
Genre: Action/Drama/Western
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx
Django, a bounty hunter and former slave, sets out with the help of his mentor to free his wife from a brutal plantation owner. See what Clayton had to say about Tarantino’s latest.
Les Miserables
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama/Musical/Romance
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
After decades of pursuit by ruthless policeman, Javert, Jean Valjean takes on the fateful responsibility of caring for factory worker Fantine’s daughter. Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper helms this adaptation of Victor Hugo’s treasured literary masterpiece in another awards-worthy effort.
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The Expendables 2 are back! Track ’em, find ’em, kill ’em

HollywoodNews.com: They’re back! and it’s time to reload! Download the trailer for this summer’s highly anticipated sequel, THE EXPENDABLES 2, featuring more action (and explosions) than ever before! Everyone is expendable and the crew has a plan. Track ’em, find ’em, kill ’em.

The Expendables are back and this time it’s personal…
Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job.
The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time ? six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother.
THE EXPENDABLES 2 will be in theaters everywhere August 17th, 2012
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‘Housewives of NJ’ star thinks reality TV has ruined her relationships

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ star Teresa Giudice certainly has a lot of drama going on in her life these days, but she thinks reality TV is to blame for much of the pain in her life.
Giudice apparently thinks that her new fame has ruined her relationships with friends and family, states RadarOnline.com. “Jacqueline basically attacked me on the show about a magazine article that said I was going to jail. She was upset that she hadn’t heard it directly from me, but I wasn’t going to jail … the whole thing was so ridiculous,” Giudice commented about the end of their friendship.
Giudice also thinks that having her sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, on the show was a problem as she felt it was done behind her back: “I haven’t spoken to my brother since before Christmas. We haven’t gone this long without talking in my whole life! I’d have to say that reality TV ruined our family, and it’s a disgrace.”
What do you think about her situation?
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Pixar reveals more Merida in arrow-slinging “Brave” clip

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Bow and arrows are going to be big this year. I can just see all of the archery sets sitting under the Christmas trees in December after Jennifer Lawrence’s “Hunger Games” heroine and now Pixar’s “Brave” star unleash their talents in movies coming out this year.
“Brave” centers on Merida, a red-haired Scottish warrior who’s brimming with confidence and absolute talent. The studio has done a decent job teasing their upcoming feature, including this full clip posted online this morning. We have it for you here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BWfQoQSDbo
I’ve already forgotten “Cars 2.” And that’s a great thing. Granted, it’s very early, and there’s no telling if the rest of “Brave” will work. The film had some ups and down in pre-production, though that’s not abnormal.
Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman receive co-direction credits on “Brave,” which reaches theaters on June 22, which has become Pixar’s slot of choice over the last couple of years.
What do you think of this clip, and of “Brave,” as a whole?
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Taylor Swift on heartbreak that will be on next album

HollywoodNews.com: Taylor Swift writes all about her heartbreak, puts it on her albums, and succeeds in creating hit music that her fans cannot get enough of these days.
Now, she is opening up to ‘Vogue’ about the most recent heartbreak that will make it on her next album, states UsMagazine.com. “There’s just been this earth-shattering, not recent, but absolute crash-and-burn heartbreak and that will turn out to be what the next album is about,” Swift commented.
It is believed that the heartbreak she is referencing is her quick relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal as he allegedly split with her around Christmas/New Year’s 2010.
Are you looking forward to new music from her?
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Moving vans hit up Katy Perry, Russell Brand’s home

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like things are really over with Katy Perry and Russell Brand as moving vans were reportedly spotted outside their Los Angeles home.
The movers were reportedly outside the home that the two just purchased this June, states UsMagazine.com. The divorce filing just recently occurred, but it seems that the two are moving forward quickly with this.
The marriage ended after the two spent Christmas apart and were both spotted without their wedding rings.
What do you think about their split?
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Angelina Jolie has reportedly bought Brad Pitt a waterfall

HollywoodNews.com: Angelina Jolie has reportedly given Brad Pitt quite a unique gift for his 48th birthday and Christmas.
It is rumored that Jolie bought Pitt a waterfall in California, states UsMagazine.com. Pitt will now reportedly be planning to build a home over the waterfall inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.
He is reportedly very excited to get started as he has dreamed of building a home just like this.
Do you like the style?
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