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‘Rugrats’ Adds Nicole Byer, Tony Hale, Natalie Morales & More To Voice Cast; ‘The Loud House’ Sets Lead For Live-Action Holiday Special

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‘Rugrats’ Adds Nicole Byer, Tony Hale, Natalie Morales & More To Voice Cast; ‘The Loud House’ Sets Lead For Live-Action Holiday Special
Nicole Byer, Tony Hale and Natalie Morales are among the voice talent tapped for the adult roles in Paramount+’s Rugrats series revival. Hale will play Chuckie’s father, Morales as Phil and Lil’s mother and Byer, with Omar Miller, as Susie’s parents.

Also joining the original cast members who voice the adventurous titular toddlers are Ashley Spillers (Vice Principals) and Tommy Dewey, as Tommy’s parents; Anna Chlumsky and Timothy Simons, as Angelica’s parents; and Michael McKean, as Grandpa Lou Pickles. The reimagining is set to debut on Paramount+ this spring. The announcement was made in conjunction with Nickelodeon’s virtual upfront presentation.

Reprising their original Rugrats roles are E.G. Daily (Tommy), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie), Cheryl Chase (Angelica), Cree Summer (Susie) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil).

In an interview with Deadline, Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins addressed the decision to keep the original core original
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The Christmas Chronicles 2 Star Reveals Nude Elf Streaking Scene That Had to Be Cut

The Christmas Chronicles 2 Star Reveals Nude Elf Streaking Scene That Had to Be Cut
2020's Christmas cheer got a bit of help from Netflix with the release of The Christmas Chronicles 2. Starring Kurt Russell as Santa Claus, and Goldie Hawn as Mrs. Claus, the movie also featured an evil elf from Santa's village who turns into a human, played by Deadpool 2 star Julian Dennison. In an interview with CinemaBlend, Dennison revealed that the scene showing his transformation from elf to man almost ended up being Nsfw.

"I remember transforming into a human ... the barn scene. We were in the stable, and I'm next to the sleigh, I remember this whole bit, transforming in the shadows, running off. I remember in an earlier draft, I was supposed to be butt naked. I was supposed to be naked, and they were going to get me to run through the [forest.] Like, you could tell I'm naked, but not really, because I'd be running through the forest and shadows.
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‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’ Review (Netflix)

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‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’ Review (Netflix)
Stars: Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Darby Camp, Julian Dennison, Jahzir Bruno, Darlene Love, Tyrese Gibson, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Sunny Suljic | Written by Matt Lieberman, Chris Columbus | Directed by Chris Columbus

The first Christmas Chronicles movie released two years ago was a Netflix Original hit. A fantastic family Christmas movie that made you wonder why no-one had cast Kurt Russell as Santa Claus before. So it’s no surprise that a sequel was made a short time later, but would it be Lost in New York or Holiday Heist? The daughter from the last movie, Kate is now a moody teenager but is soon reunited with Santa when Belsnickel tries to steal Christmas.

The main cast are back for The Christmas Chronicles 2 but this time Goldie Hawn gets a bigger role as Mrs Claus, Jahzir Bruno comes in as Jack – another child to help Santa and Julian Dennision (Hunt For The Wilderpeople
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The Christmas Chronicles 2 Review: Kurt Russell’s Hot Santa Sequel is Too Nice

The Christmas Chronicles 2 Review: Kurt Russell’s Hot Santa Sequel is Too Nice
While nearly every Santa Claus-centric movie concerns the potential loss of Christmas, arguably the fear of missing the holiday is most keenly felt in 2020. Netflix’s The Christmas Chronicles (the 2018 film that kicked off this jolly old franchise) indeed tapped into that when it starred two kids learning to believe in Santa, or else; and Chris Columbus’ The Christmas Chronicles 2 strikes at the source of Yuletide cheer again with a plot to destroy Santa’s Village at the North Pole. But what could be the root cause that’s so extreme as to endanger the entire magical foundation of Christmas for the foreseeable future? Apparently, teenage angst.

Kate Pierce (Darby Camp) is a sulky teen spending Christmas 2020 in Cancún—and, clearly, an alternate universe. While there she bemoans the lack of snow and her mom Claire (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) bringing along new boyfriend Bob, plus his son Jack (The
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‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’ Review: Kurt Russell’s Santa, Now Joined by Goldie Hawn’s Mrs. Claus, in a Yuletide-Kitsch Adventure

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‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’ Review: Kurt Russell’s Santa, Now Joined by Goldie Hawn’s Mrs. Claus, in a Yuletide-Kitsch Adventure
Not so long ago, there were three or four new Christmas movies a year. Now it seems like there are 30 or 40, and if you’re wondering how that assembly line of holiday product gets filled, the answer is: by recycling endless variations on the same yuletide fairy-tale kitsch and we’re-all-one-big-nettlesome-Christmas-family glorified-sitcom cheer.

Take “The Christmas Chronicles 2.” Directed by Chris Columbus, with his leftover-’80s synthetic-is-the-new-real life’s-a-snow-globe touch, it’s a movie in which Santa Claus, played with winning macho bluster by Kurt Russell, has to save Christmas from the depredations of an angry fallen elf. But it’s also a family-therapy movie; a tale about the logistics of Christmas set at a North Pole that’s like a resort shopping mall filled with snow that looks like a blanket of Ivory-soap shavings; a “Raiders of the Lost Santa” sleigh-race-through-the-air action movie; and a comedy bauble that’s
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‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’ Film Review: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn Team Up to Save the Holidays

‘The Christmas Chronicles 2’ Film Review: Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn Team Up to Save the Holidays
Santa’s back, and Goldie’s got him, as the MGM marketing department of yore might have put it, and while Netflix’s “The Christmas Chronicles 2” hits pretty much every note you’d expect, it throws in enough surprises, and deep dives into Yuletide lore, to keep it from being mere tinsel.

In a year when most of us won’t be able to spend the holidays with our families, the film offers a reunion or two: Hollywood power spouses Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn co-star in a movie for the first time since the original “Overboard,” and Christmas royalty Chris Columbus returns to the director’s chair after producing the first “Chronicles” in 2018.

This time, Columbus co-writes with Matt Lieberman (who also wrote the original), and the two of them have clearly done their Christmas research, crafting a storyline that weaves in everything from Santa’s Turkish origins
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Here Are All of Netflix’s 2020 Original Holiday Movies, TV Series and Specials

Here Are All of Netflix’s 2020 Original Holiday Movies, TV Series and Specials
‘Tis already the season to be jolly, as Netflix has begun to launch its 2020 slate of holiday movies, TV series and specials.

The list includes sequels like “The Princess Switch: Switched Again” and “The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two,” as well as the debuts of movies “Holidate” and “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey,” and shows “Dash & Lily” and “Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas,” and the Christmas specials/series finales for “The Big Show Show” and “Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love,” along with many more titles.

If you’re already looking ahead to next year, Netflix has revealed that its ordered a third “Princess Switch” movie starring Vanessa Hudgens, which will begin production in Scotland later this year for a holiday 2021 release.

See Netflix’s full release schedule for its new holiday content below.

Movies

Holidate” – Oct. 28

Sloane (Emma Roberts) and Jackson (Luke Bracey) hate the holidays. They constantly find themselves single,
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Industry Notables Join Virtual Red Carpet for Micheaux Project Student Workshop

Industry Notables Join Virtual Red Carpet for Micheaux Project Student Workshop
Wednesday saw a unique red carpet unfold in Los Angeles. It had actors and interviewers, but there was no premiere or awards show. And the real stars were the reporters.

The reporters were 10 students from the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (Laces), a public high school in Mid-City Los Angeles. The occasion was the conclusion of the inaugural Micheaux Project, the outreach program launched earlier this year by Variety and the African American Film Critics Assn., designed to introduce high school students from Bipoc communities to potential careers in the entertainment industry.

Laces is the first school to host Micheaux Project workshops. The eight-week course covered such topics as film criticism, interviewing, finding a point of view and working with a newsroom. And though the students had dipped their toes into interviewing over seven previous workshops, with the virtual red carpet assembled for the final installment, the budding reporters
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‘The Witches’ Draws Backlash from Disability Community; Warner Bros. Responds

‘The Witches’ Draws Backlash from Disability Community; Warner Bros. Responds
Warner Bros. has issued a statement apologizing for its depiction of people with limb differences as witches in the studio's new movie The Witches, which premiered on HBO Max two weeks ago. Robert Zemeckis directed the adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved 1983 children's novel, and the film follows a young boy (Jahzir Bruno) and his grandmother (Octavia Spencer) who have a run-in with a coven of witches and their leader, played by Anne Hathaway. As seen below, the witches wear gloves to hide their hands, which are missing fingers. People in the disability community recognized the …
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Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn Try to Save the North Pole in the Christmas Chronicles 2 Trailer

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn Try to Save the North Pole in the Christmas Chronicles 2 Trailer
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are back as Mr. and Mrs. Claus in The Christmas Chronicles 2! On Monday, Netflix shared the official trailer for the upcoming holiday film, and it looks like we're in for some big adventures this time around. While the 2018 film centers around siblings Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) as they try to help Santa save Christmas, the sequel shows a lot has changed. After spending the holidays in Cancun with her mom's new boyfriend (Tyrese Gibson) and his son Jack (Jahzir Bruno), Kate and Jack find themselves magically transported to the North Pole. But it's not all candy canes and sugar plums. A troublemaker named Belsnickel has hitched a ride to the magical town, and he's planning to shut Christmas down for good. Will the gang be able to stop him? Watch the movie when it premieres on Nov. 25 to find out!
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The Witches Review

The Witches Review
It’s a wonder more Roald Dahl books haven’t seen the light of cinematic day. We’re barely into double figures (three of those are remakes), and yet his huge body of work is a prime visual feast for family audiences looking for something other than the relentless onslaught of superhero fare.

Enter The Witches. Not so much a remake of the 1990 film as a new take on the original story, we enter a world where witches exist and really, really hate children. It’s a story with more than its fair share of nastiness and big gloopy spoonfuls of horror, essential ingredients in any adaptation of Dahl’s work.

That sharp edge was noticeably missing from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when it received the Tim Burton treatment. As ideal as Burton’s visuals are (so well aligned with illustrator Quentin Blake’s sharp-angled style) he isn’t
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‘The Witches’ Review: Don’t Take Candy From Strangers

‘The Witches’ Review: Don’t Take Candy From Strangers
Roald Dahl really understood children. He was able to capture the idea of childhood, and the struggles with growing up, in such a way that his books have become classics. One constant theme in his works is that it is adults who are generally evil, and the child themselves are not just the victim, but also the hero as they overcome that evil. In the new film, The Witches, that theme returns, as, in Dahl's world, witches hate children and want to destroy them all, and only the protagonist, a little boy, can save the world from their evil.

The Witches updates the book (and the previous film adaption), moving the story from Europe to America -- Chicago and Alabama to be more specific, with the unnamed boy (Jahzir Bruno) moving into his grandmother's (Octavia Spencer) house after losing his parents in a car accident.

The boy finds a friend in a pet mouse,
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‘The Witches’ Review: A D.O.A. Fantasy Made From Dahl Parts

‘The Witches’ Review: A D.O.A. Fantasy Made From Dahl Parts
He’s given us eccentric candy moguls, massive traveling peaches, a dapper fox and his friends, telekinetic moppets, big friendly giants and more — but discerning fans of Roald Dahl’s work tend to have a weakness for his witches. Published in 1982, The Witches was one of Dahl’s darker excursions into kid’s-lit, which is saying something; pitting a seven-year-old boy against a coven of kid-hating hags (disguised as high-society women), it garnered praise and controversy in almost equal numbers. Some called it horribly misogynist. Others consider it the ultimate flipped bird against adulthood,
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Movie Review – The Witches (2020)

Movie Review – The Witches (2020)
The Witches, 2020. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Rock, Jahzir Bruno and Codie-Lei Eastick. Synopsis: After the loss of his parents in a car accident a young boy (Jahzir Bruno) gets taken in by his Grandma (Octavia Spencer). Slowly she starts to help him deal with […]

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The Witches Review: More Wicked Than Your Typical Hocus Pocus

The Witches Review: More Wicked Than Your Typical Hocus Pocus
Children love terrifying stories. This is an obvious truth to any parent who’s ever shared a ghost story with their child, or any former kid who remembers the telling. Yet in the age of studio tentpoles, dark amusements for kids have largely disappeared—banished to the ether alongside anything else deemed too edgy. As the years passed, children’s movies got a little safer, a little more predictable, and a little less mischievous.

Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches wishes to wave a magic wand that walks this all back. Premiering today on HBO Max, the newest film from the director of Back to the Future adapts Roald Dahl’s darkest children’s story—one where, like in the fairy tales of yore, witches walk among us and really do savor in the killing of children. They can appear as sweet and well-groomed as Anne Hathaway, a former Disney princess, but
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Movie Review – The Witches (2020)

Movie Review – The Witches (2020)
The Witches, 2020. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth, Jahzir Bruno, Chris Rock, Codie-Lei Eastick, Charles Edwards, Morgana Robinson, Eugenia Caruso, Jonathan Livingstone, Zeke Taylor, and Eurydice El-Etr. Synopsis: Based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 classic book ‘The Witches‘, the story tells the scary, funny, and imaginative tale of […]

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Review: The Witches (2020) is an Adorably Charming New Adaptation of a Children’s Classic

Review: The Witches (2020) is an Adorably Charming New Adaptation of a Children’s Classic
In our house, one film that gets watched every Halloween season is Nicolas Roeg’s surreal and darkly wholesome adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. Now, some 30 years later, legendary director Robert Zemeckis is tackling Dahl’s classic novel, with Anne Hathaway stepping into the role of the Grand High Witch, and the results are a highly entertaining and adorably charming fantasy film that will make for perfect viewing for families during this spooky season (and in the future as well).

For the uninitiated, The Witches follows an unnamed young boy (Jahzir Bruno) who moves in with his grandmother (Octavia Spencer) after both of his parents are killed in an automobile accident. As he settles into his new life, it’s the responsibility of his grandmother to fill him in on all sorts of life lessons, including letting him in on a secret: witches are real, and he needs
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‘The Witches’ Review: Anne Hathaway Gives a Flamboyantly Fun High-Camp Evil Performance in Robert Zemeckis’ Hellzapoppin’ Remake

‘The Witches’ Review: Anne Hathaway Gives a Flamboyantly Fun High-Camp Evil Performance in Robert Zemeckis’ Hellzapoppin’ Remake
When it came to dreaming up characters of cheeky grandiosity who were put on earth to act out their fear and loathing of children, Roald Dahl didn’t play. In 1961, his first classic novel, “James and the Giant Peach,” featured the loathsome Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, who tormented James like nightmare Victorian spinsters out of Dickens. The title character of “The Enormous Crocodile” wants nothing more than to chomp down on children. In “Matilda,” Miss Trunchbull is a school headmistress so sadistic she’s like a bullying tyrant out of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” And in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” even that rock star of candy Willy Wonka can’t seem to make up his mind about whether he wants to delight children or unsettle them.

But in “The Witches,” Dahl really went all out. The book is a primal fairy tale, part Grimm and part flamboyant kiddie opera,
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‘The Witches’ Film Review: Robert Zemeckis’ Roald Dahl Remake Is Creepy But Superfluous

‘The Witches’ Film Review: Robert Zemeckis’ Roald Dahl Remake Is Creepy But Superfluous
We certainly didn’t need another take on Roald Dahl’s 1983 novel “The Witches” after the superlative 1990 screen adaptation from director Nicolas Roeg and screenwriter Allan Scott, but if Robert Zemeckis’ 2020 version doesn’t cast as powerful a spell as its predecessor, neither is it a foul brew.

Collaborating with Kenya Barris on a screenplay originally written by Guillermo del Toro, Zemeckis throws in more good ideas than bad, which is a relief, considering his recent misfires like “Welcome to Marwen” and eye-assaulting CG horrors like “A Christmas Carol” and “The Polar Express.” And in the same way that Angelica Huston grandly (and campily) ruled the roost in Roeg’s film, Anne Hathaway wickedly assumes the throne as queen of her own coven here.

The action unfolds in the American South in the 1960s, with Jahzir Bruno as our unnamed hero, who goes to live with Grandmother (Octavia Spencer) after the death of his parents.
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TVLine Items: Christmas Chronicles 2 Trailer, Days Resumes Filming and More

TVLine Items: Christmas Chronicles 2 Trailer, Days Resumes Filming and More
Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn are again spending the holidays at the North Pole in the trailer for the Netflix movie sequel The Christmas Chronicles 2, premiering Wednesday, Nov. 25.

“It’s been two years since siblings Kate (played by Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis) saved Christmas, and a lot has changed,” reads the official synopsis. “Kate, now a cynical teenager, is reluctantly spending Christmas in Cancun with her mom’s new boyfriend and his son Jack (Jahzir Bruno). Unwilling to accept this new version of her family, Kate decides to run away. But when a mysterious, magical troublemaker
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