Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)(LOS ANGELES) -- While a turkey and some mistletoe help to make the season bright, those in the know know that holiday movies are the perfect compliment to the Christmas season.
With that in mind, AMC has announced that, like you on Thanksgiving, it's stuffing itself to the gills -- but with a full slate of holiday movies starting November 25.
Things kick off with an All-Day National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Marathon, starting on November 25 at 9 a.m.
That's followed by a full compliment of Claymation classics, with AMC's Rankin-Bass Christmas Weekend. Starting Saturday, November 30 at 6:00 a.m. Eastern time through Sunday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern, the network is rolling out The Year Without a Santa Claus, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Jack Frost, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, "and many more."
Other holiday hits include Jon Favreau's Will Ferrell comedy, Elf, the Vince Vaughn movies Fred Claus and Four Christmases, as well as Miracle on 34th Street and the reality show the Great Christmas Light Fight.
Here's the full schedule:
Tuesday, 11/26: Christmas with the Kranks - 5:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., Elf - 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/27: Fred Claus - 4:30 p.m., Four Christmases - 7:00 p.m., Fred Claus - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, 11/28: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - 4:30 p.m., Great Christmas Light Fight - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, 11/29: Kung Fu Panda - 5:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., The Polar Express - 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 11/30: The Year Without a Santa Claus - 5:45 p.m. & 11:00 p.m., Elf - 7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12/1: 6:00 p.m. - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation - 6:00 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 8:15 p.m., Christmas with the Kranks - 10:30 p.m.
Monday, 12/2: Planes, Trains & Automobiles - 5:00 p.m., Christmas with the Kranks - 7:00 p.m., Fred Claus - 9:00 p.m., Four Christmases - 11:30 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/3: Fred Claus - 5:30 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 8:00 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.
Wednesday, 12/11: Elf - 6:00 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 8:00 p.m., Four Christmases - 10:15 p.m.
Thursday 12/12: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 5:45 p.m., Christmas with the Kranks - 8:00 p.m., Fred Claus - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 12/13: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - 4:30 p.m., The Polar Express - 7:00 p.m., How Murray Saved Christmas - 9:00 p.m., The Year Without a Santa Claus - 10:00 p.m., Frosty’s Winter Wonderland - 11:15 p.m.
Saturday, 12/14: The Polar Express - 5:00 p.m, Elf - 7:00 p.m & 9:00 p.m., Ice Age - 11:00 p.m
Thursday, 12/19: Elf - 6:00 p.m., Four Christmases - 8:00 p.m., Love the Coopers - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 12/20: Four Christmases - 6:00 p.m., Elf - 8:00 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 12/21: Christmas with the Kranks - 4:00 p.m. & 10:15 p.m., Elf - 6:00 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12/22: Ernest Saves Christmas - 4:30 p.m., Fred Claus - 6:30 p.m., Four Christmases - 9:00 p.m., The Polar Express - 11:00 p.m.
Monday, 12/23: Four Christmases - 6:00 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 8:00 p.m. & 10:15 p.m.
Tuesday, 12/24: The Polar Express - 5:00 p.m., Elf - 7:00 p.m., National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - 9:00 p.m., Four Christmases - 11:15 p.m.
Wednesday 12/25: All-Day National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Marathon - beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern.
Thursday 12/26: Snow Day - 6:00 p.m., Christmas with the Kranks - 8:00 p.m., Four Christmases - 10:00 p.m., Christmas with the Kranks - 12:00 a.m., Four Christmases - 2:00 a.m., All I Want for Christmas - 4:00 a.m.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- By now it's well known that Martin Scorsese doesn't think Marvel movies are "cinema," so in the interest of bridging the impasse between the legendary director and the blockbuster-minting studio, enter Jimmy Kimmel.
On Monday's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the late-night host teased the "first ever collaboration" between Marvel Studios and The Irishman director, with the superhero spoof Irish Man.
The trailer supposes Robert De Niro's hit man character is given a magic ring, emblazoned with a shamrock, that lets him not only shoot powerful beams like Doctor Strange can, but also transforms him into Irish Man, a guy in a flying, green Iron Man suit, compliments of some crude CGI.
Irish Man even gets the attention from Samuel L. Jackson, in hacked-up sequence from the first Marvel after-credits scene from 2008's Iron Man. When Irish Man is recruited to be a part of the Avengers Initiative, De Niro's character replies, "I don't think so."
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Kevin Hart is giving fans unprecedented access to his life in the new Netflix docuseries, Don’t F**k This Up.
In an Instagram post Tuesday, Hart shared the announcement that his new personal doc would be hitting the streamer on December 27.
"I'm excited about it," he says in a video. "It's a look into my life for the past year and a half, which has been a hell of a roller coaster. Peaks, hills, valleys, ups, down. It as real, as raw, as transparent you can be. It's something that I think people need to see."
"Always looking for way to improve and progress and this documentary was one of those ways that I felt would be put in position to do just that,” he added.
According to Deadline, Hart's six-episode series will feature a close-up look at his life as he dealt with several highly-publicized hardships, including his reported affair and the 2019 Oscars-hosting controversy. It will also include interviews from his family and friends, and archival footage of his childhood.
The announcement comes after Hart's car accident on September 1, which resulted in a 10-day hospital stay and left him with serious back injuries.
Don't F**k This Up expands Hart's relationship with Netflix. This year, he released two comedy specials on the streaming giant: Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History Himself and Kevin Hart: Irresponsible.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (LOS ANGELES) -- Warner Bros. Television and Prop Store are joining forces for Giving Tuesday, putting props, costumes, and other one-of-a-kind items from Friends up for auction, for a good cause.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.
Bidding starts on Giving Day Tuesday, December 3, and runs through December 17, at PropStore.com/FRIENDS.
The 80 items that are up for grabs include the wood canoe and paddles owned by Matt LeBlanc's Joey Tribbiani and Matthew Perry's Chandler Bing; those are going for an estimated $4,000-$6,000.
Also hitting the block is a studio-authorized reproduction of the "Holiday Armadillo" costume worn by David Schwimmer's Ross Geller. That's estimated to go for anywhere from 10 thousand to 50 thousand bucks.
Other items include a Hawaiian print dress worn by Jennifer Aniston's Rachel Green, expected to fetch between $3,000-$5,000, and a "studio-edition authorized reproduction" of the apartment door picture frame seen throughout the series. That's estimated to fetch between two and three thousand bucks.
Other lots are more moderately priced, including a wedding invitation for Courteney Cox's Monica and Perry's Chandler, expected to raise between $1,000-$1,500.
NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Kelly Clarkson's daytime chat show will be back for season two.
NBC has announced the syndicated talk show has been renewed through the 2020-21 season. "The Kelly Clarkson Show is connecting with viewers in a unique way and we are so happy to build on that momentum, bringing Kelly’s brand of humor, heart, and, of course, the incredible 'Kellyoke,' to stations for a second season," says Tracie Wilson, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs for NBCUniversal Television Distribution.
ABC News/Steve Iervolino(LOS ANGELES) -- Idris Elba is putting on some cowboy boots for his next major role.
Netflix has announced that Elba will saddle up with Jonathan Majors for the all-black Western feature The Harder They Fall.
The film will follow Majors as Nat Love, an outlaw who discovers that the man-- played by Elba-- who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison. To seek revenge, Love reunites with his gang to track his enemy down.
Produced by music mogul Jay-Z, The Harder They Fall will be the directorial debut of Jeymes Samuel. The two had previously collaborated together on The Great Gatsby soundtrack and will write and produce original music for the upcoming project.
This is the latest project for Elba, who just just wrapped another Western feature, Concrete Cowboys. Majors, meanwhile, recently starred in The Last Black Man in San Francisco, and will also star in HBO's Lovecraft Country and Spike Lee's Netflix film, Da 5 Bloods, with Chadwick Boseman.
Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The Voicewas live on Monday, with the top 13 artists competing for America’s vote, advised by their coachesBlake Shelton,Gwen Stefani,Kelly ClarksonandJohn Legend. Two artists will be sent home on Tuesday, based on America’s vote.
On Monday, each artist took the stage with a special dedication.
Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:
Team Gwen'sJoana Martinezdedicated "Get on Your Feet," byGloria Estefan -- who, like Joana's family, immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba and settled in Miami -- her hometown. Gwen told the 15-year-old pop singer that the secret to nailing her performance was working the stage. Martinez, who drew a standing ovation from all four coaches, including Gwen who was "shocked" at how well Joana pulled it off.
Max Boyle, who Kelly stole from John Legend, sentAllen Stone's "Unaware" out to his family, particularly his young nice and nephew, explaining that as the youngest of six children, he never got to be a big brother. Max's former coach cheered the artist's "power and charisma." Clarkson also praised Boyle for nailing a tough song.
Myracle Holloway, saved by Gwen Stefani during the live playoffs, had some pretty big shoes to fill by dedicatingWhitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight" to her late grandmother, who raised her when her mother could not. Kelly called Myracle "a champion." Gwen hailed the performance as "perfect" and "incredible."
Team Legend'sWill Bremandedicated "I Won't Give Up," byJason Mraz, to his mom, who never gave up on Will, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Following Breman's performance, John and Blake were impressed with the singer's emotion and connection to the song.
Kat Hammock, representing Team Blake, chose the traditional ballad "Danny Boy," which she dedicated to her grandparents. During rehearsals, Blake struggled to find anything wrong with her performance. Afterwards, Shelton called her "one of the most important artists" he's ever worked with on the show.
Team Legend's powerhouse singerKatie Kadandedicated "I'm Goin' Down" by "Mary J. Bligeto "all the single ladies who've had their hearts broken." John predicted a "tour de force performance" from Katie and got it. The performance brought all four coaches to their feet, with Legend calling it the best one they'd seen on the show this season.
Hello Sunday, also from Team Kelly became the show's first ever wild card artists last week. The duo, both just 14 years old, sentJessie J's "Mama Knows Best" out to their moms, of course, but to their dads as well. John Legend thought it was their best performance so far. "You're so talented, and you're so freakin' young," added Clarkson.
The Voicereturns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) -- Emotions were already riding high on Monday's Dancing with the Starsas the competitors had one last shot to make it to the finals. However, the night was rife with heartbreaking moments that brought the audience and the judges to tears.
The most devastating moment of the night occurred in the last five minutes when the season's two habitual highest scorers, Ally Brookeand James Van Der Beek, were sent to the bottom two.
With only one save, judges Carrie Ann Inabaand Bruno Tonioli regretfully chose to send Van Der Beek home, which caused Ally to dissolve into tears and as she begged, "Can I give it to James, please?"
The night ended with Van Der Beek, Brooke, their respective dancing partners, along with the rest of the DWTS cast holding each other in shock. "It's not fair. It's not right," an inconsolable Brooke sobbed.
The shocking elimination was only a fraction of the raw emotion the audience endured over the two hour emotional roller coaster.
Just before Van Der Beek's second dance, a foxtrot to Hozier's "Take Me to Church," he revealed that he and his wife Kimberlysuffered an immense tragedy on Saturday. He grieved, "My wife, Kimberly, and I went through every expecting parent's worst nightmare. We lost the baby."
The Van Der Beeks were expecting their sixth child together -- due in April -- and joyfully revealed their pregnancy earlier in the season. He spoke more about the loss on his personalInstagram.
Another raw moment came from comedian Kel Mitchell, who opened up about how gun violence affected him personally when it claimed the life of one of his closest friends when they were kids. Mitchell channeled his grief into an emotional contemporary to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," which depicted the story of him breaking free from a life of violence by choosing love instead.
JudgeLen Goodmanwas so moved and impressed, he wordlessly stood and gave Mitchell a standing ovation -- the season's first. However, he wasn't the only judge with an emotional response, Carrie Ann fought through tears as she praised and thanked Kel for his beautiful performance. The judges awarded him straight 10s.
Bachelorette star Hannah Brownalso laid her emotions bare on the ballroom for both her performances. For her first number, which was the night's redemption dance where judges assigned the competitors to improve on the routine that wasn't their best, it was the rumba. She and her partner Alan Berstenreceived a personal lesson from the judge who the reality star clashed with most -- Carrie Ann.
Their interaction was tense from start to finish, with Inaba trying to break down Hannah's walls. The two eventually resolved their differences, with Brown confessing to Inaba that she shuts down whenever she feels personally attacked, to which Carrie Ann assured while holding back tears that her job is to help the competitors, not tear them down, and that she believes in Hannah.
Brown's rumba to Sam Smith's "Dancing with a Stranger" earned her straight nines.
For her second dance -- a contemporary to Selena Gomez's "Lose You to Love Me" -- Brown opened up about her series of heartbreaks while on the Bacheloretteand her desire to be loved. The raw yet graceful number, complete with complicated lifts and catches, also earned her straight nines and a combined score of 54/60.
Emotions aside, there is one standout dance worth noting: Ally Brooke's feisty and quick Charleston. The routine, which earned the night's only other perfect score, left her and her dance partner gasping for air at the end of the routine -- which made her descent into the bottom two all the more shocking.
Dancing with the Stars' returns next Monday, November 24, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC where superstar Cher along withPitbulland Ne-Yo will join theDWTScast for the season finale.
Here are the current standings:
First place: Ally Brooke with Sasha Farber -- 59/60
Kel Mitchell with Witney Carson -- 57/50
Lowest score: Lauren Alaina with Gleb Savchenko -- 54/60 Hannah Brown with Alan Bersten -- 54/60
Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time will have the trio competing for a top prize of a million bucks; the first player to win three matches gets the top prize; the two runners up will grab a quarter of a million dollars each.
"Based on their previous performances, these three are already the 'greatest,' but you can't help wondering: who is the best of the best?" said longtime host Alex Trebek.
Ken Jennings, for the record, holds the record for the longest winning streak in the history of Jeopardy!: 74 consecutive games, for a total take of $3,370,700.
Rutter, however, is the highest money winner on Jeopardy! -- indeed, on any TV game show -- winning $4,688,436.
Not to be outdone, Holzhauer holds 15 of the top single-day winnings records on Jeopardy!, and recently won the 2019 Tournament of Champions. His earnings total $2,712,216.
Jeopardy!The Greatest of All Time kicks off Tuesday, January 7 at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC and will air for three consecutive nights at the same time. However, if no winner has won three matches by then, additional dates have been cleared in the 8:00 spot, from Friday, January 10 through Thursday, January 16.
Daniel Jackson/GQ(NEW YORK) -- In the new "Men of the Year" issue of GQ, which hits stands Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez takes her place as the magazine's Icon of the Year, talking about her career, empowerment, and -- celebrating both -- her movie, Hustlers.
The based-on-real-life film had Lopez playing Ramona, a stripper at a high-end gentlemen's club who launches a scheme to scam her and her co-workers' wealthy clients. Unlike Ramona, Lopez says money isn't always her focus.
"I do things because I love them. I didn't get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers," says J. Lo. "I did it for free and produced it. I bank on myself."
She adds, "That's the 'Jenny From the Block'. I do what I want, I do what I love."
Hustlers was a "movement," says Lopez: "This is our movie where we run s**t. They know it's all women producers, women director, women writer, all women starring in it. For me, who grew up with my sister sleeping in the same bed, and then went from one relationship to the other, playing that character, and having to be that independent and in charge, I was just like, 'God, this is so empowering.'"
However, J. Lo confessed, "It was scary when I was watching it."
Lopez also touched on her upcoming co-headlining the Super Bowl Halftime gig with Shakira. Considering the controversy with the NFL over social issues, Jennifer said, "I understand people not wanting to do it."
However, she adds, "I feel like it's...one of the biggest [platforms] in the world to put out whatever message you want to put out...I feel that it's a great thing to have two Latina women in Miami headlining the Super Bowl...I think it could be a really beautiful celebration."
ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- The White House has announced that President Donald Trump will present Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight with the National Medal of the Arts on Thursday.
Voight, one of President Trump's most vocal supporters in Hollywood, was saluted for "his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply complex characters," a press release noted. "Captivating audiences, [Voight] has given us insights into the richness of the human mind and heart."
Singer Alison Krauss was also named a recipient of the honor, "for making extraordinary contributions to American music." The White House added, "Blending bluegrass, folk, gospel, and country into a unique style, she has entertained and enriched the souls of millions."
The same announcement from the White House says that novelist James Patterson -- who incidentally co-wrote the thriller The President Is Missing with President Bill Clinton -- would receive the National Medal of the Humanities. Of one of the country's "most successful authors," the White House noted that Patterson's, "prodigious imagination has resulted in fascinating works that have been enjoyed by millions and his championship of literacy in America has inspired many to realize their potential."
Philanthropist Teresa Lozano Long will also be given the Medal of Humanities. "Through scholarships and philanthropy, she has helped America's children and young adults learn the skills they need to succeed," the White House commented.
Both the Medal of the Arts and the Medal of the Humanities honor both individuals and organizations. This year, the "Musicians of the United States Military" will be singled out in the former category, "for personifying excellence in music and service to country."
The Claremont Institute was also heralded in the latter, "for...enriching American minds. Its publications and public events have deepened our understanding and appreciation of American freedom, democracy, justice, and rule of law."
L-R - Anthony, Joe Russo(LOS ANGELES) -- Like the heroes in their action-packed finale of their biggest hit, Avengers: Endgame, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have emerged to battle a malevolent force: Martin Scorsese.
O.K., perhaps referring to the famed director's headline-grabbing diss of Marvel movies as such is a bit too dramatic, but the Russos are just the latest to criticize Scorsese's opinion that the films are "not cinema."
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter while promoting 21 Bridges, the film they produced with Avengers star Chadwick Boseman, Joe Russo said, "Ultimately, we define 'cinema' as a film that can bring people together to have a shared, emotional experience."
"The other way to think about it, too, is, nobody owns cinema," Anthony added. "We don't own cinema. You don't own cinema. Scorsese doesn't own cinema."
Joe jokes, "But, at the end of the day, what do we know? We're just two guys from Cleveland, Ohio, and 'cinema' is a New York word. In Cleveland, we call them movies."
The Russos also pointed out that Scorsese, by his own admission, hasn't seen all the movies he's flaming.
And just because a movie is a huge commercial success, Joe Russo explains, that doesn't mean it's artistically bankrupt. As Russo notes of Avengers: Endgame's status as the highest-grossing movie of all time, "[W]e don't see that as a signifier of financial success. We see it as a signifier of emotional success."
"It's a movie that had an unprecedented impact on audiences around the world in the way that they shared that narrative and the way that they experienced it," he says. "And the emotions they felt watching it."
Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
ABC/Giovanni Rufino(LOS ANGELES) -- The short-form channel that's getting a lot of celebrity attention, Quibi, has just landed a notoriously difficult to catch fish: Bill Murray.
The Ghostbusters veteran is reuniting with Peter Farrelly -- who co-directed the gross-out comedy Kingpin starring Murray, before becoming the director of the Oscar-winning Green Book -- for a comedy series called The Now.
According to Variety, the series centers on Dave Franco's character, who is contemplating suicide when he discovers his brother just died by suicide -- and their father had taken his life as well.
According to the trade, Murray has already wrapped his part in the show. For an actor famous for crashing the odd wedding or frat party, it's easy to assume Murray's character imparts some wisdom on Franco's Ed Poole -- who copes with his loss by learning to, "forget the past, screw the future, and live in the now," Variety writes.
The Quibi platform, which has already attracted stars like Tyra Banks and Idris Elba for various projects, is slated to launch in April 2020.
Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Disney (LOS ANGELES) -- The OA star Kingsley Ben-Adir is gearing up to fill some pretty big shoes.
Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Ben-Adir will play President Barack Obama in the upcoming James Comey miniseries from CBS Studios.
The miniseries, which does not yet have a network, is based on Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty. The book follows Comey's role as FBI director from 2013 until May 2017, when President Trump fired him. It also documents his tumultuous relationship with Trump.
Ben-Adir joins a previously announced cast including, Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump, Holly Hunter as Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Michael Kelly as Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Jennifer Ehle as Patrice Comey, and Peter Coyote as Robert Mueller.
This is the latest project for Ben-Adir who will soon be seen in Hulu's High Fidelity reboot starring Zoe Kravitz and Da'Vine Joy Randolph.