If you were just listening to him, you might confuse author Neil Gaiman for Alan Rickman, or Benedict Cumberbatch: all three Brits have very deep, slightly nasal and unquestioning authoritative voices that we associate with professors, wizards and Sherlock Holmes. So even though by trade Mr. Gaiman is more well-known for his writing–epic graphic novels like The Sandman, fantasy staples like American Gods and Stardust and Coraline– when Mr. Gaiman decides its time to start talking, everyone else shuts up.
He even managed to make the crowd at the New York Public Library fall silent for over an hour on Sunday to hear him read A Christmas Carol, from a special copy that Charles Dickens had edited himself for live performances, and which were rediscovered by Molly Oldfield in her recent book The Secret Museum, which she spoke about after Mr. Gaiman took off his top hat. (He also wore a fake Dickensian beard throughout to help get into character, which is real commitment.) Which, considering how many children were in the audience, was a miracle on par with Scrooge’s change of heart.
“It’s a wonderful time to tell stories about the dead,” Mr. Gaiman told The Observer earlier that morning over breakfast. He was referring, obviously, to Christmas. “You’ve got winter. You got the depths of winter. You have the whole peddling around a fireside thing. You have long nights.”
Anna Margaret Hollyman hadn’t thought much about Christmas films as a genre until she starred in White Reindeer, a new dark comedy directed by Zach Clark that deals with holiday cheer in ways more sadistic than most viewers may be used to. But what Ms. Hollyman quickly realized, as she prepared for the part, was that most of the Christmas movies she had seen as a kid were, upon closer inspection, much gloomier than she had remembered.
Hello! It’s Mr. Monocle, here to once again regale you with tales of my journeys. This month’s destination is a little different. Instead of the usual jaunt to some godforsaken hellhole, I decided to stay in Manhattan. In the spirit of the holiday season I visit one of my favorite spots… the famed Algonquin Hotel! Read More
No disrespect to The Princess and The Frog—which topped the charts with a solid, if not spectacular, $25 million—but the animated film feels like an appetizer to the main course that will be Avatar. Landing in theaters on Friday (as if you hadn’t heard) and fresh off a Best Picture win from the Read More
Consider this the calm before the storm. After a record breaking Thanksgiving, the box office slowed down to a crawl on the first weekend of December, as The Blind Side blitzed passed New Moon to take the top spot with an underwhelming $20.4 million. Don’t feel too bad for Hollywood though: with Invictus, Read More
In between bouts of leftovers and naps, Americans found time to head to movie theaters in droves over Thanksgiving, as the top-ten films grossed a record-setting $278 million over the long weekend. Unsurprisingly, The Twilight Saga: New Moon paced the field, amassing a ridiculous $65.9 million over the 5-day frame, $42.5 million of Read More
And you thought only fanboys could help set box office records. Thanks to an audience that was comprised of 80 percent women, The Twilight Saga: New Moon sunk its teeth into a ridiculous and record-setting $140.7 million to pace the field during what was the second most lucrative weekend in Hollywood history. The Read More
You probably didn’t need a Mayan prophecy to realize that 2012 was going to be the big winner at the box office over the weekend, but even the most optimistic projections didn’t see this coming. The $65 million three-day salvo for 2012 was not only the biggest since Harry Potter and the Half Read More
Christmas came early at the box office this weekend as A Christmas Carol bah humbugged its way to $31 million in ticket sales and a first place finish, ahead of newcomers The Men Who Stare at Goats ($13.3 million in second) and The Fourth Kind ($12.5 million in fourth). The big story, though, Read More
It looks like all it took for some movies that you actually might consider seeing to get released into theaters was a flip of the calendar. The first full weekend of November arrives with no less than five new films, and, as usual, there is something for everyone. As we do every Friday, here’s a Read More