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The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

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The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review
The Man Who Invented Christmas Bleecker Street Director: Bharat Nalluri Screenwriter: Susan Coyne Cast: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Miriam Margolyes, Simon Callow Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 12/11/17 Opens: November 22, 2017 Perhaps the biggest difference between movie critics and an ordinary audience is that most people probably prefer sentimental stories, whether comedies […]

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Wonder Woman Indeed: Gal Gadot Tops IMDb’s Top 10 Stars of the Year

Wonder Woman Indeed: Gal Gadot Tops IMDb’s Top 10 Stars of the Year
Gal Gadot continues to totally slay 2017 by topping IMDb’s list of Stars of the Year, the site announced Thursday. She’s followed up by Tom Hardy, Emilia Clarke, Alexandra Daddario and Bill Skarsgard to round out the top five. Pom Klementieff, Ana de Armas, Dan Stevens, Sofia Boutella and Katherine Langford finish out the top 10. IMDb’s senior film editor Keith Simanton said Gadot’s number one spot isn’t a surprise–and that her trajectory look similar to Jennifer Lawrence’s. Also Read: 'Wonder Woman,' 'The Crown,' 'Stranger Things' Among AFI's Best Film
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Gal Gadot Leads IMDb’s List of Top Stars of 2017

Gal Gadot Leads IMDb’s List of Top Stars of 2017
Following her breakout success from box-office sensation “Wonder Woman,” it’s no surprise Gal Gadot tops IMDb’s top stars of 2017 list.

Among those joining Gadot are Alexandra Daddario, Tom Hardy, and Pom Klementieff. The online database determines its top 10 stars of the year list by the actual page views of more than 250 million monthly unique visitors to its site.

IMDb also released a list of breakout stars of the year, which are selected from those who charted IMDb’s annual Top 100 list for the first time in 2017.

Those ranking on both lists include Bill Skarsgard, Klementieff, Ana de Armas, Dan Stevens, and Katherine Langford.

While Wonder Woman herself led this year’s list, Gadot was in good company with seven out of the top 10 stars being female, including Emilia Clarke, Sofia Boutella, and Langford. Zendaya, Dylan Minnette, and Alison Brie rounded out the breakout stars list.

“It is no surprise that Gal Gadot is IMDb’s
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IMDb’s Top 10 Stars of 2017: Gal Gadot, Tom Hardy, and Emilia Clarke Top a List Featuring Only One American — Watch

IMDb’s Top 10 Stars of 2017: Gal Gadot, Tom Hardy, and Emilia Clarke Top a List Featuring Only One American — Watch
Gal Gadot’s wonderful year has been capped off by taking first place on IMDb’s Top 10 Stars of 2017. The list, which is based on the number of page views received by the performers in question, features seven women and only one American (Alexandra Daddario); everyone else, like “Guardians of the Galaxy” breakout Pom Klementieff and Dan “Cousin Matthew” Stevens, all hail from different corners of the globe.

IMDb has also unveiled its list of the year’s Top 10 Breakouts, which features significant overlap with its other list; it includes Jessica Henwick, Dylan Minnette, and Zendaya.

Read More:IMDbPro Launches an iPhone App, Available to Download Now Gal Gadot Tom Hardy Emilia Clarke Alexandra Daddario Bill Skarsgård Pom Klementieff Ana de Armas Dan Stevens Sofia Boutella Katherine Langford

And here are IMDb’s Top 10 Breakout Stars of 2017; the first five all appear on the first list as well:

Bill Skarsgård Pom Klementieff
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Bleecker Street is Sending Coal to Critics Who Hated Their Dan Stevens Christmas Film

Bleecker Street is Sending Coal to Critics Who Hated Their Dan Stevens Christmas Film
Bleecker Street is having some fun with critics who disliked their new holiday film “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” starring Dan Stevens and Christopher Plummer. The indie distribution company has been sending coal to the critics who gave the movie a bad review. In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, Bleecker Street has also been making a donation to the Bowery Mission homeless shelter for every piece of coal that gets sent out.

Read More:‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Review: Charles Dickens Gets a Winsome but Weary ‘Shakespeare in Love’ of His Own

Fortunately, “The Man Who Invented Christmas” doesn’t have too many bad reviews. The film is currently at a healthy 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. IndieWire’s David Ehlrich gave the movie a mixed review, calling it “winsome” and “weary” at the same time. The coal is being sent with a Christmas card that reads:

Humbug to you!
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Patrick Stewart Reiterates That Logan Is His Last X-Men Movie

Logan was promoted with the fact that it was set to be Hugh Jackman’s final time playing Wolverine, but it later turned out that another Og member of the franchise would be bowing out as well: Sir Patrick Stewart, who’d played Charles Xavier Aka Professor X on and off since 2000’s X-Men.

While talking with Variety, Stewart reflected back on the critically acclaimed film and explained the story of how he settled on the idea to bring his time with the character to an end.

“Hugh had been on record that this would be his last time before Logan even started shooting,” Stewart said. “I hadn’t given it a thought until I saw the film for the first time with an audience at the Berlin Film Festival. It was Hugh and James Mangold and myself, and when it got to the last 10 minutes of the movie, it was emotional and intense,
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Whistler Film Festival Screening: ‘Permission’

Whistler Film Festival Screening: ‘Permission’
By Peter Belsito.A seemingly casual comedy proceeds methodically to personal disaster and maturation for two New Yorkers.

In Permission directed by Brian Crano, the question is, “What if?”

By that we mean before you — anyone — makes a “permanent” life-setting decision what if (???) one could instead examine alternatives Just to know “they”, i.e., “other choices” are out there and you “lived them”.

What if??? indeed….

A New York couple has been happily living together for a number of years.

On the verge of marriage, a friend suggests that maybe they owe it to themselves to play the field a bit before tying the knot forever. No jealousy, no recriminations, it’s just sex, right?

Will, husband to be played by Dan Stevens is even there and approves of wife to be Anna’s (Rebecca Hall) would-be lover who tries to pick her up at a local bar.

So what
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Ynms: Give Us "Permission"

by Jason Adams

Raise your hand if you're a Rebecca Hall fan! I feel as if I can see a virtual sea of hands waving in front of me, as well I should in a post-Christine world where she's shown us just exactly how much she's capable of putting on-screen. If only more awards bodies had taken notice last year... or this year too, actually, where she turned in another very fine piece of work in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women. Shame she's getting over-looked, but lucky for us she's not going anywhere.

Next year's she re-teaming with the man who gave her her big break in the movies (that would be Woody Allen, so I hope she's got her talking points in order) but before that she's got Permission coming out, a romantic drama about longtime partners opening up their relationship that co-stars Dan Stevens...
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Rebecca Hall & Dan Stevens in Official Trailer for Drama 'Permission'

"Aren't you curious? You must be..." Good Deed Entertainment has debuted an official trailer for the indie romantic drama Permission, from director Brian Crano. The film stars Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens as a couple on the brink of getting engaged. But just before this happens, they both realize they should sleep with other people before, and attempt to get the permission necessary to do this. Obviously this is a movie for adults, and a perfectly quirky Valentine's Day movie, if that's your thing. Also starring Gina Gershon, Francois Arnaud, David Joseph Craig, Morgan Spector, and Jason Sudeikis. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year, but hasn't had much buzz since then. Check it out below if you're interested. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Brian Crano's Permission, direct from YouTube:
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The Man Who Invented Christmas review – a Dickens of a duffer

The story behind the writing of A Christmas Carol gets lost is this twee, cliched sketch

This bland, needless retelling of the story behind Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is too wrapped up in the banal intricacies of London’s publishing world to entertain children, and too desperately twee to entertain their parents. Downtown Abbey’s Dan Stevens works hard to enliven his Dickens and brings a certain energy to the role, but the character lacks specificity. Here, Dickens is a cliched sketch of threadbare literary tropes (manic writer genius with daddy issues and class anxieties). There are a few bright spots, like Christopher Plummer’s Scrooge, but with its too-bright visuals and laboured dialogue, at best, the film belongs on television.

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Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens Search For the One in Permission Trailer and Poster

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Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens Search For the One in Permission Trailer and Poster
Sometimes the best way for someone to determine if the seemingly perfect person in their life is the only one for them is to form connections with other people. That’s certainly the case for Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens’ characters in the upcoming romantic comedy-drama, ‘Permission.’ The debate over whether monogamy can really work between […]

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‘Permission’ Trailer: Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens & That Nagging Monogamy

‘Permission’ Trailer: Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens & That Nagging Monogamy
“Never been with anyone else your entire lives – that so crazy,” the couple’s friend says. “Our sex life is really, really great,” she replies. “Compared to what?” another pal chimes in. “The two of you are so perfect and constant and inevitable and boring — aren’t you curious? You must be.” So sets up Permission, a romantic dramedy starring Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens as said perfect yet boring pair. Anna and Will have shared so many firsts: kiss, love and only…
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The Man Who Invented Christmas review – bah, humbug!

Dan Stevens plays Charles Dickens in this tin-eared, saccharine, entirely terrible comic fantasy about the writing of A Christmas Carol

This entirely terrible film feels about as Christmassy as watching England go out of the World Cup at the group stage. Dan Stevens – usually a likable and ingenuous screen presence – is horribly miscast and misdirected in the role of Charles Dickens in a kind of wacky and saccharine muttonchop-whisker-gawd-bless-yer fantasy-comedy of what it was like when he wrote A Christmas Carol and thus supposedly “invented Christmas”.

Dickens keeps bumping into people called “Marley” and “Copperfield” and nodding significantly to himself, occasionally writing in his notebook. The film suggests he wrote this Christmas tale out of the blue (in fact he had already written three other Christmas stories). We see him having lunch with his friend John Forster (Justin Edwards), getting exasperated with his Micawberesque dad John (Jonathan Pryce) and having
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‘Permission’ Trailer: Dan Stevens & Rebecca Hall Search For “The One”

It’s coming to the point of the year where it’s difficult to see past December releases as awards chatter swells. However, this movie is worth keeping an eye on.

First premiering at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, “Permission,” starring Rebecca Hall and Dan Stevens is an unconventional romantic comedy where the focus stems from the pressure of finding “the one.” More clever than it has any right to be, Brian Crano‘s picture is a lovely depiction of a couple who have grown complacent, if still loving, in their relationship, and who have to wonder if there’s anything else they’ve missed in the years they’ve been together.

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Dan Stevens: 'Dickens could be bleak, but also very silly'

He’s got debts, writer’s block, and a child on the way; a new film tells how Charles Dickens beat the odds to write everyone’s favourite Christmas story. Its star Dan Stevens reveals how he brought the writer to life

In the pecking order of Christmas stories, A Christmas Carol is second only to the baby Jesus. Even if you’ve never read it, or had it read to you, you know about that flinty-hearted miser Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption during one long dark night of the soul.

Bill Murray, Albert Finney, Michael Caine and Alastair Sim have all played Scrooge in one of the endless film remakes and reboots there have been over the years. Now comes the story behind the story, The Man Who Invented Christmas: a heavily fictionalised biopic with Dan Stevens playing Charles Dickens, bashing out A Christmas Carol in six weeks
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Said Taghmaoui exits Legion, Shadow King to be recast

Wonder Woman star Said Taghmaoui has parted ways with FX’s X-Men series Legion during production of its second season, Variety has revealed.

Taghmaoui had been cast in the role of Amahl Farouk, a.k.a. The Shadow King, back during Comic-Con, and started work on the series back in September. There’s been no word as to the reasons for his departure, but it is said that FX will be recasting the role.

Legion follows David Haller (Dan Stevens), a man who has believed himself to be mentally ill, only to discover that he actually possesses mutant superpowers. Also featuring in the cast are Rachael Keller, Aubrey Plaza, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, and Jean Smart.

The second season of Legion is slated to begin airing on FX in February 2018.

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Wonder, Paddington 2, and live action family films' return

Simon Brew Dec 1, 2017

Wonder and Paddington 2 both have kindness at heart - and both prove that the live action family movie can still hit big.

I’ve taken to this site several times in the past to bemoan the lack of quality live action family movies to take my offspring to over the years. That when they arrive, they tend to generally be cheap and cheerful, but not always very good. Instead, though, the bulk of films aimed at families tend to be animated. I’d wager at least 80% of them have some kind of talking animal.

No bad thing, as a rule. As much as I’m opposed to the kind of film that’s a surrogate babysitter when I’m paying £30 for the privilege, I’ve found more life, more story and more things to talk about in some animated features than you’d find in 100 live action alternatives.
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The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

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The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review
Title: The Man Who Invented Christmas Director: Bharat Nalluri Cast: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Callow, Donald Sumpter, Miriam Margolyes, Morfydd Clark, Justin Edwards, Ian McNeice, Bill Paterson, Anna Murphy, Eddie Jackson, Neil Slevin, Paul Kealyn, Aleah Lennon, Ger Ryan, Ely Solan. Charles Dickens is synonymous with Yuletide, as attested by his ‘A […]

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Exclusive Interview – Dan Stevens on The Man Who Invented Christmas

This Friday sees the arrival of The Man Who Invented Christmas starring Dan Stevens as A Christmas Carol author Charles Dickens, and ahead of its release Flickering Myth’s Thomas Harris caught up with Stevens to discuss his role as the legendary author, his preparation from the film, Dickens’ beard, and his upcoming collaboration with The Raid director Gareth Evans on Apostle. Take a look at the interview below or watch it over on our YouTube channel…

See Also: Read our review of The Man Who Invented Christmas here

The Man Who Invented Christmas tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale,
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Legion: Season Two; FX Series Bad Guy Being Recast

Legion is down a bad guy. Variety reports Saïd Taghmaoui has left the FX TV show prior to season two.From Marvel, the sci-fi drama centers on David Haller (Dan Stevens), the troubled son of Charles Xavier (aka Professor X) who may be more than human. The cast also includes Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Keller, Bill Irwin, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, and Jean Smart.Read More…
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