Lastly, as part of the Christmas cheer that came our way this year, we received an update on how Macaulay Culkin's Home Alone (1990) character Kevin McCallister fared in later life, with the actor reprising the role in an online video for web series DRYVRS. The clip, which featured Culkin reminiscing about his 'polka-groupie' mother and creating a branding iron out of a coat-hanger, was likely a nod towards 2015 being the 25th Anniversary of the film's release. But he wasn't the only actor from the original franchise, however, to join in the fun, with Daniel Stern the actor behind bumbling bandit Marv hosting a Reddit AMA on Christmas Eve, and recording yet another video response.
In his clip, we find the tables have turned, with Marv now the one that's home alone and faced with the prospect of a terrifying intruder. He's seen what Kevin grew up to become (a guy who apparently murdered a car-jacker), and he's begging Harry to come find him so he doesn't meet the same fate. Whilst the video is of course very tongue-in-cheek, it's a hilarious follow-up, and very fitting for a film that has stolen the hearts of audience members all over the world come Christmas time. It's also a great homage to the original, with Stern beginning the video with the trademark 'Harrrrry... Harrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyy' line from the second film, before concluding with his washing-machine skeleton screams as the clip concludes.
When discussing the film during the Q&A time, Stern even mentioned which of the scenes was his favourite to shoot, and found he couldn't pass up the Tarantula moment from the first film. "They were all a ton of fun, [but] my favourite was having the tarantula crawl on my face. Not only was it really fun and funny to do but it was a personal challenge to overcome my fear of having something that ICKY and deadly crawling on my face. It was even freakier because I had to do that scream, which meant my mouth was wide open too - and I was afraid the little bastard might take a detour down my throat! AAAAAAAAAH!". You can watch the video below.
If 2016 is the year of superhero films, then 2015 is arguably the year of Star Wars, and what better way to celebrate that (and the new movie) than by checking out some bad lip readings of the original trilogy. Put together by the team over at Bad Lip Reading, the three new videos parody the classics Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). I won't spoil the fun for you by quoting all the best lines, but I will say that it is on par with the humour and irreverence of previous outings like The Walking (and Talking) Dead, and Redneck Avengers. In the first minute alone of Star Wars: A Bad Lip Reading there's a brilliant exchange between Darth Vader and Princess Leia. So if you need a bit of a weekend distraction to while away the hours, then check out the three videos below.
Find out what happened to Home Alone's Kevin McCallister as Macaulay Culkin guest stars in a new web-series
If there's one downside to watching movies it is that once those credits roll we usually never really get to know what happens in the characters' futures. Do they live happily ever after? Or do they die miserable? Well, in a new video released today, we finally get answers about the fate of one beloved character - the young Kevin McCallister from the Christmas classic Home Alone (1990).
Sadly, like Macaulay Culkin career it's not a good one, because underneath all the laughs and humour of an eight year-old boy taking down two dim-witted thieves, lays the emotional scars of being chased by madmen and left behind by your family. If that's not traumatic I don't know what is. The video, which is part of the new DRYVRS web series, is all very tongue in cheek mind you, with the basic plot following guitarist Jack Dishel calling for an Uber-style car-ride that turns into a weird outing when none other than a grown-up Kevin McCallister picks him up.
Even if he's never actually mentioned by that name. He's married now (his wife Anna likely being a throwback to My Girl's (1991) Anna Chlumsky), but a total emotional mess, still unable to forgive his mother for abandoning him two years in a row, turning him somewhat psychopathic. He might have the skills to take down any would be car thief, but now Kevin's grown up, he doesn't really know where to stop. It's a weird video, and one of the first real acting gigs we've seen Culkin in for a while now. He's even still got the scream down pat... You can check out the video below.
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) officially opening as of midnight last night, there are bound to be spoilers galore lurking out there on the inter-webs. But there is one new video released yesterday that is completely spoiler free, brought to you by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The host and his band The Roots have teamed up with the cast of the new sci-fi epic to bring fans a beautiful acapella rendition of the Star Wars score.
Featuring newcomers Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie, and Adam Driver (all of whom have stunning voices), as well as old hands Chewbacca, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford, the group deliver a powerful performance of everything from the traditional theme song all the way through to the new music played in the trailers.
While the move seems a little cheesy, it is pulled off with grace galore, teaming up the cast and their dark or light side counterparts at exactly the right moments (i.e. Adam Driver leading the menacing Darth Vader march), and using the 'Brady Bunch' style windows to present visual gags as well. So check out the videos below, before heading to the cinema to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).
With exactly one month to go until we welcome in a new year yet again, there's still a lot we don't know about what 2016 will bring. One thing we can be sure of though is that it will be a year of blockbuster movies; with seven separate superhero flicks, a few Disney films, and of course, the continuing saga that is Star Wars all due out. We certainly can't say we won't be spoilt for choice. However, with so many movies (and so little time and money...) we must decide carefully which ones we venture forth to see.
And it's not just the big-budget studio driven reboots, remakes and revivals that will be worth watching either. There are bound to be some little dramatic gems pop up and take us all by surprise. So to try and get a jump-start on which ones to watch, I have put together a list of the twenty most-anticipated flicks to see in 2016. The ones seemingly worth the admission price and the super-expensive cinema snacks that go along with it. So sit back, peruse the list below and start your planning now, because 2016 is going to be a stellar year for films.
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