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The 5 Most Famous Axes in Movie History

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years (or you’ve been glued to a cinema seat the entire time), you’ve probably heard of axe throwing. The deceptively simple rec activity, centered on – you guessed it – throwing axes at a wooden target, has become a runaway hit with rec-enthusiasts across the country.

The axe, in other words, is enjoying its day in the sun. That humblest of weapons, a mainstay of the fantasy and horror genres, has been embraced by all sorts of people, neither fantastical nor horrific. And to celebrate its popularity in the current zeitgeist, why not take a look back at how the iconic weapon has been handled on the silver screen.

These are, arguably, the five most famous uses of an axe in movie history. Revisit this glimmering blade on the silver screen, then, for a little real-world fun, try
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The 5 Best Tom & Jerry Films (& The 5 Worst) According To IMDb

Tom and Jerry is a series of cartoons that started out as shorts that were produced by Hanna-Barbera and MGM Cartoons in the 1940s. It has since led to a number of spin-off television shows, a theatrically released film, as well as direct-to-video films, with another theatrically released film set to come out in December of this year, after originally being scheduled for 2021. The short films and the subsequent spin-offs follow Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse and the antics that come from adding a cartoonish spin on the cat-and-mouse chase.

Related: The 10 Most Powerful Hanna-Barbera Characters Ever, Ranked

With some exceptions, the Tom and Jerry spin-off films typically are adaptations of different aspects of popular culture from The Wizard of Oz to The Fast and the Furious, but with Tom and Jerry in them. In spite of the enduring success of the show and the continuing of the films,
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CAA Signs ‘6 Underground’ Star Adria Arjona

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CAA Signs ‘6 Underground’ Star Adria Arjona
Exclusive: Puerto Rican actress Adria Arjona has signed with CAA. Arjona, who was previously a client of UTA, can currently be seen co-starring in the Michael Bay-directed Netflix action-thriller 6 Underground, opposite Ryan Reynolds. She next serves as a co-lead in Sony’s Marvel film, Morbius, starring Jared Leto, which is set to open July 31, and will appear alongside Jason Momoa in the Netflix action feature Sweet Girl.

Other film credits include Pacific Rim: Uprising, Life of the Party, and Jc Chandor’s Triple Frontier.

On the TV side, Arjona made history as the first Latina and bilingual Dorothy in the 2017 NBC series Emerald City, a modern take on the classic fantasy tale of The Wizard of Oz that was canceled the series after one season. She also recurred on the second season of HBO’s True Detective and was part of the main cast of Amazon’s Good Omens miniseries.
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NCIS Season 17 Episode 11 Review: In The Wind

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It was an episode of goodbyes.

Both Ziva and Phineas exited the series, at least for now, on NCIS Season 17 Episode 11.

It was a heartwarming episode that would have been a perfect place to break for the holiday hiatus.

Oops, too late for that.

Instead, it will be just the first during a January full of new episodes, robbing it some of lingering impact.

Rather than just picking up where NCIS Season 17 Episode 10 ended, the story of how Gibbs told Phineas about his mother's death was told via dark flashbacks pulled out of Gibbs by Jack, instead.

Of course, Gibbs blamed himself for Sarah/Sahar's death and Phineas's resulting disappearance.

And so did Ziva blame herself, for that matter.

At least we finally found out who Phineas was.

It was an interesting twist that he was actually Sahar's son. It seemed much more likely that she had just acquired an
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Guided by Voices Announce First Album of 2020 ‘Surrender Your Poppy Field’

Robert Pollard almost threw up on New Year’s Eve when Guided by Voices kicked off 2020 with a 100-song set at Los Angeles’ The Teragram Ballroom.

“It was difficult because I have a bum hip,” the intrepid high-kicker tells Rolling Stone. “It felt fine for about the first two hours of the show and then it started hurting. … I didn’t hold back at all in the vocal department. You can’t. The songs are what they are and I really belt them out. There’s no way to really
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Martin Scorsese Hails Robert De Niro as ‘The Greatest Actor of His Generation’ at Variety Creative Impact Awards

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Martin Scorsese Hails Robert De Niro as ‘The Greatest Actor of His Generation’ at Variety Creative Impact Awards
“Tomorrow I’ll be presenting [Martin Scorsese] with the 2020 Kim Jong Un Humanitarian Award and after that the big one — the Kids’ Choice Award,” Robert De Niro quipped in his opening remarks upon receiving the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award at the Variety Creative Impact Awards and 10 Directors to Watch Brunch Presented by AT&T on Friday morning. “It’s what we do,” De Niro laughed.

Scorsese, who was at the Parker Palm Springs to introduce “The Irishman” star and longtime professional collaborator, called De Niro “the greatest actor of his generation” whose “creative impact in acting will always be felt so long as there are actors to express their art.”

Scorsese made note of the nine films he and De Niro have made together, adding that “God willing, we’re on the tenth, with Leo [DiCaprio].”

“We met when we were 16 years old,” Scorsese said of fellow New Yorker De Niro.
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Home release details for biopic ‘Judy’ revealed

We’ve just been sent along the home release details for the true story Judy, which comes to DVD, Blu-ray, etc early next year.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Winter 1968, and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in London, to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard Of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.

As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed, as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans, her soon-to- be fifth husband.

And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids.
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What to Watch: Good Trouble Christmas Special, The Witcher, Live In Front of a Studio Audience

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If you were a fan of last year's Live In Front of a Studio Audience with All in the Family and The Jeffersons, then you're going to enjoy this week.

Good Trouble and A Very Brady Renovation have Christmas specials, and there are special showings of Wizard of Oz and FX's A Christmas Carol.

Find out what else lies ahead with our full rundown of TV's best bets!

Sunday, December 15

7/8c The Sound of Music (ABC)

This is a yearly tradition in my home! Julie Andrews sings her way through Austria with seven adorable children. Filmed on location, this iconic classic from 1965 will bring a smile to your face and have you singing long after it’s over.

8/7c Rediscovering Christmas (Lifetime)

When Mia (Jessica Lowndes), a talented Boston department store window designer, travels to her family’s Connecticut town to help her sister design the decor for its
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5 of the best online games based on classic films

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It’s no surprise to say that Hollywood studios are seeing huge profits from franchise films. The massive box office success of The Avengers, Star Wars, and other assorted franchises are testament to the fact that the more recognisable a film series is, the more money it will pull in from audiences around the world. As the studios look further afield to increase their remuneration we are seeing a surge of online games based on new and classic movies.

This is not a new phenomenon. Anyone who grew up in the ’80s will attest to the hundreds, if not thousands, of merchandising possibilities that were explored. Computer games, lunchboxes, bedspreads, tie-in novelisations and so on were rife, and continue to be so. One thing that is clear: we are in an age of nostalgia and heavy emphasis is being put on audience recognition. We are nearing Christmas right now, and
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Gremlins review – Spielbergian satire still has bite

Like some evil twin of its producer’s earlier film Et, this sharp and wacky 1984 kids’ horror movie makes fun of American materialism and Christmastime commercialism

In 1984, Steven Spielberg produced this cheeky horror movie for kids, directed by Joe Dante and written by Chris Columbus – now on rerelease. It is a wacky, satirical spectacle of chaos. It consciously alludes to other films, such as It’s a Wonderful Life, The Wizard of Oz and Indiana Jones, and has characters watching Clark Gable and Barbara Stanwyck in To Please a Lady on TV. But on the unconscious level, or semi-conscious level, it surely alludes to Spielberg’s own Et. In fact, Gremlins is Et’s late-spawning evil twin.

Hoyt Axton plays Randall Peltzer, an inventor who lives in a sweet, Bedford Falls-type small town, one of whose local characters is an old drunk who rails against foreign automobiles and foreign things generally
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The Art Of Craft: Julian Day Breaks Down Two “Totally Outrageous” Costume Concepts For ‘Rocketman’

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The Art Of Craft: Julian Day Breaks Down Two “Totally Outrageous” Costume Concepts For ‘Rocketman’
“To have somebody make a movie about you must be even for Elton, quite weird. It’s like you’re putting your childhood on sale, all your misdemeanors, your success, and all of that. Given all of that, he was incredible, and a real generous spirit. I showed him the [costume] concepts, and he gave his seal of approval, which was the most important thing for me, because there’s no point in doing a film about Elton John, if Elton John doesn’t like what he’s going to wear. He has been very particular, all throughout his life, about what he wears, so to have his validation was and is very important. So, all in all, I think it was a success, from that point of view.” — Julian Day

First working with Dexter Fletcher on Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, costume designer Julian Day subsequently reteamed with the director on Rocketman.
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Cinematic presence by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Curator Jessica Regan on The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland, Gilbert Adrian connection In Pursuit of Fashion The Sandy Schreier Collection: “Oh yes, in relation to the gingham bows that are on the kittens.” Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Costume designer Gilbert Adrian had longtime working relationships with some of the biggest stars on the silver screen, including Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, Jean Harlow, Jeanette MacDonald, Katharine Hepburn and Joan Crawford. He created the ruby slippers and designed the gingham dress worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in Victor Fleming’s The Wizard Of Oz.

Jessica Regan on working with Nathan Crowley and Shane Valentino: “They were looking at 1930s film set design and taking inspiration …” Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Adrian designed Garbo’s clothes for 17 of her 24 American films and helped in making her a lasting icon of style. “She has created a type,
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The architecture of space by Anne-Katrin Titze

Shane Valentino on Gaslight, Little Women, The Wizard Of Oz, An American In Paris, Kismet, Brigadoon set designer Cedric Gibbons: “If you looked at some of his sets you could see how in static positions you can create movement with the curves.” Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the press preview for The Costume Institute’s In Pursuit Of Fashion exhibition The Sandy Schreier Collection, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, I introduced myself to production designer Shane Valentino. We discussed the architecture of space for the show, his BAFTA nominated (with Meg Everist) work on Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, the influence of Cecil Beaton and Cedric Gibbons, and Aaron Sorkin's 2020 film The Trial Of The Chicago 7.

Jessica Regan, Andrew Bolton and Sandy Schreier with The Metropolitan Museum of Art Director Max Hollein Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

After our conversation inside the Anna Wintour Costume Center, Shane introduced me
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Will Ferrell on ‘SNL’: 3 Sketches You Have to See

Will Ferrell on ‘SNL’: 3 Sketches You Have to See
It’s a strange feeling to watch an episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by first-ballot All-Time Cast Member Will Ferrell and think, “Hmm, maybe Ryan Reynolds should have hosted this one instead?” Rather than look at this episode as a failure, perhaps it’s better look at it as the prime example of how absolutely nothing about this show is predictable. A host simply brings potentiality, not actuality, to the proceedings. For whatever reason the show decided to largely avoid material that would remind people what made Ferrell such
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Will Ferrell Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best & Worst Sketches

Will Ferrell Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best & Worst Sketches
Will Ferrell‘s Saturday Night Live homecoming marked his fifth turn as host — but there was no mention of the esteemed Five-Timers Club during his “terrible” introduction. Instead, the beloved alumnus fawned over studio audience member Ryan Reynolds, and was eventually joined by former castmate Tracy Morgan. It was the best monologue of the still-young season, and one of the many highlights from this weekend’s above-average show (which admittedly got off to a rough start with that lazy, laugh-free cold open).

Surprisingly, Ferrell did not reprise any of his signature roles, like George W. Bush or Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.
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‘SNL’: ‘Wizard of Oz’ Sketch About Mad Munchkins Is Wicked Funny

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‘SNL’: ‘Wizard of Oz’ Sketch About Mad Munchkins Is Wicked Funny
There’s no place like home but sometimes it has unexpected shortcomings of its own. That was the lesson learned by the still-concussed Dorothy Gale (Kate McKinnon) in the black-and-white “alternate ending” to The Wizard of Oz, the celluloid artifact that was spotlighted tonight on an Saturday Night Live sketch.

It was framed as another installment of the fictional PBS show Cinema Classics, hosted by the feckless Reese De’What (Kenan Thompson), whose previous Old Hollywood targets have included Casablanca and To Have and Have Not.

McKinnon’s Dorothy is back in her bed Kansas with her head spinning and trying to set out her memories of the fantastical realm that she visited on the far side of the rainbow. Just like the familiar version of the MGM classic, Dorothy tells the farmhands that they were there in her dream as Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion. The scene veers,
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Arthur Marks, ‘Perry Mason’ and Blaxploitation Director, Dies at 92

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Arthur Marks, ‘Perry Mason’ and Blaxploitation Director, Dies at 92
Prolific producer and director Arthur Marks, who worked on “Perry Mason” and blaxploitation movies including “Detroit 9000” and “Friday Foster,” has died. He was 92.

Marks died Nov. 13 at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif. His son, “Narcos” producer Paul Marks, confirmed his passing to Variety.

Marks was a native of Los Angeles who was born in 1927 into a show business family. His grandparents were actors in silent pictures and his father, Dave Marks, worked as an MGM assistant director and production manager who worked on “The Wizard of Oz” and “Easter Parade.” Arthur Marks worked as a child actor, getting work as an extra and bit player on “The Good Earth” (1937), “Boys Town” (1938) and Mickey Rooney’s Andy Hardy series.

Marks joined the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy during World War II and served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He began working in the production department at MGM,
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The Oscar that got away from Judy Garland could be won by Renee Zellweger

The Oscar that got away from Judy Garland could be won by Renee Zellweger
Perhaps Renee Zellweger will have better luck than Judy Garland did at the Academy Awards. Zellweger, who won supporting actress for 2003’s “Cold Mountain,” is the favorite to take home the Oscar next February for her haunting portrayal of the legendary star/singer in the acclaimed “Judy.”

Exactly 65 years ago, Garland was the front-runner to receive her first Academy Award for her powerhouse performance in “A Star is Born,” George Cukor‘s lavish musical version of the 1937 William Wellman classic tale of a matinee idol on the descent who marries an ingenue on the rise.

When the star-studded premiere at the Pantages Theatre aired live on TV on Sept. 29, 1954, star after star told host Jack Carson, who also appears in the film, that Garland was a shoo-in for Oscar gold. Dean Martin told the crowd Garland would probably take home every accolade and Lucille Ball echoed his sentiments.

Reviewers loved
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Amblin Picks Up ‘Cheshire Crossing’, Which Features Female Characters from ‘Wizard of Oz’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and ‘Peter Pan’

Amblin Picks Up ‘Cheshire Crossing’, Which Features Female Characters from ‘Wizard of Oz’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and ‘Peter Pan’
What would happen if Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and Wendy from Peter Pan met at a boarding school? Author Andy Weir wrote a piece of fan fiction about that exact topic before he became a breakout success with The Martian, and that fan fiction morphed into a graphic novel […]

The post Amblin Picks Up ‘Cheshire Crossing’, Which Features Female Characters from ‘Wizard of Oz’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, and ‘Peter Pan’ appeared first on /Film.
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Judy Brings Judy Garland's Legacy Home on Digital, Blu-ray, DVD in December

A legendary entertainer's life comes into focus when Judy arrives on Digital December 10 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus Digital) and DVD and On Demand December 24 from Lionsgate. Directed by Tony&#174 nominee Rupert Goold and written for the screen by Tom Edge, Judy stars Oscar&#174 winner Ren&#233e Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Primetime Emmy&#174 nominee Finn Wittrock, Primetime Emmy&#174 nominee Rufus Sewell, and Golden Globe&#174 nominee Michael Gambon.

Shedding light on the iconic Judy Garland's final years, the film features timeless music including performances of classic songs like "Over the Rainbow," "For Once In My Life," and "Come Rain or Come Shine." You can pre-order Judy on DVD and Blu-ray right now.

Thirty years after rising to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, showbiz legend Judy Garland (Ren&#233e Zellweger) arrives in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. While preparing for the shows,
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