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Christopher Jingle Bells Cringle! It has to be the weekend!
So like Santa Clause getting stuck down the chimney on a festive Christmas eve, after a few too many mince pies. Let us be your ever helpful, mischievous, little Elves as we try and prise you free with our hefty stick of mega movie magic, we’ll try pull you out with our lasso of cinematic awsomeness before we watch you crash to the floor in puff of soot as we stand around and giggle with celluloid wonder.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 20th DECEMBER

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) Sky Movies Comedy 10:50am-12:35pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
An American householder is dismayed when his plans for a traditional festive family holiday are thrown into complete disarray by a succession of annoying neighbours and long-lost relatives, who turn up on his doorstep offering their own brand of Christmas cheer. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Diane Ladd, Juliette Lewis, Miriam Flynn, Johnny Galecki and William Hickey..

Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992) Film4 1:00pm-2:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A scientist perfects a device for making objects grow when they come into contact with electricity. Unfortunately, his two-year-old son is accidentally turned into a giant and goes on the rampage through the streets of Las Vegas. Disney comedy sequel, starring Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman, Robert Oliveri and Lloyd Bridges.

Teen Wolf Too (1987) 5* 3:10pm-5:05pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A teenager from a family of werewolves hopes he will not succumb to the family curse. He enrols into college on an athletic scholarship despite having no talent for sports, and soon undergoes his first transformation. However, he finds his animal nature has its advantages – including becoming a champion boxer. Comedy sequel, starring Jason Bateman, Kim Darby and John Astin.

Bean (1997) Sky Movies Comedy 2:35pm-4:15pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
The hapless fool is employed as a security guard for a British art gallery and is sent to Los Angeles to bring back a famous painting. Unfortunately, he finds himself mistaken for a renowned art professor and invited to make an important presentation. Mel Smith’s British comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, Burt Reynolds, Peter MacNicol, John Mills, Peter Capaldi and June Brown.

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) ITV2 5:10pm-7:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, tires of being scary and decides to take over the friendly world of Christmas. After kidnapping Santa, he prepares to take his place and do Christmas in his own ghoulish way. Stop-motion animated fantasy, with the voices of Chris Sarandon, Catherine O’Hara and Paul Reubens, and a musical score by Danny Elfman.

Scrooge (1970) Channel 5 7:55pm-10:10pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Hard-hearted Victorian miser Ebenezer Scrooge refuses to join in with the spirit of the festive season – until a succession of spectral visitors turn up to teach him the error of his ways. Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, starring Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Kenneth More, Edith Evans and Paddy Stone.

Predator (1987) Sky1 10:00pm-12:05am (2 hours 5 minutes)
An elite military team on a top-secret mission in the jungles of Central America encounters a merciless alien hunter, which starts to pick the commandos off one by one. Sci-fi thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Sonny Landham, Jesse Ventura and Shane Black.

SUNDAY 21st DECEMBER

Die Hard (1988) Sky Movies Action & Adventure 9:55am-12:10pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
New York cop John McClane visits Los Angeles to see his family over the Christmas holiday. Stopping off at his wife’s place of work, he realises armed men have taken over the building and are holding the corporation’s staff to ransom – and only he has the ability to fight back. Action thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia.

Fun Fact: The scene where McClane falls down a shaft was a mistake by the stuntman, who was supposed to grab the first vent, as it originally was planned. He slipped and continued to fall, but the shot was used anyway; it was edited together with one where McClane grabs the next vent down as he falls.

The Fox and the Hound (1981) Sky Movies Family 10:50am-12:30pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
An orphaned fox cub is taken in by a kindly widow, and becomes firm friends with a puppy belonging to a hunter. However, as they grow to adulthood, the dog is trained to prey on foxes, and the two animals realise their friendship may not survive as they are expected to be natural enemies. Animated adventure, with the voices of Mickey Rooney and Kurt Russell.

It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002) Channel 5 12:40pm-2:25pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Kermit and his friends battle to save their beloved theatre from bankruptcy and the schemes of a grasping banker, but the hopeless situation proves too much for the stout-hearted frog. Luckily, a trainee angel intervenes and shows him why his efforts are so important for all concerned. Festive comedy, featuring appearances from Joan Cusack, Whoopi Goldberg, David Arquette, Matthew Lillard and William H Macy.

Bugsy Malone (1976) Channel 4 4:10pm-6:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Category: Musical Rating 6.1 Alan Parker’s slapstick musical comedy, featuring a cast composed entirely of children and following a war between rival gangsters in 1920s New York – fought with custard pies and cream-firing Tommy guns. When a slick mobster acquires devastating new weapons, his arch rival enlists the aid of a small-time chancer to steal them. Starring Scott Baio, Florrie Dugger and John Cassisi, with Jodie Foster in an early appearance.

Casper (1995) ITV London 4:45pm-6:35pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A paranormal expert moves into a haunted house where his daughter befriends the amiable ghost of a young boy – but things start to go awry when three smelly spooks and two dastardly crooks try to chase the new residents away. Family comedy, starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Eric Idle, Cathy Moriarty and featuring the voice of Malachi Pearson.

Fun Fact: Casper was the first feature film with a computer-animated main character.

The Holiday (2006) ITV2 9:00pm-11:45pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
Two single women living on opposite sides of the Atlantic agree to exchange houses over the Christmas holidays. In their new surroundings, both women unexpectedly encounter prospective partners, but as the house swap draws to a close, difficult decisions have to be made about their blossoming relationships. Romantic comedy, starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Jude Law and Eli Wallach.

So there they are folks! Whatever you’re up to this weekend, remember, there is no such thing as too much tinsel.

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10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About…Edward Scissorhands

We’re back with another little hop, skip and jump into the inner workings and behind these scenes action of another classic film!
This time, we’ve been looking into some amazing facts from none other than 1990, Johnny Depp classic Edward Scissorhands!

Possibly one of Depp’s best performances, this cult icon really showed us his amazing skill to portray so many emotions using as fewer words as a movie dares. Simply amazing stuff! Take a peep at some of our 10 Things You [Probably] Didn’t Know About Edward Scissorhands!

1) According to the director Tim Burton, Edward’s suit was made of (among other things) latex, leather, the old sofa in his first apartment and tape.
2) Johnny Depp only says a total of 169 words through the whole film. Easy script or what!
3) Filming wasn’t easy! Burton said it was difficult filming in Florida, not only because of heat and humidity. At times of the day it was so thick with black bugs that they couldn’t shoot, it would make the film look grainy. Also because the clouds moved so quickly, it is almost like a different day every time they’d go to take a shoot making it hard to match shots. Tricky!
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4) The ‘death scene’ was later to become Vincent Price’s last ever screen performance.
5) Remember the scene when Edward is being driven into town? The kid that they pass who is playing on a slip ‘n’ slide outside their house is none other than Backstreet Boy Nick Carter
6) Bit of a weird one, but if you look closely through the film you will notice that the scars on Edwards face actually change, varying in size and depth.
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7) The film was shot in an actual neighbourhood in Florida. The houses were all painted to match as they are seen in the movie and were later painted back however some residents liked the new look and kept it how it was.
8 ) Burton first asked Robert Smith of The Cure to score Edward Scissorhands, but Smith turned him down because he was too busy working with his band on their next release, Disintegration. Others who were considered for the role included Tom Cruise Jim Carrey, and Robert Downey Jr.
9) All of Edwards make up too around and hour and 45 minutes to apply each day.
10) Because of this film and its success, Depp and Tim Burton went on to work together a further six times in the films including Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, and Alice In Wonderland!
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So there you have them folks! Hopefully our little collection of facts have given you a snippet more insight into this classic film, the people who made it and how it was created.

Looking for more? Another little Scissorhands fact is that we’ve just got our eager mitts on even more movie t-shirt awesomeness with our amazing new collection of Edward Scissorhands T-Shirts featuring the man himself. Take a look…

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Batten down the hatches, it’s only the weekend!

So like a big hairy spider dominantly standing in the centre of your bath tub, let us be your fearless Nanna, as we try and scoop you up in the giant glass of retro movie greatness before we squish you under the rolled up newspaper of cinematic awesomeness and wash you away in a flood of celluloid decadence.

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 18th MAY

Beetlejuice (1988)Sky Movies Sci-fi & Horror 3:30pm-5:10pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
Recently deceased couple Adam and Barbara Maitland enlist the professional services of a hard-boiled veteran ghost to scare away the obnoxious yuppie family who have moved into their former home. Tim Burton’s supernatural comedy, starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara.

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California Man (1992)Film4 5:10pm-7:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Two high-school students accidentally unearth a frozen Stone Age caveman in their backyard. They decide to thaw him out and show him off around town. Unfortunately, their ticket to cool starts to run out of control and cause mayhem all over the state. Teen comedy, starring Brendan Fraser, Sean Astin, Pauly Shore, Megan Ward and Mariette Hartley.

Small Soldiers (1998)ITV2 6:30pm-8:45pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A hi-tech computer chip has a bizarre effect on a squad of toy soldiers, causing mayhem for their owner as the miniature marauders engage in a series of scaled-down skirmishes. Children’s adventure mixing live action and computer animation, starring Kirsten Dunst, Denis Leary and Gregory Smith, with the voices of Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)Film4 9:00pm-12:15am (3 hours 15 minutes)
In the aftermath of the Normandy landings, a group of American soldiers scours the battlefields of France in search of a missing infantryman, who has been given compassionate leave to return home because his brothers have been killed in the conflict. Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Second World War drama, starring Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Barry Pepper and Vin Diesel.

SUNDAY 19th MAY

Caddyshack (1980)Sky Movies Comedy 2:50pm-4:30pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A host of weird and wacky characters cause mayhem at an exclusive golf club, including a laid-back professional player, an obnoxious millionaire, the snobbish club president, a motley collection of teenage caddies and a psychotic groundskeeper engaging in a fight to the death with a canny gopher. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Michael O’Keefe and Rodney Dangerfield.

Cinderella (1950)Sky Movies Disney 6:35pm-8:00pm (1 hour 25 minutes)
An orphan is forced to live a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother. The king of the realm she lives in organises a lavish ball to find a bride for his son, and a caring fairy godmother puts her magic to the task of turning the downtrodden girl into a princess. Disney animated fairytale, with the voices of Ilene Woods, William Phipps and Verna Felton.

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The Simpsons Movie (2007)E4 8:00pm-9:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Homer unwittingly pollutes Lake Springfield, so the US government decides to isolate the city underneath a giant dome. The Simpsons manage to escape and plan to start a new life in Alaska – but learn Springfield is about to be destroyed, and return to save their friends. With the voices of Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith.

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The Incredible Hulk (2008)ITV2 7:45pm-10:00pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A bungled experiment causes a scientist to turn into a monster whenever he gets angry. He travels the world seeking a cure for his condition, while a ruthless general is determined to capture him and use the creature as a weapon. However, one of the soldiers under the officer’s command undergoes a terrifying transformation of his own. Comic-book adventure, starring Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt.

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Allakazoo, it’s bonus movie clip time. I find myself singing this any time I’m making lunch – not sure why!

If only fairy God Mothers actually existed……! 😉

Mmm yet another tasty weekend of films, looks like we’ll be working on improving that butt-groove in the couch a little bit more.

Whatever you get up to this weekend remember no dive bombing in the shallow end and always enjoy yourselves.

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Salty Sea Boat Captain! The weekend is on the horizon.

So like a birthday party rammed with kids dressed as princesses and pirates in a room adorned with multi coloured balloons and streamers let us be your slightly over eager, little bit pushy mother as we bring to you a massive slice of retro movie greatness and pass you the well wrapped parcel of cinematic awesomeness and over excitedly open the presents of celluloid wonder.Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 23rd FEBRUARY

Flashdance (1983) Sky Movies Drama & Romance 4:00pm-5:45pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A determined factory welder leads a double life as an exotic dancer by night. Her real ambition is to become a ballet star, and with the support of her boss and an instructor, she sets out to realise her dreams. Drama, with Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Sunny Johnson, Kyle T Heffner and Lee Ving.

Jurassic Park (1993) ITV2 7:20pm-9:50pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
Scientists are given a sneak preview of a safari park inhabited by genetically engineered dinosaurs created by an eccentric tycoon. However, it all goes wrong when a greedy employee sabotages the security systems, allowing the prehistoric beasts to roam free and hunt the visitors. Steven Spielberg’s action adventure, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and Samuel L Jackson.

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) E4 9:00pm-11:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Wisecracking Detroit detective Axel Foley returns to Los Angeles to investigate a spate of violent robberies, but gets more than he bargained for when he finds himself up against an arms dealer who uses a glamorous hit-woman to do his dirty work. Comedy thriller sequel, with Eddie Murphy, Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox and Brigitte Nielsen.

The Runaways (2010) Film4 9:00pm-11:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Premiere. Biopic of the 1970s rock band, following guitarist Joan Jett’s alliance with eccentric producer Kim Fowley to create an all-female group. Troubled 16-year-old singer Cherie Currie catches Fowley’s eye as the perfect frontwoman for the group, but as they embark on a Japanese tour, life in the public eye takes its toll. Starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning.

SUNDAY 24th FEBRUARY

Explorers (1985) Film4 2:55pm-5:05pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
Three boys build an interplanetary craft and go in search of the source of a signal from outer space. However, the aliens responsible are not what the young astronauts expected them to be. Sci-fi adventure, starring Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson, Dick Miller, James Cromwell, and Robert Picardo in three roles.

Edward Scissorhands (1990) E4 8:00pm-10:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A reclusive genius creates a boy but dies before completing him, leaving his brainchild with scissor-like blades in place of hands. A kindly woman from a nearby suburb takes pity on the lonely boy and welcomes him into her home. He quickly becomes a hit in the neighbourhood – but then his new friends start to turn against him. Tim Burton’s fantasy, starring Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price.

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) Sky Movies Comedy 2:55pm-4:35pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
While investigating the shooting of a colleague, disaster-prone police lieutenant Frank Drebin uncovers a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Los Angeles. However, after he is sacked from the force by the mayor, the cop has to operate beneath the radar to get to the bottom of the conspiracy. Comedy, with Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley and Ricardo Montalban.

The Big Lebowski (1998) ITV4 11:30pm-1:55am (2 hours 25 minutes)
A case of mistaken identity forces an ageing hippie to divide his time between trying to win a bowling tournament and searching for a wealthy industrialist’s kidnapped wife, while getting involved with assorted oddball characters in the process. Coen brothers comedy, starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro.

Ding ding ding! Bonus movie moment to get you going, from the best dinosaur movie ever.

Whatever you get up to this weekend play safe and enjoy yourselves.

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Jingle bells, Batman smells! Another festive weekend of movies – hooray!

So like happy little elves dressed in stripy socks and pointy hats, working hard and making lots and lots of toys for all the good girls and boys, let us help fill up Santa’s sack with heaps of retro cinematic magic and tons of nostalgic movie joy.

Have a happy retro weekend 🙂

SATURDAY 15th DECEMBER

Back to the Future Part II (1989) ITV1 London 5:45pm-7:40pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly travels to the 21st century, where he has to save his children from a terrible fate. However, this proves to have unforeseen consequences when the future version of arch enemy Biff sees a chance to rewrite history for his own benefit, leaving Marty stuck in a twisted parallel universe. Sci-fi comedy sequel, starring Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) Sky Movies Family 2:30pm-4:55pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
The teenage wizard is alarmed to learn a dangerous fugitive sorcerer is searching for him. Meanwhile, a new teacher at Hogwarts helps the bespectacled youngster to protect himself from the school’s soul-sucking security guards. The third in the fantasy adventure series, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Michael Gambon, Robbie Coltrane and Alan Rickman.

Sleepy Hollow (1999) ITV2 9:45pm-11:55pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A sceptical 18th-century detective is sent to a small hamlet supposedly terrorised by a demonic headless horseman who decapitates his victims. The investigator refuses to believe in the supernatural, convinced a human killer is behind the murders – but the legend proves to be all but too true. Tim Burton’s gothic horror, starring Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson and Christopher Walken.

Sleepers (1996) ITV3 11:00pm-1:50am (2 hours 50 minutes)
Four teenagers are sentenced to reform school after a prank results in the accidental death of an old man, and suffer sexual abuse at the hands of the guards. Years later, when the boys have grown up and begun to follow very different professions, a chance encounter with one of their abusers inspires them to plot revenge. Drama, starring Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Bacon, Jason Patric and Minnie Driver.

SUNDAY 16th DECEMBER

Hocus Pocus (1993) Channel 4 2:45pm-4:40pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A teenager in Salem, Massachusetts, breaks into a spooky house on Halloween and accidentally resurrects three witches who have been dead for 300 years. The sorceresses are soon causing chaos while seeking a suitable sacrifice for a ritual to give them eternal youth. However, an old foe – a boy they turned into a cat – is on hand to help stop their mischief. Supernatural Disney comedy, with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Omri Katz.

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) ITV1 London 4:50pm-7:00pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A lonely boy befriends an alien who has been left stranded on Earth. The two develop a psychic connection as the boy helps the extraterrestrial to contact his own people and call for rescue. However, living on Earth starts to have a devastating effect on the visitor’s health, while a government operative is determined to capture him for study. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy, starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote.

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Die Hard (1988) Film4 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
New York cop John McClane visits Los Angeles to see his family over the Christmas holiday. Stopping off at his wife’s place of work, he realises armed men have taken over the building and are holding the corporation’s staff to ransom – and only he has the ability to fight back. Action thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia.

Enter the Dragon (1973) ITV4 10:00pm-12:05am (2 hours 5 minutes)
A powerful crime kingpin hosts a martial arts tournament on his island lair. A former Shaolin monk is recruited by an intelligence agency to enter the tournament and expose the crime lord’s opium and slavery rings. He finds himself fighting for his life alongside two Vietnam veterans who are both fleeing their own enemies. Thriller, starring Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly and Kien Shih.

Wow only ten more sleeps until Christmas day it’s getting exciting. I’ve already cracked open the brandy, sherry, port and rum. I love being a grown up at Christmas as it means you can be pretty much be hammered all the time as long as it’s in the Christmas spirit! 😉

Well another weekend and a chance to once again open a window on the retro rundown advent calendar. This week from the only alien guaranteed to make me cry each and every time, enjoy.

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Whatever you get up to this weekend have fun.