10 fall favorites to watch before Christmas

2:00 pm EST, November 21, 2012

The Christmas shopping season begins on Friday, and for most that serves as the beginning of the holiday season. Soon we will all be curling up under a blanket watching The Santa Clause with our families and getting into the holiday cheer. Well, we wanted to take one more look at the season of Fall and what better way to do that than by looking at 10 of our fall movies and one surefire classic that was just released last week.

‘Sweet Home Alabama’

In this modern romantic comedy classic, Reese Witherspoon’s character, Melanie returns to her Alabama hometown to finish up final arrangements for her impeding nuptuals to NYC’s mayor’s son (played by Patrick Dempsey), including divorcing her previous husband, played by Josh Lucas. There’s nothing quite as remarkable as watching the beautiful fall Alabama landscapes that dominate much of the film, especially while you are soaking up the hilarity that ensues watching Melanie and all her friends running around her quirky southern hometown.

‘Sweet November’

Charlize Theron stuns in this charming, sad tale of a woman named Sara looking to save men leading lives of obligation and expectation by taking them into her life for one month and showing them the beautiful randomness that life has to offer. Her latest project, a man named Nelson played by Keanu Reeves, has agreed to be her November case and their adventures showcase all the wonders of autumn in San Francisco.

‘Dead Poet’s Society’

This inspiring story of a teacher that wants to do more than just grade papers, Dead Poet’s Society shows a private school in New England where students want to do more than just get by. A new teacher, played by Robin Williams, brings modern teaching methods to an otherwise historic school community and inspires his students to achieve more. O Captain, My Captain!

‘Remember the Titans’

What would a list of fall themed movies be without a football film? This one has everything any great sports film needs: Temptations songs, Denzel Washington, a moving speech, people overcoming odds, and tragedy. One of the most moving segments of the film highlights the fall foliage of the southeast as the players embark on a vicious morning jog through a wooded area, only to end up at Gettysburg listening to a rousing call to civility from their coach.

‘Good Will Hunting’

Many films that take place in school setting could be deemed fall films, but Good Will Hunting has a stronger connection to the season than simply taking place then. The themes that ground the film, those of second chances and discovery, reflect the ideas of the season itself and ground this film in a world of fall colors as well as themes.

‘Rudy’

Alright, so maybe one more football movie, okay? There is no story more inspirational than that of Rudy and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. What could be better than a man that wants nothing more than to play for his school and works hard to make that dream come true? I rest my case.

‘October Sky’

As springtime represents new opportunities and fresh perspectives, autumn takes on that of inspiration and invention. The events of October Sky are triggered when a young man is inspired by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik 1. He then goes on to try and build a rocket of his own, ultimately cementing his future pursuance of a career at NASA.

‘When Harry Met Sally’

When looking at the cover of When Harry Met Sally, there’s no doubt that autumn in New York plays a significant role in this film. This classic romantic comedy may span the lifetime of two friends, but there is little doubt that this can be considered a fall film. It may be better remembered for a certain deli scene, but as far as visuals go, nothing can replace autumn in Central Park.

‘Fly Away Home’

This family film shows the determination of a young girl to save a flock of young geese that are stranded in Canada without anyone to guide them south. She and her father then embark on an adventure to save the young geese from certain death. Who could possibly resist the charm of a flock of young geese and their Mama Goose, a 13 year old girl. Oh, and you may recognize little Anna Paquin before she grew up and met a bunch of crazy vampires.

‘Stepmom’

It certainly wouldn’t be fall without a viewing of this tearjerker. A moving story about familial relationships and how dramatically they impact our lives, Stepmom highlights all the beauty of the season: warm colors, cozy evenings spent singing into a hairbrush, and cuddling with loved ones.

‘Lincoln’

The newest offering from Steven Spielberg is a remarkable look at one of our most famous and beloved presidents. Abraham Lincoln accomplished a lot during his wartime terms, and this is displayed most brilliantly in this Fall’s Lincoln. Daniel Day Lewis is brilliant in his portrayal, and is joined by some truly magnificent talent including Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, and James Spader. The beauty of fall is somewhat background to the gruesomeness of the war, but the spirit of fall is alive and well in this instant classic.

What are some of your favorite fall films to watch?

This week Emma Stone hosted SNL with musical guest Shawn Mendes. Check out some of the highlights from the episode!

‘SNL’ Cold Open

The show poked fun at Donald Trump’s social media activity including his retweeting of teenagers. Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon played Kellyanne Conway. Interestingly, Donald Trump tweeted about SNL while this sketch was airing.

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This week Emma Stone hosted SNL with musical guest Shawn Mendes. Check out some of the highlights from the episode!

‘SNL’ Cold Open

The show poked fun at Donald Trump’s social media activity including his retweeting of teenagers. Alec Baldwin returned as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon played Kellyanne Conway. Interestingly, Donald Trump tweeted about SNL while this sketch was airing.

Opening Monologue

In the opening monologue, Emma Stone reminisced about her previous appearances as host. It all led up to an awkward rendezvous with Bobby Moynihan.

The Hunt For Hil

In a digital sketch, the show spoofed the Hillary Clinton sightings happening in her hometown in upstate New York. Check out The Hunt for Hil.

Jennifer Aniston meets Vanessa Bayer’s Rachel from ‘Friends’

Jennifer Aniston stopped by Weekend Update during Vanessa Bayer’s incredible Rachel impression. Aniston and Bayer star in the new movie “Office Christmas Party.” Check out the cameo below!

Debette Goldry

Kate McKinnon reprised her character Debette Goldry — a golden age actress who had to do crazy things to get the roles she wanted.

Shawn Mendes performs on ‘SNL’

Shawn Mendes performed two songs on the show as well. Check out his performances of “Treat You Better” and “Mercy.”

Coming Up on ‘SNL’

Next week John Cena will host SNL with musical guest Maren Morris. On December 17 Casey Affleck will host along with musical guest Chance the Rapper.

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The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally here! If this trailer is anything to go by, the movie will be just as good as the first!

Guardians of the Galaxy was a major hit because of its offbeat characters, and own brand of humor not yet seen in Marvel movies. Fans have anxiously been waiting to see if the sequel would live up to the hype of the first film. The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gives us a glimpse at what’s to come, and we’re loving it!

Take a look at the first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below:

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The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally here! If this trailer is anything to go by, the movie will be just as good as the first!

Guardians of the Galaxy was a major hit because of its offbeat characters, and own brand of humor not yet seen in Marvel movies. Fans have anxiously been waiting to see if the sequel would live up to the hype of the first film. The first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 gives us a glimpse at what’s to come, and we’re loving it!

Take a look at the first teaser trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below:

Most notable in the trailer is baby Groot! He was well-loved in the first film and many wondered how involved he would become in the second film, given that he had been reborn after saving his friends. It appears that baby Groot will be just as involved in the action as before, and is causing trouble of his own! It should be fun seeing if Rocket can keep up with his friend as he grows.

Also touched upon in the trailer is Star-Lord’s feelings for Gamora. Somehow his friends are surprised by this news, and Drax even thinks it’s hilarious when the secret is made public. This whole scene makes us even more anxious to see this group together again. Only a couple more months to go! May 2017, can you please hurry up?

The official synopsis for the film teases:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

What do you think of the first teaser trailer for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’?

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?