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Holiday Film Fest!
Posted by Rose Quintiliano on Dec 16, 2012 - 8:55:51 PM

HOLLYWOOD—Hopefully your gifts should be all wrapped and under the Christmas tree. So it's time to enjoy the holiday party season. Many of us will be attending festive Christmas parties. But what will we wear? As always black is a classic, however, red will put you in a holiday spirit. The holidays are a great time to shine, literally. Sequins are in this time of year, but please don't wear them if you haven't been working out.


As you may guess as an entertainment reporter, we are always invited to movie premieres and many other parties. Since I don't want to depress my acquaintances and casual friends I choose not to mention, in the course of conversation, that I've been invited to this party and that party and hence force them to contemplate what boring lives they really lead and how unpopular they really are. Mentioning the celebrity parties, would be just as annoying as getting a card the last few days before Christmas from someone you didn't send one to.

Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (Courtesy

With so many holiday films to watch, movie enthusiasts are begging studios to cut and edit. Is it my imagination or are these movies super long? "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," was released on December 14. It runs for a whopping 174 minutes. Director Peter Jackson is back with this prequel, the first in a new trilogy. The film goes back 60 years to tell the story of Bilbo Baggins played by Martin Freeman. Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and a hand full of dwarves travel to The Lonely Mountain to reclaim a stolen treasure. Interestingly enough, "The Hobbit," along with many year-end releases are clocking in over two hours.

Let's keep in mind, that the powerful directors in Hollywood like, Jackson, Spielberg and Nolan are the ones that are pushing the three hour movies. Granted that longer films feel more epic, is it to justify the cost of each movie ticket at $14.00 a pop? With the Academy Awards coming soon, voters feel the longer a film runs that it equates integrity and is Oscar-worthy. It seems that Hollywood is going back in time, trying to bring back the days of "Gone with the Wind," with a bladder-testing 222 minutes, surpassing "The Ten Commandments." Is this the new trend of the year?

Joel Edgerton in Zero Dark Thirty (Courtesy

The film "Zero Dark Thirty," which will be released on December 19, finds director Kathryn Bigelow examining the 10-year manhunt that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. The film's title is a military term that means 30 minutes after midnight and refers to the darkness and secrecy of a mission. The film clocks in at 2 hours and 37 minutes.

The film "This Is 40," which will be released December 21, is also past the two-hour barrier. Writer/director Judd Apatow’s comedic spinoff of “Knocked Up,” stars Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann on the eve of her 40th birthday, their two daughters and all the hilarious fights about nothing.

On Christmas day, the film "Les Miserables" arrives in theaters; the picture runs 2 hours and 38 minutes. It’s a musical tale of love and longing during the French Revolution era with an all-star cast. The movie stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried. Being released the same day is "Django Unchained." The film runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Director Quentin Tarantino blends Western with this tale of a German dentist/bounty hunter Christoph Waltz, who cuts a deal with a freed slave (Django) played by Jamie Foxx. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a sadistic plantation owner.

Here is a list of all the movies that go over the two hour bladder-test: 'Cloud Atlas," 2 hours, 51 minutes, "Lincoln," 2 hours, 30 minutes,"Skyfall," 2 hours, 25 minutes, "The Master," 2 hours, 18 minutes, and "Flight," 2 hours, 18 minutes.

Rose's Scoop: The film "The Guilt Trip," being released December 19, stars Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan on a cross-country trip with mother and son. The film is a definite must-see!


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