Carol For Another Christmas (1964)
Directed by Joseph L. Manckiewics for the United Nations
Written by Rod Serling
Presented without commercial interruptions, this "United Nations Special" was sponsored by the Xerox Corporation, the first of a series of Xerox specials promoting the UN. Director Joseph Mankiewicz's first work for television, the 90-minute ABC drama was publicized as having an all-star cast (which meant that names of some supporting cast members were not officially released).
In Rod Serling's update of Charles Dickens, industrial tycoon Daniel Grudge (Sterling Hayden) has never recovered from the loss of his 22-year-old son Marley (Peter Fonda), killed in action during Christmas Eve of 1944.
The embittered Grudge has only scorn for any American involvement in international affairs.
But then the Ghost of Christmas Past (Steve Lawrence) takes him back through time to a World War I troopship.
Grudge also is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Present (Pat Hingle), and the Ghost of Christmas Future (Robert Shaw) gives him a tour across a desolate landscape where he sees the ruins of a once-great civilization.
Others in the cast were Percy Rodriguez, Eva Marie Saint, Ben Gazzara, Barbara Ann Teer, James Shigeta and Britt Ekland. Henry Mancini wrote the theme music, which was recorded for his 1966 holiday LP, A Merry Mancini Christmas.
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Saturday, 4 December 2021
Friday, 3 December 2021
Peacemaker explores the continuing story of the character that John Cena reprises in the aftermath of Gunn’s 2021 film The Suicide Squad – a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it.
Josh Reynolds' superbly creepy, pulp Cthulhu adventure Wrath of N'Kai headlines the first wave of audiobook releases from Aconyte Books.
Based on the two-fisted tales played out in the Lovecraft-inspired Arkham Horror boardgame, Wrath of N'Kai explores the underbelly of Jazz Age Arkham society in the company of glamourous international antiquities 'acquirer' Countess Alessandra Zorzi, who is the hunting for a peculiar stolen mummy.
As first mentioned back in September, Aconyte has grand plans to take the audiobook world by storm, starting on December 7.
Wrath of N'Kai (read by Elizabeth Klett) - along with a pair of audio books from other franchises - is released next week across all the major audiobook outlets.
Later this month, in partnership with Tantor & Recorded Books, Acoynte plans to release audiobooks of Watch Dogs Legion: Day Zero, KeyForge: Tales from the Crucible, Legend of the Five Rings: Curse of Honor, Twilight Imperium: The Fractured Void, Arkham Horror: The Last Ritual, Descent: The Doom of Fallowhearth and Assassin's Creed: The Ming Storm.
And this is just the beginning.
Thursday, 2 December 2021
Tony Towers (Good Omens' Michael Sheen) is about to take the trip of a lifetime.Just to give this movie some extra geeky context, Michael Sheen is currently one of the bookies' favourites to replace Jodie Whittaker as The Fourteenth Doctor.
It’s 1985 and he’s a successful nightclub manager, a local celebrity and engaged to a much younger woman, Sue (Game of Thrones' Nathalie Emmanuel). Things are going great.
But when he embarks upon the 3:17 to Nottingham for a Christmas family reunion, things get a little strange.
Moving up a carriage to the buffet car lands him in 1995, where he finds his clubs have failed and his life has fallen apart.
Tony discovers that by moving up and down this fateful train, he can transport himself forward and backward to various stages of his life.
Not only that, but the actions he takes in one carriage directly affect his life in the next.
The question is, can Tony change his life – and the lives of the people he loves - for the better, or will he just make things worse?
Last Train to Christmas is pulling up to Sky Cinema on 18 December.
Personally, no matter how much I admire Mr Sheen and his genre chops, I think it's unlikely that the role will revert to a middle-aged white guy at the moment.