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Netflix’s ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ Trailer: Kurt Russell Will Make You Believe in Santa Claus (Video)

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Netflix didn’t wait very long into November to tease its splashy 2018 Christmas movie. On Thursday, the streaming service debuted the trailer for “The Christmas Chronicles,” which stars Kurt Russell as Santa Claus.

The holiday adventure movie hails from producer Chris Columbus (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”), who knows a thing or two about Christmas classics. Yes, he’s the “Home Alone” Chris Columbus.

“The Christmas Chronicles” tells the story of sister and brother, Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis), whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus (Russell) on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about, per Netflix. After staking out Santa’s arrival, they sneak into his sleigh, cause it to crash and nearly derail Christmas. As their wild night unfolds, Kate and Teddy work together with Santa and his loyal Elves to save Christmas before it’s too late.

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“No one is better suited than Kurt Russell to bring our version of a rugged, charismatic, and hilarious Santa Claus to life,” director Clay Kaytis (“The Angry Birds Movie”) said in a statement accompanying the trailer. “From our first meeting, he completely threw himself into this iconic role – and grew an impressive beard in the process. It has been a dream come true to work with Kurt in creating what I believe will be the new definition of Santa Claus for generations to come.”

“Kurt is the definitive Santa Claus. Charismatic, tough when needed with a wicked sense of humor,” Columbus added. “We’re really excited for audiences to see his performance onscreen and hope ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ becomes a timeless classic.”

Watch the video above.

“The Christmas Chronicles” will launch globally on Netflix on Nov. 22.

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Frank Doubleday, ‘Escape From New York’ Villain, Dies at 73

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Frank Doubleday, who played a henchman in “Escape From New York,” died on March 3, his wife and companion Christina Hart confirmed in a Facebook post. Doubleday was 73.

Doubleday is best known for playing Romero in John Carpenter’s sci-fi cult classic, which starred Kurt Russell and Lee Van Cleef. Doubleday died on March 3 of complications from esophageal cancer at his home in Los Angeles, Hart told The Hollywood Reporter.

“John gave me total creative freedom. The voice and the look were my ideas,” Doubleday said in an interview about playing Romero. “I did a lot of character work and worked on Romero through voice, costume and movement. All my behavior was improvised. Once a character is created and is in one’s skin, the behavior just comes naturally. … If the character has been internalized, it all just happens.”

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Doubleday first worked with Carpenter on “Assault on Precinct 13,” where he played a member of a street gang.

Doubleday’s other film credits include “Alex & the Gypsy,” “The Big Fix,” “Butch and Sundance: The Early Days,” “L.A. Bounty,” and “Shakespeare’s Plan 12 From Outer Space.”

Doubleday is survived by his daughters, actresses Portia Doubleday (“Mr. Robot”) and Kaitlin Doubleday (“Nashville,” “Empire”), and his mother, Jane.

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Anna Faris Fakes a Marriage With Eugenio Derbez in First ‘Overboard’ Remake Trailer (Video)

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The first trailer for the “Overboard” remake, starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez, dropped Thursday, showing the two in reversed roles made famous by Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in Garry Marshall’s original.

This new imagining will see Faris play a version of Russell’s character in the 1987 film. Russell, Hawn’s real-life partner, played a lowbrow handyman who convinced Hawn’s wealthy, amnesiac heiress that he was her husband.

In the trailer, we see Faris as a carpet cleaner who goes on a yacht for a job. The owner of the boat doesn’t take lightly that she refuses an order, and fires her on the spot while throwing her machine overboard. When an accident prompts Derbez’s character to fall overboard, he suffers from amnesia — and Faris’ character seizes her moment to seek revenge.

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Eva Longoria, John Hannah and Josh Segarra also star in the film, which is written and directed by Bob Fisher and Rob Greenberg. The original was considered a mild box office success, and received mixed reviews from critics.

The film industry hasn’t been kind to actresses looking to take on Hawn’s old parts. Even Jennifer Lopez couldn’t get a remake to sail, but MGM announced the remake officially with Faris and Derbez in March.

“Overboard” is set to debut in theaters on April 20, 2018.

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Val Kilmer: Kurt Russell Didn’t Direct ‘Tombstone’ but Was ‘Solely Responsible’ for Film’s Success

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Did Kurt Russell actually direct the 1993 Western classic “Tombstone” instead of credited director George Cosmatos? That story has followed the film around since its release in 1993, and even Russell himself pretty much said it was true in a 2006 interview.

But according to Russell’s “Tombstone” costar Val Kilmer, it’s not quite true. Cosmatos actually did direct it, Kilmer says in a post to his personal blog. But it was Russell who did the lion’s share of behind-the-scenes work that made the film’s completion possible, and he is “solely responsible” for its success.

“I’ll be clear,” Kilmer said. “Kurt is solely responsible for Tombstone’s success, no question.”

“I was there every minute and although Kurt’s version differs slightly from mine,” he explained. “The one thing he’s totally correct about is, how hard he worked the day before, for the next day’s shot list, and tremendous effort he and I both put into editing, as the studio wouldn’t give us any extra time to make up for the whole month we lost with the first director.”

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The first director, screenwriter Kevin Jarre, was fired a month into filming. His replacement, Cosmatos, came in according to Kilmer with only two days’ prep time. “I watched Kurt sacrifice his own role and energy to devote himself as a storyteller, even going so far as to draw up shot lists to help our replacement director,” Kilmer added.

Kilmer mentioned how supportive costars Powers Booth and Bill Paxton were during such a difficult shoot, then added that “Kurt did this for the film virtually every hour.”

“That’s probably how it’s become a story that Kurt directed it,” he said. “I have such admiration for Kurt as he basically sacrificed lots of energy that would have gone into his role, to save the film.

“Everyone cared, don’t get me wrong, but Kurt put his money where his mouth was, and not a lot of stars extend themselves for the cast and crew. Not like he did … Kurt was responsible for the film’s success.”

So there you have it. Russell didn’t direct it, though he did practically everything necessary to make sure the film got made right down to providing the director with direction of his own. Question answered … unless Russell weighs in, of course.

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Kilmer also had kind words for costars Paxton and Boothe, both of whom died earlier this year.

“Back to Powers for a moment, such a gracious actor and if you love acting go back and check out his early Emmy winning roles, he’s the real deal,” he said. “And Bill Paxton, like a cheerleader for all film, for all Creativity. Always happy like it was his first job. He would have been happy if you had lit him on fire and hung him upside down, as long as there was a camera running. Just like a perfect thespian. ALL THE WAY. SUPPORTIVE. Sweet.”

“We all miss them both,” Kilmer continued. “They were good men. The kind that make you proud of the ‘craft.’”

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