The CW Network today announced its slate of upcoming holiday specials, including the new specials MASTERS OF ILLUSION: CHRISTMAS MAGIC and POPSTAR’S BEST OF 2017.
New this holiday season, The CW will broadcast an original holiday special, MASTERS OF ILLUSION: CHRISTMAS MAGIC Friday, December 1 (9:00-10:00pm ET). This special from Associated Television International features some of today’s hottest magicians including Jarret and Raja, Jonathan Pendragon, Ed Alonzo, Jibrizy, Les Arnold, Murray SawChuck, Farrell Dillon, Tommy Wind, Titou, Naathan Phan, Greg Gleason, and Christmas Choir. An encore presentation will air Friday, December 22 (8:00-9:00pm ET).
Based on polls from Popstar Magazine, Associated Television International presents POPSTAR’S BEST OF 2017, airing Monday, December 18 (8:00-9:00pm ET). Hosted by Elizabeth Stanton, the special counts down the greatest and most memorable moments from 2017.
On Friday, December 1 (8:00-9:00pm ET), the one-hour special GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER returns to The CW. Based on the hit song that became a worldwide holiday phenomenon, this goofy and heartwarming adventure features young Jake Spankenheimer on the quest of a lifetime to track his missing Grandma down on Christmas Eve to prove that Santa Claus is indeed real. Michele Lee (“Knots Landing”) provides the voice of Jake’s greedy Cousin Mel and recording artist Elmo Shropshire provides the narration. An encore presentation of GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER will air on Wednesday, December 20 (8:00-9:00pm ET).
On Tuesday, December 12 (8:00-9:00pm ET), The CW presents an all-new GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERCIALS COUNTDOWN 2017 as Kevin Frazier (“Entertainment Tonight”) and Keltie Knight (“Entertainment Tonight”) host this holiday celebration with a countdown of the 12 best holiday commercials ever – one for each of the 12 days of Christmas. In addition to the top 12, the special features other great commercials from both the U.S. and abroad, that capture the true spirit of the holiday season – from the heartfelt to the hilarious, from the outstanding to the ridiculous. Executive Producers are Robert Horowitz and Lewis Fenton. An encore presentation will air on Friday, December 22 (9:00-10:00pm ET).
Dean Cain hosts THE TOP 12 GREATEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES OF ALL TIME, airing on Wednesday, December 20 (9:00-10:00pm ET). In this special, Dean Cain and friends present a fresh look inside the 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time counting down to the number one choice. We look at the magical moments in each of these films that make us laugh, cry, and mostly want to watch them again and again. These great films define what the holidays are all about.
On Thursday, December 14 (8:00-9:30pm ET), The CW will air iHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL 2017, a 90-minute holiday music event that celebrates the season with performances by the year’s biggest recording artists. The star-studded concert event will feature performances from Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers, Fifth Harmony, Liam Payne, Camila Cabello and Niall Horan. An encore presentation of iHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL 2017 will air on Monday, December 25 (8:00-9:30pm ET).
THE 86th ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE will air on Friday, December 15, (8:00-10:00pm ET), with Dr. Oz serving as Grand Marshal. The “Largest Christmas Celebration in America” will be hosted by popular personalities Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain and Montel Williams, with special co-hosts Elizabeth Stanton and Garrett Clayton. The parade on Hollywood Boulevard will include live musical performances that will take place on two stages. A true Hollywood tradition, the parade features larger-than-life inflatable character balloons, and celebrity-filled cars making the heralded trek down the three-mile parade route.
On Monday, December 18 (9:00-10:00pm ET) The CW will air THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME HONORS. Hosted by Montel Williams, the special celebrates those who have been honored over the years with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We will look back at celebrations for Amy Adams, Adam Levine, Hugh Laurie, Viola Davis, Chris Pratt, George Segal, Allison Janney, Ice Cube, Keri Russel, Jason Bateman, John Goodman, Jeffrey Tambor, Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell. The special will features a brand-new star unveiling and tribute to popstar Selena.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
8:00-9:00pm GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER
9:00-10:00pm MASTERS OF ILLUSION: CHRISTMAS MAGIC
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12
8:00-9:00pm GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERICALS COUNTDOWN 2017
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14
8:00-9:30pm iHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL 2017
9:30-10:00pm WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (Encore)
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15
8:00-10:00pm THE 86th ANNUAL HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS PARADE
MONDAY, DECEMBER 18
8:00-9:00pm POPSTAR’S BEST OF 2017
9:00-10:00pm THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME HONORS 2017
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20
8:00-9:00pm GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER (Encore)
9:00-10:00pm THE TOP 12 GREATEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES OF ALL TIME
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22
8:00-9:00pm MASTERS OF ILLUSION: CHRISTMAS MAGIC (Encore)
9:00-10:00pm GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERICALS COUNTDOWN 2017 (Encore)
MONDAY, DECEMBER 25
8:00-9:30pm iHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL 2017 (Encore)
9:30-10:00pm WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (Encore)
No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters
If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago.
It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced.
Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.
Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game.
From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.
Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.
The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.
What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?
And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Back to the movie.
Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.
Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.
The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023
Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).
Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm