Five Rules for Remaking A Christmas Carol

Five Rules for Remaking A Christmas Carol

Last year we openly mourned the lack of decent Christmas movies being made. It has been well over a decade since Elf, for Pete’s sake. Hollywood has suffered a drought of original Christmas ideas and every season seems to bring yet another version of a twisted-family-Christmas (Love the Coopers). But if there is anything we loathe more than original Christmas movies coming out from Hollywood it is Christmas movies remade. So it is with great caution we share the news that Hollywood wants to seriously remake A Christmas Carol. Why the trepidation? Seven years ago, in 2009, Robert Zemekis, whoRead more

Reading Dickens

Reading Dickens

Everyone knows the story of A Christmas Carol backwards and forwards. Pick a version by decade and you’re bound to find one you love. Everyone can claim to have seen a big or a small screen version of it. But have you ever read it? I confess it never passed in front of my eyes until I was an adult. It was during one of my first Christmas seasons alone — a bleak time when I felt more than sorry for myself for being alone at Christmas. I picked up the book in a store and thought I could wallowRead more

Ice Cube: Not the Scrooge We’re Looking For

Ice Cube: Not the Scrooge We’re Looking For

We asked for a modern re-do of A Christmas Carol in the latest episode of the Merry Podcast and at least one of four competing movie studios wants to deliver. Universal Pictures has purchased the rights to a modern re-telling of the Dickens classic and has tabbed Ice Cube as Scrooge in what they promise will be a Christmas comedy. Ice Cube teams again with Tim Story, who brought Barbershop to the big screen, to head this project. Three other studios — MGM, New Line and Disney, of all people — were bidding on the script. Tentatively titled Humbug theRead more

Who is the best Jacob Marley?

Who is the best Jacob Marley?

Whether you read the book or simply watch A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens every Christmas there is no getting around the point that likely the juiciest role in the whole story is that of Jacob Marley. Think about it — he’s a mournful, lost, tortured soul suffering through the depths of hell that has come back to torment his former partner and friend. How can any actor resist such a role? At day #136 in the Countdown to Christmas we have to ask — who is the best Jacob Marley? We suggest this 1984 version of Jacob Marley playedRead more

Young Scrooge George Cole Has Died

Young Scrooge George Cole Has Died

Actor George Cole, a British mainstay for years on UK television and in British film, has died at the age of 90, the New York Times reports. He is most well known outside of England for playing the part of young Ebeneezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, a black and white film produced in the 1950s that many consider the standard when judging other productions of the Christmas classic. The movie is called Scrooge in the UK and A Christmas Carol in the USA. The 1951 film version of A Christmas Carol famously stars Alastair Sim in the lead roleRead more

Charles Dickens: A Merry Old Soul

Charles Dickens: A Merry Old Soul

By Jeff Westover Life and times were hard in London of 1824. For one boy in particular, the second of seven children, life was especially difficult. At the age of twelve, his father was tossed into a debtor’s prison, leaving an already poor family utterly destitute. The entire family moved into the prison with the boy’s father. And the boy set out to work — twelve hours a day, as was common for child laborers in London in the early 19th century — in a shoe polish factory. He was not poorly treated there. Fortunate that was for him, forRead more