6 search results for Darren McGavin

  • Kolchak_depp_wright_home_top_story

    Johnny Depp and Edgar Wright set to bring Kolchak back for 'The Night Stalker'

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012

    Could this be a major monster-driven franchise for Disney?
  • Billy Madison - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Sunday, Nov 1, 2009

    Master of infantilism Adam Sandler stars as the title character, an overgrown rich kid who wiles away his days poolside, swilling kegs of beer and appreciating fine nudie magazines such as "Drunk Chicks" -- that is, until his father (Darren McGavin) decides to test his mettle as future head of the family business by posing a challenge: retake and pass grades K-12 in 24 weeks or watch control of the business pass to the requisite conniving underling (Bradley Whitford). Forced into action, Billy vows to change his drunken ways. He enrolls in kindergarten, makes new friends, pelts pint-sized kids with playground balls and develops a love interest in a pretty teacher (Bridgitte Wilson). The action culminates in an academic showdown between Billy and the purportedly Harvard-educated underling for the future of the family enterprise -- no small feat for a man fresh out of the first grade. There's gross, moronic, off-color low humor galore in Billy Madison, particularly in one subplot involving a romantically forward elementary school principal (Josh Mostel, son of theater great Zero Mostel) and his secret former life as a professional wrestler; another scene includes the hypertense school bus driver (Chris Farley, in a typical over-the-top cameo) lying in the meadow with a hallucinatory penguin. As one might suspect, Billy Madison is not for every taste; Sandler fans will laugh from start to finish; others beware. ~ Jeremy Beday, All Movie Guide
  • Depp_home_top_story

    Former 'Ant-Man' director Edgar Wright can now focus on Johnny Depp's next remake

    Type: Article | Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

    Film will draw from '70s cult series 'Kolchak' starring Darren McGavin
  • Johnny-depp-greets-disneyland_gallery_primary_home_top_story

    Johnny Depp may play Paul Revere and 'Kolchak: The Night Stalker'

    Type: Article | Date: Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011

    'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor will produce both films for Disney
  • Holiday Family Collection: Polar Express/Happy Feet/A Christmas Story

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009

    Includes:A Christmas Story (1983), MPAA Rating: PG The Polar Express (2004), MPAA Rating: G Happy Feet (2006), MPAA Rating: PG A Christmas Story Nine years after the Yuletide slasher flick Black Christmas, Porky's director Bob Clark once again took on the holiday genre, switching from gasps to laughs with A Christmas Story. Adapted from a memoir by humorist Jean Shepherd (who narrates), the film centers on Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), a young boy living in 1940s Indiana, desperately yearning for a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. Despite protests from his mother (Melinda Dillon) that he'll shoot his eye out, Ralphie persists, unsuccessfully trying to enlist the assistance of both his teacher and Santa Claus. All the while, Ralphie finds himself dealing with the constant taunts of a pair of bullies and trying to not get in the middle of a feud between his mother and father (Darren McGavin) regarding a sexy lamp. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Polar Express Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on children's author Chris Van Allsburg's modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around Billy (Hayden McFarland), who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, what with his family's dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself, is all just a myth. This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train's conductor (Tom Hanks) along with the other passengers help turn Billy's crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery. A long-time fan of Van Allsburg's book, Hanks also helped produce the film. ~ Tracie Cooper, All Movie Guide Happy Feet In the world of the emperor penguin, a simple song can mean the difference between a lifetime of happiness and an eternity of loneliness. When a penguin named Mumble is born without the ability to sing the romantic song that will attract his soul mate, he'll have to resort to some fancy footwork by tap dancing his way into the heart of the one he loves. Directed by Babe mastermind George Miller, Happy Feet tells the tale of one penguin's quest for love, and features an all-star cast of vocal talent that includes Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman, Elijah Wood, Nicole Kidman, and Brittany Murphy. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
  • Matrix_on_the_national_registry_home_top_story

    'The Matrix' and Madonna top this year's National Registry additions

    Type: Post | Date: Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012

    A typically eclectic mix of titles rounds out the film year