Flashback Friday Feature: Movie Days Gone By

The Never-ending Story of the Sea…

Taken in picture-perfect Wildwood, NJ November 2019

Have you heard the latest Rumor, involving, among others, Dick and Jane, a Matador and a couple of shady producers, all fighting over what’s Yours, Mine and Ours during the otherwise peaceful (pre)holidays of 2005? All of our characters were Walking the Line leading to sweet seaside days, soft autumn nights and, lots of stories (and of course, Santa!)

Hope you enjoy this week’s Seaside Santa-approved Trip Back in Movie Time Tour!

Originally Published in the Sun by the Sea…Holiday Edition 2005 edition

Meg the Movie Buff Goes to Hollywood

Rumor Has It that it’s holiday time once again. Before heading into The New World, wish list in hand, why not Walk the Line forming in front of your local movie theater? There, The Producers are having Fun with Dick and Jane, running from King Kong and just basically deciding which profits are Yours, Mine and Ours. Before the Ice Harvest hits (and Santa makes an appearance) is the perfect time to see a holiday flick or two!

Remember to watch for more than changes in ice formation as movie release dates change as well…

On November 4th, Chicken Little finds out if aliens really exist (and if the sky is really falling). Sharing in voice duty in this computer-animated feature are Zach Braff, Garry Marshall and Joan Cusack. Hopefully, that falling sky, sans aliens, is overlooking a calm ocean.

Pierce Brosnan is The Matador (opens Nov. 4th) who befriends typical business guy Greg Kinnear at a Mexican resort. Crimes, secrets and things Santa Claus would never approve of are revealed on this island.

Need a holiday vacation? Take a trip to The New World (opens Nov. 9th) where English explorer Colin Farrell falls in love with Native American Pocahontas (Q’Orianka Kilcher) in 17th Century Jamestown, VA.

Nov. 11th is the beginning of Bee Season (not to be confused with Beach Season). A 9-year-old spelling bee champ (Flora Cross) becomes a prodigy with the help of her parents (Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche) and a little mythology.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire make their long-awaited appearance on Nov. 18th. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) spends this go around participating in a wizarding tournament while checking out conspiracy theories and girls. Emma Watson and Ralph Fiennes are checking in on what he’s checking out.

Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon Walk The Line (opens Nov. 18th) as Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash, respectively. Studio executives are hoping this particular Line is even longer than Santa Clause’s.

The holidays really bring out the Pride & Prejudice in Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen, who bring the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1813 book to the big screen beginning Nov. 18th.

Dennis Quaid and Renee Russo try to figure out what’s Yours, Mine and Ours (opens Nov. 24th) in this remake of the Henry Ford/Lucille Ball classic about blended families (18 kids total). The elves need to work overtime to tackle their wish lists!

Ryan Reynolds and Amy Smart are Just Friends (opens Nov. 23rd) much to his dismay. We know what he wants for Christmas!

John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton find themselves stuck in an Ice Harvest (opens Nov. 23rd) on Christmas Eve, preventing them from escaping with the $2 million they just embezzled from a mob boss. A different (and darker) kind of holiday cheer…

Looking to head west as winter approaches? Be sure to look up cowboys-in-love Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal on Brokeback Mountain (opens Dec. 9th) when you get there. Not your typical familial good tidings.

The holidays really are a larger-than-life time of year! Naturally, King Kong (opens Dec. 14th) would crash the party, taking an unwitting Naomi Watts along for the non-sleigh ride.

Need a break from holiday shopping? Now’s a great time to have Fun with Dick & Jane (and their alter egos Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni, opens Dec. 21st) as they rob banks as a way of maintaining the lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed. Dick & Jane can find their names on the Naughty List.

The Producers (opens Dec. 21st) get in the holiday spirit (and give unto themselves) as Mel Brooks brings his movie that became a famous musical and turns it back into a (even more famous?) movie with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick and new addition Uma Thurman.

Heath Ledger plays Casanova (opens Dec. 25th) to Sienna Miller, promising to grant her Christmas wish and be her One True Love.

Rumor Has It (opens Dec. 25th) that Jennifer Aniston’s movie grandma (Shirley MacLaine) inspired the film The Graduate. Kevin Costner completes the Rumor as the busy guy who subsequently became involved with three generations of women in just one film.

The holidays really do inspire the strangest crowds! Things are bound to get a little heated, not to mention crowded, around the Hollywood dinner table this Christmas. The Matador will likely makes a flashy entrance, Harry Potter will insist on doing a magic show and the spelling Bee (Season) champ will demand everyone spell out what they got for Christmas! Meanwhile, everyone from the inquisitive Chicken Little to the smooth talking Casanova will claim to be Just Friends trying to maintain a little Pride & Prejudice in a place far from Brokeback Mountain. There’s (almost) no room for Santa Claus! Luckily, at your local movie theater, there’s always room for one more…🥤🍿

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