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Lights, camera, holiday action! • This year, the host with the most is Steven Spielberg. The biggest director in Hollywood history has two movies slated for the snowflake season: “War Horse,” adapted from a play about a battlefield stallion, and “The Adventures of Tintin,” based on the venerable comic strip about a Belgian boy reporter and filmed with the motion-capture animation technique used in “The Polar Express.” Joining Spielberg in the family-film free-for-all is fellow legend Martin Scorsese, the latter-day Scorsese David Fincher, and prestigious directors Lars von Trier, Clint Eastwood and Pedro Almodovar.
Unhappy return • On a day when the Rams’ defense yielded a season-low 262 yards, and the Rams outgained Arizona by more than 2-to-1 on the ground and enjoyed a 12-minute edge in time of possession, they still found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard. Two colossal special team meltdowns turned what looked like a 16-13 victory in regulation into a 19-13 loss in overtime.
3-D wizardry • Today’s release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” has local theater owners crossing their fingers to keep the magic alive. Two years ago, many of them invested in special equipment to show 3-D movie “Avatar.” But a subsequent wave of movies used lesser technology to convert flat images to 3-D, and the novelty wore off. The eighth and final “Harry Potter” movie is the first one presented in a full-length 3-D version. If there’s such a thing as a surefire hit, this is it.
Your review • What did you think of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”?
Harry Potter’s world • Did you remember that Quirrell was both the first Death Eater to whom audiences were introduced and the first Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher? Or that Neville’s parents are still alive, albeit in St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries? Here’s a brief refresher course on relationships through “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” See the graphic full-size and learn more about a particular character.
Judy, Judy, Judy! Today is Judy Garland’s birthday. How better to celebrate than with a “Wizard of Oz” quiz? Don’t let the flying monkeys scare you — see what you know about what is possibly the most-watched movie of all time.
You can go see “Hangover II” this week. A federal judge in St. Louis declined to order Warner Brothers to halt the release of the movie over a copyright lawsuit over the tattoo you see above.
Missouri tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill filed suit against Warner Brothers in April, saying the filmmakers copied the design of a tattoo Whitmill created for Mike Tyson in 2003. Tyson, and his distinctive facial tattoo, appeared in the first movie. In the sequel, actor Ed Helms (above) wakes up after a wild night to discover he now has a strikingly similar tattoo.