JERICHO, NY, November 23, 2004 – AMC presents 20: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY’S HOLIDAY MOVIES, the second of five specials produced by Dakota Pictures in partnership with Entertainment Weekly to celebrate the exciting world of the movies and their impact and influence on the collective movie psyche. The one-hour program premieres on Sunday, December 12 at 10 PM and is hosted by actor French Stewart (Third Rock From the Sun, Inspector Gadget 2). As Stewart haphazardly attempts to decorate for the holidays he will present interviews with composer Danny Elfman and actor/director Jon Favreau (Elf), as well as offer viewers a topical review of unforgettable and humorous holiday movie moments such as holiday action scenes, infamous holiday humbugs, holiday set décor and style and best/worst gifts given.
This special is part of AMC’s television partnership with Entertainment Weekly producing a variety of movie-genre based specials in connection with AMC’s 20th Anniversary. All five specials will be linked with a related movie at the time of its on-air premiere. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) will air at 8PM and 11 PM on December 12.
Actor French Stewart has appeared in a host of hit TV series, but is best known to TV audiences for his role as “Communicator Harry Solomon” in the NBC hit comedy Third Rock From the Sun, from which he earned several acting nominations by the Screen Actors Guild Awards. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Stewart has starred in films such as Inspector Gadget 2, Jonathan Frakes’ Clockstoppers and Love Stinks.
20: Entertainment Weekly’s Holiday Movies is executive produced and written by Troy Miller.
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