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If you’re already holiday-ed out by the relentless music and family films recycling through your television, we have a little something strange to lift you out of the Santa insanity. A friend of all things weird, Pee-wee Herman wrote the 1988 episode "Christmas at Pee-wee's Playhouse," which opens innocently enough with a performance from the UCLA Mens Choir. Things grow increasingly surreal — as Pee-wee’s guest list might suggest. Where else will you find a grown man in an ill-fitting suit who hangs out with the likes of Dinah Shore, Joan Rivers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg, Little Richard (on ice skates!), Charo, K.D. Lang, Grace Jones (dressed like a futuristic mannequin and singing yuletide songs!), Magic Johnson and the Del Rubio...
- Alison Nastasi
Four years ago, if you'd have said, "One day, a woman famous for gate-crashing a White House dinner will marry the man who wrote 'Don't Stop Believin' - and on Pay-Per-View, no less" - we might have said you were crazy. But on Sunday, that was exactly what happened, when Michaele Salahi and Neal Schon tied the knot in San Francisco. Schon is the guitarist for Journey, a band whose music you have likely performed or seen performed at karaoke at some point in your life. Salahi is most famous for the aforementioned gatecrashing and her stint on Bravo's Real Housewives of D. »
- Alex Heigl
From Neil Patrick Harris to Tom Hiddleston to William Shatner to Whoopi Goldberg, Hollywood came out in force on Twitter Sunday to mourn the loss of legendary actor Peter O'Toole over the weekend. You can find a sampling of the tributes below. Also, be sure to check out Guy Lodge's overview of O'Tooles unlucky Oscar history here. So sad to hear about Peter O’Toole passing away. Lucky to have worked with him for a month in Prague. Wonderful man, remarkable talent. — Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) December 15, 2013 "I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star!" the great Peter O'Toole said »
- HitFix Staff
Review Kylie Peters 13 Dec 2013 - 07:13
Ambiguous wishes and genie revelations in the Once Upon A Time In Wonderland mid-season finale. Here's Kylie's review...
This review contains spoilers.
The winter finale of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland is a lot like a regular episode until the last ten minutes or so. In the end, a lot happens and the plot takes huge steps forward, but it doesn’t have quite the stakes or emotional impact I would hope to see in a finale. Also, pretty much the entire episode makes no sense whatsoever.
In flashbacks, we see lots of sugary-sweet Alice/Cyrus scenes (with a mortal wound thrown in there for good measure) and learn that Cyrus sacrificed a compass from his mother to get a magical desert love tent—I mean, home—for him and Alice. There’s a bit of conflict thrown in: the aforementioned mortal wound, »
Kelly and other stars like Blake Shelton and Heidi Klum spread Christmas cheer last night, Dec. 11, when the songstress took over ABC with her first ‘Christmas Carol’-themed Christmas special. Now, find out what celebs thought about the TV event!
Kelly Clarkson‘s very own Christmas special, “Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale,” premiered on Dec. 11, proving that she’s got more Christmas spirit than anyone this year, since her song, “Underneath the Tree,” and Christmas album called Wrapped in Red, are also both huge hits! Judging by reactions from celebs like Miranda Lambert, Emma Roberts and more stars about the night’s festivities, it seems like Kelly’s special was a huge hit!
From the second Kelly started belting out Christmas classics, we could tell it was going to be a good night. »
- Ivy Jacobson
Damn it, Blake Shelton – why did you have to be so awesomely offensive in your Christmas special last year? Thanks to your side-splitting Claymation spoof with Larry the Cable Guy, in which you shot Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and incinerated Sam the Snowman, NBC must've been scared off. In your place, Kelly Clarkson gave us a boring, misguided and uneven hour of television that served as little more than a commercial for her new holiday album, Wrapped in Red. Look, I get that the Peacock network is on a singing-contest-winner »
On TV this Thursday: Sing it with me: On the 12th day of Christmas, the TV gods gave to me 10… fall… finales! Including Scandal‘s gladiators taking a knee, The Vampire Diaries dropping a big revelation, a Big Banger having a wonderful life and Grey’s saying “I do.” (Or does it?) As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
Related | Save the Dates! Your Guide to 150+ December Finales, January Premieres and More
8 pm Once Upon a Time in Wonderland (ABC) | Fall finale: The Red Queen and Jafar’s disdain »
- Kimberly Roots
Another volley has been launched in the war between ABC’s daytime gab-fest “The View” and its CBS rival “The Talk.” Following “The Talk” co-host Sharon Osbourne’s declaration that “The View” personalities — barring Barbara Walters — can “go fuck themselves,” Julie Chen, also on “The Talk” has said that the show shouldn’t have hired Jenny McCarthy. See video: Whoopi Goldberg Finally Weighs in on Sharon Osbourne’s Anti-’View’ Views: ‘Who Cares?’ Appearing on Howard Stern’s show, Chen said that McCarthy — who came aboard “The View” this fall after Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar departed — doesn’t fit in with what made “The. »
- Tim Kenneally
If you’re not in the Christmas spirit yet, we’ve got something that should help! Kelly is leading a handful of other stars like Blake Shelton, Robin Williams, Heidi Klum, and more in a ‘Christmas Carol’-themed Christmas special — and you can watch the whole thing right here!
Kelly Clarkson is the Queen of Christmas this year — not only does she have the huge hit, “Underneath the Tree,” and a Christmas album called Wrapped in Red, but on Dec. 10 her very own Christmas special, “Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale,” is premiering. And you can catch all the holiday fun from your computer!
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Kelly sang her heart out for ‘Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale,’ which aired on NBC on Dec. 11. Her makeup look was perfect for the holiday season — here’s how to re-create it for yourself!
Kelly Clarkson performed major Christmas hits on the show including her new classic “Underneath The Tree.” She looked stunning with a bright red lip and gorgeous blonde hair! Get her lip look below!
Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas Special Makeup — Get Her Red Hot Lip
There is no better look at a holiday party than a sexy, red lip. Your ultimate lipstick for the season? Lancôme’s Rouge Etincelle. It’s actually a re-issue of their 1955 heritage lipstick. It comes in two limited-edition colors. The sexy black case is covered in Swarovski Crystal – it’s the ultimate little luxury.
It’s $75 at Lancome.com and worth every penny.
Kelly Clarkson - Underneath the Tree Take »
- Dory Larrabee
Directed by S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf and narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Contradictions of Fair Hope examines "a little known aspect of American history, when newly freed slaves throughout the South formed 'benevolent societies' to respond to abject hunger, illness and fear of a pauper’s grave. Setting the stage in rural Alabama, prior to Emancipation, the film traces the developments, struggles, contributions and gradual loss of traditions of one of the last remaining African American benevolent societies known as 'The Fair Hope Benevolent Society.'" We've been following the feature documentary throughout its film festival run, and now Shutter Island has »
- Jai Tiggett
Nelson Mandela led an extraordinary life for 95 years, so it’s only appropriate that on Dec. 10, countless world leaders — including President Barack Obama and South African President Jacob Zuma – honored Mandela during a massive memorial service in the pouring rain. And even though not all of Mandela’s supporters could be there, plenty of celebrities, such as Kanye West, spoke out on Twitter. What did they say?
Never before has our country celebrated a life as we are doing with that of Madiba. We do »
- Ivy Jacobson
In advance of Kelly’s upcoming Christmas special, ‘Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale,’ a clip of her performing her hit song, ‘Under The Tree’ has been released, and it’s got us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Read on to watch it!
We didn’t think it was possible, but Kelly Clarkson has actually made a modern Christmas song on the level as Mariah Carey‘s genius hit, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” with her song, “Underneath the Tree.” Think we’re exaggerating? Then you haven’t seen Kelly perform the song, like in this preview clip from her upcoming special, “Kelly Clarkson’s Cautionary Christmas Music Tale.”
Kelly Clarkson Performs ‘Under The Tree’
In the video, Kelly takes the stage with a huge backing band, and cranks out her hit Christmas song while snow falls and Christmas lights glisten.
Kelly herself looks totally in the holiday spirit, »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Marlon Brando in ‘A Dry White Season,’ James Earl Jones in ‘Cry the Beloved Country’: Apartheid movies (photo: Marlon Brando in ‘A Dry White Season’) (See previous post: “Nelson Mandela: Sidney Poitier and ‘Malcolm X’ Cameo Apperance.”) Besides the Nelson Mandela movies discussed in the previous two posts, South Africa’s apartheid has been portrayed in a number of films in the last few decades. Among the most notable ones are the following: Zoltan Korda’s Cry the Beloved Country (1951). Based on Alan Paton’s novel, this British-made film features Canada Lee and Charles Carson as two men struggling to deal with the disastrous consequences of apartheid. Ralph Nelson’s The Wilby Conspiracy (1975). Sidney Poitier and Michael Caine star as, respectively, an anti-apartheid South African activist and a British engineer on the run from South Africa’s secret police, headed by racist Nicol Williamson. Chris Menges’ A World Apart »
- Andre Soares
New Once Upon A Time Wonderland episode 8,season 1 official spoilers & clips hit the net. Last night,ABC released the new,official,synopsis/spoilers and sneak peek,clip (below) for their upcoming "Once Upon A Time In Wonderland" episode 8 of season 1. The episode is entitled, "Home," and it appears to be quite intense and interesting as a big shocker will take place, Alice finally reunites with Cyrus, and more. In the new,8th episode press release: In a flashback, we are going to learn about Cyrus' origin story while Alice seeks out the White Rabbit for answers involving his actions in Wonderland. In the meantime, the Red Queen and Jafar's disdain for one another, is going to come to a head, followed by a series of chaotic events. The insurmountable consequence caused by their showdown, will put everyone in danger and lead to a drastic change. Guest stars will feature: Matty Finochio »
You never know what kind of wacky thing you'll witness when you tune in to the delightfully zany "Watch What Happens Live" on Bravo. And Thursday (Dec. 5), we got to watch Whoopi Goldberg teach host Andy Cohen how to roll a joint.
Now, since this is live TV, we were led to believe it was a "tobacco" joint, filled with green "oregano." But still, this was all kinds of awesome.
Before Goldberg showed us all her joint-rolling skills, she addressed the rumors of whether or not she'd ever lit up before a taping of "The View." "It's never happened. Never," Goldberg says. "You'd see it all over my face. It's a good gig so I don't want to blow it. I don't want to take the chance of smoking before and going, 'Hahaha!' the whole time."
Goldberg also took the high road when asked about how often "The View »
The director has never been short of opinions – so why has he become evasive when we catch up with him in Brooklyn?
With the interview over, Spike Lee finally opens up. For 40 minutes the film director has sat in a defensive crouch, with his arms folded and his legs crossed, parrying questions as though they were accusations. More evasive than abrasive, he insists that neither new technology, changes in his personal life or the way that he's perceived have any effect on him or his work. A couple of times he responds as though there was another interviewee in the room.
Asked a perfectly reasonable questions such as: "How does an independent filmmaker like yourself measure success?", he'd say: "It depends who you ask."
"Well I'm asking you," I keep pointing out, hoping, in vain, for a credible answer.
Lee is small, slender and stylish. He is dressed all in black – sneakers, »
- Gary Younge
"I miss Elisabeth a lot, I miss Joy a lot," says Goldberg. "But I have to tell you, I'm having a great deal of fun with Jenny McCarthy. It took me a minute. It was kind of startling to have started something with two folks and to become tight with them, especially with Lizzie because she and I got along. We talked about interesting stuff. We didn't always agree, but that's what friends do. ... Then [Jenny] started tickling me. Not tickling-tickling, but ... I just find her really sweet and refreshing."
"It happens. I won't speak for anybody but me. But I have stepped in it many times. »
Actor Lyriq Bent, shared the above on-set photo on Twitter, with the caption... Coming soon..."A Day Late And Dollar Short" with kool peeps like Mekhi Phifer and the beautiful @TichinaArnold He's referring to the Lifetime film adaptation of Terry McMillan's A Day Late and a Dollar Short, based on her New York Times bestseller. Whoopi Goldberg stars in the film, and is joined by Kimberly Elise and Ving Rhames. There doesn't seem to have been a formal announcement that the trio in the above photo had been cast in the film (unless we just missed it), but it looks like they're in it. I did find a post on Tichina Arnold's Facebook »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Actor Lyriq Bent, shared the above on-set photo on Twitter, with the caption... Coming soon..."A Day Late And Dollar Short" with kool peeps like Mekhi Phifer and the beautiful @TichinaArnold He's referring to the Lifetime film adaptation of Terry McMillan's A Day Late and a Dollar Short, based on her New York Times bestseller. Whoopi Goldberg stars in the film, and is joined by Kimberly Elise and Ving Rhames. There doesn't seem to have been a formal announcement that the trio in the above photo had been cast in the film (unless we just missed it), but it looks like they're in it. I did find a post on Tichina Arnold's Facebook page from August, confirming this. In that post, it's also revealed that Anika Noni Rose is in the film's cast as well. There isn't an IMDb page for the project yet, which is odd, and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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