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Is All of Black Mirror Connected? This Season 4 Episode Changes Everything

Image Source: Netflix Warning: a ton of spoilers for Black Mirror below! If you watched Black Mirror's excellent fourth season in the intended order, then you know it ends with an episode jam-packed with Easter eggs: "Black Museum." The 70-minute dystopian tale follows a young woman (Letitia Wright) whose car runs out of gas outside a museum full of oddities, called "The Black Museum." Once inside, proprietor Rolo Haynes (Douglas Hodge) tells her stories relating to each of the disturbing artifacts - most from previous season four episodes - on display. There's the iPad from "Arkangel," the bloody bathtub from "Crocodile," and the DNA scanner from "USS Callister," among others. What's interesting is that "Black Museum" also has a few references to other seasons of Black Mirror: one of the tiny solar-powered bug robots from season three's "Hated in the Nation," a dummy wearing a mask from season two's "White Bear,
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‘Black Mirror’: The Best Performances That Made Us Cringe, Laugh, and Cry

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‘Black Mirror’: The Best Performances That Made Us Cringe, Laugh, and Cry
Horrible things happen in “Black Mirror,” which can be pretty hard to watch. Fortunately, these dark tales have attracted some amazing talent, some of whom are well known and others less so. Regardless of their resume, these actors have the unenviable task of taking such challenging and often off-putting stories and making them not just compelling, but relatable as well. Whether it’s serving as the comic relief, the everyman caught in a frightening situation, a politician asked to do the unthinkable, or a crazed villain that haunts our dreams, these characters become palpably real in this grim reflection of our world.

Read More:‘Black Mirror’ Easter Eggs: How All the Episodes Connect in Charlie Brooker’s Dark Universe

Here are some of the standouts performances that moved us over the past four seasons:

Hayley Atwell, “Be Right Back”

For this unusual sci-fi romance to work, Martha has to be
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‘Black Mirror’ Easter Eggs: How All the Episodes Connect in Charlie Brooker’s Dark Universe

‘Black Mirror’ Easter Eggs: How All the Episodes Connect in Charlie Brooker’s Dark Universe
While the beauty of “Black Mirror” is its standalone anthology storytelling – well, that and its creepy-dark tales of tech innovations gone wrong – once the show got a season under its belt, it started to have a little fun within the world that Charlie Brooker had created. Episodes could feature references to past episodes, either as news stories on the telly or using technology that had been introduced previously.

It’s an ingenious way to give back to devoted viewers at the same time inspiring repeat viewings to catch all the references or experience the original episodes in a new way. As IndieWire’s Steve Greene noted, the season finale of Season 4, “Black Museum,” feels like a fitting end to the entire series, partly because of its narrative structure, but also because of its many nods to past episodes within the confines of the museum.

Read More:Every ‘Black Mirror’ Episode Ranked,
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Have You Ever Noticed This 1 Song Plays in Every Season of Black Mirror?

"You can blame me, try to shame me, and still I'll care for you . . ." If you're a Black Mirror fan, there's a chance the above lyrics have been burned into your memory, whether you realize it or not. In each season of Charlie Brooker's dystopian anthology series, Irma Thomas's "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)" plays in one of the episodes. Most recently, the haunting, romantic ballad is a major part of the season four episode "Crocodile." It's also appeared in season one's "Fifteen Million Merits," season two's "White Christmas," and season three's "Men Against Fire." So, what's the deal with that song? According to Brooker, it all started with a creative choice in season one, when Jessica Brown Findlay's Abi belts out the song during a reality competition show, "Hot Shot." It's her one chance to escape a life of endless physical drudgery, and
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‘Black Mirror’: ‘Black Museum’ is the Kind of Season Finale a Show Makes When It’s Ready to End

‘Black Mirror’: ‘Black Museum’ is the Kind of Season Finale a Show Makes When It’s Ready to End
[Editor’s Note: Spoilers follow for “Black Mirror” Season 4, Episode 6, “Black Museum.”]

It took nineteen episodes, but “Black Mirror” finally got its Willy Wonka. A warped purveyor of the technological curiosities of the past, Rolo Haynes isn’t just the narrator of “Black Museum,” he’s the pinnacle of the best and most frustrating aspects of the series, all at once. As the engine behind the sixth and final episode of “Black Mirror” Season 4, Haynes is the arbiter of philosophical quandaries and the physical link between a number of the series’ past installments.

Only this man didn’t live happily ever after once he suddenly got everything he wanted. Watching his demise and the building inferno as our heroine Nish (Letitia Wright) drives away to the soaring sounds of Dionne Warwick, there’s the overwhelming feeling that this is the logical ending point of the series, letting the past die while looking into the future.

“Black
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Black Mirror Season 4's Rosemarie DeWitt, Jodie Foster Reveal Their Favorite Episodes

Black Mirror Season 4's Rosemarie DeWitt, Jodie Foster Reveal Their Favorite Episodes
Stars, they're just like us. They play favorites, but then can't remember names of episodes. Rosemarie DeWitt, who appears in Black Mirror season four's "Arkangel," and that episode's director Jodie Foster, both have favorite episodes of the technology-slanted anthology series. "I like the darkest ones possible," Foster revealed to E! News. Foster cited "The Waldo Moment" and "White Christmas" as two favorites, along with "Shut Up and Dance," which is a lot like her episode she said, because it's "very grounded and feels like an indie film. I think that's one of the most powerful ones." For DeWitt, she likes "Be Right Back," the episode...
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Die Hard Writer Finally Settles Christmas Movie Debate

Die Hard Writer Finally Settles Christmas Movie Debate
Another Christmas has come and gone, and the debate rages on. Is Die Hard a Christmas movie? Many believe it is, while others argue that it is not. So, one fan reached out to the ultimate source of the action classic's creation, writer Steven E. de Souza. And yup, he finally has the definitive answer for us.

No matter where you stand on the argument, it is officially over once and for all. Die Hard is 100% a Christmas movie. Like it. Or not. This burning question can now be put to bed, as fans continue to debate whether or not Gremlins and Iron Man 3 are also Christmas movies.

Steven E. de Souza co-wrote the Die Hard script with Jeb Stuart way back in 1987. The film was released in the summer of 1988 and it was an instant smash hit. Though arriving in the middle of July, the story is set on Christmas Eve,
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Get Holly Jolly Again with Reba! An Insider’s Guide to the Cma Country Christmas Encore

Maybe you forgot to set your DVR. Or maybe you just want to see the holiday music magic all over again. Either way, you’re getting your second chance: An encore broadcast of the eighth annual Cma Country Christmas special will air Thursday on ABC.

Originally shown on Nov. 27, the special features the big band sound of a 25-piece orchestra, but new host Reba McEntire still manages to keep the vibe country with a strong roster of the genre’s superstars and up-and-comers.

Gone are the Broadway-style dance numbers and quirky cameos (see: Miss Piggy, circa 2011) of the previous seven shows,
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‘Tis the Season for These 9 Holiday Cast Recordings

In the holiday season, the popular Christmas music canon can start to feel pretty repetitive. Backstage offers some classic, odd, or unappreciated alternative listening options for the musical theater lover. Alan Menken’s “A Christmas Carol” (1995 Original Broadway Cast Recording)This classic Dickens tale is a holiday tradition and sometimes a “bah humbug” bugaboo. Alan Menken, the composer of Disney reputation, has a brilliantly composed (and underappreciated) score to the iconic ghost story. The cast recording is wildly melodramatic—which makes it all the more fun to listen to! Some favorite numbers include “Nothing to Do With Me,” “Mr. Fezziwig’s Annual Christmas Ball” (which has a similar vibe to Menken’s “Topsy Turvy” in Disney’s “Hunchback”), and a lovely duet and reprise called, “A Place Called Home.” This recording is highly recommended for road trips to inspire ridiculous lip-syncing. Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (2008 Original Broadway Cast Recording
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‘Tis the Season for These 7 Holiday Cast Recordings

In the holiday season, the popular Christmas music canon can start to feel pretty repetitive. Backstage offers some classic, odd, or unappreciated alternative listening options for the musical theater lover. Alan Menken’s “A Christmas Carol” (1995 Original Broadway Cast Recording)This classic Dickens tale is a holiday tradition and sometimes a “bah humbug” bugaboo. Alan Menken, the composer of Disney reputation, has a brilliantly composed (and underappreciated) score to the iconic ghost story. The cast recording is wildly melodramatic—which makes it all the more fun to listen to! Some favorite numbers include “Nothing to Do With Me,” “Mr. Fezziwig’s Annual Christmas Ball” (which has a similar vibe to Menken’s “Topsy Turvy” in Disney’s “Hunchback”), and a lovely duet and reprise called, “A Place Called Home.” This recording is highly recommended for road trips to inspire ridiculous lip-syncing. Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” (2008 Original Broadway Cast Recording
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Kim Kardashian Films Katharine McPhee and David Foster's Performance at Star-Studded Holiday Party

Kim Kardashian Films Katharine McPhee and David Foster's Performance at Star-Studded Holiday Party
Talk about getting into the Christmas spirit! Kim Kardashian got into the swing of the holidays when she and mom Kris Jenner attended famed songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and husband Bob Daly's Christmas party last night. The star-studded bash featured impromptu carols by Hugh JackmanKeith Urban, the Eagles' Joe Walsh and a trio performance by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Katharine McPhee and main man David Foster, all of which was caught by the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star on her Instagram Stories. David and Kat (and Babyface) did a rousing rendition of "White Christmas" and the the couple paired off to do Kelly Clarkson's "My Grown Up Christmas List." David...
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Katharine McPhee, David Foster Perform Christmas Songs Together at Holiday Party

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[[tmz:video id="0_qf16ck1e"]] David Foster and girlfriend Katharine McPhee seem to know that the couple that plays together one-horse open sleighs together ... hey, it's that time of the year. Dave and Kat were just two of many celebs that attended singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and her hubby Bob Daly's holiday party Saturday night ... but it appears they were also among the few that actually performed onstage.  Kim Kardashian caught the magic on camera, showing D&K doing
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Katharine McPhee and David Foster Perform Together at Star-Studded Holiday Party

Katharine McPhee and David Foster Perform Together at Star-Studded Holiday Party
Katharine McPhee and David Foster are getting into the Christmas spirit!

On Saturday, McPhee, 33, and Foster, 68 — who were spotted locking lips in November but have yet to officially confirm their romance — shared the stage at Academy Award-winning singer-songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and her husband Bob Daly’s holiday party.

Kim Kardashian West — who documented the party on her Instagram story — shared a video of the musicians performing “White Christmas” alongside producer and singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star also shared a video from McPhee and Foster’s rendition of “Grown Up Christmas List,” in which
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White Christmas Screening This Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

“I wanna wash my hands, my face, my hair with snow!”

The spirit of Christmas is alive and well at The Hi-Pointe Theater here in St. Louis. It”S A Wonderful Life played last weekend to a nearly-sold out crowd – and that’s a big theater!

This Saturday, December 16th at 10:00am, head over to the Hi-Pointe for a White Christmas

White Christmas was made in 1954 (exactly 20 years before Black Christmas!) and was directed by Michael Curtiz. Bing Crosby teamed up with madcap funny man Danny Kaye and partnering with those two show biz pros as sisters were Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. One of the most popular films of 1954, White Christmas opens and closes with the title song, while in between it’s filled with one great musical number after another. Crosby and Kaye play entertainers who went through W.W.II together and decide to host a fundraising
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See All of Gwen Stefani's Amazingly Festive Christmas Special Looks!

See All of Gwen Stefani's Amazingly Festive Christmas Special Looks!
Gwen Stefani is officially the new queen of Christmas!

The 48-year-old singer wowed fans with her NBC special, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, on Tuesday night, but it wasn't just her festive tunes and cute interstitials that made the show worth tuning in to (not that we were upset about Blake Shelton holding up mistletoe or an appearance by "Young Gwen"). She absolutely slay-belled the fashion game with ten amazing performance outfits.

The No Doubt frontwoman kicked off the show as our perfect present, shimmying to the classic "Jingle Bells" in a candy cane-inspired silver-and-red sequined leotard topped with a red bow.

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Not only did "When I Was a Little Girl" make us weep, Stefani's mom also cried when her daughter performed it at the taping of the Christmas special. For the nostalgia-ridden ditty, the mom of three opted for a silver short-sleeved high-low dress with a full tulle skirt.

Hello, snowbell! Her "Let It Snow
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Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Go Undercover Christmas Caroling

Merry (country) Christmas from Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard!

The two country crooners surprised their Nashville neighbors on Monday evening by dressing up as carolers and going door-to-door to sing Christmas songs along with their wives Lauren Akins and Hayley Hubbard as well as friends Russell and Kailey Dickerson.

Rhett, 27, and Hubbard, 30, lead the group in belting out lyrics from “Deck the Halls” and “White Christmas” as seen in their Instagram Stories.

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“We’re going to neighbors’ houses and singing Christmas carols!” Rhett said in his brief clips.
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31 Facts You Didn't Know About Christmas

31 Facts You Didn't Know About Christmas
Tis the season to be...well informed. We all love Christmas, but how much do any of us actually know about why Christmas is the way it is? Here are 31 facts about Christmas trees, Santa Claus, and Rudolph that you (probably) didn’t know. Smarten up! 1. Christmas supposedly marks the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25. But there is no mention of December 25 in the Bible and most historians actually believe he was born in the spring. 2. December 25 was probably chosen because it coincided with the ancient pagan festival Saturnalia, which celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with partying, gambling, and gift-giving. 3. Many of the popular Christmas traditions today found their roots in Saturnalia: Branches from evergreen trees were used during winter solstice as a reminder of the green plants that would grow in spring when the sun gods grew strong. 4. These evergreen branches became the foundation of our Christmas tree. Germans are thought
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It’S A Wonderful Life Saturday Morning December 8th at The Hi-Pointe

It’S A Wonderful Life plays on the big screen at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend. It’s Saturday, December 8th at 10:00am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. Admission is only $5. White Christmas screens there at 10:00am on December 15th and Die Hard at midnight December 23rd.

“Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

It wasn’t until the 1980s when It’S A Wonderful Life became the perennial holiday favorite it’s known as today. The ultimate feel-good classic from director Frank Capra was a box-office disappointment when it was initially released in 1946. Due to a clerical error in 1974, the film went into public domain and was then shown on every low-rent local access channel in varying degrees of quality for years and was released
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An A-z of Festive Film

If you thought you’d seen the last of Roobla’s alphabetical rundowns with our Halloween effort, think again. With Christmas drawing ever closer, we couldn’t let the big one pass without the A-Z film treatment, so here we go…

A is for Alastair Sim. His performance in the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol still remains the definitive portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge.

B is for Bruce Willis. You can even get Die Hard festive jumpers now – ho-ho-ho.

C is for Channel 5. This lot love to start early with the Yuletide flicks; in fact I’m sure I saw one during August Bank Holiday.

D is for Disney. From Snow White to Frozen, they’ve made family entertainment into an art form, especially at this time of year..

E is for elves. Played by Dudley Moore and Will Ferrell amongst others, they’ve served Santa well over the years.
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The 19 Best Christmas Movies You Can Watch on Netflix

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If you're anything like us, your holiday viewing begins the minute the Halloween pumpkins are thrown away. So in preparation, we've rounded up some of the best holiday movie options on Netflix. From classics like The Grinch and White Christmas to alternative options like Gremlins and The Ref, there's a little something for everyone . . . whether you're on Santa's naughty or nice list. RelatedFamily Movie Night! 18 Christmas Movies to Watch With the Kids
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