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Puppets From Christmas Classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer For Sale On Ebay for $10 Million

Puppets From Christmas Classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer For Sale On Ebay for $10 Million
It seems you actually can put a price on Christmas cheer.

Puppets used in the classic 1964 Rankin/Bass film Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are on sale for a staggering $10 million by the current owner and self-proclaimed “1960s Hollywood memorabilia collector” Peter Lutrario, according to Pix11 News.

Lutrario is selling the stop-motion puppet figures of Santa Claus and Rudolph on eBay, which were restored in 2007.

“These 2 puppets are Certainly one of the Most Iconic and Famous Collectibles in the entire World, and are certainly the Most Famous Holiday and Christmas Props In the History of Television,” his eBay page read. “We
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‘Phantom Thread’ Meets ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ For A Twisted New Holiday Classic— Watch

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‘Phantom Thread’ Meets ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ For A Twisted New Holiday Classic— Watch
Paul Thomas Anderson’s characters are rarely classified as “adorable,” but The Ringer hopes to change that. Four days before Christmas — and the “Phantom Thread” release date — the site debuted a new 96-second parody trailer featuring familiar voices and visuals never meant to be experienced together.

“Santa Thread” repurposes dialogue from the film’s official trailer and fits it into footage from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the classic stop-motion animated special that aired on NBC in 1964.

Read More:‘Phantom Thread’ Review: Paul Thomas Anderson’s Riveting ’50s Romance Is a Screwball Comedy In Disguise

Kindly Santa Claus turns compulsive when voiced by Daniel Day-Lewis, now stitching messages into his chimney-bound suit, not royal couture. Lesley Manville’s lines have been given to Mrs. Claus — transformed into a jealous wife instead of a skeptical sister. She sees the way Kris Kringle eyes the North Pole’s newest addition, a chiding caribou
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Charlie Brown vs. Rudolph: Here’s Who Won This Year’s Battle of the Classic Christmas Specials — Ratings Watch

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Charlie Brown vs. Rudolph: Here’s Who Won This Year’s Battle of the Classic Christmas Specials — Ratings Watch
Good grief! Christmas specials are in full swing, and the networks dusted off some of their biggest classics last week: ABC’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and CBS’ “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” In their inaugural 2017 runs, “Rudolph” (2.1 among adults 18-49) edged out “Charlie Brown” (1.8), giving a ratings edge to the reindeer with a very shiny nose.

“Rudolph,” which premiered in 1964, and “Charlie Brown,” which first bowed in 1965, are considered the key staples in a sea of primetime holiday specials, some of which have come and gone over the years. But both specials were overshadowed this year by a newcomer: “DreamWorks Trolls Holiday,” which averaged a 2.4 rating when it aired on Nov. 24, during the Thanksgiving weekend.

But there are plenty of caveats to all of this, since none of the specials actually faced off in the same time slot. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” performed respectably considering it aired in a tough Thursday 8 p.
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10 Things You Never Knew About The Nightmare Before Christmas

10 Things You Never Knew About The Nightmare Before Christmas
For many of us, The Nightmare Before Christmas has become as much of a holiday tradition as the stop motion animation classics that inspired it. Jack, Sally, Zero, and the rest of Halloween Town have enchanted our imaginations (and filled our collectibles shelves) ever since the movie arrived in theaters in October 1993. Here, we look at 10 things you never knew about The Nightmare Before Christmas.

The Nightmare Before Christmas began as a poem.

Clement Clark Moore's 1823 poem A Visit from St. Nicholas is more commonly referred to as The Night Before Christmas, thanks to its opening line, "'Twas the night before Christmas." Tim Burton, who grew up in Southern California, has said he was inspired by the collision of holiday decorations in stores as the seasonal sections switched from Halloween to Christmas. As he toiled away as an animator at Disney, he started to work on his own projects,
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Dmx's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cover Is an Instant Christmas Classic

Dmx's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Cover Is an Instant Christmas Classic
It seems that Christmas music starts getting played earlier and earlier as the years go on and many people get annoyed by the early, empty sounds of Christmas joy filling their ears, but Dmx is back and he has the only Christmas song that you need this year or any other year. The rapper was asked back in 2012 to sing a live Christmas song on the radio and he chose "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," leading many fans to beg for a studio recording of his version. And now, Christmas has come early with the studio version of Dmx's Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as he calls it, produced by Divine Bars.

The minute-and-a-half song sounds exactly what you think it sounds like and it's amazing. Rudolph is given a certain gravel-voiced swagger that Grandma needs to hear this Christmas. It's time for a Ruff Ryders full Christmas album that the whole
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Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Grows With Drama, Drama, Drama-Filled Fall Finale

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Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Grows With Drama, Drama, Drama-Filled Fall Finale
Sorry, Rudolph — it ain’t Christmas yet. NBC topped Tuesday night’s primetime with “The Voice” and its “This Is Us” fall finale. And oh yeah, “Chicago Med” pitched in too. With its annual re-broadcasting of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” CBS finished runner-up on the evening. Over on The CW, night two of its annual DC Comics crossover continued, handing the youngest-skewing broadcast channel a third-place tie with Fox in the key 18-49 demographic. Without any “Dancing With the Stars” action, ABC settled for a fifth-place tie with Telemundo.
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Classic ‘Rudolph’ Christmas Special Sparks the Most Cynical 2017 Responses on Twitter

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Classic ‘Rudolph’ Christmas Special Sparks the Most Cynical 2017 Responses on Twitter
As is tradition, CBS aired the beloved Christmas special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on Tuesday night and many Twitter users found its classic optimism difficult to relate to in 2017. Some viewers rediscovering the 1964 Rankin/Bass stop-motion movie took to Twitter to celebrate their nostalgia, sending the hashtag #Rudolph trending during the special’s east coast broadcast. #Rudolph is on!!! It's officially Christmas season. pic.twitter.com/gGKUc6aPLN — ????MelindaKass???? (@KassBlckwell) November 29, 2017 Others weren’t quite as joyful, however. Also Read: CNN Boycotts White House Christmas Party Over Trump 'Attacks on Freedom of the Press,' Sarah Huckabee Sanders Rejoices “I
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New NCIS Season 15, Episode 10 Is Getting Delayed For A While

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Hey, "NCIS" fans. It is with great regret that we have to deliver this latest set of news to you guys. It turns out that your favorite show is about to hit a break in the schedule this coming Tuesday night, November 28,2017 and Tuesday night, December 5,2017. On those nights, CBS will not be airing a new episode of NCIS. So, that means the new and latest episode 10 will be missing in action for a while. It's currently expected to finally air on Tuesday night, December 12,2017 in its same 7 pm central time slot on CBS. So, be sure to mark that very important date down on your TV calendars. So, what is replacing your favorite show this coming Tuesday night and next Tuesday night? Well, according to the TV guide schedule, on Tuesday night, November 28,2017, the line up will consist of a classic, animated Christmas special. That's right. CBS will be
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Top Performing Arts Venues in New Jersey

Following are the top 5 performing arts venues in New Jersey:

New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall

Location: 1 Center St., Newark; Capacity: 2,868; Tickets sold in 2017: 124,097*; President and CEO: John Schreiber

Located in downtown Newark, the “NJ Pac” is one of “the best-sounding rooms in the state,” says Umt Presents promoter Tony Pallagrosi. Home to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Pac also hosts a cross section of events and concerts by headliners including Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello, as well as live TV broadcasts (“America’s Got Talent”), benefits, galas and dance troupes.

Count Basie Theatre

Location: 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank; Capacity: 1,568; Tickets sold in 2017: 122,303; President and CEO: Adam Philipson

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The storied nonprofit venue has played host to shows by Springsteen, Tony Bennett, Bon Jovi, Brian Wilson, James Brown, Louis C.K. and more. Having celebrated its 90th anniversary last year, the
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Did the Emmys Pull a Fallon? Why Did Good Place Reveal Trick? Sympathy for Outlander's Frank? And More TV Qs!

Did the Emmys Pull a Fallon? Why Did Good Place Reveal Trick? Sympathy for Outlander's Frank? And More TV Qs!
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including The Strain, Ray Donovan, American Ninja Warrior and The Good Place!

1 | Outlander readers: Isn’t the Starz series making you feel all sorts of bad for Frank in a way the books didn’t?

RelatedOutlander‘s Sam Heughan Talks Jamie’s Episode 2 Breakdown: ‘Everyone Around Him Gets Hurt’

2 | Now that The Strain has wrapped its four-season run, we must ask: Was Gus’ storyline ever interesting? (Let alone critical?) And did Zach’s final,
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‘The Orville’ Episode 3: Why Its Poor Understanding of Gender Makes ‘About a Girl’ The Worst Episode Yet

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‘The Orville’ Episode 3: Why Its Poor Understanding of Gender Makes ‘About a Girl’ The Worst Episode Yet
[Editor’s note: Spoilers for “The Orville” Season 1, Episode 3, “About a Girl,” below.]

The Orville,” now having been on the air for two weeks now, has become a ratings success for Fox, despite negative reviews. There are always a variety of explanations for that sort of discord between the viewing audience and professional critics, but in the case of Seth MacFarlane’s “homage” to the “Star Trek” franchise, the answer might be relatively simple: Critics were able to see three episodes, not just one.

And of the first three episodes, “About a Girl” was by far the most troubling screened by critics, because it exposed just how out of his depth MacFarlane was in trying to find his own take on “Star Trek.”

Theoretically, “The Orville” wouldn’t have been complete without the “Family Guy” creator following in Gene Roddenberry’s footsteps and attempting to tackle Important Issues of the Day in the context of science fiction. For decades, “Trek” has used allegory
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‘Emoji Movie’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

‘Emoji Movie’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying
Early reviews of “The Emoji Movie” are in, and critics, to put it gently, aren’t giving the film a “Thumbs Up.”

Critics offered generally unfavorable reviews for the Tony Leondis-directed animated comedy voiced by T.J. Miller, James Corden, and Anna Faris. Hitting theaters Friday, “Emoji” is currently averaging a concerning 0% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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The reviews collectively called the movie “meh,” a nod to Miller’s character, and panned the pointless and seemingly unrelated plot. Others called out the unnecessary product integration with Spotify, Candy Crush, and Crackle (owned by the film’s distributor, Sony).

Here’s what the critics are saying:

Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman:

“The bad news is that ‘The Emoji Movie’ really is meh. There have been worse ideas, but in this case the execution isn’t good enough to bring the notion of an emoji movie to funky, surprising
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'SpongeBob SquarePants' Gets Halloween-Themed Stop-Motion Special

SpongeBob SquarePants will be offering up some scares this Halloween.

Nickelodeon has greenlighted a stop-motion special called SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom that's set to debut in October.

Made in the visual style of the classic Rankin/Bass TV specials, which include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the special will center on the story of the Flying Dutchman (voiced by Brian Doyle Murray), who wants to make sure everyone in town is scared, especially SpongeBob, who thinks scary things are funny. 

The special finds Bikini Bottom decked out for Halloween: Sandy's treedome is a mad scientist's lab, with a giant...
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Jimmy Fallon’s Sweet Tooth Helps Break the Record for Highest Number of Girl Scout Cookies Sold

Jimmy Fallon’s Sweet Tooth Helps Break the Record for Highest Number of Girl Scout Cookies Sold
Thanks for your support, Jimmy Fallon!

When 15-year-old Katie Francis was close to breaking the record for most boxes of Girl Scout Cookies sold, she reached out to The Tonight Show host to help her make the monumental sale.

Before Fallon purchased the 101,106th box of treats, Francis revealed her foolproof method of reaching such an impressive number of sales: the Oklahoma City native stands in front of grocery stores and sings “cookie tunes,” created by changing the lyrics of popular songs to relate to the famous snacks.

Francis even shared one of her favorites, changing the words of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Travis Knight interview: Kubo, Coraline, Laika

Brendon Connelly Jan 18, 2017

Kubo And The Two Strings director, and Laika founder, Travis Knight, talks us through making a stop motion movie...

Travis Knight is both the head of Laika, the Portland, Oregon studio at the vanguard of stop-motion animation, and the director of their latest film, Kubo And The Two Strings. By all obvious signs, he's very good at both of his jobs.

I spoke to Knight on the occasion of Kubo getting its DVD, Blu-ray and download release, and given that Den of Geek had already spoken to him about this film specifically, I thought we would chat about Laika in general. Knight gave me a history, took questions about the future, and addressed some of the fine points of how animation gets done the Laika way. Here's how our conversation went.

Can we start by going back, way back? I'd love a potted history, starting at the
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‘The Princess Bride’ Honest Trailer Praises the Sappy Swashbuckling Love Story

‘The Princess Bride’ Honest Trailer Praises the Sappy Swashbuckling Love Story
As part of Fan Appreciation Month at Screen Junkies, the YouTube channel has released an Honest Trailer for the 1987 classic “The Princess Bride,” starring Robin Wright and Cary Elwes.

Unlike many other Honest Trailers, Screen Junkies actually praises the “action-comedy-romance-drama-kids movie for adults” by calling it “the best sappy, swashbuckling, medieval love story ever made.”

The video begins by attempting to explain the narrative, describing it as “a real movie about a made-up book, based on a real book about the same made-up book that the real movie is based on.” Confusing, right?

Read More: ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ Honest Trailer Pokes Fun at the Iconic Surfer Bros

The video then explains the love story between Westley, “the farm boy turned pirate,” and Buttercup, “the farm-owning orphan turned Princess,” poking fun at the film for having “really really polite action,” mid-fight conversations, countless catchphrases and cheesy music. It also
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‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ Honest Trailer Pokes Fun at the Iconic Surfer Bros

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‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ Honest Trailer Pokes Fun at the Iconic Surfer Bros
Before “Wayne’s World,” “Dumb & Dumber” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?” there was “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” a sci-fi comedy about two seemingly dumb teens who struggle to prepare a historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Now, the 1989 film starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter is getting the long-overdue Honest treatment.

Read More: Keanu Reeves Narrates Short Film About The Importance of Film Preservation

“They hang out together, rock out together and say the exact same words together,” says Honest Trailers narrator Jon Bailey about buddies Ted ‘Theodore’ Logan and Bill S. Preston, Esq., who basically do and say everything as a pair.

The Peter Hewitt–directed movie is described as the “one film [that] brings something original about the two-dumb-guys-being-dumb genre: time travel.”

The trailer also puts emphasis on the way the film portrays the gay panic of the time and its use of anti-gay slurs,
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Kelly Clarkson Is Dreaming of a White Christmas Remake – and She Wants to Star in It

Kelly Clarkson Is Dreaming of a White Christmas Remake – and She Wants to Star in It
Attention, Hollywood: Kelly Clarkson has had a lifelong love affair with White Christmas – “my favorite Christmas movie!” – and she’s available for a remake.

“You know how they’re doing musicals on TV now?” she said. “I really want to do that with that movie.”

The singer nominated herself (for the Rosemary Clooney part, no doubt) during her holiday musical extravaganza in Nashville on Friday night. And by all means take her seriously, because she’s earned the right to call herself a queen of Christmas music, especially in her adopted hometown.

The city hosts dozens of live holiday shows during the season,
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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Meets His Real Father in Funny Animated Short

With Christmas coming up, I've got a fun animated short for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in which he meets his real father. I thought it was such a fantastically funny idea to make his dad the guy from the classic game Operation. You know... because they both have big red light-up noses. The short was created by Patrick De Nicola for Xvp Comedy, and I think you're gonna enjoy it.
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The most disturbing, unnerving Christmas TV of yore

Wesley Mead Dec 19, 2016

Think Christmas TV has always been warm and fluffy? Think again, as we revisit some disturbing vintage festive specials...

The festive season holds long-held ties to the macabre. From the classic novels of Charles Dickens to the melancholy of the Christmas carol canon, Christmas has always harboured a darker side, lurking beyond the tinsel and mince pies. That role has extended to festive television: for every smiles-and-silliness sitcom special, there’s a programme with an altogether more disturbing spin on the season – be that a dramatic Christmas episode imbued with fear and bloodshed, or a family classic whose ostensibly wholesome charms look questionable in retrospect.

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An early mainstay of the medium in its infancy, morality play anthology series were our first taste of a darker Christmastime being translated to television. Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ Back From Christmas
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