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Win a VeggieTales Prize Pack!

28 December 2011 11:57 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

In time for the holidays, VeggieTales return with VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy on DVD from Big Idea Entertainment. M&C.s getting in on the Veggie fun by giving away a VeggieTales Prize Pack that includes The Little Drummer Boy DVD, O Holy Night - Journey of a Little Drummer Boy CD, VeggieTales Noah's Ark, VeggieTales Toy Drum, The Little Drummer Boy Character Play Set, and more! VeggieTales: The Little Drummer Boy is a heartwarming tale that retells the classic The Little Drummer Boy story. The DVD offers a timeless message of hope during the holiday season, and will feature multi-Grammy and Dove Award-winning artists BeBe and CeCe Winans, singing their version of the iconic .The Little Drummer »

- Patrick Luce

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‘American Horror Story,’ Season 1 Finale, ‘Afterbirth’: TV Recap

21 December 2011 8:10 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

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The real climax of this season happened last week in “Birth,” when Vivien joined the murder house’s collection of ghosts after the apocalyptic delivery of her twins. We were led to believe that one was stillborn, but the other, healthier one went straight into the care of crazy Constance as Ben was left to sort out his life all alone, as Vivien and Violet settle into eternity among the house’s ephemeral residents.

This week’s installment, »

- Michael Calia

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American Horror Story Finale Is Full of Christmas Spirits – But What Happens Now?

21 December 2011 8:10 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Warning: The following recap, by definition, contains spoilers from the Season 1 finale of FX’s American Horror Story.

The Harmons extract themselves from that Murder House about as well as Michael Corleone gets out of the organized crime biz.

The Season 1 finale of FX’s (already renewed) American Horror Story, titled “Afterbirth,” dealt with the aftermath of Vivien giving birth to her and Ben’s stillborn child and the “demon baby” sired by ghost boy Tate, then succumbing to fatal amounts of blood loss and trauma herself.

But first, viewers were given a “Nine Months Ago” flashback to Ben and Vivien’s Boston existence, »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Blu-ray Review: "The Original Christmas Classics"

16 December 2011 2:01 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Todd Garbarini

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Having grown up on the Rankin Bass Christmas specials since I was a child, the Yuletide season just isn't the same without a yearly viewing of some of their most enchanting shows. Since the 1960s and 1970s, specials such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, The Little Drummer Boy and The Year Without a Santa Claus were shown on the major television networks. In the late 1980s it became increasingly difficult to see most of these specials unless you had cable television or video cassette recorders as the major networks stopped airing them. With the availability of home video, the shows were inevitably made available to the masses and made great Christmas presents.

The fine folks at Classic Media have released some of these beloved Christmas classics on Blu-ray. In a two-disc set entitled The Original Christmas Classics, »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Justin Bieber: Santa's Helper in Rockefeller Center

1 December 2011 5:15 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Lights, camera, Justin Bieber. Christmas has come to Rockefeller Center. The traditional tree-lighting ceremony, the 79th annual, in the midtown Manhattan destination was a cautiously paced, all-star event Wednesday night, with carols delivered by the likes of Bieber, who essentially headlined the event, Michael Bublé (singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas"), Cee Lo Green, Neil Diamond, Carole King, Katharine McPhee and Tony Bennett (the traditional "White Christmas"). Mariah Carey was also seen in a debut video duet with Bieber, for her "All I Want for Christmas." The number resembled a big-budget department-store commercial, although the video's quick cuts made it »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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Top 10 holiday movies

30 November 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

For better or for worse, the holiday season is finally upon us. To many that means gritting our teeth and bracing ourselves against the onslaught as we enter into the traditional holiday shopping fray. It doesn't take much to make one tense up at the thought of interminable line-ups in overfull malls, endless searches for that perfect gift or bauble, or that moment when we all inevitably find ourselves singing along to The Little Drummer Boy for the millionth time in an hour. But don't lose your spirit just yet! There are many less stressful ways to experience the best of the season and at the top of that list is sitting down to watch favourite classic holiday movies with family and friends.

But what exactly makes for a fantastic holiday film? The big screen ventures in question must contain a number of important ingredients to capture the spirit of the holidays on film. »

- Emma Badame

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ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas: Chevy Chase, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and more

8 November 2011 6:23 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

ABC Family is ramping up for its annual 25 Days of Christmas holiday gauntlet of whimsical, fun-for-the-whole-family programming. Today the delightful folks at ABC Family sent me my very own miniature Christmas tree and ornaments with which to decorate it. As you can see, my cat Milo was also very excited.

The programming is as follows. Mark your calendars! For more information, including movie descriptions, check out,,

Thursday, December 1

(6:00-6:30 Pm Et/Pt) Mickey's Christmas Carol

(6:30-7:00 Pm Et/Pt) Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too

(7:00-9:00 Pm Et/Pt) The Santa Clause

(9:00-11:00 Pm Et/Pt) The Santa Clause - Encore Presentation (Live Action)

Friday, December 2

(6:00-6:30 Pm Et/Pt) Dr. Seuss On The Loose

(6:30-7:00 Pm Et/Pt) Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

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Listen: Justin Bieber releases 'Drummer Boy' feat. Busta Rhymes

27 October 2011 6:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Justin Bieber may be a skinny teenage pop singer from Canada, but seemingly every famous rapper currently in the game has nevertheless been clamoring to work with him lately. Hmm, now what could be the rea$on for that? Bieb's latest hip-hop collaborator is none other than Busta Rhymes, the lightning-quick rapper who guests on his new single "Drummer Boy", a club version of the old Yuletide standard "The Little Drummer Boy". While I actually find the song kind of grating, what with its heavily-processed vocals, warmed-over dance beats and ridiculous lyrics like "Playing for the king/Playing for the title/I'm surprised you didn't hear »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Justin Bieber debuts new 'Mistletoe' video on MTV

18 October 2011 5:54 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

The Christmas season may still be more than two months away, but Justin Bieber is getting into the holiday spirit early with the release of the video for his new song, "Mistletoe."

The video was shot in Franklin, Tenn., by "One Less Lonely Girl" director Roman White and features Bieber decked out in holiday finery and frolicking in the snow as he sings about spending time under the mistletoe with his "shawty."

The song is the first single from The Bieb's upcoming album, "Under the Mistletoe." The album features his versions of holiday favorites, including "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "The Little Drummer Boy," along with some updated songs, like Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas." There are also cameos from Usher, Boys II Men and Busta Rhymes, among others.

As a public service, we're providing the lyrics below so you can sing along with Jb as you watch, »


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