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Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas: 2016 Edition

I’m guessing that you, just like most of us, have always had seasonal favorites when it comes to movies that attempt to address and evoke the spirit of Christmas. Like most from my generation, when I was a kid I learned the pleasures of perennial anticipation of Christmastime as interpreted by TV through a series of holiday specials, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and even musical variety hours where the likes of Bing Crosby and Andy Williams and Dean Martin et al would sit around sets elaborately designed to represent the ideal Christmas-decorated living room, drinking “wassail” (I’m sure that’s what was in those cups) and crooning classics of the season alongside a dazzling array of guests. (We knew we were moving into a new world of holiday cheer when David Bowie joined Bing Crosby for
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25 Days of Christmas: Here's the Full Lineup For the ABC Family Marathon

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ABC Family's countdown to 25 Days of Christmas has concluded, and it's time for the real deal! ABC Family's holiday-themed marathon (which follows the equally addictive 13 Nights of Halloween) kicked off on Dec. 1 and goes until Christmas Day, of course, and this year's offerings are all nostalgic and fun. It's exactly what you need to get you in the mood. Get a look at the schedule now to plan your evenings! Related: The Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas Lineup Is Here 11 Holiday Movies You Can Stream on Netflix The 17 Holiday Movies You Have to Watch at Least Once Dec. 1 7:00 a.m. - The Preacher's Wife 11:00 a.m. - Disney's A Christmas Carol 1:00 p.m. - Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas 2:30 p.m. - The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus 3:30 p.m. - Frosty's Winter Wonderland 4:00 p.m. - Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July 6:00 p.
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Son of a Nutcracker! A look at the top 10 holiday movies

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For better or for worse, the holiday season is upon us. To many that simply means bracing up against the onslaught of hectic holiday shopping and overly tense family gatherings. After all, it doesn't take much to put one on edge at the thought of interminable line-ups in overfull malls, endless searches for that perfect gift or bauble before Christmas or that perfect deal on Boxing Day after, 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! 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.

With that in mind, we've compiled a list of films we think represent the very best of the traditional holiday movie fare.
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Watch Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz's 4-Year-Old Son Play The Piano Like a Pro!

Watch Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz's 4-Year-Old Son Play The Piano Like a Pro!
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz's 4-year-old son, Egypt, is clearly following in his parents’ musical footsteps – and he’s absolutely adorable!

Swizz posted two new Instagram videos of his son on the keys (pun intended), first playing ‘The Little Drummer Boy, ’ and captioning it “#Focused.” The following day, he shared a video of their talented son performing the “Charlie Brown” theme song.

Check out the video above to watch Egypt in all his piano-playing glory!

Related: Alicia Keys Opens Up About Bringing Baby Egypt on Tour

Alicia is clearly one proud mama! She re-grammed the second clip to her own account and wrote, “Every morning waking the whole house up!!! So cute!!! Somebody’s got the bug!!”

This isn't the first time Egypt has showed off a special talent. Last May, he modeled in Ralph Lauren’s Children’s Runway Show in New York.

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Meanwhile, Alicia and Swizz welcomed their second son, Genesis [link=nm
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Flashback: Scream Real Loud for Pee-wee Herman's 1988 Christmas Special!

Flashback: Scream Real Loud for Pee-wee Herman's 1988 Christmas Special!
Don’t get me wrong: I adore Charlie Brown, Rudolph and the Grinch as much as anyone. But ask me to name my all-time favorite holiday special, and I gotta go with Pee-wee Herman.

Broadcast in 1988--in prime time!--Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special had everything we can possibly want in seasonal entertainment: music, merriment, snow … even Oprah.

“There’s never been a Christmas special like this, I guarantee you,” Pee-wee told Et’s Jeanne Wolf in 1988. (As was his custom, Paul Reubens did the interview entirely in character as his giggling, bow-tied alter ego.) And he was absolutely right: Until Pee-wee’s Playhouse came along in 1986, no one had ever blended camp, comedy and an art-school sensibility on Saturday morning television before. The result attracted kids and many curious adults.

The Christmas special stands out for a few reasons. In the interview, Pee-wee noted it had a “bigger budget, more time (and
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Ricky Gervais Reveals Intimate Fallon Grooming Techniques in 'Lip Flip' Bit

Ricky Gervais Reveals Intimate Fallon Grooming Techniques in 'Lip Flip' Bit
Ricky Gervais is prone to excessive giggling. But Jimmy Fallon's "Lip Flip" game left the comedian cracking up even more than usual during his Tonight Show visit Tuesday night. The bit finds host and guest having their lips digitally swapped during a bizarre conversation, with Gervais' beard imposed on Fallon's freshly shaven mug, and vice versa. Watch the hilarious video above to see Gervais do the Madonna "Vogue" dance and Fallon reveal some intimate grooming techniques.

"What I'd really like to see, honestly, is you interviewing yourself," Fallon says
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Ricky Gervais and Jimmy Fallon Flip Lips, Talk Dirty and Sing a Duet!

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This is the best "Lip Flip" yet! Ricky Gervais stopped by "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday night, where he swapped mouths with Jimmy Fallon and had the late night host cracking up with his raunchy antics.The best part? Both adopted Southern accents in order to speak like the other comedian! "Hi, I'm Jimmy Fallon—I got my own TV show," said Jimmy—well, said Ricky as Jimmy. "Yeah, I can't believe it neither! I come on and I sit down and I talk, and sometimes I sing, and other people talk, and when other people are talking I'm getting paid when they're talking! It's amazing! I'm getting paid now and someone else is doing all the entertaining!" After Jimmy made Ricky call himself a "little baby," Ricky pulled out the big guns by telling "the absolute truth" about Jimmy's personal grooming habits (Hint: it involves his balls!)Check
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Listen to a New Heavy Metal Christmas Song from Christopher Lee

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There are plenty of Christmas songs playing on the radio this time of year that are perfect for cozying up by the fire with a glass of wine, but if you’re looking to add a little headbanging to your holidays, then you’ll be excited to know that the legendary Christopher Lee is back with an awesome new heavy metal holiday single called “Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing.”

In 2012, Lee rang in the holidays with his heavy metal covers of “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night”, and last year he rocked the Internet with two original holiday singles, “Jingle Hell” and “My Way.” This year, the 92-year-old Lee is back with another new tune, “Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing”, and you can listen to it right here. These amazing heavy metal holiday songs are available to purchase on iTunes.

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R.I.P. Arthur Rankin Jr

The man whose animated holiday TV specials have touched generations of fans died Thursday at his home in Bermuda. Arthur Rankin Jr was 89. His death was reported by local newspaper The Royal Gazette. With his partner Jules Bass, Rankin mined popular Christmas songs to create enduring stop-motion TV classics including Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) — which beat The Voice and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the 18-49 demo when CBS aired it Thanksgiving Eve last year – The Little Drummer Boy (1968), Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (1970) and The Year Without A Santa Claus (1974). The Jimmy Durante-narrated Frosty The Snowman (1969) was done in tradition cel animation and was the first of their Christmas specials done as a half-hour rather than an hour. Rankin and Bass founded their company in 1960 as Videocraft International, and the name was changed to Rankin/Bass Productions eight years later. They also produced plenty of non-holiday fare as well,
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Listen to Christopher Lee’s New Heavy Metal Christmas Songs

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*For those that missed this story earlier in the month, we wanted to share it with our readers on Christmas Eve* Looking for something different to play during your upcoming Christmas party? Last year, we rocked out to Christopher Lee singing The Little Drummer Boy and Silent Night, and he’s back with a brand new songs.

The new music includes “Jingle Hell” and “My Way” and make up Christopher Lee’s A Heavy Metal Christmas Too. The first video we’ve included below features samples of both songs and they are available for purchase in iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

We’ve also included last year’s video that features ”The Little Drummer Boy” and “Silent Night” from Christopher Lee. A Heavy Metal Christmas. The songs are also available on a variety of digital download services.

Christopher has been releasing a yearly video message around this time of year
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Watch Megadeth and Jenny Lewis sing 'Baby, It’s Cold Outside' on 'Kimmel'

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Watch Megadeth and Jenny Lewis sing 'Baby, It’s Cold Outside' on 'Kimmel'
Now here's a holiday album every child of the 80s would buy: On Monday's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," Megadeth promoted a fake compilation called "Thrashing Through the Snow: A Very Megadeth Christmas" -- which includes a duet with indie darling Jenny Lewis. Watch the clip below.   Dressed in holiday sweaters, frontman Dave Mustaine and his bandmates growl out metal renditions of "Frosty the Snowman," "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" as little children cower in the corner and cover their ears. The band also manages to scare off Lewis, who realizes a few lines...
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'The Sing-Off's' Pentatonix perform 'Carol of the Bells' on 'Conan'

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In case you're keeping score, "The Sing-Off" winners Pentatonix are winning the holidays. Their renditions of Christmas favorites "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" are enough to melt any heart, but why stop there?

The a capella group appeared on "Conan" in a web-exclusive performance, this time taking on "Carol of the Bells." As they tend to do, the vocal group blows it out of the water with relative ease. At this rate, they'll cover every Christmas carol by December 25.
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Megadeth sings Christmas carols on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

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Finally, the thrash metal Christmas carols everyone has been waiting for have arrived. Megadeth surprised viewers of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" with the debut of their new holiday project, "Thrashing Through the Snow."

So, all right, it was all a joke, but the band still gave their take on several holiday standards, including "Frosty the Snowman," "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Do You Hear What I Hear?" It turns out what they hear is death.

The entire bit was shot like an infomercial and even included special guest Jenny Lewis, who joined the band for "Baby, It's Cold Outside." She doesn't stick around long though, because it's just too terrifying.

Now the band just needs to make "Thrashing Through the Snow" a real thing.
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David Bowie's TV appearances: a history

In time for a new Bowie documentary, Five Years, here's a comprehensive look at his small screen performances, from an ice lolly ad to his Extras cameo

Like everybody else who was taking solids on 6 July 1972, I genuinely remember seeing David Bowie perform Starman on Top of the Pops. It's one of the few historic pieces of pop television I recall clearly. I knew who David Bowie was, had already bought his records and had even seen him wearing a dress on the cover of Melody Maker. That short appearance with the Spiders From Mars, doing a song that only got on the record because somebody at RCA thought it was a hit, felt like an arrival. It wasn't just the clothes. Lots of acts raided the dressing-up box. What struck me then and strikes me now is the way he worked out which camera he was on and, through it,
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Listen to 90-Year-Old Christopher Lee Bring the Metal with 'A Heavy Metal Christmas'

Christmas 2012 is all about Christopher Lee apparently – it’s his holiday season, we’re just along for the ride. The 90-year-old actor, who rose to fame playing Dracula for Hammer Studios, is back on top of the box office as he reprises his role as Saruman in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, but that wasn’t enough. Now he’s poised to make your holiday party rock harder than ever before with two heavy metal renditions of your favorite holiday classics. That’s right, Lee will have you banging your head and tossing up the sign of the beast as he rocks out to "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night" on his two-track release A Heavy Metal Christmas. Lee’s metal growl is pretty impressive...

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Christopher Lee hammers out some Holiday Metal

Sir Christopher Lee is already a legend in horror but what you might not know is that he has done vocals on two metal albums. He has been doing symphonic metal since 2005 and has released a metal album in 2010 called Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross. While fans wait for his follow-up Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, which is to be released before the end of the year, Lee Partnered with a few musicians and has embraced the holiday season with two heavy metal renditions of The Little Drummer Boy and Silent Night. These two songs will for sure turn heads if you play this at your holiday party. The songs are available to download and purchase on iTunes and Amazon as a part of “Christopher Lee: A Heavy Metal Christmas”.

Info on the release:

Vocals: Christopher Lee

Backing Vocals (Silent Night): Michelle at StudioPros

Guitars: Hedras Ramos Jr.
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You Haven't Heard Little Drummer Boy Until You've Heard Christopher Lee's Heavy Metal Version

We've all known Christopher Lee has nurtured a singing career alongside the endless other things this talented thespian can accomplish.  You can hear him croon in Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man and, in recent year, he's been getting into some "heavy metal."  Now, Lee has debuted "A Heavy Metal Christmas" - now available on iTunes - which features "The Little Drummer Boy" and "Silent Night."  Get a sample inside.  Brilliance.

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Listen to Christopher Lee’s Heavy Metal Christmas Songs

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Looking for something different to play during your upcoming Christmas party? We don’t cover too music news on Daily Dead, but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share Christopher Lee singing The Little Drummer Boy and Silent Night. Both songs make up “Christopher Lee. A Heavy Metal Christmas” and were recently released on iTunes and Amazon.

Christopher Lee may have turned 90 this year, but it doesn’t look like he plans to retire any time soon. He appeared in Dark Shadows earlier this year, you can catch him in The Hobbit, and he isn’t afraid to try something a little bit different like this heavy metal Christmas project. We’ve included a sample of both songs below and here is information on the people involved:

Vocals: Christopher Lee

Backing Vocals (Silent Night): Michelle at StudioPros

Guitars: Hedras Ramos Jr.

Bass: Hedras Ramos Sr.

Drums: Ollie Usiskin
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Blu-ray Review: "Mad Monster Party" (1967) Starring Boris Karloff And Phyillis Diller

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By Todd Garbarini

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Mad Monster Party is a relatively obscure stop-motion animated musical treat from 1967 that many non-genre fans are unaware of. Aimed at children, it is the creation of Rankin and Bass, the production team responsible for so many holiday television specials including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, The Little Drummer Boy, and The Year Without a Santa Claus. Unlike these specials, however, Mad Monster Party made the rounds to movie theaters as a feature-length film for Saturday and Sunday matinees. It’s the obvious inspiration for Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), boasting an infectious musical score that sticks in your head long after the movie is over.

Baron Boris von Frankenstein, the lead character who is voiced by Boris Karloff in one of his last roles, decides to hang up his lab coat and hand
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Win a VeggieTales Prize Pack!

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
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