13 items from 2016
Before James Curiazza’s brother lost his battle with Leukemia in 1967, the family held one last Christmas for 4-year-old Dean.
“Dean loved the Christmas lights as well as the joy that the Christmas season brought with it,” Curiazza tells People. “We had a special Christmas just for him prior to his death. I don’t remember the exact date of our early Christmas, but my parents knew he wouldn’t make it through the holiday that year.”
In the decades following Dean’s Dec. 5 death, Curiazza has worked to keep his brother’s memory alive through the holiday celebrations he so loved. »
- Lindsay Kimble
So sweet! Megan Hilty recorded a special song on her new album A Merry Little Christmas just for her 2-year-old daughter Viola Philomena.
“My daughter’s obsessed with Christmas movies — very specifically the Rankin/Bass movies. You know, those stop-motions like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, Frosty the Snowman,” the expectant Broadway star, 35, tells People.
“So we put a song on the record for her from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and every time she hears it, she stops whatever she’s doing and runs over and just stares at the computer or the speakers or »
With December just two days away, Christmas music will soon be even more ubiquitous than it has been for the last month. Here to assist in that effort is the IndieWire Holiday Playlist, a selection of 16 popularized by seasonally appropriate films and TV shows. Listen below.
Selections range from standards whose origins are self-evident (“White Christmas” was made famous by the film of the same name, while “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” are from the respective television specials) to a few you may recognize without instantly recalling where they’re from: Remember “Christmas Treat,” from the “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” skit on “Saturday Night Live”? Or Phoenix’s cover of “Alone on Christmas Day” that was in “A Very Murray Christmas”?
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- Michael Nordine
NBC’s unedited 50th-anniversary broadcast of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! drew 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating on Friday, easily winning the night in the demo while giving the Peacock a 21-month, non-Olympics high in the time slot. Versus a year ago (when it aired on a Wednesday with a strong lead-in), the Grinch was down 5 and 20 percent.
Leading out of that, How Murray Saved Christmas retained 3.3 mil and a 0.8.
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Over on CBS, Frosty the Snowman did »
Thanksgiving weekend is a cornucopia of holiday televised content, bingeable marathons and, of course, football games. From festive parades on Thanksgiving morning to Christmas specials over the weekend — and, yes, a “Friends” marathon too — we’ve compiled a list of programming options to help you decide what to watch (and skip).
Thursday, November 24
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – 9 a.m. on NBC and live stream
Thanksgiving Day Parade on CBS – 9 a.m. on CBS
McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade – 9 a.m. on Wgn America
National Dog Show – 12 p.m. on NBC
The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration – 8 p.m. on ABC
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” – 6 a.m. on IFC
“Parks and Recreation” – 7 a.m. on Esquire
“Planes, Trains and Automobiles” – 9 a.m. on Comedy Central
John Wayne Western Movie Marathon – 10 a.m. on AMC
“Back to the Future” – 10 a.m. on TNT
“Friends” – 11 a.m. on »
- Seth Kelley
I'm a music nerd: I used to be a music writer, I've been to more concerts than I can count, and I will unironically declare that I love rock 'n' roll. And I just can't deal with cheesy Christmas music. I want to listen to Christmas music that sounds like the music I actually like. I don't seek out pop music or adult contemporary the rest of the year, so why would I want it during Christmas? That said, I love listening to Christmas music during the holidays, as long as it's my kind of Christmas music. I love having albums that come out just once a year but when they do, it sounds like Christmastime. I've spent years cultivating a collection of songs that aren't "good for Christmas music," but just plain good. I have a few albums I always fall back on: A Christmas Gift For You From »
- Nancy Einhart
If Frosty the Snowman is a little too holly and jolly for your tastes, then you might want to consider adding Vinegar Syndrome's Blu-ray / DVD release of Jack Frost (1997) to your stocking this holiday season.
From Amazon: "On his way to be executed, the vehicle containing notorious serial killer Jack Frost collides with a hazardous chemical truck, turning Jack into a snow covered mutant and unleashing him on the unsuspecting town of Snomonton, 'The Snowman Capitol of the Midwest'. Jack immediately takes advantage of his newfound freedom and blizzardy abilities to seek revenge on the bungling Sheriff, played by Christopher Allport (To Live And Die In L.A.), that accidentally ended his cross-country killing spree. On his way to the Sheriff, Jack terrorizes the snow-man themed town and murders its residents in a variety of winterized ways. Can the residents of Snomonton fight back against the psychopath snowman from Hell »
- Derek Anderson
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Microwave Massacre (1983)
Directed by: Wayne Berwick
There were two significant inventions that shaped suburbia, and the lives of regular people in general in the 1980’s Those boons to domestic life would be the video cassette recorder and the microwave oven. More often than not, they were used in conjunction with one another to create a defining social moment for me. I ate microwave popcorn for the very first time while I watched “Footloose” on our brand new Vcr. Over the next couple of years, the movies varied from comedy to horror, and Hollywood big budget all the way down to video nasties. The microwave food varied from popcorn to nachos, brownies, and TV dinners. »
The Pokemon Company has definitely been thinking outside of the box when it comes to the Pokemon in their upcoming Sun and Moon games. Check out a few more Pokemon being added to the Alola region!
The new reveal trailer for Pokemon Sun and Moon starts off strong in revealing the latest Pokemon, indigenous to the Alola region, as Crabrawler. A boxing crab that looks strangely familiar to Sylvester Stallone's Rocky. It's a fighting type that uses Hyper Cutter and Iron Fist.
Following Crabrawler is when things get weird with this new class of Hawaiian Pokemon. They introduce a new Ground/Ghost Pokemon, Sandygast, which is literally a mound of sand with a shovel stuck in its head. Either it's a Frosty the Snowman type of deal or something else but my mind literally cannot fathom its existence. It's special ability, Water Compaction, allows it to solidify into an actual sand castle Palossand. »
- email@example.com (Matt Malliaros)
'Worst Movie Ever?' No way. But neither is Wayne Berwick and comic Jackie Vernon's tacky cannibalism tale a piece of art. When I say it's interesting, it's more as a study item than entertainment. Bad movie -- but a terrific restoration! Microwave Massacre Blu-ray + DVD Arrow Video 1983 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 76 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / 34.95 Starring Jackie Vernon, Loren Schein, Al Troupe, Claire Ginsberg, Maria Simon, Lou Ann Webber, Anna Marlowe. Cinematography Karen Grossman Makeup Effects Robert A. Burns Original Music Leif Horvath Editor Steve Nielson Written by Thomas Singer, Craig Muckler Produced by Craig Muckler, Thomas Singer Directed by Wayne Berwick
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
"Well, the only problem is, I can't make love to a woman, unless I eat her." Just as there are celebrities famous simply for being famous, there are movies that are famous for being bad. Last March I took the curiosity plunge and reviewed the notorious Manos, »
- Glenn Erickson
Jackie Vernon may be remembered by many for being the voice of Frosty the Snowman, but horror fans know him as Donald, a frustrated husband who develops a taste for fellow humans in Microwave Massacre. In August, Arrow Video will release the cult 1983 horror film on Blu-ray / DVD, and they recently revealed new face-melting cover art for the special release, as well as an updated bonus features list for The Bloodstained Butterfly Blu-ray / DVD:
Microwave Massacre [Blu-ray + DVD] (August 16th)
They Came For Dinner...To Find They Were It!!
Donald unwittingly stumbles upon a solution to his two major problems in his life - his nagging »
- Derek Anderson
While Jackie Vernon is remembered by many for his stand-up comedy and for being the voice of Frosty the Snowman, cult horror fans know him as Donald, a frustrated husband who develops a taste for human flesh in 1983’s Microwave Massacre. The horror comedy will be released this summer on Blu-ray / DVD in the Us and UK by Arrow Video, who will also release 1971’s The Bloodstained Butterfly on home media with a new 4K restoration.
While the full release details for the Us Blu-ray / DVDs of Microwave Massacre and The Bloodstained Butterfly have yet to be revealed, we do have a look at the lists of special features for the UK editions, which should feature extras similar to what Us fans can enjoy.
- Derek Anderson
For the better part of the past decade, a new Masters of the Universe movie has been trying to get off the ground, with several studios taking a crack at this beloved franchise. Sony has been developing the franchise since 2009, picking up the rights from Warner Bros. We reported back in January that McG entered talks to direct, although we haven't had any updates since then. For those who have been waiting for He-Man and the rest of these iconic characters to hit the big screen, DreamWorks TV has some comic relief for you today, with the animated spoof reality series The Real Masters of Eternia.
This hilarious eight-minute spoof takes footage from the 1980s animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and with the help of some crafty editing and new voice actors, turns these characters battling for Eternia into roommates, who have all moved into Castle Greyskull. »
13 items from 2016
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