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Eventually, the tradition of watching A Christmas Story over and over and over during one night of the holiday season is going to be holiday canon. Just as you can't celebrate the birth of Jesus without a decorated tree and stockings and eggnog, you won't be able to ignore Bob Clark's 1983 classic. There will be songs about it, like "Oh, A Christmas Story," and "Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Story Marathon Viewing TIme," and there will also be a Claymation special where Rudolph is all upset because DirecTV is in a standoff with TBS and he can't watch the movie even once let alone 12 times. A Christmas Story is great. It's a national treaure as much as it's a Christmas staple. In fact, the Library of Congress recently...
- Christopher Campbell
Paramount Home Media Distribution is a big winner in the holiday season dating game.
Studios in the fourth quarter typically follow one of two strategies in bringing their summer tentpoles to home video: release films early, before Thanksgiving, to maximize exposure at retail, or wait until right before Christmas to snag the impulse buyer.
Paramount waited until the very last minute to release “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” to the home market. The $191.2 million-grossing film, which opened theatrically in August, was released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on Dec. 16, long after such other big summer films as “The Lego Movie” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
But thanks to last-minute shoppers, the film easily debuted in the No. 1 spot on both national home video sales charts for the week ending Dec. 21, pushing the prior week’s top seller, Walt Disney Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy,” to No. 2 and selling more than twice as many copies, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
There has always been a wonderful, beautiful link between the holiday season and the movie industry, and right in time for the holiday we have a brand new supercut that we promise will fill you with cinematic joy and the Christmas spirit. Check it out! Just in time for the Christmas holiday (Merry Christmas, Cinema Blend fans!), YouTube user Holivision has posted a specially edited, Christmas-themed montage designed to explore the beautiful and fun history of the holiday in cinema. Certainly part of the fun of a video like this is trying to name the movies that all of the clips come from, but just in case you want to check your answers you can find the full list of titles - courtesy of the video description - below: . A Christmas Story (1983) . It.s a Wonderful Life (1946) . Miracle on 34th Street (1947) . Christmas Vacation (1989) . Elf (2003) . The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) . Home Alone »
It's Christmas!! To celebrate, we've been counting down the days by posting five fun facts about our favorite festive flicks.And the season just wouldn't be complete without an all-day marathon of "A Christmas Story."1. While the movie takes place in Indiana, the real house from the film is located in Cleveland, Ohio -- 3159 W. 11th Street, to be exact. Check it out on Google Maps -- if you zoom in, you can even see the leg lamp in the window!2. When Flick (Scott Schwartz) is triple-dog-dared to lick the icy flagpole, a vacuum sucked his tongue in place to make it look like he was frozen to the pole.3. Ralphie's (Peter Billingsley) mumbling and grumbling while fighting with Scut Farkus (Zack Ward) might sound like ad libbed nonsense, but the rant was scripted word for word. 4. The song that plays when we're first introduced to Farkus is "Peter and the Wolf" by Sergei Prokofiev. »
- tooFab Staff
There is no shortage of great moments in Bob Clark’s holiday staple that would have been worthy of an improv performance. However, the crew from Improv Anywhere could only pick one – and they settled on the infamous “tongue frozen to the flagpole” sequence from early in A Christmas Story. Rather than perform outside, our three young actors take the scene to a crowded subway car, where a subway pole stands in for the flag. If you’re worried about some poor kid putting his tongue on a filthy part of the public transit system, fear not – he used a prosthetic tongue with a magnet inside to make sure the appendage stuck and that he wasn’t getting cooties in the process. The results are classic as delighted onlookers watch the scene...
- Mike Bracken
In 2014, Turner Networks is airing its 18th annual “24 Hours of A Christmas Story” programming event starting Christmas Eve at 8pm Et/Pt and continuing until 8pm on Christmas Day. The running of the beloved 1983 film for 12 consecutive showings has become a holiday tradition for many; so much so, that this year, along with its usual airing on TBS, the marathon will also be simulcast on sister network TNT for the first time. This marks a homecoming of sorts for the film on TNT; when Turner Networks started this marathon in 1997, it originally aired on TNT before … Continue reading →
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- Jeff Pfeiffer
As the eggnog flows tonight, many of you will go to old holiday standbys like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Story,” while others will run to counter-programming favorites like “Die Hard” and “Lethal Weapon.” Imagine, if you can, a world where auteurs like Werner Herzog and Lars von Trier would have directed a holiday film with a scene set on Christmas morning and you’ll be keyed into Foregrounds Media’s hilarious mindset. Thanks to the fine folks at No Film School, we have two clever and funny videos, titled “The Auteurs of Christmas,” that port the iconic styles of directors like Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Jean-Luc Godard, Herzog and von Trier, over to a Christmas morning scene. This is how you get to slow-motion shots of a young boy walking in slow-motion to the tune of the Rolling Stones – Scorsese, naturally – and »
- Cain Rodriguez
There are tons of holiday movies on Netflix, but a special crop, like It's a Wonderful Life and a few choice others, play endlessly on TV on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This special group of films includes A Christmas Story. The 1983 film, which has definitely earned its spot as one of the most quotable Christmas movies, is in the holiday movie canon for a reason. To prove it, we're presenting the crucial life lessons we've learned from watching it every year. Keep reading, and get ready to learn. »
There are movies that everyone watches this time of year that are very Christmas-centric or Christmas-themed. Christmas Vacation. Home Alone. A Christmas Story. Love Actually. You get the picture. These are the types of films you think of when someone is talking about "holiday movies." These are straight-up Christmas movies. And then there are the films that you may not consider Christmas movies, but for some reason or another, they are synonymous with your holidays. Maybe it's just tradition in your household to marathon a certain movie franchise. Maybe Christmas or winter is part of the plot of the movie, but it's not necessarily a holiday film. Whatever it may be, there are movies out there we like to refer »
There’s typically a lot going on during the holiday season, but the one thing we insist on making time for is watching Holiday movies.
If you’re particularly busy and can’t watch all your favorite Christmas movies this year, don’t worry! We’ve created a mashup of the best lines from the can’t miss classics.
Watch: The Holiday Movies the Stars Just Can’t Get Enough Of
From It’s a Wonderful Life to Home Alone to Scrooged, we’ve got you covered with 13 of the best Christmas movie moments!
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): “Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.”
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964): “Why am I such a misfit? I am not just a nitwit. Just because my nose glows... why don't I fit in?”
Love Actually (2003): »
Ever wonder how your favorite country stars spend Christmas morning? Well, we have - so we asked them to tell us. Read on to find out whose family likes to give dead squirrels as Christmas gifts and whose resembles a Norman Rockwell painting (yes, we're serious). Trisha Yearwood: My husband [Garth Brooks] and I have the kids every other year for Christmas morning, so it just depends. If it's kids, actually, I'm the first one to wake anyone up - I turn into like the biggest kid on Christmas. You would think that the kids would be up at the crack of dawn, »
- Danielle Anderson, @dak5000
Throughout the month of December, we will be highlighting a film a day that has some tie into the holiday somehow. Some titles will be obvious, others won’t be. Some films will be good and, again, others won’t be. However, we think all titles are worth your time whether to give you chills inside your home or to make you drink more eggnog until you puke laughing.
Finals are over and the sorority house is starting to clear out. After a party one of the new pledges, Clare (Lynne Griffin), goes missing. And Jess (Olivia Hussey) reveals to her boyfreind, Peter (Keir Dullea), that she’s pregnant. He’s delighted but Jess has no plans to carry the baby to term. When Clare’s father (James Edmond) shows up the next morning they contact the police, who aren’t too concerned. And with all that going on there »
- Jeremy Jones
#Omg! Arrow and The Affair actor Colin Donnell and his girlfriend, fellow Broadway actress Patti Murin are engaged after dating for more than a year. Murin tweeted about it on Friday. "You guys, I have some big news to share!! Ready??? I didn't hate the Annie movie at all. I actually liked it. #alsoigotengaged," she said. "I did too! To her!" Donnell said in a retweet. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Tony-nominated songwriters of the 2012 Broadway musical A Christmas Story, had actually spilled the beans a day earlier. The actor, who plays Tommy Merlyn on the CW superhero show Arrow and Scotty »
With Christmas around the bend, there's not nearly as much specialty programming from now until the end of the year, but there's still some great screenings worth mentioning. The Austin Film Society will be closing out 2014 with Cracking Up, a 1983 comedy from Jerry Lewis in 35mm. Bryan Connolly will be on hand for a post-film discussion for the showings tonight and again on Sunday evening.
In terms of the rest of the week in specialty screenings, they are pretty exclusively Christmas-themed. The Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter has free daily screenings of Arthur Christmas for Alamo Kids Club and Home Alone pizza parties on Sunday and Tuesday (which also will happen at the Alamo Lakeline). The Alamo Ritz has a digital restoration of Meet Me In St. Louis on Saturday and Sunday for Broadway Brunch, Gremlins on Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, Die Hard in 35mm from Sunday through Wednesday for daily shows, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Im Dreaming of a Darker Christmas Ten SongsCovers You Probably Wont Hear on Your Local Station Christmas. While some people might think Horror Freaks would be diametrically opposed to the holiday it and its season have given us some genre classics like Black Christmas Silent Night Deadly Night Rare Exports A Christmas Tale and And All Through the House from both the Tales from the Crypt TV show and movie. A Christmas Carol in all its various forms and incarnations is built upon a leadup to a dark deathrelated climax. And of course all of us have a soft spot for at least one more traditional classic whether it be Rudolph Frosty The Grinch A Christmas Story National Lampoons Christmas Vacation or my »
Tis the season to start watching Christmas movies! But, if you are like us, we don't want to spend the month of December watching A Christmas Story or Miracle On 34Th Street without throwing in some unconventional classics. I mean, what kind of a movie site would we be if we didn't bring you a selection of movies during the holidays filled with mayhem, violence, and bloodshed to go along with the merriment and cheer? So what you will find here is your selection of wholesome »
- Alex Maidy
‘Twas the week before Christmas, and Walt Disney Studios snatched the top spot on the national home video sales charts for the week ending Dec. 14 with “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the year’s biggest box office hit.
“Guardians,” which earned $332.5 million in U.S. theaters, easily debuted at No. 1 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart – which tracks total disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined – and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray chart.
The film opened theatrically Aug. 1 and cost an estimated $170 million to make. Advance word was so good that Marvel Studios announced a sequel even before the film opened; it’s expected out in 2017.
Twentieth Century Fox’s “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which debuted at No. 1 on both charts the previous week, slipped to No. 2, also on both charts, with total unit sales just 12.2% of the first-week tally for “Guardians.”
Walt Disney’s “Frozen” moved down a notch to No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
The holiday season just doesn't feel right until you've watched some of the classic Christmas movies. Turns out, the stars agree!
Watch: Flashback: Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' Turns 20!
We rounded up a few of our favorite stars, who shared their favorite holiday films with Et.
You can't turn on the TV or scroll through Netflix these days without flipping past holiday classics like "It's a Wonderful Life," "Home Alone," "A Christmas Story" and more ... but what do the little stars of these Big films look like now?With Christmas right around the corner, we pulled together the most recent photos of the former child stars from all your favorite flicks.While some of them look exactly the same many years later (like Randy and Ralphie from "A Christmas Story) ... others made dramatic changes (we're looking at you Taylor Momsen!).Check out the gallery above to see how they've all grown through the years -- and let us know your favorite holiday movie below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
With Christmas comes tradition and with tradition comes happy memories to be cherished forever and ever. We typically eat the same sweet treats, drink the same cocktails, listen to the same Christmas songs and watch the same holiday movies. We have our favorites like, Elf, It?s a Wonderful Life, and A Christmas Story, and we stick with them, year after year. But I propose a change for 2014. The following movies aren?t necessarily known for having a Christmas theme. Or maybe they just haven?t been fully recognized as the incredible holiday classics that they are. Try deviating from your plans a bit and watch these underrated flicks, available to stream on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime, to get you in the Christmas spirit. »
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