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Welcome to Holiday Favorites, a series in which Slackerwood contributors and our friends talk about the movies we watch during the holiday season, holiday-related or otherwise.
Seeing a film on Christmas Day has been a tradition since I was a kid and one we've continued with our own family the past few years. We started early with special Alamo Drafthouse screenings of Gremlins and It's a Wonderful Life with our kids and I'm certain that Elf and Love Actually will be enjoyed at home in the few days leading up to Christmas celebrations.
Whereas all of those films would make my "Holiday Favorite" list, along with A Christmas Story, my absolute favorite movie to enjoy during the winter holidays is Millions. Danny Boyle's playfully directed story of a seven-year-old boy who discovers a bag of English pounds just »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
Now that you’ve had your fill of peppermint, presents, and multiple viewings of AMC’s White Christmas and Miracle On 34th Street, how about a little snark to go along with that special Holiday movie – sans the warm and fuzzy. It’s time for some mistletoe carnage and crafty comedy Geek style. In our gift to you, Wamg presents our list of the 15 best non-traditional films. Lovers of It’S A Wonderful Life can consider yourselves excused cuz Santa Claus is coming to town in these “More Naughty Than Nice”. movies.
Black Christmas (the 1974 version of course), generally acknowledged as the forerunner of the ‘slasher’. genre, is so graphic in its imagination that you don’t even need to see any gore or murder. Black Christmas, which holds up spectacularly well after almost 40 years, tells the tale of a group of sorority sisters that are hounded and »
- Movie Geeks
Every December, it seems like there's nowhere to hide from the endless onslaught of holiday movies. With the holidays already in full swing, holiday movies are playing on TV and home entertainment centers everywhere. Even if one is trying to avoid holiday movies, the cast of Christmas Vacation is popping up in Old Navy ads during commercial breaks. Clearly, the time for a Holiday Character Cage Match has come.
There are plenty of characters that could have been used, of course, but, since the holidays seem to mostly belong to children, we thought it best to throw two of cinema's most beloved holiday movie kids into our cybernetic cage for an all-out, Mano-y-mano, take-no-prisoners, holiday brawl. While we all have our favorite holiday movies, it's time to put aside your sentimentality and vote for a champion: A Christmas Story's Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) vs. Home Alone's Kevin (Macaulay Culkin »
- Ryan Gowland
Well, the bread has been broken, the wine has been spilled, and the gifts have been exchanged, so now what? It’s time for a full day of TV marathons! You still have the option of watching Christmas specials so we’ll tell you what’s available for your viewing pleasure, but for those of you interested in some non-festive programming, here are our top six picks.
Doctor Who — 8 a.m. to 6 a.m. tomorrow on BBC America
The British sci-fi hit is still timeless after 49 years on the air. So situate the kids behind the couch — where they’re »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Merry Christmas from all of us here at wearemoviegeeks.com. While you’re enjoying the day eating, watching the 24hr run of A Christmas Story and opening up all those presents, we’ll leave you with these warm fuzzy thoughts from National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation.
From all of us at We Are Movie Geeks, have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a fun and safe New Years!
- Movie Geeks
What is Movie News After Dark? It’s cousin Eddie showing up at just the right moment to spoil Clark’s well-lit house. It’s the Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle here to shoot your eye out. It’s basically the best invasion of your Christmas eve that you could have hoped for. And tonight, it’s full of Christmas cheer. Griswold Wisdom – Over on Etsy, it’s way too late to buy this Clark Griswold quote plaque thingy. But you can always get one for next year. There’s also a place where you can buy the lamp from A Christmas Story. Only $200 and this 40″ beauty could be yours. What to Do on Christmas When You Don’t Celebrate It – Lifehacker has some wonderful tips for what to do on Christmas if you don’t celebrate. Or if you’re like some of us and can’t make it home to celebrate with »
- Neil Miller
The holidays have certain entertainment traditions it just wouldn't be the holidays without: Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch ... and Ralphie.
The wide-eyed boy who literally dreams of finding a Red Ryder Bb gun under the tree -- despite the famous warning, "You'll shoot your eye out" -- spends a lot of time in homes nationwide at the yuletide, thanks especially to the now-traditional 24-hour marathon that TBS will give "A Christmas Story" again starting Monday, Dec. 24.
The nostalgic, Jean Shepherd-inspired 1983 comedy made a young star of Peter Billingsley, now a 41-year-old producer-director ("Four Christmases," "Couples Retreat," TBS' "Sullivan & Son") who still has a big place in his heart for the film and his classic Ralphie role.
"There's a very loyal fan base for that movie," he acknowledges to Zap2it. "Those who like it know it and quote it, and it's a part of the family tradition of Christmas for them. »
Birthday shoutouts go to Ricky Martin (above, with onlooker), who is 41. and Ryan Seacrest is 38.First, a programming note. We'll be on a very limited schedule this week, but we will have a Briefs every day except tomorrow, and Ed will have a meme on Thursday and Friday. I'll also be Liveblogging Days Of Our Lives tomorrow, Wednesday, and Friday, and I'll have a Holiday Puzzler tomorrow. Plus we'll have a few special posts throughout the week, so check back occasionally, and from all of us here at Ae, we wish all of you Happy Holidays! 51 of the biggest Glbt stories of 2012.Marriage-equality pioneer Richard Adams passed away over the weekend at the age of 65. Our thoughts are with Tony Sullivan, his partner of 43 years. Six tragedies blamed on gays in 2012. Only six? Here’s the Frank Ocean Song That Was Cut From Django.Naked Ambition: From Adam Levine to Miley Cyrus, »
With Christmas upon us, we thought it'd be fitting to list our nine favorite characters from holiday flicks sure to put you and your family in a merry mood. Let's face it, there’s nothing better than sitting together with the gang and getting the heartstrings tugged, and the funny bones tickled, with a glass of eggnog by your side.
On a side note: We know our list is lacking in female characters — and those of color, for that matter. But don't blame us. Blame Hollywood!
Macaulay Culkin came into "Home Alone" as an unknown and emerged as the most in-demand child actor since Shirley Temple. Whom does Culkin have to thank? None other than John Hughes, the '80s comedy legend who wrote the script for this holiday classic, and who created the lovable and wisecracking Kevin, a kid who gets »
- Nigel Smith
Happy Holidays from everyone at WhatCulture!
Given that the world is still here following last week’s apocalypse scare, we’re all settling in to enjoy the festive downtime, carve some turkey, pop open the champagne, argue with distant relatives we barely know, and thoroughly indulge ourselves over the Christmas period. What better way to let all that meat and booze go down than by taking a gander at some of the festive content we’ve been rolling out recently, via the links below.
Whether it’s tips on how to find out what’s in the wrapped boxes nestled safely under your tree, some ludicrous Christmas traditions that truly have to be seen to be believed, or bizarre factoids about the period that will make fantastic pub banter, we’ve got it all covered as we prepare for the most brilliant lazy and indulgent period of the year. Also »
- Shaun Munro
This holiday season, we’re presenting you with the gift that keeps on giving… a guide to Christmas Eve TV marathons. From TBS’ annual 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon (this year marks the marathon’s 15th anniversary) to Bravo’s 11 hours of The Real Housewives of Orange County (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), there’s something out there for holiday purists and holiday Grinches alike.
In addition to TBS’ 24-hour Christmas Story fest, starting at 8 p.m., AMC has lined up a full day of holiday programming from 9:15 a.m. to tomorrow at 2 a.m. With »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Ho, ho, ho! On this Christmas Eve, the Movie Geeks want to make sure we steer you towards the right festive movies this holiday season and came up with these ten. Several honorable mentions didn’t make the cut such as Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, Santa’s Slay, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), Emmit Otter’s Jug Band Christmas, Jingle All the Way, The Family Stone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Polar Express, A Christmas Carol (1984), A Muppet Christmas Carol, Babes in Toyland (1961), Holiday Inn, It’s a Wonderful Life, Scrooge (1971), or Home Alone. Not to worry – they were considered but didn’t pass muster with the cinema elves. Come back on Christmas for our not-so traditional holiday movies lineup.
Now, for the list:
10. Love, Actually (2003)
“So if you believe in Father Christmas, children, like your Uncle Billy does, buy my festering turd of a record. And particularly »
- Movie Geeks
Review by Sam Moffitt
Christmas always brings lists. Lists of gifts to buy, cards to mail, lists of things accomplished during the year past and resolutions for the coming New Year. And, always, lists of everybody’s favorite Christmas movies. Some are so very well known; It’s a Wonderful Life, several versions of A Christmas Carol, (The version with Alistair Sim is my favorite) Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story (24 hours of it every year on TBS!) National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, one of the newer ones that I enjoy, Bad Santa. Classics each and every one, and then bad one’s like Christmas with the Kranks.
But here’s a more recent film about Christmas that deserves to be more well known and ought to be revisited every year. Joyeux Noel (French for Merry Christmas) was directed by Christian Carion and released in 2005. It recieved got no »
- Movie Geeks
0:00 - Intro 7:00 - Review: Jack Reacher 38:20 - Headlines: Vin Diesel to Play Kojak, Ricky Gervais to Star in The Muppets Sequel, Jackie Chan in The Expendables 3, Pain & Gain Trailer, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Trailer, This is the End Trailer 58:30 - Other Stuff We Watched: This is 40, Jingle All the Way, Elf, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Scrooged, Christmas Vacation, Magic Mike, Paris Texas, Dr. Strangelove, The Firm, All the Right Moves, Jiro Dreams of Sushi 1:33:20 - Junk Mail: Elf vs. A Christmas Story, Jogging the KoC's Memory, 3D Effects That Fly into Your Face, Movies That Divide Film Fans and Average Moviegoers, Film Junk Quadruple Bill, Moving to Canada, Premium Podcasts on Shuffle 1:57:00 - This Week on DVD and Blu-ray 1:58:15 - Outro
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At this point of the year, month and week, it had better be looking a lot like Christmas.
With the much-anticipated holiday upon us, television is doing its part, presenting attractions that reflect the spirit of the season in a variety of ways ... some funny, some serious and some simply built for all-out yuletide fun. Here's a roundup of much of what's still left for viewers on the virtual Christmas tree otherwise known as a TV screen.
ABC: This year's "Cma Country Christmas" special, with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland back as host for the third consecutive year, gets a repeat Sunday, Dec. 23 -- and later that day, the Julie Andrews-starring holiday-season perennial "The Sound of Music" also returns. Monday, Dec. 24, sees repeats of the animated specials "Disney's Prep & Landing" and "Shrek the Halls." And Christmas itself is packed with TV tradition Tuesday, Dec. 25; the morning is marked by the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, »
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 egg nog, 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 just selected...
- Christopher Campbell
Lindsay Lohan might have good reason to think twice before kissing Charlie Sheen ... but the sword cuts both ways ... because Charlie's got good reason to think twice before kissing her too.And, Ashton Kutcher finally files for divorce from Demi Moore -- a year after splitting up -- so what the hell took so long? We might have an idea. Plus, Madonna's cursing outburst at fans for smoking at her concert -- the same woman »
- TMZ Staff
Like the family members you may be visiting for the holidays, this week's new releases are an odd assortment. Judd Apatow fans can get their comedy fix with This Is 40; Quentin Tarantino fans can get their, uh, Tarantino fix with Django Unchained, perhaps the only Western ever to feature a German dentist. History buffs might check out Hyde Park on Hudson, but are advised to read its tepid reviews first. Also, there is some kind of fancy-pants musical based on an old French novel or something.
Those not interested in the new releases may well stick with DVDs or Netflix; it's not a banner week for special screenings beyond the usual holiday fare. Of course, the usual holiday fare isn't always a bad thing. My favorite Christmas film -- naturally, the snarky A Christmas Story (pictured above) -- screens Friday through Sunday at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz. And Elf fans »
- Don Clinchy
Can you imagine a 3D retrofitted version of A Christmas Story? How do you think It’s a Wonderful Life would look in 48 fps? And would Elf, on the IMAX screen, be an overdose of holiday spirit? I wrote a column for our sister site, Movies.com, singling out five movies that families can share at home during the holiday season. I picked Jon Favreau’s Elf and the original Home Alone as movies that help put my wife and kids in the Christmas mood. Then I started thinking about how exciting the modern movie theater is, and the innovative ways that Hollywood is choosing to present so many great movies nowadays. The general public seems to be embracing Peter Jackson’s higher-frame-rate experiment for The Hobbit. And crowds flocked to IMAX theaters to...
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I had seen a few days ago that Justin Bieber had given his pet hamster to a random screaming fan in a crowd and asked her to take care of it, which I found odd. Now the hamster lobby (seriously, there's California Hamster Association) is angry at the pop star. "The moment that hamster was handed off to a screaming girl in a harsh, frenzied environment was likely the moment it gazed at the short path to its doom."
Paper Mag celebrates the Year of the Celebrity Bulge, and I'll drink to that!
In Iowa, new millionaires Brian and Mary Lohse are donating part of their $202 million jackpot to their local high school for a new football stadium, with one catch: the visitor locker room has to be done up in pink, in an effort to psyche out the opposing team. Money can't buy you class.
Ufc president Dana White, »
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