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Christmas is a time for tradition – presents, decorations, carols, and mince pies. But what better tradition to celebrate than the Christmas movie? Join The Hollywood News for the Movie Advent Calendar – a film each day ’til Christmas. For the full Advent Calendar so far, click here.
Everybody has a favourite Christmas movie from their childhood, and it usually indicates their age. For me, and for millions of others who grew up in the 1980s and 90s, the ultimate festive film is Home Alone (1990). Directed by Chris Columbus and written/produced by John Hughes, it became an instant classic. The image of our hero, Kevin McCallister, screaming at the camera with his hands clasped to his face has been woven into the fabric of popular culture. The slapstick, the music, the right of passage, the surprising and possibly shocking levels of extreme violence and a polka-playing John Candy are but some »
- John Sharp
I was graciously asked to participate this year for the Shit Movie Fest’s annual “25 Days of Shitmas” celebration of Christmas movies. Being a total Chicago snob, I jumped at the chance to dissect and review the John Hughes classic, Home Alone. I love writing about horror movies, but having the chance to write about something from a completely different genre is more refreshing than The Sacrament finally giving a release date. As I wrote my giant love letter to the movie, it became quickly apparent that Home Alone isn’t a family Christmas movie…it’s a horror movie in disguise.
First of all, the film covers about four different horror subgenres. Most obviously, it’s a home invasion movie. The fact that two criminals are knowingly breaking into a house inhabited by an eight-year-old with the mindset to kill him is not something I’d normally associate with a family movie. »
- BJ Colangelo
"Buzz, your girlfriend…woof!" How many times have you quoted that iconic part of Home Alone to describe a moment in your life when you or someone you love (or hate) is looking a bit on the rough side? Don't lie, you do it all the time. Words hurt, you know. But not as much as GIFs can hurt! Now thanks for woofmaker.com, you can upload any pic into the photo frame that Kevin (MaCaulay Culkin) looks at in overwhelming fear. Amuse your friends! Mock an ex-lover! Insert your boss' face and get fired! The fun is endless. Here is the original Gif in case you haven't seen Home Alone in a while (which is weird considering it's Christmas time) or you are some sort of alien life form and »
It’s that time of year again. The time when you have to somehow make tree decorations and tinsel look attractive, when you are at the complete mercy of Amazon delivery times, and when you happily spend five minutes struggling to open a small cardboard flap in order to eat a tiny piece of chocolate.
It’s also the time of year when you can break out the festive films and indulge in Crimbo-related fun. But what to watch? Just the first two Home Alone films, or all five? Can you just use Crimbo as an excuse to have a die Hard marathon? And is it ever justifiable to watch Christmas with the Cranks? Well wonder no more, as we use Science, Facts and yes, ok, Opinion to present you with the top 10 Christmas movies of all time.
10. Santa Claus
A.K.A. Santa Begins, for this might as well »
- Matt Looker
After blogging about my favourite Halloween movies this past October, I thought I’d impart my nerdy wisdom upon you for the holiday season and give you a rundown of just what movies I’ll be watching this Christmas. After all it wouldn’t be Christmas without the family sat round the TV watching a movie whilst the festive feast cooks in the oven (of course not everyone gets to watch the movie – someone has to cook)
For me Christmas movies are split into two categories: Christmas Mainstays and Christmas Madness. Mainstays are those films that you always watch during the festive season, those movies that are constantly shown on TV during the holiday. And then there’s what I call Christmas Madness – these are the movies that only the seasoned holiday movie veterans choose to watch at this time of year. Beware you have to be strong-willed (and strong-stomached »
- Phil Wheat
Macaulay Culkin has set his sights on the world of food-inspired music-making. The 33-year-old former Home Alone star has reportedly formed a pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute back called Pizza Underground, according to The Guardian (why not?). In addition to Culkin, the band is made up of four other New York-based musicians: Matt Colbourn, Phoebe Kreutz, Deenah Vollmer and Austin Kilham. The group was reportedly formed back in 2012 and has recently performed several shows around New York, including at Comic Arts Brooklyn. As for Pizza Underground's list of witty song titles, their roster of jams includes "Papa John Says," "I'm Waiting for Delivery Man" and "Take a »
Today's episode sort of breezed by and while it isn't long we cover a lot of ground including some early thoughts on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, plenty more Oscar talk, scheduling the next Box Office Draft, new DVDs and Blu-rays, games and a Christmas edition of Watch This or Watch That. Hope you enjoy. A quick reminder of our upcoming Holiday Schedule where we will be taking a break from December 16-26, returning on December 27. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail »
- Brad Brevet
Well, Kevin sure did like his pizza! Therefore, it's only fitting this holiday season that former Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin is in a hipster parody band of The Velvet Underground -- one which only sings about pizza. The group, aptly named The Pizza Underground, has performed at least one show at the Sidewalk Cafe on Nov. 11, and released its first track on Dec. 2: An eight-minute medley that includes songs like "Pizza Day," "Papa John Says," and "Waiting for the Delivery Man." (The songs are [...] »
The former child actor's pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band is just the latest in his long line of musical endeavours. Here's a rundown of the finest moments
There's an old adage that "all actors secretly want to be rock stars, and all rock stars wish they could act". I say "an old adage", what I actually mean is I heard it once and wanted to reference it but couldn't find the quote. This is presumably how all aphorisms are born.
Regardless, examples of the transition are numerous: Russell Crowe has his band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, for which you can create your own rhyming slang joke; Joe Pesci once recorded a rap track, which is every bit what you're imagining it's like; and Billy Bob Thornton has released at least four LPs specifically targeted at a demographic of vest and tobacco-spitting enthusiasts. »
Because, why not? Macaulay Culkin has formed a pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band called The Pizza Underground. As the The Guardian reports, the Home Alone star's band includes four musicians from New York's anti-folk scene: Matt Colbourn, Phoebe Kreutz, Deenah Vollmer and Austin Kilham. Culkin is credited with "percussion/kazoo/vocals." The group formed in 2012 and recently performed at Comic Arts Brooklyn, as well as a Lou Reed tribute show at the anti-folk landmark the Sidewalk Cafe in early November. Photos: The 20 Most Dramatic Child Star Transformations Last week the group released a demo tape from
- Colin Stutz
If you thought Macaulay Culkin loved cheese pizza in “Home Alone,” wait until you hear his new music. The former child star (front and center in the photo above) is the fifth member of New York-based Velvet Underground cover band, The Pizza Underground. They sing about pizza. And only pizza. See video: Jimmy Kimmel Reminds Viewers Just How Sensitive Los Angeles Reporters Are To ‘Cold’ Weather Tracks from their demo recorded at Culkin’s house in November and released last week include “Papa John Says,” “I’m Waiting for Delivery Man,” and of course, “Pizza.” While all five members contribute to the vocals, »
- Greg Gilman
Former child star Macaulay Culkin, best known for the Home Alone films, now sings in a Velvet Underground cover band called The Pizza Underground that edits the rock band’s songs to be all about pizza.
The Pizza Underground, which formed in 2012, recently released a demo mash-up of a number of their songs. Recorded Nov. 11, 2013 at Culkin’s home, it includes snippets of “Papa John Says,” “I’m Beginning to Eat the Slice,” and “I’m Waiting for Delivery Man.” The tracks are modified versions of The Velvet Underground songs “Stephanie Says,” “Beginning to See the Light,” and “I’m Waiting for the Man,” respectively.
<a data-cke-saved-href="http://thepizzaunderground.bandcamp.com/track/the-pizza-underground-demo" href="http://thepizzaunderground.bandcamp.com/track/the-pizza-underground-demo">The Pizza Underground Demo by The Pizza Underground</a>
Culkin is listed in the credits as being on percussion, kazoo and vocals. In addition to Culkin, The Pizza Underground, is made up of Matt Colbourn, anti-folk singer-songwriter Phoebe Kreutz, »
"Son of a nutcracker" – Buddy
This Elfalong thing has got a bit out of hand. When I first noticed that Elf was absent from the Channel 4 schedules this year, I was slightly put out. Elf is only a decade old, but Channel 4's Elf Day has already become an institution. For many people, it signals the true start of Christmas.
But while I was slightly put out, everyone else seemed to be genuinely outraged. Elf was their film, and Christmas wasn't going to be Christmas unless there was some sort of communal watch-along. The additional fact that those arch enemies of free fun, Sky Movies, had bought the TV rights – and had completely missed the point by airing it every 20 minutes since »
- Stuart Heritage
This holiday season, if you want to outdo your neighbors with Christmas decorations, you can’t just go with the outdoor lights anymore. You have to think outside the box and take a special cue from the movies. But there’s no need to be clever. You can avoid our guide to decorating your home for the holidays (according to the movies) this year. Instead, the decor has been produced for you, so you just have to write a big check in order to make the inside of your house resemble one from a favorite holiday classic. Well, not just any one. Specifically, the McCallister residence from Home Alone can now be somewhat recreated thanks to the home goods retailer Joss & Main. From now through the end of December, they’re selling furniture and other items inspired by the interior design seen in the 1990 Christmas comedy. Is there anyone who loves Home Alone that much? I »
- Christopher Campbell
Don't worry, the Elf on the Shelf keeps his clothes on for his Miley Cyrus moment. As people take to social media for their clever Elf on a Shelf photos, the one that's really making the rounds is the elf's hilarious "Wrecking Ball" pose, which feels only appropriate in the wake of so many other Miley parodies. Meanwhile, a Mean Girls/The Hobbit mashup is seriously fetch, and a new Home Alone trailer gives us the real story. See all that and more with this week's funniest photos and videos. The Elf on the Shelf Meets Miley Cyrus Source: Instagram user lmack628 This on-point Elf on the Shelf "Wrecking Ball" meme has been making its way around the Internet, because obviously. Another Awesome Mean Girls Mashup The Hobbit plus Mean Girls gives us "Mean Elves," a magical combination of The Plastics and the Middle Earth clique. Bonus points for a hilarious cameo at the end! »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Last week's chat for Home Alone brought a lot of nostalgia, but that's nothing compared to what we will be talking about this week! This week's movie is schmoe-friendly cult classic. We continue to enjoy the Christmas season with the Joe Dante great, Gremlins! Your's truly has been hosting The JoBlo Sunday Night Movie Chat for two years now and every week has been more fun than the last! There are so many great flicks out there to discuss! I don't think we will ever run out of awesome »
- James Orrell
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Rogue getting fired from the X-men; a Pug puppy sweding Home Alone; Benedict Cumberbatch reading R. Kelly lyrics; Blade Runner – The Aquarelle Edition; and a supercut of awkward movie meals. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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- Justin Vactor
No disrespect to Macaulay Culkin (#Alldisrespecttothepigeonlady), but we prefer The Pet Collective's retelling of Home Alone to the original movie. Mostly because, in their version, Kevin McCallister is played by an adorable pug puppy. And if a pug puppy setting booby traps for teddy bear burglars isn't adorable enough for you, the video also narrated but a small child. So forget Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Forget Elf. This is the only Christmas movie you need to watch this year. As you might suspect, the pug, named Jackson Rosa, could not be more over it... Which just makes it that much cuter. If you're still jonesing for some other Christmas classics, watch "The Ultimate »
"I made my family disappear."
And with that, a Christmas classic (and a young star) was born.
There are a lot of titles that get bounded around during the festive period on what are ‘must-watch’ Christmas movies. Yuletide classics such as It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street (the original, obviously) always appear high on lists, but for the generation that was born out of the 80s and cultivated in the 1990s, there is only one film that comes to mind – Christopher Columbus’ Home Alone.
Written by teen movie icon John Hughes, Home Alone tells the story of young Kevin McCallister (a then innocent Macaulay Culkin) who has a huge argument with his family on the eve before they leave for Paris where they plan to spend Christmas. »
Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style - and this time they're sleighing John Hughes' Christmas classic Home Alone.
"Woof."In their deconstruction of this December's most TV-rerun movie, they tackle...
-its unprecendented levels of violence for a kids' film.
-Kevin potentially being a sociopath.
-And Joe Pesci doing everything he can not to swear...
- Oliver Davis
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