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Get your moose mugs ready! It’s time to watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation on a loop for the rest of the year. It's been 25 years since Clark Griswold and his family lit up the holiday scene, and we're traveling back in our station wagon to 1989 when Et was invited on set for the holiday classic.
The third installment of the Vacation series starred Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo both reprising their roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold, and the rotating door of actors playing their children (this time Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki) as Russ and Audrey.
Instead of heading to Wally World or Europe, the family stayed home to fulfill Clark's hopes of having a good old fashioned family Christmas.
Watch: 'The Santa Clause' Turns 20! On Set with the Cast
"When I originally entertained the idea of doing another Vacation movie I thought, 'What would be the best thing, the closest »
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.
Today's pick is from Claudette Godfrey, Short Film Programmer and Operations Manager for SXSW:
My job requires that I watch movies every day for 6+ months of the year, but I can honestly say my favorite time to watch movies is around the holidays. So, while there are so many movies from my childhood I love to re-watch each year. Like Home Alone! Scrooged!! The Santa Clause!! And of course Nutcracker: The Motion Picture, which is the creepiest and best Nutcracker ever because of Maurice Sendak's amazing brain.
But, the one that truly speaks to 6-year-old Claudette the most is The Christmas Toy. Made in 1986, a few years before Jim Henson passed, it first appeared on TV just before my first birthday. Thankfully, my »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
All we want for Christmas is to hear Mariah Carey flexing her golden pipes over and over!
No one could have predicted the massive success of Mariah's beloved Christmas album. Twenty years later, we're still singing "All I Want for Christmas Is You" to get us through the holidays. In celebration, we're taking a trip down memory lane, back to 1994, when Mariah first released the album aptly named Merry Christmas.
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Then 24, Mariah decided to write her very own Christmas tunes in hopes that she could hear her songs on the radio during the holidays.
Video: The Santa Clause Turns 20! Behind the Scenes with the Cast
"When you record a Christmas album, it's around for the rest of your life. It's something that people can play for years and years to come," Mariah told Et in '94. "You always hope people will like them, they'll become classics. You know, that's »
Well, this is certainly one way to secure a spot on the “Nice” list.
GraciLynn Wilson is a three-year-old who lives in Evansville, Ind. with her mom and dad and apparently loooves Christmas. As her lower third says in this photo, taken from a real newscast, she recently “Had Breakfast With Santa.” Breaking news!
GraciLynn and her parents were at Bob Evans for breakfast when, as her mom Lindsey told News 14, “A gentleman just walked in, looked identical to Santa. Had the glasses, the outfit, the hair. Perfect.”
(We would argue it’s still too early for appearances by Santa — it’s not even Thanksgiving yet! — but that would take away from the cuteness of the story.)
Watch: Know who really isn’t excited about Christmas? Grumpy Cat!
“When we get seated, we come to find out his table is right next to ours,” she continued. “He’s sitting by himself [and GraciLynn says] ‘Mommy that’s Santa, daddy »
Christmas is coming early!
Among the ever-growing list of classic movies celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, which includes Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, The Little Rascals, and Little Giants – we can now add our first Christmas movie to the list, The Santa Clause!
Watch: On Set with 'Pulp Fiction' 20 Years Ago
The film stars Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, a divorced father of his 6-year-old son Charlie, portrayed by Eric Lloyd. Though initially distant, Charlie and his father are drawn closer than ever through a series of events that force Scott to take on his new position as Santa Clause.
"The movie's about a little boy and his dad that aren't very close, and one night they go on a great adventure to the North Pole," 8-year-old Eric Lloyd told Et. "Then they get to the next Christmas, and they're very close."
The Santa Clause is 20 years old today—and while the series spawned a trilogy of family-friendly holiday films, we can't forget the franchise's dark origins. Tim Allen's Scott Calvin becomes Santa Claus by accidentally causing the original St. Nick to fall to his doom. Sure, the film pushes a "seeing is believing" message and includes plenty of warm and fuzzy holiday cheer—but it still starts off with the death of Santa Claus. The Santa Clause isn't the only movie to put a dark spin on the holiday season; there's a long and storied cinematic history of strange, bleak, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
I had the opportunity to sit down with Jeremy Bernstein, writer of all kinds of things such as Leverage, Pretty in Pink, Dead Space 2, and now his new Thrillbent comic Santa Claus: Private Eye. If the name of the book caught your attention, you are definitely not alone. In our chat we touched on his new book, how it came about, and even talked some Dead Space to boot, so without further ado, here is our conversation:
Matt Mueller: I got to go through the first four chapters of Santa Claus: Private Eye. I really enjoyed it. Can you go into some detail of how the whole project and getting the artist, and the colorist etc. came about?
- Matthew Mueller
People of the TV world, we have a Disney dilemma. While we're anxiously awaiting the Frozen gang's debut on Once Upon a Time, there are still a whole bunch of Disney characters we'd love to see appear on ABC's fantasy hit. Yes, we're just that greedy. Some of our picks are pretty iconic roles (You still terrify us, Cruella de Vil!), but a few may not be the most obvious of choices, like a certain trio of witchy sisters from Hocus Pocus or an elf from The Santa Clause. Plus, we included our dream pick for a Disney princess that Once's co-creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz told us they are hoping to eventually introduce. So check out our new gallery of 12 Disney characters, both »
Disney and Marvel recently announced that the Avengers would be joining the Disney Infinity roster. Not only that, but the toy box creation game will also see a heavy influence in the form of playsets, with things like Stark Tower, Asgard, etc, all available for your imaginative perusal.
I’m beyond excited to see Marvel brought into the fun and weird world of Infinity, and while having the Avengers is great (seriously, I am not complaining one bit), here is a rundown of other things I would love to see infused into the Disney Infinity 2.0 edition down the road.
1. The X-Men
The Mutants known as the X-Men cover enough ground to be their own expansion pack down the line, if along with the team you would also get access to sentinels, the X-mansion, utopia, Magneto and the brotherhood as extra villains, etc. They could even put a very cutesy version »
- Matthew Mueller
Kevin Smith‘s retirement seems like a moot point. Right now, the director has four projects in various stages of development: the walrus horror romp Tusk, the Christmas horror romp Comes the Krampus, the apocalyptic comedy Helena Handbag and Clerks 3, which Smith swears he’ll shoot, at some point – just not at any foreseeable point in the near future. Oh, also there’s Hit Somebody, which went from a movie to a six-hour miniseries, but hasn’t been mentioned much lately. Tusk is already rolling towards a vague late-2014 release, which means it’s on to the next film in the great Kevin Smith retirement-o-rama. Which is Comes the Krampus. Or was Comes the Krampus, anyway, because the film is no longer titled Comes the Krampus. Now, it’s the much more user-friendly The Anti-Claus. Probably a smart decision in the long run, given that the Krampus is less than a household name (excluding, of »
- Adam Bellotto
• The Lego Movie – review
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• More on the UK box office
Our compact half-term school holidays always concentrate the minds of UK families, offering rich potential for bonanza box-office over a highly compressed time period. And so it has proved with the half-term just ended: from Friday 14 February to Sunday 23 February, The Lego Movie has taken an astonishing £19.72m in just 10 days of play, an average of nearly £2m per day. Add in the previews from the previous weekend, and the film's tally to date rises to a stonking £21.88m. That's more than the lifetime totals of the two lowest-grossing Pixar films – Cars and Cars 2 – and is also ahead of both Kung Fu Panda pictures from DreamWorks Animation. »
- Charles Gant
Today’s film is the 2009 short Big Breaks. The film stars Vanessa Britting and Amanda Young alongside Elizabeth Banks, Martin Starr, Jane Lynch, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lucy Punch. Young and Britting also co-wrote the short with David Krumholtz, who also directs. Krumholtz has been seen in a number of roles over the years, from tv shows such as Numb3rs, Partners, and The Playboy Club to movies such as Serenity, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, and The Santa Clause.
- Deepayan Sengupta
13 items from 2014
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