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Shelley Long is a self-professed proud pushover for appearing in holiday films. So when she was asked to play Mrs. Santa Claus herself — opposite a certain former costar — in Lifetime’s new original film Merry In-Laws, she considered it a little Christmas miracle. “I love doing Christmas movies and I’ve easily done half a dozen — probably more,” Long chuckles. “The minute they say it’s a Christmas movie, it approaches my heart. So I read it and I thought it was very cute and fun — and then somebody mentioned that maybe George was going to do it. And [...] »
- Lori Acken
Mariah Carey added the lights, the tinsel and the ornaments to Jimmy Fallon’s opening Christmas skit last night (Dec. 4). She belted out “All I Want for Christmas Is You” while The Roots provided backup with toy instruments. But Cary’s incomparable voice made it sound like a symphony. The skit was definitely better than the pop diva’s creepy duet with Justin Bieber last year to promote his first Christmas song album. Carey wore a skimpy, borderline inappropriate Mrs. Santa Claus outfit that would have been better suited for an Eighth Avenue hooker. [...] »
Soon after the classic female-detective show's "Complete Series" DVD release, the actress plays Father Christmas' spouse as Disney's direct-to-video offering "Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups" debuts Tuesday (Nov. 20). The title dogs talk, thanks to a voice cast that includes Richard Kind ("Argo") and Tom Everett Scott ("That Thing You Do!"), but it's hard to steal a movie totally from a Ladd clad as Mrs. Claus.
"I loved the script," she tells Zap2it, "and when I met with the producers, they kind of looked at me and said, 'You know, you're a little out-of-the-box.' I knew mine wouldn't be the first name that came to mind for Mrs. Santa Claus, but they liked the idea of reinventing her and having her with more energy.
"She's kind of a more Mary Poppins-y character, »
3 items from 2012
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