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question of the day: What’s your favorite Christmas music album?

28 December 2012 1:06 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Before the holiday season slips away from us, one more Christmas question: What’s your favorite Christmas music album? Mine is, hands down, no question, John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.]. I’ve only seen the TV special that spawned it a few times, and not since I was a kid, because it’s not available on DVD. But I listen to the album constantly during the holidays (and sometimes in the off-season, too), because it is crammed with not only the usual Muppet madness -- Miss Piggy directing a rendition of “Christmas Is Coming” is outright chaos -- but also some of the loveliest nontraditional holiday songs I’ve ever heard: “A Baby Just Like You” never fails to make me cry. You? (If you have a suggestion for a Qotd, feel free to email me. Responses to this Qotd sent by email will be ignored; please post your responses here. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Ten Best Muppet Christmas Moments

19 December 2012 10:30 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It's December 19. Our enthusiasm for real life things is waning, and our enthusiasm for holiday whimsy is approaching peak levels. Perhaps you feel the same way! To that end, we have collected some of the great moments in the Muppet Christmas canon, mostly musical but some prose. As Muppet Christmas Carol reminds us, "'tis the season to be jolly and joyous." Or just to gorge yourself on the endless charm and emotional poignancy of the Muppets."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Rowlf and John Denver, John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together If that doesn't make your heart ache, you are made of stone. "Bless Us All," Muppet Christmas Carol Anything with Robin gets bonus points. "Christmas Is Coming," John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together Maracas! "Need a Little Christmas," A Muppet Family Christmas Watch out for the icy patch. "When the River Meets the Sea, »

- Margaret Lyons

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Cool Clicks: The Baddest Movies of 2012

19 December 2012 4:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

• What's not to like about "That's My Boy"? Absolutely every damn thing. [Film.com]

• It's the Wicked Witch of the West! But is that Rachel Weisz or Mila Kunis? [Hypable]

• 10 ways the entertainment industry is being sensitive to the Connecticut massacre. [The Week]

• Which Wes Anderson character are you? You might have to re-watch "Bottle Rocket" if you've forgotten it as much as we have. [Flavorwire]

• Awkward Moment of the Week: Amanda Seyfried talks about using popsicles for sex scenes. [Hollywire]

• 16 movies Jon Lovitz should've been in, with the pics to prove it. [Death and Taxes]

• Watch "John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together" in its entirety. Because it's awesome. [Mental Floss]

• An argument for why Bill Murray might need to get serious about being funny again. [Movieline]

• Adult entertainer April O'Neil as "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reporter April O'Neil. It was bound to happen eventually. »

- Bryan Enk

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just go ahead and download Neil Finn’s lovely Hobbit tune now (and other adventures in social networking)

11 December 2012 3:46 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What my followers on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ saw today: • You might as well just go ahead and download that lovely Neil Finn Hobbit tune, “Song of the Lonely Mountain,” now. You’re gonna want to anyway. Amazon U.S. | Amazon U.K. • What use is GetGlue is if doesn't have John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (the best Christmas album ever)? • Beautiful followup to something I posted yesterday. Today Ellen Barkin won the Internet. • Not quite sure how to take this. On the one hand, the BBFC has the power to outright ban movies from being shown in the UK (which is a power the MPAA does not have; movies can be released unrated in the Us, which cannot happen in the UK). Censorship is never good. On the other hand, someone is thinking seriously about the impact of sadistic violence on impressionable minds. On the third hand, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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