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2014 Holiday Programming Guide from Channel Guide Magazine

20 November 2014 1:29 PM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Finding your favorite holiday TV show can be frustrating. Hundreds of hours of holiday programming are spread out over dozens of channels, and without proper planning, finding your Yuletide favorite can become as maddening as “Carol of the Bells” on a constant loop. Thankfully, Channel Guide Magazine’s 2014 Holiday Programming Guide is here to help. We’ve combed through hours and hours of programming to find the best in holiday TV. Want to watch Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol? Look in our A to Z descriptions. Not sure what to watch on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 8pm? We’ve got you covered in … Continue reading →

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- Kellie Freeze

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Kristen Bell Wants You to Text Her for Christmas, Orange Is the New Black Star Diane Guerrero Opens Up About Family Troubles + More in Today’s Last Lap

17 November 2014 3:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Kristen Bell debuts a new Christmas carol, Orange Is the New Black‘s Diane Guerrero takes a heartbreaking family issue public, and more in Last Lap.

Kristen Bell debuts a new Christmas song “Text Me Merry Christmas” in the video above. Watch out, Mariah. [Ryan Seacrest] Orange Is the New Black‘s Diane Guerrero writes about her parents being deported when she was 14. [La Times] On-air host Karl Stefanovic wore the same suit for a year as a sexism experimentation. [The Age] Why build a snowman when you can build a meth lab? You’ll see in this Frozen and Breaking Bad mashup. New images have been released of The Peanuts Movie, due next year. [USA Today] The Imitation Game stars Matthew Goode and Allen Leech tell Big Morning Buzz Live that they love playing enemies with their friend and co-star Benedict Cumberbatch.

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- Taylor Ferber

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Kristen Bell Sings the Most Tech-Savvy Holiday Jam: 'Text Me Merry Christmas'

17 November 2014 1:02 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It's not exactly a Mariah Carey "All I Want for Christmas Is You," but Kristen Bell's new holiday tune is going viral and is sure to make you "Lol."

The Frozen actress and a capella group Straight No Chaser have joined forces for "Text Me Merry Christmas," which makes getting a good old SMS into a delightful Christmas carol.

The song is just as silly as it is catchy.

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Bell, 34, starts the song by texting someone from far away and sings, "So please remember this December to fully charge your phone."

Sounding just as beautiful as her character Anna in Frozen, Bell belts, "Just a word or two of text from you will remind me you're still there. You don't have to add much to it. One smiley face will do."

News: Kristen Bell Loves 'Frozen' Even More Than Your Kids

Cue the guy part of the song »

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Jennifer Lawrence Sings on 'Late Show' and It's Not Very Good

13 November 2014 9:24 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jennifer Lawrence should keep her day job.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 star took over Wednesday night's Late Show to the delight of host David Letterman, and revealed that while she's quite confident in her acting abilities, she can't carry a tune. "I do not like singing in front of other people. It's like my biggest fear," the 24-year-old Oscar winner confessed.

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In the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Lawrence sings "The Hanging Tree," and she calls the experience "awful." She was hoping they'd dub her voice with Lorde's vocals, but they didn't.

"I cried on set that day and apparently I'm crying all the time," she said. "I'm like scarred from my childhood because I have a Southern mother who would just tell me that I was amazing at everything, that I could do everything. But, I can't."

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Mama June Claims She Reunited With Her Daughter's Molester For "Closure"

13 November 2014 7:56 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Mama June speaks out after her sex offender scandal - Et Casey Wilson is expecting! - Us Weekly Here's what Alex Trebek really says to Jeopardy! contestants - The Huffington Post Jennifer Lopez flaunts amazing abs in new campaign - Ok! Bono has a scary flying experience - Hollywood Reporter Joaquin Phoenix talks about his infamous interview with David Letterman - TooFab Joel McHale and Lauren Graham test their Christmas carol skills - Rotten Tomatoes Was Matt LeBlanc unfaithful? - Wonderwall Sean O'Pry auditioned for Fifty Shades of Grey - Moviefone »

- Aemilia-Madden

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Troma’s Halloween Carol Tomorrow

29 October 2014 9:35 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

“Troma’s Halloween Carol” tomorrow on Youtube at 9am Est tomorrow night!

Watch Lloyd be visited by ghosts of Halloween Past, Present, and Future in our bloody Halloween adaptation of Dickens’ “Christmas Carol.” Think Troma’s days are numbered? So does Marley Herz, Lloyd’s long dead partner, who warns him to “get online,” modernize, and bring Troma into the internet age! »


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Stanley Chase, Producer of ‘Threepenny Opera,’ Dies at 87

14 October 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Producer Stanley Chase died Oct. 7 in Santa Monica at the age of 87.

A native of New York City, Chase’s career spanned theater, television and film, beginning as a script analyst at CBS. Chase went on to produce the Kurt Weill-Bertold Brecht off-Broadway musical “The Threepenny Opera,” and other stage productions including “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” “The Cave Dwellers” and “Free and Easy.”

Chase landed in television in 1963 when he co-created “Inside Danny Baker” alongside Mel Brooks. He later served as vice president of network television program development for ABC, working with shows such as “The Fugitive” and “Peyton Place.”  Chase later worked as a producer for “Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater,” on NBC, and for Universal’s made-for-tv movies.

In 1968 Chase produced his first full-length feature film, “The Hell with Heroes,” spurring other productions as well as the formation of his own independent film production, »

- Shelli Weinstein

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Song of the Sea | 2014 Tiff Review

16 September 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Of Myth and Men: Moore Dons Skin of the Irish Selkies To Craft Stunning Children’s Tale of Family Heritage

You can probably count the number of independent animation studios still making successful culturally specific feature films on a pair of hands, and Studio Ghibli, Aardman Animations, and the Irish production company Cartoon Saloon can be tallied among them. Melding Irish myth with a wash of cinematic reference points that pay homage and inspire in equal measure, director Tomm Moore and his army of inventive artists and animators at Cartoon Saloon have crafted a wonderously imaginative film in Song of the Sea, which lifts from folk stories of the legendary ‘selkies’ that live as humans on land and seals at sea to form a sensorially stunning commentary on the importance of storytelling and unified kinship.

Much like the devastating prologue of Up or the moment of heartbreaking truth in Bambi, »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Film Nerd 2.0: How to fight parental franchise fatigue when raising kids in an endless summer

2 September 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I didn't even realize there was a problem. And, believe me, I understand that as problems go, this is not a life-threatening one or a world-altering one… but it's something that finally caught my attention as I realized how we were starting to instill some bad habits in the boys. Rather, they were starting to pick up some bad habits, and I was allowing them to take root. And based on the last column I published in this series, it's definitely something I've encouraged. I love that my kids have a fairly broad palette in terms of what they will or won't watch with me. One of my proudest moments as a film nerd dad was when Toshi had a friend over and I heard him trying to convince his buddy to watch a Charlie Chaplin film. Black and white has never been a problem for them. Abbot and Costello, »

- Drew McWeeny

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If I Stay review: Chloë Grace Moretz can't decide to stay or go

29 August 2014 1:01 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Rj Cutler; Screenwriter: Shauna Cross; Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Mireille Enos, Jamie Blackley, Joshua Leonard, Stacy Keach, Liana Liberatro; Running time: 107 mins; Certificate: 12A

What would you choose: heaven, or heaven on earth? The big decision Mia Hall is faced with during an out-of-body experience is almost academic. Chloë Grace Moretz has an effortless look of anguish that makes this sluggish adaptation of Gayle Forman's best-selling novel a little more watchable than it deserves to be, but with a picture of teenage life seemingly plucked from the pages of Mizz, it really makes little difference whether Mia stays on this mortal coil, or goes.

Forman started out writing for teen magazines and that experience translates into a very glossy picture of youth. Apart from her model looks, Mia is a musical prodigy with achingly hip, easy-going parents (Mireille Enos of The Killing remake plays mum) and a devoted »

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David Weidman, Animation Artist Whose Work Appeared on ‘Mad Men,’ Dies at 93

7 August 2014 7:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

David Weidman, the Upa animation artist whose mid-century style silkscreened prints found a new appreciation in recent years, died Wednesday. He was 93 and had lived in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in a house he built himself since the 1950s.

After starting his career with John Hubley, Weidman worked on the backgrounds and other paintings for Upa cartoons such as “The Boing Boing Show,” “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol” and “The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo” that helped create the distinctive modern style for which the studio was known. He also worked on Jay Ward’s “Fractured Fairy Tales,” “Crusader Rabbit” and “Popeye” TV shorts.

He had already begun working as a silkscreen artist with his own gallery on La Cienega Blvd. in the mid-60s when he returned to animation, working for Hanna Barbera on “Wacky Races” and “Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines” and for »

- Pat Saperstein

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Disney Classics Getting Blu-Ray Release August 12th – Tarzan, Hercules, And More

6 August 2014 2:18 PM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

A slew of classic Disney movies are hitting for the first time on Blu-Ray, including one double-pack release, and you’re going to want to make sure to pick these up. You haven’t paid attention to some of these titles for a while, and it’s about time you got the chance to catch them on Blu-Ray. The best part is that there’s a great mix of releases hitting. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is all but lost in the cultural consciousness, and it deserves a return. The Academy Award-winning movie from the year I was born is filled with a lot of fun and adventure, and like most Disney films, holds up well for a whole new generation.

The rest of the group covers a great spectrum, including two animated “big” titles, and a 10th Anniversary release. There’s a lot to expose your family to here, so check out all the info below, »

- Marc Eastman

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Kevin Tancharoen Arms The Guns Of Christmas Past

14 July 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

He debuted with dance in the likes of You Got Served and the Fame remake, but Kevin Tancharoen moved to more violent subject matters with the Mortal Kombat digital series. It appears he’s still in a deadly mood, because he’s signed to direct a bullet-filled version of A Christmas Carol called The Guns Of Christmas Past.Andrew Hilton’s script is loosely inspired by Charles Dickens’ spook-some festive morality classic, but it flies off in very different directions. The plot finds a retired hit man – who, if you know anything about retired hit men in cinema, is not in for an easy time of it – returns home to Chicago on Christmas Eve to celebrate with family. No, wait… He’s there to avenge the death of a friend. Told you it wouldn’t go well.As part of his vengeful quest, he has to fight his way through »

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Steve Kazee Joins Showtime’s ‘Shameless’

28 May 2014 11:43 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

If the Shameless cast wants to do another musical holiday card like this 2011 R-rated Christmas carol, they have a major reinforcement in the singing department. Steve Kazee, a Tony winner for the Broadway production of Once, is joining the cast of the Showtime dramedy in a major recurring role. He will play a rock musician in an existing band who will interact with Fiona (Emmy Rossum) and her family at the new diner where she has found new employment. Kazee’s Broadway credits also include In the Shade and Spamalot. On TV, he co-starred in the ABC drama pilot Warriors this past season. Repped by Innovative and D2 Management. »


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Proof That Will Ferrell Is One of Late Night's Funniest Guests (Video)

23 May 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Will Ferrell got his big break at "Saturday Night Live", so it's no surprise that he tends to totally kill it when he hits up a late night talk show. The funnyman is always full of surprises, wacky costumes, and silly stunts and last night's appearance on "The Tonight Show" was no exception.

Here he is having an epic drum-off with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Necessary spoiler alert: there is cowbell involved.

But do you remember when he stopped by "Conan" as Ron Burgundy? Magical flute solo ahead:

He's quite the musical fellow, isn't he? Here is he on "The Late Show" singing a Christmas carol with The Vienna Boys Choir. Try not to smile:

Will once participated in the "mean tweets" segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" while sitting on a toilet:

And last but not least, the time he "figure skated" to the "Downton Abbey" theme »

- Alana Altmann

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Coldplay Sends Fans on Quest to Find Hidden Lyrics in Libraries

28 April 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

What do you call a hundred Coldplay fans in a library? No, it's not the setup to a bad joke, just the start of the English rock band's globe-spanning scavenger hunt. To promote their upcoming album Ghost Stories, Coldplay has stashed copies of Chris Martin's lyrics in ghost story books around the globe, and they want fans to find them. The ghost stories will be hidden in libraries scattered around the world, with the band's official Twitter account providing hints along the way. We're not sure what state the books are in, but it's a good guess that they were all yellowed. »

- Nate Jones

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You Haven't Lived Until You've Seen Frozen Characters Dancing to "Thriller"

25 April 2014 7:27 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The Internet has taken the Frozen craze to the next level. After countless covers of "Let It Go" and parody videos galore, we now have our favorite characters dancing to "Thriller" and "Gangnam Style." Some crafty animators have put together videos of Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Hans doing the infamous dances for those two songs, plus singing "Everybody" by Backstreet Boys. Keep reading to see all of the crazy things the Arendelle residents are doing on YouTube, though, unfortunately, none include Olaf or Sven. Maybe they can tackle a Christmas carol next. Source: Disney »

- Alyse Whitney

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Henson's greatest hits: Brian Henson on designing creatures in 'Dinosaurs,' 'Farscape,' 'Fraggle Rock' and more

15 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

For years, Jim Henson’s Creature Shop has given life to the iconic puppets and creatures in your favorite children’s shows (Sesame Street), sci-fi/fantasy movies (Labyrinth), and other endlessly-rewound projects (basically, anything with the Muppets).

As Chairman of the Henson Company, Brian Henson (son of Jim and Jane Henson) has worked on his share of famous creatures — and as the head judge on Syfy’s new reality series Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge (Tuesdays at 10 pm), Henson is hoping that fans will relish a weekly peek behind the curtain of one of Hollywood’s most fascinating processes. »

- Marc Snetiker

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When Will Aimee Mann Get Credit for her Hilarious Videos?

9 April 2014 5:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Aimee Mann, the Oscar-nominated songstress of "Save Me" from the "Magnolia" soundtrack, brings a specific and cutting humor to everything she does. She's both sarcastic and damning, deadpan and sensitive. And her videos -- which have featured the likes of Jon Hamm, Laura Linney, Morgan Murphy, and now her newest duet partner Ted Leo -- are hilarious in their droll weirdness. It's a wacky but understated humor comparable to the IFC series "Portlandia," which actually once featured Mann in a hysterical cameo role. The 'Til Tuesday vet has always been a fan of comedians; she's had acts like Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins join her in concert, and she often features funny folks in her music videos. In "Aimee Mann's Christmas Carol," she ran into John Krasinski, Michael Cera, and John C. Reilly. Mann's newest video "Milwaukee," the first single off the new album she and Ted Leo »

- Louis Virtel

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Brian Henson on His New Reality Show, the ‘Fraggle Rock’ Movie and More

25 March 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On Tuesday night, Syfy premieres “Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge,” a reality series akin to “Project Runway” with 10 designers scrambling to make the next Yoda instead of an overflowing dress. The first episode features a sea animal assignment that ends with a screen test (and tears). The contestants battle over hand-glue and sliced foam for a prize worth $100,000, which includes a job at Henson’s old shop.

The star of the series is Brian Henson, the company chairman, Jim’s oldest son and one of the judges. Brian started his career on the special effects team of 1984′s “Muppets Take Manhattan,” and his credits include 1986′s “Labyrinth,” 1990′s “The Witches” and the first “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” big-screen movie, where he acted as second-unit director. In the ’90s, he directed two chestnut Muppets classics, “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and “Muppet Treasure Island,” before Kermit and his Muppet pals were »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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