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Tsr Blog: Dumb Things I Will Not Miss From This Past Holiday Season

28 December 2010 6:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

I can easily agree with Andy Williams and say, “Yes, this is indeed the most wonderful time of the year.” Not just because movie studios dump their award-hopefuls on us, but because family time is wonderfully abound during this time of year, along with a strange general wave of optimism that seems to work its way through most people … at least for the one day. However, sometimes with great positivity comes bits of great idiocy, as this past holiday season (New Year’s counts, but only sort of) has plenty of moments to show for itself.

Now that the dust of wrapping paper has settled into its garbage bags and the woes of worrying about nearly everything holiday related has past, it’s time to reflect upon a few little things from this time of year that were … not so great.

1. Reindeer Car Kits

I have seen this more than »

- Nick Allen

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Listen: Usher's "Omg" accused of plagarizing Homer Simpson

27 December 2010 7:00 AM, PST | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

Ripping off The Simpsons isn't anything new — just ask every non-Matt Groening cartoon on Fox Seth McFarlane. But now stealing from the Simps of Springfield has become a musical affair. Some savvy radio hosts have discerned a suspicious similarity between Usher's "Omg" and a Homer Simpson Christmas carol circa Season 14. The video below offers a side-by-side comparison of the two jams, as well as a mash-up that emphasizes their relation. Foul play or overactive imaginations — which do you think is the culprit [...] »

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Merry Christmas To All and To All A Good Night from SciFiMafia.com

24 December 2010 3:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Christmas is upon us, and we here at SciFiMafia.com certainly hope that everyone gets what they asked Santa for, and are fortunate enough to spend this holiday with the ones you love. We’ll be taking a hiatus until next year (January 4th) so, from our families to yours… Merry Christmas!

In honor of the holiday, we thought we’d give you a look at a few of our favorite Christmas themed videos from the world of (what else) Sci-Fi!

First up is the Star Wars Christmas Special… That Everyone Really Wanted, check it out below!

Star Wars Christmas Special… That Everyone Really Wanted

Next up is Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill from the cast of Doctor Who, doing their rendition of the Christmas classic, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. Check it out below!

Doctor Who Cast Sings a Christmas Carol

Let’s not forget The »

- SciFiMafia

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Oliver Pfeiffer: Is Christmas the new Hallowe'en at the cinema?

24 December 2010 7:47 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Forget heartwarming morality tales and scenes of chestnut roasting in front of open fires - the best Christmas films, from Gremlins to Bad Santa, take Hallowe'en as their inspiration

It may be the season to be jolly, but every so often something cinematic rears its ugly head to challenge that sugar-coated notion - and this year it's Finnish filmmaker Jalmari Helander's myth-defying debut. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is an anti-Christmas horror fantasy that transforms the cuddly, present-delivering Santa Claus of fable into a 21st-century boogie man - reminiscent of a vengeful incarnation from the pages of Struwwelpeter. Never mind receiving lumps of coal for punishment, this Santa snatches naughty children while they sleep, boils them in cauldrons and replaces them in bed with sinister dolls. Unearthed from his Lapland mountain coffin, Mr Claus is coming to town - and kids had really better watch out.

But the »

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Are You Thirsty For More? The Essential Christmas Guide Part 4

24 December 2010 2:03 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Organizing one’s Christmas viewing is a delicate thing – one needs to know what films and TV to watch at which times, maximizing festive cheer whilst not overdoing it and spoiling The Most Wonderful Time of the Year for oneself. For the past three weeks you’ve been right to be cautious, but now, as we head into week four, all bets are off, feel free to get as festive as you damn well like. That’s right, it’s time to bring out the big guns – and if you’ve made it this far, followed the Essential Christmas Guide, and paid close attention, you’ve made it onto the ‘nice’ list. In other words, you’ve earned it…

It’s true that Christmas is largely considered to be a time for children, and to a degree that’s absolutely right. So it’s no surprise that a large number »

- Tom Fordy

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Katherine Jenkins Nervous About 'Doctor Who'

20 December 2010 10:15 AM, PST | GeekNation.com | See recent GeekNation news »

It is only a matter of days before the world witnesses Matt Smith.s first festive stint as The Doctor, with some fans still a little nervous about what to expect following the critically mixed fifth season of the series. However, no one is more nervous than Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins, who will join The Doctor on his travels for the Christmas-themed adventure of "Doctor Who." Her appearance on the series marks her acting debut, leaving the singer anxious about what fans will think over her portrayal. "I haven't had any training and I've not really had any experience of this kind of thing," she told BBC News. Unlike previous years, the 2010 special (entitled .A Christmas Carol.) will be broadcast internationally on Christmas Day with fans in the United States being able to watch »

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Christmas Spoiled in 3 Minutes, Santa Cancels Worldwide Tour

20 December 2010 7:50 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

The Fine Brothers, an internet comedy duo that speaks fast and spoils movies, is back to spit in your eggnog this holiday season with “50 Christmas Spoilers in 3 Minutes.” 

Faster than you can go a-wasailling, Benny and Rafi Fine spoil every Christmas movie you’ve ever heard of — and some that you haven’t. As with all Fine Brothers YouTube videos, there are two types of viewers.

The first love the spitfire, spoiler-soaked, saccharin snark and wish the yucksters plenty of presents under the Christmas tree. Or menorah. The other, perhaps the Grinches of the group, want to stuff the boys’ faces with figgy pudding to dam the endless patter of plot-ruining banter.

Where do you fall on the Fines? While you chew that over, here’s a list of all 50 Christmas films:

A Christmas Carol, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (1951), A Christmas Carol (2009), The Muppet Christmas Carol, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, »

- Chris Plante

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TV highlights Christmas Day

19 December 2010 6:35 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Doctor Who | The Royle Family | Agatha Christie's Poirot | Pink Saris; The Laughing Club of India | Moonwalk One | Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones

Doctor Who

6pm, BBC1

"What's so special about Christmas? I despise Christmas!" Another seasonal adventure for the time-traveller (who does seem to land on 25 December a lot). Steven Moffat's behind this year's story, a warm riff on Dickens's Christmas Carol with the Doctor pulling out all the "ghost of Christmas past" stops to convince "Kazran Sardick, the richest man in Sardicktown" (a suitably grumpy turn from Michael Gambon) to help Amy and Rory who are trapped on a crashing space liner. Katherine Jenkins adds to the starry night. Rv

The Royle Family

9pm, BBC1

Still Britain's most beloved Royles? You can't imagine Jim letting a bunch of students kick his car doors in. Last year's trip to Prestatyn was fun but didn't quite reach the heights of »

- Richard Vine, Will Dean, Martin Skegg, Andrew Mueller, Phelim O'Neill, Steve Rose

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Monsters & Critics Christmas Advent 3 - TV Of Christmas Past & Present

17 December 2010 10:32 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Monsters & Critics Christmas Advent 3 - TV Of Christmas Past & Present Catherine Tate: Nan.s Christmas Carol We.re in the home stretch of these three articles. So as promised last week, we.re going to throw a bit of UK TV into the mix, with my thoughts on a Christmas Special that aired on Christmas Day of 2009 and will be repeated again this year. This particular special was The Catherine Tate Show, which was titled "Nans Christmas Carol." For those in the states who are not in the know, Catherine Tate was an established comedy act before she took the role of Donna Noble in "Doctor Who", and her show titled "The Catherine Tate Show" was a mainstay »

- Ian Cullen

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A-Lan Partridge In A Pear Tree: The Essential Christmas Guide Part 3

17 December 2010 12:09 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Christmas is a time that is rife with tradition – the tree, the decorations, the presents, Noddy Holder threatening to burst your eardrums in each and every shop… and one of the most treasured of all Christmas traditions is the festive television special.

Everybody from Morecombe and Wise to Doctor Who have been given the yuletide treatment at some stage, and if you want you to do things properly, this is naturally the time of year to relive the wealth of Christmas TV available, and in particular TV comedy.

If you’ve been paying attention to the guidelines laid out over the past few weeks, you will undoubtedly have already come across some Christmas TV treats – Only Fools and Horses, One Foot in the Grave, The League of Gentlemen, South Park, and Bottom have all been recommended so far, but let’s be honest, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. »

- Tom Fordy

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Best. Gay. Week. Ever! Let's Talk Safer Sex!

17 December 2010 4:39 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Announcing This Year's Visibility Awards Host ... Neil Patrick Harris!

Like many businesses, the end of the year gets pretty hectic around here as we balance the books, hide the bodies, and fight over the freebies sent by the networks. (I'm still mad I didn't get the CSI "Do it Yourself Autopsy Kit!")

Not only do we have the Visibility Awards to get all shiny and polished to hand out to this year's winners on Monday, we also had to write up articles looking back at the year in TV, Movies, Music, Coming Out and so forth. All of that is on top of our usual recaps, articles and posts. And then there are the usual unexpected things to cover like John Cameron Mitchell's people calling us at the last minute to attend a screening of Mitchell's new movie Rabbit Hole starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. And then we »

- Michael Jensen

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"Bed Intruder Song," Christmas Carol Edition

15 December 2010 2:16 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

Following up on the ludicrous viral success of the "Bed Intruder Song" a group of college students have reworked the hit and co-opted it for Christmas. That's right, a song about a dumb rapist is now a Christmas Carol. The a cappella choir group at Jerry Falwell's Liberty University decided it needed a little Yuletide cheering up.

The performance doesn't really take off until about 3:20, where it gets legitimately amusing, in the context of all this internet age bah hubbub. Man, that is one dumb, ridiculed, attempted rapist. Watching this made me realize how truly hounded this pathetic idiot is -- he's up there with Bin Laden or Assange, except they actually have some supporters!

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- Brandon Kim

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Film Feature: ‘The 27th Annual Music Box Christmas Show’ Brims With Nostalgic Warmth

15 December 2010 11:55 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The most memorable moviegoing experiences of your life are often circumstantial. They may depend entirely on the audience that you see them with. There are few things more magical than the moment when an ageless work of cinema manages to move and invigorate your soul, along with those of the surrounding audience.

That’s precisely the experience I had while attending the annual Music Box Christmas Show a few years ago. It’s impressive to see how much the event has grown over time, with its double feature of holiday classics now extended into a five-day marathon. In its twenty-seventh year, the show has become somewhat of a family affair. Returning audience members have been invited to submit photos of their past visits for inclusion in a pre-show slideshow. Young moviegoers (and the young at heart) will enjoy the intermission festivities where Santa Claus materializes and leads the audience in a series of carols. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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The Top 10 Alternative Christmas Films!

8 December 2010 4:28 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It’s that time of year again; it’s dark at 4pm, the air is crisp and often below freezing, lights twinkle from every crevice and you’re already sick of hearing Mariah Carey warble “All I Want for Christmas is You”… Yes, it’s Christmas time again and as the festive period draws ever closer, avoiding succumbing to the cheer and joy is a daily battle you’re sure to lose.

Now I’m not a Grinch – in fact I’m far from it, the lead up to the big day is one of my favourite times of the year (I think inside, I’m actually still about 6 and three quarters!) – but the gloss and exaggerated schmaltz of the period can certainly become tiresome very quickly.

Now I don’t want to belittle the sickly saccharine taste of holiday romantic comedies (Love Actually is a classic), the formulaic overcoming »

- Stuart Cummins

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BuzzWorthy Video: Dexter's Favorite Christmas Carol Revealed!

8 December 2010 10:00 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Serial killers aren't exactly the first people that come to mind when I think about the holiday season, but apparently even Dexter has some Christmas spirit. When Michael C. Hall stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, the actor revealed what he believes to be Dexter's favorite Christmas carol. Then, as a very special treat, Hall belted it out for the audience - while adding a special touch. Watch the video all the way to the end to get the big laughs. To watch the video, just read more. »

- Becky Kirsch

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John Lennon, 'Tron: Legacy,' And The 'Thor' Trailer In Today's Twitter Report

8 December 2010 9:44 AM, PST | MTV Splash Page | See recent MTV Splash Page news »

Reactions to Daft Punk's "Tron: Legacy" soundtrack continued to trickle in today, but they were joined by a rumor that the film may be accompanied by a theatrical trailer for "Thor." A lot of faces in the feed may be big supporters of such a move, but I don't think Evan Dorkin is among them.

In other posts, the anniversary of John Lennon's death brought out Twitter's sentimental side, and if you didn't already know which Marvel writer named his son after Lennon, you will after today. Those details, along with Brian Michael Bendis' "iCarly" excitement, Matt Fraction's latest joke-writing assignment and Erik Larsen's pick for the most screwed up Christmas Carol await you below.

I'm @brianwarmoth, and this is your Twitter Report for December 8, 2010.

@swierczy John Lennon, gone 30 years today. Such a huge fan I named a fictional bank robber and my son after him.

-Duane Swierczynski, »

- Brian Warmoth

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The Warrior's Way (2010)

7 December 2010 2:36 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by: Sngmoo Lee

Written by: Sngmoo Lee

Cast: Jang Dong Gun, Geoffrey Rush, Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston

Yang has developed incredible skills as a swordsmen and assassin; unfortunately for his clan, he has also developed a bit of a conscience.

His clan is close to winning a 500-year-long war against a powerful enemy, and this war must be won by killing every single member of the enemy's faction. Yang cuts his way through dozens of them, defeats their top champion, and then captures their last surviving member - an infant girl. He decides against being a baby killer and goes on the run with the small child. His own clan pursues him, intent on killing them both.

Yang strikes out to the American old west and finds sanctuary "…on the edge of the desert in a busted town full of broken people." Yang has obscure relation to another man who had lived there, »

- Tristan Sinns

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Movie News Quick Hits: Eckhart's Two Face, 'Transformers 3' Teaser and Robot Chicken's 'Star Wars III'

3 December 2010 8:05 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Trailers and Clips, Movie News, Cinematical

-- Sick of the same old Christmas musicals like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular? Looking for something a little different? Feel free to check out 'A Klingon Christmas Carol', now playing at the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago through December 19th. The play is presented entirely in Klingon, so, um, yeah.

-- Speaking to Empire, DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg said they're planning many more sequels to some of their most beloved animated films. In particular, there will be at least one more 'Madagascar' movie, six 'Kung Fu Panda' movies (in total) and at least three ("or maybe more") 'How to Train Your Dragon' movies.

-- Aaron Eckhart confirmed to MTV that he (and Two Face) will not be featured in 'The Dark Knight Rises', noting that he asked Christopher Nolan whether he'd be in it, and the director responded, »

- Erik Davis

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Movie News Quick Hits: Eckhart's Two Face, 'Transformers 3' Teaser and Robot Chicken's 'Star Wars III'

3 December 2010 8:05 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Trailers and Clips, Movie News, Cinematical

-- Sick of the same old Christmas musicals like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular? Looking for something a little different? Feel free to check out 'A Klingon Christmas Carol', now playing at the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago through December 19th. The play is presented entirely in Klingon, so, um, yeah.

-- Speaking to Empire, DreamWorks' Jeffrey Katzenberg said they're planning many more sequels to some of their most beloved animated films. In particular, there will be at least one more 'Madagascar' movie, six 'Kung Fu Panda' movies (in total) and at least three ("or maybe more") 'How to Train Your Dragon' movies.

-- Aaron Eckhart confirmed to MTV that he (and Two Face) will not be featured in 'The Dark Knight Rises', noting that he asked Christopher Nolan whether he'd be in it, and the director responded, »

- Erik Davis

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New images from Doctor Who Christmas special 'A Christmas Carol'

2 December 2010 | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Here are some new pics from the BBC for the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas special 'A Christmas Carol'. From the captions that the BBC provide (which are attached to the photos below) it seems that Steven Moffat is going Dickens one better in actually allowing his 'Scrooge' character 'Kazran' (Michael Gambon) to meet up with a younger version of himself, named 'Young Kazran' and played by Laurence Belcher (both are seen in the second pic below).

Loads more great 'Christmas Carol' pics to come from the Beeb at the weekend...

Click on the pictures for full-size versions in new window...

Doctor Who Christmas Special pics from the BBC »

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