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Almost Christmas to Release November 11th

Universal Pictures announced this week the new movie previously known as A Meyers Christmas has been renamed to Almost Christmas and will be released in theaters on November 11th of this upcoming season. Danny Glover stars as the recently widowed family patriarch who invites his family home for five days of Christmas, begging them to get along. Evidently, if they can honor that Christmas wish without killing each other, it …
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NFL Invades Christmas Eve

What happens when Christmas falls on a weekend? For the NFL that means football and Christmas go together — and Santa will just have to use his DVR. Christmas Eve is on a Saturday this year and the NFL wants folks to tune in to 12 different games that day — including a prime time game between the Bengals and the Texans. Christmas Day isn’t spared either. There are two …
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Cumberbatch to Voice the Grinch in Remake

Famed British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been tapped to voice the Grinch in an animated remake of Dr. Seuss’ classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, set to be released later next year. The last remake of the Grinch was met with mixed critical reviews and has failed to generate year-after-year loyalty viewing of the original made-for-television animated special. Producers of the new version hope to avoid disappointing fans. ““For me, …
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Five Ways to Celebrate Christmas in April

The month of April is the most anti-Christmas month of the year. There is less Christmas cheer now than at any other point on the calendar. We know. We’ve been doing Christmas year round for a quarter of a century now. We know when people are thinking Christmas and it ain’t happening much in April. Traffic to our various Christmas web sites bottoms out in April. Email, forum activity — …
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Why The Homecoming is One of the Most Important Christmas Movies Ever

Earl Hamner Jr. passed away this week at the age of 92 and the world hardly noticed. Hamner was a prolific writer whose contributions were more noted on television than anywhere else. While he is no Dickens his Christmas story titled The Homecoming was more than just a TV movie that launched a successful, long-running television series known as The Waltons. The Homecoming should be considered one of the most …
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Fight Before Christmas Movie Features Santa Divorce

Another brilliant Hollywood Christmas movie idea: have Santa and Mrs. Claus break up. That’s the premise of a new Christmas movie in the works to be titled “Fight Before Christmas”, as announced today by Variety The story centers on Mrs. Claus leaving Santa after 700 years of marriage and feeling unappreciated for her continued Christmas contributions. She departs just two weeks before the holiday — putting the fate of the …
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Christmas in Ireland

The Irish get more than their share of love every St. Patrick’s Day but they feel a little left out when it comes to Christmas. That is unfortunate because many of the ancient elements of Christmas have Irish roots. The most Irish of Christmas songs, Christmas in Killarney, briefly references some of the ancient Irish tie-ins to Christmas: The holly green, the ivy green The prettiest picture you’ve ever seen …
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World’s Largest Virtual #Hallelujah Chorus

Don’t tell me you’ve never done this: when the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah comes on you have to sing along. You might even whip out your best opera. And you’ve certainly done it in the shower. I can recall this being a habit I picked up while quite young. In fact, it got “worse” after high school when I had learned to sing in parts — belting out the …
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Office Christmas Party Releases December 9th

What kind of Christmas movie will it be if it is announced in February, filmed in April and released in December? That’s the plan for Office Christmas Party, a new movie to star Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman slated for a December 9th release later this year. According to Hollywood Reporter the film is a comedy about an office holiday party gone awry. Will Speck and Josh Gordon (Blades of …
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Silly Santas on Parade

Everyone wants to be Santa Claus. Who wouldn’t want to work with toys, elves and reindeer? Who would not want to be beloved of children and adults alike? Santa is universally recognized, perpetually jolly, well fed, and immensely popular. Other men look on Santa with envy. He is the ultimate man’s man. He works with power tools, drives faster than anyone, and he gets all the girls. Santa is so …
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Five Rules for Remaking A Christmas Carol

Last year we openly mourned the lack of decent Christmas movies being made. It has been well over a decade since Elf, for Pete’s sake. Hollywood has suffered a drought of original Christmas ideas and every season seems to bring yet another version of a twisted-family-Christmas (Love the Coopers). But if there is anything we loathe more than original Christmas movies coming out from Hollywood it is Christmas movies remade. …
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Charles Dickens Day

Today marks 322 days until Christmas leaving just 45 weeks until the big day. It is also the 204th birthday of Charles Dickens, who was born on this day in 1812. The name of Charles Dickens can hardly be said these days without thinking of Christmas. While his career spanned decades with volumes of legendary written works it is his story of A Christmas Carol that keeps his name on …
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Candlemas

There are 327 days remaining until Christmas in our countdown but on this day we actually celebrate a day reflective of the fact that Christmas was 40 days ago. This day is known as Candlemas. For many, the thinking of this day as a Christian celebration is natural as many Christian denominations mark this as the day the Christ was presented at the Temple. But it must be remembered that …
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David Bowie Day

Today is David Bowie Day in our Countdown to Christmas, there are just 349 days remaining. Bowie passed away today at the age of 69. It is hard not to compare David Bowie to his Christmas duet partner, Bing Crosby today, odd as that is to say. They had nothing and everything in common all at the same time. But today is not unlike the day that Bing died: everyone …
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Elvis Presley Day

Today marks the 81st birthday of The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. It also marks 352 days until Christmas in our countdown. Elvis needs no introduction or even explanation. He was revolutionary. Today’s youth are now so far distant from classic Christmas artists such as Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Elvis that they may be dismissive of them all as merely crooners long …