Dan Stevens to Portray Charles Dickens

Dan Stevens to Portray Charles Dickens

Dan Stevens — the actor once-upon-a-time who played Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey — has been cast to play Charles Dickens in a new movie to be titled The Man Who Invented Christmas. This is a project both to greatly anticipate and to loathe. The story of Dickens and his creation of A Christmas Carol is a great Christmas story in it’s own right. We celebrate Dickens after 200 years because A Christmas Carol has become such an integral part of our modern Christmas celebrations that we cannot think of Christmas without it. The Christmas music world clings to WhiteRead more

Collateral Beauty Trailer Showcases a Real Christmas Movie

Collateral Beauty Trailer Showcases a Real Christmas Movie

We’ve been hankerin’ for a real Christmas movie to arrive in theaters — and we may get it in 2016. Below is the very extended trailer of Will Smith’s Collateral Beauty — a low budget tear jerker with an all star cast. The film follows Howard (played by the indomitable Will Smith), a man who loses his love and drive for life following the death of his daughter. Additionally, it seems to focus on three things that are universal to all humans: Love, time, and death. As Howard divulges in the trailer, “We long for love, we wish we hadRead more

Top Ten Christmas Villains

Top Ten Christmas Villains

The newest episode of the Merry Little Podcast takes on the probing subject of Christmas bad guys in beloved Christmas movies. Almost every story has a bad guy. But the bad guys of Christmas movies are special — because most of them are guys we don’t really hate when all is said and done. After all, it’s Christmas. That’s just one of many Christmas top tens that we’re working these days. In an upcoming episode of the Merry Podcast we probe much, much deeper into Christmas top tens. But this is a good list…and we’re sure you have Christmas villainsRead more

Will Smith Christmas Movie Buzz Building

Will Smith Christmas Movie Buzz Building

There is a new Christmas movie heading to theaters this year and the buzz is building — even if it is getting late in the year. Will Smith is starting to promote Collateral Beauty, which is due in theaters December 16th. The film tells the story of a man — Smith, apparently — who suffers a personal tragedy and is trying to put his life back together. The film has an all-star cast of Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, and Keira Knightley. Billed as a “dramedy” Smith says the film is a curious mix of “It’s aRead more

Casting a Remake of It’s a Wonderful Life

Casting a Remake of It’s a Wonderful Life

Back in 2013 Hollywood announced a sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life. Thankfully the project never happened and hopefully it never will. It’s a Wonderful Life is a classic American film that is best honored by leaving it completely alone. In 1977 the film was remade as a made-for-TV movie. It was horrible. But you’ll have to recall that in 1977 It’s a Wonderful Life was not the Christmas classic it is today, even though it was 30-years old by that point. The strange path that It’s a Wonderful Life took to nearly untouchable status as THE film of ChristmasRead more

Disney Re-Releases The Enchanted Christmas

Disney Re-Releases The Enchanted Christmas

Beauty and the Beast — and Christmas. Does it get any better than that? Evidently after 25 years it does not get old — Disney is re-releasing the animated classic on DVD this October. The Enchanted Christmas tells a tale set within the story of the original feature, about Belle spreading Christmas cheer within the confines of Beast’s castle during her time there. The film’s all-star voice cast features Robby Benson as Beast and Paige O’Hara as Belle, along with the castle’s enchanted staff including Jerry Orbach as Lumiere, David Ogden Stiers as Cogsworth, Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts, HaleyRead more

Office Christmas Party Trailer…Too Graphic to Show

Office Christmas Party Trailer…Too Graphic to Show

The new trailer for an anticipated Christmas movie due out this year called Office Christmas Party hit the street today — but we can’t show it to you. Even the trailer is too raunchy to show. The movie stars an A-list of Hollywood millennials and is topped by veterans Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. Aniston says her character is more or less “the Grinch”, in recent interviews. The premise is about a family owned company in crisis brought on by the death of the founder — and the kids are going crazy trying to see who can get control ofRead more

Trailer Released for Bad Santa Sequel

Trailer Released for Bad Santa Sequel

It is a sad day when the most anticipated new Christmas movie of the year is a sequel to one of the worst Christmas movies ever made. But Bad Santa has its fans and today they cheer the release of this new trailer: Billy Bob Thornton is back to reprise his role as the Santa nobody wants to take their kid to — and this time he brings his mother, played in this film by Kathy Bates. In this film Willie and his mother — who’s just as mean and foul-mouthed as her son — try to scam a charityRead more

Merry Podcast #52 — Christmas Top Sellers

Merry Podcast #52 — Christmas Top Sellers

Here is a kick-off to Christmas in July — a real mood-setter for the season ahead: in episode #52 of the Merry Podcast we countdown the top ten best selling songs of Christmas of all time — and it is a list that will surprise you! The biggest surprises are those NOT on the list: Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, and Elvis Presley — ALL do NOT make the cut. Neither does Andy Williams. Or, The Carpenters. Not even the Boston Pops. What about more modern artists? Pentatonix? Nope. Michael Buble? Not even close. Give up? TakeRead more

Why Die Hard is a Christmas Movie

Why Die Hard is a Christmas Movie

Die Hard is an aptly named movie. It just won’t go away – and it shouldn’t. For years we have consistently polled it as a Christmas movie. That means we ask YOU, our readers and it ranks with other movies as a Christmas classic – unsolicited. It is again in the news as Amazon has released a behind the scenes book about Die Hard that some say settles the “Is it a Christmas movie?” question at last. In a nutshell they say, NO, and if you think Die Hard is a Christmas movie you’re a whackjob. Their logic is flawed,Read more