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A Very Murray Christmas Trailer

One of the earliest announced television specials for 2015 now has a trailer — A Very Murray Christmas is Bill Murray’s idea of a Christmas special and it is produced by and coming to Netflix this December 4th: Set inside New York City’s iconic Carlyle hotel, A Very Murray Christmas opens with Murray preparing to host a live, international holiday broadcast. After a blizzard shuts down the production, he makes …
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The History of Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Eddie Cantor, a comedian from the 1930s was given a new Christmas song to sing for his radio audience in 1934. Targeted at kids, the songwriters were frustrated at their inability to get it recorded and sold. Record labels thought the appeal too narrow to be successful. Cantor sang it live in a performance that was never recorded. The song proved such a hit it was recorded later by Tom …
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A Masterful Telling of Luke 2

There is not a Christmas lover anywhere who does not know well the text of the Christmas story from Luke Chapter 2, from the New Testament. But never have you heard it with such precise storytelling ability as we see in this video of John Rhys-Davies with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir: For as great as that telling is on stage, listen to Rhys-Davies explain why this story is so important: …
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Glen Campbell’s Christmas Variety Shows Coming to DVD

Two Christmas specials of the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Variety Show dating from the 1970s will be made available on DVD this fall. The shows originally aired in December 1969 and December 1970, and featured a mix of sketches and musical performances. Among Campbell’s guest on the episodes were singers Anne Murray and Jerry Reed, and comedians George Gobel and Shecky Greene. The DVD sells for a list price of …
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Kristen Bell to Host Charlie Brown 50th Christmas Special

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the beloved PEANUTS animated tale, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Kristen Bell will host a special holiday retrospective, “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown,” Monday, November 30 (9:00–10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The anniversary special will celebrate 50 years of the iconic classic that has brought joy and a television watching tradition at the holidays for generations of fans. With an …
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Hallmark Christmas Movie Countdown Begins on Halloween

Hallmark’s traditional Countdown to Christmas kicks off on Halloween as part of their drive to bring 16 new Christmas movies to television audiences this holiday season. Thanksgiving weekend will see five new movies make their debut: Tis the Season for Love — an out-of-work actress returns home for the holidays and discovers romance could replace her ambitions for stardom North Pole 2: Open for Business — a woman in need …
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Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas to Debut on BluRay

In mid-December 2014 NBC aired a stop motion animated special called Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, based on the 2003 hit movie titled Elf. The television special was well received by critics and seen by millions. The holiday musical movie combines the humor and spirit of the beloved holiday film Elf with songs from the Broadway hit Elf: The Musical. Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has announced the show will become available …
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Bill Murray Teases Christmas Special

Bill Murray is hyping his 2015 Netflix Christmas “special” early, for whatever reason and today released a teaser (seen below). This is not your garden variety television Christmas special — or even a comedy. Murray himself calls it “a little movie”. Murray plays a TV host who, when a giant snowstorm hits NYC, frets that nobody will show up to his show. Obviously, plenty of guests join him — George …
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Bill Murray Christmas Special Coming for 2015

It’s Bill Murray, it’s Netflix and it’s all Christmas. And it appears to have captured all the early buzz for Christmas on television 2015. Coming to Netflix and produced in conjunction with director Sofia Coppola the special reported stars George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Amy Pohler, Maya Rudolph and, of course, Bill Murray. Clooney talked about it in a recent visit to the retiring David Letterman: Paul [Shaffer, Letterman’s band leader] …
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Downton Abbey Christmas Album Coming

The cast of Downton Abbey are recording a Christmas album. For the non-television watcher Downton Abbey is a British television drama series about a well-to-do family living on an English country estate. The series has been wildly popular in the U.K. and in the U.S.A. on PBS. This year marks their fifth season. The project will reportedly feature recordings by cast members including Elizabeth McGovern, who sings in a band …
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Mythical Beginnings of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

By Jeff Westover It is a sad story. As his wife lay terminally ill on the couch next to the family Christmas tree Robert May held his young daughter in his lap as they gazed upon a snowy December scene out the window of their Chicago apartment. Barbara, at four years old, knew all too well that things were not normal for her family. “Why?” she asked her father, Robert. …