PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Tag: Christmas (1-10 of 49)

Counting down the 10 darkest holiday movies, in honor of 'The Santa Clause'

The Santa Clause is 20 years old today—and while the series spawned a trilogy of family-friendly holiday films, we can’t forget the franchise’s dark origins. Tim Allen’s Scott Calvin becomes Santa Claus by accidentally causing the original St. Nick to fall to his doom. Sure, the film pushes a “seeing is believing” message and includes plenty of warm and fuzzy holiday cheer—but it still starts off with the death of Santa Claus.

The Santa Clause isn’t the only movie to put a dark spin on the holiday season; there’s a long and storied cinematic history of strange, bleak, and darkly hilarious Christmas stories. Here are 10 of the most notable:

READ FULL STORY

Watch the holiday season's most adorable commercial, starring a penguin

penguin

November’s just begun, but there may already be a winner for best holiday commercial.

READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Hudson's assistant loses his mind over his Christmas gift: A house -- VIDEO

I can’t imagine it’s easy being a celebrity’s assistant: the crazy hours, inflated egos, six Venti/soy/non-fat/iced frappés a day, etc. But if you see an opening in the classifieds, might I recommend employment with Jennifer Hudson? After all, she got her assistant Walter Williams a house for Christmas.

The Oscar-winning actress (and former American Idol contestant — never forget!) has been friends with Williams since their childhood spent together in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Hudson posted a video Tuesday on her Instagram of Williams reacting to her generous gift. Turn your smile on, your speakers down, and watch the love-fest below (it’s that last whispered “wow” that really gets me):
READ FULL STORY

Kids give their parents a puppy for Christmas -- 'Lion King'-style: VIDEO

These five siblings took a page out of Disney’s The Lion King to give their parents something special in a very memorable way. The present: An adorable new puppy.

The presentation: A full-scale “Circle of Life” reenactment, complete with interpretive dancing, elephant impersonations, and a recreation of the moment when Rafiki holds Simba up for all of Pride Rock to see. (Though we’re pretty sure the vocalists in the film aren’t actually singing “edamame, penguins and pajamas.”) Check out the home movie below.

READ FULL STORY

Your guide to Christmas Day marathons 2013

This Christmas, don’t feel pressured to attend yet another holiday party. If you’d rather stay in and enjoy a relaxing day in front of the television, you do have options. For the Christmas-lover, ABC Family will be running a marathon of holiday films, from The Santa Clause to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. But if you’re not as excited about more holiday cheer, there are other options, such as a Doctor Who marathon or an evening spent with Duck Dynasty.

READ FULL STORY

TBS' 24 hours of 'A Christmas Story': What other holiday movies should be mega-marathoned?

TBS’ 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story makes my sister want to shoot her eye out.

I learned this a few years ago when, as we started the present distribution process on Christmas morning, she begged the family for an alternative viewing option. “I can’t watch this movie anymore,” she declared. At the time, I was horrified, appalled, and wanted that ruiner of Christmas joy I once called a sister cast away from the home like the filthy turncoat she was. (Spoiler: We let her stay.)

Flash-forward to last year, when, I hate to admit, I started to understand where she was coming from. After multiple viewings and multiple years of 24-hour marathons, I’m kind of sick of A Christmas Story.

This won’t be the case forever, I hope. Maybe after a few years of avoiding it, I will be able to return and once again be charmed. But until that day comes, I need a break. In fact, I think we all deserve one — it’s time TBS changed up their movie marathon.

I know what you’re probably thinking, why would I be in favor of another movie-ruining marathon? Well, the answer is simple: For a very long time, the Christmas Story marathon wasn’t a bad thing. Actually, it was something of a treasured “Christmas is here” tradition. I just think it’s time for the tradition to evolve — like all of them do.

I asked my family for their thoughts on movies they’d like to see get the 24-hour marathon treatment (on TBS or another network) last night at the dinner table. (Dirty truth: we were all on the couch eating Whataburgers.) Here were some of the alternative options suggested — and some choice commentary:
READ FULL STORY

10 TV 'Christmas Carols': Who's the scroogiest Scrooge of all? VIDEO

From classic cartoons to modern-day dramas, there’s one holiday gift that keeps on giving: Plots inspired by A Christmas Carol. (Even Arrow sort of got in on the fun this year.)

In these very special episodes, one of the series’ regulars — usually the group’s designated grouch — gets grumpy around the holidays and is subsequently visited by a series of ghosts. They warn that character to mend the error of his or her ways before it’s too late. Things tend to end on a happy note, with the newly cheerful Scrooge stand-in giving gifts to the rest of the cast — and maybe even joining in some heartwarming literal Christmas carols.

Before their transformative visions, though, those ersatz Ebenezers can be pretty darn nasty — and in some cases, even murderous. But which of them are the meanest, snobbiest, greediest, scroogiest Scrooges of all? Let’s try to suss it out by reexamining 10 of TV’s most notable Carolers. (Note: This is by no means a comprehensive list.)

READ FULL STORY

Bono and Glen Hansard continue caroling tradition in Dublin. Why aren't we in Dublin?

Dublin’s carolers beat your carolers, hands down. That’s because Dublin’s carolers this week included U2 frontman Bono and Glen Hansard of The Swell Season (Once). The famous Irishmen have been joining together on Christmas week to serenade fans on Grafton Street since 2009 to raise money for Simon Communities, a charity addressing homelessness in Ireland. This year,  fans were serenaded to “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Merry Xmas Everybody,” and more favorites.

Check out some clips on YouTube and Instagram from some lucky carol-goers below:
READ FULL STORY

'Paul's Home Alone Christmas Card' will leave you thirsty for more -- VIDEO

home-alone-christmas-card.jpg

Sorry, everybody — some guy named Paul Little just totally outdid your family’s Christmas card. (Even you, Kardashians.)

See, Paul likes the classic family comedy/harrowing horror film (if you’re looking at it from the burglars’ perspective) Home Alone. He likes it so much that this year, he created a virtual Christmas card that cuts together all of the movie’s best moments — with Paul’s own face superimposed over that of each actor, speaking their lines with the perfect intonation and attitude. (He’s certainly not what the French call les incompetents.)

Watch the magic below; it’s better than a shopping bag filled with milk, eggs, and fabric softener. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!
READ FULL STORY

Happy Festivus! Air your 2013 grievances here

Need I remind you, Seinfeld lovers? Festivus is your heritage. It’s part of who you are. It’s December 23rd — time to go dig the bare aluminum pole out of the crawl space and air your grievances to family and friends before challenging them to the Feats of Strength tonight!

Relive Frank Costanza’s holiday tradition and help me RAIN BLOWS against all of the parties who have wronged us this year, below. READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos

Advertisement

From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP