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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):
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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.

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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.

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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:
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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.)

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

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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!
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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

'SNL' recap: Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake's Christmas bro-down

Now that’s what I call a Christmas show!

Saturday’s Jimberlake joint wasn’t perfect. It certainly wasn’t as consistently wonderful as Jimmy Fallon’s last Christmas episode, which set the standard for SNL holiday cheer two years ago. And it did contain one sketch offensively bad enough to almost ruin the whole night’s effect. Pound for pound, though, Fallon and his unofficial cohost Justin Timberlake did present one of this season’s best overall episodes — thanks largely to their unflagging energy and enthusiasm, which gave a jolt of joy to even the night’s less inspired bits. (We’re making fun of Paul Ryan? Still? Now?) Last week’s holiday-themed John Goodman episode was a letdown; this week’s holiday show felt like a pleasant corrective.

But interestingly enough, the night’s biggest triumph actually didn’t rely on Fallon and Timberlake’s chemistry at all. I’m talking, of course, about the episode’s…

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'Silent Night, Deadly Night': 20 thoughts on the best-worst holiday movie of all time

A confession: I’m not wild about Christmas. As somebody who gets unnecessarily neurotic about whether or not everybody else is having a good time, the onset of shopping crowds, traveling woes, gift-buying difficulties, and food-related malaise often overwhelms my delicate constitution. (Also, the constant claptrap about the War on Christmas doesn’t make the season any more fun.)

But there are a handful of Christmas traditions I have adopted over the years that have made the last six weeks of the year something close to bearable. The cornerstone of those rituals is the annual viewing of Silent Night, Deadly Night, a nasty little bit of holiday-themed slasher nonsense that essentially casts Santa Claus as a serial killer. But like a lot of the also-ran cut-‘em-ups of the ’80s, there’s so much more going on in Silent Night, Deadly Night than meets the eye, and I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about it (and its sequels), more than perhaps any other film I have seen. (And thanks to the yearly screenings, it’s undoubtedly the movie I’ve seen the most, which is a troubling revelation to type out).

Of course, a movie about a murderous Father Christmas isn’t for everybody, but here are 20 thoughts about Silent Night, Deadly Night that will hopefully help you get a feel for why it’s the best-worst holiday film ever constructed.

1. Silent Night, Deadly Night came out in November 1984 but was quickly yanked from movie theaters thanks to protests from parents groups who were disturbed by the ad campaign. Since there’s no such thing as bad publicity, the controversy surrounding the film gave it something of a second life — it re-appeared in theaters in early 1985 with an ad campaign that was based around the negative press it got the first time around. (One of the posters during the film’s resurrection was centered around Gene Siskel calling it “sick, sleazy, and mean-spirited”). They essentially leaned into bad press years before that was a thing.  READ FULL STORY

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