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  1. Celebrate A CHRISTMAS STORY's Anniversary With a Look Back at Opening Night! by BroadwayWorld TV Nov. 19, 2019 Ralphie is coming to the rescue because it's the the seventh anniversary of A Christmas Story The Musical coming to Broadway! To celebrate us counting down to Christmas, we're looking back at the show's opening night at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, with the official Broadway debut of the now Oscar, Tony, and Grammy-winning songwriting duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Check out the video below to see the pair alongside John Bolton, Dan Lauria, Erin Dilly, and more! A Christmas Story, The Musical, based on the 1983 movie perennial, arrived on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre just in time for the 2012 holiday season, opening on November 19th 2012 and playing an eight-week limited engagement through December 30. VIDEO: https://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay/BWW-TV-Celebrate-A-CHRISTMAS-STORYs-Anniversary-With-a-Look-Back-at-Opening-Night-20191119 Source: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-TV-Celebrate-A-CHRISTMAS-STORYs-Anniversary-With-a-Look-Back-at-Opening-Night-20191119
  2. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was born on this day in 1840, in Votkinsk, in the Russian Empire. Though he never played Santa Claus, the score he wrote for the two-act ballet, “The Nutcracker,” adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman’s story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," is part of our collective Christmas soundtrack, and attending a stage performance is an annual family tradition for many during the holiday season. I know this has to be a @Drosselmeyer favorite!
  3. Drosselmeyer

    Remaking Scrooged

    Remaking Scrooged MyMerryChristmas.com June 9, 2019 EXCERPT: For the second time in less than a month a bad idea for a Christmas movie has been announced. Paramount has declared that Kevin Hart will produce and likely star in a remake of 1988’s dark comedic disaster called Scrooged, which originally starred Bill Murray. Scrooged is just one of many inexplicable takes on Dicken’s A Christmas Carol that ultimately underwhelmed both at the box office and with traditional Christmas audiences. Murray’s manic performance in what can only be called a joyless take on Christmas remains one of the most bizarre depictions ever of Ebenezer Scrooge. Unlike A Christmas Story, Scrooged remains an enigma with Christmas audiences, though Paramount now insists it is a “cult classic”. The film pulled in $60 million at the box office, not even cracking the top ten for that year. In fact, another film from the same year, Die Hard, argued both then and now about whether it is a Christmas film at all, pulled in more than $80 million. Just a year later Christmas Vacation was made and it grossed $72 million. Why aren’t they trying to remake those two films? Films of greater Christmas fame such as Home Alone went on to make $285 million and The Santa Clause pulled in $145 million. Scrooged does not even make the top ten. Scrooged has likewise failed to impress in home media sales and in television replay. So why then is anyone even considering a remake? In 2013 Hollywood announced a potential remake of It’s a Wonderful Life, long considered even outside of Christmas circles as one of the best movies ever made. The outcry against a remake was so great the project was shelved. It might be time to cry out again, folks. Why can’t Hollywood get Christmas right? In the past decade we have had to endure such lousy offerings such as A Bad Mom’s Christmas, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Office Christmas Party and The Night Before. Hollywood’s take on Christmas has been simply dreadful. SOURCE: https://mymerrychristmas.com/scrooged/
  4. So it's not even out yet and the negative reviews have started... The Next Really Bad Nutcracker Movie - My Merry Christmas MYMERRYCHRISTMAS.COM Disney is bringing out their version of The Nutcracker -- and you may want to hide the kids. This is Alice in Wonderland meets the Avengers. I am going to hold judgement on this one. Much like "the Man Who Invented Christmas" I don't think you should go into this movie with preconceptions or expectations. In the recent "Lone Ranger" movie with Johnny Depp, I think folks expected a flat retelling of the old story, not a new interpretation. There was a knee-jerk reaction against it because it wasn't just like the original. This looks to be a new, stylized interpretation of elements of the story. It impresses me as a steampunk fantasy. Of course now you have live action, special effects, and CGI. This is not going to be the traditional recognized ballet.... And by the way, for as much as it is known and loved, the Tchaikovsky hated the Nutcracker - he thought is was meaningless fluff. But remember, the story is a child's fantasy, a dream. Dreams can take different forms. This is somebody's new storyline for the dream. Like it or not - the Avengers are pretty cool right now - why wouldn't the movie industry capitalize on that? if you are an old-school purist you may not like it, but that doesn't make it wrong, it just makes it different. The original Nutcracker had sword battles and cannons and monster mice - pretty intense stuff for its day. This is trying to appeal to the kids of this generation - pretty sure most of them aren't into classical ballet. I am going to see this movie. The worst is I will have wasted 2 hours on some mindless entertainment. I don't expect to go see the Nutcracker ballet. I have been pleasantly surprised by some movies, disappointed by others. I will hold judgement on this one until after I have seen it...
  5. Ok so - took my wife on a double date with our son and his girlfriend to see Nutcracker and the 4 Realms this evening. Since the movie has been discussed in anticipation, now it is time to share thoughts about the movie now that I have seen it..... Earlier today I was expecting to write about the Lone Ranger movie - as an old school Lone Ranger purist the new movie was a poor representation of the original characters - at best it was a gross retelling of the story that in no way represented the intent of the original TV series. This is what I expected from Nutcracker....that was the comparison I expected to make..... but I was wrong. The movie was not based on the storyline of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker - but another story using some of the characters called The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. I won't say too much about the plot for those that want to see the movie - but it is a different story all together - somewhere between Alice in Wonderland and Narnia. Clara is an intelligent young girl whose mother has passed and left her a puzzle box gift. Her Uncle Drosselmeyer knows she has to journey to the land of the realms to restore the balance her mother had there when she was queen. Aside from the names of the characters and the fact that the story happens at Christmas - there is nothing much else it has in common with the Nutcracker ballet. Even the Nutcracker music is more for ambiance than part of the storyline (the ballet shows up in the story to tell the narrative of Clara's mother). (by the way - some of the stuff in the trailers is not even in the movie...) Part way into the movie my wife and I looked at each other and predicted who the true villains and heroes of the story were - it wasn't that deep. It was a lot of CGI and a pure steampunk fantasy. But we had a nice evening out. Time well spent with family. Don't expect a big Hallmark Christmas movie. Don't expect the Nutcracker ballet. It's just another Disney fantasy movie....
  6. I had seen this discussion in the sidebar previously.... I did not see it in the theatre - but I did pick up a copy and I have to say I was impressed. I would agree that the title is a little pompous - Charles did not invent Christmas - to me the movie played not as a documentary but more as a historical fiction - a story build around what we know of his life and the history of the time - no one can know what was in his head, but the movie did a great job of capturing his imagination - his characters were real to him - he spoke with them - and they "haunted" him.... I think the idea of "inventing" was more to the place where his publishers commented that Christmas was passe - not all that much more than an "excuse to pick a mans pocket every 25th of December" - Charles used the story and his characters to compel an understanding of the dreadful price of greed and the richness vs. being loving and giving. (note the historical reference in the end that due to his book charitable giving exploded) With this story Charles created a fresh inspiration to what had for many become a mundane holiday.... Most interesting to me was that Charles identified primarily with Scrooge - Scrooge was his own personal demon that he could not reconcile - it was not until he recognized that he could change that he was able to let Scrooge change and be redeemed. Perhaps a little heavy and slow at times - but overall I really enjoyed the movie - at the end it conveyed not much more than the same moral lesson than "A Christmas Carol" - but it does so through the story of the life of Dickens - not Scrooge....
  7. Michael Rielly

    Tis the Season for Christmas Movies

    Tis the Season for Christmas Movies MyMerryChristmas.com May 22, 2018 EXCERPT: A new survey commissioned by MyMerryChristmas.com has determined that 46 percent of annual Christmas movie watching happens between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The survey, conducted over a three day period offline in 7 American cities, reveals some surprising facts about summer Christmas movie watching in America. More than 1 in 3 Americans will see something Christmas-related at home during the dog days of summer and of those a whopping 82 percent watch a Christmas-themed show on purpose. The primary reason people watch so much Christmas during the off-season? Simple. There just isn’t time to see it all when it is Christmas in December. MyMerryChristmas.com has conducted regular surveys since 1998 and this survey actually stemmed from another that wanted to determine if President Trump had actually affected how people were saying “Merry Christmas”, as he has claimed (he hasn’t, by the way). But one of the ancillary questions on that survey, asked many times before in the past, was about Christmas movies. In studying those results a curious trend emerged that caused us to commission another survey just about Christmas movies. Perhaps most revealing in the survey was not the fact that Christmas movies are watched but rather which Christmas movies were viewed during the summer months. Of more than 1800 respondents, here is the compiled top-ten of Christmas movies of summer: Bad Santa The Muppet Christmas Carol The Polar Express Scrooged The Santa Clause While You Were Sleeping Home Alone Die Hard Christmas Vacation Elf This is a vastly different list than you traditionally see about Christmas movies in December. Some of these movies traditionally never make the top 25 much less the top 10 in December. But where are the customary classics like It’s a Wonderful Life? Those movies, the survey says, are seemingly reserved as must-watch, during the season. The summer top ten tends to be movies that respondents claim they just didn’t get time to watch the previous year. The Hallmark Channel made a splash in the news early this year for their announcement of the production of 34 new Christmas movies in 2018. That heavy production schedule is indicative not only of how popular Christmas is as a movie theme but also of the appeal of year-round Christmas movies. Hallmark famously airs Christmas movies of the past to terrific ratings during the months of summer – a counter-trend to traditional television viewing habits in America. Another interesting tidbit revealed by the summer Christmas movie survey is that the decline of Hollywood’s traditional summer blockbuster has seen the gap filled by the tried-and-true Christmas movie. 76 percent of respondents said they spend more time watching Christmas movies during the summer and less time watching the latest release at the local theater simply because old Christmas movies are more reliably entertaining. For more information about our Christmas summer movie survey, please take a listen to the latest episode of the Merry Little Podcast. SOURCE: https://mymerrychristmas.com/tis-the-season-for-christmas-movies/
  8. Veteran actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91 Rueters Bill Trott September 15, 2017 EXCERPT Harry Dean Stanton, whose scruffy looks and off-beat demeanor made him a favorite of directors seeking a character actor to add eccentricity or melancholy to the screen, died on Friday from natural causes, his agent said. He was 91. Stanton, who appeared in some 70 movies and many television shows including “Repo Man,” “Paris, Texas” and most recently David Lynch’s reboot of television’s “Twin Peaks,” died peacefully at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, his agent John Kelly said in a statement. Stanton’s final on-screen role can be seen in the upcoming film “Lucky.” In a career spanning 60 years, Stanton’s roles were not always big but were meaningful and could add a special quirk or flavor to a film. Sometimes he said very little in his roles, but with a long, craggy face highlighted by unkempt hair and sad, droopy eyes, Stanton had a strong physical presence and made a point of not over-acting. ... SOURCE: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-people-harry-dean-stanton/veteran-actor-harry-dean-stanton-dies-at-91-idUSKCN1BQ2Z5 ### Harry Dean Stanton, who played Gideon in the Walt Disney production of One Magic Christmas has passed away. I loved his portrayal of Gideon in this movie. Rest in Peace and thank you for the wonderful Christmas memories. Stanton was 91.
  9. Michael Rielly

    Cumberbatch to Voice the Grinch in Remake

    Cumberbatch to Voice the Grinch in Remake MyMerryChristmas.com April 14, 2016 EXCERPT: 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, in reading what Geisel wrote, I view it more from a character perspective. I think that the essence of this film is the notion of this cynicism comedically expressed in the Grinch and this absolute innocence represented in Cindy Lou, on a collision course with one another through the course of this movie.” producer Chris Meledandri said. “It’s the simple question of whether or not innocence can transform cynicism. The beauty of that simplicity for me is what’s at the heart of the movie. In the experience of the movie I love the sort of wicked comedic aspect of this character the Grinch and I think that what you’ll see is from the very, very early animation tests, very raw, you’ll see that there’s an undeniable appeal in the character in spite of that kind of wicked persona, and I find that very, very, appealing and attractive.” Like the 2000 remake directed by Ron Howard and featuring Jim Carrey, this new animated version will be a full length feature film. That has some skeptical, especially with Meledrandri saying things like “We look forward to a global Christmas celebration with a movie that is both modern and classic”, which is code for Hollywood’s watered-down emphasis on the moral of the story replaced with something else. Don’t forget, this is the same production company that brought about the heavy handed moralizing of Lorax, an off-putting production based on a Seuss tale that some feel ended up being more of a message vehicle for the Earth First crowd. Cumberbatch, however, is an inspired casting choice and should excel in the role. His voice is instantly recognizable to millions of fans who likely have never seen the 1966 original Grinch voiced by Boris Karloff. SOURCE: http://mymerrychristmas.com/cumberbatch-to-voice-the-grinch-in-remake/
  10. Name: White Christmas Ending Scene Category: Movies and Television Date Added: 2016-03-14 Submitter: Michael Rielly End scene from White Christmas (1954) starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen White Christmas Ending Scene
  11. Michael Rielly

    White Christmas Ending Scene

    End scene from White Christmas (1954) starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen
  12. Name: Doctors diagnose injuries in Home Alone Category: Christmas Movies and Television Date Added: 2015-11-21 Submitter: Felix Estridge Yee-ouch! That's going to leave a mark. Or two. Or Three. I loved this movie. Doctors diagnose injuries in Home Alone
  13. Yee-ouch! That's going to leave a mark. Or two. Or Three. I loved this movie.
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