Mel Gibson Santa

Quick: who’s the first actor who comes to mind when you think about Santa Claus, that good-natured, jolly old Christmas mascot who brings joy to millions of children around the world? For me, it will always be Edmund Gwenn, the guy who played Kris Kringle in the 1947 classic Miracle on 34th Street. But for a whole new generation of kids, the answer just might end up being actor/director Mel Gibson, who has just been cast to play Santa in a new movie called Fatman. And in this movie, Santa’s being hunted down by a hitman. Read More »

Eyes Wide Shut Christmas

‘Tis the season for Grinches and Gremlins, for leg lamps and Clark Griswold, and for the annual debate over the quality (or lack thereof) of Love, Actually – an argument that has grown more boring (and annoying) than the annual declaration that Die Hard is actually a Christmas movie. But in this house, ’tis the season for Stanley Kubrick; be it the wintry and claustrophobic familial terror of The Shining, or the harrowing yuletide sex odyssey taken by Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut. Kubrick’s final film hardly needs justification for its place in the Christmas movie canon (many others have successfully argued for this classification). What could – and will – be argued, however, is that Eyes Wide Shut is the best Christmas movie of our lifetime. Read More »

In this edition of Theme Park Bits:

  • You can dry off from a soaking ride on Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure.
  •  The biggest superfans of all Disney superfans are getting the spotlight on a new web series.
  • See how Shanghai Disneyland’s Treasure Cove could’ve looked a lot different based on unearthed artwork.
  • Get ready for Universal Studios Hollywood’s first-ever running event.
  • Learn about the secret bar hidden in plain sight at Disney California Adventure.
  • The midterm elections had an impact in Anaheim for Disneyland cast members.
  • And more!

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The 15 Best Christmas TV Episodes Streaming Right Now

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With presents nestled under the Christmas tree and family members to avoid, what better time to pop in an episode of your favorite show? While holiday-themed episodes are often hit-or-miss, they’ve also churned out some of the best hours and half-hours of television that you can throw on in the background while you wrap your presents.

Christmas-themed TV episodes offer a wonderful alternative to the myriad of saccharine Christmas movies, with stories ranging from profoundly uplifting to hopelessly bleak. A good chaser after watching The Holiday for the umpteenth time.

Here is a list of the best holiday-themed episodes that you can find streaming online now.

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michel gondry christmas ad

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you crossed Monsters, Inc. with Where the Wild Things Are and that one melancholy childhood flashback scene from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?

Well, that’s essentially what this Michel Gondry-directed Christmas advertisement boils down to. It’s sweet, surreal, and a little bit sad. Yep, that’s Christmas in a nutshell.

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nicole first look Halloween isn’t even here yet, but Anna Kendrick is already feeling the Christmas spirit. The actress posted a pitch perfect preview of her role as Santa Claus’ daughter in a Nicole first look. It’s filled to the brim with Christmas cheer — and a lot of embroidered snowflakes. Read More »