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The post-Christmas "news" continues at a trickle...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


... but THINGS:

KEVIN SPACEY's sex assault case reportedly has video.

LEAH REMINI still gets threats from Scientologists.

TAYLOR SWIFT and her new beau, Joe Alwyn, are chill in London.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM remain an item.

RITA ORA & ANDREW GARFIELD were caught on camera.

FRIENDS: The ol' gang makes 20MM a year apiece in syndication and Netflix.

More on Friday, I hope.

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The Day After, and there's a post.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Aquaman tops the chart with 67.4MM (72.7MM domestic since opening), which is great news for the WB and surprisisng to anyone living, say, six months ago. People were looking for big, dumb fun in a Christmas Without a Star Wars Movie. Disney is probably kicking itself again for releasing Solo for Memorial Day -- but probably not too much, as Mary Poppins Returns places with 23.5MM (32.3MM since opening). It might not have the legs of The Greatest Showman, but should probably do much better than a decades-later follow-up normally would (a tribute to how the House of Mouse back catalog still resonates with generation after generation). Bumblebee shows with 21.6MM, which is not bad given the plunge the Transformers franchise was taking; good reviews and word-of-mouth may mean legs for the big robot. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse takes the fourth slot with 16.6MM on a 53 percent drop -- which saddens me a bit (because it's terrific), but doesn't shock me given the competition.  The interesting thing for me will be how much (if any) it drops next weekend. Indeed, the same goes for Aquaman. Spidey might also benefit as the other animated features drop down the chart. The Mule rounds out the Top Five with 9.7MM on a 44 percent drop and looks like it could hang onto its adult drama niche for a while.

NOW SHOWING: The Christmas wide releases are Vice, which is currently scoring 66 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Holmes and Watson, which was not advance screened.

KEVIN SPACEY faces a felony charge for allegedly sexually assaulting the teenage son of former Boston WCVB-TV news anchor Heather Unruh at a Nantucket bar in July 2016. Spacey responded with... a video?

TERRENCE HOWARD proposed to his ex-wife.

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH might be married. Maybe.

US: The next film from Jordan Peele has a trailer online.

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Pretty lights on the tree, I'm watchin' 'em shine   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 21, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with CHRIS ISAAK, live at Universal Studios. Your holiday-themed numbers include "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Hey, Santa," "Last Month of the Year," "Blue Christmas," and "Christmas on TV." Bonus: Dreidel banter!

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS:  Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.  Mental Floss has "The Real Story Behind A Charlie Brown Christmas (and why it almost wasn't shown)." The WaPo has reflections from producer-director Lee Mendelson.

DARLENE LOVE & RONNIE SPECTOR duet on "Sleigh Ride" and "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree."

THE POGUES:  It's not Christmas Eve in the drunk tank (or even St. Patrick's Day) without a "Fairytale of New York."  From 2012, here's the backstory. And at The Week, Michael B. Dougherty argues that it's the greatest Christmas song of all time. NME has 25 Things you didn't know about the tale.

ANTON BARBEAU, an occasional collaborator of the late Scott Miller, crafted his own "Xmas Song."

THE ALL SONGS CONSIDERED Holiday Extravaganza.

THE 10 BEST PUNK CHRISTMAS SONGS, according to L.A. Weekly.



NORAD will be tracking Santa, per usual. CNET has a history and behind-the scenes story.

THE 25 BEST CHRISTMAS ALBUMS, according to Complex. BONUS: The L.A. Times rounds up the Merry and the Meh, including the evolving Christmas Time Again, by The dB's and Friends.

15 BIZARRE CHRISTMAS ALBUMS, courtesy of Mental Floss.

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY of Christmas Songs.

BILLY MACK: Because "Christmas Is All Around."  ALSO: Is Love Actually is an awful movie? PLUS: We now know for sure what happened to Harry and Karen.

THE FLAMING LIPS perform "White Christmas" as only they can.

WHITE CHRISTMAS: A Snapshot Of The Most Successful Song In Music History.

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS: "The Keep That Keeps Giving."  Not to be confused with "The Gift," which is not Christmasey at all.

THE COURTEENEERS drop a video for "Winter Wonderland" that's not that Winter Wonderland.

CALEXICO: Speaking of presents, here's their "Gift X-Change."

THE MUPPETS: "Ringing of the Bells." Not to be confused with Super Furry Animals.

MICHAEL CAINE looks back at The Muppet Christmas Carol.


AN XMAS FLASH MOB from the Berklee College of Music broke out into an impromptu performance of the classic Christmas carol “O Holy Night” at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

GLAM XMAS:  I started the month with Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1). The circle is now complete.

HALL & OATES: "Jingle Bell Rock," reduced to its molten kitchy essense.

THE MOST COVERED CHRISTMAS SONGS, according to FiveThirtyEight.

16 WEIRD FACTS About Big Christmas Hits.

MARIAH CAREY's “All I Want For Christmas Is You” just hit the top 10 for the first time ever.

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, online. Also, a 5-year-old called 911 on the Grinch.

DAVID BOWIE & BING CROSBY'S cross-generational duet o­n "Little Drummer Boy." This historic event was recreated by Will Farrell and John C. Reilly. Plus, Jack Black and Jason Segel have done a cartoon cover

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include Aquaman, which is currently scoring 68 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Mary Poppins Returns, scoring 79 percent; Bumblebee, which is scoring 93 percent; Second Act, scoring 50 percent; Welcome to Marwen, scoring 24 percent; and They Shall Not Grow Old, scoring 97 percent. Mary Queen of Scots expands to 795 screens scoring 60 percent, while The Favourite expands to 788 screens scoring 94 percent.

THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS:  Many people believe human activity is causing global warming.  I blame Snow Miser and Heat Miser.

CHICAGO CHRISTMAS MEMORIES:  If you grew up in Chicago (and I suspect other places), the season is not complete without watching the short cartoons of "Hardrock, Coco & Joe" (a story fantastic, a story so queer), "Suzy Snowflake" and the jazzy version of "Frosty the Snowman."

THE BEATLES fan club messages for 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.

A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU...FROM PHIL SPECTOR: Essayed by Aquarium Drunkard and NME.

THE TRON 1982 HOLIDAY SPECIAL, courtesy of Funny Or Die.

THE SEX PISTOLS & THIN LIZZY played "A Merry Jingle" for Top of the Pops.  BONUS: The Pistols' final UK show was a Christmas benefit.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Pate even had a song titled "Rope Around The Moon," so watch the whole thing. BONUS: Vintage Bailey backlash from warped, frustrated old people at the New York Times and Portfolio. DOUBLE-BONUS: 22 TV variations on It's A Wonderful Life.

RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER:  Pull up an ice block and lend an ear!  Herbie wanted to be a dentistNTTAWWT.  BONUS:  The Rankin-Bass classic continues to inspire ads like 2009's Verizon ad, following 2008's Apple ad, even more so 2007's AFLAC commercial, and AT & T bringing in Rudolph, Bumble, and Santa for 2015.BONUS: NPR has a piece on the original manuscript.

FESTIVUS:  For the rest of us.  Technically already started, so I can be one of your grievances.

SCARY GHOST STORIES: I overheard Andy Williams crooning "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" in a store this month, and the lyric about "scary ghost stories" never really struck me before.  Took me a second, but I supposed he was referring to Dickens.  It turns out -- as noted by a coworker -- that this was a thing in Victorian England...  and the modern day. BONUS: Krampus, which has now inspired a major motion picture, and a Nativity set. DOUBLE BONUS: NME rounds up 10 Deliciously Scary Christmas Movies. TRIPLE BONUS: 18 Killer Santas From Film and TV.

LIAM NEESON auditions as a mall Santa.

TEN UNFORGETTABLE Musical Christmas Moments On Film.

THE 30 BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES, according to Empire magazine.

FIVE REASONS Why Die Hard is a Christmas movie, not including the ornament.

HOME ALONE: Did Kevin McCallister grow up to become the Jigsaw Killer?

DRECK THE HALLS: A Holiday TV Specials Retrospective.

23 TV EPISODES based on "A Christmas Carol."

NAT KING COLE:  His chestnuts are roasting.

MAYMO THE BEAGLE gets 210 bottles for Christmas.


27 DOGS That Do Christmas Better Than You Do Christmas.

29 CATS Trying To Figure Out This Whole Christmas Thing, and 29 CATS Who Just Want To Help You Decorate Your Tree.

A SHETLAND PONY in a Christmas foursie.

14 ANIMALS Who Tried to Ruin Christmas.

CHRISTMAS ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND involves millions of crabs.

AN AUSTRALIAN FAMILY shot into the Guinness Book of Records in 2011 after decorating their home with an astonishing 331038 Christmas lights. If the video at the link doesn't work, try this one.

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Lemon Twigs, Parquet Courts, Markus King, Woody Guthrie, Lion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS: "Please Come Home For Christmas."

THE LEMON TWIGS play for WFUV at Rockwood Music Hall.

PARQUET COURTS play for WFUV at Rockwood Music Hall.

THE MARCUS KING BAND plays World Cafe.

THE RACONTEURS return with “Sunday Driver” and “Now That You’re Gone.”

WOODY GUTHRIE: Hear and unearthed song from 1954.


EURYTHMICS'. Dave Stewart declares "Christmas is For Lovers".

PAUL McCARTNEY was the Greatest Beatle?

THE RUNAWAYS' bassist Jackie Fox is a Jeopardy chamption.

SNAIL MAIL: Lindsey Jordan talks to SPIN about touring Europe, her plans for 2019, and more.

THE NUMBER ONES ooks at the Beatles' secular hymn "Let It Be."


ELIZA DUSHKU: I worked at CBS. I didn't want to be sexually harassed. I was fired.

ALADDIN: Entertainment Weekly has your first look. People have thoughts on Will Smith.

HELLBOY: The reboot drops a trailer online.

THE  BRADY KIDS revisit the old house.

PENNY MARSHALL Did It Her Way, Yes, Her Way.

KATE MIDDLETON & MEGHAN MARKLE: Modern women who are changing the monarchy.

BRAD PITT turned 55 with his kids at home.

AMERICA'S WEALTHIEST CELEBRITIES, according to the latest Forbes List.


A LION shows you his O-face.

A MASSIVE, 400-LB HOG weighing nearly 400 pounds was captured by a team of dogs and trappers in Palm Bay, FL.

THERE ARE 14 MANDARIN DUCKS (that we know of!) in NYC.

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Magnetic Fields Tribute, Ryley Walker, Amy Grant, Mutant Sharks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DARLENE LOVE's final "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" for Letterman.

YOU CAN SING ME ANYTHING: A Tribute to 69 Love Songs.

RYLEY WALKER, Live in Brooklyn, Dec. 14, 2018.

AMY GRANT plays a holiday-themed Tiny Desk Concert


PAUL McCARTNEY plays "Get Back" with Ringo and Ronnie Wood.

RICHARD THOMPSON: Tales Of The Unexpected.

JEFF TWEEDY shares stories from his recently-released memoir and songs from his new solo album.

ED SHEERHAN tour has ended 2018 as the highest-grossing tour of the last 30 years.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Simon & Garfunkel's classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water."


PENNY MARSHALL, who costarred as a Milwaukee brewery worker in Laverne & Shirley before becoming a director of hit movies such as Big and A League of Their Own, has died. She was 75.

PETE DAVIDSON: Lorne Michaels is getting him help. And Rep. Dan Crenshaw reached out to him.

MEGHAN MARKLE declares herself "very pregnant."

EMILY BLUNT & JOHN KRASINSKI give a rare joint interview and reveal why they've kept their careers separate, the reason they made an exception for A Quiet Place.

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA gets renewed for Seasons 3 and 4.

DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE has a ginormous voice cast.

TONY'S COMPASS: How Anthony Bourdain Became the Food TV Star of a Generation.


MUTANT SHARKS have been found hiding out inside a deadly underwater volcano.

FOUR DEAD, NAKED MOLE RATS LATER, the National Zoo's colony has finally chosen its queen.

POACHER sentenced to watch Bambi. Monthly.

A 13-FT PYTHON in your bed; that's Queensland.

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