Every December, it seems like there's nowhere to hide from the endless onslaught of holiday movies. With the holidays already in full swing, holiday movies are playing on TV and home entertainment centers everywhere. Even if one is trying to avoid holiday movies, the cast of Christmas Vacation is popping up in Old Navy ads during commercial breaks. Clearly, the time for a Holiday Character Cage Match has come.
There are plenty of characters that could have been used, of course, but, since the holidays seem to mostly belong to children, we thought it best to throw two of cinema's most beloved holiday movie kids into our cybernetic cage for an all-out, Mano-y-mano, take-no-prisoners, holiday brawl. While we all have our favorite holiday movies, it's time to put aside your sentimentality and vote for a champion: A Christmas Story's Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) vs. Home Alone's Kevin (Macaulay Culkin). check out the characters' strengths and weaknesses before voting >> Posted 12.25.12 by Ryan
"There's no place like home for the holidays..."
There's something about the winter holidays that makes us yearn to return home, whether physically, to visit friends and loved ones, or to metaphorically revisit a place and time in our lives that holds special meaning to us, a place of comfort and warmth, where everyone is just a little bit happier, a little bit more giving. Many of the best movies about the holidays help us recapture those warm feelings of home, and they are especially important to us when we're faced with the harsh realities of modern life, when jobs are scarce and the nightly news is filled with stories of tragedy and heartache. Pour yourself a mug of thick, rich eggnog or a nice Manischewitz wine, snuggle up on the couch and help us select the best "Home for the Holidays" movies.
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Can you believe they left him behind ... again!? What movie was No. 1 at the box office 20 years ago today? Posted 12.03.12 by Chris
ReelzChannel Celebrity Rundown
The Kennedys executive producer Michael Prupas says he's feeling "vindicated" after his miniseries earned 10 Emmy nominations after initially being dropped by History Channel and avoided by other networks before being picked up by ReelzChannel in January. Executive producer Joel Surnow also weighed in saying, "It’s a big vindication. Huge."
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Freelance television producer Al Taylor, who has done work on several shows including The Jerry Springer Show, has offered Casey Anthony $1 million for her very first television interview upon her release from jail this weekend.
After taking Best Female Athlete honors at the ESPY awards, skier Lindsay Vonn used her speech to beg Justin Bieber to pose for a picture for her Facebook page, and the Biebs delivered.
Charlie Sheen's high school journal is up for auction and The Masheen predicted his meltdown at just 14 years of age writing, "Often I feel that I'm gonna go crazy. I really don't know why either. Maybe it's because of school or the world we live in today. I know it sounds kind of stupid but who knows maybe someday I'll just go whacko."
While Tiger Woods is missing his 2nd-straight major championship due to injury, it's reported ex-wife Elin Nordegren has been dating wealthy American investor Jamie Dingman for months. Dingham previously dated Tom Brady's baby mama Bridget Moynahan and has been linked to Princess Madeleine of Sweden.
Roberts Blossom, the character actor who played the weird old neighbor in Home Alone, has died at the age of 87. Posted 07.15.11 by reelz
Home Alone (Mistletoe & Mayhem)
HBO Family, 7:35 PM ET
An eight year-old (Macaulay Culkin), accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars.
Yes, Virginia (Yes, Virginia)
CBS, 8 PM ET
New animated version of the story of Virginia O'Hanlon, who inspired one of the most famous newspaper editorials.
Frosty the Snowman (Comfort & Joy)
CBS, 8:30 PM ET
The jolly soul must get to the North Pole before he melts and before professor Hinkle steals back the magic hat that gives the snowman life.
What else is showing this season? See our The 12 Flavors of Christmas - 2010 Holiday TV Movie Guide. Posted 12.17.10 by reelz
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Marathon) (Comfort & Joy)
Starz Kids & Family, 6 PM ET through 6 PM ET 12/25
A curmudgeon (Jim Carrey) sets out to quash the yuletide preparations of the Christmas-loving Whos of Whoville.
Home Alone (Marathon) (Family Dramedy)
Fox Movie Channel, 6 PM ET through 6 AM ET 12/26
A young boy (Macaulay Culkin), accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, defends his home against idiotic burglars.
A Christmas Story (Marathon) (Laughing All the Way)
TBS, 8 PM ET through 8 PM ET 12/25
In the 1940s, little Ralphie tries to convince his parents to get him a Red Ryder range-model BB gun for Christmas.
What else is showing this season? See the complete Holiday TV Movie Guide: The 12 Flavors of Christmas.
And if you're wondering what to buy the movie lovers on your shopping list, check out our Holiday Gifts store. Posted 12.24.09 by reelz
Eighties writer/director mastermind John Hughes died early today of a heart attack while taking a morning walk. A National Lampoon writer from the rag's glory days, his work on the screnplay for National Lampoon's Vacation brought him his first screen success and soon after he was directing his own script, the coming-of-age classic Sixteen Candles. The movie was a success and set down what it meant to be a Hughes film, filled with contemporary alt rock, teenage angst, and a stunning clarity for what it felt like to grow up in America.
Following his first success, Hughes continued in the same pattern with Pretty In Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, and his masterpiece Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Though he skipped between writing, directing, and producing, his films still felt like Hughes regardless of what role he was playing in their production.
In the late 80s Hughes broke out of his comfort zone, with Planes, Trains & Automobiles, The Great Outdoors, and She's Having a Baby. Though the movies weren't the unqualified successes of his earlier works, there was still clearly an artist at work in the background. Hughes slowed his prodigious work rate down, but still had box office success with the Beethoven and Home Alone series during the 90s before oddly dropping out of Hollywood.
Even with only a few years of work, Hughes became one of the most popular directors of his generation. Though his works are steeped in the age they were made in, they're still timeless and have remained touchstones for teenagers ever since their release. He will be missed. Posted 08.06.09 by reelz