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On this day (Sept 1st) in showbiz history...

1934 Metro Goldwyn Mayer releases their first animated short, The Discontented Canary. It wasn't Oscar nominated but they soon begin to crash Walt Disney's stranglehold on that particular category back then, with nearly annual nominations (for a time) beginning in 1939 (Peace on Earth) and regular wins in the 1940s thanks largely to the Tom & Jerry series. 

1952 Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea is first published. It wins the Pulitzer and gets adapted to the movies twice, the first time as a feature in 1958 with Spencer Tracy and the second time as an Oscar winning Russian animated short in 1999 which was painted on glass. 

1977 Blondie signed their first major record company contract. Whatever happened to that Debbie Harry biopic we were supposed to get? Wasn't it going to star Kiki Dunst or was that just our Tfe fantasy?

2004 Mike Leigh's
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Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas: 2016 Edition

I’m guessing that you, just like most of us, have always had seasonal favorites when it comes to movies that attempt to address and evoke the spirit of Christmas. Like most from my generation, when I was a kid I learned the pleasures of perennial anticipation of Christmastime as interpreted by TV through a series of holiday specials, like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and even musical variety hours where the likes of Bing Crosby and Andy Williams and Dean Martin et al would sit around sets elaborately designed to represent the ideal Christmas-decorated living room, drinking “wassail” (I’m sure that’s what was in those cups) and crooning classics of the season alongside a dazzling array of guests. (We knew we were moving into a new world of holiday cheer when David Bowie joined Bing Crosby for
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MacGyver Midseason Finale Review: Holiday Plans Wait for No Spy

We all hope to see at least one Christmas miracle in our lifetime. To see two miracles is something special. That’s exactly what the midseason finale of MacGyver hopes to accomplish going into the holiday season. What would the holidays be without family reunions and family drama, right? MacGyver’s well-equipped to handle most international incidents, natural disasters, and armed invasions. When you put MacGyver in the middle of his colleagues and expect him to mediate, expect plenty of uncomfortable moments on the way to Peace on Earth. Riley’s just not in a very cheerful mood this holiday season. Bozer tries

MacGyver Midseason Finale Review: Holiday Plans Wait for No Spy
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Kim Kardashian Wears Lingerie for Love Two Months After Paris Robbery Sent Her into Hiding

Kim Kardashian Wears Lingerie for Love Two Months After Paris Robbery Sent Her into Hiding
Two months after she was held at gunpoint and robbed in her Paris apartment, Kim Kardashian West has re-emerged in a very sexy video.

The 36-year-old TV personality is the star of Day 12 in Love magazine’s advent calendar, taking the publication’s steamy countdown to Christmas closer to Santa’s workshop with a video set against a backdrop of the Northern Lights.

Kardashian West strikes a series of poses in a luxurious fur coat and tan lingerie. For the majority of the video, she maintains eye contact with the camera while seductively revealing glimpses of her figure.

The video,
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A festive guide to aspect ratios

Guy Buckland Dec 15, 2016

Widescreen televisions showing 4:3 TV shows? Why Christmas is the season of family aspect ratio arguments...

It’s well into December, so we can finally talk about Christmas.

Granted, many people – most notably those with commercial interests – have been talking about Christmas for quite some time already. However, I’m one of those crazy types that prefer to condense ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ into an adequately concentrated period of time, that it maintains its joy-giving potency up to and including Jesus’ birthday.

But as far as I’m concerned, once you’ve opened that first door on your advent calendar and retrieved the first indistinguishably-shaped chocolate from its plastic mould (or simply appreciated the hand drawn illustration if you’ve got a classy one) then we can talk about something festive.

And I would very much like to talk about aspect ratios.

You see,
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It’s Always Fair Weather

When MGM was almost a ghost town, the Arthur Freed unit hit one last 'special' factory musical out of the park with this strangely melancholy ode to faded ambitions. Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Dan Dailey and Michael Kidd put in great, memorable work, while the glorious Dolores Gray is practically a living Tex Avery cartoon. And it's designed in wide, wide CinemaScope. It's Always Fair Weather Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1955 / Color / 2:55 widescreen / 102 min. / Street Date November, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Gene Kelly, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse, Dolores Gray, Michael Kidd Cinematography Robert Bronner Art Direction Cedric Gibbons, Arthur Lonergan Film Editor Adrienne Fazan Original Music André Previn Written by Betty Comden & Adolph Green Produced by Arthur Freed, Roger Edens Directed & Choreographed by Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Back in the late 1980s, I first became aware of the future of home video when Criterion introduced
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The Story Behind David Bowie's Unlikely Christmas Duet with Bing Crosby

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The Story Behind David Bowie's Unlikely Christmas Duet with Bing Crosby
In the long list of David Bowie's collaborators - Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, Trent Reznor, TV on the Radio - there's one slightly odd standout: Bing Crosby. And the pair's duet on "Little Drummer Boy" for the 1977 TV special Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas has indeed become something of an outlier in Bowie's career, landing as it did in the middle of Bowie's particularly strange - even for him - late '70s run, that found him making stark, groundbreaking albums like Low while sequestered in Berlin. The clip usually pops up around Christmas every year as part of All-Things-Bowie Internet round-ups,
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The Story Behind David Bowie's Unlikely Christmas Duet with Bing Crosby

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The Story Behind David Bowie's Unlikely Christmas Duet with Bing Crosby
In the long list of David Bowie's collaborators - Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, Trent Reznor, TV on the Radio - there's one slightly odd standout: Bing Crosby. And the pair's duet on "Little Drummer Boy" for the 1977 TV special Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas has indeed become something of an outlier in Bowie's career, landing as it did in the middle of Bowie's particularly strange - even for him - late '70s run, that found him making stark, groundbreaking albums like Low while sequestered in Berlin. The clip usually pops up around Christmas every year as part of All-Things-Bowie Internet round-ups,
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See Empire's Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard Channel Kim and Kanye for Their White Hot Holidays Special

See Empire's Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard Channel Kim and Kanye for Their White Hot Holidays Special
Fa la la la Lyons!

The first family of Fox is bringing its chart-topping musical swag to the holidays in the news special Taraji and Terrence's White Hot Holidays, and People has an exclusive First Look!

Hip-hop soap opera Empire really has been the gift that's kept on giving this year, and now stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard are channeling Kanye and Kim Kardashian West for a skit in their upcoming holiday special, to boot.

When the on-screen exes aren't spoofing pop culture, their TV sons Jussie Smollett and Bryshere "Yazz" Gray are also taking the stage in the musical and variety extravaganza.
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25 years ago today: Kathy Bates thoroughly creeped us out when ‘Misery’ opened in theaters

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25 years ago today: Kathy Bates thoroughly creeped us out when ‘Misery’ opened in theaters
25 years ago today, Kathy Bates thoroughly creeped us out when her breakthrough film “Misery” opened in theaters. The film is based on the 1987 psychological horror novel by Stephen King about a famous author who’s rescued from a car crash by his fan (more like fanatic), Annie. Soon the romance novelist (played by James Caan) realizes Annie is less caretaker and more psychotic captor. “Misery” earned Bates an Academy Award for her role as Annie. She’s since returned to the genre that gave her an Oscar with a starring role in Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story.” Bates recently showed how much she embraces the legacy of her “Misery” character when she told Entertainment Weekly, “‘I decided when I die, it’s going to be Kathy ‘Misery’ Bates. You know how they do, in People magazine, it’ll be ‘Kathy ‘Misery’ Bates passed away.’” Other notable November 30 happenings in pop culture history.
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Review: On 'The Leftovers,' is anyone to blame for their loved ones' departures?

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Review: On 'The Leftovers,' is anyone to blame for their loved ones' departures?
A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I ask you something stupid... "Have you ever heard of someone being responsible for someone's Departure?" -Nora When "The Leftovers" replaced its original theme song this season with Iris DeMent's "Let the Mystery Be," it was the show's most explicit statement yet not to expect any kind of concrete explanations for the Sudden Departure. At the same time, season 2 opened with plenty of new mysteries about life in and around Jarden, with images like Jerry slaughtering a goat in the diner, or the woman posing for photos in her wedding gown, or Erika digging up the box with the bird all raising questions we probably shouldn't have expected the show to answer. Yet it has, to varying degrees. Two weeks ago, Patti told Kevin that Evie and her friends Departed, though there remains the very large question
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Peter Joseph: The Hollywood Interview

Awaiting Interreflections…

Peter Joseph’s highly anticipated new film series inches towards its 2016 release.

By Alex Simon

In a time of great social strife and growing inequality and public outcry, it’s no wonder Peter Joseph's work has gained more and more prominence in the counter-culture each year. Love him or hate him, Joseph continues to challenge the “zeitgeist”, leading the charge towards a new society. Art is his weapon… and the thousands of dedicated fans don’t hurt either.

Peter Joseph is a producer who created the Zeitgeist Film Trilogy, a series of films critical of society and culture. These works exploded online starting in 2007 with millions of views and can now be found in major media outlets such as Netflix. His third film, Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, had the largest grassroots, non-profit theatrical release in history, with almost 350 screenings in 60 countries in 25 languages. While I may not agree with everything in his films,
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Warner Home Entertainment Announces "The Golden Year Collection" Blu-ray Set

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

Revisit 1939, Hollywood’s Greatest Year, with 4 New Blu-ray™ Debuts

The Golden Year Collection June 9

Features Newly Restored Blu-ray Debut of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Starring Charles Laughton, and Blu-ray Debuts of – Bette DavisDark Victory, Errol Flynn’s Dodge City and Greta Garbo’s Ninotchka. Collection also includes Gone With the Wind.

Burbank, Calif. March 10, 2015 – On June 9, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will celebrate one of the most prolific twelve months in Hollywood’s history with the 6-disc The Golden Year Collection. Leading the five-film set will be the Blu-ray debut of

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in a new restoration which will have its world premiere at TCM’s Classic Film Festival beginning March 26 in Los Angeles. Charles Laughton and Maureen O’Hara star in Victor Hugo’s tragic tale which William Dieterle directed.

The other films featured in the Wbhe
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The Walking Dead Holiday Cards from Skybound

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Whether you have fans of The Walking Dead comic book series on your shopping list this holiday season or you want to surprise an unsuspecting loved one with a zombified season’s greeting, the fine folks at Skybound have you covered, as they recently released two new The Walking Dead comic book holiday cards to go along with the batch they debuted last year.

The two new holiday cards include panels from recent issues of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, with one card featuring The Whisperers. Below, we have the full gallery of cards—both old and new—that you can browse through and share online, as well as print links for high-resolution versions if you’d like to use them as stocking stuffers. We want to give a big thanks to TheWalkingDead.com for working on these and sharing them with fans of The Walking Dead around the world.
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11 cartoon Christmas specials you forgot existed until now

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11 cartoon Christmas specials you forgot existed until now
There are a lot of traditions that come along with the holidays. Eating too much, spending too much, drinking too much, saying too much to that family member you hate once drunk, decorating too much. Anything that ends with us hating ourselves come New Year’s? We are all over it like ornament glitter on Goddamn Everything. For decades, one tradition that has taken root is gathering around the light of the television to watch Christmas specials. As such, certain ones have risen to the top of our frenetic desire to Christmas Harder. Anything claymation from the 1960s (Rudolph, Frosty, Santa Claus), the Charlie Brown Christmas Special, and somehow the California Raisins are among the most instantly recognized animated holiday shows. But they’re far from the only ones. Below, I’ve collected several of the more obscure bursts of nostalgia available for your pleasure on YouTube. Sadly, both The
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Geeks Are Entering the Age of Instant Backlash and It's Getting Really Tiresome

Today Warner Bros. announced the sequel to Man of Steel would be called Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the Internet immediately lost its mind and pounced on the title like a bunch of ghouls feasting on a newborn. And as I watched the vitriol flow across social media, all I could do is sit back and wonder why everyone is so angry all of the time these days. Maybe it's because I'm not a comics guy. I didn't grow up reading them, and as an adult I've only read a few of the more acclaimed comic runs. But can someone please explain to me what is so deeply offensive and noncomic booky about the subtitle Dawn of Justice? How is it a betrayal of characters that have had celebrated comic subtitles like Superman: Peace on Earth, Batman: Blind Justice or Wonder...

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Complete Buffy reviews: Gingerbread

If the tone of Amends was Peace On Earth: Goodwill To All Men With Brooding Scowls and Copious Amounts Of Hair Gel, then Gingerbread's tone is a little less forgiving. It's a curious tale, and one that follows a familiar Buffy The Vampire Slayer pattern of starting out as something unnervingly startling and then turning into something totally different halfway through. The overall picture with Gingerbread is a look at the dangers of mob mentality and bandwagon jumping – it pulls no punches, but at the same time, it's a thoughtful and frequently very funny tale that manages to keep the momentum of the impressive third season.

Gingerbread starts out with the horrific discovery of two dead young kids. It's too bad that Joyce, having chosen to accompany Buffy on patrol, with a packet of food and a flask of drink, has made this awful find. The death of a
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‘The Sing-Off’ Finale: The Winner Is…

Aca-mazing! ‘The Sing-Off’ crowned its fourth winner during an epic Dec. 23 finale that was filled with holiday cheer, glitter, and ’80s icons. Find out who took home the top honors under the jump!

The Sing-Off‘s fourth season has been its best yet, so the final competition between country group Home Free, high schoolers Vocal Rush, and gospel collective Ten was intense. But who took home the $100,000 prize and a recording contract with Sony Music?

The Sing-Off’ Season 4 Finale: Home Free Wins Take Our Poll

Country crooners Home Free are definitely having themselves a Merry Little Christmas! The group performed “I Want Crazy” during the first round, then teamed up with judge Jewel for “Have a Merry Little Christmas” during the second.

In second place were Ten, who sang “Joyful Joyful” with Boyz II Men legend Shawn Stockman and then Beyonce‘s “Love On Top.” Vocal Rush came in third place,
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'Psych': Shawn and Gus' Top 10 Christmas songs ... from the 1980s

It's the holiday season and "Psych" stars James Roday and Dule Hill, in keeping with the comedy's nod to all things '80s, have put together their Top 10 Christmas Songs list -- but only with songs from the 1980s, of course.

Because really, the '80s are the best.

"Psych" just aired its fabulous musical episode and returns with Season 8 on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on USA. Now, with no further ado, here are Roday and Hill's favorite Christmas songs, 1980s-style.

"Funky, Funky Christmas" by New Kids on the Block

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" by Mel Smith and Kim Wilde

"Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" by Bruce Springsteen

"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" by Elmo & Patsy

"Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band-Aid

"Jingle Bell Rock" by Hall and Oates 

"Christmas in Hollis" by Run-dmc 

"Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses 

"Peace on Earth
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'The Little Drummer Boy': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- Poll

'The Little Drummer Boy': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- Poll
The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Let It Snow!”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.

Update: The poll is closed below,
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