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Bill & Ted 3 Might Release This Christmas, Says Producer

Bill and Ted 3 might get its long awaited release this Christmas, says the film’s executive producer, Steven Soderbergh. It’s been 30 years since the world was introduced to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a time traveling stoner comedy starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as the titular duo. The film was popular enough to spawn a second film, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey in 1991, and talk of a third film was long-running, to say the least.

When word spread that Bill and Ted 3 would begin filming in January of 2019, the much-anticipated sequel appeared to be a certainty. Not long after this, though, fans felt their hope fade just a little when Keanu Reeves stated that although there was nothing creatively wrong with Bill and Ted Face the Music, there were still significant “hurdles” to clear before the third film could become a reality.

Related: Bill and Ted 3 Would Bring Back William Sadler as Death

Thankfully, those hurdles seem to have been surpassed, as CNET has reported that during the Slamdance Film Festival, Bill and Ted Face the Music executive producer, Steven Soderbergh, stated that the film could be released by Christmas 2019. Soderbergh followed up this wonderful piece of information by teasing, “That’d be a good Christmas present.” The famed Oscar-winning Traffic director also described the film as “hilarious” and that it was “a love gig” for all involved, before joking that no one was getting paid.

Bill and Ted Face the Music will see both Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter return to their beloved roles, along with a script by the original writers Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. At present, what’s known about the film’s plot is that it picks up with Bill and Ted enmeshed in the daily life of middle-aged family men. The fame and fortune of rock star life has yet to hit their band, Wyld Stallyns. This ongoing lack of success manages to create a tear in time, which then sends the pair off on an all new time-traveling adventure to set things right once more.

It’s long been rumored that the script has been complete since 2011. If that’s true, and with Reeves previously assuring fans that creatively the film was in good hands, it seems like the film’s script has been secure for quite some time. Fans should feel encouraged by this, as all too often, many fans of long-awaited sequels are left feeling less than pleased when the final effort is delivered. It’s a testament to how much faith Reeves has had in this project over the years and the fact that someone in Soderbergh’s position seems quite happy with Bill and Ted Face the Music, that despite a lengthy wait, things appear to finally be going smoothly for this cherished cult series.

More: Our 10 Most Wanted Movie Sequels

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2019-01-28 05:01:14

8 Best Yule Log Videos to Stream This Christmas

This Christmas, settle down to a cozy digital fire with one of these Yule log videos or streaming fireplaces with themes ranging from Star Wars to Marvel to DC. While some Christmas traditions stay pretty static over the years, from Christmas caroling or gifting fruitcakes, Yule logs have taken an interesting turn. Instead of actually burning a log in a fireplace, modern Yule logs are videos, often with gentle sound effects and music.

Of course, this makes it easy to create branded and themed Yule logs for fans of all stripes to enjoy, allowing everyone to enjoy some digital holiday fires with their favorite franchises and personalities. Here’s all the best ones we’ve found.

Related: The Best Hallmark Christmas Drinking Game is Here

Nick Offerman Yule Log

Watch the Nick Offerman Yule Log

Rising to fame because of his character Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, the stern, bearded, whiskey drinking comedian immediately had a very clear brand, and that’s exactly what this Yule log is. 10 hours of Nick Offerman staring into the camera and sipping whiskey. Of course, he didn’t actually do it for 10 hours. It appears to be a 45-minute loop. Can you find where it resets?

Venom Yule Log

Watch the Venom Yule Log

Venom was a big hit this year, leaning into the obnoxious and absurd take on the character, so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that he has his own Yule log. Unfortunately, the video is just a 10-20 second loop of an animated Venom sitting by the fire and occasionally downing a hot cocoa. While it might not be anything fancy, it’s only supposed to serve as background noise on the TV, and accomplishes that job just fine.

Pokemon Yule Log

Watch the Pokemon Yule Log

This hour-long Pokemon Yule log is a little more active than many others, featuring an 8-bit Charizard trying to nap by the fire, only to get interrupted by some other Pokemon sneaking around.

Related: The Best Christmas Movies On Netflix

Vader Funeral Pyre Yule Log

Watch the Vader Funeral Pyre Yule Log

There may not be a Star Wars movie coming out this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still ring in the season with some Star Wars fun. This repeating loop of Vader’s funeral pyre from Return of the Jedi is a great fireplace substitute for any fans of the galaxy far, far away.

Hallmark Channel Yule Log

Watch the Hallmark Channel Yule Log

Hallmark movies have come to define almost everything stereotypical about Christmas with over 150 Christmas movies produced over the years. True to form, the Hallmark Yule log has almost everything you’d expect other than two people discovering the meaning of Christmas as they fall in love. Instead, there’s a lounging cat that gets in and out of a cat bed. An alternate version has both a cat and dog.

Deadpool’s ‘The ‘Poole Log’

Watch Deadpool’s ‘The ‘Poole Log’

Yes, of course there’s a Deadpool Yule log. And yes, it’s actually a flaming bag of poo. Found on Ryan Reynolds’ YouTube channel, The ‘Poole Log shows a snowy front porch with a flaming bag, with a hand-drawn “‘pool log” written on it, presumably indicating that it’s full of the Merc With a Mouth’s own steaming Christmas present.

Related: The Best Christmas Movies On Hulu

DC Universe Yule Log

Watch the DC Universe Yule Log

Available only to DC Universe subscribers, this Yule log is presumably located in Wayne Manor, although it’s littered with Justice League memorabilia, with stockings over the fireplace belonging to Diane, Clark, Bruce, and a tiny one for Dick. If you watch closely, minor changes happen throughout, such a robin-gloved hand swapping the Dick stocking for a Jason one, or a butler delivering a tray of tea and a first-aid kit. In addition to the stockings, there’s also an Aquaman trident and many other DC Easter eggs located throughout.

Marvel Yule Logs

Watch the Marvel Yule Logs

Marvel’s YouTube channel offers a variety of Yule logs, all revolving around different characters. You can choose from Captain America’s Brooklyn apartment, Ms. Marvel’s New Jersey home, Thor’s Asgard home, Iron Man’s Manhattan apartment, and the Guardians’ spaceship. Each set is a meticulously assembled miniature and is accompanied by themed music to match each character.

MORE: Best Christmas Movies On Amazon Prime



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2018-12-22 06:12:11

Best Christmas Movies On Amazon Prime

Amazon prime has dozens of Christmas movies for your streaming pleasure, but which ones are the best? Christmas season is full of tradition, from presents and decorations and family get-togethers to movies. From timeless classics to modern Christmas rom-coms, there’s lots to choose from, and Amazin Prime has a great selection.

So, this Christmas, get the family together for some cookies and hot cocoa or eggnog and settle in for one of these great uplifting holiday tales on Amazon Prime.

Related: The Best Christmas Movies On Netflix

It’s A Wonderful Life

Its a Wonderful Life

When a down-on-his-luck George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) doesn’t see the point in continuing to live his life, his guardian angel, Clarence (Henry Travers), intervenes, taking it upon himself to prove to George that he truly does have a wonderful life.

Thanks to a clerical error resulting in the movie’s rights expiring in the 70s, It’s a Wonderful Life’s frequent TV airings made it a Christmas viewing staple for millions of households. So it’s only fitting it’s now available to stream for free on Amazon Prime. Its always timely and uplifting message is also fitting for the season, making it one of the greatest Christmas classics.

Holiday Inn

When Jim Hardy (Bing Crosby) decides he wants to leave show business, he opens a new “Holiday Inn” which is only open on holidays. The music and dances are themed around all different holidays, so Christmas is really only a small part of the overall movie. Despite the lack of Christmas focus, the song “White Christmas” was originally written for Holiday Inn, even if the movie White Christmas (also starring Crosby and featuring the song) is far more associated with the Christmas classic.

Miracle on 34th Street (1955)

It’s not 1947 original Miracle on 34th Street, or the popular 1994 remake, but the made-for-TV version available on Amazon Prime is seen by many as a worthy contender and is at the very least a more than serviceable telling of the same story (it’s actually strikingly similar to the original in most regards).

When a department store Santa Clause named Kris Kringle (Thomas Mitchell) is institutionalized for claiming to be the actual Santa, a lawyer decides to quit his job at a law firm to take his case and argue to the court that Kris is, in fact, the real Santa.

Babes in Toyland (1986)

Keanu Reeves and Drew Barrymore in Babes in Toyland

A made-for-TV remake of the 1961 film, Lisa Piper (Drew Barrymore), was forced to grow up too fast and take care of her siblings and doesn’t have time to be interested in toys. During a snowstorm, she’s transported to Toyland, where she breaks up the marriage of the evil Barnaby Barnacle (Richard Mulligan) to Mary Contrary (Jill Schoelen) so she can be reunited with her true love, Jack Nimble (Keanu Reeves), and tries to stop Barnaby from taking over Toyland.

Christmas Angel

When Ashley Matthews (Kari Hawker-Diaz) takes a new job from her neighbor, Nick (Bruce Davison), he makes her promise to tell anyone that he’s an anonymous Christmas do-gooder. Her work catches the attention of a writer, Will (K.C. Clyde), and as the two grow closer, and Will becomes more inquisitive, it becomes harder and harder for her to protect her promise to Nick.

Related: The Best Christmas Movies On Hulu

Love at the Christmas Table

Sam (Dustin Milligan) and Kat (Danica McKellar) have grown up together as best friends, attending a family Christmas party where they’ve sat at the same children’s table for 30 years. When Sam realizes he’s in love with Kat, he needs to find a way to tell her, and the usual made-for-TV Christmas movie relationship shenanigans ensue.

A Christmas Tree Miracle

When David (Kevin Sizemore) loses his job, his family is taken in by a local Christmas tree farmer. Through the experience, the family comes closer together as they learn to get along, and, of course, discover the true meaning of Christmas.

Falling For Christmas

Also known as A Snow Capped Christmas, Falling for Christmas is about Claire Benson (Leah Renee), an injured figure skater who goes to a rehab facility in the mountains to recover from a recent injury in the weeks before Christmas. While there, she meets Luke (Niall Matter), a single father and hockey player who’s career was ended by injury. While they initially butt heads, Luke and Claire celebrate a number of Canadian winter traditions together as they fall in love and help each other return to the ice.

MORE: The Best Hallmark Christmas Drinking Game is Here



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STRANGER THINGS “Christmas” Trailer (NEW 2019) Season 3, Netflix Series HD



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25 Weird Facts Behind The Making Of A Christmas Story

There’s no denying that A Christmas Story has become a holiday tradition for many families around the world. First released in 1983, the film starred Peter Billingsley as Ralphie; a young boy who wants nothing more than a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. Since the film’s release, the movie has become regarded as a Christmas classic, and the original house shown in the movie has even become a museum. Many people watch the movie every year around the holiday season, with TBS even playing the movie on their station for 24 hours once a year.

Between the captivating storytelling, quirky characters, and overall filming style, A Christmas Story has stood out compared to several other similarly-styled Christmas movies. A Christmas Story has gotten a few sequels over the years, even one in 1994 directed by Bob Clark himself, but none of them have been able to live up to the original ‘80s flick. Much like other movies that are regarded as classics, A Christmas Story has a lot of fascinating trivia behind the movie that many people might not be aware of. With that in mind, here are 25 Weird Facts Behind The Making Of A Christmas Story.

25 He Didn’t Say Fudge

There are many iconic moments in A Christmas Story, but among the most popular scenes is when Ralphie says fudge. Well, Ralphie didn’t actually say fudge. He said: “The queen mother of [bad] words.” As it turns out, actor Peter Billingsley didn’t say fudge either.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Billingsley explained that he had to say this “bad word” over and over again until they got the right take. While people usually don’t hear 12-year-olds say that word, Billingsley explained that since he had been in Hollywood at an early age, that wasn’t the first time he heard or said it. 

24 They Gave Billingsley Stuff They Really Shouldn’t Have

While many child actors are forced to grow up too fast, Billingsley had to do something on the set of A Christmas Story that no actor should ever have to do. During the scene where Ralphie is firing at the bandits in his backyard, Billingsley was actually chewing on the real deal.

Most actors chew on black licorice to make it seem like they are chewing the same stuff Cowboys did, but the prop department on A Christmas Story gave the child actor something they legitimately shouldn’t have. Billingsley explained that he got really dizzy, started sweating, and his lips started burning on set. 

23 The Film Was Mainly Filmed In Cleveland and Toronto

Most movies film in several different cities to get the desired scenery for shots, and A Christmas Story was no exception. The film is supposed to take place in Northern Indiana in a town called Holman, but the film was mainly filmed in Cleveland, Ohio and Toronto, Ontario.

The Parker residence was filmed at 3159 W. 11th St., Cleveland, OH 44109 near downtown Cleveland, which has since been turned into a museum dedicated to the film. That being said, many of the interior shots of the house and the Christmas tree shopping scene were filmed in Canada.

22 Ralphie Teamed Up With Flash Gordon In A Deleted Scene

When a film goes through the editing process, many scenes are cut down or even taken out completely to fulfill a certain runtime. This means that sometimes, the filmmakers’ full vision doesn’t make it to the big screen, but will show up in deleted scenes instead.

One deleted scene for A Christmas Story was another fantasy sequence where Ralphie joins forces with Flash Gordon to defeat Ming the Merciless. While the scene can’t be found online, the Christmas Story Museum in Ohio has script pages from it, as well as an image of Ralphie on the planet Mongo in a spacesuit with his BB gun. 

21 A Christmas Story Is Based On A Book

Lots of times, movies aren’t technically original stories, since many of them are based on books. Much like superhero movies use comic book narratives to adapt popular characters, Bob Clark based A Christmas Story on a book written by Jean Shepherd.

The movie was based on a book called In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, which was a collection of Shepherd’s stories that he had previously recited on the radio in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The book ended up becoming a best-seller, so it shouldn’t be a big surprise that director Bob Clark ended up adapting it for a movie. 

20 The Infamous Tongue Scene Was Fake (But Is Actually Possible)

Among the most iconic scenes in A Christmas Story is a moment when Flick, played by Scott Schwartz, is dared to stick his tongue to a frozen flag pole. Only it wasn’t just a dare, it was a triple dog dare, so of course, Flick had no choice but to do it.

As it turns out, the child actor didn’t actually use his tongue because a human tongue can actually get stuck to a frozen pole! The scene was filmed by pulling the actors tongue with a suction tube, but Mythbusters proved that in cold temperatures, cold metal will basically turn saliva into “a kind of superglue.”

19 Jack Nicholson Almost Played Ralphie’s Dad

Many talented actors were part of A Christmas Story, including Darren McGavin. The actor had been acting for nearly 40 years by the time A Christmas Story was released, but his role of the “Old Man” almost went to a much younger actor.

Jack Nicholson almost played Ralphie’s father in A Christmas Story, but ultimately, he wasn’t chosen since the filmmakers couldn’t afford to pay him the amount he requested. By 1983, Nicholson was something of a superstar, so it isn’t a surprise that a low-budget family film couldn’t afford him. 

18 The Leg Lamp Was Inspired By A Soda Ad

Of all the images that A Christmas Story provided to fans, the Leg Lamp is arguably the most iconic symbol from the movie. The lamp was won by the “Old Man” in the original movie, but the design for the lamp was inspired by an illuminated Nehi Soda advertisement.

The lamp was first described in detail for the short story “My Old Man and the Lascivious Special Award That Heralded the Birth of Pop Art,” written by Jean Shepherd. Describing the lamp is one task, but actually creating a physical prop was a whole other story. 

17 Nobody Knows When The Film Takes Place

Even though the film was made in the 1980s, the film actually takes place around the 1940s. Although it is widely thought that the film takes place in the ‘40s, the exact year is still unknown. Some people believe it takes place in 1941, since Mrs. Parker mentions the Bears vs Packers game that took place on December 14, 1941. Also, the Orphan Annie decoder pin is the Speed-O-Matic model that released in 1940.

However, the film could even be set in 1939, since the calendar in the kitchen puts December 1st on a Friday. 

16 Bob Clark And Jean Shepherd Have Cameos

Today, it’s not super uncommon for movies to throw in celebrity cameos. Just about every superhero movie has several celebrity cameos, but in the ‘80s it was a tad less common. That being said, A Christmas Story not only features a cameo from director Bob Clark, but from writer Jean Shepherd as well.

Shepherd is the narrator of the film, but he also shows up in the department store when Randy and Ralphie are waiting to see Santa. Clark also appears in the movie as the neighbor named Swede, who comes outside to look at Mr. Parker’s leg lamp. 

15 The Snow Was Made Out Of Soap And Foam

It shouldn’t be a huge surprise that movies often use fake snow to create winter wonderlands. Not only is fake snow easier to control than real snow, but it is usually easier on the actors, since they won’t freeze while delivering their lines.

However, on the set of A Christmas Story, during the scene where the kids encounter the meanies, soap shavings and firefighter’s foam were used for the snow. While this probably made the actors warmer, several actors have stated that it made the set incredibly slippery. 

14 The Movie Inspired The Wonder Years

While A Christmas Story got a few unpopular sequels, it did partly inspire a popular TV show: The Wonder Years. This becomes apparent when viewers focus on the coming-of-age theme, as well as the narration used in the show.

The show revolved around Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), who told stories of growing up in the ‘60s and ‘70s, which is easily comparable to Ralphie telling the story about that Christmas in the ‘40s. Peter Billingsley even played Micky Spiegel in the final two episodes of the show. 

13 Peter Billingsley Was The First Child To Audition For Ralphie

When making a movie, casting is one of the most important steps during the development of a film. If a movie gets a casting decision wrong, it can often weaken the entire movie, but thankfully, Bob Clark chose Peter Billingsley for Ralphie.

Clark apparently went through thousands of child actors, only to return back to the first boy who auditioned for Ralphie. Clark didn’t think he should hire the very first actor that auditioned, but he ended up wasting a lot of time by auditioning so many other actors. 

12 The Character Scut Farkus Wasn’t In The Book

While many elements from Jean Shepherd’s novel In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash made it into A Christmas Story, Scut Farkus wasn’t present in the book at all. Farkus (Zack Ward) is one of the meanies that attacks the children in the movie, but he is also accompanied by Grover Dill (Yano Anaya).

While Grover was a character in Shepherd’s book, Scut Farkus was designed specifically for the movie.

11 The Actor’s Reactions To The Singers Were Real

While A Christmas Story has many heartwarming scenes and good family messages, the very end of the film is actually considered quite offensive. In one of the final scenes of the movie, the family goes to a restaurant where a Christmas duck is brought to their table.

The scene contains a group of men singing “Jingle Bells” in a very stereotypical fashion, which comes off as incredibly offensive. Despite that fact, the scene still happened, and the actors’ reactions to the singing were genuine as Bob Clark didn’t tell any of them that the men were going to sing during the film.

10 Billingsley Got To Take Home Several Props

There have been several occasions where actors are allowed to take home props from movie sets they worked on. While there are several props from A Christmas Story that fans would love to have, actor Peter Billingsley actually got to take home three items.

These items included the famous Red Ryder BB gun, the embarrassing pink bunny suit, and Ralphie’s broken glasses. What makes this even more interesting is that the broken glasses Billingsley took home weren’t really a prop, they were his own glasses that broke on set.

9 The Film Had A Very Small Budget

Even though Bob Clark was a successful director by the time A Christmas Story was released, the film still had an incredibly small budget. The film was given around a $3,300,000 budget, which wasn’t even made back in its opening weekend.

The film only made $2,072,473 when it opened, but ended up making a domestic total gross of $19,294,144. Since the film had a small budget, the film had very little special effects, meaning that the scene where the bandit has sparks appearing from his behind was actually real. 

8 Wil Wheaton And Sean Astin Auditioned For The Role Of Ralphie

While Peter Billingsley will forever be known as Ralphie from A Christmas Story, there were several other actors who auditioned for the role. Director Bob Clark is said to have auditioned over 1,000 kids for the character, including Wil Wheaton and Sean Astin.

Wheaton is known for his role in the movie Stand By Me, as well as the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation. Astin on the other hand, is known for his role in Richard Donner’s The Goonies, as well as his role of Sam in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. While both would have likely been good in the role, nobody can replace Billingsley as Ralphie.

7 Ralphie Says He Wants A Red Ryder BB Gun 28 Times

Everybody who has seen A Christmas Story knows exactly what Ralphie wants for Christmas. Ralphie wanted an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, but everybody tells him that he’ll injure himself.

It’s pretty hard to forget what Ralphie wants for Christmas, since the BB gun is such an important part of the story, and the fact that Ralphie says he wants it for a total of 28 times! Ralphie, of course, gets his wish granted on Christmas, but he also does injure himself in the process. Thankfully, those big glasses saved his eyesight.

6 Locals Filled In As Extras

Usually, when films are under development, they will begin an extensive casting process to find the right actors for the roles in the movie. Sometimes, a film will pass on famous actors, and instead, just cast regular people. In the case of A Christmas Story, several of the minor characters were filled in with local extras.

In the scene where Ralphie and Randy are waiting to meet Santa, Ralphie encounters a weird child wearing big goggles. The boy was just an extra, but Bob Clark decided to put him in the film because he looked odd. Santa, his elves, and the Wicked Witch of the West were also all local extras. 

5 The Movie’s Writer Would Often Try To Direct

Directors usually aren’t the only person on set to put their ideas into the film. Many times, directors will have pushback by other crew members who don’t think something is going right. For A Christmas Story, Bob Clark no doubt did an incredible job directing the film, but writer Jean Shepherd also tried to direct the actors many times.

In an interview with Variety, Billingsley explained that both Shepherd and Clark had a specific vision for the film and that Shepherd would often try to direct him after Clark had walked away. 

4 Bob Clark Thought Of The Film While Picking Up A Date

Filmmakers often have odd inspirations for why they make a film, but Bob Clark actually thought of A Christmas Story while he was picking up a date. While the movie was based on Jean Shepherd’s book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, he actually thought of the movie idea when he heard one of Shepherd’s stories on the radio.

In 1968, when Clark was going to pick up his date, he became so fascinated by Shepherd’s story that he continued to drive around the block until the story was over, leaving his date waiting for him.

3 The Success Of Porky’s Allowed A Christmas Story To Be Made

While A Christmas Story is a heartwarming tale that the entire family can enjoy, Bob Clark’s previous film was not. Two years prior to the release of A Christmas Story, Clark had released the raunchy comedy called Porky’s.

Even though Porky’s is now seen as an offensive movie that objectifies women, the film was a massive success in the ‘80s. The film made a lot of money at the box office and it is widely believed that A Christmas Story wouldn’t have been given the green-light if not for the success of Porky’s.

2 A Second Fantasy Scene With Black Bart Was Cut

Many scenes in A Christmas Story are fondly remembered, but among these scenes is the fantasy sequence. In the scene, Ralphie is saving his family from the outlaw, Black Bart, and his bandits. He uses his trusty gun “Old Blue” to defeat the bandits, but Bart gets away and says he’ll be back.

Apparently, Bart really did come back, only, it didn’t make it into the final cut of the movie. There was supposed to be a second fantasy sequence revolving around Black Bart, but much like that deleted scene with Flash Gordon, fans never got to see it. 

1 All Three Leg Lamp Props Were Broken On Set

Since the leg lamp has become such an iconic image not just for A Christmas Story, but Christmas in general, many people would love to have their own lamp for the holiday season. Many actors probably would have liked to take the original leg lamp home from the set as well, but that never got to happen since all three leg lamp props were broken on set.

After Jean Shepherd thought of the idea for one of his short stories, production designer, Reuben Freed, created three lamps that were used in the film, but none of them survived the production. 

Is there any other fun trivia you know about A Christmas Story? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-12-07 12:12:37

ONCE UPON A DEADPOOL Trailer # 3 (NEW 2018) Christmas Superhero Movie HD



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Deadpool Saves Christmas… By Killing Santa Claus

Warning: SPOILERS for Deadpool #7

The time has come for Santa Claus to pop into the Marvel Universe, but with Deadpool determined to kill him for clients, Santa may not live to see another holiday.

Deadpool #7 is all about the trials and tribulations of running a toyshop at the North Pole, even before the threat of a contract killing stirs up trouble. It’s not the first time that Deadpool has tangled with Ol’ Saint Nick, either; in 2016, he teamed up with Spider-Man to save Christmas, and this year, it looks like he’s doing it again.

Related: Deadpool Is Marvel’s Next Black Panther (Seriously)

Whether you love them for their holiday charm, or loathe them for being pointless seasonal filler, holiday comic book issues are back in town: and Deadpool is out to get none other than Santa Claus himself this year! The holiday special is something of a tradition in the Marvel Universe, even if the events of these specially themed comics don’t generally have anything to do with the larger events happening in this world. Deadpool #7 starts with the all-top-real heartbreak of a Christmas morning with no toys under the tree, and disappointed children all over the world. But this being 2018, these kids don’t take their lack of toys sitting down.

Instead, they start a GoFundMe (sorry, a ‘GoPayMe’), and use the funds to hire Deadpool to take out Santa Claus for his failure to deliver. Of course, when Wade gets to the workshop (having obviously accepted the contract to kill the deadbeat Santa) he discovers that all is not as it seems. Santa is now drunk, foul-mouthed and weirdly ripped – and has a pretty good excuse for not delivering the goods. As it turns out, an evil elf convinced all his helpers to abandon him, and now works them to the bone at a Roxxon toy factory. What’s a merc to do? He can’t kill Santa, so instead, he takes on the elf, brings back the toymakers, and saves Christmas!

Of course, this is the definition of a fluffy Christmas special, and we don’t expect to see any reference made to Deadpool’s latest holiday mission in the New Year. That said, this adventure does take the Merc with a Mouth past the home of the Avengers, so there is always room for them to comment on his attempts to kill Claus in the future! More likely, however, this is just a fun cameo from some other Marvel characters.

However, if Deadpool #7 has whetted your appetite for some holiday Deadpool, there’s always Once Upon A Deadpool to look forward to! This PG-13 rated version of the original Deadpool film comes with a frame story of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool telling his story (The Princess Bride style) to Fred Savage. Only in theaters from December 12 to Christmas Eve, this is all the Deadpool we’ll need for the holiday season.

Deadpool #7 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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2018-12-06 06:12:36

12 Christmas Movies That Completely Flopped (And 13 That Were Massive Hits)

Every December, millions of families around the country like to sit down and watch a Christmas movie. It’s a way of spending time together, while also doing something to get into the mood of the season. For many, heading out to the cinema on Christmas itself is an annual tradition. December 25th is actually one of the biggest movie-going days of the year, believe it or not. There are, of course, also dozens of holiday films available on DVD and Blu-ray. Some cable channels even run 24-hour marathons.

Each year brings at least one or two new titles designed specifically to draw crowds of people who are ready to get fully into the holiday spirit. The cinematic marketplace is crowded between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, though, so for these Christmas movies to survive, they really need to deliver the goods. Over the years, some of them were huge blockbusters that played to sold-out crowds and reaped impressive grosses. The ones that couldn’t pass muster ended up playing to a few lonely theater patrons before quickly being shuttled off to home video.

We’ve got a breakdown of Christmas movies that were smash hits and others that were busts. In each case, we’ll provide some context to explain why they hit or missed. The financial totals listed are domestic grosses from Box Office Mojo, the leading website for such data and statistics. They keep track of such things from 1982 on, so all the titles on this list were released after that year.

Here are 12 Christmas Movies That Completely Flopped (And 13 That Were Massive Hits).

25 Massive Hit: Bad Santa (2003)

Most Christmas movies are nice, wholesome family affairs. There traditionally hasn’t been a whole lot for viewers who actively try to be on the “naughty” list. Perhaps that’s why Bad Santa caught on so well.

Billy Bob Thornton stars as Willie, a con artist with a substance abuse problem who poses as a department store Santa in order to commit robberies. His life changes when he meets an outcast little boy who won’t leave him alone. The film is packed with profanity and crude humor. Bad Santa made $60 million, and spawned a 2016 sequel that bombed at the box office.

24 Flopped: Prancer (1989)

Prancer is about a young girl who stumbles across a wounded reindeer that she thinks might belong to Santa Claus. She nurses it back to health, helping to spread Christmas cheer to everyone around her in the process.

The idea of making a movie about a reindeer other than Rudolph was relatively clever. Unfortunately for Prancer, the studio opted to open it the same weekend as two other high-profile family movies — All Dogs Go to Heaven and Disney’s The Little Mermaid. With so much competition for the same audience, something had to tank, and this was it. Prancer only grossed $18 million.

23 Massive Hit: Jingle All the Way (1996)

In the 1980s, parents literally fought each other in the aisles of stores, trying to get their hands on Cabbage Patch Kids dolls for their children. This scenario was horrific, but also darkly funny. It provided the basis for the comedy Jingle All the Way.

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a dad determined to get an elusive Turbo Man action figure for his son. This means running all over town and trying to outsmart other parents also struggling to get one. Sinbad co-stars as a fellow father desperate for a present. Jingle All the Way‘s satire of consumerism led it to a cheery $60 million gross back in ’96.

22 Flopped: Unaccompanied Minors (2006)

Five years before his directorial breakthrough, Bridesmaids, Paul Feig made a Christmas family comedy called Unaccompanied Minors. It’s the story of a bunch of kids snowed in at an airport on Christmas Eve. They get into all kinds of wacky shenanigans as they attempt to amuse themselves.

Although there’s some potential in the premise, the movie’s reliance on slapstick comedy makes it feel like a bad Nickelodeon sitcom at times. The situations the kids get into are also so implausible that they inspire more eye rolls than laughs. Unaccompanied Minors consequently earned a weak $16 million.

21 Massive Hit: Scrooged (1988)

The story of Ebenzer Scrooge has been told time and again on the big screen. Scrooged, which brought in a healthy $60 million in 1988, put an original twist on the idea by making it a hip comedy.

Bill Murray plays Frank Cross, a cynical television executive whose life is changed after being visited by three entities on Christmas Eve. One of them, the Ghost of Christmas Present (played by Carol Kane), literally beats some sense into him at one point. Murray’s hilarious performance and a sharp satiric screenplay made Scrooged a must-see for people who wanted edgier yuletide fare.

20 Flopped: Black Christmas (2006)

Bob Clark’s 1974 horror film Black Christmas has become a cult favorite over the years. It’s the story of a maniac tormenting a bunch of sorority sisters on Christmas Eve. In 2006, X-Files writer/producer Glen Morgan remade it with a hip cast of up-and-coming actress, including Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Michelle Trachtenberg.

In a major blunder, the studio released Black Christmas on Christmas Day in 2006 — a time when people are feeling warm and happy, and not especially in the mood for bloody horror. A slightly earlier date probably would have helped it make more than $16 million.

19 Massive Hit: The Nightmare Before Christmas (2003)

The makers of The Nightmare Before Christmas would probably tell you it’s a Halloween movie, not a Christmas movie. The truth is that it works as both. This stop-motion animated masterpiece tells the tale of Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town, trying to “upgrade” by taking over Christmas.

The Nightmare Before Christmas earned a respectable $50 million in 1993. After home video turned it into a holiday classic, five theatrical re-releases occurred between 2000 and 2009, four of which were a 3D-converted version. They boosted its lifetime take to an awesome $75 million, not adjusted for inflation.

18 Flopped: All I Want For Christmas (1991)

All I Want For Christmas tells the story of two kids, Hallie (Thora Birch) and Ethan (Ethan Embry), who try to get their divorced parents back together with the help of a department store Santa, played by Leslie Nielsen.

Divorce is kind of a downer subject for a Christmas movie, which likely diminished the interest of the young audience at which it was aimed. Lousy reviews didn’t help either. All I Want For Christmas has an abysmal 0% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes. It limped away from theaters with just $14 million.

17 Massive Hit: Four Christmases (2008)

Unlike most of the other hits on this list, Four Christmases hasn’t really taken on the status of modern holiday classic. It was a massive success upon its initial release, though, raking in $120 million and staying in theaters from November to February.

Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn play a married couple trying to visit their respective divorced parents in one day. All kinds of crazy things take place. The two stars were at the height of their popularity in 2008 and audiences loved seeing them together.

16 Flopped: One Magic Christmas (1985)

It’s rare for Disney to have a flop with a Christmas movie, yet they had a big one with 1985’s One Magic Christmas. Mary Steenburgen plays a woman who wishes she had never been born. Guardian angel Harry Dean Stanton shows up to help her see how bad things would be if she never existed.

The problem with this movie is that it’s a great big downer. Among other things, it involves a bank robbery shooting, some stolen children, and a car accident. No one wants to be depressed at Christmas time. The somber tone of One Magic Christmas caused it to stall out at $13 million.

15 Massive Hit: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

When National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation came out on Dec. 1, 1989, the general assumption was that the series had run its course. The less-than-satisfying European Vacation seemingly wore out everyone’s goodwill toward the Griswold family. That assumption was wrong.

An in-his-prime Chevy Chase earned major laughs, while the screenplay recaptured the sharpness of the original Vacation. Audiences identified with the spoofing of yuletide stress. The movie revitalized the franchise, becoming its highest earner, at $71 million. Christmas Vacation was also the 15th biggest hit of 1989, and evolved into an annual must-watch in many homes.

14 Flopped: I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1998)

There was a period in the ’90s when Hollywood worked overtime to make Jonathan Taylor Thomas a movie star. None of his film work came even remotely close to matching his TV success on Home Improvement, though. That includes his starring vehicle I’ll Be Home for Christmas.

The actor portrays a college student stranded in the desert and trying to make his way home in time for the holiday. Bad reviews, which cited the story’s plot contrivances and weak dialogue, doubtlessly contributed to the poor box office performance. Even JTT’s fan base stayed away, resulting in a $12 million gross.

13 Massive Hit: Die Hard (1988)

There’s a long-standing debate among movie fans as to whether or not Die Hard is considered a Christmas movie. For the record, it absolutely is.

Bruce Willis earned a then-record $5 million payday to play John McClane, a cop who tries to save his wife after the office Christmas party she’s attending is hijacked by criminals. Packed with wall-to-wall action and a plot that continually makes you ask yourself what you would do in McClane’s situation, Die Hard sucked viewers in to the tune of $83 million, launching an entire franchise in the process.

12 Flopped: Surviving Christmas (2004)

Surviving Christmas has an utterly preposterous plot. Ben Affleck plays a millionaire who returns to his childhood home and pays the people now living there to spend the holiday with him. James Gandolfini co-stars as the new owner, who can’t stand his rich houseguest.

It’s not hard to understand why Surviving Christmas didn’t appeal to audiences. It’s ninety minutes of people being mean and spiteful to each other, followed by an unearned “heartwarming” message at the end. Not even the star wattage of Affleck and Gandolfini could propel this cynical mess beyond $11 million.

11 Massive Hit: Elf (2003)

If Old School was the movie that opened the door to Will Ferrell’s movie career, Elf is the one that kicked that door right off its hinges. This $173 million-grossing blockbuster opened in second place behind The Matrix Revolutions, but significantly out-performed it in the long run.

Ferrell plays Buddy, a human raised as an elf at the North Pole. He goes in search of his true identity, only to have a hard time fitting in to the real world. Buoyed by Ferrell’s hysterical performance and a ton of quotable lines, Elf turned into one of the most beloved Christmas movies of all time.

10 Flopped: Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

Nothing Like the Holidays centers around a family living in Chicago. They assemble for a Christmas celebration during which mom (Elizabeth Pena) drops the bombshell that she’s divorcing dad (Alfred Molina), and everyone flies into a panic.

It’s rare for a major studio movie to feature an almost exclusively-Latin cast. Given the overall lack of representation, there’s something a bit surprising about the fact that Nothing Like the Holidays couldn’t get beyond $7 million. Then again, it was from Overture Films, a small distributor that didn’t have a ton of marketing muscle.

9 Massive Hit: The Polar Express (2004)

Back to the Future director Robert Zemeckis adapted Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book The Polar Express in 2004. He used innovative motion capture technology to allow Tom Hanks to play a computer-generated version of himself. The story finds a young boy hopping conductor Hanks’ train to the North Pole.

Although some complained the CGI people fell into the “uncanny valley” — meaning they were just realistic enough to be kind of creepy — the majority of audiences bought into the movie’s sense of fantasy. Multiple re-releases, including some in IMAX and 3D, helped propel The Polar Express to a lifetime gross of $186 million.

8 Flopped: Miracle on 34th St. (1994)

The late film critic Gene Siskel used to say that Hollywood should never remake a classic, they should remake movies that didn’t get it right the first time instead. The makers of Miracle on 34th St. should have heeded that lesson.

The 1947 original is considered one of the definitive Christmas classics. Nevertheless, writer/producer John Hughes put together a remake of the story in which a little girl ends up in court, trying to prove that a guy claiming to be Santa Claus is the real deal. The paltry $17 million take indicates that people preferred to just stay home and watch the old black-and-white version.

7 Massive Hit: The Santa Clause (1994)

What turned The Santa Clause into a smash hit that amassed $144 million (or the equivalent of $315 million in today’s dollars)? The presence of Tim Allen, whose Home Improvement was one of the hottest TV shows at the time, is a likely factor. An even bigger one is its ingenious premise.

Allen plays a guy who accidentally eliminates Santa and is then forced to take over his job. The Santa Clause devises answers for the classic questions of how Santa visits all the homes in the world in one night and how he fits down chimneys. That was an irresistible hook. Two less-inspired sequels followed.

6 Flopped: The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)

Unlike most of the Christmas flops on this list, The Man Who Invented Christmas is considered a good movie. It boasts an 80% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, yet it made just $5 million at the box office. Dan Stevens plays Charles Dickens in this movie which details, with some embellishments, how the author devised and wrote A Christmas Carol. 

A crowded marketplace is the obvious culprit for the failure of The Man Who Invented Christmas. The distributor opened this small picture on Thanksgiving weekend, when bigger movies like Justice League and Pixar’s Coco dominated moviegoers’ attention.

5 Massive Hit: Gremlins (1984)

Gremlins made $148 million in 1984. That’s the equivalent of $403 million today. Add in a 1985 re-release, and the latter total jumps to $415 million. That’s big money for a Christmas-set movie, especially one that opened not in December, but at the beginning of June.

Director Joe Dante’s film about furry little creatures run amok over the holiday appealed to both adults and children, although the graphic nature of its violence helped usher in the creation of the PG-13 rating, following reports of youngsters frightened by the sight of a gremlin in a microwave.

4 Flopped: Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas (2014)

After his ’80s TV show Growing Pains went off the air and his attempt at mainstream movie stardom failed, Kirk Cameron turned his attention to Christian entertainment. He’s found success there, Saving Christmas notwithstanding.

The actor essentially plays himself. When his brother-in-law becomes disillusioned by the over-commercialization of Christmas, Kirk steps in to argue that all the pomp and circumstance of the holiday is Biblically-inspired. Critics found that message bizarre, and even a bit hypocritical. Apparently audiences did, too. Saving Christmas, which has 0% at Rotten Tomatoesbottomed out with only $2 million.

3 Massive Hit: How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas was a landmark animated TV special that millions of children grew up watching each year. In 2000, director Ron Howard made a live-action version of it, with Jim Carrey in the lead role. The novelty of that idea worked. The movie dominated the end-of-year box office, making an astonishing $260 million.

Although it featured real people, the whole look of the film was cartoonish. Carrey, of course, fit right into that. Desire to see him as the Grinch helped the film stay stop the charts for four straight weeks and play through the end of February 2001.

2 Flopped: The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has long been associated with Christmas. Director Andrei Konchalovsky’s film The Nutcracker in 3D, on the other hand, has been forgotten, except by aficionados of bad movies.

This misguided film is aimed at children, yet contains some truly creepy content. The villain, known as the Rat King, is surprisingly fearsome. His uniformed troops throw living toys into a furnace and generally frighten people. Another problem was the retrofitted 3D, which made the film look murky. Critics warned parents away, and The Nutcracker in 3D earned a pathetic $195,435.

1 Massive Hit: Home Alone (1990)

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the highest-grossing Christmas movie ever made is Home Alone. Its $285 million take in 1990 would amount to $619 million today.

As an indicator of just how big Home Alone was, consider that it held the #1 spot at the box office for twelve straight weeks — an almost unheard of run. Additionally, it stayed in theaters until the end of June 1991. The film also spawned two theatrical sequels, one that went straight-to-DVD, and one made for the ABC Family Channel. More than twenty-five years later, families continue to enjoy the film’s mix of slapstick humor and holiday cheer.

What’s your favorite Christmas movie? What’s your least favorite? Give us your choices in the comments.



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2018-12-04 02:12:20

Into the Spider-Verse Christmas Album Songs Have Been Recorded

According to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, at least two songs from Spidey’s Christmas album in the movie have been written and recorded. Scripted by Lord and Rodney Rothman (who co-directed the film with Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey), Spider-Verse is a computer-animated adventure that follows Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales as he learns the ropes of becoming a superhero, under the guidance of a whole team of web-slingers from across the multiverse or “Spider-Verse”.

Among the heroes that Miles (Shameik Moore) encounters in the film are Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), a different version of Spider-Man from the one that exists in Miles’ corner of the Spider-Verse. The Spider-Verse trailers have shown that this Peter Parker is a superhero who’s past his prime and has cashed in heavily on his superhero-related fame – having even released his own album of Spider-Man themed Christmas tunes, no less.

Related: Into the Spider-Verse Producers Tease Donald Glover Cameo

During the Spider-Verse press junket (per Meg Downey), Lord and Miller confirmed that two songs from the Spider-Man Christmas album are now real and more may be on the way. As seen in the film’s trailers, Spidey’s album includes cheekily-titled songs like “Spidey, It’s Cold Outside”, “Spidey the Snowman”, and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Non-Denominational Holiday”.

Spider-Verse is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes after 53 reviews and has even been named the best animated movie of 2018 by the New York Film Critics Circle, ahead of its release in theaters around mid-December. The film has been celebrated for being not only a terrific superhero origin story for Miles, but also a brilliant deconstruction of the superhero genre and the larger Spider-Man brand thanks to self-reflexive gags like the Spider-Man Christmas Album.

It’s all the more encouraging to hear that the creatives behind Spider-Verse are taking their jokes the whole nine yards and making these Spider-Man Christmas songs a real thing for everyone to listen to. Lord and Miller did something similar when they made The LEGO Movie four years ago and had Tegan and Sara (in collaboration with The Lonely Island) record the film’s catchy earworm “Everything is Awesome!”, and even got Will Arnett to perform LEGO Batman’s song, “Untitled Self Portrait”, for the movie’s official soundtrack. “Everything is Awesome!” went on to secure an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, so who knows – perhaps a similar honor awaits Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s rendition of “Silent Night (You’re Welcome)”.

MORE: Every Spider-Man Movie in Development: MCU, Villain Universe & Animated

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2018-12-02 05:12:30

The Best Hallmark Christmas Drinking Game is Here

The season of Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas Movies has finally arrived, and there’s no better way to enjoy the festivities with friends, family, or flying solo than with a Hallmark Christmas Drinking Game. So to make sure fans make the most of their Christmases come early – responsibly, of course – we’ve got you covered.

There’s no better time to hop aboard the Hallmark Christmas train, as the maker of made-for-TV movies is taking their holiday-themed Countdown to Christmas to a new level for 2018, launching wall-to-wall airing of Christmas movies past, highlighted by thirty-four new TV movies each weekend. So with Hallmark Christmas Movie Season already underway in November, one dedicated fan has painstakingly analyzed the formula at work to create the most reliable Hallmark Drinking Game fans will find.

After reviewing over thirty Hallmark Christmas Movies (check them all out here), and ensuring a predictable rate of liquid merrymaking, the resulting Hallmark Christmas Drinking Game shared online is ready to be downloaded, printed… and if you’re wise, laminated before your next Hallmark screening. Take a look at the original Tweet below to see what you’re in for, before we explain the Hallmark Drinking Game rules in detail:

To help Hallmark fans make the most of their group (or solo) viewing parties, we’ve embedded the full-size Hallmark Christmas Drinking Game below. Just open the image, download it to your computer, print, and cut into the two lists (to help spread the Holiday cheer and responsibilities). This is a team sport, after all. Meet us below for a more in-depth breakdown of the rules, to help Hallmark Hosts settle disputes before they can start.

CLICK HERE FOR HI-RES HALLMARK DRINKING GAME RULES

Now for the more detailed rules of the Hallmark Christmas Drinking Game, as they appear on the two lists.

Take a drink when:

  • New York City Opening – The movie opens with footage of New York City (b-roll).
  • Mention dead spouse/parent – A deceased spouse, parent, or formative family member is referred to by name (drink every time).
  • Working over Christmas!? – One of the film’s leads (or both) forced to work over the holidays.
  • Possible Santa enters – A large, jolly, white-bearded man enters the plot (ideally named ‘Nick’ or ‘Chris’).
  • Someone says the title – A character speaks the title (December Bride watchers beware).
  • Perfect tree is found – Tree shopping hits paydirt in the selection of a ‘perfect’ tree (typically on a lot).
  • Snowed in (Fate…?) – Sudden weather means romantic leads must remain in home, cabin, or town.
  • Mistletoe pointed out – A character points out the mistletoe almost certainly missed beforehand.
  • BETRAYAL – Character actions are perceived, usually through misunderstanding, as sinister breaking of trust.
  • Cue that montage! – Any montage begins, cooking, baking, decorating, etc. If in doubt, listen for sudden music.
  • Carollers attack – You always hear them first, but all appearances of carolling count.
  • That’s REAL Snow – The film was shot on a location (usually Canada) not requiring artificial snow.
  • Lame gf/bg crashes party – The existing/deadbeat/unworthy romantic partner of a Lead interrupts the new love.
  • Highly conspicuous extra – Background acting is an artform. When an extra fails, honor them with a drink.
  • Enter the Christmas ‘expert’ – Someone is referred to or shown to be an “expert” in a Holiday hobby or skill.

  • ‘Tradition’ is uttered – The word “tradition” is spoken by anyone, in any context.
  • Hey, That Actor Again! – An actor is recognized from previous Hallmark movie only. Describe the previous role by plot or title, and give all present a drink. Speak too soon and draw a blank, and finish your own (time allowed is at discretion of other players).
  • Empty cup used – An actor fails to sell an empty “stunt cup” as containing its stated substance. Take one drink per cup exposed.
  • ‘Emotional Snow’ – A moment of emotional weight is rendered even more poignant by gentle snowfall (players may use discretion).
  • Any mention of God/faith – Any Judeo-Christian religious significance is ascribed to the Holidays.
  • Christmas Sleigh – Either a Christmas sleigh enters the plot, or a horse-drawn carriage is boarded.
  • Nutcracker spotted – A player spots a new Nutcracker in the frame, with the first to call it out giving one drink to one other player.
  • Near-miss kiss – Leads are interrupted moments away from a kiss (must have begun moving into the action).
  • No shame. You’re invested – You confess to those present (including yourself) that you are unabashedly invested in this story coming to a happy ending.
  • Any pet is on screen – Literally any house pet is shown. If film cuts away to different scene or shot, and pet remains upon return, drink once more.
  • Snow fight erupts – Snowball fighting of any kind begins (ideally as deeply romantic flirting).
  • Town festival jeopardized – Unexpected developments mean a beloved/plot-relevant town tradition (drink!) or festival is suddenly in doubt.
  • You can’t sell/close ___! – A beloved town or family business/property is revealed to be imminently closing/sold to evil corporation.
  • Someone’s got a secret… – A lead or supporting character is keeping a shameful secret (but secretly something to soon be proud of).
  • Leads have actual chemistry – The Holy Grail of Hallmark. Romantic leads who have genuine sparks on screen. Can be decided on a player-by-player basis.

Finish your drink when:

  • Big Promotion – Either the Male or Female Lead, who has been competing for the new Job/Promotion/Shanghai Office finally claims victory, usually over a bitter workplace rival.
  • Twist Ending – Subverting expectations, a false break-up or – gasp – refusing said promotion. If nobody saw it coming, see that drink emptying.
  • Christmas Miracle – Up to the discretion of those watching to determine if magical feel-good moment proves that “Anything is possible at Christmas!”
  • Santa Confirmed – Whether riding a sleigh, disappearing in a blink, or meeting up with Mrs. Claus, toast to Santa and another match made.
  • Real Actual Kiss – When the lovers finally kiss to finish the film, show respect for an ACTUAL kiss (no pecks allowed) by drinking to believability.
  • Non-Leads Find Love – We come for the stars, but when the supporting cast kindles a love of their own. If it’s a parent or town senior citizen, let it be a reminder to reach out to the parent or supportive senior in your life (tipsy matchmaking optional).

We hope that our efforts fine-tuning this Christmas pass-time will help to make every player’s season brighter. But it goes without saying that this Hallmark Christmas Drinking Game is only fun when enjoyed responsibly. So instead of drinking and driving this Holiday season, call a friend, or a cab – that way you can pass them a copy to play for themselves!

Keep up to date with Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas movies using their official schedule, and their neverending slate of Hallmark Christmas movies past.




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