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'A Christmas Story' Bully Sues Over Publicity Rights

January 1st, 2013 12:15pm EST
Zack Ward
Former child star Zack Ward is set to face off with the toy bosses behind his A Christmas Story action figure after launching a legal battle over his publicity rights.

The actor, who played flame-haired bully Scut Farkus in the beloved 1983 family movie, has filed a suit against National Entertainment Collectibles Association officials, claiming he was duped into signing away his rights when the game manufacturers created A Christmas Story board game.

The 42 year old, who also briefly appeared in Transformers, also sued Warner Bros. bosses but has since dismissed that suit.

Demanding $6 ...
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Not In The Holiday Spirit Yet? Give 'Elf' With Will Ferrell A Watch

December 21st, 2011 1:20pm EST
elf 1
Whether it’s Will Ferrell’s loveable smile, the yellow tights, or the fact that you can laugh and be a kid again while watching the film- we can all agree that Elf is the greatest holiday movie since National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or A Christmas Story. For those of you who live under a rock and have not seen Elf, it is a classic holiday movie starring Will Ferrell, who plays Buddy the elf and directed by Jon Favreau. When Buddy was a baby in an orphanage, he snuck into Santa’s sack and ended up in the North Pole with the rest of the elves. As he grew up, much taller and more manly th...
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TV Holiday Roundup: Check Out Your Favorite Holiday Shows

November 25th, 2010 1:00pm EST
Grinch and little Cindy Loo Hoo
The Christmas season is upon us. That means holiday specials abound! Here’s a roundup of the classic – and the new – TV material coming soon to help you celebrate the holidays.

Here are some highlights for the holiday season. All times are Eastern. Watch your local listings, as many of these specials will air more than once, and on more than one channel.

‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ – ABC, Nov. 25, 8 PM

In this classic holiday special, Charlie Brown must juggle obligations between family and friends – namely, Peppermint Patty, who is set on spending her holiday with Chuck. Watch...
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30 Days of Christmas: Week Five - Modern Classics

December 26th, 2009 5:30pm EST
The Nightmare Before Christmas
One holiday. One month. One woman. Thirty individual movies. Readers ready? Go!

Day Twenty-Five: December 20, 2009 - Love Actually

"Love Actually" is a long one, as far as holiday movies go. Some would assume it is too long for a genre that is notoriously known for cheesy carols and over-the-top design. However, what is at the core here are some very sweet (and often intertwining) stories about young love. From the racy movie stand-ins who come together (no pun intended), bonding even in awkward situations, to the elementary aged boy who is convinced he has found his true love, to the...
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TV And Movie Objects That Would Make Great Christmas Presents

December 18th, 2009 10:01am EST
The Dark Knight
Objects are often the most important thing on a television show or in a film. They represent a character's personality or serve as a key symbol for a scene or episode. But most of all, they are highly desirable items that audiences and fans want, but probably can't have in real life. Whether it's Dark Knight's Batpod motorcycle or a sexy dress worn by Eva Longoria's character on Desperate Housewives, we would love to get our hands on these items. They would make great collectibles and Christmas presents. Here are some notable TV and movie objects that would make great Christmas presents:

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Tis The Season For... Christmas Movies?

December 24th, 2008 6:20pm EST
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Aah, the holiday season. Strange how we cherish a time of year when the malls are over packed... it's cold outside... it's impossible to find a parking space... the line at the post office is out the door even at their slowest time of day... it's impossible to find the season's latest hot toy... people who have no clue what 'hustle & bustle' means and stroll slowly through busy stores so you're stuck strolling right behind them when all you want to do is get in and out. Christmas shopping is a mission, not a casual day at the mall to comparison shop. That's what the internet and the weekly ...
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Christmas Movies: Classic Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

December 23rd, 2008 10:00am EST
Elf
Not everybody shares the same affinity for "It's A Wonderful Life" or "Miracle on 34th Street." It could be the lack of color or the idealistic story. To some, those classics just don't feel real. The turnoff comes from desiring more entertainment, more realism, more creativity or simply something different. There're a few new classics that verge on creepy, dysfunctional and just plain weird that deserve special mention during a time when the idea of the nuclear family celebrating a non-secular holiday is just one of many options.

An old favorite with some creep-value due to the claym...
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Christmas Holiday Horror To Get You In The Mood

December 17th, 2008 9:41am EST
Santa
With the Christmas season in full swing, it's easy for the holiday fuss to get you down. After dealing with the stress of juggling house guests and the physical exhaustion from elbowing eager mothers at the check out line, the warm, family friendly rhetoric spewing from your average Christmas movie can make your stomach turn. When you find yourself spiking your eggnog a bit heavily, don't pop in another carbon-copy holiday classic. This year, shoo the kids off to bed and watch a Christmas horror movie that will earn you a permanent spot on the naughty list. After all, it's not really Christ...
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12 Days Of Christmas Films

December 14th, 2008 9:15am EST
Scrooged
Most people have heard of The 12 Days of Christmas and most no nothing more about them than the strange song with geese a-laying and five golden rings somewhere in the middle section. For some they mean a religious celebration beginning on Christmas day and ending with Epiphany on January 6th, the day the three Wise Men delivered their presents to baby Jesus. For those of us who worship movies as a religion we can present some gifts to ourselves, and our fellow movie lovers, by celebrating the 12 Films of Christmas. Whether you choose to lead up to Christmas with these classics or flip the ...
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A Look At the Best Cheesy/Sappy Christmas Movies

November 28th, 2008 12:00pm EST
The Perfect Holiday
Starting in October, a very special period begins for the entertainment industry, and I'm not talking about awards season: Christmas movies bust out of their shiny tinsel packaging and take over the airwaves. While channels like CBS and ABC run classics (Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas) and ABC Family contributes "25 Days of Christmas" with everything from childhood favorites (Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story) to more recent, low budget productions (A Carol Christmas, Christmas Caper), in my household, I prefer to indulge in a select, specific modern few t...
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Say What? Most Bizarre Celebrity Rumors & Myths

August 12th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Richard Gere
Who hasn't heard the infamous rumor about Richard Gere and the gerbil? Is it true that Michael Jackson sleeps in a hyperbaric chamber? Did Tom Cruise really use sperm specimens of late Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard to father Suri?

These are simply a taste of some of the wacky, tacky and downright bizarre celebrity rumors that have circulated the mill at some point. So which of these celebrity myths can be debunked and which hold a grain of truth?

DEBUNKED

Intriguingly salacious though it was, the mid 1980's rumor that Gere, the handsome young star of An Officer and a ...
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A Look At Some Toys We Were Told Were Dangerous But Which We Loved Anyway

June 17th, 2008 2:44pm EDT
gak
From that taunting warning in A Christmas Story that "You'll poke your eye out!" to the rumor that mixing Pop Rocks and soda would make your stomach explode, some of the most fun that could be had during childhood was testing boundaries and defying the so-called dangers of certain toys and games. While nothing was as hazardous as Mainway Toys' Mr. Skingrafter or "Bag O'Glass," parents still often expressed worry, and when they did it only made us want the items more. We risked riding around on sleds with metal runners; we played with paddle balls and yo-yos even after getting bonked on t...
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'Top Chef' Recap: Not A 'Good Morning' For Manuel

April 3rd, 2008 11:04am EDT
Top Chef
After Eric's elimination, there is a heavy weight on the shoulders of a lot of cooks in the "Top Chef" competition. Some of them are starting to realize that they could just as easily get eliminated as three chefs already have been, and without their determination, commitment to their dishes, and leadership throughout the entire competition it could happen sooner rather than later.

Quickfire

The guest judge was none other than the esteemed and highly decorated French Chef Daniel Boulud. The Quickfire Challenge involved the chefs creating a veggie plate utilizing three different cooki...
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Starpulse's 'Top 10 Christmas Movies Of All Time'

December 1st, 2007 11:00am EST
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I'm sitting with my family at the Thanksgiving table. At the focus is the bird carcass, a bulging centerpiece surrounded by newly stuffed bodies. The cranberry jello, still quivering in the shape of the can, is the only untouched side dish. There is a settling quiet as the full-stomached groans subside and give way to satisfied smiles, until finally somebody strikes up a conversation. Like the feeding frenzy that preceded it, it starts out slow and steadily grows more frantic.

"Oh you can't put that on there!"

"Says who? You... oh yeah.. Mr. Expert."

"I like Love Actually."...
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Starpulse 2007 Holiday Movie Preview, Part 1

November 9th, 2007 1:42pm EST
Fred Clause
It's almost time to stuff the turkey and start dreaming of sugarplums because the pumpkins have been carved, leftover Halloween candy is almost gone, and the holidays are just around the corner.

Some of the season's most anticipated movies, including a Christmas film are two, are now working their way into theaters. In a three-part segment, Starpulse examines the films moviegoers can expect to encounter this holiday season.

Part One - The Ho Ho Holiday Instant-Classic!

Opening this weekend, Fred Clause will be this year's attempt at an instant classic. It tells the never bef...
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Driver That Killed Bob Clark Sentenced

October 15th, 2007 10:46am EDT
The driver responsible for the car crash which killed filmmaker Bob Clark was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday. Hector Velazquez-Nava was jailed in a Los Angeles court after pleading no contest to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Prosecutors claim Velazquez-Nava was drunk when he steered his sport utility vehicle into the wrong lane of Pacific Coast Highway in April, striking Clark's vehicle.

The filmmaker and his son, Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, died at the scene.

Mexican Velazquez-Nava, who was found to be three times over the state's leg...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 7

May 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Eagle Eye Cherry
Happy Birthday to Swedish musician Eagle Eye Cherry (1969), actress Traci Lords (1968), late WWE star Owen Hart (1965; d. 1999), film director Amy Heckerling (1954), singer/songwriter Janis Ian (1951), character actor Randall "Tex" Cobb (1950), Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann (1946), singer Thelma Houston (1946), singer Harvey Andrews (1943), soul singer Jimmy Ruffin (1939), Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas (1933; d. 2002), actress Anne Baxter (1923; d. 1985), "A Christmas Story" actor Darren McGavin (1922; d. 2006), Argentine first lady Eva Peron (1919; d. 1952), "High Noon"...
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'A Christmas Story' Director Dies In Car Crash

April 5th, 2007 8:41am EDT
A Christmas Story
Robert Clark, the man who made classic holiday movie A Christmas Story, has been killed in a California car crash. The 67-year-old director and his son, 22, were both killed when the Infiniti they were driving collided with a GMC Yukon sports utility vehicle in Pacific Palisades at 2:30 a.m. yesterday morning.

It has been reported that the driver of the Yukon was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the fatal accident and will be booked for investigation of gross vehicular manslaughter, upon his release from hospital.

Clark's 1983 festive film, starring Peter Billingsley...
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Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #9 Gone But Not Forgotten

December 25th, 2006 9:00am EST
Peter Boyle
2006 was a great year in the entertainment world; however, let us not forget those who entertained us for generations but have moved on. We look back on those entertainers and cultural icons who left us in 2006 to pay our respects...

Jazz, R&B and pop singer Lou Rawls, lost a two year fight with brain and lung cancer (1/6). He was 72. Prolific film star of the 50s, 60s and 70s and star of such hits as Alfie and The Poseidon Adventure, Shelley Winters at age 85 (1/14). 60s soul star Wilson Pickett, who brought us such hits as Mustang Sally and In The Midnight Hour age 64; of a heart a...
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Starpulse Christmas Movie Guide

December 5th, 2006 11:12am EST
Santa Clause 3
Having difficulty getting in the holiday spirit? Maybe you need a little Clark Griswold or Charlie Brown to get you in the mood. Check out the Starpulse list of can’t-miss Christmas movies that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face (or even Ebenezer Scrooge’s angry mug). Full list below:

Starpulse Top 10:

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

A Christmas Story

A Charlie Brown Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Home Alone

Elf

Scrooged

It's a Wonderful Life

Miracle on 34th Street

A Christmas Carol

Animated Favorites:

The Polar Express

Frosty the ...
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'Polar Express' & 'Home Alone' Among Holiday Films Reaching New Classic Status

October 19th, 2006 10:46am EDT
Polar Express
Every holiday season, movie fans watch old favorites like It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story to get in the spirit. But according to a holiday movie survey from Blockbuster, there are a small handful of films, including Polar Express and Home Alone, that are winning hearts as all-time holiday favorites.

Most survey participants named older films like "It's A Wonderful Life" or Miracle on 34th Street as their favorites. In fact the majority of the top movies were made more than 20 years ago. But, while most go traditional with their holiday films, some named a handful of relativ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 7

May 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Eagle Eye Cherry
Happy Birthday to Swedish musician Eagle Eye Cherry (1969), actress Traci Lords (1968), late WWE star Owen Hart (1965; d. 1999), film director Amy Heckerling (1954), singer/songwriter Janis Ian (1951), character actor Randall "Tex" Cobb (1950), Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann (1946), singer Thelma Houston (1946), singer Harvey Andrews (1943), soul singer Jimmy Ruffin (1939), Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas (1933; d. 2002), actress Anne Baxter (1923; d. 1985), "A Christmas Story" actor Darren McGavin (1922; d. 2006), Argentine first lady Eva Peron (1919; d. 1952), "High Noon"...
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'Kolchak's' Darren McGavin Passes Away

February 27th, 2006 10:57am EST
Darren McGavin
Actor Darren McGavin died of natural causes at a Los Angeles hospital on Saturday. He was 83. McGavin was famed for his roles in television shows Riverboat and Kolchak: The Night Stalker and won an Emmy award in 1990 for his appearance as Candice Bergen's father in an episode of Murphy Brown. He also played Ralphie's dad in the film A Christmas Story.

Born in Washington, D.C., McGavin studied at Lee Strasberg's famous Actors Studio before kicking off his career on Broadway and on screen. He is survived by his four children York, Megan, Bridget, and Bogart from his first marriage to M...
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'Christmas Vacaction' Is Favorite Holiday Movie

December 16th, 2005 11:19am EST
National Lampoon
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is the top pick among holiday movie renters. When Americans watch holiday movies, they love to laugh and be jolly. Comedies are overwhelmingly the top rental choice among holiday-themed films by Blockbuster members.

According to a Blockbuster survey, 80 percent of respondents said movies are a great way to relax from the stress of the holidays. Sixty-eight percent said movies get their family in the holiday mood. The only non-comedy choice was It's A Wonderful Life, the uplifting 1946 Frank Capra classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.

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