We Wish You a Streaming Christmas

T’is the season for wasting time in a seasonal fashion! Networks are blasting the airwaves with holiday specials and movies, but where do those of us who have been weaned off from the umbilical cord of cable to find our favorite yuletide fare? Fear not! I bring great tidings of joy! Below you will find a couple of lists (with no particular ranking) of the best Christmas favorites you can find online.

Netflix
Suitable for the Kiddos
Pee-Wee’s PlayHouse Christmas Special
White Christmas
Ernest Saves Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Yes Virginia
The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas
The Muppets’ Christmas Carol

Grown-up Stuff
Scrooged
Trading Places
Trailer Park Boys Xmas Special

Hulu Plus
For the Family
The Christmas Toy
A Garfield Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Fraggle Rock: The Bells of Fraggle Rock
He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas
Doctor Who Christmas Specials: 10th and 11th regenerations

Adult Business
Absolutely Fabulous Christmas Special
Peep Show: Seasonal Beatings

Available to Rent
Through Amazon for the Kids
The Year Without a Santa Claus
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Original)
Elf

For the Mature Crowd
Gremlins
Die Hard

Happy Vegging Out!

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A Harry Potter Nerd’s Dream Vacation

Ever since it’s opening in June of 2010, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida has been on the agenda to visit for most fans of the books and films, however a recent announcement makes it THE place to be.

November 11-13 the theme park will host “A Celebration of the Harry Potter Films”.  The events include Q&A sessions and autograph signings with unnamed “cast members” from the films and admission to a night-time “gala”.  You also get hotel and park admission included in the final price.

As the stars are not named, I’m wondering if you’ll find yourself face to face with David Bradley (Argus Filch) and Julie Christie (Madame Rosmerta) rather than the headliners. Not that it wouldn’t be awesome, just not as awesome as shaking hands with Rupert Grint (Ron) or asking Alan Rickman whether or not J.K. Rowling had told him the truth about Snape from the beginning.

Tickets go on sale July 31st and start at $369 per person.

The Dark Knight Falls?

An official poster for The Dark Knight Rises has been released and in its wake came a leaked trailer which was recorded by a fan at a showing of Harry Potter 7.5, which was quickly taken down by Warner Brothers.

Thankfully for those of us who missed it, a ton of websites including CNN are featuring a play by play breakdown of the official trailer.

The trailer focuses heavily on the Bane character, with not even a passing shot of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman which is truthfully where my interests most lie being an old time fan of  the Selina Kyle character.

Most intriguing is the line, “Every journey has an end, the end of the Dark Knight legend”.  It has been confirmed by WB and Christopher Nolan that this is the last film in the DK series, however that sentence has sparked speculation that the ending will not be a happy one.  Are we looking at the first big screen version of the death of Batman? Or will he be grievously injured and unable to continue with the role of protector?

If his meeting with Bane on film is anything like it was in ink, our hero is in for a hard end.

Would you like your Dwarves Traditional or Extra Sexy?

More photos from The Hobbit have been released and one of the dwarf characters is looking decidedly different.

 

If Fili and Kili weren’t twins I would swear their mama had been messing around with an elf.  Aidan Turner as Kili is almost the opposite of a traditional dwarf, with his brooding good looks and thin frame. Who ever heard of a svelte dwarf?

It may be blasphemy*, but I am in favor of the diversity.  A group of exact copies with different colored cloaks wouldn’t provide a lot of visual stimuli.

For those of you who prefer your dwarves with a more classic look, have no fear.  There are plenty of squat, beardy and rotund dudes on hand, like Bifur, Bofur and Bombur here.

 *Since I am working in the blog-mines alone this week – JHistorical is on a research trip- I can make all the blasphemous Tolkien comments I want.

We Must Away Ere Break of Day

All of us who were super pumped when we learned that Peter Jackson was going to produce a two-part adaptation of The Hobbit, then got really, really excited when we found out that Guillermo del Toro was tabbed to direct, then were bummed out when del Toro walked away and Peter Jackson started acting like an anti-labor douche and it looked like the movies weren’t going to be made after all, then were relieved and put our class antagonism aside for a while when the labor issues were worked out and Jackson decided to take the helm himself . . . whew . . . get to take our first good look at the film versions of Dori, Ori, and Nori today.

The Hobbit is decidedly more kid-friendly than the terse, dense, and moody violence of the Lord of the Rings saga, and from the few images that have been released so far, it seems like the movies will take on a lighter tone as well. The dwarfs here look just a touch more cartoonish than any of the characters in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, don’t you think? Jackson didn’t exactly make his name on making PG movies, but here’s hoping that this will be one we can take the 9-year-old to.

More Gentle Morning Melodies on the Way

I realize I’m a bit late to this, but just in case you needed another reason to be excited about Jason Segel’s upcoming Muppet Movie, Disney Records is releasing a “tribute album” titled Muppets: The Green Album.

While I’m currently content with my copy of the original soundtrack to The Muppet Movie, I can’t deny that this sounds pretty sweet. I’ll definitely take me some Andrew Bird doing “Being Green” and a Weezer version of “The Rainbow Connection”. But the main draw for me is My Morning Jacket performing “Our World” from Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas. Good on ya, Kentucky.

Here’s a clip of Doc Teeth and the boys getting funky to whet your appetite.