Top 20 Theatrical Christmas Movies from 1980-2014

Top 20 Theatrical Christmas Movies from 1980-2014

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20. I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1998)

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19. Deck the Halls (2006)

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18. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

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17. Jack Frost (1998)

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16. Just Friends (2005)

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15. Jingle All The Way (1996)

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14. Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

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13. Last Holiday (2006)

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12. The Polar Express (2004)

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11. The Santa Clause (1994)

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10. Four Christmases (2008)

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9. Fred Claus (2007)

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8. Gremlins (1984)

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7. While You Were Sleeping (1995)

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6. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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5. Home Alone (1990)

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4. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

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3. The Family Man (2000)

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2. Elf (2003)

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1. A Christmas Story (1983)

You may be Right

You may be Right
There were some great songs that came out of 1980:

On the Radio Donna Summer
Heartache Tonight The Eagles
Longer Dan Fogelberg
Do That to Me One More Time Captain and Tennille
Fame Irene Cara
Another One Bites The Dust Queen
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My favorite song from 1980 is It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me by Billy Joel. I remember having this song on a 45. For those too young to know what a 45 is: It was a seven inch record that had a single song on each side. The large records were 12 inches and 33rpms. The 45 and 33 rpms refer to the speed at which the record spins on the record player. That is revolutions per minute. The speed had to be set on the record player. If the player was on the wrong speed, you would end up with either a low, slow-motion sound or a “Chipmunk” sound. And, you could manually turn the record backward. Some records were supposed to contain hidden messages, if played backward. The messages were usually of the satanic nature. For a 45 record, you had to have an adapter. If you did not have an adapter, the record would spin in a lopsided fashion and the record would get scratched. You can still find 45s on line at classic45s.com
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We later got the album Glass Houses that this song was part of. This was Billy Joel’s seventh studio album. Joel is responsible for synthesizers, harmonica, acoustic & electric pianos, accordion, and vocals on this album.
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This was the end of the disco era. There was a new type of music called Nuwave. Billy Joel did not think this was a new style. He felt it was the same music that started in the sixties.
At the time Joel was being negatively talked about by journalists. Most artists just ignored it, but Billy Joel addressed it in these lines from the song: “”It doesn’t matter what they say in the papers, ’cause it’s always been the same old scene.” and “There’s a new band in town, but you can’t get the sound from a story in a magazine,”

This was his first #1 hit on the Hot 100, spending two weeks at the top spot in July, 1980.
“Miracle Mile” that he mentions in this song refers to a road in Long Island where Billy Joel is from.
“Side Winders” mentioned in the song refers to a pair of dancing shoes from the 1950’s.
“You could really be a Beau Brummel baby If you just give it half a chance.” Beau Brummel was a fashion trend setter in Regency England.

Did You Know…..Three Point Oh!

Did You Know…..Three Point Oh!

Ten random fun facts that may help at your next trivia contest.

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1. The first written
record we have of a mother and baby surviving a cesarean section comes from Switzerland in 1500. Jacob Nufer performed the operation on his wife. After several days in labor and help from thirteen
midwives, the woman was unable to deliver her baby. Her desperate husband eventually gained permission from the
local authorities to attempt a cesarean. The mother lived and subsequently gave birth normally to five children,
including twins. The cesarean baby lived to be 77 years old.
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2. There are three members in the group Salt n Pepa . The group, consisting of Cheryl James (“Salt”), Sandra Denton (“Pepa”), and Deidra Roper (“DJ Spinderella”), was formed in 1985 and was one of the first all-female rap groups.
Before auditioning Roper, Salt-n-Pepa had offered the spot to then-unknown radio and TV personality Wendy Williams. Roper was selected as the group’s DJ, taking the name Spinderella, around the time the group’s first album was being released. Since she was sixteen at the time of joining, Ropers’ parents had to give permission for Roper to travel around the country.
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3. Mary Anderson patented windshield wiper. The patent office awarded U.S. Patent No. 743,801 to a Birmingham, Alabama woman named Mary Anderson for her “window cleaning device for electric cars and other vehicles to remove snow, ice or sleet from the window.”
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4. Uromancy is a practice of divination. Back in the ages of the Roman Empire, after voiding into a chamber pot, the characteristics of a person’s urine were examined and read for their omens, future predictions such as the sex of an unborn child, and even used to determine if someone was a practitioner of witchcraft. This practice of divination is called Uromancy and some obscure cultures still practice it today.

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5. Baseball evolved from the British game of rounders. It is a cousin to cricket in that it also involves two teams that alternate on defense and offense and involves throwing a ball to a batsman who attempts to “bat” it away and run safely to a base. However, baseball-style gloves are not allowed. The main differences between baseball and rounders are that the bat is much shorter and is usually swung one-handed; misses or strikes are not called, so there are no walks or strike-outs; each batter receives only one good ball and must run whether he or she hits it or not. Other differences include the posts for marking the bases, which should be wooden. The playing field is marked in the form of an open irregular pentagon measuring 39 1/2 ft on three sides and 28 ft on the other two.
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6. The first professional baseball team was formed in 1869 (the Cincinnati Red Stockings), and it gained in popularity to become United States’ “national pastime” in the late 1800s.
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7. We have had a woman president. (kind of) After Woodrow Wilson’s stroke, his wife, Edith Bollin, was called the first woman president. Many believe she took over much of his decision making. Her nickname was Mrs. President.
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8. The Harlem Globetrotters played their first game in 1927. On January 7, 1927, the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team traveled 48 miles west from Chicago to play their first game in Hinckley, Illinois. This was at a time when only whites were allowed to play on professional basketball teams.
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9. Adults can get umbilical hernias. An umbilical hernia is when the belly button pops outward due to a weakness in the muscles in or around the belly button.
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10. There is an Indian tribe that would pull out all of a girl’s hair. In the Ticuna Indian tribe, after the girl is given a drink that makes her slightly drunk or numb the father pulls all of the hair out of her head one strand at a time. It is said that if she can bear this, she can stand the pain of childbirth. When a girl first starts to become a teenager, she is put into a cabin of isolation for up to three years. During this time, she can only be visited by her mother or other women. When she is released, a big ceremony occurs to celebrate.

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Another Brick in the Wall

My favorite song from 1979 is Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd.
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My favorite line from the song is: “If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding! How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?!”
I was in the third of fourth grade when this song came out. So, I really like how the song also features a choir of school children singing in the second verse.
The producer of Another Brick in the Wall was Bob Ezrin. He is the guy who made Alice Cooper’s School’s Out. He had a thing about kids on record. This was fitting because the song is about kids. They sent their recording Engineer, Nick Grififths, to a school in North London. The school was near the Floyd studios. Ezrin wanted 24 tracks of kids singing the song. He said he wanted Cockney.
Cockney English refers to the accent or dialect of English traditionally spoken by working-class Londoners. The actor Michael Caine has an accent like this. Here are some attributes that Cockney contains:
• The sound of many vowels is said in a deeper tone
• The vowels are drawn together, as opposed to said separately. For example, mouth is pronounced “mauf.”
• The letter t often disappears from words. For example, water becomes wa’er and city becomes ci’y.
• The letter h is often dropped at the beginning of words. For example, house becomes ‘ouse.

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The recording engineer approached music teacher Alun Renshaw of Islington Green School, around the corner from Pink Floyd’s Britannia Row Studios, about the choir.
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According to songfacts.com:
“Though the school received a lump sum payment of £1000, there was no contractual arrangement for royalties from record sales. Under a 1996 UK copyright law, they became eligible for royalties from broadcasts, and after royalties agent Peter Rowan traced choir members through the website Friends Reunited and other means, they lodged a claim for royalties with the Performing Artists’ Media Rights Association in 2004.”

Top 15 Musical Saturday Night Live Skits

Top 15 Musical Saturday Night Live Skits
15. Mascots (Justin Timberlake) – October 11, 2003

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14. The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi) – April 22, 1978
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13. John Belushi as Joe Cocker (1976)

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12. The Hanukkah Song-Adam Sandler-December 3, 1994
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11. “The Barry Gibb Talk Show”-Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon-December 21, 2013

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10. “James Brown’s Celebrity Hot Tub Party”-Eddie Murphy-11/5/83
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9. “ Little Richard Simmons Show”-Eddie Murphy-October 2, 1981

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8. “Lunch Lady Land”- Adam sander and Chris Farley-January 14, 1994
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7. Buckwheat (Eddie Murphy) – October 10, 1981
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6. Season’s Greetings From Saturday Night Live (Christmas is Number One) (Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, Tracy Morgan) – December 16, 2000

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5. Tonto, Tarzan & Frankenstein’s Monster (Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Phil Hartman) – December 19, 1987
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4. MERRY CHRISTMAS, DAMMIT! (1982)
Eddie Murphy often played kiddie-claymation favorite Gumby as an aging, cranky entertainer, here as the host of a holiday special whose guests included Donny and Marie Osmond (Gary Kroeger and Julia Louis-Dreyfus), whose duet melted down into an incestuous make-out session.
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3. The Sweeney Sisters (Jan Hooks, Nora Dunn) – October 18, 1986

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2. The Culps (Ana Gasteyer, Will Ferrell) – November 2, 1996

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1. The Lawrence Welk Show (Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig) – October 4, 2008

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Top 15 Vacation/Travel/Trip Movies

Top 15 Vacation/Travel/Trip Movies

15.

Blue Lagoon

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The Wizard of Oz

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. Home Alone

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12.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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http://www.listal.com

11.Due Date

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10.. Identity thief

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http://www.salon.com

9.

Castaway

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8.

We’re the Millers

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http://www.filmblerg.com

7.

What About Bob?

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http://www.allmovie.com

6.

. Up

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5.

The Hangover
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4.

Thelma and Louise

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http://www.damesmercury.com

3.

 National Lampoon’s Vacation

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2.

 Bridesmaids
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1.

 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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http://www.hwdyk.com

You’re the One that I Want

1978 Musical Highlights
As Saturday Night Fever becomes a cultural phenomenon, the soundtrack hits #1 on the Billboard Charts.
By request, Ted Nugent autographs his name into a fan’s arm with a bowie knife in Philadelphia.
Steve Martin performs the original “King Tut” on Saturday Night Live; also that night, The Blues Brothers make their first appearance on the show.
The film adaptation of the musical Grease opens in theaters and is a box office hit.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a much-hyped musical film starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees performing the music of The Beatles, opens in theaters
Def Leppard’s permanent drummer Rick Allen joins the band at the age of 15.
Kenny Rogers continues his highly successful solo career with the single (and album) “The Gambler” and will go on to star in no less than 5 movies based around the song.
My favorite song from 1978 comes from the movie, Grease.
”Summer Nights” is the name of the song. I distinctly remember going to see the movie with my mom. It was at Fairlane Mall in Dearborn, MI. I remember walking to our car in the parking lot, and telling my mom that I wanted to be Sandy when I grew up. She asked if I meant the Sandy at the beginning of the movie or at the end of the movie. I said both!

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Some little known facts that I found out about the movie(huffingtonpost.com):
-Before John Travolta landed the role of Danny Zuko, Henry Winkler was being considered for the part.
-Most of the cast were well beyond their high school years. Olivia Newton-John was 29. John Travolta was 23, Jeff Conaway (Kenickie) was 26, and Stockard Channing (Rizzo) was the oldest in the group at 33. The youngest members of the cast were Eddie Deezen (Eugene) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), who were both 19.

-The hickeys that are seen on Rizzo’s neck during a scene at the diner were real! According to Channing they were planted on her off-camera by her love interest in the film, Jeff Conaway.

-Filming of the scene where the rivals assemble at the bridge for the car race made several cast members and extras ill. The water on the ground was apparently stagnant and filled with trash.

-Olivia Newton-John had to be sewn into those skin-tight pants for the carnival finale after her zipper broke.

-Originally, there was talk of Lucy Arnaz playing the part of Rizzo.

-The scene at Frenchy’s house was taped the day that Elvis died. Rizzo sings a line about Elvis in the song.

-Jeff Conaway stated in an episode of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew (2008) that while filming the scene/song “Greased Lightning” he was dropped by his fellow cast members and injured his back leading to his addiction to prescription painkillers.

-Jeff Conaway (6′ 1½”) had to walk slightly stooped so that John Travolta (6′ 2″) would appear taller.

-Susan Dey was considered for the roll of Sandy.