Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tree TV: December 20, 2014

Here is what is on TV tonight:

6:00 p.m.Christmas Under WrapsMade for TV MovieHallmark
6:00 p.m.All I Want for ChristmasMade for TV MovieUP
6:00 p.m.Dear SantaMade for TV MovieLifetime
6:00 p.m.ElfTheatrical MovieABC Family
8:00 p.m.I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie BrownSpecialABC
8:00 p.m.The HolidayTheatrical MovieLifetime
8:00 p.m.Christmas in ConwayMade for TV MovieHallmark
8:00 p.m.A Christmas Tree MiracleMade for TV MovieUP
8:00 p.m.How the Grinch Stole ChristmasSpecialABC Family
9:00 p.m.CMA Country ChristmasSpecialABC
10:00 p.m.The Christmas OrnamentMade for TV MovieHallmark
10:30 p.m.Home AloneTheatrical MovieABC Family

Elvis Presley is Drafted

Elvis Presley was drafted into the army on December 20, 1957
December 20, 1957
On this day in 1957, the hip-moving singing sensation, Elvis Presley, received his draft notice to join the U.S. Army for two years. Naturally, many fans flooded army office with letters requesting that the crooner be spared, but Elvis had no intention of backing out. After boot camp, Presley served for 18 months in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion in Friedberg, Germany and worked his way up to sergeant. Presley was seen as a role model and after receiving a vaccination shot for polio from a doctor on national TV, vaccine rates shout up from 2 to 85 percent.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Tree TV: December 19, 2014

Christmas-themed TV programming for December 19, 2014.
Best Bet: "A Home for the Holidays"

The 16th Annual “A Home for the Holiday” specials shares uplifting stories about families who have adopted from foster care and features musical performances by Earth, Wind and Fire, Rixton, Katharine McPhee, Jennifer Hudson, Train, Ashley Monroe and Dan & Shay.

Here is What Else is on Tonight:

6:00 p.m.A Very Merry Mix-UpMade for TV MovieHallmark
6:00 p.m.12 Wishes of ChristmasMade for TV MovieUP
6:00 p.m.Kristin's Christmas PastMade for TV MovieLifetime
6:00 p.m.Home AloneTheatrical MovieABC Family
7:00 p.m.The Polar ExpressTheatrical MovieDisney
8:00 p.m.Christmas in Palm SpringsMade for TV MovieUP
8:00 p.m.Christmas at Cartwright'sMade for TV MovieHallmark
8:00 p.m.ElfTheatrical MovieABC Family
9:00 p.m.A Home for the HolidaysSpecialCBS
10:00 p.m.A Nanny for ChristmasMade for TV MovieLifetime
10:00 p.m.The Christmas ParadeMade for TV MovieHallmark
10:00 p.m.The Kid Who Loved ChristmasMade for TV MovieUP
10:00 p.m.National Lampoon's Christmas VacationTheatrical MovieABC Family

Video of the Day: Karmin - "Sleigh Ride"

A fun version of "Sleigh Ride."

'Titantic' Arrives in Theaters

"Titanic" debuted in theaters on December 19, 1997.
December 19, 1997
On this day in 1997, James Cameron’s $200 million dollar film, Titanic, opened in theaters. The fictional story was based on real life events that happened aboard the luxury ocean liner that sank after it struck an iceberg. The film became the highest grossing moving in history and it won 11 Academy Awards (12 if you include the embarrassing “I’m the king of the world!” speech he gave when receiving the Oscar for Best Director.) Cameron was also the writer of the film and did extensive research to make footage of the ship’s interior historically accurate as possible.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Third ‘Night at the Museum’ Totally Redeems Itself

Review of the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
(L-R) Ahkmenrah’s (Rami Malek), Sacagawea (Mizuo Peck), Attila the Hun 
(Patrick Gallagher), Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), Nick Daley (Skyler Gisondo) and 
Sir Lancelot (Dan Stevens) 20th Century Fox
Ben Stiller’s first Night at the Museum (2006) was a fun and clever movie about a museum security guard who is surprised to find on his first night that all of the artifacts come to life when the sun goes down. When the sequel, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, came out in 2009, it proved that all involved should have not have bothered. The film took away all of the likeable characters in favor to introduce new ones who were not as charming as the original set and featured a convoluted storyline. Many will be surprised to learn that the second sequel, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, rights all of the wrongs of the second film and finishes off the series nicely.

Tree TV: December 18, 2014

Christmas-themed TV programming for December 18, 2014.
Best Bet: People Magazine Awards

The Christmas special tonight is not Christmas-themed. This “star-studded” event celebrates the year’s  best pop culture moments according to People Magazine. Guests include Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Jennifer Lopez, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5. 

Here is what else is on TV tonight:

6:00 p.m.A Princess for ChristmasMade for TV MovieHallmark
6:00 p.m.A Christmas Wedding DateMade for TV MovieUP
6:30 p.m.The Santa ClauseTheatrical MovieABC Family
8:00 p.m.Best Christmas Party EverMade for TV MovieHallmark
8:00 p.m.Beethoven's Christmas AdventureMade for TV MovieDisney
8:30 p.m.Fred ClausTheatrical MovieABC Family
9:00 p.m.People Magazine AwardsSpecialNBC
10:00 p.m.Christmas in ConwayMade for TV MovieHallmark
10:00 p.m.A Holiday EngagementMade for TV MovieHallmark
10:00 p.m.Christmas on the BayouMade for TV MovieLifetime

Steven Spielberg is Born

Steven Spielberg was born on December 18, 1946
December 18, 1946
Steven Allan Spielberg was born on this day in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He started his directing career making 8mm adventure films with his childhood friends and charging them a quarter to view the films. At age 13, he won a prize for a 40-minute war film he created, Escape to Nowhere, which was based on a battle in east Africa. Three years later, he wrote and directed his first independent film, Fireflight which served for inspiration for the later Close Encounters of the Third Kind. His first “big” film was the made-for-TV flick, Duel that starred Dennis Weaver being chased by a mysterious Peterbilt tanker truck. His first big screen film was The Sugarland Express in 1974. Even though it didn’t do well in the theaters, he was still offered the job to direct Jaws in 1975.