This year marks the 30th anniversary of Hollywood's worst titled but much-loved Christmas comedies: "A Christmas Story." See how some fans celebrated:
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
|Patrick Stewart as the angry one.|
Photo: RHI Entertainment
For a story that was written way back in 1843, it’s amazing how popular it is. Many versions of the story has been produced from everything from Mr. Magoo to Barbie. A Christmas Carol was originally produced as a novella by Charles Dickens. It is said that the book was written during the Victorian era where people were longing for forgotten Christmas traditions and new traditions, such as the Christmas tree and greeting cards, were being introduced.
The story is simple one, but many versions have missed the point of the original text. For instance, “Humbug” was actually a term meaning “deceitful efforts to fool people” and “pretending a false sincerity.” In essence, Scrooge already knew that he didn’t care about anyone else but himself but he also believed that this was true of all people. In his eyes, he felt that he was the only one being truthful. So, to say “Bah Humbug” was to mean, “You are a phoney. You don’t really care for others.”
A short time ago I was given the chance to interview Bishop T.D. Jakes at a recent press junket for the movie Black Nativity. Though not in the movie, Jakes is one of the forces behind it. The room that they placed the pastor in was incredible in size – a lot bigger than was necessary for a short interview. In addition to the room, Jakes has a large personality and a deep baritone voice. I felt like I was meeting with royalty. However, within seconds, I was put to ease.
“You’re one busy guy,” I began.
“Tell me about it,” he replies chuckling.
“Did you ever think in your wildest dreams that you’d ever be involved in so much responsibility?”
Have you ever wished that you had your own theme song? You know, like when you’re walking down the street like Mary Tyler Moore and you throw your hat up in the air for no good reason. Or like Will Smith singing his own theme about the Prince of Bel-Air? Well, prepare to be impressed as Writer of Pop now has his own. Take a listen!
So, you might wonder how much one would one pay for such a masterpiece. Five bucks. It’s true. By visiting Fiverr.com, I was able to hook up with a man of mystery who goes by the name of “OldGreg,”who is actually only 24. OldGreg has only been writing music with Fiverr since August but has generated about 50 songs, including this gem. OldGreg’s schick is that he he’ll write a song about anything you want if you give him a week and some background info. This is for a 15 second song. If you want a 60 second song, you’ll need to throw in $10 more. A two minute song runs for $25. If you really like the song, he’ll throw in the lyrics and the chords for free, so you can sing it yourself for family and friends.
|"OldGreg" wrote my theme song.|
OldGreg is a writer, musician and software designer. He is originally from London, England, but he has what he likes to call the “traveling bug.” “I move around so much I don’t know where to say I live,” he tells me in our correspondence. He uses what money he makes off Fiverr to fund his trips. “I love doing it and hope to increase the number of gigs I bring in by gyrating like Miley Cyrus on a papyrus because that's what the people need.” The mystery man apparently thinks that we Americans are all in awe of Cyrus. I hate to tell him otherwise.
In addition to writing songs for people he doesn’t know, OldGreg “does a plethora of things to stay afloat” he tells me including street performing, writing, stealing the odd grape while at the supermarket (“It's socially acceptable”) and teaching guitar and ukulele.
Monday, December 9, 2013
|Tenth Avenue North sings "We Three Kings" tonight on UP's|
K-LOVE Music City Christmas special. Photo: UP Network
One present you can open up early is the K-LOVE Music City Christmas TV special airing tonight on the UP Network. Unlike some fluffy TV specials that air this time of year, this one skips all the “cute” banter or skits and focuses solely on the music. It’s sort of a music variety show for those who don’t like variety shows.
Hosted by former child star, Candace Cameron Bure (Full House) and taped before a live audience, the special is packed full of special guests singing new and classic holiday songs. Performances include:
Sunday, December 8, 2013
|MacKenzie Porter and Drew Lachey star in the UP movie,|
"Guess Who's Coming to Christmas" tonight. Photo: UP
It’s a mini-movie marathon tonight, December 8, featuring Drew Lachey in the Christmas romantic comedy, Guess Who’s Coming to Christmas on the UPNetwork at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. While this made-for-TV movie isn’t perfect, it has its moments and is somewhat surprising.
The 98 Degrees star and brother of Nick Lachey, Drew plays a shallower version of himself as Dax, a jaded rock star who lost his passion for writing music long ago and is currently making headlines for all the wrong reasons. In order to help repair his image, manager Jason (Matt Ward), concocts a contest where one lucky fan will receive a visit from the rock star. It turns out that the winner of the contest is Kelly Hardling (MacKenzie Porter), a book jacket writer who has had recent trouble finding work and had to move back home with her mother Lynne (Ellie Harvie) and the Rev. Harding (Peter Lacroix). For what appears to be an unclear reason, Kelly’s brother Tim (Evan Bird) entered his sister for the contest but it is clear that she was a former fan of the singer when she was in high school.