Showbiz Sandbox 128: Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas

December 5, 2011


Tis the season for holiday movies and there is no shortage of Yuletide titles to choose from. Thankfully film critic-at-large Alonso Duralde comes to the rescue by sifting through decades of Christmas movies in his book “Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas“. He highlights some of the classic, and not-so-classic, films worth watching during the holidays and explains why this year’s “Arthur Christmas” is having trouble finding an audience.

It’s also the time of year when acclaimed movies and music from the past 12-months begin picking up nominations for annual awards. Last week nominees were announced for the Independent Spirit Awards and the Grammys with many more to come.

Over on Broadway ten shows earned more than $1 million during Thanksgiving week as the theater going season kicks into full gear. The hit musical “Book of Mormon” even turned a profit thanks in part to high ticket prices.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories, including Madonna’s Super Bowl gig, the end of Napster and why musician Elvis Costello doesn’t want you to buy his new boxed set.


Alonso Duralde’s Website

Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas

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Broadway’s Mamma Mia Offering Winter Sale

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Kelli O’Hara to Star in ‘Bridges of Madison County’ Musical Workshop

It’s Official: Madonna Will Perform During Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show

Letterman Bests Leno For The First Time In Seventeen Years

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‘Dragon Tattoo’ Producer Scott Rudin Replies To David Denby’s Upcoming New Yorker Review Embargo Break

Ebert Says At The Movies Will Take Hiatus

Goodbye Napster You Will Not Be Forgotten

Book Shopping In Stores Then Buying Online

Bryan Singer To Direct and Produce NBC’s “The Munsters” Reboot

Elvis Costello Decries Cost Of His New Box Set As Either A Misprint Or A Satire

Piers Morgan Struggles To Beat King’s Ratings

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