Showbiz Sandbox 128: Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas

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.

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Alonso Duralde’s Website
http://www.alonsoduralde.com/

Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0879103760/

New York Critics Name The Artist Best Film Of The Year
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2011/11/new-york-film-critics-circle-best-movie.html

National Board of Review Backs Oscar Contenders Needing a Big Boost
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/national-board-review-analysis-268495

Lars Von Trier’s ‘Melancholia’ Wins Best Film at European Film Awards
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/european-film-awards-melancholia-269330

Spirit Award Nominees Unveiled
http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/spirit-award-nominees-unveiled/

Kanye West Tops Grammy Nominations
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/kanye-west-tops-grammy-nominations/

Battle of the Bands (and Egos) for the Rock Hall of Fame
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/business/in-rock-hall-of-fame-vote-a-battle-of-industry-egos.html

Marc Berman’s Freshman Series Scorecard
http://www.tvmediainsights.com/2011/12/thursday-december-1-2011/

In Only Nine Months On Broadway Book Of Mormon Earns Back Its Costs
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/in-only-nine-months-on-broadway-book-of-mormon-earns-back-its-costs/

Broadway’s Mamma Mia Offering Winter Sale
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/156972-Broadways-Mamma-Mia-Offering-Winter-Sale

Rabbit Run Harvey With Jim Parsons Sets Broadway Opening Date
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/29/rabbit-runs-harvey-with-jim-parsons-sets-broadway-opening-date/

Kelli O’Hara to Star in ‘Bridges of Madison County’ Musical Workshop
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/01/kelli-ohara-to-star-in-bridges-of-madison-county-musical-workshop/

It’s Official: Madonna Will Perform During Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/madonna-super-bowl-halftime-nfl-269461

Letterman Bests Leno For The First Time In Seventeen Years
http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/12/letterman-beats-leno-for-the-first-time-in-seventeen-years.html

Why Hollywood Should Fear the Legal War Over Fellini’s ‘La Dolce Vita’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/why-hollywood-should-fear-legal-269533

‘Dragon Tattoo’ Producer Scott Rudin Replies To David Denby’s Upcoming New Yorker Review Embargo Break
http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/exclusive-scott-rudin-replies-to-david-denbys-embargo-break-of-dragon-tattoo-in-the-new-yorker

Ebert Says At The Movies Will Take Hiatus
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/ebert-says-at-the-movies-will-take-hiatus/

Goodbye Napster You Will Not Be Forgotten
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2011/12/goodbye-napster-you-will-not-be-forgotten.html

Book Shopping In Stores Then Buying Online
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/04/book-shopping-in-stores-then-buying-online/

Bryan Singer To Direct and Produce NBC’s “The Munsters” Reboot
http://www.deadline.com/2011/11/bryan-singer-to-direct-and-produce-nbcs-the-munsters-reboot/

Elvis Costello Decries Cost Of His New Box Set As Either A Misprint Or A Satire
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2011/11/elvis-costello-decries-cost-of-his-new-box-set-either-a-misprint-or-a-satire.html

Piers Morgan Struggles To Beat King’s Ratings
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/30/piers-morgan-struggles-to-beat-kings-ratings/

Anti-Piracy Group Caught Pirating Song For Anti-Piracy Ad
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111201/17275016947/anti-piracy-group-caught-pirating-song-anti-piracy-ad-corruption-scandal-erupts-response.shtml

With Verizon’s $3.6 Billion Spectrum Deal, Cable and Wireless Inch Closer
http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/02/with-verizons-3-6-billion-spectrum-deal-cable-and-wireless-inch-closer/