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November 22, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Before “Arthur Christmas,” the theater subjected me to TWO viewings of Justin Bieber's video for “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” So pain already was pounding my head. But the computer-animated, 3-D “Arthur” deserves blame for increasing the throbbing. This movie does not know when to take a breath. From Aardman Animations (“Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” “Flushed Away”) and first-time feature director Sarah Smith, “Arthur Christmas” tells many jokes for adults but moves with the frantic excess of an...
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December 5, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Jim Carter, who many know as the butler Carson on "Downton Abbey," plays Santa Claus in a disturbing new video from Greenpeace titled "An Urgent Message from Santa. " He's not the happy-go-lucky Santa you think of at Christmas. Looking worn out, disappointed and downright tragic, Santa warns of a melting Arctic. "Dear children," he begins, "regrettably, I bring bad tidings. For some time now, melting ice here at the North Pole has made our operations and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible.
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December 5, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Jim Carter, who many know as the butler Carson on "Downton Abbey," plays Santa Claus in a disturbing new video from Greenpeace titled "An Urgent Message from Santa. " He's not the happy-go-lucky Santa you think of at Christmas. Looking worn out, disappointed and downright tragic, Santa warns of a melting Arctic. "Dear children," he begins, "regrettably, I bring bad tidings. For some time now, melting ice here at the North Pole has made our operations and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible.
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November 22, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Before “Arthur Christmas,” the theater subjected me to TWO viewings of Justin Bieber's video for “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” So pain already was pounding my head. But the computer-animated, 3-D “Arthur” deserves blame for increasing the throbbing. This movie does not know when to take a breath. From Aardman Animations (“Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” “Flushed Away”) and first-time feature director Sarah Smith, “Arthur Christmas” tells many jokes for adults but moves with the frantic excess of an...
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December 19, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
Had it with the holidays already? It's the mid-season slump - that point in December when you can feel like the last thing you want to do is attend one more seasonal function, wrap one more gift or watch one more Very Special TV special. But there's still almost a week to go! So, if your seasonal spirits are sagging, how to gear yourself up for the home stretch? A good laugh never hurts. And you can revive your love for all things festive - along with your sense of humor - at these six seasonal comedies, three of which - that's right, three - are parodies of that most holiday-esque of all...
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December 19, 2013 | Anna Pulley, @annapulley and RedEye's sex columnist
Bisexual phases, cuddling compromise, and holiday hookups with an ex Hello, hot stuffs! I didn't see you there through the ski mask and poofy down material covering 98 percent of your body. That must mean it's officially winter in Chicago, but don't worry, we're turning up the heat for you in this edition of quick 'n' dirty sex advice (past quickies can be read here ). Now pour yourself some Glogg, turn up your SAD lamp and settle in. I'm a 45-year-old woman who recently realized my feelings toward women may not be entirely platonic.
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November 8, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
Mega-squeal! Or shrug, depending on your devotion to Team Edward, Team Jacob, or Team WhoReallyCares. On Tuesday night “The Twiilght Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1” stars Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone and Charlie Bewley, plus soundtrack contributor Christina Perri walked a red carpet inside the House of Blues. Read below for my interviews with each of them, and check back next week for more with Reed, who I'm talking to at greater length tomorrow.
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December 20, 2012 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
It's a problem every self-styled Clark Griswold is going to face at some point when stringing up lights during the holiday season. "You have a light set of 100 and half of the set's out," said 22-year-old Glenview resident Brian Gusak. "A lot of people would think that you have to replace 50 bulbs, but realistically it takes one point of interruption to put a series of lights out because of the way they're wired. " The bells on bobtails ringing don't make spirits nearly as bright as the colorful decorative light displays illuminating our homes.
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December 16, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The fall TV season is wrapping up with finales and holiday specials. Here are a handful of viewing options for Dec. 16-Dec. 22. This schedule of premieres, finales, movies and specials includes many holiday programs, but you can find an even more comprehensive holiday schedule here . Monday, Dec. 16 Robot Chicken 11 p.m. Monday, Adult Swim In "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special," we learn what Ebenezer Scrooge really...
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