Luckily, this week has a few specials to break up the monotomy of Christmas carols and on-screen holiday drama. Be sure to check out The Trans List on HBO Monday to see interviews with some of the world's most influential transgender people. And on Wednesday, the funky musical Hairspray comes to the small screen with a live show on NBC.
The Year Without a Santa Claus, 4 p.m., Freeform: Santa is bummed when he realizes how people behave during the holidays, so he cancels his annual visit.
The Great Christmas Light Fight, 8 p.m., ABC: In the fourth season premiere, four families compete for the top holiday display title. Homes from all over the country — including one in Florida — showcase thousands of lights, nativity scenes, trains and a Frozen castle.
The Trans List, 8 p.m., HBO: Interviews with influential transgender people who are activists, actors, entertainers and veterans. Includes chats with Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, Buck Angel, Caroline Cossey and Nicole Maines.
Scrooged, 5 p.m., Freeform: Starring Bill Murray as a greedy TV executive who learns the true meaning of Christmas in this adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
An enchanting holiday village set in an African-themed theme park doesn't seem like it would make much sense. But Busch Gardens' Christmas Town is simply stunning.
Each of the park's over a dozen walkable zones have a holiday theme, whether it's vibrant penguin statues lighting up Penguin Point or the illuminated Christmas Town village packed with games, lights and a holiday market.
The best way (well, the only way really) to experience Christmas Town is after the sun goes down. Around 6 p.m. nightly, the park flips the switch and over a million lights start twinkling.
It isn't just decorated trees and shrubbery. In different areas there are lit sculptures of animals and holiday characters, celestial lanterns line the walkway near the Stanleyville Bridge, glowing bubblegum pink flamingoes soaring overhead in Enchanted Flamingo Valley and hundreds of holiday flowers filling Poinsettia Parkway.
There's something quite magical about a pair of zebras made of holiday lights. …
After his successful heart enlargement, the Grinch is the king of Christmas around Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure.
Walking under the archway into Seuss Landing, you'll feel like you've stepped into Whoville, the bustling town of the Christmas-loving Whos.
Lights and festive wreaths line the streets. Just about every lamp post and available pole has a fluffy garland with glittery metallic ornaments.
You'll probably bump into some Whos decorating, caroling and spreading good cheer. Be sure to introduce yourself and join in on some of their antics.
For fans of the mean green one, the Grinch is available to meet-and-greets at the Seuss Landing bookshop during scheduled times.
The Grinch and the Whos seen on the streets of Seuss Landing are the same ones who perform in the annual theatrical retelling of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular, which runs daily.
Don't miss: The Grinch and Friends Character Breakfast. …
We have had a week to sit with the Gilmore Girls revival. And while I'm never going to excuse certain things — Lorelai would NOT be okay with Rory's questionable life choices; Paris and Doyle would definitely get back together because they are perfect for each other — I don't think I was ever going to be capable of hating whatever Amy Sherman Palladino and her husband Daniel produced.
Even Stars Hollow: The Musical.
Especially Stars Hollow: The Musical.
There have been a lot of flaming hot takes on the musical-within-the-show, which we see about 10 uninterrupted minutes of in the Summer episode. Takes like this:
that whole stars hollow musical, the most pointless 15 minutes of my life i nearly fell asleep what reason that was so long idk can we not
This stupid Stars Hollow Musical taking away valuable time with characters and plot lines ��#GilmoreGirlsRevival
And don't forget this one:
No matter what you thought of the revival, good or bad review, we can collectively bond in our hatred of Stars Hollow: The Musical.
Happy first weekend of December! If you're looking to enjoy the warm Florida winter, check out places to see "snow" and twinkly lights around Tampa Bay. If you're just relaxing at home wrapping presents and decorating, the small screen has almost too many options for holiday television.
Jack Frost, 11 a.m., Freeform: The spirit of winter falls in love with a young woman and begs to be turned into a human in this classic musical.
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, 3:35 p.m., Freeform: Is it a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie? It's both!
Disney's A Christmas Carol, 5:10 p.m., Freeform: Jim Carrey plays Ebenezer Scrooge as he's visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future in an adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic.
The Polar Express, 9:20 p.m., Freeform: A doubting young boy is transported to the North Pole aboard a magical train for a meeting with Santa.
Arthur Christmas, 6:45 p.m., Freeform: Follows Santa's mischievous son Arthur as he scrambles to make sure the world receives presents by Christmas morning.
Elf, 8:50 p.m., Freeform: A human raised by elves leaves the North Pole to search for his birth father in New York City. …
Bella Hadid. There is something oh so satisfying about running into an ex when you're at the top of your game. First-time Victoria's Secret model Hadid, 20, experienced that times 100 when she strutted past her former beau, the Weeknd, on the glitter runway while he performed. Hadid looked fierce in a sheer grey corset (I mean, she is a model) and you have to imagine the Starboy singer was kicking himself backstage after the encounter. For obvious reasons, the brief interaction between the former couple became the most talked about moment of the fashion show, with both men and women praising Hadid for the iconic meme-worthy moment. Fire emojis were in full force. Although running into an ex while modeling lingerie in Paris is pretty unrealistic, we commend, no, we bow down to Hadid for livin' the dream. As one twitter user wrote, "Tonight Bella Hadid fulfilled every girl's fantasy of running into their ex boyfriend looking as hot as humanly possible you go girl."
tonight Bella hadid fulfilled every girls fantasy of running into their ex boyfriend looking as hot as humanly possible you go girl …
The film Napoleon Dynamite is a timeless comedy classic, but time has marched on for the actors who played Napoleon (Jon Heder) and Pedro (Efren Ramirez).
Now, 12 years after its initial release, Burger King has tried to recapture a tiny bit of the movie's magic by reuniting Heder and Ramirez to announce the release of the fast food restaurant's new menu item, cheesy tots.
Gotta admit, there is still something funny about a grown man aggressively grabbing an overflowing handful of tots, but its not as funny as a high schooler shoving them into his zippered cargo pocket.
Joseph is sporting a man-bun and taking a selfie. A latte-swilling Mary is making a duck face with Jesus in the manger. The Three Wise Men are arriving on Segways with Amazon gift boxes under their arms. And the barn animals are eating gluten-free feed.
But, sorry to say, if you didn't queue up to buy one before Halloween they are already sold out. So only those of us who set up calendar alerts (yep, that's me) have a snow Wookie to guide our sleigh tonight. Pay double on eBay, suckers. It's the reason for the season.
If you don't want to be a tool for Yule there are some less-expensive decorations. Amazon actually sells beard ornaments. And this hipster holiday gift guide has a Polaroid toilet paper dispenser sure to make gift giving easier.
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Technically, it's a commercial for H&M, but when the fashion retailer has commissioned filmmaker Wes Anderson to write and direct, it's worth paying attention. The short film titled Come Together stars Oscar-winner Adrien Brody as a train conductor aboard the H&M Line Winter Express where he has to deliver some bad news to his passengers, but finds a creative way to cheer them up.
The film clocks in at just under four minutes, and is immediately recognizable as Anderson's signature style of design and directing. It's also the only, new live-action Anderson film we're likely to get for some time. The director is currently working on a still-untitled, stop-motion animated film about dogs that will reportedly get voice work from Bryan Cranston, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray and Edward Norton. That movie isn't expected to release until 2018.
It's officially the holiday season, and networks have filled their schedules to the brim with festive specials and Christmas classics. Hallmark has been airing Christmas movies since early November, and Freeform starts its 25 Days of Christmas on Dec. 1.
CMA Country Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC: The 2016 concert special hosted by Jennifer Nettles features performances by Idina Menzel, Andra Day, Amy Grant, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Chris Young, Kelly Clarkson, Sarah McLachlan, Joey Alexander and more.
Martha & Snoop's Dinner Party, 10 p.m., VH1: Robin Thicke, Keke Palmer and DJ Khaled join the dynamic duo for breakfast for dinner.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 8 p.m., CBS: The classic story about everyone's favorite reindeer, narrated by Burl Ives with musical numbers Holly Jolly Christmas and We're a Couple of Misfits. …
Happy holidays to us all. There are some delightful additions to the Netflix lineup coming this month, from early ‘90s kid favorites to Netflix original movies and exclusives.
Here are our top picks:
For the Love of Spock, Dec. 1:Star Trek actors William Shatner, George Takei, Simon Pegg and others discuss the legacy of Leonard Nimoy and his portrayal of Mr. Spock. Will make Trekkies ugly cry.
The Crucible, Dec. 1: Taking it way back to junior year literature class with this classic.
National Lampoon's Animal House, Dec. 1: Toga! Toga! Toga!
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, Dec. 1: One of the movies that made me instantly fall in love with dinosaurs and New York City.
White Girl, Dec. 1: A much-talked about and controversial indie about a young college freshman who attempts to get a drug dealer out of jail.
Colony, season 1, Dec. 13: Los Angeles has been invaded by outside forces (aliens?), causing a huge rift between residents and the government. Not full blown sci-fi or dystopian drama. Just right. Stars Josh Holloway (Lost) and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead). …
The turkey has been stuffed and picked to pieces, the kitchen counter is sticky from spilled cranberry sauce and there's enough pumpkin pie leftover for a decadent Black Friday brunch. What better way to spend a long, indulgent weekend than with movies, Christmas specials and new episodes of Gilmore Girls?
Available to stream this weekend: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix.
Fans have waited almost 10 years for fresh content on the Gilmore girls Lorelai and Rory. On Friday, Netflix released four 90-minute installments titled "Winter," "Spring," "Summer" and "Fall."
For many fans, like resident Gilmore expert Michelle Stark, returning to Stars Hollow means comfort amongst adored characters.
There's also a slew of movies to see in theaters this weekend. It's a busy time for the big screen. Many people have extra time off for the holidays and need something to do that's fun for both visiting grandparents and the kids.
Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres had the internet in tears when she accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor, this week. DeGeneres looked stunned with tears in here eyes as a White House aide commented on her career and efforts made for LGBTQ rights. "In a career spanning three decades, Ellen DeGeneres has lifted our spirits and brought joy to our lives as a stand-up comic, actor and television star," the aide said. "At a pivotal moment, her courage and candor helped change the hearts and minds of million of Americans, accelerating our nations constant drive towards equality and acceptance for all." President Barack Obama bestowed the award and talked about the "incredible burden" and the career risks she made coming out. "Ellen counters what too often divides us, with the countless things that bind us together, inspires us to be better, one joke, one dance at a time," he said. And just to reiterate how awesome DeGeneres is, she even got the White House to partake in a #MannequinChallenge.
Christmas at Disney World is amped up this year thanks to technology, adding a whole new gee-wiz layer of drones and lasers and ice castles to the world’s biggest tourist attraction.
It’s not just the four theme parks. This year Disney Springs, the newly revamped shopping and entertainment district formerly known as Downtown Disney, has a twice-nightly show of 300 drones, live performers and a Christmas Tree trail of 15 themed trees that you don't need a theme park ticket to see,
In the parks, the Magic Kingdom gets the greatest attention to detail from Disney’s “Imagineers” with clever parade floats and light shows. Epcot knows the way to the heart is through the stomach or a big chorus. And Hollywood Studios puts on a blockbuster of a laser-fireworks-video show that makes it hard to know where to look.
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