The website WhatToDoWithTheKids.com recently conducted a survey to find The Top 10 Family Holiday Movies and TV Specials. Here's the top 10, along with each one's rank in 2011. (There are actually 12 titles listed, thanks to a three-way tie.)
1. The 1966 animated special, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", which was also #1 in 2011.
2. The animated TOM HANKS movie, "The Polar Express", which he made back in 2004.
3. JIMMY STEWART'S 1946 black-and-white classic, "It's a Wonderful Life"
4. The 1964 animated special, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
5. The 2004 WILL FERRELL comedy, "Elf"
6. A three-way tie between the 1965 animated special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas". . . TIM ALLEN'S 1994 movie "The Santa Clause". . . and the 1969 animated special, "Frosty the Snowman"
7. JIM CARREY'S live-action version of "The Grinch" from 2000.
8. NATALIE WOOD'S 1947 black-and-white classic, "Miracle on 34th Street"
9. The 1989 CHEVY CHASE movie, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
10. The 1992 movie, "A Muppet Christmas Carol"
The ones from the 2011 list that DID NOT make this year's list are: The 1983 movie, "A Christmas Story". . . the 1951 black-and-white movie "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol". . .BING CROSBY'S 1954 movie, "White Christmas". . . and the first "Home Alone" movie, made back in 1990 when people still consider MACAULAY CULKIN cute.
Here's a heartwarming video just in time for the holiday. Two men find a homeless man stranded in New York after he was robbed of all his belongings. He's from the Czech Republic and doesn't speak English. So they made it their mission to help him out and send him home.
Deana Carter’s first album of new music since 2005 hits stores today for Cyber Monday. Released on Deana’s own Little Nugget Records, Southern Way of Life features songwriting collaborations with Kacey Musgraves, Kimberly Perry and Tyler Hilton. The oldest track written for the album is the lead single, “Do or Die” -- an autobiographical song about Deana’s personal struggles as a single mom.
On Saturday night, WILL FERRELL popped up on KXMB-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota to co-anchor the local news. As Ron Burgundy, of course. It was a great idea, and while it wasn't HI-larious, he did have a few funny lines. It was a totally deadpan performance. (You can check out the entire broadcast here.)
Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were among the 112 acts that paid tribute to the late George Jones at Friday’s Playin’ Possum: The Final No Show in Nashville. The nearly four-hour show featured at least 15 all-star collaborations. Kicking off the night, Big & Rich arrived onstage on John Deer riding lawnmowers as homage to the time George drove to the liquor store on his tractor after his wife had taken the keys to his car. Performers from outside the country genre included Sam Moore, Styx’s Tommy Shaw and Megadeth. Inviting Nancy to the stage, Alan closed the show with “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” He said, “This is the greatest country song by the greatest country singer, Mr. George Jones. Thank you all so much. George, we love you.”
Eric Church Sings "Choices"
Tracy Lawrence will host his eighth annual “Mission Possible” Turkey Fry on Tuesday to benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission.
Launched in 2006, the event has brought in close to 6,500 turkeys and provided more than 40,000 meals to help the Nashville Rescue Mission feed the homeless in Middle Tennessee. Here's some video from last year.
Each year, Lawrence gets a little help from entertainment and sports celebrity friends to prepare food and fry turkeys. The event has been supported by some of music finest, such as Jason Aldean, John Rich, 3 Doors Down front man Brad Arnold and Restless Heart. Tennessee Titans Rob Bironas, Daniel Graham and Jordan Babinaeux have donated and prepared turkeys to the event. This year, Titans players Rob Bironas, Andy Lavitre and the Titans cheerleaders will be on deck to support the cause. As part of the annual tradition, music artists from multi-genres will lend a hand during the charity event.
DARIUS RUCKER surprised a special needs teenager who was performing his song "While I Still Got Time" at a high school talent show in South Carolina. The boy's name is Frankie Antonelli and he was killing it on his own . . . but when Darius walked onto the stage the crowd went nuts. Photo and comment posted with permission from listener, Robin Denny.
(Mt. Pleasant, SC) Wando High School's talent show happened recently. The last performance was a boy with special needs (Down Syndrome) performing a Darius song. He was dressed in his Darius t-shirt. After he sang the first verse and chorus, a figure came walking out from behind the curtain...Darius!!! He started singing with the boy and the boy was so excited and kept hugging him and singing with him. Not a dry eye in the house! I know he didn't do it for recognition or for any praise. But, I think you will agree, we are indeed blessed to have such an wonderful man live within our community.