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Frozen's Idina Menzel Releases Christmas Album

86th Annual Academy Awards - Show

Last year Idina Menzel taught the world to "Let It Go" with Frozen...This year she released her own Christmas album covering all the classics!
Time.com talked to Menzel about her new Christmas album, why holidays are hard for her, and all those remixes of LET IT GO!
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Fare Thee Well, Colbert! See You in May!

On Friday night, Stephen Colbert was one of two late night comics to say farewell to the shows and audiences who'd grown to love them.

(The other was Craig Ferguson on CBS's Late Late Show. More on him tomorrow.)

But first, Colbert wrapped up The Colbert Report on Comedy Central in an interesting way.

By turning it into a musical, sort of, with an amazing hodgepodge of singers. Starting with Jon Stewart from CC's The Daily Show, the seemingly endless list of guests included Big Bird and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger, former president Bill Clinton, an astronaut from the International Space Station, Barry Manilow (who was misidentified initially by another reporter as Rod Stewart) and more. Dozens, maybe even hundreds of folks, all singing "We'll Meet Again."

Check it out - and be sure to keep watching when it appears to be over.

Stephen will be back in May, when he jumps into David Letterman's seat on CBS's Late Show.

 
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Legit, or Stunt?

Here's a chance for you to be the judge.

The scenario:
  • The Oxygen Network was in Houston recently auditioning for its show, Bad Girls Club.
  • While women waited in line to be seen, another woman was in a conversation with a police officer who had just put a traffic boot on the driver-side rear tire of her new BMW X5.
  • It's not really clear why the boot was put in place, or if the woman was there auditioning.
  • What is clear is that she didn't want to be booted.
  • So she drove off with the boot in place.
  • Clearly, it's not the proper size boot for that car, as the wheel is able to rotate almost freely.
  • And as she drove off to the cheers of the folks in line, the boot actually fell off.
Watch the video - the wind sounds on it can't be avoided.

Then weigh in. What do you think?

Legitimate circumstances, or a stunt staged by the producers of the show so they've got something to show for their time in Houston?

 
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Happy Holidays: All I Want for Christmas Done Right

After all the buzz about Mariah Carey's troubles with singing "All I Want for Christmas" at the Rockerfeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, here's a chance to see and hear it done right.

The group is Out of the Blue - the a cappella singers from Oxford University in England.

And, not only is it a good arrangement, the group is selling the single to raise money for the Helen & Douglas House, which provides hospice care for children in the United Kingdom.

 
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Good to Have Support on the Home Front

Gisele Bunchen - aka Mrs. Tom Brady - posted another cute picture to Instagram yesterday, moments after her husband's team clinched a day off in the first-round of the NFL playoffs by beating the New York Jets.

It wasn't a pretty victory, or an easy one either, with the Patriots limping out of the Meadowlands with a 17-16 win.

Still, it was a win, and good enough for Gisele to hoist her daughter to her shoulder and post a picture of it to Instagram.

File this one under #godaddy!

And be sure to check out the look on the face of the dog - almost like he's saying, "Again?"
 
 

Yeeeeaaaaahh! #godaddy #gopats ????????

A photo posted by Gisele Bündchen (@giseleofficial) on

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Cold Open, Cold Shoulder

If this weekend's cold open of Saturday Night Live is any indication, there could be some life left in the old dog afterwards.

It started with a spoof of Sam Smith, the automaton with the fantastic voice, promoting his new special, A Very Somber Christmas.

Suddenly, the "broadcast" was hijacked by none other than Doctor Evil - that would be one of Mike Myers' characters from the Austin Powers films.

Doctor Evil took issue with North Korea and Sony Pictures for giving "evil organizations a bad name."

Funny stuff - and biting satire as well.

 
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And the Newest Kardashian is...

Kourtney Kardashian gave birth to her third child, again sired by her boyfriend Scott Disick.

That happened last week, on December 14, on her firstborn son's 5th birthday.

Over the weekend, the happy couple announced the baby boy's name.

Joining brother Mason and sister Penelope is...

Well, read the Instagram post. I mean, that's how we ALL keep up with the Kardashians, isn't it?
 
 

Madly in love with my little Reign Aston Disick.

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Rob Lucas Top 40 Fav Christmas Songs Ever - Nos. 20--1!


Monday, we counted up from 40 to 21
on the RLITM Favorite Christmas song list. Hope you enjoyed my take on various songs, and totally understand if your list had little in common with mine. As I wrote on Monday, nothing is more polarizing than Christmas music. That said...let's go from 20 to 1. What song do you think it should be? No fair cutting to the end!


20. Last Christmas – Lea Michelle, Cast of Glee
Great production, great vocals. A Christmas version of the best of Glee.
One of the best new Christmas songs of the past 5 years.


19. Angels – Jim Brickman
From his "The Gift" album. Amazing instrumental take on
Angels We Have Heard On High. Soft start, powerful ending. Unique.


18. Hallelujah Chorus – Boston Pops
Always have to crank this up! The bombast of the holiday filled with the
majesty of Handel's "The Messiah". Glorious!


17. All I Want For Christmas – Mariah Carey
One of the best contemporary Christmas songs ever.
Brought back the Phil Spector sound, and challenged other artists to create new holiday songs.


16. I Can't Wait For Christmas – Mindi Abair
The definition of Christmas cool and sexy with cocktails by the fire.

15. Holly Jolly Christmas -- Michael Buble
I LOVE Buble's TV Christmas specials. Campy and simply written the way the old
Andy Williams specials used to be. This version of Holly Jolly keeps up with the original

14. Santa Claus Is Back In Town – Elvis Presley
Elvis's sneer jus before the piano solo…priceless.
You feel the raw energy of a live to tape studio performance


13. Christmas In The Sand – Colbie Caillat
It's rare when a modern, non-traditional holidays songs cuts through
and fits nicely between classics. This one does. Sunshine in the dark of Winter!


12. (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home – U2
Recorded at a soundcheck during their 1987 tour, quite possibly the best rock Christmas song since
Springsteen's "Santa Claus" (see #30) at C.W. Post in the 70's.
A standout from the first Very Special Christmas CD (the red one!)


11. The Prayer – Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion
Angelic. Can I hear this ll year? Makes time stand still.

10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Peanuts
It's not Christmas till you hear this at the end of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

9. Soldier's Silent Night – Father Ted Berndt
Can't stop crying. Can't turn it off. Greatest writing ever.

8. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer – Dean Martin
"Rudy, the red beaked reindeer" as only Dean can sing it.
"Making Spirits Bright" is a must-have Christmas album


7. Sleigh Ride – Johnny Mathis
Personal feelings for this song since Johnny was one of my favorite interviews ever.
He told great stories about recording this album in a sweaty New York studio
during the Summer of 1958. Percy Faith conducted, Mitch Miller produced.
Can't get any bigger than that.


6. Jingle Bells – Sammy Davis Jr.
Lots of versions of this song…but none like Sammy's. Santa Claus meets the Vegas Strip.
Gotta sing along when he yells "Everybody!"

5. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Andy Williams
Holiday smiles all around. Uptempo, and everyone loves it.
An original that will be a smash if released today!


4. Silent Night – Any Traditional Version
Growing up, always had a soft spot for the slow, traditional version of this hymn.
It was played during a Christmas church service my wife and I were attending, and when I looked over,
she was crying. Afterward, she said "Silent Night" always makes her cry. Me too.


3. Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Another one that makes time stop. Majestic. Perfectly produced.

2. (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home – Darlene Love
Classic and iconic, from the opening bass line to the Wall of Sound buildup to the opening lyrics.
Could have easily placed this at #1.


1. Happy Holiday – Andy Williams
I didn't realize how perfect this song was till one of my Producer's pointed it out a few years ago.
Easy to sing along with... "He'll be coming down the chimney, down" deliciously 1960's produced pop!
How can you not put a song containing "whoop-de-do and hickory dock" in at #1?
The quintessential song for a downtown tree lighting with thousands, or your home gathering!



Got some thoughts on my choices? Leave 'em below!



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Happy Holidays: Sheriff Santa

There's a guy in Missouri who gives away about $100,000 a year in $100 bills to random strangers.

This holiday season, he got a little bit of help - from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department in Kansas City.

The officers were handed a small pile of Benjamin Franklins and sent out on the street to help those who needed help.

What a terrific, feel-good story...

 
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Please Define "Top"

Scratching my head just a little.

US Magazine put out a list yesterday of the Top 14 Celebrity Instagram Photos of 2014.
 
Six of the 14 involve the Kardashians in some way - by that calculation, they're taking up 43% of the internet, which sounds right and wrong all at the same time.

The rest of the list:
  • Jessica Simpson in a bathing suit holding a golf club
  • Macauley Culkin wearing a T-shirt with Ryan Gosling on it
  • Jessa Duggar's wedding kiss
  • Taylor Swift's 4th of July party
  • Nick & Vanessa Lachey's pregnancy announcement
  • Lauren Conrad's haircut
  • Bethenny Frankel wearing her 4-year-old's Hello Kitty PJs
The only one that really belongs - or at least makes some sense in being relevant - is the post Diem Brown's boyfriend put up after her passing, expressing his grief.
 

 
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