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Break out your mittens and dust off your wreaths—“Christmastime is here,” as the Peanuts sing in their Charlie Brown holiday special. And while many yuletide hymns are religiously inspired, some of the most hummable melodies come straight from TV specials and Christmas films that span the decades. These original songs energize last-minute shopping, assuage holiday traffic, and—when needed—drown out volatile discussions with relatives over Christmas supper. 10. “One More Sleep Til Christmas” from The Muppet...
Evading being bated into heated political debate during Thanksgiving dinner was invariably tough enough—so why tiptoe around minefields for a solid week or so this holiday season? There’s really never been a more compelling reason to avoid an annual pilgrimage to your insular hometown, so here’s where to eat if you elect to stay put in your beloved sanctuary city. Faro No matter if your family’s generally the green bean casserole-serving type (or in our case,...
The latest film from Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel, came out two-and-a-half years ago, but it feels much longer ago than that. It's just under two years, now, since it was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and earned the director his first Academy Award nomination for directing, and his third for writing. Finally, the thirst for more from Anderson can be at least quasi-quenched, as he has graced us with a new short...
As one of R&B's most popular stars goes through a public meltdown, another of its quietest forces has blessed us with a Christmas gift. Today, The-Dream has shared not simply a Sam Cooke album, but an eight-track album of covers entitled IAMSAM just in time for the holiday. On Instagram he shared his personal motivation for recording the covers -- which he apparently did way back in 2010 during sessions for Beyonce's highly-underrated album...