‘Knives Out,’ ‘Home Alone,’ ‘Die Hard’ Top Fandango Holiday Film Survey

Knives Out was voted the top movie to watch for Thanksgiving, Home Alone was voted the favorite family-friendly holiday film, and Die Hard was named the top unconventional holiday film by fans on Fandango’s transactional video on-demand services, Vudu and FandangoNow.

Fandango surveyed more than 1,000 film fans in the first weeks of November.

As might be expected, 92% of those surveyed expect to watch more movies at home during the holiday season than in previous years. Also, 71% said they are planning to binge watch during the holiday season, and 62% said they plan to watch their favorite holiday classics more than once.

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“Watching a favorite classic movie is part of a beloved holiday tradition for many families,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis in a statement. “This year there’s an extra nostalgia factor because many of us cannot gather together in front of the same screen. The top picks center on the power of families, warts and all, and serve as the kind of cinematic comfort food we look forward to enjoying during the holiday season.”

 

Top Movies to Watch for Thanksgiving:

  1. Knives Out
  2. Addams Family Values
  3. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  4. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
  5. Home for the Holidays
  6. Grumpy Old Men
  7. Free Birds
  8. Scent of a Woman
  9. Pieces of April
  10. The Oath

 

Favorite Family-Friendly Holiday Movies

  1. Home Alone
  2. Elf
  3. The Santa Clause
  4. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
  5. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  7. The Polar Express
  8. A Christmas Story
  9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  10. It’s a Wonderful Life

 

Favorite Unconventional Holiday Movies:

  1. Die Hard
  2. Edward Scissorhands
  3. Gremlins
  4. Bad Moms Christmas
  5. Bad Santa
  6. Krampus
  7. Office Christmas Party
  8. The Night Before
  9. Trading Places
  10. Anna and the Apocalypse

 

Favorite Performances as Santa Claus:

  1. Tim Allen, The Santa Clause
  2. Edward Asner, Elf
  3. Billy Bob Thornton, Bad Santa
  4. Tom Hanks, The Polar Express
  5. James Cosmo, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
  6. Richard Attenborough, Miracle on 34thStreet (1994)
  7. Paul Giamatti, Fred Claus
    8. Edmund Gwenn, Miracle on 34thStreet (1947)
  8. Rickey Smiley, The Friday After Next
  9. Alec Baldwin, Rise of the Guardians

 

Favorite Holiday Movie Villains:

  1. Harry & Marv (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern), Home Alone
  2. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Die Hard
  3. Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore), It’s a Wonderful Life
  4. The Grinch (Jim Carrey), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  5. Oogie Boogie (Ken Ross), The Nightmare Before Christmas
  6. Frank Cross (Bill Murray), Scrooged
  7. Scrooge (Jim Carey), Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  8. Fulton Greenway (Michael Lerner), Elf
  9. Ted Maltin (Phil Hartman), Jingle All the Way
  10. Scut Farkas (Zack Ward), A Christmas Story

 

The winners can also be found in the holiday sections on Vudu and FandangoNow.

Apple TV Plus’ ‘Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special’ Gets Dec. 4 Launch Date

Apple TV+ Nov. 18 announced that the upcoming Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special will debut Dec. 4 on the SVOD platform. The exclusive will launch with a companion soundtrack and new single, “Oh Santa!”

Guest superstars appearing on the special include Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris. Extra special appearances are also made by Carey’s twins, Moroccan and Monroe.

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special is executive produced by Carey, as well as Ian Stewart, Raj Kapoor and Ashley Edens for Done + Dusted. BAFTA Award winner Hamish Hamilton and Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Roman Coppola direct, and also serve as executive producers, and the special is written by Caroline Fox.

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The soundtrack single and new music video for “Oh Santa!,” co-written by and featuring Carey performing with Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, will be will be distributed by Sony Music and released on Apple Music and other streaming platforms Dec. 4. The companion soundtrack to the special is full of brand new interpretations, and will also include Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri as additional musical guests, in addition to a new version of “Sleigh Ride.” The soundtrack will be available Dec. 4 exclusively on Apple Music, and all other platforms on Dec. 11.

Apple Music will release the Apple TV+ special in an exclusive interview with flagship anchor Zane Lowe on Dec. 7, where Carey runs through her personally curated playlist of favorite holiday songs, and talks about her new music and recent memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey. Then on Dec. 25, Carey will also appear on Apple Music Hits, Apple Music’s new radio station, for a six-hour Holiday Hits special, featuring the biggest festive songs, including “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and telling fans about her own holiday memories, with additional artists and hosts sharing their own Christmas messages.

The holiday event will premiere globally on Apple TV+, which claims to have set records as the only new streaming service to launch globally in over 100 countries, and to have been honored with 122 awards nominations and 39 wins and accolades in its first year.

 

Apple TV+ to Be Home for ‘Peanuts’

Apple TV+ will stream “Peanuts” original series and specials, along with the classic specials.

New animated “Peanuts” originals coming to Apple TV+ include a second season of the Daytime Emmy-nominated “Snoopy in Space,” and new specials that will find the “Peanuts” gang marking Mother’s Day, Earth Day, New Year’s Eve and going back to school — all to be produced by WildBrain’s animation studio. The new series and specials join the previously announced The Snoopy Show, a new “Peanuts” 70th anniversary documentary film from Imagine Documentaries and WildBrain, and Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10.

The original programs and new specials will also soon stream globally alongside iconic “Peanuts” specials, including A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The Halloween special will begin streaming globally on Apple TV+ Oct. 19, and will be available for free from Oct. 30 until Nov. 1 on Apple TV+. Apple TV+ will launch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Nov. 18, and the special will be available for free from Nov. 25 until Nov. 27. A Charlie Brown Christmas will stream exclusively on Apple TV+ on Dec. 4.

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Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, at $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and Vizio smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device. For more information, please visit apple.com/tvpr.

‘Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special’ to Bow on Apple TV+ for Holidays

Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special, an exclusive holiday program from multi-platinum, multi-Grammy award-winning artist Mariah Carey, will debut globally on Apple TV+ this holiday season.

The special — combining music, dancing and animation driven by a “heartwarming” story, according to Apple — is set to premiere on the heels of the 25th anniversary of Carey’s No. 1 holiday anthem “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and will feature Carey and a lineup of guest stars.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung and LG smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, as well as at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. The Apple TV app will be available on Sony and Vizio smart TVs later this year. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can get one year of Apple TV+ free. The offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device. For more information, visit apple.com/tvpr.

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Holiday Film ‘Buttons: A Christmas Tale’ Due on Digital Nov. 19, DVD Dec. 3 From Paramount

The holiday film Buttons: A Christmas Tale will arrive on digital Nov. 19 and DVD Dec. 3 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The cast includes Jane Seymour, Roma Downey and Abigail Spencer, along with screen legends Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury.  The film is narrated by Kate Winslet and Robert Redford.

From creator/director/writer/composer Tim Janis, who has sold millions of albums and worked with a wide array of artists, Buttons: A Christmas Tale follows the heartwarming journey of two orphan girls whose only wish is to find a home for Christmas. With a little help from their guardian angels (Van Dyke and Lansbury), they discover that miracles really can happen when you find the power to believe.

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The DVD includes bonus songs, a music video and a photo gallery.

‘Santa With Muscles,’ ‘Angela’s Christmas’ Among Titles Coming From Mill Creek for the Holidays

Mill Creek Entertainment will release a collection of holiday movies on disc and digital in November and December.

Making its Blu-ray debut Nov. 5, Santa With Muscles stars wrestler Hulk Hogan as an evil millionaire who gets amnesia during the holiday season and becomes convinced that he is Santa Claus. He uses his new identity to fight crime and bring good cheer to all good boys and girls.

Based on the children’s book Angela and the Baby Jesus by Frank McCourt (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela’s Ashes), comes Angela’s Christmas, a poignant story from the Oscar-nominated studio Brown Bag Films about the power of family and the innocent desire of a child to ensure everyone is safe, warm and loved at Christmas.  The Emmy-nominated title will come out on DVD Nov. 19.

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Also coming on DVD Nov. 19 is Down Home Christmas — 5 Movie Collection, which features Christmas-themed movies featuring top TV stars, and Elfette Saves Christmas, in which an elf named Elfette (Brielle Carter) finds her vacation in Florida cut short when there’s suddenly a Christmas emergency — Santa Claus (Quinton Aaron) has been kidnapped by the New York Mafia’s crime boss.

Finally, due Dec. 10 on DVD is Christmas on the Range. In the film, Kendall Riley (Erin Cahill) is finally about to succeed in turning her family ranch into a farm producing organic beef. But she is opposed every step of the way by her neighboring rancher Brick McCree. When Brick’s estranged son Clint returns for the holidays, he and Kendall hit it off, which only enrages Brick more.

Each of these titles also features a digital redemption on www.movieSPREE.com.

‘Original Christmas Specials Collection’ With ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and More Available on Disc From Universal

“The Original Christmas Specials Collection: Deluxe Edition,” featuring five holiday classics including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Produced by the legendary Rankin/Bass, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (1970) and The Little Drummer Boy (1968) feature stop-motion animation. Also included are the animated Frosty the Snowman (1969) and Cricket on the Hearth (1967). The collection features the voice talents of Fred Astaire, Jimmy Durante, Mickey Rooney, Danny Thomas and Burl Ives.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town are also available individually on Blu-Ray and DVD.

The releases include new bonus features, including “The Animagic World of Rankin/Bass,” a new documentary celebrating the legacy of the holiday specials created by Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, including interviews with filmmakers and historians; “Restoring the Puppets of Rudolph,” in which viewers discover how the puppets from the beloved special were restored; “Reimagining Rudolph in 4D,” a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer attraction film; the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Attraction Film,” a short stop-motion film originally created for a Rudolph 4D experience; “T.E.A.M. Rudolph and the Reindeer Games,” a video storybook including the untold story of the Reindeer Games; the Frosty the Snowman original pencil test; and commentaries on Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.

‘Scrooged’ Coming on Disc and Digital Nov. 19 From Paramount for 30th

The Bill Murray Christmas classic Scrooged will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital Nov. 19 for its 30th anniversary from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

In the humorous take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale, Murray stars as uncaring and unforgiving TV executive Frank Cross whose live production of A Christmas Carol is more important to him than any true meaning of Christmas. Before the night is over, he takes a journey through his past and into the future to find redemption.

The film also stars Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum and Alfre Woodard.

Pat Boone Christmas and Thanksgiving Specials Coming to DVD Nov. 6 From MPI

Pat Boone and Family: Christmas & Thanksgiving Specials will come out on DVD Nov. 6 from MPI Media Group.

Top-selling crooner Boone and his four singing daughters — Debby, Cherry, Lindy and Laurie — as well as his wife Shirley appear in these music and comedy specials that first aired on ABC in 1978 and 1979. The Christmas show includes classic holiday songs, appearances by the Hudson Brothers, Dinah Shore, Rosemary Clooney, and stars from “Three’s Company,” “Happy Days” and “The Love Boat.” The Thanksgiving special features Bob Hope and the Hudson Brothers. Songs performed by the Boones include “Can’t Smile Without You,” “You Needed Me” and “Bless This House.”

Bonus material includes “The Pat Boone Family — Christmas in Bethlehem,” Christmas carols and a Boone family photo album.