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Top 5 Movie Stars with Christmas Misses

 

Mike Spiegelman tackles the top 5 worst Christmas movies made by major movie stars.

5. Robin Williams – Toys (1992) – Let’s begin twenty years ago when the creative force behind Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) released a Christmas movie. Director Barry Levinson and the late actor Robin Williams whipped up an original trailer where Williams riffed in costume and on set. The production looked mismatched and detached, Williams ranted on, but at least the trailer was 3 minutes long. The actual film departed from Levinson’s grounded family stories into a fairy tale about a toy factory threatened by the military. Williams runs the factory, his brother is LL Cool J, his love interested is factory drone Robyn Wrigh , and he drinks Pepsi Cola. The sets, despite their oversized parameters and bright colors, dull the action, even when there are explosions and floods in the final reel. Trevor Horn of the Buggles wrote the music, including holiday tunes that no one’s ever heard, which is ridiculous because, as Americans, we’ve heard every holiday tune ever recorded. Williams and Levinson later redeemed themselves when they made the even more insufferable Man of the Year (2006).

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Liberace: Behind the Candelabra – review

Liberace: Behind the Candelabra – review

This HBO movie was based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.

Directed by stars , , Tom Papa, Paul Riser, Dan Aykroyd

And I give my quick review of Hangover 3. Hangover 3 is a sequel to Hangover 2. Hangover 2 was a remake of Hangover.

Facts about “Behind the Candelabra” from IMDB.com:

Originally announced in 2008. Filming had to be delayed after Michael Douglas began treatment for stage IV throat cancer in 2010.

According to an interview with ‘Michael Douglas (I)’ at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, ‘Debbie Reynolds’, who plays Liberace‘s mother in this movie, was personally acquainted with the real Liberace and appeared as a guest on his variety show. Douglas also said that when he was younger, his father, Kirk Douglas, had a Palm Springs home down the street from one of Liberace’s homes, and although Michael Douglas never met Liberace, he did occasionally see him in the neighborhood.

In a January 2013 interview with the New York Post, director Steven Soderbergh said that this movie was originally planned for a theatrical release but was ultimately produced by and aired on HBO instead because the story was “too gay” for Hollywood movie studios: “Nobody would make it, We went to everybody in town. They all said it was too gay. And this is after Brokeback Mountain, by the way, which is not as funny as this movie. I was stunned. It made no sense to any of us.”

Mentioned on the show:
Nikki Glazer interview.
Ken Jong and Zach Galifianakis doing an open mic night in the late 90’s.
The bar where Susie ran a famous comedy night for years.
Susie’s Twitter– Someone #ff her!
Susie’s “Dumb As a Blog” blog.