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The best Christmas movies to brighten up this festivity

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Christmas has immense cultural and religious significance attached to it. The weather, Christmas trees, and decorations increase peace of mind. Besides, it is undoubtedly the most awaited festival. Moreover, Christmas revolves around celebrating life, merry-making, and spending time with our dear ones. Therefore, what could be better than a Christmas movie to enhance the celebratory vibes with family?

In the cold weather staying inside the house with a Christmas, a movie can be all that one needs. However, one can not define the genre of Christmas movies with specific rules. It is so because; Christmas movies are more about the associated feeling of warmth and brightness. While one may not consider some movies as Christmas movies even though they are set in the backdrop of Christmas, some other movies may feel just right.

Hence, here is a list of Christmas movies from varying genres to captivate you this Christmas.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol is based on Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Moreover, the movie serves justice to the original plot. Brian Henson has directed the movie and Michael Caine stars as the infamous miser Ebenezer Scrooge. The movie is associated with a wholesome presentation. Furthermore, it consists of a catchy soundtrack.

Home Alone

Directed by Chris Columbus, the movie revolves around Macaulay Culkin as he plays an eight-year Kevin McAllister. The plot follows Kevin as he realizes that his family has left for the vacation leaving him behind by mistake. Moreover, the cameo performance by John Candy makes the movie capable of giving nostalgia to all 90s kids.

The Princess Switch

Directed by Michel Rohl, The Princess Switch adds to the brightness of Christmas. Set around the lives of a baker and a duchess, the movie can be counted on for happy endings. However, the movie stars Vanessa Hudgens in the lead role and successfully grabs the viewers’ attention. Also besides, the movie works wonders on the treatment of the plot.

Die Hard

John McTiernan has directed the movie Die Hard. It is a typical select for a Christmas movie. However, revolving around heroic instances and family, the movie fits in the genre quite well. Bruce Willis plays the protagonist whereas Alan Rickman gets into the character of the antagonist. Die-hard will get you off your rocker with the action and thriller performances.

Gremlins

Encompassing the spirit of celebration in a satirical way, Gremlins is a worthy watch for a Christmas movie. Joe Dante has directed the movie that revolves around the innocent looking Mogwai turning into the hazardous Gremlins. Starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, Gremlins show the possible dark side to cute appearing things.

The above-mentioned movies are strongly recommended for all movie lovers. Therefore, they can be the best picks for this Christmas to look forward to watching with family.

Michael Leahy has worked in various news organizations and now aims to make Report Door one of the best and fastest growing news websites in the U.S. He contributes to the US section. He loves going around different people in the US and loves meeting new people and making new friends.

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Celebrities are joining the protests

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Celebrities are joining the protests

In this episode:

  • From Virgil Abloh to Porsha Williams, stars are using their platforms to get involved in the protests – with mixed results.
  • Kylie Jenner may have blown her billionaire status by spending more than $100 million in real estate and a jet.
  • And back when he was just a young royal, Prince Harry had a secret Facebook account under his alter ego: Spike Wells.

      


Here’s a closer look at some of today’s stories:

Celebs get involved

While some stars, like Real Housewife of Atlanta Porsha Williams, are joining protests on the front lines, others are handling things differently.

Luxury designer Virgil Abloh is being dragged by protesters for being cheap in supporting their cause. Abloh, 39, is the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection and CEO of the trendy label Off-White.

Abloh posted on his Instagram Stories that he had donated $50 to protesters in need of bail money during the days-long upheaval across the country. In Los Angeles, the RSVP Gallery, which sells his brand, was looted.

“The Miami community ~ I’m crazy inspired. For kids in the streets that need a bail funds [sic] for George Floyd protests,” he wrote in the Story, along with a string of posts about the looting taking place at luxury shops like his. “If it heals your pain, you can have it,” he wrote.

Other celebrities have publicly shared their donation amounts or support for the movement in recent days — Chrissy Teigen upped her original $100,000 donation to a bailout fund to $200,000 after receiving backlash from her followers.

Kylie

Kylie Jenner
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Kylie Jenner spent more than $100 million on a huge private jet and multiple monster real estate deals in recent months. Could her spending be part of the reason billionaire status was blown?

On Friday, Forbes published a bombshell report stripping Kylie, 22, of her “youngest-ever self-made billionaire” title, claiming she faked tax returns and used a “web of lies” to boost her net worth.

The magazine said the makeup mogul is now worth less than $900 million after factoring Kylie Cosmetics’ revenue in public filings and the economic effect the coronavirus has had on the beauty industry.

Her lawyer, Michael Kump, countered that the story is “filled with outright lies … Forbes’ accusation that Kylie and her accountants ‘forged tax returns’ is unequivocally false.”

Just call him ‘Spike Wells’

Britain's Prince Harry and then girlfriend Chelsy Davy in Twickenham, London in 2009.
Britain’s Prince Harry and then girlfriend Chelsy Davy in Twickenham, London in 2009.REUTERS

Back in the day, Harry is said to have secretly created a Facebook account under the alter ego “Spike Wells” — a reference to Harry’s onetime nickname Spike.

This was back when he was still dating Chelsy Davy.

The now-deleted account, according to the Mirror, had over 400 friends “including some of the UK’s wealthiest and most glamorous socialites” and listed interest as “all sports.”

The account was active from 2008 to 2012 and listed Wells’ hometown as Maun, Botswana — a favorite of Harry’s. It also featured photos of Prince Harry and his then-girlfriend, Davy as well as one of “three young men in matching Panama hats, one of whom bore an uncanny resemblance to Harry,” the Mirror noted.

Other profile photos included a red-headed child holding his head, captioned: “Oh my God, I’m ginger.”

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Tom Cruise to Get Back in Action, Will Resume the Shooting of Mission Impossible 7 in September

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Tom Cruise to Get Back in Action, Will Resume the Shooting of Mission Impossible 7 in September

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Tom Cruise is itching to get back in action and he’s waiting for coronavirus restrictions to ease. The actor was supposed to start shooting for Mission Impossible 7 in Venice when coronavirus was declared as pandemic and the crew was forced to shut down their work and wait until further intimation. And with countries all over the world loosening their restrictions, it’s safe to assume that Christopher McQuarrie will head back to his Italian locales to wrap up his project on time. Coronavirus Affects Hollywood: From Tom Hanks’ Diagnosis to Delay In Mission Impossible 7, All That Has Been Hit By The COVID 19.

First assistant director on MI:7, Tommy Gormley in his conversation with BBC over the new safety protocols issued by British Film Commission elaborated on the unit’s plans to resume their shooting in September. “We hope to start shooting again in September. We were days from shooting in Venice — we were right at the epicentre when it all kicked off — so we had to shut down in Venice where we were four or five days from shooting,” he said.

“We hope to visit all the countries we planned to and look to do a big chunk of it back in the UK on the backlot and in the studio, so September through to end April/May is our targets. We are convinced we can do this,” he further added.

Earlier the director had teased about a surprise addition to the film’s star cast while mentioning that it would be an exciting casting coup. Meanwhile, Nicholas Hoult has exited the production and Esai Morales has replaced him as the prime antagonist. The release date for Mission Impossible 7 also got pushed for obvious reasons and the film is now slated to hit the screens in November 2021.

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Cole Sprouse Says He Was Arrested at Black Lives Matter Protests Held For George Floyd’s Death (View Post)

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Cole Sprouse Says He Was Arrested at Black Lives Matter Protests Held For George Floyd

Cole Sprouse on Black Lives Matter Protest Arrest (Photo Credits: Instagram)

Los Angeles, June 2: Actor Cole Sprouse has claimed that he was arrested as part of a “group of peaceful protesters” in a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, the African-American man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis. The “Riverdale” star said he was arrested in Santa Monica during the May 30 nationwide protests gathering steam and detailed the happenings at the venue on Instagram. “A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica,” he wrote on Sunday. George Floyd Death: John Cusack Says Chicago Police Attacked Him With Batons and Pepper Spray While He was Documenting the Protests in the City.

Anticipating “sensationalisation” of the update by the media, Sprouse deflected attention saying the focus right now should be on #BlackLivesMatter movement. “Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. The media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long standing racist agenda.

“I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica. We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested,” he said.

The actor said when many turned to leave, the protesters were faced with another line of police officers blocking their route, at which point, they started zip tying the people in the crowd. “It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement.”

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A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica. So before the voracious horde of media sensationalism decides to somehow turn it about me, there’s a clear need to speak about the circumstances: Black Lives Matter. Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. the media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long standing racist agenda. I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica. We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested. When many did turn to leave, we found another line of police officers blocking our route, at which point, they started zip tying us. It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement. This is ABSOLUTELY not a narrative about me, and I hope the media doesn’t make it such. This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing. This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well. I noticed that there are cameras that roll within the police cruisers during the entirety of our detainment, hope it helps. I’ll speak no more on the subject, as I’m (1) not well versed enough to do so, (2) not the subject of the movement, and (3) uninterested in drawing attention away from the leaders of the #BLM movement. I will be, again, posting the link in my story to a comprehensive document for donations and support.

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Sprouse, 27, reiterated that the post was “not a narrative” about him, but about standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement “This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing. This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well.”

Personalities like Nick Cannon, Lil Yachty, Chika, J Cole, Timothee Chalamet, Ariana Grande, Tessa Thompson, Halsey, Kendrick Sampson, John Cusack, also hit the streets to protest the death of Floyd. PTI

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