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2009-11-25 04:00:00

DALLAS, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Movies like "It's A Wonderful Life" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" are long-time holiday traditions among American families, but a few newcomers have begun to win over hearts too, according to Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI, BBI.B). A look at the Top 20 Most Popular Holiday Movies shows that, from the heartwarming to the hilarious, there are some new favorites among movie lovers. Topping the list is 2007's "Fred Claus," in which Santa's...

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2008-12-22 11:30:00

The global media uses the term Christmas more than 600 percent more often than the less specific term holiday season, a U.S. language group says. The Global Language Monitor of Austin, Texas, said in a news release that while holiday season is typically seen as more secular worldwide, Christmas was used in nearly 85 percent of all global media citations. Holiday season was the second-most used term, accounting for nearly 13 percent of all global citations. Xmas came in third in the survey...

2008-11-14 06:00:12

By Susan Wloszczyna There's no place like home for the holidays, Perry Como once crooned. That might be. But in the case of Hollywood's depiction of such sentimental journeys, you might want to head for the hills instead -- especially if your relatives happen to be at home when you arrive. From Jimmy Stewart's suicidal patriarch in 1946's It's a Wonderful Life and Maureen O'Hara's super-rational working mom in 1947's Miracle on 34th Street to Chevy Chase's disaster-prone dad in...

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2004-12-03 08:19:28

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's come to this: Even Frosty has a DVD out. "Frosty the Snowman" is among the cartoons included in the newly released "The Original Television Christmas Classics." So is the TV tradition of packing December with hours of holiday nostalgia over? Nope. Broadcasters and cable channels still believe in the season's magical power to attract viewers - even the umpteenth showing of "It's a Charlie Brown Christmas" and with commercials. While tradition is pre-eminent, there are...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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