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Joel the Lump of Coal

Have a Very Depressing Christmas With “Joel, the Lump of Coal”

Jimmy Kimmel and The Killers create the darkest holiday song since “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.”


Only in Portland: Alien Nativity Scene

Every once in a while, something comes along in Portland that is so hilariously, patently absurd that it actually makes me squeal with pleasure. Behold, the most delightful thing, the crème de la crème of “Keep Portland Weird,” the sparkling topper on the Christmas tree of the pure, unhinged Portland Id: the alien nativity scene. […]

Chinese Paint Tops List Of This Year’s Must-Have Holiday Gifts (photo)

Chinese Paint Tops List Of This Year’s Must-Have Holiday Gifts

All the kids want some.

Alexander Skarsgard Gets Animated (photo)

Alexander Skarsgard Gets Animated

“True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgård has gained American heartthrob status as the show’s thousand-year-old Viking vampire Alex, but even if the role is clearly make-believe, the Nordic charm is all his. Son of famed actor Stellan Skarsgård, the Stockholm-born thespian has a long and storied career in his homeland, from becoming a child actor to […]

Anni Rossi helps save Christmas music with “Silver Bells” (photo)

Anni Rossi helps save Christmas music with “Silver Bells”

Chicago’s Anni Rossi has a Christmas EP out just in time to replace that Mannheim Steamroller cd your parents are about to start playing non-stop for the next 2 weeks. Rossi’s one of those girls who was classically trained since the age of 3, and now 23, is a talented viola-heavy multi-instrumentalist, and chanteuse. [Anni […]

Bob Dylan Christmas (photo)

Bob Dylan Christmas

The sound of Bobby D’s Christmas might be a bit off at times, like a town drunk nasally caroling down the street. It might be outlandishly kitsch. It certainly has it’s precious warm moments. Most of all, “Christmas In The Heart” is a hilarious good time. I’m not a surefire Dylan fan as I made […]

How to outhype “Avatar.” (photo)

How to outhype “Avatar.”

Robert Zemeckis is still trying to make motion capture happen. His upcoming Jim Carrey-starring version of “A Christmas Carol” will be his third made using the process, despite the fact that neither 2004’s “The Polar Express” nor 2007’s “Beowulf” was an overwhelming triumph at the box office. There’s little indication that the public cares what […]

Awesomely Inappropriate Holiday Fare (photo)

Awesomely Inappropriate Holiday Fare

Sincerity is for suckers — at least when it comes to picking holiday flicks. It’s been over two decades since someone’s pulled off a Christmas movie expressing any remotely genuine warm emotion. But whatever holidays you may or may not celebrate, there’s no way around the fact that it’s never easier to spend time with […]