Screenwriter confirms Die Hard is, in fact, a Christmas movie — Consequence of Sound

Okay, the confirmation is in, from a relevant source who really should be taken as the final word on the matter. I can’t believe people are still questioning this notion. Look, just shut up and accept it… Best Christmas Movie Ever.

Except Santa Claus the Movie.

And all the other movies.

Ever since its release in 1988, a fierce debate has raged over whether Die Hard qualifies as a Christmas movie. Die Hard is a movie that takes place during Christmas, more than a “Christmas movie,” as many would argue. But it’s also a staple of the season by this point, and its dryly sarcastic optimism even works…

via Screenwriter confirms Die Hard is, in fact, a Christmas movie — Consequence of Sound

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Where Are the 2018 Winter Olympics? What to Know About PyeongChang, South Korea — TIME

It’s that time already! We’re about to kick off with the Winter Olympics and frankly, I cannot wait! What a summer it will be down under, first we have the boxing day test match at the MCG, then we have the Australian Open, then the Winter Olympics and this is all just in the first handle of weeks for 2018! Here we goooooooo….!

While sports enthusiasts all around the world are gearing up for the 2018 Winter Olympics, officials in PyeongChang, South Korea—where the next Olympics is located—are putting the finishing touches on the venues that will host the XXIII Games. Although this is the second time the Olympics have been held in South Korea — the 1988…

via Where Are the 2018 Winter Olympics? What to Know About PyeongChang, South Korea — TIME

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Take a new approach to holiday leftovers with this sweet Somali tradition — Quartz

What a lovely idea this is. Reciprocity in full action, probably make this time of year especially lovely for people expecting relatives who turn up and take things for granted! One way to avoid Christmas fights? Still, what to do with the one person who turns up and insists everything is down how she wants it to be done?

The joy of sharing food with friends and loved ones lies at the heart of the festive season. A longstanding Somali tradition can help guests give back. Given the communal nature of African families, holiday celebrations often involve a large number of relatives and distant cousins trickling into homes from far away. The families receiving…

via Take a new approach to holiday leftovers with this sweet Somali tradition — Quartz

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Pope Francis’ Christmas message was about Mary, Joseph, and migration — Quartz

The child of immigrants himself, Pope Francis was born in Argentina in 1936 to Italian parents and understands displacement is difficult even under the best conditions. He called on Catholics to remember Mary and Joseph’s journey, and the difficulties they faced, when considering the treatment of migrants today.

Baby Jesus was born in a manger because his parents were strangers in a strange land who had to rely on the kindness of strangers, according to Pope Francis, leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. The plight of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, before Christianity officially began, is a lesson to everyone about migration…

via Pope Francis’ Christmas message was about Mary, Joseph, and migration — Quartz

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Lorde’s cancellation — And what it means for israel, BDS — Peace and Freedom

NEW ZEALAND singer Lorde performs at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards in California in August.. (photo credit: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS)

There’s no way to escape the truth of Sunday’s news: The BDS movement chalked up a serious win when Lorde canceled her scheduled Tel Aviv concert.

After a week of being bombarded on social media with calls to boycott the Jewish state, the 21-year-old singer announced on Sunday evening that she wouldn’t be performing a show in Tel Aviv after all. And the activists who dedicate themselves to pushing for a cultural boycott rejoiced like they haven’t for a long time. It was nothing short of a huge win for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which goes after almost any artist that announces a show in Israel and pushes them to cancel.

What made the accomplishment for BDS so monumental, was how publicly, vocally and internationally the story played out. Already last week, news organizations in the US, UK and New Zealand were speculating that Lorde may pull out of the show after a tweet to a fan that she was “considering all options.”

BY AMY SPIRO DECEMBER 25, 2017 22:20 The Jerusalem Post Lorde’s cancellation has created a lot of noise – more so than the dozens of acts who show up every year. NEW ZEALAND singer Lorde performs at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards in California in August.. (photo credit: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS) There’s no way to escape […]

via Lorde’s cancellation — And what it means for israel, BDS — Peace and Freedom

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James Blake Christmas Cover

He’s an interesting artist, and I have a feeling he’s just getting started…

James Blake occasionally covers Don McLean’s “Vincent” live in concert. For Christmas, the UK crooner has shared a studio recording of the cover, along with a performance video filmed at Conway Studios in Los Angeles. Watch above. “Vincent” appears on McLean’s 1971 album American Pie and was written in tribute to Van Gough. During his…

via James Blake shares cover of Don McLean’s “Vincent”: Watch — Consequence of Sound

 

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