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The Quick 10: 10 Interesting Prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Grauman’s Chinese Theater has been entertaining celebs and tourists alike since it opened in 1927. That was the same year stars first had their autographs, handprints and footprints immortalized in the concrete forecourt of the theater as well. It didn’t take long for those creative types to start jazzing up the cement squares with more [...]

The Origin of Rudolph

Most folks know Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer from the 1964 Rankin-Bass TV special, or from the 1949 version of the song sung by Gene Autry. But Rudolph was born as a coloring book. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared in 1939 when Montgomery Ward department store asked one of its copywriters, 34-year-old Robert L. May, to [...]

18 Quick Facts About Your Favorite Christmas TV Specials

Inspired by Stacy’s Christmas movie post, here are some behind-the-scenes tidbits about a handful of holiday small-screen favorites. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 1. Which came first, the TV special or the song? Johnny Marks wrote the song in 1949. He was the brother-in-law of Robert L. May, the Montgomery Ward copywriter who’d created the story of the [...]

The Quick 10: The Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame celebrates its 50-year anniversary this week. Although a big block-party-style bash is scheduled for later this summer after some much-needed renovations are complete, the actual construction kickoff happened on February 8, 1960, with the star ceremony taking place the following day. Since Hollywood’s celebration is still a few months away, [...]

The Quick 10: Rudolph Turns 70

I saw that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was on the other day and I refused to watch it. It just seems so early! But I probably should have tuned in for two reasons: it might have been my only shot this season, and it would have been nice of me to acknowledge everyone’s favorite Christmas [...]