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The Ultimate Christmas Movie Soundboard

That's it. It's Christmas Eve. The Advent Calendar is over. There's nothing more to see here. Christmas is officially over. You've got no more festive film goodness to unwrap.

Except for this: a collection of all the best Christmas film quotes of all time.

What's your favourite Christmas film quote? Will Ferrell insulting Santa, Bill Nighy singing, Alan Rickman saying "ho ho ho", Zooey Deschanel singing Baby, It's Cold Outside, anything said by The Muppets - it's impossible to pick.

So I put them all in one massive festive list. Plus gay Val Kilmer too. Yes, this is the ultimate Christmas movie soundboard.  

Read on to have a click. (It may take a while to load because of its overwhelming awesomeness...)

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I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas... (Medley)

It's day 23 of our Advent Calendar and there's still no proper snow in dreary old England.

So let's have a listen to Irving Berlin's classic song to cheer us all up. The best-selling single of all time, selling in excess of 50 million copies worldwide , it's been in loads of Christmas movies over the years, from Home Alone's iconic bathroom karoake (using The Drifters' charming cover) to Bing Crosby's White Christmas.

Bonus points if you can name all the films featured in this White Christmas medley - except for the part with Jim Carrey.



(And yes, my favourite bit is Laura Linney listening to Otis Redding's cover in the middle of Love Actually.) 



All I Want for Christmas Is... A Black Swan Action Figure

From the makes of Drive: Scalextric, Tinker Tailer Whack-A-Mole and Buried: The Board Game, treat that special boy/girl in your life to a Black Swan Action Figure! 

This exclusive action figure features a full facial likeness of Natalie Portman and comes in a special limited edition Black Swan box. With removable body parts and officially licensed swan replica pieces, you can recreate the full psychological horror of Darren Aronofsky's ballet drama in your living room.

The Black Swan Action Figure has flexible limbs and a 4-inch wing span and can be positioned in three special poses: Sitting, Stretching, and SWAN.

Do you just want to be perfect? Find out what happened to mummy's sweet little girl as you watch Natalie Portman transform into a swan - in your own hands!

(Warning: May not be suitable for under-12s. Mila Kunis sex doll not included.)




For more Christmas gift ideas, keep opening the i-Flicks Advent Calendar.



Christmas Reading List: Bridesmaids


“Stove. What kind of a name is that?" “That’s not my name. My name is Steve.” “Stove... Are you an appliance?” “No. I’m a man - and my name is Steve.”

While you're watching Judd Apatow's female-led wedding comedy Bridesmaids, it's an indisputable fact that Kristen Wiig saying the word "stove" is pretty much the funniest thing you've ever seen. As is, indeed, anything else that Kristen Wiig says. 

It may not be the feminist masterpiece/Hangover riposte that a lot of people held it up to be, but Paul Feig's film is still effing hilarious. A lot of that comes down to the improv-heavy ensemble, with Maya Rudolph's best friend and Chris O'Dowd's adorable cop producing some real gems. And Rose Byrne, who splits sides with her spontaneous and awkward reception speech, easily deserves her own sentence.

Praise should also be heaped upon Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig, whose script brought about the whole thing. If you've just seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and you need cheering up this Christmas, then this one-liner-filled screenplay should be at the top of your seasonal reading list.

Head over to the Universal awards site to read the Bridesmaids screenplay - or click here for the PDF.


For more reading suggestions this Christmas, keep opening our Advent Calendar.



Competition - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Poster

A quick last-minute Christmas competition for all you Advent Calendar openers - the chance to win this poster for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo:



(Piano not included.) 


Yes, you can win this specific poster. Partly because it's Christmas and I'm feeling generous, but mostly because I went to London's @MouthTapedShut preview screening of David Fincher's very awesome film and accidentally picked up two posters on my way out.

If you would like to win this accidentally-acquired leftover super-amazing (probably) limited edition Dragon Tattoo poster, simply email [email protected] with the name of the Dragon Tattoo star whose name has been jumbled up to make this phrase:

Helicopters Hmm Purr


Send your answers by 22:59 Monday 19th December (that's tonight). A winner will be picked at random.

Please include your postal address (UK only, ta) and your Twitter username, and who knows? If things turn out well, Santa might well dump the poster on your doorstep before Christmas Eve.


(Note: You cannot exchange the poster for a cash prize of £2.50, or whatever the Royal Mail delivery cost for a poster is.)



It's dark, your family have gone off to France without you. You're a sitting duck for opportunistic thieves looking to steal some seasonal goodies.

So what do you do? You call in the CCTV people to put up some cameras and alarms and stuff - or you just do a Kevin McCallister and follow these simple, cost-effective steps for cheap house protection.

Here's the Home Alone guide to home security:


(Click here for a larger version.) 



For more Christmas tips and advice, keep opening the i-Flicks Advent Calendar to find other "How to..." infographics, including How to Be Santa.




As we count down the top Christmas films of all time, we keep getting distracted by really awesome music. Danny Elfman, The Muppets, Michael Kamen's Die Hard score, Michael Kamen's Central Services for Brazil, John Williams' inspired Home Alone soundtrack - there's tons of great film music out there that you can listen to instead of [INSERT WINNER'S NAME] from The X Factor. There's even the theme song for Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

So we compiled it into one big fat playlist of seasonal brilliance. Think of it as Now! That's What I Call a Christmas Album - but not crap.

Grab some speakers, a mug of mulled wine and a Spotify account and play the most festive festive film music of all time. 




For more Christmas playlist goodness, keep opening our Advent Calendar


All I want for Christmas is... Tinker Tailor Whack-A-Mole.

From the makers of Drive Scalextric and Buried: The Board Game, Tinker Tailor Whack-A-Mole is the perfect present for anyone who loves John le Carre, enjoys novelty arcade games and really hates moles. Couldn't follow the plot of Tomas Alfredson's film? Not a problem! Tinker Tailor Whack-A-Mole takes all the intricacies and subtlety of uncovering a Communist traitor and turns it into one easy-to-understand Whack-A-Mole game. See a mole? Whack it! It's that simple. Lasting only 90 seconds, it's the most accessible way to share the thrill of George Smiley's witch-hunt.

Can't get a job at The Circus? Neither can the makers of Tinker Tailor Whack-A-Mole! That's Tinker Tailor Whack-A-Mole - out in shops now for Christmas. Because sometimes, all you need to find a double agent is a really big hammer. And a mole.


  Tinker Tailor Whack-a-Mole 

For more Christmas gift ideas, keep opening the i-Flicks Advent Calendar.



Note: The man pictured playing Tinker Tailor Whack-a-Mole is TPapi



Competition: Win Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on Blu-ray!


It's cold and dark outside, but you know what? Around the world right now there are 15 people having an orgasm. Such is the knowledge of Amelie, which was released in cinemas exactly 10 years ago and has just made it to Blu-ray for the first time ever. But you know what else Momentum have released as part of their new Contemporary Classics collection? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - which, as everyone knows, was the best film of 2004.

The best thing about the release of Michel Gondry's heart-breaking, mind-bending movie (written by the super-amazing Charlie Kaufman)? we're giving away two free copies!

What better way to warm yourself up this Christmas than snuggling up with a high-def Kate Winslet and her ever-changing multi-coloured hair?

"This company makes a whole line of colors with equally snappy names. Red Menace, Yellow Fever... That'd be a job, coming up with those names." "I don't know... How many hair colors could there be?"


All you have to do to win a copy of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless for Christmas...

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6 Funny Christmas Films to Stop You Being Dead Inside


Everyone loves a chuckle at Christmas. Unless you're a total grumpus and you have no friends and you don't like Christmas and you're dead inside.

If you are dead inside, then these top six festive chortle buckets should cheer your sorry face up:

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