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Mr. Echo - Dec. 8, 2008

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The Hot List

This week, the Hot List is gonna tackle the greatest Christmas movies of all time -- or at least Mr. Echo’s favorite movies (sorry “White Christmas” ... you didn’t make the cut. This is a Mr. Echo list!)

Top 10 Christmas Movies

10. Die Hard (1988) - Diehard? A Christmas movie? Hey, there’s screaming, yelling, gunfire -- sounds like a normal Christmas at the Echo Mansion.

9. Serendipity (2001) - Okay, not a classic Christmas flick, but it has Kate Beckinsale and Bridget Moynahan in the movie, which automatically puts it on the list. Plus, Sara and Jonathan meet while Christmas shopping at Bloomingdales. As a bonus, Jeremy Piven and Eugene Levy are classic.

Rants and Raves!

Have you been drawn in by the new promos for LOST? Ok ... let's be honest here. As great as Season 1 of LOST was, Season 2 was just horrid. Too many unanswered questions and we didn't have a clue where the producers were taking the show. Season 3 was only marginally better. But Season 4 was a kick-butt show and the upcoming Season 5 looks to be outstanding. With an actual end-date already planned, the producers know where to take us over the next two seasons (the series will end in the 2010 season) -- so hold on, this is gonna be good.

By the way, if you jumped the LOST ship after Season 1 (and many of you did), then you can catch up by buying the DVDs for Seasons 1-4 (the new one comes out Dec. 9) or you can catch them for free here. This show is just too good to miss.

The promos for "24" look like my man Jack is in for another wild day. If you've missed any of the promos (and I'm not too sure how that is possible), you can check them out here and you can find Mr. Echo's review of the two-hour "24" movie in the Dec. 1 blog.

Did anyone see the new TNT drama "Leverage" ... or did everybody miss it like I did? This looks like a great series, starring Timothy Hutton (who has come a long way since his Caddyshack days!). Looking through the maze that is the TNT network website, it looks like we can catch the Dec. 7 premiere episode Dec. 9 at 8 p.m., followed by episode 2 at 9:00. This looks like something we need to give a peek.

Speaking of TNT, Noah Wylie in the "Librarian"? And even better, they have now made THREE of these movies? How did Mr. Echo miss this? Here is a description from TNT on THE LIBRARIAN: CURSE OF THE JUDAS CHALICE: The world is in danger of being overrun by vampires, and the only person who can prevent it from happening is Flynn Carsen (Noah Wylie) in the third installment of TNT's hugely successful Librarian franchise. It looks like Dr. Carter is trying to become today's Indiana Jones (sorry, Nic Cage already won that race). The comedic value of this alone makes it a must-see. Riveting television all the way around.

Why in the world do they run the great Christmas classics right after Thanksgiving? You know, Frosty and Rudolph and the Grinch? Come on, we've barely put the turkey away and the TV brass automatically thinks we are ready for Christmas. And then we get NOTHING for the next month? Is there some law that Rudolph can't be shown in the middle of December? Did Santa make some proclamation when he signed over the commercial rights? This isn't right. When President Obama gets around to naming me TV Czar for his cabinet, we'll get this fixed.

8. Home Alone (1990) - In 1990, Macaulay Culkin was still cute, but Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern stole this movie. Hilarious scenes when they break into the house and face little Kevin McCallister.

7. The Santa Clause (1994) - Hokey? Yes. Fun? You bet. Tim Allen’s run as Santa always put a smile on my face. The kid was a little whiny, but Bernard the head Elf made up for it.

6. Scrooged (1988) - Bill Murray at his best in this remake of the famous tale. Throw in some great Bobcat Goldthwaite and you’ve got a hit. Murray’s speech at the end is gold.

5. Trading Places (1983) - Not a traditional Christmas favorite, but Trading Places has to be in the top 5 just due to the comedic genius of Eddie Murphy. Plus, this is where the G.I. Joe with the Kung Fu grip was made famous.

4. The Family Man (2000) - Nic Cage’s spin into the past to experience his life if he wouldn’t have taken the corporate route. Tea Leoni is hot and Piven reappears as the best friend (is he everybody’s best friend?). Don Cheadle is greatness in a limited role.

3. A Christmas Story (1983) - Ralphie. Randy. The Bumphus Dogs. Darren McGavin’s BEST movie role. Simply a Christmas Classic. If you haven’t seen it .... it’ll be on this Christmas. Promise.

2. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) - The standard. I don’t need to say anything else.

1. Christmas Vacation (1989) - Christmas Clark W. Griswald-style! If you had to watch one movie this Christmas season, this is it. Cousin Eddie. Aunt Bethany. Uncle Lewis. Has any movie given us more? And if you haven’t tried to pull off a Griswold Christmas light display at least once in your life, well, you haven’t really experienced Christmas, have you?

Videos of the Week

Say What?

In honor of our No. 1 Christmas movie of the all-time, we’re bringing you some of the top quotes of Christmas Vacation. Enjoy the laughs!

Clark: Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f#$%#$g Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of a-holes this side of the nuthouse.

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Clark: Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?

Eddie: Naw, I'm doing just fine, Clark.

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Clark: Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.

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Eddie: You surprised to see us, Clark?

Clark: Oh, Eddie... If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now.

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Ellen: Oh Aunt Bethany, you shouldn't have done that.

Aunt Bethany: Oh dear, did I break wind?

Uncle Lewis: Jesus, did the room clear out, Bethany? Hell no, she means presents. You shouldn't have brought presents.

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Clark: Since this is Aunt Bethany's 80th Christmas, I think she should lead us in the saying of Grace.

Aunt Bethany: [turns to Lewis] What, dear?

Nora Griswold: Grace!

Aunt Bethany: Grace? She passed away thirty years ago.

Uncle Lewis: They want you to say Grace.

[Bethany shakes her head in confusion]

Uncle Lewis: The BLESSING!

Aunt Bethany: [they all pose for prayer] I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands/ One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Clark: Amen.

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Clark: [a squirrel is loose in the house] Where is Eddie? He usually eats these things.

Cousin Catherine Johnson: Not recently, Clark. He read that squirrels were high in cholesterol.

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Clark: Hey, Kids, I heard on the news that an airline pilot spotted Santa's sleigh on it's way in from New York City.

Eddie: [after a pause] You serious, Clark?

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Clark: Oh, I was just smelling - smiling. I was just blouse - browsing. I, uh, heh heh. Well, I guess it just wouldn't... Oh hee hee, it wouldn't be the Christmas shopping season if the stores were any less hooter than they - HOTTER than they are. Whew. It is warm in here, isn't it?

Mary: You have your coat on.

Clark: Yes, oh do I? Yeah, it is a bit nipply out. I mean nippy. What am I saying, nipple?

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Art: The little lights... they aren't twinkling.

Clark: I know, Art. Thanks for noticing.

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