We know it’s only July but we have to admit we’re already excited for Christmas. It is the most wonderful time of the year after all. In honour of the Christmas in July trend, Lea Michele has made a major announcement about an upcoming festive project.
Fans of A Christmas Prince, Love Actually, The Holiday and every other Christmas rom-com are going to love Lea's Christmas movie Same Time, Next Christmas.
Same Time, Next Christmas will air in December 2019 and we are so ready for all the festive cheesiness this movie will bring to our screens.
Lea has landed the lead role of Olivia Henderson, a young woman who meets her childhood love during a festive family trip in Hawaii.
Olivia and her childhood sweetheart reunite at the same resort after time and distance kept them apart for years, but can their love survive the circumstances forcing them apart?
Speaking of her new role, Lea gushed, “I’ve been so excited to share this news! It’s going to be a very Merry Christmas with this amazing movie AND my Christmas album!”
We have to say we can’t wait to watch Lea in Same Time, Next Christmas. We’ll have to be patient as the film won’t be released for another five months, but at least every single episode of Glee is on Netflix now.
If anyone needs us we’ll be binge-watching Glee and singing along to Don’t Stop Believin’.
Christmas is just around the corner and we are so ready to relax and unwind. We are planning on doing nothing but eating Pringles, turkey sambos and chocolate Santa's for the foreseeable future.
One of the best things about Christmas is being able to lounge around in your pyjamas and watch movies all day. It is honestly all we want to do this year.
We’ve conjured up a list of the best movies on over the holidays and you just can’t miss these classic flicks this year.
Christmas Eve: There are many timeless classics on December 24 that will make for the perfect festive movie night for you and the gang.
RTÉ Two, 12:25 pm- E.T
RTÉ One, 3:35 pm- Miracle on 34th Street
BBC One, 5 pm- Mary Poppins
Virgin Media 3, 8:15 pm- Dirty Dancing
Christmas Day: For those of you taking it easy and staying home on Christmas Day, you’re in for a real treat. Some of the all time greatest Christmas movies will be on December 25 and they’re bound to make your day feel extra magical.
RTÉ One, 8:20 am- Enchanted
RTÉ Two, 10:25 am- Finding Nemo
RTÉ One, 2: 55 pm- Home Alone
Virgin Media One, 4:05 pm- The Wizard of Oz
RTÉ One, 4.30 pm- The Jungle Book
RTÉ One, 6: 35 pm- Arthur Christmas
Sky One, 6: 45 pm- The Greatest Showman
E4, 9:15 pm- The Devil Wears Prada
Virgin Media One, 9:15 pm- Bridget Jones’s Diary
RTÉ One, 11:10 pm- Love Actually
St. Stephen’s’ Day:
A day of turkey sandwiches, napping and chocolate. Unwind with these brilliant films all from the comfort of your sofa.
BBC Two, 2:30 pm- Saving Mr Banks
RTÉ One, 3:55 pm- Cinderella
RTÉ One, 6: 25 pm- Zootropolis
Virgin Media One, 9 pm- The Commitments
RTÉ Two, 1:25 pm- 13 Going on 30
BBC One, 2:25 pm- Cinderella
Channel 4, 5: 40 pm- Paddington
New Year’s Eve:
If you’re not in the mood to go out on the town and simply want to ring in the new year at home then there are plenty of movies on to keep you entertained.
Look, I know it is only September, but I can’t help but feel excited about Christmas. Is it too early? Maybe… Do I care? Nope.
I am already embracing the holiday spirit and this latest movie news has my heart feeling full and festive.
Game of Thrones star Emilia Clark and Crazy Rich Asians actor Henry Golding are set to star in a Christmas film together written by none other than Emma Thompson.
The Hollywood goddess is no stranger to festive films, having starred in Love Actually in 2003. Emma’s portrayal of the heartbroken Karen is by far one of her best performances *listens to Joni Mitchell and sobs*
The Pride and Prejudice actress has penned the screenplay for upcoming Christmas flick Last Christmas, with the help of Bryony Kimmings.
The writer revealed the movie is based on the popular Wham! hit Last Christmas. The late George Michael even gave the movie his blessing before his untimely passing on Christmas Day 2016.
Bridesmaids director Paul Feig will take over directing duties for the romantic comedy.
Lead actor Henry Golding couldn’t help but express his excitement about Last Christmas: “Finally I can start getting excited and share the news… @paulfeig and I will be back to business in London at the end of the year.”
It is believed filming will take place in London later this year, which unfortunately means it won’t be released in time for Christmas 2018.
I guess we’ll just have to stick with the classics for now. If anybody needs me I’ll be watching Home Alone for the 1000th time.
The office is closed, the fire is lit, there's a glass of wine with your name on it and a TV just waiting to be watched.
That's right, the Christmas holidays are just around the corner, and with that, it's about time we start planning how what we're going to watch during all those cosy evenings spent by the fire.
After all, it wouldn't be Christmas if we didn't watch an unholy amount of cheesy films, right?
Here's our top picks:
One of our all time favourites!
Nothing fills us with the joys of Christmas quite like a watching Buddy The Elf attempt to navigate the Big Apple and find his birth father, Walter Hobbs.
His child-like behaviour and joyous attitude may be a little over the top for the business types of NYC, but even the most cynical among us are no match for his Christmas spirit.
2. The Santa Clause
Growing up in 1990's Ireland, three things heralded the arrival of Christmas over all others – 1. The Late Late Toy Show (obviously), 2. Seeing the Coca-cola ad on TV for the first time, and 3. Staying up late to watch what is arguably Tim Allen's greatest performance on RTÉ.
Sure, the story starts off on a bit of grim note, but seeing Scott (aka the new Santa Clause) rise to the occasion for the sake of his son reminds us what Christmas is all about.
3. Love Actually
Is it just us, or is it hard to believe that Richard Curtis' festive masterpiece is 14-years-old?
Love Actually tells ten interweaving stories of love around Christmas time, and has cemented itself as a holiday tradition in many households across the country.
Cry, laugh and ask what love actually is with an all-star cast featuring Hugh Grant, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Kiera Knightley, Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman, to name just a few.
4. The Holiday
A modern classic that is often overshadowed by other festive favourites.
Starring Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet and Jack Black, this Yueltide romantic comedy tells the story of two women who embark on a house exchange after shortcomings in their love lives leave them yearning for change.
A tale full of love, loss and warm fuzzy feelings – everything we look for in a Christmas comedy.
5. Home Alone
No Christmas movie list would be complete without a visit to the McCallister's house.
Sure, child negligence doesn't exactly scream Christmas spirit, but Macaulay Culkin's charming performance makes this a must-watch ever single year.
Admit it, you pretty much know the script off by heart at this stage.
6. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Tim Burton's fantastical animation is unique in that it can be enjoyed at Halloween and Christmas time alike.
And while most people generally wouldn't associate one with the other, The Nightmare Before Christmas manages to strike the perfect balance between light and dark.
A Christmas film even the biggest scrooges can get on board with – it's win win!
7. About A Boy
Not the most traditional of Christmas films, but hey, when the main character lives off the royalties of song called Santa's Super Sleigh, we're willing to make an exception.
The story follows the unlikely friendship between a wealthy bachelor and a bullied schoolboy as they gain a new appreciation for life and the importance of family.
And if that doesn't scream Christmas time, we don't know what does.
Gone are the days when we'd wait with bated breath for the Christmas RTÉ Guide to find out what we'd be settling down to on TV that year.
Now, the listings are announced online too, and if you don't find the film you're looking for, well, there's always box sets, Netflix and more box sets.
Luckily though, our favourite Irish TV channels have come up trumps this year, and we reckon we'll be glued to the telly on those chilly Christmas nights.
Here's what you can look forward to…
Brand New Movies
Gravity, RTÉ One, Christmas Eve
Oz The Great & Powerful, RTÉ One, Christmas Day
Anchorman 2, RTÉ2
Lincoln, RTÉ One, St Stephen's Day
Les Miserables, RTÉ One, St Stephen's Day
One Direction: This Is Us, RTÉ2
Home Alone 2, RTÉ One
Up, RTÉ One
The Commitments, TV3
The Quiet Man, RTÉ One
It's A Wonderful Life, RTÉ One
And a special mention…
Queen Of Ireland Christmas Message, Christmas Day, TV3
Ireland's honourary Queen of Ireland will take to our screens on Christmas Day afternoon to share her vision of 2016 with us. Even though it's long before the watershed we reckon there'll be a few risqué jokes in there. It is Panti Bliss after all.
Don’t miss any of your favourite Christmas movies this week with our guide of what’s on when! There are LOADS of favourites on including the Harry Potter movies, but we've chosen some very Christmassy-inspired titles to get you in the mood! We also added Into The West, though not Christmassy, it's definitely one we do not want to miss!
And we don't want to talk about how distraught we are that Love Actually and The Santa Claus are nowhere to be found on the terrestrial channels…
23rd Dec ITV 2, 9.00pm
Bridget Jones’ Diary
Christmas Eve (24th Dec) Channel 4, 4.50pm
The Muppets Christmas Carol
ITV 2, 9pm
Christmas Day (25th Dec) RTÉ 1, 8.05am
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Telling someone that you’re really not into Christmas movies is almost like admitting that chocolate or pizza just isn’t your bag. It can be, in other words, completely and utterly shocking.
But fear not, we have a list of reasons why it’s completely OK to dislike festive flicks.
The next time you’re faced with a sea of gobsmacked expressions because you’ve never watched Elf or seen Miracle on 34th Street, just reel out the following reasons for your questionable attitude and watch people slowly come around to your way of thinking.
1. Perfect family vs. your family
Who wants to endure two hours of some perfect family enjoying the holiday season when your own family struggle to make it through Christmas breakfast without a scuffle?
2. Movie weather vs. real weather
Why must we watch that same perfect family enjoy classic Christmas activities like sleighing and snowball fighting when our dad just skulled himself on the icy back steps and crashed head first into the dog’s kennel?
3. Film fights vs. real fights
Who needs to be duped into thinking that Christmas fights within the family can be rectified with a little comedy and a lot of good cheer when really, we all know that there was NO coming back from our family fight on Christmas Day 2005. We'd rather not talk about it, thanks.
4. Movie soundtrack vs. your soundtrack
Who needs to see a neighbourhood who gets to experience Christmas carols, church bells and neighbourly well wishes when all WE get is a dodgy Christmas number one, a non-stop burglar alarm and the annual screaming match in the Queen Vic.
5. Their presents vs. your presents.
How is it fair that they get perfectly wrapped gifts sitting under an enormous Christmas tree, and all WE get is a voucher given to us by a hungover and disgruntled sibling who’d rather keep it for themselves?