MUSIC VIDEO – Surjan Stevens

The Child with the Star on His Head

Merry Christmas to all

 

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MUSIC VIDEO – The Chieftains

A Breton Carol

It’s beginning to look a lot like (a Cult Fix) Christmas…

For those of you not in the know, I’m a HUGE fan of Christmas – the tinnier the music the sweeter it sounds to my ears! The gaudier the decor, the better!  The cheesier the film, the more engrossed I am! Stick a few tubular bells on at the right time of the year and I’m in!

It occurred to me the other day that many of the actors that I’ve chatted with probably have EPIC Christmas films just waiting for me to discover them.

Here are what I’ve uncovered so far.

Enver Gjokaj

Dick Elves

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Magda Apanowicz

2012 – 12 Disasters of Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve when an ominous dark star appears in the sky; could this star be a sign that Judgment Day is near? When massive earthquakes and natural disasters tear apart cities, it seems that the day of reckoning is upon us – and now a small band of heroes must come together to save the world!

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2011 – Snowmageddon

An Alaskan town is in danger of destruction by a mystical snow globe that appears on a family’s doorstep, wrapped like a Christmas gift, and causes deadly “natural” disasters in the real world, while simultaneously occurring in the globe.

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2006 – Holiday Wishes

Danni Hartford, party planner to the King family, wants to find her sister. Britney, the Kings’ spoiled 15-year-old daughter, wants a horse. On a nearby horse farm, Rachel is treated like a servant by her foster siblings; all she wants is a real family. When all three girls make wishes at the Christmas dance, Britney and Rachel’s souls switch bodies. But the girls soon find their new lives are not exactly what they pictured. When Danni discovers what has happened, she must figure out how to switch the girls back.

Reed Diamond

2001 – Three Days

Ten years ago, Andrew married his childhood sweetheart, Beth. Now Andrew’s a high-powered literary agent, but his relationship with his wife has not fared as well. When Beth is tragically killed just days before Christmas, an angel gives Andrew the chance to relive the last three days his wife was alive. But he can’t change fate and Beth will still lose her life. However, Andrew can still discover the gift Beth needs most from him.

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Do let me know if I’ve missed anything in the comments or via twitter!

CULTURALLY FIXATED

Cheese Bomb

A few weeks ago, himself and I were invited to his father’s for a belated Christmas dinner – un-Christmas if you will – with a few of the un-In-Laws. It’s a tradition that we’ve been creating the last few years and as the month of January can occasionally fall a bit flat after all the festivities, a post-Christmas celebration gives us all something to look forward to. A brilliant idea I think!

After a delicious meal and some great company we were presented with a little bag of gifts; the most unusual of which was…a Lancashire Cheese Bomb (My un-in-laws know me very well).

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Tonight we cracked it open!

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Absolutely delish on crackers, very smooth and flavourful and definitely one of the most eye catching gifts I’ve ever received.

Hmmm, I shouldn’t really have blogged about it as I intend to gift a few to others in future!

INTERVIEW – Chat with Magda Apanowicz

So, maintaining my tradition (of a year ago *ahem*), I am officially calling in 2015 with a Canadian.

Last year it was the delightful Leah Cairns (who I will absolutely be bringing back for a chat!)…this year, Culturally Fixated  is joined by the equally fabulous and hilarious

Magda Apanowicz

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Andy Jenson – Kyle XY

Where to start!! There’s something about Magda that made it just *IMPOSSIBLE* for me to stay in interview mode – she’s that sort of person that I immediately started chatting to as though we were life long friends!

We discuss Christmas and her two Christmas TVM for Scifi (I refuse to call them siffy) – Snowmageddon and the 12 Disasters of Christmas.

Then we took a meander down ‘genera’ lane and chat about the appeal of Sci Fi and the huge emotions and stories that can be told. Kyle XY, Caprica, Caontinuum, Battlestar Galactica – it’s so wonderful to find an actor that loves ‘my’ shows as much as I do.

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Lacy Rand – Caprica

Oh, and did I mention she’s a Buffy fan. There’s a point where you can almost hear us swoon across two different continents over Spike…that is to say James Masters.

We cast a quick eye over two of her recent (released if not shot recently) films – A Reason and The Green Inferno and Magda compares the mediums of TV and film to  come round to a favourite medium for telling stories.

We briefly touch upon some of her hobbies outside of acting – including travelling and both her Canadian and Polish roots. Finally we chat about the upcoming year!

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Kicking ass as Emily – Continuum

***LANGUAGE***

We swear. No two ways about it. I mean, we’ve not vulgar, heaven forfend…just passionate people with expressive vocabularies…
***SPOILERS***
We *RUIN* practically every show that we mention – especially Caprica, Continuum (up to season 3) and discuss in detail the atrocious ending of Kyle XY. Aspects of Battlestar Galactica.
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Some of the music that we both love!

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Merry Christmas!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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POETRY – William Blake – A Cradle Song

Recited by Allen Ginsberg

 

INTERVIEW – Reed Diamond – Christmas Special the Second

Once again Culturally Fixated is joined by our Special Correspondent in LA to celebrate Christmas!!

Welcome back to the fabulous, the funny, the festive

REED DIAMOND

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Then onto Reed’s insanely busy 2014 – from Wayward Pines to the final season of Franklin and Bash, to working with Malcolm McDowell and his first foray in comedy (on TV anyway), then onto State of Affairs and back again.

REED DIAMOND

as Daniel Whitehall

All the while joined by Monkey (an actual magical monkey) and Donald (the inebriated and obscenely snobby elf). Daniel Whitehall – yup, heartless evil Nazi Hydra leader – even serenaded us with a chilling rendition of Jingle Bells.

Oh and I taught Reed how *not* to say Nollaig Shona (Merry Christmas in Irish).

***LANGUAGE***
We’ve very good. Practically not offensive at all.
***SPOILERS***
Agents of SHIELD. We ruin the living daylights out of the first half of the second season.
And the end part of the first.
Oh, we also assume that everyone is up to speed on Dollhouse and Much Ado About Nothing. Because why wouldn’t you be?
[audio http://culturallyfixated.podbean.com/mf/web/mr574p/ReedDiamond-ChristmasSpecial.mp3]

 

Say hi to Reed on Twitter. Don’t be shy – he’s delightful – @ReedDiamond

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REVIEW – Christmas Moovies – While You Were Sleeping

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My Christmas movie marathon has begun.

While I do adore the festive season; I’m an even more complete sucker for the feel good films that it spawns.

Have spent my Sunday evening curled up in front of a fire, sipping hot chocolate with tiny pink and white marshmallows and welling up at the loveliness that is one of the finest rom-coms ever.

It’s so refreshing seeing a film with romantic leads that are over 25; have faces that move; funny and witty dialogue; secondary characters that consist of more than just quirks and a decent storyline…

Ok the storyline is daft…but beautifully so!

For any of you that might have missed it, check out the trailer below.

This is undoubtedly a Christmas film primarily because it’s set at Christmas time but I could watch it any time of the year…over and over again which is why I’ve made one of those mental rules that only allows me to watch it…well…about now!

So…are ye’s all of you judging me? Or do you have any build-up-to-the-holidays films that you’re watching? As always, comments muchly appreciated!

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