Looking for a last minute Christmas gift for a movie fan? Check out A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic by Case Gaines.
Here’s Richard’s blurb from the back of the book: “Caseen Gaines’s book on A Christmas Story is a gift. It entertainingly and exhaustively sheds new light on a movie that everyone loves and thinks they know inside and out. Engaging and packed with enlightening anecdotes, it’s a perfect companion to the movie.” —Richard Crouse, author of 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen and Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The The Devils
What movie fan wouldn’t love to get their own theatre for Christmas? OK, so maybe it’s only 15 inches tall–not quite big enough for a red carpet launch–but it comes complete with movie stars! limousines! and even paparazzi LEGO figurines!
From shop.lego.com: Build a grand premiere at the Palace Cinema!
It’s premiere night at the Palace Cinema! Illuminate the night sky with the spotlights as the child star arrives in a fancy black limousine! Gather the crowd on the star-studded sidewalk, then head into the detailed lobby with a concession stand and ticket area! Take the grand staircase into the theater with a large screen, movie projector and reclining chairs for 6 minifigures. Introducing the latest addition to the LEGO® Modular Buildings series, the highly detailed, 2-story Palace Cinema corner building. This collectible model features a sidewalk of the stars, brick-built entrance doors, posters, sign frontage, a tower with spires and rooftop decorations. Includes 6 minifigures: child actress, chauffeur, female guest, male guest, photographer and cinema worker.
Includes 6 minifigures: child star, chauffeur, female guest, male guest, photographer and cinema worker
Features brick-built entrance doors, posters, sign frontage, tower with spires and rooftop decoration, lobby, concession stand, ticket area, staircase, big screen, projector and reclining seats for 6 minifigures
Vehicles include classic-style limousine
Hard-to-find elements include a red baseplate and dark tan, dark red, and gold pieces
Seat a 6-minifigure audience in the reclining seats!
Play on the star-studded sidewalk, in the detailed lobby or in the big-screen theatre!
Palace Cinema measures 15″ (38cm) high, 10″ (25.5cm) wide, and 10″ (25.5cm) deep
Have a Labyrinth Christmas! celebrate with The W0rm, the extremely hospitable cockney creature who encourages Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) not to give up the quest to save her brother in the classic Jim Henson film. “I’m just a worm. Say, come inside, and meet the misses!”
From think geek.com:
What a night. Her parents leave her to babysit her little brother, never bothering to ask if she had plans. Goblins come and take the poor boy away. And then, Sarah finds herself outside the Labyrinth, tasked with finding her way to the center or losing her baby brother forever! David Bowie sure can be mean. Once inside the Labyrinth, the first creature she meets is only referred to as “The Worm” (and no complaining, because she met Hoggle outside the Labyrinth). Take a little magic from the Labyrinth home with you now, when you buy a Limited Edition Labyrinth Worm Plush.
Each Limited Edition Labyrinth Worm Plush is actually a pumped up version of the character from the movie. It just had to be distorted a little, in order to be more huggable – sort of like the plush characters in Sarah’s room (if you know what we mean, you’ll know what we mean). So, come inside, have a nice cup of tea, meet the missus, and take home your very own Limited Edition Labyrinth Worm Plush today.
Limited Edition Labyrinth Worm Plush
Adorable plush of one of the Labyrinth’s most adorable creatures.
Fully licensed, limited edition collectible.
Can also be used to enhance your Jareth costume. Just saying.
Have a curious and curiouser Christmas with a copy of “Cabinet of Curiosities,” a new book from director Guillermo Del Toro.
From amazon.ca: Over the last two decades, writer-director Guillermo del Toro has mapped out a territory in the popular imagination that is uniquely his own, astonishing audiences with Cronos,Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and a host of other films and creative endeavors. Now, for the first time, del Toro reveals the inspirations behind his signature artistic motifs, sharing the contents of his personal notebooks, collections, and other obsessions. The result is a startling, intimate glimpse into the life and mind of one of the world’s most creative visionaries. Complete with running commentary, interview text, and annotations that contextualize the ample visual material, this deluxe compendium is every bit as inspired as del Toro is himself.
Contains a foreword by James Cameron, an afterword by Tom Cruise, and contributions from other luminaries, including Neil Gaiman and John Landis, among others.
Merry Christmas Dude. This Big Lebowski Kit abides and it’s only $16.95!
From target.com: In 1998 the Academy Award®-winning Coen brothers released the film The Big Lebowski—the hilariously quirky comedy-thriller about bowling, avant-garde art, nihilistic Austrians and a guy named . . . the Dude. Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, and John Turturro, The Big Lebowski has grown into a cult classic more than a decade after its original release.
Now Achievers everywhere can enjoy The Big Lebowski Kit—a boxful of fun, Lebowski-style, with:
• Oriental-rug mousepad that “really ties your desk together”
• Severed big toe—with polish! (rubber)
• Magnet with the classic phrase, “The Dude Abides”
• Little Lebowski Urban Achievers Certificate
• “the Dude” embroidered bowling-shirt patch
• 32-page book with trivia and images from the film
If someone on your list has a habit of saying, “I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly…” but already has all the scotch they can drink, why not get them the next best thing? A The Legend of Ron Burgundy 7-Inch Faux-Bronze Bust!
Enetrtainmentearth.com says: Ron Burgundy – he’s kind of a big deal. Proof: his many leather-bound books. More proof: this Anchorman The Legend of Ron Burgundy 7-Inch Faux-Bronze Bust! Featuring the legendary Ron Burgundy’s head sculpted in faux-bronze and sporting a look on his face that haunts with pure debonair class, this decorative bust is the type that belongs on the bookshelves of philosophers and within the personal library of the Maharaja. Lucky enough, this amazing bust is available for you as well, and you need not bring the wrath of the Maharaja down upon your head for the sin of coveting such an exquisite item. Measuring 7-inches tall, the faux-bronze bust of Ron Burgundy includes a name plate with the Anchorman’s full name: “Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy.”
Chances are even the movie fan who has everything doesn’t have a coffee table carved to resemble old VHS tapes.
Designed by the folks at T76 Design in Amsterdam and made in Indonesia, the table is 49-inches x 25.5-inches x 16-inches and weighs about 80 pounds. It’s a limited edition piece and a perfect Christmas gift for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list. The catch? It retails for $1980 and is only available through T76 Design’s at firstname.lastname@example.org.