Buzzfeed put together a list of 29 supposedly “shocking” behind-the-scenes facts from Christmas movies. Here are the highlights . . .
- The shower scene in “Elf” wasn’t in the original script. It was added after the director learned that ZOOEY DESCHANEL was a good singer.
- The fight between WILL FERRELL and the fake Santa could only be done once, because the department store Christmas decorations took WEEKS to make.
- Because BRUCE WILLIS had to do a lot of things barefoot in “Die Hard”, including walking on broken glass, he actually wore fake rubber feet, which you can actually SEE if you look hard enough
- In “A Christmas Story”, Flick’s tongue was suctioned by a hidden vacuum to make it look like it was stuck to the pole.
- Before JIM CARREY got the lead in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, EDDIE MURPHY and JACK NICHOLSON were considered for the part.
- “It’s a Wonderful Life” was shot in the SUMMER of 1946, and sometimes they had to shut down production because of the heat.
- EMMA THOMPSON wore a fat suit in “Love Actually”.
- In “Home Alone”, the photo of Buzz’s “girlfriend” is actually a picture of a BOY in a wig.
- Disney had a strict policy against hiring ex-cons, but they made an exception so that TIM ALLEN could star in “The Santa Clause” in 1994.
- On “The Santa Clause 2”, Tim stayed in character around the child actors, because some of them believed he really WAS Santa.
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” has made MARIAH CAREY the Queen of Christmas and the song has also broken Guinness World Records. On Monday, the Guinness people appeared at Mariah’s Christmas show in Las Vegas to present her with THREE official records:
- Highest-charting holiday song on the U.S. Hot 100 for a solo artist.
- Most days on the U.K. singles Top 10 for a Christmas song.
- Most streamed track in 24 hours on Spotify for a female artist.
CARLY PEARCE says she and MICHAEL RAY are doing the holiday shuffle. “It’s Thanksgiving in Florida with his family, and Christmas with my family in Alabama. We’re lucky that we have family that understands and gets it, and hopefully one day when we have kids, we can combine ’em all and it’ll be great.”
DUSTIN LYNCH’s girlfriend is KELLI SEYMOUR, she’s a model from California. He says, “I slid into her DMs on Instagram.” It worked because they started texting and video-chatting. The next step happened when she went to one of his shows in California. Even then he was still testing the waters. “We ended up hitting it off and keeping in touch and seeing each other. It’s been great. We’re able to make it work and not be away from each other for too long.” She even made his CMA experience better.
“Sources” are saying that GABRIELLE UNION and JULIANNE HOUGH are out at “America’s Got Talent” because of a toxic culture that included inappropriate jokes and constant notes about their appearance.
MIKE ELI of the Eli Young Band was talking about his favorite Thanksgiving dishes and admitted that he still loves him some green bean casserole. “I’m the only one that likes it, so I make an entire green bean casserole dish and I’m the only one that eats it in my house. But for some reason I still make the whole dish, just in case somebody changes their mind.” He’s also conquered the dangers of deep-frying a turkey. “I’ve got one of those oil-less turkey fryers and it’s the best. I highly recommend it. I’ve been doing it the last few years and it really takes a lot of the stress out of making a turkey.”
CAMILA CABELLO admitted to stealing a pencil from Kensington Palace . . . and got called out by WILLIAM and KATE.
SAM HUNT is letting things cool down in the wake of his DUI arrest. He canceled his December 5th performance at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards in Nashville. Cassadee Pope is co-hosting the event along with racing analyst Rutledge Wood.
Performers from the “CMA Country Christmas” special have designed the sweaters, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit music education students around the country. They go on sale Friday at CMAChristmas.com.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD posted a promo clip of her appearance on “Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special”. Instead of singing, she’s navigating a pickup truck through some rough terrain, and scaring the daylights out of BRAD who’s in the passenger seat. The show airs next Tuesday on ABC.
JERROD NIEMANN announced the first leg of his Ghost Rider Tour. It’ll pick up February 6th in San Diego, California . . . and run through February 21st in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Jaleel White is 43. Caroline Kennedy is 62. Bill Nye “The Science Guy” is 64.