Archive for December, 2010

A Christmas Story House on MSNBC

December 19th, 2010 by Ralphie

A Christmas Story House was featured on MSNBC Your Business on 12/19/2010   Click the image below to watch.

MSNBC Your Business A Christmas Story House

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James Caron’s Village Display

December 16th, 2010 by Ralphie

A few village pictures and other Christmas Story stuff. OMG Schwartz was right, there is a grizzly bears behind Pulaski’s Candy Shop. And the Bumpuses have an outdoor public convenience, I bet they didn’t get any permits for that….

James Caron
Lisbon, ME

A Christmas Story Dept 56 Village

A Christmas Story Dept 56 Village

A Christmas Story Dept 56 Village

A Christmas Story Dept 56 Village

A Christmas Story Dept 56 Village

A Christmas Story Dept 56 Village

A Christmas Story Dept 56 Village

A Christmas Story Dept 56 Village

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December 11th, 2010 by Ralphie

Just a reminder that MSNBC will be airing The Christmas Story Convention on Sunday, the 19th at 7:30 AM.
Here we are with Lisa, and the film crew for the interview.
The Davis’s from Ashtabula,Ohio
Rick & Donna, Richard and Rose Davis
What a fun weekend seeing everybody again!

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What’s Christmas without a visit to Ralphie’s house in Cleveland

December 11th, 2010 by Ralphie

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By ALGIS J. LAUKAITIS / Lincoln Journal Star

CLEVELAND — Christmas memories are as unique as snowflakes.

But there is one Yuletide memory that millions of Americans share: watching “A Christmas Story” during the holiday season.

Ring a bell? Just think of Ralphie (You’ll shoot your eye out!) Parker and his relentless quest for a Daisy Red Ryder BB gun from Santa Claus.

Depending on where you live, the film is hard to miss. Some TV stations show the film continuously for 24 hours. Its popularity is right up there with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

If you’re crazy about the movie, you’ll want to visit Cleveland and see the house where the film was made in 1983. Yes, it’s there, fully restored to its movie splendor and open for tours year-round.

Since its opening in 2006, more than 156,000 people have stopped by to see the house with its “Major Award” shining in the living room window, according to a tour guide.

The Old Man, played by Darren McGavin, won the award, a garish lamp in the shape of a woman’s leg. Mrs. Parker was not amused and “accidentally” broke it.

A replica is in the house now, and if that one gets knocked over, there are plenty more leg lamps across the street in the gift shop. They range from a full-size model for $199 down to a night-light model for $14.99. (For $239 they will ship it in a wooden crate.) You also can find the shapely legs on Christmas ornaments, key chains and tacky ties.

Like the pink rabbit pajamas from Aunt Clara that Ralphie wore on Christmas morning? You can buy a pair in the adult size for $99.99. They come in women’s and children sizes, too.

But the real draws are the house and the museum, featuring original props and costumes and memorabilia from the film and hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos. You’ll find the red snowsuit, worn by Ralphie’s little brother, Randy, and also his silver zeppelin. There’s also the ratty coat that McGavin wore while he changed the flat tire. The family car is parked in a garage next to the gift shop.

Remember the scene in the bathroom, where Ralphie had to put a bar of Lifebuoy soap in his mouth for using a cuss word? You can do the same. Lifebuoy soap bars are available from the gift shop.

Kids also can crawl under the sink, just as Randy did when he was scared that “The Old Man” was going to kill Ralphie for getting into a fight with the neighborhood bully, Skut Farcus.

But the big draw is the living room, where a Red Ryder BB gun sits in its box in the corner behind the desk — just like in the movie. And McGavin’s blue bowling ball rests under a Christmas tree. Visitors like to pose with both the gun and bowling ball — along with the leg lamp.

After touring the rest of the house, which includes Ralphie and Randy’s bedroom (check out the original wallpaper) and the old-fashioned kitchen complete with a plastic turkey, visitors can go into the backyard to see the garden shed that the bad guys crawled over.

Depending on the time of year, you might find a BB gun range in the backyard, where you can practice with a Red Ryder. But be careful so you don’t shoot your eye out!

But if you’re looking for the Bumpus hounds next door, they’ve been replaced by pit bulls.

“A Christmas Story” has become so popular that annual conventions are staged in Cleveland. This year’s convention was held Nov. 26-27 and featured appearances by seven original cast members — Randy, Flick, Scut Farkus and toady Grover Dill, Miss Shields the teacher and the two evil elves from Higbee’s department store.

The great thing about visiting the house and museum is that you might get to ask questions and learn interesting facts about the movie.

Like how they made Flick’s tongue stick to the flagpole. They used an air compressor and hose that created the needed suction through a small opening in the flagpole.

Or how “His End Up” got labeled on the wooden shipping crate containing “The Major Award.” It seems the union carpenters made the box too big and it wouldn’t fit through the door, so they had to saw off 2 inches. And that’s how the letter “T” disappeared.

And the reason they chose Cleveland? Many of the scenes were shot in Toronto, Ontario, but director Bob Clark was looking for a friendly department store to shoot the Santa Claus scenes.

They found Higbee’s in Cleveland and a house in a blue-collar neighborhood near downtown. The rest is ‘Christmas Story” history.

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Leg Lamp Cupcakes

December 6th, 2010 by Ralphie

I had to share these with you guys.

I thought you may like these for your next party:

See How to Make them here: http://www.thepartyanimal-blog.org/leg-lamp-cupcakes/

Nicole

leg lamp cupcakes cup cakes

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Billingsley Joins Production Team for A CHRISTMAS STORY

December 3rd, 2010 by Ralphie

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Peter Billingsley, the actor who starred as the nine-year-old bespectacled hero “Ralphie” in the 1983 irreverent holiday film classic A Christmas Story, has signed on as a producer of the new musical adaptation of the perennial favorite, currently in previews at Seattle’s5th Avenue Theatre. Billingsley, who has since gone on to a successful career in Hollywood as an actor, producer and director, will be in Seattle to give production notes and to meet the 11-year-old actor Clarke Hallum, who plays Ralphie in A Christmas Story: The Musical.

“A Christmas Story has always meant a lot to me personally and to audiences worldwide,” said Peter Billingsley. I’m excited to bring this film to the stage because the story and the characters lend themselves so well to the exciting ingredients that become available in the world of musicals. Just think about the idea of a Leg Lamp Kickline! I am honored to be part of this brand new musical and look forward to bringing it to audiences everywhere.”

Peter Billingsley has been a member of the Hollywood community since the age of three, appearing in television commercials in the 1970s before jettisoning to fame with the holiday classic A Christmas Story in 1983, where he portrayed the unforgettable Red Ryder BB gun-seeking Ralphie Parker. Since then Billingsley has taken his talent behind the camera, bringing his comedic genius and impeccable timing to both film and television. As a producer, he has earned an Emmy nomination for the critically acclaimed Independent Film Channel TV show “Dinner for Five,” and has also worked as Executive Producer on the hit films The Break Up and Four Christmases with his longtime friend and collaborator Vince Vaughn, as well as working as producer on the 2008 blockbuster Iron Man. As a director, his most recent film was Couples Retreat, starring Vaughn and Jon Favreau, along with Malin Ackerman and Kristin Bell. Currently he’s developing the big screen adaptation of Melissa Marr’s fantasy novel “Wicked Lovely,” which Billingsley will produce along with Valeri Vaughn.

Peter joins commercial producers Gerald Goehring (Frankenstein: The Musical) and Michael Mitri (Frankenstein: The Musical), who have guided the production forward since its World Premiere at Kansas City Rep last season. Broadway producer Roy Miller (The Pee-Wee Herman Show, West Side Story revival) recently came onboard to help lead the production forward along with Pat Addiss (Promises, Promises; Spring Awakening), Louise H. Beard, Mariano Tolentino, Timothy Laczynski, Bartner/Jenkins Entertainment, Angela Milonas, and Bradford W. Smith. The producers are in the process of formulating post-Seattle plans for A Christmas Story: The Musical!

More about A Christmas Story:  The Musical!
Based on the stories of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and adapted from the hilarious 1983 family holiday film, A Christmas Story: The Musical! follows young Ralphie Parker, as he schemes his way towards the holiday gift of his dreams — a Red Ryder 200 Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle.  With its sparkling original score by Broadway’s hottest young composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, its wicked wit, and its heart of pure gold, A Christmas Story: The Musical! plays through December 30, 2010, and is a yuletide delight for the whole family.

Tickets for A Christmas Story: The Musical! are available by calling 206-625-1900 or toll-free at 888-5TH-4TIX (584-4849). Tickets can also be purchased online at www.5thavenue.org and in person at the box office located at 1308 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101. Box office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM-5:30 PM.

Read more: http://seattle.broadwayworld.com/article/Billingsley_Joins_Production_Team_for_A_CHRISTMAS_STORY_20101201#ixzz175my5TYk

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Peter Billingsley to Executive Produce ‘A Christmas Story’ Musical

December 3rd, 2010 by Ralphie

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Peter Billingsley — star of 1983’s A Christmas Story — has signed on to executive produce the musical adaptation of the film.

A Christmas Story has always meant a lot to me personally,” says Billingsley, who played 9-year-old Ralphie Parker. “I’m excited to bring this film to the stage because the story and the characters lend themselves so well to the world of musicals.”

With previews beginning Wednesday at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre (and running Dec. 9-30), A Christmas Story: The Musical! will remain loyal to the film adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s short stories and includes an original score from Broadway composing duo Benj Paske andJustin Paul.

After gaining household recognition as the Red Ryder BB Gun-seeking hero, Billingsley went to work behind the camera to produce such films as 2006’s The Break Up and 2008’s Four Christmases. He most recently made his feature-length directorial debut on 2009’s Couples Retreat.

“I am honored to be a part of this project and look forward to bringing the play to more stages,” says Billingsley. “Just think about the idea of a leg-lamp kickline.”

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I’m Stuck!

December 3rd, 2010 by Ralphie

My elementary school a long time ago. The original flag pole LOL!!

John Holmes

Flick stuck to flag pole

Flick stuck to flag pole

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