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Pee-Wee Herman's 1988 Christmas Special: Streaming Online!

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Remember Pee-Wee Herman's 1988 Christmas Special? It featured an insanely long list of guest-stars, including: Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Grace Jones, k.d. lang, Dinah Shore, Little Richard, Cher, Magic Johnson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, the Del Rubio Triplets, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Joan Rivers, and Charo. It was a hell of a production, and as far as Christmas specials go, it's a classic.

In the special, Pee-Wee makes an absurdly long list of presents he wants from Santa (using his Conky 2000 computer); various guest stars help him decorate for the holiday; a Jewish neighbor explains Hanukkah and the dreidel; and finally, Santa arrives -- but since Pee-Wee requested so many presents, there was no room on the sleigh for presents for anyone else on the planet. How will it end?? You'll have to watch to find out.

The special is streaming online now, on Pee-Wee Herman's website. Here's how to watch the special:

  • Visit PeeWee.com (link opens in new window).
  • Click on the pink video player in the lower left-hand corner.
  • Ignore the popup asking you to join Pee-Wee's Pen Pal club. Or don't, that's your call!
  • Click "view full screen" for an immersive Pee-Wee experience. If that's your thing.

If the PeeWee.com site doesn't work for you (it's VERY Flash-heavy), you can also watch a poor-quality YouTube version dubbed from VHS (it's broken up into parts; check the Related Videos for the remainder of the videos). You can also read more about the special at a special wiki devoted to Christmas specials (yes, really). Here's some trivia from Wikipedia: "This is the only [Pee-Wee's Playhouse] episode in which the secret word is not revealed in the beginning."

And finally, some personal Pee-Wee trivia from my childhood: back in the day, I rode the bus to middle school in Sarasota, Florida with fellow blogger Ransom Riggs (who was a big Pee-Wee fan at the time). Our bus went right past the adult theater where Mr. Herman got into, ahem, some trouble. It was pretty weird. I hear it's just a parking lot now. Any Sarasota residents want to post an update on that?

(Via Pop Candy.)

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RoboCop Is Storming Back Into Theaters
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Movie fans celebrating the 30th anniversary of Paul Verhoeven’s classic ‘80s action flick RoboCop—which was released in theaters on this day in 1987—got an added surprise today when Alamo Drafthouse announced that it will be bringing the movie back to its theaters nationwide for one night only on Sunday, September 10, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

While the official screening will be held in Dallas, with Peter Weller—the film’s half-cyborg star—in attendance and taking audience questions once the final credits roll, that’s not even the coolest part: The screening will take place at Dallas City Hall, which played the part of OCP Headquarters in the original film. And the building is going all out to celebrate its brush with Hollywood stardom; in addition to a number of food trucks, there will be a full bar serving RoboCop-themed cocktails and a variety of sure-to-be-awesomely-cheesy photo ops.

According to Birth.Movies.Death, which is co-hosting the screening with Alamo Drafthouse and Syfy, each ticket will come with a special prop that will allow audience members to interact with the movie. Tickets for the Dallas event will go on sale at 11 a.m. on August 1; to find out if there’s an Alamo Drafthouse theater near you that will be live-streaming the event, click here. We’d buy that for a dollar!

[h/t: The Hollywood Reporter]

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Game of Thrones Made a Fun Nod to Harry Potter In Its Season Premiere
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Warning: This article contains mild spoilers about the season seven premiere of Game of Thrones. It also spoils minor plot points of the Harry Potter films.

Harry Potter fans may have gotten a strange sense of déjà vu during last night’s Game of Thrones season opener. That’s because the HBO series’ creators appear to have dropped in a subtle reference to the Harry Potter film franchise—and the Internet, in a moment of truly esoteric nerd trivia, picked up on it immediately.

The Easter egg came when Samwell Tarly, eager to discover an obscure bit of history that could help Westeros fend off the advancing White Walkers, asks the archmaester Ebrose for access to the restricted section of the Citadel’s library.

Devoted fantasy fans will recall that in another world, at another time, a young Voldemort asked Professor Slughorn for permission to enter the restricted section of the library at Hogwarts. The connection? Jim Broadbent, the real-life muggle actor who played Slughorn in the final three movies of the Harry Potter franchise, made his Game of Thrones debut last night playing Ebrose.

It seems that no matter where Broadbent goes, no matter how far he travels across fantasy universes, he can’t escape eager pupils trying to meddle in parts of the library where they don’t belong.

[h/t: Independent]

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