“Tyrone Power: Man, Myth and Movie Idol” Exhibit at The Hollywood Museum – Ticket Giveaway Contest via Facebook and Blog (Exhibit runs through January 11, 2015)

Win Tickets to see “Tyrone Power: Man, Myth and Movie Idol”
at The Hollywood Museum

Do you live near, or expect to be in, the Los Angeles area before January 11, 2015? If the answer is yes, then here’s a fun giveaway contest for you to enter!

We have a pair of tickets to give away via Facebook and this Blog to see the Hollywood Museum’s Exclusive Tyrone Power Exhibit in Hollywood.

In order to win a pair of tickets to the Exhibit via this contest giveaway, you must complete the following task by Friday, December 12 at 10PM EST (i.e. any time between now and December 12 at 10PM EST).  A winner will be selected via random drawing and announced on Facebook and on this blog, the day after the contest ends.

If you can’t wait to win tickets, click here to print our exclusive $5 off coupon.

If you’re also on Twitter and want more chances to win tickets to this Exhibit, follow us on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub for additional giveaways.

Tyrone Power Exhibit at The Hollywood Museum

The Exhibit runs from November 14, 2014 through January 11, 2015 at The Hollywood Museum, 1660 Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts):

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post before Friday, December 12 at 10PM EST:

THE QUESTION:
What is your favorite Tyrone Power movie and why? 

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Tyrone Power Jr at the Tyrone Power Exhibit at the Hollywood Museum

Tyrone Power Jr. ‘looking up’ at his father at the Opening Night Exhibit Gala

“Tyrone Power: Man, Myth & Movie Idol” is the nation’s largest exhibit of authentic memorabilia honoring Power, and was curated in collaboration with his son, actor Tyrone Power, Jr.  The Exhibit includes never-before-displayed costumes, personal mementos and many more items culled from family, friends, private collectors and The Hollywood Museum archives.

Visit thehollywoodmuseum.com or follow on Twitter @HollywoodMuseum or Hollywood Museum Facebook.

See contest rules here.  

Hollywood Museum

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PLEASE NOTE for all prizing: The Tyrone Power Exhibit runs November 14, 2014 through January 11, 2015 at The Hollywood Museum, 1660 N. Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California, 90028. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Exhibit.

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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“Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” Book Giveaway Facebook Contest (November 26 thru January 2)

Book Giveaway: “Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” by Peter Ackroyd  — Qualifying Entry Task for our Facebook and Blog Contest

As part of our 6-week Charlie Chaplin book giveaway promotion, courtesy of Doubleday Books, I am so happy to say that CMH will be giving away THREE copies of this wonderful biography via our Facebook Page and this Blog… Here’s how to enter…

In order to qualify for to win a copy of Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life via this contest giveaway, you must complete the following task by Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7PM EST (i.e. any time between now and January 2, 2015 at 7PM EST).  However, the sooner you enter, the better chances you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on three different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as follows:

  • Friday, December 5: One Winner
  • Friday, December 19: One Winner
  • Friday, January 2, 2015: One Winner

We will announce each winner on Facebook and this blog, the day after each winner is picked. If you’re also on Twitter and want more chances to win, follow us on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub for additional book giveaways.

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Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd

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ENTRY TASK:

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post BY Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

THE QUESTION:
What is your favorite Charlie Chaplin film and why? 

AND — I am happy to say that Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) AND Canadian entrants are eligible to enter. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above) and/or Canada.

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase it on amazon via the below link (click on image):

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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“TCM Presents … There’s No Place Like Hollywood” Bonham’s Auction 2014

Bonhams Auction “TCM Presents … There’s No Place Like Hollywood”

I was so excited to be able to stop by the Bonhams TCM auction yesterday, and although I didn’t participate in any of the bidding, I was able to view all of the one-of-a-kind classic collectibles on display and, witness, first-hand, all of the bidding. I was also fortunate enough to be there when the iconic Casablanca piano went up for bids — which, much to my surprise, started at an opening bid of 1.6 million dollars (wow), and (not to my surprise) eventually sold for 2.9 million, after which, adding the auction premium charge of $513,000, totaled out at $3,413,000.

That said, I’d like to share some pictures of the spectacular items sold yesterday at Bonhams, in no particular order… (please note all prices include premium charges)…

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Bonhams TCM Auction 2014The Auction

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Burt Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of OzBurt Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume from The Wizard of Oz sold for $3,077,000

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Dorothy 'test' dress and pinafore from The Wizard of OzDorothy ‘test’ dress and pinafore from The Wizard of Oz sold for $245,000

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Judy Garland evening gown from Easter ParadeJudy Garland evening gown from Easter Parade sold for $11,875

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Grace Kelly cocktail dress from MogamboGrace Kelly cocktail dress from Mogambo sold for $16,250

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Barbra Streisand dress from The Way We WereBarbra Streisand dress from The Way We Were sold for $8,750

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Barbra Streisand costume made for Yentl Barbra Streisand costume made for Yentl sold for $2,250

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A pair of Laurel and Hardy suitsA pair of Laurel and Hardy suits sold for $5,000

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A Lou Costello beige suit from Lost in a Harem AND a blue suit from A&C in HollywoodA Lou Costello beige suit from Lost in a Harem sold for $750 AND a blue suit from A&C in Hollywood sold for $1,187

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Casablanca pianoThe Casablanca Piano on which Sam plays “As Time Goes By” sold for $3,413,000

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production-made "Transit Papers" from CasablancaThe production-made “Transit Papers” from Casablanca sold for $118,750

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A casino chip from CasablancaA casino chip from Casablanca sold for $3,125

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As Time Goes By Sheet MusicSheet Music to “As Time Goes By” sold for $687

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TCM Bonhams auction, scripts, lobby card posters and moreVarious scripts, lobby card posters and more…..

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–Annmarie Gatti from Classic Movie Hub

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Nosferatu Remixed – An Interview with Director David Lee Fisher

 

Nosferatu Remixed

An Interview with Director David Lee Fisher

David Lee Fisher, nosferatu

I have a question for you: What goes through your head when I say the words “German Expressionism?” For some of you, the answer will surely be films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Destiny, and The Last Laugh. For others, the answer might be something about the highly stylized “anti-Hollywood” films that came of Germany during and after World War One. But one director has another idea – Remix. Yes, you read that right, remix.

Early last week I had the pleasure of speaking with director David Lee Fisher about his latest project – a digital remix of the classic F.W Murnau film Nosferatu. It won’t be the director’s first time dabbling in the world of silent film and the magic of modern technology. In 2005 he completed his first “remixed” feature film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with famed creature actor, Doug Jones — and now the two are back with their next project, Nosferatu.

I would like to extend my gratitude to David Lee Fisher for taking the time to do this interview with us. David is also in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for the film. Be sure to check what rewards and updates you can get from the project here.

Concept ArtConcept Art for Fisher’s remix of Nosferatu

CMH: You describe your films as ‘visual remixes.’ Can you explain this concept further?

DLF: My primary goal has always been to revisit these films in the closest way possible while also bringing both sound and enhancement for a modern audience. I view our work as almost companion pieces for people to discover the magic of the originals.  The “remix” concept first came out of necessity, as when we made our first film we didn’t have the budget to recreate the sets. So instead we invented a process where we scanned and restored imagery from the original film, and then used it as digital backdrops to digitally layer modern day actors into. Doing this reminded me of remixing a song, where the source material is used to create something new while still retaining the melody of the original.  

CMH:Your last film was a visual remix of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and you’re currently working on a remix of Nosferatu – both from the German Expressionist movement. Is there a particular reason why you feel drawn to “re-mix” this era of cinema?

DLF: I think for a couple reasons. I had a book about old movies when I was a kid, and I remember seeing images from the old German films of the era. I thought they looked like “motion paintings,” and fell in love with the aesthetic – just as someone would fall in love with a piece of art.  Later I studied the use of expressionism in cinema, and thought the idea of literally painting the hopes, fears, and internal workings of both the characters and audience into the film’s world was an amazing idea. 

CMH:From what I understand your professional background is in the video game industry. How did that prepare you for transitioning to the field of film?

DLF: I started my career in the “old days” of the Sega Genesis console. The games back then were very rudimentary, but they still required some kind of storyline or at least backstory to make sense interactively. After the advent of powerful graphics processing, the narrative features in games became very elaborate. I was fortunate to be a part of that transition because it gave me a good understanding of how stories are told from both their most basic building blocks to their most sophisticated elements.

CMH: How have the changes in technology effected how you approached this film compared to your previous visual remix of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which was released in 2006. 

DLF: If you remember what your personal computer or cell phone was like ten years ago then you’ll have a good idea! Back when we shot Caligari you’d have to be George Lucas to even have access to an HD camera; now they fit in your pocket! Also, before we’d have to wait hours or days just to check our work, but now we can render in real-time; which not only lets the production move faster, but also gives us the creative freedom to reframe shots and modify things like lighting and shadows literally on the fly.

CMH: A project like this must take a tremendous amount of creative talent and technical skill. Who are some of the people on your team that make this vision a possibility?

DLF: We have a lot of amazing talent, most of whom also worked on Caligari.  Paula Elins, who produced the last film, is also an accomplished Costume Designer who has worked on D’Jango, Rock of Ages, The Academy Awards and countless TV shows. Chris Duddy, our Cinematographer, started his career at Industrial Light & Magic, and went on to work on a lot of James Cameron’s movies such as The Abyss, True Lies, and Terminator 2. He also filmed the sinking sequence in Titanic.

CMH: Having seen two versions of Count Orlok in the past, where will Doug Jones’s portrayal fall? As sinister and villainous in the vein of Max Schreck’s Orlok in the 1922 F.W Murnau original or as the misunderstood outcast like the Klaus Kinski version in the 1979 Werner Herzog retelling?

DLF: Even though I really like Kinski’s portrayal, I’d definitely say more like Murnau’s original. One of the reasons I’ve always loved Shrek’s Orlok is that he’s more of a monster than contemporary vampire – almost alien in some ways. Instead of being calculating and strategic, he’s more of an elemental force of nature; like a tornado or earthquake. Both definitely destructive, but not necessarily evil. Orlok just is what he is, and does what he does.

Doug Jones as Count Orlock

Actor Doug Jones as Count Orlok

 CHM: How will your version of Nosferatu differ from the previous Murnau and Herzog interpretations of the story? 

DLF: Our new version will definitely be a deeper exploration of Murnau’s original themes of love, nature and sacrifice. Doug Jones has a funny story he tells. He says that in silent movies like Nosferatu, the actors will act extremely melodramatic – pulling at their hair, stomping around etc. for like three minutes, and then suddenly a title card pops up saying something like “more water please.” Doug says “I know they said something more than that!” I think that’s a good example because we’re going to really delve into the ideas that were nearly impossible to fully convey back then without sound and dialog.

CMH: Why did you decided on Kickstarter as your financial and marketing platform?

DLF: I really like the idea of being connected and collaborating directly with the fans and audience, and crowd-funding makes that possible. I believe the entire landscape of entertainment is changing rapidly, and unlike the not so distant days of the tightly closed studio system, now anyone can walk past the guard gate and be a part of making a film. It’s revolutionary actually! 

I’d like to extend a Big Thank You to David for taking the time to talk with us. For fans interested in  donating to the Kickstarter campaign for Nosferatu — The Feature-Film Remix, visit www.thevampirelives.com!

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Minoo Allen for Classic Movie Hub

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“The Original Christmas Classics” DVD Giveaway Twitter Contest (Week of November 25)

Wishing you a Holly Jolly Christmas with
“The Original Christmas Classics” DVD Giveaway!

Time for some big smiles and fond memories — with the first of our “Original Christmas Classics” DVD Giveaway!

In order to qualify for this week’s Original Christmas Classics DVD Giveaway on Twitter, you must complete the following task by Saturday, November 29 at 7PM EST (i.e. any time between now and November 29 at 7PM EST). We will pick a winner via random drawing and announce on Twitter the next day (Sunday).

The Original Christmas Classics DVD Set includes seven holiday favorites: Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerSanta Claus is Coming To TownFrosty the SnowmanFrosty ReturnsMr. Magoo’s Christmas CarolThe Little Drummer Boy, and Cricket on the Hearth!

The Original Christmas Classics DVD Set

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts):

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win “The Original Christmas Classics” DVD courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub 
BY Saturday, November 29, 7PM EST

THE QUESTION:
What is one of your earliest fond memories about watching either “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or “Frosty the Snowman” on TV? 

AND — I am happy to say that Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) AND Canadian entrants are eligible to enter. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above) and/or Canada.

And if you can’t wait to win this fabulous and fun DVD Set, you can purchase it on amazon via the below link (click on image):

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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“Tyrone Power: Man, Myth and Movie Idol” Exhibit at The Hollywood Museum – Ticket Giveaway Contest on Twitter (November 24 – December 12)

Win Tickets to see “Tyrone Power: Man, Myth and Movie Idol”
at The Hollywood Museum

Do you live near, or expect to be in, the Los Angeles area before January 11, 2015? If the answer is yes, then here’s a fun giveaway contest for you to enter!

We have FOUR PAIRs of tickets to give away via Twitter to see the Hollywood Museum’s Exclusive Tyrone Power Exhibit in Hollywood.

In order to win tickets to the Exhibit, you must complete the following task by Friday, December 12 at 10PM EST (i.e. any time between now and December 12 at 10PM EST).  However, the sooner you enter, the better chances you have of winning, because we will pick a winner(s) every Friday within the contest period, via random drawings, as follows:

  • Friday, November 28: TWO WINNERS
  • Friday, December 5: One Winner
  • Friday, December 12: One Winner

If you can’t wait to win tickets, click here to print our exclusive $5 off coupon.

Tyrone Power Exhibit at The Hollywood MuseumThe Exhibit runs from November 14, 2014 through January 11, 2015 at The Hollywood Museum, 1660 Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts):

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win “Tyrone Power: Man, Myth & Movie Idol” courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @HollywoodMuseum

BY Friday, December 12 at 10PM EST (but remember, the sooner you enter, the greater your odds of winning)

THE QUESTION:
What do you love most about Tyrone Power? 

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Tyrone Power Jr at the Tyrone Power Exhibit at the Hollywood Museum

Tyrone Power Jr. ‘looking up’ at his father at the Opening Night Exhibit Gala

“Tyrone Power: Man, Myth & Movie Idol” is running from November 14, 2014 through January 11, 2015 at The Hollywood Museum, 1660 Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California. It’s the nation’s largest exhibit of authentic memorabilia honoring Power, and was curated in collaboration with his son, actor Tyrone Power, Jr.  The Exhibit includes never-before-displayed costumes, personal mementos and many more items culled from family, friends, private collectors and The Hollywood Museum archives.

Visit thehollywoodmuseum.com or follow on Twitter @HollywoodMuseum or Hollywood Museum Facebook.     

Hollywood Museum

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PLEASE NOTE for all prizing: The Tyrone Power Exhibit runs November 14, 2014 through January 11, 2015 at The Hollywood Museum, 1660 N. Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California, 90028. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Exhibit.

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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“Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” Book Giveaway Twitter Contest (Week of November 24)

Book Giveaway: “Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” by Peter Ackroyd  — Qualifying Entry Task for this week’s  Twitter Contest

Okay, here we go… This is our first Charlie Chaplin Book Giveaway — and I’m happy to say that, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we’re going to kick off our contest by giving away TWO BOOKS this week!  That said…

In order to qualify for this week’s Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life Giveaway on Twitter, you must complete the following task by Friday, November 28 at 7PM EST (i.e. any time between now and November 28 at 7PM EST). The winner and/or winners will be selected via random drawing.

Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life by Peter Ackroyd

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts):

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win “Charlie Chaplin: A Brief Life” courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @doubledaypub
BY Friday, November 28, 7PM EST

THE QUESTION:
What do you love most about Charlie Chaplin? 

AND — I am happy to say that Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) AND Canadian entrants are eligible to enter. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above) and/or Canada.

If you have any questions, please feel free to DM me on Twitter @classicmoviehub.

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase it on amazon via the below link (click on image):

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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“Hope: Entertainer of the Century” Book Giveaway Twitter Contest (Week of November 24)

Book Giveaway: “Hope: Entertainer of the Century” by Richard Zoglin  — Qualifying Entry Task for this week’s  Twitter Contest

Okay, we have the last Bob Hope Book Giveaway… Good Luck to All!

In order to qualify for this week’s Hope: Entertainer of the Century Giveaway on Twitter, you must complete the following task by Friday, November 28 at 5PM EST (i.e. any time between now and November 28 at 5PM EST):

Bob Hope: Entertainer of the Century by Richard Zoglin

“He was the most successful entertainer of the 20th century, for the simple reason that he achieved more success in more fields — Broadway, radio, TV, movies, live concerts — than anyone else.  But he was the most important entertainer of the century because he really defined what it means to be a star in the modern era: a businessman who took control of his own career, a marketer of his own fame, and a star who showed that it was possible to give back and have a role on the public stage.”
– Richard Zoglin (Excerpt from Exclusive Interview with Classic Movie Hub, read more here)

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts):

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win “Hope: Entertainer of the Century” courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @SimonBooks
BY Friday, November 28, 5PM EST

THE QUESTION:
What was one of your earliest Bob Hope memories? 

To learn more about the book, read our Exclusive Interview with author Richard Zoglin (click here).

*Here’s my twitter handle @classicmoviehub

If you have any questions, please feel free to DM me on Twitter @classicmoviehub.

For more information about Hope: Entertainer of the Century, you can follow Richard on twitter at @RZoglin or visit his website RichardZoglin.com.

Sorry, but please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) are eligible to enter. (see contest rules for further information)

Contest Information and Rules.

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase it here

 

Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti from Classic Movie Hub

 

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“The Original Christmas Classics” DVD Giveaway – Starts Tuesday and Runs Through December 31

Wishing you a Holly Jolly Christmas with
“The Original Christmas Classics” DVD Giveaway!

I can hardly contain myself! I am so happy to announce yet another fabulous giveaway! From Tuesday, November 25 through Wednesday, December 31, Classic Movie Hub will be giving away a total of EIGHT copies of The Original Christmas Classics DVD Set! This wonderful 2-DVD set includes seven holiday favorites: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming To Town, Frosty the Snowman, Frosty Returns, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, The Little Drummer Boy, and Cricket on the Hearth!

The Original Christmas Classics DVD Set

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We’ll be giving away SIX DVD Sets via Twitter and TWO DVD Sets via Facebook and this blog.  We will post our first Twitter giveaway instructions on Tuesday, November 25, and our first Facebook giveaway instructions on Friday, November 28 — so stay tuned to us on TwitterFacebook and/or right here on this blog so that you can enter.

AND — I am happy to say that Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) AND Canadian entrants are eligible to enter. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above) and/or Canada.

And if you can’t wait to win this fabulous and fun DVD Set, you can purchase it on amazon via the below link (click on image):

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Mini Tribute: Boris Karloff

Born November 23, 1887 Horror Icon Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff appeared in over 200 film and television roles, silent and sound, including Frankenstein, The Mummy, Tower of London, The Body Snatcher, The Black Cat — and of course The Grinch!

Boris Karloff, Frankenstein, The GrinchBoris Karloff as Frankenstein, himself, and The Grinch

“The monster was the best friend I ever had.” -Boris Karloff

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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