TIME movies

Here’s Where to Watch Your Favorite Christmas Movies

From Bad Santa to White Christmas

One of the easiest ways to get in the Christmas spirit is to turn on a classic holiday movie. To encourage premium winter sloth, we made the process one step easier by compiling a list of where you can stream your favorite holiday films. Get on the nostalgia train with one of these Christmas classics.

  • Bad Santa

    This movie will make parents think twice before letting their kids sit on Santa’s lap. Billy Bob Thornton’s interpretation of a boozing, bawdy, con-artist mall Santa — he’s only in it so he can case stores for a planned heist with his elf sidekick — is pitch perfect in this dark comedy.

    Watch on Netflix or Amazon

  • Ernest Saves Christmas

    Jim Varney plays a bumbling Florida cab driver who transports a retirement-ready Santa around town as he hunts for his successor.

    Watch on Netflix

  • Love Actually

    This 2003 classic comprises at least 10 different romantic comedies tied up in a nice Christmas bow. Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and a handful of other big name British actors will make you laugh, cry and burst out singing Mariah Carey songs.

    Watch on Netflix

  • Scrooged

    While putting on a live broadcast of A Christmas Carol, curmudgeonly TV execeutive Bill Murray finds himself living through Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey through Christmas past, present and future.

    Watch on Netflix

  • Miracle on 34th Street

    This 1947 classic is the quintessential Christmas movie. When a Macy’s department store Santa is institutionalized after claiming he is the real Kris Kringle, a lawyer has to prove that he’s the real deal. The film also features a young, skeptical Natalie Wood.

    Watch on Amazon

  • The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Michael Caine teams up with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets gang to take on Charles Dickens’ classic in this 1993 flick.

    Watch on Netflix

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

    In case you’re still nostalgic for Halloween, this animated Tim Burton masterpiece is two holiday movies in one. When Halloween Town’s Jack Skeleton accidentally finds a portal to a significantly merrier Christmas Town, he tries to bring the holiday over to his resistant neighbors.

    Watch on Netflix

  • While You Were Sleeping

    This rom-com isn’t as flashy as Love Actually, but it’ll definitely make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Sandra Bullock plays a Chicago Transit Authority worker who saves a regular commuter she has a crush on from an oncoming train after he’s pushed on the tracks by thieves. After she’s mistaken for the now-comatose Peter Gallagher’s fiancé, Bullock plays the part when she is taken in by his boisterous family. Chaos ensues.

    Watch on Netflix

  • White Christmas

    It doesn’t get more Christmassy than Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye singing Irving Berlin songs. This holiday 1954 holiday classic features Crosby and Kaye as two war buddies who, along with Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, entertain a group of soldiers by putting on a musical showcase.

    Watch on Netflix

TIME viral

Here’s What American Girl Dolls Would Talk About In Real Life

You wouldn't invite them to dinner

If you were a child of the nineties, chances are you’ve thrown a make believe dinner party with your American Girl Dolls.

But this comedic video by Lauren Ireland and Anni Weisband shows why you probably wouldn’t extend a dinner invite if your American Girl Dolls were real girls. Samantha wouldn’t stop talking about voting rights, Kirsten would try to wear the table’s floral centerpiece as a hat and Addy… “I used to be a slave,” she says in a hushed voice. “They didn’t really write much else for my character, I’m pretty one-dimensional.”

TIME viral

This Video of a Guy Proposing in a Photo Booth Is the Sweetest Thing You’ll See Today

"What do we do for this one? Smile?"

When Kevin Moran decided to propose to his high school sweetheart Tuesday, he didn’t employ a Broadway bound flashmob or get down on a knee in the center of a heart made up of 99 brand new iPhone 6s.

Rather, Moran took his girlfriend Molly to a photo booth to pop the question.

Watch the short, sweet and Internet approved video above.

TIME Bizarre

Why One Woman Is Going On a Free Around-the-World Trip With a Total Stranger

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Qatar Airways aircraft takes off, Doha, Qatar. David Taylor-Bramley—Getty Images/arabianEye

Man finds woman with same name as ex-girlfriend to join him as he travels around the world

It’s the classic story of: Boy meets girl; boy and girl buy round-the-world plane tickets together; boy and girl break up; boy then goes on Reddit to find a complete stranger with ex-girlfriend’s name to take the trip with him — for free.

No, this isn’t a Katherine Heigl movie — although we are sure that Hollywood is salivating over film rights.

Canadian Jordan Axani, a 28-year-old who lives in Cabbagetown, Canada (yes, Cabbagetown), made headlines last month when he turned to social media to find an Elizabeth Gallagher who wasn’t his ex-girlfriend to join him on a two-week trip around the world. Axani didn’t want to waste the ticket, which is non-transferable, but can be used by a person with the same name since it didn’t require passport information.

While thousands of people offered their services, some of whom said they’d change their names for the trip, Axani has now selected a travel buddy. Elizabeth “Quinn” Gallagher, a student and homeless shelter volunteer, has signed up for a trip that sounds like some people’s dream and others’ worst nightmare.

“It definitely did seem a little bit creepy at the beginning but now that I talked to him it’s less creepy and more awesome,” she told Reuters. She’ll still pay for her other expenses.

The two plan on doing charity work… seeing sites… falling in love…

No, wait. Not that. It’s totally not a love trip. It’s a platonic trip.

“This is totally as friends,” she said. “I have a pretty serious boyfriend. We’ve been together for a while. We’re planning on buying a house and we have a puppy, so I’m not really looking for anything at all.”

But while romance may not be on the cards, the story still has a happy ending: Axani has used this experience as an opportunity to create a charity called A Ticket Forward, which will provide travel funding for underprivileged people.

TIME viral

Watch Tom Hanks Wannabe Nick Jonas Play the Giant Keyboard at FAO Schwartz

Kind of a 'Big' deal

Singer Nick Jonas had a pretty Big moment at the FAO Schwartz in New York City on Tuesday.

Jonas went to the iconic toy store to sing his hit Jealous while playing the giant keyboard:

“I had to pay homage to the man Tom Hanks,” Jonas wrote on Facebook. Hanks made the keyboard famous in the 1988 movie Big:

There were no reports that Jonas played Heart and Soul as an encore.

TIME Bizarre

School Punishes Blind 8-Year-Old By Replacing His Cane With a Pool Noodle

Administrators have since apologized

Administrators at a Missouri elementary school punished a blind student for misbehaving on the bus Monday by confiscating his cane and replacing it with a pool noodle so he wouldn’t “fidget.”

North Kansas City School District spokeswoman Michelle Cronk confirmed that the cane—which was “school property” provided to 8-year-old Dakota Nafzinger upon enrollment—was taken after he reportedly used it to strike someone on the bus, a local Fox affiliate reports. Dakota’s father said that his son, who was born blind, sometimes lifts his cane, which might have been misinterpreted as a violent act. The Nafzingers say the school gave Dakota a pool noodle to humiliate him for misbehaving.

“Why would you do that?” Dakota’s mother asked Fox. “Why would you take the one thing that he’s supposed to use all the time? That’s his eyes.”

Dakota said he was told he would use the noodle for two weeks.

Gracemor Elementary School posted an apology on its Facebook page Wednesday.

TIME Television

8 Things We’d Like to See from The Colbert Report Finale

Will Colbert reveal he was really Bill O'Reilly in a bodysuit this whole time?

Somewhere in America, a bald eagle is crying.

Thursday, Dec. 18 marks the final episode of The Colbert Report before host Stephen Colbert breaks character and moves to CBS to take over the Late Show. It will be a sad, but undoubtedly epic episode.

“The biggest question of all remains, how will my final broadcast close?” Colbert said recently. “Will I wake up next to Suzanne Pleshette in a snow globe after Rachel gets off the plane to be with me while B.J. Hunnicutt spells out ‘Goodbye’ in the rocks until we cut to black in the middle of a Journey song? Or will I just get sued for copyright infringement?”

As much as we’d like to see a riff on a famous TV show finale, here’s what we really hope is in store for Colbert’s last show:

  1. Stephen Colbert unzips what appears to be a bodysuit and reveals that he was Bill O’Reilly this whole time.
  2. The finale is obviously sponsored by Wheat Thins.
  3. The episode won’t be complete without a musical interlude with Colbert and Alan Cumming
  4. And a very serious speech by Sam Waterston (in a very trustworthy manner)
  5. Colbert interviews David Letterman for his segment, “Fallback Position”
  6. Colbert announces his candidacy for governor of South Carolina
  7. He also announces his imminent hosting gig of the MTV VMAs
  8. The camera zooms out to reveal The Colbert Report on a television in the living room of the Stephen Colbert International Space Station.
TIME Books

Adult Books Sales Are Down and Young Adult Soars in 2014

The Fault In Our Stars
Dutton Books

Book sales are booming, according to statistics released this week by the Association of American Publishers, which showed that in the first three-quarters of 2014, overall book sales increased by 4.9%.

But the real page-turners that flew off the shelves were for children and young adults–those categories increased by a whopping 22.4% from Jan.-Sept. 2013 to the same period in 2014, Media Bistro reports. To put things into perspective, adult fiction and non-fiction sales were down 3.3%.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean that adults stopped reading. They might just be expanding their palates to healthy servings of John Green and other YA heavy-hitters.

Adults reading YA wouldn’t be a new phenomenon. According to a 2012 survey by Bowker Market Research found that 55% of young adult novels are bought by adults — 28% of which are made up of the 33 to 44 demographic. That statistic drew some criticism aimed at YA-loving adults this summer–balanced by an overwhelming wave of pieces defending adults who love the genre.

While the AAP didn’t track who bought what books, it did note that children and young adult ebooks increased a total of 52.7% in the first nine months this year. And a December study by Nielsen found that even though teenagers are tech savvy, only $20 of them buy ebooks and express a strong preference for print.

Although no need to hide The Fault of Our Stars in that Kindle — it’s no 50 Shades of Grey, after all.

TIME apps

These Are Instagram’s 5 New Filters

It's the first time the app has premiered a new filter in 2 years

In case your brunch wasn’t getting cold enough as you toiled over the perfect filter to properly capture your pancakes, Instagram premiered five new filters Tuesday.

The fancily named Perpetua, Ludwig, Slumber, Aden and Crema will be added to Instagram’s existing 20 options — which include the “normal” setting.

This is the first filter addition in two years.

Here’s how they look:

Slumber

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Perpetua

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Ludwig

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Crema

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Arden

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Instagram also added slo-mo video, real-time commenting (to prevent the constant need to refresh your screen), new preview modes, and the ability to manage how you view your editing options.

“We know that everyone has their favorite filters,” Instagram said in a statement sent to TIME. “We want to keep things simple as we add more, so we’ve added a new ‘Manage’ button at the end of your filter tray. Tap it to re-arrange the order of your filters and hide the ones you rarely use.”

So, maybe your scrambled eggs will stay piping hot after all.

TIME celebrities

Scarlett Johansson Says She Has ‘an OK Body, I Guess’

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US actress Scarlett Johansson gestures as she arrives for a press conference of the film Captain America AFP—AFP/Getty Images

"I'm not going to complain. I've got thighs and a midsection, so I'm happy"

Barbara Walters opened an age-old trap for actress Scarlett Johansson, during an interview for her annual special on the “Most Fascinating People of 2014.”

“Do you like your body?” Walters asked in the segment, which aired Sunday night.

“It’s an ok body, I guess,” Johansson said, attempting to answer a question with basically no right answer. “I mean, I wouldn’t say it’s particularly remarkable, though.”

Continuing to pan for gold, Walters continued: “Any parts you don’t like?”

Johansson, who was named Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alivetwice, responded, “I don’t like, you know, my thighs, my midsection…”

Stars: they’re emo teens just like us.

Jessica Alba is “not as excited about” her legs. Victoria Beckham thinks her feet are “the most disgusting thing” about her. Regina George’s pores are huge! (But at least their nail beds don’t suck.)

“But,” Johansson continued, literally throwing her hands in the air, “Eh, well, who can complain? I’m not going to complain. I’ve got thighs and a midsection, so I’m happy.”

Now, who wants to go grab some fries?

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