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In Nick's first few days at work, calls come in big numbers and the network sells more Christmas stuff than any other shopping network. After congratulations and a salary raise, Nick couldn't be happier. He walks around the once-unpleasant community and begins to see the Christmas spirit for which he long hoped.

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Appearing two months after his much-hyped pop crossover move In the Life of Chris Gaines, Garth Brooks & the Magic of Christmas suffers from extraordinarily bad timing. When it was being recorded as the soundtrack for a television special, Chris Gaines had yet to be unveiled and, if anything had gone according to plan, The Magic of Christmas would have been the cherry on the top of a successful year for Brooks. Even the best-laid plans have a way of unravelling, however, and none unravelled more spectacularly than Brooks' hopes for the fourth quarter of 1999. It's likely that The Magic of Christmas was intended to reveal another layer of Brooks' musical talents, to complement Chris Gaines' mainstream pop by illustrating that Brooks can also sing Christmas standards like a big band crooner. That's right -- The Magic is another stylistic departure for the most popular country artist of all time -- this one finds him doing big band, swing, ballads, and even gospel. Certainly, he had to find a way to distinguish this album from 1992's Beyond the Season, especially since it shares a handful of songs with the previous holiday affair. Traditional pop may not have been the wise way to go, however. On paper, it's a bold, gutsy move, but the artist just doesn't have the voice to pull it off. Throughout the record, he's entirely too self-conscious, trying to keep the twang out of his voice while struggling to adhere to the textbook image of a classic pop crooner. His voice is way too flat for this predictable setting. In order to make such chestnuts as "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Let It Snow," "Winter Wonderland," and "Sleigh Ride" sound fresh, particularly when they're given such predictable, brassy, post-Don Costas arrangements, a singer has to be both powerful and filled with charisma. Brooks is neither -- swallowed up by his big band, he sounds meek on each track, no matter how hard he tries to make himself heard. An interesting stylistic experiment, perhaps, but one that doesn't work. Unfortunately, The Magic of Christmas appeared just weeks after another interesting stylstic experiment from Brooks, the instantly legendary Chris Gaines. Musically, Gaines worked, but Brooks' invention of a fictional alter-ego was just too plain weird for his entire audience. Usually, Brooks records went platinum within two weeks of their release dates; two months after its release, In the Life of Chris Gaines didn't even go gold. Clearly, this was not the time for yet another stylistic departure, even if it was in the guise of a holiday album, but Brooks and Capitol had already locked themselves into a November release for The Magic of Christmas, and they couldn't stop it. To make matters worse, the TV special for The Magic wasn't completed in time, so it was bumped to Christmas 2000, leaving the album stranded in 1999. To save face, Brooks and Capitol decided to have the original release of The Magic of Christmas be a "Christmas 1999 -- First Edition" limited edition, planning to reissue the album with a different cover in 2000, when the TV special actually aired. That still doesn't explain the bizarre cover shot of a possibly airbrushed Brooks, dressed in black and sucking in his cheeks, standing beneath a spooky moon, holding a crystal ball, staring demonically into the camera -- it gives the impression that the album celebrates the black magic of Christmas. The picture doesn't ease the suspicions raised by Chris Gaines: the feeling that Brooks is retreating into his own insular world. From any other artist, such a wildly divergent sequence of albums would be seen as an attempt to alienate his audience, but Garth isn't Bob Dylan, who has been known to go out of his way to irritate his dedicated followers. Brooks wants to be all things to all people, but he not only can't pull everything off, he doesn't have an audience that will follow all of his detours. Consequently, the further away he goes from his standard sound, the smaller his audience becomes, and the more fascinating his recordings become. And, truth be told, few pairs of albums from a superstar have been quite so bizarrely fascinating as Chris Gaines and The Magic of Christmas.

In the animated comedy cartoon named Têtes à Claques, Rudolph appears in Le Père Noel 2 episode which is an minor protagonist by saying "You called me!" "Tu m'as appelé!" in English when he plays an major role in the animated series.

He appeared again in Au Pays des Têtes à Claques An Brown Christmas also called in French Un Noel Brun which is one of the supporting characters after the snow appears via Jesus Christ's magic snap, he was seen being happy with Santa Claus that the snow has started snowing by miracle.

I am that bah humbug guy when it comes to watching most Christmas movies made after 1990. Something about them seems forced, especially since the characters are not likeable and their agenda is questionable. However in the case of this TV movie, I was immediately warmed over especially by the presence of Tinashe as the little girl looking forward to her father coming home for Christmas from Vietnam and the tragic circumstances that prevent that. Melody Garrett is truly touching as the mother who must break the bad news. I wish there had been more of her in the post flashback sequences.Tinashe goes from heartbroken little girl to be cynical TV shopping network producer Whoopi Goldberg whose anger over the memory of that Christmas season has left her saying bah humbug to everything. But she becomes the desired replacement by the aging Santa (Nigel Hawthorne) who wants to retire. What he sees in the hard-boiled Whoopie is as invisible as his reindeer at first, but a sweet script has you liking her in spite of all that. Will Santa's magic turn this Ebbie Scrooge into the queen of ho ho ho?Broadway favorites Victor Garber and Brian Stokes Mitchell are hysterically funny as Goldberg's over-the-top business cohorts, and Hawthorne is very poignant as Saint Nick whose two centuries are up. This is a delightful surprise that takes the cynical modern era of materialism and adds magic to it (finally!), giving me holiday hope that there are more hidden gems out there to bring me back to the Christmas spirit and not always have to go back to the old Christmas standards from the 1930's and 40's. Goldberg is always a delight, and it's nice to see her character turn around. There are so many funny moments in this that I don't even want to spoil them for the viewer.

Heartwarming festive drama starring Whoopi Goldberg and Nigel Hawthorne about a tough television executive, Lucy Cullins, who accidentally hires the real Santa Claus to play himself in a Christmas advertisement. While auditioning actors to play the part, the embittered executive hires a magical gentleman called Nick who, facing retirement at age 200, must find someone to take his place as Santa Claus for the next two centuries or the world facies life without Christmas.

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A desire to put that aside and create a bit of what she calls "necessary magic" for her own three grandchildren led to this effort, in which her character takes on the job of Santa Claus. The actress-turned-executive-producer says that while this is her own labor of love, she views it as a cautionary tale for all adults.

He has also added to his successful theatre career a growing list of impressive concert performances. A frequent performer in Washington, D.C., Stokes most recently performed on the West Lawn of our Nation's Capital with Tom Hanks and Ossie Davis for the National Memorial Day Concert, which was filmed by PBS. He has been a frequent guest at the Kennedy Center and appeared in the title role of Sweeney Todd at last year's tremendously successful Sondheim Celebration.In 1988, Stokes made his Carnegie Hall debut in the televised Gershwin Gala with the San Francisco Symphony and has since performed there many times. He most recently performed at the Hollywood Bowl for three nights at their annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. He recently performed with the Boston Pops and John Williams during the Democratic National Convention and a jazz interpretation of My Fair Lady at Tanglewood with Mr. Williams arranging and conducting. His numerous TV and film credits include recurring roles on "Frasier" and "Crossing Jordan," Dreamworks' The Prince of Egypt, Too Rich with Lauren Bacall, Call Me Claus with Whoopi Goldberg, Ruby's Bucket of Blood with Angela Bassett, Double Platinum with Diana Ross, and PBS's "Great Performances." His TV series debut began as a seven-year stint on "Trapper John, M.D." 041b061a72


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