Randy Comes Home!

A Christmas Story House will have a special guest this summer.  Actor Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie’s little brother Randy will “come home” to live in A Christmas Story House and serve as its tour guide during the months of July and August.  Ian will serve as a special tour guide interacting with visitors and recounting his firsthand experiences at the house during the filming of the movie in 1983.

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Essential Seven Famous Bullies

Almost everybody has had to deal with a bully sometime in your life. They prey on the weak or pick on you because you may be different. Why do they do this? Because they are an asshole. In fact, I believe that most people are assholes. In movies and TV shows the bully is the typical arch-nemesis of a main character. Pop culture is filled with them. That is why this week we list the Essential Seven Famous Bullies. (Ed note: You can also call this the Essential Seven Famous Assholes!)

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A Christmas Story Marathon Tonight!

Don’t forget to start watching A Christmas Story marathon on TBS starting at 8:00 tonight! I know that I will at least catch this a few times throughout the day.

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Winner for Road Trip for Ralphie


Congrats to HeyHeyJP who won a copy of Road Trip for Ralphie. His A Christmas Story memory was this:

Back in the late ’60s, my parents divorced. Mom had to work of course and being the newest in the department (microbiology lab in a hospital) she had to work Christmas Eve. She got home from work, tired and still had Christmas presents to wrap that night for me and my two younger sisters. Not wanting to take the time to make dinner, we went out searching for a place to eat. You guessed it! The only place open on Christmas Eve in the 60’s was a Chinese restaurant. Ever since then, it’s been a tradition to have Chinese take-out on Christmas Eve.

Still, having had my mouth washed out with soap for saying the ‘Queen Mother of all swear words”, I love the look on Ralphie’s face as he says . . . well you know.

I liked that his memory was about the Chinese restaurant. It was different from the usual memories I hear. I also was really hungry for Chinese food.

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Win A Copy of Road Trip For Ralphie


Tyler is providing a copy of Road Trip for Ralphie for a lucky reader. To win a copy of the DVD, all you have to do is leave a comment on your favorite memory, scene, or why you love A Christmas Story. Our favorite comment will win a copy.

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An Interview With Tyler Schwartz, Director of Road Trip for Ralphie

Road Trip for Ralphie

I love finding movie locations, so I was really excited to watch the film Road Trip for Ralphie. Tyler and Jordie Schwartz put together Road Trip for Ralphie as they searched out all of the locations from A Christmas Story. I got a chance to talk to Tyler Schwartz about the film, finding the locations, and our mutual love of A Christmas Story.

You can also win a copy of the film! More information at the end of the interview!

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Essential Seven Best “A Christmas Story” Moments


I don’t care if you agree with me or not, but A Christmas Story is the best holiday film of all time. There is something so genuine about this film. I easily will watch this 2 or 3 times on Christmas day, I love it that much. What is your favorite part? So much happens in this film that I thought I would list the Essential Seven Best A Christmas Story Moments:

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A Christmas Story House Fantasy Auction

Win a Chance to live out a Holiday fantasy in a Christmas Story House!

“A Tribute to the Original, Traditional, One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas…” is now yours for the bidding. A Christmas Story House & Museum in partnership with Jimmy Malone invite the winning bidder and 3 guests to spend two days reliving their favorite moments from the cult classic A Christmas Story at the original A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, Ohio! This special once in-a-lifetime experience is being offered exclusively through this auction, with all proceeds from the charity auction going to the Cleveland Scholarship Programs. The Cleveland Scholarship Programs is Northeast Ohio’s only regional resource promoting educational awareness and opportunity to enrich our community and prepare the workforce of tomorrow. Cleveland Scholarship Programs has a vital role in transforming Northeast Ohio from a manufacturing-based to a knowledge-based economy.

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Essential Seven 80’s Films That Should Never Be Remade

Karate Kid Remake

It’s hard to be a child of the 80’s these days. All of the films that you consider sacred are being “remade” or “reimagined.” Last week the first image of The Karate Kid remake made its way onto the web. The initial negative reaction to the remake made Columbia Pictures to rename the Jaden Smith / Jackie Chan film to the Kung Fu Kid.

So I began to list what other ’80s films are in danger of becoming a remake. If The Karate Kid could be remade, no film is safe from greedy Hollywood producers.  If they were remade, how would these films be different? How would they ruin it? I cry at the thought of any of these films being remade. The list was very long, but I narrowed it down to the Essential Seven.

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The Good Parts: My Summer Story


There are a few films that should never have a sequel (or remake). When the original is so perfect, why ruin it? One of the films that fall into this category is A Christmas Story. Sadly, Hollywood couldn’t keep away and produced not one, but two sequels.  The first was a PBS TV film entitled Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss. The second sequel was originally called It Runs in the Family. The film bombed in the theaters. A few years ago the film was released under a new name My Summer Story. Neither film could capture the magic of the original. Sure, all of the characters were back, but it just wasn’t the same. That’s not to say that My Summer Story is a total disaster. There are a few Good Parts:

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