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We’ve now entered Day 3 of our Ultimate Christmas Movie Bracket, meaning we’re down to the final four. “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” took on its second straight tough opponent in “Home Alone” (after barely beating “Elf” during the first day of the tournament. Did it prevail again? More

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Nostalgia
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Buggin’ Out: Looking Back at Boston’s Frenzied Y2K Preparations 15 Years Ago
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At 15 minutes to midnight on Jan. 18, 1985, Spencer Bolles submitted a post to an online bulletin board system from his computer at Reed College in Oregon. “I have a friend that raised an interesting question that I immediately tried to prove wrong,” he wrote. “He is a programmer and has this notion that when we reach the year 2000, computers will not accept the new date. Will the computers assume that it is 1900, or will it even cause a problem?” More

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UPDATE: Sony Cancels December 25 Release of ‘The Interview’ After Terror Threat
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UPDATE (5:15 PM): Sony has canceled the scheduled December 25 release of James Franco and Seth Rogen’s new film “The Interview after the top five theater circuits in the U.S. announced they would not be screening the film.

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The top five theater circuits in the U.S. will not be showing James Franco and Seth Rogen’s new film “The Interview” amid threats from the Sony hacking group promising a 9-11 scenario for theaters that do not capitulate. More

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Watch Rob Gronkowski Make Dirty Jokes About Sausage on ‘Top Chef Boston’
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The 12th season of “Top Chef” has been filmed and themed around Boston, and tonight’s episode features Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Whether he’ll have much to offer in nuanced food criticism is unclear, but he’ll have plenty of awkward sexual jokes about Polish sausage, if this preview clip is any indication. More

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Jets QB Michael Vick Prefers to Play as Tom Brady in Madden
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When the Patriots travel to MetLife Stadium this Sunday to play the New York Jets, they’ll likely face off against quarterback Geno Smith, not former star QB turned backup Michael Vick. Nevertheless, TMZ Sports caught up with Vick earlier this week, and Vick admitted he likes playing as Tom Brady when he plays videogames like “Madden NFL 15.” More

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A Comprehensive Guide to ‘Jingle Bells,’ Medford’s Greatest Hit
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Greeting from Jingle Town, er, Medford! Did you know that Medford, the tracksuit to Somerville’s skinny pants, was the birthplace of the enduring Christmas classic “Jingle Bells”? We’ve got a plaque to prove it! James Lord Peirpoint wrote it right there on High Street, in the empty storefront next to the all-you-can-eat sushi place. OK, he was in a tavern because it was 1850 and you still had to order sushi by the roll back then. Savannah, GA claims that Peirpoint wrote the song while living in their sub-tropical sweatbox, but we’re going to treat that claim like we do everything else from below the Charles River. More

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Boston Comedian Josh Gondelman on Hannukkah and Egg Nog Conspiracies
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The holidays are supposedly the most wonderful time of the year. Yet with holiday shopping starting earlier every year, the bitter cold and familial stress, it is often hard to be merry this season. Luckily, to help cure the holiday doldrums with some laughter we reached out to comedian Josh Gondelman for his advice on how to get through the holidays. More

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Evan Turner on Boos from Sixers Fans: ‘Jesus Was Hated Too’
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Last night, Celtics offseason acquisition and most annoying Celtics player ever Evan Turner put up 12 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals against the team that drafted him in #2 overall in 2010, the Philadelphia 76ers, eliciting boos from the Philly crowd whenever he touched the ball. Luckily Turner can put the hate in perspective — by comparing himself to Jesus. More

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3 People Actually Filed FCC Complaints About Tom Brady Saying F*ck on TV
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Tom Brady’s fiery competitiveness has been well-documented, both in his demonstrative celebrations and his proclivity of dropping f-bombs on air. When asked about it, Brady said viewers offended by his words should “blame CBS and NBC for putting it on TV.” And now three people have, according to FCC complaints obtained by the Smoking Gun. More

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Reminder That Mark Wahlberg Allegedly Threw Rocks, Slurs, At 4th Grade Class in 1986
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In the ongoing Mark Wahlberg pardon saga, much of the focus has been on Wahlberg’s brutal, racially charged attacks on Thanh Lam and Johnny Trinh, two Vietnamese men, and Trinh’s recent statement that he believes Wahlberg deserves a pardon. But one Dorchester teacher believes Wahlberg should publicly acknowledge and apologize for his equally cruel and racist attacks on black schoolchildren in 1986 before receiving a pardon. More

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