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The 12 Best Christmas Holiday Movies Currently Streaming

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Most holiday traditions involve watching Christmas movies. Prior to streaming services, to view holiday classics, families needed a VHS or DVD player and others a cable subscription. The introduction of constantly-growing streaming platforms have made watching holiday films a lot easier.

We selected these Christmas movies because they are unique holiday films, or only available on their respective streaming service, or are Christmas classics. Additionally, these titles should appeal to a wide range of holiday movie viewers, such as younger viewers, romantic movie fans, and classic film lovers. We also selected these Christmas movies because they are available through a basic subscription package, no additional subscriptions necessary.

Amber and King Richard in A Christmas Prince 3: A Royal Baby

A Christmas Prince 3: A Royal Baby (Netflix)

Netflix returns to Aldovia for the third installment of the A Christmas Prince series. In A Christmas Prince 3: A Royal Baby, Queen Amber (Rose McIver) and King Richard (Ben Lamb) are expecting their first child, but before the baby arrives, the royal family wants to host some distant relatives. Things get out of hand and an ancient curse threatens peace in Aldovia.

Netflix wants these Christmas Prince movies to become required holiday viewing, and it’s kind of working. The films have major plot holes and ridiculous scenarios, but fans continue to watch and repeatedly view the Christmas Prince movies. Sometimes holiday films need to answer deeper questions about life and human kind, but other times they just need to warm your heart and involve a Cinderella-like story with a reporter. Netflix releases A Christmas Prince 3: A Royal Baby on December 5, and fans of the series can probably expect another one next Christmas. Stream it here.

Holly Hunt and Robert Downey Jr in Home for the Holidays

Home For The Holidays (Hulu)

Home for the Holidays stars Holly Hunter and an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Claire Danes, Dylan McDermott, and Charles Durning. The 1995 film follows recently fired Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) as she returns home from Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with her dysfunctional family. Jodie Foster directs Home for the Holidays.

Technically, Home for the Holidays is not a Christmas movie, but it offers the same important lessons as any Christmas film, such as that every family is a mess in their own special way. Home for the Holidays reminds viewers that your family may drive you insane, but for better or worse, they’re always going to be important people in your life. Home for the Holidays blends just the right amount of holiday drama, comedy, and romance. Stream it here.

The Snowman 1982

The Snowman (Prime Video)

The Snowman is a short film that follows a young boy on Christmas Eve as he builds a snowman, and then they go on an adventure. This classic animated film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Short Film, and it won a BAFTA TV Award.

Since its 1982 release, The Snowman has become a timeless classic that children and families often watch during the holidays. It’s a simple tale of adventure, loss, and imagination. It’s a beautifully drawn and animated movie that may not be as visually striking as more modern animated features, but the simple graphics are part of The Snowman’s charm. This tale about a snowman coming to life melts the heart of anyone, even a Grinch. Stream it here.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Disney+)

Tim Burton brings Halloweentown to life in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon) tries to steal Christmas from Santa Claus and the humans. Misguided by the idea of Christmas, Jack brings havoc to the human world, but soon realizes that Halloween is his true love, so he restores order to Christmas.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is a tribute to both the love of Halloween and the love of Christmas. Therefore, it works as a multi-holiday movie. Everything about Tim Burton’s holiday classic makes it an unforgettable animated film. The Nightmare Before Christmas helped establish Burton as a master of creating riveting and distinct gothic worlds. Stream it here.

Netflix's Klaus

Klaus (Netflix)

Klaus follows underachieving, spoiled rich Jesper (Jason Schwartzman). Tired of Jesper’s laziness, and angry at the fact that he flunked out of the postman academy, Jesper’s father sends him to a small frozen town in the North called Smeerensburg. Jesper must create a successful functioning postal service in Smeerensburg or lose his inheritance. Quickly, Jesper learns that things won’t be as easy as he thinks. With the help of toymaker Klaus (J. K. Simmons), Jesper changes and inspires the town.

An exciting thing about Klaus’s take on the Santa Claus legend is that it gives the story a more human touch. It reinvents Santa Claus from a magical figure to a normal man who finds a mission bigger than himself. This Netflix original is all about the power of small acts of kindness, and the ways in which they inspire hope, change opinions, and bring some love into lonely and hurt people’s lives. Klaus is not only a heartwarming Christmas tale, but it’s a visually stunning animation. The world of Klaus and Smeerensburg feel fully developed because of the animators. Stream it here.

The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit Of Christmas (Hulu)

Hulu brings viewers The Spirit of Christmas this month. To try to guarantee a promotion, lawyer Kate (Jen Lilley) agrees to go to an old inn to help appraise and sell it. Upon arrival, Kate learns that Daniel (Thomas Beaudo), a ghost that used to own it, doesn’t want it sold. Daniel has a curse that allows him to become human from December 13 to December 24 (the day he died).

Basically, The Spirit of Christmas is the type of romantic holiday film that viewers can find on Lifetime and Hallmark, especially since it features Hallmark movie regular Jen Lilley. However, The Spirit of Christmas at least tries something a little unusual by having her fall for a ghost, not an angel or recent widowed parent. The Spirit of Christmas also seems to understand that the premise doesn’t make sense, and it doesn’t try to actually complicate things by explaining how any of this is possible, or offering answers at the end. The Spirit of Christmas delivers all the swoon-worthy moments that romantic holiday movie fans will love. Stream it here.

1979 Jack Frost

Jack Frost (Prime Video)

The 1979 stop motion TV special Jack Frost follows Jack Frost (voiced by Robert Morse), a god-like winter fairy who tries life as a human for the woman he loves. He must use his skills as a fairy and human to save her.

Jack Frost is one of the classic stop motion and animated features that many children grew up watching. This film along with The Year Without a Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, and Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town play a part in an animated block of TV specials that trigger Christmas nostalgia. Stream it here.

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle On 34th Street (Disney+)

Miracle on 34th Street stars John Payne, Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn, and Natalie Wood. Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) hires Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) to take on the role of Santa Claus at Macy’s. Soon the jolly fellow starts to claim that he is the real Santa Claus. A series of events lead to Kris going on trial to prove that he’s not insane but actually Santa.

Miracle on 34th Street has four remakes, but Disney+ offers the original 1947 version. This version of the film is charming, endearing, sweet, and full of holiday spirit. Miracle on 34th Street gives viewers a wholesome Christmas movie for the entire family. Stream it here.

Santa's Apprentice

Santa’s Apprentice (Netflix)

In the French-Australian animated film Santa’s Apprentice, the Council of Retired Santas tell the current Santa Claus that it’s time for him to begin training an apprentice to take over when he retires. He must search for an orphan pure of heart to become the future Santa. He then meets Nicholas, and they begin his quest to become the next Mr. Claus.

Santa’s Apprentice offers another twist on the story of Santa Claus. This Christmas adventure tale teaches children (and some adults) that being kind and pure of heart can result in gigantic rewards, like getting the same job as your hero. Santa’s Apprentice is also a little more mature than many animated holiday movies as it deals with serious issues like poverty, bullying, and abandonment. Despite the serious subject matters, the film stays cheerful and positive, while giving viewers hope that anything is possible with a dream and a little Christmas magic. Stream it here.

A Very Brady Christmas

A Very Brady Christmas (Hulu)

A Very Brady Christmas is a 1988 TV special that reunites the Brady family for the holidays. A Very Brady Christmas features almost the entire original cast; Susan Olsen who plays Cindy Brady was missing because she was on her honeymoon at the time. The Christmas special aired on CBS on December 18, 1988, and it became the second highest rated TV event of that year.

A Very Brady Christmas aired 14 years after The Brady Brunch ended in 1974. It was a monumental event because it achieved the very difficult task of ensuring that most of the entire cast could appear, which sparked a surge of nostalgia for Brady Bunch fans. The success of A Very Brady Christmas led to a short-lived sitcom called The Bradys. This Brady Bunch special allows fans of the sitcom, or older sitcom fans in general, to return to a time of yesteryears when a lovely lady met a fellow named Brady. The rest is TV history. Stream it here.

It's a Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life (Prime Video)

It’s a Wonderful Life is the story of George Bailey (James Stewart), a man who after a series of misfortunes considers suicide. His guardian angel Clarence (Henry Travers) appears to show George how life would be without him.

It’s a Wonderful Life may be the most beloved Christmas/holiday movie of all-time. Luckily, for those who cut the cord, they no longer need to rely on basic cable to view this holiday classic. Prime Video offers It’s a Wonderful Life fans two ways to view it: in black and white or color. Stream it here.

Home Alone

Home Alone (Disney+)

John Hughes and Chris Columbus write and direct Home Alone. The film centers around Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin), an eight-year old whose family accidentally leaves him home alone, while they go on a family vacation. Kevin must then fight off two burglars, Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern).

At its heart, Home Alone is a movie about appreciating your family. Less sentimentally, it’s a fun comedy about a boy destroying his home and taking down a few criminals. Home Alone is the ultimate kid adventure story, and that makes it a terrific holiday movie. Stream it here.

Each platform offers a wide range of festive films, so start with these Christmas movies, and then let the holiday movie binging begin.

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Amazon’s 10 Best-Selling Books of 2019

This was a year for the books. Literally. Throughout 2019, authors published works that inspired us, challenged us, and also gave us an escape. We saw new work from legendary author Margaret Atwood, were floored by newcomer Casey McQuiston’s debut romance novel, Red, White & Royal Blue, and couldn’t get enough of author and survivor Chanel Miller‘s triumphant memoir, Know My Name. Our TBR lists were long, and rich with incredible reading material.

As 2019 comes to a close, Amazon takes a look back at some of their most popular titles of the year. The books that customers shopped the most. From Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming—which was the highest-selling work of nonfiction on the site—to Delia Owens’s New York Times–best-selling Where the Crawdads Sing.

Read on for the books that Amazon customers couldn’t get enough of. And consider giving your loved ones a break from the world for the holidays—through the power of the written word.

Most Sold Books, Fiction

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

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$10

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The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

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$14

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Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama by Robert Louis Stevenson and Marty Ross

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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$16

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Most Sold Books, Nonfiction

Becoming by Michelle Obama

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$12

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Educated by Tara Westover

Amazon

$14

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Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Amazon

$10

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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

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$13

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Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

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$18

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Amazon’s 10 Bestselling Books of 2019

2019 was a year for the books. Literally. Throughout the year, authors published works that inspired us, challenged us, and also gave us an escape. We saw new work from legendary author Margaret Atwood, were floored by newcomer Casey McQuiston’s debut romance novel, Red White & Royal Blue, and couldn’t get enough of author and survivor Chanel Miller’s triumphant memoir, Know My Name. Our “TBR” lists were long, and rich with incredible reading material.

As 2019 comes to a close, Amazon decided to take a look back at some of their most popular titles of the year. The books that customers shopped the most. From Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming—which was the highest-selling work of non-fiction on the site—to Delia Owens’ New York Times bestselling Where the Crawdads Sing.

Read on for the books that Amazon customers couldn’t get enough of. And consider giving your loved ones a break from the world for the holidays—through the power of the written word.

Most Sold Books, Fiction

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Amazon

$10

Buy Now

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Amazon

$14

Buy Now

Treasure Island: An Audible Original Drama by Robert Louis Stevenson and Marty Ross

Buy Now

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Buy Now

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Amazon

$16

Buy Now

Most Sold Books, Non-Fiction

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Amazon

$12

Buy Now

Educated by Tara Westover

Amazon

$14

Buy Now

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Amazon

$10

Buy Now

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Amazon

$13

Buy Now

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins

Amazon

$18

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Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Reboot May Bring Back A Big Name From The Original

Director Joe Johnston has had an eclectic career in Hollywood – which each of his movies being significantly different than the last. His standout works include Jumanji, The Rocketeer, October Sky, and Captain America: The First Avenger, but where it all started was with 1989’s Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.

It was with that feature that Johnston made his directorial debut, and now it looks as though he will be returning to that franchise with the upcoming legacyquel, Shrunk.

News of the reboot first broke in May, with it being revealed that Josh Gad was developing the project at Disney and would be starring in the film as an adult Nick Szalinski, but at that time there wasn’t a director attached. That now seems to be changing, as The Hollywood Reporter says Joe Johnston is now in talks for that job.

The project is in the works at Disney, and the plan is to have it fit within the pre-existing Honey, I Shrunk The Kids canon – which expanded with the sequels Honey, I Blew Up The Kid and Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (neither of which Joe Johnston directed). The story will follow Nick Szalinski as he follows in the footsteps of his scientist father and starts developing specialized shrinking technology.

As you would expect, things go wrong, and an adventure begins that sees certain characters become tiny – but what’s not clear at this point is exactly who is being shrunk (unlike the past films, the title Shrunk doesn’t provide any clues).

According to the new trade report, it’s believed by Disney that the feature has potential as a big screen project, which is a significant detail these days given the push that is being performed for Disney+. Just within the first few months of the streaming service’s launch there are some significant titles being made available, and it wasn’t unfathomable that the studio would put Shrunk in that particularly library to try and boosts its developing profile.

Joe Johnston is coming off of two very different projects in the crime thriller Not Safe For Work and the high-fantasy Nutcracker And The Four Realms, and it will be interesting to see what kind of magic he may employ in the making of the new Honey, I Shrunk The Kids movie. A big part of the sustaining magic of the original is the fact that it used practical effects – such as giant sets and massive ant puppets – and it will be interesting to see how Johnston may employ those tools while also taking advantage of all of the massive steps that have been taken in the realm of CGI since the late 1980s.

Right now Joe Johnston is only in talks to direct Shrunk, but the fact that the talks are happening suggests that Disney is turning gears on this project, and that we may hear a good deal more about its development in the coming months. The film doesn’t currently have a release date, but that news may be forthcoming.

We’ll continue to provide you with updates as they pop up, and to see what else is ahead in the near future, be sure to head over to our 2020 Release Schedule.

Why Maggie Smith Thinks Harry Potter And Downton Abbey Weren’t ‘Satisfying’

If there’s one thing you can count on Maggie Smith for, it’s her honesty. She’s honestly talked about how her Downton Abbey character should be long dead and gone by now, and now she’s being honest about both her Harry Potter role as Professor Minerva McGonagall and her Downton Abbey role as the Dowager Countess. Turns out, they weren’t ‘satisfying,’ according to the actress.

Well, dang Maggie Smith. What the heck does that mean? In a brand new interview, Maggie Smith openly called these particular movies out for not being “satisfying,” but on the bright side she did clarify her comments, noting,

For the record, Dame Maggie Smith is not trash-talking either of the major franchises she has been a part of in recent years. When one is a Dame, one does not trash talk. Regardless, she more mentioned she’s not really working hard to inhabit a character in either franchise.

She also told the Evening Standard that she and former Harry Potter co-star Alan Rickman used to joke about how their work together was all basically “reaction” shots. So why did she then take on a similar sort of role in the Downton Abbey universe? She also notes it is because the acting work she wanted to do in the theater wasn’t coming along.

It may be a little jarring to hear an acclaimed actress feel close to neutral on some of her most iconic roles in popular culture, but I guess if you think about it, Maggie Smith has had a full career, and she’s experienced the highs and lows of acting gigs. Now, she has enough clout to pick and choose her projects.  She’s no longer the new girl in the business and is not going to be the actress who’s just happy to be there.

I’d think the neat dialogue and period scenes in Downton Abbey could be tricky and fun on occasion, but the Dowager Countess isn’t one for the highs and lows of emotion or other acting facets that might come up in other acting jobs. In fact, she’s generally downright stoic. And in Harry Potter, a lot of the stuff Maggie Smith was tasked with doing did involve looking stern. At least Alan Rickman’s character got to do that and other things.

Ultimately, this quote from Maggie Smith is just the latest edition of “Bold Comments From Maggie Smith.” But I take her point and I appreciate it. She does say she’s “deeply grateful” for the roles after all.

Now, she’s doing the theater work her heart was pining for, in A German Life, which has landed her awards. Her last stage appearance prior to this was back in 2007 when the actress was in full Harry Potter swing.

Downton Abbey may be looking at a big screen sequel, but. – SPOILERSthe movie did give Maggie Smith an out should she want one. Producer Gareth Neame has joked about misdiagnoses, but the Dowager Countess may not be long for her fictional world. We’ll ultimately have to wait and see what happens, but this really seems like things could go either way.

Wonder Woman 1984 Merchandise Possibly Reveals Appearance Of Kristin Wiig’s Cheetah

If you thought 2019 was packed a punch for the superhero genre – just wait for 2020. The almost-new year is about to come in hot with new feature films prominently from both DC and Marvel. Along with Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff finally getting her own solo flick Black Widow at the start of summer, Gal Gadot will be returning for Wonder Woman 1984 and we now we have the first peek at her adversary: Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah.

Some early merchandise for the film has surfaced on Twitter and it looks to reveal one of the villain’s looks in the upcoming movie. Check it out:

Meow! The mug features Kristen Wiig’s character donning a leopard-print jacket and skirt, torn black shirt and loose blonde curls. It’s purr-fectly ‘80s! The character is posed with curled fingers, indicating the primal features of Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva. What do you think?

As some fans noted, the character famously looks all cheetah from head to toe, and this reveal seems to only show Dr. Minerva dressed in character but not completely transformed. Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah likely has more than one look, just as Gal Gadot has an additional gold suit for the movie’s poster. Check out Cheetah’s complete look, via the source material:

It will be interesting to see how Wonder Woman 1984 tackles Cheetah’s complete look without her looking like a CGI character straight out of the live-action Cats musical. What we see so far from this mug design certainly fits the era the movie will be set in and we can’t wait to see how the former SNL comedian will bring the comic book villain to life.

The sequel will follow Diana Prince decades after fighting in WWI. She’ll face off against Cheetah and Pedro Pascal’s Maxwell Lord. Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor will return, but we have no idea how considering he died in the first movie. Oh, and how come he hasn’t aged?

Now it should be noted that merchandising doesn’t always reflect what’s specifically coming from the movie and this mug hasn’t been officially been released or made available to the public. But, the art does closely resemble Wiig’s likeness and looks quite official. Only time will tell.

Wonder Woman 1984 is coming to theaters on June 5, 2020 following the release of Birds of Prey from DC on February 7, 2020. Read up on everything you need to know about Cheetah ahead of the upcoming sequel!

How Cats’ Director Felt About The Online Response To The Trailer

Cats, man. Talk about a movie that’s sparked such a coal fire of response, especially when it came to the film’s first look revealed earlier this summer. As if the Andrew Lloyd Webber adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s rather eccentric collection of poems wasn’t weird enough, the art style of human and cat being fused together was something that most definitely turned heads. But to director Tom Hooper, this wasn’t a disappointment, or even a big shock. If anything, the man behind The King’s Speech and Les Miserables felt more curious about the hoopla than anything else.

Recently, Hooper revealed his thoughts on the internet field day that was had by all to be the following:

It’s certainly an interesting way to look at the moment that saw everyone both shocked and awed by just how Cats looked in its first glimpse shown to the masses. But considering that Tom Hooper has been living and breathing this project, and knew that those initial responses were to an earlier build of the film’s visual effects, it’s no surprise that it wasn’t all that huge of deal to him. Especially because those pointers given by the people were instrumental to Cats’ continued development.

Tom Hooper told Empire not only about how this reaction initially struck him, but ultimately how the more extreme reactions to the look of Cats helped his team to continue to carve out the final look of those infamous characters for the finished product. Though it’s not unclear if those changes were visible in the second trailer to the film which was released more recently. Should that be the case, the online response really hasn’t change all that much.

Which has to make us wonder: isn’t that the film’s biggest draw to begin with? Cats has always been, and always will be, regarded as an ultimately weird enterprise. You don’t make Broadway history by playing it safe, and Andrew Lloyd Webber certainly ran in the direction of that notion when first crafting the show in 1980. If there was a more “traditional” execution of this story, would have been as popular? Would Tom Hooper’s story of Cats as a trending topic have ever happened?

The fact is that what we’ve seen come out of Cats, no matter how weird it may seem, is par for the course. And you get to walk that course yourself when the film comes out on December 20th; provided of course you aren’t already otherwise booked in the realm of cinematic whimsy that very weekend. You may want to check the 2019 release schedule one last time, just to make sure you aren’t forgetting anything.

The Rise Of Skywalker Offers First Look At Maz Kanata

Ian McDiarmid’s Darth Sidious and Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker aren’t the only two characters that have been conspicuously unseen in the trailers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Lupita Nyong’o’s Maz Kanata has also been largely MIA, but fear not, because she actually is in the final chapter in the Skywalker Saga. You can check out the first look at Maz Kanata from the Rise of Skywalker below.

There she is, and in the orange flesh no less! These images courtesy of Star Wars News Net were snapped at the press conference for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker as they played behind the assembled cast. The photos are seemingly images from the film, confirming that Maz will be back and she won’t only be seen via hologram this time around.

The first look at Maz Kanata from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a close-up, so it doesn’t offer much in the way of clues as to what her role will be in the film. We don’t see where she is or whom she is with. She is however still sporting her variable lens corrective goggles, which she used in Star Wars: The Force Awakens to look at Finn and apparently see into his heart. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her give similar insight and judgment in Episode IX.

It is good to see Maz back after what some found to be a disappointing appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, where she only showed up in a hologram message amid a firefight to help Finn and Rose find a master codebreaker. That said, given her relative absence from the marketing for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, she may have a relatively small role in this film as well.

However, her role is probably bigger than what amounted to a cameo in The Last Jedi. But even if it is small, it can still be important with her providing a place for the heroes to lay low or a bit of crucial information.

According to a rumor from last year, and just to be safe, potential spoilers ahead, Maz Kanata will have a more substantial role in The Rise of Skywalker than in The Last Jedi. The rumor stated that Maz Kanata will actually be traveling with Rey early in the film and as a part of that, she will finally reveal how she acquired Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber that she gave her in The Force Awakens.

This would tie back to Lando Calrissian and Cloud City and with Lando in this film, it certainly seems possible that Maz Kanata can bridge those elements from the Original Trilogy to the Sequel Trilogy. Prior to The Force Awakens, Maz Kanata seemed like she could be a Yoda-esque figure and while that may not ultimately happen, her interaction with Rey in the Takodana castle felt important and it would be nice to see that revisited.

Plus, Maz Kanata, although not a Jedi, is a Force user, and those abilities will certainly be needed in the climactic battle against the First Order and the Emperor.

As you can see, the images above also give us another look at Kylo Ren and Allegiant General Pryde. This shot of Kylo appears to be from the battle he has with Rey aboard a structure surrounded by the raging sea. It looks as though maybe Rey fled the battle with him and he is watching her go.

We also see Richard E. Grant’s General Pryde who looks like a perfect Imperial figure. The high-ranking member of the First Order looks cold, cruel and cut from the same cloth as predecessors like Director Orson Krennic and Grand Moff Tarkin.

You can catch Maz Kanata and all the friends from a galaxy far, far away when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters on December 20. Check out our 2020 Release Schedule to keep track of what’s coming out next year.

Leave The Peloton Bike Ad Lady Alone

Peloton, a company that sells (checks notes) bikes that don’t go anywhere, is worth nearly 10 billion dollars. But the latest Peloton Bike ad—you know, the 30-second spot that went viral and drew comparisons to the brainwashed family from Get Out—just lost the company almost one billion dollars and sparked an endless stream of Twitter hot takes.

In case you’ve been sitting this internet controversy out, the infamous ad—which shows a woman receiving a Peloton bike from her husband for Christmas, then tracking her progress over the year by vlogging her rides—touched a nerve with millions of people. Critics called it “sexist,” “body shaming,” “abusive” and “dystopian.” Something about the sleek aesthetic of the ad, coupled with a plot involving a man getting his wife exercise equipment—equipment she takes to like a hamster on a wheel—unleashed a kind of public anguish.

Comedian Eva Victor’s very funny parody of the ad has over three million views:

Watch the ad for yourself:

Normally we’re all for any outcry about perceived sexism. But the intensity of the anger over the Peloton bike ad has its own eeriness. The woman in the ad is not being “abused” or “controlled,” and insistence that she is suggests that women can’t make their own choices about their desires and their bodies. America has an obsession with thinness, and that can’t be disentangled from exercise crazes like Peloton. But it’s also oddly disrespectful to act like exercising—albeit on fancy equipment and for social media glory—is something women do solely to please men. It’s just more complicated than that.

It’s ironic that the company so garbled their message in this ad, because so many women have been open about finding friendship and wellness through Peloton that have nothing to do with fitness—or their partners. The hundreds of thousands of women who have created networks based on their at-home workouts can’t be reduced to a reaction to the male gaze. How hard would it have been to make an ad about what so many Peloton women actually seem to have a cult-like devotion to: community.

Maybe part of the anger over the Peloton bike ad is how accurately it reflects consumerism right now, and how uncomfortable that makes us. Peloton Lady and her (maybe evil) Peloton Husband live in a pristine, open concept house with hardwood floors, high windows, and one very well-behaved child. Peloton Lady’s skin is dewey but matte. She comes home from work in block-heeled pumps and a cream-colored coat with a statement lip. She wakes up in matching menswear separates. Everything the Peloton family owns is minimalist but perfect, like it all came from prestige direct-to-consumer startup brands.

It’s a very 2019 fantasy. And when we see clearly that our deeply held fantasy is also a carefully calculated bid by a private company to make money, it suddenly feels more like a nightmare. Friends, Romans, countrymen determined to rescue Peloton Lady from her living hell, consider this hot take: The Peloton Lady isn’t a hostage, but we are.

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour.

Billie Eilish’s Haunting ‘Xanny’ Video Finds Her Covered In Cigarette Burns

Editor’s note: The below video contains imagery that might be triggering to some viewers.

In case you missed it, Billie Eilish just said no to drugs — again. The singer-songwriter officially released the haunting and mesmerizing music video for “Xanny” earlier today (December 5), which just so happens to mark the “Bad Guy” singer’s directorial debut.

In the nearly four-and-a-half-minute-long video, Billie sits cross-legged on a white bench, wearing an all-white ensemble, in front of a white background. With both her body and face frozen, she sings through the emotional, lonely ballad as people put cigarettes out on her face. Overall, the video outwardly displays the discomfort some people can feel when friends are using drugs when they themselves don’t want to.

The video, like the song, is supposed to make you feel uncomfortable. In April, Billie opened up to MTV about the track and its “crazy, distorted” chorus. “I just wanted it to sound the way that it feels to just breathe in recycled breath,” she said. “Recycled, poisonous breath, I may add. I just wanted it to feel miserable.” And well, she succeeded.

Now that Billie has unleashed the music video, that feeling of breathing in secondhand smoke is even more potent. As the cigarette scars continue to multiply, a certain tightness builds in our chests. But the most important message of all comes at around the three-and-a-half-minute mark — nearly a minute before the track actually comes to an end — when the singer simply gets up and walks away as smoke continues to fill the room. The message? We all have the power to excuse ourselves from harmful, anxiety-inducing situations. And if you’re uncomfortable, there’s simply no sense in sticking around.

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