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Sami Jaroush from Rock It Out! Blog deals with Valentine’s Day music, specifically the type of tunes you play when the wine’s all gone and the candles are burnt out. Are you a fan of Marvin Gaye, Barry White, Al Green, or maybe… R Kelly? Watch the video below to hear Sami Beefcake’s favorite tunes, then shares yours in the comments. Read more here: http://bit.ly/XCi3rk

From ‘A Christmas Story‘ to ‘The Hangover‘: TheWrap’s 2012 Guide to Essential Holiday Viewing

With the holidays upon us, you’re going to have a lot of time on your hands — that is, when you’re not busy shopping, traveling, entertaining guests, reveling and recovering from said revelry.

What better way to kill off the abundance of downtime than by plopping yourself in front of the television for some fine, holiday-themed programming? Herewith, TheWrap presents your best viewing bets this year. (Where times aren’t noted, please check your local listings.)

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ABC Family‘s 25 Days of Christmas: ABC Family is the network equivalent of your overzealous aunt who starts her Christmas shopping in June. For its annual “25 Days of Christmas” extravaganza, the network began running nonstop holiday programming on Dec. 1. You’d be insane to try to have taken it all in. But Christmas Eve, when the network airs such classics as “The Santa Clause” trilogy, “Home Alone” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” is as good an entry point as any.

The Hallmark ChannelEvery day is Christmas at the Hallmark Channel, which is pretty much running continuous holiday programming this time of year. It includes “A Bride for Christmas,” “Matchmaker Santa,” “A Christmas Wedding Tail,” and “A Princess for Christmas.”

DEC. 24

“A Christmas Story”: TBS’s 24-hour marathon of the 1983 comedy (beginning at 8/7c Christmas Eve) is a cherished annual tradition for millions. If you’re not one of them, you should probably consider shooting your eye out with a Red Ryder BB gun.

“Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn”: Tired of punks like Michael Buble and Blake Shelton clogging up the airwaves with their holiday musical specials? Allow the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to rock you gently with some boss tunes on PBS.

“Christmas Eve at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome”: Once upon a time, back before retailers began setting up their Christmas displays in August, the holiday used to be about something more than rampant consumerism. Let NBC take you back to that long-gone time at 11:34/10:34c.

“Pawn Stars”: A History Channel is airing 20 consecutive hours of “Pawn Stars,” which started at 8/7c this morning. Because what better way of reminding yourself how far the holidays are putting you in hock?

Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale“:Want to get an animated start to your Christmas? Cartoon Network will air this yuletide offering, featuring the famous cat and mouse, plus “Abominable Christmas, “Scooby Doo!: Haunted Holidays” and “The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol” over three hours beginning at 3:30/2:30c.

DEC. 25

“Doctor Who: The Snowmen”: Matt Smith helps celebrate the holiday in particularly twisted fashion with the “Doctor Who” Christmas special “The Snowmen,” which features the Doctor doing battle with an army of pointy-toothed snowmen. The special airs at 9 p.m. on BBC America. As a bonus, the network will run a “Doctor Who” marathon starting at 8/7c.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!He’s a mean one, that Mr. Grinch — but he’s been enthralling audiences ever since the 1966 release of this animated Dr. Seuss adaptation. And with good reason — directed by master animator Chuck Jones and featuring Boris Karloff in one of his final roles, this is one of the more enduring Christmas specials going. And going. It’s on ABC at 8/7c.

“Bad Santa”: Admit it — as much as you love the spirit of the holidays, Billy Bob Thornton’s portrayal of a drinking, thieving, fornicating shopping-mall Kris Kringle never fails to bring a smile to your face. On Comedy Central at 6 p.m.

DEC. 31

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With With Ryan Seacrest”: If you insist on staying in and avoiding the crowds this New Year’s Eve, your best bet for at least some semblance of revelry is this annual ball-dropping ceremony, which this year features performances from serial dater Taylor Swift and “Call Me Maybe” sensation Carly Rae Jepsen. The festivities officially kick off at 10 p.m. on ABC, but they’ll be preceded by the special “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark” at 8. It’s the next-best thing to actually gathering with your fellow human beings.

New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly“: Of course, Carson Daly’s nice, too. Well-groomed. An easy smile. Probably smells faintly of lilacs. He’s never done anything to offend you. And you like his show “The Voice,” don’t you? You’re not some kind of freak, are you? (On NBC at 10 p.m.)

“The Walking Dead”: Then again, if you’re feeling especially misanthropic, AMC is airing a marathon of the first half of season 3 of “The Walking Dead”, beginning at 9/8c. It’s a good way to ring in the New Year with fantasies of humanity being all but wiped out by an army of marauding zombies. Chances are, if you watch the whole thing, you’ll end up feeling a little zombified yourself.

JAN. 1

“Tournament of Roses Parade”: The pageantry! The tradition! The roses! NBC and ABC will both be airing Pasadena’s crowning moment at 11 a.m., when flowers pretend to be other things as they roll through the street. Plus, this way, you don’t have to camp out on the sidewalk all night to watch it, like some fools do.

“The Hangover”: If you’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve too aggressively, chances are you’ll be feeling pretty sluggish the next day. The ability to perform such tasks as sitting upright will elude you, as will your memory of the previous night’s events. As you nurse a recuperative Bloody Mary and ponder the mystery of who installed shag carpeting on your tongue while you were asleep, use whatever remaining energy you have to click over to TBS, where Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and the rest of the “Hangover” over-imbibers will make you feel relatively temperate. “The Hangover” will air four times, beginning at 11/10c.

 

–made by  tim kenneally for thewrap.com

Ronnie Wood, 65, weds Sally Humphreys, 34, in secret ceremony… with Rod Stewart as best man

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The bride wore her mother’s simple wedding dress. For the groom, the only nod to his wild side was his bright pink socks.

They had promised it would be a low-key affair – and Ronnie Wood and Sally Humphreys were true to their word as they married yesterday.

The Rolling Stones guitarist, 65, made the 34-year-old theatre producer his third wife in a brief ceremony in the eighth-floor penthouse suite at the Dorchester hotel in central London.

Sally looked every inch the blushing bride as she arrived at her wedding reception at The Dorchester on Friday in a traditional white gown with new husband Ronnie grinning in his navy suit clutching a packet of cigarettes.

The bride accessorised her three-quarter length sleeved off-white dress with a ruby red heart necklace and bright lipstick.

Her layered taffeta gown complimented her slim figure while Ronnie looked dapper in his tailored suit with checked detail.

The low-key ceremony was attended by close family and friends and in a secret location.

According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, the couple was spotted leaving the ceremony looking blissfully happy together.

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Wood picked his former Faces bandmate Rod Stewart as his best man at the private celebration for family and friends.

Rod was accompanied by his wife Penny Lancaster, while Leah Wood, 34, Ronnie’s daughter by second wife Jo was also in attendance.

Eldest son Jesse, 36, was joined by his pregnant Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton while younger son Tyrone, 29, was also there to watch his dad tie the knot.

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Famous guests included Sir Paul McCartney accompanied by wife Nancy Shevell, who looked stunning in a green and fuchsia wrap around dress.

The pair left their reception around 8.30pm with the bride looking demure in a salmon pink dress and  tailored coat, the newlyweds treated onlookers to their first public kiss as man and wife.

After knowing Ronnie for several years, Sally has previously gushed about her romance with the Start Me Up performer. But the pair kept everyone on their toes after telling fans they would marry in early 2013.  She said: ‘Ronnie was married and then Ronnie wasn’t married. I have had boyfriends, then I didn’t have a boyfriend. It had to wait until everyone was clear. But I definitely feel like I have ended up in the right place.’

Ronnie has been married twice before, firstly to Krissy Findlay – the mother of his son Jesse – from 1971 to 1978.  Wood split from his second wife Jo, 57, in 2008 after an alcohol-soaked affair with 21-year-old cocktail waitress Katia Ivanova.

Following that there was a liaison with Brazilian model Ana Araujo, with whom he split after growing tired of her obsession with fame and a short-lived fling with promotions girl Nicola Sargent, 25. His divorce from Jo, to whom he was married for 24 years, was finalised last year. In the candid interview with the Evening Standard earlier this year, Sally admitted that she’s not really a fan of the age difference between her and her husband-to-be. She said: ‘There is an age gap. I would prefer it if there wasn’t but there is but maybe I’m a bit older and he’s a bit younger at heart.’ And putting the negative criticism from their naysayers to rest, Humphreys said that she believes the gap of three decades will serve them well.

 

–by lucy buckland for dailymail.co.uk

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