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10 International Christmas Movies To Watch This Holiday

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Christmas is a great time to cosy up with family and friends and watch some nostalgic films. The following is a list of top Christmas films to see in 2023, each with a distinct charm and joyous atmosphere:

1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946):

Genre: Drama/Fantasy
Synopsis: An enduring masterpiece, this movie centres on George Bailey, a man on the verge of suicide on Christmas Eve, but he is saved from suicide by an angel who shows him what life would have been like without him. It does a fantastic job of capturing Christmas’s actual meaning.

2. Elf (2003):

Genre: Family/Comedy
Synopsis: This humorous picture centres on Will Ferrell’s character, Buddy, a human who was raised by elves at the North Pole. It chronicles Buddy’s quest to locate his biological father in New York City. It’s ideal filled with smiles and touching moments, it’s perfect for the whole family.

3. Home Alone (1990):

Genre: Comedy/Family
Synopsis: When eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is accidentally left behind during Christmas vacation, he must defend his home from burglars using an array of booby traps. A true holiday classic that never gets old.

4. The Polar Express (2004):

Genre: Adventure/Animation
Synopsis: This animated movie, which is based on the well-loved children’s book, tells the story of a young boy’s incredible journey to the North Pole on board the Polar Express. It’s a must-watch for the season because of the amazing animation and touching tale.

5. A Christmas Carol (1984):

Genre: Drama/Fantasy
Synopsis: George C. Scott plays Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve in this rendition of Charles Dickens’ classic story. An engrossing and moving examination of forgiveness and giving.

6. Love Actually (2003):

Genre: Romance, Comedy, and Drama
Synopsis: An ensemble romantic comedy set in London around the holidays that weaves together several love stories. It’s a feel-good movie that perfectly embodies the spirit of Christmas, complete with a fantastic cast and touching moments.

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7. The Holiday (2006):

Genre: Romance/comedy
Synopsis: Starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz, the movie centres on two women who, during the holidays, switch residences and unintentionally fall in love. It’s a charming romantic comedy with a festive setting, full of charm and wit.

8. Miracle on 34th Street (1947):

Genre: Drama/Family/Fantasy
Synopsis: A young attorney represents a man claiming to be Santa Claus in court, saying that he is the real Kris Kringle, after the man is institutionalised. This endearing classic delves into the actual spirit of Christmas and the wonder of belief.

9. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965):

Genre: Comedy, Drama, and Animation
Synopsis: Embark with Charlie Brown and his pals as they unearth the genuine significance of Christmas. This beloved animated film with the Peanuts group is a timeless story with a strong message about the spirit of the season.

10. The Grinch (2018):

Genre: Animation/Comedy/Family
Synopsis: Benedict Cumberbatch voices the iconic Grinch in this animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic story. With stunning animation and a heartwarming twist, it’s a delightful film that brings the beloved character to life freshly and festively.

These movies offer a perfect mix of nostalgia, laughter, and heartwarming moments to make your Christmas celebrations truly magical. Enjoy the holiday season with these festive films.

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Grammy Winning Tyla Hits A Fashion Milestone

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When South Africa’s rising pop star, Tyla, chooses her clothes, there are two essential qualities she looks for: the ability to allow her to dance freely and the ability to move comfortably.

While describing her personal style, the young and talented artist who brought us the hit song “Water” emphasized the importance of feeling comfortable. However, her definition of comfort does not extend to casual attire like sweatpants and jerseys, particularly when she is in the public eye.

Additionally, the rise of her online presence on TikTok, which now boasts over 7.2 million followers, has seen “comfortable” translate to performing her own dance routines in unique outfits like macramé tube tops and very short miniskirts.

Just weeks ago, “comfortable” meant a glamorous, seafoam green Versace gown shimmering with fishnet overlays—a dazzling costume fit for a modern Venus. Tyla wore this as she proudly accepted the first-ever Grammy for Best African Music Performance for her chart-topping R&B hit, “Water.” Today, “comfortable” has a whole new meaning: a stylish linen set as she dances effortlessly in Gap’s Spring 2024 campaign, marking her debut with a major global fashion brand.

The video showcases Tyla and a group of dancers performing Shay Latukolan’s energetic choreography to “Back On 74,” a catchy, genre-blending song by the British group Jungle, which has amassed over one billion views on TikTok.

Each dancer is adorned in comfortable and flowing pieces from Gap’s spring collection, crafted from breathable linen fabric. Tyla’s outfit features a stylish cropped top and relaxed-fit cargo pants, accented by a swaying chain-link belt. The video not only highlights the comfortable nature of the clothing but also demonstrates how it can convey confidence and a touch of elegance, making it perfect for both movement and style.

“I love marrying my music and the way I look, I feel like it goes hand in hand,” Tyla explains. “I see that also sonically with my album that’s coming out, and with the Gap campaign.”

As Tyla embarks on her first major tour and showcases her characteristic drive and ambition, the artist is infusing her on-stage style with even more personal expression.

A passionate supporter of South African designers, such as the talented LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize winner Thebe Magugu, she proudly weaves elements of her heritage into her fashion choices.

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MTV’s New Series “In Bloom” Sheds Light On Global Gender Equity

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In partnership with Paramount Global and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this initiative aims to promote new voices and discussions to address systemic injustices, supporting the United Nations’ gender equality goal. Tope Oshin, a Nigerian TV and film director and UN Live board member, led the project creatively.

The films were directed by female filmmakers from Nigeria, Kenya, India, the US, and Brazil, covering various issues like period poverty, child marriage, gender-based violence, HIV and AIDS stigma, family planning, and women’s economic empowerment.

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Folu Storms stars in the Nigerian episode “Aféfé,” written and directed by Adeleke, which follows the story of a beautician whose life changes dramatically when her elderly and ailing mother-in-law unexpectedly moves in.

Additionally, there’s a comedy-drama called “Period,” written and directed by Nicole Teeny from the US, portraying Fay’s journey to obtain menstrual products when she cannot afford them.

“In the Bengali drama “Alta,” written and directed by Priyanka Banerjee from India, a rebellious teenager (Mazel Vyas) who refuses to leave the bathroom prompts her desperate father to seek assistance, leading to a revealing twist in their relationship.

In the Portuguese social realist drama “Maré,” written and directed by Giuliana Monteiro from Brazil, a mother (Vanessa Giácomo) on the brink of despair seeks refuge from her tumultuous life circumstances.

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Lastly, in the Swahili psychological horror “Kifungo,” written and directed by Voline Ogutu from Kenya, an ambitious romantic (Brenda Wairimu) grapples with self-acceptance after discovering her HIV-positive status.

The series will premiere on Paramount+ on March 1, 2024, in various countries, including the US, UK, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Japan, and South Korea, coinciding with Women’s History Month.

Furthermore, it will debut on Pluto TV globally and air on MTV international channels. On March 8, 2024, International Women’s Day, it will premiere on BET in Africa.

Following this, the series will have premieres in India and Africa on YouTube, followed by distribution by a global content distributor.

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Beyoncé’s ‘Texas Hold ‘Em’ Tops The Billboard Hot 100 Chart

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Beyoncé has established herself as one of the most successful superstars of all time and is no stranger to topping the Billboard charts. However, this week, she has achieved a new milestone by reaching the highest position on a particular ranking that she has never been able to attain before. Beyoncé’s latest single, “Texas Hold ‘Em,” has climbed to the top spot on the Country Streaming Songs chart, marking her first No. 1 on this particular ranking.

The upbeat track features twangy guitar riffs and a catchy chorus that showcases Beyoncé’s ability to seamlessly blend country and pop influences.

While Beyoncé’s song “Texas Hold ‘Em” has been climbing the Country Streaming Songs chart for a while, it has just reached the coveted top spot for the very first time. Last week, the track made its debut in second place, just behind the collaboration between Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves, “I Remember Everything.” However, this week, “Texas Hold ‘Em” has surged ahead, claiming the number one position, while “I Remember Everything” takes a respectable second place.

Even though Beyoncé is incredibly popular and has tried out many different music styles, it is not altogether unexpected that she had not reached the top spot on the Country Streaming Songs chart before now. While she has experimented with country music on a few occasions in the past, these instances were rare, and her music is not generally recognized for its country influences.

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“Texas Hold ‘Em” has been well-received by fans and critics alike.

“Texas Hold ‘Em” has become a major hit on the country music charts, reaching the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Song Sales lists. This marks the first time Beyoncé has ever topped these charts. Her success extends even further, as “Texas Hold ‘Em” now also reigns supreme on the Country Streaming Songs chart.

Throughout her long career, Beyoncé has only had two songs appear on the Country Streaming Songs chart. “16 Carriages,” released alongside “Texas Hold ‘Em,” debuted at number eight on the chart but has since slipped to number ten. However, “Texas Hold ‘Em” has proven to be a true chart-topper across the board in the country music genre. Its success on the Country Streaming Songs chart is a testament to the song’s widespread appeal.

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