Four things I’m grateful for this year in entertainment

The new issue of “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”

The John Hughes Thanksgiving classic got a new 4K/Blu-ray release this week that includes a slew of deleted footage, including extra scenes starring John Candy and Steve Martin that fans have long heard about but never gotten to had a chance to see them. The film itself is perfect as it is, but see more of Del and Neal’s travels 35 years later? This is sweetheart. (The deleted scenes also come with the digital version of the film on Vudu.)

Aly Michalka, left, and AJ Michalka of Aly & AJ performed at the Lollapalooza in Chicago last summer.

Aly Michalka, left, and AJ Michalka of Aly & AJ performed at the Lollapalooza in Chicago last summer.
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Aly & AJ

The singer-songwriter sisters, who made it big with 2007’s “Potential Breakup Song,” reinvented themselves as a dreampop band with catchier hooks (and much cheaper concert tickets) than Taylor Swift. I saw her at the House of Blues earlier this year and plan to see her again at the Riviera Theater in April.

Celine Dion is the subject of a hilarious, heartwarming episode of Rob Harvilla "60 songs that explain the 90s."

Celine Dion is the subject of a hilarious, heartwarming episode of Rob Harvilla’s 60 Songs That Explain the ’90s.
– Associated Press


60 songs that explain the 90s

Host Rob Harvilla has garnered so many fans with his hilarious, relatable monologues about the songs he grew up listening to that he didn’t stop at 60. His podcast makes me feel like Harvilla secretly overheard all the conversations I had with my friends in 1996. The best episode without question: Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”. Trust me.

Farewell to Bob Chapek

Disney then said goodbye to its CEO 999 days of bad service that ended with a brutal earnings report and a falling share price. why do i care Because Chapek introduced the price-boosting, time-consuming “innovation” called Genie+ to theme parks that weren’t exactly affordable at first. (Just ask for my credit card statement.) I don’t know if bringing Bob Iger back for another two years will solve Disney’s problems, but getting rid of Chapek — a bean counter who was booed by fans who attended his company’s September show became convention – is certainly a good start.

• Sean Stangland is an assistant news editor who can’t wait to see the revamped Fantasmic show at Disney World.



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