Friday, May 24, 2024

Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell Reunite for “Christmas Chronicles” Sequel But Without Son Oliver Hudson This Time: Couldn’t They Book Him?


Two years ago, Kurt Russell played Santa Claus in “The Christmas Chronicles” on Netflix. It was a big hit. His step son Oliver Hudson was the male lead, father of two charming children who got into all kinds of mischief. Toward the end of the movie, Goldie Hawn, Oliver’s mother and Kurt’s life partner, made a cameo appearance as Mrs. Claus.

So you’d think for the sequel, coming November 25th, they’d all be back. But Hudson is missing from the cast list and the credits. He’s out.

Couldn’t they get him for a decent price? No, it looks like his character may have been fed to the wood chipper during the intervening time. His wife (Kimberly Williams Paisley) now now has a boyfriend played by Tyrese Gibson, who comes with a little boy of his own.

And Oliver? He’s starred in many TV series, so he’s fine, he has a very nice career. But even with your parents playing Mr. and Mrs. Claus, casting has changed considerably these days.

The good news is that maybe Goldie, who doesn’t work a lot, has a much bigger role as Mrs. Claus. Anything with Goldie Hawn is really gold.

Meantime, Netflix just sent me a list of Christmas movies that looks to rival Hallmark’s humongous slate of holiday offerings. Like Hallmark, they’ve found a bunch of actors willing to take paychecks in exchange for appearing in wholesome family fun! One of them, called “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” has a cast that includes — are you ready? –Forest Whitaker, Keegan-Michael Key,  Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Ricky Martin, and Hugh Bonneville. That is insane!

Still no “Home for Chanukah” but the irony of “The Christmas Chronicles” is that Goldie is Jewish! Maybe Mrs. Claus reveals that in the sequel! Spin that dreidel!



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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