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Santa's list includes several of Kurt Russell's grandchildren.
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The mint condition Mickey Mantle rookie card given to a man in the restaurant and then torn up by his wife was sold in 2018 for 2.88 million dollars.
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Oliver Hudson is Goldie Hawn's son. Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have been in a relationship for 35 years, as of 2018.
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The kid who asks for a snowboard in the video letters is Kurt's actual grandson Bing Bellamy
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This movie features yet another Kurt Russell connection to Elvis Presley, of which there have been several in his career. Kurt Russell's first movie was "It Happened at the World's Fair" (1963), in which Elvis pays Russell to kick him in the shin. Sixteen years later, Russell was the lead in the TV movie "Elvis" (1979). Then, 15 years later, Russell lent his voice to the actor playing a young Elvis Presley in "Forrest Gump" (1994). Russell played an ex-con who robs a casino during an Elvis Impersonator Convention in Vegas in "3000 Miles to Graceland" (2001). And here in The Christmas Chronicles (2018), the song that Santa (Russell) sings in the jail scene is one of Elvis' most popular Christmas songs, "Santa Claus is Back in Town" (1957).
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The band playing the song in the jail scène is the real band of Steven van Zandt AKA Little Steven, who also played in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. He's the one playing the guitar. The bands name is The Disciples of Soul.
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The first name read for a present in San Francisco is Ryder Robinson, which is the name of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's real life grandson (Kate Hudson's eldest son)
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The valet of the restaurant is seen sitting at his booth watching his iPad with headphones. He is watching Stranger Things. Another staple in the Netflix family.
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At one point Santa refers to having flown over Lake Shore Drive. In "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2," Kurt Russell plays Starlord's father. "Lake Shore Drive" plays near the beginning of the movie
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The theme music for the movie "The Polar Express" plays briefly, at two separate times, in this movie.
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Among the actors considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa in The Santa Clause was Kurt Russell. That film also had a scene in which Santa is jailed and his elves have to come to his rescue.
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Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Oliver Hudson also worked together in several episodes of Nashville (2012).
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LaMorne Morris, who plays one of the officers attempting to arrest Santa Claus, also played a police officer in the television series New Girl.
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Despite the fact that this was filmed with the Red Weapon Dragon with spherical lenses, Filmed in Panavision is listed in the end credits.
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Kimberly Williams-Paisley's second CGI live action animated film since Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015).
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One of the names on Santa's list is Bing Bellamy. Bing Bellamy is the real-life son of Kurt Russell's daughter, Kate Hudson, and Muse frontman Matt Bellamy.
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