Why Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' Is the Best Holiday Song Ever

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Bing Crosby once joked that a "jackdaw with a cleft palate could have sung it successfully." But if it wasn't for Crosby's soothing rendition of the Irving Berlin classic, "White Christmas" probably wouldn't have gone on to become the biggest-selling single worldwide of all time. In the American Masters documentary Bing Crosby Rediscovered - which debuted earlier this month on PBS but will air again at 9 p.m. Et on Dec. 26 - director Robert Trachtenberg looks back at the indelible mark the song made on both history and the crooner's legacy. "Bing had no problem being best known for this See more »

- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman Shares Her Favorite Holiday Recipe

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Having a large group over for Christmas, and still not sure what to cook? Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town exclusively shares with E! one of her favorite recipes for the season. The best part? The recipe takes about 30 minutes, so there's more time to spend with family and friends! When Kimberly isn't on the road, or cooking in her kitchen, she's been working with Smithfield helping feed families in need.  Every time someone uses the hashtag #lendaham, Smithfield donates a serving of protein. Ham Hash Browns and Baked Eggs Created by Kimberly Schlapman Ingredients 2  See more »

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Rush Limbaugh Condemns Idris Elba as the Next Bond Because He's Black

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Of all the incriminating Sony emails leaked in the hack, the one Rush Limbaugh took the most issue with? The fact that executives suggested Idris Elba as the next James Bond.

During his show this week, Limbaugh brought up the exchange and immediately rejected the idea because the Luther star is black. "James Bond was invented, created by Ian Fleming, a former spy, MI6, and James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming.  He was white and Scottish, period. That is who James Bond is," the host said.  "But now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be See more »

- Robyn Ross

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Angelina Jolie’s World War II–Set Unbroken Is a Tribute to Manly Perseverance

24 December 2014 11:00 AM, PST

The best reason to see Angelina Jolie’s more-than-decent film adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken — the story of Louis Zamperini’s grueling odyssey adrift on a lifeboat in the South Pacific and in several Japanese prisoner-of-war camps — is to experience torture from the side of the tortured, to feel vicariously what it’s like when an enemy has absolute power over your life and death. (Needless to say, I don’t mean to imply a connection between this and the House of Representatives’ recent “torture report,” which is obviously a partisan effort to make a few bad apples stand See more »

- David Edelstein

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Into the Woods review: trees fall in a forest, making one hell of a sound

17 December 2014 6:59 AM, PST

Rob Marshall’s big screen version of the Stephen Sondheim musical has taken nearly three decades. Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep just about make it worthwhile

The path to the big screen for Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale mashup has been long and winding. A read-through was held more than 20 years ago, with Goldie Hawn and Robin Williams as the infertile baker and his wife, Cher as the witch who commissions them to fetch bits and bobs (cow, slipper, cape, hair etc) from the forest so she can break the spell, Danny DeVito as See more »

- Catherine Shoard

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Andy Serkis Takes Us Inside The Imaginarium

24 December 2014 1:00 AM, PST

Andy Serkis and producer Jonathan Cavendish set up The Imaginarium in 2011 as a London-based Mecca for all things performance capture. Since then it has undertaken work on Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, See more »

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Nine Inch Nails Fans Will Be Surprised By This Album

3 September 2013 11:50 AM, PDT

Nine Inch Nails, "Hesitation Marks" (Columbia)

Sun-kissed harmonies, funk-flecked guitar lines and – whisper it – a saxophone workout all make an appearance on "Hesitation Marks," a surprising new offering from Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails after a lengthy, self-imposed hiatus.

In the five years since the industrial rockers' See more »

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The Best Movies Of 2013

17 December 2013 12:00 PM, PST

To clarify, this is my top ten today at this very moment. It's going to change. Even as I wrote out the below list, I was dramatically shifting these worthy films up and down. For one thing I want — no, need — to see all of these again and See more »

- Josh Horowitz

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Filmmaker Magazine

“A Little Person Against the Government Machine”: Andrey Zvyagintsev on Leviathan

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When Andrey Zvyagintsev brought Elena — his corrosively apocalyptic attack on the Russian oligarchy— to Cannes in 2011, he was alternately direct and evasive about its pessimistic national diagnosis. One interviewer was informed Zvyagintsev  had considered calling the film Invasion of the Barbarians, but was another was told that focusing on class issues was missing the See more »

- Vadim Rizov

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Jude Law set to join Guy Ritchie’s Knights Of The Roundtable

16 November 2014 10:48 PM, PST

Guy Ritchie’s Camelot saga Knights Of The Roundtable looks set to add another big name to its growing ensemble, with Jude Law in negotiations to join the production. According to Variety, Law is circling the role of the new film’s chief villain, although the identity of said bad See more »

- George Wales

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