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PopWatch Planner: 'Breaking Dawn,' 'Lawrence of Arabia,' and more

11 November 2012 9:30 AM, PST

There’s plenty of entertainment to go around this week, but let’s all agree that this is Twilight’s moment to sparkle. The saga of a girl, a vampire, and a lovesick wolf finally comes to an end — beware the shocking twist ending! — after selling more than 116 million books and grossing more than $1.8 billion at the box office.

Sunday, Nov. 11

Family Guy’s 200th episode, Fox, 9 p.m.

Titled “Yug Ylimaf,” this landmark episode turns some of your favorite Family Guy moments upside down — or backwards. Brian breaks Stewie’s time machine, and time is reversed, threatening Stewie’s very existence. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Firefly: Browncoats Unite' reunion tonight: Why Joss Whedon's cult classic has endured for a decade

11 November 2012 7:33 AM, PST

Some television shows blaze bright and fade quickly. Others ignite and burn for years. Joss Whedon’s Firefly did neither. The sci-fi opus barely sparked during its 11-episode run on Fox in 2002, yet produced a uniquely vibrant afterglow, nurtured by stalwart fans, as well as new fans who continue to discover the series on DVD and cable. To celebrate the cult classic’s 10-year anniversary, Science will air a reunion special tonight called Firefly: Browncoats Unite, which brings together Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau, and more for a conversation (moderated by this reporter) about the show’s origins »


- Jeff Jensen

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Science airs 'Firefly: Browncoats Unite' tonight: Why Joss Whedon's cult classic has endured for a decade

11 November 2012 7:33 AM, PST

Some television shows blaze bright and fade quickly. Others ignite and burn for years. Joss Whedon’s Firefly did neither. The sci-fi opus barely sparked during its 11-episode run on Fox in 2002, yet produced a uniquely vibrant afterglow, nurtured by stalwart fans, as well as new fans who continue to discover the series on DVD and cable. To celebrate the cult classic’s 10-year anniversary, Science will air a reunion special tonight called Firefly: Browncoats Unite, which brings together Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Summer Glau and more for a conversation (moderated by this reporter) about the show’s origins »


- Jeff Jensen

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'Saturday Night Live' recap: Anne Hathaway's eager self is far from 'Miserables'

11 November 2012 7:32 AM, PST

Leave it to Saturday Night Live to bring to the forefront this week one of the most divisive issues facing our country: Americans’ complicated feelings for Anne Hathaway. For all the people who enjoy her work, there are just as many who feel like Anne Hathaway the person tries a little too hard and can be a little too grating.

For those who aren’t typically impressed, your opinion might have changed last night, when Hathaway hosted Saturday Night Live for the third time. The always-game actress clearly gave it her all, and the material, while not exactly hilarious, was »


- Erin Strecker

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Anne Hathaway hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

10 November 2012 3:00 PM, PST

Hate on Anne Hathaway all you want, but Lorne Michaels must see something in her. After all, she’s been asked to host SNL three times in the past four years — and in each of her previous outings, she’s proven herself to be a solid supporting player who’s got a special knack for impressions. (Check out her spot-on Julie Andrews and Judy Garland imitations for proof.)

Personally, I don’t get why so many people seem to despise Hathaway. She’s got good comic timing, she always sounds pretty smart in interviews, and while her Oscars hosting stint was sort of a disaster, »


- Hillary Busis

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Javier Bardem in 'Skyfall': Give this man an(other) Oscar!

10 November 2012 2:05 PM, PST

For your consideration: Javier Bardem for Best Supporting Actor, Skyfall.

Silva, the latest Bond film’s sexually ambiguous cyberterrorist, would be a punchline in any other actor’s hands. Instead, Bardem brings an improbable blend of over-the-top flamboyance and restrained calculation to his character. It’s the sort of cinematic tour de force that we’ve seen before not only from  Bardem himself (in his Oscar-winning 2007 role as No Country for Old Men’s amoral assassin Anton Chigurh), but also in a select few actors who have managed to take commercial villainy all the way to Hollywood’s biggest night. »


- Lanford Beard

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In defense of 'Die Another Day': Thirteen reasons why Pierce Brosnan's last Bond film is better, weirder, and more wonderful than you remember

10 November 2012 7:00 AM, PST

Ten years after Pierce Brosnan’s final turn as 007, the reputation of his whole James Bond era has suffered considerably. Conventional wisdom holds that Brosnan came out the gate strongly (Goldeneye, Xenia Onatopp, “For England, James?”) but then went off the rails. His films trended silly (Tomorrow Never Dies, Evil Rupert Murdoch, “You always were a cunning linguist”) and sillier (The World Is Not Enough, the guy from Full Monty playing an invincible Russian, “I thought Christmas only comes once a year.”) When Casino Royale hit theaters in 2006, it was praised for its realism, its serious tone, its resolute unwillingness »


- Darren Franich

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'Breaking Dawg'? The 'Twilight' parody you've been waiting for is here -- Video

10 November 2012 6:19 AM, PST

If you’ve been watching The Twilight Saga all these years and thinking, “This would be so much better if the characters were portrayed by dogs,” then today’s your lucky day! Behold: A nearly shot-for-shot recreation of the Breaking Dawn — Part 2 trailer with a pack of adorable pooches. Check it out below.

For the record, Edward is an Australian Shepherd mix, Jacob is a German Shepherd, Renesmee is a Brussels Griffon,Volturi leader Aro is a Shar-Pei mix, Irina (a.k.a. the Volutri snitch) is a mixed-breed rescue dog , and Alice is a Golden Doodle. But the pièce »


- Lanford Beard

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This Week on Stage: 'Annie' returns to Broadway

10 November 2012 6:00 AM, PST

Two Sandys dominated the New York theater scene this week. One was the canine star of the beloved musical Annie, which opened Thursday night to generally mixed reviews (despite a near rave from EW’s Jessica Shaw). The other was the hurricane that disrupted numerous productions last week. The storm even became the unlikely scapegoat for the producers of the Al Pacino-led revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, which pushed back its opening date from Nov. 11 to Dec. 8 despite being in previews since Oct. 9 and canceling only a handful of performances due to Sandy. Here’s our take on recent openings: »


- Thom Geier

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The 4 most ridiculous quotes from David Hasselhoff's latest interview

9 November 2012 2:10 PM, PST

This story isn’t as random as it may appear. David Hasselhoff does actually have something to promote — a Lifetime Christmas movie opposite Caroline Rhea (Aunt Hilda!) that airs this Saturday — which is why the Associated Press recently interviewed him. But peg or no peg, I welcome any time The Hoff gets a chance to talk about The Hoff, because it leads to gems like these — which I’ve ranked in order of ridiculosity.

4. On his dream TV project: “I’d love to bring back, more than anything, kind of like Murder, She Wrote.”

3. On the characters that appeal to »


- Hillary Busis

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'Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two': Welcome to Autotopia -- Exclusive Images

9 November 2012 1:40 PM, PST

The Epic Mickey games put players behind a magic paint-brush wielded by the iconic mouse himself, but that isn’t the best part… at least not for Disney nerds. No, the series’ most fan-pleasing claim to fame is its inspired world, Wasteland. A twisted take on traditional Disney theme parks, Wasteland is home to forgotten characters, scrapped attractions, and any other ideas that spilled from Walt’s creative mind onto the cutting room floor.

This misfit Magic Kingdom replaces the real-world theme parks’ Main Street with Mean Street and transforms the smiling clock-face adorning Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” into a Mickey-eating monster. »


- Matt Cabral

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Lindsay Lohan pulls out of Barbara Walters interview -- Maybe for the best?

9 November 2012 1:16 PM, PST

Turns out, we won’t be hearing any confessions of a (twenty-something) drama queen.

For those that were planning a glorious week of watching Barbara Walters’ interview with Lindsay Lohan and the premiere of Liz & Dick, apologies. You’ll have to make do with just the TV movie. According to Deadline, Lohan has cancelled on the planned sit down with 20/20 doyenne Walters.

The change likely has to do with Lohan’s change in publicity representation. Her publicist of the last two years recently quit, and it seems her new team is making some changes. (EW reached out to her new publicist, »


- Erin Strecker

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Favorite and least favorite James Bond movies: The EW Staff speaks!

9 November 2012 12:15 PM, PST

Whenever a new James Bond movie hits theaters, it’s an opportunity to bring up one of the greatest questions in the history of popular cinema: Which film about the dapper British superspy is the very best film. Which leads to a natural follow-up question: Which one is the worst? I grew up in a solidly pro-Connery household, and my personal favorite is the film that initially ended Connery’s run with the character: You Only Live Twice. After starting off with one of the series’ best openings (Bond gets killed!) and my personal favorite Bond theme song (sung by »


- Darren Franich

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Jonah Hill and CNN anchor Don Lemon are in a Twitter feud

9 November 2012 12:00 PM, PST

Said hi to @jonahhill in hotel. Think he thought i was bellman. Didn't know his name til bellman told me. A lesson to always be kind.— Don Lemon (@DonLemonCNN) November 09, 2012

Feud alert! CNN Newsroom host Don Lemon and Oscar-nominee Jonah Hill — man, isn’t it still a little weird to see “Oscar-nominee Jonah Hill”? — got into a virtual pissing match yesterday. And while Hill has deleted his half of their heated exchange, plenty of sources had already copied what they said before the original tweets disappeared into the ether.

It all began when Lemon complained that Hill had been rude to him in a hotel. »


- Hillary Busis

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Louis C.K.'s 'Lincoln' skit gets a director's cut -- Video

9 November 2012 11:49 AM, PST

One of many highlights of Louis C.K.’s SNL gig last weekend — including an opening monologue that consisted entirely of a story about an old lady he met at the airport — was a pre-filmed bit called “Lincoln,” which cast Honest Abe in the lead role of the comedian’s hit show, Louis. C.K. played the president as the same kind of bemused Everyman he portrays in the series, only this time he was awkwardly interacting with new freedmen and cracking jokes about slaveholders and Mary Todd.

NBC has released a director’s cut that extends the segment to almost six minutes, »


- Josh Stillman

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'ZombiU preview': Plus in-game images of brain-hungry Brits -- Exclusive

9 November 2012 11:43 AM, PST

The most promising title launching alongside Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console doesn’t star Mario or any of his Mushroom Kingdom pals, but rather a bunch of brain-craving walking corpses. That’s right, following a full afternoon of hands-on time with many of the family-friendly hardware’s day-one offerings, it’s the very Mature-rated ZombiU that’s got me anxious to get back behind that funky new gamepad.

Set in modern-day London, Ubisoft’s fresh take on the rotting flesh genre puts players in the midst of a plague that’s turned most of our friends from across the pond into crazed people-eaters. »

- Matt Cabral

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President Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, and Steve Jobs join Bartlett's club

9 November 2012 11:12 AM, PST

So much has changed since we last heard from “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations,” a decade ago.

Barack Obama was a state legislator. Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla. Steve Jobs had just introduced a portable music player called the iPod.

And digital books were a relic from the dot-com bubble.

The 18th edition of the venerable reference work has just been released, the first for the electronic age and a chance to take in some of the new faces, events and catchphrases of the past 10 years. General editor Geoffrey O’Brien says he has expanded upon the trend set by his predecessor, »


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'Stand Up for Heroes': Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Robin Williams & more honor wounded warriors

9 November 2012 10:46 AM, PST

“Humor is healing. Music is inspiring.” That’s how Staff Sgt. Robert Henline summed up last night’s Stand Up for Heroes benefit — an annual event for injured service members, veterans, and their families produced by the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

In March 2007, Henline’s truck hit a roadside bomb while he was serving his third tour in Iraq. He suffered burns over 38 percent of his body and lost his left ear in the explosion — but Henline held on to his sense of humor. Before the show, the vet worked the red carpet outside of »


- Hillary Busis

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'Halo 4' review: Everything you want out of a 'Halo' game, except anything new

9 November 2012 9:36 AM, PST

Halo 4 marks the return of Master Chief, but the story belongs to his holographic Girl Friday, Cortana, the endearing exposition-bot who resembles Tinkerbell with more snark and less clothes. After three games’ worth of alien-bashing alongside the Chief, Cortana has exceeded her natural lifespan. She’s falling into “rampancy,” a synthetic dementia that causes emotional outbursts at narratively convenient moments. Halo 4 has high stakes — Earth might be destroyed, again — but it’s really a story about planned obsolescence, about a machine trying to outlive its natural end date.

This is also, more or less, the mission statement of Halo 4, a »


- Darren Franich

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'Parks and Rec': The 5 best moments from 'Ben's Parents'

9 November 2012 9:22 AM, PST

Last week’s episode of Parks and Recreation, in which Ben finally proposed to Leslie, set the bar pretty high — some might say impossibly high — so last night the writers stepped up and let loose with some top-shelf material. We met Ben’s sparring, divorced, insufferable parents (played by Glenne Headly and Jonathan Banks) and watched Chris have a total, happy-sad mental breakdown (“It’s like a perfect storm of emotions!”). The team even brought back the scene-stealer (and arguably the show’s most consistently funny character) Jean-Ralphio, Tom’s flamboyant cad of a business partner. With so many memorable moments, »


- Josh Stillman

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