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PopWatch Planner: New Rihanna, new Wii U, and new movies -- just in time for the holidays

18 November 2012 11:00 AM, PST

It’s a short work week, but that doesn’t mean it’s short on entertainment to keep you busy over the long holiday weekend! The week starts off with the AMAs on Sunday and keeps rolling with a videogame platform release, a slew of new movies to keep you and your family occupied, and of course the annual Macy’s parade. Now let’s talk turkey, happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday

American Music Awards, 8 p.m. ABC

The American Music Awards air live on ABC Sunday night and feature a bunch of sure to be hit performances, including Stevie Wonder’s »


- Laura Hertzfeld

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'Saturday Night Live' recap: It was 'Mission: Impossible' for Jeremy Renner

18 November 2012 7:01 AM, PST

Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge Jeremy Renner fan. My obsession with the Avengers star may not rival that I have with Michael Fassbender (I like to watch this clip when I’m feeling blue — completely family friendly, I assure you), but it’s up there. I mean, have you seen Renner’s arms? Just… sa-woon. Oh, and he’s a pretty good actor too (you know, if those Oscar nods are anything to go by). But wow, that was a painful episode of Saturday Night Live, wasn’t it?

I’m not even sure who to blame for it. »


- Tara Fowler

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'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2': A hater's guide

18 November 2012 5:00 AM, PST

Even a diehard, bile-filled Twilight-hater like myself must acknowledge fine filmmaking when he sees it. So I am obliged to report that in the course of catching The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, I witnessed footage which exuded wit, warmth, and wonder while also serving as a reminder that, just because a franchise is several films old, doesn’t necessarily mean its best days are behind it. But, hey, that’s enough about the Hobbit trailer! What does someone who hates Twilight need to know about this final film in the series?

Well, for a start you can forget all »


- Clark Collis

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Jeremy Renner hosts tonight's 'Saturday Night Live': Talk about it here!

17 November 2012 3:00 PM, PST

The last time a fair-haired actor best known for his onscreen intensity made his SNL hosting debut, things didn’t turn out so well. Daniel Craig was game but never fully comfortable on Saturday Night Live, and the material he was given — a weirdly un-topical set of sketches about construction workers, a space mission, and Fred Armisen in a skirt — didn’t help matters. So is Jeremy Renner, a similarly serious star, destined to deliver a similarly underwhelming performance?

Even though Renner’s SNL promos were pretty rote, I’m going to give the Oscar nominee the benefit of the doubt. »


- Hillary Busis

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Is 'Skyfall' basically James Bond meets 'Home Alone'?

17 November 2012 7:00 AM, PST

[Spoiler Alert If You Haven't Seen Skyfall] 

The answer is Yes…at least in my opinion. Now, I really enjoyed Skyfall – don’t get me wrong. It’s the most beautiful Bond movie I’ve ever seen and I always enjoy a villain who wears linen. But the last half-hour with Bond (Daniel Craig) fending off breathable fabric-lover Silva (Javier Bardem) and his gang of baddies with booby traps in his dilapidated childhood home was basically a combo of Home Alone and Home Alone 2.

Think about it—Bond rigs his house with loose floor boards and explosives; light sockets that explode with nails. All that’s missing »


- Tim Stack

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'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' review: A surprisingly refreshing return to the front-lines

16 November 2012 2:47 PM, PST

The Call of Duty series’ single-player campaigns have always served as appetizers to the multi-player main course. Packed with set pieces and scripted events that could make Bruckheimer blush, they  provide a few hours of forgettable thrills before fans jump online to frag their friends in the face. While the latest installment in the juggernaut franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, could have followed this same formula, collected a big fat paycheck, and called it a day, its developers at Treyarch have done something unexpected: They changed Call of Duty.

No, they haven’t abandoned the core tenets that helped »


- Matt Cabral

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The Internet responds to Hostess bankruptcy

16 November 2012 2:19 PM, PST

Hostess, the beloved maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread, announced this morning that it will file for bankruptcy, liquidate its assets, and lay off over 18,000 employees. That’s great news, right? It certainly is for the internet, because now anonymous users can turn it into memes! You know, memes – like Scumbag Steve and Socially Awkward Penguin and my personal favorite, Insanity Wolf. The news only broke a few hours ago – which in internet time is like a trillion years or something – but the pithy Hostess jokes are starting to roll in already. A few of our favorites include:

1. Bad Luck Brian, »


- Josh Stillman

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'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2': Let's talk about that ending! [Obligatory spoiler alert]

16 November 2012 12:52 PM, PST

Spoiler Alert: Do Not Read If You Haven’T Seen Breaking Dawn — Part 2.

For months, we’ve been teased about Breaking Dawn — Part 2′s “twist” ending. The movie follows Stephenie Meyer’s book closely, up until the point where Alice (Ashley Greene) enters the climactic scene to defend vampire-human hybrid Renesmee’s (Mackenzie Foy) existence. She presumably shows Aro (Michael Sheen), through her thoughts, that she knows there is no threat and thus Renesmee and the Cullens should be left alone. But then she realizes that it doesn’t matter — Aro wants a fight no matter what. She mouths “now »


- Denise Warner

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Justin Timberlake gives Myspace a fresh start

16 November 2012 11:26 AM, PST

“Imagine what the room would be like if Andy Warhol, Liz Taylor, and Stanley Kubrick all got together,” Justin Timberlake said yesterday. “What was that conversation like? What type of collaboration did that breed? And how can we make that happen?” The answer, he hopes, is the new Myspace.

Thursday, a small group of journalists were invited to the sleek Sls Hotel in Beverly Hills to preview the beta version of Myspace. Chris and Tim Vanderhook, COO and CEO of Myspace, want to be very clear that the new site is not a relaunch. It’s something new. It’s »


- Lindsey Bahr

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'Batman: Arkham City': How does the new 'Armored Edition' look on the new Wii U? -- Exclusive Trailer

16 November 2012 9:58 AM, PST

Batman: Arkham City — EW’s top game of 2012 — is back, but this time the Dark Knight’s delivering his bone-crunching brand of vigilante justice on Nintendo’s new Wii U console (out Nov. 18). More than a prettied-up port, the re-branded Armored Edition is utilizing the hardware’s tablet-like GamePad in hopes of putting players under the cowl like never before.

In theory, the controller serves as the caped crusader’s wrist-mounted computer, allowing gamers to manage gadgets, view objectives, examine intel, and navigate Gotham’s labyrinthine map without exiting to an immersion-breaking pause menu. Additionally, a number of gameplay actions, »


- Matt Cabral

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Entertainment Geekly takes on 'Twilight' and 'American Horror Story'

16 November 2012 9:20 AM, PST

After taking a long sabbatical to walk the earth like Caine in Kung Fu, we’re proud to announce the return of Entertainment Geekly, our weekly podcast covering all things from the wild and wonderful world of fantastical pop culture. This week, Jeff Jensen and I very carefully tiptoe into the world of Twilight, before discussing the new season of American Horror Story (which Jeff recaps.) Topics discussed include: The youth of America, the fall of the white male patriarchy, and the possibility that Satan is going to have an epic showdown with aliens and Nazis. That last part refers to American Horror Story, »


- Darren Franich

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'Twilight' is a marathon, not a sprint

16 November 2012 9:15 AM, PST

When I volunteered to watch a five-movie Twilight Saga marathon, I’ll admit I didn’t fully anticipate the challenges and doubts I’d encounter along the way. As the weeks, then days, then hours ticked down, I realized I’d need to get my head in the game. I trained like any marathoner would, honing skills appropriate to the course — subsisting on a diet of carbohydrates, carbonated drinks, and stale air; sitting on my rear for long periods of time, and abandoning all thoughts of age-appropriate content or cinematic quality. Also like any marathoner, I blacked out for long »


- Lanford Beard

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'Twilight: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2': On-the-scene fan reactions

16 November 2012 9:14 AM, PST

If you’re at the midnight premiere of Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 (well, technically, a 10 p.m. Thursday night show) chances are you’re already more than familiar about what exactly goes down in the finale of the vampire saga. With my colleagues Lanford Beard (who was coming off an all-day Twilight marathon) and Denise Warner, we braved the first public showtime in Manhattan alongside a – no surprise – sold-out crowd. More surprising was how adult and costume-free our group seemed to be.

While our theater clearly was audibly buzzing with anticipation, the dirty little secret is that in the book, »


- Erin Strecker

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EW Entertainers of the Year 2012: Vote for your favorites here!

16 November 2012 9:00 AM, PST

Best: Movies | TV | Music | Books | Breakthrough | Comeback | Tweeters | Sexiest | Best-Dressed

It’s that time of year again: EW has begun making lists and checking them twice, all to find out which stars will snag a spot as one of our Entertainers of the Year. And now it’s your turn to make your voice heard. Declare your favorites in movies, TV, music, books and more by voting in the polls below; the winners will appear in our annual special issue, which hits stands Nov. 30. But vote quickly — we’re closing the polls this Monday, Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. Et! »

- EW staff

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Oh look, someone had this crazy idea of bringing Google Maps to the iPhone

16 November 2012 8:20 AM, PST

We all like Google Maps, right? And we all like iPhones, right? Well, cousin, I’ve got a big idea for you. And not just any big idea. I’m talking a daring, unlikely, transgressive, high-concept, four-quadrant, gamechanging, universe-denting Big Idea: What if someone put Google Maps… on the iPhone? Stop! Don’t run away! I know it sounds crazy. I know we all love the Apple Maps application, or “Mapple” as it’s called by no one. I know we all love how Apple Maps plots a route from our house to the local movie theater that takes us »

- Darren Franich

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EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

16 November 2012 7:59 AM, PST

Submitted by Lol:

“Fun fact: Ben just got an amazing accounting job. Regular fact: I have to go to a meeting. Unfun fact: My Uncle just had a stroke.”

–Chris (Rob Lowe) on Parks and Recreation

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Thursday, Sept. 15 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

Read more:

Parks and Recreation’ review: Did Joe Biden seem awkward? Knope!

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

Vice President Joe Biden to guest on ‘Parks and Recreation’ — Exclusive Video »


- EW staff

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The voice of Smurfette, Lucille Bliss, has died

16 November 2012 7:56 AM, PST

Lucille Bliss, who provided the voices for the cartoon characters Smurfette, Crusader Rabbit, and Rags died of natural causes on Nov. 8 in Costa Mesa, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 96.

The animation voice actress’ career spanned over 60 years; she was working as recently as last month. In addition to her groundbreaking double role in Crusader Rabbit (as the title character and Rags) and her most recognizable role in The Smurfs (as Smurfette), Bliss also gave voice to the stepsister Anastasia in Disney’s 1950 film Cinderella and the original Elroy in the 1960s TV series The Jetsons. Her smaller »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Lindsay Lohan reveals secret to her comeback: 'Just keep me on set. It's safer that way' -- Video

16 November 2012 7:36 AM, PST

Breaking: Lindsay Lohan managed to plug Liz & Dick on Good Morning America without injuring a single pedestrian or setting anything on fire! I knew good things would start happening for our girl as soon as she became a redhead again.

After Lohan pulled out of a planned interview with Barbara Walters last week, it seemed like the beleaguered actress might not be ready for another press tour. But the star of Lifetime’s new Elizabeth Taylor biopic was calm and composed on Gma, if a little stiff. In a smoky voice that seemed huskier each time she opened her mouth, »


- Hillary Busis

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'The Big Bang Theory' react: The one with the number 43

15 November 2012 7:37 PM, PST

Tonight’s episode of The Big Bang Theory was a throwback to earlier seasons. Warning: spoilers below for those on the west coast!

Amy and Bernadette make no appearances, Raj and Howard struggle to understand the essence of Sheldon while strengthening their stalwart bromance, and Leonard feels insecure in his relationship with Penny. It’s 2010 all over again!

The misadventures commence when Raj and Howard realize that Sheldon disappears daily between 2:45 and 3:05 p.m. They follow him to the university basement to find out what he does during those 20 minutes and see him enter an old storage room. »


- Maane Khatchatourian

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'30 Rock': Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy

15 November 2012 6:59 PM, PST

Woah! Before we get into tonight’s episode, let’s talk about that invitation to Liz Lemon’s wedding in two weeks! Yup, it looks like Elizabeth Miervaldis Lemon will wed Criss later this month. Discuss! But Lemon had more important things to worry about in “Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy.” See: her aching bunions. (Actually, don’t see it. It’s probably gross.) Her podiatrist said the only possibly explanation was that one of her ancestors mated with a dinosaur. Naturally. Anyway, Lemon needed quadruple bunion surgery, a procedure that would require her to stay off her feet for three weeks. »


- Breia Brissey

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