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Hackers claim responsibility for PlayStation Network, Xbox Live issues on Christmas

13 hours ago

There's nothing like the thrill of opening up presents on Christmas morning and playing with a new toy or video game. And there are likely few things as disappointing for a child as finding out that he or she can't actually play with that game. That was the case for many on Dec. 25, when both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, the online networks for Sony and Microsoft's game consoles, were offline for most of Christmas. They've been experiencing issues into today. »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Best of 2014: The year's most memorable video games

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2014 has been a strange year for video games. Not a bad year—maybe not a great year—but definitely a strange one. There have been plenty of memorable releases, but 2014 felt like a transitional one for the medium, both in the games themselves and the culture surrounding it. As developers accustomed themselves to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a number of major releases slipped into 2015 while other games came out of the gate with major technical issues. But even still, a host of exciting, daring, and satisfying games populated the last 12 months, reminding players of the capabilities of gaming. The »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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'Into the Woods' and 10 more surprisingly depressing musicals

25 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST

It's easy to see why some might venture to Into the Woods expecting, well, what you'd expect from a Disney movie about fairy tale characters: a light-hearted jaunt with a happy ending. We're here to warn you that is not the case, especially once the second half of the film begins. Though Rob Marshall's film version of Stephen Sondheim's show has toned down some of the darkness (congrats, Rapunzel—you live!), the movie still retains the show's innuendo (hey, Little Red) and its second act swerve, which features the deaths of several major characters and an exploration of the disappointments of adulthood. »


- EW staff

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'Blue Christmas,' 'Happy Christmas,' and more of our favorite holiday bummers

25 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST

Most holiday-themed media likes to tell you that Christmas is the most wonderful time of year. But the occasional movie, song, or episode of TV is a little bit more honest about Christmas: Sometimes it sucks. From the heartbreaking pilot episode of Six Feet Under, which is set on Christmas Eve, to Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," the pop culture world is full of alternatives for the Scrooges who are tired of hearing again and again how great Dec. 25 is. Here are 10 of the best: »


- Ariana Bacle

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See what happens when the 'Parks and Recreation' cast plays Secret Santa

24 December 2014 12:16 PM, PST

It's that time of year again for treating yourself... to the joys of gift giving. In the spirit of the holidays, EW asked the cast of Parks and Recreation (which returns for its final season on Jan. 13) to play a game of Secret Santa. Here's how it worked: We drew names out of a hat to determine the gifter and the giftee and then asked Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, Chris Pratt, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Retta and Jim O'Heir to choose the perfect present. Click here to see why the last Christmas in Pawnee will be a special/expensive/labor-intensive one. »


- Dan Snierson

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Woman believed to be the oldest person on Facebook died today

24 December 2014 9:30 AM, PST

At 114 years old, Anna Stoehr was the oldest person on Facebook—older than the social network even allowed her to be. A year ago, she made headlines for having to lie about her age in order to even get an account; the earliest birth year on the sign-up page is 1905. Unfortunately, Stoehr only got to spend one year with social media—according to CNN, Stoehr died early Wednesday morning. »

- Joshua Rivera

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Teenager fights for the right to be recognized as Teletubbies' smiling sun-baby

23 December 2014 12:30 PM, PST

Breaking news: The Teletubbies' solar infant deity is none other than an English 19-year old. The folks at the Mirror U.K. report the true identity of the baby as Jess Smith, a dance-education student at Canterbury Christ Church University. (Not that other Jessica Smith from Laguna Beach; this Smith was vehement in that fact.) "I am the sun from Teletubbies. There has been quite a few people pretending to be 'the sun' but only I could tell you the real story," Smith told the Mirror. »


- Teresa Jue

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EW debates 'The Family Stone': The best Christmas movie, or the worst?

23 December 2014 12:00 PM, PST

The Family Stone is one of those Christmas movies viewers either love or hate, mostly because it's just about impossible to sort of like Diane Keaton or sort of dislike Sarah Jessica Parker.Stone is also known for forcing audiences to confront difficult questions, including "Which Wilson brother do I prefer?" and "How do I feel about Dermot Mulroney's cry face?" Correspondent Samantha Highfill and senior writer Darren Franich decided to talk out their feelings about the controversial (in our office, anyway) 2005 film. Sam's in the film's pro corner; Darren's bringing all the cons. Happy holidays! »


- EW staff

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Watch a BBC reporter appear really stoned while filming in front of burning opium

23 December 2014 11:30 AM, PST

After a year packed to the brim with almost uniformly terrible news, BBC Middle East correspondent Quentin Summerville felt that some levity was in order. So he shared a video of himself losing his composure while standing in front of eight and a half "tonnes" of burning opium, heroin, and other narcotics. While we can't say for sure that he was subsequently stoned out of his mind, it's a pretty reasonable explanation for the fit of giggles that renders Summerville incapable of completing his report. »

- Joshua Rivera

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Jimmy Fallon, One Direction put classroom instrument spin on 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town'

23 December 2014 6:14 AM, PST

The members of One Direction donned (adorably) ugly Christmas sweaters to play "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots on classroom instruments Monday night. Though the clip maybe doesn't quite match the awesomeness of the classroom instrument "All I Want For Christmas Is You" with Mariah Carey, it's still a worthy installment in this series. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Ringo Starr, Steven Tyler and more celebs pay tribute to Joe Cocker

22 December 2014 11:37 AM, PST

British rock/soul singer Joe Cocker has passed away at the age of 70, and his death is being felt all over the entertainment world. Friends, contemporaries, and colleagues have taken to social media to share their condolences and their fondest memories of the late musician—including ex-Beatle Ringo Star, who saw Cocker's career take off with his cover of "With a Little Help from My Friends." Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker from one of his friends peace and love. R »


- Teresa Jue

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Watch 'Mishaps In Space': A supercut of intergalactic uh-ohs from movie history

22 December 2014 10:45 AM, PST

The tagline of 1979's Alien was "In space no one can hear you scream." It's grabby, though not entirely accurate: Film history abounds with instances of galactic hollering, often about things gone awry. To cap a year that added Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, and, why not, the Force Awakens trailer (call it a placeholder) to the space movie canon, we worked with supercut maestro Jonathan Keogh to stitch together the most memorable examples of malfunctions in the cosmos. »


- Neil Janowitz

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See Michael C. Hall sing 'Angry Inch' from 'Hedwig' -- exclusive

22 December 2014 10:30 AM, PST

Even out of costume, Michael C. Hall can still embody the titular "internationally ignored song stylist" of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Case in point: His recent wig-less performance of the song "Angry Inch" at The Hills NYC. Hall was on hand at the club for a Road Recovery benefit concert that paid tribute to the late Don Hill himself. The space where he performed is the new incarnation of a venue called Don Hill's, where Hedwig was originally born as part of the club's weekly SqueezeBox party. Hall, who is currently playing Hedwig on Broadway, performed the song »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Mel Brooks chimes in on 'The Interview' debacle

22 December 2014 10:02 AM, PST

Mel Brooks has directed some controversial comedies during his legendary career, so he understands how Seth Rogen and James Franco might be feeling now that The Interview has been pulled from its Dec. 25 release date. In their comedy—which was the cause of a gigantic cyberattack on Sony—two TV journalists assassinate North Korean leader-for-life Kim Jong-un. In The Producers, Brooks put Adolf Hitler in ice skates and built a ridiculous Broadway musical around his notoriety. Of course, as Brooks told Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night, "I waited 'til Hitler was dead," he said. "I don't know how crazy , so »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Amy Adams brings the holiday cheer

22 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST

Amy Adams has played some dark and complex characters—in American Hustle, for example—but when I think of her, I can't help but see the earnest, optimistic women she played in movies like Enchanted, Junebug, and Doubt. It makes for an unusual blend on a show like Saturday Night Live, which Adams hosted for the first time since 2008 over the weekend. The star of Tim Burton's Big Eyes had some help from Kristen Wiig and Fred Armison on the SNL Christmas episode—but she also delivered a fun monologue and popped up in some of the best sketches of the night, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Watch Darlene Love's last 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' on Letterman

22 December 2014 6:44 AM, PST

On Friday night, Darlene Love brought her tradition of singing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on David Letterman's show to an end—in spectacular fashion. Members of the band were outfitted in white jackets; the men wearing black bow ties, while Love donned a sparkling red gown. She concluded the number standing on top of Paul Shaffer's piano as (fake) snow fell. Love first sang the song for Letterman back when he was hosting Late Night in 1986, and told EW that the tradition "has become really, really special." Friday marked Letterman's last holiday broadcast at The Late Show »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Best of 2014: The year's most unforgettable moments, nos. 26-100

22 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST

We've announced our top 25 unforgettable moments of 2014. Now let's look at the rest of our top 100... 26. HBO Go announces HBO Go spinoff The good news for cord-cutters: HBO is finally planning to offer an online-only streaming service in 2015! The bad news: You no longer have an excuse for mooching off your dad's subscription. 27. Viola Davis removes her wig on How to Get Away with Murder By taking off her metaphorical armor (i.e. her hairpiece and makeup) before confronting her husband with an immortal line ("Why is your penis on a dead girl's phone?"), Davis' Professor Annalise Keating showed true »


- EW staff

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