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The best Black Friday deals for videogames, movies, more

Thanksgiving weekend is a time for being with family, eating a ton of great food, watching your favorite TV shows and… spending a lot of money.

With a number of outlets starting Black Friday earlier than ever, here are some of the biggest discounts that should make any pop culture fanatic’s wallet feel just a bit lighter when they return to work next week.

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Jim Parsons talks theater and the 'charming' 'Merton of the Movies'

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Jim Parsons took to Broadway in 2012 in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Harvey, and now he’s taking on another role for the company: He’ll play the title role in a benefit reading of George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly’s Merton of the Movies Dec. 1 at Studio 54.

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'Tales from the Borderlands' Episode 1 review: Short-changed heroes

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Tales from the Borderlands is a bit of a departure for Telltale. After two seasons of The Walking Dead and one of A Wolf Among Us, Telltale has proved the studio can deliver powerful, dramatic story and character beats like few other game studios do these days. But what if Telltale tried to be funny?

The answer to that is  “Zer0 Sum,” a funny, exciting excursion into the world of Gearbox Software’s Borderlands series with a smart meditation on the idea of trust in a world where so little of it actually exists.

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EW Lightbulb: The Farrelly Brothers talk about their approach to comedy and returning to 'Dumb and Dumber'

Peter and Bobby Farrelly defined a new kind of big screen comedy in the ’90s. Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary, Kingpin: The utterly unique Farrelly blend of lighthearted goofery and gross-out shenanigans created some of the great kitchen-sink comedies of the era. A few days before the siblings released their hit sequel Dumb and Dumber To, the Farrelly Brothers talked about their career and their process. It’s all part of Lightbulb, EW’s new series that features today’s leading creators talking about their work and their inspiration. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars' did a Super Mario number, and it was weird

At its best, Dancing with the Stars has a sort of manic energy to its performances—even when the celebrities aren’t the best dancers, the choice of theme or music can still be fun. Last night, Sadie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame danced with partner Mark Ballas to a Super Mario Bros. medley, one of the most famous and recognizable suites of video game music ever made.

It was pretty weird.

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Honest trailer for 'Love Actually' shows how it's kinda like 'Pulp Fiction'

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It was inevitable: Screen Junkies made an honest trailer for the seminal holiday rom-com, Love Actually.

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Entertainment Geekly Mailbag: 'Mockingjay' talkback and a defense of 'Assassin's Creed'

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Big week for explosive arrows! Last week I reviewed Far Cry 4, one of the best videogames I’ve played this year; I also saw The Hunger Games—Mockingjay: Part 1, one of the best non-movies I’ve seen this year. Readers responded with their thoughts about Ubisoft’s franchises and some deep thoughts about the state of moviemaking. If you want to join the conversation, or just want to tell me I’m wrong, email me at darren_franich@ew.com. READ FULL STORY

Turn up your Thanksgiving with recipes from Gwyneth Paltrow, 2 Chainz, and Ted Nugent

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For some strange, strange reason, celebrities doing their own cookbooks is a bona fide thing now. (As are feuds between said celebrities and Martha Stewart, apparently.)

In fact, it’s widespread enough that one could easily create an entire Thanksgiving meal based only on recipes from their favorite (and possibly least favorite) actors, rappers, reality TV stars, and politically incorrect rockstars. (Let’s amuse these celebs for a second by pretending we think they actually come up with recipes themselves.) Which is why we went ahead and compiled the best celebrity recipes for three very different Thanksgiving crowds. Here are our picks: READ FULL STORY

8 simple Netflix tricks to try over the long weekend

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One of the main reasons Netflix is so popular is because of its simplicity. It’s painfully easy to queue up a movie on your laptop, video game console or mobile device and start watching in mere seconds. But that simplicity means there are a lot of features to Netflix that the average customer may not be using.

Here, we’ve rounded up some useful tips to help you get the most out of Netflix: READ FULL STORY

Cult hit 'Dark Souls II' is coming to Playstation 4 and Xbox One

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It’s easy to pass on From Software’s Souls franchise, mostly because there’s one thing that dominates all conversation about it: They’re stupid, hard games. But that’s not really fair—they’re not so much hard as they are dense; every encounter is thrilling, every step forward is earned; you have to learn the game, as opposed to just getting through it. That’s why they’re so loved by those who play them—they’re intricate puzzles to play and make sense of, where failure is expected and learned from.

If you’ve never played any of them, now’s the time—publisher Namco Bandai has announced that last year’s Dark Souls II is getting an updated re-release for Spring 2015.

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