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Your guide to this weekend's holiday TV movies

Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas kicked off Halloween night—you read that right—and the network is holiday movies 24/7 this weekend. Lifetime is also ringing in the season early. (ABC Family, meanwhile, has to wait for Dec. 1 before it starts its 25 Days of Christmas.) May we recommend:

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Stephen Merchant has a tip for watching sex scenes with your parents

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Stuart, the single Brit looking for love in Los Angeles—or, more accurately, a makeout session with a model— returns to HBO Saturday night with the premiere of Hello Ladies: The Movie. To celebrate the conclusion of last year’s hilarious one-season wonder, we gave star/cowriter/director Stephen Merchant a special romance-themed version of our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below to find who was his first celebrity crush, what song puts him in the mood (and why you never want to put your iPod on shuffle), which movie sex scene made him uncomfortable, and what he considers to be a relationship deal-breaker. READ FULL STORY

Too many bats: DC might have a problem with Valencia CF's Bat logo

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Batman is a comic book character created in 1939 by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Valencia CF is a soccer team (or “club” if you want to be fancy) that was founded in 1919. Batman wears a bat on his chest to strike fear into the hearts of criminals, a superstitious and cowardly lot. Valencia has a bat on their team crest, presumably to strike fear in the hearts of other football clubs, who may or may not be superstitious and cowardly. As you can see, there is a lot of room for confusion there—Batman fans have a long history of wandering into soccer games unawares, mistaking them for comics conventions.

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Bobby Moynihan: Drunk Uncle, Aunt Linda, and Stefon are one big family

Marvel and DC may have the movie market cornered on interconnected franchises, but after Bobby Moynihan’s recent interview with TimeOut New York, they might have new competition: The “Weekend Update” cinematic universe.

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Scammers con Wal-Mart into selling $97 Playstation 4s

For some people, price tags are more suggestions than definitive statements of cost, an agreed upon place from which bargaining can begin. The period of time we call The Holidays—where we, as a nation, are encouraged to spend as much money as we can to prove to our friends and families that we still love them—is an absolute field day for such people. Since everyone is spending money, every retailer naturally wants most of that money to go to them, and will employ just about any tactic to convince you to send your hard-earned money-dollars their way. One of the biggest weapons in the retailer arsenal is the price-matching guarantee.

It can, however, backfire.

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This week's best Sound Bites: Jimmy Fallon, 'Dumb and Dumber To,' 'New Girl,' and more

Every week in Sound Bites, EW spotlights the most memorable lines of the week. This week features Jimmy Fallon’s crack on Kim Kardashian’s (butt) crack, Nick (Jake Johnson) addressing the laziness of men in New Girl, and a burn on Arizona State from Dumb and Dumber To. These are the best quotes of this week gathered from TV, film, and more.

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Idina Menzel sings the holiday classics, including 'Let It Go,' for iHeartRadio concert

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At her holiday concert for iHeartRadio on Thursday night, Idina Menzel claimed she was “schvitzing”—sweating profusely—but that didn’t seem to affect her mien or her commanding performance.

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PopWatch Confessional: What makes you embrace your inner badass?

Let’s face it: If you spend your days voluntarily staring at a variety of glowing rectangles, chances are you’re probably not much of a daredevil. That said, the things you’re seeing and hearing via those rectangles might inspire you to wish you could change your ways—if only for a few minutes after the movie/show/song is over.

So in honor of Mockingjay — Part 1‘s rebelliously action-packed release this weekend, we’ve posed the following question to our staff this week: What’s the movie/TV show/song/book that makes you embrace your inner badass?

Ashley Fetters, EW.com news editor: I’ll never get over my first encounter with Lara Croft. I apologize in advance, purists: The iteration I loved was Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider, not the video-game character. But either way, I think it was the first time I’d ever seen strength and swagger look so damn cool on a woman. Today there are, like, 20 different badass movie women I routinely pretend to be when I’m at the gym (Run Lola Run‘s Lola when I’m on the treadmill, Demi Moore in G.I. Jane when I’m successfully executing 500 one-arm push-ups, etc.), but whenever I need to summon the guts to handle something that terrifies me, the question is still, WWLCD? READ FULL STORY

Heidi Thomas talks Vanessa Hudgens and reworking 'Gigi'

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How do you solve a problem like Gigi? That was the task given to Heidi Thomas, the writer behind British hit Call the Midwife, who is adapting the book of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical for its upcoming Broadway production (starring High School Musical‘s Vanessa Hudgens).

The musical Gigi, based on the Colette novella, began as a film—specifically, Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 classic. An adaptation hit Broadway in 1973, but the production was considered somewhat of a flop. And while the beloved film won Best Picture, some of its elements haven’t aged particularly well—for instance, its opening number, in which Maurice Chevalier croons about how wonderful “little girls” are… because “they grow up in the most delightful way.” READ FULL STORY

Marvel announces 'Howard the Duck' by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones

Guardians of the Galaxy was great and all, but how about that post-credits scene? You know, the one with the anthropomorphic duck? What’s his deal?

Glad you asked. Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerick, Howard the Duck is one of the strangest and most subversive characters in the Marvel canon—that unfortunately is mostly known from a terrible film in the 1980s. But, as the old saying goes, the road to redemption starts after the credits of a blockbuster movie—and Marvel is bringing Howard back in a big way. This Spring, the publisher will launch Howard the Duck, a new ongoing comic-book series by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones in which the talking duck from another planet sets up shop in the Marvel Universe as a private investigator.

Fans of Sex Criminals already know that Chip Zdarsky is one of the funniest people in comics, and Joe Quinones’ fun, clean artwork is a great fit for the off-beat comedy of Howard. To get a feel of what to expect when the book launches, EW interviewed Zdarsky and Quinones about the series.

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