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Cameron Diaz hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend -- talk about it here!

It pains me to write this, but: Cameron Diaz has had a rough few years, career-wise. For the past half-decade, she’s starred mostly in films that failed critically, commercially, or both. The role call: Sex Tape, The Other Woman, The Counselor, Gambit (which wasn’t even released theatrically in the US), What to Expect When You’re Expecting, The Green HornetKnight and Day, and The Box. (A few exceptions: Bad Teacher, which got mixed reviews but grossed over $1 million—enough to inspire both a quickly-canceled CBS sitcom and a sequel, which is still in development—My Sister’s Keeper, which landed more with a “meh” than a thud, and Shrek Forever After, which of course made approximately one bajillion dollars.)

Despite all this, though, Diaz still carries an A-list sheen; hearing that she’s coming back to SNL doesn’t inspire the same trepidation as hearing that, say, her costar in The Mask was returning to the show. Why? Maybe because no matter what’s happened over the past two decades or so, Diaz still seems like the ultimate Cool Girl—both in the Gillian Flynn sense, and also according to a more general definition of the term (a likable woman). Seeing her pop up on screen is sort of like seeing an old friend—even if you can’t really remember the last time you and that friend did something really fun together.


You can now buy the original 'Wizard of Oz' Cowardly Lion costume -- if you're a millionaire

Want to feel like the king of the forest? For the right price, you can—Bert Lahr’s original Cowardly Lion costume from 1939′s The Wizard of Oz is going up for auction.


This Week on Stage: Hugh Jackman, Glenn Close and 'Side Show' storm Broadway's busiest fall week

This was a theater week of major losses for the stage community (RIP Mike Nichols) and some a bit smaller (the soon to be RIP Rock of Ages on Broadway, which announced a Jan. 18 closing), and the last onslaught of opening nights before the holiday season takes shape. And folks are already casting an eye toward the spring with rumors that the long-delayed Broadway arrival of The Visit starring Chita Rivera might succeed Rock of Ages, which leaves behind a highly desired theater (the Helen Hayes is Broadway’s smallest with only 597 seats). Meanwhile, there’s plenty of fish out there right now for theatergoers; literally, in the case of the week’s leader Hugh Jackman (pictured above) taking pride in gutting an actual fish onstage mere feet in front of you in his new Broadway play The River, which EW has checked out in addition to, among other dignified openings, the star-laden revival of one of Edward Albee’s best works, the glitzy revisal of the beloved 90s musical Side Show, and a super-bloody three-hour-plus Christopher Marlowe revenger (click on the links below for full reviews).


Allegro  Director John Doyle takes a dissective, pruned-down approach to a Rodgers and Hammerstein flop from the 40s (employing his signature cast-as-orchestra style), but the tune here goes occasionally flat. “This update, with its original, copious Agnes DeMille dream ballets excised to reach a fairly tight 90 minutes, will satisfy completist palettes and there’s never any denying Doyle’s arresting choices”, says my review, “but the production doesn’t allow its well-chosen cast much leeway toward etching out anything terribly singular.” EW grade: B-

By the Water  A Staten Island family picks up the pieces-literally-after enduring the hardships of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, but this new play fails to say anything new on the harrowing toll it took on NYC. My review states that “the level of Arthur Miller-like anguish that befalls the Murphy [family] is never dramatically satisfying. Instead, you get something much closer in tone to a Very Special Episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.” EW grade: C

A Delicate Balance  Edward Albee’s chilly 1966 Pulitzer winner gets a dream cast in Glenn Close, John Lithgow and Lindsay Duncan, among others. Did EW correspondent Marc Snetiker cozy up to Albee’s parlor family drama? He calls the revival “feisty if occasionally restless” and adds, “on this balanced stage—gorgeously designed by Santo Loquasto—the scales are surely tipped in Close, Lithgow, and Duncan’s direction.” EW grade: B

Our Lady of Kibeho  Rising scribe Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) takes on religious apparitions and three Rwandan girls who lay claim to such, and Thom Geier was made quite a believer by the layered tale. “The playwright has a strikingly earnest approach, and has never been shy about embracing the mystical…even nonbelievers may find it hard to reject the testimony of these real-life characters and their expressions of God’s grace.” EW grade: B+

Punk Rock  Playwright Simon Stephens–enjoying acclaim on Broadway with his adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time–takes on teenage angst and violence in this NYC premiere of his 2009 school-set play. Staff writer Esther Zuckerman was less than Rock-ed, however: “Director Trip Cullman has drawn energetic performances from a bright cast”, she writes, adding, “[the play] is too concerned with artifice to yield a work that truly provokes. Alas, the violent, inevitable conclusion feels both frustratingly obvious and never fully earned.” EW grade: C+

The River  Hugh Jackman makes his fourth pilgrimage to Broadway, this time with a moody chamber piece, about a trout-obsessed fisherman courting young lasses, in Jez Butterworth’s intimate drama. Wolverine delivers the goods, per my review, which proclaims Jackman “finally gets to take a firm bite out of stoicism, and he’s a terrific orator to boot”, with kind words about the production as well, warning that The River won’t suit all tastes: “Butterworth’s perhaps most enigmatic, interpretive work to date; knowing Jackman as well as we do creates an immediate ‘in’ that might have been more work for a lesser known actor.” EW grade: B+

Side Show  The much-adored 1997 cult musical about conjoined sisters/circus entertainers Daisy and Violet Hilton only eked out 91 performances in its initial Broadway run, but proved to live in the hearts of show queens everywhere since. But Melissa Rose Bernardo believed it could have used some more gestation time before revisiting: “If you didn’t see it the first time around, you’re likely to leave asking: what was all the fuss about? Certainly not this leaden, sporadically moving update—which bears little resemblance to the original production.” EW grade: C

Straight White Men  Downtown vet Young Jean Lee takes on a male brood at Christmastime in her typically playful style, and it turns out quite engaging…for a stretch. I write, “The three leads find poignant centers to their antics, but Austin Pendleton is less assured, particularly in the play’s more somber final third…one just wishes the (admittedly clever) creator would have just let the boys be boys.” EW grade: B

Tamburlaine, Parts I and II  How does one take a multi-hour Kit Marlowe play from 1587 and make it palatable to modern audiences? Blood, blood, and more blood, though EW reporter Joe McGovern’s review of this new production at Brooklyn’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center says there’s a lot more to recommend here than mere carnage. “The rewards of this gnarly, muscular production—edited and directed by Michael Boyd and headlined by the monumental John Douglas Thompson—come from the retrofitting of Marlowe’s jumbled text into a dark, cracked fantasy of carnage and revenge.” EW grade: B+

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:


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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