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PopWatch Planner: The Oscars go live, 'Bates Motel' premieres, 'True Detective' ends, and more

I sincerely hope your DVRs aren’t full, because this week has quite a few must-watch events. For starters, tonight features the most glamorous evening of the year — the Academy Awards. Speaking of which, be sure to check our site around showtime for all of your coverage needs.

And come Monday, it’s time to welcome back the Bates family for another season of mystery and general creepiness. Add in a new Pharrell album, Wes Anderson’s latest film, and the True Detective season finale, and we’d say your week is looking pretty good right about now.

Here your entertainment plan for the week:

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Google Doodle celebrates John Steinbeck's birthday

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Google is celebrating what would have been John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday by highlighting some of his most popular works in its homepage Doodle today.

Click anywhere on the drawing, and you’ll be taken to images depicting some of the Steinbeck’s most iconic books. Five in all, the set includes The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, and Travels with Charley. (Oddly, East of Eden was left off the list.) After arriving at the image, users can then click anywhere on the picture to summon a famous quote from the story, which appears over the drawing.

Steinbeck authored 27 books over his lifetime, and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author passed away in 1968.

'Star-Crossed' reminds us of pop culture's greatest breakup line: The 'different worlds' excuse

It only took two episodes of Star-Crossed for someone to utter the line we’d all been waiting for (and secretly hoping would kick off the pilot): “We’re from two different worlds.” To be fair, in Star-Crossed‘s case, that is an accurate statement. Emery is from Earth and Roman is from Atria, a planet we know little about other than that it’s dying and yet somehow superior to Mars. Intergalactic drama, amirite?

But in watching Roman pull the “different worlds” card, I couldn’t help but be transported back to the second episode of The O.C. Fans of the show will remember the moment well. It was the first time Ryan and Marissa confessed that they had any sort of feelings for each other. She showed up at the model home on his last night asking to stay, and he told her, “We’re from different worlds.” She tried to deny it, but he followed it up with, “I’m not like you.” Basically, he was comparing her privileged, party-filled upbringing to his grainy, misdemeanor-filled life in Chino.

Long story short, this got me thinking: How many times have I heard some version of this “different worlds” crap, and what does it even mean?! This is what I came up with: READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'The Voice' premieres, 'Scandal' returns, and The Fray's new album hits shelves

Aaaannnd exhale. After weeks of Olympic coverage, it’s just about time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming. My DVR might not be happy about, but I’m over the moon.

This is the week when your favorite shows find their way back to your TV screens. From the long-awaited returns of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy to the season premieres of Dallas and The Voice, it’s hard to go wrong with your television choices. Meanwhile, at the theater, Liam Neeson is heating up the screen, and elsewhere, we’ve found book and album releases that are not to be missed. Basically, you’ve got a lot of work to do this week. Enjoy!

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PopWatch Planner: 'Star-Crossed', premieres, Matthew McConaughey joins 'Inside the Actors Studio', more

Another week full of the Winter Olympics means another week spent missing some of your favorite shows. But luckily, this week is not without its moments. For one, The CW’s new series Star-Crossed is premiering, along with The Amazing Race: All-Stars. See, it could be worse.

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Sucked dry: Is the vampire trend dead?

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It’s almost hard to remember a time when the vampire genre was dead.

It was before Twilight, of course. Before the film version of Stephenie Meyer’s novel was released in 2008 to the sound of millions of squees, vampire movies were considered somewhat risky investments and TV networks rarely ordered shows starring the undead. Since the conclusion of The WB’s Angel in 2004, there was FX’s Blade: The Series (flop) and CBS’ Moonlight (flop). On the big screen, the genre’s popularity varied from films like Van Helsing and I Am Legend (hits) to Queen of the Damned and 30 Days of Night (flops).

Then it happened. KStew. His hair. Sparkles. Abs.

TV networks, in particular, dove right in — HBO’s True Blood, The CW’s The Vampire Diaries and spin-off The Originals, Syfy’s Lost Girl and Being Human.

After six years, however, there are signs the vampire genre is dying. READ FULL STORY

Regrets over Ron/Hermione pairing?! An open letter to J.K. Rowling

Dear J.K. Rowling,

Hello. I wish we were speaking under better circumstances, like I was congratulating you on the completion of the long-rumored Marauders prequel, but instead, I’m quite upset with you at the moment.  Your comments over the weekend that you might do things differently when it came to the romantic pairings of the golden trio in Harry Potter ignited a firestorm of fandom wars that had been mostly put to rest over the past few years, as readers went from arguing over who Hermione should wind up with and started caring more about whether Peeta and Katniss were a good match.

You said Ron and Hermione were only together in the books because of “wish fulfillment” on your part, and that it had “very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it.” And you spoke about how you wish you could do things differently. Um, what? You’re dropping this info in 2014? What am I supposed to do with this information NOW? I can’t just ignore it! (Also, I probably owe some Harry/Hermione shippers an apology for calling them delusional from about 2003-2007.) READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly Essentials: Does 'Calvin and Hobbes' deserve more respect?

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses! Sometimes we’ll look back at an essential part of the last twenty-five years of geek history. Today: A comic strip about a boy and his tiger.

I don’t think we love Calvin and Hobbes enough, and I’m trying to figure out whether I’m crazy for thinking that or if everyone else is crazy for not realizing that. I do know that saying “Calvin and Hobbes is underrated” is the equivalent of arguing that Meryl Streep deserves more Oscars, or that Breaking Bad didn’t get enough respect. Bill Watterson published the comic strip from 1985 through 1995, and during that time it became so popular that he was allowed to colonize half a page of every Sunday newspaper in the nation — a move that initially smacked of hubris but produced some of the greatest artwork in the history of the newspaper comic strip. READ FULL STORY

'The Fault in Our Stars' trailer: A deep dive

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“I’m crying.” “Dead.” “It’s perfect.” “She’s not who I pictured.” “He’s so cute.”

One might expect those kind of over-the-top reactions from fans when the first look at a superhero or other likely summer blockbuster debuts. (I mean, we all remember where we were when we first saw Heath Ledger as the Joker, right?) But today was a different kind of big summer movie: Fans got the first full-length trailer for the movie adaptation of the beloved YA book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

Starring About-To-Be-It-Girl Shailene Woodley as well as I’m-Also-In-Divergent Ansel Elgort, the tearjerker features the duo as a couple of teens who meet in a cancer support group. While Hazel resists their relationship in fear of eventually hurting him with her death, he persists and their ensuing adventure of love and life resonated with readers of all ages. (The book is currently number one on Amazon’s bestseller list.) While the sarcastic humor and edge of the novel is one of the main reasons people have latched on so strongly to it (Read: This isn’t A Walk To Remember),  the plot is quite heavy – so it was no surprise there were quite a few feelings over the 2:30 clip released this afternoon.

Let’s break it down (Light spoilers follow. Read the book. Just do it.) READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Grammy Awards, 'American Horror Story: Coven' finale, and more

This week has all the necessary pop-culture ingredients: A great book, a great movie, an awards show, and countless television musts. Get ready to set your DVRs, hit up your local bookstore, and cheer on your favorite performances, because we’ve outlined the perfect way for you to say goodbye to January.
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