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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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Nominated for Nothing: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski, Shame — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.

The Film: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second of four installments in the Hunger Games franchise, based on the YA bestselling trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This time around, viewers are treated to another high-stakes battle in the Arena, but it’s what goes on outside the Games — Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta’s (Josh Hutcherson) Victory Tour, Katniss’ PTSD, the growing rebellion in the various districts — that creates a richer, more memorable installment. Gale (Liam Hemsworth) also appears.
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New 'Doctor Who' comics will focus on Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Doctors

The Doctor Who brand is riding high into 2014, with a couple of record-setting specials and the buzzy debut of Peter Capaldi as the twelfth Doctor. Now, the BBC has announced a new partnership with Titan Comics to create a new series of comic books centering on the time-traveling man from Gallifrey. According to a press release, the comics will be standalone adventures that will focus on three different iterations of the Doctor: David Tennant’s sandshoe-modeling 10, Matt Smith’s bowtie-rocking 11, and Peter Capaldi’s yet-to-be-costumed 12. READ FULL STORY

Adapt This: P.D. Eastman's 'Are You My Mother?'

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Growing up, I had the best of both worlds when it came to stories. I had Dr. Seuss and P.D. Eastman books being read to me, and I had some of the greatest animated films ever made on VHS — The Lion King, The Fox and the Hound, The Little Mermaid, etc. If I’m being honest, I (and everyone my age) was spoiled. We were surrounded by quality entertainment, something I feel isn’t as present for today’s youth.

I admit that this could be me partaking in the classic “Back in my day” speech, but I honestly don’t think children’s entertainment is held to the same standard it once was. That’s not to say that there aren’t great books or movies out now, but it is to say that I am hoarding all my copies of Put Me in the Zoo and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! so that my kids will have them. All of this brings me to my recommendation for Hollywood’s next feature-length adaptation: Are You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman.

For those of you who haven’t read it — if you exist — the story is exactly what it sounds like. In anticipation of her soon-to-arrive child, a mother bird flies off to find a worm. While she’s gone, her baby bird hatches to find an empty nest. In an attempt to find his mother, the baby bird falls from the nest and begins his search. Along the way, the bird runs into a kitten, a hen, a dog, a cow, a car, a boat, a plane, and a crane snort, all of whom he asks, “Are you my mother?” Some respond, others don’t, but either way, the baby bird gets the message.

To spoil the ending, the crane takes the baby bird and places him back in his nest just in time for mom to return with a worm. Sweet, right? I think so. I also think it would make for a fun animated film. First of all, the baby bird in this book is freakin’ adorable, which always helps. But more importantly, this is a classic story that could easily be stretched out to fill an hour and a half. Think Finding Nemo but on land and with the baby doing the searching instead of the parent. Throw in some Dory-like humor, and I’m in.
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10 reasons Lifetime is bonkers (and brilliant) for making a 'Flowers in the Attic' sequel

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Flowers in the Attic — V.C. Andrews’ neo-gothic, incest-laden trashterpiece — is utterly, utterly nuts. To wit: The plot revolves around a beautiful idiot named Corrine who keeps her four children locked on the top floor of a creepy old mansion while she tries to convince their estranged, incredibly wealthy grandfather to write her back into his will. (She’ll get no money if her father knows she has kids.) Why can’t this woman, I don’t know, support her family by getting a job? Because shut up, that’s why!

If you’ve ever devoured the book — especially as a guilty but enthralled teenager — you know that what happens next is even more ridiculous: The kids learn that their father was also their mother’s half-uncle. (Raise your hand if you didn’t know half-uncles were a thing before Flowers in the Attic). Their wicked, Bible-thumping grandmother beats them, starves them, covers eldest sister Cathy’s hair with tar, and won’t stop insinuating that Cathy and her older brother Chris totally want to bone. Cathy and Chris do, in fact, totally bone. (Actually, he rapes her, but Andrews is so twisted that she implies Cathy was asking for it.) And that’s before their youngest brother Cory dies because — drum roll — their mother’s been poisoning them with arsenic-laced doughnuts for months.

Death by doughnut! Truly, Flowers in the Attic is without equal — or so you’ll think until you read its sequel, Petals on the Wind.

On Thursday, Lifetime announced that it’s already planning to bring Petals to the small screen for the first time — even though the network’s new adaptation of Flowers won’t premiere until Jan. 18. This is, in short, an insane, baffling, possibly genius idea — and here’s why.
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Help us solve the mystery! Who's your favorite Sherlock Holmes? -- POLL

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first introduced Sherlock Holmes to the world in his 1887 novel A Study in Scarlet. Since then, the London-based detective best known for his logic, use of disguises, and overall ability to solve just about anything has been portrayed on screens both big and small. From Basil Rathbone’s 1930’s version of the character, featuring his signature pipe, to Benedict Cumberbatch’s recent adaptation, every Sherlock has a little something different to offer its audience.

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This Week's Cover: David Fincher shoots 'Gone Girl' EW cover with Ben Affleck

When Entertainment Weekly approached Twentieth Century Fox about getting an exclusive inside look at the making of Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 smash best-selling novel due in theaters Oct. 3, the studio came back with a surprising reply: Director David Fincher was offering to shoot the cover himself. Not being crazy enough to turn down the Oscar-nominated provocateur who directed The Social Network, we said yes. Fincher dreamed up the image, which features Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne curled around his wife, Amy, played by Rosamund Pike. The result is an unsettling portrait of love gone demented. READ FULL STORY

Lucasfilm, Marvel partner for new 'Star Wars' comics

After more than 20 years, the force is with Marvel once again.

Disney announced Friday that two of its subsidiaries — Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment — are working together on a series of new Star Wars comic books.

The brand’s first comics were originally published by Marvel in the ’70s, back before both companies had been acquired by Disney. In 1991, the license for the comics was purchased by Dark Horse, which has published the titles ever since. Now the rights have returned to Marvel, which plans to release its first new-new Star Wars comics and graphic novels in 2015.

Perhaps uncoincidentally, 2015 is also the year that J.J. Abrams’ yet-untitled Star Wars film is scheduled to hit theaters.
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I'm Still Not Over... How Ginny was butchered in the 'Harry Potter' films

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It’s a conversation any books-first Harry Potter fan is all too familiar with: You’re talking about how wonderful Harry Potter is (because just because it’s nearly 2014 doesn’t mean you’re stopping that conversation any time soon), and your friend brings up that it doesn’t make any sense Harry wound up with Ginny Weasley of all people, because Ginny is the worst.

I’m sorry. This isn’t true at all! That’s just what Warner Brothers inexplicably wanted you to think because of the fact Ginny was in roughly 20 minutes of the entire franchise (time spent nearly dying in the Chamber of Secrets when she was 11 not included). Ginny is a really cool girl who becomes a really cool lady and –bonus! — through her J.K. Rowling taught teenage readers a lot of really valuable lessons about being yourself, owning your own accomplishments, and not waiting around for guys (well, at least not too much). READ FULL STORY

Adapt This: Wally Lamb's 'I Know This Much Is True'

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There’s nothing new under the sun — but somehow, these awesome properties have never been adapted for screens big or small. Psst, Hollywood: Let’s change that.

There are many great books that have never been adapted for the screen, and quite a few of them are better off because of it. Keeping that in mind, I’m hesitant to recommend such a great book undergo the adaptation process, but the more I think about how good an adaptation of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True could be, the more I know I have to put the thought out into the universe.

Today, there’s almost nothing a viewer loves more than a good twist. That’s the thing that gets people to tweet about a film or a television show. And that’s only one reason why I Know This Much Is True would make for a great big-screen drama. READ FULL STORY

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