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A 'New Year's Eve'-esque Hanukkah movie, starring Natalie Portman and Drake? EW can see it now...

Valentine’s DayNew Year’s Eve. Christmas, via Love Actually. Plenty of cold-weather holidays have inspired lighthearted ensemble rom-coms featuring intertwining stories and scads of celebrities. So why not the Jewish Festival of Lights?

That’s where we come in. This year, EW decided to celebrate Hanukkah (which begins tonight at sundown) by imagining our ideal Hanukkah movie—starring a boatload of Jewish celebrities (appearing under their real names!) and directed, of course, by Garry Marshall.

Click below to see our movie’s im-poster, designed as always by Jef Castro—and to learn which boldface names Hillary Busis and Esther Zuckerman decided to pair up in the film. P.S. Mandy Patinkin cameos as the spirit of Judah Maccabee. You’re welcome.

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Are Mel Brooks movies worse when they feature more Mel Brooks? PopWatch Investigates!

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Forty years ago today, Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder’s Young Frankenstein shuffled into theaters. The film was an instant success, earning both healthy box office figures and critical acclaim (even if it was of the guarded sort: “It would be misleading to describe Young Frankenstein… as astoundingly witty, but it’s a great deal of low fun of the sort that Mr. Brooks specializes in,” sniffed Vincent Canby of The New York Times). The movie went on to earn a pair of Oscar nominations, prime spots on scores of “best comedy” lists, and the reputation of being perhaps Brooks’ best film ever.

Young Frankenstein also happens to be one of the only Mel Brooks movies that doesn’t feature the director himself in either a supporting or a starring role. And according to Brooks, that was no accident: “That was the deal Gene Wilder had. He says, ‘If you’re not in it, I’ll do it,'” Brooks told The A.V. Club in 2012. “He says, ‘You have a way of breaking the fourth wall, whether you want to or not. I just want to keep it. I don’t want too much to be, you know, a wink at the audience. I love the script.’ He wrote the script with me. That was the deal. So I wasn’t in it, and he did it.'”

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Woody Allen riffs on his early comedy career in 'The Stand Up Years' -- exclusive

Long before he morphed into one of the most celebrated American filmmakers in history, Woody Allen got his first taste of fame as a stand-up comedian working in the clubs in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Those formative experiences are captured on the forthcoming The Stand Up Years, a two-disc set that captures some of Allen’s finest jokes and onstage moments. READ FULL STORY

Netflix sets 'Friends,' 'Mean Girls,' 'Bruce Almighty' for January releases

Netflix is ringing in 2015 with a few beloved films, new seasons of television, and the entire run of Friends, just to ensure the year gets off to a completely unproductive start.

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Martin Freeman joins the fellowship of Studio 8H

For a guy who’s the star of a billion-dollar franchise, Martin Freeman isn’t exactly Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt—though he did get a laugh out of jokingly referring to himself as the “funny George Clooney.” But the unassuming Brit who plays the clever Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit is not to be underestimated—especially as a first-time host on Saturday Night Live. The original lovelorn Office drone in Ricky Gervais’ groundbreaking series delivered one of the best episodes of the season, working at a Middle-earth paper company, marrying a WNBA superstar, and chilling with his British chums, Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman.

Even though he’s not as big a star as some of this year’s other hosts, he’s an immediate threat in our ongoing Mr. Saturday Night poll, which is still waiting for a dominating performance to take control of the race. Cameron Diaz debuted in first place after her episode, but one week later, she was eliminated. James Franco now sits atop the pack, but he scored only marginally higher than Diaz had. Might Freeman shake up the standings again?

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'Frozen' director apologizes to parents for 'Let It Go'

What a difference a year makes.

Frozen director, Jennifer Lee, recently told The Hollywood Reporter that in the time since Frozen first came out in November of 2013, her interaction with parents has almost completely changed. “A year ago, I’d meet people who, when they found out who I was, they’d say, ‘Oh, we love the songs! We sing them all the time,'” Lee said. “Now they’re like, ‘Yep, we’re still listening to those songs.’ I’ve gone from, ‘Thank you,’ to, ‘Sorry!'”

That’s what happens when the children just can’t let it go. (Sorry.)

Chinese art institute looks suspiciously like Hogwarts Castle

Another week, another Hogwarts—but don’t expect to learn any witchcraft in this one.

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'Gone with the Wind' at 75: Scarlett and Rhett Forever

We give a damn. We really give a damn. Frankly, movies come and go every weekend, fluttering away from our public consciousness as soon as the credits roll. Not so for Gone with the Wind, whose magnolia-rich scent continues to pervade every aspect of our popular culture 75 years since its release. From book sequels to TV movies and miniseries to divine (and divinely absurd) parodies, Scarlett O’Hara has more than borne out her stubborn promise of tomorrow.

Gone with the Wind is such a three-dimensional story,” explains Steve Wilson, curator of film at the University of Texas’s Harry Ransom Center, which organized a lavish GWTW exhibit in September 2014. “You get wrapped up in the whole world, even though it’s not a pleasant one all the time. It’s about all these issues that affect people—war, hunger, a disconnection from the land, feeling lovelorn—and this woman who would do what she had to do to survive and keep her house and never go hungry again. All that created a world you just don’t want to leave when it’s over.” READ FULL STORY

Martin Freeman hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here

Okay, so maybe this week’s SNL won’t be quite as exciting as it would be if a certain other Sherlock star were in the hot seat.

Which isn’t to say that Martin Freeman is anyone’s second fiddle. From The Office to The Hobbit to Fargo to the parts of Sherlock when Benedict Cumberbatch isn’t sucking up all the attention in the room, the man otherwise known as Dr. Watson has more than proven himself capable of holding his own onscreen. And even if his personal following isn’t quite as fervent as the Cumberbitches are—though what fan clan is these days, except maybe Beliebers?—it’s still plenty huge, thanks to the cultish appeal of his most notable projects: See, for example, reports from this summer’s West End production of Richard III, where some theatergoers complained that Freeman’s fans were “ruining” the show by clapping and cheering at inappropriate moments. READ FULL STORY

Angelina Jolie made a video about having chicken pox

You can watch a lot of strange and unexpected things on Youtube, but a video of Angelina Jolie apologizing for staying home sick thanks to chicken pox might be the strangest thing you’ll see this week. In the video, Jolie hardly seems to believe it herself—her second directorial effort, Unbroken, is a mere two weeks away from being released, which makes this sort of thing awfully inconvenient in addition to being mildly embarrassing.

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