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That time Jaden and Willow Smith were endearingly normal in a 2010 EW interview

Yes, Monday’s much-discussed New York Times’ T Magazine Q&A with Jaden and Willow Smith was touted as the siblings’ “first-ever joint interview.” But in 2010, EW spoke to the siblings Smith, who were named to that year’s Entertainers of the Year list in the wake of Jaden’s The Karate Kid remake and Willow’s “Whip My Hair.”

Back then, 12-year-old Jaden and 10-year-old Willow were starstruck by other celebrities and just on the cusp of their own respective stardoms. Here are a few nostalgic tidbits, in case you’d forgotten that Jaden and Willow were not always Prana energy-infused holograms spouting diatribes against school and driver’s ed.

Back in 2010…

Jaden Smith was excited to meet Lady Gaga.
When asked which was their most exciting celebrity encounter in 2010, Jaden didn’t spout aphorisms on how celebrities are chambers within the mind, and responded with this simple line: “I met Lady Gaga, and she was covered in, like, steak. I actually gave her a hug.”

Jaden hinted at his future as a teen philosopher.
Then-12-year-old Jaden said his favorite movie was Inception, Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending dreamscape drama, which might have clued into present-day Jaden’s obsession with thinking so hard.

“I’ve seen it, like, four times. I’m still trying to figure it out,” Smith said.

The fans were crazier than Jaden.
Jaden told the Times that he wanted to be “the craziest person of all time,” but there was once a point where his fans seemed to quantify that goal. When asked what the best and worse parts of fame was, Willow recounted the time that a bleeding fan approached Jaden.

WILLOW: Remember that girl who ran up to you with a bloody arm?
JADEN: Yeah. Oh my gosh. She was like, ”I fell and cut myself, but can I have your autograph?” I was like, ”Do you have a pen?”
WILLOW: She was like, ”Sign it with blood.”

Willow Smith got in trouble for eating stuff out of the container. (Celebrity kids—they’re just like us.)
Perhaps what emphasized the “kid-ness” of the interview was this admission by Willow: “I get in trouble for eating whipped cream right out of the container. Bad to the bone!” Sigh. Kids sure do get into existentialism real young these days.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Benedict Cumberbatch tries to get Jimmy Fallon to say 'booty' on 'The Tonight Show'

Benedict Cumberbatch had a case of the giggles Monday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon while playing the show’s new game, Three-Word Stories.

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Introducing EW Lightbulb: Conversations about creativity

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Lightbulb is an EW interview series featuring conversations with today’s leading creators about how they work and where they find inspiration.

Episode 2: Tavi Gevinson talks ‘Rookie,’ Broadway, and why she wants Lorde to interview Kanye
After rising to prominence as a teenager with her blog The Style Rookie, Tavi Gevinson launched Rookie, an online culture mag geared towards teenage girls. This year, she made her Broadway debut, opposite Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin, in the revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth. In the second episode of Lightbulb, EW’s Darren Franich asked about Gevinson’s beginnings as a writer, the transition into acting, and her dream Rookie piece: An interview between Lorde and Kanye West.

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Natalie Dormer reveals the 'diva' of 'Game of Thrones' cast in Reddit AMA

Natalie Dormer has had a busy few years in Hollywoodincluding playing Cressida in The Hunger Games, Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones, Moriarty on Elementary and with that comes plenty of stories to tell. In a Reddit AMA on Monday, she regaled her fans with some of them, and even outed one of her Game of Thrones co-stars as a major diva.

Here’s what she revealed:

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6 things Jaden and Willow Smith taught us in their 'New York Times' Q&A

As you’re probably well aware, The New York Times’ T Magazine recently caught up with Willow and Jaden Smith, and it got weird.
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Join EW for a Twitter Q&A with 'Theory of Everything' star Eddie Redmayne

The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne will be joining EW for a Twitter Q&A Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Redmayne plays Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, a film that tells the true story of the famous physicist’s relationship with his now ex-wife, Jane Hawking. Part of this story is Hawking’s illness and how the two dealt with its progression: At 21, he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and told he wouldn’t live much longer. He’s now 72.
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'Mockingjay': Why the worst 'Hunger Games' book should make the best film

Mockingjay is the most polarizing novel in the Hunger Games saga. Although most agree that it’s Suzanne Collins’ weakest book, some defend it; others claim it’s actually the series’ best. However, all three camps agree that, in Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins takes things to extremes, tackling traitors, murder, war, and one of the most haunting, realistic portrayals of violence in YA literature.

That being said, Mockingjay is also a study of post-traumatic stress. After two books of children both killing and being killed, Collins uses Mockingjay to finally give her characters time to be damaged. That divide—one half of the book focuses on extreme emotion, while the other half focuses on extreme action—keeps Mockingjay from flowing as smoothly as the rest of the series. But it’s also why Mockingjay—Part 1, if done correctly, should make for the best film in the Hunger Games franchise thus far. READ FULL STORY

We ranked every song in 'The Little Mermaid'

How was The Little Mermaid—which opened in theaters 25 years ago todayable to revitalize Disney’s animated feature game nearly single finned-ly? Thank its spunky, modern mermaid princess protagonist—and, just as importantly, Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s indelible slate of songs, which is pretty much the definition of “all killer, no filler.”

But as much as EW loves (nearly) every one of the soundtrack’s tunes, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to argue about which one is the best of the best. After much debate, here’s what Esther Zuckerman, Marc Snetiker, and Hillary Busis agreed upon: READ FULL STORY

The EW store is officially open

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Yes, Entertainment Weekly has opened a store, where all entertainment fans and pop culture obsessives can purchase official EW apparel, stationery, framed covers of some of the most popular EW covers of the past, and more. Bookmark it and check back as we add new and exciting products: shop.ew.com.

60 reasons 'All Dogs Go to Heaven' is the most disturbing kids' movie ever made

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25 years ago today, an animated musical hit theaters—and soon became a beloved classic that sparked a franchise including multiple feature-length sequels, a TV spinoff that ran for three seasons, and oodles of merch.

That movie… is The Little Mermaid. Strangely enough, though, the same description fits All Dogs Go to Heaven, Don Bluth’s lighthearted romp about a very bad dog and the little girl who teaches him how to love. Aww. Except All Dogs is also a horrifying phantasmagoria of murder, demons, drinking, gambling, hellfire, and blue eyeshadow. Sure, this is all sort of par for the course for Bluth; the former Disney animator has a reputation for making movies that skew much darker than the ones made by his former studio. That said: In retrospect, it’s remarkable that All Dogs was (a) released into theaters as is, (b) somehow considered a children’s movie, and (c) transformed into the kind of property that’s immortalized via Kids Meal toys.

Sure, movies like Watership Down might give the flick a run for its money. But after rewatching All Dogs, I feel pretty confident in saying that this is the most upsetting (ostensible) kids’ movie ever made. Why? Let me count the ways.

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