Big news in the comedy world: Monty Python is set to reunite for a stage show.
Python member Terry Jones told the BBC on Tuesday he’s excited the group is reuniting. He said he hopes to make enough money to pay off his mortgage. READ FULL STORY
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is almost here — there’s just a few days until the sequel’s Friday release date — and the cast has already been around the world promoting the latest installment. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and the rest of the cast are live on the red carpet at the film’s Los Angeles premiere, and you can watch it all go down in the live stream below.
We’re guessing Lawrence will say something that makes you want to be her best friend, Hemsworth will say kind words about his wild-child ex Miley Cyrus, and Hutcherson will be as sweet and lovable as his Hunger Games alter ego Peeta. Watch it all here:
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Sanaa Lathan knows how to prrrr like Eartha Kitt, once had a crush on Billy Dee Williams as a kid, and currently stars in the sequel to the 1999 romantic comedy The Best Man. Following a hugely successful opening weekend, The Best Man Holiday star stopped by EW to take our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below to see if you can purr like Sanaa and learn the one item that she can’t live without.
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Growing up on Disney movies, I was constantly learning valuable life lessons while simultaneously crying my eyes out. For example: Simba defeats Scar in The Lion King and the good guys win! I learn all about fighting for what’s right and good overcoming evil. Mufasa appears in the clouds and tells Simba how proud he is of his son! I burst into tears for the hundredth time during that hour and a half. That was simply my relationship with Disney movies. However, there was always one film that filled me with irregular amounts of joy … and ripped my heart from my chest more than the rest. So let’s talk about The Fox and the Hound.
The Fox and the Hound told the story of Tod, an adopted baby Fox, and Copper, a young hound dog in training. Tod and Copper were neighbors, and when they were still young (a.k.a. before their societal roles were forced upon them), they were the best of friends. They hung out every day, even when Copper was told he wasn’t allowed to because he was a hound dog, and Tod would one day be his prey. But Copper didn’t care. He spent his days splashing around with Tod and attempting to howl in what might be the cutest two seconds in cinema history.
There are many things that I’m still not over when it comes to this movie. I’m still not over how freakin’ adorable these two were as young babies running around (See: Tod playing with Copper’s ears). I’m still not over how unfair it was that society pulled them apart when Copper had to become a hunting dog. And I’m really still not over the moment when Copper’s owner threatened Tod’s life, forcing Tod’s mother to drive out to the middle of nowhere and leave Tod on the side of the road in what might be the saddest four minutes in cinema history:
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Check out what’s on the daily Must List for EW — including the strong box office results for Dallas Buyers Club, another elimination round on The Voice, and a countdown to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY
It’s kind of a big deal that Emerson College is changing the name of its school of communication.
The college in Boston will rename the school – for one day only – the Ron Burgundy School of Communication on Dec. 4 to honor the fictitious television anchorman. READ FULL STORY
Another day, another video of Tom Hiddleston doing something adorable on an overseas TV show.
The affable actor, currently starring in Thor: The Dark World, has been promoting the movie all over the world (check out his charming appearances on Korean TV here and here), and this latest clip has him singing car karaoke on German TV.
Check out his passenger’s-seat performance of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” below:
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What’s worthy of PopWatching this week? Well, consider this week the calm before the holiday-movie storm. Next week is Thanksgivukkah and then a virtual Christmas-movie-marathon-mania follows. Before you get your dose of jolly caroling cheer, scenes of holly-trimmed (and secretly hostile) family dinners, and everyone quoting Love Actually, consider this your bah, Humbug! week, filled with a stocking’s worth of everything that’s anti-holiday — teens killing teens, crime-solving robots, and sardonic humor. Merry watching!
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In the current era of The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman, it’s impossible to be a fan of the comic-book genre and not have a well-considered argument to the question, “Who’s the Most Powerful Superhero?” Superman, of course, is the most obvious answer in any superpower battle-royale debate, but there are strong and more interesting claims to be made for the others, too. (Except Hawkeye. Sorry, guy.)
In Hollywood offices, there are similar conversations going on all the time about their own legion of superheroes, those famous actors and actresses who can open a movie in New York, Nebraska, and Nepal, whether it be a romance, an action-adventure, or a raunchy comedy. But with more and more of the industry now tilted towards Comic-Con-approved tent-pole pictures, the pecking order for actors today is heavily weighted by his or her ability to land a major role in a superhero franchise. It is the lifeblood of a long and prosperous career. For example, playing Batman not only elevated Christian Bale to the Hollywood A-list — positioning the indie actor for other major studio movie roles — but his enhanced financial security allowed him to continue to gamble on the eclectic roles he preferred in the first place, in movies like The Fighter and Rescue Dawn.
When the right actor gets the right superhero role, it becomes virtually impossible to separate the artist from the character. The cape becomes part of their public persona, one that can help or hinder their other on-screen roles. But what happens when Hollywood’s heroes are stripped of their superpowers? That is to say, what is Robert Downey Jr. without Tony Stark’s armor? What is Hugh Jackman when his Wolverine claws are clipped? Do we still pay to see their movies, or do we give them the cold-shoulder, like old-school Lois Lane used to give old-school Clark Kent? Who is the most powerful superstar when they’re nothing more or less than their Hollywood alter ego?
After looking at the actors and actresses who are major players in current comic-book franchises, we examined their recent box-office and critical reputation when they’re not in costume, and then ranked them in order to see who really flies the highest and has the biggest muscles in the movie universe. READ FULL STORY
Capping an exciting year of interview oversharing, Terrence Howard went on Watch What Happens Live last night. Although nominally pitching his role in The Best Man Holiday, Howard wound up taking a question about a role from half a decade ago. The actor originated the role of James Rhodes in Iron Man — but he didn’t return for the sequels, which saw Don Cheadle play the character in ever-more-elaborate robo-suits. READ FULL STORY