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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.

Hear Idina Menzel and Michael Buble's kiddie-friendly version of 'Baby It's Cold Outside'

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In case “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” wasn’t creepy enough, here it is featuring the voices of Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé coming out of the mouths of children. READ FULL STORY

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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Taylor Swift shilled for smoothies middle school, apparently (Updated)

These days Taylor Swift is starring in ads for Diet Coke and Target, but she’s apparently long had a hand in endorsements. For example, Swift in an ad eighth grade project which touted “Paco’s Paradise Smoothies.”

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The EW store is officially open

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Obsessed with The Must List? Want to see Daenerys and Jon Snow’s Entertainment Weekly cover hanging on your wall? Look no further than the newly opened Entertainment Weekly store.

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.

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Cheers to Woody Harrelson

Six episodes into the 40th anniversary year of Saturday Night Live, one thing is clear. Though the show itself might be slowly emerging from the oft-cited “transition year,” the institution still has meaning—especially to the guest hosts who initially visited in the show’s heyday. Thus far, three of the guests—Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, and Woody Harrelson—first hosted the show in the previous century. Two others, in addition to Rock, of course—Sarah Silverman and Bill Hader—are SNL alums. [Unconfirmed rumor: The show lobbied hard for Bill Murray to host the season premiere.] Conclusion is, SNL is working hard to get back to its roots.

The sad news is that we had to bid sayonara to one of our favorites during the first round of this season’s Mr. Saturday Night contest, in which we vote for the best host. READ FULL STORY

Watch Taylor Swift's 'Blank Space' reimagined as a horror film

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The video for Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” has rightly been billed as the singer’s Gone Girl moment. But why not take the comparison one step further, and match the film’s horror-like trailers with a similar cut of Swift’s video?

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PopWatch Confessional: The karaoke song that conquered you

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10 years ago Sunday, RCA Records released “Since U Been Gone,” the lead single off of Kelly Clarkson’s album Breakaway. It wasn’t long before the song became one of America’s top belt-it-into-your-hairbrush anthems—and enterprising karaoke singers began attempting to put their own spin on it, only to discover a shocking truth: That ish is hard to sing.

In honor of Kelly’s big anniversary, we asked our staffers to ‘fess up about our experiences with the most surprisingly tough karaoke songs. Here are our answers—starting with the tune that inspired the question.

Lanford Beard, staff editor: I’m an alto, so a lot of Kelly Clarkson’s songs seem perfectly suited to my vocal sweet spot… until the chorus. “Since U Been Gone” is the most ear-piercing example of my former hubris. I don’t have a specific memory—maybe I’ve blacked it out?—but I still have a vivid sensation of getting to that earworm-y title phrase and sounding like a dying cat. At least with some other upper-register belters (Katy Perry’s “Firework,” for example), there’s wiggle room vocally—but when trying to emulate Kelly Clarkson’s crazy-good range, you will fail. Don’t be fooled by the American Idol’s beginnings on a glorified karaoke competition. Her original hits should pretty much all be filed under: “Don’t try this at home… and especially not at a karaoke bar.” READ FULL STORY

Kristin Chenoweth sings multilingual 'Popular,' previews her new special

Think you know Wicked‘s “Popular?” Well, you may not totally recognize it on Kristin Chenoweth’s new live album, Coming Home. Chenoweth’s latest version of the song turns Galinda into something of a jet-setter, segueing from English to Japanese, German, and more languages. She calls it “Around the World with Galinda.”  READ FULL STORY

Waka Flocka Flame sifts through resumes for job as his personal blunt roller on Funny or Die

Waka Flocka Flame’s quest to find his own personal blunt roller has been an arduously task—as seen in this new video from Funny or Die.

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