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8 simple Netflix tricks to try over the long weekend

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One of the main reasons Netflix is so popular is because of its simplicity. It’s painfully easy to queue up a movie on your laptop, video game console or mobile device and start watching in mere seconds. But that simplicity means there are a lot of features to Netflix that the average customer may not be using.

Here, we’ve rounded up some useful tips to help you get the most out of Netflix: READ FULL STORY

Cult hit 'Dark Souls II' is coming to Playstation 4 and Xbox One

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It’s easy to pass on From Software’s Souls franchise, mostly because there’s one thing that dominates all conversation about it: They’re stupid, hard games. But that’s not really fair—they’re not so much hard as they are dense; every encounter is thrilling, every step forward is earned; you have to learn the game, as opposed to just getting through it. That’s why they’re so loved by those who play them—they’re intricate puzzles to play and make sense of, where failure is expected and learned from.

If you’ve never played any of them, now’s the time—publisher Namco Bandai has announced that last year’s Dark Souls II is getting an updated re-release for Spring 2015.

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Here's what would happen if Iron Man's dad visited Downton Abbey

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What would happen if a member of Tony Stark’s family showed up for dinner at Downton Abbey? Well, according to a bit of fan fiction from writer Gary Whitta, Howard Stark would insult Lord Grantham, offend the dowager countess, and flirt with Lady Mary. (Poor Lady Edith, who, by this account, coins the term “super soldier.” Even in fan fiction, it doesn’t get much better for Edith.) READ FULL STORY

Pass the time during holiday travel with these great mobile games

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Travel during the holidays can often be a monotonous and frustrating experience—especially knowing that an overwhelming feast awaits at the end of the journey.

So, to pass the time on holiday plane, train, and car rides this week, pick up any of these addicting and ingenious mobile games. They’ll make the trek toward a turkey dinner—and several meals of leftover turkey—that much more enjoyable.

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Pardcast-A-Thon 2014 preview: Jimmy Pardo on Smile Train goals and celebrity surprises

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Why battle the maddening hordes at your local mall when you could be spending Black Friday laughing for a good cause?

That’s the pitch of Pardcast-a-Thon, the annual post-Thanksgiving extension of the Never Not Funny podcast hosted, as usual, by Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, and Pat Francis. Once again, the team will welcome in a cavalcade of special guests over the course of the 12-hour show, which can be streamed via the official Pardcast website as well as watched via the YouTube channel JASH. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Prescription: Movies the whole family can enjoy (really!)

For many families, the most stressful part of Thanksgiving isn’t figuring out a way to keep turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, yams, and Parker House rolls hot all at the same time. Instead, it’s finding the perfect post-tryptophan-overdose, pre-nap viewing—something capable of entertaining your hyperactive-five-year-old, your too-cool teenage nephew, your weird aunt, and your 94-year-old Great-Grandma Dot… all at the same time. Just call it a quest for the White Whale of movies—or at least the cinematic equivalent of the traveling pants.

That’s where we come in. EW’s brain trust has come up with a few simple guidelines that should help you find the perfect family film. Obviously, all families are unique, and every idea might not work for every clan; EW.com news editor Ashley Fetters, for instance, swears she knows a family that makes a point of watching Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man over the holidays. Still, general consensus led us to these five basic rules. (Psst: If you need even more guidance, our list of 55 Movies Your Child Must See is another good starting point.) READ FULL STORY

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with these TV marathons

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Thanksgiving weekend is a marathon of excess—excessive eating, excessive amounts of awkward family members, and excessive amounts of your favorite movies and television shows.

While streaming services have made it easier than ever to create your own marathons of beloved films and shows, plenty of TV networks are continuing the long tradition of programming long stretches of classic TV shows and film franchises throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are some of the best excuses to keep the TV tuned to a single channel throughout the holiday weekend.

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'Frozen' toys could top Barbie toys in holiday sales

Looks like Elsa is more popular than Barbie these days: A National Retail Federation survey found that parents are more interested in buying Frozen toys than Barbie ones for their kids this holiday season, according to the Associated Press.

Twenty percent of parents surveyed plan to buy Frozen-related toys while 16.8 percent are planning to buy something Barbie-related. This is the first time in 11 years that Barbie hasn’t occupied the top spot.  READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow try to out-curse each other on 'Kimmel'

Lisa Kudrow and Jennifer Aniston spent five minutes cursing at each other last night, and it was all captured on Jimmy Kimmel Live. 

Kimmel hosted the Friends duo for a game of Celebrity Curse Off, which involves the two celebrities shouting expletives at each other until one of them runs out of expletives. Easy, right? Not quite. READ FULL STORY

Cowardly Lion costume goes for $3 million at auction

Somewhere out there is a wealthy customer who just won himself one of the most expensive Halloween costumes out there: the Cowardly Lion costume from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz fetched over $3 million at auction at Bonhams in New York City on Monday.

According to the Associated Press, the costume was authenticated to be the one that Bert Lahr wore in the film; a back-up costume fetched almost $1 million in recent years. The costume’s previous owner, Los Angeles Museum of Television founder James Comisar, said that the costume was made out of real lion skins, and was extensively analyzed to conclude that this costume was indeed the one that was worn on-screen.

According to People, the costume had been found from an old MGM building by a junk dealer cleaning out the deserted lot in the 1970s.

The upright piano that Dooley Wilson played in 1942’s Casablanca also sold for more than $3 million, by an anonymous collector from Los Angeles.

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