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What to expect from the season 5 'Sing-Off' groups: A very careful aca-sessment

The first time I heard that The Sing-Off was going to be limited to a one-night special this year, I went through some pretty serious turmoil. All five stages of grief passed through in a matter of minutes: Denial that the entirety of season 5 could potentially only include one Nick Lachey jewel tone button-down; Anger that NBC was doing this to us; Bargaining that we might somehow lure Ben Folds back in a judge’s chair with a Warby Parker gift basket of sorts; Depression that Home Free would be unceremoniously replaced as the reigning champs in just two short hours; and finally, Acceptance that while we would only be getting six a cappella groups this year, it was possible they’d be the best groups yet. I mean, not better than Pentatonix, but like, probably really good.

But then, I bucked up. We’re still in for a grand ol’ time, I just know it . Because by this point, the best little singing show that could has made a holiday tradition of avoiding cancellation by any air schedule necessary, and if they can handle the frequent changes, then so can we. No, I don’t want to consider a world where Nick Lachey can’t exchange music puns with the now departed Ben Folds (so help me Patrick Stump, if you don’t know what an appoggiatura is…). No, I don’t understand how they’ll roll out multiple rounds of competition in two hours. But what is a cappella if not a stripping away of the musical fat? READ FULL STORY

Nintendinitis is a real, medical thing -- learn the facts

Nintendinitis may sound like what a grandparent might call a Nintendo system when they have no idea what a Wii or 3DS is called. But Nintendinitis is actually a real name for a real trend of medical problems caused by the House of Mario. No, really.

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Jenny Slate sings Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide' as Marcel the Shell

While Marcel the Shell may have a tiny voice, the little snail has, as Conan calls it,  “big lungs.” READ FULL STORY

Ian McKellen tries to help Cookie Monster resist cookies-it doesn't go too well

Maybe Ian McKellen should have brought his lesson about the word “resist” to Middle-earth before he delivered it to Cookie Monster.

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Entertainment Geekly: What 'Hobbit 3' says about Peter Jackson

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There’s a moment in The Hobbit 3 that I’m going to spoil for you, because nothing else that happens in The Hobbit 3 really matters.

It’s a moment of crisis for Thorin Oakenshield. “Who is Thorin Oakenshield?” is something you might be asking, even if you’ve seen the first two Hobbit movies. It’s hard to keep track of names in these Hobbit movies, even though half the dialogue is just people saying names.

Which is strange. Because when Jackson and co-writers Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh adapted The Lord of the Rings, they found a way to sharpen J.R.R. Tolkien’s dense prose into thrill-drunk poetry. One thinks of Tolkien in fussy terms. The Oxford don. The professor writing fantasy novels as a faux-linguistics delivery system. The oldest and most British of old British fellows, with a perpetual pipe, who always thought his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight was more important than anything he ever wrote about rings and hobbits and wise wizened wizards.

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Lena Dunham won the red carpet this year (by losing it)

It’s been 13 years since Björk laid an egg at the Academy Awards. And if the Oscars’, Emmys’, and Golden Globes’ red carpets are the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Gowns, that’s nearly 40 nights of appropriate and borrowed, jewel-toned and fish-tailed, corporate-sponsored parade floats accessorized with diamonds, security guards, and phonetically spelled designer names for E! Entertainment’s “mani cam” (MOH-neek Luh-HOO-lee-ay).

As award show arrivals have morphed into a shameless interstate billboard—stars can earn a cool million for their jewelry choices alone—red carpet fashion has in turn become a bland gated community filled with highly rehearsed Vanna Whites pretending they actually picked out their clothes. Nominees always look so…nice.

Then Lena Dunham arrived at the Emmys. READ FULL STORY

Watch celebrities talk about their favorite holiday movies -- like, you know, 'The Big Lebowski'

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As the holiday season rolls around, EW got around to asking film and television stars about the movies they like to watch around the holidays. We learned many things about stars’ holiday viewing choices, like how depressingly enjoyable Alex Borstein finds the Charlie Brown movies, and how Amber Tamblyn enjoys an annual viewing of The Big Lebowski.

Also, Lisa Edelstein does not like holidays! Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorcing Holiday Movies is more like it, right?

Join in: Robbie Amell of 'The Duff' will answer your questions on EW's Facebook page

Robbie Amell is getting ready for a busy year: In his spare time outside of playing the recurring role of Firestorm on The Flash, he’s appearing alongside Mae Whitman in The Duff. On Wednesday, Amell himself will host a Q&A session at EW’s Facebook page—so come ask him your burning questions. Amell will start answering questions starting at 3:35 p.m. ET.

Watch a spot-on 'Serial' parody from Funny or Die

On Thursday, true-crime podcast Serial will release its first season’s 12th and final episode. Along with producer Julie Snyder, host Sarah Koenig has attempted to determine whether Adnan Syed was wrongfully convicted of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee’s 1999 murder.

Listeners have started to question if Koenig will even try to cast judgment on the case, given the lack of conclusive evidence. Television and movies have conditioned us for tidy endings, which Serial might not have. A new Funny or Die short pokes fun at that. READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: 'Star Wars,' Adele, and the 116 things you're going to talk about in 2015

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Phew—2014 is over. But you know what that means. Another year is on the horizon, and with a turn of the calendar comes a tidal wave of pop culture items, each eager to become your new favorite thing. Fortunately for you, Entertainment Weekly’s annual forecast issue is here to help you wade through the waters and find the movie, show, album, or book (it’s a race to find the next Gone Girl!) that’s destined to find its way into your hands in 2015.

You may have heard about a few little indies coming up. Star Wars: The Force Awakens? We’ve got secrets to share, plus fresh quotes from new cast members like Andy Serkis (who dispelled some rumors about his confidential role) and returning alumni like Mark Hamill. Avengers: Age of Ultron and Terminator: Genisys? We dive deep into next year’s hottest robo-villains with some exclusive first-look shots. And then there’s Jurassic World, Sisters (starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler), the new James Bond flick, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Pixar’s latest movie Inside Out—and we’ve got scoop on all of them.

If you’re not planning to spend your entire year at the cinema, there’s plenty of must-see TV coming down the pike, too. We’ve got your first script page for the second season of Fargo, a mega-sized look at the latest season of Community (now on Yahoo!), and deep dives into Netflix’s comic gambit Daredevil and Comedy Central’s Colbert successor Larry Wilmore. Plus, there’s Fox’s epic hip-hop drama Empire, which promises to be your newest guilty pleasure, if you can find time to watch between AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul or the return of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock.

On the music front, we’ve got the 20 albums you can’t miss this year (including new releases from Rihanna, Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse, and Kelly Clarkson) and we’re taking a closer look at the New British invasion starring Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Hozier, and other English imports who are going to have major impact on the American charts in 2015. (We also look back at other UK acts that crossed the Atlantic, like the Spice Girls.) You can also start planning your “sick” days now, because our pages are also packed with the dates of the best festivals across the country and the next big music acts we’re eager to geek out over.

EW has scoop on 116 things that you’re going to be talking about this year—so why not get a head start now? Grab the forecast issue and impress your friends with your newfound powers of prediction.

EW has scoop on 116 things that you’re going to be talking about this year—so why not get a head start now? Grab the forecast issue and impress your friends with your newfound powers of prediction.

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