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Why you should play 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'

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Probably the worst thing about Dragon Age: Inquisition is that it’s called Dragon Age: Inquisition. It’s just not a very sexy title. Then again, neither is Game of Thrones—and that turned out pretty well.

Do you like Game of Thrones? If you do, you should play Dragon Age. Even if you don’t like Game of Thrones, you should probably play Dragon Age—it’s one of the best games of the year, and definitely a standout in this crowded holiday season. But you should know a few things first.

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I'm Still Not Over... Patrick Dempsey not winning 'Sexiest Man Alive'

Growing up, the “Sexiest Man Alive” issue of People Magazine was a big deal in my house. By the age of 15, I had all the names of every “Sexiest Man” memorized, and while there were always years when I disagreed with People‘s choice, there was only one error that I filed in the “unforgivable” category. (And once you see his hair, you will know why.)

Every year, the Internet starts gossiping about the “Sexiest Man” selection well ahead of time, and in 2005, the debate was on between Matthew McConaughey and Patrick Dempsey. Now, both of these men were in my “Top 10 Hottest Men” list at the time, so I wasn’t about to dislike either choice. But there was just something about Dempsey that felt like he was, without a doubt, the sexiest man alive in that moment.

See, in 2005, Grey’s Anatomy launched, and by the time People‘s Sexiest issue came out, season 2 of the hit show—arguably the series’ best—had begun. So at that point, Dempsey was already carrying around the “McDreamy” label as one half of television’s hottest couple. Heck, that’s why EW put Dempsey and co-star Ellen Pompeo on our September 2005 cover.

As for McConaughey, he too could rock some flowing locks, but what did he have in 2005? Sahara and Two for the Money. And despite how good his triceps looked in Sahara, I’m just not buying it. I mean, had People seen the way that Dempsey leaned on things and smirked? The man oozed sex appeal in the subtlest of ways.

However, looking back now, I’m not just mad that Dempsey was passed over in 2005. In fact, 2006 was probably his perfect year. Yep, 2006 was prime Dempsey, something I can chalk up to two things: Grey’s Anatomy‘s season 2 finale and season 3 premiere.

In Grey’s Anatomy‘s season 2 finale, Dempsey gave viewers what I consider to be the single sexiest look of all-time. When Derek sees Meredith across the dance floor at the hospital’s prom—it’s a long story—the way he looks at her can’t really be described with words, but let’s just say nobody wondered why she stormed off the floor because she couldn’t breathe. Then? They had sex. Obviously.

Additionally, in September of 2006, Dempsey gave us an unforgettable moment when Derek finally admitted that he was in love with Meredith. But it was better than just an “I love you,” because well, he’s Patrick Dempsey.

And before you tell me he’s just a good actor and Shonda Rhimes is a great writer, let me be clear—I’m also speaking to Dempsey’s off-screen personality. He’s a family man. He races cars, which gives him an edge. And his sense of humor is almost as great as his smile. Also in 2006? He graced the cover of Us Weekly with word “Sexy” in big bold letters. Big. Bold. Letters.

With all that having been said, I do realize that in order for Dempsey to take the 2006 title, he would’ve had to have beaten George Clooney, who is the king of all sexy men. No, I’m not saying Dempsey is sexier than Clooney, but what I am saying is that Clooney can win any year, so why give it to him the year he did The Good German?

And if skipping Dempsey two years in a row wasn’t bad enough, 2007—arguably the last real shot for McDreamy in terms of Grey’s Anatomy‘s peak—marked the time he was overlooked for Matt Damon. Yes, Damon was Jason Bourne, but there’s a reason Dempsey was on the cover of TV Guide‘s “Sexy Issue” that year, not to mention EW‘s Photo Issue. Also, Enchanted!

So now the question remains: Is it too late for Dempsey? Honestly, it never is, but his hair is starting to get a little out of control, and I fear the worst.

I’ll leave you with this.

Watch EW play 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U' live

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U releases on Friday, Nov. 21. If the wait is too long, EW has fans covered with an early live stream of Nintendo’s brawler.

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Jennifer Lawrence tells Elizabeth Banks 'Barbie Girl' is the soundtrack to her life

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This week, fulfilling every living human’s wish to hang out with Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks at the same time, Lawrence appeared on Banks’ web series, “Ask a Badass,” and the two Hunger Games stars spent five minutes going back and forth about hair, music—and how Lawrence is man-like.

“You’re a guys’ girl,” Banks tells Lawrence. “You basically have a penis.” Lawrence agrees, but right after, she claims that Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” is the soundtrack to her life. “That’s how I feel like, as an actress, my job, it just depends on what outfit I’m wearing, you know?” Lawrence says. “I wear heels all day, I get Barbie feet.”
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Aubrey Plaza and her intramural basketball team make a fake Burger King commercial

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Somehow, some way, Aubrey Plaza and her intramural basketball team, The Pistol Shrimps, made “commercials” for Burger King in 1996. The commercials are filmed like ’90s ads, complete with a brief mention of Space Jam.

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Stephen Colbert to host Kennedy Center Honors

CBS is sinking its hooks into Stephen Colbert, enlisting its new late-night star to host the Kennedy Center Honors, the network announced Tuesday. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The Bellas are back in 'Pitch Perfect 2'

SPOILER ALERT:  The Barden Bellas have split up.

But before you scream “A ca-scuse me?!” it’s just a temporary separation. On this muggy June day in Baton Rouge, La., the cast of Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to Universal’s sleeper about a college a cappella group, is pulling double duty. Rebel Wilson (returning as blunt bombshell Fat Amy) and Brittany Snow (back as dim bulb Chloe) are cloistered in the production offices, recording and preparing for dance rehearsal.

Meanwhile, a few miles away, Anna Kendrick and Skylar Astin, reprising their roles as vocal power couple Beca and Jesse, are shooting Beca’s first day of work as an intern at a recording company. “Any first-day jitters?” Jesse asks. “No,” Beca responds. “I’m just going to be moody and distant—artists love that, right?” If anyone has slight jitters, it’s the woman behind the camera: actress Elizabeth Banks (the Hunger Games franchise), who produced the original and appeared in a small role as sassy judge Gail. She’s now making her feature-directing debut. “This is the stupidest idea I’ve ever had,” she jokes during a break in shooting. “My first movie is this huge studio movie that a lot of people care about that also happens to be a musical with massive dance numbers. I don’t know what I was thinking.” READ FULL STORY

This week on 'Polished': Actress Angela Trimbur has a dance crew

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This week on Polished, actress Angela Trimbur discusses some of the peculiarities of her life, like how she’s only been invited to one wedding, or that she organized the half-time dance show for her women’s basketball league. If you’ve seen the popular YouTube video of her dancing in a landromat, it makes sense.

Chris-Mas in November: Which Chris is your 'Sexiest Man Alive'?

People named Chris Hemsworth this year’s Sexiest Man Alive—but is he the right Chris for the job?

Hemsworth is one of many alluring actors who share the same name. There’s also Into the Woods‘ Chris Pine, Captain America‘s Chris Evans, and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt (who’s currently on the cover of GQ‘s Men of the Year issue).

Of course, there are also many other famous (and attractive) men named Chris—Chris Messina, Chris Rock, Chris Tucker—but Hemsworth, Pine, Evans, and Pratt are the ones you’re most likely to confuse for one another. For one, they all look great in scruffy facial hair. And they’re all white. And they’ve all starred in big-budget geek-bait franchises.

But they do have some differences from one another. Here’s what makes each Chris the right—and wrong—choice for Sexiest Man Alive.

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Jon Stewart gets a crush on Benedict Cumberbatch on 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart has had hundreds, if not thousands, of guests on The Daily Show, but there have been few that he develops a crush on during an interview.

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