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Your party is a wonderland: 'Vanity Fair' Paramount portrait is an A-list playground

Image credit: Art Streiber, exclusively for Vanity Fair

Well, I just lost my afternoon. In honor of Paramount’s 100th anniversary, Vanity Fair has “assembled 116 of the greatest talents ever to work at the studio.” That means Leo, Bob, and Marty, some icons of the studio’s golden age (hello, Eva Marie Saint, Jerry Lewis, and Michael York!), almost the entire casts of Transformers and Star Trek, and even that Canadian whippersnapper Justin Bieber, whom you might remember from a little indie film called Never Say Never. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (Titanic zing, hey-yo!).

Because Vanity Fair knows you want to see every one of those 116 faces up close and personal, they’ve installed a zoom function on their site. Fair warning, PopWatchers: This thing is addictive. Click through at your own risk. Below, we scope out a few of the famous faces and hand out our portrait honors. READ FULL STORY

Kristen Wiig: What are the 'SNL' MVP's career prospects?

Kristen Wiig made her final regular appearance on Saturday Night Live last week with a moving send-off that was grander and more heartfelt than the sketch show has given a cast member in quite some time. With half a dozen film projects in the works, Wiig is poised to launch into a long, successful career on the A-list. But then again so was David Spade, Jimmy Fallon, and Tina Fey. While those SNL vets have all flourished in television, Wiig has made no move toward the small screen, and it’s harder to become a bankable star on the level of Will Ferrell, Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, and Eddie Murphy. Can Wiig leverage her Bridesmaids success to become SNL‘s first major female breakout film star? And, if so, where would she fit in the industry? EW reached out to some authorities on the show’s history to determine Wiig’s chances for headliner success.

“It’s a weird thing, having that SNL brand attached to you when you move from the show to movies,” acknowledges Nick Marx, a Media and Cultural Studies Fellow at the University of Wisconsin. “That assumption is there that successful stars of SNL will eventually leave the show and go on into movies. It’s really a decidedly mixed bag as far as whether it’s an advantage or not when you begin a movie career.” So will she go the route of Ferrell or the way of Chris Kattan? READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp tops 'Favorite Movie Star' list for second year, is a surprise Republican darling

Despite some reported personal turmoil this week, Johnny Depp can rest easy that America’s still got his back. The Pirates of the Caribbean star has topped Harris Interactive’s “Favorite Movie Star” poll for a second year in a row. There were plenty of surprises on the list, like how the reclusive Depp beat out four of Hollywood’s most charismatic A-listers and a Westerns legend, the complete absence of Tinseltown’s ultimate power couple, and the demographic breakdown of Depp’s fan base that shows his supporters are truly a silent majority. See who Depp bested for the title and which Oscar-winning actresses dropped off the list entirely after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Essential Info: Which actress has an oil painting of Adam Sandler in the bathroom?

The bathroom is a common place to showcase your sense of humor. So which actress has an oil painting of Adam Sandler there?  READ FULL STORY

Best of 2011: Viral video edition!

The first 10 years of the new millennium brought us Christian the LionAntoine Dodson, and some formerly floppy-haired Canadian kid you may have heard of named Justin Bieber, so how has the first year of this decade shaped up, virally speaking? Well, let’s see… hydrangeas were pronounced hateful (or, to be more accurate, loathsome), Beauty and the Beast got the West Hollywood treatment, a respected newsman collapsed into giggles over a Frenchman’s urine, a teen shot to stardom by serenading a day of the week, and… well, we could go on and on. Instead, we’ve posted all that’s fit to embed over the next several pages. Get ready to lay your emotions bare like the girl in this 2008 viral fave, then click through!


'Grown Ups' sequel reportedly in the works. Which Adam Sandler flick most deserves a follow-up?

It’s easy to harp on Adam Sandler (even more so if you endured Jack and Jill) but you have to give the guy credit for one thing: He never turned any one of his wildly successful comedies into a franchise with umpteen sequels, something he could have easily done considering their impressive box office returns. (Thank your lucky stars for that one, PopWatchers, or else we could have had I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry 2 or Little Nicky 3 by now.)

But now, for the first time in his career, Sandler could be appearing in a sequel. Variety reported Tuesday that a sequel to 2010’s ensemble comedy smash Grown Ups is in the works with the original film’s scribe Fred Wolf in talks, though Sandler “has no deal in place for Grown Ups 2.” (EW also reached out to Sandler’s production company Happy Madison regarding the reported project with Sony Pictures, who had no comment.)

Still, if a Grown Ups sequel does happen, is it the follow-up you’d want to see most from Sandler? READ FULL STORY

Adam Sandler's 'Jack and Jill' is terrible/possibly genius


I was expecting the worst heading into the theaters to see Adam Sandler’s latest comedy, Jack and Jill. With its half-baked cross-dressing premise and trailer that seemed like an outtake from the opening of Tropic Thunder, Jack and Jill appeared to be a big-screen assault on all moviegoers’ senses, a film that would even drive a Happy Gilmore-era Sandler to clock his future self right in the kisser. In fact, stepping into my 7:30 p.m. screening, I wasn’t counting out the possibility that Jack and Jill was a giant prank, that the theater lights would go down and a screen would show up laughing at moviegoers, “You actually thought this movie existed?!”

But Jack and Jill actually does exist. And, as I sat watching the 90-minute film, I realized Jack and Jill wasn’t bad. It was terrible. READ FULL STORY

'Jack and Jill': Do you still see Adam Sandler flicks, or did you give that up a long, long time ago?

The funniest thing about the trailer for Jack and Jill, a real movie that opens in theaters this weekend, is how fake it all seems. The mind-bogglingly absurd image of Adam Sandler playing both himself and his boorish, Noo Yawk twin sister Jill looked like it could have been one of the movies his Funny People character willingly sold out to make a quick buck for. Actually, it felt more like something out of a South Park episode in which they’d parody the mind-boggling absurdity of most Sandler flicks. (“Adam Sandler is his own twin sister… and Rob Schneider is a stapler!”) I take that back, the funniest thing about the Jack and Jill trailer is that it produced this. Brilliant.

Still, no one, especially not critics, seem to be laughing at Sandler’s latest pass at, er, comedy. (EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the film a D+, helping the film earn its 2 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Well, at least its no Bucky Larson, right? Right?!) Will anyone other than masochists and the most hardcore Sandler devotees see this? READ FULL STORY

'Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star' earns a 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, tanks at the box office.

If there’s one ongoing theme in the comments section of this website (besides some of you guys being able to get some amazing deals on XBox), it’s that critics have no idea what they’re talking about and you’re going to see a movie with or without their stupid opinion. But, every now and then, the clouds part, the battle ceases and critic and moviegoer can come together to collectively agree, “Yeesh! That movie is terrible!”

That movie this week was the, uh, comedy(?) Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star, which earned the rare jewel of a 0 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. READ FULL STORY

Adam Sandler's 'Billy Madison': Should we just go with it? PopWatch Rewind looks at the funnyman's first big movie

Adam Sandler is one of the last true movie stars. Tellingly, he’s essentially the only über-successful actor in contemporary Hollywood to never take a role in a film franchise — because, just like the Hollywood stars of yore, he is the franchise. He produces almost all his movies, and has a regular caravan of co-creators (like director Dennis Dugan) and co-stars (like Rob Schneider, who’s been in 12 Sandler movies playing 12 different offensive stereotypes) who follow him from project to project. To celebrate today’s release of Just Go With It, the 22nd film Sandler’s headlined since 1995, we went back to where it all began: Billy Madison, the story of a man-boy who decided to go back to school, back to school, to prove to his dad that he’s not a fool. READ FULL STORY

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