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Chat with Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, 'Clone Wars' star James Arnold Taylor, tonight at 7:45 p.m. ET

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Join EW.com tonight for a live chat with Star Wars: The Clone Wars star James Arnold Taylor, who will take your questions on viEWer from 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET and provide running commentary for tonight’s episode.

James is best known to Clone Wars fans for voicing the animated incarnation of Obi-Wan Kenobi for both the hand-drawn and CGI incarnations of the series, as well as in numerous Star Wars videogames. And, by the Force, has this ever been a doozy of an arc for Obi-Wan on The Clone Wars or what? READ FULL STORY

We all know 'Beauty and the Beast 3D' got robbed

Plenty of Oscar snubs yesterday, but perhaps most egregious is the Academy’s woefully unenlightened cold shoulder toward Best Supporting Actor Lumière. Don’t they realize that the farther they walk away from his eternal flame, the less they will be able to see? What’s it like, Oscar voters, to live inside a great big gilded castle of DARKNESS? READ FULL STORY

Starlets who use Disney movies as pick-me-ups: Why do I find you so fascinating?

Remember last year when Blake Lively admitted, “When I have bad days, I just eat lots of chocolate ice cream and dance to the Lion King soundtrack” to WWD? Well, she has company. Sort of. In the February issue of Los Angeles Confidential, Shailene Woodley, 20-year-old costar of The Descendants, was asked to name the first film that affected her as something more significant than mere entertainment. Her response: “Some movies have made me cry; some movies have made me laugh, but I’ve never thought, Wow — if it weren’t for that movie, I’d be a different person. Except Pocahontas. It’s true! If you listen to the lyrics they actually have incredibly valuable lessons for human beings to learn, and whenever I need a pick-me-up I just watch Pocahontas.”  READ FULL STORY

Makeup artist creates 'real' Beavis and Butt-Head... and it's kind of creepy

Not to be outdone by yesterday’s Rugrats trailer on Funny or Die, today’s entrant into the “When Good Cartoons Go Bad” file is makeup artist Kevin Kirkpatrick’s prosthetic models of Beavis and Butt-Head.

Click here for pictures but be warned, they are unsettling. READ FULL STORY

'Napoleon Dynamite' series premiere: All the jokes you loved in 2004, now with less originality!

I’ve always been fascinated by Napoleon Dynamite. Shot on a shoestring budget with a cast of unknowns, the film was the indie breakout sensation of summer 2004. It grossed $44 million, but that number doesn’t quite capture just how all-encompassing the Dynamite cult was for perhaps six months, if you were a college student or a high school student with an older brother or a twentysomething with a little sister. Everyone could quote the movie backwards. Ligers regularly came up in conversations that had nothing to do with wildlife. In hindsight, the film was astoundingly well-timed, reflecting a whole host of mid-00s cultural revolutions: The reappropriation of ’80s music by hipster culture, the rise of geek culture, the simultaneous rise of shameless geek-baiting merchandise. Relatively speaking, not too many people were on Facebook in summer 2004, but I think it would be fair to call Napoleon Dynamite the first social-media megahit: The comedy was entirely composed of reverse-ironic non-joke stupid humor, with lots of dialogue that would have been retweetable if Twitter had existed in those primordial days.

The fact that Napoleon Dynamite was terrible shouldn’t matter, since most things that are successful are terrible, and at least Napoleon Dynamite was terrible in an interesting way. READ FULL STORY

'Beauty and the Beast' gives 3-D another big boost, but is this really about 3-D or is it just about nostalgia?

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Last September, when the 3-D re-release of The Lion King roared to an impressive $30 million opening, Hollywood took serious notice. The movie industry’s 3-D boosters, who’d been facing tough questions about signs that audiences’ appetite for 3-D was waning, pointed to the huge success of the 3-D re-release of this 17-year-old movie and said, “See? Hakuna matata! No worries!” Disney ordered up 3-D conversions of Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and The Little Mermaid. James Cameron, who’s been busy getting Titanic ready for its upcoming 3-D re-release, said the success of The Lion King in 3-D proved to any nervous studio executives that gussying up a beloved old film with a new coat of 3-D paint could be big business. “They see the potential,” he told one interviewer. “All it takes is a little healthy greed and doubts tend to go away.” The estimated $25 million opening for Beauty and the Beast for this four-day weekend may not quite be as eye-popping as The Lion King‘s, but it clearly exceeded expectations, giving another dose encouragement to those who think that not only is 3-D still the wave of Hollywood’s future — it might also be the wave of its past.

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'Wall-Etheus' mash-up: Has WALL-E met his end?!

If you didn’t think last week’s mash-up trailer of The Lion King and The Dark Knight Rises could get any better, think again. Brad Hansen has put his mash-up mastermind to a new task: placing universally adored robot WALL•E against the backdrop of the harrowing music and jarring stylistic edits of the Prometheus trailer. See the full video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

JibJab says farewell to 2011, Charlie Sheen, the debt ceiling, and Rebecca Black -- VIDEO

It wouldn’t be the end of the year without an animated farewell video crafted by those kooky folks over at JibJab. This year’s targets include: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s love child; Justin Bieber’s new hair; Anthony Weiner’s member… ship in the club of pols felled by sex scandal; the fake-out Rapture(s); the Kardashian wedding fiasco; Occupy Wall Street; and the end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and Borders, and Osama bin Laden.

Relive all the glory and ignominy below:  READ FULL STORY

Angry Birds' 'Wreck the Halls' cartoon: Fun on the slopes, but I miss balloon bird

The Angry Birds empire has been growing ever larger since it first sling-shot its way into millions of addicts’ players’ two years ago this month. There are the plush toys, the movie tie-ins, the haute couture. And now those sassy Finns at Rovio are trying to elbow their way into seasonal animated specials.

Yesterday, to commemorate the release of it’s “Wreck the Halls” level in Angry Birds Seasons, Rovio released an animated tale with hints of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with a dash of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

A mashup of 'Breaking Bad' and 'The Simpsons': Ned Flanders as Walt White? Okily dokily doo -- watch this!

What do you get when you take lines of dialogue from Breaking Bad and overlay them onto moving images from The Simpsons? A tight! tight! tight! revelation, as evidenced by this mash-up video. Pious Ned Flanders assumes the role of meth maker Walt White (“I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the one who knocks!”), Bart plays Walt’s burnout protege, Jesse Pinkman, while slippery lawyer Lionel Hutz becomes one, of course, with Saul “Better Call Saul!” Goodman. Let us also note that the portrayal of poor Jane is out of this world, and that you should keep watching past the end credits. READ FULL STORY

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