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Watch Arcade Fire's short horror film 'Festi'

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It’s the end of the day. Most of you have probably already slipped into your best sexy Olaf costumes by now, but for those of you near a computer, here’s a special treat: a short horror film from Arcade Fire called Festi.

The 20-minute short follows Will Butler on his 27th birthday, centering on the “27 Club Curse.” What should be a fun, celebratory day takes an eerie turn. The band’s standout orchestral violins, for instance, are much more reminiscent of Psycho than Funeral. READ FULL STORY

James Franco and other celebs who just can't stand criticism

James Franco does not take criticism of his work lightly. Currently starring in Of Mice and Men on Broadway, the actor was quite displeased with the review New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley gave the revival. Though Brantley’s assessment was not excessively negative — he even complimented Franco’s talent at one point — the actor posted an incensed response to the review on Instagram, calling the critic “a little bitch.” The post has since been deleted.

Brantley responded to the criticism much more diplomatically than Franco. “I like Franco’s work on film a lot, and he didn’t disgrace himself on stage,” the writer told the New York Observer. “I hope he returns to Broadway some day. And of course he’s entitled to say whatever he likes about me, as long as it’s not libelous, and somehow I don’t think ‘little bitch’ qualifies.”

Franco is hardly the first celebrity to lash out over hurt feelings and bad reviews. Last year, Brantley was the target of another famous actor appearing on Broadway, Alec Baldwin. The NYT critic panned his show, a revival of Orphans, and Baldwin shot back with a bitter essay on the state of modern theater on The Huffington Post. READ FULL STORY

'The Christmas Song': You pick the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL

The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! Starting with “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the next 12 days. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below.

UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here.

Our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics continues with the most-performed Christmas song of all time, simply titled “The Christmas Song” — but you might know it better by its first line: “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”

The song’s toasty lyrics — invoking the holiday imagery of mistletoe, flying reindeer, and bundling up like Eskimos — were written by crooner Mel Tormé and composer Robert Wells back in 1944. Tormé’s 1954 version is included in our top six below, but is it the ultimate “Christmas Song”? Kids from 1 to 92 (and beyond) can make their pick below:
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'SNL' premiere recap: Highlights, lowlights, and whatever Arcade Fire was doing -- VIDEO

The theme of Saturday Night Live‘s 39th season opener: “SNL is back… and starring a bunch of people you’ve never heard of!”

This meta focus made sense — as Tina Fey(‘s plastic surgeon) said in her monologue, this is a “rebuilding year” for NBC’s sketch series. But even though the show seemed determined to remind us about how much it had changed, the premiere was a fairly smooth ride from start to finish. Maybe that was due to a longer rehearsal period than usual; maybe it was the steadying presence of Fey herself, who always seems to have a blast when she returns to her TV home. Or maybe it’s because SNL itself has become a well-oiled machine, one built to survive any major departures — except perhaps that of Lorne Michaels himself.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s pull back and discuss the show itself — its best moments, its worst moments, and… whatever you’d call Arcade Fire.

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More 'SNL' promos, featuring Tina Fey and Arcade Fire at its most terrifying -- VIDEO

Who is Arcade Fire? Here’s a hint: It’s the band that’s haunting your dreams. Not due to their lush melodies and evocative lyrics, but because seeing the band’s members wearing giant facsimiles of their own heads is legit scary.

Really:

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