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Daniel Radcliffe's charming and funny (natch) 'Saturday Night Live' promo: Watch it here!


Daniel Radcliffe didn’t have to go far for his latest gig. The Harry Potter star moved from his recent stint on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying just a few blocks east to Rockefeller Center to host this weekend’s brand new Saturday Night Live. So how will the busy actor fare as a first-time host? Judging from the hilarious promo video in which the always-game Radcliffe explains to SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis what the Harry Potter series was really about (not “sex wizards”) and gives his best American accent (“Chill broseph, I like Mountain Dew and big butts!” Nailed it.) he might be a keeper. Watch: READ FULL STORY

Place your bets! Who will Ricky Gervais skewer the worst at the Golden Globes?

How does one place bets on Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais, a man whose motto when it comes to torturing Hollywood (and Karl Pilkington) is “All bets are off”? You call in the pros, apparently. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has Russell Brand and Katy Perry as the odds-on favorite to feel Gervais’ wrath on Sunday night. The Arthur star, who recently split from Perry, his wife of 15 months, apparently has 5:1 odds of being the initial target from his fellow funny Brit.

It’s also predicted that Gervais will take aim at targets like Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Tom Cruise (who many speculated was at the butt of Gervais’ Scientology joke during the 2011 ceremony), and Charlie Sheen. (“Welcome to a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or as Charlie Sheen calls it: breakfast,” he cracked last year.) But, before you fly off to Las Vegas to put down all of your money on those celebs who will soon likely wish they’d kept quieter over the past year, here’s some others dark horses to consider. READ FULL STORY

David Beckham staying in Los Angeles, obviously to launch action star career

Rest easy, American soccer fans, wherever you are. According to People, soccer superstar David Beckham has turned down an offer to join Paris Saint-Germain’s club, and will remain playing stateside for the Los Angeles Galaxy past the end of his five-year contract with the team, which concluded Dec. 31. It seems Beckham did not want to uproot his family — wife Victoria Beckham had the couple’s fourth child last summer — but we all know the real reason he’s staying put in Hollywood: To launch a new career as an action star.


'AbFab' is coming back. What trouble do we want to see Patsy and Edina getting into now?


Absolutely Fabulous, the British cult hit of the ’90s that makes the Mad Men crew look like a bunch of light drinkers, is coming back for three new episodes for the show’s 20th anniversary airing on BBC America in January. What antics are you most looking forward to seeing Patsy and Edina get into?  Can the (now 60-something) ladies still pull off passing for twentysomethings? Has their drink of choice (and drug of choice) changed in the past 20 years, or even the past six, when we last saw the drunken duo on air?

I’m most interested to see what’s happening with Saffron, Edina’s daughter, who is always taking the brunt of the abuse and gets stuck cleaning up after her mom and Patsy. But now that she’s well into her 30s, will Saffron take it anymore? In a clip on BBC America, it looks like Patsy and Edina are shifting their mean-spirited ways to younger targets — in this case an intern at Patsy’s fashion magazine who takes some heat for lunching with designer Karl Lagerfeld.

In an interview with New York magazine, show creator Jennifer Saunders said she’d love to do an Ab Fab movie, and she noted that in the new episodes Edina is still doing her best to stay relevant: “Eddy still forces herself to listen to a rap record.”

So, PopWatchers, do you think Eddy’s choice in music will be more Jay-Z or Snoop? What would you want to see Edina and Patsy get up to these days? How far do you think the pair have gone to stay young and hip?

Lunchtime Poll: Which 'Love Actually' couple ended up staying together the longest?

Have you ever wondered what happened to all the couples from 2003’s Love Actually? I watch it often enough that I’ve spent way too much time thinking about this. ‘Tis the season to watch Love Actually with your family and have to listen — for the thousandth time — about how much your dad hates that sleazebag secretary Mia for ruining Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson’s marriage!

Let’s think about this for real. David and Natalie (Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon, pictured) made a great couple in that they were so different, but would their relationship crumble in the national spotlight? Uncle Jamie (Colin Firth) and his Portuguese housekeeper-turned-fiancée Aurélia had good chemistry despite that pesky language barrier that prevented them from communicating before their tear-jerking proposal scene. Sometimes things are so transparency. Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Juliet (Keira Knightley) had a pretty good shot — especially if Mark (Andrew Lincoln) never showed up to convert them both into Walking Dead zombies and if she continued to keep him interested by wearing wild and crazy things like white cropped sweaters in late December.

Actor stand-ins John and “Just Judy” probably had the most in common. Little drummer boy Sam and his American sweetheart Joanna were probably destined to fail — but that’s fine, because they were so tiny. Meanwhile, Daniel and Carol (Liam Neeson and Claudia Schiffer) just might beat them all. They’d only just met when the movie ended!

I’ve listed all potential long-term couples below. Vote! READ FULL STORY

Tom Cruise thinks David Beckham could be an action hero. What other jocks belong on the silver screen?

Could David Beckham really be a movie star? His pal, Tom Cruise, thinks so. At a recent premiere of Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, the film’s star was asked if the soccer legend could step into his line of work. “I’d love to do action movies with Beckham,” Cruise said on the red carpet. “He would be great, he could kick ass.”

Of course, Beckham is, in many ways, already bigger than our most famous movie stars. His popularity was so transcendent they titled a whole movie after his extraordinary ability to bend a soccer ball. He’s handsome, he’s stylish, he’s charming. He could be a movie star. In fact, when Beckham joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007, it was assumed that the lure of Hollywood was a major factor in his decision to play in the less-competitive American soccer league. Only 36 years old, he could still easily make the transition to show business as his days on the pitch wind down.

It’s an interesting parlor game: What celebrity athletes have the looks, and more importantly, the aura, to translate fluidly on the silver screen? READ FULL STORY

Celebrity PopWatch Confessional: For a big guy, I cry a lot at the movies

I confess: I find myself getting more and more emotional during particular movies. Sometimes I’ve even hidden tears: from dates, family members, friends. If I’m watching Star Wars with a male friend and he sees a tear running down my cheek when Han Solo returns at the end to help Luke destroy the Death Star, how am I going to live that down? Like that’s not going to be brought up at every possible occasion. Real men don’t get misty eyed at that stuff. I bet John Wayne never welled up watching Gone With the Wind and had to tell his buddies he had something in his eye.

I was warned that I would get emotional during the beginning of Up and I thought, “I’m going to fight it. I’m not going to be manipulated.” I was welling up within 10 minutes. It happened on a date during Toy Story 3. The boy gave up his toys and that got me. We’d only just sat down. I’d heard it was a dark movie and later, when it looks like all the toys are going to be incinerated, I genuinely thought they were going to get it. I was thinking, “I cannot believe what I’m seeing. They are going to kill off these lovable toys in a Disney movie.” I was gob-smacked. I had to lift up my 3-D glasses so I wouldn’t see the tragedy as clearly when it happened. Then when they were saved, I had to put the glasses back on to mask my tears. That’s one good thing about the movies: at least it’s dark in there. READ FULL STORY

Queen and Helen Mirren strip down in different ways to help U.K. economy

File this under: Otherwise Inconsequential News Item That Gains Import Because of Barely Tangentially Related News Item

Queen Elizabeth II is feeling the crunch of the British recession. According to ABC News, she and the crown will have to make do with only $50 million of the tax-payers’ money per year — approximately half the family’s take pre-economic downturn. In fact, the royals are renting out St. James palace to corporate bigwigs during next summer’s Olympics to raise funds, and there are even reports that the Queen would welcome some help in paying her high utility bills.

Fortunately, there are loyal subjects who are willing to contribute more than their share during these difficult times. Take Helen Mirren, for example, who won an Oscar for portraying Her Majesty in The Queen. The sexy 66-year-old actress is auctioning off the famous red bikini that reminded so many of the icon’s timeless bodaciousness to raise money for the needy. “It happens to be one of the best bikinis in the world because it fits!,” Mirren told a British morning show. “The minute I bought it I loved it because it’s so hard to find a bikini that fits if you’ve got bosoms like I have.”

Pause. Breathe. Recover.

“I would love it to raise money for an organisation that I support called Age UK,” she continued. “I love the idea of this little flimsy summer thing is going towards helping old people stay warm and comfortable and toasty in the wintertime.”

One queen forced to pinch pennies at Christmas time; the other, baring sharing her god-given gifts in generosity. O. Henry himself would weep!

Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Chris O' Dowd make BAFTA's longlist for Rising Star Award, but who should win? VOTE

While it won’t be quite as intense as what Katniss Everdeen will endure to outlast her competitors in Hunger Games, actress Jennifer Lawrence will have to fight to make it to the final list of nominees for BAFTA’s 2012 Orange Rising Star Award. (That said, awards shows would be a lot more interesting if actors and actresses had to battle, Hunger Games-style, to remain nominees, let alone winners.)

But will the odds be ever in Lawrence’s favor? Granted, the 21-year-old is already an Oscar-nominee and snagged the coveted role of the aforementioned Katniss, but the long list for BAFTA’s 2012 Orange Rising Star Award includes the equally impressive likes of ubiquitous Tree of Life star Jessica Chastain, Sundance darling Felicity Jones of Like Crazy, and Bridesmaids heartthrob Chris O’Dowd, who pulled off the unlikely feat of winning the girl in a movie co-starring Jon Hamm. READ FULL STORY

Poll: Is it quite time to give thanks for awkward 'X Factor' host Steve Jones? [Pause.] Thanksgiving.

A lot of people seem to dislike this uncomfortable-looking attractive man — whom I’ve been calling Stevecrest — because he’s exceedingly abrupt as he tries and fails to ring around the circus that is the U.S. version of The X Factor. But you guys! I can’t help it. I am beginning to love Steve Jones.

This is a man so endearingly bumbling that he has called 15-year-old Astro “a nice man,” (without sarcasm, but it was a few weeks ago) and Howie Mandel a “top man,” (with just a bit of sarcasm, I believe). One time, after musical guest Rihanna had succeeded in slowly backing away from Steve and finally escaping, he called after her, “You glorious, glorious lady!”

I love that everything he has to come up with on the fly is just so…off. On Tuesday night, faced with the task of getting the judges to stop bickering about Drew, he bellowed, “THIS HAS TO STOP RIGHT NOW, PLEASE.” [Pause.] “THANKSGIVING.” And he bellows EVERYTHING.

As EW.com reader Josh put it, “He’s like a male, Welsh Samantha Harris.” Admittedly, this isn’t the most ringing endorsement I’ve ever read, but I look at it like this: Steve Jones is the only person on The X Factor who consistently makes me giggle. That’s definitely something. (Try harder, Simon Cowell! P.S. I don’t believe anything you ever say.)

If you need a much more convincing reason to give thanks for Steve Jones that might really nail it on the head…. READ FULL STORY

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