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What pop culture we're thankful for this Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for Downton Abbey‘s imminent return to television in the States. Yes, Jan. 6 is still a few weeks away, but I can’t wait to see whether Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Mary (Michelle Dockery) actually walk down the aisle — they really need to, I couldn’t take another breakup — and what brand of American sass Shirley MacLaine brings with her across the pond. Plus, on a more sappy note, the series spawned a regular Sunday night Masterpiece viewing/wine-drinking party with a group of friends that is priceless to me.

I’ve also polled my EW colleagues to ask what they are most grateful for pop culture wise this turkey day. See what they said below!


'Cloud Atlas': The biggest changes from the book to the movie

David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas seemed unfilmable for many reasons. That’s partially because of its unique structure, telling six different stories set in radically different settings and featuring characters who are only tangentially related by the book’s barely-explained themes. But Cloud Atlas is also a book about books. Mitchell writes each story in radically different styles — mystery-thriller, dystopian sci-fi, fantasy patois — and the focal characters have a curious habit of perusing the book’s other stories, creating a linked chain of readership which only really makes sense in book form.

So whatever you think about the film version of Cloud Atlas, it’s impressive that Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski adapted the book into a film which A) actually makes a certain amount of sense, and B) is not ten hours long.


Tom Hanks teaches the children and Stephen Colbert how to have a happy Hanks-o-ween

When you’re Tom Hanks, you really don’t have to promote your own movies. You’re Tom Hanks! So when the two-time Oscar winner just randomly visited Stephen Colbert, he came to help the children. “I’m not here to talk about me or my movies… or my legacy as a living legend,” he told Colbert during a special segment titled, “Stephen Ghoulbert’s Spooky Time Halloween Fun Guide.” “I’m here for the kids, with some great inexpensive costumes that will make for a great spooktacular Halloween.”

Well, actually, some of Hanks’ costume suggestions seemed oddly familiar — a cowboy, an astronaut, a hairy Fed Ex employee — and Colbert called him out on his “cynical manipulation of innocent children to plug your movies.”

Plug, plug away, Mr. Hanks. Watch the clip below until the very end, or you’ll miss a very special guest — who would rather be drunk, in a movie theater, heckling Argo. READ FULL STORY

Dig it: Tom Hanks performs slam poem about 'Full House' -- VIDEO

Theory: Tom Hanks’ new mustache is actually an alien parasite, and it’s been controlling the Oscar winner’s brain since it settled above his upper lip sometime in September. Luckily, the ‘stache has an awesome sense of humor — which explains why Hanks has been so fun lately.

Judging by Hanks’ appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon yesterday, the farcical facial hair shows no signs of toning down the silliness. ‘Stache prompted the Cloud Atlas star to share some Full House-inspired slam poetry with Fallon’s audience. Each character’s catchphrase makes an appearance, as do The Beach Boys. And for some reason, part of it is performed in Hanks’ best Bane voice. Want to watch? You got it, dude:


PopWatch Planner: Baseball, 'Happy Endings,' 'Cloud Atlas' and more


A Taylor Swift album, the premiere of Happy Endings, the beginning of the World Series and the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas all in the same week? How did we get so lucky? Find out what else is happening in our pop culture round up below!


Tom Hanks drops an F-bomb on 'Good Morning America'

Tom Hanks may be the coolest celebrity on the planet, so we’ll forgive him for swearing openly on national television.

Good Morning America host Elizabeth Vargas asked Hanks to demonstrate the voice of one of his characters from the upcoming Cloud Atlas. Hanks obliged — with the warning that “it’s mostly swear words — and proceeded to drop a guttural F-bomb.

The inadvertent gaffe caught both Vargas and Hanks by surprise, but Hanks gamely played it off by apologizing and suggesting that future interviews will run with a 7-second delay. A-list nonchalance and genuine contrition? Yep, he’s still awesome.

UPDATE: The Parents Television Council might not agree, and has criticized Good Morning America for airing the unedited segment. “Once again, a morning news show has allowed the harshest profanity to be broadcast into every living room and breakfast table in the country.  This is just another in a long, sad string of similar instances where all of the major network morning shows have permitted this inappropriate and offensive content. These cannot and must not be dismissed as ‘mistakes,’ and it’s time for the networks to step up, take responsibility for what they broadcast, and ensure that this never happens again,” PTC Director of Public Policy Dan Isett said in a statement.


Entertainment Geekly looks at 'The Hobbit,' 'Cloud Atlas,' and the other geeky fall movies


In the next few months, some of the great icons in film history will return to big screens across the country. James Bond. Gandalf the Grey. Quentin Tarantino. Paul Thomas Anderson. Bruce Willis. And whoever Milla Jovovich plays in the Resident Evil movies. On this week’s podcast, Jeff Jensen and I take a week-to-week look at the upcoming movies. Spoiler alert: We’re excited for Looper. Double spoiler alert: We are somewhat less excited about Twilight 4.2. Triple spoiler alert: We talk about Speed Racer. READ FULL STORY

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