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Tupac, Marilyn Monroe live on in Dutch beer ad -- VIDEO

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The world may have lost Tupac Shakur, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, and Bruce Lee years ago — but Dutch beer company Bavaria isn’t ready to let them go.

In Bavaria’s latest commercial for a fruit-flavored beer, the six deceased stars — aged but still wearing their signature outfits, including a white dress for Monroe and rose-tinted glasses for Lennon — lounge around on a remote island drinking beer and hiding from passing ships.

Not sure how seeing Elvis drinking a lemon-flavored beer is going to make us want to go out and buy a 6-pack — but hey, maybe the conspiracy theorists will be into it. Watch the commercial below:

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'Silent Night': You choose the best version, in our Twelve Days of Christmas Classics -- POLL

The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. (We’ve already covered “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Let It Snow!,” “The Little Drummer Boy,” “O Holy Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”) If your favorite singer isn’t in the list below, you better not pout: Each artist will only appear once throughout the 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.

“Silent Night” has been around since 1818 (in its original German, at least), and one of our favorite versions was recorded just this year. (Are there any other early 19th-century jams on the charts today?)

Listen to our top six and vote in heavenly peace below for your favorite:
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Elizabeth Taylor beats Michael Jackson for title of highest-earning dead celebrity

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Screen goddess Elizabeth Taylor surpassed Michael Jackson this year on Forbes‘ list of the highest-earning dead celebrities. The actress, who suffered heart failure last March, earned a whopping $210 million; $45 more than the highest paid living celeb, Oprah Winfrey.

A chunk of that change — $184 million — came from Taylor’s record-breaking Christie’s auction, which sold off her fine jewelry, costumes, and art work. Her estate also profited from her White Diamonds perfume sales as well as residuals from her films. READ FULL STORY

Elvis' dirty underwear up for auction

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I’m not sure if this is what “the King” was referring to when he wrote ”Pieces of My Life,” but you can buy a pair of his stained underwear at an auction in England next month. Well, at least we finally know that he preferred briefs over boxers.

The dirty, dust blue drawers, which Presley wore underneath one of his famous white jumpsuits during a 1977 performance, are expected to fetch up to $15,800, according to the BBC.

The other items on the Elvis pop memorabilia auction block are more sanitary and sentimental: The music legend’s Bible, complete with handwritten notes, and 16mm home movie footage shot by Priscilla Presley. Omega Auctions will stream the auction live on Sept. 8.

Presley died 35 years ago this month, on Aug. 16, 1977.

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Newark mayor responds to high cost of Whitney Houston funeral. But what is the price of mourning?

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Whitney Houston’s death continues to generate headaches for New Jersey’s leading politicans. First, Governor Chris Christie was criticized for lowering the flags at state government buildings to half-staff to honor the late singer. Now, some Newark residents are unhappy that Whitney Houston’s February funeral cost the city more than $187,000 in police overtime. The figure equals roughly 5 percent of Newark’s annual police overtime budget ($4 million), reports CBS New York.

EW reached out to Newark mayor Cory Booker’s office, who said, though no formal complaint has been lodged, it’s incumbent upon him to exercise caution at such ceremonies. “As with any major event, and Ms. Houston’s funeral was an international event, our police department’s priority is to keep both citizens and visitors alike safe when they come to our city,” said Booker’s communication director Anne Torres.

Democratic councilwoman Mildred Crump agreed, telling CBS, “I was able to be witness to the thousands upon thousands of people who were desperate to attend [Houston's] service but held back by barriers and officers of the law. If they had not been there someone may have been trampled, seriously hurt.”

Indeed, for such a large-scale event as Houston’s funeral, the costs (beyond what the celebrity’s estate covers*) quickly move from intangible — crowd control, safety, security — to tangible, life-threatening even. It’s hardly the first time a departed celebrity has cost a city some cash. READ FULL STORY

Beyond rich: 'Forbes' names top earners from the afterlife

They say you can’t take it with you, but some leave a lot more behind than others. Forbes unveiled its list of “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities” today, and it came down to two Kings. Once again, King of Pop Michael Jackson took the top spot, earning a massive $170 million this year even as the circumstances of his 2009 death are still examined in court.

In fact, Jackson’s posthumous income made him 2011’s second-highest earning act (dead or alive) after U2. Jackson blew away his closest deceased competitor, King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley (whose $55 million was buoyed by Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis) by more than $100 million, thanks to his publishing company Mijac Music. Who else made the list? Read more after the jump. READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: Elvis lives...on Broadway

million_dollar_quartetImage Credit: Joan MarcusWe’re heading into the final stretch before the April 30 cut-off for Tony Award eligibility, but this week’s only opening is the jukebox musical Million Dollar Quartet, based on a real-life jam session in 1956 with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. EW’s Clark Collis gives the show a B-, noting, “One can’t help wondering if the City of Sin would also be a better venue for this lightweight show.”

Meanwhile, producers announced plans to bring South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s first stage musical, The Book of Mormon, to Broadway next March. Robert Lopez, who co-created Avenue Q, assisted on the duo on the book, music, and lyrics. With the Phantom sequel and the Spider-Man musical already in the works, next season is looking to be very interesting indeed.

If you’re looking for some live theater, check out the EW.com Stage hub for up-to-date news and reviews; or consult this handy guide, which includes links to all of our stage reviews of current shows. (Note: The reviews are typically of performances with the show’s original cast.)

BROADWAY

The Addams Family — Musical; opens 4/8/2010; EW grade: B

American Idiot — Musical; opens 4/20/2010

A Behanding in Spokane — Comedy starring Christopher Walken; opened 3/4/10; EW grade: B+

Billy Elliot — Musical; opened 11/13/08; EW grade: B+

La Cage aux Folles — Musical Revival starring Kelsey Grammer; opens 4/18/10

Chicago — Musical Revival; opened 11/14/1996; EW grade: A+

Collected Stories – Drama Revival starring Linda Lavin; opens 4/28/10 READ FULL STORY

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