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Alex Trebek to cameo on 'How I Met Your Mother' (Cue: Sean Connery mom jokes now)

When it comes to the greatest cameo performances ever made by a game show host, the argument inevitably comes down to two men: Bob Barker and Alex Trebek. The two TV titans are the Ali-Frazier of their field. The Jeopardy! host set the bar high with his 1990 appearance on Cheers, in which Cliff Clavin lost “22,000 big ones” with the Final Jeopardy answer, “Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?” But Barker rallied in 1996, treating Adam Sandler like a hyper SPCA puppy in Happy Gilmore. The price was most definitely right, Bob. (Watch both clips after the jump.)

Just before he retired from The Price is Right in 2007, Barker appeared as himself on How I Met Your Mother when Barney was certain that the Plinko-playing silver fox was his biological father. It’s taken three years, but Trebek is finally prepared to answer his rival. TV Guide has reported that Trebek will guest on the Dec. 13 episode of HIMYM that has A Christmas Carol-type storyline.

This is huge! So much is at stake! I expect nothing but perfection from Trebek, who has never not known the answer to a question in the past 26 years. I know I’ll be watching. And I suspect Battlin’ Bob Barker will be watching, too.

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Microsoft could sell 5 million Kinects by the end of the year

Xbox360S_KinectMicrosoft has officially sold over 1 million Kinects since the device’s release 10 days ago, and the company says that it’s on track to sell 5 million worldwide by the end of the year. For a little perspective, Sony Move sold about 2.5 million units in the U.S. and Europe in 30 days; Apple sold 1 million iPads in the U.S. within a month of its launch. There are around 70 million Wiis out there in the world, but that’s been on shelves (flying off shelves?) for almost four years.

What’s fueling early adoption here? Well, most importantly, Kinect is pretty damn fun. Who doesn’t like to pretend to whitewater raft in his or her own living room? I defy you to find such a stone-souled person. Secondly, though, is that Kinect appeals to and is geared towards the same nontraditional gamers that Wii so effectively targeted. Have you noticed how many kids and women are in the ads for Kinect? That’s not a coincidence. Kinect comes bundled with Kinect Adventures, a family-friendly jump-around game that’s a total blast. That’s also not a coincidence. Giveaways on both Oprah and Ellen? Gee, I wonder who watches those shows! READ FULL STORY

'Wheel of Fortune' contestant makes an impressive solve -- with one letter!

Twenty-seven letters. No ‘R.’ One ‘L.’ Would you be willing to take a stab at solving that Wheel of Fortune puzzle? Probably not. (Especially when people make mistakes like this.) But on Friday, Wheel contestant Caitlin Burke had a particularly good feeling about the puzzle in front of her and decided to solve, much to the shock of host Pat Sajak and the audience. Take a look after the jump.

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Fox's 'Million Dollar Money Drop': It'll suck you in

Kevin-PollackImage Credit: Michael Caulfield/Getty ImagesRemember how you got sucked into Deal or No Deal that time, and your sister’s husband came home and saw you and your sibling sitting nervously on the couch and made fun of you, but then when you told him what was happening, and he sat down, too? Well, prepare to feel that same inescapable pull (for at least one night), when Fox premieres its new game show Million Dollar Money Drop on Dec. 20. (It will air the next three night as well.) This time, the show gives a team of two contestants $1 million upfront and all they have to do to keep it is correctly answer seven multiple-choice questions (and tolerate host Kevin Pollack’s William Shatner impressions). How does it work? According to Fox, “Once the question is revealed, the duo must debate and decide the answer(s) on which they will risk all of their money. Are they confident enough to place all of their money on one answer? Or will the relentless pressure cause them play it safe and spread their money across a few answers?” The network’s sample question:

According to the Lenox Report, which of these is the most popular Thanksgiving side dish?
A. Mashed Potatoes
B. Green Bean Casserole
C. Cranberry Sauce
D. Candied Yams

Is that a trick question? Isn’t cranberry sauce more like a garnish than a side? LET THE BICKERING BEGIN!  READ FULL STORY

Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrara talk possible 'Entourage' movie and 'Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit'

Kevin-DillonImage Credit: Todd Williamson/WireImage.comThe eighth and final season of Entourage won’t be airing until next summer, but you can still get your fix of Turtle, Drama, and expensive cars this holiday season. Kevin Dillon and Jerry Ferrera will appear in a series of commercials for the new racing game, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit that will play off of their Entourage characters’ “frenemies” dynamic. They play a pair of valets at the W Hotel in Hollywood who park expensive cars by day, but race them (in the game) by night.

We caught up with them on the set of the commercial at the W Hotel in Hollywood, where they discussed gaming, the next season, and rumors of an Entourage movie. Check out the commercial, and their comments, after the jump.
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Nike's LeBron James commercial answers the question: Would he rather be liked or feared?

Controversy sells. At least Nike thinks so. Remember how the company took advantage of Tiger Woods’ scandal with an ad that featured the voice of Woods’ dead father? The sporting-goods company has adapted a similar tact with LeBron James, who went from hero to heel overnight after abandoning the Cleveland Cavaliers for the star-studded Miami Heat. In a new commercial, the 25-year-old star repeatedly asks the audience, “What should I do?” while clearly concluding that he’s proudly his own man. He quotes Maya Angelou, hangs with Sonny Crockett, and tweaks his critics, especially former star Charles Barkley, before rhetorically asking, “Should I be who you want me to be?” Take a look: READ FULL STORY

'Hawaii Five-0' Bingo: Play it at home tonight!

Scientists estimate that something ridiculous happens on Hawaii Five-0 roughly every five milliseconds. Every episode features hot chicks, hot dudes, malevolent gangsters, car chases, and shots of the Hawaiian coastline that will make you weep with envy. Daniel Dae Kim rides around on a massive motorcycle, Alex O’Loughlin executes some sort of incredible athletic feat of strength, Scott Caan snarks off, and Grace Park inevitably goes undercover in some sort of skimpy outfit. Lessons are learned. Family values are upheld in the most risqué manner possible.

And now, you can play along at home! Click forward for a look at the Utterly Unofficial Hawaii Five-0 Bingo Board. Be sure to mark it off whenever O’Loughlin shows some skin, Park goes surfing, awesome cars awesomely crash, or a really tasty-looking fish swims across the screen. (The surfing square is a free space, because someone will always be surfing in Hawaii.) You might already be a winner! READ FULL STORY

EW Exclusive: 'Robot Unicorn Attack' goes heavy metal

There’s a new Robot Unicorn Attack in town, and this time, it’s angry. RUA: Heavy Metal will debut for the iPhone later this month, and instead of RUA‘s ebullient Erasure track, it’s set to “Battlefield,” by Blind Guardian. Check out the exclusive trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Myst' movie in the works: Holy '90s flashback!

MYSTThe ’90s classic adventure/puzzle game Myst is poised for a big-screen adaptation, according to Deadline. The film would take its plot structure from the “companion novels” rather than strictly from the game and its sequels, and producer Mark Johnson, whose other credits include the Chronicles of Narnia movies, is on board.

Part of me is rejoicing. I was obsessed with the original game back in the day, and its strange, dementedly dreamy landscape could be mesmerizing as a setting for a film. But part of the thrill of the game was independent discovery — ah! I can make those clock-gears turn! — and the ability replay the game with different endings. (Noooo, I’m trapped in the boooooook.) Can a movie, even one produced by the game’s superfans, really retain that?

Would you see a Myst adaptation, PopWatchers? Or does your ’90s PC gaming nostalgia not carry over?

Previously: EW covered the Myst phenomenon back in 1994.

Clip du jour: 8-bit version of Cee-Lo's 'F-- you'

Cee-Lo’s “F— You” jam is still my favorite song of the summer, but this 8-bit spoof/tribute by Inverse Phase is pretty much the best thing ever. Yes, ever. Come for the Sega jokes, stay for the earworm! I’m pretty sure some portion of this song will be stuck in my head for the rest of my natural life. READ FULL STORY

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