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PopWatch Confessional: Your best entertainment-related gift

It’s beginning to look a lot like gift-mas around EW’s headquarters—which is why we decided to devote this week’s PopWatch Confessional to the real reason for the season (read: presents). The question posed to our staffers: What’s the best pop culture-related gift you’ve ever received?

Molly Smith, editorial assistant: My friend is an artist, and one of our favorite movies is Step Brothers. She painted me a portrait of the Step Brothers cover, but replaced Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly with James Blunt and Clay Aiken, artists we poke fun at occasionally. (The painting is pictured above.) It’s certainly a conversation starter! READ FULL STORY

A 'New Year's Eve'-esque Hanukkah movie, starring Natalie Portman and Drake? EW can see it now...

Valentine’s DayNew Year’s Eve. Christmas, via Love Actually. Plenty of cold-weather holidays have inspired lighthearted ensemble rom-coms featuring intertwining stories and scads of celebrities. So why not the Jewish Festival of Lights?

That’s where we come in. This year, EW decided to celebrate Hanukkah (which begins tonight at sundown) by imagining our ideal Hanukkah movie—starring a boatload of Jewish celebrities (appearing under their real names!) and directed, of course, by Garry Marshall.

Click below to see our movie’s im-poster, designed as always by Jef Castro—and to learn which boldface names Hillary Busis and Esther Zuckerman decided to pair up in the film. P.S. Mandy Patinkin cameos as the spirit of Judah Maccabee. You’re welcome.

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Your guide to this weekend's holiday TV movies

The season of holiday TV movies continues. Here are some options for the weekend of Dec. 12.

Holiday in Handcuffs (Friday, Dec. 12 at midnight ET, ABC Family): This 2007 favorite still holds up. Melissa Joan Hart stars as a struggling artist-waitress whose boyfriend breaks up with her before the holidays. Naturally, she kidnaps a customer (Mario Lopez) and takes him to her family’s remote-but-luxury cabin so she doesn’t disappoint her parents.

Let it Snow (Friday, Dec. 12 at midnight ET, Hallmark): Hallmark’s heavy hitter Candace Cameron-Bure stars as a driven executive out to impress her father (Alan Thicke) by heading to Maine to prepare a proposal on a family-owned lodge he wants to buy and seriously renovate. Repeats at 10 a.m. Saturday. READ FULL STORY

Your guide to holiday TV movies airing Thanksgiving weekend

Now that Thanksgiving’s come and gone, fans of holiday TV movies no longer have to hide their DVR recording lists in shame. With Hallmark showing these flicks 24/7 during its Countdown to Christmas (check its full schedule here), and Lifetime in the mood most hours this weekend, may we offer a few suggestions? (Note: ABC Family doesn’t start its 25 Days of Christmas until Monday, Dec. 1, obviously.) READ FULL STORY

Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with these TV marathons

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Thanksgiving weekend is a marathon of excess—excessive eating, excessive amounts of awkward family members, and excessive amounts of your favorite movies and television shows.

While streaming services have made it easier than ever to create your own marathons of beloved films and shows, plenty of TV networks are continuing the long tradition of programming long stretches of classic TV shows and film franchises throughout the Thanksgiving weekend.

Here are some of the best excuses to keep the TV tuned to a single channel throughout the holiday weekend.

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Your guide to this weekend's holiday TV movies

Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas kicked off Halloween night—you read that right—and the network is holiday movies 24/7 this weekend. Lifetime is also ringing in the season early. (ABC Family, meanwhile, has to wait for Dec. 1 before it starts its 25 Days of Christmas.) May we recommend:

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Counting down the 10 darkest holiday movies, in honor of 'The Santa Clause'

The Santa Clause is 20 years old today—and while the series spawned a trilogy of family-friendly holiday films, we can’t forget the franchise’s dark origins. Tim Allen’s Scott Calvin becomes Santa Claus by accidentally causing the original St. Nick to fall to his doom. Sure, the film pushes a “seeing is believing” message and includes plenty of warm and fuzzy holiday cheer—but it still starts off with the death of Santa Claus.

The Santa Clause isn’t the only movie to put a dark spin on the holiday season; there’s a long and storied cinematic history of strange, bleak, and darkly hilarious Christmas stories. Here are 10 of the most notable:

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Watch the holiday season's most adorable commercial, starring a penguin

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November’s just begun, but there may already be a winner for best holiday commercial.

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Memorial Day TV marathons: Keep up with the Kardashians and 'Say Yes to the Dress'

Forget barbecues — the real way to celebrate Memorial Day is to watch a lot of TV. And by a lot, we mean three straight days of it.

To help you sort out which channel you should stay on — Keeping Up with the Kardashians or CatfishLaw & Order or Being Mary Jane? Big decisions! — we’ve compiled some of the best marathons airing May 24, 25, and 26. Check out our picks below:

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New Year's Resolutions inspired by Beyonce's 'Visual Album'

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What do you want from me? I’m a slow study, plus I’ve been busy eating all the meat in the Midwest and napping. Well, NO MORE! It’s taken a whopping 17 days, but the power and glory of the almighty Beyoncé’s Visual Album has officially crept into the contours of my brain like one of her intricately gilded thongs. Thanks to my new mentor, I am emboldened towards and horny for 2014 a whole two days early, armed with the following new set of standards:

Just say no to spray tans!
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Finally learn how to surf.
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