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Jennifer Lopez tops the list of 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' best performances

More than 200 artists have performed on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve since it debuted 40 years ago, and in tonight’s countdown of the Top 40 performances, Jennifer Lopez (and her bedazzled bodysuit) took the crown. See the full list below. Things we learned watching Fergie and Jenny McCarthy host tonight’s live two-hour countdown special: The crowd dancing in the ’80s was so much better than today, Rick Springfield actually pulled off that pink suit (which is, we assume, why his name and “Jessie’s Girl” trended on Twitter), and meeting McCarthy was one loud man’s life dream.  READ FULL STORY

New Year's Eve TV: Chat about it here!

What’s the sound of New Year’s Eve to you? It may be “Auld Lang Syne” for some. For others, it’s Anderson Cooper’s giggle. Get ready to hear it again as he and Kathy Griffin reteam for CNN’s coverage, which goes live at 11 p.m. ET. UPDATE: Check out the best of Kathy and Anderson here.

If you’re staying in for the night, you’ll want to tune into ABC at 8 p.m. ET, for the live New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 40th anniversary countdown of the 40 most memorable performances. That leads into Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest at 10 p.m. ET. The New York City lineup includes Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber (who’ll collaborate with Carlos Santana), Pitbull, and Hot Chelle Rae. The Los Angeles party will feature The Band Perry, blink-182, Florence + The Machine, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO, OneRepublic, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz, will.i.am, and Robin Thicke. We’ll also see a special performance by Beyoncé from the London leg of her worldwide tour. UPDATE: Watch Justin Bieber sings ‘Let It Be’ here. Watch Lady Gaga’s medley performance here. See the list of ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ best performances here. READ FULL STORY

POLL: Which New Year's Eve bash will you be tuning in for?

Much like the other anxiety-causing questions that hang heavy over your head on New Year’s Eve (“When should I leave this party?” “What will my resolution be?” “Who should I kiss at midnight?” “Why did I kiss that person at midnight?!”) “Which televised New Year’s Eve bash should I watch?” looms just as tauntingly over the holiday. Unfortunately the networks aren’t going to make your decision much easier this year, as there’s a plethora of specials to tune into to watch that blasted ball drop.

You’ll have to choose your allegiances to Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, as he’ll be ringing in 2012 on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, along with the likes of Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Hot Chelle Rae, The Band Perry, blink-182, Christina Perri, Florence + The Machine, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO, OneRepublic, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz, and will.i.am; while she’ll be on MTV for their New Year’s Eve Bash with Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo, Mac Miller, and J. Cole. (Then again, you might have to take into consideration that Bieber’s New Years won’t really count, on account of his being Canadian and all.) READ FULL STORY

What was your best pop cultured-filled New Year's Eve?

I’ve never been the kind of person to go out on New Year’s Eve. I prefer to invite friends over or stay in at their place. I think my favorite New Year’s Eve was 2002, when two friends and I agreed to each bring one movie we loved but the other two hadn’t seen and force them to watch it. My friend Eva brought Robert Altman’s Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, my friend Judy, if I’m remembering correctly brought Barry Levinson’s Diner, and I had Trey Parker’s Orgazmo. (Being the host, I took the liberty of also making them watch the bloopers from BASEketball.) I wish that was a tradition we continued. We also broke out the karaoke machine my parents had gotten me for Christmas.

What’s been your favorite pop culture-filled New Year’s Eve? Do you have a tradition worth stealing? Go!

Last-minute donations: where the stars are giving this season

We know everyone gets tired of hearing celebs promote one cause or another, but come on, this time of year it’s for the kids! Education and charities that promote children’s causes are at the top of many stars’ wish lists this year. If you’re anything like me, you’ve waited until the last minute to write those tax-deductible checks, so here are some worthy foundations that just happen to have some do-gooder friends in high places, plus a few celebs who are donating their wares to some great organizations. Like I said, it’s for the kids!!

Pencils of Promise: Pencils of Promise’s mission is to build schools around the world. So far, the organization has completed over 30 new buildings in the developing world. To raise funds this season, they are holding an auction of artwork from celebrities including Hugh Jackman, Jaden Smith, and Mariah Carey.

Actress Sophia Bush has volunteered in Laos with the organization, and told EW, “I’m thrilled by the commitments each village makes before construction begins, as it creates pride in the school with community investment.” READ FULL STORY

PopWatch PSA: What to watch with relatives over the holidays

As the holiday season comes to a close, you may still be visiting relatives and wondering how you can fill the time between meals. If you’re not sneaking off for a self-marathon of TV on DVD (or Netflix or iTunes), you may be looking for suggestions for movies that will please multiple generations (or just not embarrass you like, say, taking your parents to see Shame). We, and your fellow PopWatchers, are here to help. I’ll list some of my suggestions, you list some of yours. Here are movies or recent DVDs to watch if you’re with:

• A mother who’s told you she would like to see Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp star in a film together: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Yes, this is Downey and Jude Law, but if your mother wants to see Downey team up with Depp, what she really appreciates is a fun, eccentric take on a character, and Holmes’ many costumes in this sequel will delight her. This film has also proven a hit with dads (or, at least with my colleague Adam Vary’s).  READ FULL STORY

'New Year's Eve': Dick Clark looks back after 40 years of 'Rockin' an ABC tradition

This year’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest (10 p.m. ET, ABC) will mark the 40th anniversary of the iconic holiday show from host and executive producer Dick Clark. Cohosts Clark and Seacrest will be joined by Lady Gaga, Pitbull, Hot Chelle Rae, the Band Perry, blink-182, Christina Perri, Florence + the Machine, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO, OneRepublic, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz, and will.i.am. Whew!

In Friday’s issue of EW, Clark runs down some of his favorite New Year’s Rockin’ Eve memories — like the time his camera crew was, unbeknownst to him, “being entertained by an office full of naked celebrants” in a building high atop Times Square. “When we started in 1972, I was perched on top of a Times Square building accompanied by my wife and a lone cameraman,” Clark writes. It’s certainly grown since then. Look for more from Clark in the new issue of EW, on stands Friday Dec. 30.

Now tune your clock to “ABC Time” and let’s relive a few choice NYRE moments….


'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo': Lots of hype, but weak box office. What gives?


I thought seeing The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on Christmas Day, on the West side of Los Angeles (home to many holiday movie enthusiasts), would be similar to my previous holiday movie-going experiences. I thought it would be like the time I tried to see Avatar (sold out) or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (sold out) and ended up in the theater for some unmemorable indie flick of the moment. But no: This year, I was able to get tickets to the much-anticipated David Fincher adaptation. And, as it turns out, there were plenty more available.

According to box office reports, the film came in fourth this weekend, behind MI:4, Sherlock Holmes and (ouch!) Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked — a movie that EW.com reviewer Adam Markovitz called “nothing more than a cynical stab at grabbing kids’ attention.” So with all the rave reviews and the buzz behind Tattoo, why didn’t more people see it this weekend? READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What's the most ridiculous gift you received for Christmas this year?


Aside from the off-chance you received a gift as (intentionally) awful as the ones these poor kids did on account of one unseasonably cruel Jimmy Kimmel, there was bound to be at least one ridiculous present that wound up under your tree this year. (Unless, of course, you somehow know perfect gift-giver Leslie Knope.) READ FULL STORY

Kid rock star Dan Zanes on his favorite Christmas music

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Chances are if you’re a kid or have a kid or know a kid, you love Dan Zanes. And quite possibly,  if you’re reading this right now, you’re hanging out on Christmas Day trying to figure out what kind of holiday music to listen to that’s not on a lame loop at your local mall’s Crate and Barrel. Well, Dan Zanes can help. And considering he just released a new album of holiday music,  Christmas in Concord, the Grammy-winning musician knows what he’s talking about. “There’s a lot out there because it used to be part of the deal when you were a singer,” says Zanes. “I really like Christmas music. And a lot of them are really good songs, but they just don’t sound the same in July.” Here’s his advice on how to capitalize on your one day when you can justify morning-until-night Christmas songs:

1. “My favorite Christmas record is the Bob Dylan Christmas record [Christmas in the Heart]. I think it’s incredible. I think his singing is so good, the arrangements are so great. It’s a real celebration of Christmas and that’s part of why I decided to make Christmas music. I was inspired by the fresh sound.”

2. “Joan Osborne’s [Christmas Means Love] is really nice if you want a contemporary record. But I like it because she’s keeping tradition alive.”

3. “The Christmas music that came out of Memphis, in the ’60s when the R&B people did it, I love. Aretha Franklin did some really nice stuff.”

4. “You could check out the Louvin Brothers, who were precursors to the Everly Brothers.”

5. “It hasn’t happened yet, but the person I would really like to hear do a Christmas record would be Asa. I think she could do a really nice one.”

What do you say PopWatchers? Do you agree with Dan Zanes’ picks? What are your favorite songs to listen to today?

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