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Best Picture: No 'Bridesmaids' or 'Harry Potter'?! Which film should have been the 10th nominee?

Always a bridesmaid. While it would be unfair, and quite frankly untrue, to say that Bridesmaids got ignored by the Academy (Melissa McCarthy‘s hilarious, star-making performance earned her a deserving Best Supporting Actress nod, while Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo landed rightfully among the Best Original Screenplay nominees for their relatable, infinitely quotable smash comedy), there’s still one big rejection hanging over the film’s head: A Best Picture nomination for the 84th Academy Awards.

Because of the Oscars’ new rule, anywhere between 5 and 10 films could have filled the Best Picture slots. (A movie could only get a nomination if it secured a minimum 5 percent of first-place votes.) This year’s Best Picture race has nine nominees in total, and, unfortunately, the comedy — which will likely be heralded as this year’s Dark Knight, the hit tossed aside for the likes of The Reader and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close — just missed its shot. But that’s just my opinion. Which film do you think deserved the 10th spot on the Best Picture list? READ FULL STORY

Ralph Fiennes reads Voldemort erotic fan fiction -- VIDEO

Forever ensuring you’ll never think of Harry Potter the same way again, the always-classy Ralph Fiennes indulged Andy Cohen, Watch What Happens Live viewers, and Voldemort fetishists with a reading from a piece of erotic fan fiction during his visit to the Bravo talk show on Thursday night. Being the ultimate good sport, the Oscar-nominated actor (who couldn’t help but laugh at the absurdity of a porn parody title, Harry Squatter and the Sorcerer’s Bone) got back into character and had He Who Shall Not Be Named mention acts with Harry Potter that shall not be mentioned.

Watch the fairly NSFW clip here. (Be warned though, if your fantasy happens to include Cohen, Fiennes, and Holly Hunter, all in their pajamas, this may just send you over the edge. No judgment.)

Read more:
Ralph Fiennes Tackles The Bard from Behind the Camera
‘Harry Potter': Memories From the Stars
EW’s ‘Harry Potter’ Central

'Saturday Night Live' recap: Daniel Radcliffe gave it his all; Lana Del Rey felt the wrath of the Internet

“I tried, and therefore, no one should criticize me.” That was one of the lines uttered by Daniel Radcliffe‘s hopelessly ambitious character Brad during the people-with-no-self-awareness sketch “You Can Do Anything.” Still, the sentiment certainly applies to Radcliffe’s effort as a first-time Saturday Night Live host. While the show itself was certainly worthy of criticism (as was musical guest Lana Del Rey, but more on that in a bit) it’s hard to rag on The Woman in Black star, who gave it his all in spite of working with some rather subpar material. Read on for the sketch-by-sketch rundown of last night’s disappointing episode.

Last night’s SNL kicked off with a tepid cold open featuring a flat Jason Sudeikis as an even flatter Mitt Romney, which lamely addressed his troublesome firing comment. (Wouldn’t a meeting with fire-happy Donald Trump have been better here?) Things picked up once an enthusiastic Radcliffe hit the stage for his spirited opening monologue in which he shared with the audience his trepidations about doing a Harry Potter sketch. (Don’t worry, it still happened.) Radcliffe earned some solid laughs, but it was Taran Killam who stole the whole thing (something the rising star seems to be doing more and more of each week) with his version of a displeased Dumbledore. Watch as Snooki and “The Situation” drop in for a visit during the monologue, too:


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Daniel Radcliffe hosts tonight's 'SNL': Will there be a bit of magic in the air? Talk about the episode here!

Earlier this week Daniel Radcliffe told EW that, thanks in part to his recent stint on Broadway, he’s as ready as he’ll ever be to take on his first-time Saturday Night Live hosting duties. Well Daniel, we’re ready to watch you. (Well us, and a few of those Harry Potter fans we keep hearing so much about.)
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Daniel Radcliffe's charming and funny (natch) 'Saturday Night Live' promo: Watch it here!

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Daniel Radcliffe didn’t have to go far for his latest gig. The Harry Potter star moved from his recent stint on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying just a few blocks east to Rockefeller Center to host this weekend’s brand new Saturday Night Live. So how will the busy actor fare as a first-time host? Judging from the hilarious promo video in which the always-game Radcliffe explains to SNL cast member Jason Sudeikis what the Harry Potter series was really about (not “sex wizards”) and gives his best American accent (“Chill broseph, I like Mountain Dew and big butts!” Nailed it.) he might be a keeper. Watch: READ FULL STORY

'Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' named best-reviewed film of the year by Rotten Tomatoes

Today, Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsPart 2 added another accolade to its growing haul. Rotten Tomatoes gave Potter its coveted Golden Tomato Award, which goes to the film that scores the highest critical approval of the year. Potter topped the list with a 96 percent “fresh” rating. Add that to the recent news that the year’s highest-grossing film also made the cut for the Academy’s Visual Effects category short list and it was a pretty good year for Harry and the Hogwarts crew.

When EW spoke with Tomatoes’ editor-in-chief Matt Atchity back in October, he had no doubts Deathly Hallows, which took in $1.3 billion globally. Today, he noted that it was the first of the franchise to win the wide-release prize (several others have won the Golden Tomato for best sci-fi release) But who else made the list? READ FULL STORY

No surprise: All of Forbes' top-earning onscreen couples are from franchises, except...

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Move over, Brad and Angelina. There’s a new Hollywood (or should we say Hogwarts?) power couple in town: Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson). According to Forbes and Box Office Mojo, the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 couple is the highest-earning onscreen duo of the past five years, thanks to the $4.2 billion the past four Harry Potter films earned at the box office. (So why do they look so sad?) READ FULL STORY

This year's pop-culture time capsule: What will be your 2011 keepsakes?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, PopWatchers, is to help me put together a 2011 pop-culture time capsule. It’s been a year of change that swept from the lowest brow (Two and a Half Men) to the highest (the Arab Spring). We saw many great people pass on and many more step into the spotlight. With all this in mind, what cultural relics would you pick to communicate this strange and marvelous year to the future? Check out my picks, then add your own ideas to the mix. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Our Entertainers of the Year!

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Having captivated moviegoers around the world with the last installment of the Harry Potter series, Daniel Radcliffe earned the number one spot on our list of the most talented and original performers who entertained us this year. Rounding out the honor roll? Seventeen more people and groups, from Adele to Hugh Jackman to the cast of Bridesmaids.

But we’re not alone in celebrating these talented people. This year, we asked famous folks to offer their own tributes, such as Sandra Bullock (our 2009 Entertainer of the Year), who extols the bladder-busting virtues of South Park pranksters Matt Stone and Trey Parker. “I went and saw The Book of Mormon on Broadway, and was so offended I peed my pants twice,” writes the Oscar winner. “Maybe three times. I lost count I was so offended.”  READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter' theme park coming to L.A.: Is the phenomenon big enough for two coasts?

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando opened its doors just a year and a half ago, but executives are already planning to build a similar Potter-themed wonderland in Los Angeles. Earlier today, Universal officially announced its intention to bring Potter to Universal Studios Hollywood, while also announcing a planned expansion of the Orlando Potter exhibit. The announcement comes at an interesting moment for the franchise since, for the first time in its history, there are no new books or films on the horizon — which is to say, there are no more real Potter events left to celebrate. The big new Potter product — the interactive game/social media website/potential publishing venture Pottermore — remains trapped in beta.

Potter has been a a lucrative mega-franchise for a long time, and since the planned Hollywood park won’t open for at least three years, it’s worth asking: Is the Potter franchise big enough to support to separate parks? And can a franchise with a fundamental endpoint ever be as big as the Disney theme park global empire? READ FULL STORY

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