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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

POLL: Is Gary Oldman due to finally join Oscars' First-Timers' Club?

Nothing makes me happier on the morning of the Oscar nominations announcement than hearing the name of a deserving actor who finally gets his due. Last year, my heart swelled for Christian Bale and Mark Ruffalo, two unique actors whose eclectic work in the past decade had been inexplicably neglected by the Academy. Now, as we head into awards season, it’s time to examine who has the best chance to join the First Timer’s Club. Last year, Bale and Ruffalo were two of seven first-timers (James Franco, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, and Jesse Eisenberg) so there’s room for more than one, obviously. But clearly, some have waited longer than others, beginning with Gary Oldman. His role as a sly spy master in the John le Carré classic Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is being heralded as his sure-thing performance after years of being overlooked despite delivering memorable characters in Sid and Nancy, Prick Up Your Ears, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, and The Contender. Is it his time? Or might his Harry Potter colleague, Alan Rickman, finally get some credit for his excellent work as Severus Snape in the Deathly Hallows — Part II?

The two Brits aren’t alone. There are several performers who’ve yet to be recognized by Oscar — at various stages of overdue-ness — who might contend this year. Vote below on who you hope to hear announced on Jan. 24. READ FULL STORY

On the Scene: Daniel Radcliffe, David Yates, and David Heyman talk 'Harry Potter'

It wasn’t quite an actual trip to Hogwarts, but it was an enchanting evening nonetheless for 50 or so lucky Harry Potter fans last night in NYC, who got to go to a special screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 in 3-D, which was followed by an occurrence rarer than finding a horcrux: A 30-minute Q&A (moderated by EW’s own Jess Cagle!) with Daniel Radcliffe, director David Yates, and producer David Heyman — and yes, the Potterphile in me was totally freaking out.

After the movie screening — which was awesome, but you knew that already — the anticipation for Radcliffe and Co., was building and, in one of the most surreal moments I’ve ever experienced, as soon as the epilogue ended and the credits rolled, the lights came up and walking down beside me onto the stage was Harry Potter himself. Seeing “Harry Potter” immediately after seeing Harry Potter was jolting. Try telling me all this magic stuff is not real now, friends haters. READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe goes backstage with Alan Rickman -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

There was a Hogwarts reunion at Broadway’s Golden Theatre on Nov. 7 when Daniel Radcliffe nipped backstage to congratulate former Harry Potter co-star Rickman on his Main Stem return in Seminar. The actors, who were all smiles in Rickman’s dressing room after the show, are both currently gracing the Great White Way — at least until Radcliffe bows out of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Jan. 1.

Radcliffe picked a good date to visit. Thursday evening’s performance of Seminar — the show’s first press night before its Nov. 20 opening — was canceled at the very last minute because Rickman was suffering from an acute respiratory infection. (It’s the first time in the actor’s storied career that he’s ever missed a stage performance.) In Seminar, the 65-year-old star plays a cantankerous literary genius hosting a private seminar for four aspiring novelists in the play and obviously does a lot of talking (as well as spitting out choice insults). A rep for the show tells EW that “we expect to resume performances tonight!”

Read more:
Alan Rickman in ‘Seminar’ — EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK
Alan Rickman returns to Broadway for ‘Seminar’ — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Darren Criss to replace Daniel Radcliffe in ‘How To Succeed’

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