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'Phantom Menace' will eclipse 'Dark Knight' grosses -- Is Top 10 quality going down like the 'Titanic'?

News broke today that Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace, thanks to its recent 3-D re-release, is on track to surpass 2008’s The Dark Knight in box office grosses. This infusion of money will make Phantom Menace the 10th highest-grossing film of all time. Many would argue that Christopher Nolan’s twisty Batman Begins sequel is far superior to George Lucas’ uncontrollable exercise in CGI, and it got us thinking: Are the newest crop of movies to join the top 10 (six since Avatar kick-started a box office frenzy in 2009) demonstrably worse than their chart-mates? Well… yes and no. See the new top 10 list below. READ FULL STORY

Today is John Williams’ 80th birthday. What’s your favorite iconic film score of his?

Yesterday we celebrated the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birthday, but today we celebrate a legend who is actually still alive. John Williams, the Academy Award-winning conductor and composer of some of the most famous film scores in cinema history, celebrates his 80th birthday today. READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe thinks 'Harry Potter' was snubbed by the Oscars because it was too commercial


There was a time when being one of the highest grossing movies in history actually counted for something with the Academy Awards. Gone With the Wind was the highest-grossing movie ever in 1939 and won 10 Oscars, including Best Picture. The Sound of Music was the new highest-grossing movie ever in 1965 and won Best Picture, despite or perhaps because it was “awful and sentimental and gooey,” in the words of Music star Christopher Plummer. The Godfather became the highest-grossing movie ever in a long-ago time period when people went to see bleak three-hour crime epics that didn’t star Batman. The Godfather won Best Picture; the next three “highest-grossing movies ever” were nominated, but didn’t win. Jaws lost to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, an oversight you can blame on the hippies. Star Wars lost to Annie Hall — a justifiable loss, since as awesome as Star Wars is, it would clearly be much better if it featured a scene where C-3PO sneezed into a mound of cocaine. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial lost to Gandhi, which proves definitively that the ’80s were much lamer than we tend to think. READ FULL STORY

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:


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.)

Daniel Radcliffe's charming and funny (natch) 'Saturday Night Live' promo: Watch it here!


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...


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

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