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Eight unexpected trends inspired by Disney's 'Frozen'

Friends, reindeer, ice harvesters, lend me your antlers: I have been tumbling through the wormhole that is the Internet fandom of Disney’s marvelous blockbuster Frozen. I have trudged through the snowy hills of fan-fiction, braved the icy winds of Deviantart, and prowled hashtag upon hashtag devoted to the greatest thing to happen to Disney musicals since July 22, 1949 (Alan Menken’s birthday, whaaat).

Beyond my Tumblr-inspired downward spiral, my social media feeds have abounded with proclamations of Frozen love following the film’s release in the now-ancient November 2013. The sprightly little musical has topped the box office charts, rivaling Avatar and Titanic, and gifted the world with a top-notch soundtrack that I haven’t been able to “let” “go” (get it? GET IT?) for weeks. But most interestingly, Frozen has given birth to some pretty bizarre trends—let’s examine. READ FULL STORY

TBS' 24 hours of 'A Christmas Story': What other holiday movies should be mega-marathoned?

TBS’ 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story makes my sister want to shoot her eye out.

I learned this a few years ago when, as we started the present distribution process on Christmas morning, she begged the family for an alternative viewing option. “I can’t watch this movie anymore,” she declared. At the time, I was horrified, appalled, and wanted that ruiner of Christmas joy I once called a sister cast away from the home like the filthy turncoat she was. (Spoiler: We let her stay.)

Flash-forward to last year, when, I hate to admit, I started to understand where she was coming from. After multiple viewings and multiple years of 24-hour marathons, I’m kind of sick of A Christmas Story.

This won’t be the case forever, I hope. Maybe after a few years of avoiding it, I will be able to return and once again be charmed. But until that day comes, I need a break. In fact, I think we all deserve one — it’s time TBS changed up their movie marathon.

I know what you’re probably thinking, why would I be in favor of another movie-ruining marathon? Well, the answer is simple: For a very long time, the Christmas Story marathon wasn’t a bad thing. Actually, it was something of a treasured “Christmas is here” tradition. I just think it’s time for the tradition to evolve — like all of them do.

I asked my family for their thoughts on movies they’d like to see get the 24-hour marathon treatment (on TBS or another network) last night at the dinner table. (Dirty truth: we were all on the couch eating Whataburgers.) Here were some of the alternative options suggested — and some choice commentary:
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'Revenge' wedding: Where have I seen that church before? PopWatch investigates!

Every girl has an idea of what their perfect wedding would be, and a fair share of them probably have a Pinterest board to prove it. My ideas have been inspired by a handful of movies, TV shows, pictures, real-life events, and so on. However, the single biggest inspiration was Caleb and Julie’s wedding from season 1 of The O.C. Before you judge me, there are actually only two things I liked about their wedding: Their first dance to Jem’s cover of “Maybe I’m Amazed,” and the idea of getting married in a glass chapel. Take one look at that view and tell me it’s not amazing:
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'Once Upon a Time': The 10 craziest moments so far -- VIDEO

[Spoiler alert!]

Eat Rip your heart out, Lost, because Once Upon a Time creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have a new island to play with called Neverland and a new group of survivors to gift with some hefty daddy issues and crazy plot twists. And we saw the result of their tomfoolery in Sunday night’s episode, because, as it turns out, Peter Pan is Rumplestiltskin’s father, and thus, Twue Believuh Henry’s great-grandfather.

Which means… practically everyone is related to Henry now. The Evil Queen is his adoptive mother. Rumplestiltskin is his grandfather (and so is Prince Charming, for that matter). Captain Hook is his biological mother’s possible lover, and his grandfather’s wife’s onetime lover. What are we going to learn next, that Granny’s his sister and Red’s his, er, grand-niece? Is that what they’re called?

But shhh. Just believe, Oncers, believe, and sprinkle on some of that pixie dust, because it’s time to face it: Like the Lost Boys who can never leave Neverland, we can never go back to simpler times. The only thing left to do is to take a look back at how far we’ve traveled — from the Enchanted Forest to Wonderland to that one time we went to Dr. Frankenstein’s black-and-white world — and examine the best, most outrageous twists Once has thrust upon us.

Below, our picks for the top 10 most bonkers moments of the series that would drive even the Mad Hatter madder:
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'Arrow' vs. 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': Are the DC and Marvel worlds colliding?

This week, my Tuesday and Wednesday nights looked eerily similar, and not just because I was sitting on my couch eating Chinese food and watching television.

On Tuesday’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team headed to Russia to defuse a very large, very dangerous weapon. The very next night, my Arrow peeps discovered they needed to rescue one of their own from — what do ya know? — Russia. Plus, by the end of Arrow‘s hour, I was listening to talk of a serum that could be used to create an army of super soldiers. For a second, I was positive I was back in the S.H.I.E.L.D. universe talking about Centipede. But I wasn’t! I was on a boat in the middle of the ocean — in the middle of a universe where “superheroes” didn’t exist. What was happening?!

So after I realized that these were, in fact, two very different shows, one of which lives in the Marvel universe (S.H.I.E.L.D., obviously) and the other in DC Comics, I started to get a very bad headache. Not to mention that while reacting to both shows, I now have to deal with an annoying number of period-filled acronyms — S.H.I.E.L.D., A.R.G.U.S., H.I.V.E — not cool, guys. Basically, after having this realization, I only had one option: A compare-and-contrast, seventh-grade-style.
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'Nashville' lip-lock: Did the show just go full-on soap opera? -- POLL

With T-Bone Burnett leaving Nashville, there has been a lot of talk recently about how the show is walking a fine line between being an insider look at the music industry and being a soap opera. Personally, I would say the show is a good 70 percent music, 30 percent soap, or at least 60-40. In general, I feel like it isn’t too over-the-top, but it does have its moments — See: Peggy’s fake pregnancy, Rayna and Deacon’s car accident, Juliette’s mother’s death (though that sort of worked for me), and almost everything that includes Rayna’s father.

However, when it comes to being really shocking, there are a few surefire ways a show can catch an audience off-guard, including a car accident and/or sudden death. But my favorite way to get a good gasp out of your viewers — just ask The O.C. — is the unexpected girl-on-girl lip-lock. It was even surprising back when Marissa and Alex did it on the beach, and The O.C. never even tried to hide the fact that it was a modern-day soap opera. I didn’t expect it then, and I certainly did not expect it now.
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Can't get ladies to watch your basketball games? Easy, just give 'em a 'Girls' DVD

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ marketing team thinks they’ve totally figured out the female basketball fan demographic. And who better to represent all female fandom than Lena Dunham?

To get more women in the stands, they’re offering a “Ladies Night Out” ticket promo which includes a spa discount, a beverage, and … a DVD of Girls Season 1, according to Bleacher Report. Should we be insulted or encouraged that the Minnesota Timberwolves think they’re appealing to (or pigeonholing) women’s TV tastes with a specific female foursome show conveniently called “Girls”? Not to mention the interesting detail of only offering  season 1. Were they scarred by season 2′s naked ping-pong too? BR surmised that perhaps the team is merely trying to unload extra inventory, as the Minnesota Timberwolves promoted the same deal last year.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first season of Girls, Lena Dunhams’ quirky-edgy writing, but there’s something about the promotion that reeks of a failure to understand female sports fans. Here’s a better way to get more female fans in the stands for the middling Midwestern team — convince Wally Szczerbiak to come out of retirement, Kevin Garnett to come back, or just let female fans purchase a ticket because they are fans, and not some stereotyped female consumer.

The official promotion (with purchase of an $18 ticket) includes:

“Free beer, wine, or soda,”  a “DVD copy of season one of the hit HBO series Girls,” and “get $25 off any $100 service with your Wolves game night ticket at any LifeSpa.”

What say you, PopWatchers? Is a DVD of the HBO show featuring Lena Dunham’s anatomy enough to get you to cheer on the Timberwolves or is it a total turn-off? What do you think of sports teams’ attempts to increase female patronage?

Should 'Scandal' incoporate Kerry Washington's pregnancy into the story? A pro/con list

Oh, Scandal, how are you going to #handle this one?

On Wednesday, Scandal leading lady/upcoming SNL host Kerry Washington announced that she is expecting her first child with husband Nnamdi Asomugha. As expected, Shondaland is being tight-lipped about how they’re going to deal with the situation on-screen, which means we’re going to have to quell our curiosities with speculation for now.

Will they do the How I Met Your Mother-style hide-the-belly? Pull a Bones? Who knows! But we certainly have some thoughts, organized in a very Type A personality-way, because we think Olivia Pope would appreciate that. READ FULL STORY

Have 'Vampire Diaries,' other supernatural shows made TV deaths boring?

(Spoilers ahead for a slew of television shows; proceed with caution!)

A television show represents a fictional world, an escape from the drama that surrounds us in our real lives. Instead of dealing with our relationship problems, we discuss which brother Elena Gilbert should choose on The Vampire Diaries. And instead of reflecting on our own issues, we get lost in Walter White’s downfall or Olivia Pope’s family drama. Typically, these fictional worlds represent a more extreme universe than the one in which we live, and therefore a more exciting one. Most of us don’t have a meth cartel breathing down our necks or a father who runs a secret government spy organization. So every week, we turn on our televisions, and we put aside our boring drama to see what’s going to happen next to our fictional best friends, many of whom we invest real emotion in. And that’s the very reason why killing a main character leaves such an impact on viewers, because in a very real way, we lose a best friend (or at the very least, a piece of eye candy), and we then have to watch as our other friends grieve.

No, it’s not comparable to losing someone in real life, but killing a main character is still the most upsetting, most powerful card a show can play. Character deaths and the impact they leave, if done right, can lead to some of the best moments in television history. And there’s a variety of ways a show can make that mark. It can catch you by surprise and have a schizophrenic patient take the life of a young doctor, like when E.R. lost its beloved Lucy, or it can have a car accident ruin everything, much like Downton Abbey did with Matthew or The O.C. did with Marissa. Or a character can be taken from us by force (see Game of Thrones‘ Red Wedding or The Sopranos‘ Adriana). Then you have the longer, more drawn-out goodbyes. The character who gets cancer and says farewell to everyone they love, much like Jen on Dawson’s Creek or Bobby’s hospital goodbye on NYPD Blue after his body rejected a heart transplant.

If none of those work, there’s the character who sacrifices their own life to save the life of another, much like Charlie on Lost or George on Grey’s Anatomy. And don’t forget the deaths that appear as if from nowhere — the bat to the back of the head that killed Southland‘s Nate or the grocery store robbery that took Simon on The West Wing. No matter how a character is killed, the event and its aftermath greatly affect the formula of the show, not to mention the viewers’ emotional state. So what happens when the element of death is eliminated? How is a show affected when it loses the greatest trick up its sleeve?
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'The Nightmare Before Christmas' turns 20 -- but is it a Halloween or Christmas movie!?

Tim Burton’s seminal stop-motion classic The Nightmare Before Christmas turns 20 years old today, which is surprising since Jack Skellington is looking as slim as ever. That means that the question of when-do-you-watch-it has never been more relevant. READ FULL STORY

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