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Daniel Day-Lewis as Vincent Vega? 10 things we learned from the 'Pulp Fiction' oral history

How much would Pulp Fiction’s “cool” factor suffer if Samuel L. Jackson weren’t the one reciting Ezekiel 25:17? Apparently, we came dangerously close to finding out …

Vanity Fair‘s oral history of Quentin Tarantino’s hit film reveals a few things you might not know about the movie, from casting news to Bruce Willis’ influence. Here’s what we learned: READ FULL STORY

Jeremy Irons compares 'Downton Abbey' to a Ford Fiesta

With all the Downton Abbey love out there, it was only a matter of time before the celebrity haters came out of the woodwork. While sitting on a TCA panel for PBS’s Shakespeare Uncovered, Jeremy Irons skewered the popular series, going so far as to compare it to a Ford Fiesta.

“What I’m really excited about with Shakespeare Uncovered is we’ll see some of the best British actors playing Shakespeare,” Irons said, according to The Wrap. “What you can do is to open up to this huge American audience… show them that actually television doesn’t end with Downton Abbey. If you think that’s good, then watch the Shakespeare productions. You’ll see what real writing, what real stories, what real characters are about.” He added: “A Ford Fiesta will get you there and give you a good time. But actually an Aston Martin…”

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Mark Wahlberg does weather report for Philadelphia local news -- VIDEO

Does every celebrity secretly want to be a weatherperson?

Following in the footsteps of Scarlett Johansson and Prince Charles, Mark Wahlberg got in on the rain or shine fun this morning during a local broadcast of Good Day Philadelphia.

Joined by Broken City director Allen Hughes (but sadly not co-star Russell Crowe), Wahlberg improvised his way through a routine weather update and also threw in a traffic report for fun:Look at this congestion here,” Wahlberg said. “We’re expecting 40- to 45-minute delays if you’re coming east bound on the 676 here. You’re going to have some serious problems. Why don’t you stop and get yourself a hoagie?”

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New opera portrays Walt Disney as 'racist, misogynist'

The newest Disney musical probably isn’t for children.

The Perfect American, a new opera by Philip Glass premiering in Spain this month, tells the story of Walt Disney — but without the help of his most famous fictional creations. According to the U.K. Guardian, the show “concentrates on the last years of Disney’s life, when he lay dying of lung cancer while planning to have his body frozen. It portrays Disney as a megalomaniac with McCarthyite, racist, and misogynist tendencies, so it is clear why the global entertainment corporation has denied rights [to the Disney characters].” (A rep for The Walt Disney Company did not respond to EW’s request for comment.) READ FULL STORY

Forbes ranks Robert Downey Jr. top grossing actor of 2012

The number crunchers over at Forbes have an announcement: Robert Downey Jr. is the top grossing actor of the year.

The Avengers was the only film Downey starred in this year, but its box office take, 1.5 billion worldwide, was high enough to propel him to the number one spot. But the Forbes crown comes with a few stipulations: For the box office money to count toward an actor’s total for the year, they must have had a leading role in the film — that Johnny Depp cameo in 21 Jump Street doesn’t count! — and for The Avengers, the Forbes team deemed Downey the star over his co-actors. “Yes, The Avengers are a group but Downey is clearly the main star,” Forbes explained. “Much of the film relied on Downey’s charm and humor.”

Other people raking in the box office cash this year were usual suspects like the Twilight trio. Kristen Stewart came in at number two combining her Twilight box office with Snow White and the Huntsman. Franchise-starrers such as Christian Bale, Daniel Craig, and Jennifer Lawrence also did well. Interestingly, the article states that they gave leading role status to Stewart’s co-stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, allowing all three credit for Breaking Dawn – Part 2’s massive haul. But for other franchise movies it was just the lead, which explains why Emma Stone, who co-starred in The Amazing Spider-Man, isn’t on this list, but Andrew Garfield ranks number seven.

Check out the top ten below: READ FULL STORY

For the last time, 'The Hills' was fake

While appearing on Watch What Happens Live on Monday night, Kristin Cavallari confirmed the unthinkable: The Hills… was fake. (I’ll pause while you digest this. Take deep breaths. In. Out. In. Out. Ready?)

As a first-time guest, Cavallari was subjected to Plead the Fifth, a segment in which host Andy Cohen asks his guests three questions, only one of which they can choose not to answer. He started with a doozy: “How fake was The Hills?” “Oh, I don’t mind answering this question,” she promptly replied. “Pretty fake.” WHAT? “Fake relationships, fake fights… sorry.” You see, Ms. Cavallari was an actress that whole time. Don’t believe me? See for yourself: READ FULL STORY

Real life 'Disturbia': Rihanna Instagrams photo with Chris Brown

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Let the hand-wringing and disapproval commence! Last night, Rihanna posted this photo to Instagram, along with the following caption: “@f—yopictures i don’t wanna leave!!! Killed it tonight baby!!!”

@f—yopictures is Chris Brown, who performed in Frankfurt yesterday — and who is still posting filter-distorted shots to Instagram despite having deleted his Twitter page last weekend. Brown’s Instagram profile’s tagline: “The capacity to over think also emmobilizes us with fear… Therefore, being fearless can assure ur sanity!”

Okay — but where does “making up words” fall on the sanity spectrum?

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No, that copyright thing won't protect you and 5 other Facebook hoaxes

You might have noticed an uptick in the legalese on your Facebook feed of late. Something about “the Berner Convention” and “UCC 1 1-308-308 1-103.” No, it’s not your friends embracing an as of yet undiscovered passion for pre-law. Rather, they’re declaring themselves to be under the protection of copyright laws with a lengthy notice they’ve copied and pasted from other people’s statuses. The kicker? It’s a hoax, Slate reports.

Alas, that Elle Woods-worthy regurgitation is nothing more than empty words. Share it all you want, you’ve already sold your soul to Facebook (as detailed in its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities) and there’s not a thing you can do about it. And you know what’s really sad? This isn’t even the first time this has happened. In fact, it’s not even the first time this year. Back in June, the same legal mumbo-jumbo was shared by countless users after the company went public. The message was discredited then and people still shared it a second time around only months later. So in honor of this latest of Facebook hoaxes, we commemorate our five favorites and hope to keep you from falling prey to any of these offenders ever again.

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Is 'Skyfall' basically James Bond meets 'Home Alone'?

Francois Duhamel

[SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN SKYFALL

The answer is Yes…at least in my opinion. Now, I really enjoyed Skyfall – don’t get me wrong. It’s the most beautiful Bond movie I’ve ever seen and I always enjoy a villain who wears linen. But the last half-hour with Bond (Daniel Craig) fending off breathable fabric-lover Silva (Javier Bardem) and his gang of baddies with booby traps in his dilapidated childhood home was basically a combo of Home Alone and Home Alone 2.

Think about it—Bond rigs his house with loose floor boards and explosives; light sockets that explode with nails. All that’s missing is the dapper secret agent using a tarantula to freak the evil guys. Also, Judi Dench is just a few dirt smudges away from being the bird lady in Home Alone 2 and Albert Finney is totally giving Home Alone Old Man with the Shovel vibes. Frankly, I’m surprised there wasn’t a scene where Old Judes and Albie rode down the stairs in a sled.

I guess my big issue with this climax is that I love Bond movies for the gadgets and gizmos. I don’t really wanna see 007 being low-tech and running around with a sawed off shotgun—Bruce Willis’ John McClane can do that just fine.

What do you think, PopWatchers?

Follow Tim on Twitter: @EWTimStack

Janeane Garofalo discovers she's been married for the past 20 years

What happens in Vegas…is binding regardless.

Janeane Garofalo was married to Rob Cohen for 20 years without knowing it, the actress and new divorcée announced this weekend at a reunion for The Ben Stiller Show, according to the NY Post.

The Larry Sanders Show alum shared that she and Ben Stiller Show writer Rob Cohen (who now produces Big Bang Theory) got married in Vegas as a joke.We dated for a year, and we got married at a drive-through chapel in a cab,” she shared, per the Post. “ [We thought] you have to go down to the courthouse and sign papers and stuff, so who knew? We were married, and apparently now that [Rob] is getting married for real, his lawyer dug up something.”

Surprise! You’ve been legally wed for two decades. The one-time lovebirds seemed to laugh off the fact that just prior to the event they dissolved a marriage that lasted longer than current high-schoolers have been alive. Hey, maybe it’s better than being on a list of quickie divorces…right, Sinead O’Connor?

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