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Dozens brave the weather to snag Justin Bieber 'Saturday Night Live' tickets: On-the-scene report

Bieber Fever got a lot riskier today as Winter Storm Nemo rages in the Northeast. In New York City, this meant freezing rain and sleet at about noon Friday. But nothing – not even soaked sleeping bags or broken umbrellas—could get between about 45 fans and Justin Bieber. The singer is hosting Saturday Night Live tomorrow night, and the Beliebers were desperate for tickets.

Let’s get one thing out of the way first: They know you all think they’re nuts. It would have been an undertaking to sleep outside in February, and that was before the weather took a turn for the worse. Everyone EW spoke with said it was the craziest thing they’d ever done. Kaitlyn Marhelko, from Pennsylvania, knew the chances to get tickets were slim. But that didn’t deter her. “If you ever get a chance to do something like this, you do it no matter what kind of weather is coming your way. It’s an awesome experience, and this might sound cliché, but you really do only live once. It is cool to try.” She and her friend Ashleigh Bagnata had been in line for about two hours and were still enthusiastic. READ FULL STORY

Start your engines: James Franco will act as Grand Marshal for the Daytona 500

Promoting a movie isn’t just about late-night talk shows and the occasional photo shoot anymore. At least not if your name is James Franco.

Disney has announced that James Franco will act as the Grand Marshal for the 55th annual Daytona 500, NASCAR’s season-opening race and its Super Bowl, from a fan-interest point of view. How this ties in to Franco promoting his Disney film, Oz The Great and Powerful, we are not sure — perhaps he’ll hold court in a hot-air balloon? — but you can watch Franco’s rendition of “Drivers, start your engines,” when the race airs Feb. 24.

As well as uttering those four famous words, Franco will also participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps that take place just before the race begins.

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'Girls' has another hater: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You can add one more name to the long list of People Who Don’t Like Girls: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

In a HuffPo column entitled Girls Just Wants to Have (White) Fun,” the ex-NBA player and Hall of Famer takes issue with almost everything about the HBO comedy, including its lack of funniness, its lack of racial diversity, and its lack of interesting female characters. “Girls wants to tell us something important about twentysomething females of the 21st Century,” Abdul-Jabbar writes.

What he’s hearing? Creator-star Lena Dunham isn’t nearly as anything as she thinks she is. A blow-by-blow of the blow-by-blow:

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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?”

Check out “the best salt and pepper team ever” below: READ FULL STORY

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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