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Ellis from 'Die Hard' is in 'Carrie,' and it is wonderful

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We can’t really recommend seeing the new Carrie movie. EW’s Owen Gleiberman gave the film a B-. Your time would be better spent watching the original Carrie, or maybe looking up that kid who bullied you in high school’s Facebook page and playing a round of Poor Life Choices Schadenfreude.

But there was one scene in neo-Carrie that took me completely by surprise. The Evil Popular Girl played by Portia Doubleday has a meeting with the high school principal and Judy Greer’s gym teacher. Evil Popular Girl’s dad is there, too. He looks kind of familiar. He’s mean and egotistical and has the overall affect of a go-go ’80s Reaganaut who negotiates million dollar deals for breakfast. After staring hard at the guy for a minute, a sudden loud thought filled my brain: “Is that…Ellis?” READ FULL STORY

There Should Be a Sequel: 'Troop Beverly Hills'

Cigars… vapes… cookies…

I really wouldn’t mind a sequel to the 1989 Shelley Long vehicle Troop Beverly Hills. The most cherished movie of my childhood is no cinematic masterpiece, so this would hardly be sacrilege. I figure if this is really gonna be the film most often running through my head like a skunk on a misdirected trail (oh, the shame!), the story may as well continue. So sack up, hobos, and pour some wine into that stew: It’s cookie time. Again.
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The 'Greatest Event in Television History,' courtesy of Adam Scott & Amy Poehler -- VIDEO

Breaking news: Adam Scott and Jon Hamm’s shot-for-shot recreation of Simon & Simon‘s opening credits sequence was not, in fact, the Greatest Event in Television History.

“How does an error this egregious happen?” wondered Jeff Probst — the host of 2012’s hyperbolic Adult Swim special — in a follow-up that aired last night. And while Probst couldn’t really answer that question, he could present a new video, one which “we’ve been absolutely assured is the Greatest Event in Television History”: a recreation of the opening title sequence from another classic ’80s TV series (Hart to Hart), this time featuring “beloved star Amy Poehler” and “working actor Adam Scott.”

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Molly Ringwald reminds us not to forget about her with 'Breakfast Club' theme cover

Congratulations, Molly Ringwald — you may yet out-Franco James Franco. Over the past 12 months, the beloved Brat Pack actress has released her first novel, completed filming the final season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and won the Internet over with a classic Reddit AMA. Now she’s celebrating the release of her first album, a collection of jazz standards called Except Sometimes that dropped yesterday. (Yes, Ringwald sings — don’t you forget that The New Mickey Mouse Club launched her career.)

Though most of the album’s tracks wouldn’t seem out of place on a record by Ella Fitzgerald or Susannah McCorkle, there’s one outlier on there: a cover of “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” a.k.a. The Breakfast Club‘s iconic theme song. Here’s a preview of Ringwald’s version that’s been floating around for a few weeks:

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Grey Poupon to bring back classic campaign: Pardon me, would you have any nostalgia?

Those who appreciate the finer things in life are generally against the idea of sequels; they’re so crass, so money-grubbing, so… déclassé, unless you’re talking about the Ring Cycle. But snobs and slobs alike should be delighted to hear that Grey Poupon, the label that single-jar-edly made it okay for America to move beyond French’s yellow mustard, is bringing back its iconic “Pardon Me” ad campaign for one night only.

Anyone who watched television in the ’80s or ’90s will remember the campaign’s general conceit: A fancy-looking man drives through a quaint country scene in a chauffeured car when another expensive automobile pulls up alongside him. The back window rolls down to reveal a similarly fancy-looking man, who asks, “Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?”

“But of course,” the first man replies, handing over a jar of dijon mustard. The tagline: “One of life’s finer pleasures.”

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Who's the boss? It's definitely Jon Hamm

Here’s that photo you ordered of Jon Hamm making a goofy face at Tony Danza:

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The year in nostalgia: Reboots, sequels, comebacks, and callbacks to a simpler time

There’s nothing new under the sun — which is just the way Millennials like it.

We’re a generation obsessed with our own recent past, as befits the children of Boomers. Our influence on the entertainment industry is also increasing as we grow older. That’s probably why 2012 was the year that a collective nostalgia for pop culture from the ’90s and even the early ’00s hit in full force. Sure, the year also featured its share of projects inspired by/cribbing from the ’80s or even earlier — we learned it by watching you, Generation X! — but generally speaking, a yearning for the days of Boy Meets World, Titanic, and the Spice Girls has supplanted a yearning for the days of Growing Pains, Journey, and The Breakfast Club.

Here’s a month-by-month rundown of 2012’s most nostalgia-driven moments, from announcements of sequels and reboots to random late night comedy bits. (Tom Hanks recited a slam poem about what?) Though it’s pretty ’90s heavy, even non-Millennials should find something here they get a kick out of — or something that makes them righteously furious. (For many nostalgia hounds, the two go hand in hand.)

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Sam Malone go Braugh? Irish language adaptation of 'Cheers' is in development

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name… only they pronounce it with an Irish accent.

The Irish Film and Television Network recently announced that casting is underway on an Irish language version of Cheers, the classic NBC sitcom set in a Boston bar. Dublin-based production company Sideline is behind the Emerald Isle reboot.

“I know some people think it’s crazy,” Sideline creative director Billy McGrath told IFTN, “but Sideline is now focused on both scripted and non-scripted formats. Is re-producing Cheers any different than us producing a version of Mastermind, Take Me Out or The Great British Bake Off for Irish viewers?” If we had a clue what any of those things were, we’d certainly have an opinion!

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Nostalgia alert: Which '80s and '90s sitcoms should get 'Boy Meets World'-style reboots?

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The people have spoken — and they really, really can’t wait for Girl Meets World. In the month of November, stories about GMW — the as yet un-greenlit Disney Channel sequel-slash-spinoff of Boy Meets World — accounted for a staggering half a million pageviews on EW.com, indicating that you guys take your nostalgia pretty darn seriously.

And while we’re all for reveling in the return of Cory, Topanga, and (fingers crossed) more of the Philadelphia crew, your enormous interest in Girl Meets World got us thinking about which other beloved ’80s and ’90s sitcoms might be ripe for a reboot. And we want to know which comedies you’d put on the list.

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12 things we learned from the new 'Freaks and Geeks' oral history

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Mark Seliger exclusively for Vanity Fair

Though it lasted only a single season on NBC, Freaks and Geeks is justifiably beloved — for presenting an unvarnished take on adolescence in the Dawson’s Creek era, for perfectly mixing comedy and drama, and for launching the careers of big names like Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel. And it’s not only fans who have a special place in their hearts for Freaks — since its cancellation, nearly every member of its cast and crew has said that working on the series was the high point of their career.

That’s a sentiment that’s echoed over and over again in Vanity Fair‘s new oral history of the show, which appears in the magazine’s just-released Comedy Issue (guest edited by Apatow himself). The article also includes plenty of fun facts for those who still love Freaks, such as:

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