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Bust open your piggy banks: The first sketch of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is up for auction

Some would say that childhood memories are priceless. Others would say they’re worth $6,500.

That’s how much the sketch to your left is worth, according to the most recent bid. Yes, it’s true: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman is auctioning off the first sketch of the reptiles who became Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo.

If you’re a true Turtlehead, you may recognize the image from early press coverage of the series and a few comics. Eastman and his partner, Peter Laird, drew and inked the pic in November 1983. Soon afterwards, they came up with a back story for the characters they’d invented. Eventually, these weapon-wielding terrapins would become heroes in a half-shell who starred in three animated series — including an upcoming show from Nickelodeon — and four feature films.

Sure, dropping four figures — or even five, depending on how the bidding goes — for an 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper might seem extreme. But in a world where the next generation of turtles is neither mutant nor teenage, I can understand why someone would pay to hold on to a simpler era — a time when glowing ooze had the power to transform humble pet shop refugees into pizza-loving crime fighters. Those were the days! READ FULL STORY

Cue that scream: 'Home Alone' to get a Macaulay Culkin-free fifth (!?) installment

Assuming this won’t be some sort of insane hybrid of beloved holiday classic Home Alone and Uwe Boll “masterpiece” Alone in the Dark, ABC Family has announced that they will air the fifth installment in the Home Alone franchise, titled Home Alone 5: Alone in the Dark. (On second thought, that would be sort of amazing.)

Alas, fans of the 1990 Macaulay-Culkin-battles-home intruders comedy will still watch in complete horror as the Home Alone name carries on without the exploits of Kevin McCallister and the wet/sticky bandits. In addition to coming to terms with this, devotees of the original and defenders of Lost in New York (who stored the third Home Alone in the part of their pop culture brains called this never happened where Scream 3 and Saved by the Bell: The College Years also reside) will now also have to absorb the notion that there was even a fourth one to begin with and it was called Home Alone 4: Taking Back The House. This is my Home Alone, PopWatchers, I have to defend it.

Matthew Broderick revives 'Bueller' for Honda ad -- VIDEO


It was revealed last week that Matthew Broderick would be bringing back the world’s greatest class-cutter (not to mention the Sausage King of Chicago), the one and only Ferris Bueller, for a Honda ad that would run during the Super Bowl. It begged a lot of questions from fans of the 1986 John Hughes comedy classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Nearly 26 years later, what has our favorite troublemaker been up to? Did he finally get his own car? Did Honda simply not know what Bueller and his cohorts did the last time they were left to their devices with a car?

In the extended spot, now available online, a still fresh-faced Broderick embarks on a Ferris-like day of hooky escapades (crank calling, singing in a parade). It’s nice that Ferris no longer has to bum rides off of people, but he’s no longer the walrus — he just looks at them at museums. Watch the clip below. Chick-chicka-chicka. READ FULL STORY

Australian movie theater introduces live Twitter feed, fails miserably, surprises no one

Honestly, what did they think was going to happen?

In an effort to be a hip, socially relevant movie theater (kind of like how your grandma just got a Facebook), Cineplex Australia introduced a live Twitter feed that would tweet comments made about movies currently playing in the chain’s four theaters.

But unsurprisingly, the chain quickly removed the Twitter after certain comments made it onto the feed that weren’t necessarily PG. Example: READ FULL STORY

Oh, grow up! 'The Descendants,' 'The Artist' among winners for AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards

Relax, this wasn’t an awards ceremony to honor the cinematic achievement that is Grown Ups. (That’s what the MTV Movie Awards is for!) Rather, it’s AARP: The Magazine‘s 11th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards, an event which rewards outstanding acting, directing and writing of filmmakers 50 and over and the movies your parents really, really liked over the past year. (Sorry, Shame!)

Echoing the Golden Globes, The Descendants and The Artist will walk away the victors at the Feb. 6 ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, as they’ve been named Best Movie for Grownups and Best Comedy for Grownups, respectively. (Considering I dropped the median age by about 15 years when I went to see The Descendants at a crowded Manhattan theater and that George Clooney is just so darn charming, this one is a no-brainer.)


'Celebrity Wife Swap': Remembering Tina Yothers' best comebacks as Jennifer Keaton

Tina Yothers’ wigged-out appearance on last night’s Celebrity Wife Swap has set the Internet afire. Her impromptu responses (“there’s a circus under here!”) to Niecy Nash’s attempt to glam her up with spangle pants and fur vests were hilarious, but you may recall that Yothers comes by a wisecrack easily. Three decades ago this year, she played Family Ties‘ precociously wry youngest sister Jennifer Keaton. Here are a few of Jennifer’s best comebacks. READ FULL STORY

'Beauty and the Beast' gives 3-D another big boost, but is this really about 3-D or is it just about nostalgia?


Last September, when the 3-D re-release of The Lion King roared to an impressive $30 million opening, Hollywood took serious notice. The movie industry’s 3-D boosters, who’d been facing tough questions about signs that audiences’ appetite for 3-D was waning, pointed to the huge success of the 3-D re-release of this 17-year-old movie and said, “See? Hakuna matata! No worries!” Disney ordered up 3-D conversions of Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc., and The Little Mermaid. James Cameron, who’s been busy getting Titanic ready for its upcoming 3-D re-release, said the success of The Lion King in 3-D proved to any nervous studio executives that gussying up a beloved old film with a new coat of 3-D paint could be big business. “They see the potential,” he told one interviewer. “All it takes is a little healthy greed and doubts tend to go away.” The estimated $25 million opening for Beauty and the Beast for this four-day weekend may not quite be as eye-popping as The Lion King‘s, but it clearly exceeded expectations, giving another dose encouragement to those who think that not only is 3-D still the wave of Hollywood’s future — it might also be the wave of its past.


'CNN After Dark': Edith Pfeffer and Carolyn Tallett steal the show on Iowa caucus night (VIDEO)

It’s after 3:30 a.m. following Mitt Romney’s 8-vote win in the closest Iowa Caucus in history, and CNN After Dark is still live. No one gets to sleep until it’s time for CNN: Breaking Dawn! Except me — I’ll probably fall asleep in a minute.

Right now it’s just six people standing around a glass table, marveling at the seedy neon “CNN AFTER DARK” logo while the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” plays in the background. Anderson Cooper is trying and failing to disapprove of it. An hour ago, John King had wandered around behind all of them while talking on his cell phone…with his mic on! It took me two minutes to realize who was speaking and where he was — a true hidden gem of the newsroom.

Oh, God, now there are seven of them!

It’s been a long, strange trip, but two sleepy old Iowan ladies stole the show: Edith Pfeffer, Clinton County GOP Chairwoman, and Carolyn Tallett, president of the Clinton County Republican Women. “What do you mean, the numbers don’t match?” Edith incredulously asked John King (who’d called the figures from the Clinton County precinct into question), who stood alongside a hilariously motionless Wolf Blitzer during what Anderson Cooper called “the best live phone call ever.” It was such a hit that the gang called them AGAIN a few minutes later! Edith and Carolyn were trending worldwide, after all.

Watch the videos of Edith and Carolyn’s phone calls to CNN After Dark: READ FULL STORY

Lunchtime Poll: Would any of you blockheads buy Charlie Brown's sad little Christmas tree?

For our final Lunchtime Poll before the holiday weekend, I thought we’d check in with Charlie Brown — the only person Linus knows who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem. “Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you’re the Charlie Browniest.”

In A Charlie Brown Christmas, after Lucy tasked him with getting the biggest aluminum Christmas tree he could find for the kids’ play, Charlie Brown instead picked a funny-looking hidden gem that was just like him: barely viable in a sea of brightly colored commercialism, sprouting just a few tufts of foliage in random directions, and in desperate need of a little love.

“Gee, do they still make wooden Christmas trees?” wondered Linus. “It doesn’t seem to fit the modern spirit.”

I’m sitting three inches away from my parents’ glorious so-fake-it’s-real Christmas tree right now and must admit I find it very alluring. (DANCMSTR Dee and Barnacle Bill have always understood the importance of maintaining a modern spirit.) But I think I would buy a sad little Charlie Brown tree for my own sad little apartment. I’d call it a “statement piece” and decorate it with lightweight tinsel fringe, a single strand of sequined caramel corn, and a gem-encrusted Dancing With the Stars bangle to support the “trunk” like Linus adorably did with his blanket.

“Everything Annie touches turns into a disaster,” my regretful visitors would say, and I’d nod solemnly and then press play on Dragonette’s modern-day Charlie Brown anthem on my iTunes. They may be right, but those commercial dogs are not going to ruin my Christmas.


Break out your Carlton Dance, it's a 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' reunion!

Will and Kate, your wedding has officially been replaced with a new royal event of the year — The Fresh Prince of Bel Air cast reunion! In a picture posted on Will Smith’s Facebook yesterday, he was joined by former costars James Avery (Uncle Phil Banks), Karyn Parsons (Hillary), Alfonso Riberio (Carlton), and Tatyana Ali (Ashley). If you’re prone to getting emotional and/or nostalgic, perhaps you shouldn’t read the sweet caption: “There’s nothin’ like spending Holidays with fam.”

It’s no secret how much we at EW love the ’90s show that made “yo homes, smell ya later!” a thing. In fact, we rhapsodized about the Prince‘s six glorious seasons back in August. Now just a few months later, Smith’s photo post is like the best Christmakwazukkah gift ever! READ FULL STORY

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