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Rooney Mara and Steven Soderbergh have hilarious Q&A in 'Interview'

Watching her movies – particularly her Oscar-nominated turn in the chilling The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – people may not think Rooney Mara has much of a sense of humor. But they would be oh-so-wrong, as her Q&A with Steven Soderbergh (who directed the actress in Side Effects) in the March issue of Interview quickly establishes.  The two are quick to insult each other while delving into their respective pasts as well as their working relationship.

As an editor’s addition before the piece notes, “This interview was conducted via e-mail, and contains coarse language, discussions of nudity, and exorbitant amounts of biting sarcasm. Reader discretion is advised.”

Below, the five best non-sequitur-filled exchanges from the two’s back-and-forth, which you can — and should — read in full over on Interview’s web site. READ FULL STORY

Your port in the storm: Ride out Nemo with these streaming selections

Did congressman Frank Underwood manipulate Mother Nature into unleashing Winter Storm Nemo? If you’ve been watching Netflix’s House of Cards, you’ll know that Kevin Spacey’s character is capable of pretty much anything — and if you haven’t been watching it (but happen to live on the East Coast), whaddaya know, the ginormous blizzard currently barreling toward you will give you the perfect opportunity to start. Frank, you sly dog!

Of course, if you don’t want to give Rep. Underwood the satisfaction of victory, you can always ditch House of Cards for any number of other streaming options perfect for binge-viewing. Here’s a list of our top picks:

– In May, new episodes of Arrested Development will finally hit Netflix, possibly causing the Internet to implode from excitement. Revisit the comedy’s original three seasons there to prepare for what’s coming.

Breaking Bad‘s final season will draw to a close on AMC this summer. If you’re not caught up (or — for shame! — never started watching), now’s your chance to fix that via Netflix.

– And on a similar note, Downton Abbey‘s first two series seasons are on Hulu, and PBS.org has every episode of the current third season. (Well, every one that’s aired in the U.S., at least.) READ FULL STORY

'Pride and Prejudice' celebrates 200 years: Its influence on modern pop culture

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Pride and Prejudice – first published in three volumes in January, 1813 – has left quite a mark on pop culture, far larger than Jane Austen herself could have ever envisioned. In celebration of the book’s 200th (!) anniversary, EW is singling out (in honor of literature’s favorite single gal) our favorite pop culture gems that we can trace back to an origin at Pemberley. We all may have eaten up the 2005 movie adaptation starring Keira Knightley, or other modern-day films that celebrate Austen such as The Jane Austen Book Club, but that’s only scratching the surface of Austen’s pop culture superpowers — and the lovefest isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Austenland, a new movie starring Keri Russell, premiered at Sundance last week. Read on below for more things we can thank Pride and Prejudice for in modern pop culture, and definitely give a shout out to your favorites in the comments.

Colin Firth: Not to diminish his Oscar for The King’s Speech, but Firth owes his career to Pride and Prejudice. Not only did he tackle the role of Mr. Darcy in the iconic 1995 British miniseries, but his performance in that version inspired Helen Fielding to write Bridget Jones’s Diary, which is basically just a modern-day Pride and Prejudice. The best part? Firth of course agreed to star in the movie version, playing a character named Mark Darcy. That’s a whole heck of a lot of pop culture gold all beginning with Ms. Austen. READ FULL STORY

Is this the hunkiest Best Actor race ever? POLL

There will be many arguments about the perceived snubs (Ben Affleck?) and surprises (Beasts of the Southern Wild) following this morning’s Oscar announcement. But one thing we can all agree on? Between  Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington, it may just be the hunkiest Best Actor race ever.


'Game of Thrones' child actors rap the show's intro

The third season of Game of Thrones doesn’t premiere until March 31 (FYI HBO: winter is already here), but the child stars of the show have banded together to provide us with exactly one minute and 50 seconds of amusement in these dark days by beatboxing the show’s theme. Last year, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams — who play Bran, Sansa, and Arya Stark respectively — sang their version of the opening credits for Season 1’s box set, but since they’re now a year older and waaaay cooler, they’ve chosen to rap the intro instead. With lyrics like, “Now we go to Pyke, where it’s really nice,” how can you not watch? READ FULL STORY

'Downton Abbey' star Dan Stevens crowned Britain's best-dressed man by GQ

British GQ has released its annual list of Best Dressed Men in Britain 2013 and the most dapper man of this new year is (drumroll please)… Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens. Yes, he of the aquamarine eyes and swoon-worthy sideburns has beat out favorites like David Beckham and Prince William to land at the top of the list.

While we certainly have no qualms with Matthew Crawley being named top dog (he sure looks good in uniform, doesn’t he?), the list — comprising 50 people in all — did contain a number of surprises and, well, outright misfires. Take a look at GQ’s full gallery here, then see if you agree with our objections (and additions) below!

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.


The most powerful person in the comic book industry?

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With great power comes…a great excuse to make power lists.

The latest is Bleeding Cool Magazine’s “The Top 100 Power List of Comic Books” which gives its top spot to Jim Lee, the 48-year-old co-publisher of DC Comics and the most celebrated superhero artist of the past 25 years. It’s a good choice, Lee is a powerhouse force of art and commerce and as the uber-art director for DC his design agenda and sensibility echo in the DC Universe in a profound way. To get a sense of Lee’s life journey, check out this reflective video visit to his home in San Diego.

At No. 2 on the list: Ike Perlmutter, the famously frugal chief executive officer of Marvel Entertainment and Disney’s third largest individual shareholder. (Perlmutter  had been the second biggest shareholder but that changed a few weeks ago when Disney added Star Wars to its empire and handed George Lucas a compensation package the size of a small forest moon; and Disney’s top shareholder, by the way, remains the Steve Jobs Trust.)

The third spot on the Bleeding Cool tally went to firebrand Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead and a new model for the industry’s owner-creator possibilities after decades of work-for-hire heartbreak. Stan Lee, the only comic book creator who might be considered a household name, finished at No. 27, despite the jaw-dropping success of his namesake comic convention in Los Angeles and the fact that two of his signature creations, the Avengers and Spider-Man, scored hit films that finished first and fourth in domestic box office this year.


'Lord of the Rings' vs. 'Game of Thrones': George R. R. Martin says who'd win in a fight

Who’s a finer swordsman: Aragorn, son of Arathorn, or Kingslayer Jaime Lannister? Could red priestess Melisandre take on wicked wizard Saruman the White? Are creepy ringwraiths better suited for battle than creepy White Walkers? And which honor-bound nobleman would prevail in a duel to the death — brooding Boromir or brooding Eddard Stark?

Unfortunately, J.R.R. Tolkein isn’t around to answer these burning questions. (Also, he’d have no idea who half of the characters listed above are.) But George R. R. Martin — author of A Song of Ice and Fire, the series on which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based — is. Watch below to see who Martin would bet on in ten matches that pit his characters against Tolkien’s —  though if you’ve only seen the TV show or read just the first two Song of Ice and Fire books, you might want to skip to 00:36 in order to avoid a major spoiler.


Five ways to celebrate Guy Fawkes Day

Well folks, it’s that time of year again — November the 5th, a day of gunpowder, treason and plot, and about a billion Facebook statuses telling you so. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie might have postponed Halloween, but by Sandy, we will have our Guy Fawkes Day (or, as it is more accurately known, Guy Fawkes Night). Here are five ways to celebrate this holiday of holidays:


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