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'Glee': Madonna! Stevie Wonder! The top ten tribute episodes -- ranked! VIDEO

As anyone with even a passing familiarity with Glee — or iTunes charts — is aware, the show knows its way around a tribute episode, a.k.a. an episode where all of the music is from one artist or film. A ‘tribute episode’ also typically means there are seven or eight songs in the hour-long dramedy, as opposed to the usual standard of four. Great news for those of us who are watching the show for the karaoke! (I can’t be the only one dancing around my living room to Madonna or Lady Gaga Glee covers, right?)

Last night, Glee added Stevie Wonder to the diverse group of icons the show has celebrated, which got me thinking — where does Wonder fall among the Glee kids’ homages? Below, check out our rankings of the top ten tribute episodes Glee has undertaken in the past four seasons — along with some videos of the best performance from each musical-icon-filled hour.
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When worlds collide: J.J. Abrams visits the set of 'Downton Abbey'

(Let’s hope he didn’t drive there.)

While gallivanting around Europe to promote Star Trek Into Darkness, J.J. Abrams apparently stopped by one of Britain’s most famous fictional estates: Downton Abbey, home of enough ominous musical cues and mysteries to be, well, a J.J. Abrams creation. Here’s the man himself, mixing something in the kitchen under the watchful eye of Mrs. Hughes (a.k.a. actress Phyllis Logan):

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'Star Trek' Poster Project: Do you want 'Spock's Brain' on your wall?

Acclaimed artist/designer Juan Ortiz continues his great commission to express his Star Trek love by creating retro pulpy movie posters for every single episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. This month’s batch includes “Requiem of Methuselah” (season 3, episode 19), a Trek gloss on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, in which the crew of the Enterprise becomes afflicted with ADHD Rigellian Fever and has to score some Ritalin Ryetalyn from an immortal named Flint; and “Spock’s Brain” (season 3, episode 1), which is considered one of the stupidest episodes of ST:TOS ever. (“Brain and brain! What is brain!?”)

Wrote Leonard Nimoy in I Am Spock: “Frankly, during the entire shooting of that episode, I was embarrassed — a feeling that overcame me many times during the final season of Star Trek.” Smart looking print, though. READ FULL STORY

'Divergent' fun: Which faction would Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and more celebs be placed in?

Divergent superfans, this one is for you. At the beginning of setting up this dystopian adventure, readers learn that all the people living in this world are sorted into five different factions when they come of age. An aptitude test helps place them, but the final decision is theirs (sounds wonderfully familiar, right?). While Beatrice, Caleb and all the rest had a tough decision to make, we got to thinking about where some Hollywood celebs would find themselves if they suddenly woke up in this world. Here are our best guesses for Jennifer Lawrence (Honest!), Lady Gaga (Brave!) and more.

Abnegation (the Selfless)

Angelina Jolie: Sure, she’s got her detractors, but she’s still one of Hollwood’s most famous do-gooders. The actress has traveled to Cambodia, Sierra Leone and many, many other places to speak and help with her main cause: refugees. She’s even a Goodwill Ambassador who has none other than Hillary Clinton as an admirer. READ FULL STORY

The Force is with 'The Empire Strikes Back Uncut,' a new fan remake -- VIDEO

Not so long ago, on an Internet not too far away — in fact, it’s right there, in front of your face — a 20-something computer programmer named Casey Pugh stitched together a Star Wars remake created entirely by fans. He divided the movie into 473 15-second segments, then asked volunteer filmmakers to reshoot any three segments. As EW wrote in 2011, the resulting film is “a giddy mosaic of crude — and some not-so-crude — animation, dads dressed as aluminum-foil droids, family dogs standing in for Chewbacca, and one Michael Bay-style orgy of explosions starring a badass C-3PO driving a stick-shift muscle car.”

And now Pugh’s working on the inevitable sequel: The Empire Strikes Back Uncut, a film that promises to incorporate “kid actors…animated Dagobahs…[and] some of the most inventive props we’ve seen.” Though you’ll find a teaser trailer for the follow-up below, the movie isn’t quite done yet; you can still claim a piece of the puzzle by visiting Uncut‘s website before May 1. (What, May the Fourth seemed too on-the-nose?) May the Force be with you, young Lucas wannabes!

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'Star Wars' meets 'Faster, Pussycat!' in revamped action figures commissioned by Patton Oswalt

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Ah, so this is why neologists invented the word “geekgasm.” Action figure customizer Jamie Follis — known online as “Sillof” — has won legions of fans for his creative reimaginings of toys, which have cast the Avengers as Victorian-era heroes and the Justice League as steampunk creations.

Among those fans is comedian/geek hero Patton Oswalt, who partially based his character in Young Adult on Follis. After years of admiring his work, Oswalt recently gave Follis a new challenge: Transform the denizens of Star Wars into characters inspired by the works of pulp-master Russ Meyer, the director behind buxom ’60s campfests like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! There was just one additional catch — since Meyer’s films were nearly all female-centric, Oswalt wanted the characters to be gender-flipped as well.

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Emma Watson to receive MTV Trailblazer Award. 5 reasons she's our favorite.

An award for her hard work? Hermione Granger would be proud.

Emma Watson will receive the second-ever MTV Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie Awards in a few weeks, the network announced today. (Emma Stone won the title last year.) MTV said in a statement that Watson “endeared herself to fans as one of the most beloved and iconic characters of her generation. She’s been a constant presence in the lives of our audience for more than a decade and is continuing to challenge her craft with upcoming roles as radically diverse as her enormous talent.”

We agree – and thought up five more reasons why she’s our favorite. READ FULL STORY

Twitter celebrates 7th birthday with a 'greatest hits' highlight reel -- VIDEO

On March 21, 2006, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey sent the microblogging site’s very first tweet: “just setting up my twttr.” (The “i” and the “e” would come in time.)

Seven years later, it’s tough to imagine a world without hashtags, @-replies, and the Fail Whale — not to mention the major news events in which Twitter has played a vital role, from the Arab Spring to the downfall of Congressman Anthony Weiner. The site charts several of those highlights in this charming anniversary video, which starts with Twitter’s humble beginnings as a sketch on a legal pad and ends with the future, a.k.a. Vine. US Airways Flight 1549, Barack Obama, and even Oprah (“HI TWITTERS”) pop up along the way as well.

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Geeky tearjerker story of the day, courtesy of Wil Wheaton

If there was any doubt that the toolish Wil Wheaton character on The Big Bang Theory is a very fictionalized version of  the real Wil Wheaton, well, read on, and that doubt won’t last much longer than anyone caught in the path of a phaser set to kill.

On The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper ranks Wil Wheaton as his sixth all-time enemy — his contempt for the Star Trek: The Next Generation actor dates back to a 1995 convention that Sheldon traveled to via 10-hour bus ride to meet his childhood hero, only to discover upon arrival that Wil Wheaton hadn’t shown up.

The real-life Wheaton wrote a post on his Facebook page Tuesday about a full weekend of meeting fans that was decidedly different from Sheldon’s no-show story. The post starts out as a rather familiar and typical story about the joy a life-long geek-turned-famous finds in paying it forward at conventions, meeting fans who stand in line for hours to get his autograph and to share their appreciation for his work, much as he did at conventions growing up. Wheaton explains that last weekend at MegaCon in Orlando, Fla., he met “dozens of people who told me that they were scientists, engineers, doctors, or programmers because they were inspired by Wesley Crusher.”

But his story turns worthy of a PopWatch post with the word “tearjerker” in the headline when Wheaton begins to recount one meeting with a fan “that stands out, that moved me so much, I’ve been struggling to find the right words to recount it.” He ends the post — about meeting a fan who recovered from illness and years later was well enough to come to his signing– by saying “I’m still overwhelmed when I think about what that means, and how I was part of it.” PopWatchers, grab a box of tissues and read an excerpt from his story below, then click over to Wheaton’s Facebook page for the full recounting: READ FULL STORY

Attention Rory: The Gilmore-iest love advice from Lorelai Gilmore now that Alexis Bledel is engaged

Oy with the poodles already: One of our Gilmore Girls is getting married!

Alexis Bledel is engaged to marry her Mad Men co-star Vincent Kartheiser, EW has confirmed. While Bledel most recently spent a few episodes last season on Mad Men engaging in a brief and torrid affair with Pete Campbell, her happier Rory Gilmore days were filled with love triangles, books, and a ton of meals at Luke’s Diner. We got to reminiscing and we wondered what Lorelai – a woman of way more than a few words – would have to say to her daughter now that she’s engaged. P.S. We already know what Luke would wish for her: “If not a prince, someone who’s gonna be good for her….She can have adventures and be free, she’s smart. The whole world’s waiting for her.” All together now: Awwww.

Below, the very best Gilmore Girls love advice, straight from the coolest mom ever. READ FULL STORY

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