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Nominated for Nothing: Why the Academy should go back in time to honor 'Looper'

Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.

The Film: Looper, writer-director Rian Johnson’s head-twisty sci-fi tale of Joe, a mob assassin (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who kills marks sent back from the future — until one day his future self (played by Bruce Willis) zaps back from the past as Joe’s latest mark. Then things get really freaky.  READ FULL STORY

Will Joseph Gordon-Levitt play Batman in 'Justice League' and 'Man of Steel'? Well...

The internet feels like such a cold and empty place without any Batman movie rumors. Fortunately, HitFix posted a report late last night that is at once totally crazy and entirely plausible. According to the site, Joseph Gordon-Levitt — who played John Blake, a.k.a. Twist-Ending Robin, in The Dark Knight Rises – is already set to play Batman in the still-evolving superteam film Justice League. Moreover, reporter Drew McWeeny claims that Gordon-Levitt might be appearing in Man of Steel for a quick continuity cameo, à la Downey Jr. in Incredible Hulk. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Anne Hath-a-way about her -- VOTE

We’ve known for a long time that Anne Hathaway is brave enough for just about anything in front of the camera. (See: Brokeback Mountain and hosting the Oscars.) So it was no surprise to see her star in pretty much every SNL sketch when she hosted for the third time this past weekend. Her impersonations were hilarious — Homeland, Katie Holmes — she sang, of course, and she wasn’t afraid to commit to the potentially disastrous — the “Sloppy Swish,” which I loved!

Yet there’s still a little public ambivalence about Hathaway, in general, judging from our comments board, so I’m extremely eager to see where the Oscar-nominated actress will place in this week’s best-host poll. Last week’s host, Louis C.K., made a strong impression at the polls, but will it be a lasting one? Bruno Mars saw more than half of his initial support disappear, while Seth MacFarlane held relatively steady to finish in third place. Joseph Gordon-Levitt dropped precipitously but still managed to edge Christina Applegate and survive elimination. He’ll be hard-pressed to hang for another week, though. READ FULL STORY

'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Louis C.K. in, 007 out -- VOTE

The expectations were high for Louis C.K. on Saturday night. Fans of his stand-up and sitcom expected him to invigorate a show that has seemed a tad uneven so far this season. Throw in the fact that his appearance followed one of the most devastating storms New York City had ever experienced, and the fact that it was the last episode before the presidential election, and it was as close to a must-see episode as Saturday Night Live has had in some time. And for most of four score and seven (or so) minutes, he delivered the goods, setting the tone in his opening monologue, and saving some of the best laughs of the night for a last-call sketch with Kate McKinnon. I can pretty much guarantee he’s going to make an impression in this week’s Mr. Saturday Night vote. He seemed as engaged and prepared as any of the actors — except perhaps for his one Game of Thrones sketch misfire — and he can’t really be blamed for the show’s decision to go light on the election.

Last week, we received the first feedback on which previous hosts connected with viewers. As per normal, the most recent host, Bruno Mars, led the way. The double-threat (host and musical guest) scored 40.3 percent of the vote. The season premiere’s host, Seth MacFarlane, proved that viewers hadn’t forgotten his magic, collecting 21.3 percent. Joseph Gordon-Levitt finished third with 19.0 percent and Christina Applegate was close behind with 16.3 percent. Daniel Craig’s lackluster stint was reflected in his poor showing at the polls; he grabbed just 3.1 percent. (Fortunately, he’s freakin’ James Bond, and is not shaken or stirred, I’m sure.)

A simple reminder of the rules before you vote below: Who was the best SNL host? READ FULL STORY

Who has been the best 'Saturday Night Live' host so far this season? -- VOTE

For a guest host of Saturday Night Live, the day after the show can be cruel. Or awesome. The public’s reception is rarely in between extremes. Either a host was incredible, awesome, hilarious, the best ever! Or they were brutal, excruciating, painful, the worst! It’s part of the risk of stepping on the stage at Studio 8H, live, in front of millions of people who are waiting to see if the magic they’ve seen before in a guest’s movies, TV shows, or music videos is the real deal. Sometimes, judging by Twitter, it seems like we’re waiting for these brave souls to fall on their faces, but what we really want is something special, something we can hold up as greatness in 10 years when we whine again that the show used to better way back when.

Last year, EW began tracking the Saturday Night Live hosts in a less myopic way. Sort of. Thumbs up or thumbs down is no longer an option — rather, who was the best host of the season? In May, voters named Jimmy Fallon the first-ever Mr. Saturday Night. Now that we’re five episodes in to this season, it’s time to take a closer look at who delivered laughs so far and who choked on silence. Bruno Mars performed double-duty last night, but how did he compare to Seth MacFarlane and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or Daniel Craig and Christina Applegate?

I don’t have to tell you that this is serious business. Deadly serious. Don’t let the fact that Fallon’s “victory” didn’t even warrant a mention on his Wikipedia page. You know he holds the nonexistent trophy close to his heart, and that whenever he bumps in to Melissa McCarthy or Will Ferrell, he casually mentions, “You know, you should host SNL some day.” Ouch. But he earned it. He earned it with his Bieber impression and his low-rent War Horse stage performance, and it’s why he’s at the top of many fans’ lists for who they want to see return this season.

The rules are simple: Who was the best host? It shouldn’t be a popularity contest, but rather, who killed it? Who had you giggling until Wednesday? Whose hilarious sketch did you bookmark online and watch over and over and over? Below, I’ve embedded one clip for each of the five hosts, just to remind you of their recent performances. Vote below, and the host with the least support will be eliminated, and the other four will advance to compete against Louis CK on Nov. 3. Ultimately, we’ll eliminate the less memorable hosts and crown a new Mr. or Mrs. Saturday Night. Watch and vote below. READ FULL STORY

Who should play Harry Osborn in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'?

Tucked inside the news that Shailene Woodley is in talks to play Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the news that director Marc Webb is also on the hunt for an actor to play Peter Parker’s best friend, roommate, and eventual arch enemy Harry Osborn.

The role of the troubled only son of mysterious and distant mega-conglomerate mogul Norman Osborn was, of course, played by James Franco in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. Franco was cast as the rakishly handsome counterpart to Tobey Maguire’s nerdy everyman, but with the new Peter Parker played by the rather rakishly handsome Andrew Garfield, who should fill the shoes of his monied compatriot? Not surprisingly, we have some ideas.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt set to take hitRECord to school

Joseph Gordon-Levitt has already had an amazing 2012. Not only was he one of the best things in The Dark Knight Rises, but he killed it in Looper, and he’s set to bask in greatness in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, playing the son of Daniel Day-Lewis’ president. As anyone who saw his recent hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, though, the 31-year-old is not one to rest on his laurels and stop taking chances. Beginning Nov. 13, Gordon-Levitt will embark on a six-city college tour with his collaborative art project, hitRECord. Tickets go on sale today.

Gordon-Levitt launched his unique artistic experiment as a website back in 2005, inviting artists of all types and talents to contribute to creative projects. Soon, the site grew into a real production company that yielded short films, music videos, and books that have since become elements of the hitRECord live shows, which Gordon-Levitt has brought to such high-profile venues as the Sundance Film Festival.

The hitRECord show that comes to campuses next month (schedule below) will be the most polished and hi-tech that Gordon-Levitt has ever presented. He recently announced partnerships with Levi’s and Sony Electronics that will make his live show even more dynamic: in addition to financial support, Sony Electronics are donating their cameras so that members of the audience can shoot professional-grade footage of the show.

Listen to Gordon-Levitt explain more below: READ FULL STORY

Leonardo DiCaprio, Selena Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres want you to 'Vote 4 Stuff' -- VIDEO

Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Amanda Seyfried. Edward Norton. Zac Efron. Tobey Maguire? No, it’s not an overstuffed ensemble comedy from the guys who brought you Martin Luther King Day — it’s a new PSA for Vote4Stuff, a nonpartisan campaign created by Maguire and his buddy Leonardo DiCaprio. Eat your heart out, Rock the Vote!

The video starts out silly — vote for “gays in the military, exclusively!” says Sarah Silverman; “I vote yes on cats. I know they’re up to something, but I like them,” counters Benicio Del Toro — but eventually gets serious. These celebs want us regular Joes and Janes to make short videos about the electoral issues we care about, some of which will be incorporated into the Vote4Stuff campaign later this month. It’ll be tough for any of those normal people-created clips to be as amusing as this one — but if you’re up for the challenge, you can learn more about Vote4Stuff on Facebook. In the meantime, let’s argue about which star’s fake political issue is the funniest:


'Saturday Night Live' recap: Joseph Gordon-Levitt strips, sings and crossdresses

As if there was any doubt Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a talented multi-hyphenate before, his performance last night certainly put any lingering doubt to rest. While the writing in the sketches wasn’t always hilarious, Gordon-Levitt – much like Seth MacFarlane last week – came prepared to have fun. It was obvious he was up for anything and giving the show his all, keeping the energy high whether he was in a Magic Mike-inspired stripper routine of a monologue, or a raunchy Beatles sing-along.

The episode didn’t get off to the best start. In lieu of a political cold opener, it did a parody of Live! With Kelly and Michael. With Nasim Pedrad as Ripa, and Jay Pharoah as Michael Strahan, the sketch was dead on arrival. Kelly’s tiny (and ripped!) Michael is huge! They’re two different sized people on the same program! Comedy gold! The only highlight was Bill Hader as guest Robert Pattinson. Sullen and brooding (with some great-styled hair) Hader once again proved that he’s a a total MVP for this show. But the opener was really just preamble to the highlight of the episode: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s monologue. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: The Emmys, 'Looper,' and 'The Avengers' Blu-ray

The Emmys are meant to honor the best of the best at the conclusion of a television season, but from a PopWatch Planner point of view, tonight’s ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, is the ideal kick-off for a week of much-anticipated television premieres. Now only do some old favorites return  — Modern Family, Dancing With the Stars — but we finally get to peek at some of the most promising new shows. (I’m crossing my fingers for Last Resort.)

So you’ll forgive me if this week’s Planner is Boob Tube heavy, but for any true coach potato, this week is Christmas. Make sure your DVR is well-rested, because it will be put to the test every night. (Revenge versus Good Wife…?) These are the days that make Homer Simpson’s words resonate: “Television! Teacher, mother, secret lover.” Be not ashamed.


The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 8 p.m.

Host Jimmy Kimmel has already promised viewers “the biggest prank ever pulled” when he takes the stage at the Nokia Theatre, and he’s also hinted that the event might serve as a reunion for the Handsome Men’s Club. Apparently, there are also awards to be handed out. Will Amy Poehler and Jon Hamm receive their first trophies?


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