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This Week's Cover: Our Entertainers of the Year!

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And EW’s Entertainer of the Year is…Sandra Bullock!

She is the gift that keeps on giving. First the 49-year-old Oscar winner teamed up with the uproarious Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s winning buddy cop comedy The Heat. Then, as Dr. Ryan Stone in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Bullock gives an emotionally naked performance that will likely earn her an Oscar nomination. Bullock’s tremendous talent and range — to say nothing of the woman’s trademark grace and good humor in good times and bad — is what earned her the top spot on our annual list of the most exciting performers in 2013.

Bullock’s one-two punch demanded a fair amount of give and take from the actor. When she signed on to The Heat Bullock didn’t expect to be playing straight man to McCarthy’s firehose-blast of a performance. “Once I realized that that drove the film I had to step back,” she says. “Otherwise I would’ve been fighting for something that would’ve ended up on the cutting room floor. It wasn’t what I was hoping for but the end result was the success of the film and people liking us together.” While Bullock nixes any talk of The Heat 2, she says she’s keen for another project with her fast friend McCarthy. (Hollywood, get on this!) READ FULL STORY

Director Edgar Wright on 'Ant-Man': 'I think people will be surprised' -- let's cast the hero!

Another day, another bread crumb of scoop from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In a recent interview with ET, The World’s End director Edgar Wright discussed his latest project, a little Marvel movie called Ant-Man. Wright states that the Phase 3 MCU film may not be the type of superhero movie audience are expecting.

I want to make him [Ant-Man] into a badass [Laughs]. No, I always liked that comic and I always thought it would be an interesting thing to see in live-action. That’s why I [showed] that Comic-Con test that we did for Marvel, to show this fight scene like a proof of content, like this is what the action is going to look like. I think a lot of people who maybe don’t know the character sort of see that test and go, “Oh, right, I get it. It’s like an action film,” so that’s the idea. I think people will be surprised by what kind of movie it is, and so in that respect it’s something that I know is going to stand out because it’s got a very different story and is a very different movie.

Wright, known for action comedies like Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,  also addressed how he’ll infuse Ant-Man with humor:

Well, I think the Marvel movies are funny, you know? I think generally the Iron Man films and The Avengers is funny. They’re not ever in the comedy section, but they are funny and entertaining, so I think it’ll be something in a similar vein to that.

Casting rumors center on Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd as front-runners for the role, but Gordon-Levitt recently denied those rumors, stating, “I’m always the first to tell my fans if there’s really something happening, so if you don’t hear it from me, it’s just people spouting out rumors.” So does that leave Rudd, known for his comedic takes in movies like I Love You, Man and This is 40, as the uncontested top pick for Ant-Man?

Assuming it’s not too late to throw some additional hats in the ring, here are a few other candidates who bring the changeable comic character to life:
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Google Middle-Earth: Explore the lands of 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' in epic detail

Ever need to pull up directions from your place in Bree to your friend’s hut in the Trollshaw Forest? Well, now you can! Well, not exactly, but this partnership between Google and creative minds of The Hobbit franchise brings you pretty close.

Google’s latest “Chrome Experiment” provides viewers an interactive 3-D guide through the world of hobbits, dwarves, trolls, and more. Available searchable locations include Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell, and Dol Guldur with Thranduil’s Hall, Lake-Town, and Erebor to be unlocked in the future. (Hint: the unlocked locations are featured in the upcoming prequel-sequel, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.)
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Throwback Thursday: What was your first midnight showing experience?

Tonight you’ll find me at my local movie theater for the midnight showing of Catching Fire. Well, not technically midnight. My movie starts at 11:15 p.m. because, apparently, the art of the midnight showing is changing into the art of the one-day-early showing, but that’s beside the point. I still expect a theater experience at least midnight showing-adjacent, which means a packed house, people in costume, and at least one memorable crowd reaction, all of which got me thinking about my first actual midnight movie.

Surprisingly for a movie addict, I didn’t attend a midnight showing until the summer after I graduated high school. My first midnight trip to the theater was on July 18, 2008 to see The Dark Knight. Not too shabby a pick!

I remember the theater being packed. I went with friends, my brother, and his friends, and we all ended up having to sit separately. Cops went around the theater threatening people about using their cell phones. If they saw any light during the film, you’d be escorted out.

The next thing I remember was The Joker’s big entrance. I’m not talking about the first time we saw him on the screen. I’m talking about the pencil scene. You know the one:

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Watch 'Doctor Who' actor David Tennant in 'Richard II' teaser -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Catching the wave of the hugely anticipated 50th-anniversary 3-D special (airing on BBC America on Nov. 23 at 2:50 p.m. ET), here’s a chance to watch EW’s fan favorite Time Lord in action in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard II in a new cinema series entitled “Live From Stratford-Upon-Avon” which will roll out a total of four filmed theatrical productions from the RSC to cinemas all over the globe.

Director Gregory Doran (also the RSC’s artistic director) had this to say about the roll-out: “We are thrilled to be bringing the work we make in Stratford-Upon-Avon to the widest possible audience. Through a brand-new partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment, who have a great track record in screening the arts live, we can share the RSC’s contemporary interpretations of our house playwright across the U.K. and around the world, direct from Shakespeare’s home town.”

Richard II is currently playing in London until Jan. 25, but we saved you an oceanic crossover by providing this teaser for the production, to be shown in U.S. cinemas beginning Dec. 3 and continuing to Jan. 2, 2014. In this five-minute snippet, watch as Tennant, in a very Jesus-meets-Emma Thompson getup, charismatically claims his take on the classic “God save the King” monologue from the Bard tragedy.
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I'm Still Not Over...Tod and Copper's friendship in 'The Fox and the Hound'

Growing up on Disney movies, I was constantly learning valuable life lessons while simultaneously crying my eyes out. For example: Simba defeats Scar in The Lion King and the good guys win! I learn all about fighting for what’s right and good overcoming evil. Mufasa appears in the clouds and tells Simba how proud he is of his son! I burst into tears for the hundredth time during that hour and a half. That was simply my relationship with Disney movies. However, there was always one film that filled me with irregular amounts of joy … and ripped my heart from my chest more than the rest. So let’s talk about The Fox and the Hound.

The Fox and the Hound told the story of Tod, an adopted baby Fox, and Copper, a young hound dog in training. Tod and Copper were neighbors, and when they were still young (a.k.a. before their societal roles were forced upon them), they were the best of friends. They hung out every day, even when Copper was told he wasn’t allowed to because he was a hound dog, and Tod would one day be his prey. But Copper didn’t care. He spent his days splashing around with Tod and attempting to howl in what might be the cutest two seconds in cinema history.

There are many things that I’m still not over when it comes to this movie. I’m still not over how freakin’ adorable these two were as young babies running around (See: Tod playing with Copper’s ears). I’m still not over how unfair it was that society pulled them apart when Copper had to become a hunting dog. And I’m really still not over the moment when Copper’s owner threatened Tod’s life, forcing Tod’s mother to drive out to the middle of nowhere and leave Tod on the side of the road in what might be the saddest four minutes in cinema history:
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Who should play crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in the inevitable movie? -- POLL

If there’s one thing I enjoy more than listening to crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford talk about recently purchasing illegal drugs or that time he didn’t tell a female staffer he wanted to have oral sex with her, it’s thinking who I will one day hear saying this stuff when the inevitable movie about his time in office gets made. (My pitch? “It’s Bob Roberts on crack — literally.”)

The name that first popped into my head was that of ex-Mad TV cast member Will Sasso, partly because he is himself Canadian and partly because I happen to believe he is an underrated comic actor, but mostly because he’s bald. Of course, there are many other options.

Who do you think would make for a good Rob Ford? Please do vote below. The good news: Whoever you vote for, you won’t end up with a crack-smoking mayor. (Unless, of course, you live in Toronto. Sorry, Toronto!)
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Jennifer Lawrence's 'InStyle' cover: 'Catching Fire' star talks 'warped' mean girls, not working out

With Catching Fire just over a week away, the press tour is well on its way, which directly translates to: It’s time for Jennifer Lawrence to make us fall head-over-heels in love with her again … as if we weren’t already. After all, this is the girl who held up her Oscar and flipped off a photographer all at the same time. Just ask Jack Nicholson, there’s nothing not to love.

And as the press tour continues, Lawrence’s face (and new hair do) will be hard to miss, starting with the December issue of InStyle (on stands Friday), in which she talks about everything from her exercise routine to her couch-surfing skills.
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Jennifer Lawrence, 'Hunger Games' cast on their favorite YA books of all time

EW readers are in the midst of a bitter battle to crown the greatest YA book of all time. So who better to influence your opinions than the cast of one of the most popular young adult series of the moment — The Hunger Games.

At the London premiere for the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (in theaters Nov. 22), Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and more opened up about their favorite YA series.
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'This Is the End' was Blockbuster's last rental...ever

The Blockbuster era has officially come to an end, which is why it was incredibly fitting that the last rental ever made at one of the chain’s stores was Seth Rogen’s latest film, This Is the End.

The final rental was made in Hawaii at 11 p.m. on Nov. 9 . Blockbuster employees posed with the man behind the purchase for a photo op that the company then tweeted:
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