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A 'New Year's Eve'-esque Hanukkah movie, starring Natalie Portman and Drake? EW can see it now...

Valentine’s DayNew Year’s Eve. Christmas, via Love Actually. Plenty of cold-weather holidays have inspired lighthearted ensemble rom-coms featuring intertwining stories and scads of celebrities. So why not the Jewish Festival of Lights?

That’s where we come in. This year, EW decided to celebrate Hanukkah (which begins tonight at sundown) by imagining our ideal Hanukkah movie—starring a boatload of Jewish celebrities (appearing under their real names!) and directed, of course, by Garry Marshall.

Click below to see our movie’s im-poster, designed as always by Jef Castro—and to learn which boldface names Hillary Busis and Esther Zuckerman decided to pair up in the film. P.S. Mandy Patinkin cameos as the spirit of Judah Maccabee. You’re welcome.


Jimmy Kimmel revamps 'Thor' as a romantic comedy: 'Jane Foster was looking for love in all the wrong places'


Is Thor: The Dark World really just a sweet romantic comedy hidden beneath all that armor and Fabio hair?

Well that’s the new marketing campaign Jimmy Kimmel thinks Marvel ought to adopt, in order to get more women into the theaters when the Thor sequel opens Friday. On Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, he showed a trailer highlighting the plight of poor astrophysicist Jane Foster as “looking for love in all the wrong places” cut with Harlequin romance novel shots of Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) sculpted back. The best part? Kimmel changes the title to something Hugh Grant would surely approve of – Thor Actually.

Maybe Kimmel is onto something. Girl geeks want to find love too. At least highlighting the Marvel movie’s romantic stuff gives new meaning to “hammertime.”

Watch Kimmel’s fake Thor Actually trailer here: READ FULL STORY

'Inside the Actors Studio' reaches 250 episodes: The best clips from the first 249

Acting guru and ex-Parisian pimp — seriously — James Lipton has never had trouble attracting big names to Inside the Actors Studio, which began airing on Bravo in 1994. Lipton’s first interview was with former Actors Studio president Paul Newman; the show’s first season also featured heavy hitters like Alec Baldwin, Sally Field, Dennis Hopper, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, and Stephen Sondheim.

Nearly 20 years later, Lipton has chatted with hundreds of boldfaced names both awe-inspiring (Meryl Streep! Morgan Freeman! ) and… occasionally less awe-inspiring (was anyone really yearning to hear J. Lo describe her craft?). And naturally, those visits have produced days’ worth of footage containing innumerable gems. So, on the eve of the show’s big 250th Episode Spectacular — which airs tonight at 7 p.m. ET and will feature repeat visitors Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Barbara Walters, and, er, Jennifer Lopez again — we looked back at some of our favorite moments from episodes past.


Style: 19 extreme celebrity hair makeovers -- PHOTOS

Bold, short looks are taking Hollywood by storm. Charlize Theron is a rocking a new ‘do, following in the footsteps of Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes, and more. Check out some of the best and worst new styles of the season (and a few looks back on short cuts that made a splash in seasons past)!

Charlize Theron

Charlize shaved her head for the upcoming Mad Max, but this is the first time we’ve seen her pared down locks — a far cry from her usual golden tresses.


Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, and Kerry Washington to speak at the DNC

Yes, but will they argue with furniture?

The Democratic National Convention’s Thursday schedule is still top-secret — but according to CNN, Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson, Oscar winner Natalie Portman, and EWwy favorite Kerry Washington will address the floor together. The news network also says that the actresses will follow a performance by The Foo Fighters. Political conventions: sounding more and more like the VMAs every day!

Each member of the trio has been a vocal supporter of Obama since 2008. Portman recently spoke in favor of the president at the Nevada Women Vote 2012 Summit in Las Vegas. Her Other Boleyn Girl costar Johansson held a fashion-themed Obama fundraiser with Vogue‘s Anna Wintour in February. And Washington wrote an impassioned opinion piece about the election for News One this summer, urging supporters to volunteer for Obama’s campaign. Her character on Scandal also has a very, er, special relationship with the show’s fictional president.


The Bible is suddenly the hottest thing in Hollywood. What other scriptural tales could work as feature films?

Hollywood is — if nothing else — a land of over-stuffed bandwagons, and as studio suits begin to tire of super-sizing fairy tales, the latest micro-trend in “let’s-try-launching-this-kind-of-franchise” appears to be feature films based on the Bible.

The first, director Darren Aronofsky’s take on Noah, just recently wrapped filming in Iceland with Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins. The rest of the Bible-based projects remain in some stage of development without an official greenlight, but many have A-list names hovering around them. According to Deadline, there are two possible films about Moses, with Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg respectively circling the directors’ chairs. Will Smith is reportedly eyeing the story of Cain & Abel as his directorial debut. Paul Verhoeven is developing a biopic about Jesus, based on Verhoeven’s own book and research, that strips away all the miracles of the New Testament. Most recently, screenwriter Vera Blasi (Woman on Top) penned a script about Pontius Pilate — i.e. the man who condemned Jesus Christ to the cross — that was just snapped up by Warner Bros.

But that is just scratching the surface when it comes to Bible stories that are ready-made for the big screen, especially in the Old Testament. In the interest of providing Hollywood with even more half-baked ideas, my colleague Darren Franich and I humbly suggest the following ecclesiastical tales as sure-fire potential box office blockbusters:  READ FULL STORY

Style & Design: Natalie Portman strips down for Dior, Rachel and Kurt's 'Glee' loft and more

Natalie Portman disrobes (again!) for Dior. See photos of the Oscar winner’s sexy campaign for the brand’s “New Nude” makeup and more stars who have gone nearly nude in advertisements. [Stylist]

Let’s go to the mall! From Clueless to Commando, watch 15 movie scenes that take place in shopping centers. [AV Club]

Multi-hyphenate James Franco adds T-shirt designer to his resume, creating a collection of tees — which feature his work as a photographer — for Seven for All Mankind. [WWD]

Get a sneak peek at the New York City loft that Rachel and Kurt will inhabit on season 4 of Glee. [Vulture]

This week, Net-a-Porter launched it’s virtual wish list tool and Pinterest got an app upgrade, which means it’s easier than ever to spend money and browse interior design porn while you’re on the go. [Art Info]

Nikki Minaj gives fans a first look at the bottle for her fragrance Pink Friday, and says it smells “like angels playing.” [Twitter]

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Your party is a wonderland: 'Vanity Fair' Paramount portrait is an A-list playground

Image credit: Art Streiber, exclusively for Vanity Fair

Well, I just lost my afternoon. In honor of Paramount’s 100th anniversary, Vanity Fair has “assembled 116 of the greatest talents ever to work at the studio.” That means Leo, Bob, and Marty, some icons of the studio’s golden age (hello, Eva Marie Saint, Jerry Lewis, and Michael York!), almost the entire casts of Transformers and Star Trek, and even that Canadian whippersnapper Justin Bieber, whom you might remember from a little indie film called Never Say Never. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg (Titanic zing, hey-yo!).

Because Vanity Fair knows you want to see every one of those 116 faces up close and personal, they’ve installed a zoom function on their site. Fair warning, PopWatchers: This thing is addictive. Click through at your own risk. Below, we scope out a few of the famous faces and hand out our portrait honors. READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney directs Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp in new music videos -- WATCH

Want Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp to star in your music video? Here’s a handy step-by-step guide to making it happen:

1. Be Paul McCartney. (Note: This one’s pretty important.)

2. Call Natalie Portman.

3. Open with some small talk — possible topics include Brad and Angie’s engagement, the last issue of GOOP, and Game of Thrones. (Even celebrities love Game of Thrones, right?)

4. Ask her to be in your video.

5. Wait for her to say yes.

6. Call Depp; repeat steps three to five.

McCartney himself has mastered this formula. Last Friday, the Beatle premiered three new clips for “My Valentine,” a single off his grade-A album Kisses on the Bottom. One shows the Black Swan actress signing the song’s lyrics. The second features the man behind Jack Sparrow doing the same. And in the third video, both stars appear. READ FULL STORY

Shira Lazar of 'What's Trending': Can social media predict the Oscar winners?


For the past few years, social media has become the watercooler for online chatter surrounding any big televised event, and awards season is no exception. Every show has its own hashtag, winner trend, and surprise on-air moments that get shared and go viral more quickly then ever before. But can online chatter reveal who the winners may be?

The Meltwater Group, which measured online buzz last year, predicted two of three big Academy Award wins: The King’s Speech, which won Best Picture, had the most Twitter mentions, as did Best Actress Natalie Portman. James Franco, however, who seemed to win in terms of Web engagement, lost to Colin Firth for Best Actor.

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