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Best of 2011: The Year in Memes

After 2011, will the word “occupy” ever mean the same thing to you again? Can you ever deny the omnipotence of Ryan Gosling? (He’s a gentleman and a feminist scholar!) A Californian taxidermist and a Pop Tart-shaped cat with a catchy theme song suddenly had relevance, and everyday folks like you and me suddenly had a chance for a date with the likes of Justin Timberlake.

These are just a sampling of the most memorable memes to overtake the World Wide Web over the last 12 months. We’ve got one for every month. Check them out after the jump! READ FULL STORY

Make 'em laugh: Our favorite celebrity crack-ups

In honor of EW’s Comedy issue (on newsstands now), we’ve put together a compilation of our favorite celebrity crack-ups. From Ryan Gosling’s giggle to Britney Spears’ snort, Natalie Portman’s adorkable Golden Globes guffaw, “serious newsman” Anderson Cooper’s show-stopping hysterics, and everything in between, we’ve hand-picked stars’ best funny haha moments. Check out the unexpected — and infectious — video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Matt Damon to make the leap from actor to director. Who's next in line?

No one was surprised by yesterday’s news that Matt Damon would finally take his place in the director’s chair. Since co-writing Good Will Hunting and enjoying an amazing apprenticeship with Hollywood’s greatest working directors (like Clint Eastwood), the Oscar-winner actually seemed overdue to join his friend Ben Affleck on the other side of the camera. Maybe it’s his Harvard pedigree or his thoughtful talk-show banter, but Damon always seemed like an actor with vision and ambition who would thrive creatively as the captain of the film production.

As a result, Damon spent the last several years answering the question, “So when are you going to direct?”, and now that’s he’s committed to directing a small-town drama co-written by John Krasinski, we can pose the same question to other actors we’d like to see join the ranks of George Clooney, Sean Penn, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, and Sarah Polley as actor auteurs.

Below, I’ve listed my top-5 actors who I most want to hear say, “Action!”: READ FULL STORY

'Friends With Benefits' vs. 'No Strings Attached': Let's compare!

Now that the Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis romantic comedy Friends With Benefits has finally hit theaters, we can legitimately compare its plot with that of the similarly-themed, hooking-up-with-an-otherwise-platonic-buddy Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman romantic comedy No Strings Attached. Turns out, they’re not quite as alike as you may have thought. SPOILER ALERT! READ FULL STORY

Did 'No Strings Attached, 'Your Highness' 'tarnish' Natalie Portman's Oscar?

No doubt, Natalie Portman has had plenty of victories in 2011. In the beginning of this year alone, she snagged a graceful man (fiancé Benjamin Millepied), a little man (a baby boy), and a very little man with big clout known as Oscar. Still, has 2011 proven to be a bad year for the Black Swan star?

That’s what the Hollywood Prospectus blog is claiming, at least. Using Rotten Tomatoes, the blog calculated the post-Oscar movie scores of all the Academy Award-winning actors with 2011 movies (11 in total) to determine which one “tarnished” their Academy Award the most during the course of the year. READ FULL STORY

'Friends With Benefits'/'No Strings Attached' mash-up trailer: Same premise... same movie?!

If you saw the trailer for the upcoming Justin Timberlake/Mila Kunis comedy Friends with Benefits and thought to yourself, “Hmm, haven’t I seen this before, except it starred Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman and it was called No Strings Attached?”, we wouldn’t blame you, friend-o! In fact, you needn’t look further than the meticulously edited FWB/NSA mash-up trailer of the two 2011 comedies to see that just about everything from the glossy love affairs that don’t end in bitterness to the wacky sidekicks to even wackier parents, is strikingly similar. To be fair, we can’t really say how much Friends With Benefits resembles No Strings Attached, since the former has yet to hit the big screen yet (we’ll have to wait until July 22). But as long as the line “I’m warning you, if you take one step closer, I’m never letting you go” doesn’t wind up in Friends With Benefits, I’ll automatically consider it the better of the two.

Watch the full trailer below and see if you can tell the difference between the flicks. Tell me PopWatchers, is this the best been-there-done-that trailer this year or does that title still belong to the Hangover 1 and 2 mash-up? I smell a new Golden Trailer category! READ FULL STORY

New 'Tomb Raider' trailer features young Lara Croft... who looks exactly like Natalie Portman. (Or Jessica Biel? Or Lacey Chabert?)

Remember that wacky Final Fantasy movie, where one of the main characters looked exactly like Ben Affleck but was voiced by Alec Baldwin? There’s a similar cognitive dissonance at work in the trailer for 2012’s Tomb Raider videogame reboot, in which the iconic Lara Croft gets de-aged. (Muppet Babies-style preboots are so hot right now.) Young Croft sounds strikingly like Keira Knightley… but her face looks exactly like Natalie Portman. (Of course, Knightley used to look so much like Portman that she played her double in The Phantom Menace. Ow, my brain!)

At least, I thought she looked like Natalie Portman. Portmanologist Adam Markovitz says I’m crazy, and claims the new Croft is a dead ringer for Lacey Chabert. Meanwhile, Photo Editor/Facial Recognition Expert Connie Yu thinks she’s a digital clone of Jessica Biel. Rorschach alert! PopWatchers, which of us is right? Watch the trailer and decided for yourself: READ FULL STORY

Watch a pre-teen Natalie Portman dance at summer camp -- VIDEO

First, Natalie Portman’s Black Swan body double Sarah Lane told EW that she, and not the Oscar-winning Portman, had performed 95 percent of the full-body dance shots in the ballet thriller. Then, Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky and co-star Mila Kunis denied Lane’s claims. Finally, Portman danced around the controversy in her one and only comment on the topic to E!, saying “I’m really proud of everyone’s work on the movie and of my experience.” And now comes video that has no bearing on the controversy whatsoever (though many will likely try to spin it into an argument defending or criticizing Portman): Footage of the actress dancing at the Stage Door Manor Performing Arts Summer Camp in New York’s Catskill Mountains as a pre-teen. (You can see Portman starting at the 2:30 mark.) Though it certainly does not prove Portman’s dance skills during the filming of Black Swan — this was, after all, shot more than a decade earlier — the fun footage does at least show that Portman did had a passion for the art. Watch the video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert uses 'Star Wars' to blast Mike Huckabee, puts him on notice

Stephen Colbert had harsh words for Friend of The Colbert Report Mike Huckabee on last night’s show. To begin with, he took offense to Huckabee using Oscar winner Natalie Portman as an example of someone glorifying having children out of wedlock. “Look, I’m no fan of single mothers either. But it’s Natalie Portman we’re talking about. That kid she’s pregnant with is Luke Skywalker,” Colbert said, mouthing think, think. “So logically, if you’re against her pregnancy that means you’ve aligned yourself politically with Emperor Palpatine. You’re alienating all of Tatooine. It’s a swing planet.” Watch the clip below. READ FULL STORY

Mike Huckabee blasts Natalie Portman for pregnancy out of wedlock, National Organization for Women tells EW he's 'offensively disrespectful'

portman-HuckabeeImage Credit: Andrew Evans/PR Photos; David Livingston/Getty ImagesLess than a week after her Best Actress win at the Oscars, Natalie Portman has been criticized by former Arkansas governor (and potential presidential candidate) Mike Huckabee for helping to “glorify and glamorize” the idea of children born out of wedlock. “People see a Natalie Portman or some other Hollywood starlet who boasts of, ‘Hey look, you know, we’re having children, we’re not married… and they’re doing just fine,” said Huckabee during a Feb. 28 radio interview on The Michael Medved Show (which is just making the rounds now), according to a transcript posted on Media Matters. READ FULL STORY

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