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PopWatch Prescription: Movies the whole family can enjoy (really!)

For many families, the most stressful part of Thanksgiving isn’t figuring out a way to keep turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, yams, and Parker House rolls hot all at the same time. Instead, it’s finding the perfect post-tryptophan-overdose, pre-nap viewing—something capable of entertaining your hyperactive-five-year-old, your too-cool teenage nephew, your weird aunt, and your 94-year-old Great-Grandma Dot… all at the same time. Just call it a quest for the White Whale of movies—or at least the cinematic equivalent of the traveling pants.

That’s where we come in. EW’s brain trust has come up with a few simple guidelines that should help you find the perfect family film. Obviously, all families are unique, and every idea might not work for every clan; EW.com news editor Ashley Fetters, for instance, swears she knows a family that makes a point of watching Werner Herzog’s Grizzly Man over the holidays. Still, general consensus led us to these five basic rules. (Psst: If you need even more guidance, our list of 55 Movies Your Child Must See is another good starting point.) READ FULL STORY

Your guide to this weekend's holiday TV movies

Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas kicked off Halloween night—you read that right—and the network is holiday movies 24/7 this weekend. Lifetime is also ringing in the season early. (ABC Family, meanwhile, has to wait for Dec. 1 before it starts its 25 Days of Christmas.) May we recommend:

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'True Blood' auctioning off Sookie's bloody finale dress

Spoiler alert: If you’re a True Blood fan who loved the final scene between Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer), you can now own a piece of it. EW has the exclusive first look at a few new items being added to the True Blood auction on Screenbid.com today.  READ FULL STORY

'True Blood' auctioning off Eric's throne

Well, this is one way to pump up fans for the Aug. 24 series finale of True Blood: Props, costumes, and most importantly Eric’s Fangtasia throne, will be auctioned off from Aug. 20 through Aug. 25 on Screenbid.com. New items will be added daily, but as of now, here’s EW‘s top 10 most wanted: READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: New 'Doctor Who' star Peter Capaldi clocks in

Does this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly defy the laws of physics by being bigger on the inside than it would appear from looking at its exterior? Fans of the British science fiction show Doctor Who may well think so. For this week’s cover story, senior writer Clark Collis travels to the UK to meet with Peter Capaldi, the new star of the now 51-year-old time travel saga, and to find out what fans can expect from the forthcoming season of Doctor Who, which premieres on BBC America on Aug. 23. “He’s more alien than we’ve seen him for a while,” says the actor, speaking about his version of the eccentric Time Lord. “He is less patient with the foibles of human beings.”

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4th of July TV marathons: Chomp down on 'The Walking Dead,' fortify with 'The Twilight Zone'

The weekend of July 4th is a time for doing American things: grilling, watching fireworks, ignoring zoning restrictions and setting off your own fireworks. But shenanigans are tiring, you know? The sun will give you a sunburn. The grill will make your clothes smell like smoke. We at EW much prefer to test our endurance in other ways, mostly by watching TV.

There’s a whole set of marathons on for the weekend, some highly publicized (can you make it through three straight days of The Walking Dead?), some obscure and ready for love (a marathon of the animated Transformers series, which is surely better than seeing the new movie in theaters). We’ve compiled a list from Friday through Sunday below. Trust us, this is way better than a weekend at the beach. READ FULL STORY

World Cup: Answers to soccer questions you're too embarrassed to ask (and too lazy to Google)

Do you think you’re enjoying the World Cup — but can’t really tell because you have no idea what’s going on? Here, EW.com assistant managing editor Neil Janowitz, formerly an editor with Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine, answers burning questions about soccer — a.k.a. “football,” a.k.a. “not that kind of football” — from perplexed staffers. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch PSA: You really need to watch Judith Light snort cocaine on 'Dallas' -- VIDEO

TNT’s Dallas is gunning for more watercooler moments in its third season, and scene-stealer Judith Light, who recurs as sharp-tongued matriarch Judith Ryland, certainly provided one in Monday’s episode (read our full recap). You’re going to want to watch it below.

The backstory for those who haven’t been tuning in: Judith Ryland made her triumphant return in the hour after her son, Harris (Mitch Pileggi) — the bastard ex-husband of Bobby Ewing’s wife Ann, with whom Harris shares a conniving daughter — pushed her down the stairs and locked her away in a “rehab” facility in season 2. She insisted upon taking back control of the family transport company, which she’d just learned was muling cocaine for a Mexican cartel. She also wanted to renegotiate the terms of that arrangement: “I made my bones dealing with psychopaths and criminals while you were still playing with your Easy Bake Oven,” she hissed to Harris. Together they went to Nuevo Laredo, where mama not only liked the idea of the cartel honcho frisking her for a wire but also the concept of product-testing.  READ FULL STORY

Olympian Nick Goepper holds contest to date him. Our endorsement...

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Ski slopestyle Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper is currently holding a contest on social media to win a date with him. Because his two biggest fans at EW.com, Mandi Bierly and Samantha Highfill, have officially bowed out — one of us is twice his age, both of us need someone old enough to drink* — we’ve decided the least we could do is offer the 19-year-old Indiana native some professional insight into which lucky lady deserves a sleigh ride with him. (Yes, that’s one of the options he’s mentioned.) Of what we’ve seen — we could only call this “work” for so long — here are the top #iwanttodatenick contenders.  READ FULL STORY

Your guide to Presidents Day marathons 2014

As the majority of the nation continues to fight this winter weather, it’s likely that Presidents Day isn’t going to be the best time to get outside and try that new thing you’ve been anticipating. If it is, go for it. But if it’s not, we’ve rounded up a few other options, all of which require that you sit on the couch and preferably order dinner so as to not overexert yourself. We’re just trying to look out for your health, guys.

So if you choose to spend your day off with your television, here are the marathons that will keep you busy for most, if not all of the day: READ FULL STORY

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