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Your new Presidents' Day plan: watch the Criterion Collection on Hulu for free

HULU (2)Great news for cinephiles and wannabe cinephiles alike: From now until Feb. 18, every single one of the Criterion Collection’s streaming titles on Hulu is available to watch whether you’ve got a Hulu Plus account or not.

To clarify, this doesn’t mean that Criterion’s entire collection of some 910 films is streaming for free. But even if only a portion of that selection is available on Hulu, there are still tons of high-quality films to choose from — meaning that it’s fairly daunting even to figure out where to start. Thankfully, Criterion itself has a suggestion:

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Your port in the storm: Ride out Nemo with these streaming selections

Did congressman Frank Underwood manipulate Mother Nature into unleashing Winter Storm Nemo? If you’ve been watching Netflix’s House of Cards, you’ll know that Kevin Spacey’s character is capable of pretty much anything — and if you haven’t been watching it (but happen to live on the East Coast), whaddaya know, the ginormous blizzard currently barreling toward you will give you the perfect opportunity to start. Frank, you sly dog!

Of course, if you don’t want to give Rep. Underwood the satisfaction of victory, you can always ditch House of Cards for any number of other streaming options perfect for binge-viewing. Here’s a list of our top picks:

- In May, new episodes of Arrested Development will finally hit Netflix, possibly causing the Internet to implode from excitement. Revisit the comedy’s original three seasons there to prepare for what’s coming.

- Breaking Bad‘s final season will draw to a close on AMC this summer. If you’re not caught up (or — for shame! — never started watching), now’s your chance to fix that via Netflix.

- And on a similar note, Downton Abbey‘s first two series seasons are on Hulu, and PBS.org has every episode of the current third season. (Well, every one that’s aired in the U.S., at least.) READ FULL STORY

'Walking Dead' website to launch this Sunday

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For a bunch of slow-moving, reanimated corpses The Walking Dead sure are an industrious bunch. Between the original comic, the TV show, the video games, the novel prequels, and the assorted merch — including the just-announced jawless walker bank — it’s getting difficult to keep track of all the developments in Walking Dead overlord Robert Kirkman‘s zombie-verse. But help is at hand!  It was announced today that Kirkman and his Image Comics imprint Skybound are launching a new website, TheWalkingDead.com.

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Jimmy Fallon and Brian Williams slow-jam the debt ceiling -- VIDEO

What would it take for NBC to just go ahead and transform Rock Center into a sketch show? Brian Williams has been the network’s comedic secret weapon for years now — and this Late Night performance is just the latest in a long line of surprisingly funny guest appearances for him. (Bonus: Watching it might actually teach you something about current events.)

Yesterday, the newsman joined Jimmy and The Roots for a sensual slow-jamming about the debt ceiling, keeping a perfectly straight face even as Fallon cracked up over lines like, “Take it from my man Brilly Willy: ain’t nothing worse than a soft Boehner.” And then came the Salt-n-Pepa interlude, which not even a buttoned-up BriWi could resist. Turn down the lights — er, the brightness on your computer screen — sit back, and see the magic happen:

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'Sleepless in Seattle -- The Musical' set to premiere May 24 with new director

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Turning a classic Nora Ephron film into a musical theater production has proven to be a difficult task, but Sleepless in Seattle — The Musical has finally set a date!

After recently acquiring a new composer and lyricist, Sleepless has also found a new director. The Pasadena Playhouse’s Artistic Director Sheldon Epps is replacing previous director Lonny Price. According to a press release, Price had to leave due to other commitments.

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'American Idol': Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey wage shade-throwing war in Baton Rouge

It’s hard to pick a winner here — both grown women reached such stunning levels of immaturity throughout tonight’s Baton Rouge auditions episode. I’m going with Mariah, for at least having the decency to direct her shade at her target of loathing with a tremendous side-eye, while Nicki opted to draw the contestant into her ongoing epic battle to take down one of the top-selling female artists in history. Subtlety is everything. READ FULL STORY

Prince Harry named world's most eligible bachelor

Heavy may be the head that wears the crown, but hot is the head that’s third in line.

Prince Harry, 28, has been named the Top Bachelor, according to the editors at Town & Country, which named the current top 50 bachelors in the world. “Prince William’s baby brother flirts and flies Apache helicopters with equal aplomb,” the magazine wrote. The list isn’t very Hollywood specific (although both George Clooney and Jack Nicholson made the cut). Instead, in addition to the prince, people like Ralph Lauren’s son, Andrew, President Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau, and Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos (who has dated both Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton) snagged a spot.

Most hilariously, still-just-a-high-schooler Conor Kennedy made the cut. The magazine said it best: “A mere child to some, this Deerfield Academy junior and son of Robert Kennedy Jr. was a gateway to the compound for Taylor Swift. Now he’s lyric fodder.” Insert your own ‘never, ever wanting to get back together’ joke here. READ FULL STORY

Jeff Garlin talks about his new podcast and the future of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Jeff Garlin is an actor, writer, director, stand-up comedian, and, of course, Larry David’s amoral manager on Curb Your Enthusiasm (not to mention Susie Essman’s “fat f—” of a husband on the same). Beginning this Thursday, the funnyman will add “podcaster” to his resumé when By the Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin debuts on the Earwolf Podcast Network. As its name implies, the show features Garlin yakking it up with a series of notable acquaintances, including Larry David himself, who guests on the first episode.

Below, the jovial Garlin talks about his podcast, the future of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and why it is his patriotic duty to work again with Shakira. READ FULL STORY

President Obama announces inauguration speakers

President Obama has selected Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation at his public swearing-in on Jan. 21, which also happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Evers-Williams is a former chair of the NAACP and has written several books about her and her husband’s civil rights work. Medgar Evers was shot and killed at his Mississippi home in 1963 by a white supremacist, sparking national outcry. His murderer was finally convicted in 1994, after new evidence was brought to trial. The story was also turned into the 1996 film Ghosts of Mississippi, with Whoopi Goldberg portraying Myrlie Evers.

The Washington Post reports that this is “the first time a woman, and a layperson rather than a clergy member, has been chosen to deliver what may be America’s most prominent public prayer.” Evers-Williams will be joined by conservative evangelical pastor Louie Giglio, founder of the student-focused Passion Conferences, who will give the benediction. READ FULL STORY

'Jeopardy!' producer reveals how to ace the game's online audition test

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Is your brain bursting with fun facts about everything from aardvarks to the Zhou Dynasty? Does your trigger finger itch every time you watch a game show on TV? Have you always yearned to say the words “anal bum cover” to Alex Trebek himself?

If so, this is your lucky week. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Jeopardy‘s official website will host its annual online test — the ten-minute, 50-clue quiz that serves as the first hurdle for anyone who wants to become a Jeopardy! contestant. Participants don’t have to phrase their responses in the form of a question or even spell everything correctly — so no sweat if “Quetzalcoatl” ends up being one of the answers — but they do have to snag a high score if they want to make it to the next round of the audition process.

So how can you ensure victory over this trivial pursuit? There’s no secret formula — but Jeopardy! contestant producer Maggie Speak was kind enough to share a list of online test tips and tricks with EW. Read on to see her advice — and don’t forget to register before the test date of your choice. Your time begins… now.

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