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'The Hobbit': Five things you should know about 48 frames per second

Unless you’ve been hiding out in a hobbit-hole or held captive by a cave troll, you’re undoubtedly aware that director Peter Jackson’s long-awaited return to Middle-earth, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is opening next week. And you’re probably also aware that Jackson shot the film in a new format, 48 frames per second, which has kicked up a fair bit of fuss among early reviewers, not all of it positive. But what does 48 frames per second even mean? Is it actually a better way to experience the film? Here are five things you should know before buying your ticket. READ FULL STORY

Disney World officially opens new Fantasyland, perfect for discerning beauties and beasts

Look at this stuff! Isn’t it neat?

Disney World has given its Fantasyland section an extreme home makeover — corporate synergy! — nearly doubling the area’s size and adding new attractions including the Enchanted Forest, the little-kid friendly Storybook Circus (inspired by Dumbo), and a castle that’s home to characters from The Little Mermaid. The revamped wonderland officially opened today, meaning that it’s likely already covered with exhausted adults sleeping in broad daylight.

The coolest thing about Fantasyland 2.0 may be theĀ Be Our Guest Restaurant, which lies within the Beast’s Castle. As CNN explains: “During lunch hours, guests order at touch-screen kiosks and take radio-frequency devices to their tables. Once the pager is placed on the table, servers know exactly where to deliver the food. And voila, meals arrive within minutes via a glass-enclosed cart.” At night, the eatery magically transforms into a classy French bistro that serves dishes like steak frites. Try the gray stuff, guys; it’s delicious. No wonder Belle and her Beast — wait, shouldn’t he be a prince by now? — decided to move here:

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Diamond commercials that make you die inside

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With a slew of extra-cheesy/gross jewelry commercials surely right around the corner, I thought it important to determine which have been 2012′s absolute worst — rough diamonds, if you will — so far. I’m ready to propose some. Are you ready to propose? WHY NOT? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, IT’S DECEMBER. Seriously what is wrong with you? READ FULL STORY

Simon Cowell the latest celebrity victim of 'swatting' prank

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Simon Cowell may be a cad, but he’s not a criminal.

On Sunday, Beverly Hills police received a call about a disturbance at Cowell’s home, EW confirmed. The caller, who used a number from outside the city, gave the department Cowell’s Beverly Hills address and claimed that someone had been tied up with duct tape and needed assistance. Officers contacted the X-Factor creator and confirmed that the report was fake.

Cowell isn’t the first celebrity to fall prey to such a hoax. Since August, Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and the Kardashians have all been targeted by prank police calls. The practice, called “swatting,” involves false reports of emergencies in order to elicit SWAT responses and other police action. There are an estimated 400 occurrences every year, enough to prompt congressional action in June. At the federal level, the crime carries a prison sentence of 5-10 years.

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'Jersey Shore' Hurricane Sandy benefit: Donate dollars, get a call from Snooki

Gym, tan, rebuild New Jersey?

It doesn’t have quite the same ring as GTL — but that’s the goal of the Jersey Shore cast’s upcoming “Restore the Shore” benefit, which airs tomorrow at 11 p.m. on MTV. The network just announced a slew of new details about the event, revealing that it’s no ordinary telethon.

Instead of urging viewers to call in their donations in hopes of speaking to a celebrity, “Restore the Shore” asks donors to send in money via their Indiegogo site. MTV stars from shows like Awkward, Teen Wolf, and, of course, Jersey Shore will then personally call donors during the fundraiser to thank them for their contributions. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Lautner's Madame Tussauds wax figure will not be shirtless

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Two years after Robert Pattinson’s wax figure was unveiled, Taylor Lautner is finally getting his due. Madame Tussauds New York will unveil Lautner’s wax figure on Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. ET. Pictured is the clay sculpture that artists used to create the mold and cast of his head. We have definite stubble. As for what clothing Lautner will be immortalized in, the press release says he’s “styled in a tailored charcoal grey suit and black dress shirt with an open collar.” I suppose that’s more timeless than a soft charcoal grey T-shirt underneath a soft black leather jacket, which could be removed in the summer months to showcase his biceps. Not that I’ve given this any thought.

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Your Hidden Gems of Election 2012!

CNN definitely coordinated its “true blue state” shade with the exact color of Anderson Cooper’s icy hot eyes, right? RIGHT?

Who says EW.com’s Hidden Gems franchise needs to be limited to Dancing With the Stars coverage? Usually me, but I’m feeling democratic today. I’ll be compiling fun screenshots of election coverage throughout the night, so go ahead and send in the screen gems — noteworthy quirks that are not necessarily the main focus of the telecast — you notice yourselves. READ FULL STORY

'N Sync replaces Justin Timberlake with Matthew Morrison in Halloween photo

Merely 12 days after Justin Timberlake banned his boy band from his wedding, the boys are striking back. While attending Glee star Matthew Morrison’s third annual Halloween bash, Lance Bass and J.C. Chasez posed with a JT-becostumed Mr. Schuester. Seems innocent enough, right? Wrong.

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Meet Kay D'Arcy, the 79-year-old action hero who can kick your butt

You don’t know the name Kay D’Arcy. But you will. Like most aspiring actors, she moved to Hollywood over a decade ago and struggled for years to make it big. Over the protests of her family, D’Arcy kept at it and finally got her break with a Kickstarter project known as Agent 88. Now she’s on the brink of stardom. The catch? She’s 79 years old.

D’Arcy is the subject of a new profile in the Los Angeles Times chronicling her meteoric rise to fame as the octogenarian Jackie Chan. In the upcoming web series Agent 88, she plays an assassin who keeps her weapons in her hair and can deliver a mean roundhouse kick (seriously). It’s superb timing, really — as we reported back in September, there’s a female Expendables project in the works, and who better to lead it than D’Arcy? Here are the top three reasons she’s perfect for The Expendabelles:

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All Broadway shows canceled due to storm

Though matinees are happening this afternoon as scheduled, all Broadway performances in New York City are canceled for Sunday and Monday evenings due to the suspension of public transportation, which begins at 7 p.m. ET Sunday in advance of Hurricane Sandy. Per the Broadway League announcement, information on refund and exchanges is as follows: READ FULL STORY

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