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10 reasons Lifetime is bonkers (and brilliant) for making a 'Flowers in the Attic' sequel

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Flowers in the Attic — V.C. Andrews’ neo-gothic, incest-laden trashterpiece — is utterly, utterly nuts. To wit: The plot revolves around a beautiful idiot named Corrine who keeps her four children locked on the top floor of a creepy old mansion while she tries to convince their estranged, incredibly wealthy grandfather to write her back into his will. (She’ll get no money if her father knows she has kids.) Why can’t this woman, I don’t know, support her family by getting a job? Because shut up, that’s why!

If you’ve ever devoured the book — especially as a guilty but enthralled teenager — you know that what happens next is even more ridiculous: The kids learn that their father was also their mother’s half-uncle. (Raise your hand if you didn’t know half-uncles were a thing before Flowers in the Attic). Their wicked, Bible-thumping grandmother beats them, starves them, covers eldest sister Cathy’s hair with tar, and won’t stop insinuating that Cathy and her older brother Chris totally want to bone. Cathy and Chris do, in fact, totally bone. (Actually, he rapes her, but Andrews is so twisted that she implies Cathy was asking for it.) And that’s before their youngest brother Cory dies because — drum roll — their mother’s been poisoning them with arsenic-laced doughnuts for months.

Death by doughnut! Truly, Flowers in the Attic is without equal — or so you’ll think until you read its sequel, Petals on the Wind.

On Thursday, Lifetime announced that it’s already planning to bring Petals to the small screen for the first time — even though the network’s new adaptation of Flowers won’t premiere until Jan. 18. This is, in short, an insane, baffling, possibly genius idea — and here’s why.
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'Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie' is a hilariously fake nostalgia trip -- VIDEO

Green monkeys! Orange iguanas! If these unnaturally occurring animal-color combinations don’t send chills down your spine, you weren’t a child of the ‘90s.

Funny or Die has posted a fake trailer for Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie, a would-be action flick that finds a gruff former contestant drinking away his sorrows as he contemplates returning (a la Lost) into the cruel hands of Olmec the Terrifying. “You think you’re going to be all right, just ’cause you have a guide,” muses the faded former Red Jaguar as memories of a distant Kirk Fogg appear. “We lost so many good men that day.”

The joke, of course, stems from a fantastic game show back in the golden age of ‘90s Nickelodeon, wherein kids would compete in physical and trivia challenges to outwit the other teams and find themselves in the grand poobah of game show finales: the Temple. Inside, they’d have to retrieve the artifact du jour to win the game, avoiding horrifying guards and obstacles before trying to assemble the cure for cancer Shrine of the Silver Monkey, a simple three-piece puzzle that frequently stumped contestants and has long infuriated viewers who swear that it has to be easier than it looks.
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Danica McKellar makes math 'Wonder'ful in new web series -- VIDEO

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Danica McKellar loves math, and she’s got the new show to prove it!

McKellar — who most of you probably know as Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years- is starring in a web series on The Nerdist Channel called Math Bites, which consists of videos that hope to make the rest of us hate math less.

The “certified math genius” spends each episode solving a math mystery, from small percentage questions to those big Pi queries that have been keeping you up at night. As a matter of fact, McKellar writes, hosts, and directs each episode. Why? Because that’s how much she loves math!

Math Bites premiered on The Nerdist Channel on Thursday. You can watch the entire first episode below:
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Shia LaBeouf's TV sister weighs in on his shenanigans: 'This is not just some breakdown'

Need further proof that life imitates art? Try this: While troublemaker Shia LaBeouf was releasing a series of plagiarized mea culpas in order to “apologize” for copying the work of artist Daniel Clowes, his former Even Stevens costar Christy Carlson Romano was busy doing something mature and responsible — that is, getting married to her longtime boyfriend at a Canadian castle. Classic Louis and Ren, am I right? (In case you’re not up on your ’00s Disney Channel sitcoms: LeBeouf’s Louis Stevens was “immature, rude, and selfish.” His older sister Ren, played by Romano, was “an intelligent, well-behaved perfectionist.” It’s uncanny!)

Just don’t expect Romano to join the chorus of famous voices who have piled on LaBeouf in the wake of the scandal. “He has always kind of regarded me as his big sister,” the actress told EW. And even though the two of them don’t keep in touch, Romano said she’s still “a huge supporter” of LaBeouf.

Romano, who can be seen next in the TV movie thriller Where Fates Meet and the indie flick Prism, noted that other former child actors often have trouble rebranding themselves as adult artists. In her mind, LaBeouf hasn’t had that problem: “He’s always just honored his artistic instincts, even when he was 12 years old to about 15 or 16 as we worked together,” she said. “So this is him experimenting with his artistic instincts. This is not just some breakdown, like some other child actors. This isn’t some emotional neediness. This is something that he’s actively doing.”

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Will Smith remembers 'Fresh Prince' co-star James Avery: 'Every young man needs an Uncle Phil'

Sniff.

About a week after James Avery’s untimely passing, Will Smith — who first achieved onscreen stardom opposite Avery on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air – has posted a brief, touching tribute to his fallen friend on Facebook.

“Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery,” Smith wrote in a post late Sunday night. “Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace.”

He accompanied his words with a recent photo picturing a reunited Banks family, including Smith, Avery, Tatyana Ali (who played Uncle Phil’s youngest daughter Ashley), Karyn Parsons (who played spoiled oldest daughter Hilary), and Alfonso Ribeiro (who played dorky middle son Carlton). Missing from the picture are Janet Hubert-Whitten and/or Daphne Maxwell Reid, who each played Phil’s wife Vivian for three seasons, respectively.
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Throwback Wednesday: Let's have the best Decemberween ever! VIDEO

What’s Decemberween, you ask? Why, it’s only the world’s greatest holiday — the most sanitary time of year!

Back in olden times, celebrants would observe Decemberween — a festival held 55 days after Halloween, on December 25 — by piling up all the dead rats they’d accumulated throughout the year. These days, folks are more likely to celebrate by decorating an evergreen, feasting upon the traditional Decemberween bunny, and exchanging gifts; appropriate presents include sponges, some Chex Party Mix, a DVD of Deep Impact, gift cards for fashion, and half-digested gazelle carcasses. Also, sometimes it’s celebrated in July.

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10 TV 'Christmas Carols': Who's the scroogiest Scrooge of all? VIDEO

From classic cartoons to modern-day dramas, there’s one holiday gift that keeps on giving: Plots inspired by A Christmas Carol. (Even Arrow sort of got in on the fun this year.)

In these very special episodes, one of the series’ regulars — usually the group’s designated grouch — gets grumpy around the holidays and is subsequently visited by a series of ghosts. They warn that character to mend the error of his or her ways before it’s too late. Things tend to end on a happy note, with the newly cheerful Scrooge stand-in giving gifts to the rest of the cast — and maybe even joining in some heartwarming literal Christmas carols.

Before their transformative visions, though, those ersatz Ebenezers can be pretty darn nasty — and in some cases, even murderous. But which of them are the meanest, snobbiest, greediest, scroogiest Scrooges of all? Let’s try to suss it out by reexamining 10 of TV’s most notable Carolers. (Note: This is by no means a comprehensive list.)

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'Paul's Home Alone Christmas Card' will leave you thirsty for more -- VIDEO

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Sorry, everybody — some guy named Paul Little just totally outdid your family’s Christmas card. (Even you, Kardashians.)

See, Paul likes the classic family comedy/harrowing horror film (if you’re looking at it from the burglars’ perspective) Home Alone. He likes it so much that this year, he created a virtual Christmas card that cuts together all of the movie’s best moments — with Paul’s own face superimposed over that of each actor, speaking their lines with the perfect intonation and attitude. (He’s certainly not what the French call les incompetents.)

Watch the magic below; it’s better than a shopping bag filled with milk, eggs, and fabric softener. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!
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'The Prince of Egypt' anniversary: The 10 greatest songs from (non-Disney!) animated musicals -- VIDEO

Fifteen years ago today, DreamWorks released The Prince of Egypt — an epic Exodus adaptation with an incredible cast, including (but not limited to) Val Kilmer, Sandra Bullock, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ralph Fiennes, Helen Mirren, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Jeff Goldblum, Danny Glover, and Patrick Stewart. (Seriously, how great would it be to have a dinner party with that group?)

But the people who are perhaps most responsible for The Prince of Egypt’s legacy don’t even appear in the film: They’re Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, the voices behind a little diva duet to end all diva duets called “When You Believe.”

This unforgettable power ballad — performed by Whitney and Mariah during the movie’s end credits and Pfeiffer and Sally Dworsky in the film itself — proves that while Disney has certainly cornered the market on animation, non-Disney studios have also made their fair share of memorable animated musicals. (One common thread between several of those movies: Animation legend Don Bluth, who started out at the House of Mouse before striking out on his own in 1979.) So in honor of Prince‘s anniversary, EW’s Hillary Busis and Marc Snetiker decided to rank our favorite tunes from outside the Disney oeuvre. Note: We’re only counting diegetic music, meaning songs like Diana Ross’ “If We Hold On Together” from The Land Before Time didn’t make the cut. Sorry, Ducky.
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Britney Spears vs. Jamie Lynn: Whose 'Oops!' is best? -- POLL

Jamie Lynn Spears is “Chillin'” with her big  sister on Britney Jeanand with her own soul-stirring country vocals, she’s already in line to have a pretty impressive career of her own. But she knows who came first, and she acknowledged her sis by giving fans a taste of one of Brit’s biggest hits.

While on tour in Decatur, Georgia, last week, the younger Spears took her audience back to the good ol’ days of her senior sister when she mashed up her new tune “Ms. Mississippi” with “Oops!…I Did It Again” — she even served up a bit of the choreography. See for yourself  here:
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