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Is going to the movies on Thanksgiving as much a tradition for you as turkey and awkward family banter?

The best part of Thanksgiving (aside, of course, from all the food… glorious food) are all those little traditions we have. An annual viewing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving or a blurry-eyed trek (thanks for nothing, tryptophan) to your local mall at the stroke of midnight for Black Friday can be as comforting and important as the meaning of the holiday itself.

For instance, on Thanksgiving, I will inevitably sleep through the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade despite my best efforts not to (there were some exceptionally cool balloons this year!), eat until I require a pair of Thanksgiving pants, and head to the movies with my best friend right after we’ve recovered from the desert portion of the holiday glutton-fest. It’s as certain as death and taxes, PopWatchers. READ FULL STORY

National UnFriend Day: Are you playing?

Today, Nov. 17, is the second annual Jimmy Kimmel-sanctioned National UnFriend Day, where he gives you permission to UnFriend people on Facebook who you’re not actually friends with in real life — without any guilt.

Do you still feel Friend-related anxiety? I used to feel bad for not accepting requests from people I’ve never had contact with but who are Friends with my Friends. Then, you experience real-life drama, and that puts that kind of thing into perspective. Also, you talk to your Friends and realize they only accepted that request because they assumed their Friends who’d already Friended that person actually knew him or her (and, of course, they didn’t). READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: When were you most envious of a fellow concertgoer?

You remember that awesome thing you watched happen to someone else at a concert and wished had happened to you? Here’s why I’m asking: Last night, I went to see Willie Nelson. At 78, Willie doesn’t move around the stage a lot, so when he walked to the apron, we all learned forward in our seats. He took off the red bandana he was wearing and tossed it to a woman in the front row. A little later, now wearing a second bandana, he started walking to the apron again. This time, there were anticipatory “Oooh”s, and some people (read: me) turning to the person beside them asking why that person had foolishly bought tickets in the balcony.

Willie gave out at least five bandanas. Man, I would have loved one. It would remind me of how I feel every time I hear him play “Funny How Time Slips Away,” which is, oddly enough, like time stops. All I have to do is listen to him and I tear up a little because it’s a perfect combination of lyrics and melody. (And speaking of perfection, if there’s a better three-song medley on a set list than “Funny How Time Slips Away,” “Crazy,” and “Night Life,” I haven’t heard it.)

Your turn. What’s your worst case of fellow concertgoer envy? I would never survive it, so that’s how I live with not being one of the women who’s danced with and kissed Jon Bon Jovi onstage during “Bed of Roses.” Let’s watch some samples below, just to twist the knife. READ FULL STORY

'Twilight' trio to have hands and feet immortalized in cement. Whose imprints have you snapped?

Only about 250 stars have been honored with an imprint ceremony at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, a tradition that began with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in 1927. On Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. PT, Twilight stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner will get their chance to put their hands and feet in cement. If you’re looking for another reason to say the Harry Potter franchise is better than Twilight, you’ll be happy to know Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint had that pleasure in 2007. But what we’re more interested in: Whose imprints did you photograph on your first trip to Los Angeles? Don’t even try to pretend you didn’t take your camera out for someone. I went through old photos recently and was surprised to find snapshots of Gene Kelly’s and Sylvester Stallone’s. Your turn.

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‘Breaking Dawn — Part 1′: 7 new photos
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PopWatch Confessional: What TV shows make you feel like an 'old spinster'?

In the season premiere of Happy Endings a couple weeks ago, Penny (Casey Wilson) was convinced that her new condo had the “spinster curse” when two “old lady” TV shows, The Good Wife and The View, mysteriously showed up on her DVR queue. I wasn’t totally convinced those were old lady shows. I mean, I’m 25, and I DVR those shows! The Good Wife is just good TV, and I just give myself the option to watch The View in case there’s some crazy Hasselbeck news. Plus, I’m one of the few EW staffers who loves New Girl, a show made for my demographic!

But then I reexamined my queue. I realized I have an awful lot recording on Friday nights (Kitchen Nightmares), and a bunch of shows way more spinster-y than The Good Wife (The Biggest Loser). And though I don’t like admitting this to anybody, I look forward to Dateline Friday all week. READ FULL STORY

Best and worst dance movies you've seen in the theater?

Footloose hits theaters Friday, and, if you’re like me, you’re coming to terms with the fact that you are going to see it (if only to have an informed opinion on EW‘s Lisa Schwarzbaum giving it an A-.) There will be those who go for nostalgia’s sake, but a lot of us, I suspect, have a history of not being to resist dance movies in theaters. So think back: What are the best and worst that you’ve paid to see? I’ll start by listing the ones I remember off the top of my head, favorite to least favorite. READ FULL STORY

'Last Man Standing' series premiere features a seemingly homophobic 'joke': Were you offended?

To me, the series premiere of ABC’s new, Tim Allen-led sitcom Last Man Standing seemed simply annoying, what with its low-brow and overly testosterone-fueled humor. Macho jokes about what it means to be a man? Simply not my cup of tea, I thought. I was going to turn it off a few minutes in, but I kept watching half-heartedly until the show’s lead character Mike — played by Allen — uttered a “joke” somewhere near the end of the first half hour. And that’s when I lost it.

Let me set up the “joke” for you: During a conversation about his grandson’s daycare, Mike Baxter (Allen) laments that his daughter’s choice of schools is “hippie-hippie rainbow.” Fine, sure, it’s a stupid comment, but it gets worse. Mike’s daughter Kristin (Alexandra Krosney) explains to her dad that the teacher at this school “teaches sensitivity and tolerance.” Then comes Allen’s seemingly homophobic bomb: “I just don’t think your kid should go to that school,” his character Mike says, filled with disdain. “You know how that ends up: Boyd dancing on a float.”

I’ll reiterate the offensive part: “You know how that ends up: Boyd dancing on a float,” said with total disgust, as if a boy dancing on a parade float is an unacceptable, bad thing. My response: Huh? How is a boy dancing on a parade float anything but a joyful thing?

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PopWatch Confessional: Have you ever inexplicably enjoyed something you should hate?

I can’t tell you how much I wanted to dislike Whitney. Despise, even. Between the cornball teasers for the series and the infuriating posters that assaulted my eyes at every turn in New York City (they might as well have just read: “Women: Aren’t those shrews the worst?!”), I figured I was poised to hate the premiere. Based on the marketing, it seemed like the series would be dated, desperate, and insulting to every fiber of my female being.

And what do you know? It was dated, desperate, and insulting to every fiber of my female being. As my colleague Stephan Lee noted, there was a joke about Kegels, which would have been risqué if it was 1998 and the show was called Will & Grace; a long, extended scene in which Cummings wore nothing but a naughty nurse outfit seemingly in an effort to scream at viewers, funny can be sexy! Right? Right?!; and the notion that there are women out there who are actually like wedding-obsessed lucky-in-love Lily (Zoe Lister-Jones) and sad, bitter, lonely, hates-lipstick-more-than-men Roxanne (Rhea Sheehorn). And yet… I laughed. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: Entertainment therapy

We often joke about the PopWatch Confessional being a form of therapy: We read others’ comments, discover we’re not alone in certain behaviors, and somehow we feel better about ourselves. But have you actually used entertainment as therapy? Here’s why I’m asking, and warning, it’s a more serious discussion than usual. My father is nearing the end of a six-year battle with an illness. Every night this week, I’ve found myself watching Paul Wylie’s figure skating routine to the Untouchables soundtrack before going to sleep, waiting to see if I still get chills during the main theme segment, which kicks in at 3:30 in the video below. If I still get chills, then I’m doing okay. I’m not numb. I still have a capacity for joy. It’s a dangerous game to play. I’m sure there will come a time when I won’t, and that confirmation could make me even more sad. But for now, every time I do, it’s a source of comfort more than the actual entertainment itself. I tested it early just now, and I got chills because I got chills.  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What TV show do you like watching before bed?

I’ve never been a huge fan of going to sleep in complete silence, but I became particularly dependent on the sound of the television to lure me into sleep when I got a roommate who always fell asleep to Friends reruns. I should note that in a normal living situation, your roommate’s sleeping preferences wouldn’t particularly matter, but we shared a studio apartment and, thus, we slept almost directly next to one another.

When she moved out this summer, I continued the trend until the sound of Joey’s voice started to sound like crickets dancing on swinging rusty gates. (Months later, I’m still going through Friends detox.) Recently, Intervention has taken its place. Intense, I know. “Sleep with the angels”? No thanks. I have inner demons!

The problem? There are only 100 episodes of Intervention available on Netflix, it appears I have a little under 2 months to find a new show that I don’t mind giving less than my full attention. So I need suggestions!  READ FULL STORY

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