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Happy Festivus! Air your 2013 grievances here

Need I remind you, Seinfeld lovers? Festivus is your heritage. It’s part of who you are. It’s December 23rd — time to go dig the bare aluminum pole out of the crawl space and air your grievances to family and friends before challenging them to the Feats of Strength tonight!

Relive Frank Costanza’s holiday tradition and help me RAIN BLOWS against all of the parties who have wronged us this year, below. READ FULL STORY

'Silent Night, Deadly Night': 20 thoughts on the best-worst holiday movie of all time

A confession: I’m not wild about Christmas. As somebody who gets unnecessarily neurotic about whether or not everybody else is having a good time, the onset of shopping crowds, traveling woes, gift-buying difficulties, and food-related malaise often overwhelms my delicate constitution. (Also, the constant claptrap about the War on Christmas doesn’t make the season any more fun.)

But there are a handful of Christmas traditions I have adopted over the years that have made the last six weeks of the year something close to bearable. The cornerstone of those rituals is the annual viewing of Silent Night, Deadly Night, a nasty little bit of holiday-themed slasher nonsense that essentially casts Santa Claus as a serial killer. But like a lot of the also-ran cut-’em-ups of the ’80s, there’s so much more going on in Silent Night, Deadly Night than meets the eye, and I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about it (and its sequels), more than perhaps any other film I have seen. (And thanks to the yearly screenings, it’s undoubtedly the movie I’ve seen the most, which is a troubling revelation to type out).

Of course, a movie about a murderous Father Christmas isn’t for everybody, but here are 20 thoughts about Silent Night, Deadly Night that will hopefully help you get a feel for why it’s the best-worst holiday film ever constructed.

1. Silent Night, Deadly Night came out in November 1984 but was quickly yanked from movie theaters thanks to protests from parents groups who were disturbed by the ad campaign. Since there’s no such thing as bad publicity, the controversy surrounding the film gave it something of a second life — it re-appeared in theaters in early 1985 with an ad campaign that was based around the negative press it got the first time around. (One of the posters during the film’s resurrection was centered around Gene Siskel calling it “sick, sleazy, and mean-spirited”). They essentially leaned into bad press years before that was a thing.  READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus' 'We Can't Stop' gets remixed by the Bock family for Best Christmas Card of 2013 -- VIDEO

The holidays are wonderful for many reasons, one of which is that families do things they wouldn’t typically do. For example, the Bock family decided to put on their best Christmas sweaters and write some holiday-themed lyrics. Then, they used Postmodern Jukebox’s arrangement of the Miley Cyrus hit song “We Can’t Stop” to create the best Christmas card/video of the year.

This family Christmas card has it all: awkward swaying, eggnog, snapping, sweaters, and even a tambourine. Now this is what the holidays should look like.

Watch the video below:
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Want to hear about the time Jennifer Lawrence was caught with a bunch of butt plugs?

Of course you do! It all began when one of Lawrence’s pals bought the Hunger Games and American Hustle star a “copious amount of butt plugs” –”as a joke,” she claims. Suuuuure, Jennifer. Then, for some reason, she took the whole stash — various colors, sizes, materials and all — to a hotel. And… well, we’ll let J. Law take it from there. Shine on, you crazy diamond!

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'Top of the Morning': Who should play Matt Lauer and Ann Curry in Lifetime movie?

Top of the Morning, former New York Times reporter Brian Stelter’s gossip-y, inside view documentation about the ratings wars between Good Morning America and the Today show, is in early development to become a Lifetime movie, EW has confirmed. Which means it’s time to dream cast it.

The book — read EW’s original review  — centers around the time when Ann Curry was let go from Today, so expect plenty of backstage explosions, as well as on-air passive aggressive comments,  from whomever is chosen to portray Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Al Roker and all the rest. The story also get into booking wars, Robin Roberts’ cancer battle, and more.

Below, check out some of our dream casting pics for the television movie, and then tell us who you would like to see in those anchor chairs. READ FULL STORY

Remember WHENs-day: Watch Jeremy Renner fight Pink in 'Trouble' -- VIDEO

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Jeremy Renner has been, well, a lot of things: a superhero, a spy, a soldier, and even a witch hunter. (Is that called a “slayer”? Never mind, that can’t be right.)

Since shooting onto the A-list in 2008 with The Hurt Locker, the actor’s been starring in blockbusters and Oscar contenders, including the currently much-buzzed-about American Hustle. That’s probably all well and good in Renner’s world, but in PopWatch world, we like to remember him in a certain (arguably) iconic role he did 10 years ago (!) before taking over every action franchise.

May we present… the music video from 2003 for Pink’s “Trouble,” in which the young Renner played “Bad Boy Sheriff.” READ FULL STORY

'Revenge' wedding: Where have I seen that church before? PopWatch investigates!

Every girl has an idea of what their perfect wedding would be, and a fair share of them probably have a Pinterest board to prove it. My ideas have been inspired by a handful of movies, TV shows, pictures, real-life events, and so on. However, the single biggest inspiration was Caleb and Julie’s wedding from season 1 of The O.C. Before you judge me, there are actually only two things I liked about their wedding: Their first dance to Jem’s cover of “Maybe I’m Amazed,” and the idea of getting married in a glass chapel. Take one look at that view and tell me it’s not amazing:
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Watch the trailer for the sequel to 'Love Actually' (not actually) -- VIDEO

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There was once a lovelorn boy named Sam in a little film called Love Actually who told his grieving father, “Let’s go get the sh– kicked out of us by love.

Judging by this trailer for the sequel, it looks like they certainly did.

Fine — it’s a parody. The video, a masterful compilation of some of the ensemble’s post-Love Actually work, weaves a storyline that sees Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson at a certain school for witchcraft and wizardry, a profanity-loving Colin Firth, and an Andrew Lincoln battling the zombie apocalypse (which the actor himself outlines as the fate for his character, Mark).

Still, if you actually (natch) imagine the futures of all the characters from the original film, wouldn’t this be the most exciting possibility? The POTUS is now a Bad Santa. The Prime Minister is making American Dreamz (speaking of which, sigh, “American”). And Liam Neeson is Liam Neeson. That doesn’t change.

Check  out the “trailer” below. And tell us: Which character do you think got the best sequel storyline?
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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show: Taylor Swift wishes

I am just kidding about Taylor Swift — who could easily be a V.S. Angel if she dropped the mic, ruffled up some feathers, and listened a wee bit harder for the sound of a bell jingling on a passerby’s g-string.

Poof! Wings granted.

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Why NBC should do 'Cinderella' -- starring Beyonce! -- as next live musical

With the huge ratings success of The Sound of Music Live! (18.6 million viewers tuned in for the three-hour broadcast last week), it’s no surprise NBC has announced plans to do it all again. Next holiday season, NBC will once again stage a live musical. In an interview with The New York Times, NBC President Robert Greenblatt said the only requirements were that the musical would need to be family-friendly and have lots of recognizable songs.

While there are plenty of beloved musicals to choose from (Laura Benanti told EW her pick is White Christmas with her, Audra McDonald, Stephen Moyer, and Christian Borle), my personal pick is just a bit more, well, magical: Next year, I want NBC to stage a live production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella with Beyoncé as the Fairy Godmother.
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