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Duh, 'The Heat' is going to be a hit. Now what?

Many forces have converged to make this the best possible weekend for The Heat, the new buddy cop comedy starring two of Hollywood’s most game and charming actors, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. There’s a record-setting swelter across much of the country that ups the draw of some easy laughs with good company in an air-conditioned theater. The hunger of a female moviegoing public that’s endured a long June of capes and bro jokes. And I’d add to this list Tuesday’s barn burner thrill ride of watching/tweeting about/bowing down before Texas Senator Wendy Davis, who stood for 13 hours in protest of a bill she believed would dangerously undercut women’s health. Politics aside, it was a bravura performance of a fiercely capable and passionate woman having her most important day at the office ever. Women want to see women on screen they recognize and sometimes aspire to be. And that’s part of why it was so fun last night to watch Bullock and McCarthy, both operating in top form, bring it.

It’s great news that The Heat is going to make a ton of money. (Friday’s box office estimates has the Paul Feig-directed film bringing in $13.6 million, nearly $5 million ahead of the new Channing Tatum/Jamie Foxx sweaty action movie White House Down.) Great news for everybody involved. Though I worry how much we, the moviegoing public will benefit from the success. I dread the same game-changer stories on Monday about the surprise power of female dollars at the box office. The problem is it’s always the same “surprise”–the unexpected success of Something’s Gotta Give or Sex & the City or Bridesmaids or Magic Mike or Pitch Perfect. But the game seems to remain the same because then there follows the same unacceptably long slog in between movies for women to rally around.

So for those of us without the power of green-lighting movies, what can be done? Here are a few ideas: READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'The Heat,' 'Under the Dome,' and more

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Can you feel The Heat? Sidenote: How excited do we all think the producer’s of The Heat are that The Miami Heat are NBA champions?! Millions of people searching for basketball scores must have stumbled upon a little movie starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Genius marketing! Before you head off to the beach to beat the heat (OK, I’ll stop now), check out the reality TV, new mini-series, and more pop culture fun this week:

MONDAY
Under the Dome, series premiere, 10 p.m., CBS

A mini-series to fill your summer TV watching void, Under the Dome, based on the novel by Stephen King, the “latest allegorical epic for these tumultuous, terrifying times,” according to Doc Jensen. It’ll probably make you cry, even if it’s just remembering that dog poster.

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Is Brad Pitt taking promotional lessons from Justin Timberlake?

Make a note: Summer 2013 was the time the biggest actors of the ’90s took a cue from the younger kiddos and started really promoting their summer films in a new way.

Call it part of the Timberlake effect. Justin Timberlake pulled out all the stops promoting his album The 20/20 Experience in March, memorably hosting Saturday Night Live, co-hosting a week of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, heck, he even had a Target-sponsored release party that aired on The CW. Some people rolled their eyes, but the 24/7 attack paid off: The album opened at No. 1, moving 968,000 copies its first week.

Will Smith certainly seemed to be following Timberlake’s lead with his 100 percent all-in approach to getting people into theaters to see After Earth. This alone isn’t new: Smith has always been a good sport about promoting his movies, but this time around, he seemed to be really trying: He hit the talk show circuit hard by reuniting and performing the iconic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song (with Alfonso Ribeiro!) and kissing his son during a televised chat that seemed designed as viral Internet bait. He might as well have gotten in the ring and shouted, “Are you not entertained?”
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'The Heat' poster under fire for photoshopping Melissa McCarthy

In case you’ve somehow forgotten, this is what Melissa McCarthy’s face looks like. Her eyes are a light bluish green; her face and neck are fairly substantial.

Neither of those things is true, however, in the U.K. poster for The Heat, McCarthy’s upcoming buddy cop comedy with Sandra Bullock. On the left, you’ll see the offending image; for comparison’s sake, we’ve included the American poster on the right. READ FULL STORY

Eddie Murphy tops Forbes list of most overpaid actors

Image Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Image Credit: Christopher Polk/Getty Images

I bet Eddie Murphy would like to trade places with another actor right about now.

The Saturday Night Live alum tops Forbes‘ list of the year’s most overpaid actors again, followed by newcomer Katherine Heigl and Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Bullock (say it isn’t so!). Murphy’s earning power has steadily declined since his string of ’80s hits, including Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop. His voice work in Shrek and Mulan and family-friendly roles in Norbit and Dr. Dolittle left him in good standing, but his recent films, Imagine That, A Thousand Words, Meet Dave, and Tower Heist, flopped at the box office. Forbes calculates that for every dollar Murphy was paid for his last three films, they returned an average of $2.30 at the box office.

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Chelsea Handler and Sandra Bullock get very naked in shower intervention -- VIDEO

Forget Jennifer Aniston’s nipples — you can see Chelsea Handler’s everything in this comedy bit, which aired on last night’s Chelsea Lately. The pre-taped sketch shows a very naked Sandra Bullock surprising a very naked Handler in the shower, giving her a few good slaps, and asking her to get her s— together. Specifically, Bullock wants the blonde to be a better role model, lay off the booze, and stop sleeping with her guests. The Oscar winner also advises Handler to stop urinating in front of her: “We don’t make pee-pee in showers anymore. We make pee-pee in the potty.”

Yeah, that happened. Also worth noting: Handler says that while Bullock wore a nude thong and pasties during filming, she herself was totally naked. Somehow, we believe it. See the sketch for yourself below. Warning: You’re in for a whole lot of side-boob action. READ FULL STORY

Long live the new queen! Kristen Stewart crowned highest-paid actress in Hollywood

Kristen Stewart is Hollywood’s highest-paid actress, according to a Forbes magazine study of the industry in the last year. The 22-year-old star of the Twilight films bolstered her bank account with her role in last month’s action film Snow White and the Huntsman. All together, Stewart earned $34.5 million, half a million more than Cameron Diaz, who cleaned up when Bad Teacher performed well at the box office. Sandra Bullock and Angelina Jolie rounded out the $20 million club, and Stewart’s Snow White costar Charlize Theron ranked fifth with $18 million.

Overall, the list’s names were familiar, with Kristen Wiig the only newcomer from last year’s top 10 — replacing Reese Witherspoon. Click below for the entire list: READ FULL STORY

Betty White roast: Superlatives for the most super ninetysomething of all (sorry, Abe Vigoda!)

Betty White’s roast this afternoon was handled with more delicacy than most. After all, America’s adopted grandmother is 90 years old. That said, she’s still intimidating, considering her boundless energy and eighth-decade career resurgence. Indeed, even Uggie from The Artist showed signs of stage fright during an interview with roastmaster Barbara Walters. From the red carpet to the roasting dais, the stars mostly kept it clean for the beatific blonde, but never fear, PopWatchers. I’ll skip the sanitized bits and get right to the good stuff. Click through to find out who was best, worst, and most surprising at White’s roast. READ FULL STORY

Oscars Back Story: 5 dresses we love from behind

Everyone loves an actress who gives back. (Don’t worry I feel creepy already.) Here are the five coolest Backs of Gowns we noticed on last night’s Oscars 2012 red carpet.

5. Rooney Mara

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Image Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Okay, maybe I don’t love it from the back. I’m just not that into it from the front. The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo star told Ryan Seacrest she’d picked out this Givenchy gown that very morning, so that could explain the Leeloo from The Fifth Element bandages trying to keep the dress up. And if you use your imagination a little, a pale yellow serpent’s tongue is creeping all over her butt. I don’t know, maybe that’s what she’s into? (Nah. She’s not into this at all.)

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Oscars Myth Busting: Do presenters have a connection to the winner?

Put down those Pop Rocks and Diet Cokes. We’ve got some A-list myths to examine! Ahead of this Sunday’s Oscars, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most famous myths to rise out of the annual awards ceremony. Want to know if being nude will get you a Best Actress statue? Or if the Best Supporting Actress trophy is indeed a curse? You’re in luck -- we’ll be investigating one Oscars-related urban legend each day this week. Today, we’ll see if we can bust the presenter-winner nepotism myth: Over the past 25 years, has everyone been as connected as, say, 1994 presenter and winner Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg? Read on to find out. (And click here for more of EW’s Oscars Myth Busting.)

Oscar myth: Presenter-winner nepotism

What Is It?: In some quarters, there is a belief that Oscar presenters are handpicked to deliver the award to their A-list buddies or former costars. READ FULL STORY

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