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Throwback Thursday: O-Town's reunion and the 7 dirtiest boy band songs -- VIDEO

Word broke earlier this week that O-Town — the One Direction of the aughts, except less cute and not nearly as famous — is plotting a reunion. (Okay, an almost-reunion; frontman Ashley Parker Angel, the group’s answer to Harry Styles/Clone High guest star extraordinaire, is apparently out of the band. So much for “all or nothing at all.”)

This is great news, primarily for one reason: It gives us all a chance to reexamine “Liquid Dreams,” which has to be the grossest thing to come out of the late ’90s/early ’00s boy band boom. (Besides Chris Kirkpatrick’s hair.)

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'Mean Girls' characters: Where are they now?

MEAN-GIRLS

This is worse than wearing sweatpants: Mean Girls isn’t getting a Tina Fey-penned sequel!

Despite some hopeful speculation from fans recently, Fey confirmed the news to Extra on Wednesday, saying, “We’re coming up next month on the 10-year anniversary of the original movie… We’re going to see if there’s any way to get everyone together, but not a movie, sadly. We’re all past high school age.” (Mean Girls 2, the 2011 TV movie sequel with a whole new group of girls, is best not mentioned.)

Like any good twenty-something, I love the movie, but the “no sequel” news is totally for the best. There’s no way people wouldn’t be disappointed by whatever they came up with, and now, fans can just continue to watch and love the original as the perfect high school satire that it is. For those that would like a little more, all hope isn’t lost: Fey is directing her energy towards a possible Mean Girls musical (which she told EW about last year in her EW Interview).

Since Fey has made it clear we aren’t going to get Regina and Gretchen’s High School Reunion, just for fun I went ahead and pictured where the whole fetch gang is now, 10 years post-high school. READ FULL STORY

'Cruel Intentions,' 15 years later: A definitive power list

The messed-up machinations of bored, oversexed stepsiblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont aren’t quite as shocking in 2014 as they were when Cruel Intentions was released on March 5, 1999. (Blame Gossip GirlPretty Little Liars, and a zillion other glitzy/scandalous imitators.)

That said, Cruel Intentions is still an enormously entertaining teen movie, even 15 years (gulp) after its initial release — thanks to an uncommonly sharp script, a killer soundtrack, and, most importantly, an impeccable cast, which featured future Oscar winners and future Sharknado stars alike. Well, one of each, but you get the picture. Whoever headed up this franchise had a serious eye for talent: One of five-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams’ first roles was as the lead of a spin-off TV show that never made it past the pilot stage and was subsequently marketed as Cruel Intentions 2. NEVER FORGET.

But back to the original. Cruel Intentions‘ pretty young things — the interesting ones, anyway — spend the film’s 97-minute run time both screwing with each other and being screwed with. By the final frame, the status quo established at the beginning of the movie has been turned on its head: reformed bad boy Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) is dead, while good girls Annette and Cecile (Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair) have triumphed over alpha bitch Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar, never better). In real life, though, basically everyone affiliated with the movie came out a winner: All went on to find some degree of stardom on screens big and small, and most are still fairly relevant today.

Of course, some are a little bit more relevant than others. Which is why I’m taking this opportunity to reevaluate the careers of the Cruel Intentions gang in a modern context. Who ended up being the cast’s real Queen Bee — and who basically got dumped by Hollywood over Fourth of July weekend? The answers may surprise you! READ FULL STORY

The Razzies: Which bad movies should and will win

Glamour! Elegance! The sweet smell of self-congratulation! None will be present at the 34th annual Razzie Awards, a proudly low-budget event dedicated to dishonoring the previous year’s worst movies. (Actually, make that “no-budget”; have you seen the Razzies’ website? It looks like a Geocities page from 1996.)

There are several strong contenders in this year’s Razzies race, from father-and-son team Will and Jaden Smith to perennial “winner” Adam Sandler and Golden Raspberry Award Foundation favorite Sylvester Stallone, who snagged a record-breaking 31st nomination for his work in three 2013 films. (Note: It is not hard to become a member of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. In fact, all you need is $40.)

Which of them will walk away with a $4.79 gold-spray-painted trophy come Saturday? The true answer is probably none; Razzie winners hardly ever show up to collect their prizes. (There are, of course, exceptions to every rule.) Even so, these awards are getting handed out — and here are EW’s official picks for which movies deserve each one, as well as which movies will probably end up on top. As it were.

WORST PICTURE
After Earth
Grown Ups 2
The Lone Ranger
A Madea Christmas
Movie 43
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A 'Minecraft' movie? Five more unlikely videogame adaptations we'd like to see

A month ago, the news that Hollywood is actually working on a Minecraft movie would have been cause for chortling. “A movie adaptation of Minecraft?” we would’ve scoffed, sipping our highballs and dipping our breadrolls into a carafe filled with Beluga caviar. “Goodness, how silly! There’s no story to Minecraft! It’s just lots of blocks you use to build things!” This was before the release of The Lego Movie, which took the whole “blocks-used-to-build-things” concept and turned it into a pretty freaking good movie.

So, for the moment, it’s possible to be optimistic. As reported by Deadline, the Minecraft project is currently being developed by Roy Lee (who produced The Lego Movie) as some kind of live-action film, which sounds just mildly insane enough to work. But could this instigate a whole new rush in videogame cinema? Here are five more videogames that don’t particularly seem like they could be movies, which could ironically make them perfect as movies: READ FULL STORY

Psst, Bob Costas: We know what accessory you need in Sochi...

As exciting as NBC’s first night of Olympics coverage was — Slopestyle! Evgeni Plushenko! Scott Hamilton yelling! Evgeni Plushenko! The Dufour-Lapointe sisters! Evgeni Plushenko!!! — it was marred by one unfortunate development: Bob Costas’ nasty case of pinkeye. Costas was a trouper to appear onscreen despite his swollen lid… but in the immortal words of Valerie Cherish, after a long day at work, we don’t want to see that.

The obvious solution? A series of festive eyepatches, designed to take advantage of whatever Costas may be reporting on that day (figure skating; gay-rights issues; surprise upset in the Quidditch finals). You know, something like this:

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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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'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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Disney's 'Frozen' soundtrack: Ranking all nine original songs

Guess what, Disney fans? Frozen is good. And as you may have heard, the soundtrack is even better.

Like the now-classics in Disney’s Renaissance period, Frozen’s array of original tunes feels as fresh and infectious as the Menken-Ashman-Rice songs that defined a generation’s Disney musicals. I caught an early screening of the film last week and was dismayed to find that I’d have to wait an excruciating six days for the album to be released online (I even begged EW’s music staff for an early listen, but no dice).

Now the movie is out (and cleaning up at the box office) and the soundtrack is ready for streaming, and I just can’t stop listening. If you’re binge-listening this Thanksgiving weekend, here’s my ranking of the original songs by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. (Although, let’s be frank: They’re all pretty fantastic.)
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PopWatch Matchmaker: Robin Williams’ Simon Roberts and Marcia Gay Harden’s Diane Buckley

Some of our favorite TV characters are often unlucky in love. They just can’t seem to find The One — but what if The One is on another show altogether?

Okay, I’ve got one for you. What do you get when you mix vicious one-liners with endless rants? A hard-to-crack doctor and a cracked-up ad man? An explosive combination of comedy that can’t decide whether to be pithy or long-winded. That’s what you get in my PopWatch Matchmaker proposal: Diane from Trophy Wife and Simon from The Crazy Ones. READ FULL STORY

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