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No electronics for 24 hours?! It's the National Day of Unplugging

From sunset Friday night to sunset on Saturday, participants in the National Day of Unplugging will not use electronics for 24 hours. The idea is spend some time with the people you have apparently been ignoring in your electronic haze.

“We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerry’s, chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and shielding ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of ‘silence’ that our earphones create,” the official website for the National Day of Unplugging notes.
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13 reasons the world is ending tomorrow

Don’t let those eggheads at NASA try to fool you: The world will end on 12/21/12, just as the Mayans predicted centuries ago. (An actual excerpt from their prophetic tablet: “That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane — Lenny Bruce is not afraid.” Such an advanced culture!)

How do I know the end is near? Because the signs of an imminent apocalypse have been coming all year — signs like these:

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Jack Black is getting a Friars Club roast -- let's get the ball rolling!

Jack Black is the new Betty White.

New York City’s Friars Club announced today that newly-minted Independent Spirit Award nominee Jack Black will be 2013′s official roastee. The event will take place April 5. “We only roast the ones we love,” explained Friars Club Abbot Jerry Lewis in a statement, “and with Jack, we love his comedy, we love his music, and we love his enormous talent.”

Black, meanwhile, is a little worried about what’s in store: “What did I get myself into this time? I’m searching for a loophole in my contract, maybe there’s a way I can weasel myself out of this thing. Those bastards are going to brutalize me, but Jerry Lewis assured me it’s going to be the highlight of my career, so I guess I got to go through with it,” he said.

It’s easy to understand why Black is nervous — voluntarily agreeing to be ripped apart by your friends and professional insult comics doesn’t seem like the best way to keep your self-esteem high. And after Gulliver’s Travels, Black needs all the self-esteem he can get. Zing! So let’s ease the actor into the roast mentality by lobbing a few gentle barbs his way. Here, I’ll start:

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A newbie and a superfan discuss 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 2.' Will the romance work on a Twi-virgin?

ADAM B. VARY: Last year, I guided my colleague Dan Snierson through his very first experience with a wizard named Harry Potter — Dan had neither read J.K. Rowling’s books nor seen any of the movies, and we both wanted to see what would happen when a Potter newbie watched the final Potter movie. He had fun, I had fun, and I daresay at least four or five readers of our subsequent conversation about the experience had fun too.

And now it would seem the wand is in the other hand, or the the promise ring is on the other finger, or something. Because as I write these words, the final feature film in The Twilight Saga is nigh upon us, but this time, I’m the one who has never read any of Stephenie Meyer’s books nor seen any of the feature films. As I gear up to become the pop-culture guinea pig and see Breaking Dawn — Part 2 with only the second-hand knowledge I’ve absorbed walking the halls of EW, you, Denise Warner, have bravely agreed to escort me through all the vampiric romance and Taylor Lautner shirtlessness. I mean, there will be shirtlessness, right?

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Five reasons to be happy you're not Kate Moss

There are plenty of reasons to envy Kate Moss: she’s incredibly gorgeous, she dated Johnny Depp, and she singlehandedly changed the face of modeling. (Thanks for the size zero, Kate!). But if her new interview with Vanity Fair is anything to go by, then there are plenty of reasons to be happy you’re not a supermodel as well. So if you, like me, have been living on a diet of Halloween candy and Club crackers in the wake of Hurricane Sandy (that’s what happens when you have no power and trick-or-treating is postponed — it’s inevitable), then here are five reasons not to feel guilty about those 10 fun-size Snickers bars.

1. She’s insecure: “I don’t want to be myself, ever,” said Moss. She even admitted to asking John Galliano to give her a character on her wedding day. “[Galliano] said, ‘You have a secret — you are the last of the English roses. Hide under that veil. When he lifts it, he’s going to see your wanton past!’” READ FULL STORY

Happy 300th episode, 'SVU'! Let's celebrate with the show's five craziest episodes

I know, I know — trying to select the five craziest episodes of Law & Order: SVU is like trying to determine which part of Lake Michigan is the wettest. SVU has ridiculosity running through its very veins, which may the reason the series has survived so long; its 300th (!) episode airs tonight on NBC. (It’ll take several years before the show catches up with original flavor Law & Order, though — the franchise’s flagship lasted 456 episodes.)

Still, we can’t let a milestone like this pass by without some kind of celebration — and what better way to fete this series than to highlight its most insane installments? My picks, in chronological order [chung chung]:

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What is Liam Neeson's most badass role? -- POLL

Liam Neeson turned 60 this year. In his six decades, he has masqueraded as a bandaged superhero, battled wolves with broken bottles, planned the downfall of a city, released a Kraken and saved his daughter from sex slavery. Say what you will about Neeson, but you can’t deny that he is an absolute badass. This weekend, he will save his daughter all over again in Taken 2 (out Oct. 5). Talk about persistence. In honor of his achievements, we’ve assembled a list of his most badass roles to date, complete with video proof. So get watching, then vote on your favorite below!

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PopWatch poll: Who is TV's best crier?

Last week, my colleague Mandi Bierly wrote a post about TV’s greatest tearjerkers that got me thinking about all my personal favorites, many of which came up in the comments. But as I constructed my list of favorite scenes, I realized that there are some actors who really know how to deliver the waterworks. There are some who, without fail, have the power to reduce me to a sobby mess.

Last night, for example, I was watching the latest Sons of Anarchy and realized that Charlie Hunnam is very much one of those actors. As gruff, strong Jax Teller, it isn’t often that we see Hunnam get to flex that particular emotional muscle. But when he does — man, it’s fantastic. [Sons spoiler ahead...] Two weeks ago, when Opie died in prison, the impact of the moment in itself made me tear up. But it was Jax’s reaction that really got me. And last night, at Opie’s wake, it happened again. I had to rehydrate after that.

So when I really got to thinking about it, I realized that there are only a few actors that have this power over me. My top 5 — in no particular order — are listed below. READ FULL STORY

'The Price is Right' male model search down to three hunky candidates. So who should win?

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After a grueling slog of killer abs and waxed chests, The Price is Right has narrowed down its search for a male model to three possible contenders: model/actor Clint Brink, model/actor Nick Denbeigh, and model/actor Rob Wilson. After an online vote, one of these dimple-flashing dudes will win a five-day run on the venerable daytime game show, with the winner revealed on the Oct. 5 episode — but who is the most deserving?

My esteemed colleague and official EW supernatural sexpert Mandi Bierly and I watched through each of these guys’ final audition videos on the Price is Right website, and then engaged in a spirited and barely salacious debate about their merits. The videos aren’t embeddable, however, so click here to watch them yourself, and then join our discussion below!  READ FULL STORY

FX's 'Fargo' series: Let's cast it!

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Fargo as a TV series? You betcha. Joel and Ethan Coen are reportedly executive producing an adaptation of their Academy Award-winning movie for the network that brought us Sons of AnarchyJustified, and American Horror Story.

This new project isn’t the first attempt to bring Fargo to the small screen — a Coen-free pilot for a Fargo TV series was filmed in 1997 and ultimately aired as part of a special in 2003.  The first televised Fargo starred Edie Falco as Marge Gunderson, the pregnant police officer immortalized by Frances McDormand in the film  — and if it were still 1997, I think Falco would be an excellent choice to strap on Marge’s fake belly for this new show as well.

But since Falco and McDormand are both a little too old to credibly play pregnant — and because William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi are a little busy with movie careers and cable series — which actors could step into their snowboots for this new FargoREAD FULL STORY

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