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10 Christmas tales spread holiday cheer

usatoday.com — Looking for a literary stocking stuffer for the reader on your list? These 10 holiday tales, most of them published in a small gift-book size, should literally fit the bill. 1. WINTER STREET By Elin Hilderbrand Little, Brown, 246 pp.

Martin Freeman on being an ‘SNL’ newbie: ‘I’ll be kind of scared’

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Four days before Bilbo Baggins takes his final bow on the big screen with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Martin Freeman takes his first turn hosting Saturday Night Live on Dec. 13 - assumably without his Hobbit feet and sword but you never know.

‘Arrow’ star Stephen Amell is down for a trip to ‘Gotham’

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Two of the best superhero shows on TV share the same universe and also happen to be waging an epic CW crossover beginning tonight with a new episode of The Flash and then continuing Wednesday night on Arrow. In one corner, there's blazing-fast youngster Barry Allen (Grant Gustin).

Peter Jackson has seen the ‘Star Wars’ trailer! (Sort of.)

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Like us, Peter Jackson's a pretty big fan, and he was one of the legion of folks who stormed the Internet last Friday to watch the first teaser for director J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Jason Statham stars in the most Jason Statham-y movie ever

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Feast your action-movie-adoring eyes on the first still from Wild Card, the new movie starring Jason Statham. And it is a very Jason Statham-y picture, too: Jason Statham looking very serious - yet kinda heroic - and an inch of furrowed brow from full Jason Statham-ness.

The 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' teaser is here

wcnc.com — In a matter of 88 seconds, director J.J. Abrams gives new hope to Star Wars fans sorely missing certain aspects of George Lucas' original movie trilogy. X-Wing Fighters, TIE Fighters, the Millennium Falconand even a helmet-less guy running around in a Stormtrooper outfit all are showcased in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer that premiered in 30 theaters and online Friday morning.

X-Wings, Daisy Ridley and our favorite moments in the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ teaser

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Yep, John Boyega's shocked face is pretty much the same one every fan was wearing Friday morning when the first teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrived in 30 theaters and dropped online. But shocked as in amazingly so, because who knew how good these 88 seconds were going to be?

Watch: The ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ teaser is here!

Before ‘The Force Awakens,’ let’s revisit the other first ‘Star Wars’ teasers

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Chances are, if you're like us and have a LEGO AT-AT, Wedge Antilles action figure and a Boba Fett statue in your basement, you're already over-the-forest-moon-of-Endor excited for the 88-second teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiering in 30 theaters around the country Friday.

The Show Must Go On

entertainthis.usatoday.com — It was 23 years ago today that Freddie Mercury, Queen frontman and one of the most iconic singers of all time, died at the age of 45 from bronchopneumonia due to AIDS.
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Dec 22, 2014

RT @JeremyKKirk: Ruined McClane's Christmas. Ruined Emma Thompson's Christmas. Ruined everyone's Christmas in Robin Hood. Alan Rickman really hates Christmas

Dec 22, 2014

RT @jaybusbee: Heck, let Marshawn Lynch perform self-colonoscopies on-field, long as he keeps doing this: sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shut… vine.co/v/OXXlYP1LTVj

Dec 21, 2014

RT @chrisvognar: Story in @nytimes Sunday Arts & Leisure section says Columbia is releasing The Interview on Thursday. Oops.

Dec 21, 2014

RT @M_Z_Harrison: I'm pretty sure a typo like this, on the first page of your book, was just as painful in 1830 as it is now. pic.twitter.com/pXvavbekGP

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