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Watch Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the Trailer for Christmas Bro Comedy The Night Before

Time to whip out that Christmas (or Hanukkah) sweater

As a genre, Christmas movies tend toward themes of family togetherness and forgiveness, peace and goodwill. But in the hands of Evan Goldberg and Kyle Hunter, the writing/producing duo behind Neighbors and The Interview, the goodwill comes in the form of a small box of drugs given to Isaac (Seth Rogen) by his pregnant wife (Jillian Bell), and the togetherness consists of three bros painting New York City red, green and—this is a Seth Rogen movie—vomit.

In the slightly NSFW trailer for The Night Before, we meet three friends—Rogen’s Isaac, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Ethan and Anthony Mackie’s Chris—who have spent every Christmas Eve together since Ethan’s parents died. Now that Chris is famous and Isaac is preparing for a baby, the buddies are spending one last holiday together, and it’s going to be epic—although perhaps not in the way they imagined.

Throughout the course of their unconventional revelry, Isaac throws up in the middle of Mass, Ethan dons an elf suit and lady friends played by Mindy Kaling and Lizzy Caplan discuss the merits of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” The Night Before hits theaters on Nov. 25, just in time for a Thanksgiving family outing.

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Fugitive Bank Robber Nabbed While Acting in Horror Movie

He was playing a villain in the low-budget slasher

A real-life villain was caught by U.S. Marshals on Friday while playing a fictional villain on the set of a low-budget horror movie.

Jason Stange, who had been convicted for armed bank robbery in 2006, violated the conditions of his parole last year by leaving his halfway house without permission. Authorities noticed him photographed in a news story about the shoot of a film, Marla Mae, in a local Washington State newspaper.

Stange, who played a deranged abortion clinic doctor in the movie, had been using the pseudonym Jason Strange, the Guardian reports. By the time the U.S. Marshals caught up with him, production had already wrapped and Stange was stepping off location to buy cigarettes; he was arrested but allowed to return his costume before going to jail.

Marla Mae, which was shot on a budget of $8,000, does not yet have a release date.

[The Guardian]

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Rachel McAdams is in Early Talks for Doctor Strange

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Alessio Botticelli—Getty Images Rachel McAdams is seen on 'Good Morning America' on July 23, 2015 in New York City.

McAdams is considering a role as the female lead in the upcoming Marvel film

Actor Rachel McAdams is in the running to play the female lead in Marvel’s Doctor Strange.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the True Detective star confirmed that she is considering the role in the upcoming film, which is set to star Benedict Cumberbatch.

McAdams, however, told the Times that her considerations for the role are “still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all.”

Deadline reports Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also slated to star in the film, which will be released in Nov. 2016.

[LA Times]

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Pretty in Pink Actor to Publish Young Adult Novel

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JB Lacroix—WireImage/Getty Images Andrew McCarthy attends Disney Media Disribution International Upfronts at Walt Disney Studios on May 17, 2015 in Burbank, California.

Andrew McCarthy's book is about half-siblings who meet for the first time

Andrew McCarthy already spoke to Generation X teens through his roles in Brat Pack movies like Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire. Now, he’ll speak to Generation Z as an author. The actor-cum-writer is publishing a young adult novel set for release in spring 2017.

McCarthy’s novel, Just Fly Away, is about a 15-year-old girl in New Jersey who meets her half-brother for the first time, never having known that he existed—and lived in the same town. It will be published by Algonquin Young Readers, the L.A. Times reports.

This is McCarthy’s second book, following his 2012 memoir, The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down. He has worked as a travel writer and is an editor-at-large at National Geographic Traveler. He continues to act, and will appear in the The Family on ABC this fall. He has also recently directed episodes of Orange Is the New Black, Grace and Frankie and The Blacklist.

[L.A. Times]

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Watch Katniss and Jon Snow Face Off in ‘The Hunger Game of Thrones’

It's Jon Snow versus Katniss Everdeen

Katniss Everdeen may have faced down President Snow in The Hunger Games trilogy, but she’s never faced down Jon Snow — until now.

A new mashup has Jennifer Lawrence’s fearless bowed heroine facing off against Kit Harington’s sword wielding Game of Thrones character and it’s clear that Winter is Coming to Panem.

In the video, Katniss issues a call to arms against Jon Snow urging her followers to fight against Snow’s forces. Meanwhile, Snow is holed up in the North ready to face down the rising darkness from Beyond the Wall or the wildlings of District 12.

In the clip from YouTube creator David Elmaleh, Katniss intones, “Nothing good is safe while Snow is alive,” but the question is: if Katniss does manage to kill him, will Snow stay dead?

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Bugs Bunny at 75: Watch the First-Ever ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ Moment

Bugs Bunny first appeared on July 27, 1940

The usual gestation period for a rabbit is a month. But Bugs Bunny, the iconic cartoon character who turns 75 on Monday, took a lot longer to come to life.

Scroll down to read that story–but not before watching a clip from his first official appearance, in the 1940 Tex Avery cartoon A Wild Hare. The Oscar-nominated cartoon has all the classic Bugs favorites: outwitting Elmer Fudd, the signature ears and tail, the “What’s up, Doc?”

(Looney Tunes characters, names, and all related indicia are TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. You can watch the whole thing here.)

Here’s how the world’s favorite cartoon rabbit came to be. Animator Chuck Jones gave credit to Tex Avery for the character, but Warner Bros. had made several rabbit cartoons in the studio’s earlier years. There were cutesy rabbits and wacky rabbits, but those rabbits aren’t Bugs. (One distinction, Jones explained, was that Bugs’ craziness always serves a purpose–in contrast to the unhinged Daffy Duck.)

The Wild Hare bunny is uncredited, though that changed before the year was up. Bugs was an instant star. By 1954, TIME noted that he was more popular than Mickey Mouse. (Mel Blanc, who voiced the character, later claimed that the name was his idea, saying that they were going to call the character Happy Rabbit, but that Blanc suggested naming him after animator Ben “Bugs” Hardaway. Alternatively, the name is sometimes traced to a sketch that designer Charles Thorson did on Hardaways’ request, with the caption “Bugs’ bunny”—as in, it was the bunny that Bugs had asked him to draw.)

Though Virgil Ross was the animator on A Wild Hare, Chuck Jones became one of the more famous hands behind the Bugs Bunny magic. In 1979, when The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie came out, TIME critic Richard Schickel noted that “it is possible that some day Animator Chuck Jones may come to be regarded as the American Bunuel” for the fact that Jones and the groundbreaking surrealist filmmaker so well understood the psychological underpinnings of comedy.

As these images from the late artist’s archives show, Bugs Bunny may have taken a long time to be born—but he sure has aged well.

"Picture the Future" a hand-painted cel art edition by Chuck Jones
Courtesy Chuck Jones Center for Creativity“Picture the Future” a hand-painted cel art edition by Chuck Jones

Read TIME’s take on Warner cartoons’ 50th birthday, in 1985, here in the TIME Vault: For Heaven’s Sake! Grown Men!

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Here Are Never-Before-Seen Photos From Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

The cult classic turned 30 on Sunday

Pee-wee Herman’s first film, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, turns 30 on Sunday and to celebrate, Herman released some never-before-seen photos from the iconic film.

“Just for fun, here are some never-before-public photos from behind the scenes of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” Herman, whose real name is Paul Reubens, wrote on his blog. “They were included in a yearbook wrap gift I gave after filming ended. Prior to now, they had only been seen by the people who received the yearbook!! Enjoy!!”

The photos feature a young director Tim Burton nervously giggling while holding snakes for the movie’s pet store fire scene, Reubens reading a script while propped on a stool, and actress E.G. Daly peering through a camera.

The film, a cult classic borrowing liberally from the 1948 Italian film The Bicycle Thief, follows a man-child, played by Herman, whose bike is stolen, leading him on a chase to reclaim it across the United States. The film itself was an extension of a popular 1980 stage show, The Pee-wee Herman Show, following the comic escapades of Herman, and led into Reubens starring in the television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse.

The film also launched the careers of Burton, who cemented his signature, quirky directing style, and music composer Danny Elfman, who went on to work with Burton on many projects.

The film quickly became a hit, furthering Reubens’ odd character sketch as a man with a childish inquisitiveness and propensity for falling into silly situations. Reubens’ characteristic, trilly laugh and his standard comeback—”I know you are, but what am I?”—quickly became pop culture staples.

Herman’s blog post also alerted fans to an upcoming Pee-wee adventure, Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, to be released on Netflix in March 2016.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the participants in the forthcoming Pee-Wee Herman project for Netflix. The film will star Reubens and be directed by John Lee.

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Ant-Man Beats Pixels at Weekend Box Office

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Zade Rosenthal—Marvel

The Marvel superhero movie brought in $24.8 million over the weekend

(LOS ANGELES)—”Ant-Man” has claimed first place at the box office for the second weekend in a row, narrowly besting new opener “Pixels.” The Marvel and Disney superhero pic brought in $24.8 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total to $106.1 million according to Rentrak estimates Sunday.

The Adam Sandler end of the world comedy “Pixels” earned an estimated $24 million in its debut weekend. It’s a fairly weak start for the PG-13 rated film, which cost $88 million to produce.

Meanwhile, the R-rated boxing drama “Southpaw” surpassed expectations, earning $16.5 million out of the gates and beating out the YA adaptation “Paper Towns,” which earned about $12.5 million — a far cry from the $48 million debut of “The Fault in Our Stars” last year.

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Here Are 13 of Helen Mirren’s Best Roles

The dame celebrates her 70th birthday on Sunday

Few actors can boast a resume as impressive as Helen Mirren’s. The London-born dame has played a detective (Prime Suspect, two Emmy awards), Ayn Rand (Emmy win), prominent wives (in Hitchcock, about the director, and The Last Station, about Tolstoy) and several British queens: Charlotte in The Madness of King George (Oscar nomination), the title role in Elizabeth I (Golden Globe win) and Elizabeth II in The Queen (Oscar win).

Mirren, who turns 70 on Sunday, has a total nomination count of four Academy Awards, 13 Golden Globes and 11 Emmys. Here are 13 of her best film and television roles over the course of a fruitful (and, thankfully, ongoing) career. All hail the queen.

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See Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender Do Big Lebowski Reading

Patton Oswalt, Olivia Munn and Dennis Quaid were also involved

A select lucky few were treated to a reading of The Big Lebowski on Friday in Montreal, and the event was almost as star-studded as the original cast.

Michael Fassbender read the part of The Dude (originally Jeff Bridges) while Jennifer Lawrence played Maude (Julianne Moore). Patton Oswalt played Walter (John Goodman), Olivia Munn was Bunny (Tara Reid) and Dennis Quaid made a surprise appearance as the Big Lebowski (David Huddleston).

Audience members shared photos of the event on social media:

What a blast! #jflmtl @cfccreates @telefilm_

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[Mashable]

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