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'The Simpsons': Exclusive details on the next big-screen adventure (it's a 3-D short)!

Simpsons fans who have been awaiting the show’s return to the big screen, you may now let out a short, silent “Woo Hoo!”: A four-and-a-half-minute dialogue-free film, titled The Longest Daycare, will be shown before Ice Age: Continental Drift when that movie hits theaters on July 13. (There’s a little history between these two Fox franchises: The trailer for 2007’s The Simpsons Movie was stealthily placed before Ice Age: The Meltdown.)

Teased at the end of the season 23 finale on Sunday, the short marks The Simpsons’ first 3-D adventure (not counting the exploits of “3-D Homer” in Treehouse of Horror VI).  “[Executive producer] Jim Brooks thought we should do an animated short — a la the ones Pixar does before their features, a la the cartoons you used to see in the theater years ago — as a fun thing to give our fans,” executive producer Al Jean tells EW. “We just wanted to do this as a way of saying, ‘We appreciate how much people have stayed with the show and watched it for 25 years.”

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'Lord of the Rings' star Sean Astin shows off his hobbit gear for Syfy's 'Hollywood Treasure' -- VIDEO

For the second season premiere of Syfy’s showbiz memorabilia show Hollywood Treasure (airing May 22 at 10 p.m. ET), Sean Astin worked with appraiser and show host Joe Maddalena to refurbish his helmet from his 1993 sports film classic Rudy. When Astin was approached about the show, which includes auctions of major pop-culture artifacts, the actor tells EW that he was “a little wary — I didn’t want to sell anything.” But, he says, then he learned the show isn’t just about money. “It’s also about appreciating the nature of the memorabilia, where it comes from and why it’s so meaningful to people,” he says. Which lead Astin to bring in some of the Lord of the Rings gear given to him by director Peter Jackson when the Oscar-winning trilogy concluded filming, and show them off to Maddalena.

Check out an exclusive clip of the moment below:  READ FULL STORY

George H.W. Bush to be featured in HBO documentary

As politicians go, George H.W. Bush is a fairly private person. Unlike Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, or even his son George W. Bush, the United States’ 41st president has never written an autobiography or memoir — though Bush did publish a volume filled with personal letters, diary entries, and memos in 2000.

But come June, we’ll get an inside look at Bush’s story. Reuters writes that the former president is the subject of an upcoming HBO documentary, aptly named 41. In the doc, Bush reflects on his life thus far, including his experiences as an aviator in World War II, his time as the director of the CIA, and his presidency, which lasted from 1989 to 1993. The movie was filmed over the course of 17 months at both Bush’s presidential library in Texas and his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The Jeffrey Roth-directed doc will premiere June 14 — two days after Bush turns 88 years old. READ FULL STORY

Robert Redford turns TV host in new Sundance Channel show

Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford hasn’t had a TV gig in nearly 50 years; his last small-screen credit is an episode of The Defenders that aired in 1964. But that will change this Saturday, when Robert Redford Presents begins airing on Sundance Channel.

Redford — who serves as the channel’s creative director — will curate and critique independent movies in this new program. “Our aim with Sundance Channel has always been to showcase independent productions that broaden viewers’ minds and hopefully inspire them,” Redford said in a statement. “I am pleased to share some great films and further strengthen the outstanding independent film offering on our channel.” READ FULL STORY

Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman get literary in 'Hemingway & Gellhorn' trailer

Someone better start polishing the Emmys: Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman will share the screen in HBO’s new film Hemingway & Gellhorn, about legendary writer Ernest Hemingway and his journalist wife Martha Gellhorn (as the cryptic title would suggest). Kidman plays the lady war correspondent, who famously reported on the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930’s with Hemingway, who she once described as a “large dirty man in disgustingly soiled clothes.”

It appears from the trailer that Kidman is the narrative focal point here, but her chemistry with Owen is palpable, even in a two-minute serving. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Vince Vaughn produces S&M series for FX

Apparently emboldened by the explosive success of Fifty Shades of Grey, Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show Productions is working with FX to create a TV show called Whipped that tackles Fifty‘s themes of sadomasochism, reports Vulture. Inspired by Shawna Keeney’s memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix, the series will follow a Washington, D.C., college student who turns to S&M work to pay her way through school and finds herself entangled with high-powered politicians along the way. Vaughn and FX tapped Gina Fattore, former co-executive producer for Gilmore Girls and Californication, as showrunner.

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President Obama introducing special TV broadcast of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

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There are few films that stir the heart and soul more than the 1962 classic To Kill A Mockingbird. To commemorate the Oscar-winning film’s 50th anniversary, President Barack Obama will introduce a special broadcast of a restored and digitally remastered print of the film on USA at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Saturday, April 7.

Starring Gregory Peck as the heroically decent Alabama lawyer Atticus Finch, and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, the film will air with limited commercial interruption.

In a rare public statement, Lee said she was “deeply honored” that President Obama would be participating in celebrating the film. READ FULL STORY

Queen Latifah to star in Lifetime's all-African-American 'Steel Magnolias'

Queen Latifah is joining the star-studded cast for Lifetime’s all-African-American Steel Magnolias reboot as M’Lynn, the character played by Sally Field in the 1989 feature film of the same name. Condola Rashad will play her diabetes-stricken daughter, Shelby (played by Julia Roberts), and Rashad’s mother Phylicia will reinterpret the role of Clairee (portrayed by Olympia Dukakis). Alfre Woodard will tackle the irascible Ouiser, who was unforgettably played by Shirley MacLaine, Jill Scott looks to fill Dolly Parton’s shoes as understanding hairdresser Truvy, and Pariah breakout Adepero Oduye will play insecure newcomer Annelle, made famous by Daryl Hannah. READ FULL STORY

Date of 2013 Oscar telecast announced

Time already to plan your Oscars 2013 screening party?

ABC announced today that the 85th Academy Awards will air on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. The nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The ceremony will take place at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and will be televised to more than 225 countries.

And yes, it’s waaaaay to soon to find out who will produce and who will host.

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'Mad Men' actors celebrate the 40th anniversary of 'The Godfather' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

With the Oscars fresh in everyone’s minds, AMC will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of an Academy classic — The Godfather — with back-to-back airings of the original Oscar-winning film and The Godfather: Part II all week long, beginning tonight.

AMC will air The Godfather on Monday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. and midnight (schedule accordingly, central-time zoners!), and The Godfather: Part II on Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. The trilogy will then be aired in its entirety on Friday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. through 10 p.m. The celebration culminates on Saturday with AMC’s premiere of the digitally-restored version of The Godfather Saga beginning at 10 a.m.

Check out the exclusive teasers below, featuring choice commentary from Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, and Jared Harris of Mad Men – you know, that other reason we watch AMC: READ FULL STORY

'Revenge,' 'Magic Mike,' and Jessie J lead nominees for the 2012 'NewNowNext Awards' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Logo’s NewNowNext Awards don’t air until April 9 on the cable network, but EW has exclusively learned the roster of nominees for the fifth annual event, which showcases who and what are on the verge of a pop culture explosion in 2012.

Nominees range from Revenge‘s Emily VanCamp and Parenthood‘s Michael B. Jordan in the Next Mega Star category to Jessie J and FUN. in the Brink-of-Fame: Music Artist category to Magic Mike and Snow White & The Huntsman in the Next Must-See Movie category.

The 90-minute show will be taped in front of a live studio audience at the Avalon in Hollywood on April 5. Performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Starting today, the public can vote for the awards on Logo’s NewNowNext website. Check out all the nominees here:

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Hear Cyndi Lauper sing new version of 'Goonies' hit on 'Bob's Burgers' -- EXCLUSIVE

Bob’s Burgers has a retro-treat on the menu for its season 2 premiere — and it includes a remake of Cyndi Lauper’s “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough,” EW has learned. Airing March 11, the episode will send up Steven Spielberg’s 1985 family adventure movie The Goonies, as the kids embark on a treasure hunt to an abandoned taffy factory, which happens to be scheduled for demolition. To enhance their homage, the producers asked Lauper to re-record her hit with special lyrics to play over the end credits. (You can see her in action in the photo above.) “My son really wanted me to do it,” Lauper notes. “He loves the show and was like, ‘C’mon, Mom, it’s hysterical. Do it.” READ FULL STORY

Oprah joins Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscar special

Oprah Winfrey is the latest celebrity to join Jimmy Kimmel’s seventh post-Oscar special.

ABC made the announcement Thursday.

Winfrey is making a rare late-night appearance at a time when her year-old cable channel, OWN, is trying to attract viewers after a rocky start. She’s been more visible on the channel as well, with a new weekly series, Oprah’s Next Chapter.

Billy Crystal, who is hosting the Oscar ceremony, will help kick off Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards. Nominees Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Martin Scorsese will be among the stars on hand.

A performance by Coldplay will wrap up the show.

Kimmel’s Oscar-night special has yielded comedy pieces that became online sensations, including one with Sarah Silverman and Matt Damon and “Handsome Men’s Club” featuring Matthew McConaughey and Sting.

The Oscars will air from a Hollywood theater Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m. EST, with Kimmel’s show to follow the awards and local newscasts.

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