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Dr. Gregory House was a caustic, egotistical pill-popper who’d insult a dying woman to her face for his own misanthropic reasons but also because doing so would have provided him with some vital insight into her condition. There was brilliance behind that cantankerous behavior and if it weren’t for the Holmesian powers of deduction that allowed him to save lives (and his dreamy eyes), he would have been totally irredeemable. As it stands, he’s one of the most memorable and beloved TV characters in recent history. And now, after eight seasons and more than one hundred last minute diagnoses, Fox stalwart House has ended. Along with all of the standard medical puzzles, this year, the titular doctor, played as wryly as ever by Hugh Laurie, was incarcerated, then released from jail to find that many of the familiar faces at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital had dispersed; he added a couple of new members to his diagnostic team (Charlene Yi and Odette Annable) and learned that friend and fellow M.D. Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard)—one of the only people that he ever truly cared about—was battling cancer. Although the episode that capped off this final season was far from outstanding (or even an episode that will be remembered in a year’s time), it was a suitable conclusion and a welcomed end to a powerful show that had been puttering along during these last several seasons.

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Drinking Games

Sometimes, choosing the right movie for the weekly DVD drinking game is a tough decision. Other times, it comes as naturally as breathing. This week, we breathe in the Christmas goodness of the latest Harold & Kumar movie and enjoy its raunchy silliness. Yeah, we know Christmas was a couple months ago, but who says you need to have tinsel on your tree to watch this movie? These guys may not be known for following the rules, but here’s a slate of rules you’ll enjoy following while you watch the film. Just don’t try anything too strong, or you might end up like Thomas Lennon’s on-screen child. And no one wants that, do they?

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr grabs a protest sign and a test so he can occupy something. All the big cities are taken, so he decides to Occupy Hollywood, but being one of the 99%, he can’t afford a plane ticket from Ohio to California. So, he occupies his local multiplex, squatting in the front of their biggest screen. There, he has a chance to check out the loosely-related Tower Heist and later drinks some spiked egg nog and wanders into a later screening of A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas. At least that’s what he’s telling the authorities.

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A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas is the world’s first interracial stoner buddy holiday comedy to be presented in the third dimension. It’s sure to be the last, too. A twin celebration of the joys of yuletide and bong rips, the flick is an appropriately manic and thoroughly nonsensical entrant in the popular trilogy that’s celebrated the joys of White Castle in one movie and condemned Guantanamo Bay in the next. This Christmas takedown is a one-time only feat, a symphony of pristine ridiculousness. You go into a Harold & Kumar flick expecting a heavy dose of weed-tinged surrealism, and director Todd Strauss-Schulson, working with the familiar team of writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, doesn’t disappoint. This is a madcap farce that sends the now estranged heroes (John Cho and Kal Penn) on a frantic Christmas Eve journey into New York City to find a replacement tree.

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Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle was a small and unassuming comedy that happened to be pretty damn funny. John Cho and Kal Penn have some fantastic chemistry together, and that combined with some fairly sharp writing and a brilliantly conceived cameo by Neil Patrick Harris made it a winner. The sequel from 2008 saw the boys go to Guantanamo Bay, and while it was bigger in scope it was a bit smaller in laughs. Harris was still hilarious, and the movie did feature a bottom-less party scene which I had hoped would catch on both in other films and in my life (sadly it was not to be), but it seemed the magic of that first pairing was lost. But now, seven years after we first met this rascally duo they’re off on a new adventure. And it all starts when Harold murders Santa Claus… Check out the trailer below courtesy of Yahoo Movies.

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In order to keep itself occupied, the internet has gone and replaced last week’s ridiculous Batman 3 rumors with even more ridiculous casting rumors about Iron Man 2. Think two stoners as Iron Man’s most vicious foes…

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House: Adverse Events

House has hired a private investigator to pry into the lives of those who work for him and around him. Using this information, he creates some tension in the hopes of motivating his staff.

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Comic-Con Coverage Recap

Last year at Comic-Con we needed photos to prove that we were part of the in crowd. We displayed these photos in a feature that we called We Know People. And just like we did with Comic-Con, we are bringing it all back this year…

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Harold and Kumar 2 on DVD July 29

After a brief trip into a Gitmo jail cell, robert Fure asks the burning questions to John Cho and Kal Penn, like will we see more wang in the special features and what the guys think the plot of Harold and Kumar 3 should be.

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Rob Corddry wants to know why the sequel isn

I suppose you can say that the core Harold and Kumar audience of stoners and slackers will enjoy the rude humor and drug references, but the rest of us clean and sober folks are going to be left cold.

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Neil Patrick Harris Says You Must Play This Game!

Neil Patrick Harris demands that you pay this game in some form. And who can argue with NPH? Surely not us mere mortals.

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Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

The fans of the cult classic Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle have waited four long years to see their favorite pothead heroes on the big screen again. [Grade: C+]

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John Cho was on hand at WonderCon to talk about the next Harold and Kumar as well as J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.

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