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Video: Secrets behind J.J. Abrams' lens flare revealed (you'll be surprised)

2 hours ago

Have you ever noticed a subtle light glowing in one of J.J. Abrams’ films? Probably not. I mean, with Captain Kirk in the frame…

But Luke Knezevic has certainly paid attention to Abrams’ penchant for the technique, prompting him to make a comedy short revealing the truth behind the lens flare. Turns out that flash of light is actually an actor.

Meet Lorenzo Flarius, the Human Lens Flare. Abrams “discovered” Flarius after hitting him with his car. Feeling guilty, the director placed the wannabe actor—who essentially has a flashlight for a head—in his films. Like, all of his films. »


- C. Molly Smith

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'The Bourne Supremacy' 10 years later: Does the action hold up?

3 hours ago

There’s certainly no shortage of fights, explosions, and car chases to witness onscreen these days, but much of the action is, frankly, dull—the result of a tired series or a simple lack of creativity.

Just over a decade ago, however, the Bourne Identity set the action bar high. And since today is the tenth anniversary of the franchise’s second film, The Bourne Supremacy, we’re taking a look back at how the series got action right, how it has weathered the last 10 years, and what action films circa 2014 can learn from the trilogy.

Doug Liman, executive producer, »


- C. Molly Smith

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Here's how 'Supernatural' star Misha Collins is breaking world records

5 hours ago

Supernatural’s Misha Collins spends most of the year fighting demons (and sometimes angels) in a trench coat. And when Supernatural returns for it’s tenth season, Collins promises that between trying to find Dean and solving the problem of his own fading grace, Castiel will once again have his hands full. But until then, the 39-year-old actor is keeping busy by breaking world records alongside Orlando Jones and William Shatner. But why?

Well, because he can. August 2-9 will mark the fourth annual Gishwes, the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, which Collins launched after being »


- Samantha Highfill

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'80s TV stars sing 'Let It Go'

10 hours ago

While listening to Frozen’s “Let It Go,” have you ever thought, “Patrick Stewart and/or a bunch of other ’80s TV stars would make this gem even better”? No? Well, video producer Jim Cliff went ahead and edited together clips from over 60 different ’80s television shows to make a new, Tom Selleck-filled version of “Let It Go” anyway—and yes, Stewart’s Captain Jean-Luc Picard even joins in on the chorus.

The Cosby Show, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Alf are among the other shows featured in this ’80s-tastic rendition of the Oscar-winning song. Sure, this version »


- Ariana Bacle

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See The Rock join Jimmy Fallon for an old-school workout

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When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stopped by The Tonight Show to promote his new film Hercules, Jimmy Fallon asked about Johnson’s workout routine. From there, Johnson and Fallon put on some killer wigs, reenacted classic workout VHS tapes, and even perfected the art of the “squat thrust” as The Fungo Brothers.

As the Fungo Brothers always say, “You gotta hustle for the muscle!” »


- Samantha Highfill

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Celebrate Batman Day with rare set photos from the 60s TV series

11 hours ago

Today is Batman Day, the one day of the year DC Comics has set aside to commemorate the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary. Over those 75 years, Batman has taken on a variety of interpretations both in comics and pop culture, from Frank Miller’s definitive Year One to the lauded 90s animated series.

However, the first to truly capture the nation’s imagination was the 1966 television show starring Adam West. To celebrate the character’s milestone birthday, browse through Life’s series of rare set photos that went unpublished in the magazine’s famous March 1966 cover story on the show. »


- Joshua Rivera

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Broadway's Aladdin and Jasmine face off with Disney trivia

11 hours ago

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Disney Theatrical Productions—so Adam Jacobs and Courtney Reed, better known as the two stars of Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway, took time off from their magic carpet jaunts to drop by EW’s video studio and talk all things Disney.

EW decided to pit Aladdin against Jasmine as we tested the princely pair’s knowledge of the Mouse House’s stage hits, from 1994’s Beauty and the Beast to 2012’s Newsies and beyond. Both Jacobs and Reed have an exceptional amount of Disney trivia stored up there.

Aladdin currently runs at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre and stars Jacobs, »


- Marc Snetiker

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'Better Call Saul' has a real-life billboard, working phone number

11 hours ago

Fans expect a lot from Better Call Saul. Since the show takes place before, during, and after Breaking Bad, it’s got countless opportunities to showcase familiar faces (beyond Mike, who’s a series regular). Then there’s the smaller stuff: We want to see Saul with ridiculous hair, a bluetooth in his ear, and maybe a questionable massage appointment every once in a while. But as it turns out, Saul diehards have already gotten one of their wishes: the billboard.

Currently in Albuquerque, there stands a billboard for the servies of none other than Jimmy McGill—a.k.a. »


- Samantha Highfill

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A gif guide to Aviva's leg-gendary 'Real Housewives of New York' finale flip-out

11 hours ago

It was the moment to which the Real Housewives of New York had been walking up all season: A prosthetic leg abandoned on a floor, a room aghast.

On Tuesday’s Rhony finale, cast member Aviva Drescher—who lost half of her left leg in a childhood accident—found herself under fire for allegedly faking illness to flake on group vacations, being too dependent on her husband, and possibly suffering from Münchausen syndrome. Outnumbered five to one, Aviva could barely get in a word edgewise (which says a lot when you’re the cousin of Fran Drescher).

So the Leggy »


- Lanford Beard

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Survey finds gender pay gap in games industry narrower than Us average

12 hours ago

A recent industry survey of game developer’s salaries has found that the wage gap between genders is narrower than the national average.

Conducted by industry publication Gamasutra, the survey was conducted in May 2014 and covered the entirety of 2013, with 4,000 participants. The survey found that men working salaried jobs in the games industry make an average of $85,074 annually. For women, the average annual salary was $72,882—that’s 86 cents on the dollar.

Of course, the wage gap between genders widened or narrowed depending on what position was being considered. Designers have the smallest gap, with women making 94 cents for every dollar men make, »

- Joshua Rivera

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Video: 'The Divide' star Marin Ireland shares your love of 'Soapdish'

12 hours ago

Those who watched last week’s twisty premiere of WEtv’s new scripted drama, The Divide, know that Innocence Initiative case worker Christina (Homeland’s Marin Ireland) is full of surprises—for example, she drives around Philly singing along to Mos Def’s “Quiet Dog.”

“That was Richard Lagravenese’s pick. He just had a feeling that that is exactly the kind of music she would listen to. Of course it’s like the fastest song in the world. They were like, ‘Can you just learn all the lyrics to this song? We don’t know what part we’re gonna use yet. »


- Mandi Bierly

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Honest Trailer: 'Divergent' is just 'The Hunger Games' minus games

12 hours ago

Divergent and fellow young-adult series The Hunger Games have a few things in common—enough things to confuse Screen Junkies, creators of the always-amusing Honest Trailers, into thinking that Divergent actually is The Hunger Games.

In the new Honest Trailer for 2014′s Divergent, the narrator cuts his voiceover short to point out they’ve already made a trailer for The Hunger Games. “So it’s the same movie but without the actual games?” he says once he discovers it is, in fact, Divergent. “That sounds horrible!”

Once that’s settled, the narrator launches into his description: “Enter a world inspired »


- Ariana Bacle

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Soon you'll be able to see James Franco in 'Of Mice and Men' on screen

12 hours ago

The hit Broadway production of Of Mice and Men is galloping to a close this Sunday. But the very idea of James Franco and Chris O’Dowd playing iconic ranchhands George and Lennie will live on forever, as National Theatre Live has announced plans to film and internationally broadcast the Anna D. Shapiro-directed revival.

Of Mice and Men—which also stars Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester, True Blood alum Jim Parrack, and stage veteran Jim Norton—will be the first Broadway show filmed by the company. Screening dates will be announced later this year.

National Theatre Live’s M.O. »


- Marc Snetiker

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Batman at 75: DC Comics co-publisher discusses the Dark Knight's future

14 hours ago

Batman Day is finally here, and as part of DC Comics’ year-long celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary, comic-book stores everywhere are giving away a free special edition of Detective Comics #27, which features a retelling of the Dark Knight’s first appearance by Brad Meltzer.

In honor of the big day, EW spoke to DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee to discuss all things Batman: the character’s 75th anniversary, the most memorable Batman stories from the past 75 years , the new Batman titles coming in the fall and where he sees the Caped Crusader going in the next 75 years. »


- Chancellor Agard

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You can't donate to Jon Stewart's CNN Kickstarter, but you can laugh at it

15 hours ago

Bad news, everybody: Jon Stewart isn’t actually launching a Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN, despite what last night’s Daily Show might have you thinking.

The joke drive came up during a segment about Rupert Murdoch’s recent bid to purchase Time Warner. If the deal had actually happened—or if it does happen eventually—Time Warner would be forced to sell off its subsidiary CNN, since the news net’s work conflicts with that of News Corp’s own Fox News. (Though fans of both CNN and Fox would probably balk at the comparison.)

But who would buy CNN in this hypothetical situation? »


- Hillary Busis

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Jimmy Kimmel gets parenting advice from a very serious little kid

15 hours ago

On Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel returned to late-night television after a two-week hiatus surrounding the birth of his daughter Jane. He showed off photos of the newborn on TV, before seguing into some of his regularly scheduled jokes. But maybe Kimmel—who also has two children from a previous marriage—realized his parenting skills were a little rusty, because on Tuesday night he revealed his new baby consultant.

Instead of asking a doctor, teacher, or even a parent, Kimmel went straight to a seven-year-old boy. Or rather, the gravest possible 7-year-old boy called Vere (V-e-r-e, as he dutifully spells it »


- Jackson McHenry

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All'

22 July 2014 6:25 PM, PDT

You know the longer I do this show you’d think the less things would surprise me. Not so much. This Men Tell All was easily one of the strangest I’ve ever hosted, but in a really entertaining way. It all started with Ashley and Jp, two people I love very much. It wasn’t enough just to catch up with them and find out what’s going on with the pregnancy and their new life together, oh no, we had to raise the bar and do a live ultrasound. When I heard we were going to attempt to »


- Chris Harrison

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Listen: Kate Hudson shares her favorite 'Overboard' lines and so much more

22 July 2014 1:57 PM, PDT

Kate Hudson stopped by EW Radio’s “Bullseye” hour Tuesday to promote her new movie Wish I Was Here. Hosts Adam Markovitz, Tim Stack, and Tanner Stransky also got her chatting about so much more—dressing like a Game of Thrones Wildling last Halloween, why she gave up playing soccer, her mother Goldie Hawn’s best lines in Overboard, and her 10-year-old son Ryder’s friendship with Danny McBride. Listen to the full interview below.

Timecodes for highlights:

2:00: Hudson explains how her Halloween parties work.

5:50: She talks about her Fabletics activewear line, almost playing college soccer, »


- Mandi Bierly

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Beetles destroyed George Harrison's memorial tree, so we rewrote some Beatles songs about it

22 July 2014 12:25 PM, PDT

A tree that someone planted in memory of the Beatles’ George Harrison is no more: It was destroyed by beetles. No, really.

The pine tree, planted in 2004 near Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory, died when it was infested by a swarm of beetles. It will eventually be replanted—but for now, we have some words for those tree-destroying insects. And naturally, those words come in the form of reinvented Beatles songs.

“Dear Beetles”

Dear beetles, won’t you eat new things today?

Dear beetles, don’t make trees de-cayyy

The sun is up, the sky is blue

It’s beautiful, and you are not

Dear beetles, »


- Ariana Bacle

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Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson bring The National doc to 'Broadway'

22 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

In Hollywood, when big celebrities discover a splendid little documentary, they’re sometimes tempted to adapt it into a big-budget feature film—which may destroy what they loved about that little doc in the first place. But Ted Danson and Zach Galiafanakis aren’t your typical power-mad narcissists. They fell in love with Mistaken for Strangers, the poignant music doc about slacker Tom Berninger and his brother, Matt, who happens to be the lead singer of The National. Rather than turn it into a film, the two former Bored to Death co-stars took that pure story to the only place »


- Jeff Labrecque

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