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Bert from 'Sesame Street' reveals he's an 'Entourage' fan at Comic-Con

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Here’s a pleasant surprise: Bert, Cookie Monster, and Murray came to the EW Hideout at San Diego Comic-Con all the way from Sesame Street. They were pretty excited to be there, and really, really like comic books. Except for Bert. He’s into bottle caps.

Unfortunately, there’s no booth for that at the convention, but that’s okay—wait ’til you see how excited they all get when they find out there’s a Justice League movie.

Also, Bert has seen Entourage. Who knew they even allowed HBO over at Sesame Street?

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- Joshua Rivera

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EW's Brave New Warriors Comic-Con panel: Stars share the complications of playing leading men

25 July 2014 2:54 PM, PDT

You have to be a pretty brave guy to battle a headless horsemen, or a bike gang, or Nazi Germany and the crazy crowds at Comic-Con. But on Friday afternoon at EW’s Brave New Warriors panel, hosted by our very own Darren Franich, actors Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Jon Bernthal (Fury), Tom Mison (Sleepy Hollow), Theo Rossi (Sons of Anarchy) and Brenton Thwaites (The Giver) showed how tough it can be to be the tough guy in the spotlight. Here are the highlights:

• Highmore, Mison, and Thwaites are all playing characters with a storied history already documented in previous movies, »


- Jake Perlman

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Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch's 1999 stage show is as great as it sounds

25 July 2014 12:02 PM, PDT

One one side of Chicago’s Second City stage, Rachel Dratch performs a one-woman show about the 19th-century woman’s rights activist Edwina Garth Burnahm. On the other, Tina Fey monologues about her vagina. This might sound like a fever dream you had after binging on Cheesy Blasters, but it actually happened.

A 1999 video of the the pair recently surfaced online, and if that description of the first sketch isn’t enough to get you hooked, then you have no soul. They performed Dratch and Fey at Second City as well as the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. »


- Jackson McHenry

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This map of the DC Comics multiverse will blow your mind

25 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

Grant Morrison has spent much of his career in comic books sketching out the farthest reaches of the comic cosmos, taking iconic characters like Batman and Superman far beyond our fragile borders of space and time. And the upcoming Multiversity takes Morrison’s fascination with alternate realities to its logical apex. Comprising six adventures set in different parallel universes—along with a two-part framing story and a guidebook to the DC Multiverse—it’s a trippy saga that features iconic variations on the major DC characters: a vampire Justice League, a fascist Superman, and (naturally) Dino-Cop.

In advance of the book’s August debut, »


- Darren Franich

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'Fifty Shades' star Jamie Dornan was a better ladykiller in 'The Fall'

25 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

So, you like to watch a handsome, shirtless Jamie Dornan do the whole torture thing? Well, then, we’ve got the perfect drama for you—and it’s not Fifty Shades of Grey.

If you want to see Dornan gag women, tie them up, bathe them by candlelight, and cause them grievous bodily harm, you’re better off watching the first season of the BBC’s gripping thriller The Fall. (Catch up on Netflix before season two airs. The trailer premiered yesterday, just in time for 50 Shades madness.) The Fall is a suspenseful and scary thriller, and, unlike Fifty Shades, »


- Melissa Maerz

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Adam West explains Batman's little-known connection to Josh Brolin

25 July 2014 9:48 AM, PDT

While Batman’s future is on everyone’s mind at this year’s Comic-Con International, his past is getting its fair share of attention too. With the November 11th release date of the classic 1966 Batman television series on home video announced at this year’s convention, former Batman and current Mayor of Quahog Adam West came by the EW hideout to reminisce about the show, his co-workers, and Batman’s little-known connection to actor Josh Brolin.

For even more Adam West, check out his conversation with EW Radio below. »


- Joshua Rivera

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Morgan Freeman inhales helium and chats with Jimmy Fallon

25 July 2014 6:56 AM, PDT

Morgan Freeman has made a career out of having all the answers. Whether he’s playing God or simply hosting his new science show, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, Freeman’s voice is the definitive voice of authority. In Lucy, Freeman even spouts incorrect science—but it’s easy to (almost) believe him.

Anyway, Jimmy Fallon had Freeman on Tonight on Thursday, and he decided it was time to take Freeman down a notch. He took out two helium-filled balloons and conducted an interview with Freeman without Freeman’s trademark voice.

Freeman’s done this before, on his own terms, »


- Jackson McHenry

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What you could do with 100 percent of your brain: A supercut

25 July 2014 6:30 AM, PDT

Even though it makes up a major plot point (actually pretty much the plot) of Lucy, the myth that you only use 10 percent of your brain has been pretty thoroughly debunked.

But for whatever reason, mostly because Hollywood doesn’t really need to pay attention to science, this pseudo-science, with varying numbers tacked on, still appears throughout film and television. The possible outcomes of using the other 90 percent, however, differ between cases. There are the standard examples, like Lucy and Limitless, which promise intelligence-related superpowers. Others, like Seinfeld and Honey I Shrunk the Kids (the TV version, natch), just promise intelligence. »


- Jackson McHenry

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'Veronica Mars' takes Fandom of the Year at mtvU's awards show

24 July 2014 9:30 PM, PDT

Marshmallows, rejoice! Not only did you successfully fund a Kickstarter campaign to get the movie you wanted made, you also managed to win an award for doing just that.

At Comic-Con in San Diego Thursday night, mtvU announced the winners of their first-ever Fandom Awards. Veronica Mars took home the night’s biggest honor, Fandom of the Year, beating out CommunitySupernatural, and Free! Iwatobi Swim Club in the finals of a 32-nominee bracket. Tina Majorino, who played Mac in Veronica Mars, accepted the award.

In other awards news, Game of Thrones  took Omg Moment of the Year for the series’ shocking “Purple Wedding” episode. »


- Jackson McHenry

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Video: 'Harry Potter' meets 'Boyhood' in 'Potterhood' mock trailer

24 July 2014 5:43 PM, PDT

Boys, you’ve got a lot of growing up to do.

About a week ago, Nelson Carvajal released Apehood, a mock trailer that essentially follows Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Caesar, showing glimpses of him over the course of 18 years, in the vein of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood trailer. In traditional mock trailer fashion, it borrows everything from the original: Family of the Year’s “Hero” as background music, the same style opening line (adjusted from human to ape), and even critical praise, quoting the same film critics’ reviews throughout the trailer.

Upon the release of Apehood, film »


- C. Molly Smith

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Zack Snyder tweets new Batman photo, pic of unexpected Superman crossover

24 July 2014 4:53 PM, PDT

It’s a big day for superheroes on Twitter—and not just because of Comic-Con.

DC Comics featured a new image of Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v. Superman in its booth at Comic-Con on Thursday, but it was director Zack Snyder who spread the image to the world over Twitter.

#75 http://t.co/Caj2N8iTAb—   (@ZackSnyder) July 24, 2014

The 75 refers to Batman’s 75th birthday, which was Wednesday. You can speculate all you want about that cowl, but we’re pretty sure we recognize the chin—as well as that look of intense sadness (as seen in the »


- Jackson McHenry

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Mark Hamill talks his 'contractually obligated' 'Star Wars' beard

24 July 2014 3:30 PM, PDT

Mark Hamill’s not at Comic-Con this weekend, but he still has some choice quotes for Star Wars fans around the world.

In an interview with the BBC in London on Thursday, Hamill—who played Luke Skywalker in the original series—spoke briefly about his role in the next installment of the franchise, pointing out that he’s really playing second fiddle to new actors. “It’s really about the new generation of characters,” Hamill said. “We’re just there to lend our support, and grow contractually obligated beards.”

Let’s take a quick break here and consider Hamill’s maybe-joke seriously. »


- Jackson McHenry

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'Community' at Comic-Con: New episodes coming 'probably sometime after Christmas'

24 July 2014 3:17 PM, PDT

TV Guide Magazine hosted the panel “Greendale Forever” in honor of the impending sixth season of Community on Yahoo TV. The panel included Community creator-mascot Dan Harmon, longtime writer Chris McKenna, and cast members Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and Jim Rash, plus Dino “Star Burns” Stamatopoulos.

The ebullient panel didn’t reveal very much about the upcoming season, although Harmon did announce that he wanted to adhere to the same basic Community episode structure even though the show is no longer bound by broadcast restrictions. “My philosophy is: Attempt to make the same show, and let the lack of boundaries kind of make themselves felt, »


- Darren Franich

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Stan Lee cancels Comic-Con plans

24 July 2014 3:09 PM, PDT

Stan Lee won’t be making it to Comic-Con this year.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the otherwise healthy Lee is canceling his appearances after losing his voice due to a case of laryngitis.

Lee created many of Marvel’s most recognizable characters—including Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four—with help from legendary artists like Steve Ditko and the late Jack Kirby. Over the years, his name has become synonymous with the comics industry.

As such, he’s become a staple both on the convention circuit and in superhero flicks—go see a movie with a Marvel character in it »


- Joshua Rivera

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Here's Benedict Cumberbatch with a penguin

24 July 2014 2:04 PM, PDT

We could tell you that Benedict Cumberbatch is making his first-ever Comic-Con appearance this week.

We could explain that he’s a voice talent in the upcoming film The Penguins of Madagascar, which comes out in November.

But none of that is actually necessary to appreciate the simplicity of this photo. It’s Benedict Cumberbatch with a penguin, and that’s pretty much everything you need to know. »


- James Hibberd

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We need to talk about the jeans: Dissecting the 'Fifty Shades' trailer

24 July 2014 12:02 PM, PDT

Turning E. L. James’ bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey into a movie has been 50 shades of complicated, with issues ranging from trying to find the perfect Christian Grey—Matt Bomer? Charlie Hunnam?—to deciding what the film should be rated. But after a large amount of teasing (which would infuriate Christian), the first trailer for the highly anticipated film has finally arrived. Starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia and Jamie Dornan as Christian, the trailer takes us into the couple’s first meeting, first kiss, and first, well, you know. So what do you say we dissect every inch of this »


- Samantha Highfill

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'Hawkeye' #19 to tackle deafness with sign language, empty word bubbles

24 July 2014 11:52 AM, PDT

There are a lot of reasons to be reading Hawkeye, Matt Fraction and David Aja’s comic about what life is like for the Avenger who isn’t imbued with any godlike powers or power armor. The adventures of Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, the Hawkeyes of two different Coasts, are regularly among the best in superhero comics, and the most inventive.

Like next week’s long-awaited Hawkeye #19, which will feature dialogue almost entirely in sign language.

Taking place after a battle that leaves Clint Barton with severe ear damage, the story will explore how he deals with a sudden loss of hearing. »


- Joshua Rivera

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See GIFs and snapshots of celebrities at EW's Comic-Con photo booth

24 July 2014 11:05 AM, PDT

There’s a lot going on at Comic-Con right now, and we don’t want you to just read about it in print. EW has partnered with Related Noise and Phhhoto to create an animated social photo booth to bring you photos and GIFs of your favorite celebrities taken in the EW Hideout. Katharine McPhee’s already stopped by, and so have Seth Green, the cast of The Giver, and others.

Check out the gallery here, then follow our full Comic-Con coverage. »


- EW staff

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Who will die in 'Sons of Anarchy's final season? The polls are open

24 July 2014 9:25 AM, PDT

The third teaser for Sons of Anarchy’s final season is titled “Fear the Reaper” (watch it below), and makes it clear that Jax (Charlie Hunnam) is the one people need to be scared of—and also that the law will be watching. As creator Kurt Sutter has said, Jax’s singular purpose for most of the season is to avenge Tara’s death. And as Sons fans know, retaliation—particularly when it’s misdirected—leads to more violence.

It’s a running joke among the show’s cast and fans alike that everyone will die by the time the »


- EW staff

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Mary Poppins gets political in Funny or Die bit starring Kristen Bell

24 July 2014 9:21 AM, PDT

In a new Funny or Die short, Frozen star Kristen Bell plays iconic nanny Mary Poppins—and she performs a version of “A Spoonful of Sugar,” but instead of trying to coax children into cleaning their room, the perpetually cheery caregiver is trying to coax the government into raising the minimum wage. Turns out poor Miss Poppins is underpaid, which is, as she puts it as she opens her broken umbrella, “supercalifragilisticexpiali-bulls–t.” »


- Ariana Bacle

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