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Stephen Merchant has a tip for watching sex scenes with your parents

9 hours ago

Stuart, the single Brit looking for love in Los Angeles—or, more accurately, a makeout session with a model— returns to HBO Saturday night with the premiere of Hello Ladies: The Movie. To celebrate the conclusion of last year's hilarious one-season wonder, we gave star/cowriter/director Stephen Merchant a special romance-themed version of our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below to find who was his first celebrity crush, what song puts him in the mood (and why you never want to put your iPod on shuffle), which movie sex scene made him uncomfortable, and what he considers to be a relationship deal-breaker. »


- Mandi Bierly

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Too many bats: DC might have a problem with Valencia Cf's Bat logo

9 hours ago

Batman is a comic book character created in 1939 by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Valencia Cf is a soccer team (or "club" if you want to be fancy) that was founded in 1919. Batman wears a bat on his chest to strike fear into the hearts of criminals, a superstitious and cowardly lot. Valencia has a bat on their team crest, presumably to strike fear in the hearts of other football clubs, who may or may not be superstitious and cowardly. As you can see, there is a lot of room for confusion there—Batman fans have a long history of wandering into soccer games unawares, »


- Joshua Rivera

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Scammers con Wal-Mart into selling $97 Playstation 4s

13 hours ago

For some people, price tags are more suggestions than definitive statements of cost, an agreed upon place from which bargaining can begin. The period of time we call The Holidays—where we, as a nation, are encouraged to spend as much money as we can to prove to our friends and families that we still love them—is an absolute field day for such people. Since everyone is spending money, every retailer naturally wants most of that money to go to them, and will employ just about any tactic to convince you to send your hard-earned money-dollars their way. One »

- Joshua Rivera

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This week's best Sound Bites: Jimmy Fallon, 'Dumb and Dumber To,' 'New Girl,' and more

13 hours ago

Every week in Sound Bites, EW spotlights the most memorable lines of the week. This week features Jimmy Fallon's crack on Kim Kardashian's (butt) crack, Nick (Jake Johnson) addressing the laziness of men in New Girl, and a burn on Arizona State from Dumb and Dumber To. These are the best quotes of this week gathered from TV, film, and more. »


- Teresa Jue

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PopWatch Confessional: What makes you embrace your inner badass?

15 hours ago

Let's face it: If you spend your days voluntarily staring at a variety of glowing rectangles, chances are you're probably not much of a daredevil. That said, the things you're seeing and hearing via those rectangles might inspire you to wish you could change your ways—if only for a few minutes after the movie/show/song is over. So in honor of Mockingjay — Part 1's rebelliously action-packed release this weekend, we've posed the following question to our staff this week: What's the movie/TV show/song/book that makes you embrace your inner badass? Ashley Fetters, EW.com news »


- EW staff

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Heidi Thomas talks Vanessa Hudgens and reworking 'Gigi'

16 hours ago

How do you solve a problem like Gigi? That was the task given to Heidi Thomas, the writer behind British hit Call the Midwife, who is adapting the book of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's musical for its upcoming Broadway production (starring High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens). The musical Gigi, based on the Colette novella, began as a film—specifically, Vincente Minnelli's 1958 classic. An adaptation hit Broadway in 1973, but the production was considered somewhat of a flop. And while the beloved film won Best Picture, some of its elements haven't aged particularly well—for instance, its opening number, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Marvel announces 'Howard the Duck' by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones

16 hours ago

Guardians of the Galaxy was great and all, but how about that post-credits scene? You know, the one with the anthropomorphic duck? What's his deal? Glad you asked. Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerick, Howard the Duck is one of the strangest and most subversive characters in the Marvel canon—that unfortunately is mostly known from a terrible film in the 1980s. But, as the old saying goes, the road to redemption starts after the credits of a blockbuster movie—and Marvel is bringing Howard back in a big way. This Spring, the publisher will launch Howard the Duck, »


- Joshua Rivera

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Mark Ruffalo, Stephen Merchant play 'Musical Beers' on 'Tonight'

17 hours ago

Last night, The Tonight Show launched a new game. Everyone, meet "Musical Beers"—the perfect crossover between beer pong and musical chairs. And yes, it's exactly what it sounds like. To kick off the new game, Jimmy Fallon invited guest Mark Ruffalo, along with Stephen Merchant, out for some very messy fun before very quickly knocking Merchant out of the competition. Yeah, things get competitive. »


- Samantha Highfill

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Entertainment Geekly: Is 'Mockingjay - Part 1' really a movie?

17 hours ago

This is not a rant about anything. I need to clarify that up front, because 2014 has been a horrible year for ranting. But it’s also been great year for very good things that straddle the line between how we used to define television and how we used to define movies. Is True Detective a miniseries or an 8-hour movie? Should The Knick rank in Steven Soderbergh’s filmography? Fargo and Hannibal transformed well-trod source material into a new kind of remake—half greatest hits compilation, half concept album. Not for nothing, 2014 was also the year that Shonda Rhimes claimed Thursday for old-fashioned weekly TV, »


- Darren Franich

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Key and Peele put their spin on 1980s aerobics videos

20 November 2014 3:46 PM, PST

Leave it to Key & Peele to reveal what aerobics videos were really like in the 1980's. In a new sketch from the duo, they star as "Flash" and "Lightning" in a live taping of the 1987 Jazz Fit Championships—apparently a competition in which they try to outlast each other on the dance floor. Regardless, when Lightning gets some bad news about his family, things get real. »

- Samantha Highfill

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Why 'Shrek' scared 'Walking Dead' star Chad L. Coleman

20 November 2014 2:06 PM, PST

The great thing about having The Walking Dead cast members stop by when you're not pressing them for spoilers is they're happy to tell you anything else you'd like to know. Case in point: Chad L. Coleman (Tyreese), who took our Pop Culture Personality Test and named the movie that scared him even though it wasn't supposed to (Shrek), the movie he wishes he could watch again for the first time (A Soldier's Story), and the movie he almost walked out of (Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys). And, really proving our point, he also serenaded us with some Rihanna. »


- Mandi Bierly

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Updated: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, more remember Mike Nichols

20 November 2014 1:31 PM, PST

Mike Nichols died on Wednesday at 83, leaving behind a storied body of award-winning work that involved a number of the biggest writers and actors in the industry. Having garnered an Egot—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—Nichols' work has touched every facet of the entertainment industry, and many of those he collaborated with have honored his memory. Below is a collection of the statements released so far, with updates to come. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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How could 'The Hunger Games' continue after the movies? Just ask Harry Potter

20 November 2014 12:15 PM, PST

The release of Mockingjay—Part 1 this weekend signals the beginning of the end for The Hunger Games quadrilogy, based on Suzanne Collins's books—though the franchise won't stop when the film series does, at least if Lionsgate has anything to say about it. And thankfully for the studio, there's already a precedent for this type of world-expansion—set mostly by one very important boy wizard. Harry Potter is the gold standard for maintaining a fervid fan base after a film series (based on an incredibly popular book series) ends. The Hunger Games has already taken more than a few »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Behind the scenes of 'Serial': An interview with co-creator Julie Snyder

20 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST

It's already fairly obvious that today's best TV shows aren't actually on television: You'll find them on Netflix, or Amazon, or some dark corner of the Internet. But is it also possible that fall's most addictive drama isn't a TV show at all? You might find yourself thinking about that question if you, like so many of us at EW, are suddenly obsessed with iTunes' No. 1 podcast, Serial—a nonfiction series that plays like a prestige cable show, from the makers of This American Life. Rather than reverting to the inverted-triangle structure of most nonfiction reporting, the first season is narrated by Serial's main character, »


- Melissa Maerz

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Watch the first footage from the 'Game of Thrones' video game

20 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST

Telltale Games is offering players a chance to travel to Westeros and take part in the battle for the Iron Throne. The makers of the Walking Dead video game, Telltale Games, are throwing players into the fight for the Seven Kingdoms by following the story of House Forrester, a family mentioned in George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series but yet unseen on HBO's blockbuster adaptation Game of Thrones. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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'Far Cry 4' review: Ubisoft's masterpiece

20 November 2014 7:15 AM, PST

Character, story: Whatever. Far Cry 4 is a math problem. The solution is conquest. But there are some variables in the equation: Explosive arrows, bespoke sniper rifles, wingsuits, gyrocopters, weaponized elephants. You can press a button to throw a rock to distract the bad guys. If you're playing the game a certain type of way—if you're playing on Hard, if you prefer stealth over shootouts, if you just love the plan-comes-together thrill of a silent Takedown—then you might hit the "throw rock" button more often than the "shoot gun" button. Far Cry 4 is a brutal and cerebral thrill, a »


- Darren Franich

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Why you should play 'Dragon Age: Inquisition'

19 November 2014 3:19 PM, PST

Probably the worst thing about Dragon Age: Inquisition is that it's called Dragon Age: Inquisition. It's just not a very sexy title. Then again, neither is Game of Thrones—and that turned out pretty well. Do you like Game of Thrones? If you do, you should play Dragon Age. Even if you don't like Game of Thrones, you should probably play Dragon Age—it's one of the best games of the year, and definitely a standout in this crowded holiday season. But you should know a few things first. »

- Joshua Rivera

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I'm Still Not Over... Patrick Dempsey not winning 'Sexiest Man Alive'

19 November 2014 1:36 PM, PST

Growing up, the "Sexiest Man Alive" issue of People Magazine was a big deal in my house. By the age of 15, I had all the names of every "Sexiest Man" memorized, and while there were always years when I disagreed with People's choice, there was only one error that I filed in the "unforgivable" category. (And once you see his hair, you will know why.) Every year, the Internet starts gossiping about the "Sexiest Man" selection well ahead of time, and in 2005, the debate was on between Matthew McConaughey and Patrick Dempsey. Now, both of these men were in my »


- Samantha Highfill

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Jennifer Lawrence tells Elizabeth Banks 'Barbie Girl' is the soundtrack to her life

19 November 2014 11:47 AM, PST

This week, fulfilling every living human's wish to hang out with Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks at the same time, Lawrence appeared on Banks' web series, "Ask a Badass," and the two Hunger Games stars spent five minutes going back and forth about hair, music—and how Lawrence is man-like. "You're a guys' girl," Banks tells Lawrence. "You basically have a penis." Lawrence agrees, but right after, she claims that Aqua's "Barbie Girl" is the soundtrack to her life. "That's how I feel like, as an actress, my job, it just depends on what outfit I'm wearing, you know?" Lawrence says. »


- Ariana Bacle

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This Week's Cover: The Bellas are back in 'Pitch Perfect 2'

19 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST

Spoiler Alert:  The Barden Bellas have split up. But before you scream “A ca-scuse me?!” it’s just a temporary separation. On this muggy June day in Baton Rouge, La., the cast of Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to Universal’s sleeper about a college a cappella group, is pulling double duty. Rebel Wilson (returning as blunt bombshell Fat Amy) and Brittany Snow (back as dim bulb Chloe) are cloistered in the production offices, recording and preparing for dance rehearsal. Meanwhile, a few miles away, Anna Kendrick and Skylar Astin, reprising their roles as vocal power couple Beca and Jesse, »


- EW staff

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