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The best Black Friday deals for videogames, movies, more

11 hours ago

Thanksgiving weekend is a time for being with family, eating a ton of great food, watching your favorite TV shows and... spending a lot of money. With a number of outlets starting Black Friday earlier than ever, here are some of the biggest discounts that should make any pop culture fanatic's wallet feel just a bit lighter when they return to work next week. »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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'Tales from the Borderlands' Episode 1 review: Short-changed heroes

12 hours ago

Tales from the Borderlands is a bit of a departure for Telltale. After two seasons of The Walking Dead and one of A Wolf Among Us, Telltale has proved the studio can deliver powerful, dramatic story and character beats like few other game studios do these days. But what if Telltale tried to be funny? The answer to that is  "Zer0 Sum," a funny, exciting excursion into the world of Gearbox Software's Borderlands series with a smart meditation on the idea of trust in a world where so little of it actually exists. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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EW Lightbulb: The Farrelly Brothers talk about their approach to comedy and returning to 'Dumb and Dumber'

12 hours ago

Peter and Bobby Farrelly defined a new kind of big screen comedy in the '90s. Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary, Kingpin: The utterly unique Farrelly blend of lighthearted goofery and gross-out shenanigans created some of the great kitchen-sink comedies of the era. A few days before the siblings released their hit sequel Dumb and Dumber To, the Farrelly Brothers talked about their career and their process. It's all part of Lightbulb, EW's new series that features today's leading creators talking about their work and their inspiration. »


- Darren Franich

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'Dancing With the Stars' did a Super Mario number, and it was weird

12 hours ago

At its best, Dancing with the Stars has a sort of manic energy to its performances—even when the celebrities aren't the best dancers, the choice of theme or music can still be fun. Last night, Sadie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame danced with partner Mark Ballas to a Super Mario Bros. medley, one of the most famous and recognizable suites of video game music ever made. It was pretty weird. »


- Joshua Rivera

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Entertainment Geekly Mailbag: 'Mockingjay' talkback and a defense of 'Assassin's Creed'

13 hours ago

Big week for explosive arrows! Last week I reviewed Far Cry 4, one of the best videogames I've played this year; I also saw The Hunger Games—Mockingjay: Part 1, one of the best non-movies I've seen this year. Readers responded with their thoughts about Ubisoft's franchises and some deep thoughts about the state of moviemaking. If you want to join the conversation, or just want to tell me I'm wrong, email me at darren_franich@ew.com. »


- Darren Franich

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Turn up your Thanksgiving with recipes from Gwyneth Paltrow, 2 Chainz, and Ted Nugent

15 hours ago

For some strange, strange reason, celebrities doing their own cookbooks is a bona fide thing now. (As are feuds between said celebrities and Martha Stewart, apparently.) In fact, it's widespread enough that one could easily create an entire Thanksgiving meal based only on recipes from their favorite (and possibly least favorite) actors, rappers, reality TV stars, and politically incorrect rockstars. (Let's amuse these celebs for a second by pretending we think they actually come up with recipes themselves.) Which is why we went ahead and compiled the best celebrity recipes for three very different Thanksgiving crowds. Here are our picks: »


- Emily Blake

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8 simple Netflix tricks to try over the long weekend

15 hours ago

One of the main reasons Netflix is so popular is because of its simplicity. It’s painfully easy to queue up a movie on your laptop, video game console or mobile device and start watching in mere seconds. But that simplicity means there are a lot of features to Netflix that the average customer may not be using. Here, we’ve rounded up some useful tips to help you get the most out of Netflix: »

- Time Magazine

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Cult hit 'Dark Souls II' is coming to Playstation 4 and Xbox One

16 hours ago

It's easy to pass on From Software's Souls franchise, mostly because there's one thing that dominates all conversation about it: They're stupid, hard games. But that's not really fair—they're not so much hard as they are dense; every encounter is thrilling, every step forward is earned; you have to learn the game, as opposed to just getting through it. That's why they're so loved by those who play them—they're intricate puzzles to play and make sense of, where failure is expected and learned from. If you've never played any of them, now's the time—publisher Namco Bandai has »


- Joshua Rivera

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Here's what would happen if Iron Man's dad visited Downton Abbey

18 hours ago

What would happen if a member of Tony Stark's family showed up for dinner at Downton Abbey? Well, according to a bit of fan fiction from writer Gary Whitta, Howard Stark would insult Lord Grantham, offend the dowager countess, and flirt with Lady Mary. (Poor Lady Edith, who, by this account, coins the term "super soldier." Even in fan fiction, it doesn't get much better for Edith.) »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Pass the time during holiday travel with these great mobile games

18 hours ago

Travel during the holidays can often be a monotonous and frustrating experience—especially knowing that an overwhelming feast awaits at the end of the journey. So, to pass the time on holiday plane, train, and car rides this week, pick up any of these addicting and ingenious mobile games. They'll make the trek toward a turkey dinner—and several meals of leftover turkey—that much more enjoyable. »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Pardcast-a-Thon 2014 preview: Jimmy Pardo on Smile Train goals and celebrity surprises

18 hours ago

Why battle the maddening hordes at your local mall when you could be spending Black Friday laughing for a good cause? That's the pitch of Pardcast-a-Thon, the annual post-Thanksgiving extension of the Never Not Funny podcast hosted, as usual, by Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, and Pat Francis. Once again, the team will welcome in a cavalcade of special guests over the course of the 12-hour show, which can be streamed via the official Pardcast website as well as watched via the YouTube channel Jash. »


- Kyle Anderson

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PopWatch Prescription: Movies the whole family can enjoy (really!)

18 hours ago

For many families, the most stressful part of Thanksgiving isn't figuring out a way to keep turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, yams, and Parker House rolls hot all at the same time. Instead, it's finding the perfect post-tryptophan-overdose, pre-nap viewing—something capable of entertaining your hyperactive-five-year-old, your too-cool teenage nephew, your weird aunt, and your 94-year-old Great-Grandma Dot... all at the same time. Just call it a quest for the White Whale of movies—or at least the cinematic equivalent of the traveling pants. That's where we come in. EW's brain trust has come up with a few »


- Hillary Busis

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Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with these TV marathons

18 hours ago

Thanksgiving weekend is a marathon of excess—excessive eating, excessive amounts of awkward family members, and excessive amounts of your favorite movies and television shows. While streaming services have made it easier than ever to create your own marathons of beloved films and shows, plenty of TV networks are continuing the long tradition of programming long stretches of classic TV shows and film franchises throughout the Thanksgiving weekend. Here are some of the best excuses to keep the TV tuned to a single channel throughout the holiday weekend. »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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'Frozen' toys could top Barbie toys in holiday sales

19 hours ago

Looks like Elsa is more popular than Barbie these days: A National Retail Federation survey found that parents are more interested in buying Frozen toys than Barbie ones for their kids this holiday season, according to the Associated Press. Twenty percent of parents surveyed plan to buy Frozen-related toys while 16.8 percent are planning to buy something Barbie-related. This is the first time in 11 years that Barbie hasn't occupied the top spot. »

- Ariana Bacle

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Cowardly Lion costume goes for $3 million at auction

20 hours ago

Somewhere out there is a wealthy customer who just won himself one of the most expensive Halloween costumes out there: the Cowardly Lion costume from 1939's The Wizard of Oz fetched over $3 million at auction at Bonhams in New York City on Monday. According to the Associated Press, the costume was authenticated to be the one that Bert Lahr wore in the film; a back-up costume fetched almost $1 million in recent years. The costume's previous owner, Los Angeles Museum of Television founder James Comisar, said that the costume was made out of real lion skins, and was extensively analyzed to »


- Teresa Jue

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James Gunn on Hollywood's shared-universe boom: 'This new business model is flawed'

24 November 2014 6:21 PM, PST

James Gunn directed Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie which took the fictional universe established in the Avengers films and pushed the boundaries of that narrative reality into the furthest reaches of the cosmos. So the man knows something about shared cinematic universes, which makes the mini-essay he posted to his Facebook page over the weekend all the more urgent. Titled "Carts Before Horses & Hollywood's New Love of Shared Universes," the post is most definitely not a rant against cinematic universes: Gunn begins by explaining that he loves "big ass shared universes in movies," and he goes on to hold up Star Wars, »


- Darren Franich

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'Assassin's Creed: Unity' is far from revolutionary

24 November 2014 1:45 PM, PST

Assassin’s Creed: Unity comes out just in time for the holidays, but this may be one stocking stuffer you want to give back. The seventh installment in the Creed franchise is plagued with technical glitches that ultimately diminish the franchise's reputation for spacious open worlds, creative new stealth techniques, and seamless fighting sequences. Let's set aside the myriad of technical issues for a moment—don't worry, we'll come back to them later—and begin where Unity does. »

- Natalie Abrams

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'The Hunger Games' star Willow Shields, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy walk into an elevator and...

24 November 2014 11:14 AM, PST

After a huge opening weekend for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, it seems Willow Shields' days of hobnobbing with A-listers are far from over. While taking EW's Pop Culture Personality Test, Shields—who plays Primrose Everdeen, the younger sister of Jennifer Lawrence's heroine Katniss—recalled having a fan-girly run-in with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy at San Diego Comic-Con. There was even a little danger involved. Watch the video below to find out out what made Shields' heart race (other than the X-Men stars), then read on for a full transcript and more of Shields' insights on Prim's »


- Lanford Beard

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This week's cover: Angelina Jolie and Jack O'Connell in 'Unbroken'

24 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST

All she can see, in every direction, is water. It’s Oct. 16, 2013, the first day of filming on the WWII drama Unbroken, and a barge has taken Angelina Jolie, her crew, and an enormous crane camera onto the open Pacific off the coast of Queensland, Australia. As she stands on the ship, silhouetted by bright blue sky and deep blue sea, actors Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, and Finn Wittrock float nearby in a small yellow raft. They are skinny and weak and starving, having subsisted on just 500 calories a day for two months. Suddenly, the wind picks up, stirring salt spray and waves. »


- EW staff

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John Oliver thinks the president's pardoned turkey has no case

24 November 2014 8:03 AM, PST

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver is on hiatus until February, but the host couldn't help himself from signing back on for a web exclusive to vent about something that drives him crazy: turkey pardoning. Turkey pardoning is the annual autumnal tradition where the president saves the life of one lucky turkey—never mind the delicious 46 million of his or her brethren that will be on America's menu on Thursday. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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