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

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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'

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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, and 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

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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

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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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Sigourney Weaver: Role in the new 'Alien' game is 'incredibly cool'

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Sega’s forthcoming Alien: Isolation tells an original story about Amanda Ripley (briefly mentioned in Aliens) set 15 years after the first film. But Amanda is about to be overshadowed by her very famous mother: Sigourney Weaver will play Ellen Ripley for the first time since 1997’s Alien: Resurrection—albeit in digital form—in two pieces of downloadable content for the game.

“For us to have Sigourney Weaver reprise her role for the first time in videogames is something truly special,” says creative lead Alistair Hope.

“Crew Expendable” is free with preorders of Alien: Isolation, and it reunites Weaver with Alien costars Tom Skerritt, »


- Aaron Morales

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Audra McDonald sings more Yahoo! Answers on 'Jimmy Fallon'

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There are many wonderful things on the internet, but sadly they aren’t set to music. And because Jimmy Fallon has made a habit of mashing up randomness and song on The Tonight Show, last night he set out to change that.

Teaming up with Josh Charles (The Good Wife) and a pair of smashing silk jackets, Fallon invited multiple Tony winner Audra McDonald to put the best (that is, highest-voted) Yahoo! Answers answers to music.

The highlights include McDonald’s take on advice on how to make sure ice cubes don’t get stuck in your throat and her »


- Jackson McHenry

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

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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?

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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

23 July 2014 3:50 PM, PDT

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 Gishwhes, 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'

23 July 2014 10:48 AM, PDT

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

23 July 2014 10:45 AM, PDT

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

23 July 2014 10:39 AM, PDT

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

23 July 2014 10:33 AM, PDT

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

23 July 2014 10:33 AM, PDT

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

23 July 2014 10:05 AM, PDT

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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