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12 lessons we learned from 2014's summer movies

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What a summer at the movies! The galaxy got guarded. The future days went past, like some sort of extinct age. The planet of the apes stopped rising and started dawning. Our stars had a fault. And also: Lucy!

Hollywood had a rough season at the box office in summer 2014, with overall box-office receipts falling precipitously from last year’s flurry of mega-grossers. Going into this weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy, the highest-grossing film at the summer box-office, has earned about $256 million–which would have made it the fifth highest-grossing movie of summer 2013.

Word on the street says that 2014 was »


- Darren Franich

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'Cedar Cove' star Andie MacDowell was a 'hard rocker' in high school

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Andie MacDowell, who currently stars on Hallmark Channel’s sun-soaked series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, may have grown up watching Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons, but there was definitely a wild streak. After explaining that she still doesn’t sit down long enough to watch a lot of TV—unless it’s binge-watching the first season of Girls with one of her daughters —the subject turns to daughter Margaret Qualley working with Liv Tyler on The Leftovers.

 

“She went to see Aerosmith. And I did go see Aerosmith when I was in high school,” MacDowell says. »


- Mandi Bierly

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'Goosebumps' writer R.L. Stine on fear: 'I've never experienced it'

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R.L. Stine doesn’t exactly sympathize with victims in horror movies. “When I go to a movie or something, and the shark jumps up on the screen and eats the girl, I’m the one in the theater who’s laughing,” the Goosebumps author tells EW. “Horror always makes me laugh.”

Something else that makes Stine laugh? Mostly Ghostly: Meet My Ghoulfriend, a film based on Stine’s Mostly Ghostly book series that coms to DVD Sept. 2. In the movie, Max (Ryan Ochoa) plays a teenage boy who’s trying to impress his crush (Bella Thorne) but faces an otherwordly obstacle: The Berserker Ghoul, »


- Ariana Bacle

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It's okay for Alicia and Kalinda to be apart on 'The Good Wife'

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Female friendships are few and far between on television. And good female friendships are even harder to find. So when BuzzFeed brought up the point that The Good Wife’s Alicia and Kalinda haven’t appeared in the same room together in more than 30 episodes (that is, a season and a half), I immediately felt as if the show were doing a injustice to women—and specifically, to the friendship that these two characters had formed.

But upon further thought, I realized that just the opposite was happening.

Alicia and Kalinda aren’t like most female friends on TV. Unlike »


- Samantha Highfill

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Lance Reddick talks 'Destiny,' and making sci-fi 'more mainstream'

29 August 2014 4:23 PM, PDT

If you pick up Bungie’s highly anticipated new game Destiny this September, you might hear some familiar voices on your journey across the universe. The voice cast is stacked with actors from much-loved TV shows like Firefly and The Walking Dead, lending their voices to a number of characters players will interact with in Destiny’s sci-fi universe.

One of those actors is Lance Reddick, of The Wire and Fringe fame. Reddick voices a character named Commander Zavala, who will give players who choose the game’s Titan specialization their marching orders. It’s not Reddick’s first video »


- Joshua Rivera

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Will Comic-Con leave San Diego?

29 August 2014 12:40 PM, PDT

“Probably not, but maybe” is the short answer to the question in the headline. The event known once upon a time as the Golden State Comic Book Convention has been in San Diego for over four decades now, and since 2000, it has rapidly grown into an essential event on the pop-culture calendar, bringing massive crowds to the city and essentially turning all of downtown San Diego into a geek mega-festival.

The Comic-Con organizers are currently contracted to stay in the San Diego convention center through 2016. But from there, it gets a bit hazy.

The city of San Diego was planning »


- Darren Franich

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The Russo Brothers talk 'Winter Soldier,' 'Cap 3' and returning to 'Community'

29 August 2014 12:12 PM, PDT

Captain America: The Winter Soldier triumphantly arrives on DVD/Blu-Ray on Sept. 9, after marching to the top of the 2014 box office and earning critical accolades. The film departs wildly from the original Captain America, refocusing Steve Rogers in our brave new freaked-out world. Cap 2 was directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, heretofore best known as ace TV directors. EW caught up with the Russo brothers to talk about Winter Soldier, their work on 2016’s Cap threequel, Agent Carter, and their impending return to Community.

Entertainment Weekly: A lot of people responded to just how radically different The Winter Soldier was from The First Avenger. »


- Darren Franich

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The Summer of Butts: An exhaustive booty trend timeline

29 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT

Ah, the summer of 2014: It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times. Though mostly, let’s face it, it was the worst. Yet even as horrific violence and heartbreakingly premature deaths and hemorrhagic fevers have marred the past few months, there have also been a few spots of levity. And most are thanks to butts.

True, the humble hiney is no stranger to celebration, especially when it’s warm outside. (You may, however, be shocked to learn that Sisquo’s “Thong Song” was actually released in January.) But this summer went above and beyond, prominently featuring ladies’ posteriors in movies, »


- Hillary Busis

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Labor Day marathon guide: Meet the 'Housewives of Melbourne' and more

29 August 2014 10:48 AM, PDT

Three-day weekends are an excuse to be lazy, kick back with a glass of wine (or five), and meander around the home in a constant state of bliss. Then again, that’s the life of a Real Housewife everyday of the week.

For the plebes of the world with a few days off from toil, this Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to catch up on the marathon of shows playing on television, that range from gross (Botched) to fecund (19 Kids and Counting) to a marathon that’s finally coming to an end (The Simpsons). EW has compiled a »


- Teresa Jue

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Nintendo reveals New 3Ds

29 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT

From the early days of the original Game Boy to its most recent system, the 3Ds, Nintendo has made a habit of releasing several different, improved systems that iterate on earlier versions of its handhelds. Today, the house of Mario continued in its tradition by announcing two new 3Ds models with a host of new features to correspond with some major upcoming games.

Via one of the company’s occasional Nintendo Direct videos, the New Nintendo 3Ds and New Nintendo 3Ds Xl—a version that has larger screens—debuted with a few cosmetic and functional alterations. (Worth noting, however: Nintendo »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Download desktop wallpaper featuring 'Walking Dead' zombies

29 August 2014 8:12 AM, PDT

Although Walking Dead doesn’t return to television until Oct. 12, there’s no need to remain zombie-free until then: The above photo featuring a chain of zombies from EW’s recent cover shoot for the show is now available to download as a desktop wallpaper.

EW picture editor Michele Romero had the idea for the blurred zombie photo, but she and photographer Dylan Coulter only had the zombie extras for five minutes. “I made them walk back and forth as long as it took to get the shot,” Romero says. “And I learned that zombie extras have to be super skinny because they are very, »


- Ariana Bacle

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People played 'Parks and Recreation' game Cones of Dunshire at Gen Con

29 August 2014 7:35 AM, PDT

This week, Parks and Recreation character Ben Wyatt’s nerd dreams came true—Cones of Dunshire is a real game being played in real life, at a gaming convention, no less.

The board-game-within-a-television show concept turned meta when game publisher Mayfair Games brought a real-life, playable version of Cones of Dunshire to Gen Con, the annual gaming conference in Indianapolis. According to Vulture, 33 tickets sold for charity were sold out within six hours, and played on an huge carpet for spectators and cone enthusiasts to watch and point.

It all began as a cold open that showcased Wyatt’s (Adam »


- Teresa Jue

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Aaron Paul shares details of his 'Breaking Bad' scavenger hunt

29 August 2014 7:29 AM, PDT

The 2014 Emmys were a day of celebration for many actors, showrunners, writers, and other TV folk. But for Breaking Bad’s crew, it was the final stop on their journey—which came long after they’d originally said goodbye to their show. So to celebrate the series one final time, Aaron Paul decided to throw one of his infamous scavenger hunts in L.A. place just hours before the awards show. He told fans via social media where they could find Breaking Bad memorabilia—and in at least one case, a Breaking Bad actor holding said memorabilia.

On Thursday, Paul »


- Samantha Highfill

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Entertainment Geekly: 'Doctor Who' is the saddest show on television

29 August 2014 6:30 AM, PDT

Those people down there. They’re never small to me. Don’t make assumptions about how far I will go to protect them, because I’ve already come a very long way. And unlike you, I do not expect to reach the Promised Land.

About two years ago, I found Doctor Who on Netflix. This is a classic better-late-than-never situation. At that point, the Doctor Who notion—calling it a “franchise” feels reductive—had been in a perpetual state of existence for 49 years. Long story short, assuming you don’t know: Time-traveling alien named the Doctor goes on adventures. Real name unknown, »


- Darren Franich

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'Rock Band' developer debuts a game for wannabe dream exorcists

28 August 2014 2:00 PM, PDT

No matter the project, music has played a core role in each of Harmonix’s games. The latest project from the studio behind Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and Dance Central is no exception—though it may look quite different.

Harmonix unveiled A City Sleeps to coincide with the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, Washington, and at its core, the game sounds familiar to fans of shooters like Ikaruga and arcade classic Defender. Players control the main character, Poe, with one control stick, and aim and fire her weapons with another. But Harmonix’s latest title, complete with an anime-influenced art style, »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Poll: Which 'Walking Dead' magazine cover is your favorite?

28 August 2014 10:23 AM, PDT

This week, EW got the exclusive first look at Walking Dead’s upcoming season, and to accompany that, EW also put out four different Walking Dead covers for readers to choose from. There’s Norman Reedus’ Daryl, bloodied and jumping in the air; there’s Andrew Lincoln’s Rick ready to punch. There’s Danai Gurira’s Michonne waving her sword; there’s Steven Yeun’s Glenn and Lauren Cohan’s Maggie teaming up. Essentially, there’s every Walking Dead cover you could ever want.

And now we want to know: Which is your favorite? Take the poll below to let us know, »


- Ariana Bacle

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Robert Downey Jr. says 'Guardians' is the best Marvel movie

28 August 2014 8:41 AM, PDT

According to Tony Stark, Tony Stark needs to step up his game.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun, actor Robert Downey, Jr.—Iron Man himself—told the paper that Guardians of the Galaxy, “in some ways, is the best Marvel movie ever.” Surprised? Given the similarities between his portrayal of Tony Stark and his actual public persona, he doesn’t blame you. “It’s odd for someone with—on occasion—an ego the size of mine to actually say that,” said Downey.

The actor was in Toronto for the world premiere of The Judge, which is produced by his production company Team Downey. »


- Joshua Rivera

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Video games can be better: Violence against women isn't for decoration

28 August 2014 8:27 AM, PDT

More people are playing games than ever before. And it’s not just a numbers thing, it’s a demographics one: There are now more than twice as many adult women playing video games as there are teenage boys.

But mainstream video games from big franchises like the Grand Theft Auto, Assassin’s Creed, and the Bioshock series exhibit a number of systemic and disturbing attitudes towards the treatment of female characters in-game. As scholar and critic Anita Sarkeesian points out in the latest video in her ‘Women Vs. Tropes in Video Games’ series, mainstream games have an ugly habit »

- Joshua Rivera

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Marvel will reissue all those Dark Horse 'Star Wars' comics that didn't really happen

27 August 2014 4:58 PM, PDT

You remember how the Death Star could destroy an entire planet? And you remember how the Sun Crusher could destroy an entire solar system? Actually, you probably don’t remember that second part, since the Sun Crusher hails from the Jedi Academy trilogy, and the new Star Wars movies have already destroyed the entire Expanded Universe that produced the Jedi Academy trilogy. And that Expanded Universe also includes the comic books published for over two decades by Dark Horse comics.

Dark Empire? Crimson Empire? The notion that, five thousand years before Luke Skywalker was born, spaceships had sails? Dark Empire II? »


- Darren Franich

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Hello Kitty isn't a cat, but is anything really anything anymore, man?

27 August 2014 2:56 PM, PDT

Bombshell news from today’s La Times! Hello Kitty—a brand beloved by innocent children and sarcastic teenagers—is not actually a cat. This from Christine R. Yano, anthropologist and Hello Kitty scholar. “Hello Kitty is not a cat,” she clarifies. “She’s a cartoon character.” Sure, sure, you’re saying to yourself, I get it, the representation of a thing is not the thing itself, images are treacherous, Ceci n’est pas une kitty. But this goes deeper than a philosophical argument. I’m saying that, in the fictional universe inhabited by Hello Kitty, she is not a cat. »


- Darren Franich

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