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Jim Carrey hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend -- talk about it here!

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All righty then. Sorry—I know that reference is as painfully dated as this Austin Powers costume. But it's tough not to think about Jim Carrey's best-known roles as we consider the actor's third SNL outing—and, to be honest, to consider how long it's been since he last made a great comedy. 2013's Kick-Ass 2 was a dismal flop. That same year, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone tanked as well. The most charitable thing you can call 2011's Mr. Popper's Penguins is "inoffensive."  2009's I Love You Phillip Morris was well-reviewed but didn't make much of an impact. A Christmas Carol »


- Hillary Busis

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Zoe Saldana on her hero, 'strong female characters,' and playing real women (and aliens)

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Zoe Saldana knows how to play ass-kicking, universe-saving, unusually colorful heroes like Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, Neytiri in Avatar, and Uhura in Star Trek. But for her new AOL web series, Saldana turned the camera on everyday people who play the role of the hero. In My Hero, which debuted yesterday, Saldana and some of her fellow celebrities—including Julianne Hough, Nick Cannon and Maria Menounos—pay tribute to the people they cherish via short, touching vignettes. "People are generally very grateful to the people around them that keep them together, that supported them, that encouraged them to »


- Carolyn Todd

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The problem with collecting comics

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Like most things made by people, the comics industry is rife with frustrating institutional problems that will probably never be solved in our lifetimes. If you ask five different people about the worst thing to happen to comics, you'd probably get five different answers (or one cheating answer: the 90s). But, as someone who writes about comics, here's the one that I find the most destructive, the one that gets in the way of a lot of people reading and enjoying great work: the idea that comics are supposed to be collected. Note how I worded that. There is nothing inherently wrong with collecting comics, »

- Joshua Rivera

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This Week on Stage: 'Disgraced' is anything but, Keira Knightley preps her Broadway debut

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We were all hoping that the London production of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour would mark Keira Knightley's Broadway debut (she got great reviews in 2011 starring opposite Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss), but we'll take her however we can get her. Next fall, she will make her Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company's adaptation of the tragic novel Thérèse Raquin, continuing with Knightley's affinity for period dramas. In other news, Big Brother standout Frankie J. Grande (the bro of another famous Grande, Ariana) will take on a supporting role in Rock of Ages for two months beginning Nov. »


- Jason Clark

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'Constantine' star Matt Ryan is a super binge watcher

24 October 2014 3:54 PM, PDT

The premiere of Constantine (Oct. 24 at 10 p.m. Et on NBC) will introduce many viewers to Welsh-born actor Matt Ryan, who stars as the titular demon hunter and master of the occult made famous in DC Comics' Hellblazer series. But when Ryan stopped by EW, we got a head start. We learned he uses classical music to get into character (Schoenberg is great for getting into those dark places, he says). He had been reading the Hellblazer comic books before he went to bed, but he found himself having strange dreams, so now he unwinds by putting on nature »


- Mandi Bierly

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Entertainment Geekly: How 'The Walking Dead' is 'Lord of the Rings'

24 October 2014 3:24 PM, PDT

Robert Kirkman likes to describe The Walking Dead as a zombie movie that never ends. But to my eyes, the most interesting thing about the show is how it's spent five seasons fluttering between different storytelling modes. The show lacks a single setting and makes a point of killing off at least a couple key cast members every season. This can make The Walking Dead feel unwieldy or unfocused, but it also means that there's an exciting state of constant flux underpinning the show's basic head-crushing thrills. I've always said that original showrunner Frank Darabont most clearly viewed his version »


- Darren Franich

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch try to walk like Beyonce

24 October 2014 2:54 PM, PDT

This is the stuff memes are made of: Benedict Cumberbatch attempting to do Beyoncé's walk.  Really, not much more needs to be said, but, for background, Cumberbatch was on The Graham Norton Show and prompted by comedian Miranda Hart, who was explaining her bit on walks. To Hart, the "ultimate walk is the pop star walk." Cumberbatch's walk is more Monty Python than "Crazy in Love," but that doesn't mean it's not charming in its own way. Timothy Spall sits silently through the entire clip. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Ewan McGregor has some unkind words for 'Star Wars' 'fans'

24 October 2014 2:49 PM, PDT

Ewan McGregor had no small task in taking over for Alec Guinness when he was cast as a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menance. Regardless of his work in the film, the return of the franchise was met by rather tough criticism that continues long after the movie premiered. Well, McGregor has a response to those "fans"—though he calls them by another name. In an interview with Details, McGregor opened up about his limited interaction with Star Wars fans. The actor claims, in fact, that he doesn't have any experience with actual fans of the franchise, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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PopWatch Confessional: Which classic (or 'classic') film have you never seen?

24 October 2014 11:07 AM, PDT

The Terminator was released 30 years ago this weekend—but our Hillary Busis hadn’t seen it until this past week. (Of course, she's not alone; everyone has at least one shameful gap in their pop cultural knowledge. So we opened up the question to our staffers: What’s a classic (or "classic") film that you’ve missed? Read through our choices—and feel free to chime in with your own. Kyle Ryan, EW.com editor: It won Best Picture in 1962 and is No. 7 on the AFI's "100 best films" list, but not only have I never seen Lawrence of Arabia, I »


- EW staff

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Aaron Paul takes on Toys 'R' Us after 'Breaking Bad' toys are pulled

23 October 2014 7:48 PM, PDT

Looks like Toys "R" Us won't be on Aaron Paul's holiday shopping destinations. The Breaking Bad vet took to Twitter on Thursday to blast the retailer for yanking Breaking Bad-themed dolls from its stores earlier this week after some petition pressure from a Florida mother. In her online petition, which gathered 9,000-plus signatures, Susan Meyers said that Toys "R" Us' decision to "sell a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys is a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values." Bryan Cranston—who starred as meth »


- Dan Snierson

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The 5 most interesting facts about 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U'

23 October 2014 5:14 PM, PDT

Nintendo revealed over 50 facts about the latest version of its fighting franchise, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. While many of these bits of information are rather small, a few reveal just what will make the game worthy of a purchase after the recently released Super Smash Bros. for 3Ds. Here are the five most exciting revelations: 1. Find some more friends: While the franchise has always capped fights in the past at four players, the Wii U version of Smash will allow for up to eight players to fight together at once, with stages larger than any previous Smash games. »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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The 17 most important GIFs from the 'Avengers 2' trailer

23 October 2014 4:38 PM, PDT

The new teaser trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron features the first look at James Spader's titular robo-baddie, along with an extended peek into the bleak terrors awaiting Earth's Mightiest Heroes in their second superteam adventure. Among the many things on display: The arrival of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, not to be confused with the Quicksilver who appeared in this summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past; the long-awaited appearance of Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor, which is sort of like Iron Man's regular armor except gigantic; the presence of Andy Serkis as a character who appears to be a non-performance-captured human being; and, »


- Darren Franich

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Watch DirecTV's 'Downton Abbey' parody, starring 'the charming Mr. Hitler'

23 October 2014 3:19 PM, PDT

Downton Abbey doesn't return to American televisions until January, but CollegeHumor and DirecTV paired up to give us something to satisfy our British-period-drama thirst with The Britishes, a series of Downton Abbey parodies. Adolf Hitler visits the Britishes' (yes, that's the family's last name) estate in the first episode, titled "The Charming Mr. Hitler." In the sketch, Hitler woos the ladies with his Germandrawing skills, and desire to travel—and somehow escapes accusations of his evil. The Britishes will make its television debut Oct. 28 on DirecTV's Audience Network. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Taylor Swift: 'Look at me, I wouldn't survive in jail'

23 October 2014 2:05 PM, PDT

Taylor Swift may seem invincible in these days leading up to the release of 1989, but she has fears like the rest of us. Well, not exactly like the rest of us.  In a clip from her upcoming appearance on Ellen, set for her release date Oct. 27, Swift reveals her ridiculous fears. The first? Sea urchins. "They are like a grenade. They're sitting there waiting to completely injure you," she says. The second fear? She's scared of being framed for a crime. "So many people would frame me," she says. "They could frame you for any crime that you could go to jail for, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Jerry Seinfeld reunites with Kramer in 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' promo

23 October 2014 9:59 AM, PDT

As Jerry Seinfeld prepares for the fifth season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he's enlisted the help of an old neighbor to boost the show and its host Crackle's presence. In the video, Seinfeld rushes to a meeting with the president of Crackle, Dick Corcoran. A thin mustache, slicked-back hair, and cigar smoke can't hide that Corcoran is actually the actor's Seinfeld co-star Michael Richards. Corcoran is concerned, however, that Crackle may never rise to prominence because it's being held down by Snap and Pop. Snap and Pop! Richards actually appeared in the first season of Seinfeld's web series, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Keira Knightley to make Broadway debut in French romance

23 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT

For its 50th anniversary, Roundabout Theatre Company has tapped a major star to lead the company’s first Broadway production of the 2015-2016 season. Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut in a newly commissioned adaptation of Therese Raquin, written by Helen Edmundson and directed by Evan Cabnet (The Performers). The play will begin previews on Oct. 1, 2015, in anticipation of an Oct. 29 opening. Based on the novel by Emile Zola, Therese Raquin tells the love and lust-filled story of an unhappily married woman whose complacent, loveless union to her sickly cousin is flipped by the arrival of a passionate lover. »


- Marc Snetiker

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Zach Galifianakis gets a little too real with Brad Pitt on 'Between Two Ferns'

23 October 2014 6:49 AM, PDT

Zach Galifianakis really went for it with Brad Pitt in a new segment of Between Two Ferns. Pitt went on the Funny or Die interview series to promote the World War II drama Fury, or as Galifianakis calls it, Furry. Pitt became the target of Galifianakis' barbs—which start out relatively quaint at first, as Galifianakis asks about Pitt's shower habits (or lack thereof), Pitt's Playgirl spread back in the day, and his penchant for playing Allied forces despite looking like "Hitler's dream." However, the segment descended deeper into harder burns, asking if Pitt could get a suntan because of living "in his wife's shadow, »


- Teresa Jue

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See Marvel's latest mystery teaser, 'Inhumans: Attilan Rising'

23 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

As you may have read earlier this week, something weird is going on at Marvel. The comic book publisher has been releasing a steady trickle of cryptic teasers alluding to previous stories, all hinting at a Summer 2015 date. Today, EW has an exclusive on the latest teaser, Inhumans: Attilan Rising.  This one is pretty different from the other teasers released so far—Attilan Rising is the name of an entirely new story set in current continuity, not a classic one. It alludes to the end of Infinity, last year's big Avengers crossover. In Infinity, Attilan, the floating throne-city of the Inhumans, »

- Joshua Rivera

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When Taylor Swift's 'Out of the Woods' meets 'Circle of Life,' everything makes sense

22 October 2014 5:00 PM, PDT

Taylor Swift's non-offensively generic pop album (that hasn't even officially released yet) is just ripe for everyone else's projections, and today has produced one remix that has melded together the queen of cats with the movie all about really big cats. With its similar power ballad tone, it was probably inevitable that Swift's "Out of the Woods" would be remixed with Lion King's "Circle of Life," courtesy of mash-up master Chambaland. Get ready though; this will probably be the beginning of the long Taylor Swift remix train ride once 1989 actually hits shelves Oct. 27. Take a listen at Chambaland's Tumblr. »


- Teresa Jue

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Watch Air New Zealand's 'Hobbit'-inspired safety video

22 October 2014 3:16 PM, PDT

If you plan on flying Air New Zealand in the near future, you may notice a safety video with some better production values than you're used to. To celebrate the release of the final film (that we know of) in The Lord of the Rings' cinematic franchise, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Air New Zealand has gone all out on its newest safety video. Whether it's an orc demonstrating proper oxygen mask usage or director Peter Jackson himself reminding passengers to stow their electronics during takeoff, the airline's safety video may be the most extravagant one any airline has produced. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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