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'Grim Fandango' creator Tim Schafer on the adventure-game revival

5 hours ago

Today's a pretty big day for video games. Sixteen years after its original release, the classic LucasArts adventure game Grim Fandango is finally available for purchase after having effectively disappeared from shelves. Before today's release of Grim Fandango Remastered, Grim has never been rereleased in the United States after its initial run. The only way to play what was widely considered to be the last great adventure game was to either pirate it illegally, or buy one of those original copies secondhand. »

- Joshua Rivera

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Geekly Mailbag: The problem with Storm, and 'American Sniper' talkback

8 hours ago

If it's a day of the week, then Bryan Singer is probably making a casting announcement for an X-Men movie. Readers reacted to the news that X-Men: Apocalypse is de-aging three famous X-people, with a Game of Thrones star taking on Jean Grey and a semi-unknown playing Storm. There was also some response to the best Walking Dead analysis ever—it's a war allegory!—and some additional thoughts about snipers. Read on, and email me at darren_franich@ew.com for further conversation. »


- Darren Franich

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No More releases anti-domestic violence Super Bowl ad

9 hours ago

A woman requests a pizza from the man on the other end of the line—except the man is an emergency dispatcher, who eventually figures out that this woman doesn't want a pizza. She wants help. This is the premise of the No More Super Bowl ad, which aims to raise awareness about domestic violence. Once the emergency dispatcher figures out the woman's in danger, he sends an officer to her house. "When it's hard to talk," the ad's concluding text reads, "it's up to us to listen." »

- Ariana Bacle

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Watch the cast of 'The Americans' recap the show in 30 seconds

11 hours ago

Before FX's spy drama (spama?) The Americans returns for its third season Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. Et, stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, and Annet Mahendru—as well as executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields—convened in EW's studio to rattle off as many plot points from the series' first two seasons as they could in just half a minute. Spoiler alert: Their efforts, while admirable, comprise an... incomplete refresher. »


- Neil Janowitz

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Jimmy Kimmel breaks down Chris Soules' speech from 'The Bachelor'

12 hours ago

Here's the thing about being The Bachelor: At some point, you're going to have to defend to your choices, whether it be to Chris Harrison, America, or the women in the house. And during last night's episode, Chris Soules was introduced that very idea for the first time during his run when Britt confronted him about giving Kaitlyn a rose, even after she stripped on a group date. Sadly for Chris, that conversation didn't exactly go well. Specifically, Jimmy Kimmel conducted a chalkboard breakdown of the speech during his show Monday night, only to prove that at no point »


- Samantha Highfill

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Doritos wants voters to pick its Super Bowl ad

13 hours ago

The eighth year of Doritos' "Crash the Super Bowl" competition has featured a variety of Dorito-centric spectacles all competing to be the official Super Bowl ad of Doritos—from a little girl's lemonade stand bit to a grown man who won't stop wailing like a preschooler until he gets the cheesy snack. The competition narrowed the voting down to 10 finalists as voting began to find a winner earlier this month. While all finalists will get to go to the Super Bowl, only one will win the grand prize of $1 million and a "dream job" at Universal Pictures. The amateur filmmakers »


- Megan Daley

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Analyzing 87 years of Oscar, by the numbers

14 hours ago

Forget December: This is truly the most wonderful time of the year, provided you're a movie nut. (And if you aren't... uh, what are you doing here, buddy?) Oscar season is a joyous occasion marked by nail-biting anticipation, spirited debate (Boyhood or Birdman?), many, many sparkly things—and, for the truly devoted, friendly little competitions about who knows the most Oscar-related trivia. Thankfully, EW has your back. In our Oscar nominations double issue, we crunched the numbers to give you a few fun stats about four major categories—Best Picture, Actor, Actress, and Supporting Actor—as well as one special »


- EW staff

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Larry Wilmore calls Bradley Cooper 'new R-rated Jesus' in 'American Sniper' segment

14 hours ago

Larry Wilmore spent some time on The Nightly Show Monday night discussing American Sniper, the money it has made, its impact, and Bradley Cooper's abs. Cooper, according to Wilmore, is the "new R-rated Jesus," given that the movie is on pace to beat The Passion of the Christ as the number one R-rated movie of all time. The film's current box office total, over $200 million domestically, is the cost of "like 40 seconds of the actual Iraq War," Wilmore said. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Nominated for Nothing: 'Life Itself'

15 hours ago

Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski, Blackfish — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. Before the ceremony, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees. The film: Directed by Hoop Dreams' Steve James, Life Itself »


- Ariana Bacle

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Oscars ceremony enlists 'Frozen' songwriting team for a Neil Patrick Harris number

16 hours ago

The Oscars haven't fully let go of Frozen. The Academy announced this morning that Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will write a number for host Neil Patrick Harris titled "Moving Pictures," described as "an original multimedia, musical sequence." "We love the Oscars and have always been huge Neil Patrick Harris fans, so when he asked us to write him a song for this year’s show we said, 'Yes!' before he could finish the sentence—it's possible he may have been asking us for something else," the Lopezes said in a statement. "We are having so much fun collaborating, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Al Pacino names an 8th-grade teacher, Marlon Brando among his acting influences

26 January 2015 12:13 PM, PST

To promote their new movie The Humbling, actor Al Pacino and director Barry Levinson stopped by EW's Sirius radio station and talked with EW editor Matt Bean about the people that inspired their long careers in film. Levinson recalled the moment that he decided to become a filmmaker: laying in the hospital as a child, he asked a nurse to change the channel and the nurse challenged him, "Oh, you think you can do better?" Levinson, who produced shows like Oz and Homicide: Life on the Street, said he never forgot that moment. »


- Christian Holub

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Blake Shelton brings 'Hee-Haw' to New York

26 January 2015 9:50 AM, PST

Blake Shelton brought his guitar and country twang to Saturday Night Live, and from the moment he sat down on a hay-bale during the opening monlogue, he instilled the show with an easygoing sensibility. In contrast to most music or TV stars, Shelton played himself with an ease and comfort that's impossible to fake—almost like some of the athletes that host. That might have put a ceiling on what he could do, but he seemed right at home with the cast in his SNL debut. His Hee-Haw parody was a clever self-deprecating tone-setter, and his hate-filled ballad on Topeka »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Grim Fandango' creator Tim Schafer talks his magnum opus -- a classic game lost for 16 years

26 January 2015 9:30 AM, PST

Grim Fandango is the stuff of video game legend. One of the last great titles from the golden age of adventure games—a genre that emphasized storytelling and puzzle solving over action—Grim was hailed as one of the category's very best upon its 1998 release. Unfortunately, a series of unfortunate events soon coincided to force the game out of print. Adventure games became a niche genre, so Grim was never reprinted in the Us, and all sequel plans were nixed. Two years later, Grim's director, Tim Schafer, would leave LucasArts, the studio where he made Grim Fandango and other classic »


- Joshua Rivera

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'Full House' cast members reunite, serenade creator with theme song

26 January 2015 7:53 AM, PST

Whatever happened to predictability? Well, seems to have been replaced with spontaneity—thankfully. The Full House cast recently reunited to celebrate the birthday of the show's creator, Jeff Franklin. There were reunion photos, a missing pair of twins, and a serenade—to make it a birthday Franklin would never forget, Bob Saget, John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Lori Loughlin, and Andrea Barber took the stage to sing Franklin the Full House theme song. »


- Samantha Highfill

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Official 'Madden' Super Bowl simulation predicts narrow 4th-quarter victory for Patriots

26 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST

Every year, the folks at EA Sports take the latest version of Madden NFL and play through a simulated version of the Super Bowl to predict a winner. No one knows who actually plays these games, but they usually turn out to be pretty accurate—as The Huffington Post pointed out in 2014, Madden has gotten it right eight out of 10 times. (It would prove to be very wrong when it came to that year's Seahawks-Broncos game, but so were most people—who could've predicted that game's 43-8 blowout by the Seattle Seahawks?) »


- Joshua Rivera

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Nominated For Nothing: 'Obvious Child'

26 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST

Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski, Blackfish — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. Before the ceremony, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees. The film: The feature-length debut for director Gillian Robespierre, based »


- Emily Blake

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The 63rd Miss Universe: 10 out of this world moments

25 January 2015 10:05 PM, PST

The universe has declared its new queen: On Sunday night, hosts Thomas Roberts and Natalie Morales crowned Paulina Vega of Colombia as the newest Miss Universe winner. Her powers include smiling for over three hours, not glaring at Rob Dyrdek when he asks her a terrible question, and turning dresses completely sheer when they're hit with spotlight (but that translucent silver gown was a beauty!). Miss Colombia beat out 87 other professional dancers, students, and fourth-degree Tae Kwan Do black-belts to rightfully claim her crown and keys to a Trump Tower apartment in the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant. And after »


- Jodi Walker

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