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Firsts & Worsts: Annaleigh Ashford on 'Sex,' superstition, and Cyndi Lauper
4 hours ago
Fresh off a fantastic turn on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, Annaleigh Ashford has settled back into a familiar home on Broadway, where the stage veteran is slaying audiences as horrible dancer (but excellent candymaker) Essie in the hit revival of You Can’t Take It With You.
Ashford appeared in a slew of familiar shows—starring as Glinda in Wicked, reviving Maureen in the Off-Broadway mounting of Rent, originating daughter of Delta Nu Margot in Legally Blonde, and earning her first Tony Award nomination last year for her standout performance in Kinky Boots. Now, she’s back on the boards, »
- Marc Snetiker
Minus some missteps, 'Shadow of Mordor' is one of the year's best games
6 hours ago
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is great. It’s easily one of the year’s most impressive releases, establishing a new status quo for similar action titles moving forward. It’s not a perfect game, but it’s a tremendous first step for what is hopefully a new franchise that will elevate its competitors and bring new and old fans to J.R.R. Tolkien’s world.
Last week, Aaron Morales and I discussed our thoughts on a large portion of the game and it’s incredible Nemesis system. Having now completed the game’s story and played through a majority of the additional content, »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Ben Affleck teases Jon Stewart about copying 'Argo'
6 hours ago
Affleck noted the similarities between his movie, Argo, and Stewart’s Rosewater, both of which take place in Iran. “You know, I did a movie about Iran,” Affleck joked. “I’m trying to think of a less babyish word than ‘copycat.'”
Stewart had a pretty good comeback: “I thought you directed Fargo, I’m terribly sorry.”
It was all in fun, as Stewart “spoiled” the endings of Gone Girl and Batman, »
- Teresa Jue
This week's cover: 'Sons of Anarchy' takes its final ride
6 hours ago
Sons of Anarchy fans still reeling from the Sept. 30 episode (read our recap) may want to take a beta blocker before reading this week’s cover story, which goes on the set and behind the scenes as the cast and the creator, Kurt Sutter, prepare for an epic ending.
The seventh and final season of FX’s highest-rated show finds Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) leading his motorcycle club, Samcro, on a mission to avenge the death of his wife Tara (Maggie Siff). What Jax doesn’t know is that his scheming mother, Gemma (Katey Sagal), is the real killer. In a preseason poll on EW. »
- Mandi Bierly
'Sons of Anarchy' star Theo Rossi names another show that made him cry
21 hours ago
Theo Rossi will admit he was competitive playing Scene It? with his friends when they first moved from New York to La, so it’s no surprise that he’s an entertainment junkie. To prove it, the man who plays Juice on FX’s Sons of Anarchy sat down to take one of our Pop Culture Personality Tests.
Watch the video and read the transcript the below—then feel guilty for thinking Juice must die this season.
EW: Who was your first celebrity crush?
Rossi: My first celebrity crush was actually Alyssa Milano. I remember. Who’s the Boss? I remember. »
- Mandi Bierly
That 'Tetris' movie you always wanted is finally happening
22 hours ago
Tetris, in many respects, is a perfect video game. You can learn to play in minutes, it is wildly addictive, and it has one of the greatest jingles to ever jingle. Everyone knows Tetris, as they should. Tetris is great. So of course Tetris is going to be turned into a movie and forever ruined.
According to The Wall Street Journal, which somehow managed to report the news with a straight face, the movie is being produced by Threshold Entertainment, a company you may know if you’re a big fan of Mortal Kombat and Mortal Kombat: Annhilation. According to Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff, »
- Joshua Rivera
New Banksy artwork appears in English seaside town
30 September 2014 7:13 AM, PDT
Finding an authentic Banksy is like discovering a… well, an authentic Banksy. The elusive artist’s work has been subject to many imitations, but a legitimate piece from Banksy appeared over the weekend in the English seaside town of Folkestone.
The piece depicts an older woman wearing headphones connected to a device that looks like a cross between a walkman and a Ghostbusters Pke meter while staring into a small, Roman-styled column.
Banksy also posted pictures of the piece on his website, showing the wall he painted on before and after his work was completed. To protect the artwork, the »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Why Kirby v. Marvel mattered
29 September 2014 2:45 PM, PDT
In 2014, it’s quite common to know almost every detail behind the production of a superhero movie before the movie is even released. From the release date to the cast to the director to screenwriters, every detail is examined and disseminated across myriad blogs and social media sites, to the point where, if you’re even mildly interested, you could easily find out the names of those responsible for getting that film to your local cinema.
But how about the people who created the characters in the pages of comic books?
In the early days of comic books, the relationship »
- Joshua Rivera
You need to watch 'The Simpsons' premiere's insane opening sequence
29 September 2014 8:23 AM, PDT
Shout all you want that The Simpsons hasn’t been good for the past years; either way, you can’t deny that the show’s recent spate of elaborate, extended couch gags has led to some dazzling, audaciously creative stuff.
This is especially true when The Simpsons turns over its opening to famous animators and filmmakers like Michal Socha, Guillermo del Toro—and, most recently, indie idol Don Hertzfeldt, beloved for absurdist fare like the Oscar-nominated short film Rejected. (Contrary to semi-popular belief, he has nothing to do with those lookalike Pop Tart commercials from 2011; as the F.A.Q. »
- Hillary Busis
Reese Witherspoon thinks Tracy Flick would be running the Tea Party now
29 September 2014 7:56 AM, PDT
Reese Witherspoon thinks that Tracy Flick, that eager student politician she played in Alexander Payne’s Election back in 1999, would probably be in charge of the Tea Party today. She revealed that and more in a 73 Questions video for Vogue, which she also covers for October, continuing to make the case, as she did for EW, that she is “a lot of fun to hang out with.”
What are some other things we learned about Witherspoon from this video? Well, she can do a backflip on a trampoline, and the following: She would invite “all the female senators” over if »
- Esther Zuckerman
Entertainment Geekly: The Batman Top 100
29 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT
So on Monday, I watched the Gotham series premiere with about 8 million of my friends. I started writing a column about the show and what it says (accidentally and/or purposefully) about the role of Batman in pop culture right now. But working on that column got me thinking more generally about Batman: A character who has been around for 75 years, a figure in my cultural consciousness since before my memory begins. The next thing I knew, I was making a list of my favorite Batman things–the movies, the TV shows, the vividly recalled comic book story arcs and standalone issues, »
- Darren Franich