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'Star Wars' trailer: VII things we hope to see

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This is how crazily anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is: On Friday morning, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin is screening the new teaser trailer not just before every movie, but also in a separate stand alone screening where it will play 17 times in a row. Each screening will be followed by two minutes of discussion by a panel of Star Wars experts who will go into increasingly detailed minutia analysis about what’s on the screen during those precious 88 seconds. Joked EW’s Darren Franich: “Dear God, I hope it’s just one long shot of the Millennium Falcon.”

You never know — director J.J. Abrams’ first teaser for the Star Trek reboot  just showed the USS Enterprise. Darren will do a deep-dive analysis of the trailer on Friday that you won’t want to miss, but in the meantime, let’s hope the teaser trailer is more trailer than teaser; a montage of mind-blowing Star Wars childhood-reawakening jaw-drop-into-popcorn moments instead of singularly focused on one thing or scene. Below is our ultra-idealistic Star Wars trailer Top VII ultimate wish list. This is entirely too much to ask from an 88-second teaser, yet it’s also what the eventual first full trailer, and even the film itself, will hopefully pull off.

From least to most important (and no, there are no spoilers here from the purported leaks): READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: What are you thankful for this year?

We’re keeping things simple this Turkey Day. Here are our lists of the pop-culture stuff we’d cite around our holiday tables today; what would you add?

Hillary Busis, staff editor:
—Jerry Riekert, “a simple man from New York who makes lamps”

—The way Ilana Glazer says “mommy and daddy”

Gotham, network TV’s best new comedy

—Every issue of Dad Magazine

—Mail… Kimp? READ FULL STORY

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2014: EW's play-by-play

The leaves have fallen to the ground, the smell of pumpkin pie is in the air, and the turkey is in the oven. That’s right, it’s Thanksgiving morning. You know what else is upon us? The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, of course!

Now in its 88th turn, the parade, broadcast on NBC, is being anchored by The Today Show’s Matt Lauer, Al Roker, and Savannah Guthrie. Idina Menzel, Becky G, Lucy Hale, Kiss (??!!!), Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, and more, are set to perform. Paddington Bear, Pokemon‘s Pikachu, and the Red Power Ranger are among the new balloons to take flight this year, with Snoopy & Woodstock, Hello Kitty, and Spider-Man rounding out the returning favorites. Let’s not forget the marching bands and Broadway acts!

So, grab that pumpkin pie—breakfast of champions!—and lots and lots of coffee—you people are up for the first viewing!—and get comfortable. We have a full three hours of singing, dancing, and ballooning ahead of us. Feeling inspired? Let us know what you think of the parade in the comment section below. As for me, I’ll be back with a full reaction at the parade’s end!

What we learned during 'The Making of Peter Pan Live!'

With Peter Pan Live! only a week away, NBC teased their production Wednesday night with a documentary aptly titled The Making of Peter Pan Live! Though EW has already discussed the new songs and Tinkerbell’s digital makeover, the special gave us a taste of what the show is actually going to look like, and it’s lavish. The Neverland set has a technicolor edge to it—in fact, it has a look that resembles the 1939 Wizard of Oz or the Disney Wonderland—replete with a treasure map floor and giant trees of roses. All of that will be captured by roughly 16 cameras, television director Glenn Weiss explained.

The special also let audiences hear some of the new numbers: “Vengeance,” a zippy pirate production number, and “Only Pretend,” a softer ballad for Wendy. Additionally, here are some things we learned:

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Ubisoft apologizes for 'Assassin's Creed: Unity' issues

Ubisoft is owning up to its mistakes. After the release of Assassin’s Creed: Unity was met with overwhelming disappointment owing to a myriad of technical glitches, Ubisoft Montreal & Tornoto’s CEO Yannis Mallat sent out an email to users apologizing for the defects.

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'Thomas Was Alone' is now on almost every device. You should play it.

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Let’s start with that title. It’s unusual, isn’t it? Thomas Was Alone. It’s evocative and mysterious and a little bit sad. Like a lushly illustrated picture book or animated short preceding a Pixar film, it conveys a sort of somber simplicity that aims straight for your heart. It demands that you feel something. Not many video games do that.

Thomas Was Alone is one of the most moving games I’ve ever played.  Stick around. Let me tell you about it.

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Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson to host National Christmas Tree Lighting

The National Park Service announced today, Nov. 26, that husband and wife Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson will host this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting at President’s Park in Washington D.C.

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'Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' gets advanced zombies in new trailer

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a game where you shoot things and use jetpacks in the future. It’s pretty great, mostly because of the jetpacks. However, Call of Duty games are also known to occasionally dabble in zombies, because zombies are popular and fun to shoot. So naturally, zombies are going to be added to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare via paid DLC packs. READ FULL STORY

'The Voice' winner Josh Kaufman on his acrobatic Broadway debut in 'Pippin'

One of the easiest victories to predict on The Voice was season six winner Josh Kaufman, who pulled out a full season’s worth of impressive performances on the show that ushered him into the winner’s circle with few bumps on the road. After winning the competition in May 2014, Kaufman has taken a decidedly different path in his latest gig: playing the title role in Broadway’s Tony-winning revival of Pippin.

Reality talents have never shied from the Broadway stage, but Kaufman’s casting in the circus-inspired revival is particularly of note thanks to the acrobatic demands of the Diane Paulus-directed production. Before Pippin packs up the tent on January 4, 2015, EW chatted witih Kaufman to find out what went into his decision to head under the big top and onto the big stage. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Aniston shows us how not to interview Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Aniston recently contributed to the total humiliation of Chris Stark, interviewer best known for introducing Mila Kunis to the concept of “lad bombs”  READ FULL STORY

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