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'Assassin's Creed: Unity' is far from revolutionary

Assassin’s Creed: Unity comes out just in time for the holidays, but this may be one stocking stuffer you want to give back.

The seventh installment in the Creed franchise is plagued with technical glitches that ultimately diminish the franchise’s reputation for spacious open worlds, creative new stealth techniques, and seamless fighting sequences.

Let’s set aside the myriad of technical issues for a moment—don’t worry, we’ll come back to them later—and begin where Unity does.  READ FULL STORY

Watch Batman take down an army in 'Arkham Knight' trailer

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Batman doesn’t break his one rule—but in the new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, he sure gets awfully close.

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'The Hunger Games' star Willow Shields, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy walk into an elevator and...

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After a huge opening weekend for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, it seems Willow Shields’ days of hobnobbing with A-listers are far from over.

While taking EW‘s Pop Culture Personality Test, Shields—who plays Primrose Everdeen, the younger sister of Jennifer Lawrence’s heroine Katniss—recalled having a fan-girly run-in with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy at San Diego Comic-Con. There was even a little danger involved.

Watch the video below to find out out what made Shields’ heart race (other than the X-Men stars), then read on for a full transcript and more of Shields’ insights on Prim’s beefed-up part in the new film. (Warning for those who haven’t seen the third Hunger Games installment: Stop reading now if you don’t want to know details from Mockingjay — Part 1.)

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Rio de Janeiro unveils weird new Olympic and Paralympic mascots

Rio De Janeiro announced mascots for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and they are somehow cute, ageless hybrids of Brazilian wildlife.

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This week's cover: Angelina Jolie and Jack O'Connell in 'Unbroken'

All she can see, in every direction, is water. It’s Oct. 16, 2013, the first day of filming on the WWII drama Unbroken, and a barge has taken Angelina Jolie, her crew, and an enormous crane camera onto the open Pacific off the coast of Queensland, Australia. As she stands on the ship, silhouetted by bright blue sky and deep blue sea, actors Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, and Finn Wittrock float nearby in a small yellow raft. They are skinny and weak and starving, having subsisted on just 500 calories a day for two months. Suddenly, the wind picks up, stirring salt spray and waves. The crew on the barge begins to slip and fall. Jolie can barely hear O’Connell, her young star, deliver his lines, and for a moment she can’t even see him. As the camera zooms in for a close-up, he bobs helplessly in and out of frame.

“If you saw that first shot and my reaction to it, you’d be absolutely sure that this was going to be one of the great disasters of filmmaking history,” Jolie says today with a smile, sitting on a sofa at Milk Studios in Los ­Angeles. “The only thing you could do was laugh at how insane this was all going to be. And then you just had to take a deep breath and figure out what to do next.” READ FULL STORY

John Oliver thinks the president's pardoned turkey has no case

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver is on hiatus until February, but the host couldn’t help himself from signing back on for a web exclusive to vent about something that drives him crazy: turkey pardoning.

Turkey pardoning is the annual autumnal tradition where the president saves the life of one lucky turkey—never mind the delicious 46 million of his or her brethren that will be on America’s menu on Thursday.  READ FULL STORY

Waka Flocka Flame shills throat drops because he's Waka Flocka Flame

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One thing’s probably sure—Waka Flocka Flame isn’t getting a case of cotton mouth anytime soon.

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Cameron Diaz crashes the boys club

In the three years EW has been handing out an award for the best Saturday Night Live host, men have dominated the competition. (Though it might be more accurate just to say that Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake have dominated.) Melissa McCarthy has been runner-up twice, but for the most part, guys have topped the weekly polls. As a result, we’ve taken to calling our best-host poll the race for Mr. Saturday Night. But it doesn’t have to be, obviously.

One week after Sarah Silverman was eliminated, Cameron Diaz hosted SNL, and she now faces a quartet of guys, led by Woody Harrelson. Diaz was game, spoon-feeding Baby Boss, grooving with the Yr Girls, and getting her Ms. Hannigan on. Perhaps this season will end with the crowning of the first Ms. Saturday Night.

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Sting to star in the Broadway musical he wrote

Sting is going to try to help save The Last Ship, the Broadway musical for which he wrote music and lyrics. READ FULL STORY

Cameron Diaz hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend -- talk about it here!

It pains me to write this, but: Cameron Diaz has had a rough few years, career-wise. For the past half-decade, she’s starred mostly in films that failed critically, commercially, or both. The role call: Sex Tape, The Other Woman, The Counselor, Gambit (which wasn’t even released theatrically in the US), What to Expect When You’re Expecting, The Green HornetKnight and Day, and The Box. (A few exceptions: Bad Teacher, which got mixed reviews but grossed over $100 million—enough to inspire both a quickly-canceled CBS sitcom and a sequel, which is still in development—My Sister’s Keeper, which landed more with a “meh” than a thud, and Shrek Forever After, which of course made approximately one bajillion dollars.)

Despite all this, though, Diaz still carries an A-list sheen; hearing that she’s coming back to SNL doesn’t inspire the same trepidation as hearing that, say, her costar in The Mask was returning to the show. Why? Maybe because no matter what’s happened over the past two decades or so, Diaz still seems like the ultimate Cool Girl—both in the Gillian Flynn sense, and also according to a more general definition of the term (a likable woman). Seeing her pop up on screen is sort of like seeing an old friend—even if you can’t really remember the last time you and that friend did something really fun together.

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