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John Malkovich becomes John Lennon, Marilyn Monroe in these photographs


John Malkovich as Marilyn Monroe is perhaps a confounding image to think about, but the eccentric actor inhabits her persona, as well as a variety of others, in a new body of work from photographer Sandro Miller. READ FULL STORY

'Gotham' star Ben McKenzie talks his most rewound TV moment, and more


In tonight’s premiere of Gotham, Ben McKenzie plays a young Jim Gordon, a good guy in a world full of bad ones. He spends his days bossing criminals around, meeting future super-villains, and occasionally, getting his butt kicked. But in real life, McKenzie’s less interested in being the boss … and more interested in being bossed around?


The 'Deadpool' movie might be PG-13

Last week, Fox announced it was making a Deadpool movie, news which you either greeted with loud cheers because THEY’RE FINALLY MAKING A DEADPOOL MOVIE!!!!!!! or a confused shrug because WHO THE HELL IS DEADPOOL???? While he has a lower profile in the mainstream, Deadpool is a beloved figure in comic book circles. The best way to understand him is to know that he’s sort of a meta-character: An anti-superhero psychopath who frequently breaks the fourth wall and just-as-frequently kills people/things in the bloodiest way possible. READ FULL STORY

Miss America was dismissed from sorority amid alleged hazing violations

She may love “Jane Austin” and street hot dogs, but who knew that the newly crowned winner of Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, was also allegedly into hazing?

An article today by Jezebel reported that in April 2013, Kazantsev was dismissed from the Alphi Phi Theta Mu chapter at Hofstra University for hazing pledges, and formerly held the position of New Member Educator and Recruitment Committee President. EW confirmed Kazantsev’s dismissal from the sorority with the Alpha Phi International Fraternity and the Miss America organization, but both organizations chose not to divulge further into the reasons behind Kazantsev’s ousting.

In response to Jezebel’s article and Kazantsev’s hazing allegations, a Miss America spokesperson said in a statement:

“Kira has been very open and candid about her termination from the Alpha Phi sorority. It’s unfortunate that this incident and unsourced allegations have been exploited to create a storyline that distracts from what we should be focusing on: Kira’s impressive academic achievements at Hofstra University, including earning a triple major from the Honors College and her commitment to serving her community. Kira is an exceptional ambassador for the Miss America Organization, and we are excited to be a part of her journey as a force for good across our nation, promoting education and service and working to empower young women.”

Hofstra University did not immediately respond to EW‘s request for comment.

The most ridiculous stories from iPhone 6 release week


You may not know this, but there is a hot new gizmo on the market. It’s called the iPhone 6, and it is the must-have tech product of the season. It’s “bigger than bigger.” It’s the best thing ever. According to Apple, at least.

According to everyone else, the iPhone is many things. It instills passionate devotion and inspires the human spirit, moving us to make grand gestures of true love. Do you scoff at such notions? Then pull up a chair, and enjoy these stories from iPhone Release Weekend, because it only happens once a year.

In a moment that could only be described as poetic, Jack Cooksey of Perth, Australia, became the first person in the world to purchase Apple’s new smartphone. He immediately dropped it on live television. The crowd immediately winced in collective sympathy, not for Jack, whose blunder could have been costly — but for the phone, because it had to go home with Jack.

If only we had the foresight to tell Jack ahead of time that there will be plenty of people dropping the new iPhone on purpose, maybe he wouldn’t have felt the need to make such a blunder.

But at least he got his phone. According to the Sydney Morning Herald (which hilariously abbreviates to SMH), a 24-year-old woman was in tears when police kicked her out of line at the Apple store. The woman was reportedly frustrated with more and more people arriving in front of her, where their friends had reserved them spots, and began trying to buy phones off of those ahead of her, because she was afraid she wouldn’t reach the end of the line before she had to leave for a law exam.

“I just feel so excited by the iPhone but the shop did nothing [to stop people pushing in],” she told the Herald. “It’s a waste of my heart, waste of my love.”

Ah, yes, love. The highest and most noble of human emotions. You know that feeling you’re supposed to get when you hold your child for a first time? That irrevocable bond that forms between you and your partner and the brand-new life that’s yours to protect and adore in a harsh and cruel world?  That’s what an iPhone release inspires in us all.

Dariusz Wlordaski could tell you a few things about love. According to CNET, Wlordaski waited in line for 44 hours to get his phone—all for love. Wlordaski says that he’s getting his iPhone in the hopes of winning back his wife, who left him “because I wasn’t the best husband and father.”

Maybe things will work out for the poor guy, but if they do, Apple can never find out. “IT CAN EVEN SAVE YOUR BROKEN MARRIAGE,” Tim Cook will proclaim a year from now, drunk with power as he reveals the iPhone 6S.

Speaking of Cook, Apple says that this weekend’s launch was their most successful ever, with an astounding 10 million iPhones sold.  If someone you know now owns one of these 10 million iPhones, rejoice—they can finally call you now.

Emma Watson isn't afraid of the 'F' word

While some female stars including Shailene Woodley and Taylor Swift have bolted away from the word “feminist,” in a speech to the United Nations introducing a new campaign called HeForShe, Emma Watson made it clear she isn’t afraid of it at all.


Ubisoft announces 2D 'Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China'


Ubisoft already has not one but two Assassin’s Creed games planned for release, with Assassin’s Creed Unity for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. So, Ubisoft’s announcement of a season pass for Unity–a bundle of downloadable content available for purchase that will be released following the game’s launch–was no surprise.

The inclusion of an all new Assassin’s Creed spinoff game as part of that season pass, however, was an unexpected addition.


A look inside Nigeria's very own Comic-Con


Comic books have some of the most active and involved fans of any medium, and comics conventions are a big part of that. Despite the immense popularity of comics-inspired movies in theaters every year, the majority of published comics don’t sell very many copies—the average number of copies a book at both Marvel and DC, the biggest names in the business, tends to sit at 50,000 or less, with the top 10 clocking in six figures and the rest less than half that. Because of this, comics heavily rely on the support of a small and passionate fanbase. Comic cons are an important part of the industry, and they just don’t happen in San Diego and New York.

Case in point: Nigeria’s Lagos Comic-Con.

In a feature over at The Beat, Nigerian writer and lawyer Deji Bryce Olukotun interviews Ayodele Elegba, comics creator and co-founder of the Lagos Comic-Con.

“I wanted to debunk the myth and show people that Nigerian comics do exist and that we have comic artists and writers here in Nigeria,” Elegba said.

The two discuss the convention—which just completed its third year this weekend—and the unique challenges of the Nigerian comics industry. It’s fascinating stuff, and it’s well worth a read.

Don’t worry, they still have cosplay.


Entertainment Geekly Mailbag: 'Smash Brothers' talkback and a 'Big Brother' counter-theory

This is the Entertainment Geekly Mailbag, where I respond to comments, questions, and angry clarifications. (You can email me at darren_franich@ew.com.) This week: Everyone takes issue with my brutally accurate assertion that Kirby is one of the worst players in Super Smash Brothers.

You sir are right on all accounts except one: Kirby. Is. Awesome. And is my go-to character in Smash Bros. If you’d like me to demonstrate why he should be ranked higher on your character list, Ill happily play a round with you ;)

I would never dream of insulting anyone’s choice of Go-To Character, because that is a deeply personal decision. Like, your Go-To Character is sort of a weird combination of your favorite baseball player, your mascot, your child and your significant other. READ FULL STORY

Introducing Batman villains to 'Gotham,' one cheesy line at a time

Fox’s new series Gotham has the difficult task of introducing a number of famous and lesser-known Batman villains before they officially don the costume and alter ego. The show’s pilot accomplishes this in its own special way: by hinting at appearances by the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and the Riddler with some very, very obvious bits of dialogue. For example: “If I want riddles, I’ll read the funny pages.”

With so many possible criminals just waiting in the back alleys of Gotham, the show will have to clock in some overtime in order to showcase them all; if the show lasts for several seasons, the producers may have to resort to Crazy-Quilt and Film Freak. How exactly will the show handle hinting at these and other criminals? Subtle (read: not at all subtle) dialogue clues, of course.


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