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Watch 'The Walking Dead' star Tyler James Williams talk about his 'Star Wars' tryout

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Tyler James Williams has one warning: “Do not mess with my family.”

Williams, who plays Noah on The Walking Dead, is a massive Game of Thrones fan and a self-identifying Lannister. He’s also a major Star Wars fan who had a brief (and expensive) flirtation with collecting memorabilia from the iconic franchise.

But what priceless opportunity easily outdid anything Williams could have ever found on eBay? The chance to read for The Force Awakens.

Below, Williams spills on his once-in-a-lifetime Episode VII audition, justifies his Lannister love, admits to his TV crush, and name-checks the out-of-this-world action flick that inspired him to become an actor.

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This week in Sound Bites: LeVar Burton, 'Scandal,' 'Mockingjay,' and more

Every week in Sound Bites, EW spotlights the most memorable lines of the week. This week features LeVar Burton on The Big Bang Theory, Mellie (Bellamy Young) taking on Elizabeth (Portia de Rossi) for swapping lovers on Scandal, and an a solemn Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) on her incarceration in Mockingjay.

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'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer: A deep dive

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It’s been a little over two years since George Lucas sold the Star Wars universe to Disney. Those two years have been full of tantalizing rumor and ambitious corporate theatrics. We know that Star Wars: Episode VII will take place many years after Return of the Jedi. We know that the original cast will return alongside an all-star squad of up-and-comers. Director J.J. Abrams has subtly pitched VII as a kind of artisanal Star Wars film: Shot on 35 mm film, with an emphasis on practical effects, a soundtrack by John Williams, and a life-sized Millennium Falcon.

We know that Episode VII will lead into a new trilogy, and also a few spinoffs. We know that the new movie will ignore the last few decades of Expanded Universe mythology, which is sad news for Mara Jade fans and not really news at all for people who have no idea what a “Mara Jade” is. We know that Episode VII will be titled The Force Awakens, which isn’t quite The Empire Strikes Back but is definitely not Attack of the Clones. (I dunno. What would you call a Star Wars movie? Like, I would’ve preferred Star Wars: Showdown on Nar Shaddaa, but that’s why they don’t let me title Star Wars movies.) READ FULL STORY

Here's how the Internet is reacting to the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer

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The Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has debuted (below), and unsurprisingly, the internet had a few things to say about it. Some fans loved it. Others were unimpressed. The most committed used it as an opportunity to flex their Photoshop muscles. The only real surprise is the lack of lens flare jokes.

An assortment of inspired reactions are below. Stay tuned to EW for more thoughts about the trailer later today.

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Shia LaBeouf says he was raped during a performance-art project

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Back in February, Shia LaBeouf staged his #IAmSorry performance art exhibit in a Los Angeles gallery where people were able to enter a room alone with the actor and do and say whatever they wished as he sat silently wearing a paper bag over his head that read: “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.”

The project resulted in a traumatic experience for the actor which he has revealed in an email interview with Dazed Digital. When asked if anything “unsettling” had taken place during the performance, LaBeouf answered:

One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for 10 minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me… There were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with dishevelled hair and smudged lipstick. It was no good, not just for me but her man as well. On top of that my girl was in line to see me, because it was Valentine’s Day and I was living in the gallery for the duration of the event – we were separated for five days, no communication. So it really hurt her as well, as I guess the news of it travelled through the line. When she came in she asked for an explanation, and I couldn’t speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently. It was painful.

It’s unclear if LaBeouf has reported the assault to authorities. [Dazed] —Megan Gibson

This story originally appeared on time.com.

Your guide to holiday TV movies airing Thanksgiving weekend

Now that Thanksgiving’s come and gone, fans of holiday TV movies no longer have to hide their DVR recording lists in shame. With Hallmark showing these flicks 24/7 during its Countdown to Christmas (check its full schedule here), and Lifetime in the mood most hours this weekend, may we offer a few suggestions? (Note: ABC Family doesn’t start its 25 Days of Christmas until Monday, Dec. 1, obviously.) READ FULL STORY

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

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This is how crazily anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is: On Friday morning, an 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 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 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

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

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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! READ FULL STORY

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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