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Ask Dalton: On striking up a conversation with celebrities, and other queries

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Is it okay to approach a celebrity out in public? And how obligated should one feel to keep multitaskers up to speed as to what’s happening on screen? Dalton Ross, EW editor-at-large and resident pop-culture referee, weighs in.

I’ve seen celebs in stores. I just smile and nod, maybe say hello. I don’t want to bother them. Is it ever okay to begin a convo?
—Sue (@Soozey42)

Your instincts are generally spot-on, Sue. Here’s the thing about actors: They like attention. By the nature of their profession, they got into the business to be noticed and have accolades thrown their way. Let’s face it, you don’t get up on that stage in your middle-school production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown unless you crave the spotlight. (For example, I played Linus.) READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' haunted house scared the bejeezus out of me

Keeping up to date on all things Walking Dead means more than just reading the comic and watching the TV show. Sometimes it means living it as well. I did that a few years ago when I went undercover as a zombie on the show back in season 2, although that bastard Robert Kirkman ended up cutting my scene because “the performance just wasn’t there.” Screw that. So this time I decided to switch sides and join the survivors and see if I could escape the clutches (and, more importantly, jaws) of the undead by walking through Rick’s — and Daryl’s and Carol’s and Glenn’s — shoes at The Walking Dead: End of the Line haunted house at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

All the houses at HHN consist of monsters or demons or vampires or aliens or predators or serial killers or clowns — CLOWNS! — totally invading your personal space and jumping out at you…often with blunt instruments of death at their disposal. It is unsetting. But I was especially excited to check out The Walking Dead one because the maze is a complete retelling of the events of season 4. So what awaits you in The Walking Dead: End of the Line? A few terrifying highlights: READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: An inside look at season 5 of 'The Walking Dead'

Andrew Lincoln has a warning for you: All that gore and action and heartbreak and intensity we’ve seen before on The Walking Dead? Kid stuff. At least when compared to the upcoming fifth season, which is definitely not for kids. “We’re really earning our rating this season,” says Lincoln. “There are families that watch it together, but just so it’s on the record, guys—it’s a grown-up show this season.”

Entertainment Weekly has your first exclusive look at that grown-up season. We went on set and spoke with the cast and the producers to give you an in depth look at what to expect in season five. And while things may have ended last spring on a cliffhanger with Rick and Co. trapped inside of train car, exec producer Robert Kirkman promises that the action is going to come fast and furious when things pick back up Oct. 12 on AMC. “By minute two or three of our season premiere, I think the vast majority of our questions have been answered,” says Kirkman, “and five or six more have been presented, so you’re very much going to be invested, well-informed, and ready for the ride that we’re going to take you on.” READ FULL STORY

Ask Dalton: Must 'Star Wars' fans educate newbies?

Are DVR battles hurting your marriage? What are the ethics of sneaking food into theaters—or watching lowbrow reality TV? Our resident pop culture omnivore Dalton Ross offers his sage advice.

I work at a library. Someone asked to take out The Empire Strikes Back after admitting he had not seen Star Wars. What to do?
—JENNIFER (@apatch4that)

You’ve come to the right place with this, Jennifer. Not unlike C-3PO himself, I am fluent in more than 6 million forms of communication, including (but not limited to) geek, nerd, dork, dweeb, and wannabe Jedi. This offense is not as grievous—or General Grievous, if you will—as it would seem. For one thing, The Empire Strikes Back is unquestionably the best installment in the Star Wars franchise, so you can hardly blame someone for wanting to go straight to it. Boba Fett! Yoda! Luke sucking face with his own sister! It’s all there. Also, it’s not like this guy was skipping the entire original trilogy to go Gungan-style and rock a little Jar Jar Binks. All that said…NO! DO NOT GIVE HIM THE MOVIE! Clearly you need to protect this patron from himself. How can he be expected to fully understand why Alec Guinness is some sort of vaguely bossy ghost unless he watches the complete story unfold? So wave your hand in front of your face and tell him this is not the movie he’s looking for…yet. Then force him—no pun intended—to watch Star Wars first, and hope he doesn’t whine about it like Luke and his stupid Tosche Station power converters. READ FULL STORY

Ask Dalton: How to stop watching 'Big Brother' (you can't), and other queries

Are DVR battles hurting your marriage? What are the ethics of sneaking food into theaters—or watching lowbrow reality TV? Our resident pop culture omnivore Dalton Ross offers his sage advice.

Should I feel bad about smuggling soda and snacks into the movie theater? —LUCAS
Ask yourself this question, Lucas: Do movie theaters feel bad about charging you $12.75 for cold popcorn and a Fanta filled with 63 percent ice? Not only should you not feel bad, you should revel in your culinary craftiness. I encourage your anarchic cheapskate ways, but with a few simple caveats. Don’t be that dude cracking open cans and rummaging through loud plastic bags during the film. Pop the top during one of the approximately 11,274 previews before the movie (during an explosion, if at all possible), and house all prearranged snacks in whisper-quiet packaging. Stealth mode is a must when acting as the world’s foremost concession-stand ninja. (Also, nothing too pungent, please. That’s just common courtesy.) READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan' season finale: And the winner is...

After 39 days and approximately 412 promises made on relatives both alive and dead, the contestants of Survivor: Cagayan were whittled down from 18 to 1 tonight and a winner was crowned. My full recap will be up later, [UPDATE: Dalton’s Survivor recap is now live!] but read on now if you want to find out or sound off on who won. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s season finale of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

Why 'Survivor' is still kicking butt 28 seasons in

It was a debacle. The battle of the sexes twist didn’t work. The cast was unlikable, including one dude who called himself Troyzan and another dude who called himself Tarzan. It was ridiculous. So when Survivor: One World signed off in the spring of 2012, many wondered openly about the health of the franchise that gave birth to network reality TV way back in the summer of 2000. Maybe it was finally time to snuff Survivor’s torch.

Except that’s not what happened. Ever since then, Survivor has been so hot that Michael Skupin may burn his hands on it again if he stands too close. There have been four installments since One World (a.k.a. The Season That Shall Not Be Named) and each has been absolutely riveting, culminating with Survivor: Cagayan, in which immunity idol hoarding Jersey cop Tony and cerebral underdog Spencer will continue to battle it out in tonight’s finale along with Ninja Stealth Woo and Chaos Kass. It has been the most consistent run of reality excellence the show has ever had. The question is: How the hell does that happen in season 28? Sure, there have been other reality shows that have seemingly lasted forever — The Bachelor, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars — but none can claim to be this good this late in its run. So, what’s in Survivor’s secret sauce? READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': Meet the final four!

We have our final four. Another player was voted off tonight on Survivor: Cagayan. My full recap will be up at midnight [UPDATE: Dalton’s Survivor recap is now live!] , but to find out or sound off about the episode and who was sent home, read on for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched tonight’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': And the eliminated contestant is...

An individual immunity record was on the line tonight, and a new alliance was formed and then broken. When all was said and done, a formidable player was voted out, leaving just five people vying for the million dollar prize. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched tonight’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': And the eliminated contestant is...

Another week, another immunity idol. And a new twist at an old Survivor standby — the food auction. When it was all over, another contestant was sent to the jury, while the remaining players were left to wonder where exactly they stood after the game was turned on its head once again. My full recap will be up at midnight, but if you’d like to sound off on what happened and who went home, then read on for more. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you already watched tonight’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

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