PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Category: Books (91-100 of 420)

Stephen King reveals his favorite book -- and his worst fear -- in Reddit AMA

What spooks Stephen King?

Though Dark Tower fans may have guessed that the writer isn’t a big fan of spiders — as he wrote yesterday during a Reddit AMA, “Are spiders the most alien creatures on earth, or what? I’ve just got a thing about them” — King revealed during the Q&A session that his actual greatest fear is a little less tangible and a lot more serious: Alzheimer’s Disease. (Maybe he should team up with Samuel L. Jackson to fight it!)

Generally speaking, though, King kept things light throughout his Reddit jaunt. While he was nominally on hand to promote CBS’s Under the Dome — a new series executive-produced by King and based on his 2009 novel) — talk of the show didn’t dominate the conversation; instead, the horror master gamely answered questions about his favorite of his books (2006′s Lisey’s Story), his current favorite TV show (The Americans), and the creepiest thing about Maine (“the endless woods”).

Here are a few other highlights from King’s moment in the virtual sun:

READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' is 10 years old today. Debate: Was it the worst of the series?

Order-of-the-Phoenix-book-cover.jpg

Ready to feel old and feel a rush of nostalgia for Hogwarts? The fifth book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was released 10 years ago today. That’s right: It’s been a full decade since we were originally introduced to Professor Umbridge, Occlumency and even a sirius-ly upsetting side to Severus Snape.

You know what’s fun? Continuing an argument that most people quit having years ago. Below, check out a spirited discussion between two writers in honor of the tenth anniversary: one of whom says Order of the Phoenix belongs near the top of the Harry Potter Book Ranking List, and another who says it should be near the bottom. We’d say SPOILER ALERT, but if  you haven’t read Order of the Phoenix yet (What is wrong with you!?), it may be time to admit it’s never going to happen.  READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: A first look at the making of 'Divergent'

1265-DIVERGENT-1265-COVER.jpg

Looking for the next YA movie sensation? This week, EW offers an exclusive first look at the making of Divergent, based on Veronica Roth’s dystopian YA best-seller. The movie’s set in a futuristic Chicago, and stars one of Hollywood’s fastest-rising young actresses, Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), who’s also snagged the Mary Jane role in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise and the lead in the adaptation of another beloved bestseller, The Fault in Our Stars. As one of her costars, Jai Courtney, puts it, “She’s going to be such a big f - - -ing star.”

In the future world of Divergent, society is divided into five factions devoted to particular virtues. But Woodley’s character, Beatrice, is classified as “divergent.” That means she’s suited for more than one faction and, as we later learn, headed for trouble. Beatrice finds an ally — and a love interest — in an instructor named Four, played by Theo James. (You may remember him dying in Lady Mary’s bed in season one of Downton Abbey). On the set, Woodley seemed delighted to find that James also took the possibility of superstardom with a grain of salt. “We’re not into the industry and have separate lives outside of it,” she told EW. “That’s refreshing. I don’t know what I would do if Four was played by someone who cared what he looked like or spent more time in front of the mirror than I do.”
READ FULL STORY

James Franco goes Indiegogo route for his planned 'Palo Alto' movies

The day after This Is the End became the biggest comedy of the weekend, James Franco appealed to his fans to help secure financing for the latest of his more personal artistic endeavors. The renaissance man launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $500,000 so he can adapt 10 short stories from his 2010 collection, Palo Alto, into three feature films. The stories are fictionalized tales that echo Franco’s own “coming of age” experiences growing up in the Bay Area, and he’s selected a quartet of promising NYU-educated filmmakers to bring them to the big screen. “I’m putting money into these projects because I believe in them, I believe in these filmmakers,” Franco says in the video appeal (which can be viewed below). “We just need a little bit more help.”

Half a million dollars isn’t much to make one film, much less three, but it’s currently unclear how much Franco himself is investing in the movies. (A representative for Franco did not immediately respond to EW’s request for clarification.)

One perk, though, of using Indiegogo’s Flexible Funding campaign, rather than an option like Kickstarter, is that Franco’s team will keep whatever monies are raised, even if they don’t reach their goal in 30 days. If there are ultimately any profits from the films’ sales, Franco intends to give 100 percent of them to Art of Elysium, a nonprofit he works with that unites actors, artists and musicians with sick children.

But it might not just be Franco-philes or dedicated patrons of indie cinema who ultimately make these films a reality; for just $5,000, you can be one of 15 backers who land a speaking role in one of the movies. So far, Franco has raised $25,720 — and gained one cast member — with 30 days remaining.

Watch Franco’s video below:
READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Save for the apocalypse with the Rick Grimes bust bank -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

Rick-Grimes.jpg

It is widely assumed that when the inevitable zombie apocalypse finally occurs, survivors will revert back to a barter economy as we exchange, say, bottled water for scythes and dead crows. (Mmm, dead crow stew.) But what if money is still worth something? How will you store all your change in a way that will also remind you that you could get eaten while on the way to buy something to eat? Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman‘s Skybound imprint has the answer.

On Tuesday, the company announced that Walking Dead fans will soon be able to buy an 8-inch Rick Grimes bust bank, which you can exclusively see above and which alert readers will notice is based on the comic version of the zombie-battler rather than the as-played-by-Andrew-Lincoln TV one (the clue is in the number of hands he has left).
READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'Man of Steel' takes flight, True Blood, and more

This weekend, you’ll believe a man can fly — at least, Warner Bros. sure hopes you will — with the opening of its Christopher Nolan-produced Superman movie Man of Steel. Advance word on the film has been carefully curated with a series of teasers and trailers that play up the grave gorgeousness of the film and its star, Henry Cavill. Meanwhile, summer TV is getting even more supernatural with the season premieres of Teen Wolf and True Blood.

Plus, a new novel, some hot doctors in the Hamptons, and more!

READ FULL STORY

George R. R. Martin drinks in your Red Wedding tears on 'Conan' -- VIDEO

And they’re only making him stronger!!

Four days after the fact, even the Game of Thrones fans who knew Sunday’s Red Wedding was on the horizon are still trying to recover from seeing it in all its gory glory. As for those who had no idea what was in store for Robb, Catelyn, and Talisa? Forget about it. The reaction videos prove that they may never be the same.

And now the man who single-handedly murdered an entire army has had a chance to see firsthand what his words have wreaked — courtesy of Conan O’Brien.

READ FULL STORY

Robert Kirkman talks about his crime comic 'Thief of Thieves.' Plus: check out the first four pages of the new issue -- EXCLUSIVE

Thief-Of-Thieves-Cover.jpg

Walking Dead comic writer Robert Kirkman may be King of the Zombies (or at least crown prince to George A. Romero’s Z-monarch) but he also toils on a number of undead-free titles, including the superhero-filled Invincible, the kiddie-aimed Super Dinosaur, and Thief of Thieves. The latter details the adventures of a light-fingered master criminal named Conrad Paulson and is produced by Kirkman in collaboration with other writers, including Andy Diggle (The Losers) whose first issue hits stores May 29.

Below, Kirkman — who is also an executive producer on the Walking Dead TV show – talks about Thief of Thieves. Then, click on, to exclusively read the first four pages of the new (blood-drenched) issue. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': OK Cupid reveals which characters are most compatible

Could the Kingslayer and the Maid of Tarth be on the road to romantic bliss? Those who have read every published word of A Song of Ice and Fire may know the answer — but regardless of whether these two characters will hook up at some point, the Game of Thrones fans at OK Cupid certainly seem to think they should.

Just for fun, the site’s dating gurus calculated the compatibility of three couples who are currently betrothed on the show, as well as Jaime and Brienne (whose relationship is purely platonic…for now). After filling out OK Cupid surveys for each character, the engineers compared questionnaires to figure out which pairs made the most romantic sense. They then shared those results exclusively with EW. The resounding winner: Jaime/Brienne, who are 84 percent compatible, according to OKC’s algorithm.

READ FULL STORY

Peter Parker with a bong? Joe Casey springs 'The Bounce' -- FIRST LOOK

When readers first met young Peter Parker, back in 1962 on the opening page of Amazing Fantasy No. 15, he’s wearing spectacles, carrying schoolbooks and listening too hard to the latest insult.

It’s a little different when readers are greeted by young Jasper Jenkins – the title character of Joe Casey’s The Bounce – in our exclusive preview of the first issue. Instead of eyeglasses, he’s got glassy eyes and the object in his hand looks suspiciously like a three-foot bong. He’s also ignoring the latest lecture. “With great power comes great responsibility” still applies — but in the case of this 21st century slacker soul, it may also be accompanied by metahuman munchies.

NOTE: The preview pages below contain R-rated language and drug use. READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos

Advertisement

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP