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New film about the Potterverse? Here's what we need from J.K. Rowling

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Potterheads the world over got a surprise this morning almost as good as a letter from Hogwarts: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is becoming a movie, the first in a series, with a screenplay by J.K. Rowling. Well, I now know what happy memory I’m conjuring for the Patronus Charm.

Beasts is an encyclopedia of sorts chronicling all the magical characters in Rowling’s world, as documented by Magizoologist Newt Scamander. In 1918, Scamander was commissioned to write the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie will tell this story, while also leaving open the possibility of returns from many famous Potter alums. Because Scamander is an established character in the Potterverse, there is already quite a bit we know about him: In addition to his respected work as a Magizoologist, the former Hufflepuff went on to become Headmaster of Hogwarts; got married to Porpentina; and his grandchild, Rolf, married everyone’s favorite kooky blonde, Luna Lovegood (who better show up in flash-forward). Though he passed away around the time of Harry Potter’s first year at Hogwarts, his name appeared on the Marauder’s Map in Prisoner of Azkaban, meaning he likely stuck around the castle as a ghost.

Heads up to J.K. Rowling: There’s already a fair amount of FanFiction about Scamander out there, but some highly creative fanfic writers are no match for the woman with the best imagination on the planet. Rowling clearly needs no help coming up with additional backstory for characters – have you seen her at a Q&A? — but, from one fan’s perspective, here are a few things I’d love to see the movie explore, working within the time frame already established.
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J.J. Abrams releases part 2 of that mysterious trailer -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Last month, J.J. Abrams released a very cool, very mysterious teaser called “Stranger” for a new project he was working on. He didn’t say what project it was, so much excitement and speculation ensued. Today, he released the second half of the trailer to EW. This time, he’s being way more forthcoming, and the project is … a truly unique, fascinating book called S. conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Dorst, to be published by Little, Brown on Oct. 29.

I got a brief look at the novel, and it’s a bear to describe, but here goes: S. is basically about the relationship between a grad student named Eric and a college senior named Jennifer. They trade notes in the margins of a (fictional) 1949 novel by a mysterious author named V.M. Straka. S. contains the novel within the novel; copious handwritten notes between Jennifer and Eric (“a conversation that plunges them into the unknown,” according to the book jacket); and dozens of pieces of ephemera between the pages like newspaper clippings and a napkin with a map drawn on it. (S. will come shrink-wrapped so none of this extra material falls out.) It looks like a dense but often funny mystery — and exactly the kind of novel you’d hope for from Abrams. “I could not be more excited for people to get their hands on this book,” Abrams tells EW. “It is difficult to describe because while it is a compelling mystery and love story, it is also much more than that. The work that everyone has done on S. is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Frankly, I’m amazed it was even possible to do this project at all.”

Here’s the second half of the trailer …
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'Batwoman' writers exit, claiming DC scotched plans for groundbreaking lesbian marriage

DC’s Batwoman is a standout series in the company’s lineup, the rare mainstream comic with a lesbian lead character. In fact, Batwoman got engaged a few months ago to longtime girlfriend/fellow badass Maggie Sawyer. Unfortunately, plans for a historic marriage have been discarded — and, as a result, the book’s main architects have now departed the series.

In a blog post, co-writers J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman explain that they will leave Batwoman after issue #26. “In recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series,” they explain, noting that the most crushing alteration was that they were “prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married.”
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'Fifty Shades of Grey': Bret Easton Ellis tweets that Robert Pattinson was E. L. James' first choice for Christian

After countless rumors, fake magazine covers, secret conversations, and fan-made movie trailers, Charlie Hunnam has officially been cast as rich-playboy-with-a-secret Christian Grey in the big-screen adaptation of E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey. But that doesn’t mean he was the author’s first choice.

According to Bret Easton Ellis, who had once expressed interest in writing the screenplay, James pictured Robert Pattinson in the role of Christian, who’s described in the books as having dark copper-colored hair and, of course, those unforgettable gray eyes.

Ellis tweeted that not only was Pattinson James’ first choice, but that fan favorites Matt Bomer and Ian Somerhalder were “never in the running.” Check out Ellis’ tweets below: READ FULL STORY

'Forbes' names Madonna the highest paid celebrity of 2013

The Material Girl isn’t going to be short on materials anytime soon.

Madonna has been named the highest paid celebrity of 2013 by Forbes, which reports that the pop star brought in $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013. Not even an album flop can keep this woman down.

Behind Madonna is the king of movies, Steven Spielberg, with $100 million, the king of reality singing competitions, Simon Cowell, with $95 million, and the queen who gave us the red room of pain, E.L. James, also with $95 million. Rounding out the top five is Howard Stern — the king of awkwardness? — with the ever-popular intake of $95 million.

The first athlete joins the list at number 12, with Tiger Woods bringing in $78 million. And believe it or not, Oprah Winfrey sits at number 13 with $77 million. Luckily, that’s still enough money to give away a handful of cars if she feels the need.

Aziz Ansari's relationship book could use these seven Tom Haverford tips -- VIDEO

Parks and Recreation app-and-zert enthusiast Tom Haverford fancies himself a ladies’ man, and apparently so does the man beneath Tom’s suit and tie, Aziz Ansari: The comedian/actor announced today that he’s writing a relationship guidebook for the modern, tech-obsessed dating scene.

“You know when you text someone you’re romantically interested in and you don’t hear anything back and then you see them post a photo of a pizza on Instagram? That’s exactly what I want this book to deal with,” Ansari said in a press release announcing his book deal.

The thing is, Tom Haverford has been unveiling bits and pieces relevant to this exact book every week for the past five years on the NBC comedy. So we’ll help Aziz get started (writer’s block afflicts every new author!) by giving him some jumping-off points from his Pawnee alter ego:
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Would Jane Austen approve of 'Austenland,' other adaptations?

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single Jane Austen female fan in possession of brains and brawn must be in want of an enjoyable/believable Jane Austen movie from Hollywood. But not every Austen adaptation gets it right.

Austenland — about a 30-something woman obsessed with all things Austen who decides to drain her bank account for a trip to a Jane Austen theme park — was released Friday in select theaters.

The film, directed by Jerusha Hess (co-writer of Napoleon Dynamite), is the latest Austenalia adaptation in a messy (but consistent) string of zany romantic comedies, historical re-enactments, books, and stage iterations over the past decade. Jane Austen fandom is alive and well, what with that Colin Firth statue, her face on currency, and Hollywood studios’ constant churning-out of movies riffing off the author’s astute critical eye for social niceties and, most of all, romance.

A quick glance on IMDb for Jane Austen (who has her own entry) shows several adaptations and miniseries galore on the precipice. But with her rampant popularity, loyal fanbase, and Hollywood’s obvious interest, would Jane Austen actually approve of these movies bearing her name?

Let’s take a look at some of the Austen adaptations over the years and do a bit of analysis. (Note: I’ve left out most of the verbatim book adaptations and stuck to big releases and inspired screenplays.)
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The 'Stranger' tease: Five theories about J.J. Abrams' newest pop culture mystery

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J.J. Abrams cast a meaty hook into the Web waters on Aug. 19, a teaser for a new entertainment project that we may or may not know anything about. The mystery box angler loves using this kind of bait: “Stranger” is reminiscent of his puzzling promo stuff for Super-8 or the crypto-content that the Lost brain trust used to feed fans during hiatus. (Remember “The Last Supper” ads prior to season 6?) Decoding this kind of stuff isn’t for everyone. And for some, it annoys as much as it amuses. Regardless: We’re biting. Because we are easily amused, and because we ran out of Breaking Bad analysis to read, and because no one  knows how to bait a hook quite like J.J. Abrams. We love how he turns marketing hype into storytelling fun. What’s “Stranger” about? Five theories — none of which involve Star Wars Episode VII (we assume it’s still wayyy too early for that). READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'Teen Wolf' ends, 'You're Next' begins, and 'Dexter' goes hunting

Summer might be coming to an end, but like high school coaches always say, “It’s important to finish strong!” At least, that’s what we imagine them saying based on the television shows we’ve watched involving high school coaches. Regardless, grab your remotes, your movie tickets, and your reading glasses, because pop culture has a lot in store for you this week: READ FULL STORY

Chris Colfer takes EW's Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO

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Ask Chris Colfer for his favorite villain in children’s entertainment, and he can’t help but pick the titular character from the second book in his The Land of Stories series, The Enchantress Returns: “I purposely tried to make her a little bit of all the classic villains,” he says of evil Ezmia, who resurfaces long after cursing Sleeping Beauty to strike fear in the fairy-tale world and beyond. “I say she’s deliciously evil.”

Also wicked: Colfer’s sense of humor when he recently stopped by EW to take our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below. READ FULL STORY

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