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Updated: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, more remember Mike Nichols

Mike Nichols died on Wednesday at 83, leaving behind a storied body of award-winning work that involved a number of the biggest writers and actors in the industry. Having garnered an EGOT—Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—Nichols’ work has touched every facet of the entertainment industry, and many of those he collaborated with have honored his memory.

Below is a collection of the statements released so far, with updates to come.

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How could 'The Hunger Games' continue after the movies? Just ask Harry Potter

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The release of MockingjayPart 1 this weekend signals the beginning of the end for The Hunger Games quadrilogy, based on Suzanne Collins’s books—though the franchise won’t stop when the film series does, at least if Lionsgate has anything to say about it. And thankfully for the studio, there’s already a precedent for this type of world-expansion—set mostly by one very important boy wizard.

Harry Potter is the gold standard for maintaining a fervid fan base after a film series (based on an incredibly popular book series) ends. The Hunger Games has already taken more than a few cues from its predecessor; after all, Mockingjay is only being split into two parts thanks to the precedent set by Harry‘s Deathly Hallows strategy. But Potter has also mastered the life-after-movie game. (It’s worth mentioning that Harry Potter owes something to Star Wars when it comes to milking franchise potential for all it’s worth—but unlike Potter or Games, that franchise wasn’t based on previously-established source material.)

How else can Katniss take a leaf out of Harry’s spellbook? This is how you keep a fanbase alive—Harry Potter style. READ FULL STORY

Kevin Spacey, Julianne Moore, and more share Twitter tributes to Mike Nichols

Wednesday night, ABC News President James Goldston announced that Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83. Celebrities, colleagues, and friends have expressed their condolences on Twitter and social media, sharing memories of the late director.

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Jennifer Lawrence tells Elizabeth Banks 'Barbie Girl' is the soundtrack to her life

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This week, fulfilling every living human’s wish to hang out with Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Banks at the same time, Lawrence appeared on Banks’ web series, “Ask a Badass,” and the two Hunger Games stars spent five minutes going back and forth about hair, music—and how Lawrence is man-like.

“You’re a guys’ girl,” Banks tells Lawrence. “You basically have a penis.” Lawrence agrees, but right after, she claims that Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” is the soundtrack to her life. “That’s how I feel like, as an actress, my job, it just depends on what outfit I’m wearing, you know?” Lawrence says. “I wear heels all day, I get Barbie feet.”
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This Week's Cover: The Bellas are back in 'Pitch Perfect 2'

SPOILER ALERT:  The Barden Bellas have split up.

But before you scream “A ca-scuse me?!” it’s just a temporary separation. On this muggy June day in Baton Rouge, La., the cast of Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to Universal’s sleeper about a college a cappella group, is pulling double duty. Rebel Wilson (returning as blunt bombshell Fat Amy) and Brittany Snow (back as dim bulb Chloe) are cloistered in the production offices, recording and preparing for dance rehearsal.

Meanwhile, a few miles away, Anna Kendrick and Skylar Astin, reprising their roles as vocal power couple Beca and Jesse, are shooting Beca’s first day of work as an intern at a recording company. “Any first-day jitters?” Jesse asks. “No,” Beca responds. “I’m just going to be moody and distant—artists love that, right?” If anyone has slight jitters, it’s the woman behind the camera: actress Elizabeth Banks (the Hunger Games franchise), who produced the original and appeared in a small role as sassy judge Gail. She’s now making her feature-directing debut. “This is the stupidest idea I’ve ever had,” she jokes during a break in shooting. “My first movie is this huge studio movie that a lot of people care about that also happens to be a musical with massive dance numbers. I don’t know what I was thinking.” READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart gets a crush on Benedict Cumberbatch on 'The Daily Show'

Jon Stewart has had hundreds, if not thousands, of guests on The Daily Show, but there have been few that he develops a crush on during an interview.

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'Pitch Perfect 2' star Brittany Snow is taking over EW's Instagram for the day

Pitch Perfect 2′s Brittany Snow is taking over Entertainment Weekly‘s Instagram on Wednesday. Follow EW (@EntertainmentWeekly) on Instagram and follow Snow throughout her day. She has promised it won’t all be pictures of her dog in costume.

'People' names Chris Hemsworth 2014's 'Sexiest Man Alive'

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It’s official: Chris Hemsworth is People‘s Sexiest Man Alive 2014.

After much debate—and much discussion of Chris Pratt possibly taking the title—Jimmy Kimmel announced People‘s pick during Tuesday night’s show. And despite Hemsworth’s name being left out of some of the conversations prior to the reveal, it isn’t hard to see why he made the cut. Abs and accent aside, the man is Thor—not to mention the star of Michael Mann’s upcoming Blackhat. READ FULL STORY

'Time' presents the Jaden & Willow Smith poetry generator

Yesterday, words came out of Jaden and Willow Smith’s mouths in an interview with the New York Times‘ T Magazinewords that befuddled some people and enlightened others.

The good people at Time took it upon themselves to celebrate the siblings Smith by creating a Jaden and Willow Smith poetry generator, using words from the interview. Here’s a sampling of what comes up in one randomly-generated poem: “It doesn’t have to be like that/They’re shocked by this harsh world/Olympic-level things/A holographic reality/a higher consciousness.”

Sounds like something out of the mouths of (Smith) babes. Head on over to Time to see what kinds of higher consciousness you can achieve.

Christopher Nolan wrote an 'Interstellar' comic about a certain spoiler's backstory

Want more Interstellar? You’re in luck—today, you can experience an entire lost chapter of the film, thanks to a new short comic written by Christopher Nolan himself. Illustrated by the award-winning team of Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth (The Wake, Chrononauts), the short takes place in some spoiler-heavy territory, so click through (and read below) at your own risk.

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