Disney has already promised a massive expansion of the presence of Star Wars in its theme parks around the world, and now the company has revealed that it will be basing those new attractions on the latest entries in the franchise.
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After the project received some criticism, a Russian art group’s plans to build an actual Eye of Sauron—without all of the orc labor, of course—in Moscow have been scrapped.
When Stephen Colbert morphs into the right-wing blowhard Stephen Colbert we see every night on The Colbert Report, that’s an act. It’s satire of the highest order.
But when Stephen Colbert morphs into “Lord of the Rings” icons Bilbo Baggins, and Legolas, and Gandalf—as he did for the cover of our magazine this week—that’s no act. That’s simply unapologetic fanboy Stephen Colbert relishing a chance to nerd out.
Our issue, and the stories he wrote for it—a Q&A with Peter Jackson, and an essay about his fandom—are pegged to the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies next weekend. But to watch Colbert get into costume, and character, in the time lapse above, it’s clear no hook was needed. He would have done this anytime.
Does Stephen Colbert know the world of J.R.R. Tolkien?
Was Faramir the first Prince of Ithilien? Are the Dúnedain descended from the Númenóreans? Does Beorn the bear defecate in the woods?
Seriously, does he? We don’t know the answers to any of these, but we’re willing to wager all the gold in Erebor that Stephen Colbert does. He’s that big of a fan. Which is why we asked him to write this week’s cover story for the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, the final film in Peter Jackson’s second Tolkien trilogy. It hits theaters next Friday. READ FULL STORY
If you grew up a comics fan, chances are you were faced with one question pretty early on: What’s better, Marvel or DC? It was a big decision, like signing a mortgage at five years old. You were going to spend years investing and defending it, so you’d better pick wisely.
Of course, treating the subject like a binary is inherently silly. There’s no reason not to like both Marvel and DC. Plus, “better” is a purely subjective term—while one publisher’s output might not resonate with some people, others might find it to be the best thing ever.
But thanks to the pervasive popularity of all things superheroic—especially this year—that ancient debate has found new life. And though there are also plenty of comics publishers beyond Marvel and DC, these two are definitely out to dominate the pop cultural conversation in a way they never really have before.
So who wore it better in 2014: Marvel or DC? Let’s take a closer look. READ FULL STORY
Biopics and indie dramas make up a large margin of the film nominations for the NAACP Image Awards this year.
Selma, Get On Up, Belle, Beyond the Lights, and Dear White People garnered nominations for outstanding motion picture while Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, House of Cards, Grey’s Anatomy, and Being Mary Jane garnered noms for outstanding drama series. Black-ish, House of Lies, Key & Peele, Orange is the New Black, and Real Husbands of Hollywood nabbed nominations on the comedy side in multiple categories.
The awards will be telecast on TV One on Feb. 6. READ FULL STORY
I had a weird Star Trek phase when I was a kid. Not “weird” like “obsessive,” or “weird” like all nerdy phases seemed to be back then. I mean that the way I came to the series was strange, and I’m hard-pressed to geolocate myself in the continuum of Star Trek fans. Trek fandom is literally Generational: The most distinct line in the sand gets drawn between those people who will always roll hard for the original crew and those people who prefer The Next Generation.
The distinctions are vague, but obvious. Kirk and Co. were bold adventurers setting off to cheap Pop Art worldscapes populated by midcentury allegories. Picard and friends were more cerebral but also more whimsical. To a certain extent, those two generations are their respective captains: Brash and bold and cheesy-wonderful Kirk, wry and troubled and dripping-with-gravitas Picard.
You can drill down further. There are people who roll hard for Deep Space Nine, a TV show that doesn’t get the respect it deserves for pioneering long-form sci-fi serialization. I know people who love Voyager, a show that always felt saddled with overriding anxiety-of-influence syndrome—it wanted to be a weirder Deep Space Nine, but kept getting turned into a goofier Next Generation. But Voyager has Kathryn Janeway, and this: READ FULL STORY
Skylar Astin, set to return in Pitch Perfect 2 and one of the stars of TBS’ Ground Floor, is taking over EW‘s Instagram all day.
Follow EW (@EntertainmentWeekly) on Instagram to see what Astin is up to in New York in the lead-up to the second season premiere of Ground Floor, which airs tonight on TBS at 10 p.m. EST.
And for more on Astin, visit EW‘s exclusive behind-the-scenes peek into what to expect from next year’s Pitch Perfect 2.
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