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Polish LARPers create real-life Hogwarts for aspiring wizards


While Harry Potter fans have been waiting years for owls bearing their admission to Hogwarts to arrive—I’m sure mine just got lost in the owl mail, right?—a few Polish wizards-in-the-making went ahead and created their own school for witchcraft and wizardry.


This Week's Cover: EW's Best and Worst of 2014, starring Entertainer of the Year Jimmy Fallon

It’s our favorite time of year again: list-making season!

To celebrate, this week’s Entertainment Weekly dives deep into 2014 to give you our rundown of the year’s best and worst in pop culture. Movie critic Chris Nashawaty ranks the year’s top films (we see you, Boyhood and Guardians of the Galaxy) and calls out some bad ones (two too many volumes, Nymphomaniac!); TV critics Jeff Jensen and Melissa Maerz rave about Transparent and Fargo but refuse to Wanna Marry Harry; the music team reps Lana Del Rey and St. Vincent while rejecting Robin Thicke; and the books staff relishes Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and Smith Henderson’s Fourth of July Creek yet would rather not remember Ruth Reichl’s Delicious!.


Fifteen ways of looking at 'Suicide Squad' (and the new Joker)

1. It’s been six and a half years since Heath Ledger was the Joker in The Dark Knight. There hasn’t been a supervillain half as good. Not even close. You can stump for Loki in Avengers and the Thors, but as a character, he’s trapped in a muddle of incoherent motivation (He hates Asgard! He loves his mom! He hates his brother! He’s mad, mad he tells you!). Tom Hiddleston is a scenery-chewer of the first order—but the Marvel movies are made of greenscreen, and he’s chewing on vapor.

2. What other supervillains linger, in six-plus years of superhero cinema? Kevin Bacon played an exceptional Bond villain in X-Men: First Class. Robert Redford gave his vanilla-handsome gravitas an insidious grin in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Anne Hathaway had fun in The Dark Knight Rises, which is more than you can say about anyone else in The Dark Knight Rises. Next to that, you’ve got a parade of Nefarious Business Villains in the Iron Men and Goblin retreads in the Amazing Spider-Men and Peter Dinklage’s evil mustache in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Lee Pace and Michael Shannon played Ronan the Accuser and General Zod, identical cartoon fascists in space exoskeletons—two excellent actors, squandered. READ FULL STORY

We'll always have Tatooine: On 'Star Wars,' grief, and family


Once, when I was a little boy, I tried to explain Star Wars to my Grandma B.

This would have been post-Return of the Jedi, around 1983, when I was pushing 7 and she was about 62. Grandma was a sharp lady, but pop culture wasn’t part of her lexicon. She knew the litany of Roman Catholic saints the way I could rattle off background figures from “a galaxy far, far away.”

This memory came back to me on the day we buried Grandma, who died last week at the age of 93. The funeral was Friday, 10 a.m. on the East Coast, which was the exact same time Lucasfilm unveiled the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, although that was far from my mind at the time.


A young Jane Fonda prepares for Broadway in new footage from documentary 'Jane'

Many actors, writers, and directors go their entire careers without anyone deeming them interesting enough to be the subject of a documentary. Jane Fonda became the focus of one at the age of 24.


Entertainment Geekly Mailbag: 'Star Wars' edition


Star Wars! Nothing but Star Wars! Gimme those Star Wars! Don’t let them end!

More than 37 years since the first Star Wars opened in theaters—and almost 37 years since Bill Murray swaggered his way through a lounge-singer version of the Star Wars theme—a trailer for the seventh Star Wars movie arrived on the internet. If you’re like me, you watched the teaser for The Force Awakens early Friday morning, still in that post-Thanksgiving daze when everything feels like a food-coma hallucination. In such a state, it sure looked like Force Awakens has everything. They’ve got stormtroopers and lightsabers aplenty, blasters and speeders galore. You want X-Wingamabobs? They’ve got twenty!

But who cares? No big deal. We want more. Specifically, readers wanted to figure out just what, precisely, will be happening in the seventh Star Wars movie, which is still one year away, even though we’ve been talking about it for over two years already. Readers threw out some elaborate plot possibilities, some even crazier than my whole “The Alliance is the new Empire” theory. Let’s dig in! READ FULL STORY

'Big Hero 6,' 'Lego Movie,' 'Boxtrolls' among Annie Award nominees

Recognizing the greatest achievements in animation, the nominations for the 42nd annual Annie Awards have been announced.


Watch 'The Walking Dead' star Tyler James Williams talk about his 'Star Wars' tryout


Tyler James Williams has one warning: “Do not mess with my family.”

Williams, who plays Noah on The Walking Dead, is a massive Game of Thrones fan and a self-identifying Lannister. He’s also a major Star Wars fan who had a brief (and expensive) flirtation with collecting memorabilia from the iconic franchise.

But what priceless opportunity easily outdid anything Williams could have ever found on eBay? The chance to read for The Force Awakens.

Below, Williams spills on his once-in-a-lifetime Episode VII audition, justifies his Lannister love, admits to his TV crush, and name-checks the out-of-this-world action flick that inspired him to become an actor.


This week in Sound Bites: LeVar Burton, 'Scandal,' 'Mockingjay,' and more

Every week in Sound Bites, EW spotlights the most memorable lines of the week. This week features LeVar Burton on The Big Bang Theory, Mellie (Bellamy Young) taking on Elizabeth (Portia de Rossi) for swapping lovers on Scandal, and an a solemn Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) on her incarceration in Mockingjay.


'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer: A deep dive


It’s been a little over two years since George Lucas sold the Star Wars universe to Disney. Those two years have been full of tantalizing rumor and ambitious corporate theatrics. We know that Star Wars: Episode VII will take place many years after Return of the Jedi. We know that the original cast will return alongside an all-star squad of up-and-comers. Director J.J. Abrams has subtly pitched VII as a kind of artisanal Star Wars film: Shot on 35 mm film, with an emphasis on practical effects, a soundtrack by John Williams, and a life-sized Millennium Falcon.

We know that Episode VII will lead into a new trilogy, and also a few spinoffs. We know that the new movie will ignore the last few decades of Expanded Universe mythology, which is sad news for Mara Jade fans and not really news at all for people who have no idea what a “Mara Jade” is. We know that Episode VII will be titled The Force Awakens, which isn’t quite The Empire Strikes Back but is definitely not Attack of the Clones. (I dunno. What would you call a Star Wars movie? Like, I would’ve preferred Star Wars: Showdown on Nar Shaddaa, but that’s why they don’t let me title Star Wars movies.) READ FULL STORY

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