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Watch James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in an exclusive clip from 'Of Mice and Men'

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James Franco was eager to film the production of Of Mice and Men in which he made his Broadway debut, but it wasn’t as simple as he thought it’d be. “I thought I just could bring in my old film school friends and we could just film it that way, quick and easy, and it turned out that that wasn’t the case,” Franco tells EW. “So we needed a company that could both film it, and have some sort of distribution system to put it out and recoup the cost.”
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Watch EW staffers play 'Sunset Overdrive' live on Twitch

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One of the biggest Xbox One games of the fall, Sunset Overdrive, released today, bringing with it all the mayhem and attitude of the “awesomepocalypse.”

Set in the most colorful apocalypse ever devised, Sunset asks players to fight against the hordes of energy drink-fueled monsters terrorizing Sunset City as they try to survive. Watch us play Insomniac Games’ latest title live at 3:30 p.m. ET to see a portion of the game after the tutorials are out of the way.

Watch live here or tune into EW‘s Twitch channel for the stream, which will be archived for later.

London hotel lets you stay in Hogwarts for $400/night

Still waiting for an owl from Hogwarts? Well, a London hotel is now offering the next best thing to actually sleeping in Gryffindor tower, but it’ll cost you about $400.

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World Series Game 5 first pitch honors Giants fan Robin Williams (Updated)

UPDATE: MLB.com has posted video of the tribute as well as the pitch, both of which are embedded below.

ORIGINAL STORY: Family and friends were on hand for a tribute to Robin Williams during the fifth game of the World Series on Oct. 26 to honor the late Giants fan.

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Zoe Saldana on her hero, 'strong female characters,' and playing real women (and aliens)

Zoe Saldana knows how to play ass-kicking, universe-saving, unusually colorful heroes like Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, Neytiri in Avatar, and Uhura in Star Trek. But for her new AOL web series, Saldana turned the camera on everyday people who play the role of the hero.

In My Hero, which debuted yesterday, Saldana and some of her fellow celebrities—including Julianne Hough, Nick Cannon and Maria Menounos—pay tribute to the people they cherish via short, touching vignettes. “People are generally very grateful to the people around them that keep them together, that supported them, that encouraged them to become what they are as artists,” the actress says. “So we thought, what a great opportunity to do a show about this and send a very positive message out there. Because I find it hard to believe that anybody makes it on their own. There’s always somebody that helped you in some way.”

In the interview below, Saldana tells EW about how her hero (spoiler: it’s her mom) inspired her to make a habit of playing rather… ethereal characters. The actress also talks about balancing the upcoming sequels to her three big franchises with motherhood (she’s pregnant with twins!), why movies need more real women—not strong ones—and why we should stop saying the word “ethnic.” READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: 'Disgraced' is anything but, Keira Knightley preps her Broadway debut

We were all hoping that the London production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour would mark Keira Knightley’s Broadway debut (she got great reviews in 2011 starring opposite Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss), but we’ll take her however we can get her. Next fall, she will make her Broadway debut in Roundabout Theatre Company’s adaptation of the tragic novel Thérèse Raquin, continuing with Knightley’s affinity for period dramas. In other news, Big Brother standout Frankie J. Grande (the bro of another famous Grande, Ariana) will take on a supporting role in Rock of Ages for two months beginning Nov. 10 (not his first rodeo, though-he was famously in Mamma Mia! some years back) and the Shubert Organization, the titans who own most of the Broadway houses in NYC, announced a deal with super-producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan to produce new content for the stage. Which, given their involvement with lofty projects like (ahem) The Oscars means more big stars to keep those attendances on the Great White Way sky high. It was also a very busy week for the folks at EW, with six new Broadway and Off Broadway openings:  Josh Radnor and Gretchen Mol return to the stage after the wrap of their long-running TV shows, How I Met Your Mother and Boardwalk Empire (whose finale airs this weekend). A valued member of the Redgrave dynasty takes on a classic solo. And speaking of Mad Men, Vincent Kartheiser goes all accent-y to capture the spirit of the late, great Billy Wilder (click on the links below for full reviews).

Disgraced  The 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Drama by Ayad Akhtar finally receives a Broadway berth courtesy of Lincoln Center (which first produced it in their black-box Off Broadway space), with new actors Josh Radnor and Gretchen Mol joining actors Hari Dhillon and Karen Pittman from previous productions. Senior editor Thom Geier feels the work hasn’t lost any of his luster, stating that “we get an engaging snapshot of the challenge for upwardly mobile Muslim Americans in the post-9/11 age…Akhtar packs a lot into his scenes, in terms of both coincidence-heavy personal drama and talky disquisitions on religion and politics, but he usually manages to pull back from the edge of too-muchness.” EW grade: B+

The Belle of Amherst  Nip/Tuck star Joely Richardson takes on one of the late Julie Harris’ most acclaimed roles, essaying Emily Dickinson, but did senior editor Adam Markovitz find her the Belle of the ball? “It’s easy to see why Richardson would be drawn to a revival…there’s nowhere to hide if it doesn’t work, no one to lean on if the energy flags. For Richardson, the gamble doesn’t quite pay off. During a recent performance, trudging through a few fumbled lines and what sounded like an ill-timed cold, the actress often gave the impression that she was marking out the play’s beats—laugh here, fall down crying there—without fully acting them.” EW grade: C READ FULL STORY

Ewan McGregor has some unkind words for 'Star Wars' 'fans'

Ewan McGregor had no small task in taking over for Alec Guinness when he was cast as a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menance. Regardless of his work in the film, the return of the franchise was met by rather tough criticism that continues long after the movie premiered.

Well, McGregor has a response to those “fans”though he calls them by another name.

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The 5 most interesting facts about 'Super Smash Bros. for Wii U'

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Nintendo revealed over 50 facts about the latest version of its fighting franchise, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. While many of these bits of information are rather small, a few reveal just what will make the game worthy of a purchase after the recently released Super Smash Bros. for 3DS.

Here are the five most exciting revelations:

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Jerry Seinfeld reunites with Kramer in 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee' promo

As Jerry Seinfeld prepares for the fifth season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he’s enlisted the help of an old neighbor to boost the show and its host Crackle’s presence.

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Watch Air New Zealand's 'Hobbit'-inspired safety video

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If you plan on flying Air New Zealand in the near future, you may notice a safety video with some better production values than you’re used to.

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