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PlayStation 4's 'The Order: 1886': First look at exclusive history/mythology mashup game

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If you’ve played a video game shooter recently, you probably locked and loaded behind the bullet-spraying skills of a super-soldier, space marine, or some zombie-hating hero tasked with saving the world, galaxy, or suburbs. And while The Order: 1886 — the hotly-anticipated PlayStation 4 exclusive — also packs plenty of opportunities to empty ammo clips and pile corpses high, its fresh take on the genre aims to engage the imagination as much as the trigger finger.

Crazy-ambitious and highly cinematic, The Order presents an intriguing mash-up of alternate history, Arthurian legend, and Victorian-era London; toss in some supernatural baddies, an arsenal of steampunk-y weapons, charming Brit accents, and lots of epic facial hair, and the interactive action-adventure almost looks like a better fit for a summer blockbuster or high concept TV drama than a video game. READ FULL STORY

2013-2014 Broadway season ends with increase in attendance and ticket sales

What did you do this Memorial Day weekend? Apparently, for a lot of people, that answer was “see a Broadway show.”

In addition to this week being both the highest grossing and best attended Memorial Day on record, The Broadway League has just released its end-of-the-season statistics for 2013-2014 (the 2013 Broadway season officially began May 27, 2013.) According to a press release, Broadway productions brought in a gross total of $1.27 billion (up by 11.4 percent) with total attendance numbers reaching 12.21 million, up 5.6 percent. Additionally, the number of playing weeks also increased by 4.6 percent, with all productions running a total of 1496 playing weeks.

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Robert De Niro opens up about gay father in 'Out': 'I wish we had spoken about it much more'

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Just in time for Father’s Day, Robert De Niro is losing his tough exterior for a revealing new HBO documentary about his late father, Robert De Niro Sr. — a struggling artist who was also openly gay.

In an emotional Out magazine interview, De Niro opened up about his father’s legacy and the responsibility he feels to tell the elder De Niro’s story in the most honest way possible. “I felt I had to. I felt obligated. It was my responsibility to make a documentary about him,” the Academy Award winner says. “It was not intended to be on HBO. It was just something I wanted to do.” Originally, De Niro intended simply to make the film for his own kids, using archival footage from the ’70s with the help of Martin Scorsese’s editor Thelma Schoonmaker. READ FULL STORY

Kanye West reportedly gave 20-minute toast at wedding. So, how many times did he quote his own lyrics?

To the beautiful, lucky soul who is not yet aware: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian got married over the weekend.

Details about the ceremony and reception are slowly emerging. One nugget that caught our eye: According to E! (of course), West reportedly gave a 20-minute toast where he, ugh, called the Kardashian family “the most remarkable people of our time… [who] make the world a better place.” “Drunk in Love” is probably the kindest response to that statement.

Besides that gem, details are scarce about what, exactly, West discussed with a microphone in his hand — Lord knows he gets unpredictable and long-winded when he’s at events (or recording).

“I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means,” Kanye West once declared. “I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period…I understand culture. I am the nucleus.” Could this man really manage not to quote himself — via his lyrics — during an emotional speech? READ FULL STORY

Bill Murray imparts wisdom and thrills at random bachelor party -- VIDEO

Sick of Kimye? This news is the perfect palate cleanser: Bill Murray, who has a charming way of popping up in the most ordinary of places, was the surprise toastmaster at a Memorial Day weekend bachelor party in Charleston, S.C. The actor has a home in the area and owns the Charleston Riverdogs minor league baseball team. When some Boston College alumni saw him dining at a local steakhouse, they invited him upstairs to celebrate the waning bachelorhood of their engaged pal, E.J.

Murray rebuffed them at first, according to Deadspin — but just as they were about to give up, the man, the myth, the legend waltzed in and imparted some wisdom about life and love. Since E.J., who’s scheduled to be married on June 14, is already committed, Murray directed his remarks towards the flabbergasted men in the room who are still looking for Ms. Right. “You know how funerals are not for the dead, they’re for the living?” he said. “Bachelor parties are not for the groom, they’re for the uncommitted.”

The room erupted with giddy delight, though one surmises Murray could’ve received a similar response for anything he uttered, even gibberish like “Gunga galunga. Gunga gunga da gunga.”

But Murray took his task seriously. “If you have someone that you think is The One … take that person and travel around the world,” he suggested. “Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world, and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. And if when you come back to JFK, when you land in JFK, and you’re still in love with that person, get married at the airport.”

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'Watch Dogs' review: The most anticipated game of 2014 is... a pretty good shooter

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Watch Dogs is okay. It’s set in Chicago, represented as an open-world dystopic Ameritropolis. Watch Dogs‘ Chicago is boring compared to Grand Theft Auto V‘s Los Santos, but it feels accurately boring, its banality an actual choice. The GTA games are all atmosphere — what the marketing team would term “attitude”– and so every street corner of every GTA feels like the infrastructural analogue of a poster you put on your wall freshman year. Watch Dogs is the plain white wall behind that poster: Muted colors, murky characters, a vigilante known only as “The Vigilante.” The central plot is an incoherence: You’re a hacker activist anarchist superhero fighting the mob and the government and the big corporation and all criminals everywhere. READ FULL STORY

Hear Zach Braff and the cast album of Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' -- FIRST LISTEN

It’s not every day that a new Broadway musical pulls its score entirely from early-century period standards — but that’s exactly what Woody Allen opted to do for the stage adaptation of his 1994 crime comedy Bullets Over Broadway.

The show is currently enjoying an open run at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, where bullets are flying, gangsters are tapping, untalented actresses are being murdered, and alcoholic leading ladies are making passes at Zach Braff.

Bullets’ original Broadway cast recording will be released digitally on June 3 and in stores on June 10, but you can get in touch with your gun moll side with EW’s exclusive first listen of the album. The 22-song track list boasts recognizable tunes like “Let’s Misbehave,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do,” and the musical’s show-stopping, food-related anthem “The Hot Dog Song.”

Take a listen to the brand new cast album of Bullets Over Broadway below. READ FULL STORY

Seth Rogen, Judd Apatow speak out about 'Washington Post' critic's UCSB shooting article -- UPDATE

UPDATED: Actor Seth Rogen and filmmaker Judd Apatow are speaking out against a recent Washington Post op-ed, in which film critic Ann Hornaday chastises “frat boy” films such as Rogen’s recent hit, Neighbors, for encouraging sexist thinking and behavior — the sort that led to Elliot Rodger’s deadly shooting rampage Friday night in Santa Barbara.

In an article published May 25, Hornaday noted that Rodger’s disturbing videos — in which he lamented his lack of success with girls, even though he considered himself a “supreme gentleman” — “unwittingly expressed the toxic double helix of insecurity and entitlement that comprises Hollywood’s DNA,” where “escapist fantasies” about “vigilantism and sexual wish-fulfillment” reign supreme.

More specifically, she referenced Rogen’s most recent film and Apatow’s body of work, asking, “How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like Neighbors and feel, as Rodger did, unjustly shut out of college life that should be full of ‘sex and fun and pleasure’? How many men, raised on a steady diet of Judd Apatow comedies in which the shlubby arrested adolescent always gets the girl, find that those happy endings constantly elude them and conclude, ‘It’s not fair’?” READ FULL STORY

Bradley Cooper, Will Ferrell, Matt Bomer, and more to present at Tony Awards

The 2014 Tony Awards — honoring the best in Broadway theater for the 68th time — has found its line-up.

Stars taking the stage at Radio City Music Hall and presenting at Broadway’s biggest celebration, hosted by Tony winner Hugh Jackman, include Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Zachary Quinto, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Leighton Meester, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Matt Bomer, Anna Gunn, Gloria Estefan, Audra McDonald, Fran Drescher, Wayne Brady, Emilio Estefan, Kenneth Branagh, Tony Goldwyn, Vera Farmiga and Alessandro Nivola.

Theater fans will notice that the list features a handful of folks who are currently performing on Broadway (Meester, Braff, Branagh, McDonald, Drescher), as well as some stars who made their debuts this past season (Levi, Quinto) and others who will hit the stage later this year (Gyllenhaal, Cooper, Clarkson, and Gunn, to name a few). And of course, there’s Gloria Estefan, whose bio-musical On Your Feet! comes to Broadway in the fall of 2015, and Clint Eastwood, who directed the movie adaptation of Jersey Boys due in theaters this June.

The Tony Awards air Sunday, June 8, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

'Fargo' star Allison Tolman is still Texas Forever (and all about 'The Little Mermaid') -- VIDEO

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Allison Tolman was unemployed and unsure what she was going to do next with her life in Chicago when she sent in an audition tape to play Molly Solverson on FX’s Fargo. “I wore earmuffs, I think, for one of the scenes to signify it being cold, because I’m a master of my craft,” she remembers. A couple of weeks later, she heard her tape was still being considered. A couple of weeks after that, she heard it again. “I thought, ‘That’s awesome! Maybe the Chicago casting directors will get a bug in their ear and they’ll know who I am, and I’ll book a commercial for the Illinois lottery,’ which would’ve been cool.” Eventually, she got the call to come to New York and test. “I distinctly remember playing ‘Domino’ by Jessie J in my hotel room as I got ready. It’s not a Molly Solverson song at all,” she says, laughing, “but it was a good pump-me-up song.” And five days later, she finally had the part.

We got to know Tolman, a Texas native with a BFA in theatrical performance from Baylor University and Second City’s conservatory program on her résumé, when she stopped by to take our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below to find out which movie scene she acted out as a child (the photo may be a hint), which TV series she’ll insist you watch (Texas Forever!), and which shows helped shape her sense of humor. READ FULL STORY

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