USA’s sexy summer series Satisfaction (Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET) will show you a lot of star Matt Passmore. But if you want to see the charming Aussie’s geeky and comedic sides, you’re going to need to watch him take our Pop Culture Personality Test below. READ FULL STORY
Mark Hamill’s not at Comic-Con this weekend, but he still has some choice quotes for Star Wars fans around the world.
In an interview with the BBC in London on Thursday, Hamill—who played Luke Skywalker in the original series—spoke briefly about his role in the next installment of the franchise, pointing out that he’s really playing second fiddle to new actors. “It’s really about the new generation of characters,” Hamill said. “We’re just there to lend our support, and grow contractually obligated beards.” READ FULL STORY
TV Guide Magazine hosted the panel “Greendale Forever” in honor of the impending sixth season of Community on Yahoo TV. The panel included Community creator-mascot Dan Harmon, longtime writer Chris McKenna, and cast members Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and Jim Rash, plus Dino “Star Burns” Stamatopoulos.
The ebullient panel didn’t reveal very much about the upcoming season, although Harmon did announce that he wanted to adhere to the same basic Community episode structure even though the show is no longer bound by broadcast restrictions. “My philosophy is: Attempt to make the same show, and let the lack of boundaries kind of make themselves felt, instead of just going, ‘We can make the episode 49 minutes long, and say the f-word the whole time.’” READ FULL STORY
Stan Lee won’t be making it to Comic-Con this year.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the otherwise healthy Lee is canceling his appearances after losing his voice due to a case of laryngitis.
Lee created many of Marvel’s most recognizable characters—including Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four—with help from legendary artists like Steve Ditko and the late Jack Kirby. Over the years, his name has become synonymous with the comics industry.
As such, he’s become a staple both on the convention circuit and in superhero flicks—go see a movie with a Marvel character in it and odds are there’s a Stan Lee cameo. At 92 years old, Lee is mostly retired from Marvel and writing comics, but still regularly engages with fans both online and on the road.
Lee’s illness is not expected to interfere with any of his other scheduled appearances.
We could tell you that Benedict Cumberbatch is making his first-ever Comic-Con appearance this week.
We could explain that he’s a voice talent in the upcoming film The Penguins of Madagascar, which comes out in November.
But none of that is actually necessary to appreciate the simplicity of this photo. It’s Benedict Cumberbatch with a penguin, and that’s pretty much everything you need to know.
Turning E. L. James’ bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey into a movie has been 50 shades of complicated, with issues ranging from trying to find the perfect Christian Grey—Matt Bomer? Charlie Hunnam?—to deciding what the film should be rated. But after a large amount of teasing (which would infuriate Christian), the first trailer for the highly anticipated film has finally arrived. Starring Dakota Johnson as Anastasia and Jamie Dornan as Christian, the trailer takes us into the couple’s first meeting, first kiss, and first, well, you know. So what do you say we dissect every inch of this trailer like we’re the dominant and it’s the submissive? (Too far?)
There are a lot of reasons to be reading Hawkeye, Matt Fraction and David Aja’s comic about what life is like for the Avenger who isn’t imbued with any godlike powers or power armor. The adventures of Clint Barton and Kate Bishop, the Hawkeyes of two different Coasts, are regularly among the best in superhero comics, and the most inventive.
Like next week’s long-awaited Hawkeye #19, which will feature dialogue almost entirely in sign language.
Taking place after a battle that leaves Clint Barton with severe ear damage, the story will explore how he deals with a sudden loss of hearing. It’s the sort of thing that’s happened to Hawkeye before, but never quite like this: Word bubbles will be blank, the sign language used will not be interpreted, and body language will be more important than ever.
“If nothing else, it’s an opportunity for hearing people to get a taste of what it might be like to be deaf,” writer Matt Fraction said in an interview with The New York Times.
Hawkeye #19 marks the second time Fraction and Aja make a bold departure from convention. Last summer’s 11th issue, “Pizza Is My Business,” told a dialogue-free story entirely from the perspective of Hawkeye’s pizza-loving dog Lucky as the perplexed dog solves a murder. It may very well be crowned with an Eisner Award for best single-issue story of the year at Comic-Con tomorrow.
There’s a lot going on at Comic-Con right now, and we don’t want you to just read about it in print. EW has partnered with Related Noise and PHHHOTO to create an animated social photo booth to bring you photos and GIFs of your favorite celebrities taken in the EW Hideout. Katharine McPhee’s already stopped by, and so have Seth Green, the cast of The Giver, and others.
In a new Funny or Die short, Frozen star Kristen Bell plays iconic nanny Mary Poppins—and she performs a version of “A Spoonful of Sugar,” but instead of trying to coax children into cleaning their room, the perpetually cheery caregiver is trying to coax the government into raising the minimum wage. Turns out poor Miss Poppins is underpaid, which is, as she puts it as she opens her broken umbrella, “supercalifragilisticexpiali-bulls–t.”
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