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This week in Sound Bites: 'Parks and Rec,' 'Paddington,' Anna Kendrick and more

Each week, EW puts together the best Sound Bites from television, film, and pop culture. This week, Sound Bites includes a few of the best quotes from this week in television including a classic Andy Dwyer moment on Parks and Recreation, a Nicole Kidman threat from the film Paddington, and Anna Kendrick revealing on Twitter just how her work in show business is paying off. Those $1.91 checks do add up, Anna. READ FULL STORY

Read the best exchanges from Patrick Stewart's EW Facebook Q&A

Patrick Stewart hosted a Facebook Q&A Friday morning for his film Match which is currently in theaters and On Demandand he really is as charming as you think.

The X-Men actor answered questions fans posed about his new film, upcoming projects, and when he’ll team up with Sir Ian McKellen for a buddy comedy.

Below, read some of the best exchanges from the conversation, on topics ranging from who Stewart would like to collaborate with to the time a local newspaper said he was “barely adequate” in a role. READ FULL STORY

Duke University symposium to explore Shonda Rhimes' impact on TV

It’s official: ShondaLand has been deemed worthy of intricate academic study.

Duke University has announced a symposium on Jan. 29 and 30 which will explore Shonda Rhimes’ impact on mainstream television. Rhimes, of course, is the mind behind ABC’s TGIT line-up, from creating Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal to producing the new hit show How to Get Away With Murder.


PopWatch Confessional: Your most embarrassing celebrity encounter

The perks of writing about entertainment are numerous: early movie screenings, awards show invitations, getting the chance to interview and rub elbows with artists whose work you truly admire. Of course, there are also a few pitfalls to this profession—particularly when it comes to to that last perk. Cue this week’s PopWatch Confessional question: What’s the most embarrassing encounter you’ve ever had with a celebrity? (We’re counting both encounters that happened in a professional context and chance meetings.)

Tina Jordan, senior editor: I dropped my overstuffed bag in Michael Caine‘s living room at the St. Regis: Pens, lipstick, various snacks, a few magazines, keys, bobby pins, notebooks, band-aids, business cards and the all like rained down on the antique Oriental carpet. I mean, there was a lot of crap. I was about eight months pregnant, so poor Michael Caine—who was very nice—had to get down on his hands and knees for about ten minutes to pick up all my stuff. I was so flustered I almost couldn’t get my tape recorder to work. READ FULL STORY

'RoboCop,' new 'House of Cards,' and more coming to Netflix in February

As Netflix subscribers prepare to hunker down and binge the new season of House of Cards, let’s remember the streaming service is also offering many new movies and TV shows in February that are just waiting to be watched in the queue.

There are a few great choices at the beginning of the month, with Netflix offering the first five seasons of the Golden Globe-winning M*A*S*H as well as the complete series of Starz’s Spartacus. As for movies, the animated Mr. Peabody & Sherman starring Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell, King Arthur, and Scary Movie 5 are just a few of the titles debuting throughout the month.

Read the full list of what’s new to Netflix this month below.  READ FULL STORY

Lena Dunham, Maria Bamford discuss OCD with Judd Apatow, Adam Sandler on 'Late Late Show'

While guest hosting last night’s The Late Late Show, Judd Apatow orchestrated a frank discussion of OCD, which featured Lena Dunham, Maria Bamford, and Adam Sandler, who chimed in with a Chris Farley story.  READ FULL STORY

Bradley Cooper to continue 'The Elephant Man' in London

Bradley Cooper’s The Elephant Man is taking a trip across the pond. The play, which is currently on Broadway, will have a limited run in London at the Theatre Royal Haymarket beginning May 19. Cooper will return to the physically demanding role of John Merrick, the play’s titular character. His Broadway compatriots Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson will also join him in London.  READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: American Snipers


The best movie ever made about an American sniper is a British film directed by a Spanish guy. 28 Weeks Later came out eight years ago and hasn’t aged a day. It’s technically a sequel to 28 Days Later, the movie that transformed the zombie apocalypse genre into the pre-eminent post-9/11 pop culture myth. READ FULL STORY

Join EW's Facebook Q&A with Patrick Stewart

The mutant leader himself will be coming to EW‘s Facebook page on Friday morning. Starting at 11:30 a.m. ET, Patrick Stewart will be fielding questions posted on our Facebook page ahead of the release of his new movie Match. Now’s your chance to ask him why he isn’t coming back for the next X-Men movie, or find out what it’s like hanging out with Ian McKellen.


'Assassin's Creed Unity: Dead Kings' review -- Down among the dead men


The first thing Dead Kings gets right is its title—because it actually has one. Assassin’s Creed Unity is barely a title; an abstract noun hitched to the back of a franchise name (or “brand”), one that has only the slightest of connections to its subject matter. It’s a clumsy slant rhyme in a pop song, something that reads like it came out of a focus group. Dead Kings, then, is a huge improvement. It is evocative and accurate: there are kings in this game, and they are dead.

Don’t get your hopes up, though. There aren’t a whole lot of other ways that Dead Kings improves upon Unity.


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