Robbie Amell is getting ready for a busy year: In his spare time outside of playing the recurring role of Firestorm on The Flash, he’s appearing alongside Mae Whitman in The Duff. On Wednesday, Amell himself will host a Q&A session at EW’s Facebook page—so come ask him your burning questions. Amell will start answering questions starting at 3:35 p.m. ET.
On Thursday, true-crime podcast Serial will release its first season’s 12th and final episode. Along with producer Julie Snyder, host Sarah Koenig has attempted to determine whether Adnan Syed was wrongfully convicted of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee’s 1999 murder.
Listeners have started to question if Koenig will even try to cast judgment on the case, given the lack of conclusive evidence. Television and movies have conditioned us for tidy endings, which Serial might not have. A new Funny or Die short pokes fun at that. READ FULL STORY
Phew—2014 is over. But you know what that means. Another year is on the horizon, and with a turn of the calendar comes a tidal wave of pop culture items, each eager to become your new favorite thing. Fortunately for you, Entertainment Weekly’s annual forecast issue is here to help you wade through the waters and find the movie, show, album, or book (it’s a race to find the next Gone Girl!) that’s destined to find its way into your hands in 2015.
You may have heard about a few little indies coming up. Star Wars: The Force Awakens? We’ve got secrets to share, plus fresh quotes from new cast members like Andy Serkis (who dispelled some rumors about his confidential role) and returning alumni like Mark Hamill. Avengers: Age of Ultron and Terminator: Genisys? We dive deep into next year’s hottest robo-villains with some exclusive first-look shots. And then there’s Jurassic World, Sisters (starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler), the new James Bond flick, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Pixar’s latest movie Inside Out—and we’ve got scoop on all of them.
If you’re not planning to spend your entire year at the cinema, there’s plenty of must-see TV coming down the pike, too. We’ve got your first script page for the second season of Fargo, a mega-sized look at the latest season of Community (now on Yahoo!), and deep dives into Netflix’s comic gambit Daredevil and Comedy Central’s Colbert successor Larry Wilmore. Plus, there’s Fox’s epic hip-hop drama Empire, which promises to be your newest guilty pleasure, if you can find time to watch between AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul or the return of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock.
On the music front, we’ve got the 20 albums you can’t miss this year (including new releases from Rihanna, Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Florence + the Machine, Modest Mouse, and Kelly Clarkson) and we’re taking a closer look at the New British invasion starring Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Hozier, and other English imports who are going to have major impact on the American charts in 2015. (We also look back at other UK acts that crossed the Atlantic, like the Spice Girls.) You can also start planning your “sick” days now, because our pages are also packed with the dates of the best festivals across the country and the next big music acts we’re eager to geek out over.
EW has scoop on 116 things that you’re going to be talking about this year—so why not get a head start now? Grab the forecast issue and impress your friends with your newfound powers of prediction.
Anna Kendrick’s interview on The Late Show with David Letterman got a little weird on Tuesday night.
“Often I see something or if I’m watching a film, I think, ‘Oh, man, he would have appreciated this,’ or ‘He would have gotten a laugh out of this,” Zak said.
Some of Robin’s own films continue to come out, including Dec. 19’s Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. He also starred in Merry Friggin’ Christmas, a holiday film that was released in November. READ FULL STORY
Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon donned wigs and braces for a Tuesday Tonight Show sketch that involved the two acting like teenage boys who just can’t stop singing Third Eye Blind’s “Jumper“—even despite their counselor’s pleas to stop.
The two have performed the “Camp Winnipesaukee” sketch before, with previous versions featuring Timberlake and Fallon belting out fellow throwback hits Toto’s “Africa” and Hootie and the Blowfish’s “Only Wanna Be With You.” READ FULL STORY
It’s going to be hard to say goodbye to The Colbert Report this Thursday—mostly because it’ll mean saying goodbye to “Stephen Colbert,” the ruthlessly ignorant, hilariously pompous, utterly indelible faux conservative pundit that the real Stephen Colbert has been playing on late-night TV for over a decade (if you count the Daily Show years). “Colbert” isn’t a great creation just because of all the jokes he’s told and the absurdities he’s exposed via satire—he’s also a character for the ages because of the many ways he’s had an impact on the real world.
What kind of impact? Start with these 15 actual things accomplished by a fake man—and know that they’re just the tip of the iceberg. READ FULL STORY
Over a decade after The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring debuted in theaters, Peter Jackson’s cinematic excursion into J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe finally concludes after approximately 782 hours worth of movies with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Armies should be a victory lap—celebrating the series and its mark on film while bringing the six-film series to a fitting conclusion. But instead, the bloated trilogy of Hobbit films—originally meant to be a two-parter—has demonstrated audience and critical fatigue with each new outing. Both Hobbit films released so far have made less at the box office than any of the three Lord of the Rings films, and the praise heaped on the first trilogy has been virtually absent for Bilbo Baggins and his crew.
The Battle of the Five Armies doesn’t look like it will be reversing that trend, especially when the best adventure into Middle-earth this year was in a game.
John Krasinski played some pretty fantastic pranks as Jim Halpert on The Office. But putting Dwight Schrute’s stapler into Jell-O is child’s play compared to the ongoing prank war brewing between Jimmy Kimmel and Krasinski and his wife, Emily Blunt. Blunt appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, where she revealed she and her husband’s biggest prank yet.
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