Although Walking Dead doesn’t return to television until Oct. 12, there’s no need to remain zombie-free until then: The above photo featuring a chain of zombies from EW‘s recent cover shoot for the show is now available to download as a desktop wallpaper. READ FULL STORY
This week, Parks and Recreation character Ben Wyatt’s nerd dreams came true—Cones of Dunshire is a real game being played in real life, at a gaming convention, no less.
The 2014 Emmys were a day of celebration for many actors, showrunners, writers, and other TV folk. But for Breaking Bad‘s crew, it was the final stop on their journey—which came long after they’d originally said goodbye to their show. So to celebrate the series one final time, Aaron Paul decided to throw one of his infamous scavenger hunts in L.A. place just hours before the awards show. He told fans via social media where they could find Breaking Bad memorabilia—and in at least one case, a Breaking Bad actor holding said memorabilia.
On Thursday, Paul went on Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about the hunt. It all started when the actor walked into what’s probably the world’s coolest closet—full of scripts, Jesse Pinkman’s license plate (THE CAPN!), a Lily of the Valley plant (poor Brock!), and more—then scattered the goods around L.A. On the day of the hunt, he sent thousands of fans to a local IHOP, shamed a few cheaters, then forced a guy with asthma to chase him through a park. We’d like to think Jesse’s doing the same right now. Well, exactly the same—but at least running free.
Those people down there. They’re never small to me. Don’t make assumptions about how far I will go to protect them, because I’ve already come a very long way. And unlike you, I do not expect to reach the Promised Land.
About two years ago, I found Doctor Who on Netflix. This is a classic better-late-than-never situation. At that point, the Doctor Who notion—calling it a “franchise” feels reductive—had been in a perpetual state of existence for 49 years. Long story short, assuming you don’t know: Time-traveling alien named the Doctor goes on adventures. Real name unknown, possibly forgotten. Long story slightly longer: The time-traveling alien is also a shape-changing immortal, and “death” is just a momentary glowing-light distraction before the alien’s rebirth, with a new body, a new attitude, and a new fashion sense. READ FULL STORY
No matter the project, music has played a core role in each of Harmonix’s games. The latest project from the studio behind Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and Dance Central is no exception—though it may look quite different.
Harmonix unveiled A City Sleeps to coincide with the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, Washington, and at its core, the game sounds familiar to fans of shooters like Ikaruga and arcade classic Defender. Players control the main character, Poe, with one control stick, and aim and fire her weapons with another. But Harmonix’s latest title, complete with an anime-influenced art style, injects the formula with a few fresh twists. READ FULL STORY
This week, EW got the exclusive first look at Walking Dead‘s upcoming season, and to accompany that, EW also put out four different Walking Dead covers for readers to choose from. There’s Norman Reedus’ Daryl, bloodied and jumping in the air; there’s Andrew Lincoln’s Rick ready to punch. There’s Danai Gurira’s Michonne waving her sword; there’s Steven Yeun’s Glenn and Lauren Cohan’s Maggie teaming up. Essentially, there’s every Walking Dead cover you could ever want.
And now we want to know: Which is your favorite? Take the poll below to let us know, and then head to newsstands Aug. 29 to buy your chosen cover—or all of them. READ FULL STORY
According to Tony Stark, Tony Stark needs to step up his game.
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, actor Robert Downey, Jr.—Iron Man himself—told the paper that Guardians of the Galaxy, “in some ways, is the best Marvel movie ever.” Surprised? Given the similarities between his portrayal of Tony Stark and his actual public persona, he doesn’t blame you. “It’s odd for someone with—on occasion—an ego the size of mine to actually say that,” said Downey. READ FULL STORY
More people are playing games than ever before. And it’s not just a numbers thing, it’s a demographics one: There are now more than twice as many adult women playing video games as there are teenage boys.
But mainstream video games from big franchises like the Grand Theft Auto, Assassin’s Creed, and the Bioshock series exhibit a number of systemic and disturbing attitudes towards the treatment of female characters in-game. As scholar and critic Anita Sarkeesian points out in the latest video in her ‘Women Vs. Tropes in Video Games’ series, mainstream games have an ugly habit of objectifying women in the backgrounds of their worlds. READ FULL STORY
You remember how the Death Star could destroy an entire planet? And you remember how the Sun Crusher could destroy an entire solar system? Actually, you probably don’t remember that second part, since the Sun Crusher hails from the Jedi Academy trilogy, and the new Star Wars movies have already destroyed the entire Expanded Universe that produced the Jedi Academy trilogy. And that Expanded Universe also includes the comic books published for over two decades by Dark Horse comics.
Dark Empire? Crimson Empire? The notion that, five thousand years before Luke Skywalker was born, spaceships had sails? Dark Empire II? That time in Rogue Squadron when a Mon Calamari lady fell in love with a Quarren dude, which in real-talk equals Fish-Head Girl fell for Squid-Head Boy? All gone, at least as far as beloved new Emperor Disney is concerned. READ FULL STORY
Bombshell news from today’s LA Times! Hello Kitty—a brand beloved by innocent children and sarcastic teenagers—is not actually a cat. This from Christine R. Yano, anthropologist and Hello Kitty scholar. “Hello Kitty is not a cat,” she clarifies. “She’s a cartoon character.” Sure, sure, you’re saying to yourself, I get it, the representation of a thing is not the thing itself, images are treacherous, Ceci n’est pas une kitty. But this goes deeper than a philosophical argument. I’m saying that, in the fictional universe inhabited by Hello Kitty, she is not a cat. And although she is one of the most famous examples of how Japanese culture has permeated the global mainstream, she is not Japanese. And also, Hello Kitty’s name is not Hello Kitty. READ FULL STORY
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