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Poll: Which 'Walking Dead' magazine cover is your favorite?

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

Robert Downey Jr. says 'Guardians' is the best Marvel movie

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

Video games can be better: Violence against women isn't for decoration

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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

Marvel will reissue all those Dark Horse 'Star Wars' comics that didn't really happen

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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

Hello Kitty isn't a cat, but is anything really anything anymore, man?

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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

H. Jon Benjamin makes a crazy Kenny Loggins Kickstarter even crazier

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Born in Everett, Washington, the American recording artist Kenneth Clark “Kenny” Loggins spent most of the 1980s creating music that became synonymous with the films they were featured in, like “Footloose” from Footloose or “Danger Zone” from Top Gun. He doesn’t really do this anymore, but he still makes music: This month, a Kickstarter for Loggins and his band, Blue Sky Riders, met its funding goal for a new studio album. READ FULL STORY

We ranked the songs in 'Mary Poppins' for its 50th anniversary

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Disney’s glitzy Los Angeles Mary Poppins premiere. As the recent movie Saving Mr. Banks showed, writing the music for Mary Poppins was not an easy task for composers Richard and Robert Sherman, who had to contend with prickly Poppins author P. L. Travers. “She was terrible to us—just very negative and unreceptive. I felt like we were drowning,” Richard told EW last year.

Despite all that, there’s a lot of music in this movie—probably more than you remember. The movie’s soundtrack features 16 songs with lyrics, and not all are as indelible as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” or “A Spoonful of Sugar.” (Also, for what it’s worth, some individual tracks are variations on similar themes, like most of Mr. Banks’ songs.)

Without further ado, here’s EW’s ranking of every tune on the soundtrack. Try getting “Chim Chim Cher-ee” out of your head now.

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Exclusive: 'Friends' Central Perk pop-up coffee shop hits Manhattan

It’s been 20 years since Friends first hit the airwaves, and TV has yet to produce as iconic a coffee shop as the one where Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, and—Joey, I think?—spent most of their days.

Now, fans can get a chance to feel like one of the gang, so long as they travel to New York City this autumn. Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and Eight O’Clock Coffee are partnering to re-create the Central Perk coffeehouse at a pop-up location in downtown Manhattan this September, and there are plenty of reasons to check it out besides the free coffee. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: An inside look at season 5 of 'The Walking Dead'

Andrew Lincoln has a warning for you: All that gore and action and heartbreak and intensity we’ve seen before on The Walking Dead? Kid stuff. At least when compared to the upcoming fifth season, which is definitely not for kids. “We’re really earning our rating this season,” says Lincoln. “There are families that watch it together, but just so it’s on the record, guys—it’s a grown-up show this season.”

Entertainment Weekly has your first exclusive look at that grown-up season. We went on set and spoke with the cast and the producers to give you an in depth look at what to expect in season five. And while things may have ended last spring on a cliffhanger with Rick and Co. trapped inside of train car, exec producer Robert Kirkman promises that the action is going to come fast and furious when things pick back up Oct. 12 on AMC. “By minute two or three of our season premiere, I think the vast majority of our questions have been answered,” says Kirkman, “and five or six more have been presented, so you’re very much going to be invested, well-informed, and ready for the ride that we’re going to take you on.” READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 5

Monday night we left you hanging as AshLee picked up the rose ready to offer it to Graham who then dashed away. We opened Tuesday night showing Graham in the throes of a full-blown anxiety attack; probably not the best physical reaction to have when embarking on a new relationship. I think one of the most telling things about this scene was who jumped to Graham’s side to take care of him in the midst of panic. Michelle Money didn’t have to go over to check on him, she just did it. She was deeply concerned about someone she cared for, and it was her natural reaction. Noticeably missing from Graham’s side was AshLee, who stood like a statue in rose-hand-out-mode. This lasted about five to 10 minutes while we all waited, and AshLee never really went to check on him. She just stood there while Michelle’s actions, and instinctual reaction, spoke volumes. The girls in the house are clearly starting to question AshLee and her intentions. Many thought Graham was going to turn down the rose and leave, but he ended up shockingly accepting it, securing his place in Paradise for one more week. READ FULL STORY

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