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Entertainment Geekly: Or maybe 'Twilight' was the best thing to happen to Comic-Con

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

“Were the Twilight movies good?” is not a question I want to even ask right now. It’s too complicated, with too many extremist perspectives on either side. There are the kids who grew up with the Twilight phenomenon as their entire teenage pop culture prism. (Remember: Thanks to the annual-ish release strategy and the real-life romance angle and the fact that Twilight soundtracks were sort of a thing, Twilight as experienced by teenagers was this weird post-millenium mixed cocktail of the Beatles and Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton and whatever teen-drama TV show you thought was awesome when you were a dumb teenager.) And there are the slightly older, hipper kids who will maybe never forgive Twilight for making a dumber Buffy the Vampire Slayer into a more popular Buffy the Vampire Slayer. READ FULL STORY

'Mindy Project' star Adam Pally reveals which celeb sex tape he owns

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When The Mindy Project‘s Adam Pally isn’t busy playing the role of Peter—Mr. Wedding and general supporter of Mindy and Danny’s love—he keeps himself busy with a variety of projects. For one thing, he recently partnered with Philips Norelco Click & Style and YouTube stars The Warp Zone to create a two-part online video series that explores some of the “hairy issues” involved with manhood. Part 1 of that series, titled Game of Bros, is already online, with part 2 premiering Friday, August 1.

And when he’s not filming the web series? Well, you might be able to catch him watching recent episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. But that’s just one of the many things we discovered about Pally when we put him in the hot seat for our Pop Culture Personality Test. And if you want to know which celeb sex tape he still watches occasionally, be sure to watch the video ALL the way through. There might be a post-credit sequence calling your name.

The Mindy Project returns Tuesday, September 16 at 9:30 p.m. on Fox.

Recast 'Game of Thrones' princess posts hilarious video reaction

It’s a hard life, playing a princess on Game of Thrones. Sure, you get some guaranteed screen time whenever someone gets married. Sure, there’s always the ambient possibility that you’re suddenly going to become the most important character 40 episodes after you get introduced. But Thrones has also made a habit of recasting some of its minor characters, aging them upwards or beardwards, clearly operating under the assumption that people can barely keep track of the show’s 5,000 characters already. READ FULL STORY

In Defense of Allison Williams as Peter Pan

Let me start by admitting something that I’m not proud of.

When I first learned that Allison Williams had been cast as Peter Pan in NBC’s Peter Pan Live, I was gleeful. I absolutely could not wait to sit down in front of the television—with a platter of sad tacos—and savor the schadenfreude of seeing Marnie from Girls unleash her theater-geekdom on national television. And apparently, I’m not alone. Not everyone is happy about this news. Some have blamed the casting on nepotism. Critics like to suggest that Williams and other Girls stars are only successful because of their celebrity parents. (Williams’ dad is NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, though I’d challenge anyone to explain exactly how having visual artists for parents has helped Lena Dunham.) So the idea that Daddy might’ve sprinkled some pixie dust on the casting directors until they planted that feather in Allison’s little green hat won’t do anything to silence that argument.

Others claim that Williams’ voice is strained, judging by her many awkward performances on Girls. (I couldn’t find YouTube links to her versions of “Take Me Or Leave Me” or “Building a Mystery,” but they’re out there somewhere.) Williams, though, claims that these scenes were just good acting. “I made the choice pretty early on, just in terms of maintaining my own sanity, to not try to make Marnie a very studied, exacting singer. Or trained, really,” she told EW earlier this year. “And I’m someone who took voice lessons for many, many years, so in making that decision, it sort of took the pressure off of me to sing perfectly.”

You don’t have to believe her, but I do. It’s obvious that she’s capable of singing beautifully when she wants to. In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I started to question my own knee-jerk reaction. First of all, the casting is kind of genius. Williams is best known for a show about young people who won’t grow up. Marnie and her friends are so obviously the Peter Pans of their own private Hipsturbia that they even wear actual Peter Pan collars sometimes. Also, Pan plays with gender roles in a way similar to Girls. HBO’s comedy shows that women can be just as stunted as the man-children in Judd Apatow’s movies. But in J.M. Barrie’s original book, Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, it’s only the guys who get to act like kids forever: The Lost Boys even demand that Wendy act like their mother, tucking them into bed at night. So it feels appropriate that a Girls star is the one following in the musical’s tradition of casting a woman to play Pan.

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Watch the best of EW's PHHHOTO Booth at Comic-Con

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At EW, we’re still powering down from the high of being at Comic-Con—and now it’s time to start parsing through the highlights. One of those was our automated PHHHOTO booth in the EW Hideout, brought to you through our partnership with PHHHOTO and Related Noise.

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Broadway 'Love Letters' casts Carol Burnett, Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston

The first Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney’s seminal epistolary play has assembled a high-profile cast for a series of limited engagements this fall.

Love Letters remains one of theater’s most enduring romances of the past 25 years, having first opened in New Haven, Connecticut, in November 1988. The show paints a portrait of two friends—Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III—who have exchanged letters for over 50 years, having spent a lifetime discussing their greatest hopes and deepest disappointments.

Directed by Gregory Mosher, Love Letters will feature a rotating ensemble of players who will star in the two-person romance, opening Sept. 18 at the Nederlander Theatre. The cast schedule is as follows: READ FULL STORY

Can you name every costume in our Comic-Con supercut?

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As anyone who’s ever dreamed of wielding superpowers or living in a magical fantasy realm or fighting demons knows, San Diego Comic-Con is the ultimate safe space for geeks—as one Con-goer told EW earlier this month, “Nobody is judging you here.” That’s why attendees go all out, bedecking themselves in elaborate outfits that put some low-budget big-screen costumes to shame.

Some of the best cosplayers we saw at Comic-Con this year make appearances in the following video, including one extremely convincing Han Solo in carbonite, more than one Daenerys Targaryen, a pair of Breaking Bad enthusiasts in yellow hazmat suits, a ninja turtle, someone channeling Barf from Spaceballs, a Bob’s Burgers-themed family (including one dressed like a burger), a Bane, a Hellboy, the Queen of Hearts, and a whole bunch more.

Ultimate geek cred question: How many of their costumes can you identify?

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Watch Brian Williams report Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan Live' news

Brian Williams is a bit of a cool dad (or as Hannah Horvath of Girls might put it, a “kewl dad”): He’s up with the rhymes the kids are throwing around these days, and hey, he’s even chill when watching his daughter, Allison Williams, replicate sex on Girls. (Let’s all take a moment to imagine him visiting the set, asking, “You guys need anything? Some snacks? Condoms? Let me know!”)

So when the news broke yesterday that his daughter had been cast in NBC’s Peter Pan Live, it was time for Williams to prove his real cool-dad cred. He didn’t let on that Allison  was his daughter, but (how could you resist?) he did drop a childhood photo of her already in costume.

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Watch Vin Diesel say 'I am Groot' in French, Spanish, Mandarin, and more

In this weekend’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vin Diesel essays the role of Groot, a giant space tree. In addition to Groot’s other lovable traits, he only ever says three words: “I am Groot!”

But recording the part was no walk in the park for the Fast & Furious star. Marvel has released several videos showing how Diesel re-recorded the line in multiple languages: French, Spanish, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese. And Jimmy Fallon even tested Diesel by asking him to say the line in Mandarin. READ FULL STORY

Elijah Wood on the celeb breakup he's still not over

Elijah Wood isn’t a man who gets caught up in celebrity romances, but there is one breakup that hit him hard. The Wilfred star confessed that and more when he took our Pop Culture Personality Test. READ FULL STORY

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