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Video: 'The Divide' star Marin Ireland shares your love of 'Soapdish'

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Those who watched last week’s twisty premiere of WEtv’s new scripted drama, The Divide, know that Innocence Initiative case worker Christina (Homeland‘s Marin Ireland) is full of surprises—for example, she drives around Philly singing along to Mos Def’s “Quiet Dog.”

“That was [writer/co-creator] Richard LaGravenese’s pick. He just had a feeling that that is exactly the kind of music she would listen to. Of course it’s like the fastest song in the world. They were like, ‘Can you just learn all the lyrics to this song? We don’t know what part we’re gonna use yet.’ So I was about, for two weeks, walking around Toronto rapping,” says Ireland, who made her own playlist to get into character (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wu-Tang Clan, and Eminem). “When we shot the scene, I had it playing in my ear, so there was all these guys standing around, and they can’t hear the track, they just hear me going, ‘Simmer down, simmer down, simmer down.’ [Co-creator/director] Tony Goldwyn calls ‘Cut,’ and they all just burst out laughing, and he’s like, ‘Let’s do that again!’ They went five or six times just to make a fool out of me, which was adorable.”

With the season already wrapped, Ireland promises some kind of resolution to the case of who really murdered the Butler family years ago. Having lost the battle to save the death row inmate convicted of the crime in the premiere, Christina has set her sights on helping his alleged accomplice, Terry Kucik (Joe Anderson), who’s serving life and has long claimed his DNA was found on the teen daughter because they were in a hidden relationship.

While fans wait to see how the drama unfolds—did I mention Christina’s father is also on death row for a crime she believes he didn’t commit?—Ireland was happy to lighten things up by taking EW‘s Pop Culture Personality Test.  READ FULL STORY

Honest Trailer: 'Divergent' is just 'The Hunger Games' minus games

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Divergent and fellow young-adult series The Hunger Games have a few things in common—enough things to confuse Screen Junkies, creators of the always-amusing Honest Trailers, into thinking that Divergent actually is The Hunger Games.

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Soon you'll be able to see James Franco in 'Of Mice and Men' on screen

The hit Broadway production of Of Mice and Men is galloping to a close this Sunday. But the very idea of James Franco and Chris O’Dowd playing iconic ranchhands George and Lennie will live on forever, as National Theatre Live has announced plans to film and internationally broadcast the Anna D. Shapiro-directed revival.

Of Mice and Men—which also stars Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester, True Blood alum Jim Parrack, and stage veteran Jim Norton—will be the first Broadway show filmed by the company. Screening dates will be announced later this year.

National Theatre Live’s M.O. is to film productions—typically the starrier, more memorable ones based in the UK—and screen them in cinemas and on digital platforms. The company began in June 2009, broadcasting Helen Mirren’s Phedre, and has since preserved War Horse, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller in Frankenstein, and Tom Hiddleston’s Coriolanus, among dozens of others.

Of Mice and Men opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on July 20, and became the first production of the spring to recoup its full investment after twelve weeks.

Batman at 75: DC Comics co-publisher discusses the Dark Knight's future

Batman Day is finally here, and as part of DC Comics’ year-long celebration of the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary, comic-book stores everywhere are giving away a free special edition of Detective Comics #27, which features a retelling of the Dark Knight’s first appearance by Brad Meltzer.

In honor of the big day, EW spoke to DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee to discuss all things Batman: the character’s 75th anniversary, the most memorable Batman stories from the past 75 years , the new Batman titles coming in the fall and where he sees the Caped Crusader going in the next 75 years.

EW: We’re halfway through the year-long celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary and there’s still a ton of Batman-related things to come: Fox’s Gothamwhich looks great from the trailer, is premiering in the fall, and DC is also launching some new titles. What are you looking forward to in the back half of the celebration? 
Jim Lee: You’ve got Gotham, which like you said looks tremendous. There’s a lot of anticipation and excitement for that.  You’ve got these great series launching, like Batgirl, which I think is in October. We have the release of the Batman ’66 Blu-ray set, which I have been waiting literally all my life for. I’ve got these crappy bootleg video tapes that I’ve kind of acquired over the years—mysteriously. To finally have those episodes, with the pristine quality and all of these episodes of my youth that I’ve never been able to catch up on and share with my family is going to be a great opportunity. I expect there to be a lot of viewing parties come this fall. READ FULL STORY

You can't donate to Jon Stewart's CNN Kickstarter, but you can laugh at it

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Bad news, everybody: Jon Stewart isn’t actually launching a Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN, despite what last night’s Daily Show might have you thinking.

The joke drive came up during a segment about Rupert Murdoch’s recent bid to purchase Time Warner. If the deal had actually happened—or if it does happen eventually—Time Warner would be forced to sell off its subsidiary CNN, since the news net’s work conflicts with that of News Corp’s own Fox News. (Though fans of both CNN and Fox would probably balk at the comparison.)

But who would buy CNN in this hypothetical situation? That’s where you come in. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel gets parenting advice from a very serious little kid

On Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel returned to late-night television after a two-week hiatus surrounding the birth of his daughter Jane. He showed off photos of the newborn on TV, before seguing into some of his regularly scheduled jokes. But maybe Kimmel—who also has two children from a previous marriage—realized his parenting skills were a little rusty, because on Tuesday night he revealed his new baby consultant.

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All'

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You know the longer I do this show you’d think the less things would surprise me. Not so much. This Men Tell All was easily one of the strangest I’ve ever hosted, but in a really entertaining way. It all started with Ashley and JP, two people I love very much. It wasn’t enough just to catch up with them and find out what’s going on with the pregnancy and their new life together, oh no, we had to raise the bar and do a live ultrasound. When I heard we were going to attempt to pull this off I was a little skeptical, but I loved this moment. As soon as we heard that heartbeat you could really see JP and Ashley’s emotions and feel their love. It was a beautiful thing and I couldn’t be happier that they’re having a boy. I love being able to keep up with our former couples, but to have a moment like this was really fun. Seeing JP get tears in his eyes as he talked about having a son was priceless.

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Listen: Kate Hudson shares her favorite 'Overboard' lines and so much more

Kate Hudson stopped by EW Radio’s “Bullseye” hour Tuesday to promote her new movie Wish I Was Here. Hosts Adam Markovitz, Tim Stack, and Tanner Stransky also got her chatting about so much more—dressing like a Game of Thrones Wildling last Halloween, why she gave up playing soccer, her mother Goldie Hawn’s best lines in Overboard, and her 10-year-old son Ryder’s friendship with Danny McBride. Listen to the full interview below. READ FULL STORY

Beetles destroyed George Harrison's memorial tree, so we rewrote some Beatles songs about it

A tree that someone planted in memory of the Beatles’ George Harrison is no more: It was destroyed by beetles. No, really.

The pine tree, planted in 2004 near Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory, died when it was infested by a swarm of beetles. It will eventually be replanted—but for now, we have some words for those tree-destroying insects. And naturally, those words come in the form of reinvented Beatles songs. READ FULL STORY

Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson bring The National doc to 'Broadway'

In Hollywood, when big celebrities discover a splendid little documentary, they’re sometimes tempted to adapt it into a big-budget feature film—which may destroy what they loved about that little doc in the first place. But Ted Danson and Zach Galiafanakis aren’t your typical power-mad narcissists. They fell in love with Mistaken for Strangers, the poignant music doc about slacker Tom Berninger and his brother, Matt, who happens to be the lead singer of The National. Rather than turn it into a film, the two former Bored to Death co-stars took that pure story to the only place it could truly be told: the stage.

In a new Funny or Die video, the perfectly-cast Galifianakis talks about his dream to come to Broadway—after playing Shrek off-Broadway. READ FULL STORY

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