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This week's cover: New 'Doctor Who' star Peter Capaldi clocks in

Does this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly defy the laws of physics by being bigger on the inside than it would appear from looking at its exterior? Fans of the British science fiction show Doctor Who may well think so. For this week’s cover story, senior writer Clark Collis travels to the UK to meet with Peter Capaldi, the new star of the now 51-year-old time travel saga, and to find out what fans can expect from the forthcoming season of Doctor Who, which premieres on BBC America on Aug. 23. “He’s more alien than we’ve seen him for a while,” says the actor, speaking about his version of the eccentric Time Lord. “He is less patient with the foibles of human beings.”

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Jennifer Lawrence, 'Hunger Games' cast on their favorite YA books of all time

EW readers are in the midst of a bitter battle to crown the greatest YA book of all time. So who better to influence your opinions than the cast of one of the most popular young adult series of the moment — The Hunger Games.

At the London premiere for the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (in theaters Nov. 22), Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and more opened up about their favorite YA series.
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How we chose our 100 All-Time Greatest Novels

We’ve gotten a landslide of mail about the All-Time Greatest issue, much of it along the following lines:

“Dear Dips–t Editors:

How could could you possibly be so dips—-y?

You put [name of masterpiece] on your Top 100 list even though it fully sucks. I mean, even my 8-year-old sister who drools when she sleeps knows the immense power of its suckage! Yet you totally ignored the awesomeness of [name of something pretty good]. You can explain yourself but I don’t care, and won’t listen, and hate you. Please die. Sincerely, A longtime subscriber” READ FULL STORY

Previewing this week's 'Entertainment Weirdly' show on Sirius XM: Miley, 'Maniac,' and a one-ton musical monkey

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What do Miley Cyrus’ latest video, Elijah Wood’s just-out slasher flick Maniac, and Sarah McLachlan’s decision to write the songs for a stage musical of King Kong have in common? That’s right, they all feature in my forthcoming YA novel Harry Everdeen and the Terrifying Acid Trip (soon to be a major motion picture and/or massive law suit). But they are also all subjects which will be discussed in this week’s edition of Entertainment Weirdly, which is broadcast on Entertainment Weekly Radio, Sirius XM 105, at 1pm ET this afternoon.

Join myself, Darren Franich, and Keith Staskiewicz as we ruminate on the latest strange pop culture shenanigans, recommend a range of oddball malarkey, and mark the release of World War Z by playing an all-zombie movie version of our Christmas present must-have in-the-making game Death Jam.

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Robert Kirkman talks about his crime comic 'Thief of Thieves.' Plus: check out the first four pages of the new issue -- EXCLUSIVE

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Walking Dead comic writer Robert Kirkman may be King of the Zombies (or at least crown prince to George A. Romero’s Z-monarch) but he also toils on a number of undead-free titles, including the superhero-filled Invincible, the kiddie-aimed Super Dinosaur, and Thief of Thieves. The latter details the adventures of a light-fingered master criminal named Conrad Paulson and is produced by Kirkman in collaboration with other writers, including Andy Diggle (The Losers) whose first issue hits stores May 29.

Below, Kirkman — who is also an executive producer on the Walking Dead TV show – talks about Thief of Thieves. Then, click on, to exclusively read the first four pages of the new (blood-drenched) issue. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Saying goodbye for now to 'Girls,' 'Pretty Little Liars,' and hello to 'Bates Motel,' 'Admission'

We’re not going to lie: Other than a little crooning on the part of Justin Timberlake, and a visit from Tina Fey, this week’s offerings are pretty serious, but in a good, high-quality drama kind of way. There’s controversy, psychopathy, lying, scandal, spies, and danger. You’re welcome.

Kick off your week tonight by catching what is sure to be the highly polarizing season 2 finale of Girls, and then I recommend you shut your eyes and, without looking back, jump into the intense and oh-so-entertaining drama from Scandal, The Americans, and more during the rest of your week.

Here’s what you need to look out for this week:

SUNDAY
Girls, 9 p.m., HBO

It’s season-finale time for the anti-sitcom comedy’s second go-around. And after the controversies we’ve already seen, we’re willing to bet that tonight’s episode is going to be the talk of the town come Monday. READ FULL STORY

Check out 'Walking Dead' artist Charlie Adlard's alternate cover for 'Invincible' #100 -- EXCLUSIVE

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As regular EW readers know, Robert Kirkman is both an executive producer on the Walking Dead TV show and the creator-writer of the long-running comic upon which it is based. But Kirkman doesn’t just enjoy dramatically tormenting characters in the zombie apocalypse. Oh, no! He also gets a kick out of doing so in an array of other titles, including Thief of Thieves – on which Kirkman collaborates with a string of other scribes — and the almost-as-long-running-as-the-Walking Dead superhero saga Invincible, which he cocreated with artist Cory Walker and whose hundredth issue is being published by Kirkman’s Skybound imprint Jan. 23, 2013. And to celebrate that latter landmark Kirkman has recruited regular Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard to create an alternate cover (Ryan Ottley is now the title’s main artist). “Charlie Adlard and I have been working together on the Walking Dead for near a decade at this point and he still manages to surprise me,” says Kirkman. “I don’t think Charlie’s drawn a superhero in a while, so seeing his take on Invincible was a lot of fun.”

You can check out Adlard’s variant artwork — which was colored by John Rauch — above and in larger form below.

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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Let's cast the rest of the movie!

Now that we’ve got most of the major players (okay… now that we’ve got our Finnick) for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, we thought we’d go ahead and cast the rest of the film. Take a look at some of our picks for the film’s more minor characters below. (WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW!)
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'The Walking Dead': Check out the final variant cover of issue #100 -- EXCLUSIVE

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We already knew that the 100th issue of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comic would be published with an array of covers. But it turns out getting your hands on the twelfth and final cover is going to be as traumatic and/or as thrilling as an undead apocalypse. Why? Because to get your hands on that comic you will have to experience the traumas and/or thrills of an undead apocalypse.

EW can reveal that comics featuring the twelfth variant cover will only be available to fans who buy tickets for the zombie-filled Walking Dead Escape obstacle course event which is taking place at San Diego’s Petco Park on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Comic-Con weekend. The good news is that Kirkman’s Skybound imprint is giving away the comic for free to “Survivors,” “Walkers,” and spectators. The other good news is that you can get an exclusive look at the variant cover below.  READ FULL STORY

Check out one of the alternative covers for 'Walking Dead' #100 -- EXCLUSIVE

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Next month, the Walking Dead comic will celebrate 100 issues of zombie slaying, limb amputating, food foraging, and a talking Tyrannosaurus Rex. I jest, of course, about the yapping prehistoric beastie — that’s one of Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman’s other comics, Super Dinosaur. Kirkman and his Skybound imprint, on the other hand, are taking the anniversary seriously. Visitors to this year’s Comic-Con will be able to celebrate Walking Dead #100 and/or sprain an important body part by taking part in a zombie assault course at San Diego’s Petco Park. And the issue itself is being published on July 11 with both a cover from regular Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard and a number of variants, including the one by Sean Phillips you can see below.

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