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'Penny Dreadful' to make Comic-Con debut

EW has learned exclusively that Penny Dreadful will make its San Diego Comic-Con debut on the first of the convention.

Moderated by Archer‘s Aisha Tyler, the panel will held on Thursday, July 24th from 6 to 7 p.m. in Ballroom 20 and will feature series stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, and Harry Treadaway, as well as the series’ creator, writer, and executive producer, John Logan.

In addition to the star-studded panel, Showtime will also host signings, and it will offer exclusive merchandise to fans including character figurines, deluxe deck of tarot cards inspired by the ones in the series, and special-edition books. Showtime has teamed with Titan Books to produce deluxe hardcover editions of the classic novels that inspired the series. The Penny Dreadful Collection will include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Penny Dreadful concluded its first season last week and has been renewed for a 10-episode second season.

PopWatch Planner: 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'The Bridge,' more

Witches, kidnappers, apes, and Rob Dyrdek? Yep, this week has it all. Caesar and his crew will be taking over the box office with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, while your DVR will be filled with everything from the magical to the hilarious to the incredibly violent. And for Divergent fans, this week is all about Four. Then again, isn’t every week?

Check out your pop culture schedule for the week:

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Which 'Breaking Bad' reference is the tentative title for Bryan Cranston’s memoir?

With Breaking Bad behind us and Better Call Saul in front of us, right now is a tough time for Bad addicts. Sure, we can re-watch the show or even pop in a full-length documentary about it, but we can’t get back the feeling of watching Walter White put on the Heisenberg hat for the first time. We can’t re-experience the fear of watching Gus take a box cutter to a man’s throat. And there’s no way we’ll ever relive the millions of emotions that overpowered us when Jack killed Hank.

But what we can do is debate the best episodes, talk about our favorite scene of season 5, follow Aaron Paul’s every move, and await the arrival of Bryan Cranston’s memoir.

I realize that Cranston’s book doesn’t seem like a Breaking Bad-specific event. And there’s no guarantee that it is; after all, Cranson did plenty of stuff before Bad, and he’s done plenty of stuff since. Still, the actor has been vocal about how Breaking Bad was a transformative experience for him — so it’s safe to say the show will be discussed.

Now that we’ve learned the tentative title for Cranston’s book, we’re even more excited to give it a read. But first, we have a challenge for you: Can you pick Cranston’s true title out of the Breaking Bad references below? READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: '22 Jump Street' in theaters, 'Veep' finale, Jack White's new album, and more

If you thought June would be your time to take a little pop culture break and maybe binge a few shows you’d never gotten to start, we’ve got some bad news: There’s no time for that. Between finales of some of HBO’s strongest shows — Veep and Game of Thrones — award shows, new books, albums, and movies, there’s very little time for you to play catch-up. So maybe save that for next week? Although, we make no promises that you’ll have time.

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'Godzilla: The Art of Destruction' details the making of the mayhem -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

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The Biggest Monster Movie of the Year — the Godzilla reboot — hit theaters today. And if you end up loving the Gareth Edwards-directed flick, you didn’t just enjoy the updated monster mash; you have officially become Joe Brody-levels of obsessed.

Luckily, there’s a book that documents the making of the  mayhem. Godzilla: The Art of Destruction, out now from Insight Editions, is packed with previously unseen art that details the film’s creative process. There are concept pieces, storyboards, and sketches, as well as interviews with Edwards and the cast, including Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The companion book also includes a 12-page “Monster Gatefold” and Godzilla theatrical poster.

Can’t wait to get your hands on a copy? We’ve got three exclusive spreads from The Art of Destruction, as well as two bonus images that should tide you over — at least until you convince someone to see Godzilla with you for a third time. (Click the spreads for a closer look.) READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling remembers Battle of Hogwarts: 'I hated killing some of those people'

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J.K. Rowling may not tweet often, but when she does, it’s magical.

The Harry Potter author took to Twitter Friday to send out the following update: “It’s the 16th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. I’m having a moment’s silence over my keyboard. I hated killing some of those people.”

You guys! Despite cavalierly killing Lupin, Tonks, Fred Weasley, Colin Creevey, Lavender Brown, Severus Snape and dozens more, she does have feelings! READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' reunion: Skinny Pete, a Salamanca, and the guy who got his head crushed by an ATM promote new book

Everybody dies … it’s a fact of life, and of fictional television. And nobody knows that better than David Ury, who once appeared on an episode of Breaking Bad only to get his head squashed by an ATM. So perhaps, it’s important to point out that everybody dies, but not necessarily in the same way.

Now, Ury has written a parody of children’s books titled Everybody Dies: A Children’s Book for Grown-Ups! And to promote the book’s upcoming release, Ury asked a few other Breaking Bad alums to join him for a quick video. Unfortunately, Charles Baker (Skinny Pete) doesn’t talk about Star Trek even a little bit, but you do get to hear Luis Moncada (Marco Salamanca) speak English, which might shatter your entire world to pieces.

Watch the reunion below:

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The 'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: Let's talk about that Jaime/Cersei scene

Welcome back to the Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis talk disturbing sex scenes, the value of adaptive changes, and just why Davos deserves better than his TV treatment. (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?) For more Thrones fun, check out James Hibberd’s full recap of “Breaker of Chains” and his interview with newly returned Thrones star Aidan Gillen.

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The 'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: 'Song of Ice and Fire' readers talk Purple Wedding and more

Thought we were done with Game of Thrones articles for a few days, given yesterday’s barrage? Think again! Today EW introduces the Game of Thrones TV Book Club — a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series.

This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis talk 77-course meals, the truth about Jon Snow’s parentage — and what Game of Thrones might do better than ASOIAF. (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?)

DARREN: It’s been about eight years since I first read Storm of Swords, and in rereading the chapters about the Purple Wedding, it struck me that there was one incredibly important aspect that the TV show left out: The 77 courses! Mushroom and snail soup, peacocks stuffed with dates, fish tarts fresh from the ovens: Eat your heart out, Top Chef! Was there anything that you missed from the Literary Purple Wedding, Hillary? Or, conversely, was there any new addition that particularly jumped out at you?

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Google Doodle celebrates John Steinbeck's birthday

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Google is celebrating what would have been John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday by highlighting some of his most popular works in its homepage Doodle today.

Click anywhere on the drawing, and you’ll be taken to images depicting some of the Steinbeck’s most iconic books. Five in all, the set includes The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, and Travels with Charley. (Oddly, East of Eden was left off the list.) After arriving at the image, users can then click anywhere on the picture to summon a famous quote from the story, which appears over the drawing.

Steinbeck authored 27 books over his lifetime, and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author passed away in 1968.

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