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Stephen King's all-author rock band plays swan song on 'The Late Late Show' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Every so often since 1992, an all-star crew of writers — which has included Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Barbara Kingsolver, Scott Turow and Simpsons creator Matt Groening — have stepped away from their laptops and notepads to play in an all-author band called The Rock Bottom Remainders. By their own admission, the Remainders have never been what you’d call great. “We’re a novelty, like a dog that can dance,” Barry recently told EW. (Bruce Springsteen once put it to them this way: “Don’t get any better or you’ll just be another lousy garage band.”) But being great was never really the point — it was about momentarily indulging their fantasies of rock-star glory and raising money for various literary organizations.

In June, in the wake of the death of their founder, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, the Remainders decided to call it quits and gave their final concert (woohoo! rock and roll!) at a librarians’ convention. But EW has an exclusive clip from tonight’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, featuring the band’s last televised performance. Granted, this may not be a landmark piece of rock history up there with the Band’s Last Waltz or the Beatles’ rooftop concert. But how often do you get a chance to see Stephen King strumming a guitar and singing?  READ FULL STORY

Constantine Maroulis gets 'sexy dangerous' in 'Jekyll & Hyde' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

It’s been 10 years since Jekyll & Hyde has been seen on Broadway, but a new production of Frank Wildhorn’s rock opera — headlined by American Idol and Rock of Ages breakout Constantine Maroulis — promises to bring the thrills when it hits the Great White Way in 2013 after a national tour launching in San Diego this October.

Pulling double vocal duty as the genial Dr. Henry Jekyll and his murderous alter ego Edward Hyde, Maroulis will share the stage with R&B superstar Deborah Cox, who plays altruistic prostitute Lucy. “It’s going to be sexy dangerous,” says director Jeff Calhoun (Newsies). “That’s what I’m going for.” EW is excited to bring you the first look at Maroulis as Hyde and Cox as Lucy in the new production: READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The cast, characters, and crazy new season of 'True Blood'


When penning the fifth season of True Blood, the frightening yet disarmingly funny vampire drama that returns to HBO this Sunday, creator Alan Ball found inspiration (in all places!) by watching the scary-in-their-own-right presidential primaries.

“My first instinct about going into religion and politics was from watching Michele Bachmann, who thinks she has a direct line to God.” Ball told EW. “What would happen if she became president? A lot of right-wingers would like to see a theocracy in America. From there we thought, ‘What would a vampire theocracy be and how would you justify it? What kind of impact would it have on humans?’”

The result is a battle between the Tru Blood-sipping Authority, headed by Roman Zimojic (Christopher Meloni), and religious extremists like the Sanguinistas, who believe humans were created by God for one purpose only: to serve as a hearty meal. “Sanguine is from the Latin word for blood, and I was trying to find a name that like a real movement,” explains Ball.

We think it works!  READ FULL STORY

First Look: The hot new cast of Broadway's 'A Streetcar Named Desire' -- EXCLUSIVE

There’s going to be a whole lotta crazy and a whole lotta steam on Broadway this spring thanks to the upcoming revival of Tennessee Williams’ New Orleans-set A Streetcar Named Desire. Daphne Rubin-Vega (above, in the peach nighty) will be suffering like hell as former rich girl Stella. Nicole Ari Parker (in the red kimono) will be vamping it up as her faded Southern belle sister, Blanche. Wood Harris will be sexually frustrated as Blanche’s patient paramour, Mitch. The French Quarter, where they live, will be swinging to original music by jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard. And, of course, Blair Underwood (below, eating oranges) will get soaking wet and scream “Hey, Stella!” in his Broadway debut as Stanley.


Image Credit: Ken Howard


Watch Nick Jonas tackle Broadway in 'How to Succeed' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Nick Jonas begins his run tonight as window-washer-turned-business-sensation J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, relieving Glee star Darren Criss (whose three-week stint ended on Sunday to very favorable financial results).

Jonas is the third to inherit the primo part, following Criss and original star Daniel Radcliffe (all three of whom performed the role at some point during the month of January). Also joining the cast tonight is Ugly Betty star Michael Urie as the lazy, nepotistic Bud Frump. READ FULL STORY

Harry Connick Jr. in 'On a Clear Day You Can See Forever' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

“He told me once, ‘I don’t give advice,'” says Broadway newbie Jessie Mueller about her costar in Broadway’s upcoming revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Harry Connick, Jr. “But I’ve learned from the way he handles himself. He’s very funny. And as you can see in the photo, we’re having a really good time. Somebody cracked some joke and we just lost it.”


'Hunger Games': Check out my District 5 badge! -- FIRST LOOK

Yesterday, my colleague Kate Ward bemoaned the fact that she still had yet to receive her District 5 badge from the country of Panem, i.e. the totalitarian nation at the center of The Hunger Games, Lionsgate’s wildly anticipated adaptation of the first book in Suzanne Collins’ wildly popular trilogy. To promote the film the titular games, Lionsgate The Capitol of Panem has put up a website at which visitors can register for one of the country’s 12 districts; this month, the site has started doling out those badges one District at a time, as well as the District’s corresponding Facebook page featuring the District’s unique seal representing that District’s specialty trade. (How many times can one say District in one sentence… District?) So far we’ve had mining (District 12), grain (District 9), textiles (District 8), lumber (District 7), and masonry (District 2).

And now EW can reveal the seal — as well as my specialized badge — for, yup, District 5. (Suck it, Ward!) [Ed. note: Save the trash talk for the Cornucopia.] This particular District has remained mysterious to many Hunger Games fans, since the most we’ve known about it was the mysterious female tribute in the 74th Hunger Games was nicknamed Foxface by District 12 tribute Katniss Everdeen. So what is District 5’s industry? Check out the badge and the full seal below to find out! READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'The Avengers' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK!

The whole enterprise is falling apart. Egos, tempers, uneasy alliances and bad attitudes are threatening the group, and failure would be catastrophic. Luckily, we’re talking about the actual team of superheroes in the Marvel Studios movie The Avengers, not the cast and crew. In this week’s issue, EW takes a deep dive into the May 4, 2012 movie that will finally unite Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, and Chris Evans’ Captain America — along with Mark Ruffalo’s The Incredible Hulk, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow — on the big screen. We use the word “unite” loosely. “Just because they’re super heroes doesn’t mean they’re super friends,” says Renner. (For some exclusive, on-set pictures of The Avengers‘ superheroes, see our gallery here.)

This Week's Cover: First look at the men of 'The Hunger Games' -- EXCLUSIVE

Two months ago, Entertainment Weekly revealed the first images of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, the teenage hero of The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins’ blistering dystopian trilogy about children forced to fight to the death on national TV (and due out next March). In this week’s cover story, we introduce you to the devoted young men who fight for her.

We sat down wth Josh Hutcherson, the 18-year-old actor whom director Gary Ross fought hard to cast as the deeply decent Peeta Mellark, at a cozy diner in Asheville, N.C., where The Hunger Games shoot was mid-way through filming. His hair was dyed blonde; his newly pumped-up biceps could believably belong to that of a baker’s son. And while Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) understands fans’ hand-wringing online, he’s here to assure you that Lawrence will not in fact tower over him on screen. READ FULL STORY

Star Tours jumps to lightspeed: Exclusive video of Disney's reboot of the classic Star Wars ride

Hang on, we’re making the jump to lightspeed.

Tomorrow the all-new Star Tours—The Adventures Continue, a reimagining of the classic Star Wars-themed ride, makes its highly anticipated debut at Walt Disney World (at Disneyland, June 3), and unless you have a T-14 hyperdrive, it’s about as close as you’re going to get to that Galaxy Far, Far Away.

The entire attraction has been upgraded—from the façade to the queue to the ride itself. Most importantly, the attraction received a 3D facelift courtesy of Industrial Light and Magic. But for this video first look hosted by The Clone Wars’ own Ashley Eckstein you won’t need to don your flight glasses (yes, that’s what Disney’s calling the requisite 3D eyewear). Check out the video after the break: READ FULL STORY

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