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Google Middle-Earth: Explore the lands of 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug' in epic detail

Ever need to pull up directions from your place in Bree to your friend’s hut in the Trollshaw Forest? Well, now you can! Well, not exactly, but this partnership between Google and creative minds of The Hobbit franchise brings you pretty close.

Google’s latest “Chrome Experiment” provides viewers an interactive 3-D guide through the world of hobbits, dwarves, trolls, and more. Available searchable locations include Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell, and Dol Guldur with Thranduil’s Hall, Lake-Town, and Erebor to be unlocked in the future. (Hint: the unlocked locations are featured in the upcoming prequel-sequel, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.)
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J.J. Abrams releases part 2 of that mysterious trailer -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Last month, J.J. Abrams released a very cool, very mysterious teaser called “Stranger” for a new project he was working on. He didn’t say what project it was, so much excitement and speculation ensued. Today, he released the second half of the trailer to EW. This time, he’s being way more forthcoming, and the project is … a truly unique, fascinating book called S. conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Dorst, to be published by Little, Brown on Oct. 29.

I got a brief look at the novel, and it’s a bear to describe, but here goes: S. is basically about the relationship between a grad student named Eric and a college senior named Jennifer. They trade notes in the margins of a (fictional) 1949 novel by a mysterious author named V.M. Straka. S. contains the novel within the novel; copious handwritten notes between Jennifer and Eric (“a conversation that plunges them into the unknown,” according to the book jacket); and dozens of pieces of ephemera between the pages like newspaper clippings and a napkin with a map drawn on it. (S. will come shrink-wrapped so none of this extra material falls out.) It looks like a dense but often funny mystery — and exactly the kind of novel you’d hope for from Abrams. “I could not be more excited for people to get their hands on this book,” Abrams tells EW. “It is difficult to describe because while it is a compelling mystery and love story, it is also much more than that. The work that everyone has done on S. is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Frankly, I’m amazed it was even possible to do this project at all.”

Here’s the second half of the trailer …
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'My Little Brony': Finally, adult 'Pony' fans get their own dolls -- VIDEO

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Friendship really is magic — especially the friendship between a little girl and her beloved potbellied nerd doll. The new My Little Brony figurines featured in the ad below come with everything a fan-of-fans needs to enjoy hours of engrossing play: brushable hair, explicit pony-on-pony fanfiction, even cargo pockets stuffed with loose raisins!

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Opinion: How Ben Affleck can be a good Batman, and what the 'Man of Steel' sequel needs to do to be great

Besides an abiding interest in men who wear masks or spandex (see: Daredevil and Hollywoodland), Ben Affleck shares one more thing in common with Batman: Their big screen careers look exactly alike. There was the sensational start. (Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns; Affleck’s acting breakout with and Oscar-winning script for Good Will Hunting.) There was the embarrassing implosion. (Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin; Affleck in Gigli and the aptly titled Paycheck.) There was the brilliant reboot. (Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy; Affleck’s rightly praised work as actor and director in The Town and the Oscar-winning Argo). Now, their paths converge as they enter the fourth acts of their movie lives: Affleck will play Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, and star opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the untitled sequel of Man of Steel, which Warner Bros. intends to release on July 17, 2015. READ FULL STORY

J.J. Abrams releases mysterious new teaser trailer -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

J.J. Abrams just released to EW a teaser (video below) for a new project from Bad Robot. What project? We asked, but he’s not telling. At least not yet. Is it a new film? A TV series? A digital endeavor? Let the speculation begin! (And let us know what you think.) READ FULL STORY

Google unveils new Nexus 7 tablet, apps, and Chromecast

Google’s got some good news for tech-happy binge-watchers and gamers: The Mountainview, Calif.-based company held a “breakfast” meeting Wednesday to unveil the second generation Nexus 7, new Android updates, and the new Chromecast TV-streaming device, which aims to solve the age-old “How can I watch this awesome cat video on my big screen?” problem.

Hosted by Sundar Pichai, senior vice president overseeing Android, Chrome, and apps, the conference was live-streamed via YouTube and ran over an hour.

Pichai opined on the ubiquity of their Android operating system and the growing trend of tablet purchases eclipsing personal computer purchases. With consumers populating mobile, tablet, and laptop fronts, “Our goal is to deliver an experience that is seamless and consistent and beautiful across all these screens,” said Pichai.

First on the hardware front, Google announced the specs for the new Nexus 7 (on sale July 30), which will improve the gaming and movie-watching experience:
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Will Comic-Con ever live-stream? Plus, solving the line problem and ... planning Comic-Con 2014!

Comic-Con 2013 is a wrap! Tens of thousands of fans have cleared out of downtown San Diego after rubbing elbows with their favorite celebrities (and hoards of elaborately costumed convention-goers), and it’s time to take a closer look at what went right, what went wrong, and — yes — what’s in the works for 2014’s mega-fest.

EW got San Diego Comic-Con spokesman David Glanzer on the phone Monday to pick his brain about the past five days, and he was pleased to say things had gone “surprisingly well” — but there’s always room for improvement. Even though 130,000 people attended this year, there are still some fans left out. While a recurring suggestion is to live-stream the in-demand Comic-Con panels either at the convention center or across the Web to reach more eyeballs, Glanzer isn’t convinced that’s the solution.
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Comic-Con giveaway alert! Win VIP passes to 'Spider-Man' Tumblr meetup

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Attention, Spidey fans: EW has teamed up with Tumblr and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to host a meetup this Friday at San Diego Comic-Con. You can find tickets here — or enter our giveaway to win one of five V.I.P. passes, each of which includes a plus-one.

To enter the contest, come up with your best caption for the exclusive Amazing Spider-Man 2 photo below. It can be a snippet of dialogue between Spidey and Max Dillon (a.k.a. Electro), a goofy guess at what they’re arguing about, a haiku, whatever — so long as it’s about the picture and it’s funny, you’ve got a shot at winning.

Submit your caption through our Tumblr Ask box, along with a valid email address (formatted as “username AT website DOT com,” so that Tumblr doesn’t think it’s spam). We’ll accept entries until 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday, July 18. Winners will be announced later that day.

And please, don’t enter the contest unless you’re already going to be at Comic-Con — even if you’ve got a great idea for a caption.

Ready? …GO!

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Stephen King reveals his favorite book -- and his worst fear -- in Reddit AMA

What spooks Stephen King?

Though Dark Tower fans may have guessed that the writer isn’t a big fan of spiders — as he wrote yesterday during a Reddit AMA, “Are spiders the most alien creatures on earth, or what? I’ve just got a thing about them” — King revealed during the Q&A session that his actual greatest fear is a little less tangible and a lot more serious: Alzheimer’s Disease. (Maybe he should team up with Samuel L. Jackson to fight it!)

Generally speaking, though, King kept things light throughout his Reddit jaunt. While he was nominally on hand to promote CBS’s Under the Dome — a new series executive-produced by King and based on his 2009 novel) — talk of the show didn’t dominate the conversation; instead, the horror master gamely answered questions about his favorite of his books (2006’s Lisey’s Story), his current favorite TV show (The Americans), and the creepiest thing about Maine (“the endless woods”).

Here are a few other highlights from King’s moment in the virtual sun:

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Another shocker from 'Game of Thrones': Fans react to 'The Rains of Castamere'

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[Warning: Spoilers and angst ahead!]

Have you recovered from last night’s Game of Thrones yet?

It’s all right if the answer is “no.” The last scene of “The Rains of Castamere” may have been the most brutal, shocking, heart-breaking sequence ever made for television — and though they’ve been primed to expect the worst (Ned Stark’s beheading, anyone?), Thrones fans who haven’t read George R. R. Martin’s “Song of Ice and Fire” books are still reeling from its effect.

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