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Public service announcement: It's time to cram for the 'Jeopardy!' online test

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Want to test your game show know-how? Okay, hotshot. Here’s your first clue: “Taking this 10-minute quiz is the first step toward becoming a Jeopardy! contestant.”

If you answered “What is the Jeopardy! Online Test?” you might just be ready to trade erudite quips with Alex Trebek. But before you can snag a spot in Trebek’s Culver City studio, you’ll have to conquer the test itself — a 50-clue ordeal that’ll assess your knowledge of history, geography, culture, and jabs named after animals. (Rabbit punch! Rabbit punch!)

The quiz, which is administered a few times each year, will next be given tonight at 9pm Eastern Time. Registration is open until 8:30 p.m. ET, though the test makers suggest registering sooner rather than later. Those who garner a high enough score will be invited to an in-person audition in one of nine cities. There they’ll be tasked with charming Jeopardy! producers while playing a mock version of the game with other wanna-be Ken Jenningses. (Full disclosure: I made it to round two in 2008. I didn’t get on the show, but I did get a really nifty Jeopardy! pen.)

So how should you prepare for this potentially life-altering occasion? First, make sure you register for the thing. Then check out our list of suggestions below: READ FULL STORY

'Entertainment Geekly': A fan and a newbie talk about 'The Hunger Games' on EW's new podcast

The Hunger Games is indisputably the first big movie of 2012. Based on the beloved, bleak YA novel by Suzanne Collins — which led into even bleaker, somewhat less beloved sequels — the film has already earned $19.2 million at the midnight box office, a record for a non-sequel. But what, exactly, does the film’s success mean? What is it about Collins’ book that is so captivating in our modern age — and does the movie have the same power?

That’s the main subject of the first episode of our new weekly podcast, Entertainment Geekly, local geek guru Jeff “Doc” Jensen and I will be chatting obsessively about all things geek. Other topics today include tonight’s thrilling episode of Fringe, the much-loathed conclusion to the Mass Effect videogame franchise, and the teaser for Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. We hope you enjoy listening! READ FULL STORY

Michael Bay says 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' are aliens, reinvents origin story

UPDATE (3/20): Michael Bay responds to fan outrage about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles alien back story

ORIGINAL STORY: At the annual Nickelodeon upfront presentation last week, über-producer Michael Bay revealed details for Platinum Dunes’ upcoming live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, including a new origin story for the half-shell heroes that is sure to raise the ire of diehard fans.

“When you see this movie, kids are going to believe one day these turtles actually do exist when we are done with this movie,” said Bay as he took the stage to discuss his new vision for the reptilian reboot. “These turtles are from an alien race, and they are going to be tough, edgy, funny and completely loveable.”

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'The Walking Dead Social Game' will devour Facebook in April

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AMC and RockYou are teaming up for an interactive Facebook game based on the TV series The Walking Dead, according to a joint press release. The story-based game “allows players to have their own, unique adventures with opportunities to encounter show characters at key moments suggested by the show’s rich narrative. The goal of the game is to survive the apocalypse by fighting walkers (zombies) to keep yourself and your fellow survivors alive, while scavenging resources and establishing camps on settings from the show.” READ FULL STORY

Happy Pi Day! Here's a big slice of pop culture to help you celebrate

It’s March 14, also known as 3/14, also known as Pi Day. To some, it’s the most wonderful day of the year, when math geeks and science nerds alike can join together in mathematical harmony to celebrate the majestic wonders of this baffling number. While this writer can proudly admit that she has memorized 72 digits of pi (it was for a seventh-grade math project, sheesh), it’s far more entertaining to reach into the depths of our pop culture-ingrained minds and discover ways this elusive, irrational number has riddled itself into our entertainment-based society. A few highlights below. READ FULL STORY

Reactions to the new iPad: Something old, something new

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The new iPad, which has been anticlimactically named “the new iPad,” has the tech world buzzing after its unveiling by Apple CEO Tim Cook at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts today. So what’s in a name? Well, aside from a lukewarm reception to the letdown name itself (as TechCrunch.com marveled, “The new iPad will just be called ‘iPad.’ That’s not confusing at all,”) it’s those noticeable, but not entirely groundbreaking new features like the retina display, a 5-megapixel rear camera, access to 4G LTE networks and A5X GPU chip for sharper graphics. With no major changes to the iPad itself, much of the feeling around the web is:,“The new iPad is a minor update, but you’ll buy it anyway.”
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Apple iPad3 to be unveiled today: What to expect when you're expecting

It’s a not-so-secret secret that Apple will introduce the iPad3 today at a company event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, but there’s still the mystery of what your new best friend (let’s be honest here) will be bringing to the table. Er, tablet.

The tech world is buzzing with what could be and what they are hoping for with the latest incarnation of the iPad. Or, as The Washington Post points out, will likely be called the “iPad HD.” READ FULL STORY

'Dark Knight Rises' food truck debuts in New York with brand-new image from the film

When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission… to eat!

As a promotion for the New York Toy Fair, a food truck featuring a new image of The Dark Knight Rises has been spotted around New York City, according to ComingSoon. The truck, which is meant to serve breakfast and lunch to Toy Fair attendees, features a glimpse of Batman’s newest vehicular toy, The Bat, and it’s awesome. READ FULL STORY

Did 'Phantom Menace' kill 'The Matrix'?

Nobody saw The Matrix coming. Everyone saw The Phantom Menace coming. In 1999, the Wachowski Brothers appeared out of nowhere — their only previous film was the lesbian noir thriller Bound — and created what seemed at the time like the next great cinematic myth. That same year, George Lucas finally released a movie he had been promising, in one way or another, for almost two decades. By the end of the year, it was generally agreed by film fans that The Matrix had officially stolen Phantom Menace‘s thunder. But with the first episode of the Star Wars franchise being rereleased this weekend, I spent this week’s episode of Entertainment Geekly looking back on the legacy of those two films… and the curious ways in which Hollywood has evolved in their wake. Check out the new episode below: READ FULL STORY

'Star Wars' now officially gay-friendly; Conservatives are surprised, thought C-3PO and R2-D2 were just friends

It shouldn’t be too surprising that Star Wars: The Old Republic will allow players to pursue homosexual relationships. After all, the game was created by BioWare, the company that also developed the Mass Effect trilogy, which allows you to participate in lesbian, interspecies, and transgender relationships. (At one point in Mass Effect you flirt with a blue-skinned semi-immortal hermaphrodite, which is exactly the sort of thing your parents warned you about when you moved to the big city.) However, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has a bone to pick with the new homosexual option. In a new mixed-metaphor piece of radio commentary titled “Rebel Fleet Surrenders to Gay Empire,” Perkins said: “In a new Star Wars game, the biggest threat to the empire may be homosexual activists… in a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side.” READ FULL STORY

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