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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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I'm Still Not Over... the happy ending of the 'Justice League Unlimited' cartoon

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July 23rd is Batman Day, and I can think of no better way to celebrate 75 years of Batman stories than by looking at Justice League Unlimited‘s second season finale “Epilogue”—a Batman-centric episode that honors the character’s legacy, and one that I’m still not over.

Cartoon Network had yet to renew Justice League Unlimited for a third season when “Epilogue” was written, suggesting it was intended to bring the entire DC Animated Universe—which began in 1992 with the premiere of Batman: The Animated Series—to a close. The writers decided to end the DCAU where it all started. “Epilogue” finds a way to give the Batman character an ending that feels earned, and it reminds us of what made Batman so formidable and focuses on a side of him that often goes unnoticed.

Set 65 years in the future in the Gotham City of Batman Beyond, “Epilogue” drops a huge story bombshell: Terry McGinnis (Will Friedle)—the Batman of the future now that Bruce Wayne (Kevin Conroy) has retired—discovers he is Bruce Wayne’s biological son, the result of a genetic experiment that involved overwriting his father’s DNA with Bruce’s DNA. The sole purpose of this experiment: to create a new Batman. When Terry finds out, he assumes that Bruce has masterminded the plan out of his arrogant belief that the world couldn’t go on without him. Having witnessed Bruce’s life in his old age, Terry becomes afraid at the the new revelation; he fears being as alone, cold, and miserable as Bruce is.  READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Our final season wish list

Will the seventh and final season of HBO’s True Blood remain “True to the End”?

On Sunday, True Blood will kick off its 10-episode seventh and final season. The last time we saw the good folks of Bon Temps, Louisiana, things weren’t looking so good: Hepatitis V was spreading rapidly throughout the vampire population, Sookie and Alcide were a couple, and a group of hungry and infected vampires were on their way to ravaging Bon Temps. READ FULL STORY

The Roots debut Harry Potter rap on 'Jimmy Fallon'

As Ryan Gosling once told Rachel McAdams, “[Harry Potter] wasn’t over! It’s still isn’t over.”

In hindsight, viewers probably could have guessed that Jimmy Fallon’s week of Tonight Show episodes from Orlando would have a Harry Potter component. On Wednesday night, the show included a segment filmed at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in which clueless parents answered trivia questions about J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series.

But the show took the promotion of the theme park to another level later in the show when The Roots performed a Harry Potter rap. Just a few of the Harry Potter-isms Tariq Trotter name-checked in the 60-second song: Extendable ears, the Three Broomsticks, Butterbeer, Gryffindor, Azkaban, Quidditch, Diagon Alley, and the Hogwarts Express.

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Warner Bros. superhero release schedule reportedly released: We've got thoughts

According to a report from Nikki Finke, Warner Bros. is planning to announce its film rollout plan beyond 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at Comic Con this July.

Finke, careful to note that the situation is still in flux, says that the studio plans to release two more films in 2016, after Batman v Superman comes out in May of that year: a Shazam film in July 2016, and  Joseph Gordon Levitt’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman in December 2016. According to Finke’s source, Warner Bros. decided to push Batman v Superman‘s release date back to May 2016 because it plans on using the film as a launch pad for the Justice League feature — and therefore wants to fit in as many superhero cameos as it can.

The fun, however, does not stop in 2016. The Justice League film that was announced in April and slated for 2018 release has apparently been moved up to May 2017. We can also expect a solo Wonder Woman film, most likely starring Batman v Superman‘s Gal Godot, in July 2017, followed by — try to contain yourselves, DC Comics fans — a Flash and Green Lantern team-up film around Christmas of that same year. (Ryan Reynolds reportedly will not be reprising his role as the Green Lantern.) Finally, a direct sequel to Man of Steel is reportedly scheduled for May 2018. There’s a lot to parse here, so let’s go down the list, one topic at a time: READ FULL STORY

'The Fault in Our Stars' book fans: Talk about movie changes here!

[Duh. Spoilers for both the movie and book version of The Fault in Our Stars follow]

Is everyone okay?

Was your theater a mess? Do you plan on making a return trip and sobbing some more? There’s plenty to discuss about The Fault in Our Stars film; this post is for those of you that devoured the book at some point during the past two and a half years, not those whose first exposure to Hazel and Gus was a (really great) Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.

As any fan who has read beloved novels like Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games knows, when Hollywood gets a hold of “your” book, it can be scary. Thank goodness we’re not having an OMG THEY CHANGED THE ENDING ENTIRELY discussion right now. But even for adaptations that are well received, there’s always some book purists who are disappointed that a certain scene or line didn’t make the cut.

Let’s break down the biggest changes in Stars‘ book-to-movie transition below — with the note that, wow, was this movie true to the source material/original fans. In fact, I think it may be one of the most — if not the most — faithful adaptations of a novel I’ve ever seen. Heck, even most of John Green’s specific narration (“I fell in love with him the way you fall asleep: Slowly, then all at once”) made it through. More positive: For myself at least, both the character of Peter Van Houten and the scene at the Anne Frank House rang truer on the screen than on the page… and Laura Dern did an excellent job of smashing my heart into a million little pieces, putting it back together, and then crushing it all over again.

After viewing the movie, here are some departures from the book that immediately came to my mind: READ FULL STORY

Hogwarts Alumni Newsletter: Emma Watson graduates, Tom Felton plays a creep, and more!

Break out your Marauder’s Map, Invisibility Cloak and Time-Turner: It’s time for another Hogwarts Alumni Newsletter.

It’s been nearly a year since the last installment of  Hogwarts’ Alumni Newsletter, a post designed to keep you all informed of the latest happenings from Hogwarts’ most famous young wizard alums (err, or the actors who portray them). While the main trio may not be reuniting to film a video for Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as was a recent rumor, many of the now-grown-up cast have announced various upcoming projects over the past few weeks.

Below, see highlighted (read: not comprehensive) accomplishments that have been announced recently, as well as the resulting even more subjective list of House Points. Surprise! Gryffindor looks like it’s going to snag the House Cup once again. READ FULL STORY

'X-Men' producer says Channing Tatum will play Gambit, teases other spinoffs

Days of Future Past promises to fit more X-Men into an X-Men movie than any X-Men movie ever before. Naturally, the curious moviegoer is led to ask: Could the next X-Men movie possibly feature even more X-Men, as we evolve towards the ultimate singularity moment when life will be measured not in time but in unconfirmed X-Men casting rumors?

Current franchise steersman Bryan Singer has told French magazine Cine Premiere that he’d like to fit Gambit and Nightcrawler into 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Now series producer Lauren Shuler Donner has kinda-sorta-completely confirmed that Gambit will be joining the franchise…and that he’ll be played by Channing Tatum. READ FULL STORY

The 'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: On big changes afoot up North and in the Vale

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, Hillary Busis and Thrones recapper extraordinaire James Hibberd — filling in for Darren Franich — talk changes at Craster’s Keep, tension between Arya and the Hound, and the Case of the Disappearing Dragons. (You know there’ll be spoilers for all the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY

The 'Game of Thrones' TV Book Club: White Walkers? Craster's Keep? Hodor??? Talk the big changes on this week's episode!

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. And this week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis have quite a bit of material to cover, since “Oathkeeper” featured a whole assortment of TV inventions that ran the gamut from “extrapolation” to “outright invention.” Join us on our journey into the ever-widening gulf between the Book-Westeros and TV-Westeros! (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?)

HILLARY: Darren. DARREN. I don’t even know where to begin. READ FULL STORY

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