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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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4th of July TV marathons: Chomp down on 'The Walking Dead,' fortify with 'The Twilight Zone'

The weekend of July 4th is a time for doing American things: grilling, watching fireworks, ignoring zoning restrictions and setting off your own fireworks. But shenanigans are tiring, you know? The sun will give you a sunburn. The grill will make your clothes smell like smoke. We at EW much prefer to test our endurance in other ways, mostly by watching TV.

There’s a whole set of marathons on for the weekend, some highly publicized (can you make it through three straight days of The Walking Dead?), some obscure and ready for love (a marathon of the animated Transformers series, which is surely better than seeing the new movie in theaters). We’ve compiled a list from Friday through Sunday below. Trust us, this is way better than a weekend at the beach. READ FULL STORY

World Cup: Answers to soccer questions you're too embarrassed to ask (and too lazy to Google)

Do you think you’re enjoying the World Cup — but can’t really tell because you have no idea what’s going on? Here, EW.com assistant managing editor Neil Janowitz, formerly an editor with Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine, answers burning questions about soccer — a.k.a. “football,” a.k.a. “not that kind of football” — from perplexed staffers. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch PSA: You really need to watch Judith Light snort cocaine on 'Dallas' -- VIDEO

TNT’s Dallas is gunning for more watercooler moments in its third season, and scene-stealer Judith Light, who recurs as sharp-tongued matriarch Judith Ryland, certainly provided one in Monday’s episode (read our full recap). You’re going to want to watch it below.

The backstory for those who haven’t been tuning in: Judith Ryland made her triumphant return in the hour after her son, Harris (Mitch Pileggi) — the bastard ex-husband of Bobby Ewing’s wife Ann, with whom Harris shares a conniving daughter — pushed her down the stairs and locked her away in a “rehab” facility in season 2. She insisted upon taking back control of the family transport company, which she’d just learned was muling cocaine for a Mexican cartel. She also wanted to renegotiate the terms of that arrangement: “I made my bones dealing with psychopaths and criminals while you were still playing with your Easy Bake Oven,” she hissed to Harris. Together they went to Nuevo Laredo, where mama not only liked the idea of the cartel honcho frisking her for a wire but also the concept of product-testing.  READ FULL STORY

Olympian Nick Goepper holds contest to date him. Our endorsement...

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Ski slopestyle Olympic bronze medalist Nick Goepper is currently holding a contest on social media to win a date with him. Because his two biggest fans at EW.com, Mandi Bierly and Samantha Highfill, have officially bowed out — one of us is twice his age, both of us need someone old enough to drink* — we’ve decided the least we could do is offer the 19-year-old Indiana native some professional insight into which lucky lady deserves a sleigh ride with him. (Yes, that’s one of the options he’s mentioned.) Of what we’ve seen — we could only call this “work” for so long — here are the top #iwanttodatenick contenders.  READ FULL STORY

Your guide to Presidents Day marathons 2014

As the majority of the nation continues to fight this winter weather, it’s likely that Presidents Day isn’t going to be the best time to get outside and try that new thing you’ve been anticipating. If it is, go for it. But if it’s not, we’ve rounded up a few other options, all of which require that you sit on the couch and preferably order dinner so as to not overexert yourself. We’re just trying to look out for your health, guys.

So if you choose to spend your day off with your television, here are the marathons that will keep you busy for most, if not all of the day: READ FULL STORY

Not a fan of the Super Bowl? Here's a look at what else is on tonight

As of 6 p.m. ET, millions of televisions will be tuned in to Fox in anticipation of Super Bowl XLVIII. However, for those of you who couldn’t care less about the outcome of the game (or the commercials, for that matter), we’ve lined up your other viewing options. From all-day marathons to 6 p.m. movies, you do have a choice when it comes to what to watch!

So, if you do your part and find an open television, we will do ours and give you all your entertainment options. Our recommendation: Grab some of those football snacks to bring with you. Hey, nobody said you can’t eat them while watching Harry Potter.

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State of the Union 2014: Joe Biden Watch and other colorful distractions

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Another State of the Union address down, and your Uncle Joe has proven it once again: Vice President Biden is God’s gift to live TV screen-grabbers. READ FULL STORY

New Year's Eve preview: Kathy Griffin already making Anderson Cooper giggle, squirm -- VIDEO

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For years now, the best part of staying in on New Year’s Eve has been watching the battle of wills between Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN as he worries that she’ll swear, strip, and/or throw something at the artists performing on ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. And, of course, those are very real concerns because she has done all three (and worse), which we’re reminded of in the video below of the duo, along with Griffin’s beloved box wine-loving mother Maggie, previewing this year’s festivities (Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET). READ FULL STORY

Spot Inspection: What are you binge-watching?

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‘Tis still the season to sit on the sofa and do nothing but watch hours of television. What are you currently marathoning? (If the answer is “nothing,” check the comments for ideas.)

I’m about to spend four nights petsitting out a house without cable, so I just downloaded Sundance’s The Returned, No. 10 on EW critic Melissa Maerz’s 10 Best TV Shows of 2013 list. “The zombies on this moody, atmospheric, impossibly chic French drama aren’t really zombies per se,” she writes. “They don’t nibble on femurs or drag a backward-turned foot down the street. So when a school-bus accident kills children in a small Alpine village — and one of those children comes back to life — the story is so much more unsettling than your average undead saga.” READ FULL STORY

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