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'The Walking Dead': Welcome to Terminus

Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead hit new levels on the WTF?!? meter as Lizzie stabbed her sister Mika and then Carol put a bullet in Lizzie’s brain. How would the AMC drama follow that up while also setting the table for next week’s season 4 finale? Well, we just found out. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead.] READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Did the show go too far?

Creator Robert Kirkman said a lot of things about Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead when he spoke to Entertainment Weekly. He said it was going to be “big.” He said you “absolutely had to watch.” And he said “it’s definitely one people are going to talk about.” Now we know why. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday's episode of The Walking Dead.] READ FULL STORY

'Gattaca' fan Rand Paul copies Wikipedia in abortion speech -- VIDEO

In a world… where copy/paste functionality has made plagiarism easier than ever… one woman… will discover that plagiarism… and gleefully point it out on national TV, making a senator from Kentucky look awfully silly.

Ladies and gentlemen, that world… is our world. The senator: Rand Paul, who recently delivered a speech about abortion rights and eugenics that uses the 1997 movie Gattaca as an example of the dark direction he believes our country could be headed. The woman: Rachel Maddow, who revealed Monday night that large swaths of the speech had been lifted directly from Gattaca‘s Wikipedia page.

“In the movie Gattaca — in the not too distant future – eugenics is common,” Paul said in his speech. “And DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class.”

It’s copied nearly word-for-word from the first sentence of Wikipedia’s Gattaca plot summary: “In the not-too-distant future, liberal eugenics is common and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class.”
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New 'Walking Dead' webisode series 'The Oath' is out now, and it's a prequel

As far as I can tell, Greg Nicotero does pretty much damn near everything on The Walking Dead. He executive produces, he directs, he heads up the incredible zombie make-up team, he even acts from time to time as one of the walkers. Like I said — everything. And for the third straight year, he also has found time in his busy schedule to direct a series of webisodes leading into the season (which premieres Oct. 13). Well, those newest webisodes —titled The Oath — were just released and you can watch them right here and right now! Mythology buffs will be happy to know that, like the first season webisodes titled Torn Apart (which told the tragic origin story of Bicycle Girl), this new batch also brings viewers back to events right after the outbreak, which leads to the revisiting of a very iconic setting from the pilot episode of the series. READ FULL STORY

'Star Trek' retro posters draw up 'The Gamesters of Triskellion,' 'That Which Survives' -- EW EXCLUSIVE

Artist and enterprising super-geek Juan Ortiz demonstrates his stylistic range in this month’s set of prints inspired by episodes of the original Star Trek television series. You can practically smell the musty newsprint wafting off the Silver Age, Kirby-esque Marvel Comics cover treatment of “The Gamers of Triskellion” (season 2, episode 16), in which Kirk, Chekov, and Uhura are taken prisoner by slavers who toil for awful entities known as The Providers and are made to participate in gladiator games against other captives. This premise has spawned a great many comic book stories, too. Just ask The Grandmaster. Of course, we are also reminded of that one episode of Challenge of the Super-Friends called “The Final Challenge“… but we digress, as we often do.

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Image Credit: Juan Ortiz

Ortiz evokes Steranko in going Op-art mod for “That Which Survives” (season 3, episode 17), in which the Enterprise runs afoul with a computer-controlled femme fatale with a poisonous touch. (See below.) You can purchase prints of the posters at Quantum Mechanix. T-shirts inspired by the prints? They would be at WeLoveFine beginning Sept. 5.

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The truth is out there in Google's new Roswell-inspired Doodle

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The game hidden within today’s Google Doodle is out of this world. Users play as a cute, big-eyed alien who’s just crash-landed on a placid farm in the middle of the night. The goal is to collect a series of items that will get the extraterrestrial back to his flying saucer so he can return home — which, in practice, pretty much means wildly clicking on anything and everything onscreen just in case it turns out to be useful later. (Hint: It always will!) READ FULL STORY

Is a vast hoard of 'E.T.' videogames really buried at a landfill site in New Mexico?

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We may never find out if Big Foot exists, who Carly Simon wrote “You’re So Vain” about, or whether Leonardo DiCaprio is dreaming at the end of Inception. But there is one pop culture mystery which might be cleared up in the near future. For decades, it has been rumored that Atari buried millions of copies of its E.T. videogame at a landfill site in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Now, the Alamogordo city council has given the Los Angeles-based Fuel Entertainment permission to search the site for a film project and find out if one of the videogame industry’s most enduring myths is fact or fiction. “The dumping of the E.T. cartridges has always been one of the biggest urban legends in videogame history,” says Mike Burns, cofounder and CEO of Fuel Entertainment’s parent company, Fuel Industries. “We wanted to find out what’s really in there and put an end to the rumors.”

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Richard Matheson, author, screenplay writer, and science fiction legend, dies at age 87

It is ironic that one of the books author Richard Matheson, who has died at the age of 87 according to publisher Tor/Forge, is best known for is 1956′s The Shrinking Man. While that novel related the tale of a person diminishing away to virtually nothing, Matheson’s influence on the science fiction genre continues to grow more than a half century after the book’s publication. Just last week saw the release of World War Z, a film which owes a huge debt to George A. Romero’s classic 1968 film Night of the Living Dead and hence to Matheson’s similarly revered 1954 tome I Am Legend, to which Romero paid extremely generous homage in his film. Maybe too generous, according to Matheson himself. In 2007, the Allendale, N.J.-born writer told me with a chuckle about the time he met Romero for lunch. “The first thing he said to me, putting his arms up as if I was abut to strike him, [was], ‘Didn’t make any money from Night of the Living Dead,’” Matheson recalled. “‘Homage’ means I get to steal you work. He’s a nice guy, though. I don’t harbor any animosity toward him.” (Romero later confirmed this story:  “I confessed to him that I basically ripped the idea off from I Am Legend. He forgave me because we didn’t make any money. He said, ‘Well, as long as you didn’t get rich, it’s okay.’”)
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Previewing this week's 'Entertainment Weirdly' show on Sirius XM: Miley, 'Maniac,' and a one-ton musical monkey

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What do Miley Cyrus’ latest video, Elijah Wood’s just-out slasher flick Maniac, and Sarah McLachlan’s decision to write the songs for a stage musical of King Kong have in common? That’s right, they all feature in my forthcoming YA novel Harry Everdeen and the Terrifying Acid Trip (soon to be a major motion picture and/or massive law suit). But they are also all subjects which will be discussed in this week’s edition of Entertainment Weirdly, which is broadcast on Entertainment Weekly Radio, Sirius XM 105, at 1pm ET this afternoon.

Join myself, Darren Franich, and Keith Staskiewicz as we ruminate on the latest strange pop culture shenanigans, recommend a range of oddball malarkey, and mark the release of World War Z by playing an all-zombie movie version of our Christmas present must-have in-the-making game Death Jam.

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