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'Touch' pilot: Stream it, if you haven't already!

While members of the press sometime get to see pilots and episodes before the general public, there are times where everyone — no matter your vocation or access — need to catch up. That was the case with Touch, which I finally got around to watching yesterday on Hulu after a long week of traveling. And while I should feel a little shamed that I’m late to the party, I also sort of don’t. READ FULL STORY

Nominated for Nothing: Why J.J. Abrams' 'Super 8' deserves more recognition

Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Persona, Breathless, Hoop Dreams, The Bourne Supremacy, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.

The Film: Super 8, writer-director J.J. Abrams’ love letter to his childhood, and all that that entails: Making Super 8 movies in the 1970s with his newly pubescent friends (including longtime collaborators Bryan Burk, Matt Reeves, and Larry Fong, Super 8‘s director of photography); fantasizing about wild adventures involving dangerous extra-terrestrials and nefarious military conspiracies; and obsessing over the movies of Steven Spielberg, the man who essentially invented the childhoods of a generation of Gen Xers, and who eventually collaborated with Abrams on this film.

Why it Wasn’t Nominated:  READ FULL STORY

Chat with Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, 'Clone Wars' star James Arnold Taylor, tonight at 7:45 p.m. ET

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Join EW.com tonight for a live chat with Star Wars: The Clone Wars star James Arnold Taylor, who will take your questions on viEWer from 7:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET and provide running commentary for tonight’s episode.

James is best known to Clone Wars fans for voicing the animated incarnation of Obi-Wan Kenobi for both the hand-drawn and CGI incarnations of the series, as well as in numerous Star Wars videogames. And, by the Force, has this ever been a doozy of an arc for Obi-Wan on The Clone Wars or what? READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' meets 'Growing Pains' in hilarious mashup -- VIDEO

Ever wondered what AMC’s zombie-tacular show The Walking Dead might look like if it was an ’80s sitcom? Of course you haven’t. That would be crazy! But this hasn’t stopped someone providing the answer in the form of a video mashup which boasts both the theme song from Growing Pains and some entertainingly retro, fake credits (“Guest starring Well Zombie”).

What would Merle have to say about all this? (Something horribly racist, probably. So let’s not dwell on that!)

You can check out the clip below. The “real” Walking Dead returns on Feb. 12. READ FULL STORY

Syfy's 'Lost Girl' premiere: Found a new addiction?

Last night, Syfy premiered the new series Lost Girl, which stars Anna Silk (pictured) as a Succubus — a female who feeds off the sexual energy of others — named Bo. Was the acting stellar? No. Was there enough ‘S’ in that TV-MA LSV rating? No. But a lot of exposition is required in a pilot like this, and now that we’ve got the setup, I assume there’ll be a little less conversation and a little more action in future episodes when Bo becomes a private investigator specializing in the paranormal. (Hello, Angel!) By the end of the hour, I was setting my DVR to record new episodes (not at 10 p.m. ET, but the midnight repeats). Here’s why:  READ FULL STORY

Why the next 'Lost' shouldn't be anything like 'Lost'

“The next Lost.” For the past seven years, it’s been a TV industry grail quest, and, for the past 18 months since Lost left the air, a felt need for those who not only miss the Oceanic 815 castaways and the Island but the sense of community that the show spawned. From the moment ABC’s saga about redemption-needy souls trapped in a mystical, tropical purgatory became an instant phenom in September of 2004, the leading purveyors of small-screen entertainment have been trying to replicate the success of a cult pop property tailored to our Comic-Con culture that somehow managed to connect with a whole host of non-geeks, too. Key ingredients: Mystery. Monsters. Morally ambiguous heroes and misunderstood villains who belong to a world gone strange, fighting or surviving supernatural beings, strange science and/or secret history, debating things faith and reason, fate and happenstance as they go. Toss in some quips, sex appeal, and a smattering of literary and philosophical hyperlinks, and DUDE! you got yourself another Lost. Right?

Among the wannabes that launched during the span of Lost’s six-year run, Heroes came closest to achieving Lost-like glory, though its critical and popular regard quickly waned after its first season. Fringe — developed by Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams and launched late in Lost’s run — is a critical favorite that remains on the air, but has never cracked the code for mainstream acceptance. Since Lost self-terminated in 2010, cable hits like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and American Horror Story have engendered the kind of intense following that Lost engendered and received the Cool Thing! anointing that Lost received, yet they will most likely will never produce the kind of weekly viewership numbers that Lost produced. This past fall, ABC introduced Once Upon a Time, a fantasy from two of Lost’s key producers that has aggressively courted old Lost watchers, with promos that touted the Lost pedigree and episodes sprinkled with Lost Easter eggs like Apollo candy bars and McCutcheon whisky. The family-hour fairy tale ranks among the season’s top-rated rookies, yet many media folks — often allergic to earnestness and partial to Buffyesque grim — haven’t been able to wholly embrace it. Here at EW, we’re constantly getting e-mails from readers that go something like: “I love [Insert show here] – but it’s not the same as Lost.” READ FULL STORY

Princess Leia headphone covers: More socially acceptable than a gold bikini?

I know we’re a couple days late for gift-giving, but file this under ‘things I can’t live without and ZOMG how did this not exist when I was camping out for the New Hope rerelease in 1997?’: Princess Leia headphone covers.

That’s right – it appears that the obvious has only just now come to Etsy, that treasure trove of handicrafts. Tech blog Geekology discovered this piece of pop culture gold, and notes that you could alternatively (as generations have done before) “glue a pair of cinnamon rolls to your headphones,” but, um, that sounds sticky.

The force is definitely with creator Jacqui Longlegs who posted her various Leia looks on her blog.

Better stock up now — Comic-Con is only six months away, people.

George Takei, Broker of Star Peace, calls for unity, war on 'Twilight.' Oh my!

George Takei has accomplished what was once thought seemingly impossible and figured a way to settle one of the oldest nerd scores: The epic Star Trek vs. Star Wars debate. Prompted by the ongoing showdown between William Shatner (“First of all, Star Wars was derivative of Star Trek derivative!”: Point Shatner) and Carrie Fisher (“Klingon? It just sounds like a laundry detergent”: Point Fisher), the great Mr. Sulu opted to take charge and become a Broker of Peace to put an end to the galaxy-and-decade-spanning feud once and for all.

But how does one do that for a embittered battle in which both sides have such dedicated, unflappable supporters? It’s quite simple, really: Call out Twilight and urge both Star Trek and Star Wars fans to come together to mutually hate on it. (All the points: Takei.) READ FULL STORY

Fox to mount Oscar campaign for Andy Serkis. Are you ready for a motion-capture Oscar nominee?

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Last month, Andy Serkis' rep hinted to EW that
he expected a legitimate Best Supporting Actor Oscar campaign for his client, whose Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes was by far the most compelling and fully-formed character that motion-capture technology has yet produced. At Monday's Gotham Independent Awards, Fox CEO Tom Rothman seemed to confirm such an effort, telling the Hollywood Reporter that the studio planned to "push ... hard" for Serkis to become the first mo-cap performance to be recognized in the Academy's acting categories. "I think part of what we have to do is help educate people to understand that that is 100 percent his performance," Rothman said. "The emotionality -- what you see and what you feel -- [Serkis]

did it. I saw him. I watched him. Then they digitally overlaid — you can think of it as a costume — the skin and the hair of an ape. But I tell you the thing that people felt — and a lot of people were moved when they saw the movie — is because of his performance.”

By now, Serkis is the unquestioned gold standard of motion-capture acting, beginning with his heralded work as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films and then as the giant ape in Peter Jackson’s King Kong. READ FULL STORY

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part I': A hater's guide

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The last couple of weeks have been worrying ones for someone who has been tasked with writing a “Hater’s Guide” to each Twilight movie but who remains open to the possibility that one day the vampire franchise might actually produce a decent film. After all, if an infinite number of monkeys given an infinite amount of time can write the works of Shakespeare, then it would surely take just one chimpanzee a few weeks to write a film better than, say, 2008’s thunderingly dull series opener Twilight or 2009’s  The Twilight Saga: New Moon which, to the best of my recollection, consists entirely of Kristen Stewart’s heroine Bella looking out the window and watching the seasons change. In real time. READ FULL STORY

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