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Who is the ultimate Sexy Beast? Vote on the final set of Round 1 matchups!

sexy-beast-july-28-aImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Angel, Vincent, Martian Girl, Seven of Nine) Frank Ockenfels/The WB; Everett Collection(3)S to the E to the X to the Y. B to the E to the A to the S to the T. Yes indeed, folks, we’ve just spelled out the title that 64 captivating creatures are coveting as part of EW.com’s Sexy Beasts single-elimination tournament. Today’s showdowns — the final set of first-round fights — include characters from Angel, Beauty and the Beast, Star Trek: Voyager, Mars Attacks!, X-Men, Twilight, and Wolfman. For the uninitiated, a team of EW.com editors selected 64 contenders, with your votes determining which 32 will advance to Round 2. So click here to see the entire bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view) and after the jump, vote for your favorites in a quartet of quick-and-dirty quarrels, plus get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. Polls are open for 84 hours only, so support your favorites in battle, lest they meet the same ugly fate as Heidi Montag’s music career! [Related: Vote in yesterday's Day 7 matchups; check out the Sexy Beast polls from Day 6; and to get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con: EW's Visionaries Panel with J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon

abrams-whedonImage Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosOver the 20 years that Entertainment Weekly has been covering movies, television, music, books, comic books, digital entertainment and more, Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams have produced some of the best, most-beloved, and certainly most-obsessed-about stories that pop culture has given us in any medium. Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog –  and that’s just Joss. (And that’s not even including a few other things, like that Oscar nomination he earned for co-writing Toy Story.) The J.J. resume? Felicity, Alias, Lost, Fringe, Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible 3, and Star Trek. (And that’s not counting his screenplays for Regarding Henry and Forever Young.) They are producers, directors, writers, musicians, even actors — remarkable well-rounded artists — but they are also known for being fans who retain a strong link to the stories that fired their imaginations when they were kids.

With the annual summit meeting of wild pop culture fandom (aka Comic-Con) upon us this weekend, we at EW thought it would be kinda cool if we brought Abrams and Whedon together for an hour to talk about the past, present, and future of their creative lives. They agreed, and the whole thing is going down this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. PT, in a room that can hold a few thousand of their most admiring fans at the San Diego Convention Center. Wish you could be there? No worries: We’ll try our best to bring as much of the experience to you via posts and video over the next day or so here at EW.com.

There’s a lot I want to ask J.J. and Joss. READ FULL STORY

Who is the ultimate Sexy Beast? (Top 64, Part 4) Vote now!

sexy-beast-july-22-aImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Jessica, Drusilla, Worf, Spock) Jaimie Trueblood/HBO; Everett CollectionRoar! That sound you hear is lascivious creatures clashing in the night. Yes, folks, today we have characters from Species, Splice, Underworld, Angel, Queen of the Damned, True Blood, and Star Trek (big- and small-screen varieties) fighting for their survival in our Sexy Beasts showdown. Of the 64 contenders chosen by a team of EW editors, only 32 will advance to Round 2. So click here to see the entire bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view) and after the jump, vote for your favorites in four fearsome fights, plus get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. Polls are open for 84 hours only, so join your favorites in battle, lest they suffer first-round TKOs.

[Related: Part 3 of Sexy Beasts -- featuring contenders from Buffy, Doctor Who, District 9, Beowulf, The Hunger, From Dusk Till Dawn, and a classic ’80s video game; Part 2 of Sexy Beasts -- featuring critters from X-Men, Twilight, True Blood, V, and Battlestar Galactica; Part 1 of Sexy Beasts -- with characters from Kindred: The Embraced, Twilight, The Lost Boys, True Blood, Total Recall, X-Men, Splash, and Battlestar Galactica; to get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

Captain's Log, Stardate 48732.4: The new official 'Star Trek' website launches

Leonard-NimoyImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotoSet your faces to stunned because the new, all-encompassing re-launch of StarTrek.com is upon us. The website, which went live this morning, handles all things Starfleet and is meant to be the official online destination for Trekkies everywhere. It covers all incarnations of the venerable Roddenberry franchise, including the new movie, so even if you are among the many for whom the initials TOS mean nothing, there’s still something here for you.

In a statement on the site, the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy, confesses he finds the new website entirely logical, welcoming visitors, saying, “To those of you who have been with us for so long, my sincere thanks for your interest.  For those of you who are new to Star Trek, who are discovering it through the recent movie and are about to explore the franchise in its infinite diversity… welcome.  Come aboard and enjoy.”

It’s not the flashiest-looking site, but that totally works for me. I was always more into the slight cheesiness of green body paint and William Shatner’s judo chops than the shiny surfaces and lens flares of the reboot. Plus, the databases are almost mind-meldingly comprehensive. But what do you think, PopWatchers? Like the new site? Ready to surf long and prosper?

It all makes sense: Ke$ha is a huge 'Star Trek' fan

Thanks to a YouTube mashup of “Tik Tok” and Star Trek originally posted in April, we can now confirm that the beloved sci-fi franchise was what inspired the wise and poignant lyrics of a pop star with a dollar sign for a name. (The Willy Wonka line “I have a blueberry for a daughter!” just popped into my head. We have a dollar sign for a pop star!) She and the Star Trek guys face the same issues every day! Drinking, dressing oneself, the faint promise that one might never come back. It’s just that “feeling like P-Diddy” ended up being more relatable to 12-year-olds than “feeling like the crew of Federation Starship Enterprise. Whatever, Ke$ha. READ FULL STORY

Nicolas Cage could return in 'Ghost Rider' sequel, William Shatner to direct documentary about himself

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  • Though there’s hardly a burning (heh) desire for it, a Ghost Rider sequel possibly starring Nicolas Cage is in the works. [Variety]
  • William Shatner will direct The Captains, a documentary about his rise to fame as Captain Kirk on Star Trek. I’d write a joke, but really, it’s all there, folks. [Reuters]
  • Paramount is bending the release date of The Last Airbender, moving it to July 1. [Variety]
  • Russell Crowe will star as Robert McCall in an adaptation of the 1980s TV series The Equalizer. As long as he stays away from cliffs. [The Los Angeles Times]
  • Chace Crawford is set to star in indie Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding. That could pretty much be a caption to this picture, right? [THR]
  • Patrick Dempsey will star in the Lasse Hallstrom-directed Tom’s Dad, a coming-of-age film about a 1960s-era vaudevillian performer who “struggles to keep up with changing comedy styles.” [THR]
  • Style has increased its season two episode order of Jerseylicious from 10 to 20 episodes. [THR]
  • Some frakkin’ good news: Battlestar Galactica‘s Michael Hogan has joined the cast of Catherine Hardwicke’s Red Riding Hood. [The Wrap]
  • Smallville writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar will pen Monster High, a musical based on the line of Mattel dolls. The movie will “feature the spawn of famous monsters including Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman undergoing the trials and tribulations of high school.” I would say that I didn’t know monsters attended high school, but then again, I was a 14-year-old girl once. [THR]

Chris Pine to star in buddy comedy 'This Means War.' Let's give him a hand!

kirk-handsAs EW reported last night, Star Trek‘s Captain Kirk, Chris Pine, is in early negotiations to fill in for Bradley Cooper in the spy buddy comedy This Means War. Holy final frontier, does this news make me happy! Because, as we saw in that whole vaccine scene in Star Trek, the dude is funny. And it’s rare that we get funny and incredibly gorgeous in one nice little package in Hollywood. (Yes, Paul Rudd, you still belong to that club.) Honestly, I see Pine’s comedy career as a natural progression. Now, if he’d record a spoken-word cover of “Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds,” I’d be even happier.

Who else wants to give Pine a hand for tackling a starring role in a comedy? And who knew he looked so much like Lee DeWyze in high school? (Random Internet surfing alert!)

Zoe Saldana: Does she win back her fashion all star title?

Zoe-SaldanaI’ve got to hand it to Zoe Saldana: The girl is clearly making up for her Oscar dress debacle with a parade of smart choices on the red carpet recently, including this edgy suede Balmain number she wore to last night’s premiere of The Losers (left).

Taking a step back, Saldana has experienced an interesting trajectory in the world of red carpet fashion. Last spring she came up from what seemed like out of nowhere to wow us with consistently beautiful pieces while promoting Star Trek. Thanks to that summer blockbuster, her name got more bold-faced by the second and pretty soon she was appearing on red carpets left and right, showing off her style acumen. READ FULL STORY

Leonard Nimoy might go where plenty of men have gone before: into retirement.

star-trek-spockI’m gonna say it: Khhhhhhaaaaaaannnnnnnnnn! Who else could we possibly blame for Leonard Nimoy’s recent admission that he plans to retire?

That’s right: The man formerly known as Spock intends to step down from his acting career after finishing his arc as Dr. William Bell on Fringe. That means no more Bell, and no more Spock — even when it comes to Star Trek‘s 2012 sequel. Says Nimoy to the Toronto Sun: “I want to get off the stage. Also, I don’t think it would be fair to [Star Trek's 2009 Spock] Zachary Quinto…He’s a terrific actor, he looks the part, and it’s time to give him some space.” (Ha. Space. Was the pun intended? I’d like think so.)

And get this: He might even retire from sci-fi conventions. Gah! I don’t know, PopWatchers. I loved Zachary Quinto in last year’s film, but are we ready for Leonard Nimoy to disappear from our lives like a red shirt? Do you think he’ll at least perform a follow-up to “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” for us?

Either way, live long and prosper, my friend. Because I’m sure you haven’t heard that enough.

'Big Bang Theory' recap: Evil Wil Wheaton returns

Big-Bang-Theory-WheadonImage Credit: Monty Brinton/CBSWhen Wil Wheaton first appeared on The Big Bang Theory last fall as an odiously underhanded version of himself, I predicted the former Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation would return to the show as Sheldon Cooper’s official Worst Enemy. I had no idea, however, that Evil Wil Wheaton would be this evil, widening his path of destruction to include not just Sheldon, but Penny and Leonard’s fragile romance as well.

Yes, it’s official: Penny and Leonard’s season-long courtship is seriously on the rocks. After Penny managed to pull off an unambiguous, post-coital reference to The Empire Strikes Back (just in time for its 30th anniversary, too!), Leonard was moved to attempt an unambiguous, post-coital declaration of love for her, i.e. “I love you.” Penny’s response: “Oh. Thank you.” Not good. READ FULL STORY

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