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'Godzilla': The secrets behind the roar

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Few sound effects in film are as iconic as Godzilla’s roar. So the task of updating it for Gareth Edwards’ reboot of the monster franchise was nothing short of daunting.

For starters, there were 60 years of history to contend with. “It’s kind of a part of our culture — Godzilla and his roar,” says Erik Aadahl, sound designer on the film, which topped the box office last weekend. “It’s one of those sounds where you can go anywhere in the world and everybody knows what it is. It comes with a lot of responsibility to redesign it. Our starting point really was wanting to embrace the original and pay homage to it.”

So Aadahl and fellow Godzilla sound designer Ethan Van der Ryn went back to the very beginning. As the legend goes, the team designing the original roar for the first Godzilla film in 1954 tried recording animal sounds, but were unhappy with the results. It wasn’t until the film’s composer, Akira Ifukube, suggested using a musical instrument that they reached their eureka moment: They coated a leather glove with pine tar resin (to create friction) and rubbed the glove down the strings of a double bass, resulting in that classic “aaaAAAAaaaa” shriek.

Aadahl and Van der Ryn embarked on a similar process of experimentation. They also tried animal sounds, and even reproduced the glove-on-strings test, “but it still didn’t feel right,” Aadahl admits. The pair spent six months over a three-year period trying to perfect the roar, and finally found a scream worthy of the King of the Monsters with the aid of new technology, including scientific microphones that record above the range of human hearing. READ FULL STORY

Rupert Grint: Singer? Listen to his new song

Urgent Daily Prophet bulletin: After graduating from Hogwarts, Ron Weasley (err, Rupert Grint, if you care about “accuracy”) apparently attended some sort of magical singing camp. He’s featured on the soundtrack for the British animated film Postman Pat: The Movie, performing a song called “Lightning.”

The best news? Grint sounds pretty great on the catchy, teen-pop-esque track. (In addition to singing, Grint voices the character of Josh, Pat’s rival, in the film, which opens today in the U.K.)

Listen below, and decide if Weasley is your king once again. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lawrence admits she threw up at Oscars afterparty -- VIDEO

Let’s take a moment to celebrate Jennifer Lawrence’s actual best friend, you a woman named Laura Simpson.

Lawrence was on Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday, promoting X-Men: Days of Future Past. Of course, Meyers immediately wanted scoop from her most recent Oscars night. Lawrence charmingly obliged, and explained that her BFF Simpson demanded to be her date to the ceremony this time around — and apparently, Simpson is quite the bad influence on the Oscar-winning leading lady.

Lawrence said that Simpson encouraged her to drink — a lot — and yell at an amazing-smelling Brad Pitt. The night culminated with Lawrence vomiting on the steps of a fancy-pants, Madonna-hosted after-party. The kicker? Miley Cyrus saw the scene play out — and told Lawrence to get it together.

Brief moment of humiliation in exchange for a party anecdote she’ll be telling forever? Sounds like a deal: READ FULL STORY

'Supernatural': Sam and Dean's top 10 deaths

In light of Supernatural‘s traumatic season 9 finale, which [spoiler alert] saw the death — and demon-izing — of Dean Winchester, EW staffers Sandra Gonzalez and Samantha Highfill ranked the Winchester brothers’ top 10 deaths.

Yes, the boys have died a lot. READ FULL STORY

Presenting the ultimate celebrity commencement speech mashup -- VIDEO

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Celebrities have been donning robes and giving commencement speeches for years. But when NPR looked at a bunch of noteworthy past addresses, it spied a pattern: The speakers often mentioned their age, told graduates to follow their hearts, and yelled out “BOOYAKASHA!” Or maybe that was just Ali G. The point is, the news organization found enough footage to compile a mashup guide to giving the ultimate commencement speech.

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Rachel and Mr. Schuester?! Lea Michele admits she dated 'Glee' co-star Matthew Morrison

What would Sue Sylvester say?

In her new book Brunette Ambition, Lea Michele talks growing up, fame, and her difficult past year. But she also shares some Glee gossip that would have been quite the big deal in 2010: According to Michele, she dated co-star Matthew Morrison (who plays Glee Club choir director turned insufferable high school student wannabe Will Schuester) for a hot minute years ago — back when they were both working on Broadway, and the Fox dramedy was but a glimmer in Ryan Murphy’s eye.

“When we shot the pilot, I met Cory Monteith, Kevin McHale, Amber Riley, and Chris Colfer for the first time,” Michele writes in the book, according to Us Weekly. “I had worked on Broadway with Jenna Ushkowitz and Matthew Morrison before. Matt had been a friend of mine for years, and in fact we’d actually dated back in the day for a Broadway beat.” READ FULL STORY

This reporter got Hugh Jackman and other A-list celebs to appear in his wedding video -- VIDEO

One of the perks of reporting on Hollywood: You get to meet some of the world’s biggest stars — and sometimes, you might be able to convince them to do you a favor. Okay, so they’re probably not going to help mow your lawn…but if you throw out the word “wedding” or “proposal,” well, even A-listers are suckers for love.

See, for example, reporter Joe Michalczuk, who asked a number of celebs to congratulate his soon-to-be wife for a video he premiered on their wedding day. From Zac Efron to Emma Stone, Michaelczuk was able to rack up an impressive number of celebs, though Samuel L. Jackson might win MVP for wishing the couple a happy wedding day from Laurence Fishburne. Anne Hathaway and Kate Winslet also get props for reliving moments from some of their biggest films.

Actually, no — Hugh Jackman wins MVP. See why below: READ FULL STORY

Merriam-Webster officially gives 'catfish' a new definition

Max and Nev are changing the world, one fake profile at a time. And now their work is more legitimate than ever. Why? Because the Merriam-Webster dictionary says so.

A catfish is no longer just “a type of fish that has a large head and long thin parts that look like a cat’s whiskers around its mouth.” According to Merriam-Webster, there’s another definition for the word, one that “refers to a person who sets up a false social networking profile for deceptive purposes.” READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' season premiere

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Welcome to another season of The Bachelorette. Feels like we’ve been away for a while and it always feels good to be back. While I’m excited to be back, this season begins on a rather somber note. As you all know by now, a few weeks after he left the show, one of our cast members and our friend, Eric Hill, died in a tragic accident. You will see in the coming weeks how we have chosen to deal with this on the show. I believe in my heart that we have handled this with compassion and respect for Eric’s memory and his family and friends. I’m glad we started the show by dedicating the season to him. As you will see, he was a bright light that you couldn’t help but be drawn to. He will be missed. (For more information about Eric Hill, you can visit gowitheric.com.)

The last few seasons I’ve found the best way to deal with this first episode and the arrivals is to kind of bullet point the highs and lows. So let’s get to it! READ FULL STORY

'Grey's Anatomy' season finale: Talk about it!

With one hour to go until we bid farewell to Cristina Yang — on the East Coast, at least — we invite you to chat about the episode here. Because it’s not fun to cry alone.

Oh, and to be clear, we will definitely be crying. After all, what would you do when saying goodbye to a friend? To Your Person?

If Twitter is more your thing, make sure you follow EW’s Grey’s Anatomy live tweet during the East Coast broadcast of the episode.

And come back to EW later for Samantha Highfill’s full recap.

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