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This Week's Cover: 'Masters of Sex' sizzles in our Summer TV Preview

One of the summer’s smartest and sudsiest shows also happens to have the steamiest title. Showtime’s Masters of Sex makes a red-hot return to your TV this July with its scandalous second season, and Entertainment Weekly has the scoop on who’s in (Sarah Silverman!), who’s out (Allison Janney!), and what’s to come in Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan’s sophomore year as sexologists Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson.

“One of the things that’s exciting about our show — daunting but exciting — is that every year is going to look pretty different,” teases showrunner Michelle Ashford. “Bill and Virginia’s careers changed and they went from total obscurity to the front of Time magazine. The sexual revolution was exploding, and Masters and Johnson were a huge part of that.” Season 2 picks up immediately after a newly unemployed Bill showed up on Virginia’s doorstop with a desperate declaration of love, and viewers will get a taste of our favorite sex researchers taking their academic relationship out of the lab and into the bedroom. READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: Jessica Alba takes a dip in our Summer Must List issue

It’s summertime, when the pop-culture mercury starts to boil. Three months of big-name blockbusters, new TV, music festivals, and more await us, which is why we’ve gone ahead and stuffed all the season’s best stuff into this week’s Summer Must List issue.

And who better to heat up its cover than Jessica Alba, the midriff-baring star of Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Alba returns as lasso-swinging stripper Nancy Callahan in the hyper-violent, hyper-sexy, hyper-everything sequel to 2005’s live-action comic book, co-directed once more by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. But this time, Alba’s character has a little more bite. “She was more naive in the first film. Ignorance was bliss,” Alba says. “In this one there’s no bliss and no ignorance. I wanted her to transition from being a victim to being someone who’s in control of her own story.” READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Danny McBride grills the Black Keys in our Summer Music Preview issue

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We here at Entertainment Weekly like to think of our jobs as highly specialized. (Not just anyone can push that little voice-recorder button while simultaneously asking questions and nodding, wisely, you know.) But when the Black Keys said they wanted to be interviewed by Danny McBride, how could we refuse? After all, the platinum-selling, Grammy awards-collecting rock duo just released their eighth studio album, Turn Blue, and will be dominating festivals and headlining arena shows from Croatia to Cleveland this summer. We asked McBride, 37 — so memorable as egomaniacal pitcher Kenny Powers on HBO’s late, lamented Eastbound & Down and as himself in last year’s star-packed apocalyptic meta-comedy This Is the End — to kick off our Summer Music Preview issue by manning the tiny microphone. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The emotional journey to 'The Normal Heart'

It’s taken 30 years for Larry Kramer’s incendiary play The Normal Heart to make it to the screen. Heart, which premiered in 1985 and had a 2011 Tony-­winning revival on Broadway, is one of the first literary works to tackle the AIDS crisis and boldly criticize the lack of government ­support to fight the disease. In this week’s EW cover story, the cast and crew talk about the challenges of bringing Heart to life, the transformative production, and their hopes for the film’s legacy.

Despite involvement from names like Barbra Streisand, who owned the rights for 10 years, The Normal Heart appeared to be destined for only theater until Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy acquired the rights in 2009 with his own money. “I really believed in it,” explains Murphy, who first read the play in college and directed the film version. “Larry set a very high price. I gulped and said, ‘Okay,’ and bought it. I think he wanted to see, ‘Is this kid serious?’ And I was.” Kramer, who’s HIV-positive and currently recovering from unrelated medical complications, was unable to speak to EW but emailed that Heart made it to the screen “because of Ryan Murphy caring passionately about getting it made, abetted by [exec producer] Dante Di Loreto.” READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'The Fault in Our Stars' could be this summer's must-see romance

Forget — for just a moment — about summer’s spandex-clad superheroes and cities being destroyed by robots and monsters. The Fault in Our Stars, out June 6 and adapted from the 2012 best-selling John Green novel, stands to be the must-see love story of the season.

In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, Sara Vilkomerson reports from The Fault in Our Stars set in Pittsburgh and explores how TFIOS — which tells the love story of two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group — became an unlikely YA phenomenon. “I tried to write the funniest, most honest love story I could about these kids who were living with a difficult disease. I never thought it would be popular,” says Green. “I certainly never imagined it would be a movie.” READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: 'Orange Is the New Black' scores a big (prison) break

The ladies of Litchfield are back — and they’re ready for you to binge! After the first season of Netflix’s prison dramedy Orange Is the New Black premiered last July and became the network’s most-viewed original series debut, audiences clamored for more from the fascinating women of different shapes, sizes, races, socioeconomic classes, and sexualities who shared just one thing: They’re all behind bars.

In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, Jessica Shaw goes deep into the trenches on the show’s Queens, New York, set to get the lowdown from the inmates themselves. Series creator Jenji Kohan promises there are plenty of juicy stories to come in the second season, which picks up a few weeks after the bloody beatdown that lands Piper (Taylor Schilling) in solitary. “We had a theme for season 2. A little darker, a little more fractured. We wanted to explore the groups one at a time,” says Kohan. “It was getting a little summer-campy, and we wanted to address the realities that this is prison.” READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Inside this summer's superhero epic 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

Two time periods. Six countries. More than a dozen stars. Hundreds of killer robots. It’s not hard to see why 20th Century Fox’s $200 million-plus X-Men: Days of Future Past is the priciest and most complicated X-Men film to date. “I think this is the biggest movie Fox has made that James Cameron didn’t direct,” says producer-writer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class). Adds producer Lauren Schuler Donner, who’s worked on every X-Men film, “We have to deliver, and that’s really hard. Plus, we don’t use guns, we use powers. The power is a visual effect. So by its very nature, it’s going to be pricey.” READ FULL STORY

This week's cover: Jack Bauer and '24' are back, dammit!

Jack Bauer never dies — he just waits until a U.S. president is being shadowed by an assassin, so he comes out of hiding to torture the bad guys (quite literally).

In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, West Coast News Editor Lynette Rice talks with Kiefer Sutherland and the creators of 24 about the May 5 premiere of Live Another Day, an abbreviated version of the classic 24-episode tale that spends a day in the life of TV’s most-beloved (anti)hero. Unlike the drama’s eight, heart-stopping seasons on Fox, this latest iteration will only feature 12 installments — a much easier way to tell an action-packed story about an ex-government agent who never sleeps (or seems to ever use the commode). READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Get ready for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Prepare for an expansion in the Spider-verse. With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swinging into theaters on May 2, Sony Pictures takes a big step forward with its amazing Spider-Plan. In this week’s Entertainment Weekly, senior writer Sara Vilkomerson talks with Team Spidey — including director Marc Webb and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, and Dane DeHaan — about the decision to commit to two more Amazing Spider-Man films, for 2016 and 2018, in addition to two spin-offs focusing on beloved villains Venom and the Sinister Six.

“At the tail end of this movie we set up some of the other characters that will probably end up being in the Sinister Six,” says Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal. “We’re going forward on all fronts.” (The studio hasn’t yet announced the exact makeup of its big-screen Sinister Six, but comic book fan Garfield says he personally digs Venom, Doc Ock, Vulture, and Kraven.) READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'Game of Thrones' readies its biggest, bloodiest season yet

All hail the king!

Power-crazed Game of Thrones despot Joffrey Baratheon sneeringly rules the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly as we go behind the scenes of the biggest, bloodiest season of the HBO fantasy hit yet.

Across 10 pages, we crash the filming of Joffrey’s long-awaited wedding in Croatia for a full week on the set. It’s the first time since the Thrones pilot that so many major characters have been together in one place and quite likely the last — season 4 has an unprecedented number of character deaths. “It’s just more intense than it ever has been,” says showrunner David Benioff. “We always before had breathing room episodes before. There’s just no relaxing this season. If we can pull this off, it will top season 3.”

What makes season 4 so intense? Bigger dragons (who are no longer listening to Daenerys “mom” Targaryen), more action (including the most epic sword-clanging battle sequence in the show’s history), bigger sets (such as a massive throne room atop an 800-foot pyramid) and darker turns (this time, it’s the “nice” characters you have to worry about). “Particularly this season, and absolutely with Ygritte, there are so many characters out for blood,” says co-star Rose Leslie.

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Get the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly where we give you a handy season 4 catch-up primer, fill you in on where all your favorite characters are headed in the season premiere (which airs April 6), do a Q&A with co-star Peter Dinklage, get a first look at some cool new props (Jaime’s golden hand!) and fashion from the season, and more.

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