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This week's cover: Matt Damon and Michael Douglas go 'Behind the Candelabra' in HBO's Liberace biopic

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Yes, that really is Michael Douglas and Matt Damon under the prosthetic makeup, wigs, and crystal-trimmed suits — all part of their costumes for Behind the Candelabra, the new Steven Soderbergh-directed HBO movie (airing May 26) about the stranger-than-fiction romance between Liberace (Douglas) and his young lover, Scott Thorson (Damon) from 1978 to 1982. In this week’s issue, Damon and Douglas give a frank, funny interview about filming one of the weirdest, glitziest gay love stories ever put on film, one that required both actors to do things they’d never done before onscreen. Like, say, wearing a metallic thong — and nothing else. “Every Sunday night, this girl would come to my house and I would stand in my garage and I would hike my boxer briefs up into the crack of my a– and she would give me a spray tan,” explains Damon, who spends plenty of the movie in tiny swimsuits, and wasn’t too excited about his real-life wife seeing his bronzed backside. “We’ve been through three childbirths, we’ve been in the trenches, there are no secrets. But I really wish she didn’t see that. That’s too much.”
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Tig Notaro explains the motivation behind her now-legendary 'I have cancer' stand-up set

In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly (AKA the Creepy Nun Cover), there’s an in-depth conversation with writer, podcaster, and stand-up comic Tig Notaro, who recently grabbed headlines after announcing her cancer diagnosis during a set at Los Angeles comedy venue Largo.

Notaro has had a crazy year: Since March, she has survived an extremely dangerous intestinal infection, endured the death of her mother, got out of a long-term relationship, and got diagnosed with invasive stage two breast cancer. She has continued working through it, taking a job writing for fellow stand-up Amy Schumer’s in-production Comedy Central show and continuing her podcast Professor Blastoff. At the beginning of August, Notaro’s 30 minutes of stand-up at Largo received rave reviews from the likes of Louis CK and Ed Helms. She told EW the story of how she ended up on stage that night.  READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Revelations about ABC's 'Revenge' lead our Winter TV Preview

When EW’s TV staff sat down to decide what to feature on our Winter TV Preview cover, the discussion repeatedly came back the one show we couldn’t stop talking about: ABC’s buzzy prime-time soap, Revenge. Throughout the fall, the new series — we refer to it as “TV’s greatest guilty pleasure” — had provided a multitude of outrageous cliff-hangers and OMG! moments that had the tongues of viewers wagging constantly.

However, there was one big question: Could Revenge possibly continue to sizzle so much in the coming months? EW is happy to report that, yes — after talking to the show’s players for our cover, featuring romantic leads Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) and Daniel Grayson (Josh Bowman) — Revenge has only just begun to rev its engine, which is full of explosive revelations that will delight fans all the way through to its May season finale. This week’s cover story previews the drama’s upcoming new episodes — a jaw-dropping pair airing Feb. 8 and Feb. 15 — where we’ll finally learn what actually happened in the deadly beach scene outside Emily and Daniel’s engagement party that opened the series’ juicy September pilot, which then flashed back and followed Emily as she embarked on her journey of revenge against her enemies.

There are so many questions: Who’s dead? Who’s the killer? How does everyone we’ve come to know and love — and love to hate — on Revenge fit into this mess? We do our best to answer those, and break out the 10 things we’re most looking forward to in the coming episodes of Revenge, in this week’s issue. Here a few of those juicy points to whet your appetite:

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This Week's Cover: Our 2012 Forecast issue takes you to the set of 'The Dark Knight Rises'

In a year crowded with some of the most anticipated movies in years (The Hunger Games, The Hobbit, The Avengers, and The Amazing Spider-Man, to name just a few), The Dark Knight Rises might be the most anticipated of them all. The third and final installment in Inception director Christopher Nolan’s trilogy of Bat-flicks — which will once again star Christian Bale as the caped crusader and introduce Thomas Hardy as the brilliant, brutish terrorist Bane and Anne Hathaway as the purrrrfectly mercurial Selina Kyle — will swing into theaters on July 20, four years after The Dark Knight ignited a cultural sensation, grossed $533 million, and earned Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar. The new issue of Entertainment Weekly – our annual Forecast issue, which previews the pop culture year looming ahead — goes to the Rises set and offers some insight into how Team Nolan hopes to match their previous success. “I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it: I felt immense pressure,” Christian Bale tells EW. “And I think it’s a good pressure, because you owe it to the films — and the people’s expectations — to make great work.”  READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Sarah Michelle Gellar on 'Ringer,' 'Buffy' and motherhood

There’s one thing Sarah Michelle Gellar hates about Ringer, her new drama on The CW premiering Sept. 13: The shoes. “Due to the lack of fight scenes, the fancy footwear comes out,” says the actress, who for seven star-making, comfortably shod seasons staked a legion of demonic bloodsuckers (and smooched with a couple of the nicer, more misunderstood ones) in Buffy The Vampire Slayer. In her eagerly anticipated return to series TV, the 34-year-old actress is more likely to wear designer gowns and high heels than sneakers and a hoodie. When we spent the morning with her on the set earlier this month, Gellar looked smashing in a black Versace dress (“It’s Ver-sase,” she quipped, quoting Showgirls) but was quick to kick off the matching shoes. “It’s beautiful,” she said. “But you know, fancy footwear is a pain!”

Don’t worry, readers. This week’s cover story about The Woman Who Once Was Buffy covers more ground than just wardrobe. READ FULL STORY

Our open letter to 'Glee': Less drama off camera, please

Dear Glee,

Thank you for keeping pop culture interesting. You’re, like, the new Charlie Sheen — totally unhinged but always compelling, both on screen and off. We’ve been huge fans of the show from the very beginning, and we have the angry letters complaining about our constant barrage of Glee covers to prove it. During your summer break, you’ve given us not only a reality competition show, a concert tour, and a 3-D movie (Glee stars apparently have an amazing ability to go three straight months without sleep) but also weekly waves of captivating craziness — thanks to a series of 
contradictory, loose-lipped statements from Glee producers about the future of the cast and direction of the show.

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Comedy podcasts are booming. What are some of your favorites?

These are heady times to be a comedy nerd with an Internet connection. The past couple of years have seen an explosion of comedy podcasts, and in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly (on stands June 24), we profile the man behind one of the best and most-buzzed-about ones out there: stand-up comedian Marc Maron, whose twice-weekly podcast, WTF, features fascinating and often astonishingly raw and intimate conversations with some of the biggest names in comedy (including Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and Amy Poehler, among many others) — nearly all of them done in Maron’s cluttered garage in Los Angeles. And WTF is just the tip of a very large iceberg. The fact is, there are so many comedy podcasts now, comedians could spend virtually all of their time just bouncing between them. “It’s like the new comedy circuit,” Patton Oswalt (who frequently shows up as a guest on his friends’ comedy podcasts and really ought to start his own) tells EW. If you’re a newbie to the podcasting universe, here are a few of the biggest and best out there: READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Jason Bateman is the Official Boy of Summer 2011

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It’s a big, big summer for Jason Bateman. The 42-year-old actor, who’s been working in Hollywood since 1981, has two major comedies in theaters: First up is Horrible Bosses (July 8), in which he and co-stars Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day star as three friends who conspire to murder their employers (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston). A month later he’ll join the Green Lantern himself, Ryan Reynolds, in The Change-Up (Aug. 5) about two friends — one settled and married, the other caddishly single — who switch bodies. After thirty years in the business, Bateman has learned not to take anything for granted. “I’ve been doing it long enough to manage my expectations a bit and not buy the confidence that I really need to be renting,” he laughs. “It would be great if these films perform well, but you try not to hang it all on the success or failure of your projects. Having said that, my fingers are definitely crossed. I’m certainly enjoying this moment of relevance that I’m having and would like to keep going.”

Though he’s always had plenty of fans, thanks in part to starring in the cult TV favorite Arrested Development (which he calls “a career saver” and the job he’s most proud of) Bateman has managed to balance fame and a private life — and stays out of the tabloids. “I’m just not that exciting to follow,” he explains. “I’m happily married, I’ve got a cute little girl, and all my drugging and drinking was done back before there were camera phones.”

Check out our bonus cover images of Jason Bateman after the jump, then head over to our Facebook page and “like” us to see exclusive video of the funnyman talking about his busy summer. For even more with Bateman — as well as a complete guide to the summer’s best movies, TV shows, music, books and more — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, May 27. Click here to buy the issue now! READ FULL STORY

Morgan Spurlock: How to make the perfect pitch

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Oscar and Emmy-nominated writer-director Morgan Spurlock is clearly going all out to promote his new documentary on the wonders of product placement, Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (in theaters April 22). So in the interest of salesmanship, EW asked Spurlock to pen a guest column in this week’s issue offering tips to aspiring auteurs looking to break into Hollywood. Click through for a preview. READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The bloody battle over 'Scream 4'

Released in December 1996, Scream was a sleeper hit that grossed just $6 million in its first weekend but went on to rake in $103 million in the U.S. The winking, self-aware thriller, directed by A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Wes Craven, followed a group of teens well versed in the rules of horror films­ — and spoke to a young audience just as savvy about the genre’s clichés. It yielded two sequels, which amassed $101 million and $89 million, respectively. In total, the franchise surpassed more than half a billion dollars internationally. On April 15, after eleven long years, it’s finally returning to theaters, along with original cast members Courtney Cox, David Arquette, and Neve Campbell.

Fans should feel lucky that there’s another installment arriving at all, given how easily Scream 4 could have fallen apart. READ FULL STORY

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