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Inside MAD Features An Intricate Pullout Poster By Sergio Aragones That Provides A Tour Through MAD’s History

Within Inside MAD — an “ill-conceived collection of the magazine’s high-quality stupidity,” you’ll find a series of the irreverent humor rag’s best spoofs ever, as chosen by the magazine’s own staffers.


The book also contains essays by famous MAD fans including Roseanne Barr, Paul Feig, Whoopi Goldberg, John Stamos, and Matthew Weiner, as well as an introduction by Judd Apatow, who thanks MAD for making him who he is today, i.e. “a man who desperately seeks attention by shocking people with graphic representations of other people’s private parts.”

But wait, there’s more! After 430 patented MAD fold-ins, the magazine’s editors decided to try something different — a fold-out, in the form of an incredibly detailed poster that gives readers a guided tour through MAD‘s history. Fittingly, this intricate illustration is the work of MAD vet Sergio Aragones, who’s been contributing speech-free comics to the mag since emigrating to the U.S. in the early ’60s.

Get a glimpse at new book’s intricate pullout poster HERE and use your mouse to see Sergio Aragones’ handiwork in all its magnified glory.


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The Big Chills: TIME Ranks The 10 Greatest Stephen King Movies

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The release of the newest version of Carrie offers a timely Halloween reminder that Stephen King has now brooded over our pop-culture landscape for 40 years. Both King’s debut novel (in 1974) and the first of a never-ending stream of King movie adaptations (in 1976), Carrie was most people’s introduction to the horror author’s world.

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King’s novels and short stories are effective as movies and some of the world’s finest directors have filmed King stories. In fact, the best King movies often come from top-notch directors such as Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg and Frank Darabount.

Stephen King slams Twilight franchise as ‘tweenage porn’

TIME ranks 10 of the best Stephen King film adaptations and you can check them out HERE.

The list is as follows:

1. Carrie
2. The Shining
3. The Dead Zone
4. Stand By Me
5. Misery
6. The Shawshank Redemption
7. Dolores Claiborne
8. Apt Pupil
9. Secret Window
10. The Mist

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Stephen King: 10 More Books He Should Write Sequels To

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In 1977, Stephen King already an established horror writer with works like Carrie and Salem’s Lot, saw the publication of The Shining, a wonderfully chilling tale about the terrors that are visited upon a family in a remote mountainside resort. The book got great reviews, was turned into a movie and mini-series, and cemented King’s reputation as a master of the genre.


A (very long) 36 years later, King has returned to the terrifying world of The Shining in a highly-anticipated sequel, Doctor Sleep. The novel revisits Danny Torrance — the psychically-gifted five-year-old who went up against the ghostly residents of the Overlook Hotel  is now a middle-aged orderly in a nursing home.  Trouble comes calling in the form of a traveling clan of psychic, vampiric creatures — it’s the sort of scary tale that’ll leave us sleeping with the lights on at night and waxing nostalgic for its predecessor come dawn.

As Jud Crandall advised in Pet Sematary, “Sometimes dead is better,” but sometimes a story’s just too good to leave buried. With that in mind, TIME suggests 10 King classics just waiting for a sequel. Check out the list HERE.

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MONDO To Release Spy Vs. Spy Poster By DKNG On Tuesday, September 10th

Tomorrow, MONDO will release their very first MAD Magazine poster, for Spy Vs. Spy.

DKNG’s tribute to the never-ending battle of wits between Black & White is hilariously intricate and beautifully illustrated.

Please follow MONDO on Twitter for the on sale announcement. This poster will be available online at a random time on Tuesday, September 10th.


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Hand numbered – Edition of 225

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Read An Excerpt From Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep In This Week’s Entertainment Weekly Magazine

Ever wonder what happened to Danny Torrance from The Shining? Stephen King did with Doctor Sleep (out on September 24th) he brings us a new chapter in Danny’s story 36 years later.

The September 13th issue of Entertainment Weekly includes an exclusive excerpt of Doctor Sleep on pages 43-47 of the print edition.


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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lands on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly has just debuted the cover to their next issue and it features Joss Whedon and “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg. In the issue, EW says Whedon talks about all things “Buffy,” “Firefly,” and The Avengers, but he made time to drop an interesting quote about the upcoming TV series too.

“This is basically a TV series of ‘The Zeppo’ [episode of Buffy], which was a very deliberate deconstruction of a Buffy episode in order to star the person who mattered the least,” Whedon says. “The people who are ignored are the people I’ve been writing as my heroes from day one. There’s a world of superheroes and superstars, they’re celebrities, and that’s a complicated world — particularly complicated for people who don’t have the superpowers, the disenfranchised. Now obviously there’s going to be hijinks and hilarity and sex and gadgets and all the things that made people buy the comics. But that’s what the show really is about to me, and that’s what Clark Gregg embodies: the Everyman.”

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will premiere on ABC on Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m.

For more with Whedon — including his love-hate relationship with Twitter and why he’s worried about our sequel culture — pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, August 23.


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Cemetery Dance Magazine Issue 70 To Feature Excerpts From Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep & Joe Hill’s NOS4A2

The new issue of Cemetery Dance magazine will ship next month and it includes excerpts from Stephen King’s new novel (Doctor Sleep) and Joe Hill’s most recent novel (NOS4A2), along with an insightful interview with Hard Case Crime publisher Charles Ardai, who just published Joyland by Stephen King!

This is a massive issue, coming in at 136 pages and featuring some of the very best writers of horror fiction and non-fiction working today.

You can get more info HERE.

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Stephen King’s Family Business – A New York Times Magazine Cover Story


With five novelists in the family, four of whom have books out this year, the King clan has become a dynasty of storytellers.

Stephen King’s wife Tabby, both of his sons Owen and Joe, and his daughter-in-law, Kelly Braffet all have published books; his daughter, Naomi is a Unitarian Universalist minister.


As kids, Naomi King, Joe Hill, and Owen King passed the time by reading books out loud to their father and each other, discussing literature, critiquing each other’s work, and playing storytelling games.

This New York Times Magazine cover story takes a look at each member of the King family individually, Read it HERE.


The Kings in 1979. Clockwise from top left: Tabitha, Owen, Stephen, Naomi and Joe.


The Kings in April 1981, posing for People magazine. Clockwise from top left: Naomi, Tabitha, Stephen, Joe and Owen.

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Why Stephen King Spends ‘Months and Even Years’ Writing Opening Sentences

Stephen King brings us two new novels in 2013 — one on shelves already, and the other forthcoming. In June, Joyland was published by Hard Case Crime. Though Joyland’s story is haunted by a terrifying killer of young women, the book mostly chronicles the yearning rhythms of one adolescent summer — carny talk and plushie toys, boardwalks and broken hearts.

King’s second book, Doctor Sleep will be published in September by Scribner. On his website, the author calls it a “return to balls-to-the-wall, keep-the-lights-on horror.” This long-awaited sequel to 1977′s The Shining revisits traumatized child psychic Danny Torrance — he goes by Dan, now — all grown up and still struggling to understand his frightening gift.

When The Atlantic asked King to share a favorite passage for this series, King couldn’t choose between two favorites; both were first sentences. So, he analyzed both his choices as part of a broader discussion about opening lines — a topic not addressed at length in his memoir-as-craft-manual, On Writing. King paid tribute to Douglas Fairbairn and James M. Cain, looked back on favorite intros he’s written, and explained how he approaches a book’s first moments.

Read more HERE.

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Warner Bros. Television & TV Guide Magazine Reteam For San Diego Comic-Con


TV’s super alliance continues as Warner Bros. Television and TV Guide Magazine join forces once again to deliver fans the ultimate Comic-Con swag item for the fourth consecutive year: a Warner Bros.–themed Comic-Con special edition of the magazine, with insider scoop and behind-the scenes action from the Studio’s series as well as four sets of collectible “flip” covers featuring Arrow star Stephen Amell; Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles; The Vampire Diaries stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder; and The Originals stars Joseph Morgan and Charles Michael Davis; in addition to a set dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Superman, with Batman on the flip cover.

Comic-Con Distribution at the Warner Bros. Booth: The Warner Bros. TV Guide Magazine special issues will be distributed to fans for free at the Warner Bros. booth — #4545 on the convention floor — throughout Comic-Con, beginning on preview night, Wednesday, July 17, and continuing through Sunday, July 21.

Newsstand and Digital Platforms: For those unable to attend Comic-Con in person, all four sets of collectible flip covers will be on sale from July 17 at newsstands wherever TV Guide Magazine is sold. The special issue will also be available digitally on iPad, Nook, Kindle Fire, Zinio and Google platforms.

The 88-page special issue is packed with features and photos dedicated to the following programs:

- Returning WBTV favorites Arrow, The Big Bang Theory, The Following, Nikita, Person of Interest, Revolution, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and Childrens Hospital

- Previews of WBTV’s highly anticipated new series Almost Human, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Fringe’s J.H. Wyman, starring Karl Urban (Star Trek films) and Michael Ealy (Underworld: Awakening); The Tomorrow People, from executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries), Danny Cannon (Nikita) and Phil Klemmer (Chuck), and based on the original UK series; The Vampire Diaries spinoff series The Originals, from Julie Plec; The 100, in which 100 juvenile delinquents are sent to Earth years after a nuclear apocalypse to see if the planet is habitable; and more…

- An inside look at Warner Bros. Animation’s hit series MAD, The Looney Tunes Show and Teen Titans Go!, as well as new program Beware the Batman and the upcoming The Tom and Jerry Show

And there’s more! Including:

- An exclusive Arrow comic created by DC Comics and penned by TV series executive producer Marc Guggenheim

- A sneak peek inside the upcoming DC Universe Original Animated Movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment

- An in-depth look at the television history of the man of steel — Superman in honor of the character’s 75th anniversary

- Behind-the-scenes photos from the TV Guide Magazine yacht and Warner Bros. Television media cocktail event at Comic-Con 2012

- A look back at pop-culture costumes seen on The Big Bang Theory

- Burning questions answered about fans’ favorite shows, including the final season of Nikita

- And much more…!

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This Week’s Entertainment Weekly Cover: First Look At The Amazing Spider-Man 2 & Comic-Con


Everyone’s favorite web-slinger will soon be swinging back into theaters next May. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, graces the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 leads off EW’s cover package devoted to Comic-Con, landing in San Diego July 18-21. The issue will have previews of some of the coolest entries at the convention, including exclusive looks at Ender’s Game, the upcoming remake of Carrie starring Chloe Grace Moretz, and BBC America’s cult sci-fi series Orphan Black -  all of which earned bonus covers that can be viewed below.

For more on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and all of EW‘s Comic-Con coverage, pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday July 11.

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Latest Cover of ‘The New Yorker’ Features Bert & Ernie Cuddling in Response to DOMA News

The July 8th and 15th cover of The New Yorker features an illustration titled “Moment of Joy” that depicts Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie cuddling in front of a TV showing the Supreme Court of the United States.

Artist Jack Hunter — who made the illustration in response to this week’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act — said “It’s amazing to witness how attitudes on gay rights have evolved in my lifetime. This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate.”


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The 100 All-Time Greatest of Everything Entertainment Weekly Issue Hits Newsstands This Week

This week Entertainment Weekly has a special double issue that focusses on the the 100 All-Time Greatest of Everything. This keepsake issue includes lists of the 100 best movies, TV shows, albums and novels, as well as the 50 greatest plays of the last 100 years and more.

Some familiar geniuses show up on the lists: Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations hits the greatest novels list at No. 4, The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street pops at No. 3 on the album list, and The Sopranos finds a home at No. 5 on the list of all-time greatest TV shows. (The issue also includes a tribute to the late James Gandolfini.) 

The 100 All-Time Greatest issue of Entertainment Weekly is on stands Friday, June 28.



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TIME Presents the 12 All-Time Great Summer Reads

To celebrate the beginning of summer, TIME editors have compiled a list of their favorite summer reads from the past 40 years. TIME factored in raw data, cultural impact and a bit of sentimentality.

What defines a summer read? To them, it’s the kind of buzzed-about book that seems to flourish in warmer months, equally ubiquitous on beaches and in subway cars.

Once you’ve perused the list HERE, take the poll and help crown the All-Time, Ultimate Summer Read.

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Jaws, Peter Benchley (1974)  The film adaptation’s most famous line—“You’re gonna need a bigger boat”—appeared nowhere in the original novel. But the book was a massive success, and paperback versions could be seen on display in every bookstore in the summer of ‘74. The story of a small beach-town ambushed by a shark with a taste for human flesh stayed on the bestsellers list for almost a year, and offered avid readers a good excuse to stay out of the water during trips to the beach.

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This Week’s Entertainment Weekly Cover: Superman At 75

For three-quarters of a century, Superman has been fighting the good fight, keeping Earth and its inhabitants safe from all manner of villainy and disaster. As the DC Comics character turns 75, he’s also getting a major big-screen relaunch in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, opening Friday.

So for this week’s cover, Entertainment Weekly is taking a look back at all the critical moments in Superman’s evolution from dimestore hero to American pop-culture icon.

The magazine starts with his first appearance in 1938′s Action Comics #1, and tracks him along every major step (and occasional misstep) up through his reemergence in the form of Man of Steel‘s angry, passionate, lost Superman, as played by Henry Cavill.

Features in the magazine include:

- Origin Story: EW dives into the long, hard making of a hero with a look back at how Superman’s mythology evolved over the years. Find out how animation gave him the ability to fly, where his chrome-domed nemesis Lex Luthor first appeared, and how radio made Kryptonite his one and only weakness.

- Superman Returns director Bryan Singer on the “whimsical” tone of his attempted reboot of the hero — why “not everyone responded.”

- Man of Steel producer Christopher Nolan on the “science fiction-based” approach to retelling Superman’s origin as an alien invader saga.

- Cavill on how a lonely life as a boarding school student fueled his performance as Superman, the ultimate outsider.


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A Recap of Stephen King Appearances This Week

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Stephen King had a busy week promoting the release on his new novel Joyland and the CD/DVD/Book of his musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.

Here are links to all his appearances from the past week:

The Today Show

Charlie Rose

The Late Show with David Letterman

The Colbert Report Part 1

The Colbert Report Part 2

Entertainment Weekly

NPR’s World Cafe


Writer Stephen King, producer T-Bone Burnett and musician John Mellencamp, creators of the Musical, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County which is now available on CD, DVD and a Deluxe book package.

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Read David Sedaris’ New Essay, Company Man

David Sedaris has a new essay in the June 3, 2013 issue of the New Yorker magazine. You can read the essay, “Company Man” HERE.



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Stephen King’s Short Story, Afterlife To Be Published In Tin House’s 2013 Summer Reading Issue

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The short story Afterlife, read by Stephen King last December when he made a rare personal appearance at UMASS Lowell, will be published in the upcoming Volume 14, number 4 “Summer Reading” issue of Tin House Magazine.

You can watch Stephen King reading Afterlife below:

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Stephen King: A Rare Interview With The Master Storyteller


Parade catches up with Stephen King, the rare author who has succeeded across genres—he has written best sellers as well as literary fiction—whose books have made the leap to film, TV, and the stage, and who has become a celebrity in his own right.

King, 65, continues to write accessible stories at a remarkable rate. His new novel, Joyland, a paperback original, is due June 4 and has already been optioned for the screen. A series based on his 2009 novel Under the Dome will air on CBS later this summer, and his musical-theater collaboration with John Mellencamp, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, begins a tour of American cities this fall.  A few highlights from the interview:

On the fact that Joyland, his new book, isn’t a horror novel:

“I’ve been typed as a horror writer … but I never saw myself that way. I just saw myself as a novelist.  With Joyland, I wanted to try my hand at the whodunit format.”

On his daily writing regimen:

“I wrote 1,500 words this morning. Five pages a day, that’s usually what I get through.”

On why he and his two novelist sons show their work to his wife, Tabitha:

“She’ll say, ‘Here, you’ve done this before. This sucks. This is dumb.’ There’s no soft landing with Tabby, and that’s fine. [My sons] both dedicated their first novels to her, so it means a lot.”

On the current TV shows he enjoys:

“Justified, Bates Motel, The Walking Dead. The best show of the year is The Americans. I don’t watch Mad Men. I think it’s basically soap opera, and if I want soap opera, I watch Revenge. That show is crazy, but they have great clothes.”

On whether he thinks he’ll be popular beyond his lifetime:

“Well, you really can’t worry about it. … Fantasy has a better chance of lasting than a lot of other things. The Hobbit and the Narnia books … because they’re set in a fantasy world, they can remain relevant. So maybe things like Salem’s Lot and The Shining might last, the Dark Tower books. … The idea of posterity for a writer is poison. … You do the best you can.”

On his main reason to keep writing:

“The major job is still to entertain people. Joyland really took off for me when the old guy who owns the place says, ‘Never forget, we sell fun.’ That’s what we’re supposed to do—writers, filmmakers, all of us. That’s why they let us stay in the playground.”


For more Stephen King, including what he read as a kid, his views on gun control, and what it was like working with John Mellencamp, please click HERE

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Entertainment Weekly’s Summer 2013 Calendar Issue Features Hugh Jackman As Wolverine On The Cover

Hugh Jackman will return for his sixth appearance on the big screen as Logan this summer in The Wolverine and in preparation for the film, he will appear on the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s “Summer 2013 Calendar” issue. The magazine also spoke with him about working on this film as compared to his first solo effort, which didn’t get the reception he had hoped for.

“Somehow the first Wolverine movie ended up looking like the fourth X-Men – just with different characters,” Jackman said. “I left unsure if we’d achieve our goal, which was to make sure people understood my character. This movie will really get to his core.”

The magazine will be available this Friday.


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Wired Presents Geek’s Guide To The Galaxy Podcast: Horror Writer Joe Hill Goofs On His Dad Stephen King In His New Novel NOS4A2


How do you approach a career in horror when your dad is the most famous horror writer on Earth? That was the issue facing Joseph Hillstrom King, who feared that publishers would print anything he wrote just to cash in on his last name. So he chose to write under a pseudonym, Joe Hill, and was able to keep his identity secret for over a decade.

I had a powerful weapon on my side, and that weapon was failure,” says Joe Hill in this week’s episode of Wired’s Geek’s Guide To The Galaxy podcast. “It was really easy to stay anonymous when I could barely get published.”

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Much of Hill’s early work was rejected by publishers, including several novels and dozens of stories, which he sees as the pseudonym doing its job. He did eventually break through with the short story collection 20th-Century Ghosts and the novels Heart-Shaped Box and Horns, and is now widely acknowledged as a leading horror author. He’s also come to accept that people will inevitably compare him to his dad. His latest novel NOS4A2 (“Nosferatu”) is peppered with Stephen King references.


“At a certain point, working on NOS4A2, I thought, maybe I’d like to have fun with it,” says Hill. “Instead of shying away from it and avoiding it like a dangerous infection, maybe it would be fun to goof on Stephen King a bit.”

Listen to Wired’s complete interview with Joe Hill in Episode 85 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy HERE.

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Kevin Feige Talks To Entertainment Weekly About Marvel Cinematic Universe – Phase 2


When Marvel Studios began producing its own movies in 2008 with the original Iron Man, the film ended with Samuel L. Jackson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. spymaster Nick Fury telling Robert Downey Jr.: “Mr. Stark, you’ve become part of a bigger universe … “ That was the start of Phase One, in which The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America each linked up and laid the groundwork for what would become 2012’s biggest movie – the billion-and-a-half dollar blockbuster The Avengers.

With Iron Man 3 opening Friday, Marvel launches Phase Two – another ambitious expansion of its superheroes’ cinematic universe. Though much of it remains secret, producer and studio president Kevin Feige talked to Entertainment Weekly to declassify a few new details. Read more HERE.

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The 2013 TIME 100: The Most Influential People In The World

The new TIME 100 issue represents the magazine’s choices for the 100 most influential people in the world. It’s their 10th year doing it. The issue will feature seven different cover portraits of TIME 100 honorees who reflect the breadth and depth of the list. You can check out the covers and the list HERE.




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Louis C.K. On The Cover Of This Week’s Issue of Rolling Stone

Comedy superstar Louis C.K. makes his first appearance on the cover of Rolling Stone in the next issue. In the career-spanning Q&A, conducted by senior writer Brian Hiatt, C.K. talks frankly about the teenage drug abuse, onstage disasters and sexual misadventures that helped him become stand-up’s reigning genius.

Look for the issue on stands and in the iTunes App Store this Friday, April 12th, before C.K.’s latest comedy special premieres Saturday on HBO.


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Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel Lands On This Week’s Entertainment Weekly Cover


A new image of Henry Cavill’s Superman from Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel  is now online as the iconic costume graces the cover of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. The comic book action adventure also stars Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Antje Traue, Ayelet Zurer, Christopher Meloni, Michael Kelly, Harry Lennix and Richard Schiff.

In the film, a young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind. The article goes on to explain some minor plot elements from the film, including the fact that Kryptonite will not be featured in any form whatsoever. It also promises “building-smashing, train-slinging, heat-vision-blasting battles” when the comic book hero comes to 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters June 14th.

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