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Black Panther Graces Entertainment Weekly’s Annual San Diego Comic-Con Preview Issue

Black Panther graces Entertainment Weekly’s annual Comic-Con preview issue, featuring an exclusive set visit beyond the border of Wakanda — the fantastical African nation where Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa rules over a secretive and futuristic society.

It’s a place Marvel fans have been waiting years to visit – and the film provides a starring role to the historic first black comic-book superhero, whose power to inspire transcends even his feats of physical strength.

Read more HERE.

Pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday.

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This Week’s Entertainment Weekly Cover: Meet Your New Favorite Spider-Man

The beginning of Spider-Man: Homecoming may look familiar — the Avengers knocking the stuffing out of each other on a tarmac in Berlin, a clash of titans we witnessed in last year’s Captain America: Civil War. But this time, we’re seeing the action from a unique perspective — through the eyes (and iPhone lens) of a 15-year-old. Of course, this is not just any teenager. It’s Peter Parker a.k.a Spider-Man. And this Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, is not a dude worried about danger, or grappling with larger existential questions about great power and responsibility. Peter simply can’t believe his good fortune: that he has these amazing abilities, that he’s in this heady company, that he has a new souped-up suit. Here is a kid who is ready to have a good time. The same can be said for Spider-Man: Homecoming (in theaters July 7), which has put the youthful fizz and pop back into the adventures of our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and provides vicarious thrills like never before. “The fact that Peter Parker is 15 allows me to have fun with it,” says Homecoming director Jon Watts (Cop Car), who also co-wrote the screenplay. “Yes, there’s a lot of drama and conflict, but more than anything, it’s about, ‘If you were that age and could do what he can do? That would be really fun.”

To read more on Spider-Man: Homecoming, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday.

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Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Movie Preview Issue Features A Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Cover

Discover Guardians of the Galaxy’s new villains, new planets and new dad in our Summer Movie Preview featuring 110 of the season’s biggest films! To read more from EW’s Summer Movie Preview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday!

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Entertainment Weekly’s First Look At Thor: Ragnorak

Sometimes even superheroes need makeovers. And let’s face it: Thor’s hair was always a little too Nelson-circa-1990. So in Thor: Ragnarok, out Nov. 3, audiences will see the Norse god get his signature blond locks shorn. “It was nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning,” Chris Hemsworth says. “It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character.”

Marvel’s third solo outing for Thor is a fresh start in more than just follicular ways. “I have a belief that if you’re lucky enough to get to part 3 of a franchise, it is your obligation not to fall to threequel-itis,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. The latest entry finds Thor battling not only the Goddess of Death, Hela (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett), but also his frenemy the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) when the pair find themselves on a desolate planet called Sakaar.

When Hela is accidentally unleashed from her prison, she is not psyched. “She’s been locked away for millennia getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she gets unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box,” says Blanchett, who worked with legendary stuntwoman Zoë Bell (Grindhouse) and learned the Brazilian martial art capoeira to prep for the role. Her attack on Thor sends him to Sakaar where he is forced to become a gladiator and realizes he’s no longer super special. “[Sakaar is] basically where every wormhole across the universe dumps out its trash, so you get people from all walks of life with all sorts of incredible abilities and powers,” Hemsworth explains. “No one cares what prince or king Thor may have been in another world. Also, his strength is pretty easily matched with those he finds himself amongst.” Case in point: Sakaar’s most successful (and popular) fighter is The Hulk.

Still, despite a title that references an end-of-days-type battle in Norse mythology, Ragnarok marks a decidedly more comedic installment for the series, thanks in large part to director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows). “Taika has such a quirky, left-of-field sense of humor, which forced all the characters and the tone of the whole story to head in a new direction,” says Hemsworth. “Each day we were like, ‘Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?’

Now the Ragnarok team just has to see if the Marvel audience is open to such a recalibration. “I think sometimes people mistake a tonal shift as ‘We’re just going to make some ridiculous broad comedy where no one gives a s— what happens and everyone gets stoned and sits around talking about saving the universe,’ ” Waititi says. “We want people to care what happens and care that the hero succeeds. I think tonally it’s like a slight shift. I don’t feel nervous — I feel good about it.”

For more on Thor: Ragnarok, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday. (Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly)

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This Week’s Entertainment Weekly Cover: Your First Look At Stranger Things 2

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It was the series to watch. It was the topic to tweet. And it was the Halloween costume to wear. Netflix’s Stranger Things dominated the globe in 2016. “It’s really permeated the culture,” says David Harbour, who plays tortured town sheriff Hopper. “People love the characters so much, and they have such an emotional response.” A hodgepodge homage of ’80s classics like The Goonies, E.T., and It, Things, created by twin brothers Ross and Matt Duffer, won over fans with its tale of a small Indiana town rocked by the opening of an interdimensional portal and the arrival of a mysterious super-powered girl named Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown).

Things garnered critical acclaim — including a SAG Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series — generated massive internet conversation (dispatched supporting character Barb landed her own hashtag, #JusticeForBarb), and launched its young, unknown cast into worldwide stardom. Says Brown, “I went to Manila last year; there were people camping outside the hotel, crying, and literally hyperventilating. I was like, ‘Why do you like me so much? I’m just boring old Millie.’ ” Quips Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, “I always joke around with the Duffers, ‘Why couldn’t you make the first season just okay?’ It’s like how they never expected Barb to be a hit — they never expected the show to be as successful.”

Now the Things cast and crew need to live up to all the hype when they return in October. “That is the new challenge of season 2: quieting the cultural noise that surrounds our show,” admits executive producer Shawn Levy (Arrival). Still, the Duffers are confident that they’ve crafted a worthy successor to the first season. “It’s a balance of the comfort you’re familiar with but then trying to take it in new directions,” says Ross Duffer. “That’s what we’re trying to strike with season 2.” They’re also working hard to keep the majority of these Stranger developments under wraps. Despite having security tighter than Hawkins National Laboratory, this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly has your exclusive first look at the top secret Stranger Things 2.

To read more on Stranger Things 2, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Entertainment Weekly Covers

Entertainment Weekly has revealed their covers for tomorrow’s issue featuring Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The first cover features Jyn Erso, while the second cover, which is a Barnes and Noble exclusive, features Jyn and Darth Vader.

This issue will also cover Episode VIII and beyond. Rogue One hits theaters in 25 days!

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50 Most Powerful Superheroes Ever: Entertainment Weekly Ranks The Top 10

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We are living in the age of superheroes. Caped crusaders have smashed the confines of their comic-book cages and now dominate almost every corner of global pop culture. But who among them truly rules?

To create this ranking of the 50 Most Powerful Super­heroes, Entertainment Weekly devised a 100-point system that rated each character in nine categories: Cultural Impact, Bankability, Design, Modern Relevance, Mythology, Nemeses, Originality, Personality, and Powers. We gave each category a maximum score of 10 points, with one exception: Cultural Impact.

The power of a superhero is defined most by this quality, so EW measured it on a 20-point scale to weigh the final list in favor of characters who have the deepest cultural footprints.

EW’s hardcore superhero experts assembled and individually scored 155 characters in each category. Those composite category scores were then added together to create an overall power total for each character. This determined the final 50 and each character’s position on the list.

The result is the most precise and comprehensive superhero ranking ever created. To see the full rundown, pick up EW’s special double-issue on Friday. See the top 10 Superheroes as ranked by Entertainment Weekly HERE.

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EW PopFest Coming To Los Angeles October 29-30, 2016

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The lineup for Entertainment Weekly’s first-ever PopFest is growing in spades. The already exciting schedule will now include a live taping of Anna Faris’s podcast, “Anna Faris Is Unqualified,” musical performance by Grammy Award-nominated musician Janelle Monae, a conversation with “Outlander” author Diana Gabaldon, and a live table read from the cast of Bob’s Burgers.

They join an incredible lineup that already includes James Corden, the host of CBS’ The Late Late Show, a live performance by pop superstar Nick Jonas, discussions with Oscar-winning actress and director Jodie Foster, and Emmy-winning showrunner Ryan Murphy and friends. Attendees will have an opportunity to see first-look footage and special guests from Sony’s Dark Tower, a reunion with the cast of Happy Endings performing a never-before-seen episode, the cast of The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend performing their musical mashups live, and a conversation between husband-and-wife YA superstars Tahareh Mafi (Shatter Me) and Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children). The weekend will conclude with a 20th anniversary Scream celebration including a Wes Craven tribute, followed by an outdoor screening of the film. Additional programming will be announced in the coming weeks.

Entertainment Weekly’s curatorial talents will be brought to life as a two-day festival with a mix of pop culture related events including live music, film and television screenings, talks with talent and creators including actors, TV showrunners, film directors, videogame designers, authors and more.  EW PopFest will offer an unforgettable immersive experience for fans, celebrities and brand partners. With a built-in fan base and millennial draw, EW PopFest will attract cross-generational attendees, tapping into Entertainment Weekly’s combined audience of 28 million loyal, engaged fans. This highly interactive celebration of pop culture will engage consumers with innovative live and digital experiences, setting a standard no other festival can challenge.

EW PopFest will take place at The Reef, located at 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007, in downtown Los Angeles.

For tickets, please visit: http://ewpopfest.com/

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Stephen King’s The Dark Tower Featured On Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Cover

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Stephen King fans know – there are other worlds than these.

In Entertainment Weekly’s new Comic-Con cover, they’re venturing into the heart of the mythic structure that binds this multiverse together – delivering an exclusive look at the long-awaited film adaptation of King’s The Dark Tower.

EW spent a week on the set in Cape Town, South Africa, watching as this genre mash-up of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, Westerns, and old-fashioned mythology came together. Now, they’re opening the door to this other realm for fans to step through.

The saga spans eight novels (so far), assorted short stories and comic books, and has played out over three and a half decades. The new movie picks elements from throughout these writings to assemble a new take on the story of Roland the Gunslinger (Idris Elba) and his pursuit of the sorcerer known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), who intends to collapse the tower and rule the ruins and chaos alongside a sinister force known as the Crimson King.

For those new to the epic tale, this issue will serve as a trusty primer to guide you through the devastated territory of Mid-World, a place that has “moved on,” where the apocalypse has already struck in its march toward our own.

King’s readers have invested years of their lives following the quest of Roland and his “ka-tet” (or fate-forged family), so while anticipation is high for the Feb. 17 film, anxiety among fans is also intense. There’s pressure to get this story right, even as the filmmakers say they had to change key elements to make the premise work as a film. This issue will provide the first details about how they deconstructed the Tower in the hope of building a whole other cinematic universe from its pieces.

HERE is what you’ll find inside the issue which will be at newsstands on Friday!

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Entertainment Weekly Reveals Four New Suicide Squad Covers

Entertainment Weekly has debuted four brand-new covers featuring characters from Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Suicide Squad, including the most prominent members of Task Force X. Check out all four covers below!

From director David Ayer (Fury, End of Watch) comes Suicide Squad, starring Oscar nominee Will Smith (Ali, The Pursuit of Happyness), Oscar winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Focus), Joel Kinnaman (Netflix’s “House of Cards”) and Oscar nominee Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt).

It feels good to be bad… Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

Written and directed by Ayer based on the characters from DC Comics, the film also stars Jai Courtney (Insurgent), Jay Hernandez (Takers), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors), Scott Eastwood (Fury), Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns), Adam Beach (Cowboys & Aliens), and Karen Fukuhara in her feature film debut. It is produced by Charles Roven and Richard Suckle, with Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Suicide Squad opens worldwide in 3D, and in 2D, and in select IMAX 3D theaters beginning August 5, 2016.

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