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Adrien Brody's next trick: turning into Houdini

Before Adrien Brody was an actor, he did magic tricks. And on Sept. 1, Brody will return to the screen as the greatest magician of them all: Harry Houdini.

Brody learned the magic trade when he was six years old from one of his mother’s coworkers at The Village Voice who “had all these crazy gadgets and weird tricks and gizmos that he would review and discuss,” Brody said. “He would let me take a coin trick or something and show it to me, and I’d go around and practice on all of my mom’s coworkers and develop a pattern.” READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story: Freak Show' exclusive: New teaser takes viewers under the big top

Ready for a look at American Horror Story‘s latest incarnation, Freak Show?

We already knew that this season, set at a 1950s Florida freak show, will feature a bearded lady and a scary clown. Over the past few weeks, more details have emerged: Sarah Paulson’s character has two heads. The smallest woman alive has been cast. The handsomest man alive has been cast. Now EW can exclusively reveal the latest teaser for the series, which takes viewers under Freak Show‘s big top. Needless to say, this ain’t the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Watch below. READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars' postmortem: [Spoiler] talks 'epic death'

Fans of Pretty Little Liars knew someone was going to die heading into last night’s summer finale. But the question of who—and perhaps more importantly, which character would do the killing—remained unknown up until the final minutes of the episode.

After spending the episode helping the Liars track down recordings of Bethany Young’s therapy sessions and apaprently discovering solid proof that Alison DiLaurentis is “A,” Mona Vanderwaal, the Original “A,” put her life in the hands of one deadbolt … and it did not go well. Although her killer’s identity isn’t certain, there are strong hints that Ali murdered Mona. Whoever did it took Mona’s body with them, hauling her off in the trunk of a car in the final shot of the episode.

We caught up with Janel Parrish, the very alive actress behind the very dead Mona to talk about that death, her future on the show, and what comes next on PLL‘s first ever Christmas episode.

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First Look: 'Outlander' author Diana Gabaldon cameos on Starz series

Make room, Claire Beauchamp: Another modern-day lass will find herself transported back to 18th-century Scotland during this week’s episode of Outlander. That lass? She’s none other than Diana Gabaldon, whose eight-part book series serves as the basis for Starz’s new drama. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' first look: Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes

Executive producers Scott M. Gimple and Robert Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly that we will be meeting several new characters in season five of The Walking Dead—some from the comic book and some not. Well, we’ve got your exclusive first look at one such newbie right here, and it is a big one: Father Gabriel Stokes. Introduced in issue #61, in the comic Father Gabriel offers the survivors shelter in his church as he attempts to atone for past sins. Will his introduction on the TV show mirror that of the comic, or could Gabriel somehow be connected to the folks at Terminus? Viewers will find out after season five debuts on Oct. 12. But in addition to this first look photo, we also spoke to the man who will be playing Father Gabriel, Seth Gilliam, about how he landed the part, whether he read the source material, and what it’s been like to join the show.

EW: Why don’t you start by telling me about the casting process and how you ended up on this show as Father Gabriel.
SETH GILLIAM: I actually did not realize I was reading for the role of Father Gabriel during the casting process. The sides were for a school guidance counselor named Michael, who had an issue with a couple of his students. I had not seen the show before I was cast on the show. So I just thought, Okay, I guess they’ve discovered some guy who’s holed up at a school or something like that and was carrying around this horrible exchange that he had with his students. [Laughs] READ FULL STORY

Watch the 'Grey's Anatomy' cast dance it out in the season 10 gag reel

Grey’s Anatomy fans might not believe it, but Sandra Oh’s last season on set wasn’t overflowing with “remember when” stories and goodbyes. In fact, things at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital were the same as they’ve always been: Full of drama onscreen, and full of laughter (and strange noises) offscreen.

Before season 10’s DVD release Sept. 2, we’ve got an exclusive first look at its gag reel—in which Oh may or may not fire someone. (Spoiler: She’s kidding.) READ FULL STORY

Full 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur' cast and twists (Exile Island) revealed

Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly exclusively revealed six of the players who would be competing on Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water. Now the rest of the cast — which is comprised of pairs of loved ones — that will be challenging for the million dollars can be announced as well. In addition to previously disclosed controversial former baseball player John Rocker and his girlfriend Julie McGee, Amazing Race twins Nadiya and Natalie Anderson, and Broadway boyfriends Reed Kelly and Josh Canfield, there will be 12 other contestants.

Originally there were supposed to be 20 contestants total, but one pair was forced to drop out after a medical check-up just days before filming began in Nicaragua. “We lost a pair of women, so the way it works out is there are more men than women,” host Jeff Probst tells us. “That’s just the game. We don’t like it that way but that’s the way it’s going to start.” Among the pairs that will be playing in season 29 are a married cop and a firefighter, Miss Michigan 2013 and her boyfriend, as well as a cheerleading mother and daughter team. (See the full contestant list as well as video interviews with all the teams below.) READ FULL STORY

David Chase finally reveals Tony's fate on 'The Sopranos' (updated)

For the past seven years, the final scene of The Sopranos has had viewers and fans scratching their heads over what the heck happened. It was perhaps the most divisive series finale of all time, leading legions of people to think their televisions went out and spawning a plethora of close readings of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Did the guy in the ‘Members Only’ jacket whack him? Were the onion rings a crispy and delicious source of symbolism about the circle of life for Tony? What was up with Meadow’s parallel parking? Questions about that scene never ceased, and Chase’s elusiveness over Tony’s fate only furthered speculation. In-depth fan sites were spawned just over the ending alone. Even Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher Moltisanti in the show (and was tragically whacked episodes before the finale) thought Tony died.

Perhaps sick of answering questions about an event that happened seven years ago, Sopranos creator David Chase finally let a sliver of info out on Tony Soprano’s whereabouts at end of the HBO series. In an article on Vox, writer Martha P. Nochimson questions Chase on whether Tony dies in the finale. Chase’s simple reply: “‘He shook his head ‘no.’ And he said simply, ‘No he isn’t.'”

Sorry, Imperioli and the rest of the Tony-was-whacked believers—your theory’s debunked. Chase’s nonchalance notwithstanding, Sopranos fans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Tony’s enjoying some onion rings somewhere, post-blacked-out screen.

UPDATE: Chase has issued a statement in reaction to the Vox story declaring that Tony is not, in fact, alive. Or at least he’s not-not dead. From Chase’s representative: “A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying, ‘Tony Soprano is not dead,’ is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true. As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, ‘Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.’ To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.”

So there. Apparently Chase’s answer is … that there is no answer. Or that there shouldn’t be. Or something. “To continue to search for this answer is fruitless” — Chase is basically saying to move along, there’s nothing to see here, and to stop trying to figure out his ending. Which we all had pretty much done — until he gave an interview where he seemingly talked about his ending.

James Hibberd contributed to this report

First look: Joan Collins on the set of 'The Royals'

Yesterday, we got a look at the trailer for E!’s first ever scripted drama, The Royals, and the life of Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley), who has her hands full trying to keep her royal children’s names—and sometimes, their body parts—out of the tabloids. But behind every powerful woman is the powerful woman who raised her, and for Helena, that’s the Grand Duchess of Oxford, played by Dynasty star Joan Collins.

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Ellen DeGeneres, Gwen Stefani, more say goodbye to 'Chelsea Lately'

Ellen DeGeneres never appeared on Chelsea Lately during the show’s seven-year run, so she took the series finale as an opportunity to ask host Chelsea Handler why—while Handler was showering. READ FULL STORY

Keith Olbermann to switch ESPN2 timeslots, return to 'SportsCenter'

Keith Olbermann had some big news on the first anniversary of his ESPN2 show, Olbermann.

Starting on Sept.8, Olbermann’s timeslot will shift from 11 p.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET, and switch from a hourlong format to a half-hour-long format, freeing up time for the commentator to host segments of ESPN’s SportsCenter. Olbermann previously hosted SportsCenter from 1992 until 1997, when he left under contentious circumstances with ESPN.

Exclusive: Meet the season 2 cast of MTV's 'Are You the One?'

MTV’s grand social experiment is back for another round of vicarious romancing in a tropical paradise. Are You the One? returns for a second season on October 6 at 10 p.m., and with it comes a new cast of 20 swell-looking singles thrown into a Puerto Rican beach house and tasked with finding their perfect matches.

Wait, did we say 20 singles? We meant 21. READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: Jeffrey Tambor transitions in emotional 'Transparent' trailer

All parents have their secrets. Some smoke cigarettes behind their childrens’ backs; others lie about their past recreational drug use. In Amazon’s Transparent though, Jeffrey Tambor’s Mort has a much bigger secret: As one of his children, played by Gaby Hoffmann says, “Dad is a woman.”

Mort’s three grown children are finding out their father’s identity for the first time while their mom is more aware of her spouse’s feminine taste—although she’s under the impression it’s a simple game of dress-up. “It’s his thing; it’s his little private kink,” Mort’s wife, played by Judith Light, says. But Mort’s affinity for dressing in women’s clothing is more than simply a “kink.” “My whole life I’ve been dressing up like a man,” she says in tender moment with her daughter. “This is me.”

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