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Watch a clip from 'Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Age of Ultron all coming our way starting next month, Marvel’s “Phase 2″ is poised to deliver some of its most exciting and action-packed films yet. And in the new ABC special Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe, viewers will get a chance to see firsthand how their favorite stories are brought to life on the big screen.

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New 'Arrow' promo teases onslaught of new villains -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tonight’s new episode of Arrow on The CW features a villain who doesn’t say much, but comic-books fans will immediately recognize, nonetheless. He’s Deathstroke, an all-world mercenary and assassin who wears a mask with just one eye (you saw it teased in the pilot, mounted on a stick), and he just might have something to do with all those scars that Oliver Queen accumulated on his body during his mysterious hero-forging castaway days on Purgatory isle. Deathstroke (Jeffrey C. Robinson) is part of a wave of DC Comics characters about to invade Starling City during November sweeps to frustrate the emerald hooded archer’s mission to purge the blighted city of corruption by any means and trick arrow necessary.

This sneak peak at upcoming episodes teases a few of these rogues, including The Huntress (Jessica De Gouw) and The Royal Flush Gang. In the comics, this squad of crooks wore costumes modeled after playing cards (the suit of clubs, specifically) and wielded high-tech sci-fi weapons. But Arrow clearly emulates the aesthetic that director Christopher Nolan brought to his Batman movies, and so the new iteration of the Gang is more crime flick gritty. Take a look at the promo, and comic fans, if you can spot other familiar faces, don’t keep it a secret — share in the message boards below. READ FULL STORY

New 'Arrow' sneak peek: He shoots, he scores! -- VIDEO

Green Arrow or gritty, urban Robin Hood? The line looks a little blurry in the following sneak peek of The CW’s Arrow, the story of rich playboy turned crusading vigilante Oliver Queen. In this clip from the series’ pilot, Queen’s super alter ego heads to a dark parking garage, where he persuades a certain bad guy to help Starling City… or else. Hint: The henchmen don’t exactly make it out unscathed.

The video is a good indication of the show’s darker-than-Smallville tone, as well as its “rage of the 99 percent” ethos. As co-creator Marc Guggenheim told reporters at Comic-Con this year, Oliver is targeting “the wealthy and corrupt. There’s some echos of the 1 percent and Occupy Wall Street …  he’s a man of the people and taking it back for the little guy.” Give it a shot, won’t you?

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Warren Ellis talks about 'Wolverine Anime' DVD release -- EXCLUSIVE

Comic book writer Warren Ellis is best known now for his dystopian gonzo-journalism series Transmetropolitan, but back in the ’90s he had some memorable runs on mainstream comics (including a brilliant arc on the unjustly forgotten Doom 2099). Ellis also spent time on the Wolverine solo series, which doubtless served him well when he guided the Marvel Anime series, a cycle of Japanese animated shows based on some of Marvel’s most popular characters. EW has obtained an exclusive clip from the upcoming DVD release of Wolverine Anime — a series which may just serve as a good warm-up for next year’s Wolverine sequel, since both follow Logan’s adventures in Japan. “He’s constantly at war with the animal side of himself,” says Ellis of the feral X-Man. “He’s on that constant search for that one thing that will stop him feeling angry all the time.” Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Stephen King's 'Eyes of the Dragon' in development at Syfy -- EXCLUSIVE

Stephen King’s fantasy novel Eyes of the Dragon could at last become a movie or miniseries.

The 1987 bestseller is being developed by Syfy as a longform project, along with a scripted drama series based on the comic Grey Legion and two high-concept movie projects. The network is set to announce all the titles later today at its upfront presentation in New York City.

Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica) and Jeff Vintar (I, Robot) will pen the Dragon script, with Taylor and Bill Haber as executive producers.

Dragon is a rarity among King’s early works: A stand-alone novel that hasn’t been previously adapted into a live-action feature. In fact, among King’s pre-1990 books that were first published under his own name, only his fantasy titles (Eyes of the Dragon, The Talisman and the Dark Tower books) haven’t yet been adapted, though all have been in development at one point or another. And given HBO’s success with its fantasy hit Game of Thrones, the timing for Dragon couldn’t be better.

Dragon takes place in fictional realm of Delain and follows a teenage prince who is falsely accused of murdering his father, the king. Imprisoned in a high tower, the prince must figure out a way to escape, clear his name, and confront the devious and powerful wizard who is responsible for his father’s death.

Though Dragon was aimed at younger readers than most of the author’s books, the story also has plenty of characteristically dark touches. The tale also has some overlapping mythology with King’s Dark Tower novels, including sharing a villain (Flagg) who was also in one of King’s most beloved works, The Stand. READ FULL STORY

'Walking Dead' finale draws record ratings

AMC’s The Walking Dead finale set a ratings record for the network, clocking a truly impressive 9 million viewers.

The second season closer was the show’s highest-rated episode ever (and AMC’s most-watched episode of regular series television ever). A full 6 million of those viewers were among adults 18-49, too, which is quite a trick to pull off. Walking Dead ranks as the top-rated show in cable history among the adult demo. (Watch, now AMC executives will think: “If we cut the budget again, the ratings will go up even higher!”)

I got to see last night’s episode at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin where fans literally cheered Rick saving Herschel and the appearance of Michonne. For more, check out EW’s interview with writer-producer Robert Kirkman about the finale, and see our item about which actress is going to be under the hood to play a sword-wielding badass.

Katie Cassidy scores lead in CW's 'Arrow' pilot

Katie Cassidy has scored the role of Dinah Laurel Lance on Arrow, The CW’s DC Comics-inspired pilot. By day, Lance is a lawyer with the City Necessary Resources Initiative. She is also the second-in-line to the Black Canary superhero mantel and former lady love of Oliver Queen, a.k.a. Green Arrow (Hung‘s Stephen Amell). Cassidy, the daughter of TV star and singer David Cassidy, previously appeared on Supernatural, Gossip Girl, and the short-lived Harper’s Island.

Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg penned the pilot, which Smallville vet David Nutter directed. Arrow is one of eight dramas The CW is considering for fall 2012.

Read more:
How CW’s ‘Arrow’ will differ from ‘Smallville’ — EXCLUSIVE
The CW’s hot pilots rundown: ‘Selection,’ ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ more
‘Green Arrow’ TV series near pilot order at The CW!

'Walking Dead' return sneak peek: Who are those guys? -- VIDEO

AMC has just posted a preview clip from “Nebraska,” the first of the new Walking Dead episodes which debuts on February 12. In the footage, Rick and Hershel’s post-apocalyptic chinwaggery is interrupted by the arrival of two unfamiliar-looking folks, one of whom declares,”Son of a bitch, they’re alive.”

The big question? Who are those masked men (or, at least, those shot-in-the-middle-distance-with-the-light-behind-them men)?

Frankly, my dears, I don’t have a clue. What’s your best guess? READ FULL STORY

'Walking Dead' writer Robert Kirkman talks midseason finale shocker

Yikes!

The last time we spoke with Walking Dead executive producer Robert Kirkman he suggested fans might be “a little shocked” by tonight’s midseason finale, ‘Pretty Much Dead Already.’ The show very much proved he is a man of his word.

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'The Walking Dead': Writer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's episode and teases next week's 'shocking' finale

In tonight’s episode of the Walking Dead Steven Yeun’s self-confessed blabbermouth Glenn revealed all to Jeffrey DeMunn’s Dale (“There’s walkers in the barn and Lori’s pregnant!”) and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) finally told Rick (Andrew Lincoln) about her affair with Shane (Jon Bernthal) after informing Dale that the baby is her husband’s (that’s her story, anyway, and she’d probably be wise to stick with it).

Elsewhere, Shane (Jon Bernthal) and Andrea (Laurie Holden) got horizontal — or as horizontal as people can get in the driving seat of a car — and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Glenn almost became walker chow while getting Lori’s “abortion pills.”

Below, Walking Dead writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman — who also pens the long-running Walking Dead comic — talks about “Secrets” and teases next week’s midseason finale. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Writer Robert Kirkman talks about tonight's episode, 'Chupacabra'

The most recent episode of AMC’s zombie show The Walking Dead was notable for the unexpected appearance by a legendary, terrifying beast whose regular diet probably includes recently slain, uncooked woodland creatures .

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'The Walking Dead': Writer Robert Kirkman talks about the latest episode, 'Cherokee Rose'

The latest episode of The Walking Dead was probably the most romantic to date. Then again, it is no insult to AMC’s zombie show to suggest the competition is not tough in that department.

Regardless, “Cherokee Rose” found Glenn (Stephen Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) consummating their relationship in a ransacked pharmacy (hey, zombie apocalypse survivors can’t be choosers). Elsewhere, Daryl (Norman Reedus) temporarily took a break from his undead-thwocking duties to cheer up Carol (Melissa Suzanne McBride) with a monologue about the flower which gave the episode its title; Lori (SarahWayne Callies) discovered she was pregnant; and we all found out soggy zombies don’t regard canned ham as an acceptable substitute for uncanned brains.

Below, Walking Dead writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman — who also pens the Walking Dead comic — ruminates on the show’s sex scene (or absence of one), the gentler side of Daryl Dixon, and why yours truly is apparently a “hack” writer.  READ FULL STORY

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