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'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary show poster revealed

Whichever direction you happen to be traveling in the space-time continuum, the countdown to this November’s special Doctor Who 50th anniversary show can now be said to have officially begun. Why? Because the BBC has unveiled the Matt Smith-, David Tennant-, and John Hurt-featuring poster for the episode, which you can see above. The Corporation has also confirmed the show, which is titled “Day of the Doctor,” will be a supersized 75 minutes long.

“‘The Day of the Doctor is nearly here!’” said Doctor Who Matt Smith in a statement. “Hope you all enjoy.  There’s lots more coming your way, as the countdown to the 50th begins now.” (See? Told you.)

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David Tennant talks filming 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary show: 'It was everything I hoped'

On those rare occasions when current and past stars of Doctor Who filmed episodes together the air has sometimes turned a tad chilly. But “Tenth Doctor” David Tennant says there were no such problems when, earlier this year, he and his TARDIS successor Matt Smith shot this November’s special 50th anniversary show.

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'The Walking Dead': Chandler Riggs on what's in store for Carl in season 4

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Season 3 of The Walking Dead was a bit of a rough road for Carl Grimes, what with him having to watch his mother die and then put a bullet in her brain so she did not come back as a zombie. Oh, and then he had to sit there while his dad went off the proverbial deep end. Will things be any better when AMC’s zombie drama picks up again for season 4 on Oct. 13? And where does the relationship between Papa Grimes and son stand?

“When Lori died the group was a lot smaller,” says Chandler Riggs (who plays Carl) in the video interview below, which was taken during Riggs’ Entertainment Weekly cover shoot (you can buy all three collector covers right here!). “So at the end of the season about 50 people [from Woodbury] got off that bus. And so now that there’s 50 more people in the group, Rick and Carl might have some more time to get closer together. Or not.” Way to be cagey!

To see exclusive footage from EW’s Walking Dead cover shoot and to hear Riggs talk more about where things stand for Carl (as well as what it’s like to go hang out with zombies every day on set), just click on the video player below. Also make sure to watch our exclusive Facebook video with Norman Reedus. And for additional intel on season 4 of The Walking Dead (which begins Oct. 13), check out the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Norman Reedus explains why Daryl Dixon never runs out of arrows

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So many mysteries when it comes to AMC’s The Walking Dead. How did the zombie apocalypse begin? Why is everyone infected? Are there any safe areas left? Also, how is it that crossbow-wielding badass Daryl Dixon never manages to run out of arrows? We went straight to the source for answers and asked the man who plays Dixon, Norman Reedus, for an explanation.

“I try to recycle the arrows as much as possible,” says Reedus in the video interview below while taking a break from his Entertainment Weekly cover shoot (you can buy all three collector covers right here!). He’s got a point there as you often do see Daryl pull an arrow out of the skull of a walker he’s just put down. But still, with that few arrows at his disposal, and considering all the times he isn’t able to reuse one, it would seem he would have run out by now, right? “They go on runs and we raid places and this is Georgia so that is one of the weapons that people hunt with,” says Reedus. “So it’s not unheard of to find more arrows.” Reedus also assumes there is off-screen replenishment going on. “When you show this large of a time frame, there’s a lot of things that are sort of understood. You never see us go to the bathroom, but we do that.”

Reedus also spoke eloquently about the evolution of his character and how his on-screen brother Merle’s death has changed Daryl. As Reedus explains, with Merle gone, “Daryl has the opportunity to become the man he was never going to be.” To hear more from the man on all things Daryl Dixon, click on the video player below. Also make sure to watch our exclusive Facebook video with the star. And for additional intel on season 4 of The Walking Dead (which begins Oct. 13), check out the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now. READ FULL STORY

'Under the Dome' cast talks adaptations and bad guys at Comic-Con -- VIDEO

Adaptations have always had to tread the thin line between faithfulness and keeping things fresh — and the show Under the Dome is no different.

Adapted from Stephen King’s popular novel, the CBS show has had to somehow deviate from the original source work, in which the action only lasts a total of six days, in order to produce some longevity for the series.

Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican had the pleasure of sitting down with Dean Norris, Mike Vogel, and Rachelle Lefevre to discuss their summer hit. Check out their thoughts on the adaptation and the role of bad guys below:
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Who are 'The Tomorrow People'? CW cast tells all at Comic-Con -- VIDEO

Comic-Con is where fans can get some answers to their burning questions for their favorite TV shows, films, comic books and more. Luckily, some of the cast members from the CW’s upcoming remake of The Tomorrow Peoplsat down with Entertainment Weekly writer Keith Staskiewicz, spilling details about the new show.

Do you want to learn more about these genetically mutated — yet incredibly attractive — young adults? And what exactly is a tomorrow person? In case you never got to watch the 1973 or 1992 renditions of the sci-fi series, check out the interview below.
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'Community' panel at Comic-Con: Season 5 will go back to basics

The Project
Community

The Panel
Dan Harmon, Jim Rash (Dean Pelton), Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley), Alison Brie (Annie), Ken Jeong (Chang), Danny Pudi (Abed), Gillian Jacobs (Britta), and writer Chris McKenna

Footage Screened
A fan appreciation comparing the constant renewal of the beloved show to the Twinkie, the McRib and the triumph of putting a man on the moon. Big cheers erupted when Joel McHale said he wished he could french kiss all the rabid fans. Ending with the popular and now familiar “six seasons and a movie” slogan, the clip set the tone for the rest of the panel.

A great gag reel of Brie rapping, everyone dancing, and of course lots of laughing.

Snap Judgment
Dan Harmon came out in an Iron Man costume that said “streets ahead” on the back, with loud rock music paying. “It is good to be back,” he said. “I am millionaire playboy and creator Dan Harmon.”

Harmon does not consider these episodes the final 13, but the most important 13 in the history of the show — so he feels a lot of pressure but is excited to start moving. His return as showrunner is giving the creator and mastermind behind Community a lot of ideas for season 5. He wants to get back to the formula for seasons 1 and 2, when each episode was stellar in itself. “Get ready for grounded story work! Who likes their characters dimensionalized?” Harmon shouted.

A video featuring McHale encouraged fans to continue to use their power to make sure the show stays safe — and introduced moderator Chris Hardwick.

Community is the nerdiest show on television,” Hardwick declared. “Philosophically the show is nerdy because it’s this big underdog in the system and you keep fighting through.”

The entire cast was extremely grateful to the fans, and happily surprised they filled Hall H — especially Yvette Nicole Brown. “It’s like a wall of love,” she told fans. She saw her first Shirley cosplay at Comic-Con this year — a costume complete with a huge bag and a bottle of booze.

Harmon compared the giant crowd to his “own LeVar Burton” and said he could only let them down. Hall H erupted with shouts of “never!” and “we love you, Dan!”

The Big Revelations
An animated episode is on the docket.

The show will be syndicated on Comedy Central starting September 20 and on local stations September 16 so everyone can catch up before season 5!

Most incisive audience question
Where do the actors want to see their characters go in the future season?

Rash would love to continue to unravel the Dean’s craziness.

Brown wants to meet Shirley’s sister.

Brie would like to see Annie become empowered, and find her ambition again.

Jeong said he trusted Harmon’s vision and can’t wait to get started.

Pudi said he was looking forward to working with the cast because they’re all weird and wonderful.

Dino Stamatopoulos (“Starburns”) even surprised the audience by showing up at the mic as a belligerent un-fan who asked a lot of questions and teased the panelists. The general sentiment was one of optimism and enthusiasm for the future of Community — with a return to the original formula. There was a Human Being in the audience, Brie gave Pudi a wet willy, and it was generally just a Greendale-filled event. Six seasons and a movie!

'Once Upon A Time in Wonderland' cast talks costumes, fight scenes, and more

The cast of Once Upon A Time in Wonderland took a sojourn from Wonderland to the dreamland of Comic-Con over the weekend, dropping by EW’s digital studio for a chat with Sandra Gonzalez. The ABC show, premiering this fall, is a spin-off of Once Upon A Time, but this one takes place through the eyes of Alice, of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland fame. Cast members Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha, Peter Gadiot, Emma Rigby, and Naveen Andrews talked about those fantastical costumes, who can throw a punch, bringing fairytales to life, and more. Check out the interview below.

'The Walking Dead': Andrew Lincoln says Rick will be 'in a completely different place' in season 4

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There’s no doubt that Rick Grimes went a bit cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs after his wife Lori died during childbirth on The Walking Dead. Next thing you knew he was off seeing ghosts and avoiding his baby Judith as much as possible. But while Rick was not winning any father of the year awards last season, the man who plays him, Andrew Lincoln, says that parenting will come back into focus in season 4 — especially after son Carl went and killed a surrendering Woodbury teen named Jody in the season finale. “Certainly after the death of Lori, I think that a lot was brought into question, certainly in that last episode,” Lincoln said in the video interview below while taking a break from posing for the new cover of Entertainment Weekly. “And Andrea helped that sort of narrow his focus much more on his son, who is obviously in a very, very disturbed state toward the end of last season. And I think he has to take responsibility for that.”

But while Rick may strive to be a better father in season 4, those damn zombies and other nutjobs like the Governor keep seeming to get in the way. “You find him in a completely different place,” says Lincoln of Rick’s role. “And I do think that the struggle within him is still there, which is whether or not he should be a leader at the expense of being a father figure.” READ FULL STORY

Retta at Comic-Con: 'Parks and Recreation' wants Donna to 'get some ass'

The cast of NBC’s Parks and Recreation heads back to work on Aug. 5, which means star/renowned TV fan Retta was free to drop by EW’s studio at Comic-Con and dish on what story line she’d like her character, Donna, to finally get in season 6. Our headline is a pretty solid hint (as is our follow-up question about when her pal Joe Manganiello, from True Blood, might pop up on the comedy). Watch the interview below. READ FULL STORY

'Doctor Who' panel at Comic-Con: Trailer for 50th anniversary special shows meeting of David Tennant, Matt Smith

The project: BBC’s Doctor Who

The panel: Matt Smith (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara), showrunner Steven Moffat, producer Marcus Wilson. Plus — from upcoming docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, which depicts the making of Doctor Who‘s first episodes: star David Bradley (actor William Hartnell, who played the first Doctor), writer/executive producer Mark Gatiss, who also writes for Doctor Who

Footage screened: Everyone obsessively counting down to the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special got exactly the footage they’ve been dying to see: Smith and David Tennant, together at last. The crowd went nuts when the fan-favorite 10th Doctor appeared onscreen, but the volume level went even higher in Hall H when the two Doctors appeared side-by-side. There are some amusing in-sync moments — like Tennant and Smith crossing their legs at the same time — and they face off with their respective sonic screwdrivers. Of course, the 10th Doctor has an opinion about the TARDIS’ updated interior: “Oh, you’ve redecorated,” he says brightly, then, face souring, “I don’t like it.” Fans also saw a few glimpses of Billie Piper as Rose and of at least one foe the Doctors will face in the special: Daleks!

Two additional treats for the audience: A charming trailer for An Adventure in Space and Time and the song-and-dance cold open of a Smith-featuring episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson — the Scottish-born talk show host moderated the panel, which closed with his ode to the show about “the triumph of intellect and romance over brute force and cynicism.”

Snap judgment: Hall H was electrified throughout the panel for the sci-fi series, which continues to find a growing audience stateside. Cosplayers depicting the Doctor and girls in TARDIS dresses were legion in the crowd, which was also was sprinkled with fans who raised their own sonic screwdrivers in the air to welcome the panelists. Ferguson’s energy and quippy comments only added to an already lively and delightful panel, which also served as a goodbye to Smith, who recently announced that he’s coming to the end of his time as the Doctor.

The big revelations: With the script for the Christmas special not yet complete, and the search for Smith’s replacement still ongoing, teases for what’s ahead were in short supply. Ferguson did ask Moffat that big question of who will play the 12th Doctor, but there’s no news to report in that department yet. So aside from the footage screened, the panel featured no details on the Christmas or anniversary specials — although Smith did pitch where he’d like to shoot his final episode: “I would like to go on record and say I really want to shoot the Christmas special in America,” he said. “Is this a maybe? Can I get a definitely maybe?” he said, turning to his producers. Alas, he didn’t get his definitely maybe, but perhaps Comic-Conners saw the beginning of the negotiation process for getting the Doctor back on American soil.

Thought-provoking insights about the Doctor from Moffat: The showrunner is a lifelong Doctor Who fan. He knows this character really well. So anytime Moffat eloquently discusses what makes this guy tick is a real treat. One observation: “The doctor should be mysterious. He hasn’t told you everything. He’s gone 50 years without introducing himself properly.” Also: “There’s only one Doctor. He has lots of different faces, but he’s always the same. He lives in the moment all the time. He never really looks back. He’s a creature of the moment, right now. As a time traveler, I suppose everything is happening to him at once anyway. The other thing is that I also think he’s different ages at once. He’s a child, he’s a stroppy teenager, he’s a middle-aged bore, he’s a grumpy old man — all at once, all those things at the same time. And the actor that has done that the best to date is Matt.”

'Breaking Bad' at Comic-Con: Bryan Cranston & co. talk favorite, challenging moments

The H in Hall H stood for Heisenberg on Sunday, as the Breaking Bad cast (Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk and RJ Mitte, minus Betsy Brandt) and creator Vince Gilligan took the stage at Comic-Con to reflect on the show’s celebrated five-season run and screen some new footage. Here are your highlights:

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'Falling Skies': How Doug Jones transformed into the alien warrior Cochise -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Doug Jones has played many beloved and recognizable characters in movies like Helboy and Pan’s Labyrinth. But Jones himself may not be all that recognizable to audiences — he typically appears onscreen with his appearance totally transformed. The 53-year-old actor has developed a specialty in portraying fantastical characters created with heavy prosthetic makeup. He currently appears on TNT’s Falling Skies as the alien Cochise.

Showrunner Remi Aubuchon told EW that while they were casting Cochise, “we didn’t think we could ever get [Jones for the show]. He’s in great demand. But he was the first name that ever came up.”

The relationship between Cochise and Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) as they strategize fighting the Espheni aliens was key, Aubuchon explained. “I felt strongly that having a tennis ball and the script supervisor reading the lines off-stage and then filling it in later would not give us that kind of intimacy that I felt was important with that relationship,” he said. So it was essential to cast an actor who could work with practical makeup effects on set. Enter Doug Jones.

Cochise is a warrior who’s never seen his home planet — like Earth it was invaded by aliens, so Cochise was born on a ship in the middle of the Vohm’s ongoing battle against the Espheni. That lifelong warrior identity informed how Jones moves while playing the role. READ FULL STORY

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