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'Agents of SHIELD' echoes government privacy debate -- EXCLUSIVE

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A slippery roving hacker is devoted to revealing the secrets of a mysterious government organization. But the unit’s agents argue their work should remain private from prying civilian eyes. They dismiss the blogger as one of those “pseudo-anarchist hacker types” and insist there are some things the general public is better off not knowing.

“People keep secrets for a reason,” one agent declares.

This is not the plot from the inevitable Edward Snowden movie. It’s a story thread in ABC’s highly anticipated fall drama Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D., the heavily buzzed TV-sized spin-off of 2012’s hit film The Avengers about a team of government agents protecting mankind from super-powered threats. The pilot was shot this spring, before the former NSA contractor revealed the U.S. government’s vast data collection program and sparked a worldwide debate about secrets and privacy.

The upcoming show’s unintentional similarities to the current headlines is not lost on those working behind the scenes on the series. “In a world of Wikileaks and the NSA, this show could not be more topical if we timed it,” says Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, who will present a first-look at footage from the show’s pilot at Comic-Con on Friday. “The world that’s in the story asks: ‘When is it appropriate for us to know secrets and why? And how much do we need to know?’ It all comes back to secrets.”

It’s worth pointing out the secrets being defended in the show are quite different than the real-life debate. The S.H.I.E.L.D. team deals with exotic threats and considers itself “the line between the world and the much weirder world.” Which is a fair conversation, too: How much do we really want to know about the dangers our country faces? READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Exclusive first photo of Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as new character Bob Stookey

A lot of familiar faces — Lori, T-Dog, Merle, Andrea — did not make it out of last season of The Walking Dead alive. But reinforcements are on the way. Not only have newcomers like Tyreese (Chad Coleman) and sister Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) joined the survivors at the prison for season 4, but there will be a fresh new face as well. The name attached to that face is Bob Stookey, a character from both The Walking Dead comic book and The Road to Woodbury novel. And not only can you see the exclusive first image of Bob Stookey in full right here by clicking on the “Full Size Image” button above, but you can score some fresh intel about the character from the new showrunner as well as the man who plays Stookey below. READ FULL STORY

'Arrow' EP teases season two: A new big bad, makeovers and more

Oliver (Stephen Amell) may have played the part of a vigilante in season one, but when Arrow returns this fall he’ll take on a new role: hero.

“You’ll see exactly why it’s necessary for Oliver to be a hero,” explains exec producer Marc Guggenheim. “It’s all in response to what happened in the season finale.”

Guggenheim says he wants the second season—which will pick up five months after the destruction filled finale—to feel like a sequel. In other words, expect to see a slew of new characters and a new look for Oliver’s lair. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Glenn and Maggie lock lips in exclusive super-hot photo and GIF

They had some tough times in season 3 of The Walking Dead, what with her being forced to strip down by the Governor and him not being able to get over it. But Maggie and Glenn finally worked it out and even got engaged before all was said and done. How are things between the pair when things pick up in season 4? Pretty damn fine, it seems. “It’s in a really safe place,” says the woman who plays Maggie, Lauren Cohan, of the relationship. Steven Yeun, a.k.a. Glenn, agrees. “They’re in a good groove, living as close to what normal life should be,” says Yeun. “Whatever you can call that in this world.”

In fact, Cohan and Yeun got into the mood, so to speak, during a recent Entertainment Weekly photo shoot to show us just how great things are. They are lip-smacking, face-sucking, full-body-embracing great! Click on the “Full Size Image” button above to check out the rest of the smooch in all its full-sized glory. And then look below to see their passion in animated GIF form! Let’s just hope there are still condoms available in the zombie apocalypse, or else baby Judith Grimes may soon be having play dates.

For more on season 4 of The Walking Dead, check out the Entertainment Weekly cover story, hitting newsstands Friday, July 19.

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'Agents of SHIELD': Clark Gregg's 'commanding presence' calls the tune for composer Bear McCreary

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At Comic-Con this week in San Diego, Bear McCreary will be introduced as the composer for the ABC pilot for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which aims to bring the Marvel Universe into primetime television with a mythology that is tethered somewhat to the silver screen exploits of the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., the government agency that answers a world with thunder gods and gamma-green monsters.

McCreary’s new post will surprise exactly no one in San Diego. The classically trained pianist and graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music has been in the ear of discerning genre fans in a big way the past decade as the composer of some truly distinctive themes — among them the unsettling strings that open AMC’s record-setting hit The Walking Dead and the dark tribal exhilaration of the drums that ushered in episodes of the Peabody Award-winning series Battlestar Galactica.

Jeph Loeb, the head of television for Marvel, said McCreary is a collaborator with boundless energy and a gift for finding the “emotional vibrancy” of moments and music and message. We caught up with the 34-year-old McCreary for a quick chat about music, heroes, Joss Whedon, and an old television show about an intergalactic garbage hauler.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: With a project like this there are so many questions from the get-go but is there a place you typically start that investigation? Do you start with pinning down facts or finding feelings?
BEAR MCCREARY: I like to bring something unique to every project I take on, something that can immediately hook the audience and tell them what show or film they’re watching, or game they’re playing. The furious tremolo strings at the beginning of The Walking Dead main title, or the heavy percussion of Battlestar Galactica are great examples. At first glance, I was nervous that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be difficult to approach. … It ties together a cinematic universe that spans years of characters, storylines and scores by talented composers. The instant I saw the pilot, I connected immediately with the characters.
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'Sharknado' star Cassie Scerbo: 'My number one fear is sharks!'

You might know her better as a blonde gymnast from ABC Family’s Make It or Break It, but after Thursday’s premiere of Sharknado, this newly brunette tomboy has even more plans after the Syfy monster flick made waves on social media. Sharknado may just be the beginning for the leading lady. Called the “next Lara Croft” by numerous Twitter admirers and “Lovely Lady of the Day” by Sports Illustrated, her action chick performance as Nova has fans waiting to see where she ends up next. Cassie chatted with EW about the original movie title we didn’t know about, carrying shotguns on the 405, and a possible sequel for the shark attack shlock. READ FULL STORY

'Dracula' scoop: NBC's new series teams the titular vamp with ... Van Helsing!

This fall, NBC will unleash its new remake of Bram Stoker’s classic vampire saga Dracula on Friday night TV audiences. The Tudors‘ Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays the titular character in the series, which has a fair share of diversions from Stoker’s text.

Says executive producer Tony Krantz (24), “We’ve made a number of alterations with regard to the classic Dracula.” One of the biggest twists? In this new take, which premieres Oct. 25 at 10 p.m., Dracula works alongside Van Helsing (played by The River‘s Thomas Kretschmann). “In our tale, Dracula and Van Helsing are actually partners,” reveals Krantz. “They’ve partnered up to fight a bigger bad, which is called The Order of the Dragon, a secret organization. This is an order of right-wing zealots who cursed Dracula and turned him into a vampire years ago. We flash forward to today to Victorian England where Dracula has assumed the alter ego of an American inventor by the name of Alexander Grayson. He has come to England to essentially avenge the fact that he was turned into a monster years ago.”

For those of you attending Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego, NBC will be showing a new trailer for Dracula after the Grimm panel.

Comic-Con 2013 official bags are backpacks with capes -- PHOTOS

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At next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. is once again providing the official bags of the mega fan event, the stuffed sacks that are handed to every registered attendee packed full of promotional goodies. And once again, the bags are branded with the studio’s shows that are paneling at the convention.

But this year, there’s a change: The hefty bags have evolved into smaller backpacks, and the backpacks have capes.

Below are images of the bags for NBC’s Revolution and The CW’s Arrow, both of which have panels this year. With a full 130,000 bags being produced for the event, expect the skies over the convention center to be pretty crowded. READ FULL STORY

First Look: 'Bones' 'heads' to Comic-Con with new poster -- EXCLUSIVE

Feast your eyes on one thing that definitely needs to find its way into your giant swag bag during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

Above is the exclusive first look at this year’s Bones poster that will be made available during the annual event.

How to get one? Step one: Get to Comic-Con. Step 2: Get thee to the Fox booth (#4229) and be patient. Step 3 (optional but recommended): Get your poster signed by stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel Friday at 1:45 p.m. at the Fox booth.

Posters aside, make sure you try to score a coveted spot at the Bones panel, taking place in Ballroom 20 at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. And if you’re at home, make sure you stay glued to EW.com for continuing coverage. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead': Daryl Dixon is a masked man in exclusive season 4 photo

The producers of AMC’s The Walking Dead have promised even scarier zombies and another new threat to rock the survivors when the hit cable drama returns for season 4 in October. But they did not warn us of the possibility that DARYL DIXON MAY NO LONGER HAVE A FACE! Okay, maybe that’s jumping to conclusions, but check out the exclusive new season 4 photo in full by clicking on the “Full Size Image” button above. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con 2013: 'Doctor Who' executive producer Steven Moffat talks about the 'terrifying' search for a new Time Lord

Last month, the BBC announced that Doctor Who star Matt Smith had decided to leave the 50-year-old British science fiction show after this year’s special Christmas episode. So how goes the search for the next Doctor? “Well, it’s always just terrifying,” says Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat, who recruited Smith to replace his predecessor, David Tennant, back in late 2008. “If you’re a Doctor Who fan, as I have been all my life, you’ve been doing fantasy casting for this part for as long as you can remember. But when you’re suddenly faced with the reality that you are going to sit there and you are going to make that decision it does feel absolutely chilling. There’s a very big range of people who could play it and different ways you could go with it. We must get this right. One false move and the show’s over.”

Below, Moffat — who will be appearing at the Comic-Con Doctor Who 50th anniversary panel along with Smith and other Who notables  — talks more about the search for a new Doctor, Smith’s decision to leave the show, and why he’s got a bone to pick with Ryan Gosling. READ FULL STORY

NBC giving out free chairs at Comic-Con

The bad thing about Comic-Con? The lines. The lines worm their way through their way through the San Diego Convention Center. They wrap around buildings. The lines match the epic-ness of any sci-fi movie panel. Typically you have two choices when faced with a line: You can sit on the hard ground like you’re begging for change, or you can stand wearily at attention until your knees buckle.

But this year, NBC and Universal Television are providing a third choice. The network and studio are giving away free chairs at Comic-Con (below). We’re told this is a first. Granted, they are not leather recliners with pop-out foot rests. They are fold-out cardboard and unpadded. But they work (we tried one). We’re not sure if they will support a man wearing 70 pounds of Master Chief armor, but they should work for nearly everybody else.

Images from NBC’s Grimm and Dracula will be displayed on the three-sided chair as a way to spread awareness for the network’s presence at the event. Other NBC shows that will be represented at the best include Community, Revolution and The Blacklist. The chairs will be available for free at NBC’s Comic-Con headquarters next week at the Tin Fish restaurant in the Gaslamp District, while supplies last. READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con 2013: The full TV line-up

It’s time to finalize those Comic-Con schedules.

With the annual pop culture-paloooza just weeks away, the event’s organizers have finally released an official schedule, and if you thought your schedule looked packed based on initial panel reports, prepare yourself for more than a few tough choices.

For those not attending the Con, which runs July 17-21, stay close to EW.com all Comic-Con week long for live coverage, including breaking news, interviews and more. (Bookmark this.)

Here’s the full rundown of the TV line-up. Head to Inside Movies to create more schedule conflicts for yourself with the complete movie highlights list. Good luck! READ FULL STORY

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