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From 'Game of Thrones' to 'Gotham': Let's start embracing adaptations

We all have that book or graphic novel that holds a special place in our hearts—the one that knows exactly what emotions we’re feeling and what we’re going through, the one that understands us better than we understand ourselves, the one we would be hesitant to see made into a film or television series, the one that would need to be adapted so perfectly in order to encapsulate the magic of the original story.

Unfortunately, we live in an age of adaptions, of remakes, of sequels. Nothing’s new anymore. This year, we got four new comic book adaptions added to our TV screens: Gotham, The Flash, Constantine, and Agent Carter. That’s in addition to already running series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Walking Dead, not to mention the many series based on books, like Game of Thrones, Under the Dome, and The Strain.

With all of this adaptation going on, it’s high time that we make our peace with it. Here’s how:Read More

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'The Strain' season finale leaves unfinished business for season 2

Season 1 | Episode 13 | “The Master” | Aired Oct 5, 2014

It’s hard to believe that only a week has passed on The Strain from the time Flight 753 brought the Master to New York City to now. The season 1 finale finds our Scooby Gang finally taking on the Master, but as you might guess, things don’t go quite as planned. Let’s be honest: This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the show was renewed for a second season. Meanwhile, the hooded vamps make Gus an enticing deal in an attempt to recruit him into their own hunter gang. Let’s get down to the dirty deets.

Eldritch gets his balls back: With his newfound strength, Eldi decides to bust out his Armani—and liquid foundation. Did anyone else notice that with every scene Eldritch was in, he had a little bit more bronzer on? Maybe it’s all that quality time he’s spending with Thomas. That’s right; these two are besties now. Well, sort of. Eldi is doing the Master’s bidding and has Abe’s Batcave belongings moved into his office building. He even takes Abe’s wife’s heart-in-a-jar and displays it with other jars containing his failed organs. Been Netflixing The Walking Dead, Eldi-poo?Read More


'The Strain' recap: The Batcave is compromised

Season 1 | Episode 12 | “Last Rites” | Aired Sept 28, 2014

The Strain continues its action-packed streak with episode 12, “Last Rites.” We finally got the Gus screen time we’ve been waiting for, plus more flashbacks of Abe, and we saw old man Eldi happier than Buddy the Elf on a chocolate-syrup binge. Let’s get right to it and dive into the dirty deets.

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'The Strain' recap: Is Zack worse than Carl Grimes at staying in the house?

Season 1 | Episode 11 | “The Third Rail” | Aired Sept 21, 2014

This week, FX’s The Strain steps up its game after two lackluster episodes in a row. “The Third Rail” brings back the suspense and action-packed drama audiences raved about a few episode ago in “Creatures of the Night.” In the 11th episode, we finally see the people of New York realistically responding to the pending vampire apocalypse with chaos and mayhem. Plus, getting to see the whole gang together on a life-or-death mission to take down the Master didn’t hurt either.

We’re hoping this is the path The Strain stays on, and we get a solid finish to the first season. Without further ado, let’s get to the dirty deets. Here’s everything you need to know about what went down on this week’s episode of The Strain.

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'The Strain' recap: Will the Master make Kelly part of his plan?

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Loved Ones” | Aired Sept 14, 2014

As the first season of FX’s The Strain comes to an end (only three more episodes left), our Scooby Gang is still scrambling to find a way to take down the Master and save the world. This week in “Loved Ones,” Eph hits the streets looking for Kelly, Vas tries to use his flirtatious ways to gain access to the Stoneheart Group offices, and Dutch gets a good shot in on Eldritch Palmer. Let’s get down to the dirty deets.

Eph promises to bring Kelly home: Zack proves that he’s a mini computer genius and manages to track Kelly’s phone on a weak Internet connection. It looks like the phone is moving, so Zack and Eph are hoping that this means Kelly is still alive and well. Eph knows better than to get his hopes up. Seriously, what would explain her not returning home at this point? He decides to follow the signal and heads out alone to search for her. What he finds is that a woman has stolen her cell phone after finding it on the ground near Kelly’s abandoned car. Inside the car, Eph finds blood on a napkin, which is a terrible sign. His next stop is Diane’s house, and let’s just say, he can tell Kelly has definitely been there …

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'The Strain' interview: You'll never guess what the Master binge-watches

On Saturday, we caught up with Robert Maillet (The Strain, 300, Pacific Rim, Sherlock Holmes) at Indianapolis’ HorrorHound Weekend, an annual convention that allows horror fans to get close and personal with some of their favorite genre actors. Maillet currently portrays the Master, an ancient vampire and the show’s Big Bad, on FX’s hit new series The Strain. He sat down to dish about his character’s big reveal, the brilliance of Guillermo del Toro (executive producer) and what he thinks the Master does to help him sleep at night.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY COMMUNITY: The Strain has been a colossal hit for FX. Have you been surprised by the show’s success?

ROBERT MAILLET: Yes and no. It’s new for me, being a part of a series. The books by Guillermo del Toro were amazing, so I knew it was going to transcend well into the series because they honored the books so well. They spent so much time to make the series unique and special.Read More

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'The Strain' recap: Sorry, Nora—family first

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “The Disappeared” | Aired Sept 7, 2014

Things are certainly heating up on FX’s The Strain, and we’re not just talking about the pending vampire apocalypse. In this episode, “The Disappeared,” Eph and Nora take their relationship to the next level. We can’t say we didn’t see that one coming, but the timing is all wrong. With Kelly Goodweather missing, Eph’s focus is solely on his family, leaving us to wonder if Nora is just a distraction for Eph—a momentary escape from his grim reality. Dutch also plays a major role in the episode, as she comes clean to Abraham about her role in Palmer and Eichhorst’s plot. In other episode news, Vasiliy continues to be the man of our dreams and Zack is turning into a little Carl Grimes (The Walking Dead). Here’s everything you need to know about this episode of The Strain.Read More


Team TSD tells EW Radio 'The Strain' vampires do not sparkle

Community contributors Liz and Lindi (aka Team TSD—TV Supernatural Dramas) have the cure if you’re suffering from vampire ennui. These brave women prescribe you season 1 of The Strain. Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse’s vampires do not sparkle, they don’t go to high school, and “16-year-old girls will not have posters of these vampires next to their Damon Salvatore poster.”

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‘The Strain’ hits its stride with 'Creatures of the Night'

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Creatures of the Night” | Aired Aug 31, 2014

Goodness gracious. Great balls of fire! That’s what we’re talking about, people! That episode was the best one so far, hands down. The Strain hits its stride in episode 8, “Creature of the Night,” when it brings Vasiliy and the blond computer hacker (Dutch) onto Team Ephraham (Abraham and Eph). The suspense was through the roof—with vampires and gore galore. We also got our first major death of the season, and it was a shocker indeed. Injuring Thomas last episode sent a very clear message to the Master, and in this episode, the Master replies—with a swarm of relentless vampires. Here’s everything you need to know about what went down on that brilliant episode of The Strain.Read More


‘The Strain’ recap: Creepy newbies bring big questions

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “For Services Rendered” | Aired Aug 24, 2014

This episode rocked! The Strain keeps getting better and better with each episode. This week, Abraham stresses to Eph the importance of trusting him no matter what. Surely Eph has no problem with a little blind faith in the midst of a vampire apocalypse. According to Abraham, if you kill the Master, all of his spawn will die as well. Abraham, Eph, Nora and Jim plot to lure Thomas to Grand Central Station in the hopes that he can lead them to the Master.

Spoiler alert! It doesn’t work. Here’s everything you need to know about this week’s episode of The Strain. Let’s go!Read More


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Sending self-destructing pictures and videos is nice and all, but Snapchat wants to do more. The popular social network is broadening its horizons and getting into the entertainment game—by making an original web series named after a rather tired Internet meme. 

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'Disney Infinity 2.0' Toy Box comes to iPhones, iPads

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Disney Interactive has released the Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 for free on iPhones and iPads, meaning it’s now possible for you to have Aladdin and Baymax race each other in Guardians of the Galaxy-themed cars when you’re on the go. 

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How 'Parenthood' thrived, despite a spoiler-addicted society

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In the age of live-tweeting, the most talked-about shows on television tend to be those that give viewers (and Twitter users) plenty of big, bold moments that inspire strong, immediate reactions. Which, in turn, means that the most talked-about shows inevitably end up being labeled TV’s most successful shows. Think about it: There’s Game of Thrones, with its Red Wedding, Purple Wedding, and continuous stream of unexpected deaths. We have Shonda Rhimes, who’s arguably the queen of the WTF moment with ScandalGrey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away With Murder. And then there’s the ever-more-popular True Detective format, which is built entirely around solving a mystery—preferably one with a surprising result. Essentially, TV’s best dramas must, on some level, be edge-of-your-seat thrillers.

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Conan O'Brien, Marshawn Lynch, and Rob Gronkowski lose their minds over 'Mortal Kombat'

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'Transistor,' 'Rogue Legacy' among free games for PlayStation Plus in February

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PopWatch Confessional: The thing you used to love (that now makes you cringe)

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Ahh, youth, when naivete and limitless free time conspire to form overwhelming cultural obsessions—the sort that burn bright and hot, consuming vast amounts of energy until you get a little older and realize, “Wait. What the hell was I thinking?” (This is the moment where I pause, look to the heavens, and thank whatever’s up there that I never ended up getting a Rent-inspired tattoo when I was 18.)

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Chris Hardwick looks back at five years of Nerdist podcast

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Five years in, Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist podcast is only continuing to grow.

What started as three friends gathering around some microphones on Super Bowl Sunday in 2010 has turned into over 600 episodes of the flagship Nerdist podcasts, a website, and a host of other podcasts on the Nerdist Network. 

The show celebrates its fifth anniversary with episode 631, a special live show recorded at the NerdMelt Showroom. Hardwick spoke to EW about the live show, what Nerdist has meant for him over the last five years, and where he hopes to take it in the years to come.

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Warner Bros. to launch new Batman, Justice League animated movies based on toys

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Chances are you’ve already gotten a sneak peek at DC’s next big animated project if you’ve spent any time buying superhero toys.

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'Life Is Strange' Episode 1 review: 'Chrysalis'

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