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Vanessa Williams opens up about being molested by a female when she was 10
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Video: Charlie Sheen 'hammered' at Taco Bell 15 July 2014, 20.33 Entertainment
Video: Charlie Sheen 'hammered' at Taco Bell
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Aaron Hernandez -- MOVING TO A NEW JAIL 06 July 2014, 22.31 Entertainment
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Chris Brown -- Carried Out of BET Awards After-Party 29 June 2014, 15.19 Entertainment
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Donald Sterling -- My Doc Says I'm MENTALLY COMPETENT! 29 June 2014, 15.19 Entertainment
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Rosie O’Donnell to return to 'The View,' source says 29 June 2014, 15.19 Entertainment
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Celebs who don't dress their age 29 June 2014, 15.19 Entertainment
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Maxim Monday: Hot models, celebs and gals next door 29 June 2014, 15.19 Entertainment
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Model Cara Delevingne addresses issue of her sexuality 27 June 2014, 16.44 Entertainment
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Whoopi Goldberg's clout grows at 'The View' 27 June 2014, 16.44 Entertainment
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Ice-T's grandson arrested for accidentally killing his roommate
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Video: ‘Unforgettable’ star Poppy Montgomery remembers her serious Luke Perry crush
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Video: Who is our new favorite ‘Jeopardy’ loser? 27 June 2014, 16.43 Entertainment
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Seth MacFarlane will match donations in ‘Reading Rainbow’ Kickstarter
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The art of the public apology: 19 takes on ‘I’m sorry’
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Black belt Miss Nevada KOs Miss USA competition PDF Print E-mail

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June 8, 2014: Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez adjusts her crown after being crowned the new Miss USA during the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

BATON ROUGE, La. –  Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, was crowned Miss USA 2014 on Sunday night.

The 24-year-old from Las Vegas beat out 50 other contestants from all the states and the District of Columbia for the title of 63rd Miss USA. First runner-up was Miss North Dakota Audra Mari.Erin Brady, of South Glastonbury, Connecticut, the 2013 winner, gave up her crown to Sanchez after a three-hour telecast from the Baton Rouge Civic Center in Louisiana.

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Other runner-ups, judged on interviews, evening gowns and swimsuits were: home state beauty queen, Miss Louisiana Brittany Guidry; Miss Georgia Tiana Griggs, Miss Florida Brittany Oldehoff and Miss Iowa Carlyn Bradarich.

Bradarich got a second chance when the viewing audience gave her the most votes on Twitter in the pageant's first-ever "Save the Queen" option.

Sanchez will go on to represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe competition later this year.

In a vibrant red floor-length fishtail gown, Miss Nevada talked about the importance of women being able to defend themselves when asked a question about the high rate of sexual assaults on college campuses. Judge Rumer Willis, the 25-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, said 19 percent of U.S. undergraduate women are victims of sexual assault and asked Sanchez why she thinks this is being swept under the rug and what should be done about it.

Sanchez said bringing awareness to the issue was important, as well as women taking it upon themselves to learn how to defend themselves.

The subject of sexual assault was also on the mind of Miss Pennsylvania Valerie Gatto. She made headlines this week when she said she was the product of rape. During a taped segment that aired when her name was called, Gatto said her mother was 19 when she was attacked leaving work in Pittsburgh and became pregnant.

Gatto said she is living proof "that your circumstances do not define your life."

First runner-up Mari said she overcame being bullied in high school by competing in ice hockey. The Fargo, N.D., native wore a green floor-length evening gown and in her final interview talked about the importance of getting an education and going to college.

Contestants entered the stage on a glitzy float as Louisiana native singer-songwriter Marc Broussard sang the New Orleans hits "Iko Iko" and "Hey Pocky Way" to kick off the 2014 contest. The women introduced themselves while holding Mardi Gras masks in their hands as purple, green and gold confetti fell in the background.

The pageant also included musical acts by the country music duo Florida Georgia Line, rapper Nelly and Latin pop band Camila.

Celebrity judges walked a red carpet in evening gowns and tuxedos before the start of the show, posing for pictures and talking about the qualities they would be looking for in the beauty they crown the winner.

"It's very important that she has confidence," said Barbara Palacios, Miss Universe 1986 and a coach and judge for the new Telemundo reality show, "Miss Latina Universo." "The right attitude and perseverance are also very important."

"It's all about the eyes," said Lance Bass of the pop singing boy group NSYNC. "I just want to see a girl that is just really having a good time up there."

Others who walked the red carpet were former NBA star Karl Malone; actors Ian Ziering, Melissa Peterman and Rumer Willis; pageant show host Jeannie Mai; and Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe Organization, which includes the Miss USA pageant.

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Rep says Morgan 'more responsive' after surgery, but will likely be hospitalized for several weeks PDF Print E-mail

 

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan faces several weeks in a New Jersey hospital after undergoing surgery on a broken leg suffered in a chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday that killed one man and left three critically injured, including Morgan. 

Morgan's spokesman, Lewis Kay, said Sunday that the "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" star was "more responsive" after surgery, but remained in critical condition.

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Kay said that Morgan sustained a broken femur, broken nose and several broken ribs. He did not give an exact timetable for Morgan's release from Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, but added that Morgan's family is "tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans."

Meanwhile, police told ABC News that the Walmart truck driver charged in the accident was likely dozing moments before the collision. Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Ga., was charged with with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Authorities say that Roper's truck smashed into the back of Morgan's chauffeured Mercedes limo bus after he swerved to avoid a crash in Cranbury Township, N.J. 

Roper, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in to state police. He was released on $50,000 bail Saturday night and has been placed on administrative leave, Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said Sunday.

Wal-Mart President Bill Simon said in a statement that the company "will take full responsibility" if authorities determine its truck caused the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board is working with state police to look at any issues in the crash related to commercial trucking and limousine safety.

One of Morgan’s writers and mentors, James McNair, 63, of Peekskill, N.Y., was declared dead at the scene of the accident. Also critically injured were Morgan's assistant, Jeffrey Millea, 36, of Shelton, Connecticut, and comedian Ardie Fuqua Jr., 43, of Jersey City.

Morgan, 45, was returning to New York with a group of friends after a performance at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Delaware.

Tyrone Gale, who was driving the limo bus, told ABC News that he was disoriented after the vehicle flipped over and could hear Morgan yelling for help.

"I climbed around and heard Tracy screaming for help," Gale said. "I climbed up on the body of the limo bus ... but I couldn't reach them."

Fuqua's mother, Doris, said she visited him in the hospital Saturday. The writer-comedian had toured with Morgan for nearly a year, she said, and had opened for him Friday night.

"We're hoping for the best," Doris Fuqua said Sunday, adding that she didn't know how long he may be hospitalized. "It's too early to tell."

McNair, 62, of Peekskill, New York, was a close friend and mentor to Morgan, Morgan's ex-wife, Sabina Morgan, told the New York Daily News. "He was one of the first comedians that took Tracy under his wing," she said. "They were very close."

Royale Watkins, a Los Angeles-based comedian who said he had performed in New York clubs with Morgan and McNair, described McNair as having a big personality.

"There may be guys like Tracy who get the fame and notoriety, but you have people like Jimmy Mack who have kind of energized and fueled cats like Tracy and kept them going on the road," Watkins said.

Morgan, a New York City native, gained fame when he became a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" in 1996, and was on the sketch-comedy program for seven years before leaving to star in "The Tracy Morgan Show" in 2003. In 2006, Morgan found a long-running role on NBC's hit show "30 Rock," which was created by "SNL" co-star Tina Fey.

He received an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor for "30 Rock" in 2009.

Morgan grew up fatherless, one of five siblings, in a low-income neighborhood in Brooklyn, where he helped raise and support the family.

He once called his gift for being funny "a defense mechanism" for his miserable circumstances. As a teen, he started doing comedy on the streets to supplement the family's welfare income.

In recent years, he has struggled with alcoholism and been arrested on drunken driving charges. He had a successful kidney transplant in late 2010.  

Morgan's films include "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back," "The Longest Yard," "First Sunday," "Rio," and "Why Stop Now."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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'Game of Thrones' recap: Bloody battle a bore, another character bites the dust PDF Print E-mail

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Kit Harrington as Jon Snow on HBO's 'Game of Thrones' (Courtesy HBO)

Historically, the ninth episode of the season is a big one for "Game of Thrones". Ned’s beheading, the battle at Blackwater and the Red Wedding were all featured in the penultimate episode of their seasons, making expectations for "The Watchers on the Wall" impossibly high. Maybe it's because fans are still reeling from last week's shocking ending, a classic "Thrones" twist, but this hour just didn’t pack the same punch.

It opens with Sam and Jon discussing the upcoming invasion. Sam’s curiosity about Ygritte gets the best of him and he forces Jon to do some reminiscing about his spurned lover. Sam laments the loss of Gilly, sure he’s responsible for her and her son’s demise. Which makes it especially sweet when she shows up at the gate with her baby, begging to be let in. Sam promises he’ll never leave her again, storing her in the basement at Castle Black, just minutes before the wildlings are about to attack. Gilly begs Sam not to leave again and he promises he will return, sealing the deal with a long awaited kiss. By episode's end both Jon and Sam reunite with their love interests, though only one woman lives to tell the tale.

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Ygritte’s been whittling arrows, dreaming of her chance to kill Jon Snow, leading some of her army to question whether or not she's all talk. By the time they storm the wall, she's a woman on a mission. She takes out Crows left and right, mercilessly killing anyone who crosses her path. She pauses when she spots Jon engaged in a brutal fistfight with Styr the Thenn. Throughout the battle he’s shown great leadership, taking charge of the men, protecting the wall, assigning his brothers tasks to keep the intruders out. The fight with Styr is bloody, brutal, and ends with Jon spitting blood in his opponents face before burying a hammer into his skull.

That’s when his eyes meet Ygritte’s. She has her crossbow aimed at him, a perfect shot, but it's immediately clear she would never be able to fire at her ex. Before either can get a word in, the young boy who'd survived Ygritte's earlier attack shoots an arrow straight through her heart. Ygritte dies in Jon's arms, but not before uttering her famous catchphrase "you know nothing Jon Snow.”

The Night's Watch has won the battle, but Jon reminds them they hadn’t won the war. At episode's end, he decides to take off alone to kill Mance Raider, hoping that eliminating the leader will stop the attacks. The screen fades to white as Jon Snow heads into the unknown, ending with more of a whimper than a bang. 

So where did the episode go wrong?

The battle itself was impressive but it lacked heart. Sure, viewers love Jon Snow and even Sam, but many of the other members of the Night’s Watch are fairly forgettable. Visually, it was impressive to watch many of them be massacred, attacked by everything from flaming arrows to monstrous giants and wooly mammoths. Blood splattered everywhere as throats were cut, men from both sides were impaled, and a massive fire burned in the distance.The CGI was some of the most expansive and impressive on the show to date, but special effects mean little when so many of the characters are merely cannon fodder.

There were two standout moments. The first was Ghost finally being let out of his cage. It was gratifying to watch Jon’s direwolf tear out the throats of the monsters and men who have been responsible for so much of this season's violence. The second came from a Grenn and a group of Crows guarding the gate under Jon’s instruction. The men watch in horror as one of the giants begins to lift open the outer gate and crawl under. As fear sets in, one of the men attempts to retreat, but Grenn stops him. They begin to chant the Night's Watch oath as a colossal giant barrels down the corridor, heading straight for them. We find out later that the men didn’t survive, but they did manage to kill the giant, keeping Castle Black safe (for now).

It was a risky move to exclusively feature the less popular characters of Castle Black, and while it was certainly satisfying to watch Jon and Sam come into their own, it pales in comparison to season two's 'Blackwater'.

With only one episode left, does 'Thrones' have time to deliver another stunning twist that will keep fans talking until season five?

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‘Turn’ season finale: The rebels are coming! The rebels are coming! PDF Print E-mail

When we first met Abraham Woodhull, the saddest cabbage farmer in all of 1776 Long Island, earlier this year, he was suffering through the psychological discomfort of sitting on the political fence while his childhood friends took up arms for the patriot cause against the garrison of British soldiers in his hometown of Setauket. Ben Talmadge was a Connecticut Dragoon officer. Caleb Brewster had gone underground to disrupt British operations. And Anna Strong, the woman Abe gave up to marry his dead brother’s fiancée, was likely spitting in the redcoats’ whiskey as she served them at her husband’s pub. Slowly, Abe became the key player in what became the Culper spy ring, the secret New York intelligence operation that George Washington relied on to conduct his war strategy. But though he’s a valuable asset, Abe mostly has been a lover, not a fighter. Despite his resurgent passion for Anna, he’s perceived by most as an upstanding family man — a conflicted husband, a devoted father, the son of the town’s most prominent Loyalist — and in the season premiere, when he was suspected of murder, he could honestly claim that he’d never killed anyone before. Well, not anymore.

If the first nine episodes of AMC’s Turn were about showing Abe’s evolution from patriot sympathizer to half-willing collaborator, then the finale punctuated that development with a bang. Abe’s double-life was discovered by his Loyalist wife, Mary — who also rightfully suspects him of being disloyal to her — and their confrontation led to Abe finally crossing the Rubicon. He is a spy, a stealth soldier, and a murderer, and there is no going back.

The finale, directed by Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel (a Hessian mercenary!), was built around the war coming home. Captain Simcoe’s devious conspiracy, which involved poisoning Major Hewlett’s prize horse, shooting Abe’s father, and pinning it all on Ben and Caleb’s fathers, backfired slightly: Abe intentionally-unintentionally proved them innocent and spared their lives (for now), and Ben raced back to Setauket with a company of rebel troops — including Anna’s husband, Selah — to set them free. Bad luck for the Continentals in that they were spotted landing their boats on the north shore, and Simcoe and Hewlett barricaded themselves in the church/garrison with the patriot prisoners as human shields. In a bit of foreshadowing, Caleb put his pistol to Baker’s head — Baker being the sweet British soldier who boards with the Woodhulls and loves the idea of Abe and Mary happy together more than any romantic aspirations for himself. When Abe was sent up to the church as an intermediary under a white flag of truce, he nearly convinced the panicked Hewlett to accept terms: exchange the prisoners for the captured British soldiers, and the Continentals will leave the town. But an outraged Simcoe dragged Mr. Brewster outside, where Caleb and the rebels can witness, and executed him in the head. So much for winning the peoples’ hearts and minds.

We’ve always known Simcoe was a psychotic, a Revolutionary War era Nazi with unquenchable blood lust and palpable disdain for the local population. Hewlett immediately had him arrested and made peace with the rebels, trusting in Ben’s honor to retreat after the prisoners are free. But what of Simcoe’s fate? The history books keep him alive and part of the war, so should Turn get a second season, you can expect to see that mad-dawg smile again.

Anna, too. Just hours after being reunited with her husband, Selah, she leaped out of a boat and abandoned him for Abe “the cause.” The only regular character who checked out was Baker. He had the misfortune of walking in on Abe and Mary having another argument. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a typical quarrel between spouses. Mary had discovered and burned Abe’s spy-ring code book, and was horrified by his treasonous betrayal to the Crown. As she screamed and yelled and he explained, they turned to find Baker in the doorway, a witness to it all. Abe begged him to let him escape and never return, but Baker is a proud British soldier and he insisted on arresting him — so Abe shot him in the chest.

Seconds later, Mary shifted into Mr. Wolf mode: she burned the house down and they agreed to blame the murder and arson on departing Continental soldiers. Mary’s not a patriot; she’s a mother and wife, and she’ll do anything to save her family and marriage. I suppose this will bind Abe and Mary closer together in a way, and if so, the writers need to give actress Meegan Warner something better to work with next year than frowns and disapproving scowls. She can’t possibly become Abe’s partner in the spy ring, so perhaps it will be interesting to see how their relationship is recalibrated now that she knows his secret. Maybe she’ll open a car wash.

AMC hasn’t renewed Turn yet for a second season, but for fans of the show and Revolutionary history, the first season sets the table for some dramatic historical plot-lines that include more of John André and the recently mentioned Benedict Arnold. My only complaint during season 1 was that the writers didn’t seem to realize who their most compelling characters really are. Take for instance the scene in the finale between JJ Feild’s elegant André and Angus Macfadyen’s renegade Robert Rogers. All season, they stole scene after scene from others, but paired together here, they were relegated to an unsatisfying veiled discussion about “causes and effects” with André essentially voiding their practical alliance. It wasn’t dull, but it was certainly the sideline. Perhaps splitting up the show’s two most imposing and fascinating men could lead to some more intriguing drama down the road. I don’t care what the actual history books say, Turn‘s Rogers feels more Han Solo than Boba Fett to me, and I hope his future on the show is as complex and mysterious as his shadowy past.

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Bill Watterson, creator of ‘Calvin and Hobbes,’ returned to comic strips this week — IMAGES PDF Print E-mail

Bill Watterson drew Calvin and Hobbes, the last great comic strip of the 20th century and one of the best things ever, period. Then he retired and generally opted out of public life — not quite the comics’ Salinger but maybe the comics’ Harper Lee. 2014 is the year that changed. A few months ago, Watterson illustrated the poster for the comic documentary Stripped. And this week, Watterson staged a quiet comeback to the comics page, contributing artwork to three Pearls Before Swine strips.

As recounted by Swine‘s writer-illustrator Stephan Pastis on his blog, the contribution emerged out of an email exchange between the two cartoonists. The three strips feature a second-grader named Lib (which sounds like “Bill” backwards) briefly taking over the drawing of the strip from Pastis. The results include all the great hallmarks of Calvin and Hobbes: Dinosaurs, martial robot attacks, a comically inflated self-image.

Check ‘em out below. (Click for a larger size!)


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E3 preview: The biggest games and hottest topics PDF Print E-mail

This week, the videogame industry convenes in Los Angeles for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, a days-long venue for showing off the biggest games of this year, next year, and all the years to come. This will be the first E3 in years unencumbered by new consoles, which means that the focus will be back on the games — most of them with familiar titles, although there are also some glossy originals.

But this will also be a big year for new hardware, with Virtual Reality tech that could wind up defining the future of interactivity. Let’s take a look at the biggest titles and key talking points going into this year’s E3, all of which will be rendered completely unimportant should Sony announce a release date for The Last Guardian.

The Legend of Zelda: Nintendo has a problem, and that problem is the Wii U. Outflanked by its high-powered competitors and out-buzzed by the company’s own 3DS, the tablet-y system hasn’t had much luck outside of games with Mario in the title. We already know that Nintendo will be prominently showing off its latest Super Smash Brothers, but rumors have been circling that the company is finally ready to share its next-generation Zelda game. Which is good news for anyone who liked Skyward Sword and great news for anyone who wrote 11 thousand words about how much the liked Skyward Sword.

Destiny: By some measures, Bungie’s open-world online space opera is already the most expensive video game ever made. It arrives in September. Which means that E3 is the company’s last big chance to convince people that Destiny is more than just the Mass Effect/World of Warcraft mash-up we all wanted five years ago.

Batman: Arkham Knight: Rocksteady’s Arkham City was a critical and commercial sensation. The last three years have seen plenty of pretenders to that game’s open-world-superhero throne: An Infamous here, a Saints Row there, even the off-brand Arkham Origins (which wasn’t produced by Rocksteady.) But nothing has quite recaptured that Arkham mojo. Will Knight finish off the series in style?

The WitnessThere’s still not an official release date for Jonathan Blow’s Braid follow-up, but rumors persist that it’s arriving soon. The Witness was by a wide margin the most interesting game we saw at E3 last year. Blow helped to usher in the indie-games movement; with the major AAA titles mostly in the doldrums, this could be the moment for him to stage a return.

Virtual Reality is the Future, Again!: Because no E3 would be complete without elaborate new technological knick-knacks that everyone swears will define the medium in a few years, this year will see a heavy push for the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus, two virtual-reality experiences that requires users to cosplay Michael Douglas in Disclosure.

Star Wars: Battlefront: EA earned loud applause last year for a preview of a new Star Wars game — a preview that didn’t feature much more than the leg of an AT-AT. The studio has been promising to show off more footage from the game this year. And with a release date roughly sketched in for mid-2015, Battlefront could be the first major Star Wars product of the post-George Lucas era.

The Future of Watch DogsGood news: Watch Dogs sold like gangbusters! Less good news: After spending two years as the most hyped thing in videogames, the just-okay response to the hacker-shooter vibes a bit tepid. If Ubisoft’s smart, they’ll come out guns blazing with a grabby sneak peek at the franchise’s future, and an implicit promise that Watch Dogs 2 will be more of an Assassin’s Creed 2 than a Far Cry 2.

Halo and Gears of WarTitanfall hit the Xbox One gilded with next-big-shooter buzz. But three months later, it’s clear that Titanfall was less a Generation-Defining Killer App and more of a Real Cool Robot Shooter. So expect Microsoft to trumpet their big-name shooters by focusing on the impending arrival of Halo 5: Guardians and possibly/probably announcing a new entry in the Gears of War chainsaw-gun saga.

Uncharted and God of War: In which Sony searches for some easy money by returning to their most popular franchises. What Zelda is for Nintendo, what Halo and Gears of War are for Microsoft.

The Order: 1886: An original AAA shooter designed exclusively as a single-player experience? Is The Order a unicorn dream come to life, or is it just Dishonored meets Uncharted? And would Dishoncharted be so bad?

The Last Guardian: It’s canceled! No, it’s not!

The Sequels We Don’t Know About Yet: A new Dishonored. A new Mass Effect. A new Dino Crisis. The final Shenmue. A new Fallout. A new Marvel vs. Capcom which features Boba Fett and Patton Oswalt as playable characters. A new Indiana Jones game with Harrison Ford’s voice. A new James Bond game. A new Bomberman game from the makers of Dark Souls. Anything is possible! E3!

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‘Game of Thrones’: 5 burning questions for tonight’s Castle Black battle PDF Print E-mail

The Battle of Castle Black gets underway tonight and once again EW will be live recapping HBO’s Game of Thrones and presenting some post-episode interviews. Going into the fourth season’s ninth episode — which takes place entirely at Castle Black, The Wall and nearby areas — here are our five burning spoiler-free questions:

Will Jon Snow and Ygritte reunite? Terminator Ygritte has been coldly killing villagers since Jon broke her heart. Now the ex-loves are on a collision course, and the big question is what will happen if/when they reunite. Could Jon kill Ygritte? Seems doubtful unless he was somehow forced into it. Could Ygritte kill Jon? Seems likely because she purposefully missed his vitals last time and has seemingly been kicking herself ever since. Could they just ditch this battle and go find a nice cabin somewhere and live out the winter snuggling by the fire with Ygritte explaining to Jon all that he does not know? Can’t see it.

Will Sam and Gilly reunite? Now these two definitely should go for the whole cabin-fireplace option because neither are really equipped for wartime. It would be nice for Sam to get some piece of mind that he didn’t get Gilly killed by putting her into Molestown.  

- Will Jon show up Janos Slynt and Alliser Thorne? Snow has taken so much grief from these two scheming jerks, and this battle could be his chance to prove himself — if he’s given the chance. (Or maybe right when we think Jon is going to win the battle The Mountain will show up and crush his head.)

Will Mance Rayder’s forces break through The Wall? The Wildling advance party is approaching Castle Black from the south and Mance’s armies are coming to The Wall from the north. In between are only 100 or so Night’s Watch brothers and a huge ice wall. Will Mance’s forces break through? Perhaps this is the better question: Do we care if Mance’s forces break through? People traveling around Westeros keep running into murderers, thugs and rapists so the prospect of more murderers, thugs and rapists crossing the border illegally isn’t really keeping me up at night. We don’t want anything bad to happen to Jon, Samwell, Ygritte and Gilly, of course, but leading up to this week I haven’t really been feeling the stakes of this fight, I’m merely looking forward to the spectacle of it. Perhaps if we spent more time with Mance (who would have thought he’d be off-screen entirely this season so far?) and had a sense of his desires and plans vs. the Night’s Watch team, the conflict would feel more urgent.

Will Ghost do anything cool? We haven’t seen much direwolf action this season. C’mon Jon, release the hound!

For more, here are the Game of Thrones showrunners talking about last week’s episode and teasing up tonight’s battle.

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‘Breaking Bad’ Spanish remake: Top moments from the new Walter, Jesse PDF Print E-mail

“Yo no estoy en peligro. El peligro soy yo”Breaking Bad, Episode 6, Season 4. (Translation: “I’m not in danger. I am the danger.”)

Say hola to Walter Blanco, better known to U.S. audiences as Walter White, the quiet, cancer-stricken chemistry teacher turned meth cook in cult drama Breaking Bad. In Metastasis, Walter looks the same – actor Diego Trujillo’s craggy face, goatee and wire-rimmed glasses make him an eerie doppelgänger for Bryan Cranston – but he speaks Spanish and lives in the Colombian capitol of Bogotá.

“That [danger quote] was my favorite line from the series – it’s so dramatic,” says Trujillo of the iconic scene where Walt faces off against Skylar in a memorable monologue. “This is great writing, an amazing scene that works great in any language.”

But fans, take note: while the two shows are nearly identical from scene to scene, there are several key differences beyond the script’s language.

For starters, Walter is a private school teacher (in Latin America, private schools are attended in greater numbers than public school). The RV he and Jesse used as their meth lab has been replaced by a rickety school bus (RVs aren’t common in Colombia) and Saul Bueno (Bueno = good, get it?) doles out legal advice on a late night talk show, because a commercial just isn’t grand enough. And the White’s pool has been replaced with a fountain that serves as the backdrop for one particularly memorable moment. (It’s too cold for an outdoor pool in mountainous Bogotá.) Fans, remember when Skylar falls into the pool in the fourth episode of season 5? Well, things go a little differently for Cielo (the literal translation of “Sky” in Spanish).

“We were able to play with a dream sequence, where Cielo thinks she’s in a pool but actually falls into a fountain,” says Roberto Urbino, who plays the role of José Miguel (Jesse) in Metastasis. “It came out kind of poetic, actually.”

Gone are the crew of neo-Nazis who are appear in the last season, replaced with a far-right Colombian paramilitary group. Even the U.S.-Mexico border war looks slightly different in Metastasis, with a Latin American perspective on the trickle-down implications of the conflict.

“The fact is, most of the issues that Albuquerque faces as a border town are the same problems we face all across Latin America,” says Urbino, a Colombian actor who has had guest starred on U.S. shows like The Mentalist and Grey’s Anatomy. “There was no difficulty in translating that particular situation for our show.”

Metastasis – which will cram six years of action into episodes that will air nightly on Univision for three months, a serial format made popular by telenovelas – boasts high production values, unlike the traditionally soapy shows and poor remakes prevalent on Spanish-language television.

“I hope that people will be able to talk about the ethics around the decisions Walter makes,” notes Trujillo. “There’s too much of a stigma around drugs right now. But if your family was in risk or in danger, what would you do to keep them safe? What Walter does makes him human. It would be great if those discussions came up.”

Urbino, a long-time fan of the series, had other concerns while filming. Namely, weaning himself off Breaking Bad, which aired its final season while Metastasis was in production.

“I had to stop watching the series in order to focus on [our version of the] story,” he explains. “I had [Aaron Paul’s] Jesse stuck in my head, but I had to find a way to make the character my own.”

And just like the original, Metastasis may leave fans hungry for more after its memorable last scene. Especially if Walter didn’t actually die, as Cranston recently hinted.

“[That] possibility would be fascinating,” says Trujillo, laughing.

Metastasis will premiere in the U.S. (sadly, without English subtitles) on June 8 at 10 ET/PT on Univision, Unimas, and Galavision. Check out an exclusive trailer of the show below.

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Tony Awards 2014 winners: ‘A Gentleman’s Guide’ and ‘All the Way’ take top prizes PDF Print E-mail

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, an old-fashioned musical comedy not based on a movie or TV show and boasting a total of zero Hollywood stars in its cast, claimed Best Musical at the 68th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday. Meanwhile, the LBJ biodrama All the Way won Best Play as well as Best Actor for star Bryan Cranston in his Broadway debut.

Neil Patrick Harris, an Emmy-winning four-time Tony host, earned his first award for his role as an East German transgender punker in the musical revival Hedwig and the Angry Inch (and is halfway to an EGOT). And Audra McDonald picked up a record-breaking sixth Tony playing Billie Holiday in the drama Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, becoming the first performer to win Tonys in all four acting categories.

Tony voters spread the wealth this year, with no one show dominating. A Gentleman’s Guide and Hedwig each took home a total of four awards, while A Raisin in the Sun earned three for revival, director Kenny Leon, and costar Sophie Okenedo. After the jump, a complete list of this year’s winners.

Best Musical: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Play: All the Way

Best Revival of a Play: A Raisin in the Sun

Best Revival of a Musical: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Leading Actress in a Musical: Jessie Mueller, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Best Leading Actor in a Musical: Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Leading Actress in a Play: Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Best Leading Actor in a Play: Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Best Featured Actress in a Play: Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun

Best Featured Actor in a Play: Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night

Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Featured Actor in a Musical: James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin

Best Director of a Play: Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun

Best Director of a Musical: Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Best Choreography: Warren Carlyle, After Midnight

Best Book of a Musical: Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Best Score: Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Best Orchestrations: Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Best Costume Design of a Play: Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder

Best Scenic Design of a Play: Beowulf Boritt, Act One

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Christopher Barreca, Rocky

Best Sound Design of a Play: Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Best Sound Design of a Musical: Brian Ronan, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater: Costume designer Jane Greenwood

Isabelle Stevenson Award: Rosie O’Donnell

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