There’ll Be a Dangerous New Character When The Walking Dead Returns Sunday

Walking Dead Season 4

You have two days before The Walking Dead returns for Season 4 on Sunday night. To get ready, you could participate in The Walking Dead Experience taking place Saturday in New York City, where you can be a survivor or a walker in a zombified obstacle course. You could dose up on undead films like World War Z, 28 Days Later or Shaun of the Dead. You could just get into the October mood by watching countless scare-prank videos on YouTube. (My current obsession? The Carrie movie tie-in in a New York City coffee shop. Brilliant.) You could even rewatch all 35 episodes from Seasons 1 to 3.

Or you could read this brief Season 3 overview and a list of a few things to look forward to in Season 4.

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Gravity: The Least Enjoyable Film You’ll Need to See Again

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What’s your greatest fear? Being buried alive? Fire? Perhaps spiders? Well after seeing Gravity you might develop a new one: astrophobia. The fear of outer space. After all, Gravity—one of the most audacious, nerve-wrecking, stomach-churning, beautiful films of the past few years—is filled with peril and destruction. Its slight running time of 91 minutes feels inexorably long. It is not an enjoyable film, but one I need to see again.

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The 14 Books You’ll Be Reading This Fall

As we pack away our summer clothes, it’s also time to put away the summer book fluff. So while the weather gets chillier and we switch from white to red wine, we want to read something that’s a bit meatier, a bit more substantial. But with new releases every week, it’s hard to know where to even begin. Here are ones that I’m excited about:

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The Good, the Bad and the WTF of the 2013 Emmys

What was that? Somehow, the 65th Annual Emmy Awards, which had the incomparable host Neil Patrick Harris and a night filled with genuine surprises—Tony Hale for Veep—was boring, sad and really, really weird. Some additions were welcome: the inclusion of the Best Choreography category and the giant dance number. Some were heartbreaking: the tributes to TV legends that passed away last year. But then there were the random musical performances, the inconsistent pacing and poor Bob Newhart being used as a random, comedic prop.

Here are some of the other highlights and lowlights from the night.
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Nine Brilliant Casting Decisions the Public Hated (At First)

People need to calm the frak down! It’s been three weeks since Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman in the upcoming Batman/Superman feature and the fanboys are still blogospherically bloviating about it. Even Stan Lee—creator/co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, and the Hulk — had to respond: “I’m one of the few people who think it’s a good idea.” But what’s the big deal? This part isn’t that special: In the last 25 years, four different actors (Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale) have played the caped crusader in seven feature films.

Then it was announced last week that Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson would star Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the feature adaptation of the (excruciatingly horrible) book Fifty Shades of Grey. The interweb, again, went apeshit. As of the writing of this post, 80,163 people have supported the petition to have Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel be cast. Seriously.

Yes, sometimes casting goes horribly, horribly wrong. (Ahem, Sofia Coppola in The Godfather III.) But sometimes, it goes right. Here are nine examples where people people’s initial reactions, were wrong.

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Fall Television Preview: 12 Best and Worst Pilots

With almost 30 new scripted shows debuting this fall, it might be overwhelming to know where to even begin. So let me do the work for you. Here are the 10 new shows you should make room for on your DVR. Plus two you may want to skip. (Check your listings for updated schedules.)

What to Watch

Lucky 7

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The best pilot of the season doesn’t feature a major star, special effects or characters with special powers. Instead, with a tremendous ensemble and a heartfelt script that feels refreshingly new, this story of seven co-workers and a lotto win could be the hit of the fall. With luck, that is. Premieres Tuesday, 9/24 at 10:00 p.m.

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WATCH: Oprah, Lee Daniels, True Blood and This Week’s Other Winners and Losers

This week’s entertainment news was anything but slow. Here are just a few of the week’s winners and losers.

Winner: Oprah Winfrey
Oprah has been everywhere. Not only did she conduct an interview with Lindsay Lohan that everyone was talking about, she’s guested on Jimmy Kimmel, Watch What Happens Live and David Letterman (tonight). But why so many talk show appearances? Because, before award season as even begun, she’s already been declared the front-runner for her performance in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. And it’s never too early to start playing nice. And give people cars.

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The 14 Types of Instagrammers

First things first: I am guilty of nearly every one of these. If you go through my Instagram feed, you will mostly find: shows (cinematic and theatrical) I’m seeing, things I’m drinking, what my dog is doing and scary stuffed animals/toys I find on the street. You will also find that I’m overly fond of the filters Sierra, Rise and Earlybird. So which are you?
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The Good and Bad of Elysium

It is 2154. Due to overpopulation and pollution, the world’s wealthiest and most powerful have abandoned Earth for a utopian society aboard the space station Elysium. Here, they never get sick, they are never in need, nor ever worry about safety. However, on Earth, people like Max (Matt Damon) live in slums. With few jobs, little money and unsafe conditions there is little hope for realizing their dreams: getting to Elysium. But when a tragic accident happens, Max must get to Elysium before it’s too late. Unless Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster) can stop him, everything will change.

Elysium is a strong follow-up to director Neill Blomkamp’s 2009 Oscar-nominated debut District 9. With a great premise, great direction and a top-notch cast, there is much to recommend. [My grade: B] However, it is not a perfect movie. So before you head to see it this weekend — which I believe you should — here are some things to consider.

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The Best and Worst of 2013 Movies … So Far

It has been a disastrous summer for movies. Compared to last year, box office was down over 17 percent. (Much of this has been attributed to woefully under-performing clunkers The Lone Ranger, White House Down and After Earth.) But even of those films that did make money, few were actually any good. Instead, you had to go to a small theater to see most of the quality movies, like: The Way, Way Back, Fruitvale Station, Frances Ha, Before Midnight and Much Ado About Nothing. So here are my picks for the best and worst of 2013 …  so far.
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