Beloved show Arrested Development has come roaring back into pop culture consciousness (did it ever really leave?) since Netflix announced it was reviving the canceled series. Come May 26, we'll get 15 new episodes, and Entertainment Weekly has the scoop. What will the new season be about? "It's the story of shame, cunning, thievery, dishonor, backstabbing, deceit, bold-faced lying, one-upmanship, psychological torture, lust, financial ruin, and magic, all supported by a very broad beam of dysfunctional love," says Will Arnett. Star Jason Bateman adds that the new episodes are "incredibly ambitious." We can't wait! If you can't either, click to see the rest of the family on their own EW covers.
Season three of Game of Thrones is on its way, and before the March 31 premiere, Entertainment Weekly is giving us a look at the new season — and characters Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). The showrunners spill a little about what we can expect from the series's third outing — here are the highlights:
- Executive producer David Benioff, on the story line: "Like the book, it builds. Once the season kicks into gear, we've already seen stuff that makes me think it will be the best one yet. And it ought to be."
- Showrunner Dan Weiss, promising some shocks: "There's major massive events happening like I don't think we've ever had before."
- Benioff, on the emotional impact of the season: "I've never seen the crew so emotional. If the scene has that effect on the people making it who know what's coming, if they're that overpowered, I think it's going to have an overwhelming effect on people watching it."
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We've been dying for any glimpse we can get of Catching Fire, and today we've got a big treat! Entertainment Weekly has the first official look at the Hunger Games sequel on this week's cover, featuring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and newcomer Sam Claflin as Finnick — all suited up and ready for their second time in the arena. I'm already hungry for more pictures, but in the meantime, Claflin is looking pret-ty good with that trident, no? In the issue, Lawrence jokes about her candid interviews with the media, while Claflin admits that he's moderately terrified of the Hunger Games fan base. Here are highlights:
- Jennifer Lawrence, joking about running her mouth to reporters: "It’s almost like I subconsciously don’t want to work anymore, so I’m trying to ruin my career. I'm pregnant!"
- JL on crazy antics between takes: "When Sam [Claflin] walked in, I was chasing Woody [Harrelson], and we’d flipped over my couch, and Woody had a sock all the way down my throat . . . "
- Sam Claflin on taking on a more provocative scene from the book: "The scariest moment of my life. I’m on Twitter, and so many people have been like, 'Don’t mess this up, or we will kill you.'"
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American Horror Story fans — including myself — are chomping at the bit for new information on season two, ominously titled Asylum. Though by now we've met most of the cast, little has been leaked about their characters or the new plot lines, but this week's Entertainment Weekly has some clues. Asylum will feature aliens, Nazis, and Bloody Face, a killer who's got such a horrifying tradition I don't even want to repeat it here. Check out all the gory details on American Horror Story: Asylum.
- Jessica Lange on her character: "If I were playing a straitlaced nun, start to finish, I can't say that would interest me too much . . . What's great are the extremes. To go from where she was and where she's getting to, that's what's going to be interesting."
- Cocreator Ryan Murphy on his viewers: "I don't think people tune in to the show because they want My Dinner With Andre. I think they want to be scared. I'm just writing what I would like to see. I'm scared of aliens and I'm scared of Nazis and I'm scared of nuns. So it's the perfect stew of horror and fear."
- New cast member Adam Levine on the new season: "It is absolutely terrifying. Very gruesome . . . What's great about the fact that it's on FX is that you can go too far. You can do really unorthodox, crazy things that people are going to talk about."
- Cocreator Brad Falchuk on how he sees Asylum: "To me, last year was a family drama. This is our version of a workplace drama."
Mad Men will finally return on March 25 after 17 months of hiatus, but the cast and crew of the AMC series have been incredibly tight-lipped about what's to come for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. That is, until now. In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, we finally get some details about what we can expect from Don's engagement, Joan's pregnancy, and the rest of the cast. Here are more details about Mad Men's fifth season:
- Elisabeth Moss on season five: "I was completely, completely surprised by season five. For a few of the characters that have big things happen to them this year — big surprises and changes — the audience is going to look back and go, 'He said that in episode one! Or they hinted at that in episode three!' It's a brilliant writing season."
- Jon Hamm on what's in store: "This season is about getting everything back on track. The company is where we left it. It's in a bit of disarray. We get to see more of everybody doing their job. Peggy, Pete, Roger, Lane, Harry, Ken — everybody's reinvigorated."
- John Slattery on how Mad Men has evolved: "It's funnier. It's sadder. It's just amazing. Maybe it's because you know these people a little better than you did before. But not as well as you think."
- Creator Matthew Weiner on the time jump between seasons: "I want people to feel like they're going to visit their best friend, and they open the door and everything's been going on without them. The story is on page 30 when they open the door, so they'll have to catch up."
George Clooney and Viola Davis went black tie for the cover of Entertainment Weekly's latest issue. The actors are getting recognition for their respective roles in The Descendants and The Help, which could also mean Oscar nominations are in their future. George and Viola, who have worked together on films like Out of Sight, Solaris, and Syriana, sat down with the publication to talk about their Oscar chances, friendship, and their award season competition. Here's more from George Clooney and Viola Davis in Entertainment Weekly:
- George on possibly being nominated alongside Brad Pitt: "Brad is my pal, and we're a long way from that discussion anyway. But I'd like living in a world where Brad Pitt has an Academy Award. I watched Moneyball and I couldn't do what Brad does."
- Viola on possibly being nominated alongside Meryl Streep: "Can you wrap your mind around someone throwing you into the ring with Meryl Streep? You are in a fight with a 500-pound gorilla. I mean, you just throw up your hands."
- George on Viola honeymooning at his Lake Como Villa: "I had just bought the place. And she was getting married, which I tried to talk her out of. [Laughs] But that didn't work out, so she had her honeymoon at my place."
The big three from Breaking Dawn posed together for their latest sexy EW cover, which is out just in time for the movie's Friday release. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner are currently in the homestretch promoting Breaking Dawn Part 1, including at yesterday's UK premiere and during a group interview with Ellen DeGeneres, which airs on tomorrow's show. The trio talked to EW about the highly anticipated honeymoon sex and Bella's birth scenes, both of which were apparently more graphic before they were edited down to ensure the film's PG-13 rating. We also debuted exclusive behind the scenes pictures of pregnant Bella, but nothing compares to seeing it on the big screen, even if it's a toned down version. Here are highlights from the magazine:
Robert: "There’s a version where it was really intense"
Kristen: "Cinematically, cut all together, it’s awesome. But we didn’t really do that scene."
Robert: "And when we did, they kept telling us to stop."
Kristen: "That’s what I’m really disappointed about — and I’ve talked about it with Bill. It was more sympathetic or something when I played the scene with less energy, and it made it easier for him to tell the story. But in the book, Bella is screaming, ‘NOOOOO!’ [Stewart stands and demonstrates.] And I did it like that — crazy and Exorcist-like. I was going for this weird mix of turning into the most feral mother you can imagine and also fighting for my own life. I mean, I was a nutcase. I was an absolute nutcase."
Taylor: "I do still love the birth scene. I know it’s frustrating that some things aren’t in there."
Kristen: "Yeah. I still love it too."
Fresh off announcing a charity eBay auction, Star Wars is again partnering with Stand Up to Cancer with the release of Star Wars t-shirts ($25) and calling fans to "use The Force for good."
Hollywood stars Emma Stone, Bill Hader, and Ken Jeong showed off their geeky side in the tees to raise awareness, as all proceeds will benefit cancer research. A Star Wars tribute video, featuring the actors along with Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Samuel L. Jackson, and others is set for release tomorrow in promotion of the Stand Up to Cancer cause.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson cover the new EW this week! The duo, who star in the upcoming first installment of Breaking Dawn, spoke about how weird it was to have the Twilight series finally come to a close. Both Kristen and Robert touched on their respective characters, Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, as well as the postmarital sex scene they'll soon bring to the big screen. Robert also had some frank words for the conduct of Edward throughout the series. They said:
- Kristen on the end of Twilight: "It’s just so strange, I can’t get over it."
- Kristen on the wedding scenes: "It’s a trip to watch the wedding scenes especially. It was so volatile and emotional — I was being such a crazy person."
- Robert on how Edward rips apart a pillow in a passionate moment: "I wanted to have it as a line so much, 'I bit through all the pillows. Every. Single. One.' And then [Edward would] start crying. By the way, that’s what he should be ashamed of in the morning. All those beautiful pillows! Egyptian cotton! 'I ruined this bed!'"
- Robert on how Edward and Bella discover her pregnancy: "They shock each other. For a saga which is about eternal, undying love that nothing can touch, suddenly . . .
- Kristen interjects: "There’s one thing that can. That was fun to play. Bella’s always liked him and liked everything he said and thought; everything he did was right. This is something that she clearly disagrees with. She doesn’t mindlessly and blindly follow him. She was always kind of defiant. I like that."
- Robert frankly assessing Edward's character: "Look, there are a lot of moments when Edward sort of acts like a p*ssy. I mean, throughout the whole series."
Andrew Garfield is in full Spider-Man mode for this week's cover of Entertainment Weekly. Though the movie doesn't hit theaters until next Summer, the actor is getting set to start promoting The Amazing Spider-Man, starting with a panel at Comic-Con next week. In the issue, Garfield opens up about about putting his own spin on Spidey, while we get to see the first official stills from the movie featuring Garfield and his onscreen love interest, Emma Stone. Here are highlights:
- Garfield on relating to Peter Parker: "I always felt stronger inside than I looked on the outside, which got me into trouble. I related to Peter Parker so much because I felt like someone else inside. I loved the comic books and the animated TV series, and I even dressed up as Spider-Man as a kid. My brother was Superman."
- Garfield on watching Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man: "That rekindled everything. I bought a pirated copy on Portobello Road and watched it over and over with my buddy Terry. The action sequences were so expansive and breathtaking, with Tobey swinging through the air. It just floored me!"
- Garfield on filling Maguire's shoes: "Tobey did an amazing job. This isn’t a replacement. I want to be clear about that. It’s another chapter."
Check out more stills from The Amazing Spider-Man over at Entertainment Weekly.