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30 years later, the first 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' comics still pop

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles haven’t always been green.

The TMNT comic’s origin story is as modest as that of the Heroes in a Half Shell themselves. Creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird may not have had to scramble out of a sewer, like Leonardo and his reptillian brothers did, but they did have to scrape together the funds to self-publish just a few thousand copies of TMNT #1 in 1984. Eastman and Laird called their fledgling enterprise Mirage Studios. The name was an in-joke: Like a mirage, the studio had nothing behind it. It was built on a wing, a prayer, and the crazy idea that turtles might make not only good soup, but also good superheroes.

Their black-and-white format was an economic choice rather than an aesthetic one. Full-color comics were prohibitively expensive to produce. In those early days, the Turtles’ telltale green shade existed solely in the mind of the reader—another mirage, if you will. READ FULL STORY

Dark coming-of-age stories 'Heavenly Creatures,' 'Stand By Me,' 'Brick' and 'Young Adult' return to the big screen

“Those days are gone forever … I should just let ‘em go.”

No, Don Henley. To hell with that. Sometimes you’ve got to reach back to those glory days with all your might and pull them right back into the here and now — which is exactly what the American Cinematheque and your friendly, neighborhood EW writer are hoping to do with this weekend’s double-feature film fest Youth Is Brutal: Coming-of-Age Films.

Sinister tales of growing up (or not) make up this three-night event at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, beginning on Friday with back-to-back showings of Peter Jackson’s haunting Heavenly Creatures (1994) and Stand By Me (1986), Rob Reiner’s classic adaptation of the Stephen King friendship saga.

Here’s a rundown of the movies returning to the big screen, with details at the bottom about how to win free tickets … READ FULL STORY

John Green to talk 'The Fault in Our Stars' at BookCon panel -- EXCLUSIVE

People of Nerdfighteria: You’re gonna want to read this.

EW can reveal exclusively that YA rock star John Green has been tapped to headline a panel at BookCon — which is sort of like Comic-Con, but for, you know, actual books — all about The Fault in Our Stars‘s journey from page to screen. The panel, scheduled for May 31, will also feature TFIOS‘s film team, including Fox 2000 Pictures president Elizabeth Gabler, director Josh Boone, producer Wyck Godfrey, and screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber. EW’s own YA expert Sara Vilkomerson will moderate the event — which will also feature a sneak peek at footage from the upcoming film adaptation of TFIOS, which opens June 6.

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David Foster Wallace's estate opposes biopic 'The End of the Tour'

Relatives of David Foster Wallace say they’re opposed to the upcoming film The End of the Tour, which is based on David Lipsky’s 2010 book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace.

In his book, Lipsky recounts accompanying Wallace, the author best known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, on his book tour.

Production on The End of the Tour, written by Donald Margulies, directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), and starring Jason Segel as Wallace and Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky, wrapped in late March.

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George R.R. Martin reveals what a full-sized dragon looks like

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Yeah, that big!

George R.R. Martin has posted an excerpt from his upcoming companion book to his bestselling Song of Ice and Fire novels. On the author’s website, he released an entry from The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the World of Game of Thrones. The book is mega encyclopedia covering the events and historical figures that shaped the Seven Kingdoms and beyond.

The excerpt gives some background for fans of Daenerys Targaryen, setting the stage for the dragon-aided conquest of Westeros by her ancestor Aegon I Targaryen. But also intriguing is the accompanying illustration, which shows Aegon atop his dragon Balerion the Black Dread. Martin confirmed to EW the image accurately represents his vision for what a fully grown dragon will look like — can you imagine Dany riding one of these? (on Thrones, we’ve seen an adult dragon’s skull in season one, but the living dragons on the show are still adolescents). The book is released in October. Check out Martin’s sample.

Tina Fey and Jason Bateman to headline 'This Is Where I Leave You' BookCon panel -- EXCLUSIVE

Reasons to get excited about this spring’s first annual BookCon, which is sort of like Comic-Con, but for, uh, actual books:

1. Panel headliners include Amy Poehler, Martin Short, R.L. Stine, Stan Lee, and Cassandra Clare.

2. EW can exclusively announce that Tina Fey and Jason Bateman will also headline a panel, which will serve as BookCon’s kickoff celebration.

3. Tina Fey!!!

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'12 Years a Slave' book sales up after Oscars

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12 Years a Slave is getting a post-Oscar bump — for the book it was based on.

The 19th-century memoir by ex-slave Solomon Northup jumped from No. 326 on Amazon.com before Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony to No. 19 on Monday afternoon.

The film was directed by Steve McQueen and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor. It was among last year’s most highly praised releases and won the Oscar for Best Picture. It was the first film directed by a black person to win for Best Picture.

The book and the movie tell of how the free-born black Northup was kidnapped and forced into slavery. Thanks to the movie’s success, interest in the book has been revived and public high schools are starting to add it to course lists.

See the cover of Seth MacFarlane's first novel, 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' -- EXCLUSIVE

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It’s rare enough for novelists to turn their own novels into movies, and it’s even rarer for a screenwriter to novelize his own script before the movie even comes out. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane wants to give you an early glimpse of his movie A Million Ways to Die in the West (out late May) — starring himself, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Neil Patrick Harris, and Sarah Silverman — in book form (out Mar. 4). And unlike the novelization of, say, Attack of the Clones, which was written by a seasoned tie-in author, it’s written by the director-writer-star himself.

Check out the cover of MacFarlane’s debut novel above and the official description below: READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling muses on 'Harry Potter' character Gilderoy Lockhart for Pottermore -- EXCLUSIVE

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We are able to reveal new information from J.K. Rowling about one of the most colorful characters from the Harry Potter books: Gilderoy Lockhart.

Played by Kenneth Branagh in the films, the vain one-time Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher’s birthday falls on January 26th, and J.K. Rowling has recorded three short audio clips for Pottermore.com – the digital platform for the Harry Potter stories and the world described within them. These clips are being revealed today at A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and will be released on Pottermore.com soon.

In the three clips, J.K. Rowling discusses her flamboyant creation’s family background, a failed business idea and where the Sorting Hat nearly put him during his time at Hogwarts. The audio reveals her mischievous sense of humour, and a penchant for poking fun at the excesses of celebrity, with echoes of today’s celebrity endorsement culture. READ FULL STORY

See the trailer for 'Anchorman' Ron Burgundy's autobiography -- EXCLUSIVE

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“What you have in your hands is a very big deal.”

The No. 1 anchorman and flautist in San “Di-ah-go” could soon become a No. 1 “book writer.” Fans of Ron Burgundy, of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues fame, eagerly await the debut of his autobiography Let Me Off at the Top!: My Classy Life and Other Musings on Nov. 19. You’ll have to wait a little while longer before you can delve into the history of this famed television journalist and his dog Baxter, but in the meantime, take a look at this preview to see Burgundy’s world-renowned humility on display: READ FULL STORY

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