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'Star Wars' #2 comic: Han Solo and Chewie run afoul of Boba Fett -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

The (first) Death Star has been destroyed. The Empire remains in dogged pursuit of the Rebel Alliance. And the only cause Han Solo still seems to care about is Han Solo.

Such is the landscape of Dark Horse Comics’ latest Star Wars series, written by Brian Wood, drawn by Carlos D’Anda, and set in the heady days between the first film (a.k.a. Star Wars, a.k.a. Star Wars: A New Hope, a.k.a. Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope) and the second film (a.k.a. The Empire Strikes Back, a.k.a….oh, you get the idea).  READ FULL STORY

Historian Jim Cullen discusses 'Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions'

Have you ever noticed strains of Jeffersonian populism in Dirty Harry? Or Lincoln’s institutional confidence in Big? Jim Cullen has.

Cullen, a former Harvard professor who currently helms the History Department at the Fieldston School in New York City, sees historical undercurrents in a lot of films. So many, in fact, that he’s written a book on the subject. Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions explores American history as seen through the lenses of six A-list stars: Clint Eastwood, Daniel Day-Lewis, Meryl Streep, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, and Jodie Foster. He even assigns each actor a historical counterpart – in Eastwood’s case, it’s Thomas Jefferson; for Meryl Streep, it’s pioneering feminist Betty Friedan. Cullen looks at each actor’s career and explains how their choices of roles reveal their individual notions of history, and how those notions align with those of their analogues. Daniel Day-Lewis, for example, is the consummate champion of the frontier.

EW spoke with Cullen about the book and the inspiration behind it. Read the edited interview after the jump:

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Gayle Forman on the 'Just One Day' read-a-thon and the movie version of 'If I Stay'

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Just three days ago, Gayle Forman’s newest YA novel, Just One Day, hit shelves. In honor of the book’s release, Penguin Teen is hosting a 24-hour read-a-thon on Twitter. Starting today at 5 p.m. ET to tomorrow at 5 p.m., fans are encouraged to read the book and Tweet about their progress with the hashtag #JustOneDay. Then from 7–8 p.m., Forman will participate in a chat and answer questions about Just One Day and the upcoming sequel, Just Another Year. After the jump, Forman teases the special promotion and offers up a juicy casting tidbit about the film adaptation of her book, If I StayREAD FULL STORY

If you find Dennis Lehane's lost dog, he'll name a character after you in his new book

The bad news: Novelist/screenwriter Dennis Lehane’s beloved dog has gone missing.

The good news: If you find her, the author of Mystic River and Shutter Island will name a character after you in his next book. There’s no guarantee that character will be sane and/or safe from a grisly death, though.

Lehane posted his unusual offer on Facebook Tuesday, explaining that the pooch — a black-and-tan beagle who answers to the name ‘Tessa’ — had jumped the fence at his Brookline, Mass. home 24 hours previously. “She’s smart, fast, and immeasurably sweet,” the Edgar Award winner wrote. “She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. She’s micro-chipped, but her tags were off when she was let out into the yard.

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Geek Deep Dive: Writing the 'Star Trek' history book, 'Federation: The First 150 Years'

In my half-dozen years at Entertainment Weekly, I have never received an object as deliciously deep-dish geeky as David A. Goodman’s Federation: The First 150 Years. (Sorry, two-volume, 12 pound graphic novelization of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower. You had a really good run there.)

As any Trekkie has likely ascertained already, Federation (out now) is a history of Star Trek‘s United Federation of Planets — the grand interstellar organization at the heart of Gene Roddenberry’s wagon train to the stars — written as if it really happened, from life on a war-ravaged Earth in the 1990s through the death of James T. Kirk. The book comes with translated historical documents, rare archival artifacts, and a light-up pedestal that features the voice of George Takei as Admiral Hikaru Sulu, commander-and-chief of Starfleet, introducing the reader to the tome before them.

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Hear a clip and read an excerpt from Chris Colfer's 'Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal" -- EXCLUSIVE

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Chris Colfer is a busy man. Between making movies and playing Kurt Hummel on Glee, it’s a wonder he’s found any time at all to pursue a writing career. And yet, the 22-year-old is getting ready to release his second novel of the year next week.

Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal follows Carson Phillips, a high school outcast who blackmails his peers into participating in his literary magazine. It’s already been filmed as a movie starring Christina Hendricks, Rebel Wilson and Colfer himself. Though the film won’t be out until next year, the book hits shelves on Nov. 20. Colfer took the time to talk to EW about his first young adult novel, his own high school experiences and that one time he dabbled in extortion himself. Read the interview below and check out an exclusive print excerpt and audio clip from Struck by Lightning: The Carson Phillips Journal afterwards!

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First Look: Cassandra Clare's 'Mortal Instruments' movie

Fans have to wait until Aug. 23 for the big-screen debut of Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the film adaptation of the first book in Cassandra Clare’s popular YA series. But the exclusive first look at heroine Clary Fray (Lily Collins) has arrived early. READ FULL STORY

Stevie Nicks: 'Twilight' is like 'Jane Eyre'

Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks drew fire for her harsh words about Nicki Minaj in October, and now she might get some heat from classic literature lovers for her glowing praise of Twilight.

The 64-year-old was among the attendees at Monday’s night star-studded premiere for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2, where she admitted that the end of the franchise is “bittersweet… I wish it could go on forever. I think that [Stephenie Meyer] is probably… God knows how long it took her to write this. And it’s been five years!”

But the fangirl didn’t stop her gushing there. For Nicks, Twilight is right up there with two classic novels by the Brontë sisters. “It’s a huge love story,” Nicks said. “It’s like Wuthering Heights, it’s that kind of story. It’s like Jane Eyre… It’s a totally timeless kind of story that we can relate to.”

Imagine if Michael Fassbender had played Edward instead of Mr. Rochester… Now there’s a reason to get excited for a Twilight remake. What do you think, readers? Does The Twilight Saga compare to Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre?

Read more:
‘Breaking Dawn — Part 2′ premiere: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson on ‘Twilight’s last gleaming
On the scene at ‘Breaking Dawn’ tent city: Fans camp out for the premiere of the final ‘Twilight’ movie
‘Twilight’ memories: The saga begins

Cassandra Clare talks 'Mortal Instruments' movie and teases her other series

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The bad news: the film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones doesn’t hit theaters until Aug. 23. (That’s 284 days away, but it’s not like I’m counting or anything.) The good news: Clare spoke with me about the movie for the new issue of EW on stands this Friday. You’ll have to wait until the end of the week for the first look, but read on for the rest of my chat with Clare. If it’s any consolation, Clare says she is just as eager as fans to see City of Bones. Here she talks about being involved in her first movie, and teases the next installments of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. Check it out after the jump.

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License to kill (at telling anecdotes): Sir Roger Moore remembers his time playing 007

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Thanks to Skyfall, the world has contracted James Bond fever again — and even former 007-er Sir Roger Moore isn’t immune. “It’s absolutely marvelous,” says the British actor of the latest Bond adventure, which opens in the U.S. today. “It’s the best Bond film without a doubt.”

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