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First picture of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman revealed at Comic-Con

Wonder Woman is finally here! During Saturday's Warner Bros. panel at the San Diego Comic-Con, director Zack Snyder revealed the first look at actress Gal Gadot as DC's superheroine in the upcoming film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.






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Up, up and eBay! Classic Superman comic should fetch millions

It's a bird, it's a plane, no, it's ... a very expensive eBay listing. The debut issue of "Action Comics," which just also happens to be the first appearances of Superman and Lois Lane, is headed to auction.The issue originally came out in April 1938 and had a cover price of 10 cents but, as The New York Times reports, a copy sold for $2,161,000 in 2011.






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Happy Batman Day! 5 reasons we still love him after 75 years

In July 1939, a weird figure in a mask and scalloped wings appeared on newsstands across America. Seventy-five years and myriad comic books, toys, cartoons and live-action portrayals later, Batman remains one of pop culture's biggest stars.






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Marvel makeover! New Captain America is black (and he's The Falcon)

When Captain America fans last left the iconic comics character, things weren't looking so good. Steve Rogers (Cap's civilian identity) had been sapped of the serum that has kept him youthful since World War II, and was no longer able to keep the years at bay.So what's a suddenly senior and not so super hero supposed to do? Pass the mantle (or in this case, the shield) on to a worthy successor.






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'Jaws' took a chomp out of pop culture that's still felt 40 years later

"Jaws" swam onto bookshelves 40 years ago, with the blockbuster movie arriving a year later, and Americans are still feeling the bite today.There's the infamous music ("duh-duh...duh-duh..."). The famous Peter Benchley book cover with a swimmer innocently paddling above a giant shark. The catchphrases ("you're gonna need a bigger boat").






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Female Thor? Marvel Comics' thunder god is now a goddess

Thor, the macho thunder god who has been a Marvel Comics headliner for more than half a century and was portrayed by brawny actor Chris Hemsworth in several blockbuster movies, is now a thunder goddess.So decreed Marvel Comics Tuesday, calling the news "shocking and exciting." The new female Thor, in the form of artwork, was unveiled on "The View" Tuesday.






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Stolen art sets off an international chase in Daniel Silva's 'The Heist'

Read an excerpt from "The Heist" by Daniel SilvaExcerpted with permission from Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 






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Jay Barbree shares his insider's story of the most famous astronaut in 'Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight'

Read an excerpt from "Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight" by Jay BarbreeFrom NEIL ARMSTRONG: A Life of Flight by Jay Barbree, on sale July 8, 2014, from Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, LLC. Copyright © 2014 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press, LLC.






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Read J.K. Rowling's new post for the latest Harry Potter 'gossip'

Can’t get enough of Harry Potter? Then this is for you. Since March, best-selling author J. K. Rowling has been writing original stories about the imaginary 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals for Pottermore, the online home for the world of Harry Potter. Rowling shared her latest Pottermore.com story exclusively with TODAY.com.






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Sexy, scary, suspenseful: 11 books to put on your summer reading list

No need to scour the bookshelves for your next summer read: Kate White and Brad Thor, both New York Times bestselling authors with books due out this summer, shared their must-have list of warm-weather books with TODAY. Thor's pulse-pounding "Act of War" is set to be published July 8, while White's psychological thriller, "Eyes on You," was published June 24.






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A murder at a Manhattan landmark proves a mystery in Linda Fairstein's 'Terminal City'

Read an excerpt from "Terminal City" by Linda FairsteinCopyright © 2014 by Linda Fairstein, Dutton, A Penguin Random House Company. All rights reserved. Excerpted with permission from the publisher. 






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'Eyes on You': A TV host's perfect life is threatened by a hidden enemy

In Kate White's novel "Eyes on You," protagonist Robin Trainer seems to have it all — a new job as a TV host for a popular show, not to mention a highly anticipated book she's just written. Yet Robin soon discovers that someone is out to get her. Will she be able to figure out who it is before that person destroys it all? Here's an excerpt.






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Now hear this! Celebs like Katy Perry, Oprah fuel audiobook 'golden age'

Celebrities are the new rock stars of audiobooks. Just look at the big winners at last month's Audies, known as the Oscars of the audiobook industry: Billy Crystal and Pete Seeger, each of whom voiced their own publications. And they're not even the tip of the iceberg: Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry, Kristen Bell and dozens of other stars are lending their talents to audiobook readings.






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An FBI researcher goes rogue to crack a case in James Patterson's 'Invisible'

James Patterson returns with a standalone thriller about an intrepid FBI researcher struggling to piece together a string of insidious crimes that only she sees are deviously connected. Here's an excerpt.I spend the morning like I’ve spent every morning the last several months, sitting in my office (also known as my mother’s second bedroom), combing through research and data.






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Kansas city shuts down boy's 'little free library'

Good fences may make good neighbors, but little free libraries in the front yard may elicit complaints from them.A 9-year-old Kansas boy was forced to remove a small community bookshelf from his front yard after local officials threatened to issue his family a citation because of their illegal "detached structure.






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Heartbreak hits the Hamptons in Joanna Philbin's 'Since Last Summer'

Read an excerpt from "Since Last Summer" by Joanna PhilbinExcerpted from "Since Last Summer" copyright (c) 2014 by Joanna Philbin. Used with permission by Poppy, a division of Little, Brown and Company. All rights reserved.






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Ritualistic murder haunts NYC in Eriq La Salle's new thriller 'Laws of Wrath'

Eriq La Salle may be be most renowned for his role as Dr. Peter Benton on the acclaimed television series "ER," but the actor and director became a novelist with the publishing of his 2012 thriller "Laws of Depravity.






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Behind the bestsellers: Peek into Jennifer Weiner's morning routine

Jennifer Weiner, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, is out with a brand-new novel: "All Fall Down," which hits stores June 17. "All Fall Down" tells the story of Allison Weiss — a suburban mom struggling with addiction and finding her way back up again. You can check out an excerpt here!






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'All Fall Down': One woman struggles as wife, professional, mother ... and addict

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner's latest novel, "All Fall Down," protagonist Allison Weiss is a married, working mother who finds herself fraught by pressure, expectation and addiction. Can she reclaim her once-happy life without her drug habit taking over? Here's an excerpt.ONEDo you generally use alcohol or drugs more than once a week?






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How fathers' and mothers' work and family lives are changing

In "Do Fathers Matter?", author Paul Raeburn sheds new light on the science behind the vital contributions of the often overlooked male parent. Here's an excerpt.Changes in work and family life in the United States have accelerated during the past fifty years, in what is now a familiar trend. In 1965, 42 percent of women sixteen to sixty-four were employed.






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How fathers are shaped by their children

Popular convention may dictate that the father’s role in the early development of his children pales in comparison to the mother’s, but author Paul Raeburn is shedding new light on the science behind the vital contributions of the often overlooked male parent.






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Terry Crews gets in touch with his gentle, fatherly side in 'Manhood'

Actor and former NFL player Terry Crews has accrued a reputation for being an alpha male —how else do you think he landed his role as the iconic "Old Spice Guy"? But in "Manhood," Crews writes candidly of the less celebrated side of masculinity, highlighting the importance of being a good spouse and a nurturing parent. Here's an excerpt.PROLOGUEI have to preface this book with a story.






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How fathers boost toddlers' language development

Popular convention may dictate that the father’s role in the early development of his children pales in comparison to the mother’s, but author Paul Raeburn is shedding new light on the science behind the vital role of the often overlooked male parent. I’ve always thought that watching children learn to talk is one of the highlights of parenting.






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Country music's Josh Turner reflects on fatherhood and faith in 'Man Stuff'

Read an excerpt from 'Man Stuff: Devotional Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood' by Josh Turner.Excerpted from "Man Stuff: Devotional Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood," copyright (c) 2014 by Josh Turner. Used with permission by Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins publishers. All rights reserved.









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