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The 71st Tony Awards Review: Charles Isherwood on Why the Awards Ceremony That Celebrates Great Theater Was So Off-Key

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The 71st Tony Awards Review: Charles Isherwood on Why the Awards Ceremony That Celebrates Great Theater Was So Off-Key
“Shut that crap off!” snapped a feisty Bette Midler as the orchestra attempted to play her offstage. She had gone well beyond her allotted time in giving her acceptance speech for her surefire win at the 71st annual Tony Awards. Since Midler didn’t sing — disappointing to all — who could begrudge her a record-breaking acceptance speech?

Midler’s ebullient phone-book-length list of thanks was, indeed, a highlight of the Tony telecast on CBS. Considering what a wonderful season it was in terms of quality and even quantity on Broadway, the telecast can only be regarded as a dutiful but hardly dazzling, and often dull, celebration of a season that deserved a more vibrant tribute.

True, a signal attraction of any awards show – the possibility of a shock or even a surprise or two – was for once in evidence at this year’s awards. The top categories, best musical and best
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Don Rickles Dies at 90: Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Newhart and More Stars Pay Tribute

Don Rickles Dies at 90: Jimmy Kimmel, Bob Newhart and More Stars Pay Tribute
Don Rickles' fans, friends and peers have been expressing their condolences after hearing news of the comedian's death.

Et confirmed that Rickles died on Thursday morning in his Los Angeles home from kidney failure. He was 90.

Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years

Rickles' impact on the comedy and entertainment industry was certainly felt as celebrities have been posting tributes to the late comedian since learning of his death. Here's a look at what the stars are sharing in remembrance of Rickles:

Bob and Ginnie Newhart: "He was called 'The Merchant of Venom,' but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring and most sensitive human beings we have ever known. We are devastated and our world will never be the same. We were totally unprepared for this."

Jim Carrey: "Don once begged me for a couple of bucks then told me to twist myself into a pretzel. Ego slayer
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Loft Film Fest in Tucson Initiates First American Cicae Art Cinema Awards

The Loft Film Fest is the first American festival member of the International Confederation of Art Cinemas (Cicae), which brings together more than 3,000 screens and approximately 16 festivals across Europe and around the world to promote the production and exhibition of quality independent films from all countries in all countries.

The Cicae award is designed to bring attention to excellent films in order for them to be seen in art houses around the world. The Cicae award is given out at festivals including the Berlinale Forum and Panorama, the Sarajevo International Film Festival, the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

The Loft Film Fest jury for documentary features includes Peter Belsito, film biz consultant, fest panelist and guest blogger for SydneysBuzz on Indiewire, actress/writer/producer Yareli Arizmendi ("Like Water for Chocolate," "A Day Without a Mexican") and Beverly Seckinger, director of University of Arizona Center for Documentary and Docscapes.

The short film jury includes Francesco Clerici, director of "Hand Gestures," Max Cannon, creator of the alternative comic strip "Red Meat", and Lupita Murillo of Kvoa News 4 Tucson.

The documentaries in competition are:

"Florence, Arizona"

Florence, Arizona is a cowboy town with a prison problem. Founded in 1866, this bastion of the Wild West is home to 8,500 civilians and 17,000 inmates spread over nine prisons. Through an unconventional lens, the documentary film "Florence, Arizona" weaves together the stories of four key residents of Florence, whose lives have all been shadowed in some way by the surrounding prison industrial complex. The result is an intricately crafted cinematic tapestry, threaded through with deep strands of Americana, humor, intimacy, and pathos, revealing as much about ourselves as it does about our modern carceral state. (Dir. by Andrea B. Scott, 2014, USA, 78 mins., Not Rated) Official Selection: Doc NYC

"Chuck Norris vs. Communism"

In the 1980s, under the Nicolae Ceaușescu regime, Romanians suffered from little access to foreign goods as well as an information blackout the Communist bureaucrats used to ensure ideological purity. But in clandestine screenings at neighbors’ homes of smuggled VHS tapes dubbed by a one-man distribution network, people got a glimpse of the Western world and a culture of muscular individuality with heroes like Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone, and, of course, Chuck Norris.

In "Chuck Norris vs Communism," one sees the power of film to change individuals and whole societies. Through the stories of the hardworking female dubber (the most famous voice of Romania), the memories of everyday citizens, evocative re-creations of the time, and an enormous selection of clips from ’80s movies, first-time director Ilinca Calugareanu presents a film about the unexpected consequences of mass entertainment, leading to the conclusion that the greatest threat to Ceaușescu’s dictatorship might just have been the Vcr. (Dir. by Ilinca Calugareanu, 2014, UK/Romania/Germany, in Romanian with subtitles, 83 mins., Not Rated) Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs

"Bounce"

From Brazilian favelas to dusty Congolese villages, from Neolithic Scottish isles to modern soccer pitches, "Bounce" explores the little-known origins of our favorite sports.

The film crosses time, languages and continents to discover how the ball has staked its claim on our lives and fueled our passion to compete. Equal parts science, history and cultural essay, "Bounce" removes us from the scandals and commercialism of today’s sports world to uncover the true reasons we play ball, helping us reclaim our universal connection to the games we love. (Dir. by Jerome Thelia, 2015, USA / Brazil / Congo / India / Ireland / Italy / Mexico / UK, in English with subtitles, 71 mins., Not Rated) Official Selection: SXSW

"Double Digits: The Story of a Neighborhood Movie Star"

Deep in the recesses of YouTube there is an ingenious artist who cannot be stopped. He consistently churns out 3-4 original feature-length films a year. He’s made action movies, horror movies, westerns and more. He’s not rich, he has no crew, no formal training and aside from his action figures, plays virtually every part. Welcome to the inspiring, imaginative, and often handmade world of Ultra-diy filmmaker Richard ‘R.G.’ Miller, a 50 year-old man who creates impossible blockbusters from his tiny studio apartment in Wichita, Kansas. His dream audience? More than 9 people. (Dir. by Justin Johnson, 2015, USA, 76 mins., Not Rated)

"Right Footed"

Born without arms as the result of a severe birth defect, Jessica Cox never allowed herself to believe that she couldn’t accomplish her dreams. An expert martial artist, college graduate and motivational speaker, Jessica is also the world’s only armless airplane pilot, a mentor, and an advocate for people with disability. Directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Nick Spark, "Right Footed" chronicles Jessica’s amazing story of overcoming adversity and follows her over a period of two years as she becomes a mentor for children with disabilities and their families, and a disability rights advocate working in the U.S.A. and abroad. (Dir. by Nick Spark, 2015, USA, in English with subtitles, 82 mins., Not Rated)

"Hand Gestures"

"Hand Gestures" follows the process of creating one of Velasco Vitali’s famous dog sculptures, from wax to glazed bronze, at the Battaglia Artistic Foundry in Milan. The film observes the work of a group of skilled artisans in this 100-year old foundry and reveals the ancient traditions of bronze sculpture making, unchanged since the sixth century B.C. This method is not taught in school, but is passed on in the ancient oral tradition and through apprenticeships from artisans. This documentary observes and feels the work of the Battaglia Artistic Foundry: a place where the past and present share the same gestures and where each gesture is a sculpture itself.

An artist who sculpts, who works the waxes, is treated in the same way as a craftsman who turns that wax into bronze, building and destroying other ephemeral sculptures: they have been making the same gestures for centuries, and by showing this to the camera they reveal historical “jumps” in time. Director Francesco Clerici has made a fine-tuned, carefully-observed study of a glorious thing to watch: artisans practicing their craft on film. Winner of the Fipresci award at Berlinale Forum 2015. (Dir. by Francesco Clerici, 2015, Italy, in Italian with subtitles, 77 mins., Not Rated) Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival

"Beaver Trilogy Part IV" (USA, dir. Brad Besser)

In 1979, Kutv in Salt Lake City acquired a new video camera. Trent Harris, a producer for the station’s offbeat show Extra, ventured out into the parking lot to test the new equipment and happened upon a young man taking pictures of the station’s news helicopter.

The kid, calling himself “Groovin’ Gary,” was the self-proclaimed Rich Little of Beaver, Utah. His infectious personality and small-town impressions of John Wayne, Sylvester Stallone, and Barry Manilow piqued Harris’s interest enough so he gave him a business card and asked that he alert him if anything newsworthy happened in his hometown. What happened next would become the foundation for "Beaver Trilogy," a unique collection of films that documented Harris’s multiple attempts at re-creating the original magic of the Beaver Kid. Director Brad Besser dives deep into the mystique of this cult classic, unraveling the mystery of Harris’s original inspiration. "Beaver Trilogy Part IV" explores the line between the quest for fame and the exploitation of those who pursue it. (Dir. by Brad Besser, 2015, USA, 84 mins., Not Rated) Official Selection: Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs

The short films in competition are in two programs:

Program 1

Program 2

The awards will be presented on Sunday October 25 before the final screenings of the festival: "Mia Madre" at 7:15Pm and "Eisenstein in Guanajuato" at 7:45Pm.

Tickets and passes on sale now at www.loftfilmfest.org.
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Watch Tom Hiddleston Win Over Robert de Niro with His Impersonation

Watch Tom Hiddleston Win Over Robert de Niro with His Impersonation
Perhaps you don't know this about Thor star Tom Hiddleston, but he's great at impersonating fellow celebrities. That should come as no shock after watching him fully transform into country legend Hank Williams in I Saw the Light. If he wasn't busy building a career as an Oscar-worthy actor, he might have a shot at being the next Rich Little. On the The Graham Norton Show he got to show off some of his skills. And he couldn't pass up the opportunity to break out one of his better routines, especially with the subject of his impersonation sitting on the couch beside him.

Tom Hiddleston and Robert De Niro appeared on the The Graham Norton Show couch together earlier this week. And in what could have been an awkward exchange, Tom Hiddleston broke out his own Bobby De Niro facial ticks and accents. And the whole thing is nothing short of amazing.
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Film Review: ‘The Beaver Trilogy Part IV’

Film Review: ‘The Beaver Trilogy Part IV’
Between 1979 and 1985, cult director Trent Harris made three different films about a character he dubbed “Groovin’ Gary,” aka “the Beaver Kid,” a small-town Utah dreamer with big Hollywood ambitions. That triptych — which comprises an eccentric TV profile and two short-film re-enactments starring Sean Penn and Crispin Glover — eventually found its way to the 2001 Sundance Film Festival as “The Beaver Trilogy,” and now holds a place as one of the oddest footnotes in American cinema, though it’s hard to imagine anyone who hasn’t already seen it having more than a passing interest in “The Beaver Trilogy Part IV.” While it finally answers so many questions fans have been asking for years, sometimes far more poignantly than devotees would have thought possible, Brad Besser’s obsessive feature-length follow-up documentary ultimately feels like a DVD featurette that spiraled ridiculously out of control.

Like Ben Steinbauer’s “Winnebago Man,” which tracked down
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The Age Of Adaline – The review

What would you do if life stood still? Now I’m not talking about the world continually frozen, like a projector stuck on one frame of film (maybe a better modern analogy would be a DVD unable to move past an image, perhaps with that annoying “buffer circle” spinning). I mean what if you, yourself, never changed and remained your current age forever. No wrinkles, no grey hairs, and no internal breakdowns (the plumbing works fine, muscles and joints in great shape). That’s been one of the major benefits of vampirism (like the eternal ten-year old Kirsten Dunst in Interview With The Vampire), a theme of fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty), and science fiction (The Man Who Cheated Death, the Cocoon flicks). Now comes a film that plays with that notion in a more modern, realistic fashion. Call it a modern romantic fable, or the ultimate May-December love story. Or
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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #63: Brad Besser Traces Inspiration for Cult Classic 'Beaver Trilogy' With 'Beaver Trilogy Part IV'

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In 1979, Kutv in Salt Lake City got a new video camera. Trent Harris, a producer for the station’s unconventional show "Extra," went to the parking lot to test the new equipment and bumped into a kid taking photos of the station’s news helicopter. The young man, who called himself "Groovin' Gary," was the self-proclaimed Rich Little of Beaver, Utah. His vibrant personality and small-town impressions of John Wayne, Sylvester Stallone, and Barry Manilow interested Harris enough that he gave him a business card and asked that Gary alert him if anything newsworthy happened in his hometown. What happened next spurred the Beaver Trilogy, an inventive collection of films documenting Harris's numerous attempts at re-creating the strange magic of the Beaver Kid. Director Brad Besser explores the appeal of this cult classic, delving into the mystery of Harris’s initial inspiration. Steeped in Sundance Film Festival history (the original Beaver Trilogy premiered at the.
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Kristy McNichol Opens Up About Life After Hollywood: I'm 'Happy and Serene'

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Kristy McNichol Opens Up About Life After Hollywood: I'm 'Happy and Serene'
In the '70s and '80s, Kristy McNichol was one of the most popular actresses of her generation, starring in movies like Little Darlings and TV shows like Family and Empty Nest. Then in the '90s, she stepped away from the spotlight - for good. On Wednesday night, People caught up with the actress at the Love Boat reunion in Fort Lauderdale, where the cast gathered to christen a new Regal Princess cruise ship and celebrate 50 years of Princess Cruises. McNichol, who appeared as a guest star on the show, said she left show business to "see what else was out there.
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Comedian Steve Rossi Dies

Comedian Steve Rossi Dies
Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82. His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores, told the Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and that Rossi was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn't in any pain. "I met every major entertainer in the country through Stevie, and I'm going to miss him,
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Comedian Steve Rossi Dies

Comedian Steve Rossi Dies
Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82. His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores told the Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and he was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn't in any pain. "I met every major entertainer in the country through Stevie, and I'm going to miss him," said Flores,
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Freaks and Geeks Ep 1.14 ‘Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers’ sees Millie and Bill staging rebellions

Freaks and Geeks Episode 14 ‘Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers’

Written by Judd Apatow & Bob Nickman

Directed by Judd Apatow

Aired 10/10/2000 on Fox Family

When I think of the long-term potential missed out on Freaks and Geeks, episodes like ‘Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers’ come to the forefront of my memory. It’s an episode about two non-main characters (Bill and Millie) giving unexpected depth to their characters, family situations, and teenage lives. They come in very different forms – one from the death of a family member, and the other from a family gaining one – but they tie back to this similar idea of teenage rebellion, of how forcing ourselves to not deal with something emotional only makes things worse in the long run.

Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers’ is almost a what-if proposition; what if Millie were to play the role of Lindsay on the show? Being a much more stringent believer of faith,
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'Passion' Review: De Palma Regurgitates Everything in His Bag of Tricks

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'Passion' Review: De Palma Regurgitates Everything in His Bag of Tricks
There's a great vintage "Saturday Night Live" sketch where host Kirk Douglas does a fake ad for the album "Kirk's Greatest Kirks," featuring the actor impersonating Kirk Douglas impersonators (Rich Little, Frank Gorshin, etc.). Doing so requires the actor to repeat his most famous movie lines in the hammiest and most overdone way possible. "Passion" -- now on-demand and hitting theaters Aug. 30 --is "De Palma's Greatest De Palmas," as director Brian De Palma regurgitates seemingly everything in his legendary bag of tricks. Whether it's the split screen, the tracking shot down
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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 76: ‘Mickey’s Christmas Carol’

There are only a few shopping days until Christmas, and what better way to ring in the holiday than by warming up by the fire, sipping on some hot cocoa, and listening to a holiday-centric episode of Mousterpiece Cinema? Don’t even try to think of one! Instead, listen as Josh, Mike, and Gabe discuss the 1983 short Mickey’s Christmas Carol, where Mickey Mouse plays Bob Cratchit, Goofy plays Marley’s ghost, and Scrooge McDuck plays…well, who else? This week, your intrepid hosts also discuss their favorite adaptations of Charles Dickens’ famous tale, along with their least favorites, and there are plenty of strange movies dropped along their path. Only here can you find out what Rich Little, Henry Winkler, and Vanessa Williams have in common. So check out the new show before the bell on the clock strikes twelve!

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Glee Review: All I Want For Christmas Is No More Holiday Specials

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We speculated earlier this week about whether this year's Glee Christmas episode would top "Extraordinary Merry Christmas." The answer, amazingly was a resounding "No."

If that wasn't an hour-long commercial for the Glee Vol. 3 holiday album, I don't know what was. Why couldn't this just have been an hour-long music special with the cast and characters singing songs and spouting pithy one-liners? Oh, wait.

Glee really should have quit for the season while it was ahead last week with "Swan Song."

"Glee, Actually" was completely all over the place, calling for the suspension of any and all disbelief regarding how absolutely everything in the real world works. And I'm not even talking about the opening 9-minute dream sequence which might have been the best part of the entire night simply for the fact that Kevin McHale got to ditch Artie's wheelchair and glasses and dance. Oh look, Rory the Leprechaun
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Johnny Carson Getting Biopic From Writer Of Hitchcock

Deadline reports that a film about the personal life of television legend Johnny Carson is currently in the works. The project comes from producer Tom Thayer and writer John McLaughlin, who recently teamed up to make the upcoming Hitchcock, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Psycho. Early reviews of Hitchcock have been largely positive, which bodes well for Johnny Carson fans who are hoping to see the King of Late Night receive the big-screen portrayal he deserves.

The film will be based on the upcoming book Carson The Magnificent: An Intimate Portrait by Bill Zehme, the only journalist whom Carson spoke to after his retirement, and it will be interesting to see what revelations about Carson will be revealed by his friend and semi-confidant Zehme. After he retired from hosting The Tonight Show for thirty years, Carson avoided publicity, opting instead to lead an intensely private life away from the spotlight.
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Johnny Carson Biopic Is in the Works -- Here Are 5 Actors Who Could Play Him

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The bigger the celebrity, the harder he or she is to cast in a biopic. The chosen actor or actress has to be able to pull off an iconic face, perform without coming across as an impersonation and, most importantly, make us forget who we're actually watching up on the screen. Johnny Carson, a man who was in our living rooms nightly for 30 years, is one of the most familiar men, in appearance and behavior, in all of American history. According to Deadline New York, he is getting a feature biopic from the makers of the upcoming film Hitchcock, and I wish them good luck finding the right man for the part. Not even Carnac the Magnificent could foresee any names on that list. You know they're not getting Rich Little to play him again. Producer Tom Thayer is regrouping with his...

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Carol Channing (Carol Channing: Larger Than Life) | Interview

The life story of legendary performer and Carol Channing (“Hello Dolly”) is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. Carol Channing: Larger Than Life captures the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon—both onstage and off...past and present. The film is both an intimate love story and a rarefied journey inside Broadway’s most glamorous era. It is, above all, a look at an inspiring, incomparable and always entertaining American legend. Directed and co-written by Dori Berinstein (ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway, Gotta Dance), a three-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer. Starring Carol Channing, Harry Kullijian, Loni Anderson, Mary Jo Catlett, Marge Champion, Tyne Daly, Phyllis Diller, Betty Garrett, Tippi Hedren, Jerry Herman, Angela Lansbury, Rich Little, Bob Mackie, Jimmy Nederlander Sr., Debbie Reynolds, Chita Rivera, Harvey Sabinson, George Schlatter, Richard Skipper, Lily Tomlin, Tommy Tune, Bruce Vilanch, Barbara Walters and JoAnne Worley. Carol Channing is
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Exclusive: 'Carol Channing: Larger Than Life' Trailer and Poster Premiere!

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The kind folks over at Entertainment One Us have given us the exclusive trailer and poster premiere for Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, opening in theaters on January 20th, 2012. The documentary film is directed by Dori Berinstein and features a who's who of classic Hollywood talent including Lily Tomlin, Rich Little, Phyllis Diller, Loni Anderson, Tippi Hedren and more.   What do you think? Will you go see it when it comes out? Check here for complete Carol Channing: Larger Than Life photos, videos, showtimes and tickets.

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Whoa, Nicole Scherzinger Sounds Exactly Like Britney Spears

Former Pussycat Doll and new judge on The X Factor Nicole Scherzinger went on Conan to promote her new gig. So that’s good! While there, she also proved that she has a funny bone, albeit one hidden under layers of beautiful, cocoa brown boobs. Those boobs. Man oh man, those are some boobs. Don’t take our word for it — Conan has to apologize for staring. But wouldn’t you? Anyway, back to the funny bone business. Turns out that not only can the lady sing, but she can keenly imitate Britney Spears, whose vocal styling falls more under “infantile cooing.” Very funny stuff right here (the impression begins at 5:40). Watch your back, Rich Little! 2119212749 by YardieGoals
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Morning Meme: "Beavis and Butthead" Hits Comic-Con, Jimmy Kimmel Hosts Gay Marriage Lottery, and Godric Returns!

In news I both love and hate, the brilliant Jane Espenson is set to bring us Husbands: The Series, starring Cheeks as a very out actor married to Sean Hemeon, a professional football player freshly and controversially out. Adding spice to the mix is their best gal pal, played by Alessandre Torresai. So what to hate about it? We have to wait until September!

In huge news, it's being reported that the Pentagon is set to certify Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal today. That means the horrible law will cease to exist in 60 days, and open service can begin.

Harry Potter hit two major landmarks yesterday: It passed Star Wars as the highest grossing franchise of all time, and based on the strength of a $624 million opening week, the franchise has now topped $7 billion and is still climbing.

For those of you still hyperventilating at the thought of Darren Criss
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