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'Key & Peele' debut another 'East/West Bowl' sketch, featuring actual players

20 hours ago

Key & Peele are back with another edition of their popular "East/West Bowl" sketch—this time with help from a few real-life players. The clip comes ahead of the duo's Super Bowl Special, and features players like Legume Duprix, Swordless Mimetown, and Shrunk Flugget. The creativity of these names is amazing—but the real football players are the clip's true winners, taking the whole joke in stride. »

- Megan Daley

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Best of the Banned: Vote on the greatest rejected commercial in Super Bowl history

20 hours ago

The only thing more fun than analyzing this year's crop of Super Bowl ads? That would be picking apart the various commercials that were nixed by the NFL and/or network powers that be—both this year and during games played long ago. Sure, the concept of "banned" Super Bowl ads is a murky one; critics complain that some companies create controversial spots specifically so they'll be rejected by the big game, giving the ads more attention than they would've otherwise received. That said: The urge to gawk at stuff that's been deemed naughty, provocative, or otherwise inappropriate is one »

- EW staff

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The Super Bowl ads of 2015: Watch them here

22 hours ago

Come Sunday evening, the commercials with the biggest stars, cutest animals, and best jokes might be more important than who actually wins Super Bowl Xlix. (Budweiser’s lost puppy commercial vs. Patriots/Seahawks? Our money is on the puppy.) From Mercedes-Benz's tortoise and hare tale to Kim Kardashian's selfie-inspired T-Mobile bit, we've collected the Super Bowl ads of 2015 that have been released so far. We'll continue to update as more hit the internet. »


- Megan Daley

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Dominos slams 'Fifty Shades of Grey'-style pizza ad

23 hours ago

GoDaddy isn't the only company with an ad that went too far this week. Dominos is not thrilled about a leaked Fifty Shades of Grey-style ad that's making the rounds for its spicy Sriracha pizza. "You’re going to suffer and enjoy every moment," pledges the ad, which shows a disembodied tongue wearing bondage gear and a ball gag. The image was so unappetizing (yes, even worse than Domino's Chicken & Bacon Carbonara), that some assumed it must be fake when it surfaced online Tuesday. EW's sister publication People has confirmed the ad was indeed legit, but that it was »


- James Hibberd

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Johnny Depp says he missed a press conference because he was fighting a chupacabra

28 January 2015 8:35 AM, PST

It's been a rough few weeks for Johnny Depp, but the actor of a dozen wigs has taken it all in stride. In the wake of Mortdecai's middling release, Johnny Depp has not only contended with a tough critical reception to the film but has also apparently done battle with a mythical creature in order to speak to journalists about the film. »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Budweiser's Super Bowl ad again features adorable puppy, horses

28 January 2015 7:39 AM, PST

It's hard to write about Budweiser's Super Bowl ad without including a series of cooing nonsense words. It's just that cute. The company's ad, once again, features a heartbreakingly adorable puppy. This time the puppy gets lost and goes on an adventure to the sounds of a pared-down version of "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)." Though the puppy has a frightening encounter with a wolf, its faithful Clydesdales save the day. By the end the puppy is safely back home, and, well, really, really cute. (Did I mention this puppy is cute?) Budweiser's release comes on the heels of a controversy over GoDaddy's pulled ad, »

- Esther Zuckerman

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6 online comedy series that deserve to be on TV

28 January 2015 7:00 AM, PST

Between Broad City, Drunk History, and Childrens Hospital, TV networks have had a fair amount of success in recent years adapting short-form web series to more traditional television formats. With more and more people doing their viewing online, more creators have been inspired to embrace the web series as a medium, raising the bar for quality in the process. And since web series provide networks with completed pilots that have already been audience tested, it seems likely that more of them will make the jump from one small screen to another. EW's been trawling the web, looking for candidates for a Broad City-style transition. »


- Miles Raymer

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Nominated for Nothing: 'Love Is Strange'

28 January 2015 6:45 AM, PST

Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski, Blackfish — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. Before the ceremony, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees. The film: Ira Sachs's Love Is Strange tells the »


- Esther Zuckerman

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'Grim Fandango' creator Tim Schafer on the adventure-game revival

27 January 2015 4:46 PM, PST

Today's a pretty big day for video games. Sixteen years after its original release, the classic LucasArts adventure game Grim Fandango is finally available for purchase after having effectively disappeared from shelves. Before today's release of Grim Fandango Remastered, Grim has never been rereleased in the United States after its initial run. The only way to play what was widely considered to be the last great adventure game was to either pirate it illegally, or buy one of those original copies secondhand. »

- Joshua Rivera

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Geekly Mailbag: The problem with Storm, and 'American Sniper' talkback

27 January 2015 2:19 PM, PST

If it's a day of the week, then Bryan Singer is probably making a casting announcement for an X-Men movie. Readers reacted to the news that X-Men: Apocalypse is de-aging three famous X-people, with a Game of Thrones star taking on Jean Grey and a semi-unknown playing Storm. There was also some response to the best Walking Dead analysis ever—it's a war allegory!—and some additional thoughts about snipers. Read on, and email me at darren_franich@ew.com for further conversation. »


- Darren Franich

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No More releases anti-domestic violence Super Bowl ad

27 January 2015 1:28 PM, PST

A woman requests a pizza from the man on the other end of the line—except the man is an emergency dispatcher, who eventually figures out that this woman doesn't want a pizza. She wants help. This is the premise of the No More Super Bowl ad, which aims to raise awareness about domestic violence. Once the emergency dispatcher figures out the woman's in danger, he sends an officer to her house. "When it's hard to talk," the ad's concluding text reads, "it's up to us to listen." »

- Ariana Bacle

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Watch the cast of 'The Americans' recap the show in 30 seconds

27 January 2015 11:01 AM, PST

Before FX's spy drama (spama?) The Americans returns for its third season Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. Et, stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, and Annet Mahendru—as well as executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields—convened in EW's studio to rattle off as many plot points from the series' first two seasons as they could in just half a minute. Spoiler alert: Their efforts, while admirable, comprise an... incomplete refresher. »


- Neil Janowitz

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Jimmy Kimmel breaks down Chris Soules' speech from 'The Bachelor'

27 January 2015 10:16 AM, PST

Here's the thing about being The Bachelor: At some point, you're going to have to defend to your choices, whether it be to Chris Harrison, America, or the women in the house. And during last night's episode, Chris Soules was introduced that very idea for the first time during his run when Britt confronted him about giving Kaitlyn a rose, even after she stripped on a group date. Sadly for Chris, that conversation didn't exactly go well. Specifically, Jimmy Kimmel conducted a chalkboard breakdown of the speech during his show Monday night, only to prove that at no point »


- Samantha Highfill

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Doritos wants voters to pick its Super Bowl ad

27 January 2015 9:31 AM, PST

The eighth year of Doritos' "Crash the Super Bowl" competition has featured a variety of Dorito-centric spectacles all competing to be the official Super Bowl ad of Doritos—from a little girl's lemonade stand bit to a grown man who won't stop wailing like a preschooler until he gets the cheesy snack. The competition narrowed the voting down to 10 finalists as voting began to find a winner earlier this month. While all finalists will get to go to the Super Bowl, only one will win the grand prize of $1 million and a "dream job" at Universal Pictures. The amateur filmmakers »


- Megan Daley

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Analyzing 87 years of Oscar, by the numbers

27 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST

Forget December: This is truly the most wonderful time of the year, provided you're a movie nut. (And if you aren't... uh, what are you doing here, buddy?) Oscar season is a joyous occasion marked by nail-biting anticipation, spirited debate (Boyhood or Birdman?), many, many sparkly things—and, for the truly devoted, friendly little competitions about who knows the most Oscar-related trivia. Thankfully, EW has your back. In our Oscar nominations double issue, we crunched the numbers to give you a few fun stats about four major categories—Best Picture, Actor, Actress, and Supporting Actor—as well as one special »


- EW staff

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Larry Wilmore calls Bradley Cooper 'new R-rated Jesus' in 'American Sniper' segment

27 January 2015 7:42 AM, PST

Larry Wilmore spent some time on The Nightly Show Monday night discussing American Sniper, the money it has made, its impact, and Bradley Cooper's abs. Cooper, according to Wilmore, is the "new R-rated Jesus," given that the movie is on pace to beat The Passion of the Christ as the number one R-rated movie of all time. The film's current box office total, over $200 million domestically, is the cost of "like 40 seconds of the actual Iraq War," Wilmore said. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Nominated for Nothing: 'Life Itself'

27 January 2015 6:45 AM, PST

Just about every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Breathless, King Kong, Casino Royale, Touch of Evil, Caddyshack, Mean Streets, The Big Lebowski, Blackfish — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, hard-boiled genre pics, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. Before the ceremony, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees. The film: Directed by Hoop Dreams' Steve James, Life Itself »


- Ariana Bacle

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Oscars ceremony enlists 'Frozen' songwriting team for a Neil Patrick Harris number

27 January 2015 6:31 AM, PST

The Oscars haven't fully let go of Frozen. The Academy announced this morning that Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will write a number for host Neil Patrick Harris titled "Moving Pictures," described as "an original multimedia, musical sequence." "We love the Oscars and have always been huge Neil Patrick Harris fans, so when he asked us to write him a song for this year’s show we said, 'Yes!' before he could finish the sentence—it's possible he may have been asking us for something else," the Lopezes said in a statement. "We are having so much fun collaborating, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Al Pacino names an 8th-grade teacher, Marlon Brando among his acting influences

26 January 2015 12:13 PM, PST

To promote their new movie The Humbling, actor Al Pacino and director Barry Levinson stopped by EW's Sirius radio station and talked with EW editor Matt Bean about the people that inspired their long careers in film. Levinson recalled the moment that he decided to become a filmmaker: laying in the hospital as a child, he asked a nurse to change the channel and the nurse challenged him, "Oh, you think you can do better?" Levinson, who produced shows like Oz and Homicide: Life on the Street, said he never forgot that moment. »


- Christian Holub

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'Saturday Night Live' best host poll: Blake Shelton brings 'Hee-Haw' to New York

26 January 2015 9:50 AM, PST

Blake Shelton brought his guitar and country twang to Saturday Night Live, and from the moment he sat down on a hay-bale during the opening monlogue, he instilled the show with an easygoing sensibility. In contrast to most music or TV stars, Shelton played himself with an ease and comfort that's impossible to fake—almost like some of the athletes that host. That might have put a ceiling on what he could do, but he seemed right at home with the cast in his SNL debut. His Hee-Haw parody was a clever self-deprecating tone-setter, and his hate-filled ballad on Topeka »


- Jeff Labrecque

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