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This 'Scandal' clothing line lets you dress just like Olivia Pope

16 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT

Olivia Pope knows how to handle just about any situation in the White House, and the same rules apply to the world of fashion. If there’s a problem, Liv will fix it.

And now, Kerry Washington has teamed up with Scandal’s costume designer, Lyn Paolo, and the head of design for The Limited, Elliot Staples, to create The Limited Collection Inspired by Scandal. Fans of the show will know what to expect: Lots of white, lots of jackets, and more than one pair of gloves. But the question remains: Will there be a fashionable (though slightly oversized) white hat in the mix? »


- Samantha Highfill

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'Orange Is the New Black' meets 'Golden Girls' in new mash-up video

16 September 2014 2:01 PM, PDT

Orange Is the New Black has often been called the Golden Girls of a new generation. Okay, so it’s never been called that, but thanks to a new theme song mash-up video, we wish it were. Can you imagine if the ladies of Litchfield considered one another pals and confidants? Oh, the things they could talk about over a good cheesecake.

That being said, there is one thing we can all agree on: Red is obviously the Sophia of Litchfield, Big Boo the Dorothy, Morello the Rose, and Nicky the Blanche. As for Piper, she’s easily Rebecca Devereaux, »


- Samantha Highfill

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Bruce Springsteen headlines Stand Up For Heroes event

16 September 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

Bruce Springsteen and a collection of all-star comedians will headline the eighth annual Stand Up for Heroes event at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 5. Louis C.K., John Mulaney, John Oliver, and NBC’s Brian Williams are already confirmed, and several surprise guests are expected. The event, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and New York Comedy Festival, has raised millions for injured military veterans and their families.

“Lee and I are so humbled by the generous contributions of the talent, sponsors, and variety of organizations in honor of our nation’s heroes and their families,” said Bob Woodruff, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Netflix users can now hide their viewing history

16 September 2014 11:58 AM, PDT

Sharing a Netflix account with a friend—or “borrowing” theirs—and looking for a way to avoid awkward discussions about that season of Gossip Girl you watched five times? Good news: The streaming service will now let you hide your viewing activity.

Netflix has introduced a new feature that allows subscribers to delete items from their viewing history. The tool should improve Netflix’s suggestions for viewers so that the occasional half-watched 1980s comedy or recent foreign documentary can no longer influence the films and television shows that Netflix promotes. Though hopefully it will continue to title these suggestions with »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Waka Flocka's weed won't roll itself: 7 weird celebrity-employee tasks

16 September 2014 11:32 AM, PDT

The symbiotic relationship between celebrities and their personal assistants and employees is a storied one—and often, said stories involve personal errands, late-night phone calls, and a whole lot of crying while driving in the Valley during rush hour (for the assistants, mostly).

For Waka Flocka Flame, having hired help means never having to roll his own blunts again.

Throw away your master’s degrees, because the rapper decided to use Instagram to advertise a job as his personal blunt roller, with an annual salary of $50,000. The application for said job is to use a simple hashtag: #ICanRoll.

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- Teresa Jue

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Andrew Rannells talks 'Hedwig' pressure, 'Girls' Broadway connections

16 September 2014 10:20 AM, PDT

Broadway’s most exhilarating rock concert burst onto the boards earlier this year when Neil Patrick Harris stepped into the silky fishnets of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, earning a Tony for the role and ushering the East German rocker into the hands of a new generation of fans. After Harris departed the show in August, The Book of Mormon veteran Andrew Rannells was tapped to fill Hedwig’s high heels. To say his turn is electric, heartbreaking, and wholly different from Harris’ would still be underselling the performance.

With TV turns on Girls (as gay frenemy Elijah) and How I Met Your Mother »


- Marc Snetiker

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Burning questions about 'Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor,' answered

16 September 2014 9:26 AM, PDT

The world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings hasn’t left the same mark on the video game medium that it has in film, though many attempts have been made. The Battle for Middle-earth strategy games? Good, but the series lasted for only a few years. The Rings Lego games? Also fun, but the Middle-earth setting is just one of several major properties to be Legoized. Even the games connected to the original trilogy films have their upsides but were never critical darlings.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor hopes to change that. The game has received plenty of »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Angela Lansbury is taking her 'Blithe Spirit' on a North American tour

16 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Angela Lansbury is taking her Tony-winning performance in Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit on the road. The actress will be playing the medium Madame Arcati in a North American tour of the play, which will kick off in December at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. The run will close in March at D.C.’s National Theatre, a place of historical significance for Lansbury, since it marked the site of the 1957 pre-Broadway tryout for her Broadway debut, Hotel Paradiso. Lansbury won one of her five Tonys for her work as Arcati in 2009, and returned to the role earlier this year »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Barbra Streisand let Jimmy Fallon (and his impressions) duet with her

16 September 2014 7:06 AM, PDT

Jimmy Fallon clearly loves doing musical impressions, so when he had Barbra Streisand making a rare appearance on The Tonight Show to promote an album of duets, he took the opportunity to be the legendary singer’s partner. Alongside a bemused Babs, Fallon trotted out his Elvis, his Blake Shelton, and his Michael Bublé. During the Shelton section, a rendition of “I’d Want It to Be You,” Streisand tapped Fallon, and declared, “I can hardly tell the difference.” Before moving onto the Bublé she said, “That was actually good.”

Though she made a cameo on David Letterman’s Late »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Bill Hader discusses the origins of Stefon on 'Seth Meyers'

16 September 2014 6:46 AM, PDT

There was a miniature SNL reunion last Monday night when Bill Hader stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to reminisce about the good times he had playing the delirious and beloved character, Stefon.

Hader explains that Stefon’s debut “barely worked as a sketch with Ben Affleck,” since it took so long for Stefon to get warmed up to his deranged high point, which led to the transition for Stefon to become a New York correspondent for Weekend Update. Hader also reveals that he put his hands in front of his face because of frequent breaks of character due »


- Teresa Jue

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Kristen Wiig and Ellen DeGeneres somehow missed the 'Let It Go' boat

15 September 2014 4:14 PM, PDT

We’re closing in on a year since Frozen came out and the cultural dominance of “Let It Go” is not fading. News only recently broke that vocal powerhouse Lea Michele will sing the hit on Glee, and while her effort is sure to be technically proficient, it probably won’t be as funny as this attempt by Ellen DeGeneres and Kristen Wiig, both of whom apparently missed out on the phenomenon. After admitting on DeGeneres’ show that neither are really familiar with the song—Wiig knows that the words “let it go” are in the song, and DeGeneres’ niece »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Jane Lynch to host an 'Uprising of Love' for the Lgbt community

15 September 2014 2:42 PM, PDT

Actress Jane Lynch will host Monday night’s Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality, featuring performances by multiple-Grammy award winners Sting and Patti LuPone, to support the advancement of rights for the worldwide Lgbt community.

The concert, which takes place at New York City’s Gershwin Theatre, is written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk), directed by Schele Williams, musically directed by Alex Lacamoire, produced by Jayson Raitt, and executive-produced by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbooks).

Tony-winner Lena Hall, currently starring in the Broadway hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch, will also perform. »


- Carolyn Todd

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Why everyone needs to pay closer attention to the video game industry

15 September 2014 1:30 PM, PDT

Monday morning, Microsoft announced it was purchasing Swedish game development studio Mojang Ab, makers of the staggeringly popular multi-platform video game Minecraft, for $2.4 billion. It’s a massive deal, with huge implications. Talk of the deal had been swirling for a week, and the rumored acquisition was a genuine surprise to the games and tech industry; Bloomberg stated that the purchase would be the biggest deal Microsoft has made since CEO Satya Nadella replaced Steve Ballmer as the company’s top executive three years ago.

But the mainstream press struggled to fathom why one of the biggest names in tech would want Mojang, »


- Joshua Rivera

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Pop Culture Pet Peeve: Have sex already!

15 September 2014 1:04 PM, PDT

Let’s talk about cooking for a second. Say you’re going to slow-roast a big hunk of meat. What’s the first thing you do? You pick out all the necessary seasonings and throw them in the pot. Then, you add the meat and let it sit for hours. You make sure to give the meat enough time to soak up all the ingredients, never forgetting that it’s there, until it’s time to eat. Then, you put the meat on a platter, cut it open to make sure it’s done, dress it up as necessary, and serve it. »


- Samantha Highfill

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Fans turn Katniss into Batniss

15 September 2014 11:19 AM, PDT

One of the recent posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 made Katniss look a little bit like Batman, what with her sleek, black armor. Well, Hunger Games star Elizabeth Banks thought so too, and inspired the fansite QuarterQuell.org to take the comparison to the next level. The result? A series of posters for The Dark Katniss Rises, which find Katniss and Hunger Games imagery embedded in posters for Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films. The results? Well, I’d watch this movie.

After @ElizabethBanks’ tweet, we couldn’t really resist…what do you think? @ninajacobson #batniss #Mockingjay pic. »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Blunts, bongs, and beads: What to make of Miley Cyrus' art collection

15 September 2014 11:08 AM, PDT

Tucked away in the trendy avenues of Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood is an emoji dreamscape (or maybe nightmare-scape) come to life.

In conjunction with designer Jeremy Scott, musician Miley Cyrus created several sculptures that were featured in Scott’s fashion show for spring/summer 2015, in a collection titled “Dirty Hippie.” According to an interview with V Magazine, Cyrus embarked on her day-glo pastime after experiencing fears of dying as a simple “pop pop dumb dumb.” Translation: Miley’s a visual artist now, y’all. In true Miley Cyrus style, the sculptures are a flotsam and jetsam of neon detritus and beads, »


- Teresa Jue

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Wendy Williams makes good on promise to actually eat crow on talk show

15 September 2014 10:39 AM, PDT

Generally, a figure of speech is just that–speech. Words. Not real actions. But on The Wendy Williams Show today, host Wendy Williams made good on an old saying by literally eating crow.

#WendyEatsCrow in 15 minutes. pic.twitter.com/geTKKPbF1p

Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) September 15, 2014

Today’s main course was set into motion last year, when Williams declared that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s wedding would never come to pass. She promised—multiple times—that if they ever did get married, she would eat crow live on the air.

The host even looked into various ways crow is eaten »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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The hype train derailed: EW's 'Destiny' journal, pt. 3

15 September 2014 9:46 AM, PDT

Destiny has been out nearly a week now, and EW is putting the futuristic shared-world shooter through the paces in our ongoing journal. This is the third entry; read the preceding posts from Joshua Rivera and Jonathon Dornbush.

Big picture, Destiny doesn’t live up to the hype. How could it? Bungie’s first non-Halo game since 2001 and first title with mega-publisher Activision cost a reported $500 million to develop and market (those gargantuan wraparound ads in Times Square can’t be cheap). The studio promised great things, so naturally expectations were sky-high. Alas, add it to the list of much-hyped 2014 releases such as Titanfall, »


- Aaron Morales

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'Friends' Central Perk: What I saw (and what Gunther told me)

15 September 2014 9:23 AM, PDT

For 10 years, the dream has always been there: What if Central Perk were a real, functioning, undeniably cozy coffee shop? Though real jobs preclude all of us from waxing Bing and spending all day with hazelnut roasts and crullers, any avid Friends watcher has long imagined what it would feel like to set foot in the show’s iconic coffeehouse, if only to feel—just for a second—that the magic of the 10-season sitcom was real.

Well, it’s real, thanks to a new pop-up installation in downtown Manhattan, just minutes from the show’s West Village setting. You »


- Marc Snetiker

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Bill Hader on his Phoebe Cates crush will make you miss Bill Hader

15 September 2014 8:43 AM, PDT

Former Saturday Night Live costars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig reunite to play suicidal estranged siblings in the new movie The Skeleton Twins—which is and isn’t a comedy, according to EW’s favorable review. What is 100 percent pure comedy: Hader taking EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test.

Watch the video and read the transcript below to hear about his first celebrity crush, his first line of dialogue in a high school production, how he could tell if a writer was new to SNL, and what music failed to impress girls when he was young.

EW: Who was your first celebrity crush? »


- Mandi Bierly

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