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Miley Cyrus, President Obama among 'GQ' least influential list

24 November 2013 9:52 AM, PST

Dennis Rodman is at the top of a list no one wants to be on. He’s been named GQ’s No. 1 least influential celebrity of 2013.

The 52-year-old former basketball player who has visited Kim Jong Un in North Korea was selected as the top pick in the magazine’s third annual list of the least influential celebrities, which also includes twerking pop star Miley Cyrus, President Barack Obama, and celebrity chef Paula Deen. GQ called Rodman a “Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity. »


- Associated Press

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'SNL' recap: The odds aren't really in Josh Hutcherson's favor

24 November 2013 7:00 AM, PST

If last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live were an edition of The Hunger Games, then host Josh Hutcherson would have been one of those poor kids who dies in the melee outside the Cornucopia — just minutes after the Games begin.

I’m not trying to imply that Hutcherson bombed. Quite the opposite is true: he had the sort of on-camera ease that any first-time host would envy, never visibly suffering from nerves or being too obvious about reading cue cards. The problem is that after Hutcherson’s monologue, he largely faded into the background, playing a succession of »


- Hillary Busis

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PopWatch Planner: 'Frozen,' 'Dancing with the Stars' finale, Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, and more

24 November 2013 6:00 AM, PST

What’s worthy of PopWatching this week? A well-balanced plate of live music, criminal dramas, and holiday cheer. All eyes are on Miley Cyrus as she performs at the Ama’s Sunday night. If she does something crazy, at least it’ll give Grandma something else to talk about at your turkey dinner, instead of asking about your employment and relationship status. Just pass the herbed mashed potatoes already! The next course is a scheming James Spader apéritif, followed by an undoubtedly sequin-garnished DWTS finale, and end with some winter wonderland-themed cinema.

All times listed are Eastern.

Sunday 11/24

The 2013 American Music Awards, »


- Jennifer Arellano

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'Doctor Who' recap: 'Day of the Doctor,' with appearances by [Spoiler] and [Spoiler]

23 November 2013 8:44 PM, PST

The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special was a twirling infinity vortex. It was set in the present and the past and another past and every time at once. There were multiple versions of every character, including Queen Elizabeth I. In the most Moffat-y script Steven Moffat has ever written for Doctor Who, the show took a deep dive into its own history, and it appeared to partially destroy that history, and it also provided a peek at its own far-flung future. At one point, three different time periods attacked one time period by traveling through another time period. And because this is Doctor Who, »


- Darren Franich

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Josh Hutcherson hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here!

23 November 2013 3:00 PM, PST

When Jennifer Lawrence hosted SNL earlier this year, she faced one major hurdle: the perils of high expectations. By January 2013, Jennifer Lawrence had been the Internet’s ultimate celebrity Bff for nearly a year. Given how winning she was in talk show appearance after talk show appearance and interview after interview, it seemed a no-brainer to assume that her turn hosting SNL would be a slam dunk. Unfortunately, that assumption led to disappointment when the show didn’t deliver the episode we all hoped for — through no real fault of Lawrence’s, for what it’s worth.

And this is »


- Hillary Busis

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'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Spectacular: Talk about 'Day of the Doctor' here!

23 November 2013 6:59 AM, PST

You need a Doctor? Good news: Doctor Who has some Doctors for you! The legendary time-tossed adventure series celebrates its 50th anniversary today with The Day of the Doctor, a Very Special Episode packed with Very Special Guest-Stars. Current Doctor Matt Smith will share the screen with his beloved predecessor David Tennant, who’s also bringing along Best-Companion-Ever Billie Piper. Not enough Doctors? The telefilm will also feature acting legend and alien-baby-daddy John Hurt as The War Doctor, a heretofore-unrevealed regeneration of the Time Lord.

Key information about Hurt’s character was revealed last week in a minisode, which »


- Darren Franich

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'Catching Fire': Ranking the 'Hunger Games' supporting cast from good (Elizabeth Banks!) to less good (Liam Hemsworth)

23 November 2013 6:00 AM, PST

Back when it was a book, Catching Fire was the story of Katniss Everdeen’s ongoing struggles against the totalitarian crusty-old-dean repressive government of the Capitol. But now Catching Fire is a movie — a movie you and all your cousins will probably see — and the plot has changed a little bit. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is most clearly the story of Jennifer Lawrence, acclaimed actress and Dumb & Dumber fangirl, and her interactions with one of the most overqualified supporting casts this side of Harry Potter. The movie’s episodic structure makes it feel a bit like a parade, with »


- Darren Franich

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This Week on Stage: Ethan Hawke and Sarah Jessica Parker return, Spider-Man swings out

23 November 2013 6:00 AM, PST

After three years on the boards, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has decided to call it quits on Jan. 5 after a tumultuous, headline-grabbing ride on Broadway that will result in a reported $60 million loss. Will producers be leery of investing in the next wave of in-development super-musicals (including a buzzed-about King Kong that is eyeing New York after a successful run in Melbourne). Meanwhile, this week’s openings are significantly less costly, including Ethan Hawke’s first Shakespeare turn on Broadway in 10 years, Tony winner Jefferson Mays in an eight-role bonanza, a first-time play by actress Amanda Peet with some heavy-hitting leads, »


- Jason Clark

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'An Adventure in Space and Time': Try not to cry at the origin story of 'Doctor Who'

22 November 2013 8:01 PM, PST

Doctor Who is one of the running miracles of the television age. On paper, it’s a ridiculous concept: An alien with a time machine shaped like a blue police box zip-zaps around space and time. It was planned as an educational show. It debuted the day after Kennedy was shot. They replace the lead character every few years. It more or less disappeared from television for over a decade. This weekend sees the franchise turn half a century old, and by most metrics, it’s never been more popular.

An Adventure in Space and Time is essentially the appetizer »


- Darren Franich

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HBO's 'Getting On': Why it's okay to laugh at old people

22 November 2013 2:23 PM, PST

Yes, I know: you don’t want to watch a TV show about old people.

You don’t want to watch them dying, or worse, continuing to live in a hospital’s geriatric extended-care floor, with other patients who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. And you definitely don’t want to see those old people using the chairs as toilets, or screaming at the nurses in a foreign language, or hooking up right there in the lounge, in full view of the hospital’s horrified staff.

You don’t want to watch these things because you probably think they’re sad. »


- Melissa Maerz

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JFK remembered: 50 years later

22 November 2013 1:51 PM, PST

The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy marks the passing of not only a leader but also an icon of popular culture.News organizations took a wide variety of approaches to pay tribute to his legacy. Below, some of the most unique and provocative ways outlets are looking back on that fateful day in 1963.

Boston.com pays tribute with a #thisdayinhistory photo of the President and First Lady Jackie Kennedy visiting Dallas. 

This Day In History Photo #JFK and Mrs. Kennedy were greeted by Dallas officials bo.st/1bIUzbq http://t.co/boP9bQPNRO— Boston.com »


- Andrew Asare

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'Six by Sondheim': Darren Criss, Jeremy Jordan, and America Ferrera sing 'Merrily We Roll Along' -- Exclusive Video

22 November 2013 1:08 PM, PST

Theater fans, Gleeks and Ugly Betty mourners (I’m all three), get ready to lose your minds!

On Dec. 9, HBO premieres Six by Sondheim, a brand-new documentary that profiles arguably the greatest composer in contemporary musical theater, Stephen Sondheim. Directed by frequent Sondheim collaborator James Lapine and produced by former Times theater critic Frank Rich, the doc takes a deep look at six of Sondheim’s greatest songs, deconstructed and defined by Sondheim himself.

Among the highlights: “Send in the Clowns” (A Little Night Music), “I’m Still Here” (Follies), “Something’s Coming” (West Side Story), “Being Alive” (Company) and »


- Marc Snetiker

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Pop Culture Personality Test: Alex Borstein loves 'Breaking Bad' -- Video

22 November 2013 12:50 PM, PST

Comedy fans probably know Alex Borstein as the voice of Lois on Family Guy, or from her stint on MADtv. But this Sunday marks a new turn for the actress: She’ll star in the scripted HBO comedy series Getting On, about a group of nurses in an elderly care facility. Based on the British hit of the same name, the show also stars Laurie Metcalf and Niecy Nash.

“Tonally, it’s tricky,” Borstein explained about the show. “You’re laughing one moment and tearing up at the next. It’s this full, rich world of caring for people who are dying. »


- Erin Strecker

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From 'Killzone' to 'Resogun': We rank the top new PS4 games

22 November 2013 12:07 PM, PST

The PlayStation 4 launched last week with 23 titles (including downloadable and free-to-play games), and after putting the system through its paces for a week, it’s clear there’s no killer app that you must play right now. Many of the launch titles are upgraded ports of multiplatform games that already released on PS3 and Xbox 360, some more improved than others. But for those who are taking the next-gen plunge, there are definitely some solid titles that are well worth your time. Here are our favorite PS4 games available now that should get you through the holidays.

5. Killzone Shadow Fall

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- Aaron Morales

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Entertainment Geekly: 'Dead Rising 3' and 'Ryse: Son of Rome' are the dumbest possible version of the future of videogames

22 November 2013 11:05 AM, PST

Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines contemporary pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

It is incredibly difficult to create digital animation — time-consuming, soul-destroying carpal-tunnel work, ideally requiring an engineer with the soul of a poet — but it’s also incredibly easy for an overgrown idiot manchild with studio funding to hire lots of digital animators. The story of blockbuster cinema in the last decade is the story of mediocre directors working with whole armies of digital animators to create terrible movies made passable by incredible special effects. »


- Darren Franich

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JFK: What the Zapruder film really means

22 November 2013 10:30 AM, PST

It used to be said that every American could remember where he or she was when they heard the news that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. Today, it’s official that no one under 50 can, or ever will, remember that moment. But I bet a great many people who are too young to have experienced the cataclysm of JFK’s murder can remember where they were the first time they saw the Zapruder film. Because for anyone too young to remember the assassination, that 26-second, 486-frame little home movie — the film that has been viewed more than any other »


- Owen Gleiberman

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Riff Raff on his talk show ambition: 'I'm the rap game Ellen'

22 November 2013 9:55 AM, PST

On Thursday, Riff Raff debuted his new show on Complex TV, called “The Riff Raff Realm.” We were so intrigued — at one point, Riff can be seen sniffing shoes on camera — that we got him on the phone to discuss his new show, his upcoming album, and why America might be seeing him on their TVs soon.

EW: Hey, Riff — how’s it going?

Riff Raff: [from his car, in Arizona] Hey, what’s up man. I might go to Taco Bell, get a chalupa or something. What’s up?

Tell us about your new show, “Riff Raff Realm.” How’d it come about?

Oh, »


- Ray Rahman

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'Reaping Ball': A 'Hunger Games' parody of 'Wrecking Ball' we didn't know we needed until now

22 November 2013 8:55 AM, PST

Catching Fire fever burns strong, this time incorporating that other “girl on fire” — Miley Cyrus. Posted by YouTube user twentyfirstrecords, “Reaping Ball” is a hilarious — and super-catchy — Hunger Games parody video set to the tune of Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”

Created by parody band The Arena, the song is just the latest Hunger Games-inspired single. Last year, The Arena debuted “We Found Love (In the Hunger Games) – Peeta vs. Rihanna Remix.” Not to leave Team Gale without a radio-worthy theme song, this year’s track is sung from Gale’s perspective, pining for Katniss, who is in a “complicated” relationship with Peeta. »


- Maricela Gonzalez

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'Doctor Who' anniversary celebrated with Google Doodle game

22 November 2013 8:51 AM, PST

Google wants you to be on board the Tardis.

Today’s search engine’s homepage Doodle is on a whole other level for fandom love. Doctor Who fanatics can now play a five-level game all about the Doctor. First you pick which of the eleven Doctors suits you best as your avatar. Then it’s time to solve a mystery: The Daleks have stolen the letters of ‘Google’ and it’s up to users to work their way through various settings to retrieve them all. Then go ahead brag about your finishing time on social — users can post results on Facebook, »


- Erin Strecker

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CBS to live stream 1963 coverage of JFK assassination

22 November 2013 8:45 AM, PST

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. CBSnews.com will mark the event by replaying their Dallas, Texas and international coverage via a live stream. It begins today at 1:38 p.m. Est and will continue for four days, until Monday, Nov. 25.

The stream will open with the first breaking news bulletin that shots were fired in Dallas, then coverage from CBS anchor Walter Cronkite, national and international broadcasts, and the president’s funeral.

The livestream below will begin at 1:38 p.m. Est. »


- Jennifer Arellano

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