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How it feels to go 'Into the Storm' in the Oculus Rift

1 hour ago

Comic-Con trend pieces often skew toward the macro, focusing on how the various entertainment megacorporations use the annual San Diego event to carve out valuable real estate in the cultural calendar for the next two or three years. But a quick walk around the main floor inside of the Convention Center revealed a more immediate new development: Virtual Reality has arrived. Fresh off its purchase by Facebook and a buzzy line-around-the-block presence at E3, the Oculus Rift appeared in a few different places on the Comic-Con floor.

The most memorable–and windiest–was in a glass booth set up for »


- Darren Franich

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' finale

2 hours ago

I want to start off by saying congratulations to Andi and Josh on their engagement. I couldn’t be happier for them.

That said, this live After the Final Rose special was easily one of the more intense hours of television I’ve ever hosted. I want to pick this story up about a month and a half ago. That was the first time I sat down with a producer who let me know that Nick was still very much interested in Andi and he wanted to talk with her. Nick called me and we talked for a bit about how he was doing, »


- Chris Harrison

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Who said it, Justin Bieber or Johnny Manziel?

3 hours ago

Justin Bieber and newly minted Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel have a lot in common: Both are young, wildly successful, and very outspoken, boldly proclaiming that they’re here to stay and unstoppable, sorry, haters. In fact, there’s so much overlap in their statements that the folks at Sports Illustrated wrote up a Who Said It quiz featuring quotes from the two.

Think you know which one gloated that there’s “Nothing illegal about being 18+ in a casino and winning money”? Or which one wants to party with “Charlie Sheen, Rob Gronkowski and Tiger Woods”? Give it a shot over at Sports Illustrated. »


- Joshua Rivera

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What does an episode of 'Friends' look like without any jokes?

6 hours ago

Taking the jokes out of an episode of Friends it like taking the meth out of an episode of Breaking Bad—it’s just wrong. And if you take the jokes out of season six’s “The One with the Apothecary Table” specifically, laughter is quickly replaced with judgment, Pottery Barn hatred, and Joey’s girlfriend Janine Lecroix, who’s just as annoying as when there were jokes involved.

The show still manages to be funny, however, because the writing wasn’t the only thing making viewers laugh. Watching Monica hit Janine with a trash bag will never be anything but immensely satisfying. »


- Samantha Highfill

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The 10 best videos from Comic-Con 2014

8 hours ago

Another year, another Comic-Con. The 2014 San Diego pop culture ultra-bonanza was a bit light on major “the next Superman movie is also a Batman movie”-esque reveals. But if the major studios and networks weren’t out in full force, they still showed off a significant amount of buzzworthy footage from the major projects that promise to define the next few cycles of cultural chatter. Below, the 10 best videos that made their debut during Comic-Con 2014.

10. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For redder-than-redband trailer

Running over three minutes long, the Dame to Kill For clip is a fifth-grade-fantasy compilation of guns, »


- Darren Franich

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'The Bachelorette' season finale: And the 'winner' is...

19 hours ago

Okay, rose lovers — the suspense is over. If you don’t want to know who Andi chose in tonight’s season finale, stop reading now. I’m serious, folks. If you’ve somehow stumbled onto this post and have not yet watched Andi hand out her final rose at the Proposal Platform, then walk away. I’ll wait. Okay, for those of you who have witnessed the conclusion of tonight’s “journey,” click through to discuss Andi’s choice of future husband…

After 10 long weeks, it was… Josh who put a ginormous, gaudy ring on Andi’s finger. Yes, the »

- Kristen Baldwin

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'The Hobbit' Comic-Con panel is now online: The top 5 highlights

20 hours ago

The Comic-Con panel for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies went online today, making this Monday especially delightful for those unable to attend the madness in San Diego over the weekend. “Huzzah!” Tolkien fans everywhere shouted.

The panel saw numerous cast and crew—including Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis—dole out trivia, make shocking confessions, and laugh with a costumed Stephen Colbert (seriously). Here are the highlights:

1. Stephen Colbert as moderator: Colbert is a J.R.R. Tolkien super-fan (see: the full Hobbit costume he wore during the panel). The late-night »


- C. Molly Smith

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I'm Still Not Over... House and Cuddy's terrible relationship

22 hours ago

Some television characters just shouldn’t be together. I don’t care how much unresolved sexual tension there is or how funny the witty banter is or how much chemistry the two characters have. There are just some “will-they or won’t-they” couples who should absolutely won’t—because once you take away that conflict, the show and the two characters’ interactions become uninteresting. And this is no more truer than for Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) and Dr. Lisa Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), whose relationship I’m still not over. Not only was it unnecessary, it ruined House by becoming »


- Chancellor Agard

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One set, two actors, all dialogue: TV's best 'bottle' episodes

23 hours ago

Sunday night’s episode of Masters of Sex, titled “Fight,” was one of the series’ best. It stuck the show’s two main characters, Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and his assistant/lover Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), in a single hotel room and then let them batter out their anxieties and anger through flirtation, role play, and sex, all while an actual boxing match rages on TV.

In TV parlance, episodes like “Fight,” where characters are restricted to a few sets, are often called “bottle episodes”—they’re cheaper to make (you don’t have to build new sets or »


- Jackson McHenry

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Ira Glass isn't so sure he can defend his 'Shakespeare sucks' comments (Updated)

28 July 2014 8:50 AM, PDT

Update: We asked Ira Glass if he does indeed believe Shakespeare sucks, and this is what he said: “That was kind of an off-the-cuff thing to say that in the cold light of day, I’m not sure I can defend at all.”

Don’t worry, high school kids choking down Hamlet and Macbeth before school starts. You’re not alone: Famed radio host Ira Glass also hates Shakespeare.

The “This American Life” host took to Twitter Sunday evening after watching a performance of King Lear in Central Park to commend the actors—and to insult the playwright. “Shakespeare is not relatable, »


- Ariana Bacle

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