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

14 hours ago

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

16 hours ago

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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'Grim Fandango' creator Tim Schafer talks his magnum opus -- a classic game lost for 16 years

16 hours ago

Grim Fandango is the stuff of video game legend. One of the last great titles from the golden age of adventure games—a genre that emphasized storytelling and puzzle solving over action—Grim was hailed as one of the category's very best upon its 1998 release. Unfortunately, a series of unfortunate events soon coincided to force the game out of print. Adventure games became a niche genre, so Grim was never reprinted in the Us, and all sequel plans were nixed. Two years later, Grim's director, Tim Schafer, would leave LucasArts, the studio where he made Grim Fandango and other classic »


- Joshua Rivera

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'Full House' cast members reunite, serenade creator with theme song

18 hours ago

Whatever happened to predictability? Well, seems to have been replaced with spontaneity—thankfully. The Full House cast recently reunited to celebrate the birthday of the show's creator, Jeff Franklin. There were reunion photos, a missing pair of twins, and a serenade—to make it a birthday Franklin would never forget, Bob Saget, John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Lori Loughlin, and Andrea Barber took the stage to sing Franklin the Full House theme song. »


- Samantha Highfill

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Official 'Madden' Super Bowl simulation predicts narrow 4th-quarter victory for Patriots

19 hours ago

Every year, the folks at EA Sports take the latest version of Madden NFL and play through a simulated version of the Super Bowl to predict a winner. No one knows who actually plays these games, but they usually turn out to be pretty accurate—as The Huffington Post pointed out in 2014, Madden has gotten it right eight out of 10 times. (It would prove to be very wrong when it came to that year's Seahawks-Broncos game, but so were most people—who could've predicted that game's 43-8 blowout by the Seattle Seahawks?) »


- Joshua Rivera

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Nominated For Nothing: 'Obvious Child'

19 hours ago

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: The feature-length debut for director Gillian Robespierre, based »


- Emily Blake

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The 63rd Miss Universe: 10 out of this world moments

25 January 2015 10:05 PM, PST

The universe has declared its new queen: On Sunday night, hosts Thomas Roberts and Natalie Morales crowned Paulina Vega of Colombia as the newest Miss Universe winner. Her powers include smiling for over three hours, not glaring at Rob Dyrdek when he asks her a terrible question, and turning dresses completely sheer when they're hit with spotlight (but that translucent silver gown was a beauty!). Miss Colombia beat out 87 other professional dancers, students, and fourth-degree Tae Kwan Do black-belts to rightfully claim her crown and keys to a Trump Tower apartment in the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant. And after »


- Jodi Walker

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