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John Nash, 'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician, Dead at 86
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John Forbes Nash Jr., a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician and inspiration for A Beautiful Mind, died in a May 23rd car accident that also took the life of his wife Alicia. John Nash was 86 and Alicia Nash was 82. Nash's struggle with paranoid schizophrenia, as well as his wife's fortitude in confronting the disorder, was the basis for the Academy Award-winning film.
According to NJ.com, the Nashes were in the backseat of a taxi driving southbound on the New Jersey Turnpike Saturday when the driver lost control of the taxi and crashed into the guardrail, »
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Turn Down 'Fuller House'
23 May 2015 2:11 PM, PDT
Netflix's Full House reboot won't be at total capacity after producers announced Friday that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who jointly portrayed youngest daughter Michelle Tanner on the long-running sitcom, will not participate in the Fuller House series. Nearly every major original cast member has signed on for the show, but the Olsens' absence is a void that left John Stamos "#heartbroken," as he tweeted after news of the twins' decision was announced.
'Batkid Begins' Trailer Promises Joy, Tears
22 May 2015 10:41 AM, PDT
A new superhero emerged when Make-a-Wish helped 5-year-old cancer survivor Miles Scott fulfill his dream of becoming Batman in 2013. The first trailer for the upcoming documentary Batkid Begins, set for release on June 26th, offers an emotional glimpse at how the day came together (via Vulture).
For the elaborate wish, San Francisco transformed into Gotham City for the day as large crowds of people cheered on Scott through numerous staged crimes. The documentary takes a look at Scott's lifelong love for the superhero, as his father Nick connects the boy's »
Watch Salt-n-Pepa Turn Into Pop Divas on 'Lip Sync Battle'
22 May 2015 9:57 AM, PDT
Salt-n-Pepa duked it out on Spike's Lip Sync Battle, transforming into modern pop divas and referencing some of their musical inspirations in an amiable battle between the longtime friends and collaborators.
To kick things off, Salt went pop-rock, strutting and headbanging her way through Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone." "Who knew you were a pop diva?" commented host LL Cool J following Salt's performance.
Weekend Rock: Who Is the Best Late-Night Host in TV History?
22 May 2015 9:18 AM, PDT
David Letterman stepped down as the host of the Late Show this week with an amazing all-star episode featuring everybody from Bill Murray to Tina Fey to the Foo Fighters. It was the end of an major chapter of pop culture history that began 33 years ago when NBC put him on following Johnny Carson.
Bill Kreutzmann on Grateful Dead's LSD-Tinted 'Playboy' Show
22 May 2015 9:03 AM, PDT
Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann joined the band over 50 years ago, and he amassed some incredible stories throughout his tenure with the psychedelic jam-rock legends. One of the funniest tales – which he shared this week on Conan – involved a pot of coffee, some LSD and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
In the late Sixties, the Dead were invited to perform on Hefner's CBS program, Playboy After Dark. As the band arrived at the studio for soundcheck, they noticed some odd behaviors from the crew, resulting in technical glitches like out-of-focus cameras. »
Bill Murray, Sofia Coppola Team Up for 'A Very Murray Christmas'
22 May 2015 7:53 AM, PDT
Nothing says "Yuletide" like a disillusioned Bill Murray shrug. Netflix has acquired A Very Murray Christmas, a holiday special – and "homage to the classic variety show" – which stars the iconic actor, as himself, worrying that his TV show will be ruined by a terrible New York City snowstorm. But Netflix promises a happy ending in their brief plot summary: "Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit."
A Very Murray Christmas was directed by Sofia Coppola, co-written by Coppola, »
Letterman Fan Details Every Frame in Final Show Montage
22 May 2015 7:44 AM, PDT
Late Show With David Letterman wrapped up Wednesday night with a genius finale and an incredible rapid-fire highlight reel soundtracked by the Foo Fighters' "Everlong." Letterman's 33-year late-night tenure was presented in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it fashion, with many fans overlooking must-see moments while wiping away tears.
Thankfully, one Letterman superfan on Facebook has painstakingly broken down the five-plus minute montage into 537 individual frames, with many of the photos sporting details of when and why each image was spotlighted.
Adam Nedeff is responsible for taking that final greatest hits barrage and »
6 Craziest Things We Saw Inside 'Red Nose Day'
22 May 2015 6:59 AM, PDT
There wasn't a telephone in sight. For the inaugural celebration of the goofy and good-hearted Red Nose Day in America, NBC invited seemingly everyone in Hollywood to hang out at New York City's own Hammerstein Ballroom for three hours in an attempt to "be funny for money" — and it didn't require a single participant to awkwardly answer a phone on stage in order to collect donations.
The British import (it was partially conceived of by director Richard Curtis, which means it's about as British as Love, Actually) brings together »
Watch Coldplay Adapt 'Game of Thrones' Into Ridiculous Musical
22 May 2015 6:53 AM, PDT
"George R.R. Martin meets Chris Martin — what could go wrong?" asks Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) in "Game of Thrones: The Musical," a comedy video in which Coldplay attempt to adapt HBO's epic fantasy-drama for the Broadway stage. The results, as expected, are disastrous.
As the start of the clip, recorded for the fundraising event Red Nose Day, narrator Liam Neeson tells us that Coldplay are "secretly working" on their Thrones musical. The band begins to flesh out 16 ridiculous songs – from the reggae-tinted "Rastafarian Targaryen" to the Coldplay-sounding "Closer »
‘Mad Men’ Creator on Coke Ad: 'It's the Best Ad Ever Made'
21 May 2015 9:49 AM, PDT
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner called the famous 1971 "Hilltop" Coke ad, which closed out the beloved AMC series, "the best ad ever made," during a chat with author A.M. Homes at the New York Public Library, The New York Times reports. "That ad is so much of its time, so beautiful — I don't think it's as villainous as the snark of today thinks it is."
Juxtaposed with a final shot of Don Draper/Dick Whitman seemingly at peace on the California coast, the "Hilltop" TV spot proved to be an apt, »
Sting, James Corden Sing So Long to David Letterman
21 May 2015 7:19 AM, PDT
James Corden, only a few months into his tenure as host of The Late Late Show, teamed up with Sting to say goodbye to 12:30 a.m. time slot innovator, CBS cohort and departing Late Show host, David Letterman.
Immediately following Letterman's last episode, The Late Late Show began with Corden and Sting, sitting outside the Ed Sullivan Theater and singing "Every Breath You Take." Though the British comedian tried to toss in some rhymes (such as "Paul Shaffer" and "wafer"), Sting assertively assured him, "We don't need none of that. »
Watch Conan O'Brien's Poignant David Letterman Tribute
21 May 2015 6:31 AM, PDT
Conan O'Brien bid farewell to David Letterman with a touching, hilarious monologue on Conan Wednesday night, and later urged his viewers to change the channel and watch the longtime host's final episode of The Late Show.
"There are no words that can encapsulate the sheer magnitude of what Dave has achieved these past 33 years," O'Brien said. "It cannot be done. He has been the North Star for me and every comic of my generation."
While O'Brien tried to explain Letterman's influence in an essay for Entertainment Weekly, on Conan he »
Letterman's Last Top 10: Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld, More Say Goodbye
21 May 2015 5:59 AM, PDT
An impressive list of celebrities literally lined up to say goodbye to David Letterman Wednesday night as they read the final Late Show Top 10 list. Working with the topic "Things I've Always Wanted to Say to Dave," Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, Peyton Manning, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Barbara Walters and Alec Baldwin all gave the long-running late-night host a gentle ribbing.
One of the funniest was Rock's: "I'm just glad your show is being given to another white guy." As the guests and audience laughed, »
Watch Foo Fighters Score David Letterman's Career-Spanning Montage
21 May 2015 5:58 AM, PDT
Foo Fighters, David Letterman's favorite band, appeared on the final episode of the host's Late Show to deliver a fiery, emotional and extended rendition of the band's 1997 single "Everlong." The band once performed the song, by request, after Letterman's open-heart surgery in 2000. And on Wednesday night Dave Grohl and his outfit once again broke out their anthem at the Ed Sullivan Theatre to soundtrack the finale's epic montage, a rapid-fire series of clips featuring hundreds of Late Show highlights. Even as the elongated "Everlong" cruised past the six-minute barrier »
Watch David Letterman's First 'Late Night' Episode
20 May 2015 1:03 PM, PDT
David Letterman will bid farewell to his Late Show tonight with a surprise-filled (and Foo Fighters-featuring) finale, but before the late-night legend says goodbye to airwaves, take 45 minutes to remember Letterman at the onset of his 33-year career. Decider unearthed Letterman's incredible debut episode of his Late Night NBC program from February 1, 1982, which featured guests Bill Murray and Donald "Mr. Wizard" Herbert.
Watch Jamie Foxx's Perfect John Legend Impression on 'Tonight Show'
20 May 2015 10:02 AM, PDT
The late-night talk show's game has Fallon and his guest hitting a button to get a random pairing of a famous singer with a jingle, TV show theme or children's song. Foxx started off the game by singing The Lion King's "Hakuna Matata" in the style of Mick Jagger, strutting across the stage and perfectly imitating the Rolling Stones' singer's flamboyant swagger. »
Watch Jimmy Kimmel's Teary, Bittersweet Letterman Tribute
20 May 2015 8:35 AM, PDT
As we inch toward to an 11:35 p.m. time slot without David Letterman, many of today's hosts have paid tribute to the man who changed the face of late-night television. Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon have already honored the influential Letterman, and on Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue where he thanked Letterman for single-handedly inspiring his career in entertainment.
In a teary remembrance — Kimmel had to stop numerous times to compose himself — the host shared staying up late at night to "watch a television show »
Haunting New Amy Winehouse Doc Trailer Shows Triumph, Decline
20 May 2015 7:36 AM, PDT
"The more people see of me, the more they'll realize that all I'm good for is making music," Amy Winehouse tells the camera in a haunting new trailer for the upcoming documentary Amy. Fresh off its debut at the Cannes Film Festival, the filmmakers dropped the first full-length trailer, drawing out a heartbreaking narrative of artistic triumph and personal decline.
Watch Bob Dylan's Rare Late-Night Performance on 'Letterman'
20 May 2015 6:12 AM, PDT
For the final scheduled musical guest in David Letterman's Late Show history, the retiring host welcomed Bob Dylan, who he considers "the greatest songwriter of modern times." Dylan, making a rare late-night television appearance, performed the oft-covered "The Night We Called It a Day," a single off his Sinatra-inspired 2015 LP Shadows in the Night. Dylan last visited Letterman in November 1993, just months after the Late Show launched.
"I spend a lot of time, like everyone does, driving around with my son Harry, and sometimes you take an opportunity to »
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