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Chance the Rapper on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See

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We're about a third of the way through the 43rd season of Saturday Night Live, and we've yet to see a truly great top-to-bottom episode. At this point last year we had seen three great eps (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Hanks, and Dave Chappelle), all of which relied on the lead up to and aftermath of the 2016 presidential election for material and energy. So while a direct comparison might be unfair, we're still heading into December without a signature episode under this season's belt.

As with nearly episode so far this year, »

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See Chance the Rapper's Boyz II Men-Sendup 'Come Back, Barack' on 'SNL'

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Chance the Rapper pleads for Barack Obama to return in the Boyz II Men-inspired music video for "Come Back, Barack" on Saturday Night Live.

Alongside SNL's Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd, the trio – dubbed De-Von-Tre, a nod to groups like Bell Biv DeVoe and Jodeci – capture the look, sound and vibe of early Nineties R&B, right down to the free-flowing suits and spoken word interludes.

"Every night, I turn the TV on and cry / I say why, I feel like we're all gonna die / So come back, »

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Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring Run-D.M.C.'s Rev. Run

17 November 2017 7:11 PM, PST

Run-D.M.C.'s Reverend Run is returning to television as Netflix has ordered a scripted comedy series starring the Rock Hall-inducted rapper and his real-life wife Justine Simmons.

Rev. Run, who starred in the MTV reality series Run's House from 2005 to 2009, will portray himself in the semi-fictionalized series about the rapper and his post-hip-hop life, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

The Mayor and Speechless creator Jeremy Bronson penned the still-unnamed series' script. Produced by Amblin and ABC Studios, the series was initially picked up by ABC following a bidding war in 2016, but »

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'Wonder' Review: Family Tearjerker Avoids Cloying Cliches (for the Most Part)

17 November 2017 9:58 AM, PST

On the surface. Wonder looks like the kind of family-pandering pap that makes me want to run the other way. Do you really want to spend two hours watching the plight of a young boy born with a congenital facial deformity that gets him ridiculed when he musters the courage to go outside without hiding under his favorite astronaut helmet? Based on a 2012 bestseller by R. J. Palacio that inspired an anti-bullying "Choose Kind" movement, Wonder isn't exactly adverse to shameless tearjerking. The good news is that writer-director Stephen Chbosky »

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See Dave Chappelle Spoof 'Stranger Things' in Teaser for New Special

17 November 2017 9:18 AM, PST

Dave Chappelle announced the release date for his third Netflix special on Friday. Dave Chappelle: Equanimity is due out on December 31st. 

In the brief teaser for the project, Chappelle inserts himself into a scene from the first season of Stranger Things. After Eleven uses her formidable powers to neutralize two scientists who hold her captive in a government lab, a smiling Chappelle walks excitedly into her cell. "Do me," he says enthusiastically. "Do me next!"

Dave Chappelle: Equanimity follows Deep in the Heart of Texas and The Age of Spin, »

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Stephen Colbert Confronts Ben Affleck on Sexual Misconduct Accusations, Harvey Weinstein

17 November 2017 9:02 AM, PST

Stephen Colbert asked Ben Affleck about his past sexual misconduct – last month, the actor apologized for groping Hilarie Burton on camera in 2003 – and his reaction to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations on The Late Show on Thursday. Good Will Hunting, the film that launched Affleck to stardom, was released by Miramax, a company co-founded by Weinstein. 

"What I was accused of by a woman was touching her breast while I gave her a hug," Affleck told Colbert. "I don't remember it, but I absolutely apologize for it. I certainly »

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Watch Jon Stewart Return to 'Daily Show' as 'Bernie Bernstein'

17 November 2017 6:27 AM, PST

Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show under the guise of fake reporter "Bernie Bernstein" to promote his upcoming HBO special, Night of Too Many Stars.

"Bernie Bernstein" has gained notoriety as an attempt to discredit the Washington Post and the media at large in the aftermath of sexual misconduct accusations against Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore. Alabama citizens recently received robocalls from Bernstein offering $5,000 for dirt against Moore.

"I'm going to go on a limb and say this 'Bernie Bernstein' is not a real Washington Post reporter," host Trevor Noah said. »

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Watch Lena Waithe, Common's New Trailer for 'The Chi'

16 November 2017 7:31 PM, PST

Master of None Emmy winner Lena Waithe returns to her hometown for new series The Chi, which she created and executive produced. Co-executive produced by fellow Chicago native and rapper Common along with Elwood Reid, the show's first season was entirely shot in its namesake city and its new trailer features vivid street scenes and introduces its ensemble cast.

In addition to serving as an executive producer, Common is also a costar. The cast includes Alex Hibbert (Moonlight), Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), Jacob Latimore (Sleight), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (Treme, »

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Inside the Unlikely Success of 'The Chris Gethard Show'

16 November 2017 2:27 PM, PST

Could the next Johnny Carson be a comedian from West Orange, New Jersey with two Morrissey tattoos? "I know that's an unrealistic goal," Chris Gethard tells Rolling Stone with a bemused smile. "Is it gonna happen? Probably not. But why not try to take over, see what happens?" 

Gethard, 37, is the creator and host of The Chris Gethard Show (Tcgs). "It's a show named after a guy and that guy's not in control," he says on the talkshow's zany, clubhouse-like set. Rolling Stone followed the comedian for a week leading »

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Sarah Silverman on Louis C.K.: 'Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?'

16 November 2017 2:11 PM, PST

Sarah Silverman grappled with the accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against her longtime friend and collaborator Louis C.K. in a moving monologue on her Hulu program, I Love You, America. 

"It's a real mindfuck, you know, because I love Louis," Silverman said. "But Louis did these things. ... I just keep asking myself, 'Can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them?' I can mull that over later, certainly, because the only people that matter right now are the victims."

Silverman noted at the beginning of »

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'Roman J. Israel, Esq' Review: 'Great' Denzel Washington Breaks New Ground

16 November 2017 1:43 PM, PST

Whatever faults you find in Roman J. Israel, Esq as a movie – it tends to meander – there is no disputing the start-to-finish excellence of Denzel Washington in the title role. You may think you know Washington as an actor, but you've never seen him like this. He is riveting as Roman J. Israel, Esq. – he likes the formality of the name – a Los Angeles-based lawyer whose ideals (and three-inch Afro) are stuck in the social-activist 1960s that formed him. A silent partner in a law firm specializing in pro bono cases, »

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See Patton Oswalt Turn Mike Huckabee's Bad Twitter Jokes Into Stand-Up

16 November 2017 8:05 AM, PST

The comedian Patton Oswalt returned to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday to perform Mike Huckabee's Twitter jokes as if they were written for a stand-up routine. 

Oswalt stitched together Huckabee's topical tweets – "zingers," as Kimmel kindly put it – with cheerfully unimaginative segues. "You guys watch the news?" he asked. "Speaking of the news, CNN claims it knows contents of sealed federal judge order. CNN usually breaks wind, not news." After the crowd groaned, Oswalt added his own annotation: "It's a fart joke."

Huckabee's material fared better when he went after Harvey Weinstein. »

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Kevin Spacey: Old Vic Theater Unveils 20 More Allegations Against Actor

16 November 2017 7:21 AM, PST

The Old Vic Theater in London said they received 20 personal testimonies alleging that Kevin Spacey acted inappropriately towards them. The accounts spanned as far back as 1995, and included Spacey's tenure as the Old Vic's artistic director between 2004 and 2015.

The Old Vic said that while they had policies in place to stem harassment, "it was claimed that those affected felt unable to raise concerns and that Kevin Spacey operated without sufficient accountability." The theater apologized "for not creating an environment or culture where people felt able to speak freely."

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See Samantha Bee Show Mike Pence 'Coming Out' as Republican

16 November 2017 7:12 AM, PST

With a certain "impeachment around the corner," Samantha Bee did a deep dive into Vice President Mike Pence's backstory and marriage on Full Frontal

Pence was raised in Indiana – "State motto: We're not the south, so why are we like this?" Bee quipped – as a Democrat before embracing President Reagan's Republican party. "[Pence] initially assumed he was a Democrat, but then he met a guy who stirred something that had always been inside him," said Bee. "When he realized he was drawn to Republicans rather than Democrats, he came out proudly. »

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The Last Word: Michael Moore on Trump, Springsteen and Where We're Headed

16 November 2017 7:00 AM, PST

Illustration by Mark Summers for Rolling Stone

On July 21st, 2016 – at a time when nearly every political pundit and member of the mainstream media thought that Donald Trump didn't have even a chance of beating Hillary ClintonMichael Moore went public with his belief that the Republican candidate was going to win. "You are living in a bubble that comes with an adjoining echo chamber where you and your friends are convinced the American people are not going to elect an idiot for president," he wrote in a pleading messages to Americans, »

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Watch K-Pop Heroes Bts Surprise Fans' Moms on 'Kimmel'

16 November 2017 6:20 AM, PST

On Thursday, the popular K-Pop outfit Bts performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, though some of their most ardent fans had already spent days waiting in line to see them. As the performance neared, host Jimmy Kimmel took the opportunity to toy with a few superfans, specifically those waiting in line with their mothers.

Kimmel found two moms, told them they were doing a segment on the mothers of Bts superfans, then brought the moms backstage to actually meet the seven-member outfit. The mothers then called their daughters on FaceTime to »

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See Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace in 'American Crime Story' Trailer

15 November 2017 8:06 AM, PST

"I will not allow that man, that nobody, to kill my brother twice," says Donatella Versace, portrayed by Penelope Cruz, in the new trailer for FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

For American Crime Story's second season, the Ryan Murphy-helmed series examines the 1997 murder of Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace (played by Edgar Ramirez). Ricky Martin also stars as Versace's partner, Antonio D'Amico. Versace was murdered outside his home in Miami by spree killer Andrew Cunanan (played by Darren Criss). Cunanan killed four people prior to »

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See Jon Stewart Drum on 'Late Night,' Swap Pants With Jimmy Fallon

15 November 2017 7:40 AM, PST

Jon Stewart continued to intrude on late-night television Tuesday as the former Daily Show host crashed both Late Night With Seth Meyers and the Tonight Show to promote his forthcoming HBO event, Night of Too Many Stars.

On Late Night, Stewart made an unannounced visit to bang around on the studio band's drum kit when the show came out of commercial. "I like to practice here from time to time," Stewart said.

An hour earlier, Stewart sauntered onto the set of The Tonight Show to debate the meaning of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants »

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'Justice League' Review: DC Superhero Team-Up Keeps It Light, For Better or Worse

14 November 2017 11:50 PM, PST

For those who loathe Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and they are legion, Justice League will be just the corrective followup they're looking for. Granted, BvS got a bad rap for staying true to the dark instincts of the DC Comics universe from which it emerged. It's just that director Snyder lacked the artistic cred that Christopher Nolan brought to his Dark Knight trilogy, to put it mildly. Instead of the Freudian gloom and doom of the Caped Crusader (Ben Affleck) and the Man of Steel »

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Jon Stewart 'Stunned' by Louis C.K. Sexual Misconduct Scandal

14 November 2017 8:07 AM, PST

Jon Stewart said he was "stunned" to hear the recent revelations that Louis C.K. sexually harassed multiple women during an interview on Today.

"You give your friends the benefit of the doubt," Stewart explained. "I've had friends who have had compulsions – gambling, drinking or drugs – and we've lost some of them; some of them have died. You always find yourself back to a moment of, did I miss something? Could I have done more? In this situation, I think we all could have."

"You get mad at yourself to for laughing it off, »

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