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'Rectify': Inside the Compelling TV Drama's Swan Song

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About a decade ago, actor Ray McKinnon became fascinated with several stories he'd seen about death-row inmates who had been freed because of DNA evidence. "I just started wondering what their lives must be like the first day they got out," he says. "And then I really thought: 'What's the second day like?'"

That question inspired Rectify, one of the most emotionally affecting dramas about the criminal justice system on TV. The series, which premiered in 2013, tells the story of Daniel Holden, a Georgia man convicted of rape and murder, »

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See Pusha T Talk Incarceration Rate, Ex-Felons' Rights on 'Colbert'

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Rapper and unofficial Hillary Clinton surrogate Pusha T visited The Late Show Thursday to talk about the nation's incarceration rates and expanding voting rights to ex-felons.

Pusha T, or "Push" as he told Stephen Colbert to call him, recently campaigned on behalf of Clinton in Florida with vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, a fellow Virginian.

The rapper told Colbert that the incarceration rate in America is his biggest issue leading into Election Day, and that he's hopeful that Clinton will continue the work made in improving that area started by President Barack Obama. »

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Watch Nostalgic 'Stranger Things,' 'Peanuts' Animated Mashup

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Whether viewers were reared on Peanuts characters, grew up with the Eighties vibes of Stranger Things or are just getting acquainted with that era through the Netflix hit, a new three-minute "A Stranger Things Christmas" video short offers some sweet nostalgia that should appeal to several generations.

Created by Leigh Lahav and Oren Mendez, the YouTube clip mashes up the characters from Stranger Things with the perennial holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.

In their reconfiguration, Stranger Things characters take over the Peanuts-styled animation. The clip opens in the »

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Watch David Letterman Visit India for Energy Policy, Jokes

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In an insightful preview of David Letterman's trip to India for National Geographic docuseries Years of Living Dangerously, the former Late Show host learns how diesel generators help power the energy-starved nation.

Letterman gazes out from a rooftop in the exclusive clip, narrating about the differences in energy consumption between India and the U.S. "Back home, we use generators when a tree falls on a line," he says. "But here, power failures seem to be pretty routine."

"These generators are all powered by diesel and pour huge quantities »

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Watch John Oliver Slam Donald Trump's Abortion Comments

27 October 2016 9:49 AM, PDT

John Oliver tore down Donald Trump during a speech at the Center for Reproductive Rights 2016 Gala in New York Tuesday, opening with the cheeky line, "Good evening gentlemen and nasty women – nasty, nasty, nasty women. Some of the nastiest among us, I imagine."

Along with flipping Trump's uncouth quip about Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate, Oliver also picked apart the Republican nominee's egregious remarks about late-term abortions. "[His comments] showed no real understanding of how abortions work, no clear understanding of the basic biology of women's bodies and a very »

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Best TV to Watch in November: Colbert's Election 2016, Dolly's Christmas and More

27 October 2016 7:15 AM, PDT

Welcome to a somewhat light month for traditional new TV programming – all the better to pay attention to the noteworthy broadcasts emerging from more unlikely sources. (There are a few interesting, big-name shows dropping on Netflix and Amazon this month as well, of course – check our Best Things to Stream feature tomorrow for those.) Sure, there's prestige-lite TV like Showtime's temporally tweaked soap opera The Affair, returning for its third season. But how about an autobiographical, Christianity-infused holiday special from Dolly Parton, who cameos as a “working girl”? Or perhaps »

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Justin Timberlake Talks Voting Booth Selfie Gaffe on 'Fallon'

27 October 2016 6:08 AM, PDT

Justin Timberlake discussed his overzealous voting booth selfie and joined Jimmy Fallon for a round of the "Best Friends Challenge" on The Tonight Show Wednesday.

While chatting with the host, Fallon asked the pop star what he'd been up to lately, to which Timberlake replied a bit bashfully, "I recently voted. Super quiet, under the radar." Earlier this week, Timberlake cast an early ballot in Tennessee and posted of a photo of himself at the booth to Instagram with a caption encouraging people to vote – only to find out later »

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See Warren Beatty's Quirky Final 'Rules Don't Apply' Trailer

26 October 2016 8:36 PM, PDT

"Howard, I'm finding it very, very difficult to run your entire operation when I've never, ever actually seen you," Alec Baldwin's character tells Warren Beatty's character Howard Hughes over the phone in the opening of the final trailer for Rules Don't Apply. It sets the tone for the new clip, where Hughes' elusive nature is a recurring theme.

The Beatty-produced, written, directed and starring film focuses on obsessive-compulsive eccentric billionaire Hughes, whose affections include banana nut ice cream and Marla Mabrey (portrayed by Lilly Collins), a budding actress »

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From 'Babadook' to 'Raw': The Rise of the Modern Female Horror Filmmaker

26 October 2016 12:42 PM, PDT

Female horror fans are hardly unicorns. Quite the opposite – we go to the movies to get scared, often in greater numbers than men. Female horror directors aren't mythical beings either, even though it can sometimes feel this way. But in fact, the last few years have seen an exciting wave of horror films helmed by women who haven't merely joined the rank-and-file as encouraging statistics. Instead, movies like Jennifer Kent's The Babadook or Karyn Kusama's The Invitation have helped elevate the genre by opening it up to stories that unsettle audiences in new, »

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'Inferno' Review: Tom Hanks' Return as 'Da Vinci Code' Hero Goes Up in Flames

26 October 2016 10:38 AM, PDT

Here's the third futile attempt by director Ron Howard to turn the bestselling claptrap of author Dan Brown into something watchable. He comes close, but not close enough. This time Robert Langdon, the Harvard symbologist played as if against his will by Tom Hanks, suffers from retrograde amnesia. Lucky guy – I can remember all too well how the film's plodding predecessors, The Da Vinci Code (2006) and Angels & Demons (2009), stubbornly refused to come to life. Howard, shooting in Florence and Istanbul, makes things look compellingly atmospheric. And Hanks is one of »

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Best Movies to See in November: 'Doctor Strange,' 'Fantastic Beasts' and More

26 October 2016 8:45 AM, PDT

November is a month of plenty, and not just when it comes to the overstuffed cornucopias of Thanksgiving. There are simply too many noteworthy releases slated for the upcoming month to stick with the regular serving of 10 highlights, so you better hope you left room for two additional recommendations' worth of extra helpings. This is when blockbusters get a little weirder, a trio of war pictures approach the hell of combat from vastly different vantage points, and awards-worthy prestige films are out in full force. Discreetly undo the buckle of »

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Watch Will Ferrell Reprise George W. Bush Impersonation to Trash Trump

26 October 2016 6:43 AM, PDT

Will Ferrell resurrected his George W. Bush impersonation on Tuesday night's episode of @midnight to defend his cousin Billy Bush, the then-Access Hollywood reporter featured on the infamous 2005 leaked tape, and trash Donald Trump.

"I'd just like to say something about my cousin Billy Bush. He's been in the news a lot lately, him and that disgraced pumpkin Donald Trump, talking on that bus. And I just want to say one thing," the former president said.

"We Bushes don't act like that, Ok? We have standards. And we're raised a certain way. »

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Watch Phil Collins, the Roots Energize 'In the Air Tonight' on 'Fallon'

26 October 2016 6:29 AM, PDT

Phil Collins melded his long-running stage band with the Roots to perform his signature solo track "In the Air Tonight" Tuesday on The Tonight Show. Daryl Stuermer and "Captain" Kirk Douglas traded off smoldering guitar leads and power chords, while Questlove powered through the distinctive drum-fill-to-end-all-drum-fills as the whole band revved up for a heavier instrumental coda.

The Roots clearly relished the performance. Douglas grinned, eyes closed in ecstasy, during Stuermer's guitar sections, and Quest nodded in approval throughout behind his kit. In Collins' interview with Jimmy Fallon, the host »

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'Saturday Night Live' Plots Pre-Election Special

25 October 2016 7:58 PM, PDT

Saturday Night Live will collect its best sketches about the 2016 presidential race in an hour-long special set to air the night before the election, November 7th at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on NBC, Deadline reports.

The 2016 SNL Election Special will undoubtedly include highlights from the first few episodes of the show's ongoing 42nd season, though as a testament to just how long this campaign has been, the special could feature sketches from as far back as April 2015 – the end of Season 40 – when Kate McKinnon debuted as Hillary Clinton and Darrell Hammond »

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Ice Cube to Play Fagin in Contemporary 'Oliver Twist' Reboot

25 October 2016 6:49 PM, PDT

Ice Cube is attached to star as Fagin in Disney's upcoming remake of the musical version of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the story, while a source connected to the production confirmed the casting to Rolling Stone.  

The movie will reportedly be directed by Thomas Kail, who earned a Tony Award for helming Hamilton. Ice Cube is also set to serve as a producer and is writing the treatment with co-producer Jeff Kwatinetz.

The new movie will put a contemporary spin on the stage musical Oliver! »

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Watch Norah Jones Deliver Aching Neil Young Cover on 'Corden'

25 October 2016 9:42 AM, PDT

Norah Jones chronicled a tale of musical dreams and disappointments with her gorgeous cover of Neil Young's "Don't Be Denied" on The Late Late Show With James Corden Monday.

Jones flips Young's ragged, autobiographical tune into a shuffling piano ballad about a woman from a broken home who finds solace in music and eventually hollowness in success. Jones delivers the song's aching final verse with a brutal delicacy as her band swoops in with stunning harmonies: "She's a pauper in a naked disguise/ Millionaire through a businessman's eyes/ Oh »

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Watch 'Gilmore Girls' Return in First Trailer for Netflix Revival

25 October 2016 9:25 AM, PDT

Welcome back, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore! The ladies of Stars Hollow are back with more fast-paced pop culture references, junk food addictions and their impenetrable familial bond in the new trailer for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. The series, which is set to debut on Netflix on November 25th, catches up with the famous mother-daughter duo over four 90-minute episodes that tackle each season within, yes, a year of their life.

As seen in the trailer, the Gilmore women are all at a crossroads in their lives. Emily Gilmore, »

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Watch Samantha Bee Rip Trump's Third Debate Performance

25 October 2016 8:52 AM, PDT

Samantha Bee skewered Donald Trump's performance in the final presidential debate and the media's shortsighted reaction to the Republican nominee's quip about not accepting election results on Full Frontal Monday.

Proudly donning a custom "Nasty Woman" T-shirt, Bee showed Trump fumbling through basic questions about the Supreme Court, gun laws and the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which the nominee referred to as "Start Up." "It's called 'Start' you fucking moron," Bee joked. "Here's a mnemonic, 'It's 14 days until the election. Time to Start reading a book.'"

Elsewhere, Bee »

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See 'Jane the Virgin' Fan Theories Blow Away Star Justin Baldoni

24 October 2016 2:15 PM, PDT

Playing Rafael Solano, the sensitive biological father to Jane's baby on acclaimed CW series Jane the Virgin, Justin Baldoni remains a crucial component in the loopy dramedy, which premiered its third season this month. Nonetheless, the actor promises no firm answers in his "Fan Theory Exploder" session, repeatedly apologizing to viewers and admitting, "I don't know anything."

Baldoni praises the creativity of fan theories, which touch on everything from Xo's baby being Rogelio's biological child to the Latin Lover Narrator's higher power identity. "These are really good," he enthuses. "I »

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Watch John Oliver Taunt Donald Trump With Emmy Award

24 October 2016 11:22 AM, PDT

On Sunday night's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver appealed to Donald Trump by making a bet with him. If Trump loses the election, Oliver will hand over his Emmy statue if the real estate mogul admits defeat. The wager stems from Trump's infamous line during the final presidential debate that he "should have gotten" an Emmy for reality show The Apprentice.

Throughout Donald Trump's presidential campaign, John Oliver has begged the Republican to drop out, called him "sociopathic," criticized his "bullshit," compared him to an unappetizing raisin cookie and re-branded him "Donald Drumpf. »

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