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Louis CK on Joan Rivers: 'It really f*cking sucks that she had to die all of a sudden'

Louis CK on Joan Rivers: "It really f*cking sucks that she had to die all of a sudden”
“I feel very lucky that I knew Joan Rivers and I feel very sad that she's gone,” Louis CK said in a statement. "She was a great comedian and a wonderful person. I never saw someone attack a stage with so much energy. She was a controlled lightning bolt.” PLUS: Watch Louis CK try to have sex with Joan on "Louie" Season 2, and Lena Dunham tweeted a Joan plastic surgery joke.

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'The Simpsons” marathon propelled FXX to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo on cable, topping ESPN

'The Simpsons” marathon propelled FXX to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo on cable, topping ESPN

“The Simpsons” marathon propelled FXX to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo on cable, topping ESPN
From Aug. 21 to Sept. 1, FXX averaged 1.3 million viewers with an estimated 25 million sampling some of the marathon. Among total viewers, FXX ranked No. 9 during the marathon.

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'Riddick' alum to play 'Arrow’s' Ra's al Ghul

“Riddick” alum to play “Arrow’s” Ra's al Ghul
Matt Nable will play the leader of the League of Assassins and the father of Nyssa al Ghul.

Mariska Hargitay to get the “Actor’s Studio” treatment
The “SVU” Star will appear on James Lipton’s “Inside the Actor’s Studio” on Sept. 22.

HBO to show the Mick Jagger-produced James Brown documentary
“Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” will air on Oct. 27.

Matthew McConaughey pokes fun at his “True Detective” character in a car ad
Watch him channel Rust Cohle in a Lincoln MKC.

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Watch Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer in a clip from Mike Binder's 'Black and White'

Watch Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer in a clip from Mike Binder's 'Black and White'

The film heads to Toronto this weekend

Kevin Costner has a lot of skin in "Black and White," the Mike Binder drama set for a premiere at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend. He was so passionate about the race-themed project that he financed it himself.

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The CW's 'Arrow' finds its Ra's Al Ghul and it's not Liam Neeson

The CW's 'Arrow' finds its Ra's Al Ghul and it's not Liam Neeson

Aussie veteran of 'Killer Elite' and 'Riddick' will play the League of Assassins leader

Liam Neeson may have told reporters last week that he would gladly reprise his role as Ra's Al Ghul for The CW's "Arrow," but to the surprise of literally nobody a different actor has been set for the part.

On Thursday (September 4) morning, "Arrow" star Stephen Amell coyly tweeted "Please welcome Matt Nable to Arrow. You know who he's playing." And in case you didn't know who he's playing, Amell included a picture of DC Comics' supervillain and League of Assassins frontman Ra's Al Ghul, most famously played by Neeson in "Batman Begins."

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Joan Rivers challenged Hollywood's stance on women directors with 'Rabbit Test'
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Joan Rivers challenged Hollywood's stance on women directors with 'Rabbit Test'

Could she have had Woody Allen's career if things had gone differently?

Could Joan Rivers have had the same career as Woody Allen?

It might seem an odd question if you only know Rivers from her talk show omnipresence and her work on E!, but there was a time when she had a chance to break into film the same way some of her comic peers were, and I can't help but wonder what would have happened if "Rabbit Test" had worked.

When she broke through as a comic in the mid-'60s, she already had a fully-formed comic voice. She was from New York, and there was an edge to her work from the very start. She had an attitude about aesthetic beauty, about celebrity, about women in culture. She was one of those comics who straddled an older tradition of comedy, based on careful joke structure and a sort of surface level engagement and a newer tradition, in which taboos were smashed and society was fair game for deeper examination.

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Ben Affleck sets Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana and Sienna Miller for 'Live By Night'
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Ben Affleck sets Elle Fanning, Zoe Saldana and Sienna Miller for 'Live By Night'

The Dennis Lehane adaptation is set for release in 2016

Ben Affleck is currently under cape and cowl as the Dark Knight in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" sequel "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," but he's somehow finding time to keep his Dennis Lehane adaptation "Live By Night" moving along as well. He's just tapped a trio of ladies to play the female leads in the film.

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Joan Rivers is dead at 81

Joan Rivers is dead at 81

Joan Rivers is dead at 81
Melissa Rivers has released a statement saying: "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother. Cooper and I have found ourselves humbled by the outpouring of love, support, and prayers we have received from around the world. They have been heard and appreciated. My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh. Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.” PLUS: Two weeks ago, Joan Rivers took the Ice Bucket Challenge, Three weeks ago, Rivers mourned Robin Williams. Four weeks ago, she was cracking up Seth Meyers. Two months ago, David Letterman walked out on her. Less than six months ago, she returned to “The Tonight Show” after nearly three decades. Read the tributes from celebrities on Twitter, watch Joan with Johnny Carson in 1966, relive her memorable “Louie” appearance, watch the 1986 premiere of “The Late Show with Joan Rivers,” watch the documentary on her life “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” and read her NY Times’ obituary.

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BBC cut a beheading scene from this week’s “Doctor Who”
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BBC cut a beheading scene from this week’s “Doctor Who”

BBC cut a beheading scene from this week’s “Doctor Who”
“In light of recent news events, we have made an edit to episode three out of respect,” says a BBC spokesperson, referring to recent news that journalist Steven Sotloff was executed by ISIS.

Fox is making an event series based on Carrie Underwood’s hit song “Two Black Cadillacs”
Jerry Bruckheimer will produce the six-hour series along with the former “Idol” winner, based on her 2012 hit song about a wife and mistress who conspire to kill the guy they’re both involved with after discovering the affair.

MTV greenlights a Ja Rule family reality show
“Follow the Rules,” from executive producer Queen Latifah, will be like “The Cosby Show” with a rapper as family patriarch.

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Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran

Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran take on Tracy Chapman and Snow Patrol: Watch

They both salute car songs. Which one does it better?

Two of England’s hottest male singers turned to covers this week: Sam Smith tackled Tracy Chapman’s classic, “Fast Car,” for BBC Live Lounge, while Ed Sheehan covered his buddies in Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars.”

While Smith’s clear, gorgeous tenor would seem perfect for Chapman’s heartbreaking song of escape, it ends up being a not great fit. That’s not because his voice doesn’t sound strong, it’s because he doesn’t imbue the song with any of the heartbreaking emotion from the original.

Sheeran succeeds far better  covering "Chasing Cars."  His tackling the song is nothing new. He's been doing it for at least a few years since he's such good pals with the dudes in Snow Patrol and has written with them and toured with them, but he unveiled a new solo acoustic version for MTV that went online today that's lovely and spare and very romantic.


Which do you like better? 

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Green Bay Packers

12 greatest sports songs ever: Are you ready for some football?

Your playlist for tonight's NFL opener

Tonight marks the opening night of the 2014 NFL Season, so in celebration, here are the 10 best songs about sports. I tried to make it all football, but there are surprisingly few football-themed hits. And since it’s still baseball season, I decided to throw in a few baseball ones as well. Basketball? Other than “I Believe I Can Fly,” the round ball got left out in the cold since the only other basketball song I could think of was Cheech & Chong’s “Basketball Jones,” which, quite frankly, is in a league of its own. Given that the World Cup just ended, I also threw in a little soccer love.

Though certainly not written about football, Jay Z and Rihanna's "Run This Town" is the new theme song for Thursday Night Football, according to NFL and CBS. The pair's hit, from Jay Z's "The Blueprint 3," will get reworked each week with narration by Don Cheadle.

1. “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” Chicago Bears (1985)
It wasn’t pretty or even remotely good, but the rap by The Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew captured the feeling in Chicago like no other as we watched Da Bears go all the way. I lived in Chicago then and it was an exhilarating, great time to be a sports fan (which, as Chicago fans know, that is not always the case). The song missed hitting Billboard’s Top 40 by one slot, peaking at No. 41.

2. “The Boys of Fall,” Kenny Chesney (2010)
Though Chesney didn’t write this somber salute to high school football, he sang it like he’d lived it and took it all the way to No. 1.

3.“Centerfield,” John Fogerty (1985)
Fogerty’s salute to America’s Game is note perfect and its inclusion in “Bull Durham” only sealed it as the best song ever written in the short canon of songs written about baseball. The song also plays at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown Put me in, coach. I’m ready to play.

4. “The Boys of Summer,” Don Henley (1984)
Only the title refers to baseball, but the song perfectly captures the wistful feelings of the fleeting last days of summer— of youth, really— and glory days on and off the field.

5. “I Believe I Can Fly,” R Kelly (1996)
The song first appeared in “Space Jam,” and is in someways forever linked to Michael Jordan, who soared like no other player. However, for most folks, it’s simply R Kelly’s best, most inspirational track.

6. “All Kinds of Time,” Fountains of Wayne (2003)
The New Jersey boys put themselves in the mind of a QB and what goes through his mind after he takes the snap. His mind slows, he thinks of his family watching on TV and feels like he has all the time in the world to find his open man.  The NFL used the song in commercials in 2005.

7. “Green and Yellow,” Lil Wayne (2011)
The rapper’s salute to his beloved Green Bay Packers manages to dis the Pittsburgh Steelers and several other teams, while promoting Cheez Whiz and Cheeseheads everywhere.

8. “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” Hank Williams Jr. (1984)
Monday Night Football adopted (and adapted) the song as its theme from 1989 to 2011. Are you ready for some football?

9. “Gonna Fly Now,” DeEtta Little and Nelson Pigford (1977)
Bill Conti’s theme from “Rocky” is indelibly linked to Rocky running the steps in Philadelphia forever more and is an ode to the underdog. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song, the tune is short on words, but long on heart.

10.“Eye of The Tiger,” Survivor (1982)
Continuing with everyone's favorite film pugilist, this “Rocky III” smash would have made the list regardless, but now the anthem to working hard and going the distance serves as a tribute to Survivor lead singer, Jimi Jamison, who died last week. Fun fact: Sylvester Stallone asked the band to write an anthem after he was unable to get the rights to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.”

11. “We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You,” Queen (1977)
Speaking of Queen, the all-time greatest sports anthems not written about sports and among the greatest single A&B sides ever (ask your parents if you’re too young to know what that means). The band wrote “We Are The Champions” to get their fans going in concert, and then “We Will Rock You” was the B-side. It’s impossible to go to any team sporting event and not hear one or the other.

12. "The Cup of Life," Ricky Martin (1998)
The official theme song for the 1998 World Cup was not only a great soccer anthem, the song broke Ricky Martin into the Anglo market with his performance of the track on the 41st annual Grammy Awards. He scored a major goal with his performance, one of the best in Grammy history.

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CBS wants the Hollywood Film Awards to be the next big thing

CBS wants the Hollywood Film Awards to be the next big thing

We're a little worried about this one

Anyone who had read my work over the years known if there is any event I have almost complete disdain for, it's the Hollywood Film Awards. You remember that one, right? It's the "awards show" that gives out honors to stars and filmmakers who are usually appearing in films that have not been released and often not even screened for critics or guild members yet. And yet, because it's usually situated at the end of October, movie studios have used it as a one-night publicity vehicle right before awards season really gets into high gear.

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