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Stephen Colbert lets President Obama take over 'The Colbert Report'
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Stephen Colbert lets President Obama take over 'The Colbert Report'

'Eaten Alive' star: 'I think I owe it to the people of planet Earth to get eaten by something'

Stephen Colbert lets President Obama take over “The Colbert Report”
The president, making his 2nd “Colbert” appearance (his first as a guest), sat at Colbert’s desk on the stage at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and renamed Colbert’s “The Word” segment “The Decree.” "I, Stephen Colbert," Obama said, "have never cared for our president. The guy is so arrogant, I bet he talks about himself in the third person.” PLUS: Obama accidentally calls Colbert “Bill” — as in Bill O’Reilly?


“Eaten Alive” star: “I think I owe it to the people of planet Earth to get eaten by something”
Paul Rosolie talked to Jimmy Kimmel last night about his full day of reading mean tweets in response to the backlash over his misleading Discovery Channel special.


“South Park’s” holiday special will feature "Bill Cosby," "Taylor Swift" and "Michael Jackson" as Peter Pan
"Iggy Azalea," "Angelina Jolie" and Kurt Cobain’s hologram will also appear on Wednesday’s special.


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Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette to share Santa Barbara film fest honor
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Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette to share Santa Barbara film fest honor

Marks the first occasion the accolade has gone to two people

Hopefully "Boyhood" isn't getting tired of the kudos just yet, because more are on the way. Today, a unique one from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which has announced that the film's stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette will share in the American Riviera Award during the 30th anniversary edition of the event on Thursday, Feb. 5.

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Tilda Swinton ponders a 'Snowpiercer' prequel and irresistible party invitations

Tilda Swinton ponders a 'Snowpiercer' prequel and irresistible party invitations

An amazing year for the cinema icon

Tilda Swinton is going to win a second Academy Award. Some way. Some how. It will happen. At some point, depending on who's in office, she will likely win a Kennedy Center Honor, too. She might even be knighted by the Queen. But that second Oscar is going to happen and probably because, like her first, she really won't be trying.

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"White God"

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The trailer for Hungarian Oscar entry 'White God' has bite to go with its bark

Here's hoping it stays in the foreign film race

It's probably safe to say that if Kornél Mundruczó's "White God" were a 2014 domestic release, it would be on my top 10 list (comin' at'cha Friday). It's that good, and totally caught me by surprise when I watched it on a whim a few months back. I'm hoping it shows up on the Academy's narrowed list of Best Foreign Language Film contenders, which should drop any day now (right?).

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Aaron Sorkin on 'Newsroom' rape storyline: 'I understood...there would be backlash'
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Aaron Sorkin on 'Newsroom' rape storyline: 'I understood...there would be backlash'

'Eaten Alive' star: 'I don't care if you're upset I didn't get eaten by anaconda'

Aaron Sorkin on “The Newsroom’s” rape storyline: “I understood going in that there would be backlash”
“Most of the time the conflict on the show is about ideas, and frequently those conflicts stoke a lot of passionate debate in the days that follow a broadcast,” he told the NY Times via e-mail. “I understood going in that there would be backlash — some of it thoughtful, some of it less so — but that’s a bad reason not to write something.” PLUS: “The Newsroom” is bringing out the worst in Sorkin, Sorkin is still terrified of women on the Internet, and Sorkin doesn’t understand how empathy works.


“Eaten Alive” star: "I don't care if you're upset I didn't get eaten by anaconda”
Paul Rosolie said today of the backlash to his special: "I said, 'Screw it. I don't care about my reputation. If there's a chance this will protect (the Amazon), I'll do it. I don't care if you're upset I didn't get eaten by anaconda. A, I tried, and B, there's a chance for me to do work with the Discovery Channel and bang my drum about the dangers, and I'll do that.'"


International Olympic Committee approves plan to launch a 24/7 Olympics Channel
The goal of the new digital channel is to maintain interest in Olympic sports in the years between the games.


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Syfy developing Superman prequel 'Krypton'
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Syfy developing Superman prequel 'Krypton'

Jimmy Kimmel tonight reunites 'Breaking Bad’s' Jesse and Jane

Syfy developing Superman prequel “Krypton”
"Man of Steel" writer David S. Goyer is developing a Superman prequel series that comes on the heels of Fox’s Batman prequel “Gotham.” Here’s the pitch for “Krypton”: “Years before the Superman legend we know, the House of El was shamed and ostracized. This series follows The Man of Steel’s grandfather as he brings hope and equality to Krypton, turning a planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known.”


Jimmy Kimmel tonight reunites “Breaking Bad’s” Jesse and Jane
Aaron Paul and Krysten Ritter are tonight’s guests on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” PLUS: "Eaten Alive" guy will also be Kimmel's guest tonight.


Pugsley from “The Addams Family” is dead
Ken Weatherwax, 59, died Sunday of a heart attack. His family is planning two funerals, including one for his fans.

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'Still Alice' trailer: Will Julianne Moore finally take home the Oscar?

'Still Alice' trailer: Will Julianne Moore finally take home the Oscar?

Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart co-star in the Alzheimer's drama

Julianne Moore is looking like an Oscar winner in the trailer for "Still Alice."

Awards-season watchers are already pegging Moore as the likely Best Actress winner at next year's show, and it's about time: the four-time nominee has yet to take home the gold despite turning in a slew of stunning performances over a career spanning nearly 25 years. Based on Lisa Genova's bestselling novel of the same name, the Sony Classics film centers on a cognitive psychologist (Moore) as she grapples with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

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Breaking down this year's globetrotting lineup of live action short Oscar contenders

Breaking down this year's globetrotting lineup of live action short Oscar contenders

Stories from Northern Ireland to Vietnam and points in between

The live action shorts in Oscar contention this year span the globe. There are stories from and of Israel, Northern Ireland, Iran, China, Iraq, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and Switzerland to be considered, and naturally, some real stand-outs in the mix.

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"Jane the Virgin"

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'Jane the Virgin,' 'The Knick' crack AFI's TV Programs of the Year list

Is 'How To Get Away With Murder' one of TV's best shows? AFI thinks so.

In addition to unveiling its Movies of the Year list, the American Film Institute announced its TV Programs of the Year selections on Monday (December 8) and let's just say  that the group is intriguingly distracted by shiny new things.

Your AFI TV Programs of the Year:
"The Americans"
"Fargo"
"Game of Thrones"
"How To Get Away With Murder"
"Jane the Virgin"
"The Knick"
"Mad Men"
"Orange Is The New Black"
"Silicon Valley"
"Transparent"

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'The League' to end after next season
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'The League' to end after next season

VH1 'Hit the Floor' star is dead in a murder-suicide

“The League” to end after next season
The FX/FXX series, which just completed its 6th season, will finish up with a 13-episode 7th season. “Most players in the NFL don’t make it seven seasons, and most TV shows even less so,” says co-creator Jackie Schaffer. "We want to thank FX Networks and all our Eskimo Brothers and Sisters – NFL teams would be lucky to have fans as diehard as ours.”


VH1 “Hit the Floor” star is dead in a murder-suicide
Actress Stephanie Moseley was allegedly killed by her rapper boyfriend.


Aaron Sorkin “surprised” a “Newsroom” writer tweeted her objection to campus rape storyline
Sorkin says Alena Smith, who tweeted that she was kicked out of the writers' room for challenging last night's episode, gave "her enthusiastic support” to his final script. "So I was surprised to be told this morning that Alena had tweeted out her unhappiness with the story,” Sorkin tells Mediaite. "But I was even more surprised that she had so casually violated the most important rule of working in a writers room which is confidentiality. It was a room in which people felt safe enough to discuss private and intimate details of their lives in the hope of bringing dimension to stories that were being pitched. That’s what happens in writers rooms and while ours was the first one Alena ever worked in, the importance of privacy was made clear to everyone on our first day of work and was reinforced constantly. I’m saddened that she’s broken that trust."


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Report: “Eaten Alive” used a ringer
The anaconda used on last night’s Discovery Channel special wasn’t found in the wild, TMZ reports. Instead, Paul Rosolie used an anaconda that was already captured and shipped to the production. PLUS: “Eaten Alive” delivers 4.1 million viewers — Discovery’s best nature documentary in four years, and a snake scientist fact-checks “Eaten Alive."


Here’s a peek of President Obama on “The Colbert Report”
Obama and “The Decree."

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'Boyhood,' 'Birdman,' Selma' highlight AFI's 11 best films of 2014

'Boyhood,' 'Birdman,' Selma' highlight AFI's 11 best films of 2014

Who missed the cut?

The American Film Institute released its annual best of the year film list and, for the first time, increased the number of honorees to 11.

Each film needed to be an "American" film -- one guesses that is determined by financing -- and while "The Imitation Game" was eligible due to financing "Theory of Everything" was not.

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"Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck"

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Sundance 2015 lands Scientology, Kurt Cobain and campus rape documentary premieres

Liz Garbus' Nina Simone documentary lands an Opening Night spot

Kurt Cobain, Nina Simone and Tig Notaro are among the big names getting documentary treatment at this January's Sundance Film Festival.

On Monday (December 8), Sundance announced 13 documentaries that will be premiering out of competition at the Festival, which runs from January 22 to February 1 in Park City. It's a group of films from some of documentary cinema's biggest names and, unsurprisingly, from some of Sundance's most frequent attendees.

Sundance regular Liz Garbus ("The Farm: Angola, USA") is taking the previously vacant US documentary Day One Film slot with "What Happened, Miss Simone?" The documentary looks singer and activist Nina Simone was recently acquired by Netflix, which had "Mitt" in an out-of-competition slot at last year's Festival.

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