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Will Ferrell Visits Jimmy Fallon: Wears Tight Pants, Shows New Movie Trailer

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  • May 11, 2012 11:13 AM
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Will Ferrell’s comedy is both incomparably goofy and totally droll about it, and both sides of his humor kicked in during his guest spot on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He was promoting his hosting spot on this week’s SNL, but also brought along the trailer for his new political comedy with Zach Galifianakis, The Campaign, coming in August.

Sherlock Meets Bieber And Fifty Shades of Grey

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  • May 3, 2012 8:45 AM
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Downton Abbey is not the only buzz-worthy upscale/downscale gem from PBS’s Masterpiece this year. Season 2 of Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the 21st century version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ultra-rational hero, begins on Sunday with “A Scandal in Belgravia.” The episode is smartly written by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and directed by Paul McGuigan with enough flair to make a cinephile smile – nothing too surprising about that. But it turns out  that Cumberbatch himself inspires the kinds of squeals more often associated with Justin Bieber, as I saw first-hand at a preview screening and Q&A in New York on Wednesday.

Edgy Obama Opens For Kimmel at White House Correspondents Dinner (Video)

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  • April 28, 2012 11:41 PM
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We always knew it would be impossible to top last year’s hilarious and secretly dramatic White House Correspondents Dinner, when President Obama slammed Donald Trump – and secretly knew the attack on Osama Bin Laden was underway. But this year's version had its own even edgier tone.

Jon Hamm, Paul McCartney Guest On Hilarious, Live 30 Rock (UPDATED WITH VIDEO)

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  • April 26, 2012 10:47 PM
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When recorded series go live, it’s usually hard to overcome the stuntiness of it all. (Alec Baldwin promised in a promo that the live 30 Rock would be “liver” than ever, so we all get to make up new words). But 30 Rock found a brilliant, hilarious meta-solution by making its live show about live TV.

Obama With Fallon: The Prez Slow Jams The News

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  • April 25, 2012 2:06 AM
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President Obama had a clear political agenda in visiting Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on the road at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: reaching out to young voters and more specifically lobbying against a Congressional threat to increase interest on student loans. But how cool is it that he slow-jammed the news, a Late Night feature that seems surreal enough when Brian Williams does it?

Where Even The Spoons Are Political: "Veep" and "Scandal" Do D.C. For TV

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  • April 17, 2012 11:51 AM
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“We live in a culture now where it’s almost like we are used to being lied to,” Julia Louis-Dreyfuss said in a recent New York Times Magazine piece about her HBO series Veep – to which any thinking person can only respond, “ALMOST?”  (Or hope that she delivered that line with more irony than the profile made it sound.)

Steven Spielberg's Latest: Laser Cats 7 (SNL Video)

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  • April 15, 2012 10:34 AM
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Steven Spielberg played himself in an SNL Digital Short last night, as the ostensible director of the latest installment of Laser Cats  -- the low-tech, sci-fi series with Andy Samberg and Bill Hader, a perfect franchise for a guy obsessed with space aliens. Although the Spielberg alter ego called attention to what he crowingly called his “Hitchcockian cameo” in the film, the real homages were to E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jurassic Park.

Jon Stewart on Easter Vs. Passover (Video)

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  • April 10, 2012 11:03 AM
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It’s not called the Judeo-Christian tradition for nothing, but in the spring holiday face-off the two sides of that equation are not equally fun. Jon Stewart calls on his own team, the Jewish side, to step it up, as he said, because when it comes to magic, Invisible Elijah is no match for a rabbit who brings chocolate eggs. His rejoinder to the Easter Bunny? Passover Pete, a lion who comes bearing pizza.

Sofia Vergara Promos SNL With (Really!) Jokes About Her Accent

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  • April 4, 2012 4:15 PM
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Sofia Vergara breaks away from Modern Family to host SNL this Saturday. She’s game and funny, but if the show doesn't go beyond easy, obvious accent-jokes there’ll be a lot of ’splainin to do.

"The Killing" Returns: Can You Forgive It?

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  • April 1, 2012 9:00 AM
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If you’re going to watch season 2 of The Killing – and based on tonight’s premiere I recommend you should - you just have to say “All is forgiven” about the season 1 finale, which pointedly did not tell us who killed Rosie Larsen. You will not find out tonight either, or for a long time to come; the producers have promised to reveal the killer late in the season. So relax and enjoy what The Killing does best: engage us, even more deeply this season, in  Det. Sarah Linden’s (the powerfully restrained Mireille Enos) personal obsessions and fraught relationship with her adolescent son, Jack. Here's a question (no answer below, just the question) you will have answered tonight:

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