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Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ Debut

Stephen Colbert tested out the new digs and his role as David Letterman's successor.

Giddy as a Girl Scout whose cookies went viral, David Letterman welcomed his successor, Stephen Colbert, to the CBS Late Show last night. Letterman is vacating the show “sometime next year,” ending a spectacular and hilarious 30-year run in late-night television.

Late Show with David Letterman

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“Stephen Colbert is here, ladies and gentlemen,” Letterman said during his monologue. “He just dropped by to sign the lease.”  Actually, he continued, all Colbert needs to do now before taking over is “pass the physical.”

Before Twitter and Buzzfeed, there was Homestar Runner. As the aging homepage wallpaper peeled away revealing the html beneath, the gang finally returned to the Internet.

If the Internet had a god, a creator, a primogenitor, it would be a 3D animated dancing baby riding a one-eyed, winged toaster reciting Monty Python sketches. As that primordial stew receded and the eldritch horror of the old gods faded away, Matt and Mike Chapman, along with their website, emerged as the Internet’s Cain and Abel.


Debuting at a time when Napster was still the king of piracy, was a Flash animation site that realized much of the web’s multimedia potential. The site updated frequently with new cartoons, soundboards full of character’s catchphrases, and obscure homages. Typical cartoons didn’t let viewers passively sit through a show, forcing them to search around the mise-en-scèn for interactive elements to advance the story. Like in the first Halloween short, “The House That Gave Sucky Treats,” where every knock on the door revealed a new guest to whom one could give a selection of off-brand candies, each triggering a unique response. Like a Buzzfeed quiz to determine which Hogwarts House one really belongs, at least part of the fun came from replaying the toon and selecting different options.

Spin Me Right Round

Jack White’s Magic Record Machine

Making a record in this day and age takes a lot of time and effort, but Jack White managed to do it in under four hours.

It’s been six years since the first Record Store Day regaled audiophiles with limited edition EPs, special collaborations, and in-store exclusives, and already the vinyl holiday has a world record under its belt. The record holder? Jack White and Third Man Records. The record? World’s fastest record release.


Jack White pictured at a solo concert at Roskilde Festival’s Orange Stage 2012. (Gonzales Photo/Christian Hjorth)

Clocking in at just under four hours, White and co. recorded “Lazaretto” and the Elvis Presley cover “Power of My Love,” trucked the master vinyl to Nashville’s United Record Pressing (URP), and released the 7-inch to the masses, all in the span of a late morning to early afternoon on April 19.

Comedian Billy Eichner surprises New Yorkers with Amy Poehler in a Pitbull mask.

Comedian Billy Eichner loves surprising unsuspecting New Yorkers on his Fuse show, ‘Billy on the Street.’ In a clip from an upcoming episode, he gets his ‘Parks and Recreation’ co-star Amy Poehler to don a mask of rapper Pitbull to play the specifically-themed game, ‘It’s Not Pitbull—It’s Amy Poehler!’

Watch as amicable Manhattanites’ expressions go from confusion and fear to sincere joy when they discover that they're being accosted not by another loony city dweller but by the funniest woman on TV.

Laid back... With my mind on my money and my money on my mind.

Fo shizzle, Brizzle Wizzle. NBC’s esteemed news anchor is back on the mic with some more California love.

In the latest installment of Jimmy Fallon’s brilliant series of hip-hop supercuts, Williams flows to Snoop Dogg’s G-funk classic. It might just be the hottest one yet.

Perfect Pregnancy!

From ‘Clueless’ to Clueless

Diapers are ‘pseudoscience.’ Dairy leaves ‘toxic sludge’ in your uterus. And whatever you do, don’t use tampons! Plus six more claims from the actress’s new book of amazing promises.

Alicia Silverstone, the Clueless star and former Aerosmith video vixen, caused controversy in 2012 after posting a video of herself pre-chewing her son’s food and transferring it from her mouth to his. Now she has written a book urging you to do the same.


Alicia Silverstone in "Clueless." (Photofest)

In The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning, Silverstone chronicles what might reasonably be called her unconventional parenting advice: Bananas are “a naughty food for a baby,” the diaper industry is “pseudoscience,” and vaccines are essentially shots of “aluminum and formaldehyde.”


Back to Jail for Prepon

There’s been much media speculation over the departure—and return—of Laura Prepon to 'OITNB.' In a candid interview, she sets the record straight.

Orange Is the New Black’s resident badass is back.


Laura Prepon (L) and Taylor Schilling (R) in a scene from Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.” (Jessica Miglio for Netflix)

It’s been almost a year since everyone’s favorite women’s prison dramedy dropped on Netflix, but the interim was filled with a great deal of gossip concerning the future of Alex Vause, the bespectacled, tattooed ex-drug smuggler—and love interest of Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling)—played by the excellent Laura Prepon.  

New Face

GoT's Sexiest Recast Yet

Notice something different about Daario Naharis? The actor who plays Daenerys Targaryen’s suave love interest discusses peeing on camera and ‘Orphan Black.’

Even the most die-hard fans of Game of Thrones, the vast fantasy epic boasting myriad realms and hundreds of wildly-accented characters, were left a bit perplexed during the show’s Season 4 premiere. What happened to Daario Naharis?


Michiel Huisman, Emilia Clarke. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)

The rakish Captain of the Stormcrows—and love interest of Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)—had transformed from a dimpled, swaggering, square-jawed Brit with a long, braided Braveheart mane into a moodier, mellower warrior equipped with brown eyes, neck-length hair, a beard, and a more slender frame.

What’s Next

‘Archer’ Creator on the Big Twist

This season of the spy-comedy ended with a big cliffhanger, which promises to change things in a big way for ISIS agent Sterling Archer and Co. [Warning: SPOILERS]

Archer Vice, as far as television shows go, spiraled so far over the top it was tough to remember where it came from.


Archer helps Lana with the delivery of her baby while Krieger tries to prevent the delivery of a deadly weapon. Written by Adam Reed. (FX )

It was a batshit-crazy deviation—Archer in Grand Theft Auto mode—that transformed the ISIS spy agency into a drug cartel slinging cocaine for the CIA, and pitted agents Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin), Lana Kane (Aisha Tyler), Malory Archer (Jessica Walter), Cyril Figgis (Chris Parnell), and the rest against the Yakuza, a sexy “coyote,” South American arms dealers, a Sons of Anarchy-esque biker gang, and the tyrannical ruler of San Marcos, voiced by Fred Armisen. It transformed the “anything goes” human resources head, Pam (Amber Nash), into a cocaine monster; kinky secretary Cheryl (Judy Greer) into a self-described “outlaw-country” music star named Cherlene; and forced Dr. Krieger (Lucky Yates) to confront his fellow Hitler clones.

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The Culture Cheat Sheet

And 'Captain America' continues box-office reign.

Neil Patrick Harris yells at loud fangirl during performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  She: “I love you, Neil!” He: “I’m doing something up here, motherf---er. People


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The White House (finally) responds to the “Deport Bieber” petitions.   273,968 signatures later, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue decides to “leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber's case.” E! Online

New York City Ballet

What It Takes to Create a Ballet


Choreographer Justin Peck in rehearsal for his work-in‐progress with New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck. From the documentary Ballet 422, directed by Jody Lee Lipes. (Jody Lee Lipes)

A new movie at the Tribeca Film Festival takes an intimate look at young dancer Justin Peck's road to opening night as he choreographs the 422nd ballet for the New York City Ballet.

In Ballet 422, a new documentary debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival, director Jody Lee Lipes captures the two-month conception, preparation, and execution of the New York City Ballet’s 422nd new ballet under the helm of an up-and-coming choreographer, 25-year-old Justin Peck, who was dubbed “the third important choreographer to have emerged in classical ballet this century,” by The New York Times’s dance critic Alastair Macaulay.

The film opens with the following statement: “The New York City Ballet is one of the foremost creative dance companies in the world.” Founded in 1948, the NYCB consists of 91 full-time dancers, but Peck, who joined the Corps de Ballet (the group’s lowest tier of dancers) in 2007, is the only current NYCB dancer who choreographs for the company.

“At first, Justin was just one of the dancers that worked with my wife [Ellen Bar, former soloist at the NYCB, who now serves as its director of media projects, and producer of Ballet 422],” Lipes told The Daily Beast when asked how he discovered Peck’s talent. “It wasn’t until I saw him choreograph on Tiler Peck [principal dancer at the NYCB, no relation to Justin] for the first time that I knew I wanted to make a film about him.”


Country Music's Kevin Sharp Dead

After a publicized battle with cancer.

It was a sad Easter weekend in the world of country music.  Country singer Kevin Sharp passed away at his mother’s California home on Saturday. After a long-running and high-profile battle with cancer, he died from complications from surgery. He was 43. 

After two years of chemotherapy and radiation, the after-effects of the treatment—such as stomach surgery, digestive issues, and residual issues—had been bothering the singer.  The post-cancer difficulties had left him hospitalized for ten weeks, and he came home on Good Friday.  The news had been posted on Sharp’s website

Sharp was born in Redding, California, in 1970.  He grew up in Weiser, Idaho, with seven other musical siblings, who sang together at local church functions. During his senior year of high school, he was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.  It started out with him experiencing a pain in his left leg, and he would have to sit out from sport events at his school. Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sharp was able to meet music producer David Foster and together, they worked on a demo tape, which eventually led to his signing a record deal with Asylum Records in Nashville.

Kate Upton Beats a Serial Cheater

In a given year, 4 percent of married people have extramarital affairs. Find out more stats about infidelity tied to the new comedy ‘The Other Woman,’ with Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton.

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