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GoDaddy pulls Super Bowl ad after animal rights activists call it 'cruel'

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After more than 40,000 people signed a petition calling for its removal, GoDaddy has decided to pull a Super Bowl ad that depicted what many animal rights activists considered a “cruel and irresponsible” treatment of animals. READ FULL STORY

Benedict Cumberbatch apologizes after describing actors of color as 'colored'

In an apology for using the word “colored” to describe black actors in a recent interview, Benedict Cumberbatch said he makes “no excuse” for “being an idiot.”

“I’m devastated to have caused offence by using this outmoded terminology. I offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done. I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive,” Cumberbatch said in a statement, which the Daily Mail printed in full. “The most shaming aspect of this for me is that I was talking about racial inequality in the performing arts in the UK and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term.”

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Louis C.K. cancels historic show due to Winter Storm Juno

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As Winter Storm Juno narrows in on the Northeast, it’s already causing a shakeup for several performers with shows scheduled this week. READ FULL STORY

Former film exec Cindra Ladd says Bill Cosby drugged, raped her

Another woman has stepped forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault. READ FULL STORY

Melissa Rivers files malpractice lawsuit against her mother's doctors

Comedian Joan Rivers died on Sept. 4 due to brain damage that was caused by a lack of oxygen after she’d stopped breathing during an endoscopy at Yorkville Endoscopy a few days earlier. Her death was determined to be a therapeutic complication, after which, her doctor, Dr. Lawrence Cohen, stepped down. READ FULL STORY

Peggy Charren, leader in children's television, dies at 86

Peggy Charren, a leader in children’s television in America and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, died in her home on Thursday at age 86. READ FULL STORY

Dustin Diamond pleads not guilty in stabbing case

Dustin Diamond was arrested in December for allegedly stabbing a man, and the Saved by the Bell star appeared in court Thursday to plead not guilty in the case, according to his lawyer, Thomas Alberti.

According to the criminal complaint obtained by EW, Diamond noticed two men grabbing his girlfriend by the hair and then went toward his girlfriend when a man grabbed him. Diamond then grabbed “[this man’s] arm and [moved] it up around,” knife in hand. He later said he “did not intentionally stab the individual in the bar.”
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Watch: YouTube stars interview President Barack Obama live

President Barack Obama got some serious screentime earlier this week when he delivered the State of the Union Tuesday evening, and he’s about to get some more when a trio of YouTube stars interview him live on YouTube, starting at 5 p.m. ET. READ FULL STORY

Refunds requested for 1,200 tickets to Bill Cosby's Denver shows

After performing two shows in Denver just last week, Bill Cosby’s career is once again being affected by the recent sexual abuse allegations against him. Specifically, The Denver Post reports that 1,200 ticket holders have requested refunds to his shows.

According to the Post, refunds were requested for 1,200 of the 3,100 tickets purchased for Cosby’s shows at the Buell Theatre—roughly 40 percent of the tickets. Ticketmaster is currently working with AEG Live Rocky Mountains, the show promoter, to fulfill the requests, despite some delays.

David Byrne wrangles stellar lineup for his next project: color guard

David Byrne is on to his next venture: Color guard. Yes, that color guard.

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This week's cover: Melissa McCarthy continues her comedic reign with Spy

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Paul Feig knew from the minute Melissa McCarthy auditioned for his 2011 hit Bridesmaids he had found someone special. “That audition was one of those moments when you’re like, ‘okay, that person just changed their life,’” he says. And indeed it did, as McCarthy has quickly zoomed to the top of the list of in-demand comedic actresses.

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Assassin's Creed Syndicate brings vehicles, Industrial Revolution, London to franchise

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In recent years, there have been few franchises you can depend on to appear as regularly as the Assassin’s Creed games. Creed has released titles every year for the last seven years—and sometimes multiple titles per year.

And as such, Ubisoft has pulled back the curtain on 2015’s flagship entry, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. With it comes a new time period, new protagonists, and the hope that the new gameplay changes will help propel the series forward not just in time, but in quality too.

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Guitar Hero Live to let players rock out
to Rolling Stones, Fall Out Boy, more

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The initial set list for Gutar Hero Live has been revealed, complete with expected classic and modern rock acts like the Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and… Skrillex?

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Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi launches Kickstarter for spiritual successor Bloodstained

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The maker of some of the most beloved—and best—Castlevania games is returning to the genre with a new franchise.

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TowerFall: Dark World expansion hits PS4, PC Tuesday

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TowerFall, the multiplayer game that can give Super Smash Bros. a run for its money in terms of pure fun, is seeing its first major expansion since Towerfall Ascension released last year.

TowerFall: Dark World will introduce 10 new archers to play as, four level sets, a new cooperative mode, and an endless mode that includes levels created on the fly as players progress. Dark World will also introduce new bosses to fight, powerups, and more.

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Live out your Jurassic Park dreams in
ARK: Survival Evolved

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People may never be able to visit Isla Nublar, but the newly announced ARK: Survival Evolved may be the closest they’ll ever get to experiencing the thrills of Jurassic Park in person.

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Jonathan Banks, John Noble announced for Batman: Arkham Knight voice cast

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The Batman: Arkham franchise has never lacked for impressive voice talent, but Rocksteady Studios has assembled some recognizable names to lend their vocals in the latest fight for Gotham.

A new video from Rocksteady revealed that Breaking Bad alum Jonathan Banks, Fringe star John Noble and Twilight veteran Ashley Greene have all joined the voice cast of Batman: Arkham Knight

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Activision announces Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5

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Tony Hawk is returning to video games, and it looks like he’s going back to his roots for the latest outing.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 adds Star Wars, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Inside Out play sets

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Disney Infinity is heading to a galaxy far, far away in the next virtual adventure.

Disney today announced that Disney Infinity 3.0, which is set to debut later this year, will add characters from Star WarsAvengers: Age of Ultron, and Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. The game, which allows players to control characters based on real-life figures that they own, added Marvel heroes last year.

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Saturday Night Live best host poll: Scarlett Johansson's big weekend turns up the heat on the competition

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Scarlett Johansson had one of those weekends that actors dream about. She starred in the most anticipated movie of the summer, which enjoyed the second biggest opening weekend in box-office history—bonus: she also starred in the record-holder—and she hosted Saturday Night Live to bask in the glow. It was her fourth time as guest host, and even if Johansson didn’t completely take over the show, she confidently delivered some highlights, from her extremely sultry monologue lullaby to the faux trailer for her long-awaited Black Widow movie. 

With only two episodes left—hosted by Reese Witherspoon and Louis CK—the competition for our next Mr. (or Ms.) Saturday Night contest is extremely tight. Taraji P. Henson is sitting pretty, posting an impressive debut showing with 55.5 percent of the vote. That’s three more points than Michael Keaton debuted with, and the Birdman star sank to a distant second. Dwayne Johnson was a solid third place, but nobody is safe this week. We learned that in our most recent poll when Martin Freeman, who hosted a memorable SNL, was finally eliminated. (A moment of silence, if you please.)

If Freeman can go, anybody can go. And since SNL all-star Bill Hader is currently on the plank, it will be interesting to see who fans think doesn’t belong from this top-notch group. 

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