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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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Jon Stewart joins the WWE cinematic universe, kicks Seth Rollins in his nethers

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Jon Stewart, as you may know, is retiring from his job as host of The Daily Show. Ever since the comedian made that announcement, there has been rampant speculation as to who will (or should) replace him. Pro wrestler Seth Rollins isn’t one for speculation, though—he thinks he’s the obvious pick for Jon Stewart’s chair. 

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Watch the first gameplay trailer for Harmonix's Amplitude

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While fans speculate as to whether Harmonix is reviving one of its other beloved franchises, there’s no doubt that the game developer’s return to Amplitude is on its way and looking as beautiful as ever.

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Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Fallon have a duet marathon on The Tonight Show

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Just when Kelly Clarkson thought nobody wanted to duet with her, Jimmy Fallon gave her 11 duets in a row.

The singer stopped by The Tonight Show on Monday to promote her new album, Piece by Piece. Fallon mentioned Clarkson’s recent comment in an interview about other singers not wanting to collaborate with her, and he said he didn’t understand because he would love to duet with her.

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From People: Texas man commemorates DressGate with tattoo of 'The Dress'

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Blue and black? White and gold? What color is that flipping dress? TELL ME, INTERNET! 

These are the questions that have plagued the world over the past week and will now follow Daniel Howland, 24, for life. 

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Katy Perry is selling Left Shark onesies now

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For everyone out there who just really identified with Katy Perry’s Left Shark, you’re in luck: You can now buy a replica of the Super Bowl legend.

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'Fifty Shades of Wayne' replaces Christian Grey with, yes, Batman

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Fifty Shades of Grey has already parodied been a lot, but “Fifty Shades of Wayne” marks the first time that Batman has gotten in on the BDSM action.

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Farewell, Bro: How Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye changed Marvel Comics

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Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, became the greatest sharpshooter known to man. He then joined the Avengers. This is what he does when he’s not being an Avenger.

Those are the opening words of the first issue of Hawkeye, the acclaimed Marvel comic by Matt Fraction, which is about to end its current run. After three years and 22 issues, we’ll be saying goodbye to Clint Barton, Kate Bishop, Lucky, and the Tracksuit Mafia as we know them—and while we’ll mourn losing Fraction’s poignant narrative and the masterful art of David Aja and Annie Wu, the ending of Hawkeye is also something to be celebrated.

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Saturday Night Live best host poll: How will you remember Dakota Johnson's first time?

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The 40th anniversary celebration is over, and Saturday Night Live officially returned this weekend with an episode hosted by Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson. The 25-year-old actress, the daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, is having a moment, what with headlining the year’s biggest box-office hit and that cute-but-awkward red-carpet appearance at last week’s Oscars with her mother, which went viral. It was assumed that she’d incorporate both into the show—and Johnson delivered within the first few minutes of her monologue.

The rest of the episode felt a little too safe, though Internet critics perked up after a controversial ISIS video that satirized the group’s appeal to Western teenagers. Johnson, who’s proven herself to be more than just Anastasia Steele—in her brief Social Network role and the short-lived sitcom Ben and Kate—seemed slightly out of her element, and the show felt like it was rattling along on training wheels. Still, she delivered the best line of the night after being slapped in the “Net Neutrality” sketch, and she was one of the funny ladies who found her true voice in the “Say What You Wanna Say” video. Bonus points for “breaking” like a pro in the Dr. Worf sketch.

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EW's Buffy season 8 deep dive continues: 'No Future for You'/'Wolves at the Gate'

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EW is diving deep into the Buffyverse for an in-depth look at the beloved TV series’ comic book sequel. In this installment, Joshua Rivera takes a look at issues #6-15, which consist of the “No Future for You” and “Wolves at the Gate” story arcs. There will be Faith. And also some Dracula.

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Blood, Next, Heaven, and more ambiguous film titles that confuse Google

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Scarface. Psycho. Goodfellas. Some of the most memorable films of all time have taken the one-word title route. But of course, there are film titles that leave movie-goers confused about what exactly they’re in for, like Will Smith’s latest movie, Focus. Is it about a con-artist, an eye doctor appointment, or (plot twist) is it an inspirational Disney sports movie? 

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