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The Ten Greatest Of The Decade: TV Shows

December 14th, 2009 9:30am EST
Best TV Of The Decade
As the decade reaches its conclusion, you'll undoubtedly come across many lists. Lists that purport to tell you the best, the top, the cream of the decade as they relate to pop culture. You're also certain to come across many lists that claim to rank the "greatest" of the ten year period from 2000-2009. But what does that really mean?

"Greatest" should be something entirely different from what we usually associate with these lists. Mostly, these lists claim to rank the best - something that is only truly possible were a listmaker to, say, see every single movie in a given decade. If...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Couples Retreat,' 'An Education' & More

October 5th, 2009 9:04am EDT
Couples Retreat
Months of waiting for the horror/comedy "Zombieland" were thankfully not spent in vain. Both hilarious and poignant, this film reminds us that even in the post-apocalyptic world that home and family are what you make them.

Narration by the lead character Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) provides a great deal of humor, especially as he expounds upon his rules of survival in the zombie infested world. These rules make frequent appearance on screen during relevant moments, adding additional laughs.

Woody Harrelson is perfect as Tallahassee, the fearless badass with nothing to lose. He's ...
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Is 'Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday' Too Much?

September 17th, 2009 1:59pm EDT
Amy Poehler
"Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursdays" returns tonight and in the words of co-anchors Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler, all we can say is 'Really?!?!' Last year's brief inaugural run of the show at least made some sense as the country was in the midst of an election, and with controversial candidates like Sarah Palin and Barack Obama, there was a goldmine of controversy for the writers to feed off (not to mention any reason to bring Tina Fey around is a good reason).

Now, however, there will only be one night in between "WUT" and "SNL" and how much could possibly happen during t...
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Life After Cable: How To Get By Without Cable TV

June 23rd, 2009 9:26am EDT
South Park
There's a scene in Back to the Future Part II where Marty McFly's future son walks up to his massive 2015 wall mounted television and watches six channels at once ("OK, I want channels 18, 24, 63, 109, 87 and the Weather Channel"). Twenty years ago, with the rise of cable television, this is how we imagined television of the future: all at once with too many channels to choose from. But like most of the future tech in 2015 Hill Valley, real technology didn't quite go in that direction.

Here in 2009, the way we watch television is developing around a collective desire to trim some fat fr...
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'Coraline' Comes To DVD & Blu-ray July 21, For A Limited Time Only

May 29th, 2009 10:05pm EDT
Coraline
From the visionary imagination of filmmaker Henry Selick, director of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and based on the award-winning novel by Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman ("The Graveyard Book", "Sandman") comes the remarkable handmade, stop-motion animated feature film Coraline, available on Blu-ray™ Hi-Def combo pack, 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD and single disc DVD July 21st, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. While all editions feature both the 2-D and 3-D versions of the film and four pairs of 3-D glasses, the Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD also in...
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Who Will Rule Late Night?

April 29th, 2009 10:24am EDT
The Colbert Report
Late night will soon be up for grabs. With Jay Leno leaving the Tonight Show and moving into primetime, late night talk show hosts are going to be battling it out to have the number one show in late night. From Jimmy Kimmel to Jimmy Fallon, there will be competition amongst late night talk show hosts to attain viewers, create stronger monologues, and land A-list celebrities. But out of all of these talk show hosts, who will rule late night?

Conan O'Brien

If you didn't know already, beginning in June Conan O'Brien will be the new Tonight Show host following in the footsteps of J...
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A Conversation With Aasif Mandvi From 'The Daily Show'

April 14th, 2009 10:22am EDT
Aasif Mandvi
It's one thing to be hired, right there, on the spot for a job. A strange combination of joy for getting the position and fear because, well, they want you to start right now. Now, imagine the same scenario but it involved going on television in front of a live studio audience and millions of people at home. This is what happened to current Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi the day he auditioned for his job. Aasif discusses in depth his experience on The Daily Show and why he is such a supporter of Kal Penn's recent career change.

Mike: You were born in Bombay, now Mumbai, right?

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Spotlight On 'Large Pad' Comic Demetri Martin

April 11th, 2009 11:46am EDT
Demetri Martin
It may seem like Demetri Martin is new to the comedy scene, but he has been involved in it for about eight years. After graduating from Yale University and dropping out of NYU's Law School, Martin pursued a career in comedy. Some highlights of his early career include writing for Late Night With Conan O'Brien and interning at and later appearing on The Daily Show. Martin has also appeared on "Comedy Central Presents."

Martin's comedy is unique but also reminiscent of the styles of Mitch Hedberg and Steven Wright. Martin frequently uses one-liners and word-play in his stand-up act as w...
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Writer's Viewpoint: 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon'

April 9th, 2009 10:56am EDT
Jimmy Fallon
We are now a few weeks into the Jimmy Fallon era of late night network programming -- his absence this week was allegedly a planned vacation, not a result from his argument/possible fight at a New York City pizza restaurant -- and, well, I have mixed feelings. Now, I've made it clear I've always kind of enjoyed Jimmy Fallon so I am certainly not one looking to see him fail. At the same time, though, there's something about his show, so far, that has annoyed me. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, though. I almost feel the show is trying to be "too cool": Hey, look, we have bloggers (I can...
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Are The Best Days Of 'The Simpsons' Over?

March 25th, 2009 1:05pm EDT
The Simpsons
The longest running animated series in television history has given Americans (mostly) and the world (partly) something to laugh about since the late '80s. To be exact, they appeared in all their grainy glory in 1987 in shorts on "The Tracey Ullman Show" and in half-hour nuggets on Fox in 1989. Somehow, through the evolution of the middle class family and the de-evolution of American culture, they have stayed smart, relevant and humorous for years...or have they?

Are the best days of Homer, Lisa, Bart, Marge and Maggie over, and we're simply waiting for the show to jump the shar...
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Samuel L. Jackson Beats Chris Brown; Cast Your Votes In Round 2 Of 'Celeb Madness' (Pt. 2)

March 23rd, 2009 2:40pm EDT
Samuel L. Jackson
Cast your votes for your favorite celebs in Round 2 of Starpulse.com's first annual "Celebrity Madness" tournament! With round one over, you've narrowed the field of 64 down to 32 and we've got 16 more matchups for you to vote on in both our men's and women's brackets!

Round 2 will consist of four parts with eight matchups in each one for you to vote on. Links to both men's and women's below.

-Click here to see the results of the first round!

For more information on the "Celebrity Madness" tournament and to get updated & printable brackets, go HERE.

The Matchup

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Play Starpulse's 'Celebrity Madness 2009 - The Men' (Round 1, Group 4)

March 19th, 2009 4:20pm EDT
Leonardo DiCaprio
Cast your votes for your favorite male & female celebrities in Starpulse.com's First Annual "Celebrity March Madness" showdown! In the spirit of the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, we bring you two celebrity tournaments throughout the month of March that will determine the number one male and female celebrity - chosen by YOU!

All you have to do is cast your vote in the poll under the picture for one of the two celebs in each matchup! At the end of the round, we'll tally the votes and get the next round underway. There's even a bracket (updated after each round) with all ...
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Highlights From Last Night's 'Important Things With Demetri Martin"

February 26th, 2009 4:00pm EST
Important Things with Demetri Martin
Last night the third episode of Important Things with Demetri Martin aired on Comedy Central. In case anyone missed it, here's a few highlights from the show, which was all about brains.

Below you'll find three clips: Shakespeare, Ben Franklin and Galileo Galilei acting up at a restaurant (with The Daily Show's John Oliver), jokes about brains, and some deleted scenes.

"Greatest Minds" Galileo Galilei (Demetri Martin), William Shakespeare (John Oliver) and Ben Franklin get stupid at a modern day restaurant.

Jokes about Brains: Demetri Martin muses about conjoi...
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Paul McCartney To Appear On 'The Colbert Report' This Wednesday

January 27th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Paul McCartney
Music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Paul McCartney will appear as a guest on Comedy Central's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Colbert Report on Wednesday, January 28 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. McCartney's appearance will be his first and only scheduled U.S. late-night appearance in support of the new album, Electric Arguments, released under The Fireman alias used by McCartney and producer/musician Youth.

Other musicians who have previously appeared on the show include Neil Young, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, R.E.M., The Roots, John Legend, Barry Manilow, John Mellencam...
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'Important Things With Demetri Martin' Premieres Feb. 11 On Comedy Central

January 25th, 2009 6:30pm EST
Demetri Martin
Demetri Martin launches potentially the most important TV show ever of all time, "Important Things with Demetri Martin," a sketch comedy series premiering on Wednesday, February 11 at 10:30 p.m.

Stand-up comedian, Emmy®-losing writer and all-around person, Demetri Martin is the creator, executive producer and star of "Important Things with Demetri Martin." In this sketch comedy series, Martin mixes stand-up comedy, sketches, animation, studio bits, and music to explore one "important thing" per episode - like Power, Safety or Chairs. Demetri's jokes, drawings and hair will play major...
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'The Daily Show' Goes Live Inauguration Day

January 14th, 2009 6:00pm EST
The Daily Show
The Daily Show is set to go live next Tuesday, January 20th, at 11pm (10pm central) for the Presidential Inauguration. Join Jon Stewart and the rest of The Daily Show correspondents as they welcome the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. Below are a few clips from the show highlighting George W. Bush's eight years in office.

The Daily Show profiles the final days of Bush's years in office as Barack Obama waits in the wings:

The Bush Years: Farewell, Mr. President

George W. Bush makes his case for the most bumbling presidency in history:

The B...
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Kick Off The New Year With A Laugh From These Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert Clips

January 1st, 2009 4:00pm EST
Jon Stewart
With 2009 finally here, Comedy Central has put together some great videos from everyone’s favorite ‘fake’ news anchors. Below you’ll find a Hanukkah mash-up from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the entire WristStrong saga from Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert light up the Jewish holiday over the years with their own special tributes.

"The Daily Show" Hanukkah Mash-Up:

Relive the entire WristStrong saga from fracture to phenomenon.

Stephen Colbert’s WristStrong Saga:

About “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”: ...
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Spotlight On Jon Stewart

December 8th, 2008 10:43am EST
Jon Stewart
If someone said years ago that Jon Stuart Leibowitz would become one of the respected and beloved comedians in the world, he would have been the first person to start laughing. After all, he was "that dude" from movies like "Half Baked," "The Faculty," and "Playing by Heart." He changed his name in Hollywood to Jon Stewart, and "The Jon Stewart Show" was canceled after a very short life span. He was a somewhat successful stand up comedian, and hosted "Short Attention Span Theater" on Comedy Central and an MTV show called "You Wrote It, You Watch It." Neither of which did particularly well. ...
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Writer's Viewpoint: A Visit To 'Inside The Actor's Studio' With Josh Brolin

December 2nd, 2008 1:53pm EST
Josh Brolin
There is always a peculiar aura in the air when James Lipton shows up on my television screen; I am quite transfixed with pure unadulterated fascination. Having said that, it should come to no one's surprise that I did not think twice when given the chance to attend a taping of "Inside the Actor's Studio" and be in the presence of Mr. Lipton once again (I had once seen him walk by me at a New York Mets game. Although I do hold out hope, I doubt he remembers me.)

Recorded on a blistering cold (well, not quite but it sounds good for effect) evening at Pace University, the guest of honor ...
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'Saturday Night Live': Post-Election

December 2nd, 2008 10:04am EST
Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live is not funny. Some of the skits are funny, some, but the show as a whole is not. The former meter of comedic excellence has not so much stepped away from the glory days of John Belushi and Chevy Chase as much as it has dove. Even Cheri Oteri, whose career is on the wane since her days cheerleading alongside Will Ferrell, chose to cameo on the soon-to-be-cancelled Boston Legal as opposed to her alma mater.

Yes, the election has returned SNL to brief heights of hilarity. But, what does it mean when the most memorable skits of the new season featured two former cast m...
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10 Things We're Thankful For This Year - What Are You Thankful For?

November 27th, 2008 9:35am EST
Stephen COlbert
Before we fall into the annual Thanksgiving tryptophan coma, we'd like to take a few minutes to give thanks for some of the best pop cultural presents received in 2008.

Paul Rudd

This year, the ubiquitous, sexy-silly actor showed up in “Over Her Dead Body,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and “Role Models,” guested on HBO’s “Little Britain USA,” and hosted “Saturday Night Live.” Add to that the near-constant airings of “Knocked Up” on HBO and “Clueless” on every other channel, and it’s virtually impossible to get away from the guy…which is just how we like it!

If you play for th...
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'The Daily Show' And 'The Colbert Report' Live Election Night Special

November 4th, 2008 12:07pm EST
The Daily Show
For the first time ever, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will co-anchor from the same desk when "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" present "Indecision 2008: America's Choice," a LIVE Election Night primetime special, airing from 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. PT). "Indecision 2008: America's Choice" will originate from "The Daily Show's" New York-based studio which will be transformed for the momentous night into COMEDY CENTRAL's Election Center with a specially designed set for the primetime special.

"Indecision 2008: America's Choice" will ...
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Video: Barack Obama Guest Stars On The Daily Show With John Stewart

October 30th, 2008 10:57am EDT
The Daily Show
Last night on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Senator Barack Obama was a guest via satalite from Florida. The segment was taped just a few hours before Obama's 30 minute "infomercial" on national television.

Let us know what you thought of Barack Obama on The Daily Show last night. Catch the Daily Show nightly on Comedy central at 11pm/10c.
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TV Election Personalities: Giving Fresh Faces To This Election

October 21st, 2008 11:52am EDT
The View
It's nearing the end of October; do you know whom you're voting for? Most likely, yes, you've known for a while. And, depending on whom you're voting for and whether you watch political news programs, you probably fall into one of a few categories. If you're a die hard McCainiac, you might spend your evenings listening to Bill O'Reilly tell his guests to shut up. If you're an Obama mama, you may tune into Keith Olbermann's incessant barking. If you're for either but want a seemingly nonaffiliated program that maintains some entertainment value, Anderson Cooper might be what you're looking f...
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'The Sarah Silverman Program' Season 2: Vol. 1 Hits DVD Oct. 14; Win It

October 10th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
Sarah Silverman
'The Sarah Silverman Program Season Two: Volume One (Uncensored)' Comes To DVD Oct. 14It's Sarah Silverman's world and we're all just spectators. Follow Sarah and the rest of the gang as she becomes romantically involved with God and decides to become "black" for a day to prove it's harder to be Jewish, deports her cleaning lady, joins a radical anti-abortion group and licks her dog's anus. Spend a few hours in Sarah's world where viewers come for the brilliant writing and performances, but you stay for the farts. Time magazine hails the show, "As filthy and sweet as an X-rated lollipop....
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Complete List Of Emmy Winners

September 22nd, 2008 9:33am EDT
30 Rock
Complete list of winners at Sunday's 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:

— Drama Series: "Mad Men," AMC.

— Comedy Series: "30 Rock," NBC.

— Actor, Drama Series: Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad," AMC.

— Actress, Drama Series: Glenn Close, "Damages," FX.

— Actor, Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock," NBC.

— Actress, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, "30 Rock," NBC.

— Reality-Competition Program: "The Amazing Race."

— Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Jeff Probst - "Survivor."

— Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Z...
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Comedy Central's 'Fake' News Shows Entertain & Inform

September 15th, 2008 12:08pm EDT
The Daily Show
They have had Bill Clinton. They have had Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards (all in a single episode). They have had John McCain. They have had Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf. Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" and Stephen Colbert's "The Colbert Report" are on four days a week on Comedy Central. What they do has been categorized as "Fake News", a kind of comedy that has been made popular by "Saturday Night Live".

Stewart's show is a spoof of your nightly news complete with anchorman, "on location correspondents" (who are actually in front of a green screen right next to ...
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The Most Underrated & Overrated Influential TV Shows

August 22nd, 2008 9:28am EDT
Miami Vice
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and on television it often appears to be the only form of creativity. Yes, ever since Milton Berle first stole a joke for "Texaco Star Theatre", TV has been a wild west of borrowing material and copying good ideas until they've become completely stale. Many of these ideas were so good, in fact, that their resonance is still felt today, and that's when a show crosses over from being copied to being influential.

Over the years, many shows have been considered influential. From "The Dick Van Dyke Show" first showing both the home and office l...
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Hit The Jackpot With 'What Happens In Vegas,' On DVD Aug. 26

August 3rd, 2008 2:00pm EDT
What Happens In Vegas
Two strangers looking for a night to remember get a morning after they'll never forget in the outrageous comedy What Happens In Vegas, cashing out on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) August 26 from Fox Home Entertainment.

Golden Globe nominee Cameron Diaz (Charlie's Angels, There's Something About Mary) stars as a highly-strung stockbroker who is dumped by her boyfriend; Ashton Kutcher (Guess Who, "That 70s Show") plays a slacker carpenter fired by his father from his job. In desperate need of a sabbatical, both immediately jet set to Sin City, where they meet and, after a night of drunken...
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Breasts And Jokes Battle It Out For Your Votes

April 28th, 2008 10:50am EDT
Barack Obama
Millions may see political ads bashing or supporting McCain, Clinton, or Obama, but that's only because they're in between regularly scheduled programming. It takes a special breed of political footage to get people to choose to watch it, and it doesn't even need to be forceful, immediate, or full of relevant information. As the Obama Girl proved, it might be enough just to have scantily clad women. And just when it seemed as though bikinis and flesh had the political viral video market cornered, 236.com came into the fray with its stable of comedy writers from Conan, Comedy Central, and A...
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