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POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 2:33 PM
Keith Olbermann has some very harsh words for Penn State students. (Mark J. Terrill)

What has Keith Olbermann got against Penn State? Whatever it is, he’s got it bad.

On Monday night, a Happy Valley student tweeted to Olbermann, “We Are!”, referring to the campus THON event, am annual dance marathon, which raised $13 million for pediatric cancer research.

Olbs finished the sentence for her, replying,  “…Pitiful”

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 11:46 AM

Turns out that talented singers often do good impressions of other singers. Maybe you’ve heard Adam Levine or Ariana Grande channel famous vocalists. Remember Bruno Mars doing everyone from Michael Jackson to Steven Tyler in that Saturday Night Live skit? (You can see it here.)

Well, Christina Aguilera has some great mock chops of her own. On Monday’s Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon (an excellent vocal mimic himself) challenged The Voice judge to play Wheel of Musical Impressions.

Wow! Christina’s Cher is to die for, even doing the Folger’s jingle. But the highlight had to be her impression of fellow Mousketeer Britney Spears singing that classic, “This Little Piggy”. Sing out, sister.




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POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:48 PM
The maestro instructs John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

Perhaps Benedict Cumberbatch said it best: “It is simply the best acting school that has ever been. Or ever will be.” He’s referring of course to the semi-abusive academy run by the Master, Jimmy Kimmel.

Everything about this thespian teacher cries “expertise”: the beret, the supercilious diction, the pearls of dubious wisdom.

In this clip you can see Kimmel display his brilliant methods on a raft of cinema royalty: Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Jeff Bridges, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon, Emily Blunt and many more.



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POSTED: Friday, February 20, 2015, 2:16 PM
Conchata Farrell, Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher lounge through their last scene.

The hour-long finale of Two and Half Men on Thursday night was seen by 13.2 million viewers, the largest audience for the sitcom in more than decade.

It was full of sly self-referential jokes, about the obviousness of the show’s humor, the volatility of original star Charlie Sheen and the widely held opinion that the series had held on long past its prime. But the last gag came straight out of silent film comedies.

All through the episode which featured appearances by Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Stamos, Christian Slater and the return of Angus T. Jones (who was the ½ man in the show’s titular formula), we were teased with the return of Sheen, who helped make the program TV’s most successful comedy.


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POSTED: Monday, February 16, 2015, 12:18 PM
Bill Murray takes the stage in formal wear

Well, wasn’t that Special? The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special drew 23.1 million viewers for its celebrity-crammed celebration on Sunday night. That was the most people to watch an entertainment show on NBC since the finale of E.R. in 2004. (Obviously, Super Bowls pull much larger crowds.)

The three-and-a-half hour jamboree also scored a hefty 7.8 rating among viewers 18-49. That’s the highest in more than eight years, since the Will & Grace finale in 2006.

The special had a little of everything for every taste. What did you think? Funniest bit?


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POSTED: Friday, February 13, 2015, 1:18 PM
Penn Badgley and Thomas Sadoski in "The Slap." (Viginia Sherwood/NBC)

The Slap premiered on NBC Thursday night to scant attention, dragging down the rest of network’s lineup and giving Shondaland the win.

An eight-episode “event”, The Slap stars Peter Sarsgaard, Zachary Quinto, Melissa George and Thandie Newton. It chronicles the repercussions from a man slapping a child who is not his own at a social affair in upscale Brooklyn.

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POSTED: Thursday, February 12, 2015, 4:50 PM

Justin Pugh, an offensive tackle for the New York Giants grew up in Holland in Bucks County, “a die-hard Eagles fan. My best friend has an Eagles logo tattooed on his chest.”

Friday he’ll be pulling hard for Shriners Hospitals for Children when he goes on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (2 p.m. on 6ABC). He'll be donating all his winnings to the medical facility on North Broad Street.

“When I was a little kid, my cousin was a patient there,” he says, “and I remember hearing about all the wonderful things they did for my aunt and cousin.”

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 12:56 PM
Hudson Yang goes to work at the family restaurant.

The water around ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat is starting to get rough.

The network has been double pumping episodes of the sitcom. But the dropoff from its premiere last Wednesday to its regular timeslot on Tuesday was pretty severe.

It’s 8 p.m. installment notched a 1.7 rating. That’s down 32 per cent from the first week. The 8:30 p.m. second course actually gained marginally in the ratings – to a 1.8 rating – although the total number of viewers dropped down. (Ratings measure the 18-49 year-old audience.)

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