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Box Office: Did Exodus Flop?

Christian Bale

Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings debuted with a whimper at the box office this weekend, taking in just $24.5 million, Box Office Mojo reports. But that was still enough for it to overtake The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part One and claim the No. 1 spot.

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Chris Rock: Racial Progress in America Is "Nonsense"

Chris Rock

Chris Rock says that if he were in Ferguson right now he'd be conducting interviews a lot differently.

In a length interview with New York Magazine, the comedian told writer Frank Rich he'd love to be a 60 Minutes correspondent in the divided town. "I'd do a special on race, but I'd have no black people," he said. "We know how black people feel about Ferguson — outraged, upset, cheated by the system, all these things."

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SNL: Chris Rock Mocks ISIS, Takes on NYC’s Freedom Tower

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Chris Rock made his return to Saturday Night Live this weekend to host for the first time since 1996, and in turn offered up some good laughs before ultimately settling in for a subpar episode.

Once again proving that Rock isn't afraid to tackle subjects most SNL hosts won't, the episode saw him take on the terrorist organization ISIS, but also gave him the space to perform his patented stand-up and maybe also dance to soul music.

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Saturday Night Live Books Prince and Chris Rock

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Live from New York! It's Prince and Chris Rock!

NBC announced Tuesday that the Holy Purple One, and the comic famous for his impersonation of the music legend, will appear on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 1 as the musical guest and host, respectively.

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W. Kamau Bell Laments “The Whiteness of Late Night”

W. Kamau Bell

Jimmy FallonConan O'BrienStephen ColbertJames CordenJimmy KimmelSeth Meyers. What do all these names have in common? They're all currently, or are going to be, late-night talk show hosts.

And they're all white guys.

In a column for Buzzfeed, comedian W. Kamau Bell rails against "the whiteness of late night," and comments upon the opportunities for change that have been passed up, in recent months especially.

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Joan Rivers: The 7 Most Endearing Anecdotes from The Hollywood Reporter's Oral History

Joan Rivers

Tributes have been pouring in for Joan Rivers since the comedienne died on Sept. 4 at the age of 81. Among her fans, Rivers was known for her abrasive humor and brash commentary, but among those closest to her, Rivers was known for her kindness, loyalty and early brand of feminism.

The Hollywood Reporter recently compiled comments from two dozen current and former colleagues of Rivers into a career-spanning oral history. Here are the seven most telling excerpts from the piece:

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Top Videos: America's Surprise Birthday Party, Pippa Middleton on Today, Hotwives of Orlando

Kristen Schaal

This week, Pippa Middleton gave her first televised interview on theToday show, and Funny or Die threw a surprise birthday party for America in honor of the Fourth of July. Jimmy Kimmel exposed bandwagon fans who were rooting for the U.S. in the World Cup, and also rewrote the lyrics to Trey Songz' "Na Na" so that old people could understand them. Chris Rock hosted the BET Awards, where he showed a video of himself interviewing white people at a monster truck rally about the show. Also, Showtime debuted the trailer for Season 2 of Masters of Sex, and Hulu geared up for the premiere of its original series The Hotwives of Orlando.

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Violence Mars BET Awards; 1 Killed

Chris Rock

Beyoncé was the big winner at Sunday's BET Awards, which both began and ended under violent circumstances.

Hours prior to the show, two separate incidents occurred that resulted in one death and several injuries. According to The Hollywood Reporter, gunfire broke out at an unaffiliated pre-party for the show and ended with five people being injured, one fatally. A man was also stabbed at another BET pre-show party, but is listed in stable condition. No one is in custody for either incident and BET says both parties were unauthorized and unaffiliated with BET.

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Top Videos: 50 Cent's Pathetic First Pitch, Will Ferrell and Chad Smith's Drum-Off

50 Cent

This week, Will Ferrell and his doppelganger, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, had a drum-off on The Tonight Show, and Steve Buscemi launched his new web series, "Park Bench with Steve Buscemi." A paralyzed baby goat learned to walk with the help of a cart, and the contestants from The Bachelorette tried to impress Andi with a risque Magic Mike inspired dance. Also, actor David Krumholtz unveiled a new website, on which he delivers local weather reports in character as Jewish grandmother Gigi — who can probably toss a baseball better than 50 Cent, who threw out possibly the most pathetic first pitch in MLB history. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:

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Saturday Night Live Adds Two Black Female Writers

LaKendra Tookes, Leslie Jones

In addition to adding Sasheer Zamata to its cast, Saturday Night Live has hired two new black female writers. According to The Hollywood Reporter, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones will start work on the sketch show on Monday.

Both comedians were discovered during the recent auditions Lorne Michaels held in response to criticism of the show's lack of diversity.

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