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Exclusive Simpsons Sneak Peek: Jane Fonda Prepares to Battle Mr. Burns

Jane Fonda

In Springfield, it takes guts to go up against the rich and powerful Mr. Burns. But Jane Fonda is prepared to do just that on The Simpsons.

The two-time Oscar winner lends her voice to the tough and... read more

Seth Rogen to Play Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs Biopic

Seth Rogen, Steve Wozniak (inset)

Seth Rogen will star as Steve Wozniak in Sony's Steve Jobs biopic, Variety reports.

The upcoming film, which will star Christian Bale as the late Jobs, is based on Walter Isaacson's 2011 biography of the Apple co-founder. Oscar winner Danny Boyle will direct and Aaron Sorkin will pen the script.

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Chelsea Handler Goes Topless on Horseback to Battle "Sexist" Instagram

Chelsea Handler

Is Instagram's photo policy sexist? Yes, if you ask Chelsea Handler.

On Thursday night, Handler posted a topless photo of herself riding a horse, spoofing Vladimir Putin's famous shot of himself baring his chest on horseback. "Anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better #kremlin," the comedienne captioned the split images.

But Handler wasn't too pleased when Instagram removed the pic, so she added it again, writing, "Taking this down is sexist. I have every right to prove I have a better body than Putin." But again, Instagram removed the images and Handler then immediately posted the company's notice to her, captioning, "If a man posts a photo of his nipples, it's ok, but not a woman? Are we in 1825?"

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Vampire Diaries Midseason Finale Scoop: Who's Returning to Mystic Falls High for the Holidays?

Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries' BFFs Bonnie, Caroline and Elena are finally reuniting — in a flashback! The trio will appear together in the show's midseason finale.

Postmortem: The Vampire Diaries boss breaks down that final scene

In the episode, Bonnie (Kat Graham), Caroline (Candice Accola) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) return to their high school days in a flashback set in the show's first season in 2009. The scene will feature a big holiday gathering, and since we were on hand for the filming, we can promise ... read more

J.K. Rowling Reveals Secrets About Harry Potter's Dolores Umbridge in New Essay

JK Rowling

Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has released her highly anticipated next piece of writing about one of Harry Potter's most wicked villains.

Rowling's Pottermore website published a short essay Friday about  Dolores Umbridge, the bossy, villainous witch introduced in the series' fifth book. Umbridge, who was played by Imelda Stanton in the films, was based on Rowling's real-life teacher — someone she did not like -- the author revealed in the essay. As such, "Dolores is one of the characters for whom I feel the purest dislike," she writes.

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When Is Colbert Report Ending?

Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert will officially sign off from Colbert Report on Thursday, Dec. 18, he announced during Thursday's broadcast.

"Stephen Colbert, the guy you've seen here for every night for nine years will be gone. All you'll have left of me is this book," he said, holding up his book America Again: Re-becoming Greatness We Never Weren't. "So pick up America Again in paperbook for a loved one. Or for a hated one."

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First Look: Plastique Blasts Onto The Flash

Grant Gustin and Kelly Frye

Things are about to get explosive on The Flash.

The Nov. 11 episode of The CW superhero series introduces the DC Comics villainess Plastique, aka Bette Sans Souci (played by Kelly Frye). Like Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Bette, a former bomb disposal expert in Iraq, gained a super power as a result of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator disaster. In her case it's the ability to turn any object she touches into an explosive device... read more

Showrunners Documentary Chronicles the Rise of TV's Top Creators

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show

For TV fans, showrunners like Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Kurt Sutter and J.J. Abrams are just as famous as the stars on their shows. A new documentary, available Friday on iTunes and Video On Demand (and in select theaters), takes an inside look at their jobs and what it takes to make a hit series.

Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is the brainchild of Irish filmmaker Des Doyle, who spent more than four years shooting the documentary. "It was borne out of the fact that I'm a huge, über TV fan," Doyle says.... read more

Weekend Review: HBO's Olive Kitteridge, Revisiting The Affair

Frances McDormand

To know Olive Kitteridge is not easy. Many would likely argue it's not worth the risk of being exposed to her harsh, judgmental New Englander's scorn. Suffer fools gladly? Not this curmudgeonly math teacher who, when her husband insists she's not depressed, snaps back, "Yes, I am. Happy to have it. Comes with being smart." Prompting her long-suffering son to wonder, "Is that why you're so mean all the time?"

And yet, in HBO's oddly moving and melancholy-shrouded two-night adaptation of Elizabeth Strout's Pulitzer-winning novel Olive Kitteridge (Sunday-Monday, 9/8c), a remarkable Frances McDormand makes Olive a fascinating, tragicomic study in human stubbornness, contrariness and contradiction.... read more

How to Get Away with Murder Postmortem: Matt McGorry on Shocking Reveal, Making It Rain and What's Next

Matt McGorry

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers about Thursday's episode of How to Get Away with Murder. Read at your own risk.]
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