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'Key & Peele' debut another 'East/West Bowl' sketch, featuring actual players

Key & Peele are back with another edition of their popular “East/West Bowl” sketch—this time with help from a few real-life players.

The clip comes ahead of the duo’s Super Bowl Special, and features players like Legume Duprix, Swordless Mimetown, and Shrunk Flugget. The creativity of these names is amazing—but the real football players are the clip’s true winners, taking the whole joke in stride. READ FULL STORY

Best of the Banned: Vote on the greatest rejected commercial in Super Bowl history


The only thing more fun than analyzing this year’s crop of Super Bowl ads? That would be picking apart the various commercials that were nixed by the NFL and/or network powers that be—both this year and during games played long ago.

Sure, the concept of “banned” Super Bowl ads is a murky one; critics complain that some companies create controversial spots specifically so they’ll be rejected by the big game, giving the ads more attention than they would’ve otherwise received. That said: The urge to gawk at stuff that’s been deemed naughty, provocative, or otherwise inappropriate is one of our most basic human impulses—which is why the legend of “banned” ads persist each year, regardless of how accurate that label may be.

With that in mind, we combed the archives of Super Bowl broadcast history to assemble a bracket of 32 ads deemed unsuitable for Big Game airspace—and your votes will determine which taboo spot is tops. The polls open today and will continue through Sunday, when we’ll crown the Best Banned Super Bowl Ad of All Time (or, you know, since 1999, when the first spot on this list was shot).

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The Super Bowl ads of 2015: Watch them here


Come Sunday evening, the commercials with the biggest stars, cutest animals, and best jokes might be more important than who actually wins Super Bowl XLIX. (Budweiser’s lost puppy commercial vs. Patriots/Seahawks? Our money is on the puppy.)

From Mercedes-Benz’s tortoise and hare tale to Kim Kardashian’s selfie-inspired T-Mobile bit, we’ve collected the Super Bowl ads of 2015 that have been released so far. We’ll continue to update as more hit the internet. READ FULL STORY

'Brothers,' '#IDARB' among February's Xbox Games with Gold


Microsoft has announced the games Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to download for free in February, including a brand new title and one of 2013’s most emotionally stirring games.


Dominos slams 'Fifty Shades of Grey'-style pizza ad


GoDaddy isn’t the only company with an ad that went too far this week. Dominos is not thrilled about a leaked Fifty Shades of Grey-style ad that’s making the rounds for its spicy Sriracha pizza. “You’re going to suffer and enjoy every moment,” pledges the ad, which shows a disembodied tongue wearing bondage gear and a ball gag.

The image was so unappetizing (yes, even worse than Domino’s Chicken & Bacon Carbonara), that some assumed it must be fake when it surfaced online Tuesday. EW‘s sister publication People has confirmed the ad was indeed legit, but that it was never actually used by the company. Dominos spokesman Tim McIntyre said the torture-themed campaign image was created and pitched by agency in Israel and then rejected.

“It never ‘officially’ appeared anywhere, because it was ill-advised, unfunny, and not brand-appropriate,” McIntyre said. “In a word, it was stupid … When I first saw it myself, I thought it was a parody, just in time for the premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey.” READ FULL STORY

Sony adding Spotify to PlayStation 4, removing YouTube, Near from PlayStation Vita


As Sony giveth to its PlayStation users, it also taketh away.

Sony announced today, Jan. 28, that Spotify will be coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 later this spring, which will also mark the end of Sony’s Music Unlimited subscription service. However, PlayStation Vita users will be losing some of the handheld’s functionality in the coming months.


Johnny Depp says he missed a press conference because he was fighting a chupacabra

It’s been a rough few weeks for Johnny Depp, but the actor of a dozen wigs has taken it all in stride.

In the wake of Mortdecai‘s middling release, Johnny Depp has not only contended with a tough critical reception to the film but has also apparently done battle with a mythical creature in order to speak to journalists about the film.


Kenan Thompson turns the tables on J.K. Simmons in 'SNL' promos

In Whiplash, J.K. Simmons is a stickler for tempo. In Simmons’ Saturday Night Live promos, Kenan Thompson is. Thompson corrects Simmons’ rushing, and then his dragging, and then, à la Simmons’ Fletcher, gets physical. “What the hell, Simmons. You trying to sabotage my promos?” Thompson says, hitting him.

“Yeah,” Simmons giggles. READ FULL STORY

Budweiser's Super Bowl ad again features adorable puppy, horses

It’s hard to write about Budweiser’s Super Bowl ad without including a series of cooing nonsense words. It’s just that cute.

The company’s ad, once again, features a heartbreakingly adorable puppy. This time the puppy gets lost and goes on an adventure to the sounds of a pared-down version of “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles).” Though the puppy has a frightening encounter with a wolf, its faithful Clydesdales save the day. By the end the puppy is safely back home, and, well, really, really cute. (Did I mention this puppy is cute?)

Budweiser’s release comes on the heels of a controversy over GoDaddy’s pulled ad, which featured a puppy in a vastly different storyline.

If you want more puppy, Budweiser has also posted a “meet the puppy” video.

6 online comedy series that deserve to be on TV


Between Broad City, Drunk History, and Childrens Hospital, TV networks have had a fair amount of success in recent years adapting short-form web series to more traditional television formats. With more and more people doing their viewing online, more creators have been inspired to embrace the web series as a medium, raising the bar for quality in the process. And since web series provide networks with completed pilots that have already been audience tested, it seems likely that more of them will make the jump from one small screen to another.

EW’s been trawling the web, looking for candidates for a Broad City-style transition. Here are six of the most promising:


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