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President Obama visits 'Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis' -- VIDEO

The most important meeting President Obama ever takes might be on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns.

In the clip, host Zach Galifianakis apologizes for canceling on the President earlier — Galifianakis’ mouse pad broke and he had to buy a pair of diabetic shoes for his aunt —  but thankfully, their schedules finally aligned. Watch their sit down below. READ FULL STORY

Beyonce, Jane Lynch and more fight to 'Ban Bossy' -- VIDEO

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Beyoncé and her newfound feminism strike again. (Hooray!)

In a new video for Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Foundation (in partnership with Lifetime TV), Sandberg has recruited Hollywood celebrities such as Beyoncé, Jane Lynch, and Jennifer Garner (as well as people like former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice) to advocate banning the word “Bossy.”

Noting the term is mostly applied to women in leadership roles as a way of keeping them down, all the people in the video point out that it’s time for change. “When a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a ‘leader.’ Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded ‘bossy.’ Words like bossy send a message: don’t raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys — a trend that continues into adulthood,” the new site BanBossy.com explains.

As Beyoncé notes: “I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.” #Flawless.

Watch the PSA below: READ FULL STORY

'Resurrection' series premiere react: In it for the long haul?

When a show has a central mystery — in the case of ABC’s Resurrection, which premiered Sunday night, why deceased loved ones have returned alive and un-aged from the day they died — the question isn’t whether the concept is interesting. It is. It’s whether an audience will be hooked enough (and patient enough) to watch every week or, in today’s world, just wait and Google for the answer when the series ends. The difference, I believe, comes down to how quickly producers can both get you invested in the characters — which is difficult when cards must be played close to the chest for a slow reveal — and prove to you the journey will be somehow visually unique (i.e. the way BBC America’s Broadchurch could make a slo-mo shot of the mundane, just two people walking, practically pulsate).

For me, Resurrection falls into the wait-and-Google category. What’s your verdict? READ FULL STORY

James Franco reflects on Broadway debut: 'I have a good life'

James Franco seems to have hit a rare stride in life — that is, he’s found happiness. That’s right: The laid-back thespian who epitomizes an off-beat brand of Hollywood cool has settled into a stage where life is “good.”

It’s not exactly what one might have expected from the characteristically aloof Northern California native, but Franco shared plenty of surprises at a TimesTalks event on March 7 in New York City, offering insight on everything from life, film, and even academia. Taking the stage to discuss Of Mice and Men – Franco’s Broadway debut — with co-star Chris O’Dowd, the 35-year-old actor dropped a few interesting and laugh-out-loud gems worth sharing. READ FULL STORY

'Book of Mormon' musical headed to Utah in 2015

A popular satirical musical about Mormon missionaries will play next year in Salt Lake City, just down the street from the worldwide headquarters of the faith it’s mocking.

The “Book of Mormon” musical has been scheduled for a run at the Capitol Theatre from July 28 to Aug. 9, 2015. This will be the first time the show has come to Salt Lake City since it debuted on Broadway in 2011.

The Capitol Theatre is less than a half mile from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ flagship temple and headquarters.

The Mormon church on Friday reiterated its past statement about the show, saying it might entertain audiences for an evening, but the real Book of Mormon changes people’s lives forever.

It’s estimated that six in 10 Utah residents are Mormon.

'Episodes' star Chris Diamantopoulos reveals his first celeb crush, makes you want to listen to Roxette -- VIDEO

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On Showtime’s Episodes, Chris Diamantopoulos plays the completely unstable, perpetually horny new network exec who often sees a therapist. No wonder the actor had no problem opening up to EW when he popped by for one of our Pop Culture Personality Tests. Watch the video below in which he reveals his first celebrity crush, the TV show he watched after his parents went to sleep, and his junior high jam. READ FULL STORY

IDW to release Harlan Ellison's 'Star Trek' tale as new graphic novel

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Everything in Hollywood has a story, but to pop culture nerds, perhaps no story is more interesting than the one surrounding the controversy behind acclaimed writer Harlan Ellison and his popular Star Trek tale, “The City on the Edge of Forever.”

Ellison wrote the original teleplay for the penultimate episode of the first season in early 1966, which he notes, “was changed vastly when the episode aired” on April 6, 1967. “The City on the Edge of Forever” focuses on the USS Enterprise discovering a portal through space and time, which ultimately leads to an accidental altering of history that Kirk and Spock, trapped in the 1930s, must race against time to correct. At its core, however, the episode is a genuine and moving love story between Captain Kirk and social worker Edith Keeler (Joan Collins).
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President Obama misspells Aretha Franklin's hit song 'Respect'

A, B, C… it’s not always easy as 1, 2, 3. And yes, even the leader of the free world gets a little tongue-tied sometimes.

During a speech at the Women of Soul concert series, which is being hosted at the White House, President Obama spoke about the impact that many great artists had on the fight for equality. However, when Obama went to quote Aretha Franklin’s famous song ‘Respect’, he got a little caught up in the moment  – and, like a nervous contestant at a spelling bee, he accidentally missed a letter.

Obama told the crowd: “When Aretha [Franklin] first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her, she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African Americans, and women, and then everyone who felt marginalized because of what they looked like or who they loved. They wanted some respect.” The crowd immediately chuckled following the slip-up, but the President pushed right past it. You’ve got to rspect that follow-through.

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'American Idol' 2014 results: The Top 12

Would the judges use their one save of the season on the least popular singer of the Top 12?

Find out tonight’s results — following guest performances by season 11 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips and Randy Jackson’s favorite new Irish band Kodaline — after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'On the Town' revival to open on Broadway in October; 'King Kong' delayed

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The Bronx is up, the Battery’s down, and this fall, On the Town — the musical comedy that is considered a “love letter” to New York — will be returning to Broadway in a brand-new production, just in time to coincide with the show’s 70th anniversary. The revival will be produced by Howard & Janet Kagan (Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess) and will feature choreography by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse (Smash). Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown, A Christmas Story) is set to direct.

On the Town will find its new home at The Lyric Theatre, which was most recently called the Foxwoods Theatre and home to the long-running but ill-fated musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. READ FULL STORY

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