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Martha Stewart slams Gwyneth Paltrow: 'She just needs to be quiet'

Martha Stewart probably doesn’t have Goop bookmarked on her browser.

In a recent interview with Net-a-Porter’s Porter magazine, Stewart bashed Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow, claiming the actress “wouldn’t be trying to be Martha Stewart” if she were confident in her acting skills. “She just needs to be quiet,” Stewart said, according to Page Six.

Paltrow wasn’t the only woman Stewart targeted on her apparent insult spree: She also ragged on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, claiming the lead character of Piper was badly cast. “They could have done so much better,” Stewart said, referring to Taylor Schilling—who scored an Emmy nod for her performance as Piper. “That girl is not good enough, the lead actress.” (It’s worth noting here that in the mid-’00s, Stewart was nearly incarcerated in Danbury, Connecticut’s Federal Correctional Institution, the same prison on which OITNB‘s fictional Litchfield prison is based.) READ FULL STORY

Six memorable, unusual uses of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'

This coming week brings the 200th birthday of The Star-Spangled Banner. It is, in addition to being notoriously hard to sing, the National Anthem of the United States of America. While the song is used for many different occasions—baseball games and elections and fireworks and War of 1812-themed frat parties—most of the time what happens during its performances is pretty consistent. Those who are sitting stand, those who wear hats remove them, and everyone sort of uncomfortably half sings along while looking for the nearest American flag. It’s that universal ritual that makes unusual uses of The Star-Spangled Banner all the more memorable. Like these, for instance:

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The 6 most memorable moments from 'The Simpsons' Hollywood Bowl concert

If you caught any of FXX’s epic 12-day Simpsons marathon, then you must have seen at least one great musical moment. Now Springfield is getting the big Hollywood salute it deserves with three performances of The Simpsons Take the Bowl.

Hosted by Hank Azaria (and the countless characters he voices on the show), the event—featuring the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra—highlights some of the sitcom’s best song parodies and musical scoring. Also on tap: Special guests, both in person and in animated form. Here are 6 of the most memorable moments from Friday night’s opening concert: READ FULL STORY

Groundskeeper Willie has some thoughts about Scottish independence

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On September 18th, the people of Scotland will vote on their nation’s independence from the United Kingdom. It’s a complex issue, fraught with a number of potential consequences that may affect the livelihood of millions of real people. And maybe a fake one.

As it turns out, The Simpsons’ resident Scotsman, Groundskeeper Willie, has some very strong opinions about Scottish independence—particularly who would lead the nation should the ayes have it. Guess who that would be. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly Mailbag: 'Doctor Who,' 'Big Brother,' and the Apple Watch

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This is the first-ever edition of the Entertainment Geekly Mailbag, where you send questions, aggressive clarifications, or angry rebuttals to me at darren_franich@ew.com, and I attempt to answer those question, declarify those clarifications, and angrily rebut your rebuttal.

Regarding your ‘Doctor Who’ piece
The Doctor is NOT immortal or semi-omniscient.
Time Lords have a limited amount of regenerations and can be killed as the show has stated. The regeneration limit was 12 but he just got a new batch from the Time Lords and it’s not clear how many that was. Maybe a new cycle? But that was presented as a special case. Of course The Doctor will not be killed for the same reason Sherlock Holmes and James Bond would not be killed. :)
As for omniscient, he frequently finds himself at a loss as to what’s going on or what the cause is. He has to work to find out. He is, at core, a very knowledgeable and curious scientist/humanist.
Regards,
Tony
P.S. You didn’t like ‘Hide’? It was one of the highest regarded stories from the last series.

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Remembering Michael Che's too-brief 'Daily Show' run

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When word broke late Thursday that Saturday Night Live will shake up the Weekend Update desk once again this season, fan reaction was swift and decisive. The consensus: Lorne Michaels was replacing the wrong anchor.

Specifically: Cecily Strong, who took her seat at the Update desk last fall—and earned generally positive reviews for her work there—is out. SNL head writer Colin Jost, who joined Update in March after Seth Meyers’ departure—and has received, er, slightly less encouraging feedback—is staying put.  READ FULL STORY

Billy Eichner, David Letterman play 'Celebrity Child or Kentucky Derby Winner?'

When a celebrity names their kid Moxie Crimefighter, it’s all fair game.

Last Thursday night, professional shouter and comedian Billy Eichner went on the Late Show to play “Celebrity Child or Kentucky Derby Winner?” The title of the game speaks for itself as Eichner challenged Letterman to guess whether a kooky name was that of a celebrity’s kid or a winner of the famed horse race. With names like Pilot Inspektor, Diva Muffin, and Bluebell Madonna, it actually gets pretty hard to discern between horse or human name. Too much kombucha can do that to a celebrity.

Bonus: Eichner and Letterman play a game of “Dead or Boring,” where Eichner has Letterman guess if a celebrity is dead or what Eichner deems as boring. Sorry Heidi Montag, you get burnt.

Which 'SNL' star will go dramatic next? We've got pitches

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This weekend gives you two chances to see Bill Hader stretch his acting muscles. In dark comedy The Skeleton Twins, Hader and his former Saturday Night Live co-star Kristen Wiig play siblings who reunite after suicide attempts. Meanwhile, in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Hader has a supporting role as the best friend of James McAvoy’s Conor, who is going through a pretty rough time in his relationship with Jessica Chastain’s titular character.

Saturday Night Live actors taking on dramatic—or, rather, serious—roles is nothing new. Wiig has steadily been putting films with weighty themes onto her resume, like 2013’s Hateship Loveship, based on an Alice Munro short story. Will Forte surprised audiences with a nuanced turn in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska last year, which also saw Taran Killam playing a small part in 12 Years a Slave. Though he’s inflicted Grown Ups on the public, Adam Sandler has also shown he can do more than his schtick in films like 2002’s Punch Drunk Love; he’s jumping back into the dramatic game with this year’s Men, Women & Children. Then, of course, there’s Bill Murray’s entire career to consider, especially the films he’s made since 2003’s Lost in Translation.

So, which SNL mainstay will take on a meaty, dramatic lead next? The jury’s out for now—but I’ve imagined a few roles for current and recent cast members who have yet to fully embrace their dramatic sides.

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First look: This is 'The Voice' ... as a video game?

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Have you ever thought, “I could do better” while watching starry-eyed hopefuls bleat and croon on NBC’s The Voice? Get ready to back your claim. Arriving on Oct. 21 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U), Activision’s The Voice will give armchair Aguileras the opportunity to see who can annoy neighbors the least.

Featuring solo and multi-player modes, as well as progression tiers—Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, and the Big Finale—that should be familiar to fans of the show, the game looks to favor fun over fierce competition. While the final track list is buttoned-up tighter than one of Adam Levine’s shirts, Activision has revealed that OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars,” Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” Miranda Lambert’s “Over You,” and Rihanna’s “Stay” will be just a few of the tunes users can belt out.

The Voice is far from the first game to invite players on the virtual stage, but unlike previous TV-tied cash-grabs (looking at you, Glee games), The  Voice looks like more than a karaoke clone with a popstar paint job. In fact, the game won’t even include the likenesses or voices of its popular judging panel. It has yet to be determined whether it’s because Activision wanted to focus on the experience rather than the marketable mugs of the show’s judges, or if it was just too costly to persuade Blake Shelton to put on a motion-capture costume. Based on developer Zoe Mode’s ability to turn the Zumba Fitness craze into a gaming experience that stood out from the limb-flailing pack, we’re at least willing to give them the benefit of the doubt until we grab the mic for ourselves.

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Jeff Goldblum leads a 'Jurassic Park' theme singalong on 'Seth Meyers'

Jurassic Park sex symbol Jeff Goldblum—come on, you know what shot I’m talking about—knows some lyrics to John Williams’ classic score for the dinosaur movie, and he trotted them out on last night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. READ FULL STORY

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