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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

Jimmy Fallon creates a Tinder profile for Britney Spears

Britney Spears is newly single, which can only mean one thing: Tinder swiping.

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Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 7

Paradise found, paradise lost: That’s the best way to describe what took place in the finale of Bachelor In Paradise. I walked into the villa the morning after the final rose ceremony, and there were six couples looking back at me. I knew immediately that most wouldn’t make it or be staying much longer, but I also knew the others were about to be tested well beyond what they expected. Everybody was wondering what the big twist was going to be, how would all this end. Well, the big twist was that there wasn’t one. I love how we essentially put the end of the show on the couples. It was really up to them to put their relationships to the test. I’m sure for some this “test” may have seemed simple, but in my opinion the greatest tests are simple. It gives you no place to hide. READ FULL STORY

Joan Rivers' final interview: Warm, gracious, and funny 'til the end

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Joan Rivers was a kind woman—as gracious, wise, and generous as she was funny. That might sound strange to hear about a woman who could eviscerate any actress who made a misstep on the red carpet, and who famously described Elizabeth Taylor as standing in front of a microwave oven screaming “Hurry!” Her biting comedic sensibility—her art and craft—came from feeling like an outsider among Hollywood stars and New York society, even after she herself became very rich and very famous. And she sincerely believed that by skewering you in her act she was paying you a great compliment; it meant you were relevant, worth talking about. The “smart ones” got it, she said, and indeed many of her victims, including Prince Charles, counted her as a friend. READ FULL STORY

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