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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

'Grand Theft Auto V' for PlayStation 4, Xbox One to arrive in November

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Rockstar Games announced the release dates for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC versions of last year’s blockbuster Grand Theft Auto V. Console players will be able to return to Los Santos in just a few months, while PC players will have to wait until 2015 to raise hell in the fictional city.

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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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'Star Wars' without music is more awkward than you can imagine

What happens when you remove John Williams’ score from Star Wars? It becomes a funny, surrealist masterpiece, if the video below is any indication. The video posted by Auralnauts depicts the final scene in A New Hope—the one that uses Williams’ “The Throne Room”—with just ambient noise. R2D2 clanks around without any beeps, and Han, Luke, and Leia trade smiles that now just might make you want to scream. At least Chewbacca breaks the silence.

For comparison, watch the original:

Darkness bad, go shoot it: EW's ongoing 'Destiny' journal, pt. 1

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Out this week, Destiny is, by most metrics, the biggest video game of the year. If you’ve read our primer, you know why it’s a big deal. But is it any good?

That’s a tough nut to crack. 

Destiny is an online game that promises to grow and change, one that doesn’t really take shape until people are actively playing it. And so in lieu of a traditional review, several EW writers will be documenting their journey through the game. Think of it as a journal meant to give you a perspective on the game over time.

Sound good? Let’s go. 

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Elisabeth Moss, Jason Biggs to star in Broadway revival of 'The Heidi Chronicles'

It’s going to be one mad spring for Elisabeth Moss.

The Mad Men actress will return to Broadway to star in the title role of the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein. The production is expected to begin in February 2015 with an official opening in early March, around the same time the final season of Mad Men concludes. Moss first appeared on Broadway opposite Jeremy Piven (though briefly) and Raul Esparza in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow in 2008. She will be joined by Orange is the New Black‘s Jason Biggs, Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham and Tracee Chimo.

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Betsey Johnson celebrates marriage (and 'Housewives') at Fashion Week

Betsey Johnson celebrated marriage equality, Real Housewives, and her turn on Dancing with the Stars at her New York Fashion Week show yesterday. The 72-year-old designer, known for her bright and punk-y fashions, tweeted: “I had such an epic show! My theme was all about Modern LOVE and marriage! Take a look! Xox.”

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Jon Heder is Napoleon Dynamite again in video for fan with cancer

It’s been 10 years since Napoleon Dynamite was released, but Jon Heder brought back the titular character for a very special occasion.

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Ernie Hudson talks 'Ghostbusters' anniversary, and why Bill Murray rules

Ghostbusters celebrated its 30th anniversary this June, and to celebrate, star Ernie Hudson stopped by EW Radio to talk about his favorite memories on set, and what it was like working with Bill Murray.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tell us, if you had to pick out one memory or moment on set that really strikes you about your time working with those guys, what would it be?
ERNIE HUDSON: For me, it was being in New York, shooting in New York. And it’s hanging on the streets with Bill Murray the few times we got a chance to just hang out, and even shooting, [seeing] how much the fans love Bill Murray. They were [in love with him], and what amazed me in watching—’cause I’d observe—is how he would wade into the crowd, and he just gave this love back. A lot of actors, they hide, they don’t want all that attention, but Bill would just become one with them. And it was a beautiful thing to watch. I saw him recently, and he still has that thing of just including people in a very special way. That was, for me, the thing I take away from it the most. Just seeing him with the people and seeing how he dealt with his fanbase.

You have a secret phone number?
I have a [secret phone number].  He never answers anyway.

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