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Chris Pratt plays Word Sneak, explains his first headshot on 'Fallon'

Chris Pratt stretched his improv skills ahead of his Saturday Night Live hosting duties this Saturday, Sept. 27 by appearing on The Tonight Show. And if his game of “Word Sneak” with Jimmy Fallon is any indication, Pratt is more than ready for any off-the-cuff moments Studio 8H might require of him.

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'Daily Show' airs controversial Washington Redskins segment

Part of the fun of the Daily Show is watching passionate—though not always eloquent—people make their case for a cause that’s important to them (and sometimes only them).

It’s fair to say that some eventually regret opening their mouths on TV. Last week, a Virginia woman who volunteered to defend the Washington Redskins nickname in a segment contacted the police and the Washington Post after she and three other Washington football fans were introduced by Jason Jones to several Native American activists protesting the nickname, which they consider a slur. “The encounter at a Dupont Circle hotel was so tense that an Alexandria fan said she left in tears and felt so threatened that she later called the police,” Ian Ahapira wrote in the Post. “She has told the Daily Show to leave her out of the segment but doesn’t know whether the producers will comply.”

Well, Jon Stewart aired the segment Thursday night after acknowledging the controversy:

“We learned later that some of the individuals who participated in the piece, they didn’t enjoy the experience. It’s something that happens a lot less than you would think. But we take the complaint seriously. We generally don’t want people who participate in the show to have a bad experience. We work very hard to find real people who have real beliefs and want to express those beliefs on television, and we work hard to make sure that the gist of those beliefs are represented accurately, albeit sometimes comedically on our program. If we find out that someone in a piece was intentionally misled or if their comments were intentionally misrepresented, we do not air that piece. We would not air that piece. So that being said… I hope you enjoy the following piece.” READ FULL STORY

Hear Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper's 'Truly Brave' mash-up

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Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” and Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” seem like a perfect match with their inspirational messages of self acceptance.  READ FULL STORY

Beyond 'Gilmore Girls': 10 other exciting Netflix additions

Given the news that Gilmore Girls is coming to Netflix in October, you might be tempted to spend the entire month binging on that. We wouldn’t blame you, but there are some other exciting editions coming to the site this month if you want to take a break from Stars Hollow.  READ FULL STORY

Tarantino fan knows every 'Kill Bill' pop culture reference: Do you?

The pop culture saturation of a film by Quentin Tarantino cannot be denied, whether it’s paying homage to Bruce Lee in the Bride’s yellow jumpsuit in Kill Bill or inserting spaghetti Western motifs in basically all his flicks. But one fan has perhaps matched the master of meta.

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Key and Peele's ultimate comedy curriculum, from 'Who's on First?' to 'Veep'

What are the essential sketches, performers, and shows every comedy nerd should know? EW’s guest editors Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele offer a master class. Warning: Some of the clips ahead contain strong language.

1. Eddie Murphy
As Key says, “I don’t know if there’s ever been anybody in history working at a level like he was working at. To have that much talent, that much charm, that much discipline, all of that wrapped up into one. To think about 48 Hrs., Trading Places. Aw, man!” Adds Peele: “If I had a kid and I wanted to form him into a perfect comedy nerd, I would tell him to watch the Saturday Night Live sketch where he puts on whiteface and he goes on the bus, and the last [nonwhite] guy walks off the bus and everyone starts a party. They’re passing around cigars and sh–. That’s a huge one.” READ FULL STORY

'It can't be for nothing': EW revisits 'The Last of Us'

Video games are often praised for their potential to expose players to experiences they would never otherwise have from perspectives they would never consider. But too often the opposite is true: Mainstream video games are often about you. They strive to make you feel powerful and accomplished; like your $60 purchase was worth it. Rare is the game that asks you to consider things outside of yourself, uncomfortable things that will leave you feeling more hollow than accomplished by the end.

The Last of Us, one of the most celebrated games of 2013, is one of the few mainstream games to even attempt this. (Other notable examples: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Bioshock and Spec Ops: The Line.) And it was met with near-universal acclaim. Set 20 years after a pandemic based on the very real and super-creepy cordyceps fungi has turned much of mankind into infected zombies, it’s the story of an old smuggler named Joel and a 14-year-old girl named Ellie, who are forced by circumstance to travel across the ruined country together. Somber and beautiful, it’s The Road by way of The Walking Dead, and yet somehow managing to be something more.

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'Wolf Hall' is coming to Broadway

The Royal Shakespeare Company is bringing its interpretation of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies to Broadway. Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2 will begin previews March 20, 2015, and open April 9, 2015.  READ FULL STORY

Did EW photoshop Key and Peele?

Here at EW, we try to capture the essence of the celebrities we photograph and show them as they truly exist in the world. Of course, everyone wants to be seen in the best light, literally. But two of our subjects were so unhappy with each other’s appearance, they demanded a few changes. Given that these two people were Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, guest editors of this week’s issue of EW, we had little choice but to slightly enhance their image with just a few tweaks—a mustache here, a bird there. (Click here for the full-size image.) Anyway, it’s probably just best that you watch the video below. READ FULL STORY

Kate Mara and Ellen Page are 'Tiny' instead of 'True Detectives'

Petite friends Kate Mara and Ellen Page have been lobbying to be in the second season of True Detective for a while now, even using #TrueDetectiveSeason2 to express their interest. Though neither actress was one of the new cast members confirmed this week, Mara and Page now have their own version of the HBO show.  READ FULL STORY

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