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Broadway's 'Rocky': Go behind the scenes of the climactic fight scene -- EXCLUSIVE

Much like the pugilist champ at its center, Rocky is proving a power player on Broadway. Its numbers keep going up, and more and more people are becoming ringside fans of the Philly palooka Rocky Balboa (Andy Karl) and his shy, pet-store employee girlfriend-in-waiting Adrian (Margo Seibert) all over again, after the great successes of Sylvester Stallone and company in the Oscar-winning 1976 movie. (Stallone is a book writer on this show, and could very likely be a Tony nominee this coming Tuesday, along with several others involved.)

But the ringside mention earlier is nothing short of completely literal, as director Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and scenic designer Christopher Barreca devised a regulation-size boxing ring for the 15-minute, climactic bout between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed (Terence Archie), in which a sizable portion of the orchestra patrons are (quite ingeniously) repurposed so that the ring may become a four-sided, true-to-life event for the audience. What results is one of the most eye-popping bits of stagecraft ever created, with no shortage of fun details (check out all that blood!).

In the exclusive three-minute feature below, watch as director Timbers and his fearless cast and crew explain how they went about making what seemed impossible in concept to a fully-realized reality for 1,500 attendees per evening. (And they managed to do it with far less event than another recent mega-musical, as well.) READ FULL STORY

'Bad Teacher' review: Ari Graynor deserves better

I had high hopes for Bad Teacher, an adaptation of the perfectly okay 2011 Cameron Diaz movie, because of its star Ari Graynor. She was such an original mess — blowsy and sloppy and cool all at the same time — in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and the new CBS show that premieres on Thursday seemed like the perfect vehicle for her talents. And while she is well-suited to the role, the show is not yet worthy of her — or her fine supporting cast’s — talents. READ FULL STORY

Check out Andy Warhol's newly-discovered computer artwork

Turns out Andy Warhol was as handy with a computer screen as he was with a silk screen.

Back in 1985, the artist was commissioned by computer and electronics manufacturer Commodore International to show off  the Amiga compute’s graphic arts capabilities. He saved his artwork on an Amiga floppy disk, but the files were inaccessible — until the Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club stepped in this year.

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David Alan Grier introduces his new book, 'How to Tell Black People Apart,' on 'Kimmel' -- VIDEO

In an attempt to promote his new show, Bad Teacher, David Alan Grier paid Jimmy Kimmel a little visit last night. But before they discussed the series, Grier wanted to take a moment to promote a new passion project of his — an educational book he’d written. (Well, not really. But just go with it.)

Inspired by that horrible interview where Samuel L. Jackson was mistaken for Laurence Fishburne, Grier wrote How to Tell Black People Apart.

That’s right: Grier has developed a method by which everyone can finally tell the difference between Kanye West and Puff Daddy. It’s a book that “will help you discriminate without discriminating.”

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Shaquille O'Neal has a LinkedIn Profile, and it's amazing

I swear that I’m telling you the facts: Shaquille O’Neal has a LinkedIn profile.

Over the weekend, the Internet freaked out when it was discovered that the Big Aristotle joined the business networking site. It’s great that he did, because his profile is top notch.  (Note: Turner Sports confirmed to Slate that the profile is real; Shaq is an NBA analyst for Turner.)

Unfortunately, most of Shaq’s profile has since been hidden; luckily, Mashable has screenshots of gems such as “CEO, President” of “Alot [sic] of different companies, Inc.” The Barry University grad also sells himself with this description: “My best asset is that I am proven to lead teams to championships,” he writes. “I mean multiple championships.”

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Beyonce covers Time's '100 Most Influential People' issue

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Bow down.

The cover of Time‘s annual “100 Most Influential People” issue has been revealed — and its star is none other than Beyoncé.

As is tradition, each Most Influential pick is accompanied by a short explanation written by a famous admirer. In this case, Lean In creator Sheryl Sandberg weighs in on what makes Bey worthy of number one: “Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one,” Sandberg explains. “In the past year, Beyoncé has sold out the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour while being a full-time mother. Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity. And her answer to the question, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ appears to be ‘Watch me. I’m about to do it.’ Then she adds, ‘You can, too.’” READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert stops by 'The Daily Show' to say goodbye -- VIDEO

Stephen Colbert stopped by Jon Stewart’s show Wednesday to tell the Daily Show host what we already knew: He’s leaving The Colbert Report.

Why? Because “it’s become clear to me that I’ve won television,” Colbert told Stewart before blowing kisses to a cheering audience.

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'Arrow' recap: Mama knows best

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the April 23 episode of Arrow, stop reading now! Seriously. Stop. You’ll regret it. Don’t even glance down a little bit. I mean it.

Wow. Just wow. For some reason, it never occurred to me that Slade would re-enact Ollie’s island choice with Thea and Moira, but it made perfect sense. That being said, his decision to do it with the world’s biggest sword — that appeared as if from nowhere — was interesting, but that doesn’t matter right now. No matter how it happened, Moira is dead, and I’m heartbroken. She sacrificed herself for her children, and my heart is still pounding. Before it stops beating altogether, let’s rehash what just happened: READ FULL STORY

'Survivor: Cagayan': And the eliminated contestant is...

Dalton Ross won’t be in this week to serve up your usual dose of Survivor recap pandemonium, but luckily for us all, there wasn’t too much pandemonium to be had this week. [SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read on unless you’ve already watched tonight’s episode of Survivor: Cagayan.] READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' workout plan will give you Kingslayer abs

Don’t let the completely engrossing saga of Game of Thrones make you a couch potato for the next seven weeks. The folks over at TotalBeauty.com have come up with a great way to stay in shape while you watch Daenerys liberate slaves and Tyrion sit in jail.

From the looks of this workout, there will be plenty of lunges in your future — and thankfully, you didn’t start during last week’s episode or else Jaime and Cersei would have had you lunging double-time.

Check out the fitness routine below: READ FULL STORY

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