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John Oliver wants to give Supreme Court coverage some bark

As watchdog citizens of this great nation well know, the Supreme Court is camera-shy. Since 1946, the Court has maintained that televising—or even photographing—the Justices at work might, as Chief Justice John Roberts reiterated in 2006, “have an adverse impact” on the proceedings. So, to C-SPAN’s undying frustration, the hallowed institution refuses to have television cameras inside the nation’s highest court, forcing Americans to rely on audio recordings, transcripts, and the media’s sketch artists to understand how some of our country’s most important issues are being decided.

Sunday night on HBO, John Oliver conceded that hypothetical television coverage of the Court would likely veer towards 15-second snippets that wouldn’t necessarily reflect the complex issues at stake, a concern expressed by Justice Antonin Scalia. But Oliver has an idea that would spice up the Supreme Court; make it even go viral, perhaps.

No more Ken Burns Effected courtroom artists’ sketchings. Instead, Oliver and his team provided raw footage of the nine Supreme Court justices—with an adorable dog playing each justice, that is. Suddenly Holt v. Hobbs—whatever that is—got a lot more interesting. READ FULL STORY

Jay Leno awarded Mark Twain Prize, roasted by fellow comedians

On Sunday night, Jay Leno received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, and the event wasn’t without its share of cracks at the former Tonight Show host. According to the Associated Press, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Wanda Sykes, Garth Brooks, Kevin Eubanks, and Chelsea Handler were on hand to pay tribute to Leno, and they did not hold back on lobbing zingers about Leno.

“When I first heard that Jay was getting this Mark Twain Prize tonight, which is a huge honor, I found out it was for humor, and I was a little bit confused,” Handler said, according to the Associated Press. “I wasn’t sure what the connection was.”

Seinfeld also shared some faux bitterness against Leno, saying, “There’s no one more deserving to get this wonderful award obviously than Jay. No one—except and I really don’t want to sound bitter here—except maybe me? I mean, come on.”

As he accepted the award, Leno said he “didn’t leave (The Tonight Show) dead broke like Bill and Hillary.”

Leno will be returning to his NBC roots soon with a new show, Jay Leno’s Garage, which is inspired by his love of cars and is expected to premiere in 2015 on CNBC.

The ceremony for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor will be televised on PBS on Nov. 23.

Check out these exclusive images from the bootleg 'Judge Dredd' miniseries

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In the two years since the release of Dredd, the bloodsoaked dystopic action has developed a significant cult following, buoyed by the possibility/hope that the film might spawn a sequel that dives deeper into the mythology of 2000 AD, the British comic that spawned it. You want a sequel! We want a sequel! Karl Urban wants a sequel! READ FULL STORY

This Week on Stage: New York, New York – a helluva 'Town'

The randy sailors of On the Town are back in the Big Apple, and taking up permanent residence at the newly-renamed Lyric Theatre (where the beleaguered Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was the previous tenant), with lots of dancing boys and girls courtesy of Smash‘s acclaimed choreographer Joshua Bergasse (keep your eyes peeled to EW.com for a future feature on him, by the way). In other news, “Big” Al Pacino is coming back to Broadway next fall in a brand-new play written expressly for him by master wordsmith David Mamet, about a billionaire taking a fateful phone call before semi-retirement. And Emma Stone is getting ready to take over for Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles in Cabaret (EW jumped on that as well this week). And EW staff is busy as ever covering the fall openings, with six new productions this week, including a new musical based on Davy Rothbart’s famous series of found notes and letters, and new plays with live hot tubs and full meals; no expense-spared entertainment! (Click on the links below for full reviews.)

On the Town  The classic boys-on-a-day-pass from the Navy musical gets a large-scale revival with expert hoofers Tony Yazbeck, Megan Fairchild and Clyde Alves (with the comic stylings of Jackie Hoffman). Did senior editor Thom Geier have a helluva time? He calls it “spirited and surprisingly frank…But the biggest laughs of the evening go to Broadway veteran Hoffman, who serves up a rare culinary treat in her gut-busting recurring role as the heroine’s delusional vocal instructor: She’s a kosher ham.” EW grade: B+

While I Yet Live  Last year, Billy Porter won the musical best actor Tony for Kinky Boots so what was net on the horizon for him? Playwright, of course! He tells a semi-autobiographical tale of growing up black, gay and religious in a troubled family. Melissa Rose Bernardo praises its leading lady, Law & Order star S. Epatha Merkerson, dubbing her physical performance “astonishing”, but indicates the play has some issues: “Porter’s intentions may be beyond reproach; the fault is merely in his execution.” EW grade: C+ READ FULL STORY

Renee Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon Walk to Defeat ALS

This summer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig’s Disease—got a big awareness boost with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Sunday morning, the ALS Association hosted its Walk to Defeat ALS event, keeping that momentum going.

“Our goal for today is to raise awareness of ALS and raise funding to support people who are living with ALS and to support research,” said Fred Fisher, President and CEO of the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. “The more money that we can raise, the more people we can help and the more research we can fund.”

The walk, held in Los Angeles near Exposition Park, had an impressive turnout, with about 2,500 participants signed up by registration close. Fisher estimated that between 3,000 to 5,000 people ultimately turned up to walk or to cheer on family and friends. READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' haunted house scared the bejeezus out of me

Keeping up to date on all things Walking Dead means more than just reading the comic and watching the TV show. Sometimes it means living it as well. I did that a few years ago when I went undercover as a zombie on the show back in season 2, although that bastard Robert Kirkman ended up cutting my scene because “the performance just wasn’t there.” Screw that. So this time I decided to switch sides and join the survivors and see if I could escape the clutches (and, more importantly, jaws) of the undead by walking through Rick’s — and Daryl’s and Carol’s and Glenn’s — shoes at The Walking Dead: End of the Line haunted house at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

All the houses at HHN consist of monsters or demons or vampires or aliens or predators or serial killers or clowns — CLOWNS! — totally invading your personal space and jumping out at you…often with blunt instruments of death at their disposal. It is unsetting. But I was especially excited to check out The Walking Dead one because the maze is a complete retelling of the events of season 4. So what awaits you in The Walking Dead: End of the Line? A few terrifying highlights: READ FULL STORY

Every 'Simpsons' 'Treehouse of Horror' short, ranked

Update: The list has been amended to include the three segments from “Treehouse of Horror XXV.”

That’s right: In honor of The Simpsons‘ 25th (!) annual Halloween special, EW didn’t just rank the top 25 “Treehouse of Horror” segments. We took things a step further by ranking every single “Treehouse” segment ever seen on the show—and you’ll find entries 72 through 26 in the list below.

Even when longtime fans sniff that The Simpsons‘ Golden Age is long past, they can agree that late-period Simpsons Halloween shows still pack a punch. Why? Because “Treehouse” segments give the series’ writers a break in two ways: First of all, they’re short, which means that they can explore plot threads that are amusing but too flimsy to support an entire half-hour. And secondly, they’re not bound by the laws of canon (or taste), giving the show’s staff an opportunity to follow their wildest whims—transforming Springfield into a town as drawn by Dr. Seuss, or putting a gremlin on the side of Bart’s schoolbus, or transforming Homer’s head into a giant doughnut.

What makes a good “Treehouse” short? Punchy one-liners and visual gags help, but the best of the bunch have two more things in common: Novel premises (which, admittedly, get increasingly difficult as the show ages) and a genuine stab at including a few real scares. (In other words: The recent trend toward parodies of random movies that have little or nothing to do with horror as a broad category just doesn’t do it.) You’ll find what made the cut in the list below, as well as what maybe should have been left on the cutting-room floor.

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So there's a new rumor about 'Batman v Superman'...

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a long title for a movie. But given how many superheroes are definitely or probably showing up in the 2016 superhero film, a more accurate title would probably be Batman v Superman v Wonder Woman v Cyborg v an Aquaman cameo v The Flash probably. Warner Bros. has not been shy about promoting their incipient DC Cinematic Universe, and so at this point we should not be surprised by any rumors about a new beloved DC icon joining the film. READ FULL STORY

GamerGate is happening because we let it happen

Maybe you’ve heard of GamerGate.

Countless stories have been written about the controversy over the past two months—yes, it started that long ago—in outlets ranging from game-centric titles to our biggest national publications. GamerGate has gone mainstream in a big way, but it remains elusive and difficult to understand. If you’re someone who would like to know just what GamerGate entails, check out this exhaustive piece by Deadspin writer Kyle Wagner. It’s long, but it’s also evenhanded and nuanced. Anyone who tries to break the whole mess down in a bite-sized YouTube video or nifty imgur link is probably trying to mislead you.

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The 'I Am Bread' video game is exactly what you think it is

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One of the best things about video games is how they allow you to experience things from truly unique perspectives—playing characters that come from an entirely different racial, religious, or socioeconomic background as yourself, allowing for deep insight and empathy when done right.

Now, you can also play as a slice of bread.

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