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See The Rembrandts perform the 'Friends' theme live at 'Central Perk'

Thought Manhattan’s Central Perk pop-up coffeeshop couldn’t get any cooler? Think again. (I should note right up top that I’m using the word “cool” relatively.)

Last night, a preview of the temporary space—which officially opened Wednesday—featured a very special musical guest. Nope, it wasn’t Lisa Kudrow as Central Perk mainstay Phoebe Buffay, or David Schwimmer’s Ross showing off his “sound”: It was the pop-rock duo of Phil Solem and Danny Wilde, better known as The Rembrandts. Really, though, they’re best known as the guys who sing Friends‘ clap-happy earworm of a theme song.

After strumming through three of their original compositions, The ‘Brandts gave the people what they wanted: a tuneful, energetic rendition of “I’ll Be There For You.” Click below to find EW‘s admittedly amateur video of the performance, guest-starring a professional cameraman who blocks our view of Wilde for much of the song and some very enthusiastic audience singing.

(If you’re listening closely during the second verse, you’ll also hear one of those superfans ask an immortal question: Who takes time to make breakfast when they’re already two hours late for work?)

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Miss America 2015: 'Jane Austin,' terrifying frogs, and more of what you missed

On the night of Sept. 14, some Americans expressed their patriotism by cheering as the Chicago Bears mauled the San Francisco 49ers. More refined types took in the first episode of Ken Burns’ The Roosevelts: An Intimate History on PBS. The classiest nationalists of all forewent TV entirely, choosing instead to read the Constitution by candlelight while listening to the collected works of John Philip Sousa and supping on a freshly roasted bald eagle.

But those of us who really know what these United States are all about spent the evening watching the unique ridiculosity that is the Miss America pageant on ABC. And while this year’s telecast suffered from a notable absence of butt glue, generally speaking, it didn’t disappoint: The smiles were unnaturally wide and white, the gowns were cheesy, and, most of all, the facts that popped onscreen during the talent portion were fun. (And weirdly focused on animal encounters.)

In the end, it all came down to two American paragons: Miss Virginia Paige Garrett, a Liberty University graduate who performed opera in a gown inspired by her favorite Holiday Barbie, and Miss New York Kira Kazantsev, a first-generation Russian-American who really, really loves Pitch Perfect. Kazantzev was victorious, becoming the 88th Miss America and the third consecutive winner from New York—but these alternate-category winners also deserve some recognition.

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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

Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 6

Another week, another amazing series of events in beautiful Mexico. Paradise has really lived up to its name, but not everyone is treating it as such so far. Sarah may have perfectly summed up Bachelor in Paradise for some of the guys on the show this week: sun, drinks, and hooking up with chicks. The good news is that there are still plenty of men and women here for more legitimate, sincere reasons. Cody in one of those sincere men who is looking for love and apparently he’s found it. He told Michelle he’s in love with her and it absolutely freaked her out. It freaked her out so much that she apparently lost her mind and went to Jesse, of all people, to get dating advice.

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Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 5

Monday night we left you hanging as AshLee picked up the rose ready to offer it to Graham who then dashed away. We opened Tuesday night showing Graham in the throes of a full-blown anxiety attack; probably not the best physical reaction to have when embarking on a new relationship. I think one of the most telling things about this scene was who jumped to Graham’s side to take care of him in the midst of panic. Michelle Money didn’t have to go over to check on him, she just did it. She was deeply concerned about someone she cared for, and it was her natural reaction. Noticeably missing from Graham’s side was AshLee, who stood like a statue in rose-hand-out-mode. This lasted about five to 10 minutes while we all waited, and AshLee never really went to check on him. She just stood there while Michelle’s actions, and instinctual reaction, spoke volumes. The girls in the house are clearly starting to question AshLee and her intentions. Many thought Graham was going to turn down the rose and leave, but he ended up shockingly accepting it, securing his place in Paradise for one more week. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 4

Another week in Paradise, another week of enjoying the beautiful beaches, the perfect weather, the great activities that the Yucatan peninsula has to offer, and of course, the ups and downs of love and relationships. We begin this week seeing one of my favorite couples in Bachelor history—Graham and Michelle Money. These two serve as a crisp taco shell to wrap this episode, but we will get to that later. I know that Graham and Michelle may not count as a “couple” since they are not romantically involved (anymore), but they are such great friends that it’s fun to watch their dynamic and undying support of each other. Michelle was the source of much entertainment this week. (What else is new?) You gotta love a girl who will take the hit of not being taken on a date with Robert and then do the hair of the woman who did get asked. As Money says, “(it’s) tough, but I’ll make your braid look awesome.” Yeah, I bet that braid is pulling extra tight on Sarah’s head. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 3

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Another week in beautiful Mexico! I can’t even tell you how amazing it was to spend almost a month there. And every day was full of excitement. This week was a pretty quiet week in paradise with no balcony jumpers or hospital visits… wait, that’s not true. Chris Bukowski kept the streak alive and judging by the previews for next week’s two-night special event the hospital visits aren’t over yet. But let’s not jump ahead, as we have so much to discuss from this week.

We began this week by catching the aftermath of last week’s rose ceremony where Elise made the odd decision to offer Dylan a rose despite the fact that he’d repeatedly told her “do not offer me a rose, if you do I will turn it down.” We did get Elise’s explanation: “He told me three times he wouldn’t accept the rose—I needed him to confirm that.” Well, I’ll let you ponder that little gem, but the fact is Elise and Chris seemed pretty happy after the ceremony and were ready to start a fresh new love affair. Hey, it just might be crazy enough to work. Soon after the rose ceremony, we got our first new arrival of the week in Danielle from Juan Pablo’s season. There’s apparently a new house rule that stipulates that there are no rules as for who you can and can’t ask on a date. Much to Michelle Money’s chagrin, Danielle took this to heart and asked out Marquel, who gleefully accepted and off they went to the state of Campeche for their date. It seemed to go pretty well between the two of them but the “Cookie Monster” wasn’t done with dates yet this week.

Elise also got a date card this week and there was only one guy (now) that she was ready to extend it to and that’s Chris Bukowski. Chris was extremely excited to accept only he took an odd step getting out of the ocean and messed up his knee pretty badly. I’m no doctor (although I do play one on TV), but after seeing it, I can tell you it didn’t look right. Despite the bad knee, Chris decided to man up and go on the date with Elise to Campeche, which is really one of the most beautiful places in all of Mexico. But he honestly felt like crap the entire time, and it was a pretty tough for him to enjoy. It was so bad in fact the next morning Elise and Chris went to the hospital to get it checked out. They confirmed what he already knew: that it was a torn ligament. Chris came back to the villa determined to gut it out and stay in paradise, but as you know by now that didn’t happen and it changed everything this week. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'Bachelor in Paradise' episode 2

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These days saying something is “inexplicable” is like saying something is great. The word is not only overused, it’s misused. If you want a good example of when to properly use the word “inexplicable” just watch the beginning of this week’s show. What Michelle K. did was more than a bit unusual. But what our crew member did was truly 100 percent inexplicable. The number of things Mr. Putz could have done before deciding the best option was to jump off a 25-foot balcony in the dark onto wet concrete is incalculable.

The fact that the option of jumping off a 25-foot balcony to escape detection is inexplicable in and of itself. We had a pretty clear idea about Michelle’s special relationship with our audio guy after she left the show and started making odd comments to us. At that point we figured “she’s already off the show let’s just let this go and move on.” A no harm, no foul situation. I wasn’t all that pleased she decided to take up a spot that first week, but the damage was done. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs the 'Bachelor in Paradise' premiere

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Welcome to Paradise!

This show was created with one simple purpose: give some of our favorite cast members a second chance at love. Now how could something so simple “feel so right” in many ways and go “oh so wrong” in so many others? These questions will be asked and answered several times over the next two months as the drama unfolds in Tulum, Mexico. Tulum, Mexico, and especially Papaya Playa, were the perfect place to find Paradise. Unbelievable beaches, amazing weather and scenery, and an abundance of history made this the perfect place to help our Bachelors and Bachelorettes find love, and sometimes, their fair share of drama! READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette' season finale: And the 'winner' is...

Okay, rose lovers — the suspense is over. If you don’t want to know who Andi chose in tonight’s season finale, stop reading now. I’m serious, folks. If you’ve somehow stumbled onto this post and have not yet watched Andi hand out her final rose at the Proposal Platform, then walk away. I’ll wait. Okay, for those of you who have witnessed the conclusion of tonight’s “journey,” click through to discuss Andi’s choice of future husband… READ FULL STORY

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