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Conan O'Brien is fluent in emoji

The host of TBS’s Conan is a man of many talents, like telling jokes, interviewing guests, and looking exactly like Tarja Halonen, former president of Finland. As it turns out, he’s also got another secret aptitude—Conan O’Brien is also fully fluent in the strange language of emojis, a.k.a. the goofy, tiny pictures of eggplants and smiley poops that have largely replaced more prosaic forms of digital and textual communication, like words.

What does “castle balloon crescent moon sleepy bearded face” mean when translated into plain English, or “heart shoe basketball saxophone”? (That one’s kinda dirty.) O’Brien knows—and after watching the following clip, you will too. BRB; I’ve gotta go tell everyone I know that this is the episode of Dr. Phil where the rodeo clown has a heart attack. (Update: The video has been removed from Conan’s official channels, which is a shame. Guess you’ll just have to trust us on that.)

The Roots debut Harry Potter rap on 'Jimmy Fallon'

As Ryan Gosling once told Rachel McAdams, “[Harry Potter] wasn’t over! It’s still isn’t over.”

In hindsight, viewers probably could have guessed that Jimmy Fallon’s week of Tonight Show episodes from Orlando would have a Harry Potter component. On Wednesday night, the show included a segment filmed at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in which clueless parents answered trivia questions about J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series.

But the show took the promotion of the theme park to another level later in the show when The Roots performed a Harry Potter rap. Just a few of the Harry Potter-isms Tariq Trotter name-checked in the 60-second song: Extendable ears, the Three Broomsticks, Butterbeer, Gryffindor, Azkaban, Quidditch, Diagon Alley, and the Hogwarts Express.

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The 8 craziest things you missed at Idina Menzel's Radio City Music Hall concert

Take her or leave her, living Broadway legend Idina Menzel gave a sold-out crowd of roughly 6,000 fans a show to remember Monday — when she performed at Radio City Music Hall for the first time in a one-night-only concert.

Idina Menzel: An Unofficial Countdown to “Let It Go” Live was, of course, incredible. The Tony winner showed off her mind-blowing vocal power in a variety of songs, kicking off the night with a chill-inducing “Defying Gravity” and segueing into everything from an Ethel Merman medley (the petition for Menzel to play Mama Rose in Gypsy one day begins now) to Radiohead’s “Creep.” (Yes, really.) Her pipes were even more impressive considering Menzel is currently starring on Broadway eight times a week in If/Then. Mondays are supposed to be her off night!

The audience covered a wide age demographic, from little girls dressed up as princesses to adults hoping she might break out a few hits from Rent; there was also a surprising amount of men in attendance, and not just dads accompanying their elementary-age daughters. Speaking of the children: This show was not meant for fans who only know Menzel by way of Queen Elsa and Elphaba. She covered “Love for Sale” and “Roxanne” in a “prostitution songs” medley, and, just a few minutes into her set, Menzel swore, paused, and then declared with a laugh, “I know we’ve got little kids here, but just hold their ears so I can do my thing.” Cue wild audience cheers.

The quips didn’t stop there: In between over two hours of powerhouse performances, Menzel acted like a total goof, whether she was giving a fake Tony acceptance speech (she lost this year’s Lead Actress in a Musical prize to Jessie Mueller of Beautiful) or pretending to call ex-husband Taye Diggs from stage (!!!) to remind him she was singing to a sold-out crowd. On a serious note, Menzel also turned introspective throughout the evening, covering Joni Mitchell and acknowledging that she’s in a time of “transition” — this year has brought both professional highlights and personal hard times.

Fans already know Menzel can sing (highlights included an a cappella “For Good” as well as a poignant and powerful “Always Starting Over“); below, read eight examples of the crazy stuff that happened Monday in between the songs. Turns out Menzel is both nuts and a goofball. Psst: Menzel also knows exactly how to handle a wardrobe malfunction.  READ FULL STORY

Brian Williams 'raps' 'Baby Got Back' on 'Tonight Show'

Always wanted to hear NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams declare that his “anaconda don’t want none unless you’ve got buns, hun”?

Today is your lucky day, you beautiful weirdo. Brian Williams may love to joke around (see: all his 30 Rock appearances), but even he knew better than to perform “Baby Got Back” live on The Tonight Show. So, instead, Fallon’s team had some fun by making a mashup video of Williams “performing” the Sir Mix-A-Lot hit a lá “Rapper’s Delight.” Check out the whole number — including Savannah Guthrie and Co. on the back-up “Yeahs!” — below:

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See Ice Cube say very nice things very angrily

Ice Cube has a, er, distinct demeanor, which often makes it sound like he’s angry all the time. (See: 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, Ride Along, etc.)

Jimmy Kimmel wanted to put this theory to the test Thursday night — so he asked the Jump Street star to read a few aggressively innocuous phrases in Ice Cube’s “imitable” style.

Word of warning: You haven’t truly seen someone longing for The Notebook until you’ve seen Ice Cube yelling about it with a threatening edge in dimmed lighting: READ FULL STORY

'Chasing Life' react: When cancer meets melodrama

If you haven’t gotten your fill of Young People With Cancer stories after The Fault in Our Stars this weekend, ABC Family is here for you with its latest television version of a YA novel plot, Chasing Life, a dramedy that merges The Big C with the standard combo of melodrama and quips that viewers have come to expect from the network that brought us Secret Life of the American Teenager and Switched at Birth.

Meet April Carver (Italia Ricci): She’s a 24-year-old big Boston journalist looking to make her mark on the world and date a cute guy while working for a newspaper straight out of the 1990s.The perfect rom-com set up! But, as viewers who saw the previews are well aware, we’re about to get a lot darker than Gilmore Girls here.

The premiere starts off clunky, opening with April attempting to get into a no-press charity blood drive for an interview with a disgraced athlete. After failing to sweet talk her way past a line, she meets up with her estranged uncle, doctor George to get her into the event. When she’s giving blood, she again tries her luck with the athlete, but he quickly figures out she’s a journalist. (Maybe it was her pointed questions about drugs?) As he’s getting upset, she faints, and before we know it we have a meet-cute on our hands. Or at least a meet-job. Sitting in a hospital room afterwards, he gives her the interview. “First question: What was the last thing you put up your nose?” she asks with a smile. Flirting on the job! READ FULL STORY

Lena Dunham performs interpretive dance while Sia sings on 'Late Night'

Today in “sentences that once seemed impossible”: Lena Dunham performed an interpretive dance to Sia’s latest hit, “Chandelier,” on Late Night with Seth Meyers Tuesday night.

As fans of Sia — a singer who’s also written songs for Beyonce and Katy Perry, among others — are aware, the musician doesn’t like appearing on camera. “Chandelier” is the first single off her upcoming solo album 1000 Forms Of Fear, Sia’s first since 2010’s We Are Born.

Inspired by the song’s official video, the Late Night performance finds Dunham (wearing a blond wig not unlike the one Hannah Horvath wore last season on Girls) dancing around a bedroom set, smashing things and rocking out. You know, as one does. Important note: For this entire performance, Sia is also lying facedown on a bed.

Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez crowned Miss USA 2014

Congrats are in order for Nia Sanchez. Sunday night she was crowned Miss USA — and, perhaps more importantly, she managed to get through the ceremony without giving a cringe-inducing soundbite destined to live in viral infamy. (Isn’t that right, Miss Teen USA 2007?)

During the evening’s interview round, the 24-year-old from Nevada answered a question from judge Rumer Willis (yes, for real) about reports regarding sexual assault on college campuses, and what sort of policy should be implemented to combat it.

“I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation. And that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don’t want that to come out into the public,” Sanchez said. “But I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves. Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that’s something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women.”

Not exactly a feminist thesis, but at least she didn’t refer to anybody as U.S. Americans! Watch her winning moment below: READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Amanda Peet has a master plan to join the cast

Fun fact: Amanda Peet is married to David Benioff, best known as co-showrunner of Games of Thrones.

Even more fun fact: While on Craig Ferguson’s show Tuesday night, Ferguson pumped Peet for details about what life is like in their household. “What I do is, I go around my house just sort of auditioning for parts on Game of Thrones,” she joked.

Ferguson then pointed out that considering her marriage, there’s probably an easier way for her to get on the HBO drama. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Egypt's answer to Jon Stewart ends satirical show; Stewart responds

Satire isn’t for everyone, apparently: Egyptian television host Bassem Youssef has canceled his Daily Show-esque series, saying “the present climate in Egypt is not suitable for a political satire program.”

Youssef, who’s often described as the “Jon Stewart of the Arab World,” hosted successful satirical news show Al-Bernameg (The Program) for three years. During that time, he frequently ran into trouble because of Egypt’s tense political climate: Just last year, a warrant was issued for Youssef’s arrest when he was accused of insulting then-president Mohamed Morsi and the Islamic faith.

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