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Hollywood reacts to 'The Interview' cancellation at People Magazine Awards

On Wednesday, news broke that Sony Pictures Entertainment was canceling the theatrical release of The Interview. The move came as the result of a cyber attack against the studio and violent threats against cineplexes that intended to screen the film. The following day, at Thursday’s inaugural People Magazine Awards, Entertainment Weekly asked those in attendance their opinions on the matter.

The issue is, of course, complicated. On one hand, while the film’s subject matter is controversial—it centers on an assassination attempt against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un—filmmakers have the right to free speech. On the other hand, the threats against cineplexes, and in effect movie goers planning to attend, brought up major safety concerns. Reactions on the carpet were, in a word, mixed. READ FULL STORY

Billy Eichner performs an original song he wrote for Taylor Swift

Billy Eichner really loves Taylor Swift, mostly because her music gets to the heart of the critical issue of our time: What to do when a boy doesn’t text you back.

So to honor Swift, Eichner wrote her a song that he’d like her to record. But for now, we’ll have to settle for his rendition, which he performed last night on Conan. The song is called “Glitter and Ribs,” and contains lyrics about making out in bibs and well, this: “You’ll never know my heart like my heart knows my heart.”

Your move, Taylor.

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Natalie Dormer, Billy Eichner talk 'One to Watch' status at 'People' event

In celebration of its Oct. 20 “One to Watch” issue, People honored 40 rising starsincluding Natalie Dormer, Billy Eichner, Danielle Brooks, Sam Heughan, Karla Souza, Ben Feldman, Gina Rodriguez, Travis Fimmel, Kiernan Shipka, and Meghan Trainor—on Thursday night in Los Angeles.

“It’s great to get the memo,” Dormer, who plays Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones, told EW of her “One to Watch”status. “The response that Game of Thrones has had, for all of us as a cast, has just been extraordinary.” Next up for the British actress is tackling Cressida in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, a role that she had to shave half of her head, which she called “a small price to pay”: “To join The Hunger Games family was about the biggest jackpot in the last couple of years you could hope to win.”

Comedian Billy Eichner was equally—and winkingly—grateful. “It’s really fun and it was unexpected and very flattering. I think I’m the oldest ‘One to Watch,’so there’s something unique and special about that, too,” the 36-year-old said.

On the horizon, Eichner is returning to Parks and Recreation for what he calls a “great, moving, funny final season” and to Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street, which was widely popularized with a bit at this year’s Emmys.

Souza, who plays Laurel Castillo on How to Get Away With Murder, summed up the honor best, explaining that it isn’t a singular effort. Rather, it came as the result of a brilliant producer, Shonda Rhimes, and an amazing cast and storytelling—in Souza’s option, “the perfect ingredients to make someone ‘One to Watch.'”

The issue is on newsstands now.

Billy Eichner condemns Burger King ad: 'Thanks for stealing my act'

Billy Eichner has staked out his place in the comedy world by taking to the streets and yelling about pop culture. Now that Burger King has used a similar technique to advertise chicken nuggets, he’s fighting back. READ FULL STORY

Billy Eichner, David Letterman play 'Celebrity Child or Kentucky Derby Winner?'

When a celebrity names their kid Moxie Crimefighter, it’s all fair game.

Last Thursday night, professional shouter and comedian Billy Eichner went on the Late Show to play “Celebrity Child or Kentucky Derby Winner?” The title of the game speaks for itself as Eichner challenged Letterman to guess whether a kooky name was that of a celebrity’s kid or a winner of the famed horse race. With names like Pilot Inspektor, Diva Muffin, and Bluebell Madonna, it actually gets pretty hard to discern between horse or human name. Too much kombucha can do that to a celebrity.

Bonus: Eichner and Letterman play a game of “Dead or Boring,” where Eichner has Letterman guess if a celebrity is dead or what Eichner deems as boring. Sorry Heidi Montag, you get burnt.

Billy Eichner talks the making of his Emmys segment

One of the standout moments from this year’s Emmys was undeniably the taped segment in which comedian Billy Eichner and host Seth Meyers ran around the streets of New York quizzing (or simply yelling at) people about the awards. And it wouldn’t have happened if Eichner had not decided to send a “ballsy” (his word) email to Meyers’ producer, Mike Shoemaker.

But thanks to Eichner’s initiative, the evening had a refreshing dose of absurdity. In the segment, which mimicked the structure of the recurring games on Eichner’s Billy on the Street, Eichner called out the Academy’s snubbing of Tatiana Maslany, Elisabeth Moss, The Mindy Project, and The Good Wife, screamed about the ceremony’s hottest races (“Dinklage versus Patinkin!”), and pushed someone who didn’t want to talk about Judging Amy aside.

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Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen win American Comedy Awards

Amy Poehler and her NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation were big winners at last night’s American Comedy Awards, taking home the trophies for best comedy actress in television and top TV program.

The pre-taped awards ceremony made its broadcast network debut, airing on NBC for the first time. Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious served as the house band for the ACAs, which honored Bill Cosby with the Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence. While introducing The Cos, Chris Rock acknowledged the strong, positive influence the comedian brought to a mainstream audience, saying: “Without The Cosby Show back then, we might not have a black man in the Oval Office today. Obama is the first black president, but Bill Cosby is the man to act like the first black president.”

Film winners included This Is the End, which was named top film and scored directing honors for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and The Heat, which took home best screenplay and earned Melissa McCarthy a best actress nod. Will Ferrell won the best actor award for his role in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, but wasn’t able to attend the ceremony. Billy Eichner accepted the statue in his honor, delivering some of then night’s best lines. Watch his speech below: READ FULL STORY

Olivia Wilde plays 'John Mayer or Pepe Le Pew?' with Billy Eichner -- VIDEO

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Well, this is just delightful.

Olivia Wilde stopped by Billy on the Street to debut a new game: “John Mayer or Pepé Le Pew?” Host Billy Eichner reads her a quote, and she has to guess which one uttered it: The charming sleaze or the cartoon skunk.

Is the once-and-future Alex Kelly particularly good at guessing? No! Not even a little bit — but she charmingly laughs her way through all the crazy quotes Eichner throws at her, from “Everyone should have a hobby: Mine is making love” to “I really don’t want to be a hunk.” Her sense of humor is also on display when Eichner teases her about the infamous quote she gave that she and fiancee Jason Sudeikis “f–k like Kenyan marathon runners.” Fun times! Watch below READ FULL STORY

Amy Poehler pretends to be Pitbull on 'Billy on the Street' -- VIDEO

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This week’s big Billy on the Street takeaway? If you see someone in a Pitbull mask, chase after them. It might be Amy Poehler!

Poehler recently stopped by Billy Eichner’s show, and a preview clip released on Funny or Die this morning shows the Parks and Rec star in a Pitbull mask, running up to innocent bystanders before revealing something even better than the “Timber” rapper: Her own face.

The best part, as always with these videos, are people’s reactions, from normal excitement to blasé acknowledgment. (Also, that moment when Billy mistakes a lady for a dude.) Side note: What is with all these people not having seen Parks and Rec? DO THEY KNOW WHAT THEY’RE MISSING? EICHNER HAS A RECURRING ROLE ON THAT PROGRAM.

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Billy Eichner pimps out Paul Rudd for a dollar -- VIDEO

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Billy Eichner is one of New York’s finest reverse-pimps. In the next episode of Billy on the Street, he drags Paul Rudd through Manhattan and offers random strangers $1 to have sex with the adorable, ageless wonder. Don’t get too excited, pervs. This is hypothetical sex — you know, the worst kind.

Rudd is a good sport, but Eichner, who keeps stealing scenes on Parks and Recreation, is a riot. His boisterous behavior, his prohibition on hugs and haggling, and his unending commentary make this segment one of his show’s best ever.

Click below to see Eichner make it rain for Rudd: READ FULL STORY

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