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MTV Movie Awards: Conan O'Brien plans to show some skin, ruin 'Game of Thrones' for you

Sure, the MTV Movie Awards are this Sunday, but it’s not the only game in town: Over on HBO, the competition will be a brand-new episode of Game of Thrones. So how does host Conan O’Brien plan on combating the swords-and-sandals series? With both skin and spoilers, naturally.

“I’d like people to really see a lot of my body for the first time,” O’Brien tells EW of his plans as host. “What’s interesting is that the world has changed so much since when I first got into television; you have to be increasingly fearless. So, I want people to see parts of my body that no one should see.

“I’ve also gotten a hold of the Game of Thrones episode that’s on that night,” O’Brien continues. “So on the day before the awards, I’m going to get out as many spoilers as possible to kill the Game of Thrones experience for people. Then, out of either despair or rage, they’ll have to tune in to see the MTV Movie Awards.” READ FULL STORY

MTV Movie Awards: Conan ditches Andy Richter, teams with Ice Cube instead

This Sunday, Conan O’Brien will host the 2014 MTV Movie Awards — but unlike his regular hosting gig on TBS, he’ll be on stage without his longtime sidekick Andy Richter.

“Andy’s not reliable,” O’Brien explains to EW. “I’d love to bring Andy — in fact, I’ve tried to bring Andy to many things. But he’s like the country singer George Jones late in his career: Maybe he’ll show, maybe he won’t.”

“Andy pretty much lives in an RV,” O’Brien adds. “It’s very hard; he doesn’t have any representation. You can tell. Whenever I talk to Andy’s ‘manager’ on the phone, I can tell it’s Andy from a payphone, doing a slightly different voice. And then I can always hear someone banging on the door.” READ FULL STORY

'Big Jaw' vs. the World: A history of Jay Leno hate

Fact #1: Jay Leno has been the most popular late night host in America for the majority of the past 19 years.

Fact #2: Comedians, Hollywood insiders, and laypeople alike just love hating on Leno, and have been doing so consistently for over 20 years.

Why? In their minds, the reasons are legion: Because he stole The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson’s rightful heir, David Letterman, way back in the early ’90s. Because he refused to simply retire when NBC tried to replace him with Conan O’Brien in 2009. Because his primetime Jay Leno Show tanked, sinking Conan’s Tonight Show before it had even really begun — and eventually forcing Conan to leave NBC for good. And most of all, because they say his jokes are broad, pandering, and eminently unfunny — which is a shame particularly because once upon a time, Leno had a reputation for being one of standup’s sharpest and edgiest comedians.

So as Leno prepares for his final few Tonight Shows, he finds himself in a unique position: More widely watched than any of his competitors, yet widely reviled by the majority of his peers. How widely, you ask? Let’s take a look back at the most notable jabs, slights, and straight-up insults famous people have aimed at Leno over the years — starting shortly after NBC revealed that he, rather than Letterman, would become Tonight‘s next host. (Insert “Jay takes it on the chin” joke here.)

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One week with 'The Pete Holmes Show': Should you be watching?

As full of wit as it is awkwardness, as many charming conversations as there are clumsy sketches, The Pete Holmes Show is packed with potential, but will also require some patience until it becomes steadier on its feet.

Pete Holmes rose up the comedy ranks with his smart and smiley stand-up and built his fanbase as a podcast celebrity, which is to say, not a celebrity. After a week’s worth of episodes of the newest late-night show, it’s clear that Holmes’ biggest draw is his positivity. He is charming in his earnestness, and you’re almost always laughing with him because he’s always laughing at himself. What’s not to like about a guy who can so accurately state that he understands why people would be confused by his presence as a late-night host? “I don’t have that slick talk-show vibe. … This is the only universe in which I’m not a youth pastor.” And in that moment, you realize, Pete Holmes looks exactly like a youth pastor.

But a late-night show isn’t all about personality. It’s, generally, also about the guests and, occasionally, the extras: sketches, pre-recorded bits and/or music. Last week’s four episodes set up a pretty standard pattern for how The Pete Holmes Show will operate: sketch + monologue + video + guest.

So how did Petey do in his first week?
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Anna Faris on childhood memories: 'I had a Barbie whorehouse'

While most little girls styled their Barbie dollhouses with fabulous family, friends and pets — Anna Faris made her dream house a brothel that served as a foundation for unsolved murder mysteries.

Making an appearance on Conan late night on Wednesday,  the Mom star shared an interesting childhood memory of holding murder-mysteries with her dolls. “I was fascinated with murder as a child,” Faris said. “I would create Barbie murder mysteries. One Barbie would die and the rest of the Barbies would have to figure out who the killer was.”

Faris continued, “My mom doesn’t know this, so please don’t tell her. There was a weird sexual component to it. Yeah, ol’ Peaches. I had like a Barbie whorehouse.”

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Conan O'Brien previews hour-plus chat with the 'relentless' Mel Brooks -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Mel Brooks’ fingerprints are all over Conan O’Brien’s absurd brand of comedy — can’t you see Richard Pryor loving Triumph the Insult Comic Dog? — and the famous funnymen’s mutual respect is evident in a recent sit-down for Conan’s Serious Jibber-Jabber web series. (The full chat hits TeamCoco.com on Monday.)

EW got Conan on the phone to talk about his admiration for Brooks and what he learned during their hour-plus talk. (The Serious Jibber-Jabber tagline: “Conan O’Brien talks for a long time with interesting people.”) We also nabbed an exclusive preview clip below, in which Brooks explains why Pryor didn’t star in Blazing Saddles and how they were free to “go nuts” with the script.

Check out our interview and the clip below:
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All local news reacts the same way to Mike Myers baby announcement -- VIDEO

Dear everybody: Your joke isn’t as funny — or original — as you think it is.

Conan O’Brien pointed out as much on his show last night, noting that every local news anchor in America made the exact same movie reference when noting that Mike Myers and his wife are expecting their second child. And no, it wasn’t a “mini me” remark.

In the 29 (!) clips compiled below, each newscaster’s enthusiasm for the bit varies wildly — from “I’ve never even seen Austin Powers and therefore have no idea what reference I’m making” to “Saturday Night Live, here I come!” Watch the Conan compilation below: READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' takes over 'Conan' -- VIDEO

Just like you, Conan O’Brien is obsessed with Breaking Bad. Just like you, he’s been spending the last few months both eagerly anticipating and dreading the series finale on September 29. And just like you, Conan also thinks it’d be just awesome to spend half an hour palling around with Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Vince Gilligan.

But unlike you, Conan actually has the power to make that last part happen. Thus, last night’s episode of Conan — a celebration of AMC’s Emmy-winning drama, featuring altered opening credits, appearances by every full cast member, several goofy in-joke segments (“BarrelFlex: Get fit the Breaking Bad way!”), and even a special musical guest: Los Cuates de Sinaloa, performing the opening song from season 2′s “Negro y Azul,” a.k.a. “The Ballad of Heisenberg.”

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Andy Richter takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test -- VIDEO

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Andy Richter’s shared a lot of information about himself in the years he’s sat next to Conan O’Brien. When we put him in the hot seat, we found out when he yells at the TV, which R-rated movie he saw too young, what he considers his most-prized pop culture possession (it once belonged to David Letterman), and to whom he wrote a fan letter when he was young. Scroll down for the video below. READ FULL STORY

George R. R. Martin drinks in your Red Wedding tears on 'Conan' -- VIDEO

And they’re only making him stronger!!

Four days after the fact, even the Game of Thrones fans who knew Sunday’s Red Wedding was on the horizon are still trying to recover from seeing it in all its gory glory. As for those who had no idea what was in store for Robb, Catelyn, and Talisa? Forget about it. The reaction videos prove that they may never be the same.

And now the man who single-handedly murdered an entire army has had a chance to see firsthand what his words have wreaked — courtesy of Conan O’Brien.

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