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Dane Cook pulls Boston show from live stream, angers fans

Last night several big acts, including Aerosmith and New Kids on the Block, came together for Boston Strong, a concert held to raise money for One Fund Boston, which supports victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Comedian Dane Cook also performed at the event, but he angered fans when he wouldn’t let his set to be part of the free livestream that other acts were allowing.

Explaining the decision, Cook tweeted: READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development': How much have you watched? What did you think? POLLS

Much like Gob on the cross, Arrested Development made its return from the presumed dead this past weekend on Netflix for a 15-episode fourth season that was available all at once. (Read Annie Barrett’s episode by episode take.) Whether you did a full-on Sunday Bluth Binge — who needs sunlight? — or are slowly working your way through the family’s latest misadventure, now’s the time to weigh in on what you’ve seen so far. Plus, you can find out what other EW.com readers/Bluthaholics are thinking.

Before you begin your almost mandatory re-watch to catch all the Easter Anns Eggs, make your voice heard in a whole slew of polls about the new episodes, below: READ FULL STORY

The Internet comes to life for Patton Oswalt in Webby Awards promo -- VIDEO

The Internet is everywhere and Patton Oswalt can’t do anything to escape it.

In a new promo for the Webby Awards, host Oswalt starts seeing things through meme-ready Internet eyes, with real-life cats becoming LOLCats, people posing with built-in Instagram filters and catchphrases of YouTube stars past (“Is this real life?”) all invading his thoughts. “You saps! The Internet is taking over and you can’t even see it,” Oswalt declares. Then “Gangnam Style” starts playing and things really take a turn for the weird. Will Oswalt be able to fend off the zombie Internet robots or will he become one himself? Twist: What if he already is one?! Stay tuned.

The Webby Awards, celebrating the best of the web, will be available to stream on May 22. You can check out the full list of winners, and watch the Funny or Die trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'The Office' series finale is tonight. Here's your catch-up guide

Listen up, fans of Dunder Mifflin. I hope you’re preparing to say your final goodbyes to Jim,Pam, Dwight, Andy, and, if the rumors are true, maybe even Michael tonight. Over nine seasons the Scranton paper company has provided all the laughs (“Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica”) and the gut punches (“I love Italian food”) that you would expect from one of the best comedies. But they’re finally closing up shop for good tonight, and it’s anyone’s guess what will happen in the final 75 minutes. At the end of the last episode, the whole gang gathered at Poor Richard’s to watch the premiere of the documentary about their office that they started filming all those years ago.

If you’ve stopped watching recently but plan on tuning back in tonight, never fear. Below, five things you need to know from this season so that you can be on the same page as the Dunder Mifflin crew.  READ FULL STORY

Jay Leno to CBS: Give Craig Ferguson a house band, you 'cheap bastards' -- VIDEO

You don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you — a lesson that Craig Ferguson laid out for Jay Leno last night when Ferguson was a guest on The Tonight Show.

The two men were discussing a recent incident where an air conditioner unit at The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson began to leak, forcing staff to move part of the audience onto the stage where the band would typically play — if they had a band. Ferguson explained that that wasn’t a huge problem because they can’t afford a house band. Leno — who obviously has had his own problems with network heads — told Ferguson he had to stick up for himself. “You’ve got the No. 1 network – you think these cheap bastards would give you a band,” Leno half-joked. “You tell [CBS president] Les Moonves to give you a band!”

Ferguson, however, insisted he didn’t want to get involved. “If they don’t know who you are, they can’t fire you!” he explained to a laughing Leno.

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Would you pay for YouTube?

Your daily mid-afternoon procrastination may need to find a new outlet.

Google-owned YouTube.com, a.k.a. the Internet video free-for-all, may be turning into a pay service for certain popular channels. In response to a report that the change to a partial paywall could come as soon as next week, a YouTube spokesperson tells EW, “We have nothing to announce at this time, but we’re looking into creating a subscription platform that could bring even more great content to YouTube for our users to enjoy and provide our partners with another vehicle to generate revenue from their content, beyond the rental and ad-supported models we offer.”

A report from The Financial Times says the new pay model “will apply to as many as 50 YouTube channels, [and] viewers will be able to subscribe to each channel for as little as $1.99 a month.” In this way, it sounds like YouTube will become similar to Hulu: a lot of the content is free, but to get all of it viewers must pay a small monthly fee. It seems unlikely YouTube will eventually charge for all its content (cat videos are probably safe for now), but channels that are creating content specifically for YouTube, like original web series, seem destined to eventually cost fans some cash. The Financial Times reports that a few of the channels targeted for premium status include The Onion and World Wrestling Entertainment.

Would you pay to watch YouTube? READ FULL STORY

'Hannibal' after Boston: What happens when TV networks try to be 'sensitive' to tragic events

Tonight’s episode of Hannibal dramatizes a timely theme: Our response – and responsibility – to human suffering, natural or unnatural. Caution: SPOILERS ahead. “Coquilles” introduces us to two people who’ve been diagnosed with terminal cancer. They choose to cope with their illness in different ways, neither way healthy. One character keeps it a secret from her husband because she’s doesn’t want to burden him, creating more dissonance in an already strained marriage. Another character, made monstrous by his disease (and perhaps other manipulative influences), forces his burden onto others in a bizarre, brutal way, with a convoluted justification that perhaps only Dexter – or a terrorist — might find understandable. READ FULL STORY

Morning shows speak with Boston bombing survivors, highlight heroes -- VIDEO

As the search for answers in the Boston Marathon bombing continues, so does the extensive TV coverage. Here is a roundup of the reporting offered by the morning shows Tuesday.

Good Morning America: In Boston, George Stephanopoulos spoke with Bill Iffrig, the 78-year-old marathon runner who was knocked off his feet by the first blast. His fall was captured on video and has become one of the lasting images of the tragedy. Iffrig is fine and was helped across the finish line. READ FULL STORY

'Glee' tackles school violence: How'd they do?

Last night’s Glee struck a nerve with viewers loyal and otherwise. But how could it not?

The episode addressed one of the most sensitive issues of recent memory, as McKinley High School was put under high alert after gunshots were fired in the school. Naturally, one can assume that this is the show’s way of tackling a topical subject that four months ago rose to the top of public consciousness in wake of the stomach-churning tragedy in Newtown, Conn. that left 20 children and six faculty dead.

Glee has never shied away from tackling heavy topics. In fact, episodes usually have more than one topic du jour. (Last night’s school shooting hour also included a “catfishing” storyline.) In the past, students have dealt with everything from homophobia, bullies, eating disorders, domestic abuse, and teen sex. The latter, actually drew some negative attention from a parent group.

But that’s what Glee does — it rocks the boat. And a quick glance at the comments on EW’s recap is evidence that this episode did exactly the same. READ FULL STORY

Kissing covers: Time magazine takes on marriage equality


Time magazine’s latest cover is unsurprisingly about the current Supreme Court cases revolving around marriage equality – but the provocative pictures are generating some controversy of their own.

Buzzfeed post notes, “One of Time‘s two new cover photos declaring “gay marriage already won” looks like a wedding kiss. The other looks more like a makeout session,” but while the in-your-face pictures are sure to generate some comments, it wasn’t the point of what the publication was striving for. READ FULL STORY

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