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'Kennedy Center Honors': Watch the Buddy Guy tribute that stole the show, President Obama rock out for Led Zeppelin -- VIDEO

The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors aired last night (read Ken Tucker’s review here), and it was another ceremony filled with memorable moments. Here are a few of the highlights that have already surfaced on YouTube:

Beth Hart’s performance of “I’d Rather Go Blind” with Jeff Beck for honoree Buddy Guy moved the crowd in the theater (including Barack and Michelle Obama, watch them at 2:32 in the clip below) and at home (I know I went to iTunes and purchased that song off of her album with Joe Bonamassa, Don’t Explain) READ FULL STORY

Amanda Seyfried admits she's drunk on 'Letterman' -- VIDEO

How does Amanda Seyfried keep herself from feeling misérable while doing press? One word: booze.

During an appearance on the Late Show last night, the Les Mis star explained that while filming the musical, she and her castmates had to live “like monks” in order to protect their voices. That meant constant water guzzling, early bedtimes, and most importantly, no drinking. Now, though, all bets are off: “I’m pretty drunk,” she told David Letterman matter-of-factly when he asked if she’d had a tipple before coming on the show.

Wait, seriously? Yes — as their chat continued, it seemed pretty apparent that Seyfried was, in fact, pretty tipsy. When you’re that tiny and down three glasses of whiskey, the alcohol’s effects have to be fairly strong.

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Bill Murray gets kidnapped and stun-gunned on 'Letterman' -- VIDEO

That’ll teach the world’s most elusive star to sneak up on people.

Bill Murray stopped by the Late Show last night — but his entrance wasn’t quite as sedate as that of most celebrities. After David Letterman announced Murray’s arrival, the camera cut to an unmarked vehicle outside of the studio, where Murray was waiting, trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey. He was soon escorted inside — and fake-stun-gunned when he started to talk back to his “captors.”

But don’t worry, fans — Bill seemed to recover from his harsh treatment once he plopped down on a plush chair next to Letterman’s desk. As soon as he sat, Letterman asked incredulously what that whole kidnapping thing had been about. Murray’s response? “It’s nice to be back.” And then the two of them had a pleasant conversation about spending the holidays in New York, complete with cocoa. As you do. Watch both videos below:

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Led Zeppelin visit David Letterman, explain their sound in one amazing 'sentence'

 http://img2.timeinc.net/ew/i/2012/12/03/letterman-led-zeppelin_510x317.jpgDavid Letterman will have you know that Led Zeppelin is his favorite band named after a kind of dirigible.

The three surviving members of the legendary rock group — Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones – granted a rare interview on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Dressed modestly in tones of navy, black, and brown, the media-shy trio came across as genial if somewhat diffident.

Letterman tactfully kept the conversation to familiar territory, namely, music. Page lit up when he recalled listening to Buddy Guy’s Folk Festival of the Blues with his friend and fellow Yardbird Jeff Beck. He went on to cite blues legends Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Muddy Waters as influences (granted, these artists were important to every band involved in the British blues-rock invasion). Plant joined his bandmate in flexing some music history muscle, highlighting the blues and rockabilly work of Canned Heat, Gene Vincent, and Brian Setzer. Watch a clip below. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' and more

In a way, Batman is sort of like Santa Claus. He’s cloaked in mystery, sorts through the naughty and the nice at night, and has helpers who build his magnificent toys. Also — little known fact — the real Santa delivers his “Ho, ho, ho’s” in an Eastwoodian whisper. So it makes some sense that The Dark Knight Rises arrives on Blu-ray just in time for it to become the stocking stuffer of the holiday season. (Yeah, like you’re going to wait that long to watch it again.)

Check out what else this week has in store.

SUNDAY, Dec. 2

Boardwalk Empire season finale, HBO, 10 p.m.

Empire has demonstrated that it knows how to close. Every season, HBO’s gangster prohibition drama eases into the action, patiently setting up the game’s pieces during the first few episodes, before thundering towards an emotional climax. Expect more fireworks tonight. READ FULL STORY

Oprah Winfrey talks about her childhood in serious chat with David Letterman -- VIDEO

Feud? What feud? On Monday night, Oprah Winfrey joined David Letterman for a fairly serious conversation at the late night host’s alma mater, Ball State University — and from the resulting clips, it’s pretty impossible to tell that there was ever any bad blood between these two.

As Letterman explained in 2010, he and Oprah first butted heads long before his infamous “Oprah, Uma. Uma, Oprah” joke at the 1995 Academy Awards. Apparently, Letterman pulled a prank on Winfrey when he spotted her at a restaurant, pinning his bill on the media mogul — and sparking a mutual antipathy that lasted until 2005. Now, though, the two appear to be the best of friends. While interviewing Winfrey for his Ball State lecture series, Letterman had nothing but praise for his Hollywood peer: “I feel personally touched and lucky to spend this kind of time with this woman,” he said at one point, calling her experiences “stunning.” READ FULL STORY

Paul Rudd reveals what he thought as an audience member vomited during his play -- VIDEO

The show must go on — even when it’s rudely interrupted by a guy who vomits over the theater’s balcony onto the audience members seated below. That’s exactly what happened last week at Grace, a dark comedy starring Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon. And you thought taking pictures in a theater was bad!

It’s unclear whether the guy who threw up was sick or just drunk. But either way, he gave Rudd a night to remember — as well as an opportunity to appear on Letterman to share the “Top 10 Thoughts that Went Through Paul Rudd’s Mind When an Audience Member Vomited.” Ah, who says the golden age of theater is dead? Gird your stomach and check out Rudd’s dryly delivered Top 10 list below.

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Joe Biden reveals top 10 reasons to vote early on 'Letterman' -- VIDEO

David Letterman doesn’t totally get the point of voting early, but Vice President Joe Biden disagrees. Last night, he set aside fervent campaigning and his Trans Am for a few minutes in order to read the “Top 10 Good Things About Voting Early” on Letterman’s show. The takeaway: Early voters get all the perks. Free cheeseburgers! An open bar! Five million bucks from Donald Trump! Why aren’t you voting early right now?!

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Jimmy Kimmel finally interviews David Letterman -- VIDEO

Watching Jimmy Kimmel interview David Letterman last night was sort of like seeing a space-obsessed teenager interview Neil Armstrong in 1970. Kimmel’s vast admiration for the late night vet is no secret — he’s spoken often about how Letterman inspired him to pursue a career in television. Dave-love even drove a teenage Kimmel to get a vanity license plate that read “L8 NITE” — and to have a Late Night-themed cake at his 18th birthday party.

Put simply, Letterman is Kimmel’s idol. And accordingly, Kimmel spent most of the interview half-joking about how badly he wants to be Letterman’s best friend. Over the course of 18-ish minutes, Kimmel did his best to convince Letterman that they share common interests and invited the famously curmudgeonly comedian to join him for several activities — fly fishing, barbecuing, a party “just [for] the two of us.”

And Letterman — who freely admits that he doesn’t really have friends, since “people don’t like [him]”–  took the whole thing in stride. The Late Night host tossed out a self-deprecating remark every time Kimmel praised him, occasionally lobbing back a few genial barbs without ever outright calling Kimmel creepy.  READ FULL STORY

Mitt Romney: Late-night's most wanted

I’m not a right-winger, but I blame it all on Bill Clinton!

Back in June 1992, when the Arkansas governor’s first serious presidential bid was still in doubt, he popped up on Arsenio Hall to toot “Heartbreak Hotel” on his saxophone. It was his campaign’s effort to “go right to the people,” and by all measures, it worked. To be fair, Clinton wasn’t the first candidate to make a guest appearance on the tube to connect with voters — John F. Kennedy visited Jack Paar in 1960 and Richard Nixon mangled a punchline on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In in 1968 — but once Clinton showed up on in his shades and belted out an Elvis tune, the power of television took over. Not only did he seem so much younger than his competition — George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot — but he seemed like a guy you’d want to be pals with. READ FULL STORY

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