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Heisenberg responds to Jeff Daniels' Emmy win -- VIDEO

For Breaking Bad fans unhappy with tonight’s acting Emmy results, the Internet’s got something to take you out of your misery. No, it’s not a trip to Belize for those who beat Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul — it’s a YouTube video that mashes up scenes of Walt’s maniacal laughter at the end of season 4’s “Crawl Space” with Jeff Daniels winning the Best Actor in a Drama Emmy for The Newsroom.

Check out the video below if you’re still reeling from the upset and need a laugh. But remember: The AMC hit won the final award of the night for Best Drama. And no hard feelings either, Newsroom fans — maybe Will McAvoy can report on this next year for the ACN. READ FULL STORY

Who said it: A 'Dumb & Dumber' guy -- or a woman on 'The Newsroom'?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Will McAvoy is the smartest, noblest, most principled man in news — nay, the world.

Unfortunately, some people will never see Will that way because he happens to be played by Jeff Daniels — a.k.a. Dumb & Dumber‘s idiotic Harry Dunne, a touchstone for a generation of slack-jawed yokels. (Also because Daniels looks exactly like Dave “Joey Gladstone” Coulier, but that’s neither here nor there.)

Then again, it makes a weird sort of sense that The Newsroom — which returns to TV this Sunday — shares a close connection with a Farrelly brothers classic. Despite their impeccable pedigrees (two Peabody Awards! Two PhDs! A B.A. from whatever clown college Maggie went to!), the ladies of Aaron Sorkin’s latest creation could easily be described as dumb (Sloan), dumber (MacKenzie), and dumbest (Maggie).

To wit: They don’t know how email works. They brag about reading Don Quixote “in the original French.” They think LOL means “lots of love.” They can’t add and subtract without counting on their fingers. They don’t get the difference between Ado Annie and Annie Oakley, a mortal sin in Sorkinland. When you sarcastically note that you’re glad “nobody’s invented a way to digitally store images and upload them onto a free website where anyone can see them,” they earnestly reply, “Has someone invented a way to digitally store images?”

And if you mix a bunch of their quotes with quotes from Dumb & Dumber, it’s actually tough to figure out where each line originated. Don’t believe me? See for yourself:
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Jim Carrey's passionate gun control op-ed trades fart talk for earnestness

Here’s that sequel to Ace Ventura: Unlikely Gun Control Advocate we’ve all been waiting for!

Jim Carrey made waves last Monday with a Funny or Die video called “Cold Dead Hand,” which spoofed the pro-gun advocacy of the NRA and the late Charlton Heston. After Fox News’s talking heads spent the rest of the week raking the Golden Globe winner and his liberal ideas over the coals, Carrey shot back with a statement that called the network “a last resort for kinda-sorta-almost-journalists,” “a media colostomy bag that has begun to burst at the seams,” and perhaps most damningly of all, “a giant culture fart.” (And this from a guy who knows his farts.)

But in a new Huffington Post op-ed, Carrey trades name-calling for passionate arguments about why he feels gun control is so essential. “I disagree wholeheartedly with those who say that there are just too many guns out there to control and that more gun laws won’t make a difference,” he writes. “Change must start someplace.” He makes a point to note that he isn’t in favor of eliminating the right to bear arms, “though it is in the vested interests of those who profit by gun sales to make it seem so.” READ FULL STORY

5 things we'd like to see in tonight's 'Newsroom' finale

Whether you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Sorkinite or a scoffing hater, one thing’s for certain: You have a strong opinion about The Newsroom. It’s impossible to let this series play in the background as you fill in a crossword puzzle or cook dinner; The Newsroom demands attention and engagement, even if that engagement comes in the form of snarky tweets or incredulous blog posts.

And regardless of how you feel about Aaron Sorkin’s creation, you have to admit that its ability to provoke a reaction is impressive. That’s why even haters couldn’t help feeling pleased when they — okay, fine, we — saw that The Newsroom will return for a second season. Sorkin clearly has a complicated relationship with both his viewers and his critics, and it’ll be fascinating to see what effect, if any, their comments have on News Night 2.0 2.0. (News Night 4.0?)

Of course, none of these comments could have had any effect on The Newsroom‘s finale, which airs tonight at 10pm ET; the show’s first 10 episodes were in the can long before critics had a chance to sink their teeth in. Still, I can’t help but hope that the episode, ominously titled “The Greater Fool,” incorporates a few elements from my finale wish list. Here’s what I’d love to see:

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Jeff Daniels risks Clint Eastwood's wrath before singing 'The Dirty Harry Blues'

Jeff Daniels has mastered many skills: gross-out comedy, Sorkinian speechifying, not harming those who confuse him with Dave Coulier. And that’s not all: Last night on Conan, the chameleonic actor revealed that he’s also an ace songwriter — as well as one of the (presumably) few people who can rib Clint Eastwood and live to tell the tale.

In 2002, Daniels co-starred in Eastwood’s thriller Blood Work. But as Daniels reveals in the video below, the Newsroom star and the squinty multihyphenate shared a deep bond even before they worked together. Apparently, Eastwood once told Daniels that he loved Dumb and Dumber… and that he had experienced something very similar to the movie’s famous bathroom scene. Daniels follows this story by performing a tune inspired by his role in Blood Work — and while the song is funny, it’d be tough to top the news that even Hollywood royalty can be felled by bad shellfish. Check out Daniels’ ditty (and his mind-boggling tale) after the jump. READ FULL STORY

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