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Press square to feel: The problems with 'Call of Duty's' funeral scene

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Before Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare even released this week, a screenshot, similar to the one above, started flooding social media. The gist of the scene: The player’s character, Mitchell (Troy Baker), is attending the funeral of his comrade in arms, Will Irons. Advanced Warfare has boiled down the act of mourning into a simple button prompt: “Press square to pay respects.”

It’s a ludicrous idea taken out of context, but in the course of the game itself? Yup, still silly. And the concept becomes even more troubling when considering the entire funeral sequence. It’s indicative of a problem games have suffered for years—distilling scenes meant to evoke pathos to a simple button press or two. We’re not given a reason to truly care about what’s happening other than “the game is telling us to feel something.”

The only feeling I was left with, though, was disappointment. Despite the strides in storytelling we’ve seen in gaming recently, what’s likely be the one of the year’s most widely played games bungles any hope of starting off on an authentically emotional moment.

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Kevin Spacey does glorious celebrity impressions on 'The Tonight Show'

Over a long and illustrious career, Kevin Spacey has established a reputation as someone who can consistently deliver spot-on impressions at the drop of a hat. Sure, he’s an Academy Award-winning actor and all, but few things are as entertaining as famous people acting like other famous people, especially when they’re as good at it as Spacey.

So naturally, when Spacey was on last night’s episode of the Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon challenged the actor to a game of “Wheel of Impressions.” Watch it below!

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Stephen Colbert is Frank Underwood's new target

As Stephen Colbert spends his final few months on The Colbert Report, the talk show host remains unsure of what he’ll do next—though the real Stephen Colbert’s plans are already set. Luckily for him, Kevin Spacey appeared as House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood on his show last night to offer some seemingly friendly advice.

Complete with his southern drawl and unintelligible metaphors about animals, Underwood promised to take Colbert under his wing if the talk-show host ever pursues a career in Washington. All Underwood asked was that Colbert meet him at the edge of a train platform—which should give any fan of House of Cards a moment of pause for Colbert’s safety. READ FULL STORY

Ashton Kutcher leads 'Forbes' list of top-earning TV actors

It looks like CBS is treating its actors pretty well, cha-ching-wise.

Two and a Half Men’s Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer take the No. 1 and No. 2 spots in Forbes’ annual list of highest-paid male TV actors with a respective $26 million and $19 million in annual earnings between June 2013 and June 2014. This will be the third year in a row that Kutcher, whose tech cred recently landed him a gig as a product engineer with Lenovo, has landed the top spot. Cryer, meanwhile,  is building upon Two and a Half Men’s monies with a huge book advance for an upcoming memoir that one hopes will be gossipy enough to warrant such a payout.

CBS continues its turnout of highly paid actors with Mark Harmon, who also ties for second place with $19 million, thanks to the syndication juggernaut that is NCIS and its respective spin-offs. Fresh off his Tony win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Neil Patrick Harris made a cool $18 million thanks to the final season of How I Met Your Mother. And even though Grey’s Anatomy is running into season 11, Patrick Dempsey still musters an incredible paycheck at $16 million, with endorsement deals with Porsche and Simmons Beautyrest mattresses. READ FULL STORY

Kevin Spacey joins Jimmy Fallon's barbershop group to sing 'Talk Dirty' -- VIDEO

Whether it’s with classroom instruments or by impersonating Tom Petty, you never quite know how Jimmy Fallon is going to cover a hit song on The Tonight Show. Somehow, the late-night host still manages to surprise — and his interpretation of Jason Derulo’s stomper “Talk Dirty” is no exception.

For Derulo’s hit, Fallon brought back his barbershop group, The Ragtime Gals, on Friday. There are primary color-striped blazers, bow ties, jaunty hats, and…Kevin Spacey.

“I’ve been around the world, don’t speak the language/But your booty don’t need explaining” never sounded so delightful. Take a look: READ FULL STORY

Kevin Spacey stars in new 'Call of Duty,' makes Frank Underwood seem like a pushover

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“People don’t want freedom. They want boundaries, rules, protection — from invaders and from themselves. People need a leader who can give them both the support and the constraints to keep chaos at bay. You give them that and they’ll follow. And that’s where I come in.”

As far as presidential addresses, it’s not exactly Lincolnesque or Jeffersonian — but then that’s not exactly what Kevin Spacey is going for in the first trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In fact, he might not even be a president; he sounds more like a corporate schemer from the military-industrial complex, like Giovanni Ribisi’s character in Avatar – swathed in Frank Underwood relish.

It’s somewhat perfect to have Spacey starring in the new Call of Duty, since his House of Cards character is such a fan of first-person shooters. The new game’s slogan, “power changes everything,” also playfully blends the two brands and characters. I’m in. Lock and load.

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What is Kevin Spacey talking about? Is this a 'House of Cards' clip?

The last time we saw Kevin Spacey, he was sizing up the Oval Office on House of Cards after his President Frank Underwood had been sworn in to the nation’s highest office. After backstabbing his way to the presidency, it will be interesting to see what kind of leader he is when the bulls-eye is on his back. Will he be like Nixon? LBJ? Clinton? Or Lincoln?

I’m ruminating because of a mysterious audio snippet that recently popped up on Complex.com. In it, Spacey — not necessarily Underwood — talks skeptically to someone who thinks “you can just march into these countries based on some fundamentalist religious principles, drop a few bombs, topple a dictator and start a democracy?” READ FULL STORY

Kevin Spacey dons sarong and shows off dance skills -- VIDEO

Kevin Spacey tried out the Lungi dance Saturday night, and now — thank you, internet! — there’s video to prove it.

The House of Cards actor attended the International Indian Film Academy Awards April 26 in Tampa, Fla. There, he got on stage to present actress Deepika Padukone with the award for Entertainer of the Year — and to get his dance on.

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Kevin Spacey responds to Toronto mayor Rob Ford's attack with a friendly photo

Earlier this week, the brother of Toronto mayor Rob Ford got his feelings hurt when the siblings didn’t get their picture taken with Kevin Spacey backstage at a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live. On Saturday, Spacey attempted to remedy the situation via this awesome tweet:

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Oscars: Who should host next year? -- POLL

The Oscars ceremony has been over for, um, approximately 12 hours — so of course it’s time to discuss whom you’d like to see host the annual event next year.

Will Ellen return for a third stint? Will Neil Patrick Harris finally take on the biggest awards show of them all? Below, see some of our potential picks — both fantasy and more realistic — and then vote for whom you’d like to see joking around with Meryl Streep at the 2015 ceremony. READ FULL STORY

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