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Did Tina Fey do Sarah Palin on 'Inside the Actors Studio'? You betcha -- VIDEO

Dear James Lipton: Please never stop asking your guests to answer questions in character, especially if they have a background in improv comedy. (And especially especially if they’re voice actors.)

The dignified host of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio asked guest Tina Fey to revive her famous Sarah Palin impression when she stopped by his show earlier this week. Thankfully, Fey obliged, slipping into her winky take on the ex-governor like it was a warm, comfy elk skin coat. What followed was a too-short sequence that allowed Fey to show off both her best-known impersonation and her quick thinking. When asked her opinion on gun control, for example, “Palin” said without skipping a beat that she believes “that if everybody had guns, there would be fewer guns in the stores.”

Watch on, you crazy mavericks:

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Tea Party Patriots channel 'The Hunger Games' in new recruitment ad -- VIDEO

It’s The Hunger Games: Forget About People From District 12 edition!

At CPAC over the weekend, the Tea Party Patriots debuted their new recruitment video – a fake movie trailer that looked vaguely familiar exactly like The Hunger Games (mixed with some 1984 and The Matrix for good measure). Calling themselves “a movement on fire,” the video shows viewers the great peril that awaits patriotic citizens if we don’t do something about entitlements, fast.

“Fifteen years ago, freedom died,” a Woman Who Is Not Jennifer Lawrence informs us. With the new Development Party in power, there is just one Orwellian message on the airways: “When WE provide for every need, then you are fully Developed.” Do you understand? Government assistance is bad. So one day, Man Who Is Not As Sexy as Liam Hemsworth refuses to pay his “contribution” and a rebellion straight out of Mockingjay begins.

The video includes plenty of Hunger Games call outs, such as a mockingjay-esque symbol for the rebellion. But their liberty-hating villain is no glowering President Snow; Chairman Troy Marcus has the look of a middling House majority whip, nothing more.

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Uh, History Channel's 'Bible' devil looks awfully familiar

Are the creators of History Channel’s The Bible trying to tell us something? Here’s a photo of actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan in “Hope,” one of two episodes that aired last night:

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Mitt Romney's '47 Percent' filmmaker breaks his silence tonight -- VIDEO

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Just in time to truly capitalize on the scorching-hot pop culture phenom that is Mitt Romney, the guy who filmed the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign-changing “47 Percent” video is finally coming clean tonight.

We won’t know the filmmaker’s name until this evening’s edition of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, which will feature an exclusive interview with 2012′s very own Deep Throat. Still, a few facts about the guy are out there already: He worked as a bartender at Romney’s now-infamous May 2012 fundraiser, he previously worked at a Clinton fundraiser, and the contrast between those two events partially inspired him to make the video in the first place.

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Michelle Obama isn't the first First Lady to appear at the Oscars

Surprise! No one will be shocked to learn that many didn’t like First Lady Michelle Obama’s satellite appearance at the Oscars last night. Obama, surrounded by military members, helped Jack Nicholson announce that Argo had won Best Picture. Nicholson remarked afterwards, “Well, nobody is going to mess around with that, are they?”

False. In no time at all, there were hateful tweets about the appearance and anger at conflating politics with Hollywood celebrity. The Washington Post wrote: “It is not enough that President Obama pops up at every sporting event in the nation. Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election). I’m sure the left will holler that once again conservatives are being grouchy and have it in for the Obamas.”

But while viewers are entitled to their opinions about the appearance, the oft-reported statement that it was the first time a First Lady (or even a President) had been part of the Oscars is wrong. In 2002, Laura Bush was part of a pre-taped segment, “What Do Movies Mean To You?” President Roosevelt spoke by radio at the Oscars in 1941, and Ronald Reagan (a former actor) taped an Oscar greeting as well during his Presidency. And, while not quite the same thing, former President Bill Clinton showed up in person to present Lincoln at the Golden Globes this year.

The real surprise coming out of the White House is that announcing the Best Picture winner at the Oscars was only the second coolest thing Michelle Obama did this weekend. Number one? “Mom dancing” with an in-drag Jimmy Fallon.

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Michelle Obama hosts 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Q&A

Beasts of the Southern Wild may be a small movie, but it’s got a big fan in the White House.

On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the film to about 80 middle- and high-school students from the District of Columbia and New Orleans in town for a Black History Month workshop.

At the White House, the students got to see the film, and then have a Q&A with director Benh Zeitlin and actors Dwight Henry and nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis. The chat was moderated by Michelle Obama, according to The Washington Post.

The First Lady spoke personally about her love of the film: “It’s rare these days to find a movie that can so completely and utterly captivate such a broad audience and that was one of the things that struck me about this movie,” she said. “It managed to be beautiful, joyful and devastatingly honest.” READ FULL STORY

SEAL who shot bin Laden speaks: The 7 things 'Zero Dark Thirty' got wrong

“They torture the sh– out of people in this movie, don’t they? Everyone is chained to something.”

That’s how the man who actually shot and killed Osama bin Laden reacted when he saw Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s Best Picture-nominated film about the search for al Qaeda’s founder. The shooter is the subject of a lengthy new profile in Esquire that explores how he’s adjusting to civilian life after leaving SEAL Team 6 — despite receiving no pension, healthcare, or extra protection for his family from the U.S. government or the military.

The whole thing, obviously, is worth reading. But naturally, we were most interested in what the shooter had to say about the “little stuff” Zero Dark Thirty got wrong — including:

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Ellen DeGeneres discusses the Boy Scouts -- VIDEO

The Boy Scouts of America has decided to postpone its decision about reconsidering its ban on gay members for three months … and Ellen DeGeneres has a thing or two to say about it.

In her monologue, DeGeneres discussed the situation with her usual flair. As she put it, “They won’t let their members be gay, or openly gay anyway, but they’re letting them wear neckerchiefs and green short shorts?” READ FULL STORY

Ashley Judd is 'an Obama-following Radical Hollywood Liberal' says sarcastic attack ad

When your movie career is over, and your attempt at a TV career ends after one season, the only thing left is to try politics. F. Scott Fitzgerald said that, maybe, and Double Jeopardy/Missing star Ashley Judd is following the roadmap by strongly hinting that she’s considering a Senate run.

Well, she’s already received her first negative political ad. American Crossroads has just released a commercial positively dripping with sarcasm, which uses footage of Judd to describe her as “an Obama-following Radical Hollywood Liberal.” (American Crossroads is the Super PAC founded by Karl Rove which spent some millions in support of Mitt Romney, which — to be fair — was definitely a better waste of money than Twisted.) Watch the ad: READ FULL STORY

'House of Cards,' episodes 3 and 4: Are you all in?

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Netflix’s new political thriller House of Cards is designed for binge-viewing, which makes it great for consumers who enjoy watching TV at their own pace — and less great for writers accustomed to dissecting shows hour by hour and week by week. By now, some of you have likely watched House‘s whole 13-episode first season already; others are halfway done, or a few episodes in, or waiting to blow through the entire thing in one marathon viewing session. So what’s a recapper to do?

Since Ken Tucker already covered the first two episodes of the series in his initial review, we’re going to dive right in and discuss its next two installments here. (We’ll tackle 5 and 6 next Wednesday.) If nothing else, this pair of episodes does seem a good place to pause and take stock of the series thus far — especially given the second hour’s doozy of an ending. This should go without saying, but just to be safe: spoilers follow, y’all.

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