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Leonardo DiCaprio, Selena Gomez, Ellen DeGeneres want you to 'Vote 4 Stuff' -- VIDEO

Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Amanda Seyfried. Edward Norton. Zac Efron. Tobey Maguire? No, it’s not an overstuffed ensemble comedy from the guys who brought you Martin Luther King Day — it’s a new PSA for Vote4Stuff, a nonpartisan campaign created by Maguire and his buddy Leonardo DiCaprio. Eat your heart out, Rock the Vote!

The video starts out silly — vote for “gays in the military, exclusively!” says Sarah Silverman; “I vote yes on cats. I know they’re up to something, but I like them,” counters Benicio Del Toro — but eventually gets serious. These celebs want us regular Joes and Janes to make short videos about the electoral issues we care about, some of which will be incorporated into the Vote4Stuff campaign later this month. It’ll be tough for any of those normal people-created clips to be as amusing as this one — but if you’re up for the challenge, you can learn more about Vote4Stuff on Facebook. In the meantime, let’s argue about which star’s fake political issue is the funniest:

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PopWatch Planner: 'Homeland' is back! Plus '30 Rock,' 'Steel Magnolias,' and more

The opening days of fall TV season are always exciting — catching up with our favorites from last season and discovering new must-see gems. If last week was any indication, our DVRs are going to be overloaded for the next few months. This week brings new episodes of the Showtime hit Homeland, a music fest to rock out to in your living room, a groundbreaking PBS documentary, James Bond himself on SNL, and the well-cast all-black rendition of Steel Magnolias on Lifetime. Have a great week!

SUNDAY
Homeland, Showtime 10 p.m.

FINALLY. If you’re as excited as we are about the return of the freshly Emmy-crowned Homeland, get ready for tonight’s premiere. We left off with Brody, the POW-turned-traitor/vigilante nearly blowing up the vice president and Carrie seeking electric-shock treatment for bipolar disorder. Will Carrie’s suspicions about Brody be proven in season 2?

MONDAY
iHeartRadio music festival, CW, 8 p.m.

The Las Vegas pop-music fest to end all pop-music fests, which was held in Sin City Sept. 21-22, will be broadcast as the CW’s kickoff to the fall TV season. The concert featured antics from guitar-smashing by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong to Flavor Flav mixing up Miley Cyrus and Gwen Stefani, plus performances by No Doubt, Usher, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and many more.

TUESDAY
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide , PBS, 9 p.m.

The second half of PBS’ groundbreaking four-hour documentary follows the authors of Half the Sky, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn, around the world exploring women and oppression through stories of hope and success. Hollywood stars including Meg Ryan, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, and Eva Mendes joined the authors on their journey and the result is this film, accompanied by a social-media effort and educational programs.

WEDNESDAY
First Presidential Debate, all major networks, 9 p.m.

President Barack Obama will face off against Republican candidate Mitt Romney at the University of Denver. PBS’ Jim Lehrer will moderate, asking questions that will focus on domestic policy. Expect more than a few zingers from both sides on hot-button issues like healthcare and immigration.

THURSDAY
30 Rock season premiere, NBC, 8 p.m.

30 Rock’s bittersweet seventh and final season starts with an episode titled “The Beginning of the End,” but don’t get nostalgic just yet — Liz and Jack haven’t lost an ounce of chemistry. Check out an exclusive clip from this week’s episode.

FRIDAY
Paperboy, Frankenweenie open in theaters

With this weekend’s success of Looper at the box office and a number of Oscar buzz-worthy movies on their way in the next month or so, things finally seem to be picking up for the studios. This week, check out the wacky, talked-about-for-one-certain-scene effort from Lee Daniels, Paperboy, starring Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron. For the kids (and grown up ones), Tim Burton’s animated Frankenweenie also opens Friday.

SATURDAY
Saturday Night Live, NBC, 11:35 p.m.

Bond, James Bond is hosting SNL this week, so shake yourself a martini and settle in for a late night full of Brits, with Daniel Craig and musical guest Muse. Hot off their Olympics song and with a new album out this week, Muse is sure to rock the SNL set and Craig is only a little over a month away from the latest Bond release, Skyfall.

SUNDAY
Steel Magnolias, Lifetime, 9 p.m.

The 1989 weepie, which starred Julia Roberts, Sally Field, and Dolly Parton, among others, about the intertwining lives of six female friends in Louisiana gets a makeover on Lifetime this weekend with an all-African American cast, including Queen Latifa and Phylisha Rashad. The made-for-TV reboot is produced by Oscar broadcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and directed by Kenny Leon.

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‘Homeland: Why Brody needs to be caught or killed in season 2
‘Paperboy’ trailer

Lady Gaga called a 'slut'... for smoking pot?

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Staten Island borough president James P. Molinaro is not a Lady Gaga fan. The 81-year-old grandfather likely does not have Born This Way cued up on his iPod 8-track, but his bigger issue with the pop star is the fact that she smoked the pot on stage during a recent show in Amsterdam. So Molinaro, who is promoting a new neighborhood anti-drug program, took her to task for toking, calling her a… slut?

“We have to understand that there’s a tremendous influence with our youth, which I didn’t have as a youth,” said Molinaro, according to the Staten Island Advocate. “And there’s the influence right there. Stop glorifying the drug use. There’s Gaga. Here’s this … this … I would call her a slut. This slut is influencing many, many children.” READ FULL STORY

'The New Normal' episode 4: Let's talk about how not racist we are!

Tonight Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) threw a dinner party to prove to Nana (Ellen Barkin) that they have black friends. Which would mean they’re not racist. She said they were racist for voting for Obama because he’s black, even though they don’t have black friends. And as far as I could tell, they weren’t saying they’d vote for Obama because he’s black. I think they were planning on voting for him for other reasons, but if they realized that, there wouldn’t have been an episode so let’s just go with it. READ FULL STORY

Steve Carell urges us to register to vote: 'What's wrong with you?' VIDEO

Steve Carell isn’t mad that you might not vote in November — he’s just disappointed. “You vote because you care, and people should care,” he explains in the following PSA for Our Time, a nonprofit dedicated to getting young Americans to fill out ballots. “You should care. What’s wrong with you? Why don’t you care?”

He’s got a point! After all, as Carell explains, “It’s easy to register to vote” — especially today, as it’s National Voter Registration Day. “There’s no excuse,” he continues in the video. “You don’t have any excuse. If you can get online, you can vote. And if you can’t get online… well, there probably is no helping you at this point.”

The former star of The Office also promises to personally smack anyone who doesn’t vote — but don’t let that goad you into staying home. (Though getting your ears boxed by Michael Scott would make a great story.) Watch his message below, then pass it on… and don’t forget to make sure you’re registered.

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Obama's and Romney's '60 Minutes' interviews were a disaster and a triumph -- or vice versa

If for some reason you hate watching beautiful people give each other golden statues, you may have tuned in to 60 Minutes tonight — which featured separate interviews with both Barack “You Didn’t Build That” Obama and Mitt “The 47 Percent” Romney. If you’re on the president’s side, you probably thought that Obama knocked it out of the park and Romney totally whiffed. If you’re all in for the former governor, you probably thought that Romney scored a touchdown and Obama missed the basket entirely. (That’s a football thing, right?) And if you’re still undecided, you’re probably wondering what oil is, exactly.

Though both candidates were pressed to answer tough questions — “why aren’t you more specific about your policies?” “Are you to blame for failed policies?” “Seriously, what is oil?!” — neither said anything particularly surprising or earth-shaking… meaning that these interviews will do nothing but reinforce any given American’s already-formed opinions on the candidates. Want proof? I got your proof right here:

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'SNL Weekend Update' Thursdays. What do you want to see tonight? -- VIDEO

Now in primetime…it’s Saturday Night Live!

Tonight, the first of NBC’s two “Weekend Update” Thursday specials airs. Anchor Seth Meyers and other SNL favorites will go head-to-head with Stewart/Colbert and the other late-night comedians for immediate, timely jokes. The sketch show couldn’t have picked a better time to launch its special, given Mitt Romney’s now-infamous “47 percent” comments, Clint Eastwood’s new habit of chatting with an empty chair, the Innocence of Muslims movie, and recent Tim Kaine comments.

NBC released a video asking Meyers what to expect tonight. He teased that Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan will definitely show up and that there will be a cold open much like regular SNL episodes. Celebrity guest stars seem likely — in one 2008 episode, Bill Murray memorably showed up. One can only hope that after Bill Clinton’s well-received DNC speech, Darrell Hammond’s Clinton may be resurrected.

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David Letterman: 'I don't hate Mitt'

In addition to alienating some of the 47 percent of Americans who he doesn’t consider part of his job to worry about, Mitt Romney also told a room full of wealthy donors that David Letterman “hates me” because he’s been on Jay Leno’s show more frequently. Letterman couldn’t resist responding to the secretly recorded speech, and he took a few minutes during last night’s show to reassure Romney that there are no hard feelings. Of course, such reassurance was expressed with typical Letterman impudence. “I don’t hate Mitt, and I think, now more than ever, he and his lovely wife Mrs. Mitt are more than welcome to come on the show,” Letterman said. “And I’m telling you, if you think you’re going to get to the White House, you have to spend time in this chair.”

Letterman also couldn’t resist lobbing a zinger at Leno: “I certainly don’t hate Mitt because he’s been on Leno’s show more; I mean why hate a guy who’s suffered through that.”

Watch below:

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President Obama talks Romney, debt, Libya, and Hannah Montana -- naturally -- on Letterman

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Why is our 44th president so happy? Probably because he got the chance to discuss everything from the recent violence in Libya to the tasty, honey-based beer the White House has been brewing on David Letterman’s Late Show tonight.

We’ll update with video from CBS once clips beyond this one are available. In the meantime, here’s an abridged list of highlights from Obama’s second trip to Letterman’s studio:

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Mitt Romney admits on 'Live with Kelly and Michael': 'I'm kind of a Snooki fan'

In a completely and totally unscripted sit-down with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, Mitt and Ann Romney stopped by to chat a lot about the issues — and then some unimportant stuff, which, this being PopWatch, is really of greater interest to us.

In the Romney Rapid Fire Round, the presidential candidate and his wife took on questions about their guilty pleasures (donuts for her; peanut butter sandwiches for him), who they’d cast as each other in a movie (he flubbed, accidentally saying “Gene Hackman”), and what they wear to bed (“I think the correct answer is, ‘as little as possible,’” he said.)

Among the other notable moments? When Strahan asked whether they preferred Honey Boo Boo or Snooki. The choice was easy for Romney: Snooki! “Look how tiny she’s gotten. She’s lost weight, and she’s energetic. Her spark plug personality is kinda fun,” he said.

Watch the entire interview below. And if you only want to see the smut, skip to the 15:30 mark.

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