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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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'Mother Jones' posts full Romney 'secret video'; 47 reasons for late-night comedy writers to celebrate -- VIDEO

Talk about politics as entertainment!

Yesterday afternoon, liberal magazine Mother Jones made waves by posting a “secret video” of Mitt Romney saying indelicate things about some of his potential constituents. Though the mag initially blurred out everything in the video save for Romney’s face and refused to disclose when and where it was recorded, MoJo later revealed that the Republican presidential nominee made his remarks at a private event in Boca Raton this past May.

In the clip, Romney disparages the 47 percent of Americans he claims “will vote for the president no matter what … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. … These are people who pay no income tax … [M]y job is is not to worry about those people.” Here’s that initial video:

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Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly announce online political debate -- VIDEO

Any observant fan of Jon Stewart’s or Bill O’Reilly’s respective basic cable TV shows knows that these seeming ideological foes actually hold each other in (relatively) high regard. They’re both showmen at heart, delivering a pointed take on the news of the day in an entertaining manner that inspires fierce loyalty in their respective audiences, and they both seem to understand and respect the other’s place in the television landscape.

So it should be no big surprise that Stewart and O’Reilly have announced that they will debate each other in what they’re dubbing O’Reilly v Stewart 2012: The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium, or The Rumble 2012 for short. READ FULL STORY

Democratic National Convention, Day 3: 10 lessons learned

CNN’s coverage of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden accepting their nominations at the Democratic National Convention last night (read Ken Tucker’s review of their speeches) taught us 10 things:

1. Some cutaway shots are simply too brief.

“Gentlemen, it’s never been a good bet to bet against the American people.”

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Democratic National Convention, day 2: Top 15 faces of people waiting to hear Bill Clinton

There is little doubt that former President Bill Clinton’s speech during Wednesday night’s Democratic National Convention was nothing less than a barn-burner. “Loose and ebullient, sprinkling his text with ad libs, Clinton reminded viewers what a powerful speaker he is, and how his pleasure in speechifying can be contagious,” wrote EW’s Ken Tucker. “Obama has his work cut out for him [Thursday] night to top this.”

Clinton’s oratory had the added effect of blasting away the cobwebs from an evening of speeches from non-professional speakers that ranged from agreeably engaging to stilted and bland — in marked contrast to the DNC’s first night of expertly choreographed and electrically delivered addresses. One need only look over the faces of the convention crowd Tuesday night to get a sense that many attendees were pretty much just waiting for the evening’s headliner to show up already. Forthwith, I give you the top 15 faces of people biding their time for Bill Clinton, rating their state of political lethargy ranging from 1 (fifth season of The West Wing) to 10 (five-hour C-SPAN broadcast about sorghum futures). Enjoy!  READ FULL STORY

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