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Remembering Madiba: Paul Simon, Bill Clinton, P. Diddy, Clint Eastwood, more share thoughts on Nelson Mandela

The passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the age of 95, touched people all over the world and celebrities took to Twitter and other social media networks to honor the late activist.  Read on for statements from Bill Clinton, Anderson Cooper, Paul Simon, John Legend, and more. Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in Invictus, also shared his thoughts in a statement released to the press earlier on Thursday.
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This Week's Cover: 'The Hobbit,' 'American Hustle,' and more holiday movies

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For movie lovers, ’tis the season to be very jolly indeed. The studios are stuffing the cineplexes with a lot of high-profile films, from Peter Jackson’s epic The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to more intimate Oscar bait like Stephen Frears’ Philomena starring Judi Dench. In our annual Holiday Movie Preview, Entertainment Weekly looks at the biggest movies and key figures behind them. Plus, our resident Oscarologist Anthony Breznican details all the front-runners in this year’s Oscar race. Check out what’s in store for the Holiday Movie Preview:
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New York Comic-Con preview: 'The Walking Dead,' 'SHIELD,' 'Oldboy,' and more

New York Comic-Con looks set to have its biggest year yet, with a slate heavy on popular TV shows and celebrity appearances. Based in Manhattan’s Javits Center, NYCC has grown in importance over the last few years. Although it can’t compete with the San Diego Comic-Con for pure breadth of buzz, NYCC has developed its own distinctive personality in the last few years. (It’s also gotten a big boost from a certain mega-popular zombie show whose Halloween-season start dates match up perfectly with NYCC’s early-October berth.) If you’re going to NYCC, here are the hot-ticket events; if you’re just playing along at home, consider this a possible sneak peek at the next few days of Twitter trending topics. (Note: You can watch some of the cultier/non-Walking Dead events on the NYCC live stream.)

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Saturday, 5:00 PM): The only announced speaker at the panel for ABC’s hit Avengers spinoff is Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, but this is Marvel, so expect at least one surprise. Since the panel runs an hour and fifteen minutes, that “surprise” might be a full episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. If questioned, expect Loeb to no-comment confirm the possibility of an Agent Carter series. READ FULL STORY

Kickstarter defends Spike Lee: 'Kickstarter projects are not charity'

The latest big name to come to the defense of Spike Lee’s crowdfunded project for The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint is the actual website that hosted his cash-raising efforts, Kickstarter. The company posted a defense of the director on their blog on Aug. 19 after Lee began amassing criticism accusing him of abusing the crowdfunding platform and hurting the success of lesser-known projects.

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2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell bashes Spike Lee for 'Django Unchained' diss

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Last month, Spike Lee attacked Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, tweeting that “American slavery was not a Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western. It was a Holocaust.” It didn’t inspire much controversy, possibly because the whole Lee/Tarantino Auteurist Feud feels so 1997. Nevertheless, just a few days after Tarantino lobbed an n-bomb in the press room at the Golden Globes — the equivalent of shouting “fire” in a theater crowded with reporters who are all carrying flamethrowers — an important cultural voice has weighed in on Lee’s Django critique. In his column for the Miami New Times, former 2 Live Crew frontman takes Lee to task for his statements. (Revelation: Luther Campbell has a column!) Some key lines: READ FULL STORY

The Obamas saw 'Do the Right Thing' on their first date -- VIDEO

In a promotional campaign video, the “First Couple” recalls watching Spike Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing on their first date.

According to Michelle Obama, President Obama showed her ”all facets of his character” during their outing. The duo spent the entire day together: They lunched in the courtyard at the Art Institute of Chicago and strolled down Michigan Avenue before watching the then newly released, critically acclaimed flick.

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