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Samuel L. Jackson informs news anchor that he and Laurence Fishburne are, in fact, different people -- VIDEO

Oh man. Oh man.

KTLA’s Sam Rubin — a “multiple Emmy winner,” according to his official bio — may never live this one down. On Monday, the Los Angeles entertainment anchor welcomed Samuel L. Jackson on air for a short interview to promote Jackson’s latest film, MGM’s RoboCop remake. During their chat, though, Rubin made what seemed to be a fatal mistake: He asked Jackson about his recent Super Bowl commercial.

At first, Jackson was confused. There was an awkward silence. Then, just as Rubin started to explain himself, Jackson let him have it: “You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter!” he said, shaking his finger. “I am NOT Laurence Fishburne!” The actor, of course, was referring to a Matrix-inspired Kia spot that aired during the big game — one that featured Matrix star Laurence Fishburne, not not-Matrix-star Jackson.

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Entertainment Geekly: The meaning of Super Bowl commercials, and how to fix them

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Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!

Do Super Bowl commercials really matter? Yes. Shut up. Sure, it seems strange that we should think about, care about, or devote any deeper-than-shallow national attention to advertisements representing millions of dollars invested by companies worth billions of dollars in the hopes that you, me, and everyone we know will give them at least hundreds of dollars. Did the great philosophers ever grapple with the subtext of a billboard? Did John Keats ever write a poem about a newspaper advertisement for a popular brand of absinthe? No. But Keats also didn’t live long enough to see a puppy fall in love with a horse. READ FULL STORY

Super Bowl 2014: And the most popular ads were...

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No matter which way you slice it, Budweiser was top dog at Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Both TiVo and the USA Today Ad Meter named the brand’s heart-tugging “Puppy Love” spot to be the night’s most popular commercial, give or take a Seinfeld reunion. (Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee halftime spot was actually first on TiVo’s list, though the company acknowledges that it wasn’t a true paid advertisement.) The ad, a callback to last year’s similarly “aww”-inducing “Brotherhood,” dramatizes the friendship between an adorable puppy and a magnificent Clydesdale — and shows nary a shot of foamy brew.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, nostalgia and feel-good themes were major hits across the board; many of this year’s most popular ads incorporated throwback elements like The Muppets, Full House‘s stars, and a barrage of ’80s references that ran the gamut from Alf to Twisted Sister. Dogs, too, were big as always — see Doritos’s “Time Machine” and “Cowboy Kid” in addition to “Puppy Love.”

Here’s TiVo’s final list of the night’s most popular commercials, as well as when they aired:

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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine': Adam Sandler stops by for a low-key Super Bowl episode

The most extraordinary thing about Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s big post-Super Bowl show? Besides a few unobtrusive cameos — compare them, for example, to Prince Presents New Girl: A Royal Post-Game Engagement Brought To You by Ford Focus — Sunday’s special episode was hardly extraordinary at all. Football itself came into play only once, during a brief cold open that pitted the Nine-Niners against their archnemeses in the FDNY; both A and B-plots revolved around fairly standard shenanigans in the office and in the field; even Adam Sandler managed to keep things toned down when he popped up briefly during the show’s second half. (He collects antiquities, and is writing a movie about Russian revolutionaries starring Kevin James as Trotsky — who knew!)

Happily, Brooklyn‘s low-stakes gamble paid off. “Operation: Broken Feather” was as relaxed and confident as the show’s ever been, making it a great introduction for anyone who hasn’t yet been won over by fall’s best new sitcom. And as goofy as this may sound, the episode also did a fair amount of world-building — bringing back onetime guest stars like Patton Oswalt, Fred Armisen (peering around a barely opened door, as per usual), and Dean “Dennis From 30 Rock” Winters helped to establish that Brooklyn takes place in a universe populated by all kinds of amusing minor characters, not just the ones we see each week in the opening credits. Called it an attempted Springfieldification.

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Super Bowl 2014: Best and Worst Commercials

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This was not the best Super Bowl for commercials (or football)! You know it’s an off year when two of the most memorable spots involve Greek yogurt. That’s just a rather bleak landscape in general, “live culture” notwithstanding. Meanwhile, my favorite healthy snacks Doritos and M&Ms, which usually bring it hard for the Super Bowl, barely registered. Below, 2014’s Best and Worst ads: READ FULL STORY

Super Bowl 2014: Renee Fleming sings the national anthem -- VIDEO

Last year, Alicia Keys belted out the national anthem at the Super Bowl. This year, opera star Renee Fleming did the honors. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Watch all the Super Bowl 2014 commercials here! -- VIDEO

Are you excited to see celebrities, puppies, horses, and half-naked girls schilling for products during the Super Bowl?

See all the ads below and come back later for Annie Barrett’s take on the best and worst commercials of the night!
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Not a fan of the Super Bowl? Here's a look at what else is on tonight

As of 6 p.m. ET, millions of televisions will be tuned in to Fox in anticipation of Super Bowl XLVIII. However, for those of you who couldn’t care less about the outcome of the game (or the commercials, for that matter), we’ve lined up your other viewing options. From all-day marathons to 6 p.m. movies, you do have a choice when it comes to what to watch!

So, if you do your part and find an open television, we will do ours and give you all your entertainment options. Our recommendation: Grab some of those football snacks to bring with you. Hey, nobody said you can’t eat them while watching Harry Potter.

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PopWatch Planner: The Super Bowl, the Sochi Olympics, 'The Monuments Men', and more

Yes, this week is a little heavy on the sporting events. Between the Super Bowl and the kick-off of the Sochi Olympics, it’s simply something we can’t ignore. However, the good news for non-sports fans is that there are plenty of other entertainment options to go around. Some of your favorite shows are returning, some of your favorite reality shows just keep getting better, and did I mention that George Clooney will be hitting the big screen? Here’s what this week has in store:

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Super Bowl chill: Will fans stay until the bitter end?

You can practically hear the collective sighs of relief from NFL headquarters on Park Avenue as the weather forecast for Sunday’s Super Bowl is relatively balmy compared to the bitter polar vortex that has consumed New York and New Jersey for much of January. The first outdoor cold-weather-city Super Bowl has always been planned under a worst-case scenario that included snow, howling wind gusts, and freezing temperatures. Now the National Weather Service reports that the game-time temperature should be in the mid-40s with modest winds and only a 20-30 percent chance of precipitation, before slipping into the 30s and possibly flirting with the freezing mark at night. That’s typical playoff football weather in places like Chicago and Green Bay, but unprecedented for the Super Bowl, which is typically held indoors or in a more temperate locale, like Florida or Arizona. Still, the NFL has to feel like it dodged a snowball that the major storyline for its marquis event won’t be the mercury in MetLife Stadium’s thermometers. READ FULL STORY

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