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Google honors Dorothy Irene Height

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Today’s simple, striking Google homepage Doodle honors what would have been the 102nd birthday of Dorothy Irene Height.

Height was a civil and women’s rights activist who’s credited with bridging the gap between the Civil Rights and Feminist movements. She was awarded both the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2004.

Height sat on the stage behind Martin Luther King Jr. as he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, according to Time. She also co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus with Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan. After her death in 2010, President Obama called her the “godmother of the civil rights movement.”

You can watch President Obama’s eulogy of Height below: READ FULL STORY

Kate Winslet explains why she named her son Bear Blaze -- VIDEO

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This past December, Kate Winslet and husband Ned Rocknroll (more on that name later) welcomed a new baby boy into the world: Bear Blaze Winslet. So when the actress went on Ellen yesterday — for an interview that will air today — Ellen DeGeneres naturally asked how Winslet came up with that amazing name.

“A friend of mine when I was younger was nicknamed Bear, and I had just always really loved it,” Winslet explained. “He was everyone’s shoulder to cry on, he was a big bear hug, he was just this great figure in my life. And I had just always remembered it.”

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Hey, remember that time a 'True Detective' villain slept with Charlotte on 'Sex and the City'?

[Semi-spoilers if you haven't seen the True Detective finale. *shakes fist at HBO Go*]

Did Errol Childress — the sister-groping serial murderer whose reign of terror was finally foiled on Sunday night’s True Detective — look weirdly familiar to you? If so, you probably recognized actor Glenn Fleshler from Boardwalk Empire (he played bootlegger George Remus) or Damages (as Detective Milton Trammell).

What you may not realize, however, is that those two shows were hardly Fleshler’s first brush with prestige cable TV. Check out the bottom of his IMDB profile, and you’ll find that way back in 1998, he made one of his very first onscreen appearances in the very first season of Sex and the City — as Shmuel, a smoldering Hasidic artist who briefly tangles with Charlotte (Kristin Davis).

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'True Detective' creator had 'no idea' about Matthew McConaughey's eerie 'Unsolved Mysteries' gig -- VIDEO

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A long, long time ago, when the star of Dallas Buyers Club was just a slip of a McConaughey, he made his onscreen debut in an episode of Unsolved Mysteries.

McConaughey played Larry Dickens, a heroic young man who confronts a pedophile and ends up being shot 14 times for his trouble. Also, his character’s mother is called Dorothy Lang. Hmm — McConaughey going up against a sex offender, a name that’s thisclose to Dora Lange… sounds a lot like HBO’s True Detective, doesn’t it? There’s even a red pickup truck! (And, yes, strategic shirtlessness; once a McConaughey, always a McConaughey.) READ FULL STORY

Want to know all the stuff 'The Lego Movie' is riffing on? Here's a reference guide

Before The Lego Movie could hit theaters last Friday, some assembly was required.

Correction: A lot of assembly.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s incredibly entertaining “block”buster is a hyperkinetic Frankenfilm, cobbled together from a variety of sources both huge (the classic “hero’s journey” monomyth) and teeny (does a certain dolphin noise sound familiar?). The movie is also filled with casting in-jokes, snippets of dialogue borrowed from other movies, and callbacks to the directors’ past work. All in all, it’s enough to make your head spin, Lego minifigure-style — there’s no way for one person to catch all these references in a single viewing.

That, happily, is where we come in. Check below for a guide to some of the film’s most notable references, compiled both from the movie itself and a close reading of its actual script. And since the film’s jam-packed enough that there’s no way to note everything Lord and Miller are riffing on, feel free to add missing pieces in the comments. Caution: It’s spoiler city down there. READ FULL STORY

Fred Armisen's music career: A pre-'Late Night' primer -- VIDEO

It’s no joke: Comedian Fred Armisen really has joined Seth Meyers’ Late Night as bandleader-slash-music-”curator.” He’ll be helming the talk show’s house band — a talented group that also includes guitarist Seth Jabour of Les Savy Fav, bassist Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav, keyboardist Eli Janney of Girls Against Boys, and drummer Kim Thompson of Beyoncé’s touring band — even when he’s busy with other projects, like IFC’s Portlandia.

For those who know Armisen only as “that weird guy from SNL,” this news may seem more than a little random. But Armisen’s actually got plenty of music industry bona fides — his showbiz career began with a gig as a punk rock drummer, he made his first steady paycheck as a drummer for the Blue Man Group in Chicago, and he’s frequently showed off his multi-instrumental skills on both SNL and Portlandia. So before Armisen picks up his Late Show guitar — he’ll be both strumming and singing for Meyers’ 8G Band — let’s take a look back at his second, slightly more obscure career… which frequently bleeds over into his comedy.

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The sweariest movie in Academy history, who's up for an EGOT, and more 2014 Oscars talking points

Want to win friends and influence people using your intimate knowledge of this year’s Oscar nominees — and how they stack up against Academy history? Never fear: EW’s got you covered. (Caution: Nerd alert!)

- It’s unclear how many times the F-word is used in The Wolf of Wall Street. Vulture says it’s 569; Slate says it’s 544; some guy at some blog says it’s 506. In any case, it’s one of the most profanity-laced films in history and certainly the swearingest movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture. Wolf director Martin Scorsese’s own Goodfellas, with a mere 300 documented “f—”s, is the previous record holder.

- American Hustle is the 15th film to receive nods in every acting category. David O. Russell is the first director to helm two movies (back to back, no less) that have both achieved this feat. No movie has ever won all four acting awards, though A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Network (1976) got three wins apiece. Also worth noting: While quadfectas generally snag at least one acting award, only two (1942′s Mrs. Miniver and 1953′s From Here to Eternity) have ever managed a Best Picture win.
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Oh, so THAT'S why Jennifer Lawrence fell at the Oscars last year

Cake, you sly devil!

Turns out the sweet stuff is to blame for Lawrence’s big Best Actress tumble at last year’s Academy Awards. How, exactly? Well, here’s what the actress told Lynn Hirschberg in the latest issue of W:

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Sorry, Internet: 'Jeopardy!' confirms that 'gif' has a soft 'g' -- VIDEO

I know it. You know it. The American people know it. And now it’s been corroborated by the ultimate smartypants authority: Jepoardy, and more specifically, Alex Trebek.

Yes, Steve Wilhite — inventor of the looping mobile image format that conquered the Internet long ago — has always insisted that his creation should be pronounced with a soft “g;” you’re supposed to say it like the peanut butter, not “gift” without the “t.” And yet plenty of us continue to ignore his wishes, including the Oxford English Dictionary — which allows for both pronunciations.

Not America’s favorite quiz show, though. Tuesday’s Final Jeopardy established that as far as Trebek is concerned, the soft “g” rules. Could this finally be the video that convinces everyone to let go of gif? Only time will tell; for now, though, watch it and weep.

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What do Don Draper's 'Mad Men' brothel and Michael Jackson have in common?

Get your mind out of the gutter! The answer is Carroll Avenue, a street in Los Angeles’ historic Angelino Heights neighborhood.

As a local blog called Franklin Avenue points out today, that’s where Don Draper’s childhood home — a Pennsylvania brothel, in the show’s universe — is actually located. The real estate database Zillow says that the six-bedroom, 126-year-old building is worth just under $600,000, which sounds like a steal — especially considering how all the grime covering it in Sunday’s finale was added in post-production (and, evidently, after AMC took the photo above).

The fake whorehouse is located at 1355 Carroll Ave. You know what’s located right next door? 1345 Carroll Ave. — a.k.a. the “Thriller” houseREAD FULL STORY

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