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Note to 'Chelsea': Crass jokes don’t become funnier the more you repeat them

For Chelsea Handler fans, Are You There, Chelsea? may be harder to swallow than that first shot of vodka.

You can check out Ken Tucker’s full review of the premiere — he wasn’t impressed either. Much like the show’s lead-in, Whitney, Chelsea tries real hard to shock us with crass jokes. I’m no prude, but the show seemed determined to establish just how edgy it could be. In the process, the humor wound up feeling forced.

A recurring joke from the premiere featured bartender Chelsea (Laura Prepon) explaining why she could never fool around with her cute co-worker Rick, (Jake McDorman): When it came to fooling around, they both liked to be on top. It warranted a smile the first time, but the writers just kept repeating the joke, perhaps under the mistaken impression that it would only get funnier. It didn’t. READ FULL STORY

'Oprah's Next Chapter': New network, new series, same Oprah


Happy 2012! It’s a new year and with it comes a new Oprah Winfrey show. The original primetime series, Oprah’s Next Chapter, debuted on OWN (naturally) on Jan. 1 with a two-hour special featuring Steven Tyler…holding hands with Oprah, and walking around his beautiful lakefront home in Sunapee, New Hampshire. (And wow, nice house, Steven Tyler!)

Seeing Oprah outside the familiar studio set takes some adjusting, as does seeing Winfrey so relaxed in jeans and a sunny yellow sweater. But once she got settled into interview mode with Tyler — and I think I like the behind-the-scenes feel of seeing producers scurrying about readying cameras, etc., in moderation at least– we saw Oprah being Oprah and doing what she does best. This woman is a master interviewer. It’s easy to take for granted, but Winfrey has both an innate ability to get celebrities to open up to her, and  zero hesitation over asking tough questions. READ FULL STORY

Seattle movie theater welcomes smartphones in 2014: Are you cheering or reaching for the tomatoes?

The New York Times recently reported that a multiplex near Seattle will actually encourage moviegoers to use their smartphones. Owners of the 2000-seat theater, scheduled to open in 2014, hope attract younger audiences who desire a “digital-friendly environment.” It’s a contentious move to say the least, but is it, as the theater’s executive director, called it “the wave of the future”? READ FULL STORY

Who's your favorite Muppet? -- VOTE!

Are you just an average bear who gets his giggle on to whoopee cushion shoes? A glamor gal whose ideal Saturday involves wallowing in a mud bath, preening your flowing blonde locks, then meeting up with your boyfrog? Perhaps you’re a a lovable grump with the best seats to every show? Or an adventurous — yet incomprehensible — chef with an array of unorthodox implements?

In honor of this week’s cover, we’ve narrowed down Jim Henson’s Muppet menagerie and want to know which character is your favorite. If you identify with any of these types above, we have an inkling which Muppet you’ll pick in our poll below. For everyone else, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What are you waiting for? Vote below! READ FULL STORY

Make 'em laugh: Our favorite celebrity crack-ups

In honor of EW’s Comedy issue (on newsstands now), we’ve put together a compilation of our favorite celebrity crack-ups. From Ryan Gosling’s giggle to Britney Spears’ snort, Natalie Portman’s adorkable Golden Globes guffaw, “serious newsman” Anderson Cooper’s show-stopping hysterics, and everything in between, we’ve hand-picked stars’ best funny haha moments. Check out the unexpected — and infectious — video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Beverly Hills' Lisa Vanderpump joins singing 'Housewives' pantheon with 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' (Answer: No.)

Amy Winehouse is rolling in her grave, Shirelles’ singer Shirley Owens is ripping her hair out one strand at a time, and Carole King is gnashing her teeth. At least that’s what I imagine is happening since Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump unleashed a new cover of  “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” on the world. Vanderpump unveiled a portion of the song — produced by Lionel Richie — to Ryan Seacrest this morning, and ohhhhhh it is awful. Let’s just say Danielle Staub‘s golden pipes remain firmly ensconced at the top of the Real Housewives musical heap, and Vanderpump is likely getting some serious side eye from the likes of Melissa Gorga, Countess LuAnn, and Kim Zolciak right about now. Hear Vanderpump’s stab at singing (starting around 5:20) after the jump — if you dare! READ FULL STORY

EW's Bite of the Night for Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

We at EW scoured the TV line-up last night to find the best one-liners from your favorite shows. With several series gearing up for November sweeps, last night’s episodes offered a smorgasbord of quotable goodness. There was the meta (David’s Arquette’s parting shot at Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Dancing With the Stars), the childishly adorkable (who else but the lovable goons of New Girl?), and even the downright sassy (Ringer, party of one!). See the best bites below.

Want more? You can read all three recaps: See what Tim Stack had to say about Ringer, check out Annie Barrett’s always hilarious Dancing With the Stars write-up, and get your bing-bong sing-song on while reading our take on New Girl.

Read more:
EW’s Bite of the Night for Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
EW’s Bite of the Night for Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011
EW’s Bite of the Night for Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

'Slumdog Millionaire' comes to life for Sushil Kumar

Government clerk Sushil Kumar’s life imitated art (Slumdog Millionaire specifically) when he became the first person to win $1 million on India’s Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?, reports the AP. Amitabh Bachchan, Indian movie legend and the host of Millionaire, told Kumar, “You have created history. Your grit and determination has made you come so far in this show.”

Kumar couldn’t afford a TV to watch Millionaire but visited friends’ home and wowed them as he answered one question after another. At their encouragement, he took his first plane ride to Tuesday’s taping in Mumbai. Earning $120 a month in government work, which he supplemented with a tutoring gig, Kumar would have been perfectly happy to get a few questions right. Instead, he went for the gusto and used his final lifeline to take home the show’s highest prize. He plans to use his windfall to pay for a prep course so he can secure a job in the Indian civil service, help his family members financially, build a library for the children of his hometown, Motihari, and buy a new home — and, presumably, a TV to watch his favorite show. His winning episode will air next week.

Doesn’t news like this put a smile on your face, PopWatchers? What else do you think Kumar should do with his winnings?

Beyond rich: 'Forbes' names top earners from the afterlife

They say you can’t take it with you, but some leave a lot more behind than others. Forbes unveiled its list of “Top-Earning Dead Celebrities” today, and it came down to two Kings. Once again, King of Pop Michael Jackson took the top spot, earning a massive $170 million this year even as the circumstances of his 2009 death are still examined in court.

In fact, Jackson’s posthumous income made him 2011’s second-highest earning act (dead or alive) after U2. Jackson blew away his closest deceased competitor, King of Rock ‘n’ Roll Elvis Presley (whose $55 million was buoyed by Cirque du Soleil show Viva Elvis) by more than $100 million, thanks to his publishing company Mijac Music. Who else made the list? Read more after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Patrick Wilson: An appreciation for one of Hollywood's most versatile stars

Image Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos

Noticed Patrick Wilson lately? You may not have — he’s been flying relatively, and tragically, under-the-radar since 2009’s Watchmen. And that’s even considering the guy starred in three films last year! But after seeing him as a homicidal evangelist in the trailer for The Ledge, it occurred to me that he could be poised for some big-screen attention, similar to what he garnered during Little Children‘s 2006 run. And he certainly would deserve such recognition: When I first noticed him in 2005’s Hard Candy, as the creepy object of Ellen Page’s sadistic yet completely valid vigilante justice, I discovered one of the few actors who seems to seamlessly float between genres with enviable ease.

Let’s look at this. Before Hard Candy, he was nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy for playing Joe Pitt in the critically lauded miniseries Angels in America. That was his first TV role ever. And he was a double-nominee. Breakout awards show favorite: Check! READ FULL STORY

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