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Leslie Jones Named SNL's Newest Cast Member

After making a big impression during her few appearances on the show, Leslie Jones has been promoted from writer to featured player on Saturday Night Live. Starting on October 25th's Jim Carrey hosted episode Jones will be vying for screen time with her new cast mates.

Jones was hired last January as a writer at SNL after losing out on being a not-ready-for-primetime player to Sasheer Zamata. But she struck such a chord with Lorne Michaels that he brought her on as a writer.

She did make a few onscreen appearances, though, exposing audiences to her hilarity. Her first appearance involved her joking about slavery and caused quite a controversy with many saying it was a stereotypical and tasteless bit of humor. Others defended her, though, and look at her now - a shiny new cast member ready to make us laugh.

Check out Jones's guide to the benefits of being single from the September 27th season premiere.


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The CW Gives 'The Flash' and 'Jane the Virgin' Full Season Pickups

The CW is showing a whole lot of confidence in its two newest shows, The Flash and Jane the Virgin, by giving them both full-season pickups.

The CW President, Mark Pedowitz, said of his decision in a statement, "Over the past three seasons, we have made it our mission to grow and to broaden out our audience, and to keep raising the bar with the quality and impact of our new shows, and 'The Flash' and 'Jane' have both exceeded our expectations on all counts."

Both shows have only aired two episodes so far but they've made quite the impression. Small-screen superhero endeavor The Flash is The CW's highest rated premier since The Vampire Diaries in 2009. Telanovela-esque Jane the Virgin, about a young woman who is accidentally inseminated by her doctor, isn't very far behind - it's given the network its highest Monday night ratings in two years. It's no wonder The CW is holding on to it's new big hits for as long as it can.

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Renee Zellweger Debuts New Face


Renee Zellweger, 45, showed off a surprising new look Monday night at ELLE Magazine's Annual Woman in Hollywood Celebration. The actress, who has shied away from the public eye in recent years, stepped out with what seemed like a whole new face. Soon the internet was ablaze: Is that you, Renee?

Yes, it was her, although many seemed skeptical that this could possibly be the beloved Bridget Jones star. According to the New York Daily News even those at the event couldn't stop talking about and speculating on the stars new look, with a source saying, "Everyone was whispering about how different she looked."

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Scream for October's Scariest Releases

As Halloween approaches each year, a slick string of seriously terrifying horror flicks make their debut. After all, what better way is there to celebrate the spookiest time of the year than with a good ole fashioned scary movie? This year's offerings are full of creepy dolls, classic stories re-imagined, and classic board games, all of which are guaranteed to have you shaking in your seat. Think you're up to challenge? Well, here are this month's scariest new releases, perfect for watching through your fingers in terror.


1. Annabelle: As Chuckie proved long ago, there are few things more terrifying than a killer doll. This month's Annabelle is based on a true case investigated by famed paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. In the film the doll, Annabelle, terrorizes a man and his expectant wife after becoming possessed by an evil entity. While the thought of a killer doll is scary enough, the fact that the real doll is locked away in the Warrens' Occult Museum in Connecticut is ever more terrifying, Catch this flick in theaters now, and maybe take a trip to see the real Annabelle - at your own risk.

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Joan Rivers' Cause of Death Revealed

Joan Rivers' cause of death has finally been revealed. The New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) concluded that Rivers died from “anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest” which is brain damage due to a lack of oxygen.

The OCME released a statement saying, “[The] OCME has completed its investigation. The cause of Ms. Rivers' death is anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The manner of death is therapeutic complication. The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy.”

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Neil Patrick Harris Set to Host the 2015 Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris revealed via Twitter yesterday that he will be hosting the 2015 Academy Awards.

The How I Met Your Mother star tweeted a link to a video that showed him on his iPhone and saying the words “I’m in.” The camera then pans over the actor’s bucket list which includes things like getting married, having children, writing a book and starring in a broadway show. The last thing on his bucket list is hosting the Oscars, which the actor then circles.

“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true,” the actor said in a statement after the news was announced.

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Wilmer Valderrama Launches New Family-Friendly Animated Series

Wilmer Valderrama has partnered with Northgate Gonzalez Market and Los Altos Ranch Market to promote his new animated series, Muertoons. The first of its kind, the innovative promotion campaign is a scripted animated program that harnesses the marketing strength and widespread viewership of a large supermarket chain.

For a three-week period, which runs from Oct. 15 through Nov. 4, shoppers who purchase items from participating brands from either of the aforementioned markets will have the chance to earn exclusive codes on their receipts. In turn, these will unlock two episodes of the animated series, which can be viewed both on mobile or home devices.

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Happy National Boss's Day

No need to panic. We know Boss's Day is tomorrow, and our guide to identifying the type of boss you have based on some of the famous bosses we have all come to know and love (or hate) will not only help you understand them, but figure out exactly what he/she needs. These famous bosses come in all shapes and sizes, just like your gift will! Is your boss more like a Leslie Knope or a Miranda Priestly? It could be the difference between a promotion and banishment to eating lunch in a bathroom stall for the rest of the year. Once you match your boss up you'll never be worried about another Boss's Day again.

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Jane the Virgin is Your New Favorite Show

The CW's newest show may be its craziest gamble in years - and it seems that gamble is paying off. Jane the Virgin, based on a Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, tells the story of 24-year-old virginal Jane who finds herself living her own telenovela when she is accidentally artificially inseminated. Crazy? Yes. Worth watching? Totally.

Jane has the distinct honor of having perhaps the most peculiar premise of any of the new fall shows. Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) is a hard-working, religious young adult who has been staunchly abstinent her entire life, choosing to wait until marriage to finally have sex. This fact alone feels far-fetched by 2014 standards, but it’s by far the tamest aspect of the show.

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Dear White People Review: See This Film

There is a need for Dear White People. This need has little to do with the film itself, or its first-time director Justin Simien, but rather the gaping abscess that is the modern, intellectual, mainstream black cinema. Dear White People attempts to shoulder this massive burden all by itself, telling as many stories as it can within its two-hour runtime, and it occasionally buckles under that weight. But when the film is finally able to bring its many narratives into focus, it has a sharp eye for the way systematic oppression can destroy the soul.

Dear White People is the story of four black students enrolled in an almost exclusively white Ivy League school, and their attempts to navigate being upper class, highly educated, and still facing the miasma of racism that envelops their university. The fulcrum of the film is Tessa Thompson as Sam White, a tiny, beautiful firecracker that sets her complacent environment on fire with her radio show, ‘Dear White People.’ Thompson is a relative newcomer who brings a deft mix of anger and humor to the role, and it tremendously fun to watch her physical and sharp comic sensibility.

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It's Official: Teresa and Joe Giudice Are Heading to Jail

On Thursday October 2nd, 2014 Teresa and Joe Giudices’ legal woes came to a head when the pair was sentenced. Nearly seven months after the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars pleaded “guilty” to multiple charges, including bankruptcy and mortgage fraud, the couple has learned they will both be serving jail time.

Joe was sentenced to 41 months behind bars while his wife, in a surprising move by the judge, was sentenced to 15 months. Many believed that Teresa would be spared jail time, but alas, the judge took no pity on the New Jersey housewife despite her pleas that she is “more sorry than anyone will ever know.” The judge did allow the couple to serve their sentences at different times, however, so that one parent was always there for the girls. Teresa will be up first as she has to report on January 5th, 2015.