Anna Silman

Robin Williams’ Widow Opens Up About His Suicide: 'It Was Not Depression That Killed Robin'

In her first interview since her husband’s suicide last August, Susan Schneider Williams opened up to “Good Morning America,” saying it was not depression that killed Robin Williams, but the serious brain illness he was suffering with.

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Tom Cruise’s Nightmare Scientology Wedding: Leah Remini Opens Up About Her 'Reprogramming'

In a revealing interview with “20/20,” “King of Queens” star Leah Remini opened up about her break with Scientology in 2013, explaining that part of her decision to leave the organization grew out of her discomfort with the attention it lavished on its star member Tom Cruise, who she felt was embrarassing the church with his frequent public antics.

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SNL's Sasheer Zamata Mocks Clueless White-Dude Privilege in Painfully Hilarious Video

“Saturday Night Live” cast member Sasheer Zamata is the ACLU’s newest celebrity ambassador, and as part of the gig, she made a very funny (but also very important) video about white privilege, which features her and a white male friend walking around New York, as he waxes poetic about how far the country has come, and she gets stopped-and-frisked, cat-called, and bombarded with images of white male hegemony.

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Did Trevor Noah Steal Dave Chappelle’s Joke? Noah’s Bit on the 'Racism Connoisseur' Is Too Close for Comfort

A new piece in The Hollywood Reporter points out remarkable similarities between a joke that Trevor Noah told at L.A.’s Politicon this Saturday and a bit that Dave Chappelle did on HBO in 1998.

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Michael Moore’s 'Where to Invade Next' Is a Love Letter to the Things Europe Does Better Than U.S.

When it was announced that Michael Moore was releasing his first documentary in six years this fall, titled Where To Invade Next, there was much speculation as to what the film was about. Moore, who is usually not shy about publicity, refused to talk about the film while he was shooting it, and has revealed only: “It’s not what you think it is.”

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8 Hilarious Bits from 'Boyish Girl' Comic Tig Notaro

While Tig Notaro exploded onto the scene with her instantly iconic “cancer set” at Los Angeles’ Largo theater in 2012 — which she famously began by saying “Hello, I have cancer,” before speaking openly about her illness and her mother’s recent death — there’s a lot more to the comedian than one (admittedly legendary) performance.

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7 Killer Comedy Specials You Can Watch Right Now

While we’re all excited for Amy Schumer’s upcoming HBO stand-up special, you don’t have to wait until October to see great stand-up comedy from the comfort of your laptop. As we approach summer’s end, here are seven great recent stand-up specials to tide you over through these last lazy summer days.

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'I'm Dry-Trumping': Stephen Colbert Talks Politics, Dropping the Character and His Election-Year Excitement

On Monday, Colbert spoke at the Television Critics Association about his plans for his “Late Show,” which premieres on CBS on September 8. According to accounts of the panel from Variety and Deadline, he is just excited as we are.

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If You Like These 8 Sitcoms, You Will Love 'Difficult People'

“Difficult People,” the new Hulu comedy from Amy Poehler’s Paper Kite productions, stars Billy Eichner (“Billy on The Street,” “Parks & Rec”) and longtime comedy scribe Julie Klausner (“Best Week Ever,” “Mulaney”) as pricklier, less-successful versions of themselves: Two curmudgeonly pop culture-obsessed BFFs trying to make it in the acting and comedy world.

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The 12 Most Age-Inappropriate Romantic Pairings in Woody Allen’s Career

In recent years, Woody Allen has been known for his tendency to cast young actresses as love interests for much older men. While his pairings were mostly age appropriate until the early ‘90s (with the obvious exception of “Manhattan”), the creepiness factor has shot upward in recent years, from Larry David romancing Evan Rachel Wood in 2009’s “Whatever Works” to Emma Stone’s recent pairings with Colin Firth and Joaquin Phoenix (although Allen’s latest film, “Irrational Man,” which stars 26-year-old Stone opposite 40-year-old Joaquin Phoenix, is actually pretty tame compared to some of his other outings). Here’s a look at the most egregious romantic pairings from throughout Allen’s career.

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8 Times Comedians Helped Us Deal With Tragedy

Last night, Jon Stewart gave a searing oration on the shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., transitioning, as he as often been known to do in events of national tragedy, out of a comic register and into a powerfully somber one. “I didn’t do my job today. So I apologize,” Stewart said sadly. “I got nothin’ for you in terms of jokes and sounds, because of what happened in South Carolina. And maybe if I wasn’t near the end of the run, or this wasn’t such a common occurrence, maybe I could’ve pulled out of the spiral. But I didn’t. And so, I honestly have nothing, other than just sadness.”

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10 Times "Game of Thrones" Ripped Fans' Hearts out

“Game of Thrones” is not a show that makes things easy for viewers. Beloved characters are killed off without warning. Gruesome body horror, amputation, mutilation, dismemberment and decapitation abounds. For some reason, creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff can’t stop writing scenes where consensual sex scenes are rewritten as violent sexual assaults. Television, it’s a hell of a drug!

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George R.R Martin Fires Back At Critics of Sexual Violence On 'Game of Thrones': 'I Don’t Think We Should Pretend It Doesn’t Exist'

There has been a lot of talk about the brutal, often gratuitous depictions of sexual violence on “Game of Thrones,” particularly in the wake of Sansa’s traumatic rape two episodes ago. As Salon's Sonia Saraiya wrote at the time, “the problem, as ever, with ‘Game Of Thrones’ rape is not that it exists but that it fails to adequately justify why it exists.”

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6 Times Men Brilliantly Shut Down Hollywood Sexism

Recently, Melissa McCarthy revealed that she called out a sexist reporter who called her “hideous” during the press tour for her 2014 film “Tammy.” Galvanized by McCarthy’s remarks — and the many other awesome Hollywood women who have recently come out against industry gender biases — we rounded up a list of other female celebrities who shut down sexist reporters, from Lena Dunham defending “Girls” nudity to Scarlett Johansson calling out a reporter for giving her “rabbit food” questions. Now, in the interest of equality (!), we’ve decided to also round up some Hollywood men who have taken advantage of their press tours to shine a light on the issue of Hollywood sexism. Alas, they may be few in number, but they are mighty.

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Clint Eastwood Claims He Didn’t Threaten to Kill Michael Moore, Though 'It Isn’t a Bad Idea'

During a panel at CinemaCon this week, Clint Eastwood addressed longstanding rumors of a feud between himself and director Michael Moore. Moore has claimed that the “American Sniper” director threatened him at the National Board of Review Awards Dinner back in 2005 — where they were being honored for “Farenheit 9/11″ and “Million Dollar Baby,” respectively — with Eastwood saying he would kill Moore if he ever showed up at his door with a camera. Clint, for his part, denied the whole thing — although he certainly doesn’t seem to object to the idea.

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John Travolta Defends Scientology: The Church Has Been “So Beautiful for Me”

John Travolta, who features prominently in “Going Clear,” Alex Gibney’s incendiary HBO documentary about the Church of Scientology, addressed the controversy around his church in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times on Monday. The film details numerous abuses committed by the church, including compiling damaging personal data about Travolta to use against him should he threaten to defect.

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More Scientology Shockers: 5 Revelations from “Going Clear” Left out of the HBO Film

People were shocked by the revelations in “Going Clear,” Alex Gibney’s expose about the Church of Scientology that aired on HBO last night. But when it comes to allegations of Scientology’s crimes and abuses, the film is really just the tip of the iceberg. Lawrence Wright — who wrote the book on which the film is based — uncovered so much dirt on the Church that it was impossible for Gibney to include every point of interest in a two-hour film. Here are five more stunning segments from Wright’s book (and then go and read the incredible book for yourself).

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Is It Finally Beyoncé's Year? 15 Grammy Questions

While you probably already have your Oscar ballot filled out, the narrative surrounding the Grammys always tends to be a little more muddled. While the Oscars still have the sheen of prestige, the Grammys have long been denounced as a questionable arbiter of taste, with many viewing the annual presentation of the gilded gramophones as a cheap popularity contest at best and a ridiculous farce at worse. Add to that the bloated runtime, bizarre duets and archaic eligibility requirements, and the evening can be a lot to wrap your head around. Still, it is music’s biggest night, and you’re obviously going to be watching, aren’t you? Here are 15 major talking points to get you ready for the festivities.

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MDMA, aka Molly, Has Hit the TV Mainstream

On the second season premiere of “Looking,” HBO’s dramedy about three San Francisco-based gay men, the gang find themselves in the middle of the woods, heading to a rave suitably titled “The Promised Land.” Just before they get there, Agustín, the group’s resident wild child, whips out some pills for the group to pop. When asked what he’s holding, Agustín responds with breezy nonchalance, as if he’s passing out a handful of Junior Mints: “It’s just molly.”

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5 Surprising Revelations From HBO’s New Scientology Documentary 'Going Clear'

There were reports of crazy lines to get into the Sundance premiere of “Going Clear” last night, Alex Gibney’s new HBO documentary about the Church of Scientology. While we haven’t seen the movie, we’re confident that the buzz is well deserved. The film is based on New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright’s 2013 book “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & The Prison of Belief,” a masterpiece of in-depth reporting packed to the brim with insane details and shocking revelations about the shadowy organization that L. Ron Hubbard founded. The film doesn’t premiere on HBO until March, but in the meantime, here are some of the most juicy tidbits from the book you can look forward to hopefully seeing on screen:

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Cartoons in Support of Paris Satire Mag Charlie Hebdo in the Wake Of Murderous Attacks

In the wake of the tragic terror attack at French satire paper Charlie Hebdo, the media has had a range of professional responses. While some responded by printing the images of the incendiary cartoons for which the magazine was targeted — and indeed, view it as a necessary show of solidarity — others have opted for censorship of the images. We’ll update with more responses as they come in.

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