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Aug 18, 2012 12:40PM ET
There's major trouble behind the scenes of NBC's Tonight Show. Around two dozen people are being laid off, senior staff members are taking huge pay cuts and the show's operating budget is being peeled back. Even Leno wasn't spared.
Aug 17, 2012 6:18PM ET
Today in Hollywood news: A new face on Game of Thrones, no more Jane By Design, and Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn will get the TV treatment.
Aug 17, 2012 5:56PM ET
Today, Jen Doll unpacked a study that shows the use of selfish, ego-driven pronouns like "me," "you" and "I" outpacing collective, inclusive pronouns like "we" and "us." In the comments section, one reader noted a potential source for the rise of "you" in contemporary fiction.
Aug 17, 2012 5:47PM ET
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins has surpassed J.K. Rowling's seven-book Harry Potter series as the best-selling books of all time on Amazon.com.
Aug 17, 2012 5:28PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Aug 17, 2012 4:15PM ET
The Baby-sitters Club: Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, Stacey McGill. They were the originals, the quintet of female friends who preceded the ladies of Sex and the City and came well before the foursome in Girls.
Aug 17, 2012 3:06PM ET
The second season premiere of Homeland, Showtime's jangly good espionage thriller, premieres next month, and to get us all excited they've released a rather artsy new teaser showing us some new footage.
Aug 17, 2012 12:36PM ET
Today in books and publishing: Nick Horby says Fever Pitch didn't make football middle class; William Gass' gruff acceptance of e-books; Tampa bookstore for sale; Apple won't settle with DOJ.
Aug 17, 2012 12:21PM ET
Shockingly, people are still paying M. Night Shyamalan to produce work. But will any of it be good? Probably not if they follow the trend in this chart from Reddit user MrFrenchTrickler, who visualized the Sixth Sense director's downward spiral.
Aug 17, 2012 11:58AM ET
@Horse_ebooks, the inexplicably famous spambot that won the Internet with its nonsensical verbal juxtapositions and random observations (if that's even the right word), has been called poetic before, but one writer is taking the account's "poetry" seriously.
Aug 17, 2012 11:27AM ET
Last week I wrote of a shift that's occurring in gendered pronouns: More she and her, less pronoun domination by he and him, as per a recent study from a professor at San Diego State. Today, we take on the I. And me. And you, too.
Aug 17, 2012 10:58AM ET
Today in celebrity gossip: Ryan Lochte wants to secure his favorite word, Aly Raisman wants a date with a Jonas, and Eliot Spitzer's former go-to gal is with child.
Aug 16, 2012 6:20PM ET
Today in showbiz news: LC from The Hill trashed some books when she shouldn't have, The Avengers sequel has a due date, and Robert Downey Jr. has hurt his foot.
Aug 16, 2012 6:17PM ET
Aug 16, 2012 4:12PM ET
Quick, what do George Will, Cher, Rosie O'Donnell, Rihanna, and Karl Rove all have in common? Hint: Ask Donald Trump.
Aug 16, 2012 4:07PM ET
Now that he's no longer the Governator and is once again just a plain old Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger is throwing himself back into the movie biz.
Aug 16, 2012 2:54PM ET
Today in books and publishing: Molly Ringwald talks up her novel; Thurber Prize finalists; Jerry Sandusky is working on a book in prison; what Ira Glass is reading.
Aug 16, 2012 1:16PM ET
Mattel's apparently gender-bending Barbie, co-designed by and resembling a famous drag queen, looks a lot like any other Barbie.
Aug 16, 2012 1:11PM ET
Tuesday we introduced a new form of bragging: The underbrag, or the brag that isn't, except it is. Today, we check back to see how you're doing.
Aug 16, 2012 11:39AM ET
Today in celebrity gossip: Blossom was in a bad car accident, but she's going to be OK. Also, Kristen Stewart feels like a scapegoat, and Gabby Douglas does something with her hair.
Aug 16, 2012 1:14AM ET
Or, at least, that's what the new trailer -- the first trailer! -- for season four spends its time trying to convince you. Everything is still the same with the New Directions crew.
Aug 16, 2012 12:04AM ET
As much as everyone's excited to have the regular cast of Arrested Development back, guest roles were one of the best parts of the show's original three season run. TV Line reports the first announced guest for the upcoming season will be none other that John Slattery, aka Roger Sterling.
Aug 15, 2012 6:16PM ET
Today in showbiz news: One of television's best stars is looking to return full-time to the airwaves, Lucy Lawless books a fun gig, and Keanu Reeves' movie is basically cursed.
Aug 15, 2012 5:58PM ET
Aug 15, 2012 5:09PM ET
Yesterday, those outside the inner echelons of the competitive Scrabble-playing world were shocked to hear of a scandal beyond anything we could have imagined, cheating at Scrabble Nationals. Some of those within the scene were less surprised.
Aug 15, 2012 4:54PM ET
Should Jane Austen join Ayn Rand among conservatives' favorite writers? A National Review Online article has opened up a debate that touches the literary and political worlds, making us wonder: Can anyone really claim Austen as an ideological heroine?
Aug 15, 2012 3:06PM ET
Comedy blog Splitsider's Adam Frucci reports today that legacy cast member Abby Elliott (her dad is former cast member Chris Elliott) has announced that she won't be returning to Saturday Night Live after four seasons on the show.
Aug 15, 2012 1:17PM ET
Cady Herron. Miranda Priestly. What's her name, that new British woman on The Office. As one linguist explained to Fast Company's Drake Baer, you can—and should—be comfortable calling women like them (fictional or not), a-holes.
Aug 15, 2012 1:13PM ET
Today we get a tantalizing glimpse of season three of Downton Abbey.
Aug 15, 2012 1:13PM ET
Insane Clown Posse plans to sue the FBI, who've called the Juggalos "a loosely-organized hybrid gang." But ICP should've welcomed the attention. Having an FBI rap sheet has always been a rite of passage for musicians.