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The 5 Funniest TV Clips of the Week (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Sep 25th 2010 3:00PM
With the recent influx of fall programming, it's easy to lose track of the amusing moments that TV has to offer. Well, never fear. Our DVRs are working overtime, and we've collected the five funniest moments from the week gone by here. Witness a former President's awkward near-confession, a star's drunken encounter with paparazzi, and an actor's followup to a famously unhinged late-night appearance a year-and-a-half ago.

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Casting the (Rumored) 'Goodfellas' TV Series

by Sharon Knolle, posted Sep 24th 2010 1:00PM
When we heard the news that Martin Scorsese's iconic gangster flick 'Goodfellas' might become a TV series, our first thought -- besides, "No effin' way!" -- was "Who can possibly fill the shoes of Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci?"

We thought about some really big names (Gary Oldman! James Gandolfini!) but then we scaled down our thoughts to actors who might be able to reinvent these characters well enough to avoid getting whacked. And without bankrupting any networks.

Read on for some actors who might give 'Goodfellas' a good run, and vice versa.

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Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman: Actor Returns to Explain Last Year's Bizarre Appearance (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 23rd 2010 3:45AM
Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman: The Weird Actor Returns for Round TwoJoaquin Phoenix apologized to David Letterman on 'The Late Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) for his previous bizarre appearance on the show back in February 2009.

That interview was a memorable event for all concerned.

Back then, Joaquin sported a long beard, unruly hair and dark sunglasses. He muttered his way through his 10-minute segment on the show, barely answered any questions, and then bizarrely announced that he was quitting acting to start a new career as a rapper.

Well, since that last interview, Joaquin has released the "mockumentary" 'I'm Still Here,' which he shot along with his friend Casey Affleck. The movie purports to cover his "lost period" -- and features full-frontal male nudity, topless call girls, tons of drugs, and a now-infamous scene involving defecation. However, following the movie's release, director Affleck revealed that the entire thing was a hoax.

Tonight, Joaquin was back on 'Letterman,' to explain what in the world he was thinking. Let's hear what he has to say for himself, shall we?

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Casey Affleck Explains Joaquin Phoenix's Letterman Appearance on 'The Tonight Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2010 9:35AM
Casey Affleck, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Now that the cat is out of the bag, confirming the long-running theories that Joaquin Phoenix's very public psychological meltdown was in fact part of a bizarre movie project he was doing, The film's director, Casey Affleck, went on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM on NBC) to try and clarify exactly what's been going on, including Phoenix's infamous bearded and off-kilter appearance on the 'Late Show' in January 2009.

When Jay Leno asked Affleck directly if David Letterman was in on the hoax, Affleck answered evasively. "Neither Joaquin or I ever talked to Dave," he said, leaving it wide open that someone else involved could have filled him in. "I told [Paul] Shaffer, but he's not going to tell anybody," Affleck joked.

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David Letterman Was In On the Joaquin Phoenix Hoax

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 20th 2010 11:00AM
Joaquin PhoenixAfter Casey Affleck confirmed to The New York Times last week that his Joaquin Phoenix "documentary" was a hoax, now it's been revealed that David Letterman was in on the whole thing.

'Late Show With David Letterman' writer Bill Scheft admitted on Friday that Phoenix's disastrous February 2009 appearance on the show was all planned, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Dave knew about it and Dave loved it because he could play along," Scheft said. "It was great television."

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Joaquin Phoenix Facing Letterman Again

by PopEater Staff, posted Sep 13th 2010 4:30PM
Joaquin PhoenixMark your calendars: Phoenix vs. Letterman, round 2, will take place Sept. 22.

The last time Joaquin Phoenix appeared on the 'Late Show with David Letterman,' the interview was testy and awkward, and helped add yet another wrinkle to Phoenix's bizarre transformation from respected actor to amateur rapper. But things are bound to get a whole lot weirder come next week.

Phoenix will appear on the late night talk show Sept. 22, marking his first sit-down with Letterman since February 2009.

Casey Affleck's (faux?) documentary on Phoenix's transformation, called 'I'm Still Here,' is in theaters now and strangely enough includes the original interview with Letterman. It's very possible that Phoenix will plug the film on Letterman's show by airing a clip of himself talking to Letterman on Letterman's show. Mind blown?

Watch their last chit-chat after the jump!

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The Twelve Days of Festivus: Nine on-air breakdowns

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 15th 2009 11:00AM
Glenn BeckOn the ninth day of Festivus, TV gave to me... nine on-air breakdowns.

Director Alfred Hitchcock once said, "Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it."

Yes, having a camera stuck in your face for an hour or more a day must take a toll on your sanity. Your privacy is virtually limited. Your every move is scrutinized and criticized by faceless meanies. Your therapist is one session away from owning his own fishing trawler.

It's only a matter of time before the grasp of sanity is clipped away like a loose thread on a homemade snowman sweater and you turn into a blubbering, snotty, incoherent mess for all the world to enjoy. These are the personalities who lost it and may or may not have gained whatever "it" is back.

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Right Now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 18th 2009 10:03AM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

  • Cinematical is at Sundance and writer Eric Snyder outs fellow blogger, Defamer's Stu Van Airsdale as a joke thief. FACT: Cold weather and Mormons bring out the worst in people.
  • So what do you make of the whole "Joaquin Phoenix as a rapper" thing? Personally, I think it's a joke or an over-extended performance piece. Regardless, Casey Affleck is making a documentary about Phoenix's quest. Share your thoughts over on Cinematical.
  • If freezing your ass off in your own town isn't enough for you, you can imagine what you would be doing while freezing your ass off in Park City, Utah when you read Sundance in 60 Seconds.
  • After seeing a trailer, I twittered that I couldn't think of a movie more unappealing than Bride Wars. I quickly got a reply from a movie reviewer friend who said, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop. Trust me." See if she was right when Cinematical reviews Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
  • January is pretty much a dead zone for movies. Cinematical was able to find seven decent ones, though. Go figure. Check out the Cinematical Seven: Great January Movies.

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American Idol: Freddie's Moustache Lives!

by Lacy Hall, posted Apr 12th 2006 1:24AM

ai logoI don't think I've ever anticipated an American Idol theme night more than this. Like many of you, I typically hate the theme nights. It feels like someone stole the song selection book at a karaoke bar, and left only one page for drunken patrons to choose from. But I was excited for tonight --simply because I thought it would suck. I thought it would be a disastrous mess of awkward and uncomfortable song choices and bad Freddie Mercury impressions. And, I was absolutely convinced that Taylor Hicks would wear a fake moustache (a semi-gray fake moustache, of course). But tonight was pretty good. It was entertaining to say the least.

Don't get me wrong. At times, it sucked. But more trying to drink a McDonald's thick shake through a straw suck, than Dyson vacuum suck. There was something very triumphantly sucky about tonight and I loved it.

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Phoenix, Witherspoon nominated for CMT award

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 19th 2006 9:40AM
reese witherspoon joaquin phoenix cmtJoaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon technically didn't make a music video together, but they're nominated for an award all the same. The stars of Walk the Line released an album of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash songs along with the movie last fall. One of the songs, Jackson, was also made into a music video and got a nomination for best collaborative video from the Country Music Television Awards. The music video is just clips from Walk the Line.

The CMT Awards air live on April 10.

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