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'Let's Be Cops' stars Johnson, Wayans and Riggle on how far is too far in comedy
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'Let's Be Cops' stars Johnson, Wayans and Riggle on how far is too far in comedy

Plus Rob Riggle talks about how nice it feels to play normal for once

When I first became aware of Jake Johnson's work, it was in the film "Paper Heart," and it's a very canny performance, an interesting one to see as somebody's first work. In the film, directed by Nicholas Jasenovec, Johnson played Nicholas Jasenovec, the director of a documentary about Charlyne Yi and Michael Cera falling in love. I saw it first at Sundance, then ended up moderating a Comic-Con panel for the film with Johnson, Cera, Yi, and Jasenovec all participating. Over the course of those encounters that year, I saw a good deal of Johnson, and he invariably made me laugh like an idiot at least once per conversation.

"New Girl" appears to have been the thing that finally opened the door for Johnson in terms of audiences understanding him and seeing him showcased properly. In the pilot, he was paired with Damon Wayans Jr. and Max Greenfield as his two roommates, but Wayans ended up on another show, with Lamorne Morris stepping in as a new character.

"Let's Be Cops" allowed Wayans and Johnson to work together again, and when we sat down to talk about the movie, two things were clear. First, Johnson can still make me laugh like an idiot, and second, Wayans and Johnson have very easy chemistry, something that is essential when making a comedy that hinges almost entirely on the relationship between the two leads.

Rob Riggle was also part of the conversation, which is pretty much always a good thing. Riggle's one of the most striking comedy performers working right now, and beyond that, a really good guy who has always been an easy interview. I really like where they go with his role in "Let's Be Cops," and we talked a bit about that.

Overall, this movie isn't brain surgery. It's a broad comedy that walks a very careful line in terms of how far they push some of the ideas in the movie, and we talked about that first. I think Johnson and Wayans and Riggle make it clear that they considered how far was too far, and you'll get a chance to see if you think they got it right this weekend.

"Let's Be Cops" is in theaters everywhere on Friday.

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<p>Robin Williams on &quot;Mork &amp; Mindy.&quot;</p>

Robin Williams on "Mork & Mindy."

From 'Mork & Mindy' to 'The Crazy Ones': The TV legacy of the late, great Robin Williams

An unbridled id, a master improviser and one of the most energetic comedians of any screen of any size

Last summer, at a press conference to promote what would turn out to be the final TV series of his career, CBS' "The Crazy Ones," Robin Williams was asked what it was like to spend decades walking into rooms where everyone expected him to be instantly, wickedly funny.

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Appreciating Robin Williams: Mork from Ork taught kids that weirdness was OK
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Appreciating Robin Williams: Mork from Ork taught kids that weirdness was OK

Appreciating Robin Williams: Mork from Ork taught kids that weirdness was OK
“Like any American child, I loved the Fonz,” says James Poniewozik, a child of the ‘70s. "But the Fonz was a grownup, with his motorcycles and dates with triplets. Mork, who soon got his spinoff in 1978, was something else: an adult, and a kid, and a magical being. He was a grown man who looked at our world with the delighted surprise of a baby. The Fonz was cool. Mork was weird — popping-out-of-an-egg, rainbow-suspenders, scat-riffing-about-the Shah of Iran weird. And he communicated an idea that I hadn’t seen in non-cartoon pop culture before then: that weirdness was OK. No, it was great. It was energy. It opened up worlds."
Henry Winkler recalls Williams’ “Happy Days” debut
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Here is Sarah Michelle Gellar’s tribute to her “Crazy Ones” co-star
Williams’ most memorable TV moments, from “The Richard Pryor Show” to “Mork and Mindy”
Listen to Marc Maron’s emotional tribute -- and his revealing 2010 interview with Williams
Read the 1978 TV Guide profile that introduced America to Williams
Pam Dawber is "completely and totally devastated”
Mindy Kaling, named after “Mork and Mindy,” says: He meant so much, to so many, so far away"
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Read Williams’ Reddit Ask Me Anything from Sept. 25, 2013
Read The NY Times’ full obituary on Williams
"Robin Williams' scene on 'Louie' was an incredible joke of the darkest kind"
Jay Leno has known Williams from their early days in standup: "It's a very sad day"
Read President Obama’s tribute: “He arrived in our lives as an alien…"
3 hilarious Robin Williams standup specials that showcase his genius
Watch his 1st appearance on Johnny Carson
I was lucky enough to spend a few moments with Robin Williams 2 days after he won his Oscar

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'Nashville' to write Hayden Panettiere’s pregnancy into the show

“Nashville” to write Hayden Panettiere’s pregnancy into the show
Now the big question: Who's the father?

George R.R. Martin: Females have asked me to write more explicit sex scenes — fans have guessed the ending
Speaking at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival, Martin admits he considered changing his planned ending after some fans pieced it together.

Craig Ferguson: I have no idea who James Corden is
“The Late Late Show” host was asked about his rumored replacement by “Entertainment Tonight."

“Outlander” does great for Starz
Across all platforms, about 3.7 million tuned in to the Ron Moore series. PLUS: About that “Outlander” sex scene.

Why did Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic cast a light-skinned skinny Missy Elliott and Timbaland?
The actors look nothing like their real-life counterparts.

Jon Favreau’s “Chef” food truck-owning collaborator Roy Choi lands his own CNN show
Choi will star in “Street Food."

The Catholic League is OK with Adult Swim's “Black Jesus”
Says the group’s president: “We have long taken the position that portraying Jesus as black is fine with the Catholic League, and indeed we find it silly that anyone would object. The Jesus character in this show is a mixed bag: He is irreverent, and can be downright crude, but he also has many redeeming qualities.”

“The Daily Show” launches a serious behind-the-scenes podcast
In Episode 1 of "The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart,” producers and writers recall a time when the staff felt uncomfortable doing segments on women’s issues.

Will Rosie O’Donnell espouse her 9/11 Truther views on “The View”?
Rosie reiterated over the weekend that she feels the government had some involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks.

BBC’s “Inside Man” is getting an American remake
The UK miniseries that show’s a robbery from multiple angles is set to become a full-blown series from Richard Price and Howard Gordon.

Corey Stoll talks about his awful “The Strain” wig
"For somebody who is follicle-ly challenged, I spent a lot of time talking about hair,” he says. "At first, when I heard he wanted me to have a wig, I was resistant. I didn't want the reason to be so I could look like a standard TV guy or a hero.”

“Chappelle’s Show” co-creator Neal Brennan steps in front of the camera for “The Approval Matrix”
Brennan says of his new Sundance show: "I did a show in Dave Chappelle and that ended chaotically, so I thought, 'how can I avoid that?’”

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<p>Robin Williams in &quot;Good Morning, Vietnam&quot;</p>

Robin Williams in "Good Morning, Vietnam"

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Robin Williams moved from commercial productions to prestige cinema with ease

From 'Good Morning, Vietnam' to 'Good Will Hunting,' he had a range most only dream of

I had to stop and think about it. When was the first time I encountered Robin Williams? I'm pretty sure it was reruns of "Mork & Mindy" at a young age, if not the boisterous Oscar-nominated performance he gave in Barry Levinson's "Good Morning, Vietnam." By then he had already dazzled countless audiences in "The World According to Garp." Whatever it was, like so many, it was the start of, as his widow noted in a release, "countless moments of joy and laughter" he would deliver for the next three decades of my life. And now, he's gone.

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Robin Williams dies at 63, possibly of suicide

Robin Williams dies at 63, possibly of suicide
Williams was pronounced dead at 12:02 pm at his Marin County home, and the Marin County Sheriffs Office’s coroner division “suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.” According to KTVU, Williams hanged himself. Williams' death comes six weeks after he returned to rehab. PLUS: Williams' wife is "utterly heartbroken," Williams' last tweet was 11 days ago, and Steve Martin, Ellen, more stars pay tribute.

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Patti LaBelle to visit 'American Horror Story: Freak Show'

Patti LaBelle to visit “American Horror Story: Freak Show”
The legendary singer will play Gabourey Sidibe’s mom in four episodes.

Shark Week kicks off to its highest-ever ratings
"Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine,” “Air Jaws: Fin of Fury” and “Shark After Dark” helped deliver the biggest ratings in Shark Week’s 27-year history.

A&E announces “Love Prison" reality show
"Love Prison" will strand online couples in an island house where they'll be forced to live together with no technology. “The couples are forced to get to know each other the hard way,” A&E says in a press release. “This social experiment will test the validity of online compatibility versus real-life chemistry."

“The Knick” has an OK debut
Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax series attracted about 354,000 viewers on Friday night.

Pauly D loses his signature hairstyle
The former “Jersey Shore” star now has much shorter hair.

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<p>Nicole Kidman</p>

Nicole Kidman

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'Queen of the Desert' with Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson won't play Telluride, Toronto

Werner Herzog's Gertrude Bell biopic has hit 'technical issues,' producer says

One of the films we've been expecting to land on the annually secretive Telluride line-up this year is Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert" with Nicole Kidman. A period piece chronicle of the life of traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer and political attaché Gertrude Bell, the film sounds like it could be a meaty opportunity for Kidman, and if a studio were to bite at these late stages and prime a strategy, it might even be a potential awards player. Alas, the film won't be ready for the early festival circuit, at the very least, and that includes Telluride.

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Exclusive: Fall crowdpleaser 'Pride' gets a poster

Exclusive: Fall crowdpleaser 'Pride' gets a poster

A movie you and your mom will love

One of the better movies I missed at this year's Cannes Film Festival turned out to be Matthew Warchus' crowd pleaser "Pride." The British film made its debut in Director's Fortnight and, unfortunately, as less hectic as Cannes is compared to its prestige festival cousins it rarely allows you to catch up with everything on the schedule.  From a distance the film seemed like "The Full Monty," "Waking Ned Devine" or "Calendar Girls" with a slight Working Title spin. Basically, a movie I could catch down the road. Plus, it was screening at the end of the festival when there were a number of other priorities.  Excuses, excuses, excuses.  Needless to say, I'm kicking myself for not seeing it at Cannes because it's a good one.

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Danny Brown, all day: Rapper's video for Rustie, new song with Lucki Eck$

Danny Brown, all day: Rapper's video for Rustie, new song with Lucki Eck$

It's raining feathers

Danny Brown has new music lined up with a couple different sources this week: he's combined with throwback sounds for Rustie's sophomore set, and hit up Lucki Eck$ for a new crunchy club track.

Regarding the first one: Rustie's song "Attak" IS RIDICULOUS, in part because of the d'n'b noise that won't give up on that trap, and in part because of bespeckled Danny Brown's nasally rhymes dripping off of it like a well-worn scarf. The lyric video for the second song to arrive from Rustie's album "Green Language" -- due Aug. 25 -- is below.

If you're having trouble deciphering the Detroit MCs lyrics... well, you may continue to have problems (but in a FUN way!) trying to wrap your head around the animated words that stream across the screen. If you checked out Rustie's video for first single "Raptor," then take joy in the falling feathers again.

Then there's Lucki Eck$ who first crossed paths with Danny Brown during Red Bull's Sound Select emerging artist concert in Austin back in March. "Weightin' On" is the result of them joining back up in the studio, and features Brown on the hook and Chicigo-bred rhymer Eck$ on the verses. This banger goes up for sale via digital retailers tomorrow (Aug. 12).

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Ed Harris is the latest big name to join HBO’s 'Westworld'

Ed Harris is the latest big name to join HBO’s “Westworld”
The four-time Oscar nominee wll play The Man in Black in the series from J.J. Abrams and Jerry Weintraub, based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film.

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Warped Tour Crowd
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A Concertgoer's Guide to Show Etiquette

We clearly need one since people don't know how to behave at shows

One of the top trending stories on Facebook for the last several days was about guitarist Peter Frampton grabbing a fan’s video phone during a concert and throwing in to the back reaches of the venue.

Frampton came alive after a concertgoer in the front row kept filming Frampton, despite signs that explicitly stated no taping and no flash photography. And according to the story, from,  this dude didn’t just stop with one song, he was continuously holding up the camera and filming.  And we all know how much fun it is to stand behind that guy at shows.

Even though Frampton had supposedly gestured for them to stop, the wanna-be filmmaker kept going and even turned his back to the stage to take a selfie. At that point, Frampton got the phone, under the guise of taking a photo with the fan, and, instead, threw it where it could do no more harm.

Add that in with a few other incidents in recent weeks, like  an overzealous fan at  a Tim McGraw concert grabbing McGraw’s thigh and almost pulling him off stage (he swatted her to make her let go and, of course, she then lawyered up. They settled last week),  and it seems like too many fans have forgotten that a concert is a communal experience with rules that are there to make the evening enjoyable for the greater good of all.

I go to concerts for a living and it’s getting weirder and weirder and ruder and ruder. There used to be some semblance of “hey, we all like this artist, we’re all in this together,” now it’s “every man for himself.” Remember when it felt like everyone in movie theaters seemed to forget that they weren’t watching in the privacy of their own home and would talk back to the screen, put their feet up, etc…  (I know it still goes on), behavior at concerts is far worse because of the alcohol factor, if nothing else.

A few rules from my pretend Concertgoers Handbook:

1. The arena/club/stadium is not your private playground. People can tolerate a photo or two, but I have spent way too much time watching a show between the triangle formed by the person’s arms in front of me because that person doesn’t seem to realize that a concert is actually much more enjoyable when looking at the stage, as opposed to looking at the stage through a four-inch screen. No one gives a crap what you’re shooting anyway and you’re never going to watch it again.

2. Do not talk through the show. This is another one that confounds me. I can stand people singing at the top of their lungs —as irritating as it may be, I kind of dig that they’re that much into the music. What I can’t stand are the Chatty Cathys who talk throughout the whole show and often it has nothing to do with what’s happening on stage. They talk to their friend like they’re on the phone, chatting about their day, their love life, their dog. Even when they’re whispering, it’s still distracting when they do it throughout the whole show. If you’re that bored by what’s going on on stage, take it to the lobby. Concert conversation should be limited to "This is my favorite song,"  "Do you want a beer?" and "I'm going to the bathroom. Will be right back."

3. Do not get so drunk that I am terrified you’re going to stagger into me or, even worse, throw up on me at any point. It’s not just the frat boys anymore. It seems we’ve gone from going to a concert to hear music and having a drink or two to using the concert as an excuse to get completely hammered and the music is secondary.  It’s like amateur hour out there every night.

4. Don’t sit there with your arms crossed the whole time or texting. No, you don’t have to be on your feet cheering, but there’s nothing like sitting beside a complete sour puss who seems like he would rather be having root canal than hear one more note.

5. Don’t bring your little kids. Did you hear about the woman who breastfed her baby in the pit at a Brad Paisley concert this summer? If you can’t find a babysitter, leave kids under 6 at home, unless it’s a show meant for toddlers, like The Wiggles or something like that.  It’s too loud for their little ears and they shouldn’t be expected to have to wait through a long show.

What's your favorite concert pet peeve?

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