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The History of 'The Defenders,' From Comic Book to Netflix

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"Before you tap that shoulder, sugar – identify yourself."

"The name's Daredevil – horn-head for short. And you?"

"Depends. If you're spendin' money, it's Power Man – Hero for Hire. Otherwise, Cage'll do – Luke Cage."

Thus began the not entirely auspicious teaming of Luke Cage and Daredevil in the pages of the 24th issue of The Defenders, from 1975. It was, in fact, the only story in that comic's 15-year existence in which any of the characters on Netflix's identically titled series would meet. The 2017 incarnation – Daredevil and Luke Cage, plus Jessica Jones and »

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'Sesame Street' Unveils Adorable Rubber Duckie 'Despacito' Parody

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Sesame Street unveiled an adorable parody of Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's summer smash "Despacito," with Ernie turning the track into an ode about his rubber duck titled, "El Patito."

The clip finds Ernie espousing all the delights of his beloved bath toy with Rosita providing both a dainty Spanish guitar line and bilingual lyrics ("El patito es tu buen amigo!"). Of course, the song wouldn't be complete without some grousing from Bert. After Ernie sings, "You might even say we're two birds of a feather," Bert grumbles, "Ernie, »

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DC Comics Preps New Joker Origin Film

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A new standalone film about the origin of Batman's infamous foe the Joker is in the works, Deadline reports. Todd Phillips (The Hangover) will direct the film and is co-writing the script with 8 Mile screenwriter Scott Silver. Martin Scorsese is reportedly attached as a producer.

The as-yet-untitled film will be set in Gotham City during the Eighties and tell the story of how the Joker became a criminal mastermind. The movie will reportedly have the feel of a gritty, hard-boiled crime drama rather than a blockbuster comic book flick. »

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Watch Political, Clown-Filled 'American Horror Story: Cult' Trailer

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American Horror Story has released a terrifying trailer for a seventh and politically charged new season, titled American Horror Story: Cult. Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Billie Lourd star in the series' latest installment, which returns to FX on September 5th.

The preview begins with various people reacting to the news of Donald Trump's presidential election win. In Michigan, Ally Mayfair Richards (Paulson) begins screaming and crying at a party where the attendees are sitting around watching the news break. Kai Anderson (Peters) is more enthusiastic, similarly screaming but »

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'Stranger Things' Creators Confirm Season Three

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Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer confirmed that their hit Netflix series will return for a third season and likely a fourth season, to Vulture. "We're thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out," said Ross Duffer.

"We just have to keep adjusting the story," Matt said. "Though I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year." Ross added: "They're going to have to get the fuck out of this town! It's ridiculous!"

Stranger Things will return to Netflix for »

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Jerry Seinfeld to Revisit Early Club Days for Netflix Special

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A new, hour-long comedy special will show Jerry Seinfeld returning to one of the clubs where he cut his teeth, New York City's the Comic Strip, for what's being billed as an "intimate stand-up set." The show, dubbed Jerry Before Seinfeld, will also feature a tour of the legal pads he's kept with every joke he's written since 1975 and footage from childhood videos. The special is set to premiere on Netflix on September 19th.

The streaming service has posted video from the special and photos of Seinfeld's comedy notebooks to its @NetflixComedy Instagram account. »

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Watch John Oliver Explain Why America Is Overdue for a 'Nuclear Toilet'

21 August 2017 7:56 AM, PDT

Threats of nuclear war are scary enough, but as John Oliver illustrated on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, the United States' lack of a "nuclear toilet" – a central repository for nuclear waste – makes that idea much worse. The U.S. currently hosts enough nuclear energy waste to fill "one football field, 20 feet high." For decades, those toxic materials have been stored at ill-equipped facilities and in some cases, dumped into the ocean. In either case, public contamination due to a leak is alarmingly high. 

"One out of three Americans live within 50 miles of high-level nuclear waste, »

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Peter Travers on Jerry Lewis: The Ultimate Funnyman as Total Filmmaker

21 August 2017 7:40 AM, PDT

I annoyed Jerry Lewis once by asking him about The Day the Clown Cried, a movie he starred in and directed in 1972, and then refused to release. "It's awful," said Lewis of the Holocaust drama in which he starred as a circus clown who entertains Jewish children as he leads them to their deaths in Nazi gas chambers. Why not show it and let the world decide? "I'm ashamed of it," Lewis told me flatly. When I pressed him, he flashed a look that could be subtitled "End of Discussion. »

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How Issa Rae's 'Insecure' Misadventures Turned Into One of the Best Sitcoms

21 August 2017 7:25 AM, PDT

Still awkward. Still semi-single. Still expressing the depths of her neurotic soul by doing freestyle raps into the bathroom mirror. Issa Rae blew up last year with Insecure, one of 2016's most impressive rookie comedies. But the HBO show's new season is even sharper – you can tell right off the bat that her confidence is pumped up, and she's taking even bigger emotional and comic risks.

Rae began chronicling her adventures on her web series The MisAdventures of Awkward Black Girl, but she's barrelling through adulthood here, as she fumbles »

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Watch John Oliver Blast Gop Lawmakers for Failing to Criticize Trump

21 August 2017 6:25 AM, PDT

After President Trump blamed "both sides" for the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia – in which the so-called alt-right gathered for a "Unite the Right" rally – many Gop lawmakers spoke out against the Republican leader. But not nearly enough, John Oliver insisted on Sunday's Last Week Tonight: The show tabulated that, out of 292 Gop members of Congress, only 54 have condemned Trump directly. "In the words of the poet Beyoncé and the other ones," Oliver cracked, "'Say his name, say his name.'"

On August 15th, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan »

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'Twin Peaks' Recap: Log Out

21 August 2017 5:17 AM, PDT

Twin Peaks is a show about respect. This, perhaps, is a strange thing to say about a series that routinely violates time, space, sanity and basic human decency. And that's to say nothing of the relatively run-of-the mill mockery it makes of its many lovable goofballs, from Dr. Jacoby to Dougie Jones. But this week's episode demonstrates the tremendous reverence and compassion with which co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost depict people at their most defenseless.

Let's start with the unexpectedly happy ending the show serves up to Big Ed Hurley and Norma Jennings, »

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'Game of Thrones' Recap: The Walking Dead

20 August 2017 8:02 PM, PDT

"I felt like destroying something beautiful." From Fight Club's lips to the Night King's ears. (Does he have ears?)

The signature image of "Beyond the Wall" – the last episode of Game of Thrones Season Seven before its finale next week – is that of one of Daenerys's dragons (one of her children) gushing blood as it plummets, mortally wounded by a White Walker's enchanted icicle spears. "Beautiful" wasn't the first word that came to mind when Dany asked Jon Snow what he thought of these monsters last week, but that's what they are. »

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