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Dancing With the Stars Recap: Carly Rae Jepsen and Josh Groban Help Ring in the Semifinals

Double the pleasure, double the fun, double the elimination

Welcome back to Dancing With the Stars. Last night the stars donned their spandex, buffed up their spray tans, pasted down their dance pants, and strutted their stuff. The first half of the competition let America dictate the dancers’ every move, like puppet masters intent on making jazz hands. The second half saw the dancers team up for so-called not-at-all euphemistic trio dances. Tonight, the herd of stars will be winnowed to a sleek elite ready for the semifinals, and two of the contestants will be sent home. As Tom Bergeron keeps pointing out that’s one-third of the field, and we will just believe him because fractions are not what we came here for. What we want are results, but first we will have to survive another round of Dance Center and suffer through a five-minute elimination ceremony stretched further than a pair of Derek Hough’s Lycra dance pants.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: After a perfect score last night and a command repeat performance of their intense paso doble (with an assist from Artem) there was no doubt that they would make the cut. Sure enough they were quickly announced safe.

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: Dance Center, as tiresome as it is, does occasionally reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes footage: for example, a clip from rehearsal when Sharna kicked out Noah’s tooth — as if the man hasn’t lost enough. Hopefully she will avoid wreaking any more havoc on the veteran as they prepare for the semifinals. They are safe and will return next week.

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: The Olympic medalist has had it rough this season what with performing on the show, being in school, traveling from New York to Los Angeles, and then having to cope with working with a new partner, since Derek so rudely got injured. Yet the champion has persevered, so it’s no surprise that she is headed straight to the semifinals.

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: Despite a perfect score, it’s announced that Riker is in jeopardy. It’s clearly only meant to build the drama, but everyone bandies about Willow Shields’ early dismissal as a cautionary tale — mostly because Tom is really bummed that he forgot to make a joke about someone volunteering as tribute when The Hunger Games star was cut. Soon enough, Riker is put at ease and yet another Hough family scion (he’s a cousin of some sort of Julianne’s and Derek’s) is headed to Dancing With the Stars–fueled fame.

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: When it was announced that Robert was in jeopardy, it seemed inevitable that he would be sent home. Sure enough the Shark Tank star was sent packing. His are-they-or-aren’t-they romance with Kym just wasn’t enough to keep voters interested, especially after weeks at the bottom of the leaderboard. He went home without a Mirror Ball, but with months worth of tabloid fodder about his relationship with Kym.

Chris Soules and Witney Carson: It’s not particularly surprising that The Bachelor is in jeopardy. And it’s no real surprise when he is sent home. While he has steadily improved from week to week — and clearly had a dance breakthrough during Spring Break week — he is nowhere near the level of Rumer or Riker. He has some chops, which he can show off while tending to his crops. Or, you know, planning his ABC-sponsored wedding to his blushing Bachelor bride, Whitney.

Carly Rae Jepsen: She stopped by the show to sing her latest hit, “I Really Like You,” and it was adorable, especially because of her new Strawberry Shortcake ‘do. The only problem with the performance is that Tom Hanks wasn’t in it.

Josh Groban: For some reason Josh Groban swung by the stage to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in a sea of pumped-in fog while Maddie Ziegler (of Sia’s “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart,” and “Big Girls Cry” fame) and a few of her friends performed a ballet-inspired routine. The song was kind of an incongruous choice for the dance, but no one else seemed to mind. In fact, Tom used it as an opportunity to point out how much he misses the Tuesday results show. So say we all, Tom, so say we all.

Best Reason to Come Back Next Week: The top four compete in the semifinals.

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Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger Act Out All of His Movies in Six Minutes

From Conan the Barbarian to Jingle All the Way

Arnold Schwarzenegger took a page out of Tom Hanks’s playbook and reenacted many of the films from his impressive filmography in just six minutes for Monday’s Late Late Show.

In the clip, aided and abetted by host James Corden, the former Governor of California and once-and-future actor took a very quick stroll down movie memory lane beginning with his star turn in Conan the Barbarian. From there he went to Pumping Iron where he recited the memorable line, “Milk is for babies, when you grow up you have to drink beer.” The nostalgia-laden trip continued with stopovers at Commando (“I eat Green Berets for breakfast!”), an argument over the best scene in Twins, and, of course, he had to don the sunglasses and leather jacket of The Terminator.

It’s a fun bit and we can only hope that prolific actors like Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Keaton and Kurt Russell will swing past the Late Late Show soon.

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Jimmy Fallon and Jack Black Did a Shot-For-Shot Remake of Extreme’s ‘More Than Words’ Video

Wigs, for the win

Jimmy Fallon has a knack for making viral videos out of celebrity game nights, but on Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show he took a sharp left turn into unknown territory and the results are kind of amazing. With the help of Jack Black, Fallon orchestrated a shot-for-shot remake of the 1990 music video for Extreme’s “More Than Words.”

Normally one would say, “Well, someone had to do it,” but in this case that’s not true — no one had to do a shot-for-shot remake of the “More Than Words” video, but it’s great that they did. The recreation is intimate, heartfelt and completely, hilariously bizarre. Black and Fallon are truly committed to taking their jobs very seriously and, for once, Fallon managed not to break character.

Extreme won a Grammy for the song (really!) and hopefully The Tonight Show can get some accolades for this feat. Please, give the wig department all the Emmys.

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Dancing With the Stars Recap: Threesomes Mean Triple the Fun

Teams of three dancers hit the ballroom floor and pretend it's not at all awkward

Welcome back to Dancing With the Stars, where the finals are on the horizon and a double elimination is looming. This week the stars are run through a sequined gauntlet on their way to the semifinals. Up first is America’s Choice, which does not mean shopping for low-cost store-brand groceries, but instead letting America vote for dance style, song and costume through social media, with results that sound like a Clue solution: Tango in the living room set to Culture Club. Then, it’s the always delightful, if innuendo-filled threesomes … er, “trio dances,” where three dancers hit the ballroom floor together and pretend it’s not at all awkward.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Part One: America’s Choice

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: America wanted Noah to do the tango in his military uniform, because America doesn’t understand that Noah can’t wear a uniform for fun, but just for work. Instead he wore a white suit to tango to Sheppard’s “Geronimo,” and once again proved that he can dance, regardless of the mindboggling fact that he is dancing with one leg and one arm. Len, however, is bothered by the fact that he can’t judge Noah’s tango by studying his “flexed knees,” because Noah doesn’t have a knee. Sorry, Len, but you’re going to have to suck this one up. Even Bruno was like, come on, guys, he tangoed on one leg, give him a break! 31/40

Chris Soules and Witney Carson: America, the sick puppy that it is, wants to see Chris in a candlelit room even though he is happily engaged to the other Whitney. America didn’t specify that he should be shirtless, but it was heavily implied. While Chris kept half a shirt on, the routine itself was stripped down and cheesily emotional in the way that is seemingly required for contemporary routines (and Sam Smith songs). The judges were impressed, particularly Julianne who promised to write Most Improved in his yearbook. 34/40

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: America wants Riker to emote all over the place in his Viennese Waltz set to a Rihanna song. Riker thinks it’s weird to be “vulnerable on purpose,” but was willing to risk public humiliation for a good score. At the end of the graceful routine, Carrie Ann rhetorically asked, “Are you ready for the semifinals? HELL YEAH.” Len, though, threw a tiny fist-shaking hissy fit because all those pesky dances are becoming contemporary and would it be too much to have more Viennese Waltz in the Viennese Waltz? 39/40

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: America is determined to play matchmaker between Robert and Kym, so they are stuck with a package demanding a kiss (on the lips!), followed by a sultry bare-chested, bare-footed routine set to Jessie Ware’s “Champagne Kisses.” Bruno (rightly) called it a “deodorant commercial,” while Len sentimentally gushed, “You don’t need a wind machine, you have a big fan in me!” 33/40

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: Derek is still on the sidelines due to his injury, so America forces Nastia to dance a gladiator-themed paso doble with Sasha Farber while Derek played Caesar. The routine was appropriately soundtracked by Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries,” and it was drama-filled and fun to watch, if slightly reminiscent of Derek’s past paso dobles. Best part of the routine was when Nastia flipped Sasha over her head and onto his back. He wisely stayed on the floor until judging. Speaking of which, the best part of judging was when Julianne got very sisterly and just shook her head and said, “Derek looks ridiculous.” 36/40

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: Val is feeling a wee bit guilty after he almost broke Rumer during last week’s rehearsal, and then she almost got eliminated, so he is ready to get back to basics. Luckily, America just so happens to want to see a classic, refined rumba, and Rumer and Val delivered it. While all the judges were enthusiastic about the performance, Len was rendered practically speechless at finally having a traditional classic dance to judge. He couldn’t reach for the 10 paddle fast enough. 40/40

Part Two: Trios

Noah and Sharna and Emma: Sharna is very excited to have Emma and all her “extra limbs” around because it extends the possibilities of what they can do in their salsa. Julianne thought it was “hot, hot, hot” and was impressed with Noah’s ability to “handle” Sharna and Emma, but it was Bruno who stole the show when he got so enthusiastic that he fell out of his chair and off the stage. 32/40

Chris and Witney and Lindsey: While most of the dancers struggle with trying to juggle multiple women, Chris has lots of experience from his time on The Bachelor. Two women? Pshaw, try 12! Still Julianne thought Chris tapped into the intensity of the paso doble, but his “butt was going the wrong direction.” Carrie Ann couldn’t believe he got overwhelmed by two women after The Bachelor. 30/40

Riker and Allison and Brittany: Their jazz routine was textbook perfect, although textbooks may not use Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” as the soundtrack. The judges couldn’t stop enthusing about the performance, particularly what Erin Andrews called “the straddle split moment,” that wowed everyone. 39/40 (Len gave a 9, causing Tom Bergeron to tell him, “Every party needs a pooper, that’s why we invited you.”)

Robert and Kym and Jenna: Robert got saddled with a supermodel-themed samba for his trio dance to “Cinema Italiano.” It was just corny enough to rise to the occasion. Carrie Ann thought he handled the women well, but forgot his own choreography. Len apologetically said it was a bit sloppy and Julianne added that it was messy, but he looked sharp. 28/40

Nastia and Derek and Sasha: For their threesome they did a split-screen jive to Vampire Weekend’s “Diane Young,” which undoubtedly horrified anyone who still thought that band was cool and/or indie. Derek, who is still recuperating, did a lot of seat dancing and movements that let him stay mostly still, but overall the routine was brilliant. The judges were floored by the choreography, the execution and Derek’s bangs. 40/40

Rumer and Val and Artem: The trio delivered a fierce, if traditional, paso doble with Artem and Val playing toreador vying for the pretty señorita’s hand. While some of us miss the flash and show and wacked out costumes that can elevate a Dancing With the Stars routine to the sublimely ludicrous, the judges really like the traditional, gimmick-free routines. In fact, the dance gave Bruno a hot flash. 40/40

Best Reason to Come Back Tomorrow: Double elimination!

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Watch Jar Jar Binks Ruin the New Star Wars Trailer

Happy Star Wars Day!

To celebrate May the 4th, a.k.a. Star Wars Day, take a moment to revel in the fact that Jar Jar Binks does not have a role in The Force Awakens.

YouTuber Murdock Motion used video-editing software to add one of the most hated characters in cinematic history into the trailer of the highly anticipated new Star Wars film. It’s a great reminder to fans of the true horror that could have been. (Now if someone could just come up with a way of editing Jar Jar out of The Phantom Menace.)

Fans don’t need to worry about Jar Jar actually appearing in The Force Awakens, though, as director J.J. Abrams seems to hate him as much as most fans. He told Vanity Fair he considered killing off the character as soon as he took the helm of the franchise: “I have a thought about putting Jar Jar Binks’s bones in the desert there. I’m serious! Only three people will notice, but they’ll love it.”

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Watch John Oliver Give Failing Marks to Standardized Testing

Featuring dancing monkeys, talking pineapples and a lot of vomiting children

In John Oliver’s vernacular the phrase “standardized testing” is the “fastest way to terrorize any child outside of just whispering the word ‘clown.'” He used his platform on Last Week Tonight to draw attention to what he views as the many problems with standardized testing.

According to Oliver, there has been a trend of students opting out of standardized testing, partially due to overwhelming pressure to perform. As Oliver notes, there’s something wrong with a system that assumes several children will vomit on their test booklets due to the pressures of test taking.

Yet testing continues. In Oliver’s view this standardized testing is the legacy of the No Child Left Behind education act signed into law by President George W. Bush and continued by President Barack Obama, who introduced his own educational program with its own battery of standardized tests.

While politicians are responsible for some of the nation’s standardized testing woes, Oliver also had strong words for educational testing companies. He saved particular ire for Pearson, which Oliver called “the educational equivalent of Time Warner Cable — either you’ve never had an interaction with them and don’t care, or they’ve ruined your f—king life.”

The bigger problem, according to Oliver, is that all this testing is not actually leading to higher performing children and testing companies have not faced consequences on their failure to deliver results — until Oliver called them out, that is.

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Watch Kristen Wiig Play Daenerys Targaryen on The Tonight Show

Khaleesi could not keep a straight face

Jimmy Fallon got a surprise guest Wednesday night when the Mother of Dragons stopped by The Tonight Show.

Game of Thrones dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen, played by Khaleesi Kristen Wiig, came on the show and deigned to be interviewed by Fallon, while her beloved dragon perched politely on her shoulder. Needless to say, neither Fallon nor Wiig could keep themselves from cracking up.

During the course of their chat, it was revealed that the Khaleesi’s real name is Karen and she lives in a dome in the forest with her shoulder dragon, Carl. Then, in a rapid-fire round of questions, Khaleesi claimed her favorite food was meat and delved into her hobbies, including mandolin playing and a yen to do stand-up comedy.

The only thing that became clear during the interview was that there’s a very good chance that Wiig has never actually seen the HBO show. That didn’t stop her from performing an ad lib song (no, not “That’s When You Break”) in a bit that was reminiscent of her Saturday Night Live act, Garth and Kat.

 

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Watch Robert Downey Jr. Get All Emotional Over Bacon

Mmm, bacon.

Robert Downey Jr., is an emotional chameleon, if he does say so himself — and he does in this clip from The Tonight Show.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron star stopped by the show and proved his acting chops in a round of “Emotional Interview.” In the challenge, the two actors have a conversation while shifting from one emotional extreme to another at the sound of a bell. Fallon and Downey show off their inner “annoyingly philosophical” guys before perfectly becoming two A-list stars desperately fishing for compliments. Then Downey smoothly segues into a man who really, really smells bacon and likes it.

It’s the perfect combination of Inside the Actors Studio and The Manchurian Candidate with some big laughs along the way.

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Dancing With the Stars Watch: Top 7 Dance Through the Ages

Dance off, pants on

Welcome back to Dancing With the Stars, where each week we are getting ever closer to sending someone home with a Mirror Ball Trophy to squish onto their mantelpiece. While this week was supposed to be topped off with a dramatic double elimination, Derek Hough ruined all our fun by getting injured during rehearsals, breaking his toe and spraining his ankle. Since Sasha Farber is stepping in for him on the dance floor this week, the producers didn’t think it would be fair to potentially cut them. Instead, one couple is leaving, and one couple will earn immunity from elimination.

Not content to just make the couples learn one routine, the producers force the remaining couples to compete in a dance-off to earn extra judges’ points in an effort to increase their overall score. At the end of the night, one couple will be sent home.

Here’s what happened on this week’s Dancing With the Stars:

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: Before taking to the dance floor for a 1920s-themed quickstep, Riker just happened to mention that Len Goodman had not yet given out a 10 this season. He then delivered a high-speed routine tailor-made to appeal to Len. At the end of the dance, Len was pleased, but it was Bruno Tonioli who called Riker the “twinkletoes of the field of dreams,” which is probably Bruno’s highest PG-rated compliment. While the rest of the judges thought the routine was solid, but not outstanding, Len dutifully delivered his first 10 of the season. 37/40

Chris Soules and Witney Carson: At this point, even Chris is probably shocked to still be in the competition. Is this the furthest that a Bachelor has made it on Dancing With the Stars? After last week’s “breakthrough,” Chris is faced with the challenge of a 1940s foxtrot, where he is playing a sailor on shore leave. Chris continued his upward mobility, and the judges applauded his slow-steady progress, which was presumably inspired by the story of that man who drove to Iowa on a tractor. 31/40

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: Rumer’s dad, a.k.a. Bruce Willis, happened to stop by her rehearsal space and remind voters that he was in Die Hard and could easily ruin your next Christmas party if you don’t vote for his daughter. Well, he didn’t actually say that, but it was heavily implied. For their jive, they went to a hop in a hair salon in the 1950s. The judges liked the routine, but thought Rumer has lost some of her sparkle and want her to have it back. It seems like a case where she set the bar too high too early in the competition. 35/40

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: Amy Purdy, a Dancing With the Stars runner-up and double below-the-knee amputee, stopped by Noah’s dressing room to give him a pep talk and remind him that all of this was doable. (Although Amy did admit that she was “lucky” because she still has her knees, which made dancing easier, which is just further proof of how incredible these two individuals are.) Sharna choreographed a solid 1970s-themed jazz routine complete with eyebrow-raising hip thrusts that had Carrie Ann Inaba on her feet with arms in the air, and Erin Andrews grinning wickedly throughout their postdance interview. 36/40

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: Kym did not have an easy job choreographing a 1980s-themed Argentine tango, but she pulled it off a routine set to a weird, sultry, slowed down version of Cameo’s “Word Up.” Len said the duo was up and down like a game of Chutes and Ladders, and this week, they were up. Carrie Ann enjoyed the routine, but thought Robert still hadn’t mastered the timing and was distracted by Kym’s womanliness or something. 31/40

Nastia Liukin and Sasha Farber: While Derek was sidelined by his injuries, he still managed to insert himself into the dance by busting a move from the seat of the subway car they built on stage while Sasha did the heavy lifting. The routine was a “modern Charleston” set to Andy Grammer’s updated honkytonk song “Honey, I’m Good,” and as Julianne Hough said, they killed it. Carrie Ann came out to give Nastia a hug for her hard work, especially with a new partner. 38/40

Willow Shields and Mark Ballas: Once again, Mark has decided to choreograph for his inner child, choreographing this week’s “futuristic jazz” routine to MGMT’s “Electric Feel” dressed as ninja warriors. The number was dynamic and intricate, or in Bruno speak, it had a “mystic, hypnotic quality.” Carrie Ann gave her entire critique in Japanese, because she can, but probably said that the overarching lesson of this season is that Mark’s ideal partner is a 14-year-old girl. 37/40

Dance Off, Round One, Riker and Allison vs. Willow and Mark: Bruno said it was like trying to choose between “chocolate and vanilla” with their fast-paced salsa routines. While Twitter loved Riker, the judges loved Willow’s moves and they unanimously gave Willow and Mark the win and the extra points.

Dance Off, Round Two, Noah and Sharna vs. Robert and Kym: Both couples delivered solid, if not particularly inspiring cha-cha routines, and when they faced the judges, Tom Bergeron helpfully reminded everyone that if there is a tie, Len, as head judge, gets the deciding vote. Naturally that announcement was followed by a tie between the four judges. Len gave the round to Noah and Sharna.

Dance Off, Round Three, Chris and Witney vs. Rumer and Val: Both couples delivered smooth foxtrots, but despite Chris’ best efforts and breakthroughs, he was outclassed on the dance floor and knew it. No surprise when Rumer and Val won the face off unanimously and added two points to their already high score.

Who Went Home: When the hosts announced that both Robert and Chris were safe, it was clear that something was awry. Sure enough, despite consistently high scores, Willow was sent home. While she’s been very mature on the dance floor, she is only 14 years old and burst into tears at the news. Tom had no choice but to put aside his hosting duties long enough to give Willow a dad hug in her time of need.

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This Video Puts All the Studio Ghibli Easter Eggs in One Incredible Supercut

Including Easter eggs from My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle

Hayao Miyazaki is a master animator, but he’s also a master of guerrilla marketing. A new video from YouTube channel Movie Munchies shows how Miyazaki subtly snuck the name of his animation studio, Studio Ghibli, into his films, including on a bus billboard in Kiki’s Delivery Service and multiple times into Porco Rosso.

Miyazaki also planted little reminders — or Easter eggs — of his past work into his films, which until now, were only there for eagle-eyed fans and repeat viewers. Examples of Miyazaki playing homage to his past work include a Jiji the Cat pillow in a bedroom in Spirited Away, a Castle in the Sky character walking down the street in Howl’s Moving Castle and a Totoro book on the shelf in the library in Whispers of the Heart. He even managed to take a page out of Alfred Hitchcock’s and Stan Lee’s books and inject a little caricature of himself into the films.

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