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Amy Poehler’s Final Old Navy Ad Is Here… and It’s Spectacular

Amy Poehler’s Old Navy ads may be the rare commercial that has you turn the TV off of mute. She’s played an unprofessional judge, a rude reservationist, a snooty art store critic, and now she’s finally embracing the role she was born to play: A pop diva playing to an auditorium devoid of fans. (Surprise! They’re all at Old Navy’s Black Friday sale!)

In behind-the-scenes footage, Poehler acknowledged that her time as the brand’s face was wrapping up, but said it was all worth it in the service of the ultimate goal: stringing the ads together at the end to blow your mind. “There’s an Easter Egg in each one and it all has a narrative theme if you pay attention. These commercials are like a season of The Wire. And they all make sense at the end,” she jokes. “If you watch these commercials with the soundtrack of Pink Floyd, then it makes sense. In each one of these commercials is an Illuminati reference.”

Also, any resemblance of her Old Navy-loving pop diva to any names you have guessed is purely unintentional. Sot of. “I’m not channeling anyone specific,” she says. “I’m probably a combination of like, Shakira and J.Lo and Madonna and Adam Lambert.”

And as to what you should buy with the million dollars if you win? (The spot, below, will explain it all.) “Three really nice pairs of pants.” Pretty solid advice if you ask us.

Will you miss her ads? How much are you loving this one?

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Bill Cosby Biographer Admits ‘I Was Wrong’ to Ignore Sexual-Assault Allegations

Bill Cosby Performs At The Treasure Island
Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Sept. 26, 2014 Ethan Miller—Getty Images

As women continue to come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, several journalists have offered mea culpas for turning a blind eye to the allegations and helping paint the comedian’s falsely wholesome image as “America’s Dad.”

The latest among them is The New York Times’ David Carr, who on Monday owned up to being one of Cosby’s “media enablers.”

In addition to admitting that he, too, opted out of addressing the allegations in his”deeply unpleasant” Q&A with Cosby for an in-flight magazine in 2011, Carr called out a list of culpable parties, including The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates, The New Yorker‘s Kelefa T. Sanneh, and most critically Mark Whitaker, author of the nearly-500-page Cosby: His Life and Times biography. “Any book of the size and scope of Mr. Whitaker’s should have gone there,” Carr wrote.

Whitaker has said he didn’t want to include anything that wasn’t confirmed in Cosby, which he wrote in cooperation with the comedian. But on Monday, he made it clear he was no longer defending his decision.

“David you are right. I was wrong to not deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively,” he wrote in response to Carr on Twitter. “I am following new developments and will address them at the appropriate time. If true the stories are shocking and horrible.”

Last week, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a piece in The Atlantic similar to Carr’s, regretting his own “recklessness” in his coverage of Cosby from 2006 to 2007.

“I don’t have many writing regrets. But this is one of them, “Coates wrote. “I regret not saying what I thought of the accusations, and then pursuing those thoughts. I regret it because the lack of pursuit puts me in league with people who either looked away, or did not look hard enough. I take it as a personal admonition to always go there, to never flinch, to never look away.”

This article originally appeared on Ew.com

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Watch the ‘Hunger Games’ and One Direction Mash-Up You Didn’t Know You Needed

A "Mockingjay"-inspired twist on One Direction's "Steal My Girl"

People like The Hunger Games. People like One Direction. But will these two great tastes taste great together?

Find out for yourself by listening to “Kill My Girl,” a Mockingjay-inspired twist on One Direction’s “Steal My Girl.” It’s the third in a series of Hunger Gamessong parodies by Twenty First Records, which previously put a little Panem into Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.”

And it’s not even just parody, either. With sample lyrics like “I love Katniss / But Peeta’s with her / I snuck in a kiss / Our district did burn,” it’s also a handy recap for those of us who haven’t seen Mockingjay yet and need a refresher on how the last movie wrapped things up. Handy!

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Bono, Shia LaBeouf Lead GQ’s ‘Least Influential’ 2014 List

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Bono of U2 perform on stage during the Bambi Awards 2014 show on November 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Gisela Schober—Getty Images

GQ releases 2014's list of “30 Least Influential People"

As the year comes to a close, it’s time for the inevitable look back on some of the most important people, events, and releases of the year. But what about those people, events, and releases that were a complete waste of our time?

In honor of that sentiment, GQ has released 2014′s list of “30 Least Influential People,” recognizing those “who took up vast clouds of oxygen, gave us back nothing of use, and probably helped accelerate the death of our planet.”

GQ‘s Drew Magary notes that the list is not a ranking of the 30 least influential, but rather a random assortment of those who didn’t do all that much to better the earth in the last 11 months. Among them are Bono and U2—or the “Tom Friedman of rock and the rest of his band”—who earned a spot for Songs of Innocence and its forced release into every iTunes user’s library.

Also on the list are President Barack Obama for his response to major catastrophes in the last year, Robin Thicke for cheating on his wife and then writing an entire album to try to win her back, CNN for spending the majority of the year searching for a single plane, and Shia LaBeouf for… well, for being Shia LaBeouf.

Check out GQ for the entire list and bask in the ineptitude that’s been on display throughout 2014.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly

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6 Things John Green and Taylor Swift Could Have Discussed on the Phone

What are the bestselling author and pop star talking about?

YA literature and pop superstardom collided Monday when John Green and pop (née country) sensation Taylor Swift synced up over the phone. Green took to Twitter, from the set of the film adaptation of his book Paper Towns, to let his 3 million followers know about the exchange.

It’s no secret that the two are fans of each other’s work. When Swift’s album 1989 was released, Green blogged about listening to it when he should have been paying attention in meetings. Swift responded that he was her favorite author. And so began the social media love fest. But what could the two be discussing? Here are some theories:

He’s asking her to contribute to the Paper Towns soundtrack. The film starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne will hit theaters in June of 2015. Acts like British crooner Ed Sheeran and rising pop star Charli XCX contributed to The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack this year, but perhaps Green is hoping to bring some even bigger guns on board this time — like a certain TIME magazine cover star.

They could be interviewing each other. Magazines sometimes put celebrities together to see what happens. That’s basically the whole premise of Interview magazine. The New York Times also just sat down with authors Gillian Flynn and Cheryl Strayed to talk about their books’ film adaptations. Maybe Swift and Green hopped on a call to share their insights on teenagers? With his book sales and her record sales, they certainly know how to tap into America’s youth.

They’re discussing movie roles. Swift likes a challenge, so after dominating the music industry, maybe she’s setting her sights on Hollywood. Paramount has signed actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley to adapt Green’s Looking for Alaska, but no one has been cast as the blonde, beautiful and enigmatic Alaska yet. Or perhaps Green was so impressed with Swift’s brief appearance in The Giver that he’s asking her to make a different cameo in the film.

Taylor wants another friend. The star is famous for making new besties and entertaining them in style. Tavi Gevinson, Emma Stone, Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Karlie Koss and even Kendrick Lamar are in Swift’s social circle. So given their mutual admiration, why not add Green to the list? Maybe she invited him over to make pie.

They’re talking about Serial. The Serial podcast is the most popular podcast in the history of podcasts, so why couldn’t the author and the pop singer be among its 1.5 million fans? Maybe Swift can’t stop thinking about the call from Nisha. Maybe, like reporter Sarah Koenig, Green is dwelling on the selective use of phone call records in the murder case. Most important of all, what’s a Best Buy? What makes its Buy the Best?

He’s trying to get her back on Spotify. Perhaps Green has discovered that, since 1989 came out he can’t get work done listening to anything else. Green can likely afford Swift’s music, but maybe he’s concerned about the next generation of novelists who are unable to experience the joys of crafting great fiction while “Wildest Dreams” plays softly in the background. “But Taylor, Beyoncé just put her last album on Spotify, why can’t you do the same? Think of the children!” Green pleads. “Oh John,” Swift laughs. “Would you like it if people could read your books for free?”

Read next: Taylor Swift Defends Albums as ‘Art’ at the American Music Awards

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Woman Who Got Cosby Money Orders Says They Were Just ‘Generosity’

Former NBC employee says he regularly brought women to Cosby's dressing room

A former NBC employee has shown NBC News receipts for money orders that he says he sent to women at Bill Cosby’s direction.

Frank Scotti, now 90, says he also regularly brought women to Cosby’s dressing room. He told Kate Snow in an interview that aired on TODAY Monday that the job made him feel “like a pimp.”

But one of the women whose name appears on several money orders says the gifts were purely the product of Cosby’s “generosity” and were intended to help pay for her son’s boarding school…

Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News

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Everything You Need to Know About the Bill Cosby Scandal

Bill Cosby during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington. ON NOV. 6, 2014.
Bill Cosby during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, "Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue," at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 6, 2014 Evan Vucci—AP

A cheat sheet to all the sexual abuse allegations

It’s hard to keep track of the sexual abuse allegations swirling around Bill Cosby, with fresh ones popping up seemingly every day and an unusual mix of decades-old accusations and brand new claims all getting a very public hearing in the news media.

All in all, 16 women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual abuse, 12 of whom have accused him of drugging them to facilitate the abuse. Some of those women may be among 13 anonymous “Jane Doe” accusers who agreed to testify against Cosby in a 2005 lawsuit that was settled out of court. Taken together, the accusations span the length of Cosby’s long career in the public eye as a beloved actor and comedian, from the mid-1960s to the mid-2000’s. They were given new light last month by a comedian’s standup routine that caught fire on social media, and new accusers coming forward has led to a drip-drip effect of even more coming forward.

Cosby and his legal team have at various times issued wide-ranging, categorical denials or refused to discuss individual cases, with Cosby saying last week that “a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos.”

MORE: A timeline of the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations

So how is anybody supposed to make heads or tails of all this? Here’s a reader’s guide to understanding the story.

Why are we hearing about all this now?

Much of the current outrage can be traced to a standup bit in October by comedian Hannibal Buress, in which he mocked Cosby’s “respectability” schtick by saying, “well, yea, you’re a rapist.” The clip quickly went viral, and led one of Cosby’s longterm accusers, artist Barbara Bowman, to give an interview to the Daily Mail about her alleged abuse.

An apparent public relations effort by Cosby’s team to come out in front of the brewing scandal backfired badly when a request for “Cosby memes” became an avalanche of rape jokes on social media. Shortly after that, Bowman published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post entitled, “Bill Cosby Raped Me. Why Did It Take 30 Years for People to Believe My Story?”

“Only after a man, Hannibal Buress, called Bill Cosby a rapist in a comedy act last month did the public outcry begin in earnest,” Bowman wrote. “While I am grateful for the new attention to Cosby’s crimes, I must ask my own questions: Why wasn’t I believed? Why didn’t I get the same reaction of shock and revulsion when I originally reported it? Why was I, a victim of sexual assault, further wronged by victim blaming when I came forward? The women victimized by Bill Cosby have been talking about his crimes for more than a decade. Why didn’t our stories go viral?”

From there, the story spun out of Cosby’s control.

What has Cosby said about all this?

Cosby and his legal team have either issued blanket denials or refused to discuss the issue at all.

“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity,” Cosby lawyer Martin Singer said in a statement last week. “These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.

Cosby, for his part, told a Florida newspaper that “a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos.” And he wouldn’t even discuss the matter in a later-released excerpt of an interview with the Associated Press.

So if so many of the accusations are old, what’s this really about?

In many ways the story has evolved beyond what Cosby did or didn’t do, morphing into an all-out debate about why some accusers are only now coming forward, why others weren’t taken seriously before, how Cosby might have been able to keep doing this for so long, and what it might mean for his legacy.

Are the accusers’ stories consistent?

Yes. The alleged victims tend to be young, starstruck women, many report being drugged, and almost all say they didn’t come forward for fear that they would not be believed.

Where can I go if I want to learn more?

Here’s an excellent timeline of everything we know (and don’t know) so far about the allegations against Cosby. You can also check out Slate‘s complete list of all his accusers, and this in-depth Washington Post investigation that includes video testimony from some of the alleged victims. The New York Daily News reports on a former NBC employee who now says he delivered money to women for Cosby and stood outside his dressing room while Cosby was with them. (One of the women said Monday that the money was just “generosity.) And a 2006 story in Philadelphia magazine was one of the earliest and most in-depth looks at the history of allegations against Cosby.

So what happens next?

Many hard questions are being asked about Cosby’s legacy in entertainment and his place in African-American history. John McWhorter wrote for TIME that the rise of black public figures like Herman Cain and Barack Obama has allowed American society to “judge black icons like everybody else,” without fear that criticism will descend into racial stereotyping.

TIME TV critic James Poniewozik questions whether audiences can separate Cosby from his iconic Cliff Huxtable character. Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote in The Atlantic that one of his only regrets in his writing career is failing to address the rape allegations against Cosby when he wrote a big piece about him for a national magazine, calling his attitude “reckless.” And Lindy West, writing for GQ, says, simply, that “Bill Cosby is done. It’s over. … Cosby needs to throw in the towel and go live out the rest of his life in cushy ignominy.”

— Additional reporting by David Stout

Read next: So What Do We Do About The Cosby Show?

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Chris Hemsworth and His Wife Just Adopted a Puppy

Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky attend the 3rd annual Sean Penn and Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on Jan. 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills.
Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky attend the 3rd annual Sean Penn and Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on Jan. 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills. Kevin Mazur—Getty Images

The couple are parents to daughter India Rose, 2½, and twin boys Tristan and Sasha, 8 months

As if Chris Hemsworth could get any sexier.

PEOPLE’s reigning Sexiest Man Alive is now the dad to a puppy, supporting the, ahem, scientific theory that there is nothing more attractive than a hot guy and an adorable dog.

Wife Elsa Pataky announced the news on Instagram Monday, writing, “Our new family member.”

In addition to attempting to upstage Hemsworth’s cuteness, the canine addition can also count on plenty of playtime: The couple are parents to daughter India Rose, 2½, and twin boys Tristan and Sasha, 8 months.

When PEOPLE crowned Hemsworth, 31, Sexiest Man Alive, he said, “I think you’ve bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house. I can just say to [Pataky], ‘Now remember, this is what the people think, so I don’t need to do the dishes anymore, I don’t need to change nappies. I’m above that. I’ve made it now.’ “

However, we’d like to clarify: That title does not exempt him from taking the dog out.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Watch Woody Harrelson Figure Out Liam and Chris Hemsworth Are Brothers

Maybe Harrelson's just trolling. Maybe not.

When Woody Harrelson hosted Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago, his opening monologue made it clear he has smoked a lot of marijuana in his day. He even had to recruit his young The Hunger Games costars to help him remember the year 1989, due to his hazy memory. (He also mistook Jennifer Lawrence for Taylor Swift, but he was probably joking.)

Keep that in mind when you watch this video, recently unearthed by Vulture, of Harrelson coming to the realization that his The Hunger Games co-star Liam Hemsworth is the brother of Thor star and current Sexiest Man Alive, Chris Hemsworth. This happened just last year — a full three years after Harrelson and Hemsworth started working together on The Hunger Games movies. Apparently the last name and similar good looks weren’t enough to tip him off to this fact and he only made the connection while on the press circuit last year for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

[H/T Vulture]

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Watch John Oliver’s Bloody Idea for the Presidential Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon

All of these birds are guilty and should be punished

John Oliver says the President should take a different approach to his annual turkey pardon this year: Either pardon all turkeys or put them all on trial.

Every Thanksgiving for the past two decades, the President of the United States has spared the life of at least one turkey on the holiday when many of their bird brethren are smothered in gravy and devoured. The tradition, Oliver says, is weird—mainly given the fact that all turkeys are guilty of being delicious.

“I issue this challenge to President Obama and all future presidents,” the Last Week Tonight host says in a new YouTube video with his show on holiday hiatus. “If you want the world’s respect, just once, show up at a White House turkey pardoning with a cleaver and administer the justice these birds so clearly deserve.”

See the full clip below.

Read next: Unfortunately, John Oliver, You Are a Journalist

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