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The Last Show of The Colbert Report Will Air on Dec. 18

Stephen Colbert is expected to replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show in 2015

Stephen Colbert has announced that the last The Colbert Report will air on Dec. 18.

Colbert, who will replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show, revealed the date during Thursday’s show, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

A date has not been set for Letterman’s exit, but Colbert is expected to make the move from Comedy Central to CBS in 2015.

The Colbert Report’s timeslot will be filled by The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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Benedict Cumberbatch Knows Exactly How Sherlock Would Be in Bed

"The Imitation Game" - Opening Night Gala:  58th BFI London Film Festival
Benedict Cumberbatch attends a screening of "The Imitation Game" on the opening night gala of the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 8, 2014 in London, England. Samir Hussein—WireImage

It wouldn't be elementary

Do not challenge Sherlock Holmes on his lovemaking abilities.

An Elle UK interviewer unwisely suggested to Benedict Cumberbatch that his BBC character Sherlock Holmes would be bad in bed—after all, he is a bit of a sociopath. But Cumberbatch, the eye candy of a passionate group that call themselves the Cumberbitches, was having none of that. He insisted that Sherlock Holmes “knows bodies very well,” and then began to give a…ehem…vivid description of how Sherlock Holmes would please a woman.

It started out clinical: “Oooh… You know I’d get the, I’d probably test the latex, if it involved prophylactics, beforehand,” he said, before describing how he would analyze his physical suitability for the task. “Proficient, but lacking enthusiasm,” countered the interviewer. Oh how wrong she was.

“Yeah, no wait for it,” Cumberbatch replied, before going into a quite exceptional level of detail unrepeatable in a family-friendly site like this one. Suffice to say, Cumberbatch believes his character’s proficiency at the violin would give him a certain manual dexterity in the sack. The act, he concludes, would be “explosive.”

So the Sherlock writers must write this into the show now, right? Prepare to be seriously disappointed.

“I’d quite like to watch that love scene now,” the interviewer said, with admirable understatement.

“You never will,” said Cumberbatch. “It’s not that kind of program, is it?”

What a tease. This is the closest we’ll ever get:

[Elle UK]

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Charlie Sheen Wants to Return to Two and a Half Men

Actor Charlie Sheen attends the Joe Carter Classic Charity Golf Tournament after-party at Shangri-La Hotel on June 26, 2014 in Toronto.
Actor Charlie Sheen attends the Joe Carter Classic Charity Golf Tournament after-party at Shangri-La Hotel on June 26, 2014 in Toronto. George Pimentel—WireImage/Getty Images

But it's doubtful producers want him back

Charlie Sheen wants back on Two and a Half Men, after a dramatic exit from the show in 2011.

Rumors have been swirling as to whether Sheen might make an appearance on the series finale, and the actor said he’s up for the job. “I would definitely do it, yeah, yeah,” he told Extra. “If they’ll still have me, I will be there. Yeah, I owe it some measure of closure. I owe it to the fans… I just think it makes sense.”

The actor even has a final plot in mind. “I have a brilliant idea, but don’t want to give it away. It’s the type of moment I think people would talk about for a long time and it wouldn’t get in anybody’s way,” Sheen said. “Think it would be a nice tip of the hat… They know I want to do it and I know they’re open to it, so, guess we’re just a meeting away from making it happen.”

But Sheen’s dramatic return may be a pipe dream. Sheen was very publicly fired from the top-rated comedy three years ago, with TV executives citing self-destructive behavior and inflammatory comments to the producers at the time. In an 11-page document they said the actor was “endangering his life” with alcohol and drug abuse and was burning bridges with those on the set through bad behavior. Before getting the boot, Sheen was the highest-paid actor in U.S. television.

“It is a big day of gladness at the Sober Valley Lodge because now I can take all of the bazillions, never have to look at whatshiscock again, and I never have to put on those silly shirts for as long as this warlock exists in the terrestrial dimension,” Sheen said in a statement after leaving the show. His lawyers also threatened to sue Warner Bros. Television over the firing.

Sheen moved to FX where he continues to star in his own show Anger Management, and Ashton Kutcher took over as a lead on the show. But CBS and Sheen may bury the hatchet just for one final episode—at least, according to Charlie Sheen.


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Here’s the Teaser Trailer for Marco Polo, Netflix’s Next Original Series

“The blood of an adventurer courses through your veins”

Swords, sex and armor have proven a veritable jackpot for HBO, and now Netflix is getting in on the action. The teaser for Marco Polo, an action drama about the explorer’s years in the 13th century court of Kublai Khan, practically begs to be compared to Game of Thrones. And since Netflix is on a seemingly endless roll with critically acclaimed original programming, there’s good reason for adventure fans to get excited.

Starring Italian actor Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco Polo and British actor Benedict Wong as Kublai Khan, the show promises four of the critical elements of binge-watching: “greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry.” It was originally intended to air on Starz, but the company ran into trouble filming in China. Netflix then picked up the project and completed filming in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, and Italy.

For those whose history classes failed them and still think Marco Polo is merely a game of swimming pool tag, the man himself was an Italian merchant who spent 24 years exploring Asia. While he wasn’t the first European explorer in China and Central Asia, he left the most extensive documentation of his travels, and his Book of the Marvels of the World was many Europeans’ first encounter with Asia.

Marco Polo premieres on Dec. 12.

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Game of Thrones Actors Get Huge Pay Bump for Potential 7th Season

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Peter Dinklages poses as he arrives at the Australian premiere of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past" Graham Denholm—Getty Images

Just in case

The cast of Game of Thrones has signed on for a potential seventh season of the popular HBO series, and the actors renegotiated their contracts to include hefty pay bumps, according to a new report.

Although HBO has yet to greenlight the seventh season—George R. R. Martin has only written five of what is supposed to be a seven-book series on which the show is based—the actors had previously only been locked down through season six. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story of the raises.

While details of the new contracts are sparse, THR reports that new compensation will be based on a tier system:

The “A” tier — which includes actors Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) — is paid at the highest level. The “A” tier actors are said to have renegotiated their deals in tandem.

The show finished its fourth season this summer.

Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

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Watch Jim Carrey Test David Letterman for Ebola

"Have you traveled abroad lately?"

Jim Carrey refused to take any chances Wednesday night on the Late Show With David Letterman.

He performed a faux screening test for Ebola on Letterman, complete with questions like, “Have you traveled abroad lately?”

Watch it above.


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Elementary’s Lucy Liu: ‘Independent Women, Pt. 1′ Was Never My Ringtone

Lucy Liu
Elementary star Lucy Liu Evan Agostini—Invision/AP

The star of CBS' Sherlock Holmes crime drama, which returns Thursday for a third season, talks dead bodies, diversity and Beyoncé

The story of Sherlock Holmes has been adapted countless times, but he’s has never had a sidekick quite like Dr. Joan Watson, played by Lucy Liu, on CBS’s Elementary. When the show returns on Oct. 30 for its third season, relations between the detective (Johnny Lee Miller) and his sober coach-turned-apprentice Watson are a little strained since she moved out of the house and he took off and joined MI6.

TIME caught up with Liu to talk about what’s in store this season — as well as her famous Destiny’s Child shout-out.

TIME: You’re in the middle of shooting the third season. What’s the most interesting thing that’s happened on set so far?
Lucy Liu: We had someone posing as a dead person we find in a dumpster. She’s got all the prosthetics on her face to make her look dehydrated, like she’s been there for a while. She’d been in makeup for three hours, but she’s in there eating a breakfast burrito!

That sounds like a great job — playing dead and sometimes eating burritos.
It’s probably not the most fun thing. We’ll have you lying in the baking sun on the beach, buried in the sand. Or you’re in a dumpster, and you have to eat your breakfast in there because you’re so hungry. We actually started using stunt people because it’s more intense than most people would have liked.

There are a lot of murders on this show. Are you surprised by what you can get away with on TV?
Absolutely! I always think, how is an 11-year-old going to watch this? I’m shocked when people say, “My daughter loves your show, she’s 11!” I’m like “Oh my God, she’s really young!”

Last season, Watson moved out of Sherlock’s house after their partnership got rocky. Any awkward roommate stories?
I lived with my brother when I first came to New York. It was a studio apartment. It was a bunk bed — he and his friend lived there and I slept on the floor.

Yikes. That sounds less than ideal.
I’ve known in advance it’s better for me to live on my own, even if it’s going to cost me more or I have to live in a smaller place!

Last season you made your directorial debut for the show. Are you doing that again this year?
Yeah, I’m going to be directing an episode coming up in December that’s going to be really fun. Last year it was exciting to try something out on a larger scale. I did a short movie three years ago in India, so this time was, obviously, in English and in a very different environment with an incredible crew that I got to work with on a much bigger budget. They asked me to come back, so I guess I did something right.

I think if you can make a movie in India, you can do anything.
I don’t disagree with that. It was in Mumbai with no budget. We shot it in five days. This eight-day schedule is a luxury.

Do you rule the set with an iron fist?
I’m actually very gentle on set! I’m very clear, I’m very organized, I have a shot list, I know exactly how I want things to go and how many takes I really need, ultimately.

How does it feel to be the boss?
Being the boss is pretty amazing, but it feels good to have an incredible team behind you — that’s what makes a great boss.

You’ve worked in both movies and television — is Dr. Joan Watson a character you can’t find in film roles?
In television there’s a little more accessibility, and the ability to have somebody of color in that role is incredibly helpful. On television, it’s just a little more relatable to have that kind of casting. I think in television people aren’t used to seeing that as much. You see that in theater quite a bit, colorblind casting. But in television they choose to stay black or white, and television has always been very groundbreaking, so it just made sense.

It seems like Asian-American representation on TV is changing a lot right now. John Cho has said starring as romantic lead in Selfie is “revolutionary,” and Fresh off the Boat, the first Asian-American family sitcom in two decades, is coming next year. Is it changing?
I think it’s progressing, and progress doesn’t happen overnight. When the Wall came down, it’s not like everything happened in a perfect manner. It’s just going to take time for things to set in. At the same time, it takes one person to really create that change and to be the person to upset that foundation for everyone else to follow. That’s somebody who’s got to be incredibly brave. I think [CBS CEO] Les Moonves has done a really great job with that. He’s always had multiple races in casting his shows, and I think if you look at his network across the board, he really stands for that. It’s not like he makes a statement about it, he just does it, and that to me is a much stronger statement in life — to just do something and not try and announce what you’ve done and what you haven’t done.

A very serious question before I let you go: Beyoncé once gave you a shout-out in the Destiny’s Child’s “Independent Women, Pt. 1.” Do you listen to that song a lot?
I think it’s wonderful. I don’t listen to it very often, unless it’s on for some reason in some store. It was on then, like ,14 years ago? But it comes on every now and then, and it’s still a great song. It’s still current.

Was it ever your ring tone?
No! That would be embarrassing.

If I had audio of Beyoncé saying my name…
You would just want it on all the time?

I would never stop playing it.
I don’t think I’m as consumed with myself in that manner, so no!

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Watch Anita Sarkeesian School Stephen Colbert on GamerGate

She even declares Colbert a feminist

The maker of a feminist video game who has faced vitriol from some members of the “GamerGate” online movement stopped by The Colbert Report on Wednesday and handily schooled the host’s fake gamer persona.

“I’m saving the princess, and I’m supposed to let the princess die? Is that what you want?” Colbert asks Anita Sarkeesian incredulously.

“Well maybe the princess shouldn’t be a damsel and she could save herself,” Sarkeesian replies, drawing cheers from women in the crowd. (“I didn’t know you brought a posse,” Colbert jokingly responds.)

The GamerGate movement, named after the Twitter hashtag that has fueled its growth, purports to challenge poor ethics in video-game journalism. But it has also unleashed a wave of sexist comments and threats against women in the overall gaming industry.

Sarkeesian, who has publicly criticized video-game culture for its portrayal of women, canceled a talk at Utah State University earlier this month after the school received an email threat of a shooting massacre. While the school considered it safe for the talk to continue, Sarkeesian decided to pull out of the event because the school was barred by state law from disallowing legal guns on campus during the event.

“They’re lashing out because we’re challenging the status quo of gaming as a male-dominated space,” Sarkeesian says. By the end of the interview, she even declares Colbert a feminist after he asks if he’s allowed — as a man — to be one.

See the full interview below:

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Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Will Be on Freak Show

Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris, right, and David Burtka attend the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual "An Enduring Vision" benefit at Cipriani's Wall Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, in New York. Charles Sykes—Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

The two will appear on the hit FX series toward the end of the season

Hollywood can’t get enough of Neil Patrick Harris. On top of all the other appearances and host spots NPH has snagged this year, the actor and his husband David Burtka will both appear in episodes of American Horror Story: Freak Show later this season.

Harris will join the cast of Freak Show for the 11th and 12th episodes, TV Line reports, in which the How I Met Your Mother star will play a chameleon salesman. Burtka, on the other hand, will appear in the season finale during a “sexy storyline” with Jessica Lange’s character.

Harris is also hosting the Oscars in 2015.

[TV Line]

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There’s a TV Version of American Gigolo Coming

Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton in American Gigolo, 1980.
Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton in American Gigolo, 1980. Paramount

Paramount TV will produce it

The 1980s classic American Gigolo is set to become the latest film adapted for television by Paramount TV. The thriller’s original producer Jerry Bruckheimer will be involved in the project as an executive producer, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Bruckheimer produced the 1980s film starring Richard Gere as a male escort in Los Angeles who falls for Lauren Hutton’s character amid scandal. “With its signature noir aesthetic, American Gigolo has remained a deeply entertaining, psychological thriller and I’m thrilled to partner with [Paramount’s] Brad [Grey] and Amy [Powell] on remaking it into a television series,” Bruckheimer said in a statement.

Gigolo is one of many films getting a small screen reboot by Paramount TV. A television version of the 2002 film Minority Report is also in the works. Paramount TV is also producing Grease live for Fox, Yahoo reports.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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