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Watch Jimmy Kimmel Give the World’s Ugliest Dog a Makeover

“A cross between Honey Boo Boo and a hooker”

Quasi Modo may have risen to fame as the newly crowned “World’s Ugliest Dog,” but Jimmy Kimmel still wanted to help Quasi out. After all, being named “World’s Ugliest” anything isn’t exactly the highest praise.

So Kimmel, with the help of celebrity stylist Carson Kressley, gave Quasi a full makeover, complete with a new hairdo and outfit to create a look that Kimmel describes as “a cross between Honey Boo Boo and a hooker.”

And even if the look may be a little too high-maintenance for Quasi Modo’s owners to keep up, at least the dog got to feel like a “regular Elle Macpherson” for a day.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Dukes of Hazzard Star Rips TV Land for Dropping Show: “Can’t We All Just Watch TV?”

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Fotos International/Hulton Archive/Getty Images From left to right: John Schneider, Tom Wopat and Ben Jones as Bo Duke, Luke Duke and Cooter, respectively, in the TV series 'The Dukes of Hazzard', circa 1983.

"Are people who grew up watching the show now suddenly racists?" John Schneider asks.

John Schneider is blasting TV Land for its decision to erase from its schedule — due its depiction of the Confederate flag — reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard, the wholesome show that made the actor a teen idol in the 1980s.

The Dukes of Hazzard was and is no more a show seated in racism than Breaking Bad was a show seated in reality,” Schneider told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday.

TV Land confirmed Wednesday that it pulled the show in the aftermath of the June 17 shooting in Charleston, S.C., perpetrated by Dylann Roof, who was a fan of the Confederacy, known in the 19th century for its defense of slavery.

Schneider says his residuals from the show “have never been much to write home about,” but he would like the show to persist because of the old-fashioned values it promotes, such as honesty, courage, chivalry, rebelliousness and the like. Those who seek to malign the show because the famous car it featured had a Confederate flag painted on the roof are missing the point, he says.

“I am saddened that one angry and misguided individual can cause one of the most beloved television shows in the history of the medium to suddenly be seen in this light,” Schneider said Wednesday. “Are people who grew up watching the show now suddenly racists? Will they have to go through a detox and a 12-step program to kick their Dukes habit? ‘Hi… My name is John. I’m a Dukesoholic.’”

Earlier Wednesday, Schneider tweeted a photo of Roof burning a U.S. flag while wearing a Gold’s Gym shirt. “I am grossly offended by flag burning. But … is the Gold’s Gym logo to be considered a symbol of racism as well now?” he wrote.

“I’m kidding, of course, but has it really come to this?” he said in an interview with THR. “Come on, TV Land, can’t we all just watch TV?”

A week ago, Warner Bros. said it would no longer license models of the Dukes of Hazzard car, known as the General Lee, unless the licensees stripped the Confederate flag from the car’s roof, and Schneider similarly weighed in on that decision.

“Throwing this particular baby out with the bathwater seems reactionary and overly PC to me,” Schneider told THR last week. “If the flag was a symbol of racism, then Bo and Luke and Daisy and Uncle Jesse were a pack of wild racists, and that could not be further from the truth.”

Schneider starred in Dukes of Hazzard from 1979 to 1985. He recently founded John Schneider Studios in Louisiana where he is shooting Like Son, a feature film he wrote and executive produced and in which he plays a small role. See the trailer here.

This article originally appeared on HollywoodReporter.com

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Sesame Street’s Maria Is Departing After More Than 40 Years

"SiriusXM's Sesame Street Town Hall," Featuring Original Cast Members From The Series, Celebrates The Show's 45th Anniversary
Robin Marchant—Getty Images Sonia Manzano "Maria" attend SiriusXM's Town Hall with original cast members from Sesame Street commemorating the 45th anniversary of the celebrated series debut on public television moderated by Weekend TODAY co-anchor Erica Hill on Oct. 9, 2014 in New York City

Sonia Manzano won a whopping 15 Emmy Awards for writing the show

It’s time to say goodbye to Sesame Street’s Maria.

It was announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference that Sonia Manzano would be leaving the children’s series. “After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season,” American Libraries tweeted on Monday.

The actress-author’s turn as the lovable character — who ultimately became a wife, mother, and Fix-It Shop owner — earned her two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series. She also wrote for the program starting in 1981, and won a whopping 15 writing Emmy Awards.

Given Manzano’s extended time with Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar, and friends, it comes as no surprise that many felt emotional about the news.

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8 Things We Learned About Charlie Rose When Nancy Gibbs Turned the Tables on Him

On politics, Twitter and naps

Charlie Rose has been practicing the art of the interview for decades on the stark black set of his popular self-titled PBS show—but on Monday night, his routine got a little shake-up. TIME’s Editor Nancy Gibbs helped Rose flip the script at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York, where the two took the stage for Gibbs to ask Rose a few questions. Here’s what we learned about the interviewer extraordinaire:

He bought the round oak table on his set himself.

When Gibbs asked Rose about the set of his TV show—”What’s the deal with the table—and the black?”—Rose’s response was a straightforward one. “The deal was poverty,” Rose said. “I bought that table myself. I knew that if I could put a table in a room with not much light and a couple of chairs, I could have a real conversation. And I know that people…like to eavesdrop on a conversation. All of that came to me because I had no money.”

He always has backup questions.

Rose is no stranger to the “tough nut to crack”—he’s interviewed everyone from Bashar Al Assad to Charles Manson. But he told Gibbs he always has a whole list of “megaquestions” in the back of his head “if all else fails”—”questions I know will elicit something,” Rose said. Questions like: “Tell me about your obsessions.”

He has his Big Three all picked out.

“If you look at sheer fame and impact, the three big interviews today are the Pope, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin…and…[Chinese President] Xi Jinping,” Rose told Gibbs. “I’ve gotten one now [Putin] and I’m on the prowl.”

He takes two or three naps a day.

Rose starts his day at 4 a.m. with a cup of coffee and “about seven newspapers” spread across his table—so naturally, he takes a couple of naps before his 10:30 p.m. bedtime. The first one is usually just after his morning stint at CBS This Morning and his work on 60 Minutes, and by the end of the day, he’s up to “at least two naps, and maybe three,” he said. “Keeps you young, that’s right!”

He doesn’t like to air his politics.

“I’m flattered by the fact that most people tell me they don’t know what my politics are,” Rose told Gibbs. “I’m not an advocacy journalist—that’s not what I do. My role in journalism is to be able to engage the most interesting people with the best ideas.”

When asked which presidential candidate he thought would be able to engage with what he identified as the “best debate question”—Who are we at this place and where do we want to be?—Rose pointed to candidates on both sides of the aisle, including Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.

He thinks Twitter is “essential.”

That’s what he said in a lightning round with Gibbs. Rose also pointed to just how important social media has been for ISIS. “The threat of ISIS now,” Rose told Gibbs, “is that people…are being so moved by what they read and see online that they go out and commit acts of terrorism without ever having gone to a training camp, or even having had any sort of instruction in some mosque somewhere.”

And he’s never been afraid of an interview…

“Fear is something I would feel if I did what so many heroic journalists do who are going to risk their lives in Syria and Iraq…and places around the world where you never know what’s around the next bend,” Rose told Gibbs. “The highest admiration I have for my colleagues is not for someone in a studio in New York but for somebody on the ground in places that they’ve gone to fight to tell the story.”

…not even with Charles Manson.

Back in 1986 when he was with CBS News, Rose traveled to San Quentin Prison near San Francisco to interview Charles Manson, the notorious cult leader sentenced to life in prison after being convicted in a murder conspiracy. For many, Manson is the stuff of nightmares. But Rose said the experience was “exhilarating.”

“[Manson] walked in and said, ‘Rose, I’ve been watching you,'” Rose recalled to Gibbs. “I said, ‘What do you mean?’ And he said, ‘On television!'”

“[But] we had this conversation that was really inside his mind—which was really: how are you who you are?”

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TV Land Pulls Dukes of Hazzard Amid Confederate Flag Controversy

Gabriel Bouys—AFP/Getty Images A 1969 Dodge Charger, dubbed 'The General Lee' from the TV series 'The Dukes of Hazzard', is displayed during the 37th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Cars auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, 16 January 2008. The Barrett-Jackson auction company specializes in classic and collectors cars, and their auction in Scottsdale is the world's largest collector car event.

The 1980s show prominently displayed the flag on the roof of the featured car

TV Land is yanking the 1980s show Dukes of Hazard amid controversy over the Confederate flag, which is prominently displayed on the roof of the Duke Boys’ car, named the General Lee.

The move, reported by TheWrap, comes as the country debates whether the controversial flag has a place in media and public spaces. After a mass shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. last month, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and President Obama have called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the South Carolina statehouse’s grounds.

“Removing the flag from this state’s capitol would not be an act of political correctness. It would not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers. It would simply be an acknowledgement for the cause for which they fought, for slavery, is wrong,” the President said during the funeral service for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of the shooting.

TV Land didn’t say why they were dropping Dukes of Hazzard, PEOPLE reported.

Warner Bros., who produced the show that ran from 1979 to 1985, said earlier this week that it will no longer sell merchandise adorned with the flag, including toy versions of the General Lee.

But the actor Ben Jones, who played mechanic Cooter on the show and who currently runs a group of Dukes of Hazzard stores and museums, recently argued in favor of the Confederate flag in a Facebook post. “Our beloved symbol is now being attacked in a wave of political correctness that is unprecedented in our nation of free speech and free expression,” he wrote. He said that he will continue to sell products with the offensive symbol.


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Watch a Supercut of Jon Stewart Singing on The Daily Show

Stewart will soon have plenty of time to explore his passion for singing

As Jon Stewart slowly winds down his time on The Daily Show, the staff is making sure that he will definitely not be forgotten once he’s gone. How? By flooding the web with supercuts of some of Stewart’s finest hosting moments, including the latest installment: a compilation of Stewart trying his best to sing, which happened way more often than you might think.

The clip was introduced by Jon Hamm (a.k.a. the only other Jon on T.V. who spells his name correctly), who, as a long-time fan of the show, realized that no one had yet paid tribute to Stewart’s wonderful singing voice. “It’s like Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand and Luciano Pavarotti had a threesome and gave birth to a perfect set of vocal chords — yours,” he said. Stewart understandably blushed at the compliment before sitting back and watching the latest entry in his permanent Internet record.

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We Have to Go Back: Hope, Disappointment and Re-Watching Lost With My Kids

Bob D'Amico—ABC The cast of the first season of Lost

I know the show might let them down in the end. That's all the more reason to watch.

The following article references plot points from Lost, so you may want to skip it if you haven’t watched yet. Though, come on, you’ve had five years now.

My two sons have heard my wife and I talk about Lost almost as long as they’ve been alive. It’s what we have in our house instead of religion. They knew the general premise; they had an ambient awareness of who Sawyer and Hurley are, like talked-about distant cousins they’d never met in person. But the show itself would have to wait until they were old enough.

This summer, we decided they’re old enough. We started a family binge of the show on Netflix–we’re still in season 1–and because I’m a glutton for public questioning of my parenting and aesthetic choices, I tweeted about it. Five years after it ended, mentioning Lost on social media is still like poking a stick at the smoke monster, and soon enough the (mostly good-natured) snark rolled in–more than one response along the lines of: “First five seasons only, or I’m calling Child Protective Services.”

Ha ha, and OK, I asked for it. But I’ll be honest: the thought, “But what about the ending?” did occur to me. I loved the finale, though I thought most of season 6 went, well, sideways with digressions and blind alleys. But regardless, I’m well aware that many Lost fans were, shall we say, not as pleased with the ending. (My wife was one of them; when we finally finish the series, the kids will have to choose a favorite parent once and for all.)

Was I being responsible? Wasn’t I, a professional TV-watcher who reviewed the show weekly for almost its entire run, supposed to look out for them? Despite one of the best pilots ever made, despite “Not Penny’s Boat” and the hatch and “The Constant,” was I leading them to be blindsided? Was I setting my kids up for bitterness, disappointment, betrayal?

I decided, of course, that I wanted to share Lost with them even though they might hate the ending. More to the point, I wanted to share it with them because they might hate the ending.

I’m not interested in relitigating the debate over that last scene in the chapel. (You can read my original review if you want; it more or less still reflects how I feel.) But I think there were really two arguments going on over the Lost finale. Only one was about whether it was glorious or terrible.The other was really about how art and stories work.

That argument went: Is the finale to a series its ending or its answer? Does a bad ending to a story retroactively overwrite the good? Is it possible for the end of a thing to be so terrible and heartbreaking that it would be better never to have experienced any of the joy and pleasure that led up to it?

I don’t really care how my kids come down on Lost‘s ending–but how they come down on that last question, I care about very much.

I get that finales carry a lot of weight: we have so many wishes and rooting interests hanging on them. They need to answer questions and provide closure, to move you and thrill you and ratify your view of the story and your notions of justice. They need to “stick the landing,” a phrase I sincerely wish no one had ever applied to a series finale, not just because it misrepresents art but because it misuses the metaphor. A gymnastics routine, after all, is scored on every element; a wobbly landing makes a 10 into a 9.9, not a 0.

That urge to hold up the “0” card once disappointed by a finale–screw you, Battlestar Galactica! go to hell, Sopranos!–feels like a philosophy of life, and a depressing, defensive one. It says: I will not be made a sucker. I will not be made to waste my time. I will not risk giving myself over to a story to find out, in the end, that I was “wrong.”

That’s no way to watch; it’s no way to live. Life is a succession of extended, serial experiences that start with a lot of promise but can always end badly. Marriages. Careers. A major league sports season ends with every team losing but one. Life itself is a multi-episode series that will eventually lead to a finale that you may find drawn out and unpleasant.

You can protect yourself from a lot of disappointments by not investing, but you lose a lot too. Some of my favorite shows ended on notes I found nigh-perfect (Friday Night Lights). Others, not so much (How I Met Your Mother). Plenty are in-between (I’m still sorting out my feelings about Mad Men‘s finale). But none of that negates a single thrill, laugh or wave of emotion I felt on the way there. None of that makes any of the experience that came before it any less worth having.

And Lost? Yeah, the sideways universe was a mess and the Drive Shaft / classical-piano concert in the finale is one of the goofiest things the show has ever done. But I’m putting my kids on the road to it anyway. Because I got to watch them see the show kick into mysterious gear with Locke’s healing at the end of “Walkabout.” I’ll get to share with them Desmond in the Hatch and every creepy Ben Linus-ism; “We have to go back!” and Desmond’s phone call to Penny; Hurley driving the VW microbus and Sawyer in a Dharma jumpsuit in the 1970s. They’ll get to experience every thrill and mind-twist that I did, they’ll get to pore over details and spin theories, and if they hate where it ends up–well, they’ll still have experienced it.

And if that’s so, then I hope they even learn something: the bad things in your life don’t negate the good ones. As Pixar’s Inside Out beautifully expressed, happiness is more than the avoidance of sadness. Your life is not an average of its heights and its disappointments; it is each of them, in themselves. It’s like Christian says in the finale: “All of this matters.” If they can come away with that, I don’t need them to agree with me about Lost.

Unless they end up ‘shipping Kate and Jack over Sawyer and Juliet. Then I’m writing them out of the will.

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Neve Campbell Will Be on House of Cards Next Season

arrives at The Music Center's 50th Anniversary Spectacular held at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on December 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Michael Tran—2014 Michael Tran Neve Campbell arrives at The Music Center's 50th Anniversary Spectacular held at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on December 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

The Scream queen is set to join a whole new world of back-stabbing as a series regular

Neve Campbell is heading to Washington. The former Party of Five and Scream star has been added as a series regular to Netflix’s flagship show, House of Cards, EW has confirmed. She is currently filming for season 4, but her exact role is unknown. (Brief spoilers below.)

We last left the Underwoods with Frank (Kevin Spacey) campaigning for another presidential term and his relationship with Claire (Robin Wright) on the brink. Nevertheless, the whole gang will reappear on your computers sometime next year.

Deadline first reported Campbell’s addition to the cast.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Someone Photoshopped Nicolas Cage As 30 Game of Thrones Characters

Welcome to Cage of Thrones

Game of Thrones has been over for a few weeks now, but fans with a lot of free time on their hands have kept themselves entertained by getting creative — like when one superfan re-cut scenes to make the despicable Ramsay Bolton look like a really nice guy.

This week, a Reddit user by the name of CarlosDanger100 gave you something else you didn’t think you wanted to see: He doctored Nicolas Cage’s face onto 30 different characters from the HBO hit. Some designs (like Cage as Cersei) aren’t as convincing, but others (like Cage as Stannis) work so well you may not be able to un-see it.

See the pictures below.

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Watch Jon Hamm Explain Why Adults Like Minions

It's probably not the explanation you would expect

Minions, the small yellow creatures from the Despicable Me film series, have captured the attention of children everywhere with minion toys flooding toy stores. Now, actor Jon Hamm, a voice in the upcoming Minions movie, explains why they’re also appealing to adults — and it’s probably not the reason you would expect.

“I think these guys, these little minions are scientifically designed to be appealing to children, and not only children but adults,” the Mad Men star told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show Tuesday. “I think the reason they’re appealing to adults is because they look like capsules, they look like pills.”

“You know what movie I want to see?” Stewart replied humorously. “That Xanax movie.”

Check out the rest of the interview below.

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