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Watch a GMO Advocate Claim a Weed Killer Is Safe to Drink but Then Refuse to Drink It

'I'm not stupid'

Correction appended: March 27, 2015.

In an interview with the French television station Canal Plus, an advocate for genetically modified foods said Roundup, a weedkiller that is manufactured by chemical giant Monsanto, is safe for human consumption but refused to drink the herbicide when offered a glass by an interviewer.

Patrick Moore says he leads a campaign in support of “golden rice,” a genetically modified grain that contains high amounts of vitamin A. In the interview, which Moore says he believed would focus on “golden rice,” he says the active ingredient in the herbicide, glyphosate, is not causing cancer rates in Argentina to increase.

“You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you,” he said.

But when the reporter told him that they had prepared a glass and invited Moore to drink it, he refused, saying “I’m not stupid.”

“So, it’s dangerous?” the interviewer asked.

“It’s not dangerous to humans,” Moore replied.

He insisted that people “try to commit suicide” by drinking Roundup but “fail regularly.” Moore then walked out of the interview.

Last Friday, the World Health Organization’s cancer-research arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, classified the widely used herbicide as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Correction: The original version of this story identified Moore as a paid lobbyist for Monsanto. In a statement published Friday, Monsanto said Moore “is not and never has been a paid lobbyist for Monsanto.”

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Watch President Obama Interview The Wire Creator David Simon

“Omar, by the way, is my favorite character”

A television writer couldn’t have scripted it better.

President Barack Obama, a longtime fan of the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire, sat down with the show’s creator David Simon this week to speak frankly about America’s war on drugs and the perils of law enforcement.

Simon, a vociferous critic of the federal government’s drug policies, pulled no punches as he spoke with the President.

“What the drugs don’t destroy, the war against them tears apart,” said Simon.

Obama appeared receptive to Simon’s criticism and insisted that things were slowly improving in the country.

“The fact that we’ve got people talking about it in a smarter way, gives me a little [encouragement],” he said.

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NBC Reviving Coach With Craig T. Nelson

Craig T. Nelson at the "Get Hard" Premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater on March 25, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Jenna Blake—Corbis Craig T. Nelson at the "Get Hard" Premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater on March 25, 2015 in Los Angeles.

In a sequel, not a reboot

NBC is putting Coach back in the game.

The broadcaster is reviving the 1990s sitcom with original series star Craig T. Nelson.

We’re told this not a reboot, but a sequel to the comedy series that ran for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997.

The pitch: “Coach Hayden Fox, in the present day, has retired from coaching. He is called back to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy league school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.”

NBC has ordered 13 episodes, which will be shot in the traditional “multi-cam” sitcom production style. There’s no other cast yet, so it’s unclear if any of the other actors from the original series will return. Barry Kemp, the original creator of Coach, will write and executive produce.

The move keeps Nelson in the NBC family now that Parenthood is coming to a close and represents the latest move by a TV network to dive into the recycling bin for buzzworthy content – like how NBC is reviving Heroes with Heroes Reborn, Showtime is bringing back Twin Peaks and Fox is re-opening The X-Files. In this case, while Coach used to air on ABC, the show is owned by NBC sister studio Universal Television.

NBC has demonstrated more rating strength in recent years thanks to The Blacklist and The Voice. But the network has struggled – like most – to find new break-out comedies. Other attempts at yesteryear sitcom nostalgia, such as titles starring Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox Show) and Sean Hayes (Sean Saves the World), didn’t work out. But perhaps viewers will take a time out for Coach?

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Walking Dead Executive Producer Warns of ‘Sad Losses’ in Season Finale

Norman Reedus (L) and Ross Marquand (R) in episode 15 of AMC's 'Walking Dead.'
Gene Page—AMC Norman Reedus (L) and Ross Marquand (R) in episode 15 of AMC's 'Walking Dead.'

Gale Anne Hurd discusses the 90-minute finale

Gale Anne Hurd is a da– busy woman. She is now executive producing not one, but two Walking Dead shows for AMC and also has a new documentary about Wilma Mankiller that is currently offering up tons of Walking Dead-related goodies for backers on Kickstarter. But she spared a few minutes to talk to us about the recent developments in Alexandria and what we can expect on Sunday’s 90-minute Walking Dead season finale.

EW: This whole season seems to be about adaptation and the people from outside the walls trying to learn how to live alongside the people inside. What do you think: Did Rick go too far in the fight scene by pulling that gun out?
GALE ANNE HURD: I would say that he probably crossed the line, and luckily Michonne was there to save everyone from what could have come next.

Are people going to have to pick a side in this finale?
You know, we have a few surprises up our sleeve—I would throw that out there. But yes, we’re seeing more of the division, not only among the Alexandrians and our group, but within our group as well.

I was surprised at the restraint Glenn showed when he was having that conversation with Rick and relaying what happened with Nicholas and Noah.
When you think about it, this is the best shot that they’ve had at reproducing life before the apocalypse. But it’s difficult for Rick—and Carol, of course—knowing what’s out there, knowing that this Shangri-La is facing attacks from not only walkers but also the evil-doers that are out there. They know that they’re not prepared. They know that they need them and it’s very difficult for them to sit by and watch these ill-equipped people make bad decisions.

I was watching a scene from next week’s episode where Carol pulls a knife on Pete. Poor Pete thought he was done after the Rick attack and now he has to deal with Carol, which could be even worse!
Well, you know, he deserved it, as far as I’m concerned. Any guy who beats up his wife to the point that his son has to lock himself in a closet deserves that and probably a lot worse. But no one suspected it. As bad as Rick can be, Carol could actually be an even more dangerous foe because she’s undercover.

The show took such a big left turn in this back half of the season by taking these guys out of the wild, and putting them in and almost pristine community with pretty clothes and cleaning them up. Were you excited about this switch? Nervous? Both?
I think it was a mixture of fear and enthusiasm. Fear, because our team has been on the road so long. They have been surviving day to day. Really it was about: Will we have enough food? Will we have enough water? And can we survive the bad guys that we’ve encountered, too? An even, as it turns out, more significant question is, how can they survive civilization? And are they able to adapt? And are there enough stories there to keep it interesting? And as we found out, there certainly are.

What’s it like when you have to add not just one actor or two, but a whole new group like what you did here with Alexandria? Did that impose any logistical hurdles for you?
It’s difficult. You’ve gotta find the right people, the right actors who understand that this is a community of cast and crew who get along better than most families. They really do care for each other and have each other’s back and you want to make sure you don’t bring in a bad apple that’s going to ruin that feeling. Luckily everyone—even the people who play the “evil characters”— are just the most fantastic actors and fit right in. I think our line producer Tom Luce had the biggest headache, because obviously when the cast expands, so does payroll.

Where are you guys in terms of mapping out season 6?
As luck would have it, last week Scott Gimple and his fantastic team of writers pitched out eight episodes of season 6 and let me tell you, it is going to be quite the rollercoaster. It is really exciting and also caused our line producer to start pulling out his hair.

What sort of role are you going to have on this companion series?
I need to be in two places at once and I’ll figure it out. It simply means that the little personal life I have left will be sacrificed. Luckily, my daughter is all grown up and my husband is incredibly understanding. So I will be on the road a lot.

Give me one good tease for the 90-minute finale.
You can rest assured that not only walker blood will be spilled, but there will be a few surprises and some sad losses that no one, I think, will be able to predict.

For more Walking Dead’scoop, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Aaron Schock and Downton Abbey Said Farewell at the Same Time

Aaron Schock
Seth Perlman—AP In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill. speaks to reporters in Peoria Ill. According to a source, the Justice Department is investigating possible criminal violations by resigning Illinois congressman.

Oh, the irony

Rep. Aaron Schock gave his farewell speech to Congress Thursday at the same time that Downton Abbey producers announced the show would end after its next season.

The irony? The Illinois Republican is resigning amid a series of scandals that began when he spent lavishly to model his Capitol Hill office after the show.

We couldn’t help but notice some similarities in how the congressman and the producers of the show said their respective goodbyes:

1. Describing the emotional journey

“I was never more excited than when I walked into this chamber six years ago. I leave here with sadness and humility.” (Schock)

“The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard…I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience” (Downton Abbey)

2. Referencing the millions of people they’ve touched

“I will miss joining my colleagues in saving and strengthening social security and Medicare that will directly improve the quality of life for millions of Americans for generations to come.” (Schock)

“Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years.” (Downton Abbey)

3. Talking about the ‘stories’

“I know this is not the ending of a story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter.” (Schock)

“It felt right and natural for the storylines to come together” (Downton Abbey)

Now that Schock’s leaving Capitol Hill, might a cameo on the show be on the cards? It’s not too late.

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Downton Abbey Will End After Season 6

The hit British period drama is closing its doors

Time to put away your teacups and scones: the coming sixth season of Downton Abbey will be its last.

“We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans,” executive producer Gareth Neame said in a press release Thursday. “We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up.”

TIME asked creator Julian Fellowes in February whether the show might leap ahead in time before it ended to follow the characters as World War II broke out, but he poured cold water on the idea. “[Lady Mary’s son] George would have fought in that war because he was born in 1921, I think,” he says. “He would be called up by 1941 or 1942. We’d have to hope he’d get through it. Of course fewer people died in the Second World War [than the First] but people did die, and we have to just hope little George gets through.”

Downton Abbey is the most nominated British show in Emmy history, according to ITV, with 51 nominations. The series will air its final episode in the United Kingdom on Christmas Day, and is likely to be shown in the United States in early 2016.

But that might not be the very last of it – a Downton movie could happen after the show ends. “[A movie is] definitely something we’re contemplating, it would be great fun to do,” Neame said, according to Entertainment Weekly.

For now, look at this farewell post on the Downton Facebook page and start emotionally gearing up to say goodbye to everyone in the Crawley household.

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Empire’s Taraji P. Henson to Host SNL

Cookie fans, rejoice

Taraji P. Henson, who plays Empire’s standout character Cookie, will host Saturday Night Live on April 11.

Shoes. Will. Be. Thrown. (We hope.)

SNL announced that Mumford & Sons will be the musical guest. The sketch show also said that Michael “Birdman” Keaton will return for his third hosting gig on April 4, when Carly Rae Jepson will make her musical guest debut.

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Sutton Foster Talks Younger, Bunheads and Broadway

Sutton Foster attends 92Y Presents The Cast Of 'Younger' in New York City on March 24, 2015.
Esther Horvath—Getty Images Sutton Foster attends 92Y Presents The Cast Of 'Younger' in New York City on March 24, 2015.

Foster plays the 40-year-old Liza, who pretends to be 26 to reenter the job market

Darren Star’s new TV Land series Younger made its own star, Sutton Foster, feel like she was “cheating” on Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Foster’s previous TV series was Sherman-Palladino’s beloved but tragically axed Bunheads. Ever since, she and the Gilmore Girls creator had been attempting to find a way to reunite. “I loved Bunheads and our relationship so much. It felt so strange doing something else without her,” Foster tells EW. “I also knew I was going to be in good hands with Darren and all the people on the show. She took such good care of me on Bunheads, and it was such a great experience, and I was so afraid that Younger wouldn’t live up to that—but it did. It was a really great experience.”

In Younger, Foster plays Liza, a 40-year-old mother who pretends to be 26 to reenter the job market. In her adventures, she befriends a (truly) young co-worker played by Hilary Duff, and starts dating a hunky Brooklyn tattoo artist played by Nico Tortorella. Debi Mazar plays Liza’s friend who knows her secret, while Miriam Shor plays her demanding boss. Just don’t expect Foster to exercise her Tony-winning pipes on the series. In fact, she tells EW she doesn’t think Liza can “carry a tune.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Many people, myself included, feel like Bunheads was canceled before its time. What made you eager to return to TV after that experience?
SUTTON FOSTER: Thank you, and I agree with you. ABC Family waited about six months before they canceled us, so we finished filming [in] January and then didn’t get canceled until July. It was this total limbo period. In my naive heart of hearts, I was like, we’re coming back. How can they cancel it? And then when they canceled it I was totally heartbroken, but I wasn’t necessarily looking to come back to TV.

Amy Sherman-Palladino and I have become really good friends, and we were in talks of trying to figure out something that we could do together to keep that relationship going, just because we loved working together so much. We were having trouble sort of figuring out what that would be or what that would look like. There were a couple of other projects that sort of had floated through, but nothing that really felt right. The Younger script came by and I read it, and I was like, this is funny and interesting. I thought that the concept was intriguing and had a lot of possibilities and potential. The character spoke to me, and so I began to pursue it. I met with Darren and went in and read for it. The first thing I thought of was, I’m cheating on Amy. I remember when the pilot got picked up, and I told her, I said, “the pilot got picked up.” And she goes, “I know. It’s okay.” And I was like, “I feel like I’m cheating on you.”

You said you weren’t necessarily looking to return to TV. What was it about the Younger script that made you decide to do it?
I think the opportunity of working with Darren Star. When I read the script, I went, oh wow, where’s this going to go? It just seemed like it had a lot of room for storylines. Also, it felt like it would be fun. I thought it would be really fun to play this character and to sort of flip back and forth and kind of delve into this other world. It seemed like something I could do and it would be fun to do.

You take Liza back and forth from twentysomething mode to “mom” mode when she’s on the phone with her daughter. What’s it like to play that?
Sometimes I have to be reminded. They’re like, remember you’re 26. I’m like, oh yeah yeah yeah. If I was just playing a character that was 26 that would be one thing, but to be able to play a character who’s 40, pretending to be 26, but also has a daughter and an ex-husband and is trying to balance all of these things and now she’s having this romance with this guy. The thing that’s really fun is I get to have all these different relationships with all these characters.

I just have to remind myself of who am I right now. What role am I playing? With the boy [Tortorella], there are issues later in the season that flare up that highlight some of our age issues, but I think we have an innate understanding and chemistry and age doesn’t really come into play. With Diana [Shor], we are the same age, and I can sort of empathize and sympathize with where she is and why she behaves the way she does. I can tolerate her behavior even though she treats me like an imbecile. With Kelsey [Duff], I see in her all of the mistakes I made when I was 20, and I want to protect her and mother her, but I can’t because I’m supposed to be making all the same mistakes. But I’ve already done that, so I’m trying to figure all that out. It’s fun. I get to chameleon, kind of change it up between whoever it is I’m in a scene with.

Did you do any Brooklyn-based research or young person research to tap into that millennial mindset beforehand?
I just turned 40. The thing that kills me now is I realize all the clothes that I used to wear in the ’90s are now coming back. As soon as the overalls came back I was like, I’m so screwed. The best gift I have is Hilary [Duff] and Nico [Tortorella], because they are both in their 20s. I pay attention a lot to what they’re up to. I just sort of watch them a lot. Also we shot a lot in Brooklyn. That was incredibly informative. I have the best wardrobe team in the history of the world, and so my clothes and my wardrobe play a huge part in my look and vibe. The good thing is that Liza’s trying to still figure this out, so I wanted to go on the journey with her. I didn’t want to do too much figuring out, because she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing.

You’re working with Patricia Field, who is a legend, especially given her work on Star’s Sex and the City. What has that been like for you?
It’s been awesome. She has finger on the pulse of fashion and, like, eight steps ahead. The thing I love most about her is she knows how to dress a character. When we first met she sort of was trying to get a vibe of what my style was, and since I have no style, I was like, “Pat, I’m a blank canvas. You can do whatever the hell you want with me. I have no idea what the young people are wearing; I wear jeans and T-shirts and TOMS and I’m a very basic type of gal.” So I really threw my faith into my makeup and hair team and the wardrobe. I was like, just have at it. It’s been really fun to try on things and to see how things made me feel.

After Bunheads, you did Violet on Broadway. What’s gratifying about doing TV versus doing Broadway, and how do you hope to integrate the two going forward?
I just want to be challenged and I want to work with people that excite me. Bunheads I got to work with Amy Sherman-Palladino; I got to do a project that I felt so passionate about. Violet I got to work with Jeanine Tesori and Leigh Silverman and Brian Crawley, all these people I just admire. And Younger I work with Darren Star, with these incredible actors—Hilary and Nico and Debi and Miriam—and work on something that is so fun and so different.

I think when I was first starting out, especially in theater, I was more narrow-minded and especially just wanted to do theater. Now I’m broadening my horizons. TV was something I didn’t know, and it scared me. I didn’t have any experience. Bunheads was such a turning point, because I learned so much. I was like, oh. Moving forward I have no idea what it will be, career-wise. I would love to do Younger for as long as I can keep pulling off that I look younger than my age. But I would love to do theater in there too, because they both inspire me and challenge me.

Speaking of, how long can Liza pull this off? Will people start to figure it out as the show goes on?
It wouldn’t be realistic if someone didn’t find out. I can say that. But you’re right. I don’t know where the shelf life is. After a while, when Liza’s grey and in a wheelchair, she can’t keep telling everybody she’s 35. It will be interesting to see where it will go. Hopefully the characters are strong enough, and people want to follow them that no matter which way the show goes.

You’re doing The Wild Party this summer with Joshua Henry. Why did you want to do that show?
Again, it was just something completely different—it’s naughty and dirty and sexy and nasty, and I was like, yeah! There’s something intriguing about that. It’s drugs and sex and deceit, and I’m just interested in doing the left turn. I find that exciting. We’re doing it in July. We haven’t really started working on it yet. We’re still in the very beginnings of it.

Will we ever get to see Liza sing and/or dance?
I don’t think so. I don’t think Liza can sing or dance, and if she ever did sing, like if there was ever that karaoke night I don’t think she could carry a tune.

That’s disappointing to me.
I know, I know, but I really don’t think that’s in her cards. I don’t think she has any hidden talents.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Watch Mariah Carey Kill at Car Karaoke on The Late Late Show

James Corden continues his streak

After convincing Tom Hanks to recreate his most famous movies in an seven-minute video, new Late Late Show host James Corden set about getting Mariah Carey to do a little car karaoke with him and the results are equally memorable.

In the video, Carey and Corden are engaged in the popular Los Angeles pastime of driving around endlessly until Corden “accidentally” turns on one of the diva’s hits. As the opening bars of “Always Be My Baby” played, Carey announced, “I’m not singing today. I was up all night.” Then she gamely started singing along with Corden anyway. As they drove, they chatted and sang through a medley of Carey’s greatest hits with Corden giving it his — although he might not want to give up his day job quite yet.

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Watch Ricky Gervais as Derek in Trailer for Netflix Special

The British series ran for two full seasons

After two seasons on the show Derek, Ricky Gervais is bidding farewell to his role as a quirky retirement home employee in a Netflix special.

“It always seems to be two series and a special. I did it with The Office, Extras, Idiot Abroad and now Derek,” Gervais told The Hollywood Reporter. “The way I write and the way I develop characters and the overall arc, that seems to be the optimum length for me.”

The special, which has already aired in the United Kingdom, hits Netflix in the United States on April 3.

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