By Eric Dodds
August 21, 2014

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• FXX will marathon all 551 episodes of The Simpsons to promote the October debut of its web portal Simpsons World.

• Among the words recently added to Oxford Dictionaries are binge-watch, humblebrag and throwing shade.

• Starbucks starts offering its Pumpkin Spice Latte on Aug. 25, a full week earlier than expected.

• Martin Lawrence told Conan O’Brien that there will be a new Bad Boys movie–more than 10 years after the last installment hit theaters.

GAME ON

Want a one-on-one hoops lesson from Kobe Bryant? Just pay a visit to Shanghai’s House of Mamba (right), a state-of-the-art court that’s been programmed to teach players how to execute Bryant-approved plays, via LED displays and motion-tracking tools programmed into the floor. Nike built the court as part of its “Rise” campaign, which aims to train the next generation of Chinese ballers.

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THE DIGITS

Estimated grams of fat in the jumbo Mega Oreo, which was baked from scratch by the hosts of the YouTube cooking series Epic Meal Time; naturally, the Mega Oreo’s crème filling was filled with Oreo pieces

QUICK TALK

Jeff Bridges

Over the past five decades, he’s played a washed-up troubadour (in Crazy Heart), a dashing alien (in Starman) and the ultimate slacker (in The Big Lebowski). Now Bridges plays the title character in the big-screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. Here, the 64-year-old actor talks to TIME.

–ISAAC GUZMÁN

The Giver collects all the memories and feelings–good and bad–that his tightly controlled society has left behind. Wouldn’t we be happier in a world like that?

Interesting question, isn’t it? I think we’re kind of still up for grabs on that. Suffering is such a part of life. And is there a value to our struggle? I believe there is.

So if you were living in the Giver’s society, what experience would you miss most?

Love, right? Love is wonderful. But as the song says, “Love hurts.” It’s a mixed bag.

Have you heard about John Turturro wanting to revive his Jesus character from The Big Lebowski?

Yeah, I’d like to talk to John more in detail. I’m wondering if the Dude has a role in his movie. I can remember the day he showed up on set to do his part, the day he licked the ball. Absolutely crazy with his performance.

What’s the simplest way to explain this quote I found on your website, “After ecstasy, the laundry”?

Oh, that’s good. I thought it was going to be a drug reference. To me, enlightenment is just the beginning. Once you get in on the joke, let’s get down to–I was going to say work, but I invented a word. Some people pronounce it plorking. Some pronounce it worklay. Those are a combination of play and work. And so, after ecstasy, plorking, man!

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THEN …

She will be the first black woman to do so in the Emmys’ 66-year history. (Isabel Sanford won in the comedy category in 1981 for playing Weezy on The Jeffersons.) Washington, as the President’s Ms. Fix-It, Olivia Pope, on ABC’s Scandal, would have made this history in 2013 if it weren’t for Homeland’s Claire Danes’ nabbing her second category win.

Saturday Night Live is the Emmys’ MOST SUCCESSFUL SHOW EVER, with 185 nominations and 40 wins

Laverne Cox was the first OPENLY TRANSGENDER ACTRESS ever to be nominated

THEN …

It will be the first Internet series to win top honors in this genre. The Netflix hit, which already won three awards at the Creative Arts Emmys (focusing on behind-the-scenes technical accomplishments), would also end Modern Family’s epic winning streak. The ABC comedy has won this award every year since it first became eligible in 2010.

IF THIS, THEN THAT

How the Emmys Could Make History

Television is evolving, so its biggest night must as well. The ceremony, hosted this year by Seth Meyers, could usher in several game-changing firsts.

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KERRY WASHINGTON WINS FOR OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK WINS FOR OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES

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TRUE DETECTIVE WINS FOR OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES

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JON HAMM WINS FOR OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

WATCH

This year’s show airs on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. E.T. on NBC

Ed Asner and Cloris Leachman are the Emmys’ MOST SUCCESSFUL ACTOR AND ACTRESS EVER, with seven and eight wins, respectively

THEN …

The definition of series will have fundamentally changed. In the past, it has signified a show that keeps (or plans to keep) the same cast and story line over multiple seasons. But the HBO show, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as detectives hunting a killer in Louisiana, is on track to reboot everything before its next go-round, which some critics say makes it a miniseries.

FX and Showtime were reportedly in a bidding war for the series before it went to HBO

THEN …

He will be the first actor on the AMC show to win an award for acting. Although Mad Men was named Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row (2008 to 2011) and earned trophies for hairstyling and writing, its players haven’t been so lucky: Hamm (as Don Draper) is 0 for 6 in Emmy wins, and his critically acclaimed co-stars have lost several times as well.

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• Not one but two all-denim suits made their way into Ralph Lauren’s spring 2015 collection for men. Because nothing says high fashion like worn-looking jeans.

• There is a modern-day plastic water bottle in the background of one of Downton Abbey’s latest promotional photos.

• Kimye baby North West appeared in an ad for Chanel–mere weeks after her first birthday.

• Justin Bieber was roundly criticized for apparently not using ice during his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video.

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This appears in the September 01, 2014 issue of TIME.

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