John Oliver Discusses The Lottery

Everybody dreams of winning the lottery, but most realize that it’s a fantasy that will never come true. Still, millions of people spend billions of dollars each year on lotto tickets chasing the idea of becoming a quick millionaire. That’s fine, but should the government really be in the gambling business, promoting the lottery as a positive force for the community? John Oliver doesn’t think so. 


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Most of the world has quickly forgotten the once huge ‘Chris Brown beating up Rihanna’ controversy. While performing at the MTV VMA’s, Chris Brown wowed the crowd, while his fans cheered him on. But there was one man who seemed very unimpressed. While celebrities like Kanye West were dancing along and cheering Brown on, Jay-Z sat with a very sulky look on his face. I don’t think Jay-Z has forgotten about Rihanna. The video is shared by Gavon.   


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Emotional crying scenes on talent shows are a crucial ingredient in creating a hit American family television program. But like the lightsaber in Star Wars, when used too often, crying scenes lose their power and importance. 

Dancing With The Stars is one of the most guilty of over emotionalizing scenes.  noticed how often crying really happens on DWTS, and compiled this sniffle full montage.


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What went wrong with the How I Met Your Mother spin-off? Meanwhile, a source told BuzzFeed that the project may be shopped to another network.


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The cast of How I Met Your Mother (left), How I Met Your Dad star Greta Gerwig.

If there’s another chapter in the How I Met Your [insert family member here] story, it won’t unfold at CBS. The network’s president of entertainment, Nina Tassler, told reporters Wednesday that the network had not picked up How I Met Your Dad, starring indie darling Greta Gerwig.

“There were elements of the pilot that didn’t work out,” Tassler said of the How I Met Your Mother spin-off — which was once presumed a lock for the network’s fall schedule. “We tried to reach out and engage them in terms of them redoing the pilot. That’s not happening right now… I’m heartsick.”

“We have an extraordinary track record of retooling shows,” Tassler added, citing The Big Bang Theory, which originally featured two female leads. “You run into these kinds of issues. You hope they can resolve themselves. They haven’t.”

Produced by HIMYM’s Craig Thomas and Carter Bays, along with Emily Spivey (Up All Night), How I Met Your Dad was designed around another group of friends, but would this time chronicle a woman’s search for her husband. A source close to the project told BuzzFeed that the producers would have been more agreeable about a reshoot had CBS given How I Met Your Dad a series order as well.

CBS’s option on the series expires tomorrow, which means studio 20th Century Fox Television, which produced the pilot, can shop the show elsewhere. BuzzFeed’s source indicated that other networks have already expressed interest in picking up the show, but did not disclose where the show might land.

The most likely targets for a possible home, given the studio involvement, would be Fox, FX, and FXX. FX Networks currently has syndicated rights to How I Met Your Mother, which might make acquiring the spin-off particularly desirable to the cable network group, which launched the comedy-centric channel FXX last year. (FX did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)

The news about CBS passing on HIMYD is particularly surprising, given that erroneous reports emerged last week suggesting that the show had actually been ordered to series, which CBS quickly denied.

Story developing.

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The fallout from Apple’s Maps debacle was among the top headlines this past weekend. Mashable brought you those stories, as well as other tech and social media news while you were out of the office.

Our staff kept tabs on all the latest happenings, so don’t worry if you missed a few articles. Check out all the coverage here, in our handy Weekend Recap. Take a look at the links, below.

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Entertainer and Navy veteran Bill Cosby at a Veterans Day ceremony, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at the The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia.
Image: Matt Rourke/Associated Press

Bill Cosby is still slated to perform at a venue on the outskirts of New York City next weekend, but has agreed to offer refunds to ticket-holders who don’t want to attend.

The offer is in the midst of mounting sexual abuse allegations against Cosby that recently resurfaced. So far, 16 women have publicly accused the comedian of sexually assaulting them, and many of their stories include allegations that Cosby drugged them beforehand. He has denied the allegations.

Tarrytown Music Hall, where Cosby has two sold-out shows on Dec. 6, will offer refunds to ticket-holders. In an update on its Facebook page Saturday, the venue thanked “all parties involved in negotiating this deal.”

An email sent Friday afternoon from the Music Hall box office told ticket-holders, “Mr. Cosby’s management is now allowing for refunds for any patron’s (sic) that do not wish to attend the show. Please let me know if I may cancel and refund your order,” The Journal News reported.

Previously, Tarrytown Music Hall executive director Bjorn Olsson wrote on Facebook that the shows were booked before the allegations against Cosby had resurfaced, and that the venue couldn’t cancel them or offer refunds. “Canceling the show or refunding tickets would not hurt Bill Cosby, only The Music Hall, a non-profit organization, and the promoter,” Olsson said on Nov. 19.

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Venues in Nevada, Illinois, Arizona, South Carolina and Washington have all recently canceled Cosby performances, but the comedian still has more than 30 shows booked through May 2015.

Cosby’s first stop on his American standup tour since the allegations resurfaced was in Melbourne, Florida. The comedian received a standing ovation from the crowd, but there were also many empty seats, despite the venue claiming that the show was sold out.

Additional reporting by The Associated Press

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