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Top 10 reasons Stephen Colbert won't move 'The Late Show' to Los Angeles

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Stephen Colbert visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on February 17, 2014 in New York City.

CBS's announcement Thursday morning that Stephen Colbert is taking over from David Letterman as the host of "The Late Show" in 2015 seems to dim the likelihood of the show moving to Los Angeles, despite lobbying from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. Reasons likely include everything from trying to retain "The Colbert Report" staff on his new show, family and more, but here's our top 10 reasons "The Late Show" is probably staying in New York.

10. He doesn't want "Saturday Night Live" to make fun of him the next time they do "The Californians"
9. He can't remember which Kardashian is which
8. He's already got a great deal living in Jon Stewart's pool house
7. The Los Angeles sun is a problem for his delicately pale skin
6. He's afraid of being attacked by Meatball the Glendale bear
5. Mayor Garcetti is already Los Angeles's number one musical fan
4. He heard that Senator Leland Yee is going to send Shrimp Boy after him
3. He's afraid of the backlash from his #CancelSriracha campaign.
2. He's waiting for the Big One to take out Craig Ferguson's studio so he can move in
1. He didn't want to be mysteriously run over by one of Jay Leno's classic cars

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Creator of '60s TV camp classic 'Batman' Lorenzo Semple Jr. dies

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The Batmobile from the original television series.

Creator of the Batmobile, George Barris

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Creator of the Batmobile, George Barris, poses with characters dressed in costume ahead of a ceremony for Adam West, who played Batman in the original TV series, for the unveiling of his star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on April 5, 2012 in Hollywood.

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Batman 1955 Lincoln Futura Batmobile: George Barris' crew reworked and restyled an old Ford concept car into the great Batmobile for the campy 1966-'68 TV series. Turbines to speed.


Lorenzo Semple Jr., who created the popular and influential 1960s "Batman" TV show, has died, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He was 91.

The man behind "Bif! Bam! Pow!" being the three words — well, sounds — most associated with superheroes created the campy '60s TV show. He also wrote the script for the 1966 "Batman" feature film.

The '60s Batman was funny, played deadpan but wry, with a pop art sensibility most embodied by the flashy sound effects graphics that enveloped the screen. Batman had dark roots, but the '50s had seen Batman getting brighter and the '60s made him brightest of all, before the comics got darker and later films took Batman back to being the Dark Knight.

Semple eventually left TV to move to film, writing movies like "Three Days of the Condor," the 1976 version of "King Kong," the 1980 "Flash Gordon" and James Bond film "Never Say Never Again."

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Foster the People performs stripped down version of new single 'Coming of Age'

Foster the People perform live at Q Radio with Jian Ghomeshi.

Los Angeles-based indie pop band Foster the People, whose debut single "Pumped up Kicks" was the catchy but secretly dark summer anthem of 2011, is back with their sophomore record "Supermodel." 

The band recently performed a special stripped down version of its latest single "Coming of Age" at the Q Radio studio.

Watch the performance here

In the interview with Jian Ghomeshi, Foster the People discussed its rise to fame and what it takes to follow up on a big hit. Plus, frontman Mark Foster talked inspiration as an Angeleno. 

"To me, [the song "Fire Escape"] feels kind of like the old man sitting on the hill...maybe on top of Runyon Canyon in L.A. looking over the city and has watched it change over the last hundred years."

Foster the People generated local buzz earlier this year when it put on a live show in front of its commissioned mural at 539 S. Los Angeles Street in downtown L.A. The mural also serves as cover art on "Supermodel." 

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President Obama delivers praise, cracks jokes at 'Cesar Chavez: An American Hero' biopic screening

President Obama Hosts a Screening of "Cesar Chavez: An American Hero"

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President Obama delivers remarks before a White House screening of "Cesar Chaves: An American Hero" on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

President Barack Obama spoke at a White House screening of the film "Cesar Chavez: An American Hero." Obama praised Chavez, the famed Californian labor organizer and workers' rights advocate.

"This movie, this film tells the story of a man guided by an enormous faith -- faith in a righteous cause and a loving God, and the dignity of every human being.  And it reminds us how throughout our history that faith has been tested, and that it falls to ordinary Americans, ordinary people, to fight and restore that faith," Obama said.

Obama wasn't all serious — he joked about the sexually explicit but critically acclaimed "Y Tu Mamá También," whose star Diego Luna directed "Cesar Chavez."

"I want to thank Diego Luna and the entire cast of 'Cesar Chavez.' I told him I loved 'Y Tu Mamá, También.'  But we can’t screen that at the White House. It’s a great movie, but this is a little more family-friendly here," Obama said to laughs from the crowd.

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'Veronica Mars' and 'This American Life' take over KPCC's studios

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Ira Glass and Lisa Pollak from "This American Life" in the "Veronica Mars" movie.

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Ira Glass and Kristen Bell during the shoot for the "Veronica Mars" movie.

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Nancy Updike and Jonathan Menjivar from "This American Life" make cameos in the "Veronica Mars" movie.

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The "This American Life" crew with Kristen Bell during the "Veronica Mars" movie shoot at KPCC's studios.

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Alissa Shipp from "This American Life" makes a cameo in the "Veronica Mars" movie.


The "Veronica Mars" movie opened in limited release Friday, and it features a very special guest star: The KPCC studios, doubling for the "This American Life" home base. Host Ira Glass wrote about the experience Friday and posted screenshots showing where to find members of the TAL staff, as well as photos shot by actor Chris Lowell, who plays Piz. You can see some of both above.

Glass nicely summarizes what exactly the "Veronica Mars" TV show was for those who missed out on it during its run on UPN and the CW: "it was a film noir, set in high school, then in college. Like Buffy and The OC, it was funny and great and rose above its own teen genre."

RELATED: 'Veronica Mars' cast reunion kicks off TV's PaleyFest

Minor spoiler alert: Veronica's boyfriend Piz worked at the college radio station in the third season of the show, so when jumping into the future, he's hard at work in the world of "This American Life."

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