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Late night hosts Conan, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher speak out about Paris attack


Conan O'Brien in a screen shot from the Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2015 edition of "Conan."

While some took a "the show must go on" approach and largely avoided bringing down a comedy show by addressing the attack in Paris on satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, several late night hosts tried to grapple with the attack and what it means for comedy.

Jon Stewart opened up "The Daily Show" by directly addressing the attack and expressing his condolences.

"I know very few people go into comedy as an act of courage, mainly because it shouldn't have to be that," Stewart said, "but those guys at Hebdo had it, and they were killed for their cartoons. A stark reminder that, for the most part, the legislators and journalists and institutions that we jab and ridicule are not, in any way, the enemy. For however frustrating or outraged the back and forth can become, it's still back and forth conversation of those on, let's call it Team Civilization."


'Serial' becomes a romantic comedy trailer using the show's actual audio

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Actors Bill Posley and Honora Talbott as "Serial's" Adnan Syed and Sarah Koenig.

Listeners to the "Serial" podcast, where "This American Life" producer Sarah Koenig obsessed over the guilt or innocence of convict Adnan Syed, poked fun at Koenig for her deeply personal investment in the case. Now some Los Angeles sketch comedians have taken that to another level with "Serial Dating."

Serial Dating trailer

The impressive thing about the video is that all of the dialogue used to turn "Serial" into a romantic comedy comes straight from the show itself. Add a romantic comedy narrator,  jaunty music and actors setting these lines in a different context, and you've got a whole new piece of "Serial" fan fiction.

The video comes from Honora Talbott, who also received some attention for a video making fun of Los Angeles's broken sidewalks to the tune of Pharrell's "Happy."


Coachella 2015 topped by AC/DC, Jack White and Drake

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Rapper Drake performs at ESPN The Magazine's "NEXT" Event on Feb. 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Concert shot of AC/DC.

2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Day 3

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Singer Jack White performs during the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 14, 2014 in Manchester, Tennessee.

Coachella announced their 2015 lineup online Tuesday morning. This year's headliners are perhaps even a bit more eclectic than usual, with classic rockers AC/DC, former White Stripes-turned-solo-bluesman Jack White and rapper/actor Drake topping the Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of the two-weekend annual festival respectively.

Coachella baited festival fans with their tweet that included the lineup, writing, "For those about to RT."

Beyond the top-billed, notable names appearing Friday include Interpol, Steely Dan, Alabama Shakes, Azealia Banks, Lykke Li, DJ Snake, Caribou and Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.

On Saturday, notables include the act with one of the hugest singles of 2014, Hozier of "Take Me To Church" fame. You've also got the Weeknd, Ratatat, Bad Religion, Tyler the Creator and hip-hop breakout Run the Jewels.


Marvel trolls fan with ant-sized 'Ant-Man' trailer


Ant-Man seen in an image tweeted by Marvel.

You're probably going to be hearing a lot about ants this year, as Marvel's starting to promote their new film "Ant-Man," which comes out just two months after the somewhat more high-profile "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Their year-opening salvo: A not-quite-postage-stamp-sized teaser trailer.

Ant-Man teaser trailer

They promise the full-sized version will show up on Marvel's new "Agent Carter" on ABC this Tuesday, so you won't have to give yourself eye strain or get Jack Bauer to yell "Enhance!" to figure out what's going to happen in the blockbuster after Marvel's next blockbuster. It's an original promotional idea for a character often mocked, with a lot of fans thinking "Oh come on — ANT-MAN?!"

Marvel has six months to make Ant-Man cool, and they've got to get fans back on board after losing writer/director Edgar Wright before shooting. They've got the amiable Paul Rudd as the lead to help that out (he's also set to come back to "Parks & Recreation" during its 2015 season), and it'll likely take more creative leaps of various sizes to make this movie an event.


Donna Douglas, aka 'Beverly Hillbillies'' Elly May Clampett, dies


From left, actors Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Buddy Ebsen appear in a scene from the television series "The Beverly Hillbillies," 1966.


Two of the TV hillbillies who struck oil on the show and gold in the ratings, Donna Douglas and Max Baer Jr. go through a bit of horseplay on the set in Hollywood in May 1963. The quick rise of "Beverly Hillbillies" to the top spot in TV ratings left critics with their most acid adjectives hanging. Donna and Max denied they were sex symbols in the series, but critics couldn't figure out how else it won so many fans within a month of starting.

The Beverly Hillbillies


Television sitcom family the Clampetts, of the series "The Beverly Hillbillies," from left to right, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas and Bea Benaderet, and seated, Buddy Ebsen, July 19, 1962, in Los Angeles.

Omar Sharif and Donna Douglas

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Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, named best supporting actor for his role in “Lawrence of Arabia,” is congratulated by Donna Douglas at the 20th annual Golden Globes awards of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in Hollywood on March 5, 1963.

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Donna Douglas attends the Salvation Army's Annual Celebrity Bell Ringing Dec. 12, 2001 in Los Angeles.

Donna Douglas, who played "The Beverly Hillbillies'" Elly May Clampett and the woman under the bandages on the "Eye of the Beholder" episode of "The Twilight Zone," died New Year's Day, Baton Rouge's WAFB reports, citing family members. She was 81 years old.

Douglas was an iconic pinup for a generation of television viewers, playing Jed Clampett's only daughter on "The Beverly Hillbillies," with the Ozarks oil-striking family heading to live in Beverly Hills. The show was number 1 on CBS for its first two years, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and lasted for nine seasons.

She appeared in several "Twilight Zone" episodes, including appearing in one of the most impactful episodes the show ever produced, "Eye of the Beholder." It told the story of what being traditionally beautiful means in a world slightly different from our own.