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January 11, 2016

The Golden Globes packed a lot in over the course of three hours — big wins for The Revenant, The Martian, and Mozart in the Jungle; an almost rumble between host Ricky Gervais and Mel Gibson; a standing ovation for Sylvester Stallone; Taraji P. Henson passing out cookies; a whole lot of cursing. Here are some of the other top moments from Sunday night:

Eva Longoria and America Ferrera teaching the Golden Globes a lesson

When the nominations were announced back in December, the Golden Globes mistakenly identified presenter America Ferrera — not once, but twice — as another Latina actress, Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez. Not wanting to let the Hollywood Foreign Press Association off the hook, Ferrera and Eva Longoria humorously pointed out Sunday that Latina actresses are not interchangeable, and there are more than two or three out there.

The face Leonardo DiCaprio made when Lady Gaga ran into him

Lady Gaga was obviously very excited by her win (Best Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for her role as the Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel), so excited in fact that she appeared to be in a trance as she made her way to the stage, running smack into Leonardo DiCaprio along the way. A startled DiCaprio made a weird face, and hundreds of GIFs were born.

Rachel Bloom's exuberant acceptance speech

Ricky Gervais may have said multiple times during the show that Golden Globe awards don't mean anything, but his jaded attitude didn't rub off on Rachel Bloom of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. After winning the award for Best Actress in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical, a super excited Bloom spilled about how difficult it was to get Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on the air (it was rejected six times) and praised those who made it happen. For the Hollywood vets it may be just an award, but for Bloom, it obviously meant something.

Denzel Washington's wife asking him if he needed his glasses

When it came time to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award, recipient Denzel Washington brought his family up on stage with him for the honor. Looking at a tiny piece of paper, he rattled off the names of those who have helped him during his career, and became emotional when he brought up his parents. After a few moments of silence, his wife whispered something to him. "Yes, I do need my glasses!" he laughed. It was a sweet, unscripted moment, made even better by the fact that she, too, forgot her glasses.

Jamie Foxx pulling a Steve Harvey

Jamie Foxx was supposed to present the award for Best Original Score, but first had to get in a Steve Harvey joke. Instead of saying the real winner (Ennio Morricone for Hateful Eight), Foxx said the honor went to Straight Outta Compton, and then immediately went into Harvey mode. "I'm sorry folks, it's right here on the card," he said. "I take full responsibility. I apologize to everybody in Compton, I apologize to Ice Cube. I'm sorry." Foxx used the gag to bring attention to the fact that Straight Outta Compton was snubbed, but with that, let us all vow to stop using Harvey's blunder as a punch line, and let it die in peace (Steve Harvey's Flub, 2015-2016). Catherine Garcia

2:23 a.m. ET

On Wednesday's Kelly File, Megyn Kelly aired an unbroadcast clip of her Tuesday interview with former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, whom Hillary Clinton name-checked during Monday's debate and Donald Trump keeps calling fat. "You tell me whether this is good or bad that here we are on Wednesday and the country's still talking about it," Kelly asked Dana Perino, former White House press secretary under George. W Bush. "I would say that it is not good," Perino said. "It's not good for the country, and I don't think it's good for either campaign."

Hillary Clinton had obviously set a trap for Trump, Perino said, "and he had warning this was going to come. You can't plan for everything in your life," especially past things you've said, she added, but "dealing with how he's treated women in the past should not come as a surprise in the campaign against Hillary Clinton." "No, no, it should not have," Kelly said, "and I'll give you Exhibit A... in our case for the reason why Donald Trump should not have been surprised that the women issue was going to come at him." Exhibit A was Kelly's eerily similar question to Trump in a famous August 2015 GOP primary debate. "I tried to warn you," Kelly said after the clip. (To be fair to Trump, though, watch the 2015 audience's reaction to his disparagement of Rosie O'Donnell.)

Perino compared Clinton's surfacing of Machado to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth campaign against John Kerry in 2004, then said that Clinton "is narrow-casting as well. It's not just women writ large that she's talking to but also Latina women in particular." "That's right, and even tonight, as the Trump campaign clearly wants to move beyond this, Newt Gingrich is out there, bringing it up again," Kelly sighed, "saying you can't gain a bunch of weight when you become Miss Universe." "Stop talking about women's weight all together," Perino said. "Stop." "You know what, if you want to increase your numbers with women, yeah, just stop telling us how fat we are?" Kelly said. "Because that, it turns out, doesn't make us feel very good. Especially when you have been classified as overweight, and we just don't want to hear it." Peter Weber

2:06 a.m. ET
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A new report from Amnesty International claims that since January, more than 200 people in Darfur, including children, have been killed by chemical weapons dropped by the Sudanese government.

For 13 years, Sudanese forces and rebels have been fighting in the region, and in mid-January, the government launched an offensive against the Sudan Liberation Army. Amnesty International's Tirana Hassan, director of crisis research, told the BBC that over the course of an eight month investigation in Jebel Marra, a remote part of Darfur, they found dozens of witnesses to at least 30 attacks using chemical weapons.

The "scale and brutality of these attacks is hard to put into words," Hassan said. Investigators saw images and videos of children covered with lesions and blisters, some vomiting, others unable to breathe. The witnesses told Amnesty International that after bombs were dropped, the smoke that filled the air smelled "unusual," and within minutes, people would begin to vomit, and later, their eyes and skin changed color. Some children died, while others remained in pain months after attacks. Two independent chemical weapons experts said the injuries were consistent with a chemical attack, the BBC reports, and Amnesty International is calling for an investigation. "The fact that Sudan's government is now repeatedly using those weapons against their own people simply cannot be ignored and demands action," Hassan said. Catherine Garcia

1:33 a.m. ET

We no longer have to imagine what the first presidential debate would have been like had Seth Meyers been the moderator.

On Wednesday's Late Night, the host asked several oddball questions, splicing in answers given by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during Monday's debate — for instance, when "asking" Clinton how she feels about "the fact that Trump exclusively dates younger woman," she "responded," "Today's my granddaughter's second birthday, so I think about this a lot." This faux debate is only slightly wackier than the one that actually took place — if there's a reality TV star participating, why can't a late night talk show host be the moderator? Watch the video below. Catherine Garcia

1:09 a.m. ET

More than 80 million Americans skipped Monday Night Football to watch the first Donald Trump–Hillary Clinton presidential debate, "which I think is a sign of the Apocalypse," Samantha Bee said on Wednesday night's Full Frontal. "For once, concussion-ball was not as compelling as watching American democracy play Russian roulette." She touched on Trump's frequent interruptions, the one "portion of the debate set aside for white people to awkwardly tackle the topic of race," and the dearth of real-time fact-checking — sometimes combining all three topics in creative ways.

"Speaking of black people in uncomfortable situations, you may have noticed the very occasional presence of moderator and interruptee Lester Holt," Bee said. Holt made at least one "solid fact check," but "unfortunately, Lester seemed to be out of the room when Trump delivered most of his other whoppers. Maybe he went out to jam with his band. Ah, he plays bass, of course — the instrument that you're pretty sure is in the mix somewhere, even though you usually can't hear it." Mean.

Then she got to the part where Donald really blew it. "Trump warned us that Hermione Clinton would be cheating by doing something called 'preparing,' like some kind of busybody PTA mom kind of overplanner," Bee said. "But Trump never considered the possibility that she might be a Count of Monte Cristo overplanner. She spent months building an elaborate trap for Trump, and he lumbered right into it." That would be the part where America met former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. "Those wily Clinton bastards knew there are three things Trump can't resist: Calling women names, doubling down, and making dumb mistakes on Fox & Friends," Bee said, then she addressed Trump: "You had a stunningly beautiful Miss Universe winner, but you treated her like garbage — now you have a real problem. Not only with her, but with any woman who's ever been called fat — which is all of us. We've been dealing with you our whole life." She ended with a MASH note to Megyn Kelly — watch below. Peter Weber

12:26 a.m. ET

He probably spent the past week memorizing the name of every city in Syria, and now, Gary Johnson has a new subject to brush up on: World leaders.

During a town hall Wednesday hosted by Hardball's Chris Matthews, the Libertarian presidential candidate was asked to name his favorite foreign leader. Johnson responded by making a strange noise. His running mate, Bill Weld, came in for the save, saying, "Mine was Shimon Peres," the former Israeli president who died on Tuesday. "I'm talking about living," Matthews snapped. "Any continent. Canada, Mexico, Europe, over there, Asia, South America, Africa. Name a foreign leader that you respect."

Referring to his gaffe earlier in the month, when he said he wasn't familiar with Aleppo (the city in Syria that before the civil war was the country's largest, and is currently under siege), Johnson said, "I guess I'm having an Aleppo moment in the former president of Mexico." Matthews kept pestering the struggling candidate to utter the name of any foreign leader, when Weld again came to the rescue, listing off the names of former Mexican presidents. Johnson looked like he wanted to jump for joy when Weld said "Fox," as in Vicente Fox, the ex-president who has called Donald Trump "a crazy guy." Weld, for his part, said his favorite world leader is Germany's Angela Merkel. Maybe this should be realigned as the Weld/Johnson ticket? Catherine Garcia

12:16 a.m. ET

Jon Batiste leads the Late Show band, Stay Human, but on Wednesday's show, host Stephen Colbert said that Batiste also works hard to "heal the racial divide" in America. He said he just learned that Batiste has "created a public service announcement that addresses important misunderstandings between black people and white people," and Batiste confirmed it: "Yeah, it's almost voting season, and I wanted to say something, because the tensions are high right now." So Colbert showed the PSA, titled "Hey White People!"

"Here in America it can be difficult to talk about race," Batiste said in the PSA. "There are a number of reasons why, but mostly, it's slavery." He gave other black actors and TV personalities a chance to weigh in, too — Tituss Burgess, Kevin Hart, Gayle King, Michael K. Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Anderson — and it's kind of a mishmash of good-natured rants and other race-related banter. But lest White People think their voices aren't important in this PSA, don't worry: Batiste leaves room for one voice from the white community (even if he's British) and has a night shout-out to Chet Baker. (Also, Frasier produced the PSA?) Watch below. Peter Weber

September 28, 2016
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Agnes Nixon, the trailblazing soap opera writer and the creator of All My Children and One Life to Live, died Wednesday at a senior living facility in Pennsylvania. She was 93.

Nixon got her start in daytime serials thanks to her father's inadvertent assistance, the Los Angeles Times says. He was actually trying to convince her not to launch a writing career, hoping she would follow him into the burial garments business, when he set up a meeting with a pioneer in radio serial writing, Irna Phillips, to convince his daughter that her dream was foolish. But Phillips enjoyed Nixon's sample script so much, she asked her to come work for her. "It was one of the greatest moments of my life," Nixon said. "It was freedom."

During the 1950s and 1960s, Nixon helped launch As the World Turns, was head writer of Guiding Light, and helped turn around Another World. She was ahead of her time, giving a Guiding Light character in 1962 uterine cancer, but CBS and sponsor Proctor & Gamble agreed to let the storyline air only if the words "cancer," "uterus," and "hysterectomy" were not used. She later formed a company with her husband to produce One Life to Live, Loving, and All My Children; she based the latter show's villain, Adam Chandler, on her father, and gave Erica Kane, her favorite character, abandonment issues like she thought she had, the Times reports. In 1981, she became the first woman to receive the Trustees Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and in 2010, she was honored with a Daytime Emmy for lifetime achievement. Nixon's husband died in 1996. She is survived by her children Cathy, Mary, Robert, and Emily, and 11 grandchildren. Catherine Garcia

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