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‘SNL’ Taps J.K. Simmons as Final Host of January

J. K. Simmons has been giving us ‘Whiplash’ for decades now with head-turning performances in everything from ‘Spider-Man’ to ‘The Legend of Korra,’ but with the ‘Kong: Skull Island’ star finally nominated for an Oscar, that most hallowed of New York institutions will give Simmons his due. J.K. will host the final January ‘SNL’ installment of 2015, no “jk” about it.

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The Books Are Selling: Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley On The Company’s Gamble With Diversity

Marvel publisher Dan Buckley gave a three-part interview with comic industry blog ICv2 this week in which he discussed the company's performance in 2014 and its strategies for the year ahead. The interview ranged across digital sales, graphic novel sales, and the impact of the Marvel movies on the comics -- but of particular interest to ComicsAlliance were Buckley's comments on reaching a more diverse audience of new comics customers.

While acknowledging that Marvel and the industry at large has never done much consumer research, Buckley said the company has been "aggressive in trying a lot of diverse product over the last two years," as part of an initiative spearheaded by Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. According to Buckley, the results of that outreach have been very positive.

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Photo Credit: Roger L. Wollenberg, Pool Photo for Getty Images
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Saudi State TV Reports King Abdullah Has Died at Age 90

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi state TV says King Abdullah Bin-Abd-al-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia , the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington's fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom has died. He was 90.

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Belichick: ‘No Explanation’, ‘Zero Sympathy’ Regarding Deflate-Gate

The head coach who seems to have a beat on every detail of NFL rules and regulations is claiming ignorance on his team's so called deflate-gate scandal.

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New York Adds 30,100 Private Sector Jobs In December

New York's economy continues to grow.

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AP Sources: US Not Sending Gitmo Detainees To Yemen

WASHINGTON (AP) — In another challenge to President Barack Obama's efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, administration officials say a ban on transferring detainees to Yemen has been effectively pushed back into place.

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House Heads To Vote On Border Security Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will vote next week on a border security bill as Republicans try to show they can chart their own course on immigration — not just oppose President Barack Obama.

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Shiite Rebels Remain Outside Yemen President’s House

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Heavily armed Shiite rebels remain stationed outside the Yemeni president's house and the palace in Sanaa, despite a deal calling for their immediate withdrawal to end a violent standoff.

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Behold the Fake Baby in ‘American Sniper’ In All Its Not-Real Glory

‘American Sniper’ had a record-shattering weekend at the box office, grossing an astounding $105 million from Friday to Monday. It’s already the second biggest earner of Clint Eastwood’s entire career after ‘Gran Torino,’ and with six Academy Award nominations (and great word-of-mouth) behind it, it’s posed to become his biggest hit ever.

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Netflix Will Stream ‘The Interview’ Starting on Saturday

If you haven’t watched Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s ‘The Interview’ yet, either because you’re too cheap to spend $6 to rent it online, or you were worried North Korean hackers would catch you buying it and share your private emails slagging your boss with the world (I’m sorry Mike! When I called you “a giant goober,” I meant that in an affectionate way, like Goobers candy! Which everyone loves!) you are in luck. As part of their quarterly letter to shareholders, Netflix announced that they will “exclusively” offer the comedy to its U.S. and Canadian customers starting this Saturday, January 24. Sorry Netflix Netherlands! You’re out of luck for now.

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