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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

Continuing coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Plus, the latest on Mideast tensions.

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July 16th, 2014
06:33 PM ET

Weird Al's best song ever?

(CNN) – Alfred Matthew Yankovic has come a long way from the teen chopping up '70s disco hits for the Dr. Demento radio comedy hour.

Over the years, he's taught us everything from where to buy quilts at a discount price to what teen spirit smells like.

But now, "Weird Al" is no longer just doing funny spoofs of Madonna and Michael Jackson; he's educating the Internet on how to properly use the Oxford comma.

While he's sold more than 12 million albums, earned three Grammys and racked up four gold records, Yankovic may be at his artistic peak with the sublime new single, "Word Crimes." Yankovic has turned Robin Thicke's not so humble brag about his dangling participle into something that could follow in the grand tradition of "Schoolhouse Rock" and, he says, "ostensibly be part of a school curriculum."

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June 27th, 2014
06:24 PM ET

First 4D theater in U.S. opens in Los Angeles

Los Angeles (CNN) – With 4D, it's not just about watching the action, it's about feeling it.

As movies face ever-increasing competition to snag eyeballs, one company is betting it can lure people into theaters with the fourth dimension. Korean company CJ 4DPlex is opening the first American 4D theater in Los Angeles.
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June 20th, 2014
06:00 PM ET

'McSteamy' sets sail: Actor Eric Dane headlines new show 'The Last Ship'

(CNN) – Actor Eric Dane is the captain of TNT's new series "The Last Ship."

TNT is owned by Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.

The show's premise is a worldwide pandemic decimating the population. Who better than Dane, a former TV doctor, to helm the planet's last safe haven?

Dane played "Dr. Mark Sloan" on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," but many fans remember him best as "McSteamy," a moniker the actor says doesn't bother him.

"It got me where I am today," Dane tells CNN.

Now, the 41-year-old actor is moving on to the type of role he says every actor ultimately wants to play: A hero bringing people together in order to save the world.
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June 18th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

Picasso's 'Blue Room' has a hidden occupant just beneath the surface

(CNN) – It took years and a good bit of detective work by art experts and scientists to unveil a painting hidden underneath Pablo Picasso's 1901 masterpiece "The Blue Room."

Using infrared technology, experts at The Phillips Collection in Washington discovered a portrait of a bearded man wearing a jacket and a bow tie, his face resting on his hand, with three rings on his fingers.

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June 10th, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Seth Meyers on why 'Late Night' is a better gig than 'SNL'

(CNN) – For Seth Meyers, a desk is nothing new. For seven seasons on "Saturday Night Live" his "Weekend Update" seat provided the perfect platform for joking about current events, and hosting some big name guests.

Now, Meyers is using those skills to fill a new chair as host of NBC's "Late Night." The job comes with more than a million viewers a night, five nights a week.

Fellow "SNL" alum Jimmy Fallon left the time slot in February to take over "The Tonight Show" an hour earlier.

"Obviously we just want to go out and do a good show every night. And if you do that, people will hopefully come. And if you do a good show and they don't come, then it's out of your hands anyways," Meyers said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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