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

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January 2nd, 2015
06:07 PM ET

What did Ebert's friends learn from new CNN documentary?

Film critic and friend of Roger Ebert, Kenneth Turan, says Ebert's impact on film was much larger than just his syndicated show with Gene Siskel.

CNN Film's "Life Itself" airs Sunday January 4th.

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January 2nd, 2015
06:03 PM ET

Remembering the king of critics, Roger Ebert

Before there were Facebook likes, he owned the thumbs up. CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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December 19th, 2014
06:54 PM ET

Clooney slams Hollywood cowardice for pulling film

(CNN) – Today, two of the most famous people on the planet are slamming Sony for yanking "The Interview."

George Clooney and President Obama - the latter of whom took time out of his year end news conference to say Sony's decision was a mistake.

"I think it says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all out assault on a movie studio on a movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco," the President stated. "I love Seth and I love James, but the notion that was a threat gives you a sense of kind of regime we're talking about here."

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December 19th, 2014
06:26 PM ET

Colbert's epic goodbye

(CNN) – The Colbert Report ended its incredible 9 year run last night.

In the past 1,442 episodes, Stephen Colbert has pretty much done and seen it all. He's interviewed presidents and celebrities alike, had a NASA treadmill named after him, and hosted a rally on the national mall to restore sanity and/or fear.

Last night, on the final show, he brought back a just a few friends, including CNN's Jake Tapper to send Colbert - the pukey-pundit character Colbert, that is - into immortality.

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December 18th, 2014
06:04 PM ET

Celebrities slam Sony for pulling 'The Interview'

(CNN) – In an unexpected twist, Sony's decision has actually managed to get some hardcore Hollywood liberals and prominent republicans on the same page. So maybe the terrorists haven't won after all?

From Mitt Romney to Michael Moore, there has been widespread backlash against Sony for pulling "The Interview" over terrorism threats. Celebrity critics instantly took to twitter, calling the move everything from an act of cowardice, to a threat to freedom.

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