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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.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

A look at Obama's immigration plan. Plus, how long Takata knew of problems with its airbags.

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November 20th, 2014
06:39 PM ET

Remembering legendary director Mike Nichols

(CNN) – Mike Nichols, legendary filmmaker, masterful storyteller, and one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award, died Wednesday.

Nichols, 83, was a masterful storyteller whose most famous final scene, was from only the second film he'd ever directed – "The Graduate."

His characters illustrated, and acted out our lives, loves, failings, from the dissolution of a marriage in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," to our willingness to betray ourselves to please those we love in "Birdcage".

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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November 13th, 2014
06:23 PM ET

'Duck Dynasty' to become Vegas musical

(CNN) – The Robertson clan made famous by A&E reality show "Duck Dynasty" is looking to expand their multi-million dollar empire to the stage.

According to The New York Times, the producers behind "Jersey Boys" are set to make the Louisiana Bayous a musical this February.

CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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November 12th, 2014
05:04 PM ET

Parts of Jon Stewart's new movie 'Rosewater' actually filmed in Iran

(CNN) – Comedian Jon Stewart's job, for decades, has been to make people laugh.

For 15 years Stewart has been mocking politicians and the media as host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." So the first film Stewart has written and directed might be something of a surprise for his fans. "Rosewater" is a deadly serious drama about Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was thrown in prison for reporting on 2009's so-called Green Movement.

When Stewart told people he wanted to do it, his team thought it was a little crazy.
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November 12th, 2014
12:16 PM ET

Why Jon Stewart took on directing 'Rosewater'

For more of our interview with director and comedian Jon Stewart, watch "The Lead with Jake Tapper" on CNN at 4 p.m. ET.

(CNN) – Hollywood's current preference for big superhero flicks and reliable franchises with multiple sequels, left comedian Jon Stewart scrambling to find someone willing to take on the story of a Canadian journalist imprisoned in Iran, accused of working with various spy agencies.

"We tried to get it off the ground as a film and had trouble finding people that would do it for the money we were offering, which was free. We were saying, do this for free. So, I ended up doing it," Stewart said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
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November 11th, 2014
06:49 PM ET

Cosby's social media stunt backfires

(CNN) - He's long been considered one of America's all-time favorite television dads, and so much of a pop culture icon that even his sweaters are considered a "thing." But now that some pretty serious allegations from a decade ago have resurfaced, Bill Cosby's brand as the lovable, huggable, puddin' pop pushing mega-star could be suffering a major hit.

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