Stephen Colbert Had a Great Talk With the Freed Members of Pussy Riot

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, two members of the Russian feminist punk collective known as Pussy Riot, spent nearly two years in jail before being freed at the end of December. And now we’ve got Stephen Colbert eliciting the best response about what landed them behind bars in the first place: “We sang a fun song at a church.” As always when Colbert’s at his best, the interview mined some pretty serious terrain while keeping it silly. Part 1 is above; Part 2 is over here.

Vulture made a supercut of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s excellent phone call scenes.

Billboard’s Erika Ramirez dropped a lonnnnng oral history of Kanye’s The College Dropout to celebrate the classic debut’s 10th birthday. Just a teensy sampling of the knowledge you’ll gain: Little Yeezus was the only family member who didn’t join in big holiday sing-alongs; the insane beat for Talib Kweli’s “Get By” almost went to Mariah Carey; the album version of “All Falls Down” was recorded in Kanye’s house.

Nic Cage found his very own Taken.

Matthew McConaughey will star alongside Ken Watanabe in Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, about two men who encounter each other in Japan’s Aokigahara, the so-called Suicide Forest.

There might be a new Stephen King drama happening at NBC; it’s based on the short story “Ayana.”

Check it out: Philip Seymour Hoffman appeared in a Michael Penn music video that Paul Thomas Anderson directed in 1997. [via]

House of Cards could go a fair amount further than the newly announced third season. “As long as Beau [Willimon, showrunner] and me and David Fincher and Netflix feel that we have story to explore and terrain to move into, I think that we can move on as long as we feel,” Kevin Spacey tells The Wrap. But, like, how many seasons? “Thirty-seven,” Spacey jokes. After being asked about doing five to eightish seasons, Robin Wright just says, “Sure, bring it on.”

Ice-T and Coco are getting a talk show.

Octavia Spencer and Quvenzhané Wallis are joining Russell Crowe, Aaron Paul, and Amanda Seyfried in Fathers and Daughters.

Game of Thrones Kit Harington (Jon Snow) is doing a WWI movie called Testament of Youth.

Retired Philip Roth hasn’t written a word of fiction since 2009: “I did what I did and it’s done. There’s more to life than writing and publishing fiction. There is another way entirely, amazed as I am to discover it at this late date. I swim, I follow baseball, look at the scenery, watch a few movies, listen to music, eat well and see friends. In the country I am keen on nature.”

Linda Cardellini is doing a Netflix series, the one for which Kyle Chandler has also signed on. From the creators of Damages, the show centers on “a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when the black sheep oldest brother returns home.” (Sissy Spacek also just joined. She’ll play the siblings’ mother.)

And here’s a thoroughly mustachioed Bill Murray in a Grand Budapest Hotel clip.

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