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5 Table Saw Jigs Every Woodworker Should Have

I spend quite a bit of time setting up for projects on the tools. It’s amazing how much time it takes to make a few simple yet complex cuts. For the …

5 Great Wood Gluing Tips

Family Handyman has recently posted a collection of useful gluing tips for joining wood. Some of them you may have heard of or already use, some will likely be new to you. Here are five of my favorites.<p>Mask Glue Joints Before Prefinishing<p>Finishing the parts of your project before you assemble them …

Watch the Weirdest Segment From Stephen Colbert’s First Late Show

What does it tell us about the future of the show?<p>When we asked late-night expert <b>Bill Carter</b> our burning questions about Stephen Colbert’s debut on <i>The Late Show</i>, we wondered if the political vibe of <i>The Colbert Report</i> would cross over, but didn’t ask about that show’s dyed-in-the-wool silliness. …

Why Even David Letterman Purists Can Root for Stephen Colbert

A former Letterman staffer reflects on how The Late Show is still inextricably connected to Dave.<p>I grew up a dedicated Letterman fan, which fueled my applying for an internship and later landing a job at <i>The Late Show</i> itself. I worked all over the production staff (mailroom, phones, music …

Why Craig Ferguson Really Left Late Night

Nearly one year after leaving The Late Late Show, late-night’s goofy rebel discusses his new comedy special, the real reasons he left his show, and …

New Evidence That Stephen Colbert Will Become the Walter Cronkite of Late Night

<b>Update 8:20 P.M.</b>: This post was updated to include some comments Colbert made Monday evening during the Television Critics Association’s press tour.<p>For nine delightful years on Comedy Central’s <i>The Colbert Report</i> we were treated to <b>Stephen Colbert,</b> the character. There were flashes of the man …

Big Read: Rick Langford – The Closer

In his playing days, Rick Langford was a master of finishing what he started. Now he’s the man the Blue Jays trust to put the final touches on their …

Why Jon Stewart is like Donald Trump

The outgoing host and the incoming President?<p>Now <i>there’s</i> a heading that is absolutely not clickbait. But while tonight’s American television universe …

Blockbuster Anatomy: Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos on the Tulowitzki and Price Deals

Amid the craziest trade deadline week for any team this year — and one of the craziest for any team, ever — Alex Anthopoulos can pinpoint the one …

Exit, Stage Left

Political life in America never ceases to astonish. Take last week’s pronouncements from the Republican Presidential field. Please. Mike Huckabee predicted that President Obama’s seven-nation agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear capabilities “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the …

Comedy

Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’: Read the First Chapter

Read the first chapter of Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ which will be published July 14<p>In 1957, when she was 31 years old, Harper Lee submitted her first attempt at a novel to the publisher J.B. Lippincott.<p>Titled ‘Go Set a Watchman,’ it was set in the ’50s and opened with a woman named Jean …

Literature

The Secrets of ‘Saturday Night Live’: Where Comedy Legends Are Born

Does Tina Fey think it’s sexist? How does Chris Rock feel about its racist history? Live From New York!’s Bao Nguyen on probing SNL’s cast about its …

Jason Alexander Apologizes to Seinfeld Co-Star

It’s been over 15 years since <i>Seinfeld</i> went off the air but we still haven’t seen the end of behind-the-scenes secrets making headlines. In a recent interview with <b>Howard Stern</b>, <b>Jason Alexander</b> explained that the cast’s inability to work with <b>Heidi Swedberg,</b> who played his fictional fiancée, Susan, …

The Charmed Life of Bob Saget

Spending two nights with the dirty yet wholesome comedian, who just happened to raise a generation.<p>Almost immediately after meeting Bob Saget, he starts introducing me as his son. We're both tall. We both have dark hair. The age difference seems about right. It's plausible.<p>It's the third week of …

Tom Petty Unearths Shimmering Lost Song ‘Somewhere Under Heaven’

Tom Petty has unearthed and released a “new” song, “Somewhere Under Heaven,” the first from a trove of tracks that didn’t make his 1994 album,</i> …

Music

How O.J. and Nicole Brown’s Friends Coped with Murder in Their Midst

Twenty years ago today, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were murdered in Brentwood. As the O.J. Simpson murder case consumed the nation, writer Sheila Weller found herself pulled into the victims’ inner circle as she began reporting a book on the case, Raging Heart, that explored the human …

The Little-Known Story of How The Shawshank Redemption Became One of the Most Beloved Films of All Time

A dud at the box office when it opened 20 years ago this week, The Shawshank Redemption now perennially tops IMDb’s favorite-movies list—the ultimate in “guy cry” cinema. A story of studio maneuvering, big paychecks deferred, and well-earned roof suds.<p>The odds of a successful jailbreak are never …

A Rare, Personal Look at Oliver Sacks’s Early Career

The world was saddened to learn of neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks’s terminal illness through a recent op-ed. With Sacks’s new autobiography out this month, Lawrence Weschler shares early stories and diary entries about Sacks, his close friend, before Sacks achieved worldwide …

Pope Francis Continues to Do Whatever He Wants, Because He’s the Pope

The Vatican takes on Palestinian statehood and climate change.<p>Much has been made of the fourth quarter of <b>Barack Obama’s</b> presidency (speaking with Cuba, Iran, executive action on immigration—the list goes on), but he’s not the only world leader flipping the script. <b>Pope Francis,</b> who last month …

David Letterman Says Goodbye: Inside Rolling Stone’s New Issue

After spending more than three decades defining humor on late-night television, David Letterman will retire from the <i>Late Show</i> on May 20th. To say …

Comedy

The Inside Story of the Civil War for the Soul of NBC News

Brian Williams’s fabrication was just the latest, and worst, of the debacles that have plagued NBC News since NBCUniversal was bought by Comcast in 2011. Who is to blame?<p>On the afternoon of Wednesday, February 4, the beleaguered head of NBC News, 47-year-old Deborah Turness, dropped into a chair in …

George Clooney and Bill Murray Are Both Impressed by Miley Cyrus

The unlikely trio worked together on Murray’s upcoming Christmas special.<p>We suppose that if you were to pass muster with two of Hollywood’s actors, <b>George Clooney</b> and <b>Bill Murray</b> would be pretty great ones with whom to find acceptance. After all, the duo certainly knows how to have a good time. And …

Inside the Shocking, Abrupt Divorce of Bill Simmons and ESPN

The co-author of the definitive history of ESPN, Those Guys Have All the Fun, reports on how the network and its biggest star met their bitter end.<p>The union of <b>Bill Simmons</b>—columnist, commentator, on-air personality, and human hot button—and ESPN, the sports media colossus he’s called home for …

The Last Man on Earth

“Why was I even talking about this?” Dwight Yoakam says to his sandy-colored Rios of Mercedes cowboy boots. “Do you remember? I don’t remember.”It’s …

DaveWatch: Countdown to Letterman’s Last ‘Late Show,’ Day 23

<i>As David Letterman gets ready to sign off for his final</i> Late Show <i>on May 20th,</i> <i>we’re keeping a running journal of the man’s moods as he goes into his</i> …

Comedy

DaveWatch: Countdown to Letterman’s Last ‘Late Show,’ Day 22

“I know how much you hate compliments,” Paul Rudd said to David Letterman, as the future Ant-Man made his last <i>Late Show</i> appearance. “So it must be …

Comedy

The Songwriters' Songwriter

There are about as many ways to write a song as there are songs, but surely a popular approach is the Good First Line. As in many forms of writing, the Good First Line often arrives unexpectedly, and the recipient is obliged to work with it, somehow. This is what Ron Sexsmith was saying about the …

An Oral History of Laurel Canyon, the 60s and 70s Music Mecca

They made music together, took drugs together, formed bands together, slept together. But none of the legends of the Laurel Canyon scene that flowered in L.A. in the late 60s and early 70s—Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt, and others—remember it quite the same way.<p><i>When I first came out</i> …

The Epic Story of Orson Welles’s Unfinished Masterpiece

The Other Side of the Wind was going to be Orson Welles’s comeback, perhaps even topping Citizen Kane—but to this day, it remains unfinished (though that may change soon). In an adaptation from a new book about the 45-year struggle to make the film, Josh Karp reveals why Welles’s last movie is the …

Andy Summers on the Police: ‘We Were the Most Desirable Men in the World’

Andy Summers leans back and pauses when picking the words to describe how he feels about the documentary that covers his career as the guitarist with …

Guitar