8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Jan 27 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch said that he thinks "colored actors" have it more difficult in the U.K. than the U.S., then apologized for using the word "colored." Until they are legally wed to other people, the Internet will continue to will Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o into being a couple. Keep hope alive, Internet.  Watch the moving trailer for Desert Dancer, the true story of Afshin Ghaffarian and his fellow performers who broke the law to start an underground dance company in Iran.  Because, we ALL need this: Watch The Muppets perform Biz Markie's "Just a Friend."  Selma director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo will reteam for a new film about a love story set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina. Hipster Runoff, the site that basically made Lana Del Rey, is up for sale. And, no, it will not accept payment in the form of a PBR-filled Herschel backpack. If you live in the Northeast, here's how to amuse yourself during SNOWPOCALYPSE 2015 (along with the perfect screening guide) and a few warm places to dream about. KFC has a new fast-food creation that will haunt your intestines for life. The Double Down Dog is a hot dog cradled in a fried chicken patty instead of a bun. 
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