-- quicklist: 1 title: Let the Games Begin! text: The opening ceremonies of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games will be held today in Sochi, Russia. The ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET.
The Sochi games are the largest and most expensive event in Winter Olympic history. Estimated to cost $50 billion, this year's games include 98 events, 12 of which are new.
The opening ceremonies are expected to include hundreds of Russian performers and volunteers, including several troupes of ballerinas. media: 22407144
quicklist: 2 title: Jay Leno Says Goodbye (Again) text: Jay Leno ended a 22-year run behind the desk of the "Tonight Show" on Thursday night, calling the gig "the best job in show business."
In a tear-filled goodbye, Leno hosted a cavalcade of celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey and Billy Crystal. President Obama recorded a video send-off.
"Well, tonight is the last show for real," Leno joked in his opening monologue. "I don't need to be fired three times. I get the hint." media: 22405792
quicklist: 3 title: Star-Studded Wake for Hoffman text: Dozens of celebrities and show business luminaries paid their respects to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died last week following a suspected heroin overdose.
Among those in attendance were ABC's Diane Sawyer, Michelle Williams, Joaquin Phoenix and Cate Blanchett.
quicklist: 4 title: Nearly Nude Statue Creeps Out College Students text: A life-like sculpture of a sleep walking man wearing nothing but his tighty-whiteys is causing a stir at Wellesley College, a women's school in Massachusetts.
The work by sculptor Tony Matelli was placed on campus earlier this week, and some students complained that is scared them.
Administrators said they would not remove the statue, but hoped that it would spark a debate on campus, according to the AP. media: 22406249