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May 12, 2010

A Love Letter to Andy Rooney

Andy-rooney  Dear Mr. Rooney,

Can I call you Andy? Will you rant on 60 Minutes for five minutes about how the "kids these days" don't have any respect for their elders? I would love it if you'd rant about me, can we make this happen?

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May 11, 2010

New So You Think You Can Dance Judges Are Old SYTYCD Judges

So-you-think-you-can-dance The seventh season of So You Think You Can Dance is wrought with changes.  This season, which begins on May 27th, will be an All-Star version and there are a couple of flashy new judges, replacing one of our old favourites.

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Julie Taymor's Film Version of The Tempest Sounds Amazing

Helen-mirrin-the-tempest Film/theatre/literature/feminism nerds rejoice! Julie Taymor is adapting William Shakespeare's The Tempest for the screen.

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May 10, 2010

Louis CK to Star in New Series on FX!

Louis-ck Awesome and foul-mouthed comedian Louis CK, who I once frightened by telling him that he was the male version of me*, will be starring in a new series, Louie, on FX starting June 29.

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May 07, 2010

Psychopathic Telekinetic Killer Tire? Psychopathic Telekinetic Killer Tire.

Rubber-poster-1  Rubber is a movie about a tire named Robert, who, upon stumbling upon a pile of burning tires, goes on a rampage and seeks revenge against the human race by using his telepathic powers to explode their heads. I was considering stopping this post at the first sentence. I couldn't write anything that good in infinity years. Wanna see a trailer? Click on...

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May 06, 2010

New Machete Trailer Released

Machete One of the best parts of the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double feature Grindhouse was the fake trailers that played in between Planet Terror and Death Proof. And of those trailers, Machete stood out for being so over the top and awesome.

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Vincenzo Natali's Splice Brings Dren To The World

Splice-poster World?  Meet Dren.  Dren?  Meet the World.  Now, watch out World.  Dren will eat your face.  Or something.  Something scary and super creepy involving squirrelly noises and weird eyes and a spikey, unpredictable tail.

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May 05, 2010

A Double Serving of Serving Done Right!

PattonoswaltPlagiarism is infuriating, especially for writers who spend hour upon hour honing each word, each sentence, to fit just so.  It makes sense, but it turns out it's equally as infuriating for comedians who have been plagiarized, as the recent Patton Oswalt incident illustrates.  And because Oswalt is a comedian and hilarious even when he's not on stage, he calls out his hacker publicly and with a lesson to the young plagiarist: if you're not funny to begin with, stealing won't help.

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May 04, 2010

Conan O'Brien's 60 Minutes Inner Monologue

Conan-obrien-60-minutes [cry-laughing]...

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Trailer for New George Clooney Film "The American" Is Out


George-clooney-the-american What is the best kind of movie?  Is it a toy-based explodeathon?  A Nicko-Disney tweenspoitation money suck?  A Heigl-bot romcom with all the freshness of abandoned farm equipment?  The answer is: none of the above. It's a brooding post-Cold War thriller set in picturesque Europe. That's what The American appears to be. Starring George Clooney and women!  Check out the very pretty trailer.

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April 30, 2010

Even Eminem Thinks Ben Roethlisberger is Despicable

Eminem-picture One time I saw an interview with Dave Grohl and he was saying that when Weird Al Yankovic released "Smells Like Nirvana" that it was the moment when the Nirvana realized that they had made it.

I seriously doubt that Ben Roethlisberger feels the same way about being mentioned in Eminem's new song "Despicable".

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WIN Kitty Kelley's Unauthorized Biography About Oprah Winfrey, Teenage Prostitute

Oprah-winfrey-headacheKitty Kelley, notorious "poison pen" biographer of celebrities and politicians, has turned her journalistic gaze upon one Oprah Winfrey, and, if I can make a guess, it's not going to be pretty. Once someone starts throwing the words "teen prostitute" into a bag with the words "Oprah Winfrey", I think we can safely say that nice just flies right out the window.

Want to win a copy of Kelley's Oprah for your very own? Read on! 

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April 29, 2010

Upcoming 3D Movies I Might Pass On

3d-audience My family and I go to the movies a fair amount, usually at least once a month. And I'm one of those people who actually likes the 20 minutes of trailers that play before the movie. I like seeing what's going to be coming out so that I can say, "Ohh, that looks good, we'll have to see that," or mercilessly snark on it, a la Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Are Back. The Internet Never Lies.


TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Donatello Michaelangelo LeonardoThe Internets are all a-buzz in anticipation of an all-new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie.  Could it be true?  Are they bringing the lean, green, fighting machines back to the big screen?  It looks like it will be so.  I'm singing the theme song already.  And so will you be, shortly.

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April 28, 2010

Johnny Weir Skates To Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance"

Johnny-weir-bad-romance-lady-gaga figure skating It's like he KNEW we were waiting for this...

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