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    Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” is part of a diner conversation in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 film Reservoir Dogs, but superfan Glenn O’Neill took it a step further. He created a new version of the song comprised entirely of Tarantino dialogue from all his films.

    This editing experience couldn’t have been particularly enjoyable, and the lyrics don’t exactly match Madonna’s, but they get pretty close. This isn’t a cover as much a crazy, swear-filled revision on the hit song. We'd love to see Christoph Waltz's solo take on it. 

    H/T Uproxx | Screengrab via Coponfilms/YouTube


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    Spotify continues to embark on cool projects remixing technology from its acquisition of clever music analytics engine the Echo Nest earlier this year. The most recent experiment at the intersection of sound and data is a plug-in that analyzes any song (well, a whole lot of songs, anyway) and whisks you right to the part where things get good.

    Called "Where is the Drama," the fun tool was developed at a recent hack day in Berlin, when the Echo Nest's Paul Lamere set out to build an app that mapped "the most dynamic part of a song"—you know, the part you skip to again and again when everything comes crashing in in just the right way.

    Lamere explained his methodology on Spotify's Insights blog:

    "The app grabs the detailed audio analysis for the song from The Echo Nest. This includes a detailed loudness map of the song. This is the data I use to find the drama. To do so, I look for the part of the song with the largest rise in volume over the course of a 30 second window (longer songs can have a bit of a longer dramatic window). I give extra weight to crescendos that culminate in louder peaks (so if there are two crescendos that are 20dB in range but one ends at 5dB louder, it will win)."

    The result is pretty fun to play around with, especially songs that put the classic quiet/loud dynamic to full effect. Where is the Drama nailed it on every track we tried, but then we usually skipped back to the beginning and listened to the whole sonic landscape unfold from the start all over again.

    The best part? When you finish exploring a given track, you hit a button that says, "Stop the Drama."

    H/T The Independent | Photo via Chung Ho Leung/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)


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    Let's be honestwe’re all hot messes. Whether you’ve worn your underwear inside out for the past four days or just made the mistake of calling your boss’s wife his mother, you’re in good company with Lyle Friedman and Ashley Skidmore, the hilarious duo behind the hit webseries #hotmessmoves

    Skidmore and Friedman originally met while performing with UCB Theatre in New York City. Last year, they began writing, producing, and starring in their own webseries, which follows the hilarious misadventures of two 20-something women living in the city. In less than a year, they've garnered a loyal following of 20,000 subscribers and captured the hearts of power players such as Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig, and Orange is the New Black’s Matt McGorry.

    But the best thing about the series is its ability to transform life’s most awkward momentsruining foreplay, pooping at your boyfriend's house, horrible hookupsinto hilarious, relatable ones we suddenly become proud to have experienced. The girls just announced an Indiegogo campaign in hopes of funding a third season. Here are three major reasons you need to become a donor right now. 

    1) For your own comedic interests

    Since starting on YouTube, Skidmore and Friedman have consistently created over-the-top, laugh-till-you-cry videos that leave viewers hungry for more. And at the root of it all, the series revolves around a strong female friendship that celebrates, rather than shames, the mistakes and mishaps of both friends. Skidmore is the ying to Friedman's yang, both in the series and in real life, and their general enthusiasm for pushing the boundaries of comedy has made their past two seasons huge successes. 

    2) To support more female-run comedy channels

    Even as the YouTube platform continues to grow, its comedy scene remains a boy's club, making it even more important to support series like #hotmessmoves.The success and popularity of Skidmore and Friedman’s channel is an inspiration to other young female creators and shows how starved women are for comedy sketches they can actually relate to.

    3) To show Hollywood what women actually find funny

    When it comes to what women want , #hotmessmoves is ahead of the curve. The channel’s weekly videos have empowered women to embrace life’s messiest, weirdest, most obscure moments with a laugh, because we all know we’re doing the best we can. Life is not The Notebook or You’ve Got Mail, and #hotmessmoves continues to remind us Hollywood’s unrealistic representation of women is no longer good enough. In the spirit of continuing to break new ground, it seems our responsibility to future generations to help make a third season of #hotmessmoves possible. Wouldn’t you agree?

    Screengrab via Indiegogo


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    The Netflix-ization of America is almost complete: The death knell has finally sounded for competitor Redbox, which will cease instant streaming on Oct. 7.

    The Verizon-assisted company announced the news on its website, and instructed paying customers on how to get refunds. It might come as a surprise to some people that Redbox even had a streaming service, which is likely part of the reason why they’re shutting down.

    The streaming feature debuted in early 2013, and attempted to one-up Netflix by offering instant streaming and four DVDs a month for less than Netflix’s monthly fee. Redbox’s CEO was pretty public about their disappointing numbers. There was a also a credit card fraud issue, and earlier this year, Redbox shut down new signups as a security measure.

    You’ll still be able to rent movies at Redbox kiosks, but Netflix is just… so… close.

    Photo via Ian Lamont/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Fernando Alfonso III

     

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    With the minor exception of Jennifer Lafleur playing a small role in the Duplass Brothers' Baghead, we've never had a chance to see the result of mixing the schools of the Upright Citizens Brigade and mumblecore together in a bottle, shaking that bottle up, and then hurling it at an oncoming semi truck. Wedlock is that very chance, and the result is a raw, hyper brand of comedy that is a rare find offstage, delivered in easily digestible portions via its webseries format.

    The high-concept series revolves around two longtime best friends, Dave (Mark Duplass) and Fiona (Lafleur) attempting to fall in love with each other under the guidance of couples' therapist Dr. Jay (Rob Corddry)… despite their utter lack of any chemistry whatsoever and the fact that Fiona is almost certainly only attracted to women. Each episode (ranging in length between five and six minutes) is a different therapy session, and each therapy session plays like its own improv game, with the couple taking the design of their sessions into their own hands and bringing each one to freshly absurd heights.

    Lafleur and Duplass make for an all-time great comedy duo, their respective Fiona and Dave perfectly embodying the most awful, annoying people to conceivably be around but the absolute best people to watch. It's great to see these two have a chance to go completely unhinged; Lafleur and Duplass usually play things dry and sardonic, and they do it very well, but here they are manically optimistic, constantly bouncing off the walls like the children you point to whenever somebody says ADHD doesn't exist. They're clearly having a blast, and, somewhere on editor Christopher Donlon's hard drive, there must be at least 12 hours of both of them cracking up.

    Corddry is an excellent everyman on the other side of the table, rarely getting a word into the sessions, but upping the comedic element of any given moment by 50 percent with a mere cutaway to his facial expression. As the series progresses and his sanity wanes, he gets a few chances at becoming unhinged himself (and an extremely angry Corddry is a wonderful thing), but, for the most part, he's reminding us how it feels to be stuck in close quarters with people like this. 

    Other notable appearances throughout the 10 episodes include turns from Katie Aselton (from Team Mumblecore) as Candace, the ex-girlfriend of both Dave and Fiona who is visibly still in love with Fiona, and Ed Begley Jr. as a character inexplicably named Ray Gomez, a colleague of Dr. Jay who gives him advice during a few of the show's cold opens. They don't get a lot of screen time, but they make what's there count, with Aselton getting to partake in a song with Lafleur and Duplass about Dave and Fiona's identical orgasm sound (it's like a dying cat), and Ed Begley Jr. getting to scream "PUSH THEM!" at Dr. Jay, which I hope somebody is working on a GIF of. 

    The series can be found on Vimeo on Demand for 99 cents an episode, or $3.99 for the whole lot of 10. It was directed by Ross Partridge (who starred in Baghead, directed a play starring Lafleur in 2005 that Jay Duplass attended, and seems to be the connective issue behind this group getting together), written by UCB alum Josh Perilo, and beautifully shot by Doug Emmett (who also shot the wonderful-looking The Giant Mechanical Man and Paranormal Activity 4, which probably paid very well). If you're a comedy junkie, it's well worth the price of admission; you'll watch through it at least three times. If you're not, just wait until a friend that is forces you to watch it with them, because it's only a matter of time.

    Screengrab via Vimeo


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    The blue opera singer from The Fifth Element has nothing on Anna-Maria Hefele.

    In a new YouTube video, Hefele shows off her throat singing talents. Throat singing is defined as a “mixture of husky chanting and low growling,” National Geographic reported. The type of throat singing Hefele performs is known as polyphonic overtone. This sort of singing features someone belting two notes at the same time, Hefele states.

    Her video was a big hit on Reddit’s r/videos, where her voice apparently freaked out some redditor’s cats. Learn how to throat sing in time for Halloween.  

    H/T i09  | Photo by neogabox/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


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    Ron Perlman has made a comfortable living being a scary guy.

    As the devil hero in Hellboyor the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, not to mention the leader of the motorcycle gang in Sons of Anarchy, Perlman is adept at bigger-than-life characters who walk the fine line between good and evil. In Amazon Studios’ latest greenlit project, Hand of God, Perlman’s imposing frame and booming voice shape the character of a corrupt judge who teeters between good and evil after seeing the light (and other things) as a result of becoming born again.

    Hand of God is one of two original pilots Amazon announced will be added to its Instant Video roster next year. The other, Red Oaks, is a verbatim rework of the 1984 Garry Marshall film The Flamingo Kid, with just a touch of Caddyshack tossed in for good measure. Set in suburban New Jersey circa 1985, our hero in Oaks is a confused teenager (is there any other kind on TV?) on the brink of adulthood who spends a memorable summer as the assistant tennis pro at a country club. Craig Roberts stars as David Myers, our protagonist, dealing with the angst of rather odd parents (Richard Kind is funny, as always, as the beleaguered dad), a clingy girlfriend, and a megalomaniac country club owner played by Paul Reiser.

    Reiser, a standup comic known for roles in Diner and the long-running TV series Mad About You, seems out of place and uncomfortable playing the heavy, even a lightweight one. That's where The Flamingo Kid has this pilot beatthe relationship between stars Matt Dillon and the late Richard Crenna was what gave that film its tension and heart. Nonetheless, Red Oaks is a passable fluffball of good intentions.

    Hand of God seems to have better longterm prospects, and the show’s supporting cast, which includes Dana Delany (China Beach, Desperate Housewives) as Perlman’s wife, gives the pilot additional oomph. Delany brings a nice touch to her role, which never quite reaches the melodramatic stage yet engages with the right element of “What’s she up to?” It’s also worth noting that the amount of wince-inducing gore makes Hand of God not exactly the sort of show you’d like to offer impressionable kids, but then again, I was raised on a steady diet of vampire movies.

    Adding Hand of God and Red Oaks to the lineup gives Amazon somewhere around seven original drama and comedy series, plus a handful of kids' programs. Keep in mind, these are pay programs that can be viewed either through an Amazon Prime subscription or a per-episode payment, which puts Amazon in direct competition with Netflix and, to a lesser extend, Hulu Plus.

    Amazon has never made it clear what sort of copyright ownership deals it has with its original programming, which will be an important element in both multiplatform and global distribution.

    Screengrab via Apart Never/YouTube


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    AMC’s been stringing fans along with frustratinglyshort teasers for new show Better Call Saul, but on Sunday night, the channel’s two-month-long Breaking Bad marathon ended most appropriately: with what might be Better Call Saul's theme song.

    Country musician Junior Brown provides the bouncy tune, which is reminiscent of Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” in terms of melody. Brown’s the focus here, though there are a few courtroom clips to whet our appetite. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with Brown and his back catalog. Start with “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead.” (It's also a great opportunity to revisit C.S. Lewis Jr., Bob Odenkirk's country singer character from the Mr. Show "America Blows Up the Moon" sketch.)

    The show premieres in February, but we’re guessing we’ll get a few more carrots to chomp at before then.

    Screengrab via AMC/YouTube


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    YouTuber Qias Omar threw some serious shade on Sunday night with a new video satirizing the new breed of “prank” video doing the rounds on the Internet.

    We all know the type: A wannabe YouTube personality behaves intolerably in public, and is inevitably attacked for it—only to yell “it’s a prank, it’s a prank!” at the last minute in an attempt to avoid responsibility for their actions. 

    It might be deliberately stamping on stranger’s shoes, “mugging” people at ATM’s in broad daylight, or even armed robberies of apartments. Whatever the precise form, the key ingredient is the same: “Internet personalities” failing to realize doing a prank doesn’t exclude you from the basic rules of human decency.

    Omar’s new video sets some of the most popular of these YouTube pranksters squarely in his sights—from Prank vs Prank to Roman Atwood Pranks, numerous accounts are lampooned in the video produced with HarrisK15.

    Meanwhile, the even darker side of YouTube prank culture has been thrown into the spotlight over the last few weeks as prankster Sam Pepper—made notorious by a “prank” involving groping women in public—was accused by multiple women of rape and sexual assault.

    Omar insists at the beginning of his parody that it’s “ALL LOVE NO HATE,” and “not a diss video”—but that’s not true. And it’s long overdue.

    Screengrabs via qiasomar / YouTube | Remix by Rob Price


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    Warning: Life-ruining spoilers ahead.

    The ability to Google a movie after you’ve seen it is the blessing and the curse of the Internet.

    On one hand, the entire history of the movie, especially if it’s an older one, is at your fingertips. Do you spend way too much time going down Wikipedia rabbit holes or diving into the trivia section of IMDb, finding out every piece of information from the two years the Lord of the Rings cast spent in New Zealand or just how every movie in the Pixar universe is connected to one another? (If so, we’d certainly get along.) Or maybe oral histories, like this excellent one on Ghostbusters, may be your thing.

    No matter how you consume it, you just have to know everything, even if a movie is just as enjoyable (but not as magical) afterward. Many of us know that Crispin Glover was only in one Back to the Future movie and that Michael J. Fox wasn’t the original Marty McFly, but we can, for the most part, still manage to watch an old favorite without any inner conflict.

    Then again, one nugget of information can ruin everything.

    Of course, the very idea of having something “ruined” for you is a common one. You can have a show or sporting event ruined by spoilers, it can be ruined by the Internet overhyping or fan theorizing, or sometimes it can be ruined because of the people involved or how controversies are mishandled.

    But the Internet has a way of ruining what’s most precious to us, and it can often go beyond reports that the cast didn’t quite get along as well as you’d like. Some of the most iconic movies of the past century were riddled with drug use, animal cruelty, and dangerous environments for some of its child stars.

    Can you see any of these the same way again?

    1) The Adventures of Milo and Otis

    Originally released in Japan as Koneko Monogatari in 1986—a U.S. release, with some narration from Dudley Moore, came out in 1989—The Adventures of Milo and Otis is the story of a cat and dog who become best friends and go on many an adventure. It's a favorite with younger audiences. However, the film has been dodging allegations and rumors of animal abuse and cruelty for years.

    Various claims came out when the film was released, most famously that up to 20 cats had been killed during shooting (one site claims 27) and some believe that a number of dogs died as well; one claim alleges that at least one cat’s paw was purposely broken in order to make it unsteady on its feet. With many of the scenes depicting the main characters in dangerous or stressful situations, many believe that if they weren’t harmed physically, they at least suffered emotional or mental harm. The American Humane Society looked into the allegations of animal cruelty, and it later came up empty-handed.

    The film’s closing credits inform audiences that “The animals used were filmed under strict supervision with the utmost care for their safety and well-being,” but some critics are quick to point out it mentions nothing about no animals being harmed.

    It’s just one of a long list of films full of animal cruelty allegations, including an Oscar-nominated film and something filmed as recently as 2006.

    2) The Land Before Time& All Dogs Go to Heaven

    The Land Before Time launched an entire franchise of films (most of them direct-to-video sequels), but Judith Barsi, the original voice of Ducky and Anne-Marie in All Dogs Go to Heaven, didn’t get to see it. She and her mother, Maria, lived a life full of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her father, József, who would regularly threaten to kill his wife, his daughter, and himself. An investigation by Child Protective Services was closed soon after it started.

    József eventually followed through on his threats on July 25, 1988, shooting both Judith—then only 10—and Maria. He then set the bodies on fire before killing himself.

    3) Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

    Jeffrey Jones, best known as the principal deadset on catching Ferris Bueller in the act, pleaded no contest to paying a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photos. Sentenced to five years' probation and forced to register as a sex offender, he’s been arrested twice more for failing to update his sex offender status in Florida and California.

    4) Mary Poppins & Saving Mr. Banks

    That P.L. Travers, the author of the books which served as the basis for the beloved film Mary Poppins, was hesitant to let Walt Disney (who doesn’t have such a warm reputation) turn her books into a movie is now well-known, thanks to the recent film Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. But that story didn’t end as happily ever after as the film implied—nor did the author end up happy with her own adaptation.

    Disney finally gained the rights to Mary Poppins after courting Travers for 20 years, and she was given script approval, but she didn’t approve of much of what ended up in the movie. In particular, she didn’t like Julie Andrew as Mary Poppins because she was too pretty, and she didn’t want there to be animation, but Disney told her she didn’t have film editing rights. She constantly contacted the studio during production to attack the director and producers and voice objections.

    Yes, she cried at the movie premiere—which she wasn’t invited to—but not because she was relieved. By the end of the film, she was crying in anger and frustration and still insisted that Disney take out the animation. Travers later got the last word by insisting in her will that nobody connected with the movie could have anything to do with a live version of Mary Poppins and that the author of any stage adaptation had to be British.

    5) Flashdance

    Marine Jahan did almost all of the dancing in place of Jennifer Beals, but the people who originally saw the movie in theaters wouldn’t know. She wasn’t credited at the beginning or end of the film, which Paramount said was due to shortening the credits, and she was kept away from the press after Flashdance’s release to give the impression that Beals was a talented dancer. By the time people found out that Beals didn’t perform the complicated dance moves, many of them felt deceived, and stunt dancers are now credited in films.

    6) Lucas& The Lost Boys

    The Coreys—Haim and Feldman—were two of the biggest teen stars in Hollywood during the ’80s, but it was an era rife with drug abuse and sexual exploitation. In Feldman’s memoir Coreyography, he wrote that both he and Haim were given drugs, sexually assaulted, and sodomized by older men during the filming of their first film collaboration, The Lost Boys. Furthermore, Haim revealed to Feldman that he was raped on the making of Lucas, and the man who did it is “one of the most successful people in the entertainment industry, still making money hand over fist.”

    Haim's struggles with drug addiction, which may have started on the set of The Lost Boys, lasted for the rest of his life, with 15 stints in rehab before his eventual death by pneumonia in 2010.

    7) Clownhouse

    Director Victor Salva sexually molested the 12-year-old star of his feature film directorial debut and filmed the encounters. He ended up pleading guilty to five felony counts—including procuring child pornography, oral sex with someone under the age of 14, and lewd and lascivious conduct—and served 15 months in prison.

    His past followed him throughout his career, with the victim going public years later and encouraging people to boycott Powder, a film Salva made with Disney. His latest movie, Dark House, came out in March.

    8) The Wizard of Oz

    The Cowardly Lion’s costume is an iconic one, but it wouldn’t have been made from the same material nowadays. Several copies of the costume were made throughout the shoot, and they were all made from real lion skins. One version came from a recently deceased lion, which soon produced a potent odor, but other versions were made from lion pelts, all at the expense of at least a few lions.

    In other costume controversies, original Tin Man Buddy Ebsen was replaced by Jack Haley after suffering an extreme allergic reaction to the aluminum powder in the makeup.

    Furthermore, many viewers have alleged that one of the little people who portrayed a munchkin hung himself on set, but others blame the mysterious shadow in the woods on birds or other environmental factors.

    9) Pocahontas

    It’s common knowledge by now that many of our favorite fairy tales turned Disney movies are childhood ruiners in their original form; for example, Ariel, faced with killing the prince she falls in love with, chooses to die instead. But not only does Pocahontas end unhappily; it’s also historically inaccurate.

    Sure, she may save John Smith from death, but according to the Powhatan tribe, Pocahontas, who was born with the name Matoaka, would’ve only been about 10 or 11 at the time (and the alleged events might not have actually happened). At 17, Pocahontas was kidnapped and held hostage at Jamestown while making a visit to the town, and she later agreed to marry John Rolfe as part of her release. Renamed “Rebecca Rolfe,” she was eventually taken to England, where she was used as a propaganda to gather support for the colonies in America (instead of negotiating for peace like the sequel suggests). She died there at the age of 21.

    Photo via sonypictureshomeent/YouTube


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    After weeks (and let’s face it, years) of hints and rumors, a Twin Peaks revival is finally happening.

    On Monday morning, David Lynch tweeted a link to an enigmatic Showtime video, which was confirmed by Variety to be the the first sign of a new series. According to Variety, the cult show will be returning for nine new episodes, a direct sequel to its two-season run in 1990 and 1991.

    The announcement had already been teased by earlier tweets from Lynch, which many fans were already interpreting as a sign that Twin Peaks would be back. For example, last month Lynch met up with his longtime collaborator and Twin Peaks star Kyle McLachlan. Then on Oct. 3, fans spotted these two mysterious tweets from Lynch and Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost, seemingly referencing the show. Both tweets were posted at 11:30am, the same time that Agent Dale Cooper first entered the town of Twin Peaks in episode 1.

    The new season will reportedly be a self-contained continuation of the original run, written and produced by Lynch and Frost, and with Lynch directing every episode. It will air in 2016, to coincide with the show’s 25th anniversary. Not much else is known at this point, but it’s safe to assume that several of the original cast members will be reprising their roles.

    Photo via iamwesleymason/Tumblr


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    “Um, hi. Hello, the Internet. I’ve missed you. Kind of.”

    Sitting in an open field, that’s how Alex Day—a YouTube musician who’s largely avoided the Internet ever since no fewer than 14 women accused him of emotional manipulation, coercing them into sex, or, in some cases, sexual assault—started out his first video in months (aside from a vlog talking about turning 25) to tell his side of the story. The video comes only days after a new wave of accusations against British YouTubers Sam Pepper and Jason Viohni came to light.

    Like Ed Blann (a.k.a. Eddplant) before him, Day has refrained from making videos after the backlash against many of his former friends and supporters; Day’s last big update was posted seven months ago. He has argued in the past that he and Blann have a right to make YouTube videos and that fans should ignore the allegations against Blann; he also commented on Reddit that he'd written a post that denied doing anything without being 100 percent sure there was consent yet “a million other people chimed in and refused to accept that.”

    But now, he’s posted a 31-minute, mostly unedited video titled “The Past.” If you would rather not watch it, there is a transcript available.

    He spends part of the video preparing for the backlash and admits he's afraid of Tumblr's response—saying the community there is "militantly liberal and intolerant of anyone else who doesn’t share their opinion." He then goes on to explain in detail his perspective of one of the allegations in question, saying he never intended to make anyone feel pressured to do anything they weren't comfortable with, but adds, "ultimately, if that's how they felt, that's how they felt."

    He invalidates two claims of the dozen-plus claims, saying the allegations are part of a broad spectrum but have been largely lumped together under the umbrella of emotional abuse and sexual assault. Near the 15-minute mark, Day apologizes, saying all he can do now is "learn from it … and make sure I don't ever put anyone in a situation like that ever again."

    “I feel like that’s maybe all I have to say on that. It won’t be enough for many people,” he said. “You have to understand if you’re someone that thinks that all this is reasonable and that you’re grateful that I’ve told my side of the story or whatever… you must understand there are still gonna be many, many people in the world that don’t think this is good enough and that don’t even think I should be allowed to say how I feel and that it’s disrespectful and upsetting to the victims.”

    Day’s attempt to explain himself months later was predictably met with backlash on Twitter, and the mixed reactions came swiftly, even though Day said himself in the video that he’s not going to read the comments.

    Lex Croucher, who wrote about cutting off ties with Day after he ignored her refusals to do anything with him, stated bluntly that "abusers aren't welcome" on YouTube and reiterated many of the things she experienced during their friendship. Since speaking out again, she's received nasty comments from Day's supporters.

    In a recent video, Lizzie Howard worried that the alleged YouTube abusers are “suddenly going to have an online presence again” despite having "lost the right to use social media when [they] abused it and used the power [they] got from it to abuse others."

    The Nerdfighter community on Reddit is torn about how to take the video. Some are happy to see Day online again, while others aren’t exactly sure how to feel or what to believe.

    “I think he seems pretty genuine here,” sitrucneb wrote. “A bit nonchalant for my liking, but I suppose that's his default setting. But I'm glad he at least put his side of things out there, even if half of us choose to cite it as proof of how manipulative he (supposedly) is.”

    YouCoalition, the task force set up by the Vlogbrothers to “combat sexual abuse, emotional manipulation and other forms of violence in the YouTube community,” condemned Day’s return to YouTube, calling the video manipulative and telling readers that it shouldn’t change their mind about how they feel about him or what he did.

    “By making himself the victim of this situation, Alex’s statement becomes a sympathetic one,” the coalition wrote. “It is true that humans make mistakes, but that does not mean that Alex should be welcomed back into this community, trusted, or given any kind of respect on this platform.”

    Photo via Alex Day/YouTube


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    We introduced you to Lawrence, Kan.-based musician Kawehi back in March, when her cover of Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box” went viral. For her latest trick, she’s mashed up Shakira, the Super Mario Bros. theme song, and Jennifer Lopez.  

    As part of a Kickstarter effort for her Robot Heart EP, Kawehi has been taking on cover requests from backers. This is yet another request, which loops together Shakira’s “She Wolf”; the classic video game theme song, which has been coveredextensively; and Jennifer Lopez’s “Booty.” No one has likely ever thought about those songs together in this context, but Kawehi makes it work. 

    Kawehi's new Kickstarter project is for an upcoming album called Evolution. Funding ends Oct. 13, but she’s already far surpassed her goal.

    Screengrab via I am Kawehi/YouTube


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    If you’ve been watching Bob’s Burgers for the past three years, you’ve probably wondered when we can expect a porn parody. Well, good news: Bob’s Boners is now available for free (NSFW, clearly, and also not safe for anyone who prefers not to mix cartoons and coitus).

    This completely necessary adult film comes courtesy of Wood Rocket, the comedic XXX site that gave us such titles as Game of Bones, Doctor Whore, Sex Toy Story, and SpongeKnob SquareNuts. Going by the awkward trailer, it looks as if viewers can expect a pretty decent human approximation of Teddy, Bob’s most loyal customer, as well as a healthy dose of his (suddenly 18-year-old) daughter Tina’s butt- and zombie-heavy sexual fantasies, a running joke on the show.

    Let’s be real, though—this movie is nothing without an original score by Gene Belcher.

    Photo via Wood Rocket/YouTube


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    The LeBrons, the webseries created by basketball superstar LeBron James, returned for its third season this month. Three new episodes are already released.

    The LeBrons follows four characters, each a subset of James’s personality—the Kid, the Athlete, the Businessman (voiced by James himself), and Wise, the elder statesman. The series originated as a tie-in to a sneaker commercial in 2011, and transitioned from a handdrawn style in season 1 to a computer-generated Sims-esque style in seasons 2 and 3.

    In the first three episodes of the new season, the LeBrons clean up the local junkyard only to reveal that a real estate company is looking to turn the space into condos, use their connections to get into the “big game,” and deal with social media foibles and the consequences of viral YouTube videos. While thes series mostly focuses on Kid, his group of friends, and his interactions with Wise, Athlete and Business are both comic relief, with Athlete practicing yoga until a paddleball distracts him, and Business mostly styled as a flashy ’70s-leisure-suit-wearing fast-talker always glued to his phone.

    The LeBrons is available on YouTube and across platforms like Xbox and MSN.

    H/T VideoInk | Screengrab via The LeBrons/YouTube


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    The Simpsons’ couch gag has become a pop culture motif, and each intro contains its own universe. Don Hertzfeldt's recent gonzo intro highlighted just how high-concept they can be. So what would 25 years of Simpsons couch gags played simultaneously sound like?

    The folks at Omni Verse have apparently thought about this, and assembled all 554 intros together. But they weren’t satisfied to just make a montage. They wanted sensory overload. Go ahead and see how long you can stand it. My left eye started twitching after a minute. 

    This isn’t the first time Omni Verse’s attempted this with TV shows: Previous efforts include Twilight Zone, Star Trek, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among others. Proceed with caution; it’s like a nightmarish Magic Eye fever dream in there.

    H/T Digg | Screengrab via Omni Verse/YouTube


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    Who needs a trailer when you have three minutes of Bill Murray wearing cargo shorts singing Dylan? Murray is set to star in Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent this month. In the film, Murray plays a surly Vietnam veteran with a gambling and drinking problem who eventually warms up to his neighbors (Naomi Watts, Melissa McCarthy). He almost surely comes of age.

    Singing along to 1975’s “Shelter from the Storm” from heartbreak masterpiece LP Blood on the Tracks, Murray’s charisma hooks you for the whole tone deaf performance: He’s briefly interrupted by neighbors. He poorly waters a plant. He smokes. It’s a strongly effective slab of character building. St. Vincent opens Friday in select theaters, nationwide Oct. 24.

    Screenshot via YouTube.


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    The first episode of Andrew W.K.’s new kids' show on YouTube jumps right into the world of Minecraft, literally.

    When Andrew W.K. is faced with a late delivery of a working volcano for his stage show, Meet Me at the Reck's first guest, actor and musician Jack Black, travels into the Minecraft world with his son to enlist the help of YouTuber Stampylonghead. They use Stampylonghead’s Minecraft skills to make an ice throne in the game, and then take that idea back to the real world to solve W.K.'s missing volcano problem with a chilling substitute.

    The only bad lesson it may teach kids? Black doesn’t follow through on his promise of cake for Stampylonghead’s help, but he does give him a healthy apple instead. Back in the real world, the gang has used cardboard boxes to build a fun stage set, and all is well.

    Overall, the episode blends play with technology, all while not talking down to the youngsters the show aims to reach. The series will run for five more episodes with Maker Studios airing each Saturday; upcoming guests include pro skateboarder Eric Koston, and NASA scientist Michael Meacham.

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    BoJack Horseman, Netflix’s first venture into original animated programming, was trotted out in late August. The first season of the crude comedy based on the life of a washed-up sitcom actor, who also happens to be a horse, enticed viewers in part thanks to the caliber of talent attached.

    With Will Arnett voicing the narcissistic BoJack, Aaron Paul as the burnout roommate Todd, and Alison Brie embodying the intriguing Diane, the series was set for success. But thanks to the addition of of cult comedy favorites Amy Sedaris as the catty Princess Carolyn and Paul F. Tompkins as the exuberant Mr. Peanutbutter, the fledgingly show proved it had the comedic chops to deliver. 

    But Netflix didn’t just stack the deck with principal voice talent. No, the cast of characters and voice cameos that peppered the first season ranged from standup geniuses to Oscar-winning actors and everyone in between. Here at the Daily Dot we’ve done our IMDb digging and rounded up 20 of the first season's characters and unmasked the voices behind them.

    1) Maria Bamford as Kelsey Jannings


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    After taking a turn as Tobias’ love interest in the fourth season of Arrested Development, Bamford cemented herself as a Netflix favorite. Known for the range of voices she inhabits in her beloved stand-up, this casting was a no-brainer.

    2) Yvette Nicole Brown as Beyoncé


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    Though Community darling Yvette Nicole Brown’s Beyoncé impersonation isn’t the most flawless, it is the most hilarious. Here’s hoping that Queen Bey will make a cameo in season 2.

    3) Wyatt Cenac as Wayne


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    With a comedy pedigree rooted in The Daily Show, Cenac’s provided plenty of satire on millennial culture in his day. That’s what makes him a natural choice to embody a BuzzFeed writer who is more interested in his love for Diane than listicles.

    4) Kristin Chenoweth as Vanessa Gekko


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    Despite her petite size, Chenoweth is known for packing a whole lot of sweetness in a tiny body—which makes hearing her as the undercutting and backhanded Vanessa Gekko that much more rewarding.

     5) Stephen Colbert as Mr. Witherspoon


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    While Colbert is best known for his over-the-top political satire, the late night funny man’s turn as the rotund Mr. Witherspoon proves that if hosting doesn’t work out, he’s always got a backup gig as a giant frog.

    6) Anjelica Huston as Angela Diaz


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    Anjelica Huston’s cameo as the powerful television executive Angela Diaz is as sharp as the pantsuit she wears. It’s truly the role she was drawn to play. 

    7) Ken Jeong as Dr. Allen Hu


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    A visit from Dr. Hu elicits plenty of confusion, and not just because of the bizarre psychotropic drugs he dispenses. Jeong is the perfect straight man in an endless circle of Hu’s on first. 

    8) Keegan-Michael Key as Sebastian St. Clair


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    Key is so good at transforming into new characters that Comedy Central gave him a sketch show because of it. Yet, it’s Netflix that presented Key with his wildest transformation yet: a British snow leopard philanthropist.

    9) John Krasinski as Secretariat


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    While Krasinski is best known for his role as a pedestrian office worker, his voice is anything but. Already the well-established voice of Esurance, Krasinski’s rich timbre is the perfect all-American pairing for a horse as strong as Secretariat.

    10) Melissa Leo as Diane’s Mother


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    Melissa Leo is so good at playing a Massachusetts mother that she won an Academy Award for it thanks to a performance in The Fighter. So who better to play Diane’s angry Boston mom?

    11) Wendie Malick as Beatrice Horseman


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    BoJack’s loveless upbringing and passive-aggressive parents are all part of what’s taken him down such dark roads. When it comes to a detached mother, no one could make her sound more deliciously disdainful than Malick.

    12) Keith Olbermann as Tom Jumbo-Grumbo


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    The only thing larger than Keith Olbermann’s personality is his reputation as a wild political commentator. That’s what make him the perfect fit as the incendiary whale of a host over at MSNBSEA.

    13) Chris Parnell as News Reporter


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    Since departing Saturday Night Live, Parnell’s played a breadth of characters, including 30 Rock’s Dr. Leo Spaceman. Perhaps a news reporter is one of his most tame roles to date.

    14) Patton Oswalt as Pinky Penguin


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    As the star of Ratatouille, Oswalt is no stranger to voicing animals, but those he plays on BoJack have certainly seen better days. With a publishing house on the brink of destruction, global warming looks like a better option for this penguin.  

    15) Horatio Sanz as Latin Kings Gang Leader


    Photo via cleftclips/Flickr

    Horatio Sanz is about as far from a prison gang leader as they come, yet he’s able to perfectly embody the leader of a prison faction of the Latin Kings. Now we just pray that Netflix does a crossover episode with Orange Is the New Black.

    16) Kristen Schaal as Sarah Lynn


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    Schaal’s gravelly yet energetic voice has such a range. Whether it’s playing Hollywood drug-addicted wild child Sarah Lynn or a hyperactive kid on Bob’s Burgers, she does it all so effortlessly. 

    17) J.K. Simmons as Lennie Turtletaub


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    Though he's one of the most well-known character actors, Simmons really shines in dry comedic parts. Now if we can only get Lennie Turtletaub in the Entourage movie.

    18) Stanley Tucci as Herb Kazazz


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    The suave Stanley Tucci has inhabited plenty of comedic roles in his day, but none with a twist of fate as sad as Herb’s. Hopefully Herb’s cancer will go into remission so he and BoJack can hash it out with Marc Maron on WTF next season. 

    19) Aisha Tyler as Aquafina Sextina


    Photo via vagueonthehow/Flickr

    Tyler is an old favorite of animated shows, starring as Archer’s leading woman, Lana. But an oversexed pop icon that happens to be a dolphin? That's new territory that we hope she isn’t done exploring.

    20) Olivia Wilde as Charlotte


    Photo via gageskidmore/Flickr

    Wilde is a natural choice for the doe-eyed brunette ingenue, so what better character her for her to inhabit than an actual deer?

    Screengrab via Netflix


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    After making fans wait for weeks, Alfonso Ribeiro finally gave them what they wanted.

    People have wondered whether the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star would bring out his signature dance every since he joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars, and while he hasn’t, he’s been blowing past the rest of the competition every week and has become a major frontrunner.

    But now he’s giving the fans what they’ve probably “been asking for since the beginning of this show” during a jazz routine of “It’s Not Unusual” with pro dancer Witney Carson, and it’s so, so worth the wait.

    It may have gotten perfect scores from the judges and America, but it’ll still never quite beat the original.

    Photo via Dancing with the Stars/YouTube


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