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    Being flawless may seem impossible for almost anyone who isn’t Beyoncé, but the cast of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt comes really close with some help from Queen Bey herself.

    After attending the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on behalf of Netflix Tuesday, stars Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski and co-creator Tina Fey got on a plane together and lip synced “***Flawless”—as you do.

    While Burgess starts off great, he’s got strong as hell backup singers by his side.

    Bow down, bitches.

    H/T Uproxx | Photo via Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)


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    HBO has always been known as the home of premium content on TV, and its standalone HBO Now app is no different.

    Here’s a brief rundown of some of the highlights coming to the streaming service next month, including cult classics Veronica MarsandSerenity, Oscar nominees Birdman and The Theory of Everything, and more.

    But beware: All good things must come to an end, as fans of Ender’s Game and Eyes Wide Shut will realize when their time on the service comes to an end Aug. 31.

    Coming soon

    Aug. 1

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)

    Charlie’s Angels

    Dances with Wolves

    A Fish Called Wanda

    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    John Tucker Must Die

    Meet the Parents

    An Officer and a Gentleman

    Serenity

    Veronica Mars

    Aug. 4

    Back on Board: Greg Louganis

    Ramona (short) (en Español)

    Aug. 7

    Manos Sucias (en Español)

    Aug. 8

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    Aug. 12

    Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans

    Aug. 14

    Bomba (en Español)

    Aug. 15

    The Theory of Everything

    Aug. 16

    Show Me a Hero: Part 1 & Part 2

    Aug. 22

    Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl, Interrupted

    Dumb and Dumber To

    Aug. 23

    Show Me a Hero: Part 3 & Part 4

    Aug. 29

    Kill the Messenger

    Aug. 30

    Show Me a Hero: Part 5 & Part 6 (8/30)

    Leaving Aug. 31

    Broken Arrow

    Ender’s Game

    Enemy of the State

    Enough Said

    Eyes Wide Shut

    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

    The Other Woman

    The Wolverine

    Illustration by Max Fleishman


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    I discovered Twinning on a warm weeknight—curled up with my laptop in my bed, comfortably stoned. This is how I’d recommend you stream the ultimate hate-watch in television.

    For those of you who don’t know—and this is not a show that’s been generating a huge amount of buzz—Twinning is a new reality competition series that premiered last week on VH1. During the mean-spirited shenanigans, 12 sets of twins compete for a large sum of money.

    The twist is that they separate each set of siblings—not only are the contestants on a reality show that is about to exploit them into infamy, but now they don’t even have the comfort of being with their family. Each challenge tests their synergy (or rather, “twinergy”). 

    On the show, they actually refer to this as “twin-tuition.” The twin puns never end.

    The reward for winning a challenge: The twins are allowed to be reunited for 24 hours, and they get to choose who’s up for elimination.

    The contestants are a typical cast of misguided, desperate people you often find on VH1 reality shows:

    • Skyler and Spencer, the absolute highlight of the show, are the sad weirdos. They wear the same outfit every day, “except for underwear, that’s a little creepy,” Skyler (or is it Spencer?) explains. In the first episode, it is quickly revealed that they are both virgins. (Favorite moment so far: one of them tearing up while reading a literal Hallmark card his mom gave him.)
    • Adam and Cory are the dumb ladies’ men, who are obsessed with working out, but are otherwise largely boring.
    • Chris and Josh are the creepy ones, who dress like they’re the long-lost members of Panic! At the Disco. Their conniving behavior lacks both charm and humor. In the opening Josh says, “We came here to twin! I can’t wait to stomp that ass!”
    • Torian and Tre are the token (hot) black guys.
    • Meme (pronounced "me-me," not "meem") and Key are typecast as angry black women, and are edited in such a way to wholly embody those revolting assumptions. Out of all the contestants, they are the ones I’d most like to be friends with. Their irrational behavior seems to stem from the fact that they are most likely being psychologically tortured by VH1 producers.
    • AnnaMarie and GinaMarie (referred to as the Maries) are the Long Island-bred villains of the show. They cartoonishly play into Italian-American stereotypes, and are a beautiful combination of stupid, conniving, and mean. They are immensely entertaining. (Favorite moment so far: They try to bully Meme and Key for being from Brooklyn, as if it’s so much classier to be from Long Island.)

    The show is hosted by Angie Greenup, who you’ve also never heard of, but according to Wikipedia, she is a 34-year-old comedian. She is a fine host, but perhaps the most disappointing thing about Twinning is that it’s not hosted by identical twins.

    All in all, Twinning is the perfect show for those who love trash. It’s the pinnacle of cruel intention-laden, melodramatic reality TV. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the season unfolds—for a network that's poisoned countless D-list celebs and given platforms to dating gurus who are actually monsters, Twinning is an exciting new apex.

    Screengrab via VH1


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    Forty-eight years ago, legendary writer Hunter S. Thompson was interviewed about the brutal ass-kicking he received while traveling with an infamous motorcycle gang. The rare audio from one of the 20th century's most cutting voices has been unearthed—and you don't need to be a fan to get hooked. 

    After all this was a journalist who said, at the time of the interview, “I keep my mouth shut now. I’ve turned into a professional coward," before going on to become the King of Gonzo only two years later. Thompson had a reputation so strong that it ultimately interfered with his ability to cover stories in the way he preferred to: quietly in the back, with a tape recorder in his hand and a brain swimming in whiskey.  

    But ending your case study of the Hells Angels with an expected savage beating will make words like that come out of you. That reporting went on to become the watershed Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga.

    This nearly hour-long interview has been edited down to just more than five minutes by PBS Digital Studios, with animation added over it as a part of series Blank on Blank, which is all released via YouTube.

    It's interesting to hear an interviewer (and especially one as highly regarded at the time as Studs Terkel was) speaking to Thompson like a professional host would usually engage with a legitimate expert on a topic. It's interesting because, after the release of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter's satirical persona was increasingly prioritized over his knowledge during his public appearances, and classy interviews became more rare than you'd expect. Out of volumes upon volumes of articles that were meticulously researched and brilliantly written, it was the fictionalized version of himself, who he'd created for a novella, that people were ultimately more interested in.

    He was still just as prophetic and wise as ever, though—right up to the day of his self-willed death—you'd just have to read his work to be keen to his insights, as you'd certainly not see him sharing them on television or the radio. He eventually grew to hate interviews to such a vast extent, that he famously forced Conan O'Brien to bring a crew to Owl Farm and interview him from there, if he really wanted to speak with him.

    The other 50 minutes of the interview are likewise available online.

    Screengrab via Blank on Blank/YouTube


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    Tig Notaro is finally getting her own show. On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it had ordered a pilot from the comedian, which will be produced by Diablo Cody and Louis C.K.

    The semi-autobiographical comedy, revealed the Hollywood Reporter, follows a loosely fictionalized version of Notaro's recent experiences.

    "Tig Notaro has just recovered from an abdominal disease that has left her gaunt, wasted, exhausted and pretty much stripped of everything except her finely honed sense of the absurd," read the official description of the new comedy. "Abruptly summoned home to Pass Christian, Miss., to take her ailing mother off life support, Tig finds herself dealing with her clingy girlfriend, her dysfunctional Gulf Coast family and the loss of the one person who held everything together." 

    Notaro had a shitty, shitty 2012. That's when her mother died, she broke up with her then-girlfriend, and she collapsed and was later diagnosed with an extreme form of infectious colitis that was basically eating her body from inside out.

    But nothing tops cancer. By the time Notaro was diagnosed, in July 2012, with bilateral breast cancer on top of everything else she'd endured, she was ready to take the show on the road and try to laugh it all off a little. 

    Edgy mastectomy humor became Notaro's calling card after the now-legendary August 2012 standup set at which she announced her cancer struggles. The comedian barely slowed down her packed schedule—of touring standup comedy clubs and shooting guest roles on shows like The Sarah Silverman Program and Inside Amy Schumer—in order to undergo double mastectomy surgery.

    Somehow, the worst year of Notaro's life translated into comedy, and her fame skyrocketed. She also fell in love with her current fiancé, Stephanie Allynne, who stars alongside Notaro in a Netflix documentary (Tig) about the time of crisis. The two are now trying to conceive a child—what Notaro hilariously called "blood children" in a Vulture interview because her partner plans to get pregnant rather than adopt.

    In another interview on Wednesday, Notaro told After Ellen that she's received a wide range of responses from total strangers concerned with her health crisis.

    “This is so unusual,” Notaro told After Ellen's Trish Bendix, “To go through such horrible events publicly and people are aware of all my ups and downs—I’ll be crossing a street and somebody will say, ‘Hey there’s a health food restaurant down here, I think you’d really like it. I hope you’re doing well!”

    Notaro also said in the interview that a few people seemed more than a little confused about why she had her breasts removed without reconstruction.

    "I’ve had people—not very many, but a few people reach out and congratulate me on my free top surgery when I was going through that,” Notaro told After Ellen. “And I was hurt by that because I was in a traumatic situation and never considered having—I didn’t experience that. I was just like, I have cancer and so I’m having a double-mastectomy."

    Following the success of Tig on Netflix, Notaro has lined up an HBO special in addition to the Amazon pilot. The hour-long HBO standup event, Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted, airs on Aug. 22.

    H/T After Ellen | Photo via Cleft Clips/FLICKR (CC BY 2.0)


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    Emily Kinney battled zombies on AMC’s The Walking Dead—and can soon be found on Masters of Sex—but if you’re a fan of the show, you’ve probably noticed she knows her way around a Tom Waits song. 

    Kinney released her debut EP in 2011, the same year she began appearing on the show, followed up by another in 2013, and she’s managed to grow her music into something more nuanced. She told Esquire that she’s been singing since she was a kid, which led her into theater and acting: “I can actually remember someone coming up to me—’cause I used to sing a lot at church and stuff like that—‘I love when you sing at church because I feel like I can feel the words.’ That stuck with me. I was realizing there was something besides just the music. It was more about telling stories.”

    And tell stories she does. Her debut album, This Is War, comes out Oct. 2, but in the meantime, you can listen to a few of the new songs. The Daily Dot has partnered with Daytrotter to highlight one session a week, which will be available to stream here exclusively. So dive in.  

    For nearly a decade, Daytrotter has been recording some of the best talent around, and now you can stream half of this incredible (and growing) archive, featuring thousands of band sessions, for free—or join for full access and free downloads.

    Illustration by Johnnie Cluney/Daytrotter | Remix by Max Fleishman 


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    BY BREE BROUWER

    Fullscreen Live is bringing digital stars in front of thousands of their fans. The touring and events division of the YouTube multi-channel network, owned by AT&T and Chernin Group’s Otter Media, will feature YouTube celebrities like MyLifeAsEva (real name Eva Gutowski) and Meredith Foster in an upcoming live tour dubbed “Girls Night In.”

    Lifestyle and fashion vloggers Meghan RienksAlisha MarieMia Stammer, and musician Andie Case will join Gutowski and Rienks on stage during the live event. Fans will experience performances and musical sets during “Girls Night In,” and will also be able to meet the six female YouTubers. The tour will be organized by industry veteran and Fullscreen Live lead Vito Iaia.

    “These young women are entertainment powerhouses who each have incredible and unique connections with a passionate fanbase of over 23 million followers,” said Fullscreen President Ezra Cooperstein in a release. “Through tours and live events like this, we’re well positioned to enhance real-life connections between creator and audience.”

    Fullscreen has previously hosted the live event INTOUR, which featured such YouTube and digital stars as Jack & JackConnor Franta, and JennxPenn. And Fullscreen isn’t the only new media entity bringing digital stars in front of live audiences at not-insignificant venues. DigiTour is an events company dedicated solely to live events with digital celebrities, and with buy-in from investors Ryan Seacrest and Advance Publications, it’s doubled the amount of shows it will hold in 2015 over 2014.

    Tickets for “Girls Night In” go on pre-sale at the various tour venues on July 30, 2015. The general public can purchase tickets starting the next day. “Girls Night In” kicks off Sept. 22 at Anaheim’s House of Blues and ends 20 shows and a month later on Oct. 22 in Dallas, Texas.

    Illustration by Max Fleishman


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    The majority of YouTube’s creator base finally has a home at the streaming video giant’s biggest annual convention.

    When VidCon started, everyone was a creator, but it took the organization until 2015—when the world of digital video exploded to the mainstream—to create a track specifically for that portion of the YouTube community.

    Last year there were two ways to attend VidCon for the general public: as a community member, relegated to signings, Q&As, and general panels, or as part of the industry, with a focus on new technology and the business of online video. This year the newly established Creator track filled the void between the two, a catch-all for people not invested in YouTube from the pure business perspective, but not just there to collect selfies and autographs of their favorite stars, either. These are the hopeful stars of tomorrow, gathered to both listen to the inspirational rallying speeches about content creation and to sit in on more focused workshops on how to get there.

    “I’m not really into the whole fangirl thing,” explained Amanda, a 15-year-old Creator track attendee who has two different YouTube channels focused on vlogging, filmmaking, and sign language. “Like, yes, I have my favorite YouTubers, but I didn’t want to do any of the signings. I wanted to go upstairs, because I have my own channel. I’ve learned a lot. I went to Charlie McDonnell’s panel and learned so much about filmmaking.”

    The Creator track was an experiment for VidCon—one that by and large worked out. It filled the gaping void between what Community means at VidCon and what Industry feels like.

    “Community [badge holders] will look at you because you’re pulling out a vlog camera,” said Amanda, who noted that the community had long asked for something that fit between the two previous tracks. With a new badge class, likeminded creators can know who to target for building friendships and partnerships. “Now I can go up to another creator and say, ‘Hi, who are you, I want to follow your channel.’”

    It filled the gaping void between what Community means at VidCon and what Industry feels like.

    Amanda attended the event with three other friends, all with Creator badges; they agreed that the new badge fit their needs. They’re eyeing joining a multichannel network (MCN) next, MakerGen, since they feel like most of their Creator friends are already there. They’ve even started their own collaborations; Amanda runs a collaborative vlogging channel with 18-year-old pal Amy, whom she met online while tweeting at a favorite YouTuber. The pair met in person finally at another live YouTube event, Playlist Live, after Amanda convinced her parents to let her go under the supervision of Amy’s mom. They started vlogging shortly after that in-person meeting, speaking to the power of creators connecting offline.

    “If you are an emerging artist, this is a great place to be,” explained Big Frame talent manager Andrew Graham. “It’s kind of remarkable to see that in this space, the fans are also creators. You come here first as a fan, you meet like-minded fans, and you will start producing. That’s the story of Our2ndLife; that’s the story of half our roster.”

    With the Creator track now there to support creators, more collaborations are hopefully in the works. Attendees ranged from hopefuls with just a handful of subscribers to creators with tens of thousands of followers already. Whereas in years past these mid-range creators who can draw crowds of their own might have opted for an Industry badge, the Creator track allowed them a less stuffy, more connected experience with the topics that affect their day-to-day work. This year topics included practical ones like “How to Read a Contract” to the more subjective like “Raising a Family With an Audience.” They were led by creators already excelling in their fields, including Lizzie Bennet Diaries co-creator Bernie Su, who gave a solo how-to session on webseries writing where he broke down his vlog-style phenomenon. The Creator series closed out on Saturday with a two-hour session that brought a variety of creators and industry folks across the main stage for song, inspiration, and demands for diversity at the conference. To longstanding attendees, that session felt the closest to the roots of VidCon as anything in 2015, and it was all thanks to finding a space for the creators to build a home at the newly evolved conference.

    However, there’s clearly room for improvement in the track, which is only in its first year. In a panel-style session on storytelling, the organizers set up circular tables instead of rows of chairs, thus forcing the attendees to spill out into the hallway. When panelist sWooZie, who has 3.4 million subscribers, started speaking vaguely about tips beauty vlogger Michelle Phan had given him for improving his channel, an attendee raised her hand and asked him to give specifics. He didn’t really go there, at least not immediately, and the panel continued forward in its own prescribed manner, not bending to the will of the eager Creator audience. There’s also space for the sessions to become more advanced or go more in depth, catering to the creator who is crossing the 10,000-subscriber threshold but isn’t established enough to earn a Featured Creator badge.

    Phan’s own Icon Network, co-founded with her team at Endemol Beyond, may have hit on one possible variation on the Creator track idea that could elevate VidCon’s commitment to the mid-level and emerging talents. A few days before Anaheim was swamped with YouTubers, Viners, and YouNowers, Phan and her team gathered in Los Angeles for the Icon Summit, a two-day meeting of burgeoning talent from her own multichannel network of fashion and beauty influencers that combined inspiration, advice, and practical application. In addition to listening to business people and creators speak, the attendees were split up and tasked with filming collaborative videos. Those creations will live on their channels, a tangible memento from the event, and one that could go on to earn them bigger followings and more income.

    What might benefit creators more is a structured setting that connects them with higher-level creators as well as their peers.

    “We talk a great deal about online, by the very virtue of our space, but these offline interactions really add value,” said Graham. “The opportunity to come from Biloxi, Mississippi, and to come to this conference and find likeminded creators and collaborate is invaluable.”

    Scaling something like that for VidCon’s attendee population, even just the Creator badge holders, is a drastic undertaking—but one worth exploring. Creators are already making content; what might benefit them more is a structured setting that connects them with higher-level creators as well as their peers, demands that their work is critiqued and improved, and sets them on the path to better creation. What’s a better takeaway from VidCon for someone looking to be the next big thing than a hands-on experience with an expert?

    And if those experiences help reconnect those experts with the roots of VidCon, too? All the better.

    Illustration by Max Fleishman


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    Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are gearing up for a new show with Amazon.

    Although it was previously reported that the former Top Gear hosts were heading to Netflix, they, along with the show’s longtime producer Andy Wilman, announced they have signed a three-season global TV deal with Amazon Instant Video. They’ll be making a new car show that’s said to rival Top Gear, and with the first season going into production fairly soon, it will be available for Amazon Prime members to stream some time in 2016.

    “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship,” Clarkson said about the deal, showing his usual dry humor. May, on the other hand, called it “ironic” that the three of them are part of the “new age of smart TV.”

    Clarkson was let go from Top Gear back in March, when the BBC decided not to renew his contract after he attacked a Top Gear producer. Although the BBC was keen on keeping Hammond and May as hosts, they stood in solidarity and stated that they and Clarkson were a package deal. They confirmed a month later that they wouldn’t be returning to Top Gear either.

    Meanwhile, Top Gear will live on with BBC Radio host Chris Evans signing a three-year deal as the new host.

    The deal with Clarkson, Hammond, and May was due in part to fans’ persistence to, in a way, get the band back together.

    “Customers told us they wanted to see the team back on screen, and we are excited to make that happen,” James Marine, Vice President of Amazon Prime Video EU, said in a statement. “Millions of Prime members are already enjoying our ground-breaking original shows. We can’t wait to see what Jeremy, Richard, James and the team will create in what is sure to be one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016.”

    Hammond and May are thrilled as well, both with their wits about them.

    The only disappointing thing in all this? Clarkson may not have gotten his first job choice at Amazon after all.

    Screengrab via BBC/YouTube


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    When a Daily Show audience member asked Jon Stewart before a taping how he would spend his time after he leaves the show next week, Stewart said he wouldn't rule out returning to standup comedy. He recently returned to that art form much sooner than many expected.

    Rory Albanese, a former Daily Show executive producer, Instagramed a photo Wednesday night of Stewart performing a surprise set at the famed Comedy Cellar. "I took this guy to the Comedy Cellar tonight and he couldn't resist the mic," Albanese wrote.

    Stewart wasn't the only surprise guest. He followed Louis C.K., who was also unbilled. Sean McCarthy of the Comic's Comic photographed Stewart and C.K. chatting beforehand at the "the comedians' table" in the Olive Tree Cafe, situated above the comedy club.

    Here's more from the Comic's Comic:

    Louis C.K. arrived to work on new jokes, and when Stewart joined other comedians downstairs to watch (including later drop-in comedian Mike Epps!), Stewart passed by his old headshot on the staircase wall and pointed out how he young he'd been then.

    He seemed even more excited watching the crowd watch CK than you may be about reading this. Would Stewart like to go up next? Yes, it turned out. Very much so. Even if he just talked for 10 minutes, the prospect looked too juicy to pass up. Even if he was following CK. Perhaps because he was following CK. ...

    "It's been 20 years!" Stewart exclaimed. Well, maybe not that long. Club owner Noam Dworman told The Comic's Comic he remembers seeing Stewart drop in closer to a decade ago when he needed to test out bits before a big charity function. Nevertheless. It had been ages.

    Earlier in the week, Comedy Central released a video of Stewart taking questions from the Daily Show audience. Fast forward to the 2:05 mark to hear his remarks on his past and future standup career.

    Photo via Rory Albanese/Instagram


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    Hulu’s new Amy Poehler-produced original series, Difficult People, debuts on Aug. 5, and the first trailer is here for all us mopes and misanthropes. 

    Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner star as two friends—“less successful versions” of themselves, creator Klausner explained on Late Night With Seth Meyers—living in NYC, and they have the curmudgeon thing down. Meyers, Kate McKinnon, Andrea Martin, Martin Short, Fred Armisen, Debbie Harry, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Sedaris, and Gabourey Sidibe all pop up in the trailer, and no doubt heavy sighs will abound. 

    This is the show the world needs right now. 

    Screengrab via Hulu 


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    Netflix has released the first trailer for Beasts of No Nation, an original drama starring Idris Elba

    Directed by True Detective's Cary Fukunaga and adapted from Uzodinma Iweala's book of the same name, Beasts of No Nation tells the story of Agu, a young African boy wrest away from his family and turned into a child soldier. Elba plays Commmandant, the one who thrusts Agu into that new life swiftly. 

    Netflix dropped a reported $12 million on the film, and if Fukunaga's 2009 film Sin Nombre is any indication, Beasts will be just as stunning and heartbreaking. 

    The film will debut on Netflix Oct. 16, as well as in 19 theaters. 

    Screengrab via Netflix/YouTube 


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    SHAMUpright Citizens Brigade member Lizzy Bryce’s webseries about two 30-year-olds who marry out of desperation despite not liking each other—is neither funny nor interesting. But show it to someone who still disagrees with marriage equality, and you may just change their minds.

    Here’s the setup: Lizzy and Tim (Tim Keck) are housemates who, finding themselves unmarried, trigger a My Best Friend’s Wedding–style pact. And then, despite the pending nuptials being a sham and with open hostility frothing between them, nevertheless go through all the normal wedding rigmarole—compiling a gift registry, choosing a cake, and being thoroughly nauseating human beings.

    But by this point in proceedings, it’s quite clear why Lizzy and Tim are unlucky in love: They’re horrid. They’re also boring, self-centered, and—fatally, for a relationship built upon a lie—humorless. And what is fatal for a relationship is fatal for a comedic webseries. Why watch the irredeemable? Why waste your time listening to a terrible recurring joke that leverages the dual use of “kid” for the young offspring of both humans and goats?

    Well this is why: Because in a world where people like Lizzy and Tim—people who can’t even find housemates who like them—are able to tie the knot, the sanctity of marriage has long been corrupted. Forget about gay people who love each other, or even Gérard Depardieu types hoping to secure a green card; it’s the ones getting together for no other reason than anxiety and the realization that this may be their only shot that trivializes the alliance. 

    So show this to someone that disagrees with the judgment in Obergefell v. Hodges. And if they can get through it, they may have somewhere else to direct their ire.

    Screengrab via Lizzy Bryce/YouTube


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    Some YouTube stars will be able to add a surfboard to their trophy collection this August when the Teen Choice Awards celebrate the best of the Web’s creators.

    Nominations for the Web categories for the 2015 Teen Choice Awards were announced Thursday, with high-level stars like Tyler Oakley, Michelle Phan, and Lele Pons picking up multiple nominations. Bethany Mota leads the pack with three across various categories this year; she’s also a returning winner from 2014.

    Web is its own diverse category at Teen Choice Awards for 2015, with a variety of stars earning nods in categories like Choice Web Star: Male or Choice Web Star: Comedy. In fact, the event had to break out creative new categories to still honor traditional celebrities’ use of the digital space, like the Social Media King and Queen categories, which are full of mainstream celebs like Justin Bieber and Katy Perry.  

    In the platform-specific categories, YouTube and Vine stars are nominated in their respective spaces, but for Instagram and Twitter, the field is full of traditional celebs, not any homegrown stars. Instagram, at the very least, has its own celebrities who might deserve some TCA shine, but the show’s nominations speak to exactly how much more mainstream some platforms are seen compared to others.

    A full list of YouTube and Web nominees are below, and fans can vote online through Aug. 16 at 6pm PT. The Teen Choice Awards air Aug. 16 on Fox.

    Choice Web Star: Female

    Bethany Mota
    Eva Gutowski (“MyLifeAsEva”)
    Grace Helbig
    Jenn McAllister (“jennxpenn”)
    Lele Pons
    Michelle Phan ​

    Choice Web Star: Male

    Felix Kjellberg (“PewDiePie”)
    Cameron Dallas
    Joey Graceffa
    Ryan Higa
    Matthew Espinosa
    Tyler Oakley

    Choice Web Star: Comedy

    The Janoskians
    Colleen Ballinger (“Miranda Sings”)
    Lilly Singh (“Superwoman”)
    Josh Peck
    Dude Perfect
    Nash Grier 

    Choice Web Star: Music

    Christina Grimmie
    Sam Tsui
    Jack & Jack
    Shawn Mendes
    Tori Kelly
    Lindsey Stirling 

    Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty

    Bethany Mota
    Michelle Phan
    Zoe Sugg (“Zoella”)
    Rachel Levin (“RCLBEAUTY101”)
    Andrea Brooks (“Andrea's Choice”)
    Ingrid Nilsen (“Missglamorazzi”)

    Social Media King

    Bruno Mars
    Jimmy Fallon
    Justin Bieber
    Justin Timberlake
    LeBron James
    Pitbull

    Social Media Queen

    Caitlyn Jenner
    Katy Perry
    Miley Cyrus
    Nicki Minaj
    Selena Gomez
    Taylor Swift

    Choice Twit

    Justin Bieber
    Justin Timberlake
    Katy Perry
    Shakira
    Taylor Swift
    Lady Gaga

    Choice Viner

    Logan Paul
    Brittany Furlan
    Cameron Dallas
    Josh Peck
    Lele Pons
    Matthew Espinosa

    Choice Instagrammer

    Ariana Grande
    Beyonce
    Justin Bieber
    Kim Kardashian
    Kylie Jenner
    Selena Gomez

    Choice YouTuber

    Bethany Mota
    Connor Franta
    Jenna Mourey (“Jenna Marbles”)
    Kian Lawley (“SuperKian13”)
    Lilly Singh (“Superwoman”)

    Screengrab via Mandys DIYs/YouTube


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    Ever since Foo Fighters guitarist and singer Dave Grohlbroke his leg after falling off the stage in Sweden, bands like Florence and the Machine and Faith No More have taken the Foo Fighters' European festival slots and played covers in homage to Grohl and the injury that briefly kept him out of action.

    But we've never seen a Foo Fighters cover quite like this.

    Yes, that's 1,000 musicians playing "Learn To Fly" in the hopes of convincing the band to visit Cesena, Italy. And yes, it sounds incredible—especially given how difficult it must have been to get that many people together to play a 4-minute song.

    It may not getting more metal than Grohl sitting on a throne and rocking out with a broken leg, but those 1,000 Italian musicians put together a fantastic choir-like cover.

    After listening to the song and watching the video, this much seems clear: the Foo Fighters should probably book a gig in Cesena ASAP.

    Screengrab via Rockin' 1000/YouTube


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    The first time I tried out Hyperwalk, the cool new toy that dominated VidCon 2015, I fell down and slammed the back of my head to the ground.

    Though the cavalcade of Vine and YouNow stars made the self-balancing electric device look simple and effortless while zooming around during VidCon’s three-day event, it’s really not. Hyperwalkers, beware: You might spend the next two weeks monitoring yourself for signs of a concussion. But if you can master the balance needed for the toy, you’ll fit right in among the teens who are making this Chinese import the most popular accessory since the selfie stick.

    The scooters top out at 6 miles per hour, and they operate on the same principle as a Segway, just without handles (hence the danger). Lean forward and the machine senses your weight distribution and moves forward; lean back and it sends you in reverse. While the instructions urge safety gear, we didn’t spot a single person at VidCon wearing a helmet. 

    The scooters are not totally new, but they had no presence at the 2014 event, and in 2015 you were hard-pressed not to see at least one teen boy zooming around on one in any open space, and even inside the event’s exclusive parties. Hyperwalks’ popularity traces back to a litany of celebs who’ve been spotted on them, including original YouTube sensation Justin Bieber.

    Hyperwalk is simply a brand name for any generic self-balancing scooter, although it’s far and away the most appealing title of the bunch, since other options include ioHawk, PunkeeDuck, Airwheel, Future Foot, Oxboard, Freego, and hundreds more. The scooters originate from China, which Wired tied back to a company called Chic Robotics, which debuted its first scooter in August 2014. Last fall, Chic Robotics took the board to China’s premier trade show, the Canton Fair. It was a hit, and other factories began making their own versions.

    For the companies selling them in the U.S.—most notably PunkeeDuck and IO Hawk, which picked up the most mainstream attention with Jimmy Kimmel appearances and CES debuts prior to VidCon—the key has been to get the boards in the hands of influencers and let them virally spread from there. Kendall Jenner, Chris Brown, and Wiz Khalifa have all ridden on the boards.

    But those companies seem to have overlooked the digital set, which is where Hyperwalk’s dominance of VidCon comes in. No one mentioned IO Hawks or PunkeeDucks at VidCon; it was all Hyperwalk all the time. The brand had the most determined VidCon presence, tweeting at fans to help get follows from prominent YouTubers in exchange for board giveaways.

    But regardless of brand name, simply getting your hands on any sort of board can prove a challenge. Several sellers recently explained they’re out of product and shipments wouldn’t arrive for at least a week, with the East Coast being hit harder by the scooter shortage than the West Coast. Vadim Kozin, a scooter seller based in Los Angeles, told the Daily Dot that he found a customs agent that imports them directly from a reputable factory to America for him to distribute.

    “My first order was just for me and my family because we thought it was awesome,” the 29-year-old wrote via email. “But then my [family’s] friends and other acquaintances started asking for it once they saw how cool and fun it was. I later realized that it could be a good opportunity to create an extra source of income.”

    Hyperwalk owners at VidCon were disproportionately men, a trend that Kozin says parallels his customer base. Riders cited prices ranging from $300 up to $1,000 for seemingly the same product. Kozin knows that the boards are a trend, but he’s happy to take the risk and capitalize on the high demand now to make more money. His biggest concern with the trend?

    “I worry that I am becoming too lazy since I’ve had instances where I rode across my apartment building to throw away the trash,” Kozin said.

    We’re all for laziness—so long as Kozin is wearing a helmet.

    Photo via Team IO Hawk/YouTube


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    Chrissy Teigen—model, fast food socialite, and national treasure—has found another way into our hearts.

    The goddess posted a video to Instagram Thursday night of her hanging poolside, balancing a full plate of chicken wings on her butt. Watch as she gracefully moves her hips side to side, without losing a single drop of the sauce. Better yet, she's teasing hubby John Legend with the finger-licking-good goodies.

    The couple is no stranger to sharing their love for each other and their love for food on social media. Earlier this month, she live tweeted her and Legend's lazy day in bed that also consisted of lots of pizza.

    This video gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "What, what, chicken butt."

    Photo via chrissyteigen/Instagram | Remix by Jason Reed


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    Late Thursday, Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill retaliated to consecutive diss songs from superstar Drake. A feud that began with a tweet, then some Instagram posts, then a Tumblr post, came full circle with three songs that didn't pull punches. 

    It's been a strong career move for both rappers, as the beef has sparked authenticity thinkpieces and generally stirred the pot of most hip-hop blogs' fan forums. The only thing left to do? Declare a winner. Let's get there together.

    Round 1

    Jab: On Twitter, Meek Mill accuses Drake of not writing his own raps. Keywords: On Twitter.

    Rope-a-dope: Drake responds to Meek in the form of a yawning diss track “Charged Up,” in which the lightweight ethers himself with the laughable line, “No woman ever had me star struck or was able to tell me to get my bars up.” Drake has made an entire career of being star struck by women: Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Courtney from Hooters on Peach Street, etc.

    However, he was still able to put it on wax (proverbially, natch) while altogether seeming completely unbothered. Drake premiered the song on his Apple Music radio show and played the track four times in a row, plus a final fifth to end the program.

    Score: Drake: 10; Meek Mill: 9

    Round 2

    Duck and weave: Rumors swirled two days after Drake's diss track that New York City DJ Funkmaster Flex would be premiering Meek’s response on Hot97. Tri-State area residents tuned in, suckers everywhere downloaded the Funk Flex app, and the rap Internet collectively tuned in to hear what ended up only being a basic Top 40 set. Funk Flex didn’t ever get Meek’s mp3 in the email, but instead went in on Drake himself and premiered a reference track by Quentin Miller for Drake’s “10 Bands.”

    Meanwhile, Meek just played it cool; besides tweeting some shade, he announced “Make some noise for the woman who got me starstruck” when introducing Nicki Minaj at their joint tour date the night after “Charged Up” dropped.

    Body blow: Before waiting even three days for Meek to counter, Drake dropped his second diss track. Like taking a victory lap in the middle of the game, Drizzy called the song “Back to Back” and used as cover art a picture of Joe Carter from the moment he and Drake’s hometown Toronto Bluejays beat Meek Mill’s hometown Philadelphia Phillies in the 1993 World Series.

    Drake did bring some heat to the track as it seemed like he switched to caffeinated tea. He slipped a few sweet lines in like “Is that a world tour or your girl’s tour?” but Drake connected more by acting like he’d won and barely acknowledging Meek’s allegations. It’s like the Art of War for an audience that spreads fake retweets faster than California wildfires.

    Score: Drake: 10; Meek Mill: 9

    Round 3

    Uppercut knockdown: Once again, Meek was set to have his track debut on Funk Flex’s radio show. Flex went right into the station playlist  at 7:01pm ET and Meek went to Instagram to quarrel with Hot97’s program director. This was not a good look when fans had already been impatiently waiting on this song.

    But lo and behold, Flex dropped a bomb. And according to popular opinion, so did Meek.

    The end result, “Wanna Know,” is a mean record, but it also appears to be as rushed as Meek has appeared since Drake came right at him with SoundCloud uploads. Meek did not expect so many people to brush off the original ghostwriting claims, nor was he ready for his music to be judged by a wider public that is mostly OK with Aubrey Graham as a rapper who will occasionally use the phrase “catch a body.”

    Also check the song's Milli Vanilli imagery—a handfed assertion that draws parallels to fake pop. 

    That said, Meek landed jabs to Drake’s jaw with “Wanna Know.” It begins with the Undertaker’s theme song and includes an interpretation of a reference track by Drake’s ghostwriter. Along with Meek rapping like this whole exchange could be classified as “battle rap” and Puff Daddy dancing across the outro, the song is easily the hardest if not the most cutting of this beef. Meek may have also left a permanent scar by revealing that Drake was peed on at a movie premiere years ago. That was somehow completely unknown until now.

    Weigh-in pose: Drake, always feeling like he won even in the jaws of defeat, posted this on Instagram.

    Score: Drake: 8; Meek Mill: 10

    Winner:TBD, and also Whataburger

    Drake has the advantage of a wide fanbase that is widely apathetic toward authenticity and a dated concept of a rapper drawing from nothing but his pen. At the same time, if any more of these reference tracks come to surface, it’s going to be awfully hard for Drake to continue dodging the basis for this whole beef.

    Four Drake reference tracks have now come out, including “R.I.C.O.,” the collaboration with Meek that seemed to set off the rift between the two rappers. That song in particular featured almost the entire finished Drake verse, save a couple lines, performed poorly by the co-writer Quentin Miller. Bouncing ideas off people in the studio is one thing, but rap is not a genre of cover bands. Drake is safe for now, but he has more to lose than Meek does (save for Ms. Minaj).

    However, sometimes the social media coordinator running a brand's account finds a way into the conversation beautifully. For that, we have to toast beloved, Texas-based fast food chain, Whataburger.

    Update 11:05am CT: Another fast-food chain is getting in on the action now, with White Castle suggesting Meek Mill has other options besides beef.

    Photos via Skeezix1000/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0) | Bestintheworls22/Wikipedia (CC BY SA 3.0) | Remix by Jason Reed


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    We're starting to think the only reason Ice T appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is to show off his cartoon voices

    Last night, Ice T reprised his roles in classic cartoons like Dora the Explorer, but did you also know he did the voices for shows like The Care Bears and The Smurfs? Do you remember when the blue Care Bear turned a Roomba into a bong? Or when Papa Smurf bitchslapped a fellow Smurf? 

    Ice T's Fallon diss is the best use of a Dora the Explorer clip yet. 

    Screengrab via The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon/YouTube


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    "We're Bikini Kill and we want revolution girl-style now!"

    That was the opening line shouted out on the feminist punk band's 1991 demo tape, and it quickly became a rallying cry for an international movement of young punk women and queers who were collectively fed up with misogynist violence and discrimination.

    Now, the band that defined "girl power" way before it was co-opted and turned into a Spice Girls catchphrase is reissuing the demo with three previously unreleased songs. It's also the first time the demo will be available in anything other than cassette tape (Google it, millennials) form.

    The reissue, out Sept. 22, is currently available for preorder. But luckily, obsessed fans don't have to wait another month for an influx of new BK material. On Thursday, former Bikini Kill drummer Tobi Vail posted never-before-seen Super 8 footage of the band to YouTube.

    The footage was part of a student film but hasn't been seen in years, and it's the first time the short film has been posted online.

    It's been 24 years since Bikini Kill's music first circulated. Riot Grrrl, a young feminist movement that the band was closely associated with—and which got enormous media attention—was an international network of collectives that made music and produced fanzines, protested sexism and homophobia, formed support groups for survivors of rape and abuse, and eventually changed mainstream culture.

    A documentary on the Riot Grrrl movement is slated for release in 2016, and an excerpt from the film traveled as part of the touring art exhibition Alien She.

    Riot Grrrl groups still exist all over the world, with current chapters cited in places as diverse as Brazil, Spain, Scotland, Paraguay, and the United States.

    The Punk Singer, a 2013 documentary about the life of Bikini Kill's singer Kathleen Hanna, is currently streaming on Netflix. The TumblrRiot Grrrl Census surveys members to "track the lasting impact" of the movement, posting the interviews as they come in.

    Photo via Sandra Gonzalez/Flickr (CC BY ND 2.0)


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