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    In the cold open for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, the new weekly late-night show from the former Daily Show correspondent, Bee confronts the one thing that's dogged her for months: What’s it like being a woman in late-night?

    It's a loaded question.

    With the premiere of her show Monday night simulcast across five networks, Bee joins an exclusive group primarily occupied by middle-aged white men. Chelsea Handler, the last female late-night host to have her own show, ended Chelsea Lately 18 months ago and has another one in the works with Netflix. Vanity Fair infamously left her out of a photoshoot featuring the “titans of late-night” back in September, and the publication later added insult to injury by adding Miss Piggy to the photo (a fictional character with a fake talk show on The Muppets who is voiced by a man) over Bee or Handler. 

    Bee embraced the controversy in the marketing leading up to the show's debut. Her tagline (“Watch or you’re sexist”), talk of being the only female late-night host on TV, her diverse writing staff—things that seem like no-brainers to most people—dominated the conversation as much as what she wanted to do on Full Frontal.

    “You know what it took?” Bee tells the fictional reporters in her opening scene. “Hard work, a great team, maybe just a little bit of magic.”

    That “magic” turns out to be actual witchcraft—a crafty dismissal of the ridiculousness of the entire “woman in late-night” narrative.

    Bee commandeers Full Frontal by abandoning the desk, a stalwart prop of late-night, and spends the entire show standing in front of a screen, which keeps the focus on her. In her first show, she’s largely triumphant as she mostly tackles the “banquet of all-you-can-eat crazy” that is the presidential election along with some sexism over in state politics.

    “For months I’ve been just sitting here with no show, just yelling at a wall, while the most deranged electoral shitshow in a generation passed me by,” Bee says, “and it has been killing me.”

    Whether it’s going after Bernie Sanders’s finger wagging in the latest Democratic debate, ripping into “sentient caps lock button Donald Trump,” or taking CNN to task for being rude to “Ted Cruz’s loving wife and possible hostage,” Bee goes head-first into a field that’s becoming more difficult to parody by the headline. She may have focused more on the Republican candidates than the Democratic ones this week, but she's just getting started.

    Political parody is an arena that most of the other late-night hosts, more prone to comedy than politics, have struggled with (Stephen Colbert being the clear exception), and Bee uses her expertise in this area to throw more jabs than ever. It works because she’s able to offer a fresh, new perspective, but she also never pulls punches, while others may have to play nice enough to get those coveted guest spots. It may not always hit—but when it does, it’s something to behold.

    Bee will bring to Full Frontal the kind of pre-taped segments she excelled at on The Daily Show. Her first segment focuses on the purgatory of Jeb Bush’s campaign in the style of a Werner Herzog documentary, and she has future bits on women veterans and visiting a refugee camp in Jordan.

    Bush's campaign, according to Bee, is a dark and lonely place. What could be a one-note piece of comedy offers nuance and absurdity as the scene comes to a head when a Huffington Post reporter struggles to describe what he sees when he looks in Bush’s eyes.

    Full Frontal’s first episode jumped right into the political fray, and it’ll be interesting to see in the coming weeks how she settles in. The weekly format will allow her to pick and choose which areas to focus on, like John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight. She doesn’t have to touch on everything, and not being weighed down by the 24-hour news cycle may help her hits stick even more when people are watching.

    Bee was never approached to take over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart after working there for more than a decade, something that her husband and former Daily Show correspondent Jason Jonessaid“was a little shocking, to say the least.” But while Trevor Noah’s merits continue to be judged based on Stewart’s legacy, Bee can break the mold without those restrictions—even if her attempt in the first episode to quash the gender conversation fails.

    On Full Frontal, Bee has perhaps more freedom than other hosts: She can do it on her own terms, one joke at a time.

    Screengrab via Full Frontal with Samantha Bee/YouTube


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    Jessica Williams railed against the conservative pundits who took issue with Beyoncé's Super Bowl performance on Monday night's episode of The Daily Show.

    Beyoncé was a special guest at Coldplay’s Super Bowl halftime show Sunday night, but she easily stole the show with “Formation” and a back-up dance team dressed like the Black Panthers.

    The dancers' outfits paid tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement, the fight against police brutality, and black female empowerment. And while the Internet largely loved the Beyoncé portion of the halftime show, conservatives heaped scorn on it because of the singer's political activism.

    The criticism came mainly from former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who accused Beyoncé of using her platform to attack the police and called for “decent, wholesome entertainment” at the Super Bowl.

    Williams, The Daily Show’s Senior Beyoncé Correspondent, pushed back at the notion of the singer bringing politics into her music and the complaint that race somehow infected the Super Bowl.

    Political activism is part of who she is, Williams said, and she’s been doing it for years. And as she tackled Giuliani's suggestion that Beyoncé wasn't fit for “middle America,” she honed in on a bigger issue.

    “I’m sorry this wasn’t wholesome enough for you,” she said. “I didn’t realize that singing about race was equivalent to Janet Jackson getting her titty pulled out at the Super Bowl. But you’re right. You know what? The fans deserve wholesome entertainment: like watching 300-pound men give each other concussions while a crowd cheers like extras in the movie Gladiator. So what is wrong with Beyoncé, everyone? Were you not entertained?”

    Screengrab via The Daily Show


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    Have mercy!

    After months of Netflix teasing its Full House reboot, Fuller House, without giving us much to sink our teeth into, the wait is finally over. Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, and Candace Cameron Bure (probably better known as Stephanie, Kimmy, and D.J.), stopped by Ellen Tuesday to debut the show’s first full-length trailer.

    It starts around the 2:30 mark: 

    The series kicks off with D.J. moving back into the Tanner house after suddenly becoming a single mom, and her sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy both move in to help her shoulder the responsibilities. Sound familiar? 

    Fuller House premieres Feb. 26 on Netflix. 

    H/T Entertainment Weekly | Screengrab via EllenTube

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    The Stone Temple Pilots are looking for a new singer, and it wants you. Maybe. If you've got a good set of pipes and have the intestinal fortitude to submit your vocal range for the entire world to hear.

    With the loss of its singer Chester Bennington, who has returned to fronting Linkin Park, STP—which, by the way, hasn’t employed Scott Weiland, who died in December, since 2013—is in need of a new vocalist. And the band wants you to try out.

    That’s why it’s loaded up instrumental versions of “Interstate Love Song,” “Trippin’ on a Hole in a Paper Heart,” and “Vasoline” onto the band’s website and invited anybody who wants to record themselves singing along to have the opportunity to do so.

    As the band writes:

    As you know, prior to the untimely passing of our brother in arms, Scott, we had been working with the incomparable Chester Bennington. What you also likely know is that having Chester front two bands of this size and scope was too much for one man to be able to do and so regretfully we had to move onto a new chapter together. This is where you come in...

    We are officially announcing that we are seeking a new vocalist to front Stone Temple Pilots. We've already heard from many talented people, but want to make this an opportunity for many more so we've set up a way for you to do just that.

    If you think you have what it takes to front this band, record with this band, and tour with this band, we would dig hearing from you. No one will ever "replace" Scott, that was never the intent. The intent is for Stone Temple Pilots to continue on, to evolve, and to do what we do... make music! We look forward to seeing you.

    While a tour of the already-submitted demos is an interesting experience—some vocalists are quite good, and some, um, are not—STP decided to give everybody a chance to try out.

    “We kind of came to the realization a while back that the situation with Chester was not really allowing us to do all that we would have liked to have been doing. His involvement with Linkin Park and, of course, his family limited the time that we had with him,” guitarist Dean DeLeo told Rolling Stone. “We’ve played with a lot of singers over the last several months, and we felt that we’d be doing ourselves ... a disservice if we didn’t allow all the talent that is out there to become a part of this. So, good or bad, we opened the floodgates.”

    H/T Death and Taxes | Photo via Stone Temple Pilots


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    Ever think of a really good comeback five days after an argument? These guys know your pain.

    YouTube sketch comedy duo BriTANicK (Brian McElhaney and Nick Kocher) have uploaded a new video to their channel after a two-year hiatus, and it's all about getting caught up in your own head. 

    The new sketch has an all-star lineup, with appearances from SNL alum John Milhiser, Stephen Root, and Key and Peele/Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer Phil Jackson.

    Comedy Central ordered a pilot from the pair in 2014, but nothing has been announced about the project since. Let's hope this marks the guys' return to their YouTube roots.

    H/T Splitsider | Screengrab via BriTANKicK/YouTube


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    Pharma bro Martin Shkreli gets a virtual spanking from Mama and Sister Ghostface Killah in a newly released response video from the Wu-Tang Clansman. Check it out: 

    The latest installment in this feud between Shkreli and Ghostface follows a tension that began shortly after the possible securities fraud criminal bought the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s most recent album, Once Upon A Time in Shaolin, for $2 million.

    “I don’t care how much money you got because money don’t make you a man, bro,” Ghostface Killah said in the new clip released on Tuesday.

    Ghostface uses a combo of animation and posters throughout; much like the way Shkreli attempted to intimidate the rapper—wine glass in hand—in a video he released two weeks ago.

    For his part, Shkreli replied to the diss via Twitter

    The 12-minute roast also stars Ghostface’s sister and mom, who call Shkreli out on the notorious price tag his pharmaceutical company Turing put on a potentially life-saving AIDS drug—increasing the cost by 5,000 percent.

    “Look, Martin. If you was my son, I’d whip your ass,” Sister Ghostface said, rocking a matching customized white tee reading “2 mil sucker.” “I’d give you an ass-whoopin’ because what you’re doing is so, so foul.”

    Nobody messes with Wu-Tang’s squad. 

    Screengrab via drzodiaktv/YouTube


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    It wasn't long ago that rapper Future was immortalizing his romance with R&B pillar Ciara through achingly beautiful songs. But 2014's "I Won" is but a foggy footnote, as the ex is now suing him for $15 million on the grounds of slander and libel.

    These days Ciara (real name Ciara Princess Harris) is dating NFL all-pro Russell Wilson, and Future (real name Nayvadius Wilburn) has publicly called out their relationship and questioned Ciara's parenting skills.

    "She probably set him [Russell] up. You letting them catch that photo. Leave my son out of all the publicity stunts," he said during a radio interview, following a public photo of Wilson pushing his son in a stroller last summer.

    In a flurry of jolting, seemingly unprompted tweets, Future added last month: "This bitch got control problems... I gotta go through lawyers to see baby future... the f***ery for 15k a month."

    In the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Ciara clarifies that, in fact, she makes it a point to have Future and his son see each other. According to TMZ, Ciara maintains Future and baby Future have had 19-plus visitations since December 2014. 

    For her part, Ciara wants Future blocked from tweeting any private business specifically pertaining to their child. She also wants the outstanding tweets deleted. 

    But as the Verge notes, Twitter libel lawsuits are an uphill battle. To win it, Ciara will have to prove that Future's tweets and interview statements were both malicious and knowingly false.

    TMZ shared exclusive footage of Future being served papers this morning at the Los Angeles airport. 

    H/T TMZ | Screengrab via DJ Akademiks/YouTube


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    YouTuber Ricky Dillon can add another descriptor to his ever-growing resume: vlogger, singer, dancer—and now, author.

    Dillon announced Follow Me, his first memoir, with an epic video that includes ATV racing, Japanese snack tasting, and even swimming with sharks.

    Dillon joins the growing trend of YouTubers turning from video to the printed word to diversify their talents. His memoir will detail life behind the camera and his fitness and lifestyle regimen for his 2.8 million fans.

    It's is already an eventful year of Dillon, who launched his album, GOLD, and booked a tour with fellow former Our2ndLife member and singer, Trevor Moran. "Problematic," Dillon's debut single off GOLD, featured a verse and video appearance from hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg.

    Dillon's memoir is available June 7, with pre-orders happening now.

    Screengrab via Ricky Dillon/YouTube


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    YouTube Red launched its first four streaming entertainment options on Wednesday. And it wasted no time announcing two new projects in the pipeline: a documentary, and a comedy series.

    Beauty vlogger sensation Gigi Gorgeous will star in a feature-length documentary in partnership with Academy Award-winner Barbara Kopple. The film will follow Gorgeous's rise as a transgender woman on the YouTube platform and in the media landscape. 

    AwesomenessTV will produce a comedy series, Foursome, helmed by YouTuber Jenn McAllister as she navigates the world of high school with her trio of best friends (together the aforementioned Foursome) under the watchful eye of her older brother, played by Viner Logan Paul.

    "I'm really nervous about that because it's my first acting project," said Rickey Thompson, who stars in Foursome. "The story is like American Pie... about four best friends in high school who are all trying to get our one best friend laid. It's really funny and I cannot wait for people to see it. I really hope the world likes it."

    Both projects will premiere on Red, YouTube's paid subscription service that provides ad-free content and original programming. Four YouTube Red projects also launch today, including Rooster Teeth's film Lazer Team and PewDiePie's reality show Scare PewDiePie. YouTube also included additional information about previously announced Red originals like CollegeHumor's Bad Internet  and Prank Academy, a how-to series where the couple behind PrankvsPrank acts as mentors to celebrity guests re: the art of the prank.

    There's no official release date for any forthcoming YouTube Red series, but YouTube promises they'll air "in the coming months."

    Screengrab Gigi Gorgeous/YouTube


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    You can’t blame YouTube for what it’s done with the first wave of original programming to appear on the YouTube Red premium service. If you’re suddenly going to go from door to door shaking a can, the first houses you need to go to are those of the people who already support your cause. And so the 40 million followers of PewDiePie get their wish to see their man—in a surely unsustainable venture—being repeatedly scared, there is a documentary on the live tour of Lilly Singh aka IISuperwomanII, and a bunch of lesser digital starlets are crammed together, Golden Corral-style, in the film Dance Camp, presumably to mop up any remaining tween viewers.

    If you don’t fit into the demographics that crave this sort of entertainment, it is easy to be dismissive. You may wonder why the confessionals are so heavily edited, with cuts and chops every few seconds suggesting that the hosts can barely craft full sentences. You may find what passes for comedy somewhat mystifying. Or you may just consider PewDiePie irritating. But your views are irrelevant. The numbers tell us that.

    At least they were irrelevant. As devoted as the fanbases of YouTube stars are, however, a funny thing happens when people, especially young people, are asked to pay $10 a month for something. They become more critical; suddenly being forced to choose between going out with friends or watching a Swede, 10 years their senior, screaming at a rubber snake. And all of a sudden the views of the parents holding those purse strings come into play.

    That the fan-parent relationship is critical will not be lost on YouTube, seeing as it’s an issue that the platform’s young faces have been mining for years. And in the case of IISuperwomanII, the Canadian vlogger star of A Trip to Unicorn Island, it is at the center of why her shtick is so creepy.

    The first couple of minutes of Unicorn Island move us via Steadicam throughout a suburban family home and finally come to rest downstairs in the small bedroom of Lilly Singh, which is colorfully adorned with posters of heartthrobs such as The Rock. We learn that it is the room in which she becomes her online persona, IISuperwomanII, and sends out her videos on things like “Types of Kids at School,” “Types of Teachers at School,” and “Types of Crushes” to a population greater than Scotland.

    Oh, did I mention she’s 27?

    OK, so there are other people who earn as much as she does but still live at home. And there are even more who tailor their act to appeal to a young audience. But there is just something about the way in which various facets of Singh’s supposed life are accentuated to make her relatable to those so much younger than herself. She has problems with her parents. Just like me! She has too much homework. Just like me! Trouble with boyzzzz. Just like me :-( !

    I don’t know if it is all a cynical project to provide content to an ever-replenishing demographic but—thankfully, considering the alternative—A Trip to Unicorn Island seems to suggest that it is. No one, you see, who actually gave a thought for their fans would let them pay for such a tedious piece of self-aggrandizement.

    Unicorn Island is ostensibly a tour documentary, following Singh as she takes her live show internationally. But in reality it is a platform for her and others, both friends and fans, to relay just how hard she works and just how inspirational she is. Throughout, tweets and video comments constantly pop up on the screen reminding us just how funny we should be finding her (“CANT STOP LAUGHING. BEST.VIDEO. EVER”).

    “We don’t just work 9 to 5. We work wake to sleep,” her collaborator Honest the Poet tells us. “I would go to the edge of insanity to succeed at what I do,” Singh portentously claims.

    And to be fair, in preparation for the live show, they do look like they work reasonably hard. But then so you would if you left everything to the last minute like she seems to have. The day before they are set to leave, most of the performers don’t have visas or costumes, dance routines aren’t down, and she hasn’t gotten anyone to create an animated version of her “happy place,” Unicorn Island, which sounds—she describes it as looking “like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory plus Wonderland with Miley Cyrus’s brain, all sitting on top of a rainbow eating Skittles”—like it was formulated in a focus group of the world’s most basic 9-year-old girls.

    But we never really see the animation. Nor, for that matter, much of the show at all (are we going to be sold that separately?). We see a lot of reaction shots and plenty of footage of Singh taking selfies in various cities. Yet we have to go to shaky, handheld video from the dress circle on YouTube to wonder just why kids in London are paying £25 to watch someone dance and lip-sync to “Happy” at a standard that recalls the variety performance on the overnight Hull to Rotterdam car ferry.

    It all looks as cobbled together as the documentary suggests it might, with a prevailing attitude being that, as all the dates are sold out, the tour is a success before it has even started. It’s a short-term fix, an arrogant sort of perspective that will put you out of business before long. Sure, next time she comes through your town, a whole new group of kids will be clambering for tickets or asking to sign up for YouTube Red, but they’ll meet resistance from the same parents who had to accompany their older sisters last time.

    Dance Camp, on the other hand actually grants us permission to see some dancing. Indeed the structure of the plot—based around a head-to-head competition, a sort of Bloodsport of teen team dance—necessitates it. And it’s fun—even pretty funny in spots. The cast is loaded with “digital stars,” the most notable being Megan “MayBaby” D’Angelis and Jake Paul, who is engaging as the ’80s-style bully. But the production is smart enough to cast an actor, Nadji Jeter, in the lead, meaning that when the film needs to get away from the dance and hamminess and wants to make a point, there is someone with the chops to carry it.

    But, fun as it is, Dance Camp has the same problem that plagued the early original programming from other online suppliers. Namely, that when compared to their counterparts on network or cable, they just look cheap. Sets look flimsy, lighting is odd in parts and casting could be more thorough. It’s natural that this is the case—no one wants to sink too much of their budget on something that may fail—but it makes for a slow start. There is charm, sure, and there may be some that get a kick out of watching their favorite vloggers act, but it positions YouTube Red as the cut-price Nickelodeon. High School Musical is a ways off.  

    Picture via Astronauts Wanted


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    In the 15 years between Zoolander and Zoolander 2, the iconic (and fictional) male model Derek Zoolander has discovered a new favorite accessory: the selfie stick. For a guy whose entire career is about being ridiculously good-looking, it's probably the most important tech development of the past decade.

    For the Zoolander 2 premiere in London this week, Ben Stiller broke the world record for longest selfie stick. This meant wielding an 8.56 meter (28 foot) apparatus with a working cell phone at the end, taking a photo his co-stars Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, and Will Ferrell, along with members of the crowd below.

    We love how seriously Ben Stiller took this extremely important task. His post-selfie interview is a perfect parody of boring post-game interviews with professional athletes.

    Screengrab via Guinness World Records/YouTube


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    YouTube Red, YouTube's paid subscription service, launched its first round of premium content today, eliciting mixed reviews from users and creators.

    The primary complaint thus far is a fiscal one. Fans who are used to free content are upset with having to pay for it.

    But some fans who are willing to pay are upset instead by the geo-restrictions of Red, which is only available in the United States.

    And this has led to pirating requests for the content, so fans in other countries can see the new videos.

    On the flip side, many fans and creators are excited about the content, and excited about their Red memberships.

    Hank Green, a prominent vlogger and founder of VidCon, laid out a spreadsheet for fans to understand how Red subscriptions were more beneficial to creator income than the traditional ad-supported model. The sentiment has been supported by other YouTubers.

    Green then followed up the tweets with a sponsored one promoting Red sign ups. He and his brother, John Green, turned down funding from YouTube to develop their own Red program when approached last year.

    Red has run ad-free service for subscribers since launch in October, and has doled out payments to creators based on percentage of watch time across channels. All channels had to comply with Red terms and conditions to be part of the monetization structure of YouTube moving forward.

    Red will continue to roll out new content throughout 2016.

    Illustration via Max Fleishman


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    In Davenport, Iowa, the show must go on—even if it means sacrificing your cell phone's battery.

    Davenport North High School was performing during the Mt. Pleasant Music InMotion Invitational in Iowa on Saturday when the lights went out. A few seconds after the outage, audience members turned on their cell phone flashlights and used them as spotlights.

    The power outage lasted three minutes.

    Northside Establishment is the varsity show choir and consists of a 48-member vocal ensemble comprised of students in grades 9-12.

    Screengrab via MPTP CloseUp/YouTube


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    "Netflix and chill" might soon become a more expensive date idea for Australians.

    Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison introduced a measure in Parliament on Wednesday that would establish a tax on overseas digital products including apps, games, ebooks, and, yes, streaming services like Netflix.

    With the so-called “Netflix tax,” Morrison hopes to make the digital marketplace more competitive for Australian companies, which already pay a goods-and-services tax (GST).

    The measure, Morrison said in an address to Parliament, “ensures Australian businesses selling digital products and services are not disadvantaged to overseas businesses that sell equivalent products in Australia.”

    According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Morrison expects the tax to raise more than $350 million over four years beginning in July 2017.

    While the idea of an Australian Netflix tax inspired some criticism on Twitter, Australia is hardly the first country to propose or even implement such an idea.

    Forbes first reported on European value-added taxes (VAT) in 2014, many of which went into effect in 2015. Australia’s island neighbor, New Zealand, implemented a Netflix tax of its own in August 2015.

    News of an Australian Netflix tax comes at the same time as the country moves to legalize the medical marijuana cultivation. If Australians are enraged at the idea of a Netflix tax, perhaps the domestic cultivation of cannabis will make up for it. 

    Photo via BagoGames/Flickr (CC BY 2.o)


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    Hank Green has popped open the hood on his YouTube revenue. He's trying to help creators determine if the recently launched subscription service, Red, is helping or harming their bottom line.

    When YouTube Red launched in October, several creators feared that their paychecks might be decimated by the new model. But with a few months of income under their belts, YouTubers can now see how their revenue has changed. According to Green, the numbers are trending positively.

    Green decided to break down some of his own finances and encourage other YouTubers to discuss theirs in an effort to see if Red is overall positive for creators. The VidCon founder shared the data for three of his smaller channels in the video, going step by step through the numbers for his GamesWithHank channel. Based on the past 28 days, Green saw ad-based CPM (cost per thousand) of $0.85, compared to $4.95 on Red.

    Green sees a 100 to 500 percent increase in CPM rates for Red views over traditional monetized ad views, and likewise sees the same increase for money per minute of video watched.

    The spreadsheet is available for anyone to copy and do their own math. Green is asking people to tweet him their own payout percentages so he can see if the trend he sees holds true across other YouTubers.

    Green also openly admitted that he's part of a brand advertising deal to promote Red signups, but emphasized that his math has been checked by outsiders. 

    Screengrab via hankschannel/YouTube


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    We already had a sense of how dark the fourth season of House of Cards would be, but Netflix just released a trailer puts the exploits of Frank and Claire Underwood on full display. They’re both in unique positions of power, and with that power comes the balancing act of pulling off their Machiavellian moves while keeping a public face, especially in an election year.

    The new season has the sort of corruption, violence, and sex that marked previous seasons, but the most dangerous matchup of all might between the President and the First Lady—and nothing is safe, not even Washington, D.C.

    "You have no idea what it means to have nothing," Frank said. "You don't value what we have achieved. I have had to fight for everything my entire life."

    House of Cards returns on March 4.

    Screengrab via Netflix US & Canada/YouTube


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    Spending time on Vine often feels less like using an app and more like you're flipping TV channels on your phone. The video-sharing platform has its own A-list of stars—from King Bach and Lele Pons to Nash Grier and Cameron Dallas—who churn out six-second viral loops for an audience of millions. 

    But nearing their orbit are a cadre of lesser-known Vine artists who are experimenting with the medium in a number of new and exciting ways. Everyone from artists to DIY masterminds to chefs are translating their skills to a platform that once seemed restricted to memes and physical comedy. 

    Here are our favorite under-the-radar Vine channels to follow.

    1) Pinot 

    New York-based motion graphic artist Wahyu Ichwandardi, who goes by the pen name Pinot on Vine, is by no means obscure. The master animator has crafted Vine campaigns for companies like BBC, Virgin, and Disney. But Pinot's channel has spawned few worthy imitators because of his sheer range of his animation skills. 

    Pinot's time-lapsed sketches range from whimsical to downright surreal, especially when the camera veers outside his sketchpad and incorporates elements of the real world. For an example, see this Vine co-starring Shia LeBeouf and Kluk, a hand-drawn chicken that reoccurs in Pinot's animations. His expertly crafted loops condense what is likely hours of work into a six-second timespan. The artist recently posted a Vine animation that featured 22 illustrations of Rey from Star Wars.


    2) Mitchell Cohen

    Dancer Mitchell Cohen describes himself as "self-taught." You'd never guess it. 

    Cohen's captivating vines are notable not just for his dancing skills, but for his almost laughably everyday choice of settings. Cohen will dance in front of his garage, in his school's hallways, or in an empty cafeteria. Rather than donning dance threads, Cohen opts instead for the everyday American middle-school uniform of jeans and a sweatshirt or a button-down. Imagine if your 7th grade lab partner put his beaker down and started busting some professional-level dance moves. That's how it feels to watch Mitchell Cohen dance.

    3) T. Kyle

    You may know T.Kyle as the mastermind behind a Tumblr by the name of Reality TV GIFs. Kyle's expertise in capturing the perfect pop culture moment to describe an entirely different pop culture moment can be seen on his Vine channel. His remixes are cheeky and original; see his Britney Spears and Sarah Palin mashup for a meeting of the worlds that would have occurred to no one else but T.Kyle. 

    4) Aleksandra Forys

    For a lesson on how to fit a DIY tutorial in a six-second timeframe, just look to Polish Vinester Aleksandra Forys. Her DIY vines cover beauty, crafts, and baking, and she will occasionally toss a meme or joke on her channel for good measure. Her bright and engaging loops incorporate stop-motion video to depict elaborate concepts in just a flash. See this vine on a DIY poinsettia jar for a great example.

    5) Shakira Rocks

    Chef Shakira Rocks is an avid practitioner of #vinewhatyoucook. Rocks has served up a delicious collection of vines that strike a good balance between sweet and savory. One day she might be grilling up a rib-eye steak. Another day she might bake an ombre cake. Her Vine channel is a fascinating look at a chef's cooking process that doubles as inspiration for any culinary enthusiast. 

    Correction: This story incorrectly stated that Pinot is currently based in Kuwait; he is based in New York. 

    Illustration by Jason Reed


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    On Monday’s episode of The Late Show, Fox News host Bill O’Reillyargued that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were similar, but on Wednesday, Sanders, fresh off his victory in New Hampshire, rejected that idea.

    The claim was a bit of a head-scratcher for Stephen Colbert, who noted that Sanders and Trump aren’t exactly two sides of the same coin. In between addressing criticisms of his universal healthcare plan, Sanders disagreed with Trump comparison. He did touch on the anger that has animated both of their supporters, but the difference, he said, is how each man wants to address those problems.

    “I think a lot of Donald Trump supporters are angry,” Sanders said. “They’re, in many cases, people working longer hours for low wages. They’re people who are really worried about what’s going to happen to their kids. But I think what they have done as a respondent to Trump’s false message would suggest that if we keep Muslims out of this country or if we keep scapegoating Latinos or Mexicans that somehow our country becomes better. I think that’s a false solution.”

    But Sanders has already tried to inspire another kind of revolution on Colbert's show: abandoning the late-night TV staple of the standing monologue. That desk is calling to him, but he cannot go to it, he says. Sanders believes otherwise.

    “Stephen, that’s what the elites want you think,” he explained. “You’ve got to follow your heart. Go your own way, the revolution is possible. You are the revolution. And this time, the revolution will literally be televised."

    Besides, Seth Meyers did it and he seems to be doing just fine.

    Screengrab via The Late Show with Stephen Colbert/YouTube


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    First it was Swish. Then it was Waves. Next, T.L.O.P.

    Now it seems that Kanye West may have finally landed on a title for his newest album: The Life of Pablo.

    The rapper and Twitter enthusiast shared a photo of what he claims will be the album's final track list Wednesday night, hours before the album's Feb. 11 premiere and release at Madison Square Garden.

    Fans and brands had submitted plenty of ideas for what T.L.O.P. could potentially stand for this week, but one fan—Dante Holley—actually guessed right.

    His reasoning? In one of the singles off the album, "No More Parties in L.A." Kanye says, "I feel like Pablo when I'm working on my shoes." 

    Holley says he believes the lyric is a Pablo Escobar reference (or Pablo Picasso, given the cover's artwork), but whoever the Pablo may be, he has now secured a prominent spot in West's discography.

    H/T Vulture | Screengrab via Kanye West/Twiter


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    Fans of Mrs. Doubtfire, the 1993 comedy starring Robin Williams as a divorced dad who put on makeup and prosthetics to become the housemaid in order to spend more time with his kids, will surely remember the slapstick moments and that cake mask. But as some resurfaced deleted scenes demonstrate, there was always a darker and more somber tone beneath the comedy.

    Uploaded by Matthew Keys, the three scenes—two paired together and one that fits in later in the movie—showcase the hardships and the ugly truth of a nasty divorce—both for the adults in the middle of it and the children affected by it. They don’t attempt to cut any corners or try to make it seem more polished than it might be in real life. 

    In the first two scenes, Daniel Hillard (Williams) and his ex-wife Miranda (Sally Field) start to argue at their daughter Lydia’s (Lisa Jakub) spelling bee after he arrives late, which distracts her long enough to misspell a word. After the loss, he apologizes to Lydia and tries to explain how, even though he’s Mrs. Doubtfire, he and Miranda can’t pretend to be happy.

    The last scene is the most raw, featuring Daniel and Miranda in the midst of one of their uglier fights as their children listen to the entire thing upstairs. The concept of Mrs. Doubtfire is prime for laughs, but there’s nothing funny about watching two feuding parents go at each other.

    With the deleted scenes released to a wider audience, Mara Wilson, who played younger daughter Natalie in the movie, recalled filming one of them.

    Had they been included, it would’ve almost certainly changed the tone of the film—but even here, they pack an emotional punch.

    H/T People | Screengrab via Matthew Keys/YouTube


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