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- 04/01/14--14:25: Listen to LeBron James's first rap single
- 04/02/14--05:03: 'Twin Peaks' gets its long-awaited third season—sort of
- 04/02/14--06:01: Here's how 'How I Met Your Mother' should have ended
- 04/03/14--14:45: Disgruntled 'How I Met Your Mother' fans petition for a do-over
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- 04/03/14--16:36: 10 comedians who aren’t white dudes who should replace Letterman
- 04/03/14--16:47: Is James Franco's sext scandal a hoax—and does it matter?
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- 04/04/14--07:15: James Franco: 'I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson'
- 04/04/14--07:47: Watch a 25-year-old Jon Hamm creep out some lady on a dating show
- 04/04/14--08:35: 'Brozen': Is there really a 'Frozen' fandom for bros?
- 04/04/14--10:53: Alex Trebek gets awkwardly burned by 'Jeopardy!' contestant
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Nearly a year after the horrors of the Red Wedding graced our screens, plenty of people still revel at our pain.
One of them is Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage, who stopped by The Daily Show to promote the latest season. He’s as charming as usual while discussing the spoiler-y nature of both Game of Thrones and X-Men: Days of Future Past with Jon Stewart. But the best moment is when they touch on the Red Wedding reaction videos people uploaded to YouTube.
In short, he loved them, particularly the pillow-biters. Words can’t express his glee.
It’s not the first time a Game of Thrones cast member to poke fun at the Red Wedding reaction—Arya Stark has a great American accent, it turns out—but if anything in season 4 inspires a similar viewer response, he’ll most likely laugh at those on your behalf as well.
Sitting on a runway is never fun, especially if you’re sitting next to a Talker or a Snorer. What if you were sitting next to the very excited cast of a Broadway musical?
The cast of the Australian production of The Lion King was recently on a Virgin flight from Brisbane to Sydney, and according to the video description, after their season launch announcement, the cast members “felt so elated they decided to sing the 'Circle of Life' prior to take off on their flight back to Sydney!”
And sing they do, to a flight full of cast and non-cast.
Sure, this could just be some sort of cute promo for Virgin — they’ve already proven themselves savvy marketers — but if it is, at least it’s somewhat genuine. And at least it was an uplifting song, and not, like, “I Dreamed a Dream.” Who else thought the toddler walking down the aisle towards the end was going to be raised above someone’s head?
H/T Hypervocal | Screengrab via DisneyOnBroadway/YouTube
TMZ released a mixtape-grade rap from Miami Heat forward and American icon LeBron James Tuesday. The amateur cut was reportedly recorded in Ohio with friend Sian Cotton last summer after James’ second NBA title.
It’s a two-minute transposing of Jay Z’s 2013 windows down summer banger “FuckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt,” a Boi-1da produced, Rick Ross collaboration that absolutely rattles and destroys because its beat is so loud, unnerving, yet also simple and lazy that anyone can talk-rap over it and induce mad swagger. Unfortunately James isn’t naturally at ease on the mic.
Like his media-polished interview persona, his actual flow is controlled and choppy because he has to be careful about what he says. In fact what’s more revealing is what James does not say: He raps “killa” and not the n-word.
Now I imagine James would rather not answer questions about whether or not it’s OK for him to casually drop rap’s most common word in a homemade recording that exists as a healthy and fun release, and avoiding that conversation altogether feels like a smart business move.
From there James actually turns down the original’s swagger like a cautious Ross.
Instead of “fuck with me, you know I got it,” and later “bad bitch, I hope she ‘bout it,” James raps: “Roll with us ‘cuz you know we got it” and “it’s a damn shame that you ever doubt it.”
There’s some middle school cypher boasting that wouldn’t get a nod if it were rapped outside the big gym by the Pepsi machine: “Shine so bright... I got a tan.” And some street-stomping boasts that only work because we know the James backstory: “Try to catch up it’s a waste of time / I grind too hard to let you take mine.”
There’s some requisite stuff about boats. Cool that he went there, I suppose.
It’d be OK if James freestyled this in the back of a taxi after a long night of being in a bar full of rap music. I’ve been there. But I can’t let him off easy, because he very clearly took time to chart out the performance.
He picks it up toward the end of the two-minute track. First, he raps “two rings” with 2 Chainz’s signature “2 Chainz!” inflection. Funny and nice. But then he stuffs too many syllables into an otherwise smooth boast, “fall back before you fall out / my team eatin’ the rest of y’all drought.”
I give it two mics for effort.
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Beginning on March 25, “1989,” this third season of Twin Peaks develops in real time, and tells the story through a series of tweets from the show’s main characters. As the four-week season unfolds, “documents” will be revealed on the Enter the Lodge website, to accompany the characters’ tweets.
The best way to catch up is to use the day-by-day Storify for each episode, which begins with the events of the real Twin Peaks’ second season finale. Apparently Dale Cooper and Annie are about to get engaged, which is fast work for a guy who has only been in town for a few weeks.
Light reflecting off the water's surface. A cool breeze blowing gently across our faces. The sound of the ducks echoing all around us.— Dale Cooper (@DaleBCooperFBI) April 2, 2014
A safe space, away from all our troubles. Just the two of us.— Dale Cooper (@DaleBCooperFBI) April 2, 2014
Well, you certainly know your way around a romantic evening, Dale Cooper.— Annie Blackburn (@DoubleR_Annie) April 2, 2014
The writers seem to have the characters' voices down, but we’re wondering how anyone could manage to fish a coherent narrative out of Twin Peaks' infamously bizarre series finale. Although to be honest, a Twitter list is probably a lot easier to follow than the plot of the actual show, so this might give fans the closure they’ve been hoping for since 1991.
... Unless Enter the Lodge gets super popular, in which case they’ve already promised to continue with season 4.
Screencap via Twin Peaks Wiki(CC BY 2.0)
To say that many How I Met Your Mother fans were pissed after the series finale aired Monday night is a bit of an understatement, but thanks to some clever editing, they can finally have the ending they’ve always wanted.
Ricardo J Dylan was one of those fans, who, as a longtime HIMYM viewer, loved what creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas gave to him in that final episode—up until the final two minutes. He felt that it was a finale that only a few people, including the creators, seemed to be happy with, and thought it managed to dismantle “years of character development and history.” He aimed to do better.
By simply rearranging and omitting certain footage from the final minutes, it turns from a story about life happening (but not always how you plan it) with the romantic pairing that almost nobody wanted to something a little more fairy tale-esque. It’s hopeful, it’s completely feel-good, and if you hated the finale, it might almost make up for it.
Sure, it’s not how it really ended, but it does exactly what the show’s title promised without any pulling any rugs out from under fans' feet.
Photo via Ricardo J Dylan/YouTube
Jennette McCurdy, star of Nickelodeon’s popular series Sam & Cat, has been involved in a bit of controversy after her selfies were leaked online last month. Now, the show hasn’t been renewed for a second season.
It’s still not clear if the two are related, but selfies of the 21-year-old actress wearing lingerie appeared online early last month. McCurdy clarified that those photos were intended for one person.
To anyone disappointed: I sent those pics to 1 person. You can connect the dots. Shocked someone would stoop so low. I just speak w/ candor.— Jennette McCurdy (@jennettemccurdy) March 4, 2014
After she was absent from Nickelodeon's Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, she took to Twitter to attempt to clarify the situation, saying her tweets had nothing to do with the leaked pics, but with how Nickelodeon treated her:
“A lot of you guys are asking why I didn't attend the KCAs.... I wish I could explain everything as thoroughly as I would like to, but unfortunately a simpler explanation is all I can write. I was put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation (many of you have guessed what it is) and I had to look out for me. I chose to not go because sticking up for what is right and what is fair is what my mom taught me is ALWAYS the most important thing. I want to thank those of you who have reached out with kind words of support, McCurdians and Arianators alike.”
There were rumors she’d been on bad terms with her co-star, singer Ariana Grande. In March, she’d also appeared on the You Made It Weird podcast, where she took shots at Detroit Pistons player Andre Drummond, with whom she’d been romantically linked. The photos surfaced after that, but Drummond denied any involvement.
Nickelodeon issued their own statement, claiming, “The photos caused no issues between McCurdy and the network, and we have the utmost respect for her."
There’s much to be unpacked about how women in Hollywood are treated after a leak like this, especially when so many outlets are calling her pics "racy" and “nudes” to get more clicks. But McCurdy has a sense of humor, which is essential in this situation.
There’s still no confirmation for why the show was canceled. The network ordered 40 episodes for the first season, and Sam & Cat was one of the channel’s most popular shows. If TMZ is to be believed, however, McCurdy was upset that her co-star makes more money than her, and was attempting to renegotiate her contract.
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The exceedingly profane and surprisingly tender Canadian mockumentary Trailer Park Boys has become something of a cult hit even in the U.S., thanks to Netflix, which has made the entire series available for streaming. Last month, the company went one step further and announced that the often-intoxicated criminal buddies would be added to their lineup of original programming.
It’s been almost six years since small-time hustlers Julian, Ricky, and Bubbles said farewell in a special episode intended to serve as the series finale—later followed by Countdown to Liquor Day, a second feature-length outing. But a satisfactory ending for these beloved characters seems impossible, as fans continue to press for more ridiculous scrapes and shootouts. In Netflix’s teaser for the show’s eighth season, coming this fall, we find the boys in high spirits, making cash with a variety of shady schemes soon to come crashing down around them.
Season 9 will also be exclusive to Netflix, which struck a distribution deal that superseded producers’ plans to air new material on their own website, Swearnet. They’ll additionally host three hour-long specials, as well as a couple of films, including one titled Don’t Legalize It, out on April 18. Presumably it focuses on the difficulty of maintaining a profitable black market marijuana business when your government is in the process of decriminalizing the stuff.
Earlier today, trendcasters at Marie Claire broke some very important style news:
Jenner—one of the younger members of the cabal, who's being groomed to be the next Kardashian to do whatever it is they do—had been singled out for her “bold” look. Since Marie Claire is a fairly innocuous women’s magazine, these “bold braids” might have indeed appeared “epic” to some of their readers.
However, once the tweet started circulating, Twitter reminded the magazine that five tiny cornrows are only “epic,” “bold,” or “new” if you’re young, rich, and white.
A search for #boldbraids reveals even more responses to that myopic view on braids, history, inclusion, and cultural biases, etc.:
If you’ve never gotten your hair braided in somebody’s kitchen, you’ve never had #boldbraids.— TrishyFromTheBlock (@SweetFaceTrishy) April 2, 2014
Then there was this perfect tweet:
Marie Claire’s social media team eventually apologized for their wording:
We didn’t mean to offend or imply that cornrows were new. Our tweet was poorly worded.— Marie Claire (@marieclaire) April 2, 2014
We thought her hair looked great and recognize women have been styling their hair like this for ages.— Marie Claire (@marieclaire) April 2, 2014
One would hope this might lead to the magazine diversifying their staff a bit, but it looks like other publications are just as single-minded. Did you know Jenner and her sisters have also been trying out some bold new “tribal” makeup while in Thailand?
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Here’s a friendly reminder to celebrities with social media accounts: It’s really easy to screenshot what you post.
Actor and New York Timesselfie columnist James Franco’s Instagram bio reads “LOVE TO ‘THE TWEET GENERATION.’” The 35-year-old has played teen heartthrobs and affable weirdos throughout his career—Daniel Desario from Freaks and Geeks, the Green Goblin, that guy who cut off his own arm—and he’s kept a young and active fanbase, one with which he must be eager to connect.
A 17-year-old from Scotland named Lucy Clode allegedly found this out when she met Franco at an autograph signing for his current play, Of Mice and Men, on Tuesday.
She documented it in videos and photos on her Instagram (since removed).
In a now-removed Instagram video, Franco tells her, “You gotta tag me.” She did.
Franco then followed her on Instagram.
The two allegedly began to send direct messages. In the exchange, he asks her how long she’s staying in New York, where her hotel is, and if she has a boyfriend. She tells him she’s in the city for her 18th birthday (in May) and staying with her mom.
The DMs show Franco asking for her number. The messages switch to texts, and Franco then allegedly asks if he should rent a room. “April fools was an hour ago though…” Clode responds.
She eventually turns him down. “I’ll come back when I’m 18,” she says.
To prove it’s him, Franco apparently writes Lucy’s name on a piece of paper and takes a selfie with it. The communication ends here.
When the exchange started to go around the Internet, Franco tweeted, “I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME. Thank you.”
I'M NOT! I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME. Thank you http://t.co/I1d4n3yVe0— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) April 2, 2014
“I Met James Franco on Broadway for my 21st Birthday [heart emoji] He tickled my elbow & then we selfied [emoji] He followed 3 days later [kiss emoji],” one wrote in her Instagram bio.
Franco’s bio now says "PLEASE DON'T MESSAGE ME IF YOU'RE UNDER 18."
That's all we know. Are they legit? There are a number of ways these screenshots could be doctored, although they look authentic. What's also interesting is that some correspondence seems to be left out. It could be boring, it could be incriminating, or it could hint that maybe this is a joke set up to go viral around April Fools' Day. You never know—Jimmy Kimmel could be running Franco's account for a week.
It could also be a promotional stunt for Palo Alto, a film starring Franco and based on Franco's 2010 collection of short stories. Its trailer was released April 1, the same day as the DMs took place, and it features an older teacher (Franco) who begins a relationship with a high school soccer player, played by Emma Roberts.
Hey, it's not the first time a celebrity has been implicated in less-than-savory activities via social media.
Photo via GabboT/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
One fan has started a Change.org petition directed at the CBS heads demanding that the powers that be rewrite and reshoot the ending. With more than 9,000 signatures already, the message to CBS is short and to the point.
Rewrite and reshoot the HIMYM ending.
Regardless of whether the petition was set up as jest or a genuine attempt to make some change, there’s no chance anything will come out of it (although fellow signers are taking it seriously). HIMYM creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas are busy working on the spinoff How I Met Your Dad, and they already put out the finale they wanted; they even filmed the final scene with Ted’s kids back in 2005 before the actors aged too much.
Thomas broke his silence about the finale on Twitter Tuesday and thanked the fans for their support—even the ones who criticized it.
We did a finale about life's twists and turns and that is not always what happens...but THANKS!— Craig Thomas (@HimymCraig) April 1, 2014
Seriously - no matter what you thought of tonight, THANK YOU...you were with us. We love you.— Craig Thomas (@HimymCraig) April 1, 2014
We might always be stuck with a finale where Ted ends up with Robin, but for those who hate it, there’s an ending just for you.
Hard to believe it’s been more than four years since the world was charmed by the innocent wonder of Paul “Hungry Bear” Vasquez, a former firefighter and MMA combatant now living as a sustainable farmer in Yosemite National Park, where he shot his infamous “Double Rainbow” video. Some 39 million views later, an Icelandic filmmaker wants to finish a documentary on him.
Marsibil Sæmundardóttir’s film, Double Rainbow — What Did It Mean?, is already half done. So far it consists of footage shot on a trip Vasquez made to Iceland as “patron” of a high school that became enamoured with him. “After five days of traveling in Iceland with Bear I knew that [his] double rainbow story was so much more than a three-minute viral video,” she wrote in plugging a Kickstarter campaign to raise $88,000 (Canadian) in order to film Vasquez at home in Yosemite.
She goes on about her subject:
As a person, Bear is somewhat bigger than life, completely unshy with a rarely seen childlike joy and playful nature, for an adult. I found him to be genuinely real and sincere about everything he is. He could be the elder and the child, which fascinated me. Bear has, in a way, travelled many different roads in his past and has had to overcome enormous challenges, some of which seriously threatened his life.
So what do you say? Want to chip in a few bucks so you can hear this dude talk about how he initially saw his infamous double rainbow as “god’s eye”? Because when it comes to unraveling the mysteries of the universe, Vasquez is probably on par with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Photo via Kickstarter
Dave Letterman is planning to retire from The Late Show in 2015 after 22 years as host, but people are already clamoring to find out who will replace the irascible list-maker.
There are plenty of inspired suggestions flying around on Twitter:
Coming in 2015: The Late Show with Conan O'Brien— Jonathan A. Wieser (@JonathanWieser) April 3, 2014
The Late Show with Jiminy Glick.— Nathan Mc (@NathanMc) April 3, 2014
While there are plenty of funny white men in the world, Seth Myers and Jimmy Fallon just got major job upgrades, and we’d like to see a few non-white dudes get a shot at The Late Show throne.
In the tradition of Letterman’s top 10 lists, here are our top 10 picks:
Retta, to my knowledge, has never hosted a show, so she’s low on this list. But Retta, to my knowledge, should host all shows because she is a perfect diamond human.
9. Aziz Ansari
Retta’s partner in treating oneself on Parks and Recreation has several things going to make him a strong contender for The Late Show seat. He’s a seasoned stand-up, he’s friends with Kanye West, and he’s deeply interested in the Internet and how digital life affects relationships, so he’d make for a plugged-in host.
8. Amy Schumer
Amy Schumer’s sketch show on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer, is doing well, so it’s not like she needs a job—but there’s a closing interview segment on her show where she has candid talks with people she finds interesting, and she’s a skilled, highly entertaining reviewer.
7. Ellen Degeneres
Ellen probably doesn’t want to leave her talk show but she’s basically the closest thing we have to Johnny Carson anyways. She’s not the most exciting choice, but who could be mad about Ellen? I mean, she dances.
6. Sara Schaefer/ Nikki Glaser
Sarah Schaefer and Nikki Glaser are both talented standups, and they proved they have show-hosting chops on their solid but short-lived MTV show, Nikki and Sara Live. Schaefer and Glaser are also terrific podcast hosts (check out You Had To Be There) and Schaefer won an Emmy for her work as Head Blogger for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, so they’re a strong choice for a more digitally-savvy program.
5. Hannibal Buress
I don’t want him to leave Broad City, but imagine how great he’d be at The Late Show. Buress is a hilarious stand-up and writer whose low-key vibe would put guests at ease. He’s already played a sidekick on Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show, and proven that he can handle a live crowd with his regular hosting gig at The Knitting Factory. He could handle a bigger stage.
4. Eric Andre
Well, if his sidekick gets on our list, so does Eric Andre. Eric Andre is already comfortable interviewing fake guests on his show, so I’m sure he’d be fine with real guests. Pretty sure he'd look like this as he went to sit behind The Late Show desk for the first time:
3. Aisha Tyler
She’s already pulling double-duty as a show host (albeit on one ahow that is not worthy of her, The Talk, and one show that almost is, Whose Line Is It Anyways.) Tyler has plenty of industry experience as a host: She worked her way up from Talk Soup in 2001, and even filled in for Roger Ebert on At The Movies With Ebert and Roeper. She’s a seasoned vet, she’s funny, she has a gorgeous voice… the only downside would be considering what would happen to her Archer character.
2. W. Kamau Bell
W. Kamau Bell’s FXX show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, should’ve never been canceled. Bell is as smart as he is funny, and if he sat behind the desk at The Late Show, we’d get an intelligent host who wouldn’t shy away from topical humor and political discussions.
Here's Bell interviewing Aisha Tyler. As you can see, they are both excellent conversationalists:
1. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Ideally, these two would host everything and we would all be married to them. Peace and comedy would reign, and no one would wear crop tops.
Photo via Flickr/Eli Duke (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Let’s say the rumors are true, and James Franco, a 35-year-old actor, did not in fact try to bang a 17-year-old girl, Lucy Clode, in a hotel room after chatting her up on Instagram. The screenshots, if they’re unaltered, simply suggest that Franco was doing what regular guys do when a cute girl is into them—chat her up online and try to get her into bed.
But James Franco is no “regular guy.” He’s a polymath, an actor and writer and MFA/Ph.D. candidate, and he’s too smart, too social-media-savvy (and too weird) to get himself embroiled in a dumb scandal like this. He very likely knows that nothing you write on the Internet, even private chats, is really private.
He’s also got a movie coming out, and the coincidences between it and this sext situation are too close to ignore. In Palo Alto, a film based off Franco’s 2010 story collection of the same name, he stars as a high school teacher who has an affair with a student on the soccer team.
Creepy older guy, younger admirer. Oh, and the trailer premiered on the same day as these sexy sexts went down. That day was April 1, the Day of Pranks.
(Franco has an art show in NYC on the 10th, which features some weird photos of him by a building. You could read into this as much as you want.)
Even the boyfriend of Franco’s 17-year-old fan acknowledged Palo Alto. He tweeted, “nah dont worry about it, he was just doing research for his new film,” with a screenshot of the trailer.
Franco’s Twitter update—“PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME”—also seemed calculated, like he was screaming at the Internet, “I am a character! Be wary of me!” but also, “What I do to teenage girls is not my fault if I think they’re 18.”
I'M NOT! I HOPE PARENTS KEEP THEIR TEENS AWAY FROM ME. Thank you http://t.co/I1d4n3yVe0— James Franco (@JamesFrancoTV) April 2, 2014
Other revelations today could point to a number of things. Clode deleted her Twitter and Instagram after a number of publications had embedded a video of Franco telling her, “You gotta tag me.” She might have been receiving threats and all sorts of unpleasantness. Or maybe there was something incriminating on those accounts, something that could expose the stunt. But if she was in on it, she still had to face Internet commenters calling her a slut and a whore.
“This is a weird story,” writes Gawker Editor-in-Chief Max Read, “because while on the one hand it feels like exactly the kind of creepy Instagram sex operation Franco would pull... it’s also exactly the kind of baroque stunt that Franco would pull to prove some kind of incoherent point about... the media, or whatever.”
The media—and a film industry that tends to gobble up its ingenues and turn them into horrid lepers by age 25. Recall Franco’s essay in the New York Times about Shia LaBeouf’s social media stunts: Franco pondered whether his peer’s odd saga was “intended as a piece of performance art, one in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona.”
Was this Franco’s attempt at grabbing attention, reclaiming that edgy, indie public persona he gains in his indie flicks (whoa, he has cornrows in Spring Breakers!) and loses in blockbusters like Spider-Man and Oz the Great and Powerful? Or an attempt to show the media that we are dumb and gullible and shameless traffic gougers?
If either one of those scenarios is the case, Franco’s actions even more disturbing than if he’d simply hit on a girl half his age, gotten rejected, and moved on. The performance art act is deeply tired, as Katy Waldman argues in Slate—so tired that even Franco knows it.
But it’s more than that.
If this is a stunt, instead of being creepy, Franco is creepy and also manipulative. For one, he exposed Lucy Clode to the inevitable backlash from Franco’s fans and angry dudes who lash out at her for failing to keep a secret and exposing Franco. (Being attractive and active on the Internet invites harassment and sexist threats even if you’ve won a Nobel prize.)
Franco—if this is a stunt—has also exposed Clode to the sweaty taint of bro media—sites like Heavy and whatever this is that took advantage of the Google searches of her name to create slideshows of Clode’s cleavage. This is a 17-year-old girl.
So I’m hoping, like Waldman, that Franco is just a creep. But not just because the schtick is old—and goddammit I’m sick of seeing public figures make a game out of who can make the most people look stupid—but because Franco has every opportunity to make this story about him and the cool edgy stuff he’s doing, when in fact it is a story about what happens when a girl winds up in an uncomfortable romantic situation and makes it public, only to be harassed off the Web.
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The picture shows four clocks on an office wall, three of which are for each of the company's current video game conventions that take place every year: Eastern Time for PAX East, Pacific Time for PAX Prime, and Australia's Eastern Time for PAX Australia in Melbourne. A fourth clock can be seen above the other three with no current label. IGN pointed out that a photo shared by Khoo nine days ago displayed only three clocks on the same wall. Khoo has not tweeted since sharing the photo.
Hmmmm. http://t.co/fdL1o58zHR— Robert Khoo (@rkhoo) April 2, 2014
The mysterious nature of the tweet and Penny Arcade reposting it on their blog with the tease “What could it mean!!??” has many speculating that a new convention may be in the works and might even be announced at PAX East in Boston next week. The fourth clock appears to be in the U.S.'s Central time zone, which has caused gamers on the Penny Arcade forums to wonder if the convention may be a new “PAX Central” and brainstorming potential hosting cities from Austin to Chicago.
Austin was also a popular target of speculation for the third PAX convention site two years ago, before PAX Australia's launch. The announcement for that convention was made at PAX Prime in 2012, setting a precedent for new cons to be introduced during current ones.
PAX East will begin in Boston on April 11.
So maybe they’re not the 21 best bass lines of all time, but YouTuber Rob Scallon’s 3:49 run-through of 21 truly identifiable bass lines does prove one thing: Sometimes the bass is the baddest part of a rap track.
Segueing American classics like Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” with 50 Cent and the Fat Boys’ autobiographical introduction, the bedroom bassist takes you on a tour of the filthiest genre, with tracks from some of the most recognizable and notorious names in rap.
We can’t speak, however, for the Afroman.
Turns out Scallon’s not just a good copycat. His “Crazy funk solo!” from April 2013 earned all 61,000 of its views.
Full rundown of the bass-off below. (We can’t explain the Hotstylez either.)
Drake, “The Motto”
Dr. Dre, “Deep Cover”
Afroman, “Colt 45”
Dr. Dre, “Nuthin But a G Thang”
Vanilla Ice, “Ice Ice Baby”
Cypress Hill, “Insane in the Brain”
Busta Rhymes, “Woo-Hah! Got You All in Check
Kriss Kross, “Jump”
Ol’ Dirty Bastard, “Shimmy Shimmy Ya”
Ludacris, “Move Bitch (Get Out the Way)”
50 Cent, “In Da Club”
Fat Boys, “The Fat Boys”
Skee-Lo, “I Wish”
OutKast, “So Fresh, So Clean”
The Beastie Boys, “No Sleep Till Brooklyn”
Run DMC, “Walk This Way”
The Sugar Hill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight
Hotstylz, “Lookin’ Boy”
Eminem, “My Name Is”
Coolio, “Gangsta’s Paradise”
Weird Al Yankovic, “Amish Paradise”
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James Franco copped to it.
The 35-year-old actor’s text messages and Instagram DMs with a 17-year-old fan made the rounds on the Internet yesterday. They show Franco, currently acting in Of Mice and Men on Broadway, chatting up a young fan whom he'd met at an autograph signing. He asks if she has a boyfriend, when she turns 18, and if he should get a room at her hotel. See the full correspondence here.
Many speculated that it was all a viral hoax to promote Franco's new movie, Palo Alto, in which he plays an adult teacher who has an affair with his 14-year-old babysitter, played by Emma Roberts.
It wasn’t. Franco appeared on Live With Kelly and Michael Friday morning to discuss the incident.
“I’m embarrassed. I guess I’m just a model about how social media is tricky,” he admitted. “It’s a way people meet each other today, but what I’ve learned is you don’t know who’s on the other end. I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson.”
But in this case, it was clear who was on “the other end”—a Scottish teenager named Lucy Clode, who was visiting New York with her mom. After posing for an Instagram selfie with Franco, he told her, “You gotta tag me.” She did, and he followed her. The two began to talk over direct message, eventually trading numbers. He sent her two selfies to prove it was really him.
She finally rejected him. “I’ll come back when I turn 18,” she said.
“Unfortunately in my position, not only do I have to go through the embarrassing rituals of meeting someone, but if I do that, then it gets published for the world so it’s doubly embarrassing,” Franco said on the show.
He should know that already. He’s written New York Times articles about celebrities and social media.
Show cohost Kelly Ripa kept things light: “I promise I will not reveal our text messages,” she said.
Meanwhile, Lucy Clode has taken town her Twitter and Instagram accounts. She’s now the subject of galleries and listicles devoted to her cleavage. Commenters all over the Web are saying nasty things about her. It’s a lot to take in when you’re simply trying to pass your exams.
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Celebrities: They’re just like us. They do their laundry. They go grocery shopping. And they’re really, really awkward when they try to pick up ladies.
Mad Men star and sentient Disney prince cartoon Jon Hamm proved this back in 1996, with his ill-fated appearance on the short-lived dating show The Big Date.
In the clip, a 20-something year old Hamm, identified as a “waiter” (look at that bowl cut! Mein Gott!), is trying to woo Mary, a lovely lady with a fondness for lavender eye makeup, foot rubs, and totally unnecessary scarves.
When host Mark L. Wahlberg (of Temptation Island fame!) asks Hamm what their ideal first date would be, he says he’d “start off with some fabulous food, a little fabulous conversation, and a fabulous foot massage for an evening of fabulosity.”
Mary’s response to that creeptastic come-on is priceless:
Here’s the full vid, if you wanna get your daily dose of cringe this morning.
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You may be a bro, and you may like the movie Frozen, but let's be clear: “Brozen” is not and will never be A Thing.
Thanks to the recent influx of bro-nouns (“brogurt” isn’t a real thing either, unless your yogurt actually tastes of bro), it’s not immediately obvious that this article about the “Brozen phenomenon” is a parody.
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But just in case, let’s just agree to cut this off before it gets out of hand, because once again: Brozen is not a thing.
Bronies are a distinct enough subculture to stand out from the rest of My Little Pony fandom, but that doesn’t mean that every other supposedly girl-oriented movie and TV show has to have a special section cordoned off for the dudes. Frozen is the highest-grossing animated film of all time, so we’re going to go ahead and assume that tickets were not exclusively bought by six-year-old girls and their mothers.
If you take a look at Tumblr, i.e. the ultimate arbiter of fandom minutiae, the general consensus seems to be that Brozen isn’t a real subculture, but if it is, it shouldn’t be.
“What it all means is 'I am so insecure about what I like that I MUST rebrand it as masculine before associating with it,'" writes randomredux. “Men’s masculinity is so fragile they need to make sure everyone knows how manly things are,” agrees politicalsexkitten.
The truth is that the term Brozen already existed in Frozen fandom, referring to genderbent fanart like this. This type of “rule 63” art is a staple of most fandoms, particularly Disney animation, and it just so happened that Frozen had a title that could be easily portmanteau’d into a masculine form. But inventing some kind of special bro-zone for male Frozen fans is a bad idea, not least because it’s founded in the concept that if you admit that you enjoyed a Disney cartoon about female characters, your hetero dude card will be immediately revoked.
If girls can enjoy and identify with the male lead characters in Toy Story without making up a gender-specific name for their fandom, then guys can deal with loving Frozen too.
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One silly Jeopardy! contestant out there realizes that you may only insult host Alex Trebek's mother, not his fancy attire!
Contestant Tom Kavanaugh, a previous 8-time winner, was appearing on the game show as part of the Battle of the Decades series. In his interview with Trebek, he noted that his potential prize winnings would fund a documentary focused on exposing sweatshop labor both in the United States and around the world.
Unfortunately, his goodwill was marred by a cheap shot fired at Trebek (begins at 1:27).
Kavanaugh's little quip, which was uploaded to YouTube, has been seen over 244,000 times. YouTube users were quick to denounce him, noting that he could have "used his 30 seconds to talk about his project WITHOUT being such a dick about it." Another user referred to him as "your typical smug hipster who thinks they're the first one to expose some terrible injustice."
Kavanaugh had better hope that Trebek doesn't "accidentally" misread his handwriting during Final Jeopardy! and cost him the game.
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Ever since the Lonely Island guys left Saturday Night Live, the digital shorts they pioneered have been a little anemic. They’re still funny—they just aren’t as… exuberantly sexual.
But Anna Kendrick broke that dry spell on SNL last night. Joined by cast members Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Sasheer Zamata, and Kate McKinnon as “international nasty girls,” Kendrick danced, sang, and white-girl-rapped through “Dongs All Over the World.”
The premise was brilliant in its simplistic devotion to the pursuit of dong. Sure, Kendrick may have been able to exercise her vocal chords more when she sang “Cups,” but “Cups” doesn’t have the lines “Each dong is like a snowflake, except that it’s a dong/And we’ve got to catch them all, like sexual Pokémon.”
While “Dongs All Over the World” was one of the night’s highlights, Kendrick’s turn as SNL host resulted in a consistently funny episode. Bobby Moynihan dressed up like George R.R. Martin in a particularly strong “Weekend Update” segment.
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