Stuff That Happened (April 1-7)

8 Apr

holiIN WHICH I FIND COOL STUFF ON THE INTERNET SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO! 

Cool Stuff // And Also… // Articles // Videos // Trailers & TV/Movie News

COOL STUFF

Get It Together, North Carolina ~ When Amendment One became part of the North Carolina constitution, it was not only incredibly sad– but super embarrassing. North Carolina is a pretty cool place. Usually South Carolina is the one doing upsetting/distressing things. All North Carolina had to do was be cool and lay low for a while and we could regain some of our dignity. So many other states had been campaigning forWorst State” award (yeah, all those are individual links to stupid fuckery happening in different states). But this week, North Carolina introduced a bill that would make Christianity the state religion. I want to stress that it was struck down– but it is still super bewildering that it got as far as it did. They also introduced a voter suppression bill: Bill 666. For a supposedly Christian state, you would think that they would pick up on the stigma a bill named “Bill 666″ might have attached to it. Yeesh. [Huffington Post]

Leno And Fallon Stay Classy Through The Power of Song ~ The past two weeks have been full of rampant speculation of what will happen with The Tonight Show. The whole thing was fueled by statements/rumors NBC executives were leaking to bloggers (the execs remained anonymous– because NBC is run by adults). Shortly before an official announcement came down, though, Leno and Fallon sang a duet (a spoof of West Side Story’s “Tonight”) right in between the two shows. It was classy and touching. Even if it was completely staged, and the two have nothing but a vicious burning hatred for each other, this video proves that they are both substantial and talented performers. Jimmy will be taking over The Tonight Show in spring of 2014 (when Leno’s contract runs out). Right now, Seth Meyers seems to be the most viable candidate to take over Jimmy Fallon’s time slot. [Hulu]

Jon Stewart Defends Egyptian Comedian ~ About a week ago, the Egyptian government put out an arrest warrant for Bassem Youssef. Youssef has a show in Egypt called al-Bernameg (which literally translates to “The Show”). The show pokes fun at Egypt, its politics, and its leaders (particularly Egyptian President Morsi). Some of the jokes on the show have gotten Youssef in trouble with the government (watch Youssef poke fun at the whole ordeal here). Quartz looked through episodes of the show and translated some of the jokes that got the comedian into trouble. Humor can be subjective– but, you guys, the jokes are pretty innocuous. Jon Stewart covered the story at the top of The Daily Show. Like some of his best pieces, the most effective/damning piece is simply a clip of President Morsi pledging to never imprison Youssef. Since Stewart covered the story on his show, Egypt has responded… via Twitter (sigh), to voice it’s deep displeasure at such disrespect! I am just continually amazed at how uncomfortable serious/powerful people are unable to cope with humor.   [Hollywood Reporter]

FCC Cares About What You Think? ~ So, the organization that arbitrarily decides what is right and decent is making some changes and suddenly cares about what you think? To be fair, this uncharacteristic move is a result of a Supreme Court decision rather than a sudden desire to be more democratic/inclusive. You can comment here. [The Mary Sue]

Roger Ebert Died ~ When people die, the internet is flooded with grandiose headlines. When TODAY posted an article entitled “Why There Will Never Be Another Siskel & Ebert,” though, it was pretty accurate. All I remember is Siskel & Ebert. When Gene Siskel died, they replaced him with… someone. No idea who. Nowadays, everyone fancies themselves a film critic. Anyway, here is a collection of the best tributes to Mr. Ebert:  What Roger Ebert Knew About Writing40 Hilariously Mean Roger Ebert Reviews, and Outtakes from Siskel & Ebert (they are so adorably crotchety!).

 

AND ALSO…

- Jason Segel is writing YA novels. Despite being totally random, everyone quietly agrees that it totally makes complete sense. [Vulture]

- Ellen Degeneres is reprising her role as Dory in Finding Dory. [The Washington Post]

- Prison reviews on YELP [Buzzfeed]

- Dead Authors on Twitter [The Atlantic]

- 15 Things Kurt Vonnegut Said Better Than Anyone Else Ever Has Or Ever Will [AV Club]

- Hindus celebrated Holi this week. Holi is the Festival of Colors and celebrates the coming of spring. It’s a huge festival and one of the festival’s traditions involves throwing different colored powders over everyone celebrating. That description is terrible. Click through the photo-set to see how awesome it actually is: Colors of Holi Photo Collection [The Atlantic]

* Check out The Atlantic’s 2012 photos as well

ARTICLES

How To Fail For A Month, Year, Or Decade And Be Okay (Christina Fitzpatrick // The Hairpin)

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? (Neil Gaiman // Neilgaiman.com)

Not All Trans People Feel “Trapped In The Wrong Body” (Thomas Page McBee // Buzzfeed)

Why Do We Laugh At North Korea Bu Fear Iran? (Jullian Hattem  // The Atlantic)

If I Admit That ‘Hating Men’ Is A Thing, Will You Stop Turning It Into A Self-Fulfilling Prophesy? (Lindy West // Jezebel)

VIDEOS

Conan O’Brien Joins A Baptist Choir from Atlanta. [Team Coco]

100 Years Of Style in 100 Seconds. Very cool.  [BoingBoing]

Community is going to have an episode with puppets- because of course it is. [NBC]

Noteworthy (a ladies a cappella group from Brigham Young University) does an awesome mash-up of Mumford & Sons “I Will Wait” and Usher’s “Without You.” They shoot the music video in the middle of a glacier (because where else would you shoot a music video?). The song is pretty awesome, though. [Awesome A Cappella]

TRAILERS AND TV/MOVIE NEWS

HBO is doing a Nora Ephron documentary. Hooray! [The Hollywood Reporter]

Nasim Pedrad was cast in John Mulaney’s sitcom. In equally exciting news, John Mulaney is writing a sitcom! Both are currently on SNL, but will leave the show if the sitcom is picked up in the fall. [Splitsider]

The Axe Cop trailer debuted at WonderCon. It’s about a cop who doles out justice with an ax. Axe Cop is the creation of 5 year old Malachi Nicholl. Initially, the series existed in comic book form (with Malachi’s older brother Ethan illustrating whatever insane storyline his younger brother thought up). Now, it is going to be a animated show on FOX. [The Mary Sue]

Steve Carell and James Gandolfini will be dueling paleontologists in Big Bones. I would comment on its hilariously outlandish premise- but it’s based on a true story. [Deadline]

Trailer for Amy Schumer’s new Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer. [Laughspin]

Stars: They’re Just Like Us… when the apocalypse comesThis Is The End trailer features a smorgasbord of celebrities (as themselves) partying at James Franco’s house when suddenly the alien apocalypse happens. The highlight for me was a quick cameo by Emma Watson. Remember the joy you felt when Hermione sucker-punched Draco? Relive that joy when she busts into James Franco’s house and attacks Seth Rogen. [YouTube]

Hermione isn't fucking around

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