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Stuff That Happened (April 1-7)

8 Apr

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

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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

Stuff That Happened (March 18-24)

25 Mar

STUFF THAT HAPPENED She-Ra

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

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**ALSO: All this week, in addition to regular posts, I’ll be posting stuff on Doctor Who. For people who are unfamiliar with the show, it will be a Doctor Who primer. For fans, it will just be a recap of why Doctor Who rules.**

COOL STUFF

Reddit Does Something That Isn’t Awful ~ Reddit has been at the center of some controversies and discussions lately. But they did something pretty cool and started a series called Explain Like I’m Five where they literally explain complex concepts to a room full of five year olds. So far, they have covered the crisis in Syria, the stock market, and Existentialism (the children did not like Nietzsche). Even when the kids (or, some would argue, the moderators) don’t quite grasp the concept, it is still a neat concept for a video series. It will be interesting to see where the series goes. [The Verge]

Stephen Colbert As Stephen Colbert ~ Stephen Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, is running for congress in South Carolina. She is running against Mark Sanford (the same guy who said he was hiking the Appalachian Train- but was actually having an affair). Colbert talks about it on Jimmy Fallon and despite cracking jokes throughout, he is incredibly sincere and humble (two things his TV persona is notoriously incapable of). So this campaign is basically the first thing where Colbert has ever broke character (he remained in character even when he was testified at an official congressional hearing). When asked how the campaign would affect his career, Colbert replied,  “I’m not worried about what it would do to me or my show to try to help her as myself — not as my character, to help her as myself. And you know, if people think that’s not the right thing for me to do, I don’t care. It’s my sister, and I’m willing to help her.” Well that’s the perfect answer. Best of luck to the whole Colbert family. [Los Angeles Times] / [Elizabeth Colbert Busch’s campaign site]

Justin Timberlake Is Just Rubbing It In Our Faces Now ~ During the course of this month alone, Justin Timberlake successfully hosted SNL (for the fifth time), did a series of great skits and killer performances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and released an album that has already sold close to 1 million copies in its first week. But just in case anyone thought he was just going to take a break and rest on his laurels, Justin is releasing part 2 of 20/20 Experience in November. JUSTIN- PLEASE TEACH ME HOW TO EFFORTLESSLY SUCEED AT EVERYTHING I DO! [Hollywood Reporter]

NBC Continues To Flail Helplessly ~ I’m pretty sure the Conan/Leno debacale of ’10 was an aggravating hellscape for everyone involved, but apparently NBC is SUPER eager to relive that nightmare. Jay Leno’s contract with NBC runs out in 2014 and instead of quietly and tactfully discussing their options, it was leaked to the press that Fallon would replace Leno. Classy, NBC. No matter what your opinions on Leno, gossiping about the future of someone’s job is incredibly disrespectful. Even though Leno is pulling in the best ratings of any of the late night programs, he will spend rest of the year feeling like there is an ax over his head (because there is). Despite this story being everywhere, nothing has actually been confirmed (all the “high level executives” remained anonymous) and everyone’s contract remains in tact. It is  doubtful NBC will do anything before 2014 because of the mountains of money they would have to pay Leno should they break his contract. Uuuughh. I love you, but get your shit together, NBC. [New York Times]

The FBI Would Like To Announce That They Have A Hunch ~ The biggest art heist in history happened in Boston at the Isabell Stewart Gardener Museum. The thieves dressed up as police and basically went on a shopping spree, stealing thirteen items from the museum. The stolen work totaled over $500 million. TWENTY THREE YEARS LATER, the FBI makes the grand statement that they know who the culprits are! Except… they aren’t going to say… and they still don’t know where the stolen art is. Oh– and the statute of limitations has run out so even if they apprehend the victims there isn’t much they can do. Cracker jack work, guys. [Boston]

 

ALSO THIS…

– Feeling Like Crap? Go here until you feel better. [EmergencyCompliment]

– 19 Historical Instances of March Madness. March is crazy, ya’ll. [Buzzfeed]

– There is going to be an un-official Mary Tyler Moore reunion on Hot In Cleveland. Betty White, one of the main characters of Hot In Cleveland, will be joined by Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, and Georgia Engel (who has already made several appearances on the show). FUN! [Deadline]

She-Ra is back and she will fight… He-Man? Her twin brother? According to the press release She-Ra is: “Now known as Despara, the most lethal weapon in Hordak’s army” which I believe is completely anit-thetical to what her character used to be. What happened to a life lived “FOR THE HONOR OF GREYSKULL?”Don’t mess this up, DC. [MTV Geek]

 

ARTICLES

Judging Humor (Robert Mankoff // The New Yorker)

So You Want To Escape From Prison? If At All Possible, Use A Helicopter (Justin Peters // Slate)

The Roll of Pacifism and Gun Violence on Doctor Who (Arya Ponto // Artboiled)

The Nielsen Family Is Dead (Tom Vanderbilt // Underwired)

9 Warning Sides of An Amateur Artist (Drew // SkinnyArtist)

 

VIDEOS

Dora The Explorer Is Gonna Mess You UP ~ College Humor imagined what it would be like if the children’s cartoon Dora the Explorer was a live-action thriller complete with explosions and covert ops. Turns out- it is tres awesome. They put out a trailer. People liked it so much, they demanded a movie. So that is happening… [College Humor]

It IS A Magical World ~ Someone animated thirty seconds of Calvin & Hobbes. It is delightful. [Nerdist]

Tina Fey On Inside The Actor’s Studio ~ I cannot find the complete episode, but several clips are available on Hulu and Vulture assembled Best of Tina Fey on Inside the Actor’s StudioPeople have been excited that she did her Sarah Palin impression but, really, I’m just happy there is another Tina Fey interview in the universe.  [Vulture]

“I’ve Always Wanted To Have A Neighbor Just Like You” ~ It was the late Fred Rogers (of Mister Roger’s Neighborhood) birthday this week. Just in case you didn’t know, Fred Rogers was one of the most genuinely kind and caring people to ever exist. As a tribute, Mentalfloss and John Green teamed up for 35 Reasons Mister Rogers Is The Best Neighbor Ever. [Mentalfloss]

 

TRAILERS AND TV/MOVIE NEWS

Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell are going to be in a movie together. Both of them are funny people and proved they could be pretty hilarious together at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. The movies is called Welcome To Me and according to Hollywood Reporter is about “a woman with dissociative personality disorder who wins the lottery and decides to spend her winnings on a cable access talk show about her life.” Movies about mental illnesses are tricky to make (and even harder if you are trying to draw humor from) but I am rooting for the movie and think Wiig and Ferrell will stick the landing.  [Hollywood Reporter]

Craig Robinson has an NBC pilot. Robinson will play a musician who begrudgingly accepts a position at a public school as a music teacher. Most people know Robinson as Darryl from The Office (although he has also been hilarious in Pineapple Express, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Eastbound & Down as well. He’s just a funny man.). In addition to Robinson, it was announced the cast was expanding to include even more super awesome funny people: Kumail Nanjiani, Steve Agee, and Steve Little. Also, adorable angel person Amandla Stenberg (Rue from Hunger Games) will be in the show. Please let this show be awesome!! [Splitsider]

Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day are doing another movie together. Sudeikis and Day are teaming up back up with their director from Horrible Bosses to do a buddy cop movie called One Night On The Hudson. If it is half as funny as Horrible Bosses, it will be hilarious. [Screenrant]

Despicable Me 2 

Kick-Ass 2

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Red 2

Doctor Who (trailer for second half of Season 7)

Doctor Who: The Bells of Saint John (trailer for the upcoming episode of Doctor Who)

VEEP (Season 2 trailer)

Game of Thrones #1 and #2 (Season 3 trailers)

Stuff That Happened This Week (March 10-17)

17 Mar

STUFF THAT HAPPENEDI pretty much live on the internet. There is a list of 17 sites that I visit daily looking for awesome articles, videos, pictures, and news, and then I just spend HOURS looking for cool things.

It’s an illness.

But I do find a lot of cool stuff.

So, if you don’t have time to waste on the internet, just look out for Stuff That Happened This Week and you will be up to date on everything.

 

COOL STUFF

Jon Stewart Is Making A Movie – Jon Stewart is going on a 12 week hiatus in the summer to work on Rosewater, a film adaptation of the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And SurvivalStewart has written the script and plans on directing the movie. John Oliver will cover for him on The Daily Show. (Deadline)

You Have The Chance To Name Something Important And Science-y! The American Museum of Natural History is holding a tournament in order to determine what to name our “hypothetical common placental ancestor.” The first round has already happened- but there is still time to vote. Round 2 ends March 19 and the whole thing ends April 4. Clearly, the contest will come down to Dwight Shrew and Vole de Mort. Right? (AMNH.org)

While You Were Distracted By The Lame Taylor Swift/Amy Poehler/Tina Fey Feud– SCIENTISTS QUIETLY CURED HIV – “14 Adults have been functionally cured of HIV.” Why is this not being shouted from the rooftops? (NewScientist)

Awkwafina Is Here To Fill The Female Asian Rapper Void– When I read the headline “Awkwafina Will Immediately Be Your New Favorite Rapper” on Buzzfeed, I was skeptical because Buzzfeed can only speak in hyperbole and absolutes. In two days there will probably be a list of “Mindblowing Pictures of Toast.” I really do like Awkwafina, though. (Buzzfeed)

Anna Kendrick Continues To Be Awesome– I want her to be my brunch buddy. Until then, stalking her on Twitter will have to suffice. (image)

Holy CATS! Broadway Is Making A Musical NOT Based On A Movie- A musical about Carol King’s life will be on Broadway in Spring of 2014. It will, of course, feature her music and most likely be awesome. (NYTimes)

You Guys, Emma Watson Doesn’t Just Blindly Sign On For Every Movie Based On A Book– Emma Watson is not going to be the 50 Shades of Grey movie. And she is horrified that you think she would entertain the idea. (image)

Louis C. K. News– Louis C.K. released a promo for his new HBO special Oh My God coming in April 13. Despite clearly being the most lauded comic of the day- he still manages to be incredibly humble and sincere. (YouTube)

“Timberweek” Confirmed Justin Timberlake Is Crazy Talented– Fresh off his appearance on SNL, Justin Timberlake combined forces with Jimmy Fallon for “Justin Timberweek.” He was on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon every night and it was a wonderful success. Highlights include a barbershop version of Sexy Back, a skit where they sang Africa’s magnum opus: Toto, and History of Rap Part 4. His musical performances were also (naturally) great. (LateNightWithJimmyFallon)

Amy Poehler To Produce A New Show – Amy Poehler (wonderful angel and adorable mischief maker) is producing a show called Broad City that will appear on Comedy Central in 2014. Broad City was originally a web series staring Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. (Splitsider)

 

ALSO THIS….

– Who Said It: Spongebob or Nietzsche? Take the quiz. It is harder than you think. (Buzzfeed)

– By the way, the ghost in PBS’s Ghostwriter was a runaway slave who was brutally killed by racists and their dogs. (Uproxx)

Joss Whedon shot a Shakespeare adaptation in his backyard… because when I have free time, my first impulse is to assemble my friends and perform Shakespeare at my house. (TheMarySue)

 

ARTICLES

Watching A Comedic Voice Evolve: The Rare, Early Clips Of The Muppets (Ramsey Ess // Splitsider)

Sexism Fatigue (Lindy West // Jezebel)

Marlo Thomas On Making That Girl Feminist TV, PBS’s Makers, And Where Pop Culture Goes Next (Alyssa Rosenberg // Think Progress)

The Daily Routines Of Famous Writers (Marla Popova // BrainPickings)

St. Patrick: No Snakes, No Shamrocks, Just The Facts (David Plotz // Slate)

 

VIDEOS

– Lena Dunham’s (fake) Zero Dark Thirty audition ~ Comedian Chelsea Davidson does a SPOT ON impression of Lena Dunham.

– After Ever After ~ Jon Cozart creates this amazing a cappella video about Disney Princesses after they find their fairy tale ending. It is wonderfully dark and Cozart is a pretty talented singer.

Kristen Stewart Explains St. Patrick’s Day ~ Kristen Stewart is played by Laura McDonald in this sketch (who does an amazingly accurate impression). It is hella funny- but will never trump Speak Like Kristen Stewart.

Patton Oswalt – To Be Loved and Understood ~ The people of ThrashLab follow comedian Patton Oswalt and look at what it is like off-stage.

PBS Arts presents “The Rise of Web Comics”