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The Best Responses To The Tragedy In Boston

22 Apr

 “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

-Kurt Vonnegut

Last week, the news was pretty much dominated by everything going down in Boston.

After bombs were detonated at the Boston Marathon, there was a lot of chaos and confusion. The attack was savage and pointless. It was a dark and painful time for the people of Boston (and everyone holding Boston in their thoughts).

People rallied around Boston.

And despite everything, ultimately, people helped each other out.

With all the awfulness of the bombings, it was heartening to see.

Stephen Colbert’s cold open is a tribute to Boston (and their badass-itude)

Stephen Colbert addressed the bombing at the top of his show. He offered condolences to the people of Boston, but also declared his confidence that Boston would not be shaken by anyone:

“As the President said, we don’t know who did this, but they will be found and will be brought to justice. But whoever did this obviously did not know shit about the people of Boston. Because nothing these terrorists do is going to shake them. For Pete’s sakes! Boston was founded by the pilgrims– a people so tough they had to buckle their goddam hats on!

It is incredibly moving… as well as incredibly funny.

(Jon Stewart also had some touching things to say about Boston.)

mr rogersMr. Roger’s tells us to “look for the helpers.”

There really isn’t a time where quoting Mr. Rogers would go amiss. The man was a beacon of kindness.

Anyway, in light of recent tragedies, this quote has been making it’s way around the internet (here is the actual clip).

In times of trouble, “look for the helpers.

It’s helpful to remember.

Patton Oswalt reminds us that “the good guys” are there… and they are badasses.

Comedian Patton Oswalt wrote a statement that to echoed the same thing Rogers was saying.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.

  • People from around the world offer Boston their support…  [Buzzfeed]
  • Amy Poehler On Coping With Excessive/Violent Images (“I love you, Boston”) [Smart Girls]
  • Dunkin’ Donuts remained open to help Emergency Responders (because that’s how Dunkin’ Donuts ROLLS!) [Bostino]
  • There were a handful of runners who ran the Boston Marathon AGAIN to show how un-terrorized they are. [Buzzfeed]

How You Can Help Boston

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! 

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

**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)