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  • Michael Che Joins ‘SNL Weekend Update’ as First Black Co-Anchor

    This season will be nothing short of a historic one for the cast of Saturday Night Live, acquiring Michael Che from the Daily show and throwing him front and center, behind the Weekend Update desk along side Colin Jost. The former Daily Show correspondent will be the first African-American cast member to be a Weekend Update anchor and also the first co-anchor to be part of a two man duo. Cecily Strong, the glue of Weekend Update over the past two seasons will be stepping down upon her own request in order to appear in more sketches. i wanna thank Jon & the entire @TheDailyShow staff for letting me do this. i had a FANTASTIC time there. 1st class all the way — Michael Che (@CheThinks) September 12, 2014 SNL creator, Lorne Michaels told the New York Times Che is “a strong writer,” and “really funny.” Che is a native New Yorker started performing stand up in 2009, then began writing for SNL in 2013, and joined the “Daily Show” cast this year. Streeter Seidell from College Humor was also added to the list of new writers this season. The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on more »

  • Ducktales Theme Sung By Your Favorite Movie Characters [Video]

    This week, everyone has been making a big stink about Disney’s video of a bunch of ducks reenacting the opening sequence to DuckTales. But was the video really that good? The ducks just clumsily walked into chintzy props, there were no Beagle Boys, and, most egregious of all, the ducks didn’t even sing the theme song. This video, featuring classic movie characters like Howard the Duck, Ace Ventura, and Little Nicky, is much more impressive. Although it still suffers a lack of Beagle Boys.

  • Ferris Bueller And Other Movies Recreated With LEGO [11 Photos]

    Each year, a group of Swedish LEGO enthusiasts called Swebrick hold a design contest. Each year has a different theme and this year’s was movie or television vehicles. The winner of this year’s competition was Etzel, who recreated the iconic 1961 Ferrari GT California Spyder from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off complete with bewildered Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron staring in disbelief as the car flies out the window. It’s pretty impressive and definitely deserved to win, but check out some of the other entries below, too.

  • 14 Photos from the Simpsons-Family Guy Crossover Episode

    Mark your calendars, Sept. 28th will be a night of anticipation, confusion and hysteria, when the Griffins of Quahog find themselves amongst yellow beings of Springfield. It looks as the Peter and his family befriend Homer and his family, at least until a wrench is thrown in the gears and sets the families off against each other. Lisa befriends Meg and try and land on something Meg is good at, Obviously Marge and Louis hit it off, Stewie takes a serious liking to Bart, Maggie and Chris share a few interests, Brian and Santa’s lil’ helper couldn’t be farther from friends and Homer and Peter hit it off, until they scuffle over beer choices. Not much else is known about the episode, but we can expect enough satire to make Seth McFarlane’s head implode. Images via: Mashable

  • Groundbreaking Tom Waits Cartoon From 1979 To Be Restored [Video]

    Tom Waits, the gravelly-voiced musician who dresses like a 1930s skid row inhabitant and sings like Rowlf from The Muppets, was the star of a 1979 animated short titled Tom Waits For No One. The cartoon was actually rotoscoped, meaning Tom Waits and a dancer were filmed interacting while he performed “The One That Got Away” from his 1976 album Small Change and then animators drew over the live action footage, resulting in realistic, fluid movement from the characters. This same technique would be employed by Ralph Bakshi in his 1981 hit film American Pop. What makes Tom Waits For No One especially noteworthy is the crew who would go on to become huge stars in the animation world. Director John Lamb went on to win an Academy Award for his innovative Lyon Lamb Video Animation System, which allowed for pre-testing animation art before it’s committed to film, in 1980. Animator David Silverman was the first animator on The Simpsons back when it was still a short on The Tracey Ullman Show. Character designer Keith Newton went to work for Disney, doing character design and backgrounds for Pocahontas. Inker Michael Cressey became a children’s book author and was twice awarded more »

  • Historical Photos Transformed Into Bizarre GIFs

    New York-based artist Kevin Weir has spent the last few years on a Tumblr project known as flux machine. Using historical photos from the Library of Congress Flickr account, Weird transforms portraits of world leaders of yesteryear into bizarre monsters that look like something out of HP Lovecraft’s nightmares. World War I battlefields become scenes of sci-fi destruction. And perhaps most shockingly, John Philip Sousa’s hat becomes different types of hats. 3 years into the absurd project, Weir still occasionally updates the Tumblr. Check it out along with the rest of his work at Kevin J Weir.

  • Your Favorite Musicians Are Being Turned Into Simpsons Figurines

    You would think that people would be sick of The Simpsons after the 12-day marathon, but let’s face it, we all watched it and loved every minute of it. If anything, the 25th anniversary celebration has renewed interest in the series that most of us grew up and began to neglect years ago. While our short-attention spans are focused on Springfield, a special series of toys (or action figures for you Comic Book Guy-types) will be released featuring yellow, four-fingered versions of popular guest stars over the years, including many musicians. Check out some of the Simpson-ized celebs below and get them while you can at Toys”R”Us. Looking at these figures, all I can think is how unfortunate it is that Bill Berry left REM before he could be immortalized in cartoon and toy form.

  • What Kid Wouldn’t Want A Nicolas Cage Activity Book?

    What is it about Nic Cage that makes him the Internet’s favorite movie star? Is it the Oscar-worthy meltdowns you can expect in almost every film? Or the bizarre speech patterns that add nothing to the character but are incredibly annoying? Or the fact that he doesn’t seem to turn down any role presented to him? Yes. All of those. Nicolas Cage is both the worst and the best at the same time and we love him for it. Now you can spread your love of Nicolas Cage to the children in your life with Snake Eyes: A Nicolas Cage Activity Book from Haunt Me Studio. Help bust him out of prison in a Con Air maze. Or draw a new face for him after John Travolta steals his. All this fun and more can be found in the book, available in November, which you can preorder at Amazon for $10.

  • Watch The American Horror Story Freak Show Trailer. Its… Freaky

    The first trailer for American Horror Story: Freak Show is finally here. Set to the awesome tone of “Carousel” by Melanie Martinez, the camera runs through the back stage of a carnival, panning to the likes of Kathy Bates as the bearded lady and Michael Chickless as the strong man as well as some interesting surprises. Looks like the gang will be made up of a cast with deformities mostly and we’re sure Jessica Lang has a little secret of her own. Ryan Murphy hasn’t disappointed in three seasons of AHS and we’re sure this season will keep us on the tips of our tails for the whole ride.

  • 21 Behind The Scenes Photos Of Classic Hollywood Stars

    Photographer Bob Willoughby got his big break in 1954 when Warner Brothers hired him to photograph Judy Garland for Life Magazine. He continued working for the studio, becoming the first outside photographer employed to document the production of classic films. For the next 20 years, he captured intimate portraits of Hollywood icons on set and behind the scenes. At the same time, he also documented jazz during its heyday, photographing such stars as Miles Davis and Chet Baker. Willoughby’s work can currently be seen at London’s Beetles+Huxley Gallery, where you can view more of the collection and order prints.

  • Allison Williams Undercover As Peter Pan In Brooklyn; Fits Right In

    In J.M. Barrie’s classic story of Peter Pan, Peter lives his eternal childhood in Neverland with his ragtag group of Lost Boys. Together they dress in silly costumes, abuse the adults who are just trying to do their jobs (piracy is a job, you know), and recruit more spoiled children to follow suit. In July, actress Allison Williams, daughter of NBC’s rapping newsman Brian Williams and star of HBO’s Girls, announced she would portray Peter Pan in NBC’s production of Peter Pan Live! The special is airing in December, but to get a feel for the part, Williams, complete with pixie cut and silly costume, spent time in New York’s very own Neverland…Brooklyn! We have the exclusive photos of Williams dressed as Peter Pan on the streets of Brooklyn’s hippest neighborhoods, surrounded by very real Lost Boys paying her no mind. Whether grabbing a slice at Roberta’s or catching a show (while eating vegan food (of course)) at Pine Box, nobody seemed to notice the cute girl dressed like she was employed as a thieving urchin by Fagin. And with some of Brooklyn’s Lost Boys pushing 40 yet still complaining to their parents on their brand new smartphones that their rent more »

  • Game of Thrones Title Sequence As A 60s TV Show [Video]

    Back in April, YouTube darlings (and all-around incredible performers) Postmodern Jukebox teamed up with sax player Dave Koz to record the “game of Thrones” theme as a smooth, west coast cool jazz song. The result was a hep chart that would make Paul Desmond proud, but it was missing an appropriate title sequence. That time has now arrived. Fix yourself a Manhattan and check out this GOT intro that will have you yearning for the days when you could refer to a woman as a tomato and people would know what the hell you meant by it.

  • THE MAJOR CHARACTERS AND THEMES OF EVERY SIMPSONS EPISODE [Infographic]

    If you’ve watched TV at all in the last 9 days, chances are you’ve watched a few (hundred) episodes of The Simpsons. After a few days of binging, you probably noticed how certain themes repeat themselves every few seasons. Beutler Ink decided to graph how often a “Sideshow Bob” or “Simpsons on the Go” themed episode occur and presented their findings in this oddly captivating infographic. If you’re a Simpsons snob, you may have some issues with how the themes of the episodes were decided, but there’s a thorough description of the process at The Ink Tank.

  • 21 GIFs To Remember Kari Byron

    When “MythBusters” premiered in 2003, it was like nothing on TV. The science shows we had watched as kids, like “Mr. Wizard’s World,” “Beakman’s World,” and “Billy Nye The Science Guy,” had finally grown up. Gone were the acid-base volcanoes, replaced with exploding toilets and guns that shot frozen chickens. It was the beginning of the movement that turned science into something we all fucking love. We didn’t think it could get any better. Then it did. Season 2 introduced the build team of builder Tory Bellecci, metal-worker Scottie Chapman, and, most importantly, artist Kari Byron. This team would also perform outrageous experiments, made all the better with the inclusion of a plucky redhead. Sex appeal knows no bounds, not even in the lab, and Kari attracted even more attention to the hit show. She was smart, funny, and looked good firing a gun. Nerds the world over were smitten. Alas, nothing lasts forever. Yesterday it was announced that Tory, Grant (who replaced Scottie in the third season), and even our beloved Kari would not be returning to the show. “MythBusters” were going in a “new direction.” We’re sure Kari and the rest of the build team will find success, more »

  • Ice-T Joined An All-Star Cast In Narrating A Dungeons & Dragons Book

    The fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons, encompassing numerous games and books, celebrates it’s 40th birthday this year, but chances are that you, a Level 10 Cool Dude, had no idea. For so many years, it seemed like the people interested in Dungeons & Dragons, or D&D, were the sort of people who carried tarot cards in velvet satchels in middle school converted to Wicca in high school. But, as nerd culture becomes increasingly usurped by trendsetters, thanks to the success of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Tumblrs featuring bikini-clad babes wearing stormtrooper helmets, D&D-ers can now be found in many cliques. To celebrate the anniversary of D&D while also highlighting the mainstream-ing of nerd culture, Audible has released The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories, featuring an all-star cast of narrators. Nerd icons such as Weird Al, David Duchovny, and Wil Wheaton read the stories but are also joined by celebrities you may not expect, such as rapper Ice-T and Michael Chiklis of The Shield. Check out the making-of video below and if you’re ready to dive in to the world of D&D, get your free copy of The Legend of Drizzt at Audible. And if anyone asks more »

  • #TBT Saturday Morning In 1994

    Now that you’re all grown up, Saturday mornings no longer exist to you. Chances are you don’t even wake up until Saturday afternoon, lest you begin to suffer a hangover caused by Friday night’s debauchery. Or maybe you don’t have weekends off and Saturday morning is just as depressingly boring as any weekday morning. But think back to when you were a kid. Saturday mornings were the greatest! You would wake up late, knowing you didn’t have to go to school, then sit in front of the TV all morning until the clock struck 12 and boring local news would come on. Then it was time to get on your bike and go to Blockbuster to rent a VHS or SNES game so you could return to your spot in front of the TV and bask in it’s CRT glow for the rest of the weekend. Many of us had cable in those days, but most cable stations ran infomercials all morning, so your choices were the 4 networks—ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox. NBC would show Saved by the Bell and similar knock-offs like Hang Time. CBS had a bunch of Disney cartoons. ABC had an ever changing rotation of throwaways more »

  • Watch The First Teaser for ‘Breaking Bad’ Spin-off ‘Better Call Saul’

    Last night, AMC gave us a little taste of Saul. During AMC’s Breaking Bad marathon which showed over the weekend the 9-second teaser aired. The new Breaking Bad spinoff is set to air February 2015 and will star Saul Goodman under the name James M. McGill, an Irish identity he used before switching to the infamous lawyer we all fell in love with during the Breaking Bad franchise. The ethically ambiguous Goodman teases a client with this quote before AMC headlines take over, “Lawyers. We’re like health insurance,” says Saul in the incredibly brief teaser for the upcoming series. “You hope you never need it, but man-oh-man, not having it? No.”

  • Sudakis as ‘Coach Lasso’ is Back… With Tim Howard

    Jason Sudakis’s beloved Coach Ted Lasso is back with a 6-minute promo for NBC sports as he takes on the role of on air personality for the English Premier League. Things you’ll find in this video; the beautiful Rebecca Lowe, a reference to Lavar Burton from Star Trek, Tim Howard drinking beer and a brilliant scheme to murder soccer referees. Thanks Ted!

  • Watch Lifetime’s ‘Saved by the Bell’ Movie Footage You Didn’t Know You Needed to See

    From the outside Bayside High looked like the quintessential high school every ’80s baby wished they went to. The nerds hung out with the jocks and the jocks hung out with the smooth talking ‘Ferris Bueller’ type, who in turn took advice from the nerd. A formula of pure bliss, but from the looks of this ‘unauthorized Saved By The Bell’ Life time movie, that wasn’t the case on set. From this teaser, Lisa was jealous of Kelly, Kelly just wanted to be the center of attention and Jesse was the sane one?… Now it’s starting to sound more like high school. Can’t wait for the high school drama between actors to heat up again once this airs.

  • Chris Pratt Gives An MTV Cribs-Style Tour Of The Milano [Video]

    “Guardians of the Galaxy” is the biggest movie right right now, taking in over $90 million in its first weekend. To put that in perspective, that’s more than recent superhero movies “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and just behind “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” It has proved that successful movies can be made from non-mainstream comics and that superhero movies can be comedic. And judging by this MTV Cribs-style tour of the film’s spaceship, the Milano, it also proves that not everything has to be CGI.

  • 12 Things You Didn’t Know About The Original ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Movie [Link]

    Although the latest “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie from Michael Bay is the one garnering all the headlines, it was the original movie form 1990 that we all grew up loving. As fun and awesome as the movie seemed to little kids who watched it over and over again, the reality of bringing the turtles to the screen was much different. Grab a slice of pizza and check out these facts about every 90s kid’s favorite movie.

  • 15 Golden Books We Wish We Had As Kids

    Remember those Little Golden Books your grandmother would buy you when you were a kid? They were boring stories with uninspired illustrations that looked just like the wallpaper in your dad’s old room that your grandparents still hadn’t changed, 30 years later. What if those books were about selling meth or killing aliens? That sure beats the Poky Little Puppy! Illustrator Joey Spiotto, aka Joebot, has transformed popular TV shows and videogames into Little Golden Books with his series “Storytime.” You can see the collection at his first solo show at LA’s Gallery 1988 from August 1-16, where you can buy prints of your favorite online. Also check out m ore of Joey Spiotto’s work on Facebook.

  • Pinky And The Brain Reading Pulp Fiction Will Confuse Your Inner Child [Video]

    At last year’s 12th Annual SF Sketchfest, voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche reunited for “An Afternoon with Pinky and the Brain.” It’s hard to believe it’s been over 20 years since we first heard Paulsen as the dimwitted mouse Pinky and LaMarche as his brilliant superhuman cohort Brain and it’s great to hear those characters again. But it’s even greater to hear the two read Pulp Fiction with Pinky and the Brain as Vincent and Marsellus.

  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Review You’ve Been Waiting for. It Doesn’t Suck.

    TMNT Actually Doesn’t Suck! Last week I had an opportunity to check out an advanced screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If you told the 9-year-old version of me this, I’d be running around like a maniac. However, now that I’m twenty years wiser, I know that a movie like this could really piss me off. Taking a childhood favorite and bringing it back is always a risk, and often times it fails. But I decided to give it a try anyway (especially since it was free) and I watched it in 3D. Keep in mind that I went into it with very, very low expectations. I can now report back and let you know that IT DID NOT SUCK. I’ve told every person that I’ve spoken to the same thing, “If you go in with low expectations, you’ll be pleasantly surprised”. I know that may not sound like a glowing endorsement but I can honestly say that I would not have been upset leaving the theatre if I had paid the $54.60, or whatever 3D movies cost now. The original story of the turtles and the way they link to April O’Neil (Megan Fox… I love you) may be more »

  • All Of Marvel’s Hidden Easter Eggs Revealed

    Josh Horowitz of MTV News has compiled an ongoing list of every Marvel easter-egg caught within the comic book company’s latest run at the silver screen. Clever girls. Hidden messages throughout the Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and The Avengers series are all revealed giving you a new insight to the amazing layers in every Marvel movie. Stan Lee is an obvious one, making appearances in every Marvel movie, but did you notice what classical song Jebediah plays on the piano in the midst of his double-cross? Watch the video below and have your eyes opened. Get More: Music News

  • The Many Mutations Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [Infographic]

    It has been 30 years since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles made their debut as superheroes in a black and white comic book originally intended as a parody of popular 80s comics Daredevil, Cerebus, New Mutants, and Ronin. What was intended as a one-off joke grew to become one of the most successful franchises with numerous cartoons and movies, including the latest installment from Michael Bay. Revisit the many incarnations of the turtles from the original sketches to the creepy-faced stars of the new movie in the infographic below.

  • East London Transformed For Immersive “Back To The Future” Experience [10 Photos]

    Secret Cinema undertook a huge project when they announced that they would be transforming an area of East London into a replica of Hill Valley for a special total-immersion viewing of the 1985 classic “Back to the Future.” Many thought the group couldn’t pull it off, and when the first week of shows was canceled last week, the naysayers seemed to be right. But last night, with all the problems from last week solved, Stratford’s Olympic Park filled with fans dressed in 50s attire, ready to experience Hill Valley. And the whole production went off without a hitch. 66,000 tickets priced at £53.50, about $90, have sold for the summer showings throughout August. Check out the photos form opening night below and see what you’re missing out on. Unless you’re going, in which case please take us along, too.

  • Confusing Collection Of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Asian Commercials [Video]

    Arnold Schwarzenegger turned 67 yesterday, and to celebrate, let’s take a look back at his career…in Asian television commercials. It’s best to not try to figure out what’s going on in these ads, lest you suffer a schizoid embolism a la Quaid in “Total Recall.” Also, we guarantee you’ve never seen someone so excited over eating Cup Noodles as Arnold here.

  • Fist Bump, For Your Health [16 GIFs]

    Researchers at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University in Wales have recently discovered that fist bumps are 20 times more hygienic than handshakes and 10 times cleaner than even high fives. Fist bumps are a quicker greeting than handshakes, which average 3 seconds, and they have a much smaller contact area than high fives. Not only do you avoid gripping someone’s sweaty hand, you also don’t have to worry about showcasing your total lack of coordination when you fail at a high five. Plus, fist bumps are awesome! President Obama is a huge fan of the fist bump.

  • Best Music Biopics [Link]

    With “Get On Up,” the James Brown biopic, coming to theaters August 1 and Andre 3000′s “Jimi: All Is By My Side” following shortly after, now seems like the perfect time to look back at the best music biopics ever made. See if your favorites made the impressive list of 30 films, and if there’s any you haven’t seen, be sure to check them out.

  • 50 BEST EPISODES OF ‘THE SIMPSONS’ [Link]

    Every episode of The Simpsons will soon be streaming on the Internet, after a mega-marathon of every episode on FXX next month. Even if you’re not a huge fan of the show, chances are you’ve seen more than a few of the 552 episodes over the past 25 years. And if you are a fan, you probably have plenty of favorites. See how they stack up with this list of the 50 best episodes.