If Office Space Had Starred the Actual Michael Bolton

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 11:30 am

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Nowadays, with the music scene as fragmented and diverse as it has become, it's hard to imagine the charts being dominated by a foghorn-sounding white dude with '80s glam-rock hair badly covering soul classics atop the charts. But it happened, and it was terrible. In the years since, however, Michael Bolton has shown such a healthy sense of humor about himself that it's hard to stay mad at the guy. His collaboration with the Lonely Island was amazing, and now Funny or Die has inserted him into Office Space as his namesake character.

It seems like an overly obvious gag at first, but to anyone who remembers the guy's initial wave of fame - and controversy over whitewashing old standards - the last scene's a killer.

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The 27 Weirdest Pop Music Acts of All Time

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

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As of the writing of this article, "Weird Al" Yankovic is waiting to win his Grammy for Mandatory Fun, his record released in July of 2014. Like most of you, I adore "Weird Al" Yankovic, having been a fan of his since I was, oh, 8 years old. The man's continued popularity, not to mention his canny ability to stay hilarious for decades, only makes me feel warm on the inside.

As of the publication of this article, he has won both the Grammy, and our hearts anew by singing "Yoda" with autistic children. But that's not the point.

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Autistic Kids Sing "Yoda" With Weird Al

Monday, March 9, 2015 at 9:49 am

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I haven't yet caught up to my DVR of Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars," as Sunday, for me, is "Night of Too Many Shows for the DVR to Handle." But I don't figure it's going to get any nerdier than watching autistic teen pianist Jodi DiPiazza duet with Weird Al Yankovic on the greatest ode to a Jedi master based on a Kinks tune ever made. When the backup choir comes in, it is, as they say, all the feelz.

Only minor complaint? I'd like to have heard more of Jodi's voice solo. Solo, so-so-so-Solo...Hmm, I sense an alternate lyric idea...

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The Ballad of Leonard Nimoy

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 2:35 pm

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(If you don't know the tune, it's this)

On the sideline of the bridge, on the ship of Kirk
Stood a brave little Vulcan who was good at his work
With his angled eyebrows, bowl-cut hair, he had pointed ears ya know and everyone's aware
He's Nimoy! Leonard Nimoy! Our favorite, Mister Spock!
Nimoy! Leonard Nimoy! The number one alien I grok

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Leonard Nimoy Has Died. My Memories of Him Live on.

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 10:22 am

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My only encounter with Leonard Nimoy in person happened when I was working at the candy counter of a movie theater in Hollywood. He came up to the stand looking like a crazy old person, looked around at everything we had, then said in a loud voice:

"YA GOT ANY CANDY?"

His wife came up to him and grabbed his arm, reassuring him, "Yes dear, look, they have Milk Duds" "Yeahhh!" "And they have Red Vines!" "YEAHHH!" I don't remember what they ended up purchasing, but to this day I'm not sure whether it was an act or not.

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A Clever, Single-Take Video on the Classical Origins of the Star Trek Theme

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10:30 am

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I learned something today.

This video, from CBC Music (Canada's NPR, according to the producer who sent it to me) could have just given a musical history lesson and left it at that, but it's also shot so seamlessly with host Tom Allen moving around, upstairs and down, that you totally forget his musicians would have to be scrambling behind the scenes to seamlessly appear in each new location.

So come for the secret origins of the Star Trek theme - and stay for the filmmaking.

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Sesame Street Just Did a Birdman Parody No Kid Will Understand

Friday, February 20, 2015 at 9:06 am

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It is, perhaps, the greatest parody they've ever done - from a grown-up, cinephile perspective.

For a kid, it's a confusing bit about an old man who's unfamiliar to them, and a possible head trip when parents have to explain that that's the man who's usually inside Big Bird, but in this one there's a different man inside Big Bird even though the old man is doing both their voices, and no, Big Bird didn't eat anyone, he's not a real bird, he's just a big ol' puppet, and oh shit, please stop crying! Here's a cookie - want a cookie? You have to stop crying if I give you the cookie, right?

(the drumming is less annoying too)

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Lesbian Musical Dyke Hard Looks like the Jem Movie We'll Never Get

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 10:00 am

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It was our own Eric Diaz who suggested that a Jem movie ought to be cast with drag queens, but it looks like Swedish director Bitte Andersson has taken a similar idea and run with it. Except that the Holograms in this version are all gay, and they have to face off against cyborgs, ghosts and ninjas in order to get to the battle of the bands.

Set in 1986, Dyke Hard looks every bit as micro-budgeted as the typical Blumhouse film (which the official Jem movie will be), but actually living up to the "truly outrageous" description. It may not spell it quite the same way, but the trailer is certainly a gem. I'm used to seeing similar stuff pitched on Kickstarter - I guess in Sweden they just say fuck it and make movies like this unassisted.

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Stan Lee, Adam West, Matt Groening to Get Simpsons Action Figures

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

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It is a strange world we live in when Lenny Kravitz and Tom Petty appear side by side in an assortment with three icons of comicdom. This celebrity Simpsons line is starting to remind me more of Groening's other show, Futurama, as these figure sets feel like the equivalent of the heads-in-jars museum.

Does anyone else feel like Stan Lee gets the short end of the stick here, as the only one to be depicted looking his actual age? Maybe it's balance for having been given an unduly perfect physique in He-Man's universe.

Never Thought I'd See Alex Ross Draw Yellow Submarine

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 8:00 am

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When it comes to properties that are crying out for Alex Ross' realistic "let me paint my friends cosplaying as your characters" interpretations, Yellow Submarine was not at the top of my list. Or anybody's, probably. After all, we know what the Beatles look like, and the other characters were as cartoony as it gets.

And yet, here we are. And it's pretty cool. This limited-edition print will go on-sale online February 26th.

Next, Mr. Ross, I request you do a realistic Peanuts poster. Followed by South Park.

Full print image below....

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