UPGRADE/DOWNGRADE: Parting Hosts With the Most

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Nothing lasts forever, especially not talk show hosts – just ask Star Jones. But while some TV departures leave you thinking, “Don’t go!” (UPGRADE), others make you mutter, “Good riddance” (DOWNGRADE). Tell us which of these famous farewells was a sweet sorrow, and which ones were just sweet.

PROPPED: Tak Is So Cool

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About five minutes ago I was feeling kind of down. Kind of lame. Kind of uncool. Then I watched this video dropped by Jim and suddenly everything is right again. Watch Tak’s “I Am So Cool” right this second. It’s guaranteed to make you feel better about yourself– and not just because of the positive message in the lyrics. You’ll see.

There are so many undeserved internet stars out there. Tak deserves. Please, pass this on, and then Drop something of your own! I am so Cool!

LISTEN UP: BWE’s Daily Dose of the Best Music Ever

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Normally when we do these mp3 round ups we here at BWE direct you to a bunch of cool sites and tell you what songs are available on any given today. Today we’re going to break from tradition. There’s only one site you need to visit today: Trees Lounge.

Now, I’m sure that there are tons of other great updates available on the web today, but sadly I’m not going to have time to check. I’m going to be kinda busy downloading the 700+ tracks Trees Lounge is offering. Okay, I’m probably not going to download all of them, but I’m going to try. Wish me luck.

In honor of the 4th of July, each track is about a specific city or state. The mp3′s are categorized by state and… you know what, I’m going to stop now. See for yourself. Enjoy.

How’s This Superman Any Gayer Than the Others?

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Based on my enjoyment of the original franchise, the talented filmmakers continuing it, and the promising trailers for the new Superman movie, I’ve allowed myself an uncharacteristic amount of anticipation for the Man of Steel’s return to the big screen. That’s why it bothers me that everyone seems so irrelevantly obsessed with the movie’s position on homosexuality. Is the new Superman gay? If so, just how gay is he? Is the movie actually a metaphor for gayness? What about the guy who plays him – he gay, too? I really don’t understand exactly what it is about this particular movie that causes people to erupt into a paranoid bout of homophobia. It’s a movie about a well-built young metro guy from another planet who wears underwear over colorful tights and flies around with a cape. How has Superman ever NOT been kind of gay? Hell, pretty much all super hero movies have a certain amount of homosexual undertones, which makes sense considering the fact that they were originally created by and for lonely males who haven’t had much interaction with women.

Anyway, the point is – what’s man love got do with it? I think Superman is going to be fabuluous.

ICYMI: America’s Got Talent (and Issues)

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I sat here for about five minutes trying to think of something funny or witty to write about this clip, and have finally come to the conclusion that some things simply MUST speak for themselves.

Stay Classy, Tori Spelling

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spellingusmagazine.jpgEven though her father Aaron Spelling’s corpse has yet to cool, Tori Spelling wasted no time in exploiting his death to land her first magazine cover since the August 1992 issue of Teen People. Fanning whatever flames of tabloid relevance her father’s passing has given her by granting a pseudo-confessional interview to Us Weekly (what could be more tasteful?), Tori seems to be going out of her way to publicly sensationalize the family dysfunction surrounding her father’s death, which was less than a week ago. I’m sure that, upon receiving the “bad news” text message on her BlackBerry, Tori immediately got her publicist on the phone and started brainstorming ways in which they might be able to get some press out of this. In a strange way it’s sort of fitting that, even in death, Tori is still using her father to get famous.

5 Good Reasons For Chloe To Date Rush

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chloe rush.jpgAs a huge fan of 24, the pictures that surfaced yesterday of Mary-Lynn Rajskub, a.k.a. Chloe locking lips with Rush Limbaugh upset me. I mean, over the past few seasons I’ve seen this woman go through a lot: I’ve seen her suffer through her best friend’s death, I’ve seen her kill a man, I’ve seen her thwart countless terrorist attacks, and I’ve seen her get reamed out by Jack Bauer on more than one occasion. So by this point in life I figured I’d be able to handle whatever Mary-Lynn threw at me. Well, I was wrong.

The Rush photos have upset me deeply. How could Chloe lower herself like this? This is worse than if I were to find out she was in kahootz with Habib Marwan during Season 4. I want to give her the benefit of the doubt, though, so I decided to make a list of 5 good reasons Chloe would date Rush Limbaugh. Here we go.

1. Um
2. Hmm. Well… uh
3. You know, some girls… no, nevermind.
4. Because… wait, what was the question?
5. Pass.

Okay, that didn’t go the way I was hoping it would. Sorry Chloe, I don’t even think Jack Bauer, Bill Buchanan or Sean Astin (before he bit the dust) could help you with this one. I’m just going to cross my fingers and hope the clock is ticking.

It’s June 29th; What’s up?

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devito.jpgLeslie Nielsen. Tim Meadows. Kathy Najimy. No, it’s not the lineup for the next Surreal Life (unfortunately), those are some of the contestants playing The Feud on tonight’s season finale of Gameshow Marathon. I’ll be tuning in for two reasons: (1) Nielsen’s a god, and (2) I’m pretty sure watching this show counts as charity work, so count me in!

If you’re in the mood for a less traditional gameshow tonight, head on over to CBS for Master of Champions. If you’re in the mood for a less traditional gameshow that prominently features Sean “Diddy” Combs, then you should watch Making The Band 3. Or if you’re in the mood for Danny DeVito’s return to TV (and be honest: who isn’t in the mood for that???), check out It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia on FX. So what are YOU watching tonight? Vote now!

While You Were Oh So Close To A Long Weekend

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  • Tommy Lee & Josh Duhamel got into a scuffle at Bella nightclub in LA. This is so out of character for Tommy; I’m not used to him hitting men.
  • Britney Spears is so worried about her parenting skills she’s moving back in with her mother. Yeah, because her mom did such a wonderful job.
  • The jury has been selected for Michael Jackson’s latest trial. This is significant, as the number of jurors he’s dealt with in his lifetime has now officially passed the number of fans.
  • Luke & Laura will reunite on General Hospital. Your mom is totally psyched.
  • Hootie & The Blowfish will launch a 10-city concert series to help collect school supplies for children. Concert attendees are urged to bring some supplies for the children and some sandwiches for the band. They’re hungry.
  • The curtains are closing early on Toronto’s Lord of the Rings musical. No matter. Mom was waiting outside in the station wagon anyway.