What’s In a Name? Everything

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Over the last year or two, there has been a trend in the world of television where a show’s title often could double as its description in TV Guide, like Dancing With the Stars, Skating With Celebrities, Real Housewives of Orange County, How I Met Your Mother. (Seems like Hollywood also likes this idea if Snakes on a Plane is any indication.)

It used to be that you had to actually watch something to know what it’s about, but not anymore, and that’s appropriate for this fast-paced world of ours. But I have to wonder if some of the best shows of all time would have survived had their titles told us more about the show….

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South By SouthBest

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PeelanderPaul Scheer just flew back from the South by Southwest music festival, and boy are his arms tired! Get it? But seriously people, Paul is back in LA and he’s not wasting anytime posting videos from his SxSw experience on his blog.

Click here to check out Paul’s photojournal, and to see some crazy videos of one of his favorite bands in Austin– the absolutely insane Peelander Z. A band so punk they let the audience come on stage and play their instruments while they played some Human Bowling in the crowd. Now THAT’S a performance. You won’t be finding any of that at your local Coldplay concert. Well… at least I hope you won’t.

LISTEN UP: Your Daily Dose of the Best Music Ever

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    Unarocks included some great tracks by We Are Scientists, The Dresden Dolls, Talking Heads, Pharrell and many more in their daily dozen today.  Download them all.
  • Go to Come Pick Me Up, and download a handful of tracks by the best looking man in rock and roll, Rhett Miller.
  • If you can get past all the squiggly lines, Sounds Of Mine posted some oldies but goodies by R.E.M., Green Day, Garbage, Sheryl Crow, the Beastie Boys, and last but not least– Better Than Ezra.
  • I never listened to Gnarles Barkley before, until I downloaded "Smiley Faces" from Republicum. The song is almost as great as the band name.
  • You can find Morningwood’s single "Nth Degree" over at Independent Music, alongside "Juicebox" by The Strokes. Granted, neither of these bands are exactly "independent"… but close enough.
  • Is there a better way to end this post than with songs by The New Pornographers, Spoon, and Arab Strap? I don’t think so. Thank god for Bows + Arrows.

Colin Farell Done With Women

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Colin Farrell has spent the lat four years hooking up with every woman in Hollywood, from A-listers like Lindsay, Britney and Angelina to not-on-the-listers like sex tape co-star Nicole Nairan. We knew the time would come that he’d run out of female conquests. Now it seems he’s starting on the men.

We’re not sure if this unidentified guy is Farrell’s first man-kiss, but it’s safe to say it won’t be his last.

While You Were Embracing Irony

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  • CobainSomeone has made a Kurt Cobain toy.  Shotgun and corpse-rolling-in-grave accessories not included.
  • Attention-craving Paris Hilton simply cannot decide between Starving Nachos and Lapso Apso.
  • Nick Lachey has signed on to do a comedy pilot for the newly formed CW Network.  It’s going to be called The New Adventures of the Old Boy Band Singer Who’s Not Boning Jessica Simpson Anymore
  • Ben Stein is pissed that no one mentioned the troops during this year’s Oscars ceremony.  He expressed his outrage by droning on monotonously for an hour, occasionally muttering about how he’d do more about it if people hadn’t won all his money. 
  • Richard Dreyfuss got married again.  Now if that’s not a SIZZLER, I don’t know what is…

South Park vs. Scientology: The Press Release

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Trey Parker and Matt Stone have sent out a press release regarding Tom Cruise’s powerplay to make Comedy Central pull its Scientology-themed episode of South Park off the air last Wednesday. And as expected, it’s hilarious.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for Earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!!

– Trey Parker and Matt Stone, servants of the dark lord Xenu

Yes, that’s their official statement. Man, I love these guys.

Read CNN’s story here.

CINEMA’S GOLDEN ERA: V For Vaguely Retarded

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V_for_vendetta Here are the top 5 film people chose to sleep off their hangovers in this past weekend:

1.  Hugo Weaving is the most bankable movie star in the world.  – $26.1 million

2.  F For Failure to give a sh*t about seeing this movie, or any of the 200 more exactly like it coming soon to a theater near you. – $15.8 million

3.  Tim Allen still hasn’t improved anything since television after the cancellation of Home Improvement. – $13.6 million

4.  Just one the…guys, seriously stop making unoriginal crap like this.  I mean, has the well of creativity really run so dry that you’re going to remake a Billy Zabka movie?  This is the cinematic equivalent of not finishing a frozen dinner, sticking in the fridge, then reheating it a week later. – $11 million

5.  …And the theaters have empty seats. – $8 million

PHOTOSHOP CONTEST: The Greatest Baby in the World

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We know Donald and Melania’s new baby, Baron William Trump, is going to be huge. Donald already has three of the greatest children ever, but this new one is going to be the best! That’s why we’re hosting a Trump Baby Photoshop Contest. Send us pictures of what you think the newest addition to the Trump corporation family looks like. Does he have his father’s comb-over? or his mother’s cat eyes? Does he sport a briefcase? or a diamond-studded diaper? Show us what the "greatest baby in the world" looks like and we’ll post our favorites on the site. Email your submissions to: BWEphotoshopContest@gmail.com.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Cobra Kissing

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Snake_kiss_1I usually don’t watch the quirky videos CNN often puts up on its site. Today, though, I was intrigued by this headline: Watch: Snake, man kiss 51 times, serpent woozy. So I watched it. And lo and behold, it was indeed a man kissing a snake 51 times. It’s truly one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen, and it made me realize that as much as reality TV sucks, the United States is still way ahead of the rest of the world in terms of what we do for entertainment.

Watch a man kiss a snake here (in the Offbeat section.) Oh, and I promise you that it’s really a man kissing a snake… and not just a clever synonym for gay porn. Enjoy.

The State of TV: Too Much of a Good Thing

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I’ve been frustrated for a long time by the fact that there are too many good shows to keep up with, but last night after The Sopranos, I reached my breaking point. Already exhausted from having been through the tense campaigning in The West Wing, I was totally drained after watching Tony fighting for his life and his family just fighting. So drained, in fact, that I couldn’t watch Grey’s Anatomy. I had planned all along to Tivo Desperate Housewives and Big Love, but missing out on Grey’s was just too much. How am I expected to be able to talk to my coworkers about Sunday television on Monday morning when I can’t even watch half the good shows?

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